New Teen Books November 12, 2020

Posted: November 12, 2020


Junk Boy by Tony Abbott. The kids at school call Bobby, Junk, a cruel reminder of the junk-filled property he lives on, as he tries to be invisible at school to avoid the bullying.

Ace of Hearts by Myriad Augustine. A fun romance for een readers that explores asexuality.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron. This is a rollicking fantasy adventure that upends all the stereotypes of the original fairy tale.

Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo. This story opens with an unusual meet: cute boy meets girl during the petty theft of a piece of cutlery.

Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe. Theosebia Hope is her mother’s apprentice in the science of alchemy.

Come on In : 15 stories about immigration and finding home.

Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao. A Grimm’s fairy tale mashup set in Germany in the mid-1800s. Tthis story follows a young woman as she befriends but ultimately betrays a witch, then follows her daughter as she repeats a similar fate.

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud. In this conclusion to the Mirage duology, having spared a rebel assassin and broken princess Maram’s trust, body double Amani must now obey orders to the letter to avoid further torture of her family by Maram’s stewardess Nadine.

Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm. Pinocchio meets Frankenstein in this gender-swapped light fantasy.

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly. An empowering and action-packed feminist retelling for fantasy and fairy tale–loving teens.

Pretty Funny for a Girl by Rebecca Elliott. Fourteen-year-old Haylah, who is fat and white, tells readers early on not to expect a story where “I have an epiphany and become a slim, sexy, health freak who’s into yoga and mung beans.”

My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo. When her mother catches 17-year-old Cory kissing Ms. Holden, her 25-year-old White Catholic school history teacher, she sends Cory to the Philippines to live with Kuya Jun, an older half-brother.

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald. A ruthless young noblewoman seeks greatness by rescuing her city from drought.

You Know I’m no Good by Jessie Ann Foley. After punching her stepmother in the face, Mia is sent to Red Oak Academy, a strict boarding school for troubled girls in Minnesota.

The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole. In this imaginative fantasy debut, teenager Eli masquerades as a white human girl, but is in fact a deadly assassin whose form was crafted by a witch out of “beetle shells and cranberries and uncaring function.”

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand. Two queens, separated by a thousand years must face their ultimate destinies in this conclusion to the Empirium Trilogy.

Above All Else by Dana Alison Levy. Two friends embark on an emotional and physical challenge –they’re going for the big one—Mount Everest.

Like Spilled Water by Jennie Liu. Na’s life at her vocational college in China ends when she has to go home and support her family.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. Fantasy, magic, devils, a murder mystery, shapeshifters, and the beginning of a series will make this book a new favorite for many.

Where We Are by Alison McGhee. A story of two teens who fight to reunite when one of them is caught in the web of a sinister cult.

Ironspark by C. M. McGuire. A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle.

The Truth Project by Dante Medema. When the DNA test shows that the man who raised her isn’t her father, Delia is shattered. She’s always felt different from her family, and she can’t forgive her mother’s infidelity and secrecy.

Blazewrath Games by Ampard Ortiz. Dragons and their riders compete in an international sports tournament in this alternate contemporary world fantasy.

You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock. A self-deprecating New Yorker with a taste for vintage and indie music—narrates this crafty, well-paced thriller. On the way to summer in her father’s hometown of Montgomery Falls, Cat, 17, discovers that her former friend Riley Fraser disappeared three months previously.

Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston. A lowly gardener’s daughter enters the cursed Wildwood to save her kingdom, Cerys.

This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi. A trio of unlikely friends rally their Chicago community to save a beloved independent bookstore.

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass. Connor Major and other queer teens trapped at a conversion therapy camp work together to escape–and expose the camp’s horrible truths.

All Our Worst ideas by Vicky Skinner. Two teens on opposite trajectories meet each other halfway through a common bond: music.

The Gifted, the Talented, and Me by William Sutcliffe. When Sam’s family makes a drastic move from humdrum suburban Stevenage to fast-paced, upscale Hampstead, everyone’s lives are disrupted. Pitch-perfect and hilarious.

Graphic Novel

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen. With a focus on warm, loving family and friends, this is a refreshing alternative to the usual immigrant stories.


Out! How to be your authentic self by Miles McKenna. An affirming and refreshing guide to understanding sexuality, gender identity, and coming out.

A Hopeful Heart : Louisa May Alcott before Little Women by Deborah Noyes.

One Real American: the life of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Sachem and Civil War general by Joseph Bruchac.

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