This Month in Teen Books: June 2021

Readng recommendations for teens
June 15, 2021
Video games are a prime pastime when the weather gets hot, but nobody ever seems to think of the teens when recommending books about video games, or stories that a gamer could get into. Thankfully, a brand-new book now available in the library catalog is a perfect blend of YA romance and authentic gamer culture:
Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd
Emilia Romero is living a double life. By day, she's a field hockey star with a flawless report card. But by night, she's the only female member of a highly competitive eSports team. That's in part to keep herself sae, since girl gamers are often threatened and harassed. When a major eSports tournament comes to her city, Emilia is determined to prove herself. But her perfectly balanced life is thrown for a loop when a member of a rival team recognizes her: Jake Hooper, who has had a crush on Emilia since he was ten years old.

Pride Month
June is Pride Month, when celebrations recognize the local, national, and international history and impact of LGBTQ+ individuals. Make sure to check out this regularly updated list of queer books for teen readers, during Pride or any other time:      

What’s New This Month
A number of highly anticipated YA releases are imminent including books by Kalynn Bayron, Maureen Johnson, Axie Oh, Kiera Cass, Liselle Sambury, and more:
What We’re Reading
Becky Albertalli (and Adam Silvera) appear on this month’s staff recommendation list, for those who are loving the new season of Love, Victor, along with a couple of strong collections, and books by Namina Forna, Bill Konigsberg, Angeline Boulley, and more:
                                              Staff Picks for Teens 


For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: