This Month in Teen Books: August 2022

Reading recommendations for teens
August 12, 2022
The new YA thriller by Karen M. McManus, author of One of Us is Lying, is about to land on library shelves, and readers are already clamoring for it.
Nothing More to Tell by Karen M. McManus
Four years ago, Brynn left Saint Ambrose School following the shocking murder of her favorite teacher—a story that made headlines after the teacher’s body was found by three Saint Ambrose students in the woods behind their school. The case was never solved. Now that Brynn is moving home and starting her dream internship at a true-crime show, she’s determined to find out what really happened. The kids who found Mr. Larkin are her way in, and her ex–best friend, Tripp Talbot, was one of them. Without his account of events, the other two kids might have gone down for Mr. Larkin’s murder—but instead, thanks to Tripp, they're now at the top of the Saint Ambrose social pyramid. Tripp’s friends have never forgotten what Tripp did for them that day, and neither has he. Just like he hasn’t forgotten that everything he told the police was a lie.

Trending Now
The Nightmare Before Christmas YA story Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw is making waves on TikTok and in high demand at the library. If you’re looking for curses and romance beyond Sally and Jack Skellington, give one of these read-alikes a try.  
What’s New This Month
A fun new sci-fi comic, a heist novel with ace representation, and Anna-Marie McLemore’s queer remix of The Great Gatsby are on the way, along with books from authors like Liselle Sambury, Elizabeth Lim, Ryan La Sala, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Aiden Thomas, Tiffany D. Jackson, and more.  
What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about the books in the newest list of recommended picks:
Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds – “An illustrated poem? A scrapbook between friends? I don’t know, but I enjoyed it regardless.”
Wonder Cat Kyuu-Chan by Sasami Nitori – “A slice-of-life manga about a man and his cat. Kyuu-Chan is a special cat who loves snacks, bowties, and escapades.”
Queer Ducks (and Other Animals) by Eliot Schrefer – “One of the most interesting books I’ve ever read. All the research that others were too afraid to publish, in the most page-turning format and pacing!”
Roxy by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman – “An imaginative read that takes a literal look at addiction in a detailed world where drugs are personified in a fantasy thriller that is hard to put down.” 
Check out this and other staff picks for teens.  
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