Our YA Books Gift Guide Will Help You Find The Perfect Match For Your Book-Loving Friends


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Strange the Dreamer by Lalani Taylor: Set in a world where the dream chooses the dreamer, Lazlo has constantly dreamed of the mythic lost city of Weep. When an opportunity arises for Lazlo to journey there, he must decide if he’ll take the chance or lose the dream forever. Price: $10.53

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige: In the fourth installment of Paige’s series, Amy is whisked away from Oz to the dark world of Ev to confront and destroy a new enemy — The Nome King. Price: $11.86

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig: In the second installment of Heilig’s series, Nix has control of the time-traveling ship but learns she’s destined to lose the one she loves. In order to change this reality, Nix travels to a mythical utopia to attempt to manipulate time and change history. Price: $10.48

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao: In this East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen, Xifeng has been told she is destined for greatness, but only if she embraces the darkness within her. In order to fulfill her destiny, she must exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins on a journey that will either make or break her. Price: $11.60

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton: In the second book in Hamilton’s series, Amani al’Hiza is fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan. However, she begins to wonder whether the sultan is really the villain. Price: $13.29


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Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman: Anise is displaced from Santa Cruz to Nebraska to help her aunt take care of her children after an accident leaves her with two broken legs. There she struggles with her new reality, identity, and self-discovery. Price: $8.97

Ten Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac: Maeve struggles with anxiety, so it doesn’t help that she’s being sent to live with her dad in Vancouver. It’s there that she befriends Salix, who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Price: $11.70

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate: After Jordan begins her junior year with high hopes of landing a role in the school musical, she considers other options when that doesn’t happen. Instead, she auditions for an all male a cappella octet to find her voice and prove herself. Price: $12.56

You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner: After Julia gets kicked out of Kingston School for the Deaf for covering up slander with a graffiti mural, she’s sent to a school in the suburbs where she feels like an outcast as the only deaf student. As she spreads her art throughout the city, she realizes someone is adding on to her work and showing her up. But who? Price: $12.59


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The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin: Picking up where the Mara Dyer trilogy left off, both Mara and Noah must try to put secrets and lies behind them in order to solve a bigger mystery that lies ahead. Price: $10.44

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus: Five students enter detention, but only four come out. Simon has been murdered, and the remaining four students must clear their name — but who can they trust? Price: $14.39

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti: Hawthorn Creely decides to try and solve the mystery of the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett, a girl who went missing after camping with her boyfriend. Price: $12.88

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson: Mary spends six years in “baby jail” before being transferred to a group home all because she “allegedly” killed a white baby. But what’s the story, and did she do what others are accusing her of? Price: $12.59

The Takedown by Corrie Wang: Kyla Cheng has carved a perfect path for herself in high school, but when someone uploads a video of Kyla “doing it” with her crush-worthy English teacher, it goes viral. But that’s not Kyla in the video. Will she be able to figure out who’s behind this and save face? Price: $11.84

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: This take on Wonder Woman’s origin story follows Diana, Princess of the Amazons, who wants to prove herself to her warrior sisters, but when she breaks Amazon law, she must face the repercussions. Price: $10.96

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen: A combined forty-four writers share essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about body positivity, girl friendships, romance, gender identity, intersectionality, and more in this anthology. Price: $9.98

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: Tired of the sexism within her school, Viv takes after her mother and creates a feminist zine alongside her classmates to fight the patriarchy. Price: $12.59

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed: Three misfits band together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate by attempting to change the misogynist culture within their high school. Price: $12.32


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The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson: In this near-future YA, Eden and three other girls escape to Sanctuary Island in hopes of uncovering secrets her father left behind, but the island isn’t as safe as she believed. Price: $9.99

The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke: In this time-traveling YA, Ellie Baum travels back to 1988 to East Berlin, she meets members of a conspiracy who use red balloons to help people over the wall. When Ellie discovers dark magic is being used to change history, she must do everything she can to try and stop it. Price: $9.32

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie: In the second installment in the series, Cassandra Leung is set free from the sea monster Reckoner she was forced to train after pledging loyalty to the ruthless pirate-queen and now must work alongside the girl who broke her heart. But problems arise when Cas discovers there are other sea monsters swimming free, and Cas might be the only one who can stop them. Price: $11.97

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor: In the second installment in the series, Sunny—an American-born Nigerian girl—has been chosen to lead a mission to avert an apocalypse, where she must fight a battle to save humanity. Price: $11.60

Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older: In the second installment in the series, Sierra and her shadowshaper friends must defeat the Hound and master the Deck of Worlds to protect their family, friends, and the world. Price: $15.59


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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord: After her mother’s cancer reappears, Lucy’s faith falters. When her boyfriend pauses their relationship for the summer, her mother urges her to consider becoming a camp counselor for troubled kids. There, Lucy finds solace in unexpected friends and gains the courage to confront her struggles. Price: $10.48

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah: Michael doesn’t prefer going to the anti-immigrant rallies his parents drag him to, but when he meets Mina—a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan—Michael begins to realize the importance in taking a stand. Price: $12.06

Dear Martin by Nic Stone: Jus begins writing letters to Martin Luther King Jr. after a scary, discriminatory incident with the police. After, he begins to wonder if the world truly does see him as a good because of the color of his skin. Price: $11.67

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner: Carver Briggs blames himself for the text message that killed his three best friends in a crash. While dealing with the guilt and anxiety of it all, he attempts to navigate his senior year and his own grief. Price: $14.34










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