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YA “Best Of” Lists Begin, ON THE COME UP Filming, and More YA Book News and New Books: October 28, 2021

Hey YA Readers!

Let’s catch up on the latest in YA book news and new YA books. I hope you’ve got your favorite treats ready to celebrate Halloween this weekend and some excellent reads, too.

YA Book News

New YA Books

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.


i'm dreaming of a wyatt christmas book cover

Daughter of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil

Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong (nonfiction, young reader edition!)

I’m Dreaming of a Wyatt Christmas by Tiffany Schmidt

Journey to the Heart of the Abyss by London Shah (series)

The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Rest Easy by Warona Jolomba


A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Magic Dark and Strange by Kelly Powell

This Week at Book Riot

Image of a cream colored candle in front of YA book spines.

‘Tis the season to burn a delicious candle while you’re reading, and this YA Reader candle — orange, sandalwood, coconut scented — is perfectly fitting. $10.

Thanks for hanging out, and we’ll see you on Saturday with some ebook deals!

— Kelly Jensen,

@heykellyjensen on Instagram.

(psst: did you know both (Don’t) Call Me Crazy and Body Talk, my two most recent anthologies, are on sale for the low price of $2 this month in ebook format? Now you do!).