8 YA books to watch out for in September 2015

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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 September 2015!

all of the above james dawsonAll of the Above by James Dawson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: September 3rd 2015
When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band – and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly…love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

cloudwish fiona woodCloudwish by Fiona Wood
Publisher: Macmillan Australia
Release date: September 1st 2015
For Vietnamese-Australian teen Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fall into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she’d eaten too much sugar. Vân Uoc doesn’t believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas – or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes. But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight. Not even Jane Austen can help her now.

don't fail me now una lamarcheDon’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: September 1st 2015
Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore. Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland. Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little. After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

dumplin julie murphyDumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: September 15th 2015
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. When Will starts to doubt herself she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

everything everything nicola yoonEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: September 1st 2015
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

lizard radio pat schmatzLizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: September 8th 2015
Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture, surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn’t sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she’s in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she’s ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift—the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the “knowings” inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her?

paper hearts meg wiviottPaper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: September 1st 2015
An act of defiance. A statement of hope. A crime punishable by death. Making a birthday card in Auschwitz was all of those things. But that is what Zlatka did, in 1944 for her best friend Zlatka. She stole and bartered for paper and scissors, secretly creating an origami heart. Then she passed it to every girl at the work table to sign with their hopes and wishes for happiness, for love, and most of all–freedom. A novel in verse, Paper Hearts is based on historical events about a group of girls who were slave laborers at the munitions factory in Auschwitz.

serpentine cindy ponSerpentine by Cindy Pon
Publisher: Month9Books
Release date: September 8th 2015
Skybright worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

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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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