Find something new to read with our YA book lists!

New Teen Titles – for Curbside or In-Person Borrowing!

The Woman All Spies Fear by Amy Butler Greenfield
Disability Visibility by Alice Wong
Passport by Sophia Glock
Tiny Dancer by Siena Cherson Siegel
Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim
Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy
Catch the Light by Kate Sweeney
Know Your Rights and Claim Them by Nicky Parker
Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz
Glorious Wrestling Alliance by Josh Hicks
The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl
Tahira in Bloom by Farah Heron
Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe
Fly By Night by Tara O
Why is Everybody Yelling? by Marisabina Russo
Journey to the Heart of the Abyss by London Shah
Into the Bloodred Woods by Martha Brockenbrough
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells
A Rush of Wings by Laura E. Weymouth
A Face for Picasso by Ariel Henley
The Waiting by Keum-Suk Gendry-Kim
When We Were Them by Laura Taylor Namey
The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass by Anna Priemaza
Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
Just Ash by Sol Santana
City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn
A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
Sway With Me by Sye M. Masood
Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier
The Nobleman
Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix
You Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody
Roxy by Neal Shusterman
Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

YA Fabulism – Realism with a Touch of Fantasy

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
Summer in the City of Roses by Michelle Ruiz Keil
Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis
The Coming Storm by Regina M. Hansen
Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Meyers Sain
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Alberts
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline o’Donoghue
We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera
Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
Camp So-and-So by Mary McCoy
Some Faraway Place by Lauren Shippen
The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance
A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcy Little Badger

YA Adaptations of Literary Classics

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Once & Future by A.R. Capetta
A Clash of Steel by C.B. Lee
Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody
The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
Anna K by Jenny Lee
Hood by Jenny Elder Moke
Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu
Ruinsong by Julia Ember
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow
Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Recognizing Native Authors for Native American Heritage Month

The Firekeeper
Notable Native People by Adrienne Keene
Hunting By Stars by Cherie Dimaline
An Indigenous People
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew
Trickster : Native American tales : a graphic collection
Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth
One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker by Joseph Bruchac
If I Go Missing by Brianna Jonnie
Elatsoe by Darcy Little Badger
Native Women Changing Their Worlds by Patricia J. Cutright
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer
Four Faces of the Moon by Amanda Strong
Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band by Christian Staebler

Titles to Read For Hispanic Heritage Month!

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera
Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez
We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
A Cuban Girl
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anne-Marie McLemore
We Set the Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas
American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
Running by Natalia Sylvester
Your Heart My Sky by Margarita Engle
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
Lobizona by Romina Garber

Prep School Page Turners

The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
The Ivies by Alexa Donne
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
People Like Us by Dana Mele
They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman
In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund
The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
As I Descended by Robin Talley
How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao

The United States: Many Voices, Many People

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen
Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Music From Another World by Robin Talley
This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Kent State by Deborah Wiles
The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann
Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink
We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar
Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand
Mazie by Melanie Crowder
An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahareh Mafi

YA Books Perfect for Pride!

Girl Crushed by Kate Heaney
The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Our Dreams At Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani
Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora
Bruised by Tanya Boteju
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
Kase-san and Morning Glories by Hiromi Takashima
Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
The Girls I
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
The Bride was a Boy by Chii
Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky
Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed
Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre
Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas
The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Resources for Mental Health Awareness Month

Beneath the surface : a teen
The anxiety survival guide for teens : CBT skills to overcome fear, worry & panic by Jennifer Shannon, LMFT
Heads up : changing minds on mental health by Melanie Siebert
From anger to action : powerful mindfulness tools to help teens harness anger for positive change by Mitch R. Abblett, PhD
Your brain needs a hug : life, love, mental health, and sandwiches by Rae Earl
Mindfulness for teen depression : a workbook for improving your mood by Mitch R. Abblett, Christopher Willard
Chill : stress-reducing techniques for a more balanced, peaceful you by Deborah Reber
Stuff that
The stress survival guide for teens : CBT skills to worry less, develop grit & live your best life by Jeffrey Bernstein
Dancing at the pity party : a dead mom graphic memoir by Tyler Feder
Grief recovery for teens : letting go of painful emotions with body-based practices by Coral Popowitz, MSW
Project Semicolon : your story isn

#OwnVoices Novels for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
Dating Makes Perfect by Puntip Dunn
My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo
When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
The Ones We
The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur
Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
Like Spilled Water by Jennie Liu
Heiress Apparently by Diana Ma
More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Super Fake Love Song

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these YA Novels in Verse!

If I Tell You the Truth by Jasmin Kaur
Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario
Home is Not A Country by Safia Elhillo
Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliot
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam
Junk Boy by Tony Abbott
Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
White Rose by Kip Wilson
Muted by Tami Charles
Bull by David Elliot

30 Books to Read this Black History Month

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson
Now That I
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
Light It Up by Kekla Magoon
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
The Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
All The Things We Never Knew by Liara Tamani
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
Daughters of Jubilation by Kara Lee Corthron
This Is My America by Kim Johnson

