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This is my second Summer Reading post of Summer 2021. This time I’m listing new young adult books that have recently been added to our collection. By recently, I mean as far back at March 2020. The titles we added way back then may have been missed with all the other things going on around us at the time so I want to give them another shout out here.

Like I mentioned last week in the Adult New Books post, I don’t want anybody to think adult and young adult titles should be for different audiences. There are lots of great titles on each list!

Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians!

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Clap When you LandClap When You Land by Elizbeth Acevedo, Call Number: Popular Books ACE In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

Lovely War by Julie Berry, Call Number: Popular Books BER A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II. Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Call Number: Popular Books CAL From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Call Number: Popular Books FAI Fantasy. In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, Call Number: Popular Books IFU Fantasy. Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Call Number: Popular Books KAU Adventure Science Fiction. Told in separate voices, eighteen-year-old Tyler Jones, top graduate of Aurora Academy, and a group of misfits and troublemakers embark on their first mission with Auri, a stowaway from the distant past.

The Loop by Ben Oliver, Call Number: Popular Books OLI Life inside The Loop-the futuristic death row for teens under eighteen-is one long repetitive purgatory. But when news of the encroaching chaos in the outside world reaches the inmates and disorder begins to strike, the prison becomes the least of their worries. Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Call Number: Popular Books POW  a feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Call Number: Popular Books REY Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, Call Number: Popular Books ROW Simon Snow did everything he was supposed to do. He beat the villain, won the war, even fell in love. So where’s the happily ever after? His best friend recommends a change of scenery, and now Simon and Penny and Baz are in a vintage convertible, tearing across the American West.

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez, Call Number: Popular Books SAN In this story inspired by real–and current–events, the plight at our southern border is brought to life. We Are Not From Here

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, Call Number: Popular Books SCH France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Together, Apart by various authors, Call Number: Popular Books TOG A collection of original contemporary love stories set during life in lockdown by some of today’s most popular YA authors. Once Upon Eid   

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Call Number: Popular Books ZOB From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. 

Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, Call Number: Children’s Litererature 297.36 O583 Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!