Flyleaf's Favorite Young Adult Books 2020

Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

What a ride! Tracy Deonn expertly weaves Arthurian legend and root, a magic passed down through generations of Black women, to create a thrillingly sharp and complete fantasy world. Add in secret societies, North Carolina history, one or maybe two compelling love interests and, oh yeah, THE FACT THAT THIS ALL TAKES PLACE ON UNC’S CAMPUS and this an absolute must-read. I can’t wait for book two. --Elese


The Left-Handed Booksellers of London Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062683250
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 22nd, 2020

Set in an alternate version of 1983 London, this story brims with action, adventure, magic, and wit. Sure to be a hit with fantasy lovers, this left-handed bookseller loved it. --Jen


You Should See Me in a Crown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338503265
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 2nd, 2020

You Should See Me in a Crown is an uplifting YA novel with impressive emotional maturity; perfect for teens. --Elese


Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524720926
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff deliver another thrilling space odyssey with this sequel to Aurora Rising. Excellently choreographed action scenes and a spectacular twist catapult Aurora Burning into the best-of list. - Genni


Stay Gold Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062943170
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Published: HarperTeen - May 26th, 2020

Stay Gold is a wonderfully earnest look at the teen experience of being a closeted trans man. A read deserving of a gold star. --Genni


The Black Kids Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534462724
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Nuanced, layered, and filled with side characters that captivate, this is a story not to be missed. -Elese


A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062891495
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 2nd, 2020

The YA fantasy expertly balances its dual perspectives in a tale of political intrigue, West African folklore-inspired fantasy, and grief. An enthralling read; my mind couldn't rest until I reached the end. --Genni


Parachutes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062941084
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 26th, 2020

Kelly Yang's spectacular YA debut follows the lives of Claire, a "parachute" - the teenage daughter of a wealthy Chinese family sent to the US to attend high school - and Dani, daughter of a first-generation Filipino immigrant. Claire and Dani become reluctant roommates setting the stage for a novel that has it all: compelling friendships, insights into wealth and power dynamics, complicated relationships with parents, and two #metoo moments that made me feel all the things and had me rooting for Dani and Claire. I didn't want it to end. A fantastic book for an older teen. --Elese


The Black Flamingo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062990297
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 26th, 2020

A captivating coming of age story that follows Michael, a mixed-race teen who begins to explore his gender presentation as he starts college. The novel, written in verse, is a riveting ode to the art of drag performance and the freedom of self-expression. --Genni


I'll Be the One Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062936929
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 16th, 2020

If you're looking for an upbeat, body-positive, queer read with a K-pop twist, this is the book for you! A breath of fresh air, I'll Be the One will enamor readers as they fly through this quick and entertaining read. --Genni


Faith: Taking Flight Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062899651
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Published: Balzer + Bray - July 7th, 2020

Faith is used to being relegated to secondary-character status, but when she gains superpowers over the summer, she's pushed into the limelight. Faith: Taking Flight is a wonderfully diverse twist on the superhero origin story. --Genni


Deathless Divide Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062570635
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020