This Month in Teen Books: August 2021

Reading recommendations for teens
August 17, 2021
The buzzworthy sequel to one of our favorite YA books from last summer is almost on library shelves:
Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
For the first time, an Empress Redemptor sits on Aritsar's throne. To appease the sinister spirits of the dead, Tarisai must now anoint a council of her own, coming into her full power as a Raybearer. She must then descend into the Underworld, a sacrifice to end all future atrocities. Tarisai is determined to survive. Or at least, that's what she tells her increasingly distant circle of friends. Months into her shaky reign as empress, child spirits haunt her, demanding that she pay for past sins of the empire.

Trending Now
Another teen title currently enjoying renewed popularly thanks to glowing testimonials on TikTok is One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. The latest sequel is on the way, but while you’re waiting for those books, make sure to check out these readalikes: 
What’s New This Month
On the way to YA shelves this month are new books from Bethany C. Morrow, Brigid Kemmerer, George M. Johnson, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and more:
What We’re Reading
A number of award-winners both fiction and nonfiction are on this month’s staff recommendation list, along with a comic series opener about a skeleton bard, a sweet romance, a tear-jerking romance, and more:
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: