This Month in Teen Books: October 2021

Reading recommendations for teens
October 20, 2021
Sway-with-Me.jpgLocal author Syed M. Masood, who visited the library’s Quarantainment Virtual Book Club earlier this year, has a brand new YA book on the way:
Sway With Me by Syed M. Masood
Arsalan has learned everything he knows from Nana, his 100-year-old great-grandfather. This includes the fact that when Nana dies, Arsalan will be completely alone in the world, except for his estranged and abusive father. So, he turns to Beenish, the stepdaughter of a prominent matchmaker, to find him a future life partner. Beenish’s request in return? That Arsalan help her ruin her older sister’s wedding with a spectacular dance she’s been forbidden to perform. Despite knowing as little about dancing as he does about girls, Arsalan wades into Beenish’s chaotic world to discover friends and family he never expected. And though Arsalan’s old-school manners and Beenish’s take-no-prisoners attitude clash every minute, they find themselves getting closer and closer— literally.
Trending Now
One of the YA books still making the rounds on #BookTok and attracting wait times to read is The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. If you’re looking for some more magic while waiting for a chance to read it, make sure to check one of these out:
What’s New This Month
The books coming to teen shelves this month include new titles from Margaret Owen, Roseanne A. Brown, Neal Shusterman, Natasha Bowen, and Lilliam Rivera, along with some great graphic novels and the young readers’ adaptation of Alice Wong’s Disability Visibility:
What We’re Reading
This month’s staff picks list for teens includes a hot new manga series, along with perennial favorites from authors like Justina Ireland, Tracey Deonn, E. K. Johnston, and Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Check out those and more:
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: YA prep school mysteries, via Cri