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YA Fans: It’s time to catch up the haps.

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There’s so much great YA book news to dig into this week and I can’t wait to share!


Recent Book Mail

Lots of book mail in the last couple of weeks. You might want your TBR at the ready for this. Listed from top to bottom, left stack then right.

Unnatural Disasters by Jeff Hirsch

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos and translated by Hildegarde Serle (This is the first YA book from publisher Europe Editions in translation).

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start The Conversation About Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen (my own book!).

The Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins

The Disasters by M.K. England

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (Out in paperback!)

You Owe Me A Murder by Eileen Cook

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Tales From The Inner City by Shaun Tan

Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner (technically a middle grade graphic novel, but Garnder’s a YA author and I think this one skirts that line)

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement by Nadya Okamoto

Blended by Sharon Draper

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

Beneath The Citadel by Destiny Soria

We Say #NeverAgain by Parkland Student Journalists

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix (This is the second YA nonfiction title on Bonhoeffer in recent memory — the first was by Patricia McCormick a few years back.)

Cheap Reads

Grab ’em while they’re super affordable. Prices current as of Tuesday, September 11.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi is $2.

Savage by Nicole Conway — a dragon book! — is $2

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder is $2.

Lauren Oliver’s Vanishing Girls can be yours for $2.

Talon by Julie Kagawa is $2.

This is an oldie but a goodie: S.A. Bodeen’s The Compound is $3.

Sara Farizan’s wonderful Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel is $2.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma is $2.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is $2.

Journey To Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray is $3.




Thanks for hanging out and we’ll kick off next week with a fun author interview!

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram


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