What's Up in YA

🇨🇦Canadian YA For Your Fall TBR & More YA News

Hey YA Fans: Let’s catch up on some YA news.

“What’s Up in YA?” is sponsored by Seafire by Natalie C. Parker from Penguin Teen.

seafire book coverAfter her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric. But when Caledonia’s best friend barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women have worked for?

Get comfy, since there’s a lot of recent YA news. For August being a quiet time in the publishing world, it’s certainly not in the grander YA world (which is great for us as readers!):

Cheap Reads

Grab these great YA reads before August (finally) ends:

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott is a moody debut fantasy adventure read and $2.

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane is $4 and that title absolutely destroys me every time I see it because it’s so unique.

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris looks like a fun, end-of-summer read. $1.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma is still listed for $2 as of this writing, so snap it up if you haven’t already. This is for readers who love things creepy, eerie, and full of delicious writing.

Grab Lois Duncan’s Down A Dark Hall for $2 before you see the movie.

Recent Book Mail

Here’s what has hit my mailbox this week:

In Another Time by Caroline Leech

Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes

In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais (This is a YA book in translation!)

Where She Fell by Kaitlin Ward

The Last Best Story by Maggie Lehrman

Let Me List The Ways by Sarah White

Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak

Sea Prayer by Khaled Housseini

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

We Are Not Yet Equal by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden (YA nonfiction, especially great for budding social activists!)

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Sadie by Courtney Summers (If you like thrillers and true crime podcasts)

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Out in paperback and an excellent Black Lives Matter novel).


I wanted to wrap up this newsletter with a way to give back to young people in need. UCLA is welcoming 100 freshmen this year who are foster youth, and they need help getting those kids supplies for a successful first year in college. There is a video here worth watching and sharing — and if you’re so inclined, they have a list of things you can purchase to help them help these kids.

Thanks for hanging out, y’all. We’re taking Labor Day off, so the next newsletter will hit your box next Thursday, and it’s a really fun guest newsletter from a well-known, well-loved YA author.

Read some good books in the meantime.

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Instagram and Twitter