Looking forward to another year of great books!
Spellhacker by M.K. England – January 21st, 2020 *Pre-order now*
Fun, rule-breaking, and plenty of made-up words are all things M.K. England knows very well, so there’s no doubt they’ll be plentiful in Spellhacker. A fairly simple-sounding rag-tag crew base concept with layers of space adventures and an exciting magic system is sure to light up the new year.
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles – January 21st, 2020
A contemporary novel from YA veteran Lamar Giles that will tackle sex, dating, and toxic masculinity today. Not only is this cover worth just as much as the story, but the plot sounds honest, original, and necessary.
The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson – March 3rd, 2020
I have been an avid fan of Noelle Stevenson ever since I first picked up Lumberjanes, and now after having read her legendary graphic novel Nimona and had three consecutive watch parties for her Netflix cartoon She-Ra and The Princesses of Power, I think it’s safe to say I’m excited for her autobiography. There is an honesty and love in Noelle’s work that is completely her own, as well as the signature pointy chins of her art style, both of which will connect to any reader.
The Bridge by Bill Konigsberg – September 1st, 2020 *Pre-order now*
Bill Konigsberg is one of the only authors I know whose books get astronomically better with every release. The Bridge will be one of the multiple YA novels recently that explores split perspective/timelines, which most publishers would assume is too complex for a teen audience. It certainly isn’t, so I’m glad that more complex books like these are being published. The Bridge doubles in complexity in plot, as it tackles the suicide of two conflicted teens. Bill’s writing is relatable and visual, as I’m sure this uniquely deep novel to be.
Vampires Never Get Old by Natalie C. Parker, Zoraida Córdova, Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria Schwab, Kayla Whaley – September 22nd, 2020
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I’d feel like a fraud if I didn’t include at least one vampire book on this list. For those unaware, the brooding creatures of the night are coming back into vogue, and what better way to celebrate this trend than a compilation of ten dark tales by some of the best YA authors out there. With each of these writers putting their own personal touch on the classic trope, Edward Cullen is sure to be far from your mind in these fresh stories.
What’s on your 2020 list, friends?