Underlined’s Official Back to School Reading List

School is back! Whether you’re headed back to the classroom this year, or you’re continuing with virtual studies, these books are here to keep you company every step of the way. So, as you’re gathering your back-to-school supplies, make sure to add a few of these books to your list. Check out our official back to school reading list!

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Alma Presses Play

Alma Presses Play

By Tina Cane

New York City, new beginnings, and music combine into a heartfelt story about a teen girl whose world falls apart. When her perfect life implodes, Alma must figure out who she is and who she wants to become. Set in the 1980s, this novel in verse hits all the right notes.

As Good as Dead

As Good as Dead

By Holly Jackson

Coming 09.28.21

Find out how everything ends in the finale of the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series! When Pip starts receiving disturbing threats from a disgruntled podcast listener, she goes to the police. But when they refuse to investigate, she decides to track down her stalker herself. After all, she knows what can happen when a threat gets ignored.

Cytonic

Cytonic

By Brandon Sanderson

Coming 11.23.21

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reckoners series, the Mistborn trilogy, and the Stormlight Archive comes the third book in an epic series about a girl who will travel beyond the stars to save the world she loves from destruction.

The Excalibur Curse

The Excalibur Curse

By Kiersten White

Coming 12.07.21

This book won’t get released until December, but now is the perfect time to catch up on the first two books in the series. With mystery, magic, romance, and betrayal, this retelling of the Arthurian legend will keep you captivated from beginning to end!

Fly by Night

Fly by Night

By Tara O'Connor

Coming 11.16.21

Graphic novel lovers, prepare yourselves for an unforgettable journey through a dark forest filled with mystery, monsters, and missing sisters. It’s an environmental thriller that will keep you on your toes and reading into all hours of the night.

Lies Like Wildfire

Lies Like Wildfire

By Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

Lies take on a life of their own in this timely novel about a teenage girl named Hannah who accidentally starts a wildfire near her rural California town. As the fire grows, so does her desperation to keep her secret safe. If you loved We Were Liars, you’ll also love this book!

Small Town Monsters

Small Town Monsters

By Diana Rodriguez Wallach

‘Tis the season—for monsters! Get your dose of thrills and chills with this spooky novel about two teens taking on the sinister forces in their small town. Just remember to keep a flashlight close by, because you’re going to need it. You’ve been warned!

Spells Like Teen Spirit

Spells Like Teen Spirit

By Kate M. Williams

Don’t go back to school without reading the finale of the action-packed Babysitter’s Coven series! Get ready for one final witchy adventure with the characters you love, their wacky fashion choices, hordes of demons, and plenty of magic spells.

The Year I Stopped Trying

The Year I Stopped Trying

By Katie Heaney

Coming 11.16.21

For all the over-achievers out there, this book is for you! When a straight-A student forgets to turn in an assignment, she expects the world to end—but it doesn’t. Life goes on as usual. If you struggle with perfectionism, then this novel is a must-read!

You'd Be Home Now

You'd Be Home Now

By Kathleen Glasgow

Coming 09.28.21

It’s no mystery that Kathleen Glasgow writes amazing and heavy-hitting YA novels. Pick up her latest story about small towns, secrets, drug addiction, and a teenage girl discovering who she is. If you loved Girl in Pieces and How to Make Friends with the Dark, add this book to your back-to-school TBR!

You'll Be the Death of Me

You'll Be the Death of Me

By Karen M. McManus

Coming 11.30.21

Before you plan a ditch day, read this book. It will make you think twice about going full “Ferris Bueller.” When three friends decide to skip school, their impromptu fun turns deadly when they witness a murder. Now, the teens must unravel their secrets, lies, and connection to the victim to avoid becoming the prime suspects in his death.

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