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Hey YA Readers!
As we roll into the end of the year, our minds on wrapping up this year’s loose ends and preparing for the next — whatever that looks like anymore — news and new book releases are slowing down. This week’s Thursday roundup, as well as next week’s, will be much shorter than usual. The good news is that means you have some more time to get your reading on.
YA Book News
- This year’s short list for the Morris Award — the best debut YA book of the year — is out. It’s a nice one!
- Do you agree or disagree with this roundup of the 10 best YA comics?
- Beloved author and former Hey YA co-host Eric Smith is cowriting the YA adaptation of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. That is some awesome news.
- Five young adult science fiction and fantasy books where compassion is strength. This is a really great piece and topic!
- Here are Time’s best children’s and YA books of 2021.
- Femi Fadugba’s just-released The Upper World is on the docket for Netflix adaptation.
- How Netflix’s adaptation of Uglies can avoid the failures of many other dystopians.
- Science fiction and fantasy books that center and celebrate the disability experience.
- Not all of the books on this roundup of best dark academia books are YA, but they will sure appeal to YA readers.
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New YA Book Releases
Note: book publication dates have been shifting because of supply chain challenges. This week there are no hardcover releases. Instead, enjoy these three new paperback releases:
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes
Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall
YA Book Talk at Book Riot
- Queer read alikes for your favorite love stories.
- The best gender flipped retellings.
- Excellent retellings of Asian myths, epics, and folklore.
- Get cozy with these wintry YA books.
- Last week’s roundup of censorship news, including so many YA books and so many teens being put in the position to defend their right to read (and exist).
Thanks, y’all, for hanging out. We’ll be back in your inbox Saturday with deals and on Monday with your picks for best YA books of 2021.
Until then, happy reading!
— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram