7 New Books by Award-Winning Authors

April 17, 2019
Alissa Nigro

I don’t know about you, but now that the Winter is finally at an end and we’re all putting our learning caps back on, I’m so excited for Spring vibes to start.

But if you’re ready for some stories you can sink your teeth into, take a look at our round-up of new novels from award-winning YA authors!

7 New Books by Award-Winning Authors

1.  A Heart In a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

“This is one for the ages.” —Gayle Forman, author of the #1 bestseller If I Stay

New from Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart.

When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?

So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her. Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past.


2. Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt

Shows the best and worst sides of humanity and underscores the powerful force of the bayou, which both holds and erases secrets. – Publishers Weekly

An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief. Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith in a most unusual and epic novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt.


3. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

“This book gave me butterflies. Love From A to Z is the bighearted, wildly charming, painfully real love story I’ve been waiting for.” – Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun Is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.

4. People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

“Fall’s most provocative YA read.” —Entertainment Weekly

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel.

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression? One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?


5. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

“A lyrical novel about grief, love, and finding oneself in the wake of a tragic loss.” —Bustle

Akemi Dawn Bowman is also the author of the William C. Morris Award finalist Starfish.

What do you do when the only thing you were certain on gets tragically shut down?

Rumi doesn’t have many answers, especially not the one that explains why her sister had to die so soon. As she’s forced to move in with her aunt as her mother deals with her own grief, Rumi’s life takes a drastic turn and the surfer shop boy, Kai, isn’t helping her with any clarifications either. However, maybe Rumi has dicovered something new about herself and gains the strength to complete what she and her sister started.


6. Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

If you’re at all familiar with Smith’s dark, at times demented approach to story and humor, you may think you know roughly what to expect of this one. Think again.” —Entertainment Weekly

Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith

In his new novel, Andrew Smith, Printz Honor author of Grasshopper Jungle, will make you laugh, cry, and consider what it really means to be human. 

Cager has been transported to the Tennessee, a giant lunar-cruise ship orbiting the moon that his dad owns, by Billy and Rowan to help him shake his Woz addiction. Meanwhile, Earth, in the midst of thirty simultaneous wars, burns to ash beneath them. And as the robots on board become increasingly insane and cannibalistic, and the Earth becomes a toxic wasteland, the boys have to wonder if they’ll be stranded alone in space forever.


7. Tradition by Brendan Kiely

“Tradition is a deeply felt, powerful, devastating and, ultimately, hopeful look at toxic rape culture and its destructive effects.”  —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star

From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Brendan Kiely comes a stunning new novel that explores the insidious nature of tradition at a prestigious boarding school.

Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.


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