Eilis O'Neal

Reader, gamer, sometimes-knitter, slave to two very obnoxious dogs, and author of the YA fantasy novel The False Princess. Find out more at www.eilisoneal.com.

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A Diverse Dozen

Looking for some YA books that just happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters? Here’s a diverse dozen titles with something for every reader — contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery too. (Descriptions are from WorldCat.)

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books) — In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Putnam) — Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (Arthur A. Levine Books) — Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites–and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.

Fake ID by Lamar Giles (Amistad) — “An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster) — Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.

Pantomime by Laura Lam (Strange Chemistry) — Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona’s circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada.

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books) — In an adventure reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey, fifteen-year-old Odilia and her four younger sisters embark on a journey to return a dead man to his family in Mexico, aided by La Llorona, but impeded by a witch, a warlock, chupacabras, and more.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick) — One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?

Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Nancy Paulsen Books) — An eighth-grade girl with Asperger’s syndrome tries to befriend her new neighbor, facing many challenges along the way.

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Candlewick) — A boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (HarperTeen) —A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King’s army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King’s prophecy and save her kingdom.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Hyperion) — After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina’s death.

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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (13th - 26th April). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Dancing With the Devil by Katie Davis
Publisher: Diversion Books
Release date: April 15th
Mackenzie Douglas seems to have it all, but under the veneer of perfection lie the emotional scars of her childhood, inflicted by her father. Memories Mac long ago buried start to claw their way back to the surface, forcing her to confront a past she has done everything she can to forget.

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: April 15th
Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of.

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 15th
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal.

Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 15th
Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: April 15th
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father. A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship.

High and Dry by Sarah Skilton
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: April 15th
Blackmailed and framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be responsible for all his current problems.

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 15th
Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place.

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 15th
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. But Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Publisher: Walker Books
Release date: April 15th
Reagan O’Neill and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery are nursing broken hearts as Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: April 15th
Still uncertain, her connection with DeMalo a secret, Saba commits herself to the fight against New Eden. Joined by Jack and her brother, Lugh, Saba leads an inexperienced guerilla band against the powerfully charismatic DeMalo, in command of his settlers and the Tonton militia.

Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Release date: April 15th
The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever — and unthinkable sacrifice.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 15th
Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed, discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her, and must learn to deal with her past loves face to face.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Dial
Release date: April 15th
Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A World Without Princes (The School for Good and Evil #2) by Soman Chainani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 15th
Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming, but underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.

You Only Live Once (Snap Decision #2) by Bridie Clark
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: April 15th
Filled to the brim with twisting paths and turns, this may end up being the best year of your life… or it may send you home to Hope Falls in tears. Whatever snap decisions you make, it’s going to be an unforgettable year.

Aqua by M.A. George
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: April 16th
When a random guy claims to know things about Layla’s father, a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt, Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: April 17th
When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum
Publisher: Merit Press
Release date: April 18th
Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It’s her life: Dad’s a superstar. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby’s role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she’s only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame.