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2017 Books for the Holidays: Young Adult New Classics

These stories are set everywhere from a school detention hall to alternate realities and are some of the best young adult reads from this year.

Check out all our 2017 holiday lists here.

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    The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

    Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra. Malcolm Polstead finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and learns that everyone is asking about the same thing: a girl, just a baby, named Lyra. Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.

    The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Book Cover Picture
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    Akata Warrior

    Sunny Nwazue, an American-born Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. Eventually, she knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

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    Teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator who needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem. Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune. Soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

    Warcross Book Cover Picture
  4. 4

    The Speaker

    In this sequel to the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestselling fantasy The Reader, Sefia and Archer continue to fight until Archer’s thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. She and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom,

    The Speaker Book Cover Picture
  5. 5

    Gray Wolf Island

    Ruby sets off to find the infamous Gray Wolf Island and the treasure long rumored to be buried there. She and her friends must face their own demons and give their secrets to the island in order to find their treasure. Along the way, they’ll learn things about themselves, and each other, that they never thought possible

    Gray Wolf Island Book Cover Picture
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    Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

    The stars say Xifeng is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance.

    Forest of a Thousand Lanterns Book Cover Picture
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    I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    When a tragic accident leaves Julia’s sister Olga dead, Julia is left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. However, it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena and her boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out.

    I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Book Cover Picture
  8. 8

    Turtles All the Way Down

    Aza and her best friend Daisy pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett with a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake. However, Aza is living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.  John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

    Turtles All the Way Down Book Cover Picture
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    Jane, Unlimited

    Jane has lived an ordinary life, and is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash, a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

    Jane, Unlimited Book Cover Picture
  10. 10

    Genuine Fraud

    Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. Genuine Fraud follows an intense friendship between the two, a disappearance, and more than one murder.

    Genuine Fraud Book Cover Picture
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    One of Us Is Lying

    Five students at Bayview High walk into detention, and before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or is the killer still out on the loose?

    One of Us Is Lying Book Cover Picture
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    Flame in the Mist

    The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known that her future is out of her hands. However after escaping an attempt on her life, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and track down those responsible. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities.

    Flame in the Mist Book Cover Picture
  13. 13

    Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

    As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. When Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

    Alex and Eliza: A Love Story Book Cover Picture
  14. 14

    Dear Martin

    Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League, but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

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    Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth and is the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known. However the twins are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth.

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    In Otherworld, reality is dead. It’s a game so addictive you’ll never want it to end… until you realize that you’re the one being played. Otherworld asks the question we’ll all soon be asking: if technology can deliver everything we want, how much are we willing to pay?

    Otherworld Book Cover Picture

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