YA Best Books of the Month: September 2015

These books are racing to the top of our popularity charts.

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Dumplin' by Julie   Murphy Dumplin'
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Willowdean’s former beauty queen mom calls her Dumplin’ because she’s fat, and she’s fine with that—it’s the rest of the world that has a problem. With wit, charm, and a love of Dolly Parton, Will navigates her way through a relationship with a sexy jock and takes a turn as a pageant girl herself.
Faye says, “Dumplin' is something to behold. It speaks to every one of us who have felt insecure and frustrated with ourselves—by the way we look, or the way we act, or simply because by the way we simply are, all
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Willowdean’s former beauty queen mom calls her Dumplin’ because she’s fat, and she’s fine with that—it’s the rest of the world that has a problem. With wit, charm, and a love of Dolly Parton, Will navigates her way through a relationship with a sexy jock and takes a turn as a pageant girl herself.
Faye says, “Dumplin' is something to behold. It speaks to every one of us who have felt insecure and frustrated with ourselves—by the way we look, or the way we act, or simply because by the way we simply are, all insecurities brought about by social pressure and norms.”
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
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In this fantasy adventure for teens, young rogue Kaz "Dirtyhands" Brekker assembles a crew of outcasts and thieves to plan a lucrative heist, breaking a man out of a prison that's impossible to breach. Faye, la Patata says, "I rarely flail with so much vigor and enthusiasm, but oh my lanta, this book was made of amaze-balls and epic-sauce. I am just blown away by how much I enjoyed this and how much I was on my toes the entire time." In this fantasy adventure for teens, young rogue Kaz "Dirtyhands" Brekker assembles a crew of outcasts and thieves to plan a lucrative heist, breaking a man out of a prison that's impossible to breach. Faye, la Patata says, "I rarely flail with so much vigor and enthusiasm, but oh my lanta, this book was made of amaze-balls and epic-sauce. I am just blown away by how much I enjoyed this and how much I was on my toes the entire time."
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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1)
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Set in rough-and-tumble Arizona Territory in 1877, this true YA Western follows Kate Thompson, a girl bent on revenge. The notorious Rose Riders killed her father, and she wants answers.
Emily MayM says, “Vengeance Road is a thrill ride for lovers of badass revenge novels…If you like nasty stories with morally questionable characters and an author who is just evil enough to make you genuinely scared for all their lives, then Vengeance Road is a natural choice.”
Set in rough-and-tumble Arizona Territory in 1877, this true YA Western follows Kate Thompson, a girl bent on revenge. The notorious Rose Riders killed her father, and she wants answers.
Emily MayM says, “Vengeance Road is a thrill ride for lovers of badass revenge novels…If you like nasty stories with morally questionable characters and an author who is just evil enough to make you genuinely scared for all their lives, then Vengeance Road is a natural choice.”
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This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee This Monstrous Thing
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As a Shadow Boy, Alisdair makes limbs for people using clockwork parts, a reviled and secret practice. When his brother Oliver dies, he goes one step further and resurrects him in this creepy horror that gives Frankenstein a steampunk backstory. Hope says, “If you’re looking for a rich, beautifully written book that pays homage to Mary Shelley’s classic, you’ve found it. It’s not a light, feel-good read. Nor is it a dark, depressing read. Rather, it is a story that will stay with you long after you’re finis ...more As a Shadow Boy, Alisdair makes limbs for people using clockwork parts, a reviled and secret practice. When his brother Oliver dies, he goes one step further and resurrects him in this creepy horror that gives Frankenstein a steampunk backstory. Hope says, “If you’re looking for a rich, beautifully written book that pays homage to Mary Shelley’s classic, you’ve found it. It’s not a light, feel-good read. Nor is it a dark, depressing read. Rather, it is a story that will stay with you long after you’re finished with the realization that there are no such things as monsters. There are only humans, and we all are saints and monsters both.”
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What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler What We Saw
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In this ripped-from-the-headlines story, controversy erupts when a girl is raped at a party and four popular basketball players stand accused. Kate’s new boyfriend is their teammate—he might be covering something up, and she isn’t sure whom to believe. Kate says, “I hope this book will get people talking about sexual assault the way 13 Reasons Why sparked conversations about suicide and bullying. It's an important book, and I hope it gets the attention it deserves…this one is going to stay with me for a whi ...more In this ripped-from-the-headlines story, controversy erupts when a girl is raped at a party and four popular basketball players stand accused. Kate’s new boyfriend is their teammate—he might be covering something up, and she isn’t sure whom to believe. Kate says, “I hope this book will get people talking about sexual assault the way 13 Reasons Why sparked conversations about suicide and bullying. It's an important book, and I hope it gets the attention it deserves…this one is going to stay with me for a while.”
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