New Teen Books July 27,2020

Posted: July 27, 2020

Fiction

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Told in verse by two half-sisters after their father dies in a plane crash revealing their existence to each other and the secret life their father led.

The Summer of Impossibilities by Rachael Allen
Forced to spend time together at a lake house while their best-friend mothers reconnect, four girls navigate crushes and secrets.

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh
Forbidden love, sultry romance, and clashing immortal factions fill this sequel to The Beautiful.

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
When 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet and university student Alexandre Dumas meet by apparent coincidence in Paris one August day, they discover they share a common goal: finding a connection between the 19th-century Dumas and painter Eugène Delacroix.

We Didn’t Ask for this by Adi Alsaid
When teen activist Marisa stages an environmental protest during her school’s annual Lock-In, the building turns into a prison, forcing her and a diverse array of characters to face hard truths about who they want to be and what kind of world they want to live in.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness.

Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
Trained in warrior magic after the murder of her parents, a girl with a star-shaped birthmark is prophesied to be the downfall of a tyrant king, but the boy she falls in love with owes his loyalty to those hunting her.

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno
A teen has a feminist awakening after being assaulted by her teacher.

Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
The delightful escapades of Ari and her queer cadre of “knights” continue in this satisfyingly irreverent follow-up. You need to read the first book, The Once and Future.

The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson
Red Sparkle Stone, the strong-willed and courageous girl from the final book in Carson’s “The Girl of Fire and Thorns” fantasy trilogy, stars in this rousing companion novel.

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess
One day after the emperor died and had been eaten, the call went out to select his successor. A tale for dragon lovers.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The Prequel to The Hunger Games.

Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano
Granted immortality in exchange for becoming a physical embodiment of one of the Earth’s four seasons, two magical rivals representing Winter and Spring fall unexpectedly in love.

Little Universes by Heather Demetrios
Hannah and Mae Winters’ comfortable lives plunge into chaos in the aftermath of the tsunami in Malaysia that kills their parents.

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker
A high school baseball player fights for his dream of pitching in the major leagues.

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
Seventeen-year-old Anna Cicconi finds herself in the middle of a mystery when she takes a summer nanny job in the swanky Hamptons enclave of Herron Hills. Atmospheric and creepy.

Dear Universe by Florence Gonsalves
A high school senior anxiously battles the demands of college admissions and her father’s terminal illness.

This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio
A sweet, entertaining romance with the theme of saving a struggling Chinese restaurant in Utica, NY.

Girl Crushed by Katie Heaney
Dumped by her best friend and girlfriend a month before their senior year, a heartbroken Quinn struggles to move on with a new crush when she is unable to completely forget her ex.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur
A gritty mystery, set in the Joseon dynasty of 1800, centers around Seol, a 16-year-old indentured servant to the Hanyang police who is used to investigate the murder of a young noblewoman.

The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson
The 17-year-old sons of rival Democratic and Republican presidential candidates secretly fall in love on the sidelines of an increasingly contentious campaign.

Breath like Water by Anna Jarzab
Racing action and tender romance shine in a story of hard love and harder competition.

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Aurora Legion Squad 312 is back in this sequel to Aurora Rising (2019), and this time they’re on the run from…pretty much everyone in the galaxy.

It Sounded Better in my Head by Nina Kenwood
Natalie’s world is turned upside-down when her parents announce on Christmas day that they are separating. She is still adjusting to the shifting dynamics of her two best friends, Zach and Lucy, dating.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson
May is a survivor of the school shooting where her twin brother, Jordan, and some friends died. But she doesn’t feel like a survivor. She feels angry and guilty for what happened in the band room that day.

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. Imaginative and action-packed,

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
Maia Tamarin proved her skill as a tailor when she wove the dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars, but it will take more than a beautiful gown to hide the darkness rising up within her in the sequel to Spin the Dawn.

Again Again by E. Lockhart
A rising senior’s summer follows diverging romantic trajectories in parallel timelines.

The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
This heartwarming, funny novel will resonate with anyone struggling under the weight of societal pressures.

