Hey YA Readers!
It’s kind of hard to believe we’re at the end of April already and that [insert Justin Timberlake GIF here]. I hope when YA authors write their historical fiction set in the early aughts that there are lengthy descriptions of the frosted hair trend.
Enough about my teen years. Let’s dive into this week’s YA news and new books.
YA Book News
- The Ignyte Awards, which celebrate diversity in science fiction and fantasy, just named their shortlists. Check out that incredible YA slate.
- On the subject of awards, A Sitting in St James took home the LA Times Book Prize this past weekend. Finally, this book is getting the kind of awards I imagined it seeing.
- One more award list, this time for Canadian crime writing. The YA list is a nice one!
- Along for the Ride hits Netflix May 6. I’m so excited for this one.
- Survival thriller Ski Weekend has been optioned for adaptation.
- This one is for the folks who work with teens in schools and libraries, but I wrote a piece over at School Library Journal about how summer library programs have changed and adapted.
Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at Audiobooks.com with a free trial!
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.
Arden Grey by Ray Stoeve
Chasing After Knight by Heather Buchta
Harley Quinn: Reckoning by Rachael Allen
Jagged Little Pill by Eric Smith, Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody, and Glen Ballard
Someday We’ll Find It by Jennifer Wilson
Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer
The Code Breaker (Young Reader Edition) by Walter Isaacson, adapted by Sarah Durand
Veil by Dylan Farrow (series)
Anna K Away by Jenny Lee (series)
Chaos on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer (series)
Muse by Brittany Cavallaro
What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka
YA on Book Riot
- Movie novelizations you may have forgotten existed.
- New YA books about debate.
- Badass female heroines in YA fantasy.
There are so many cute Heartstopper goods on Etsy right now that picking one to share was tough. But…how about a Nick and Charlie kiss sticker? $7 and up, depending on size.
Thanks for hanging out, pals, and we’ll see you again on Saturday with your rad ebook deals.
Until then, happy reading.
— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram.