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The Best YA Books of the Year and More of This Week’s YA News and New Books: December 9, 2021

Hey YA Readers!

Let’s get right into it and cover this week’s YA book news and new books. If you haven’t yet, do take a minute to click over and add your picks for best YA book of 2021 and the YA book of 2021 you wish had received more attention.

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.


If This Gets Out book cover

The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling

The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White (series)

Heart of the Impaler by Alexander Delacroix

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich

The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska

No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen

The Righteous by Renée Ahdieh (series)

The Upper World by Femi Fadugba


Beyond The Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald (series)

Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir

The Sound of Stars book cover

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige (series)

The Shattered Crown by Maxym M. Martineau (series)

A Sky Beyond The Storm by Sabaa Tahir (series)

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

Wider Than The Sky by Katherine Rothschild

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Thanks for hanging out again and we’ll see you on Saturday for some deals in YA ebooks.

— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram.