8 Young Adult novels for the avid, adventurous young reader!
Soulswift by Megan Bannen
A grave betrayal leads to personal reflection on religion, patriarchy, truth and the afterlife in Soulswift, a stunning epic fantasy novel from Megan Bannen.
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
For three years, Sia has been seeking the truth about her mother’s disappearance. Then one fateful night, something happens that will change her life forever. Sia Martinez deftly confronts contemporary issues with a dose of the otherworldly.
A Song Below Water: A Novel by Bethany C. Morrow
High school is rough, and for two close friends, their entire year is about to get a lot worse after the murder of a Black woman and the subsequent events that follow. A Song Below Water is contemporary complex magical realism at its finest; relevant and powerful!
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
12-year old Todd’s world is turned upside down as he approaches his thirteenth birthday, and finds himself running for his life. The Knife of Never Letting Go is a gripping SciFi action adventure!
Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon, Elena Garnu (Illustrator)
What originally started as a series of short stories for author Jennifer De Leon ultimately blossomed into the fully developed novel, Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From. Latinx teenager Liliana struggles both internally and externally as she tries to find some sense of belonging as a child of immigrant parents in an overly white, privileged world.
Hush: A Novel by Dylan Farrow $18.99 Hardcover
Castles, curses, magic, mayhem! Hush has all the makings of a fantasy epic. Yet, there are resonant, contemporary truths hidden in Ronan Farrow’s lush, magically infused prose. A fabulous start to a new series from a welcome addition to the YA family.
Suggested Reading by Dave Connis $17.99 Hardcover
When an ambitious school principal prescribes a ‘hit-list’ for books,, Clara Evans takes it upon herself to fight back against censorship and protect the words! Suggested Reading is hilarious yet meaningful; a wondrous ode to the importance of books and the power of resilience in the face of adversity.
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi $18.99 Hardcover
Pablo Neruda Rind finds himself in that murky period of life between high school and adulthood. Somewhat directionless and not too sure about what the future holds, a chance meeting changes Pablo’s life, but not in the ‘fairytale’ type way.
Reviews by Joel
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