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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

December 2018


This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484799871 | Published December 4, 2018

One week. That's all Jessie said. A one-week break to get some perspective before graduation, before she and her boyfriend, Chris, would have to make all the big, scary decisions about their future --- decisions they had been fighting about for weeks. Then, Chris vanishes. Every Friday since they started dating, Chris has written Jessie a love letter. Now Jessie is writing Chris a letter of her own to tell him everything that's happening while he's gone. As Jessie searches for answers, she must face her fears, her guilt, and a past more complicated than she would like to admit.

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles Edited by Natalie C. Parker - Fiction, Romance, Short Stories, Young Adult 14+

HarperTeen | 9780062424488 | Published December 4, 2018

You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these. These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss. This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Young Adult 13+

Katherine Tegen Books | 9780062338068 | Published December 4, 2018

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at the famous private school Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve the mystery of the kidnappying of the founder's wife and daughter, a case that has become one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. The only clue at the time of the kidnappings was a riddle signed "Truly, Devious." Stevie has her work cut out for her as she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates. But when Truly Devious makes a surprise return, death revisits Ellingham Academy.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Disney-Hyperion | 9781484799833 | Published December 4, 2018

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Mia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design --- one that could spell the end of the human race ...

Valiant by Merrie Destefano - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Young Adult 13+

Entangled: Teen | 9781640634268 | Published December 4, 2018

Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another. And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target. Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a 17-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin --- who’s suddenly starting to feel like more --- maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all.
War of the Cards (Queen of Hearts) by Colleen Oakes - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult 14+

HarperTeen | 9780062409805 | Published December 4, 2018

Dinah has lost everyone she ever loved. Her brother was brutally murdered. The wicked man she believed was her father betrayed her. Her loyal subjects have been devastated by war. And the boy she gave her heart to broke it completely. Now a dark queen has risen out of the ashes of her former life. Fury is blooming inside Dinah, poisoning her soul and twisting her mind. All she has left is Wonderland and her crown, and her obsession to fight for both. But the war rages on and Dinah could inherit a blood-stained throne.
Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake - Fiction, Short Stories

Jump at the Sun | 9781368019446 | Published December 4, 2018

Guys and girls get together, get played, and get real. WHO AM I WITHOUT HIM? is a Booklist Top Ten Romance Novel for Teens and is “breaking new and necessary ground”* in 12 short stories about guys and girls falling in and out of love and relationships, testing out ways to communicate with one another, respect each other --- and respect themselves. This is a complex, often humorous and always on-point exploration of today's teens determined to find love and self-worth...any way they know how.

You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys by Sharon Flake - African American Interest, Anthology, Children's 10-14, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult 10+

Jump at the Sun | 9781368019453 | Published December 4, 2018

In 9 stories and 15 poems, Sharon G. Flake provides insight into the minds of adolescent African American males. There's Tow-Kaye, getting married at age 16 to love of his life, who's pregnant. James writes in his diary about his twin brother's terrible secret, which threatens to pull James down, too. In a letter to his uncle, La'Ron confesses that he's infected with HIV. Eric takes us on a tour of North Philly on the Fourth of July. Characters come to life in this collection of urban male voices. Flake's talent for telling it like it is will leave readers thinking differently, feeling deeply and definitely wanting more.

The Bone Queen: Pellinor: Cadvan's Story by Alison Croggon - Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Candlewick | 9781536203707 | Published December 11, 2018

Cast out of the Schools of Barding for his crime, Cadvan now lives in exile, burdened by memories of his dealings with the Dark. At his former home, Cadvan’s mentor, Nelac, and his rival, Dernhil, begin to suspect that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in Annar, and a young Bard named Selmana is plagued by an ominous presence and an unsettling new ability to step between worlds. With darkness gathering and Bards giving in to fear and paranoia, a guilt-ridden Cadvan must once again earn the Bards’ trust and Selmana must gain control of her newfound powers if they are to bring peace to the living and the dead.
Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West - Fiction, Friendship, Mental Health, Romance, Young Adult 14+

HarperTeen | 9780062740458 | Published December 18, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, Abby isn’t going to take any chances. Which is where the list comes in. Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). 
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera - Fantasy, Fiction, Love & Marriage, Young Adult 14+

HarperTeen | 9780062457806 | Published December 18, 2018

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure --- to live a lifetime in a single day.

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck - Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Knopf Books for Young Readers | 9781524716103 | Published December 24, 2018

Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’ English class. If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Instead, Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse. After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes - Children's 10-12

Candlewick | 9781536203257 | Published December 24, 2018

Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson’s interference, aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats. Featuring vibrant mixed-media art full of intricate detail, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination and strength.

The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

Point | 9781338316315 | Published December 26, 2018

When Maia sets off on a road trip in search of her mom, the handsome boy Maia's in love with, Billy, unexpectedly comes along. They drive up the East Coast, stopping along the way for lobster rolls and lighthouses. Maia learns that Billy has dark secrets of his own --- and wants to outrun his past, too. But what will the future hold if they reach their destination?

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti - Historical Fiction

Scholastic Press | 9780439680141 | Published December 26, 2018

When 16-year-old Helmut Hubner listens to the BBC news on an illegal short-wave radio, he quickly discovers Germany is lying to the people. But when he tries to expose the truth with leaflets, he's tried for treason. Sentenced to death and waiting in a jail cell, Helmut's story emerges in a series of flashbacks that show his growth from a naive child caught up in the patriotism of the times , to a sensitive and mature young man who thinks for himself.

The The Day Before: A Prequel Novel (Riverdale, Novel #1) by Micol Ostow - Adventure, Fiction, Friendship, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult 13+

Scholastic Inc. | 9781338289442 | Published December 26, 2018

Based on the massively successful CW show, Riverdale, this prequel novel explores what the gang was doing before Season One. Why did Jughead and Archie have a falling out? What did Veronica's life look like in the Big Apple? And how long has Betty really been in love with Archie? Told from multiple points of view, your favorite characters tell their story their way.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Teen Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival (Young Readers' Edition) by Melissa Fleming - Biography, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Women's History, Young Adult 10+

Flatiron Books | 9781250311436 | Published December 31, 2018

A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA tells the story of Doaa Al-Zamel, a Syrian girl whose life was upended in 2011 by her country’s brutal civil war. She and her family escape to Egypt, but life soon quickly becomes dangerous for Syrians in that country. Doaa and her fiancé decide to flee to Europe to seek safety and an education, but four days after setting sail on a smuggler’s dilapidated fishing vessel along with 500 other refugees, their boat is struck and begins to sink...

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody - Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 14+

Inkyard Press | 9781335499059 | Published December 31, 2018

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city. Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is a street lord and con man. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a Mafia donna. As Enne unearths a secret about her past, Levi’s enemies ensnare him in an execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…And she’ll need to play.

Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis by James L. Swanson - History, Young Adult 12+

HarperCollins | 9780061560927 | Published December 31, 2018

New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt James L. Swanson creates an adaptation for young people of his adult book Bloody Crimes, a suspense-filled thriller that sheds light on two fallen leaders of the North and South. One man, President Lincoln, assassinated, on his way to the grave. Another man, the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, on the run, soon to be sent to prison. Their actions forever changed the history of a nation.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Flatiron Books | 9781250134691 | Published December 31, 2018

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone --- has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Supernatural, Young Adult 14+

Square Fish | 9781250294487 | Published December 31, 2018

Emma's father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel and she's convinced that a relationship with her crush is on the horizon. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma's way: anything she writes in the book comes true. But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her --- and they'll stop at nothing to succeed. A new boy in school becomes Emma's unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton - Dating, Family Life, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Ember | 9780399550911 | Published December 31, 2018

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.