Staff Picks: Fall 2019 Young Adult Books

Staff Picks: Fall 2019 Young Adult Books

The School & Library team talks about some of our top Fall ’19 young adult reads here.


Red Skies Falling

Red Skies Falling by Alex London
The Skybound Saga (Volume 2)
On Sale September 3, 2019


“In this follow-up to last year’s BLACK WINGS BEATING, Alex London returns us to the thrilling world of Uztar. Stunningly conceived, RED SKIES FALLING is filled with the same heroism, political intrigue, and swoon-worthy romance that readers of the first book will love. The star, however, is London’s world-building which solidly places him as one of the top YA fantasy writers of today.”

Cierra Bland, Marketing AssistaNt

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
On Sale September 10, 2019


“Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden is back, creating another fantastical world inhabited with complex characters who you just want to hug. Teenager Bea and twenty-something Lou, acquaintances at best, encounter each other by chance as they’re literally running from their own metaphorical demons. Making their way through West Texas, the mundane turns into the magical when the stark landscape begins to alter and evolve, and they are hunted by two men who want the stray cat they picked up. In order to survive this strange turn of events, Bea and Lou must rely upon each other while also working through their respective traumas and loss. Tillie’s signature spellbinding art and heartbreaking, haunting characters will stay with readers long after they’ve left the surreal, stunning world.”

MeLissa Croce, ASSOCIATE Manager

The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu
On Sale September 17, 2019

Staff Picks: Fall 2019 Young Adult Books

“This is a story of secrets and lies. Told from multiple points of view Jennifer Mathieu’s latest novel explores the illusive nature of truth and the danger of keeping secrets, from the ones we love and from ourselves. Readers will fly through the pages as truth and fiction blur in this family story from an incredibly gifted writer.”

Katie Halata, Associate Director

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring
On Sale September 24, 2019

Staff Picks: Fall 2019 Young Adult Books 1

“In a remote and supposedly haunted Patagonian girls’ school, who is the missing Tenth Girl? And what does she have to do with the strange and deadly happenings going on? This debut Own Voices thriller offers a shocking plot twist that will have readers wanting to read this a second time. Perfect for teen (and adult) readers of WE WERE LIARS or GONE GIRL.”

Lucy Del Priore, Director

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon
On Sale October 22, 2019

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“In this remarkable follow-up to her Coretta Scott King Honor book HOW IT WENT DOWN, Kekla Magoon has written a powerful story about the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Told through the perspective of multiple people in the community (in prose, verse, new reports, and tweets), LIGHT IT UP follows the aftermath of the shooting, as the community erupts into protests, the police defend their actions, and white supremacist counter-protesters arrive. This is an important story that everyone should be discussing–share it with your teen and adult reading groups, as well as One Book, One Community programs.”

Kristen Luby, Manager