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Hey YA Readers!
I hope you’re having the best kind of October available to you and you’re able to find a good book or two. Let’s catch up on the latest in YA book news and new YA books this week.
A note, too: in Monday’s newsletter, I mentioned the main character in Baby and Solo being gay. He is not — his brother, however, was a member of the LGBTQ community during his life. I wanted to clarify that, since it matters pretty heavily to what Joel, the main character, wrestles with. (So many books, so many details, and so many distractions in life!).
YA Book News
There’s a lot of interesting horror-themed news and features this week!
- First, though: we’re getting a spin-off from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before! Get ready for Kitty’s story in XO, Kitty, written by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian for Netflix.
- Here’s Reese Witherspoon’s latest YA Book Club pick.
- A look at the rise and fall of YA dystopian franchises.
- RL Stine talks about making horror work for young readers, as well as the success of the adaptation of his Fear Street series.
- The YA horror anthology A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts has been optioned for adaptation.
- A fun look at the Halloween franchise novels for young adults and how they foretold where the story went decades later.
- I’m not sure there’s anything new or revolutionary here, but it’s a good read regardless: how negative reviews on Goodreads impact authors (the writer is a YA author, as are many of those interviewed).
New YA Books This Week
Please note that with supply chain issues, paper supply challenges, and the pandemic more broadly, publication dates are changing at a pace I can’t keep up with. Some release dates may be pushed back. If a book catches your attention, the smartest thing to do right now is to preorder it or request it from your library. It’ll be a fun surprise when it arrives. This goes, too, for any books you might be planning to purchase for the holidays — the sooner you pick up the hard copies, if that’s your preference, the better.
Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu
Hunting By Stars by Cherie Dimaline (series)
Lies My Memory Told Me by Sacha Wunsch
Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
On Top of Glass by Karina Manta (nonfiction)
Out of the Fire by Andrea Contos
A Rebel in Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather (nonfiction)
That Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost
Where Echoes Lie by Shannon Schuren
Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
The Woman All Spies Fear by Amy Butler Greenfield (nonfiction)
City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn
Girl Crushed by Katie Heaney
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
YA Book Talk on Book Riot
- YA books that explore addiction.
- New Indigenous YA books for your TBR.
- Last week’s book challenges across the US involved a whole lot of YA books.
- And a school district in Texas tells teachers they need to balance “both sides” of the Holocaust and more in classroom libraries.
As always, thanks for hanging out, y’all. We’ll see you on Saturday for some ebook deals and on Monday for more YA book talk.
Until then, happy reading!
— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram.