11 new october ya releases to wake your brain cells

Here are 11 great teen reads for your fall TBR pile. They have received plenty of starred reviews and praise and offer a nice mix of fiction and nonfiction titles. Enjoy!

Cover for Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert

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Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Punching Bag by Rex Ogle

Rise Up! How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy by Crystal M. Fleming

Thirty Talks Weird Love by Alessandra Narvaez Varela

The Woman All Spies Fear: Code Breaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and Her Hidden Life by Amy Butler Greenfield

National Book Award Finalists

The Finalists for the 2021 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature have been announced by the National Book Foundation. The five finalists are mostly first-time nominees with the exception of Kekla Magoon who has received her second nomination. Here are the finalists:

Cover for Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

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The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor

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Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

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Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon

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Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff