This Month in Teen Books: September 2021

Reading recommendations for Teens
September 21, 2021
Almost a decade ago, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz won Stonewall, Pura Belpré, and Printz awards, and continues to be beloved by both teen and adult readers. At long last, a sequel is coming to library shelves in a few short weeks:
Aristotle-Dante-Dive-into-waters-of-the-world.jpgAristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
 Ari has spent all of high school burying who he really is, staying silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to be the same. But something in him cracked open when he fell in love with Dante, and he can’t go back. Suddenly, he finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to bullies of all kinds, and making his voice heard. And, always, there is Dante, who can get on Ari’s nerves and fill him with desire all at once. The boys are determined to forge a path for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them. But when Ari is faced with a shocking loss, he’ll have to fight like never before to create a life that is truthfully, joyfully his own.
Iron-Widow.jpgTrending Now
While book readers on TikTok have been breathing life into older YA books, a forthcoming title that is currently trending thanks to a viral unboxing video and lots of reader excitement is Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. Take a look at some of these readalikes while waiting for your hold:


What’s New This Month
On the way to YA shelves this month are new books from Holly Jackson, Ayana Gray, Cherie Dimaline, Stephanie Garber, Marie Lu, and more:
What We’re Reading
This month’s staff picks list for teens is a mix of older heavy-hitters from authors like Nicola Yoon and Mackenzi Lee, buzzworthy new titles from Brigid Kemmerer and Erin A. Craig, and graphic novels like Rickety Stitch and Juliet Takes a Breath. Check out those and more:
 For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: