8 YA books to watch out for in February 2017

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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 February YA books to watch for!

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: February 7th
Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished. More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie. Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking. Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy–that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: February 14th
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Publisher: Dutton
Release date: February 14th
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Release date: February 15th
Zanele is skipping school and secretly plotting against the apartheid government. The police can’t know. Her mother and sister can’t know. Her best friend Thabo, schoolboy turned gang member, can tell she’s up to something. But he has troubles of his own—a deal gone wrong and some powerful enemies. A series of chance meetings changes everything. A chain of events is set in motion—a failed plot, a murdered teacher, and a secret movement of students that has spread across the township. And the students will rise.

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: February 21st
When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past… and the present. Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery on the night Tulsa burns.

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: February 21st
After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts. With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers. Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1)
by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: February 28th
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: February 28th
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is a British student currently pursuing a Master's degree in Children's Literature. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now thirteen years late, but she's sure it's just gotten lost in the post.