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Ibi Zoboi is Writing a Black Panther YA Novel: Your YA News and New YA Books

Hey YA readers!

Happy June! I hope you enjoyed your long weekend and that you got some extra great reading in! I listened to the audiobook of The Knockout by Sajni Patel and it was fantastic! Definitely pick it up if you enjoy hardcore girls in sports and great coming of age stories about identity and big dreams.

Let’s dive into the news and new books, because there’s a ton of both!


TikTok is named a big driver behind YA book sales.

The Books for Palestine relief auction is running now. Bid on items donated by the kidlit community to raise money for the Middle East Children’s Alliance and the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.

Ibi Zoboi is writing a Black Panther YA novel! It will star a young Okoye. It’s called Okoye to the People and it’s available for preorder.

cover of The Lucky List

Talk about empowering: A group of trans and non-binary teens came together to write a children’s book about inclusivity!

YA author Rachel Lippincott shared her own journey in completing the bucket list found in her new novel, The Lucky List.

Flamer by Mike Curato and I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan won 2021 Lambda Literary Awards!

A reminder: June is officially Pride Month, so don’t forget about the Pride Book Fest happening this month!

New YA Books

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

cover of Ace of Spades

Better Together by Christine Riccio

A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow

The Coming Storm by Regina M. Hansen

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms by Mackenzie Lee

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The In-Between by Marc Klein

Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June

The Lucky List by Rachael Lippincott

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

Never Kiss Your Roommate by Philline Harms

A Night Twice as Long by Andrew Simonet

One Great Lie by Deb Caletti

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud

A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg

Speak for Yourself by Lana Wood Johnson

Strange Creatures by Phoebe North

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park

Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin

The (Un)Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez

We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon

New in Paperback

14 Ways to Die by Vincent Ralph

cover of This Book is Gay

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

This Book is Gay by Juno Dawsom

Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab

Category Five by Ann Davila Cardinal

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four by Veronica Roth (anniversary reissues)

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl Unframed by Deb Caletti

Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

The Shadow Wand by Laurie Forest

Some Kind of Animal by Maria Romasco-Moore

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour (anniversary reissue)

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

On Book Riot

10 new June releases to TBR!

Listen to me talk about the importance of community this Pride season, and some books that exemplify that!

Dark coming of age YA—why is it important?

What to read after you read and watch Shadow and Bone!

Thanks for hanging out!