Brein's YA Picks

I really loved all of these YA books and I highly suggest them to you for yourself or teens (and a few tweens) that enjoy fresh new stories from  a diverse collection of modern day storytellers. I stand by every book. - Brein

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The Passing Playbook By Isaac Fitzsimons Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815408
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Published: Dial Books - June 1st, 2021

 

Isaac Fitzsimmons has scored a goal for Trans Boy Joy. This teen rom com set amid high school halls and soccer fields was a delight from start to finish. Explorations of identity, faith, friendship, family, and competition give every character a chance to grow and to shine. I can’t suggest it highly enough. - Brein


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A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology By Dhonielle Clayton (Editor) Cover Image
By Dhonielle Clayton (Editor)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984896209
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - December 8th, 2020

Some of the best writings I read last year were in this diverse collection of fantasy based short stories curated by my friend and best-selling author Dhonielle Clayton and produced by We Need Diverse Books. From first to last each story will engage you to explore more of these authors works. Twilight Zone in a book anthology. - Enjoy this! - Brein


The Black Kids By Christina Hammonds Reed Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534462724
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

A New York Times bestseller
A William C.


Daughter of Sparta By Claire Andrews Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316540070
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - June 8th, 2021

In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl becomes the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen.

Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta.


Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

A PRINTZ MEDAL WINNER!
A MORRIS AWARD WINNER!
AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE AWARD YA HONOR BOOK!

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB YA PICK

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.


The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir By Thi Bui Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419718786
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - April 17th, 2018

National bestseller
2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist
ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection
Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection
ALA 2018 Notable Books Selection

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui
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The Fountains of Silence By Ruta Sepetys Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780142423639
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Published: Philomel Books - September 29th, 2020

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship.


Burn Baby Burn By Meg Medina Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780763674670
Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2016

A Kirkus Prize Finalist * A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee * A National Book Award Long List Selection * An American Library Association Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection * A Booklist Editors’ Choice * A Horn Book Fanfare Selection * A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of the Year *A  School Library Journal Best Book of the Year *


Pride: A Pride & Prejudice Remix By Ibi Zoboi Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062564054
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 17th, 2019

In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceNational Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.


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When I Was the Greatest By Jason Reynolds, Michael Frost (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Michael Frost (By (photographer))
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442459489
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2015

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds, a “funny and rewarding” (Publishers Weekly) coming-of-age novel about friendship and loyalty across neighborhood lines and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I dont really mess with.


The Living (The Living Series) By Matt de la Peña Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385741217
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Published: Ember - January 6th, 2015

Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña's The Living is "a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.” [Entertainment Weekly, A-]


The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge By M. T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781536213096
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

“Both moving and hilarious. Spurge is not just an unlikely hero it’s hard to know if he’s a hero at all. But that only makes the finale of this political satire all the more surprising.” — The New York Times Book Review


Butterfly Yellow By Thanhhà Lai Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062229229
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Published: HarperCollins - October 13th, 2020

Winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction! Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Ibi Zoboi, and Erika L. Sánchez, this gorgeously written and deeply moving novel is the YA debut from the award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again. 4 starred reviews!


This Is My America By Kim Johnson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593118764
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

"Incredible and searing." --Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

The Hate U Give meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting first novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.


A Taste For Monsters By Matthew J. Kirby Cover Image
$9.99
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ISBN: 9780545817905
Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 24th, 2018

It's London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory with nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital. Evelyn wanted to be locked away from the world, like he is, shut away from the filth and dangers of the streets.


Permanent Record By Mary H. K. Choi Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534445987
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

A New York Times bestseller!
“Smart and funny…warm and rewarding.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A compelling and quirky tale of love and negotiating early adulthood in New York City.” —School Library Journal

From the New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact, which Rain


Barely Missing Everything By Matt Mendez Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534404465
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 3rd, 2020

“There are moments when a story shakes you...Barely Missing Everything is one of those stories, and Mendez, a gifted storyteller with a distinct voice, is sure to bring a quake to the literary landscape.” —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down

In the tradition of Jason Reynolds and Matt de la Peña, this hea


The Music of What Happens By Bill Konigsberg Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338215519
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 5th, 2020

* "Konigsberg demonstrates once again why he is one of the major voices in LGBTQ literature." -- Booklist, starred review

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever.Jordan: The opposite of chill.


If I Was Your Girl By Meredith Russo Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250078414
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 26th, 2018

Meredith Russo's award-winning, big-hearted novel If I Was Your Girl is about being seen for who you really are, with a love story you can't help but root for!

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.


Darius the Great Is Not Okay By Adib Khorram Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525552970
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Published: Penguin Books - August 20th, 2019

Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.

Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award


“Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I’d live in this book forever if I could.”


Bridge of Clay By Markus Zusak Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375845604
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019

The unforgettable, New York Times bestselling family saga from Markus Zusak, the storyteller who gave us the extraordinary bestseller THE BOOK THIEF, lauded by the New York Times as "the kind of book that can be life-changing."


The Passion of Dolssa By Julie Berry Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147512963
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Published: Penguin Books - April 4th, 2017

A Printz Honor Book

"Gorgeous and evocative . . . magnificent."--The New York Times