This autumn brings new releases from some of our favorite YA authors—and a few from literary greats making their YA debuts.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
Little, Brown | August 20
Stonewall Book Award winner Colbert sets her latest novel in Chicago, specifically in an apartment above a hair salon, where junior high schooler Birdie grapples with love, family, secrets and the wide-ranging effects of addiction.
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
HarperCollins | September 3
From the award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again comes a moving, expertly wrought story of a Vietnamese girl who journeys to Texas in search of her brother.
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Make Me a World | September 10
Emezi blazed new ground with her adult novel, Freshwater, and this latest novel of monsters and myth, of protection and lies, promises to make a big splash.
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker
Delacorte | September 24
The poet of Magical Negro and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé explores mental health, therapy, blackness and music—oh, the music—in her debut YA novel.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Philomel | October 1
Sepetys works actual magic with historical fiction, and this time she takes readers to Spain under the fascist dictatorship of Franco.
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
Balzer + Bray | October 1
The Printz Medal-winning author of Bone Gap returns with a tale layered with ghosts, injustices and shadowed histories, as two sisters struggle to survive during World War II.
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic | November 5
Stiefvater kicks off a new standalone trilogy set in the world of the Raven Cycle, following the adventures of the Lynch family. Yes, you need to read Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle books first—but you should probably do that anyway.