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Star Wars, National Book Awards, and More of Your YA News and New Books: September 23, 2021

Hey YA Readers!

Let’s catch up on the latest in YA book news and new YA books. I hope you’re finding all of the cozy you can as we roll into autumn here in the northern hemisphere.

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.


Cover for All These Bodies

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

As If On Cue by Marisa Kanter

Big Boned by Jo Watson

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi (series)

Into The Dying Light by Katy Rose Pool (series)

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Maybe We’re Electric by Val Emmich

The Other Merlin by Robyn Schneider

The Other Talk by Brendan Kiely

Sidelined by Kara Bietz

She Who Rides the Storm by Caitlin Sangster

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Spells Like Teen Spirit by Kate M. Williams (series)

Things We Couldn’t Say by Jay Coles

This Is Why We Lie by Gabriella Lepore

To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames

When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez


As The Shadows Rise by Katy Rose Pool (series)

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

The Left Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

A Light in the Darkness by Albert Marrin (nonfiction)

Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Bomb by Neal Bascomb (nonfiction)

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (nonfiction)

Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia by Marc Favreau (nonfiction)

White Fox by Sara Faring

This Week at Book Riot

Image of a grey t-shirt which reads "Stoneybrook middle school 1985," with a tiger face.

I’m debating picking up this sweet Stoneybrook Middle School 1986 shirt for my birthday. Is this where I post that acronym IYKYK? $21 and up, if you want to join me.

Thanks as always for hanging out. We’ll see you with deals on Saturday!

— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram.