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Blackout

Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon (Quill Tree)

Six Black stars of the YA world join forces in this interwoven contemporary novel, which features six Black teen couples amid a summer blackout in New York City.

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The Girl from the Sea

Molly Knox Ostertag (Graphix)

The author of the Witch Boy trilogy combines queer teen romance, realism, and fantasy in an endearing graphic novel about a teen who’s ready to leave the close-knit island on which she lives.

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The Box in the Woods

Maureen Johnson (Harper/Tegen)

Following the boarding school saga of the Truly Devious series, true crime aficionado Stevie Bell investigates her first post-Ellingham mystery, a cold case from the 1970s, at a summer camp in this atmospheric standalone.

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Instructions for Dancing

Nicola Yoon (Delacorte)

Yoon’s highly anticipated third novel, about ballroom dancing and matters of the heart, follows 17-year-old Evie Thomas, who, having sworn off love, is given the power to see the fate of any kissing couple’s romance.

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The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Joan He (Roaring Brook)

He traces an expansive near-future narrative that centers Asian sisterhood and family while ruminating on human nature, choice, and consequence.

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Tokyo Ever After

Emiko Jean (Flatiron)

A Japanese American teen in California discovers that her absent father is the crown prince of Japan and gets more than she bargained for when visiting his home country in this fast-paced, comedic novel for fans of The Princess Diaries.

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