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Horror for Teens, The Death of Dystopia, and More YA Book News and New Books: October 21, 2021

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!

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

book cover for hunting by stars by cherie dimaline

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)


book cover for miss meteor

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

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.