What Unbreakable Looks Like by Kate McLaughlin
A trafficked teen readjusts to the outside world after her rescue. A gut-punch story with an uplifting ending.

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
Told in two voices, Pony, who is concealing his transgender identity at his new Texas high school, and Georgia, a cisgender cheerleader counting the days until she graduates, develop a complicated relationship.

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams
As a plague ravages the planet, the community of Red Creek believes they are chosen survivors. But Agnes is having serious doubts about the Prophet’s visions.

The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee
Three once-close sisters struggling with the loss of a pet, a crushing rejection and a growing addiction are challenged to band together in the face of an unexpected inheritance, a sinister family mystery and a possible murder.

Hawk by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Maximum Ride’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Hawk, is living under the radar in post-apocalyptic New York City.

Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick
Thirteen-year-old Frankie is three-times challenged: she has attention deficit disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and sensory processing disorder and a missing best friend, Colette.

Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost
As Oklahoma suffers through the Dust Bowl, the people of Elysium find themselves facing new terrors. Two immortal sisters, Life and Death, have chosen the town for a deadly game.

Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner
Will JL jump on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle and light out for California to see her dad—or stay on Long Island with her mother?

Sisters of Sword & Song by Rebecca Ross
Romantic stand-alone fantasy follows two sisters who come together to save their queen from an insidious enchantment.

We are not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
A poignant novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border, inspired by current events.

The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields
Saskia returns to Ivory Hall, grieving but powered by rage and the desire for revenge against her mother’s killer, Latham. Second book in a series.

Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
In this action-packed space opera, Umber Imperial Academy cadet Ettain Nassun has spent the past seven years putting his life back together after his homeland was destroyed. Now the only thing that truly matters is his friendship with his roommate, the frustratingly enticing Gal Veres.

Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl & Melissa De La Cruz
After the publication of her surprise bestseller LITTLE WOMEN, Jo March struggles to write its sequel, while also deciding her true feelings for her best friend, the boy next door.

All the Things We Never Knew by Liara Tamani
Texas high school junior basketball star Rex Carrington has a tradition at the free-throw line: blowing a kiss to his mother, who died giving birth to him. On th day his kiss happens to land on 16-year-old Carli, another basketball champion from another school, she passes out, he catches her, and the two form a bond that eventually turns into love.

Goodbye from Nowhere by Sara Zarr
Kyle’s life is nice: perfect girlfriend, baseball buddies, nice house, nice family. But all that falls away when Kyle’s dad mentions he’s dealing with a secret: Mom is having an affair.

Graphic Novels

Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
After 16-year-old Bruce Wayne is expelled from boarding school for fighting, he returns to Gotham City, where he enrolls in Gotham High .

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura lee Gulledge
Pain—physical and emotional—isn’t always visible, but Gulledge clearly visualizes Mona Starr ’s depression—or, as she calls it, “the Matter ”—in a graphic novel based on her own experience.

Suncatcher by Jose Pimienta
A teen musician fights for her grandfather’s soul in this tale of magical realism set in Mexicali.

You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh
High school senior Jake Hyde, who is black, dreams of the ocean while stuck in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

The Mars Challenge: the past, present, and future of human spaceflight by Alison Wilgus and Wyeth Yates

Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky
Gently atmospheric and suffused with intriguing magic, this graphic novel traces the unlikely but heartening friendship between Sanja, the put-upon daughter of a merchant, and Lelek, a witch with a hard secret in her past.

Biographies:

Dancing at the Pity Party: a dead mom graphic memoir by Tyler Feder

Call Me American: the extraordinary true story of a young Somali immigrant by Abdi Nor Iftin

Stupid Black Girl: essays from an American African by Aisha Redux

Ms. Gloria Steinem: a life by Winifred Conkling

Nonfiction:

Machines That Think! By Don Brown

The #MeToo Movement by Peggy J. Parks

A History of Plants in Fifty Fossils by Paul Kenrick

On the Horizon: World War II Reflections by Lois Lowry