8 YA books to watch out for in January 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 January YA books to watch for!

because-of-the-sun-jenny-torres-sanchezBecause of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: January 3rd
When Dani’s mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, Dani is sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develop between Dani and Paulo, and Dani begins to heal. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way forward.

a-quiet-kind-of-thunder-sara-barnardA Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release date: January 12th
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

history is all you left me adam silveraHistory Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Publisher: Soho Teen
Release date: January 17th
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

allegedly tiffany d jacksonAllegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: January 24th
Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say. There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past.

city-of-saints-and-thieves-natalie-c-andersonCity of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: January 24th
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

the-you-ive-never-known-ellen-hopkinsThe You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: January 24th
Arielle’s life has been a blur of new schools, and new faces since her mother abandoned the family. With a real friend, Monica, who might be even more than a friend soon, things are starting to look up. But Arielle’s life is upended when she discovers that Arielle’s father kidnapped her, and her mom has been left searching ever since. She wants to take Arielle away, but Arielle has no connection with her mother, and despite everything, still loves her father. How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who sewed that suspicion?

caraval stephanie garberCaraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release date: January 31st
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

our own private universe robin talleyOur Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: January 31st
Aki Hunter knows she’s only got one shot at living an interesting life–-and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Aki is bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.

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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.

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