New Teen Books September 28, 2020

Posted: September 28, 2020

How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi. When school bullies photograph Amir kissing Jackson, the football player he’s been secretly dating. They give Amir an ultimatum: $1,000 in hush money or they will show his parents the photo.

Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. A teen must solve a multilayered puzzle to find out why she’s the recipient of a billionaire’s inheritance .

We are not Free by Traci Chee. Spanning three years, from March 1942 to March 1945, Chee’s novel about America’s treatment of Japanese Americans is told by 14 Nisei teenagers who have grown up together in San Francisco. The book traces their varied trajectories, beginning with their initial deportation to a nearby incarceration camp.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. Sixteen-year-old Black whiz kid Bree Matthews battles grief and demonic forces on her college campus.

Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay. Teens compete to survive in the wilderness for one million dollars on a new virtual reality show. Something goes horribly wrong and the contestants realize no one is coming to save them.

Night Shine by Tessa Graton. An orphan girl undertakes a dangerous journey to rescue her friend, the prince, from a powerful sorceress.

Chaos Theory by Susan Harris. The vampire race is on the brink of extinction, and their fate now rests on the shoulders of an unlikely pair.

What Goes Up by Christine Heppermann. A teenage girl reflects on the months and moments that led up to a drunken night.

Bearmouth by Liz Hyder. Newt has been eking out a living as an unskilled laborer in the bleak Bearmouth coal mine since the age of 4.

Nightshade by Anthony Horowitz. Alex Rider is sent by MI6 Special Operations to infiltrate a new and sinister organization known only as Nightshade.

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh. A Black girl’s journey from a stifled life to self-discovery through dance.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. The novel shines light on biases against young Black women and the victim-blaming that so often occurs when a predator has power, fame, and money.

Sing like no One’s Listening by Vanessa Jones. Nettie was sure her dreams of attending Duke’s Academy of Performing Arts were over after a disastrous audition, during which a wave of grief over the recent death of her mother rendered her voiceless.

Kissing Lessons by Sophie Jordan. A teen with a promiscuous reputation is hired for lessons on seduction and falls for her client’s brother.

Bookweaver’s Daughter by Malavika Kannan. A fantasy world where an evil king reigns and there is only one hope for the land: the magic of the Bookweaver.

The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. A gripping tale of magic and logic, fate and choice, and a deadly love.

Cloud Hopper by Beth Kephart. Kephart creates a novel about three misfits who witness the tragic accident of a cloud hopper (a person with a jet pack) that changes their lives forever.

These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin. For years, a secret student cabal, the Red Court, has ruled Heller High School.

Sanctuary by Paola Mendoz and Abby Sher. Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her tía Luna’s in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country.

The Whitsun Daughters by Carrie Mesrobian. Three young women in a rural Minnesota town navigate a pivotal summer under the watchful eye of a spirit with intimate ties to the land.

Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy. In 9th-century Denmark, some citizens have magic that amplifies a single talent, enabling excellence beyond ordinary reach. But this power is dangerous: overdo it and die.

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp. A murder-mystery role-playing game becomes real when its players gather in a remote mountain cabin.

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons. In this Greco-Roman-inspired duology opener, disputes between the six gods are settled gladiator-style by their human offspring.

How to Live on the Edge by Sarah Lynn Scheerger. A teen reckons with her family’s genetic curse.

The Book of Sam by Rob Shapiro. A 16-year-old underdog wanders a highway through Hell on a not-quite-hero’s journey.

Running by Natalia Sylvester. As her life begins to unravel, a teen struggles with her father’s decision to run for president.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. A gay, transgender brujo with burgeoning powers seeks answers about his cousin’s death.

All These Monsters by Amy Tintera. Clara has decided to drop out of high school, leave her dysfunctional, abusive family, and join a privately run monster defense firm poised to take on the “scrab” insurgency in Europe.

Graphic Novels

Demon Slayer #5 by Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Displacement by Kiku Hughes. Mixing fact and fiction in this autobiographical graphic novel, debut author Hughes follows a teen experiencing Japanese internment firsthand through time travel to the WWII era.

School for Extraterrestrial Girls: girl on fire by Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi. A studious girl’s regimented life is turned upside down when she learns she isn’t human.


True or False: a CIA analyst’s guide to spotting fake news by Cindy L. Otis

Be Gay Do Comics! queer history, memoir, and satire from The Nib.

The Radium Girls: the scary but true story of the poison that made people glow in the dark by Kate Moore.

Guardians of Liberty: freedom of the press and the nature of news by Linda Barrett Osborne.

Kent State: four dead in Ohio by Derf Backkderf.

Kiyo Sato: from a WWII Japanese internment camp to a life of service by Connie Goldsmith with Kiyo Sato.

P.K. Subban: fighting racism to become a hockey superstar and role model for athletes of colour by Catherine Rondina.



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