2021 ALA Youth Media Award Books – YA Finalists and Honor Titles

Legendborn, written by Tracy Deonn
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor
Lifting as We Climb: Black Women
Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story), written by Daniel Nayeri
Apple: Skin to the Core, written by Eric Gansworth
Dragon Hoops, created by Gene Luen Yang
Every Body Looking, written by Candice Iloh
We Are Not Free, written by Traci Chee
This is My Brain in Love, written by I. W. Gregario
Darius the Great Deserves Better, written by Adib Khorram
Felix Ever After, written by Kacen Callender
You Should See Me in a Crown, written by Leah Johnson
Kent State, written by Deborah Wiles
Clap When You Land, written by Elizabeth Acevedo
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
If These Wings Could Fly, written by Kyrie McCauley
Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard, written by Echo Brown
The Black Kids, written by Christina Hammonds Reed
It Sounded Better in My Head, written by Nina Kenwood
Woven in Moonlight, written by Isabel Ibañez
The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh, written by Candace Fleming
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys
The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival, written by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess
How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity
You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Democracy and Deliver Power to the People written by Elizabeth Rusch
This Light Between Us, written by Andrew Fukuda
Displacement, written by Kiku Hughes
Dancing at the Pity Party, written and illustrated by Tyler Feder
They Went Left, by Monica Hesse
Furia, by Yamile Saied Méndez
Never Look Back, written by Lilliam Rivera
We Are Not From Here, written by Jenny Torres Sanchez

⚓ Nautical Novels to Pair with Your Favorite Sea Shanty ⚓

The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
The Reader by Traci Chee
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
Fable by Adrienne Young
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

Ease into the New Year with Short Stories!

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler
After: nineteen stories of apocalypse and dystopia edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
Foreshadow created and edited by Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma
Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna
Toil & trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe
All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell
Come On In edited by Adi Alsaid
Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles
Zombies vs. unicorns compiled by Justine Larbalestier, Holly Black
Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker
Meet Cute edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell
Out Now: Queer We Go Again edited by Saundra Mitchell
The pick-up game : a full day of full court edited by Marc Aronson & Charles R. Smith
Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan

YA Books for Comfort Reading

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Horimiya by Hero
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Wax by Gina Damico
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Monthly Girls
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Native American Heritage Month

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
An Indigenous Peoples
This Place: 150 Years Retold
If I Go Missing by Brianna Jonnie, Nahanni Shingoose
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Strangers by David Alexander Robertson
Just Lucky by Melanie Florence
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
Dreaming in Indian by Lisa Charleyboy
Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth

Delightful Debuts of 2020

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez
Rebelwing by Andrea Tang
Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown
A Song Below Water by Bethany Morrow
Most Likely by Sarah Watson
The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson
The Loop by Ben Oliver
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams
Ink in the Blood Kim Smejkal
If these Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley
The Silence of Bones by June Hur
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
Layoverland by Gabby Noone
It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood
If We Were Us by K.L. Walther
A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Black Voices Matter

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Slay by Brittney Morris
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Light It Up by Kekla Magoon
Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

March Through Women’s History Month

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena
Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work by Victoria Ortiz
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Radioactive: How Irene Curie & Lisa Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifred Conkling
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
March of the Suffragettes by Zachary Michael Jack
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting it Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s Creator Mary Shelley by Catherine Reef
Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse by Catherine Reef
Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color by Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu
Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Spy
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone
Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survive Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell
Because I Was a Girl by Melissa de la Cruz
A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World Warr II by Elizabeth Wein

“It’s Complicated”

Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener
Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne
Rayne & Delilah
Opposite of Always by Justin A Reynolds
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl
The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed
Rookie on Love edited by Tavi Gevinson
The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais
Love A La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
The Importance of Being Wilde At Heart by R. Zamora Linmark

New Year, New Hobbies!

Why? by Joel Levy
The Weird World of Words by Mitchell Symons
97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School by Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder
Random Illustrated Facts by Mike Lowery
100 Skills You’ll Need At the End of the World (As We Know It) by Ana Maria Spagna
Where’s My Stuff? By Samantha Moss
Chill by Deborah Reber
If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint by Diane Culhane
Color Me Creative by Kristina Webb
The Polymer Techniques Book by Sue Heaser
Creative Paper Cutting by Cheong-Ah Hwang
99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special by Faith and Justina Blakeney, Anka Livakovic, Ellen Schultz
Crocheted Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie
Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? By Ally Carter
Leap Write In! by Karen Benke
Infographic Guide to Sports by Daniel Tatarsky
Games of Deception by Andrew Maraniss
The Unofficial Harry potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz
Blood, Bullets, and Bones by Bridget Heos
The Green Teen Cookbook by Laurane Marchive & Pam McElroy
The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook by Rosanna Pansino

Warm Up with a Fiery Book!

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Lantern
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
With Fire on High b Elizabeth Acevedo
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Carson Rae
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Prairie Fire by E. K. Johnston
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

Featured Titles for Native American Heritage Month

This Place: 150 Years Retold, foreword by Alicia Elliott
Marrow Thieves by	Cherie Dimaline
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Strangers by David A. Robertson
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
#Not Your Princess by Lisa Charleyboy
Dreaming in Indian by Lisa Charleyboy

Autumn Books for Thrills & Chills

Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal
His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart
The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
The Haunted by Danielle Vega
Sawkill Girls by Clare Legrand
The Raven
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
The Agony House by Cherie Priest
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Scream All Night by Derek Milman
You May Now Kill the Bride by R. L. Stine
Not Even Bones by Rebecca Shaeffer

Back-to-School Reads

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahareh Mafi
Lucy & Linh by Alice Pung
Final Draft by Riley Redgate
Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin
All the Bright Things by Jennifer Niven
Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack