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Young Adult Book News from Kelly Jensen of Book Riot YA 4/2/20

Hey YA Pals: YA Book News New! Angie! Thomas! Book! This one is set back in Garden Heights and has an amazing title and cover and synopsis. January 2021 cannot come soon enough — for this and, well, a billion other reasons.Kiersten White movie news. You may see Elizabeth Frankenstein hit your television screen.Love Rainbow Rowell’s FangirlIt’s going to be manga.UK’s YA Book Prize shortlist is out. I love these award lists from across the globe, as they’re a great way to discover even more new books (or be encouraged to pick up those which may have been missed!).Hey YA cohost extraordinaire writes about the power of seeing adoptee experiences in science fiction and fantasy YA over on Tor.com.Snowflake is Marvel’s new nonbinary character, but this piece talks about it not being the first outside the gender binary (that may have come in a YA book!).Teen movies to stream right now. New YA Books This Week A * means it’s a book I’ve read and recommend! Almost, Maine by John Cariani (a nove…
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SLJ Top 10 Manga by Brigid Alverson

It has been more than 20 years since manga first took off in North America, and publishers are releasing deluxe collectors editions of early classics such as "Sailor Moon" and "Fullmetal Alchemist." But the new series are still proliferating, and winnowing our list of the best titles published in the United States this year was a challenge. With an opposites-attract friendship story, an out-of-this-world road trip, and tales of outcasts finding community, even newcomers to manga will find something to tempt them.

Higashimura, Akiko. Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey; Vol. 1
Grade 7 Up

Every artist needs a mentor; for teenage Higashimura, it was a laconic, bamboo sword-wielding, tough-as-nails sensei who put the slacker student on the path to becoming the creator of "Princess Jellyfish" and "Tokyo Tarareba Girls."  The Eisner Award-winning author-illustrator veers between sketch-like art and exaggerated cartoons in this candid memo…

The Most Exciting Young Adult Books of 2019 by Dena McMurdie of Brightly

2019 has been a fantastic year for YA readers with new releases from favorite authors, additions to popular series, and stunning debuts. With so many great titles to enjoy, YA lovers have been happily turning pages all year long. Whether it’s a dark mystery, a lighthearted romance, or a sweeping fantasy, check out our favorite YA books from 2019.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus From the author that captivated readers with One of Us Is Lying comes a new YA thriller about a small town, sinister secrets, and a doomed homecoming. With enough plot twists to leave you reeling, this captivating mystery will keep you glued to the page. Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson When Abdi’s family is kidnapped, he’s forced to infiltrate a Somali terrorist group and act as a spy for the American CIA. Both horrific and touching, this novel is about humanity, family, redemption, and hope. Imprison the Sky by A.C. Guaghen Aspasia captains a ship dedicated to rescuing women and chi…

The Horn Book Choices for the Best Books of the Year

Horn Book Inc.

Here are Horn Book's choices for best books of the year for teens!

FICTION
With the Fire on High
written by Elizabeth Acevedo; HarperTeen
(High School) High school senior Emoni Santiago is a proud Afro-Latinx young woman, an aspiring chef, a teenage single parent — and just about anything else she puts her mind to, assisted by her supportive abuela and caring friends and teachers. Acevedo (The Poet X) creates fully realized characters with complex lives to whom many readers will connect — and through them feel seen. 
Lovely War
written by Julie Berry; Viking
(High School) Greek goddess Aphrodite narrates the interwoven stories of four young mortals swept up in World War I to make her case for true love. Short, well-paced chapters carry readers across years, continents, and multiple perspectives; Berry skillfully addresses war, racism, loss, and love in all their complexity. A vividly described and achingly moving tale. 
Beverly, Right Here
written by Kate DiCamillo; Can…