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17 New YA Books That Will Make Your Heart Happy

SORRY, BANK ACCOUNT. There's new books I need to buy.

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1. A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Disney Hyperion

In this retelling of the folk legend A Thousand and One Nights, our main character volunteers to take the place of her sister after the murderous Lo-Melkhiin comes into her village to find a wife. With over 300 ex-wives, she knows her fate equals death. To avoid death she weaves together intricate stories, but she soon comes to realize that Lo-Melkhiin is haunted by a dark past. Fantasy fans are sure to be engrossed by this enriching tale.

Publication date: Oct. 6, 2015

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2. For the Record by Charlotte Huang

Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Leigha Hodnet

As the leader singer in a band, Chelsea's living the dream by going on tour in a bus with her bandmates and performing sold-out shows. There's just one catch: If Chelsea can't convince her bandmates and fans that she's worthy enough to stay, she'll be sent back to her hometown. A refreshing realistic read that's brimming with energy, For the Record isn't one to be missed.

Publication date: Nov. 10, 2015

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3. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Balzer + Bray

Willowdean Dickson is a witty high schooler and self-proclaimed fat girl living in a small city in Texas with her single mother — who also happens to be the town's current beauty pageant judge. After her confidence is rocked, she decides to enter her town's beauty pageant to break the standards of conventional beauty. Fans of My Mad Fat Diary are sure to fall in love with Willowdean as well as Murphy's honest writing in Dumplin'.

Publication date: Sept. 15, 2015

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4. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Thomas Dunne

The Paloma and the Corbeau families have been rivals for years, competing as traveling performers. But when Lace Paloma accidentally begins to fall for a Corbeau boy, the real danger of this conflict begins to unfold. Fans of The Night Circus will thoroughly enjoy this upcoming novel.

Publication date: Sept. 15, 2015

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5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Sonya Sones

Maddy has a disease that requires her to be ostracized from the outside world, otherwise risking death. She's always accepted this fate — until she meets her neighbor, Olly. Through emails and messaging, Maddy begins to realize just what she's missing in the outside world, which leads her to rethink everything she's ever known. Beautifully written with a fascinating plot line, this is a read contemporary lovers are sure to enjoy.

Publication date: Sept. 1, 2015

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6. How to Be Brave by Kathy Kottaras

St. Martin's Press
Emily Whitaker

In order to cope with the loss of her mother, Georgia makes a bucket list and sets out to live her life to the fullest. But crossing off each item shows Georgia that the most important parts of life cannot be laid out in checklists. Compelling, honest, and moving, Kottaras's debut will inspire readers to live out their own acts of bravery.

Publication date: Nov. 3, 2015

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7. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

After Ash's mother returns to her spiritual commune in Kansas, Ash goes after her. But she doesn't expect to discover sinister secrets tied to horrific deaths, or a boy who's hiding more than she can imagine. Pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn, this is a read horror fans will definitely enjoy.

Publication date: Sept. 22, 2015

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8. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Harper Teen

Inspired by real events, What We Saw follows Kate, who attends a wild high school party with her friend, Stacey. But after waking up with little memory of the night before, Kate struggles to remember the details of the party. It's not until Stacey presses charges against four of the school's basketball players that Kate realizes there's much more to this story. This gripping novel sheds light on how cyber behavior affects reality.

Publication date: Sept. 22, 2015

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9. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Margaret K. McElderry Books!about/conr

In a dystopian future where worlds are divided, each country must hand over a child as a hostage in order to keep the peace. Greta is one of these hostages. But when Elián arrives, threatening to escape, she must decide between playing by the rules or participating in rebellion. Sci-fi and dystopian fans are sure to love this compelling read.

Publication date: Sept. 22, 2015

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10. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

Carolrhoda LAB

In 1937 in New London, Texas, Naomi Smith and Wash Fullerton face segregation issues and hardships during the Jim Crow era. In this story leading up to the tragic events of the New London School explosion, Pérez pens a complex romance between these two characters during a truly hard time in history. Inspired by true events, this raw historical fiction is hard to put down.

Publication date: Sept. 1, 2015

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11. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Feiwel & Friends

Hardworking and artistic Bex is determined to win a scholarship that will help her with art school, even if it means sneaking into the hospital so she can sketch cadavers. But when she misses the last train home, she ends up meeting Jack, who turns her world upside town. Fans of contemporary YA are sure to be won over with this compelling read.

Publication date: Nov. 3, 2015

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12. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Henry Holt and Company

Told from multiple points of view, the story begins to unfold when Kaz has the opportunity to partake in a dangerous heist that'll lead to endless wealth. But each member of Kaz's team has their own agenda, and the mission begins to seem more deadly. Fantasy fans will enjoy the high-stakes tension in Bardugo's newest novel.

Publication date: Sept. 29, 2015

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13. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers!theauthor/cjg9

In 1956, Adolf Hitler and Emperor Hirohito put on a motorcycle race in honor of their Great Victory over Britain and Russia. Yael, a skinshifter, has a motive to win the race and kill Hitler by impersonating the prior year's victor. But will she succeed? Pitched as Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds, this heart-pounding book will have you racing to the end.

Publication date: Oct. 20, 2015

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14. Not After Everything by Michelle Levy

Michelle Levy

Tyler's seemingly perfect life comes crashing down when his mother commits suicide. Depressed, withdrawn, and forced to deal with his father's rage, Tyler struggles to find meaning in his old life. When he makes an unexpected connection with a childhood friend, Tyler must decide if grief is worth losing everything for. Levy's gritty and bittersweet debut will break your heart in all the right places.

Publication date: Aug. 4, 2015

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15. Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers

Three Rooms Press

This story follows two misfit BFFs, Rory and Lula, who've always confided in each other. But when Rory begins having an illegal affair with his older boss and Lula begins to question her sexual orientation, the structure they've built their friendship on is shaken. Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories will enjoy this powerful novel.

Publication date: Oct. 13, 2015

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16. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

Marci Lyn Curtis

After Maggie Sanders loses her ability to see, she is forced to forfeit her professional soccer playing dreams. But everything changes when she meets 10-year-old Ben and she is miraculously able to see him. When Maggie uncovers the reasoning behind this, she must figure out what she really wants. This heartfelt read isn't one to be missed.

Publication date: Sept. 8, 2015

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17. Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Entangled: Teen

In this futuristic society, every 17-year-old receives a memory that provides them with a small peek at their future. But when Callie foresees herself murdering her talented younger sister, she is immediately arrested. After she escapes with the help of a childhood friend, Callie must figure out how to outrun the government and redefine her future. This gripping read is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

Publication date: Nov. 3, 2015

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