8 YA books to watch out for in March 2016

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Maybe you don’t want to cull through our giant lists of weekly releases and just want to know the best things to snag this month. So here’s a list of 8 YA books to watch out for in March 2016!

beyond the red ava jaeBeyond the Red by Ava Jae
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: March 1st
Alien queen Kora is the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity. When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. But when Kora and Eros uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

exit pursued by a bear e k johnstonExit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release date: March 15th
Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, the cheerleaders don’t cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black. In every class, there’s a star cheerleader and pariah pregnant girl. They’re never supposed to be the same person. The assault wasn’t the beginning of Hermione Winter’s story and she’s not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

on the edge of gone corinne duyvisOn the Edge of Gone by Corrine Duyvis
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: March 8th
January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter but they’ll never reach the shelter in time. A last-minute meeting leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship, scheduled to leave Earth behind to colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But everyone on the ship has been chosen because of their usefulness. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

the steep and thorny way cat wintersThe Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: March 8th
1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

this is where the world ends amy zhangThis Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release date: March 22nd
Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt. A heart-wrenching novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world told through a nonlinear writing style.

a tyranny of petticoats jessica spotswoodA Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood (ed.)
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: March 8th
Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals. And they all have a story to tell.

wink poppy midnight april genevieve tucholkeWink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Dial Books
Release date: March 22nd
Every story needs a hero. Every story needs a villain. Every story needs a secret. Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous. What really happened? Someone knows. Someone is lying.

the winner's kiss marie rutkoskiThe Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Release date: March 29th
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her. But no one gets what they want just by wishing. As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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