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Fall 2020 Young Adult Book Recommendations

See the full list of great reading recommendations for kids for Fall 2020 here.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is a great pick for fall and Halloween! Yadriel’s journey of love and acceptance within his traditional, Latinx clan will resonate with anyone who’s had a bumpy road with their own family. Yadriel battles darkness both magical and personal to show his family who he truly is and become a brujo. A great book for young folks discovering their identity, those who want to be a good ally, and anyone who loves spooky tales! —Jae

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250250469
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Every so often I come across a book that I want to buy a hundred copies of and give it to everyone I know, and maybe a few strangers. These are usually the hardest to review as I am simply at a loss for words. Punching the Air, a novel in verse about a wrongfully imprisoned Black teenager, co-written by one of the Exonerated Five, is one of those books—incomparably beautiful, radical, poignant, and so much more. Don't miss it! —Ksenia

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

The harrowing truth of the abuse of Japanese American citizens during WWII in the U.S. is an oft-overlooked aspect of Western history. The mass incarceration of citizens believed to be a "threat" to national security in internment camps feels pertinent to our current political climate. While this work is a fictional account of families who were forced to leave Japantown in San Francisco, you can tell Chee (A UCSC alumni!) did her research. Perfect for any historical fiction fan. —MJ

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780358131434
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

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