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Tyra Banks, Horror on Screen, and More YA Book News and New Books: September 16, 2021

Hey YA Fans!

Let’s dig into this week’s new YA books and YA book news. There’s so much of each to get excited by.

YA Book News

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. These are as current as I have, but some may have been 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.


Alma Presses Play by Tina Cane

Chasing the Truth book cover

Chasing The Truth: Adapted for Young Readers by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and adapted by Ruby Shamir (nonfiction)

The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herrman

A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell

Defy The Night by Brigid Kemmerer (series)

The Hollow Heart by Marie Rutkoski (series)

Idol Gossip by Alexandra Leigh Young

It All Comes Back To You by Farah Naz Rishi

Kneel by Candace Buford

The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl

Not Here To Be Liked by Michelle Quach

Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin

White Smoke book cover

Walking In Two Worlds by Wab Kinew

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

Witch Rising by Paige McKenzie and Nancy Ohlin (series)


Gold Wings Rising by Alex London (series)

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur

Truelife by Jay Kristoff (paperback)

This Week at Book Riot

As always, thanks for hanging out, and we’ll see you on Saturday for deals.

— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram