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!

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

Cover for Black Birds in the Sky

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

Cover for Briarheart

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

11 October children’s books to wake your brain cells

Here are some great children’s books and middle grade reads that are coming out in October. They have gotten praise and starred reviews. Enjoy!

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Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman

Cover for The Genius Under the Table

The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin

Cover for How Do You Live?

How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino

Cover for A Kind of Spark

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Cover for Neverforgotten

Neverforgotten by Alejandra Algorta

Cover for The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne

The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud

Cover for Picturing a Nation

Picturing a Nation: The Great Depression’s Finest Photographers Introduce America to Itself by Martin W. Sandler

Cover for Playing the Cards You're Dealt

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt by Varian Johnson

Cover for The School Between Winter and Fairyland

The School Between Winter and Fairyland by Heather Fawcett

Cover for The Swallows' Flight

The Swallow’s Flight by Hilary McKay

Cover for This Is Our Rainbow

This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them and Us edited by Katherine Locke and Nicole Melleby

12 New October picture books to wake your brain cells

Here are twelve of the upcoming picture books releasing in October that include favorite authors, new names, fiction and nonfiction. Enjoy!

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Art Is Everywhere: A Book about Andy Warhol by Jeff Mack

Cover for Everybody in the Red Brick Building

Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora

Cover for Forty Winks

Forty Winks by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Lita Judge

Cover for From the Tops of the Trees

From the Tops of the Trees by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Rachel Wada

Cover for Inside Cat

Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Cover for The Longest Letsgoboy

The Longest Letsgoboy by Derick Wilder, illustrated by Catia Chien

Cover for The Message

The Message by Michael Emberley

Cover for Off-Limits

Off-Limits by Helen Yoon

Cover for Red

Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Cover for Room for Everyone

Room for Everyone by Naaz Khan, illustrated by Mercè López

Cover for Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge

Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge by Gary Golio, illustrated by James Ransome

Cover for Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather by Matt Phelan

22 September YA Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 22 of the YA books releasing in September that have received starred reviews and praise. You will find a combination of well-known voices and new ones to discover as well as some amazing nonfiction among the novels. Enjoy!

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All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

Cover for Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith

Cover for Beasts of Prey

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

Cover for Before We Disappear

Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchison

Cover for Defy the Night

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Cover for For All Time

For All Time by Shanna Miles

Cover for Hello (from Here)

Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker and Wesley King

Cover for Kneel

Kneel by Candace Buford

Cover for Not Here to Be Liked

Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach

Cover for Once Upon a Broken Heart

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Cover for The Other Merlin (Emry Merlin #1)

The Other Merlin by Robyn Schneider

Cover for Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

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

Cover for So Many Beginnings

So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Morrow

Cover for Tell It True

Tell It True by Tim Lockette

Cover for Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell by Barry Lyga

Cover for We Are Not Broken

We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson

Cover for When Can We Go Back to America?

When Can We Go Back to America? Voices of Japanese American Incarceration during WWII by Susan H. Kamei

Cover for When We Make It

When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez

Cover for Where I Belong

Where I Belong by Marcia Argueta Mickelson

Cover for White Smoke

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Cover for Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora edited by Saraciea J. Fennell

Cover for You'd Be Home Now

You’d Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow

15 September Children’s Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 15 books for children and middle grades coming out in September that have gotten starred reviews and praise. Lots of familiar names mix with new faces.

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Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs

Cover for The Beatryce Prophecy

Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Cover for Borders

Borders by Thomas King, illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Cover for Born Behind Bars

Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman

Cover for Cuba in My Pocket

Cuba in My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas

Cover for Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2)

Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Cover for Garlic and the Vampire

Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen

Cover for Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick

Cover for The List of Unspeakable Fears

The List of Unspeakable Fears by J. Kasper Kramer

Cover for Lotería

Loteria by Karla Arenas Valenti, illustrated by Dana Sanmar

Cover for Once Upon a Camel

Once Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Cover for Pony

Pony by R. J. Palacio

Cover for The Robber Girl

The Robber Girl by Franny Billingsley

Cover for A Soft Place to Land

A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks

Cover for Treasure in the Lake

Treasure in the Lake by Jason Pamment

18 New September Picture Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are eighteen picture books coming out in September that have garnered starred reviews and praise. September is such a busy publishing month that it was hard to narrow down the titles to include. There are so many more to be celebrated!

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Ada and the Galaxies by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman

Cover for Bear Wants to Sing

Bear Wants to Sing by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dena Seiferling

Cover for Change Sings

Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long

Cover for Chez Bob

Chez Bob by Bob Shea

Cover for Circle Under Berry

Circle Under Berry by Carter Higgins

Cover for Dad Bakes

Dad Bakes by Katie Yamasaki

Cover for A House

House by Kevin Henkes

Cover for King of Ragtime

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin by Stephen Costanza

Cover for Little Witch Hazel

Little Witch Hazel by Phoebe Wahl

Cover for My Two Border Towns

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, illustrated by Erika Meza

Cover for Nina

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci Todd, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Cover for Norman Didn't Do It!

Norman Didn’t Do It! Yes, He Did by Ryan Higgins

Cover for The People Remember

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise

Cover for Ten Spooky Pumpkins

Ten Spooky Pumpkins by Gris Grimly

Cover for Time for Bed, Old House

Time for Bed, Old House by Janet Costa Bates, illustrated by A.G. Ford

Cover for Time is a Flower

Time Is a Flower by Julie Morstad

Cover for A True Wonder

True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything by Kirsten W. Larson, illustrated by Katy Wu

Cover for When We Say Black Lives Matter

When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clark

September/October Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

The American Booksellers Association has released a preview of titles included on their September/October Indie Next List. The list is based on recommendations from independent bookstores around the U.S. Here are the books that made this season’s list:

#1 PICK

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The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

PICTURE BOOKS

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Bear Is a Bear by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Dan Santat

Cover for Bright Star

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales

Cover for Einstein

Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time by Torben Kuhlmann

Cover for It Fell from the Sky

It Fell from the Sky by the Fan Brothers

Cover for It's Ok, Slow Lizard

It’s OK, Slow Lizard by Yeorim Yoon, illustrated by Jian Kim, translated by Chi-Young Kim

Cover for Little Witch Hazel

Little Witch Hazel by Phoebe Wahl

Cover for My Two Border Towns

My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, illustrated by Erika Meza

Cover for Negative Cat

Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall

Cover for Norman Didn't Do It!

Norman Didn’t Do It!: (Yes, He Did) by Ryan Higgins

Cover for The People Remember

The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise

MIDDLE GRADE

Cover for Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs

Cover for Beasts and Beauty

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Julia Iredale

Cover for Dead Wednesday

Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli

Cover for Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2)

Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Cover for Garlic and the Vampire

Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen

Cover for Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick

Cover for Paradise on Fire

Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Cover for Pony

Pony by R.J. Palacio

Cover for A Soft Place to Land

A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks

Cover for Treasure in the Lake

Treasure in the Lake by Jason Pamment

YOUNG ADULT

Cover for All These Bodies

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

Cover for Beasts of Prey

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

Cover for Call Me Athena

Call Me Athena by Colby Cedar Smith

Cover for Defy the Night

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Cover for How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Cover for Like Other Girls

Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin

Cover for Once Upon a Broken Heart

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Cover for When We Make It

When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez

Cover for White Smoke

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Cover for Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora by Saraciea J. Fennell

13 New August Books for Teens to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 13 YA books coming out this month that have gotten starred reviews and praise.

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Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

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Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas

Cover for Call and Response

Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers

Cover for Cheer Up

Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier, illustrated by Val Wise

Cover for The Dead and the Dark

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Cover for How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Cover for In the Wild Light

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Cover for A Lesson in Vengeance

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Cover for Like Other Girls

Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin

Cover for Me (Moth)

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

Cover for Rainbow in the Dark

Rainbow in the Dark by Sean McGinty

Cover for Run

Run: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury and Nate Powell

Cover for Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things

Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston

12 New August Children’s Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are 12 children’s books coming out in August that have gotten starred reviews and praise. Lots of familiar names and some new ones too.

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Bad Sister by Charise Mericle Harper, illustrated by Rory Lucey

Cover for Being Clem

Being Clem by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Cover for Black Boy Joy

Black Boy Joy edited by Kwame Mbalia

Cover for Dead Wednesday

Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli

Cover for Elvis and the World As It Stands

Elvis and the World as It Stands by Lisa Frenkel Riddiough, illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller

Cover for Erik vs. Everything

Erik vs. Everything by Christina Uss

Cover for Fast Pitch

Fast Pitch by Nic Stone

Cover for Indiana Bones

Indiana Bones by Harry Heape, illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

Cover for Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence

Cover for The Lost Things Club

The Lost Things Club by J. S. Puller

Cover for One Kid's Trash

One Kid’s Trash by Jamie Sumner

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Why Longfellow Lied: The Truth about Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride by Jeff Lantos