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What’s *On* That List of Books Texas Lawmakers Want Removed?: Your YA News and New Books, November 11, 2021

Hey YA Readers!

Somehow, we’re almost half-way through another month. The end of the year sure does seem to fly by.

With that, it won’t be a huge surprise that the next couple of months will be lighter on news and new book releases as the publishing world begins to wrap up their years and prepare for the new one ahead.

Let’s dive into what’s going on this week.

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.


Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (series)

Ballad of Dinah Caldwell by Kate Brauning

Catch the Light by Kate Sweeney

Court by Tracy Wolff (series)

Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass by Anna Priemaza

I’ll Keep You Close by Jeska Verstegen and translated by Bill Nagelkerke

Roxy by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

A Snake Falls To Earth cover

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

Starling by Isabel Strychacz

The Year I Stopped Trying by Katie Heaney

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier


Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

The Ever-Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco (series)

Heiress Apparently by Diana Ma (series)

Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

The Nemesis by S. J. Kincaid (series)

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky

Stormbreak by Natalie C. Parker (series)

YA Book Talk at Book Riot

Thanks for hanging out, y’all, and we’ll see you again on Saturday for some YA ebook deals, then on Monday with some more YA nonfiction talk.

Until then, happy reading!

— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram.

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