Here are 8 YA books to watch out for in August 2017.


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 August YA books to watch for!

We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson
Publisher: Dial
Release date: August 1st
Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend Josh thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive. Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he’s coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it. Josh can’t admit the truths he’s hidden deep within himself: that he’s developing feelings for Sam, and he never told the police everything he saw the day Sam disappeared.

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: August 1st
When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told. She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad. The wood is poisoned, and Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: August 8th
When Genie Lo’s sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly rearranged. Her only guide to the demonic chaos around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters. Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

A Change Is Gonna Come by Various
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Release date: August 10th
An anthology of stories and poetry on the theme of change from black, Asian and minority ethnic writers. Featuring top UKYA authors and introducing a host of exciting new voices, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the UKYA scene. Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla. Plus introducing four fresh new voices in YA fiction: Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy.

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes
Publisher: Dial
Release date: August 22nd
Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before. When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them.

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: August 22nd
As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee. But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too. She keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, to keep the peace, and try to understand love on her terms.

Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1) by Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: August 29th
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. As Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: August 29th
There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about. Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life. Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, full of all the people and pursuits that make her who she is. But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open.

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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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