The Best Young Adult Books of December

Posted by Cybil on December 3, 2019
As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young adult fiction. Every month our team takes a look at the books being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites.

New in December: Debut novelist Ryan La Sala imagines a world where private fantasies spin off their own splinter realities in Reverie. Tomi Adeyemi mixes traditional fantasy with West African mythology in Children of Virtue and Vengeance. And venerated British novelist Geraldine McCaughrean returns with the survival drama Where the World Ends.

Add the books that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments!


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Nigerian American author Tomi Adeyemi follows the further adventures of Zélie and Amari as they quest to bring magic back to the land of Orïsha. Adeyemi's series has won pretty much universal critical acclaim for its deft mixture of Western-style fantasy (think Harry Potter) and West African mythology.

Read our interview with Adeyemi.

Release date: December 3


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In this innovative debut novel, author La Sala imagines a realm where people's private fantasies generate mystical splinter worlds known as Reveries. Featuring magic, monsters, and a drag queen sorceress, Reverie promises to open entirely new vistas in the world of LGBTQ fiction.

Release date: December 3


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Armed with her beloved Jane Austen novels, Lady Victoria Aston enters high society's most dangerous season as she entertains (endures?) the courtship of three would-be suitors. After a series of alarming accidents around the manor, it's clear that the dangers aren't just romantic, either.

Release date: December 3


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From legendary British author McCaughrean, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Michael L. Printz Award, Where the World Ends follows the fate of eight boys stranded on an offshore stack—a vertical rocky island relentlessly pounded by deadly ocean waves.

Release date: December 3


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The second installment of Selene's Amber & Dusk series finds the new empress Mirage poised to take her place at the head of the Amber Empire. But what of deposed empress Severine? It seems reports of her death were somewhat exaggerated. What's more, there's a third aspirant to the throne. Uh-oh.

Release date: December 3


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In her last days of freedom before college, Edie Price must navigate the suburban intrigues of Mansfield, Massachusetts—along with schoolwork, scholarship applications, and the inevitable boys of summer. Don't look back, you can never look back.

Release date: December 17




Which new YA books are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Elena (new)

Elena I want to read all of these books.


message 2: by Rafaela (new)

Rafaela Mosquera Definitely in my bucket list :)


message 3: by Inkslinger (new)

Inkslinger Reverie looks really intriguing.


message 4: by Rona (new)

Rona Hearts, Strings and Other Breakable Things!


message 5: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Sears Jack Kerouac by Gae Polisner. I read two of her books for book clubs and didn’t even realize they were categorized asYA. She creates incredibly beautiful, heart breaking stories that are relatable to everyone on some level. Her characters are drawn so well you feel like you are inside them, feeling all their feelings. Her books are smart and impart wisdom without hitting you over the head. She is one of my favorite new writers who I have found this year.


The Masked Reader Ooh dangerous alliance! 😍


message 7: by Olivia (new)

Olivia I really want to read all of these!!


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