This Month in Teen Books: February 2022

Readidng recommendations for teens
February 14, 2022
For those that may have watched and enjoyed Netflix’s 2020 adaptation of Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, the duo of authors has another YA book on the way.
Featured TitleThe Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra
At Foxham Prep, a posh private school for the children of DC’s elite, a single rumor has the power to ruin a life. Nobody knows that better than Bryn. She used to have it all—the perfect boyfriend, a bright future in politics, and even popularity thanks to her best friend, cheer captain Cora. Then one mistake sparked a scandal that burned it all to the ground. Now it's the start of a new school year and the spotlight has shifted: It’s geeky Georgie, newly hot after a summer makeover, whose name is on everyone's lips. When a rumor ignites, Georgie rockets up the school's social hierarchy, pitting her and Cora against each other. It grants her Foxham stardom… but it also makes her a target.

Trending Now
Thanks to reader buzz, we’re already seeing demand grow for the forthcoming book The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh. If you’re waiting to give this one a look, or you’ve already devoured a copy and are looking for more, make sure to browse these other titles with strong female characters set against rich, folklore-inspired settings.  
What’s New This Month
In addition to The Rumor Game and The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea, upcoming teen books include the long-delayed and long-awaited American printing of Loveless by Alice Oseman, along with new titles from Akwaeke Emezi, Victoria Schwab, Anna-Marie McLemore, Joy L. Smith, and Traci Chee, among others.  
What We’re Reading
This month’s staff picks list for teens features some fantastic graphic novels from Alice Oseman, Molly Knox Ostertag, and Abby Howard, along with books by Bethany L. Morrow, Xiran Jay Zhao, Emiko Jean, Brigid Kemmerer, and more.  
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