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2024 YA Book Preview

Your official guide to Penguin Teen YA books hitting shelves in 2024!

1/16: Beasts of War by Ayana Gray

In this epic conclusion to her New York Times bestselling series, Ayana Gray delivers a heart-pounding fantasy adventure filled with mythos, monsters, and mortal heroes who are astoundingly human.

1/16: American Wings by Sherri L. Smith and Elizabeth Wein

From the acclaimed author of Flygirl and the bestselling author of Code Name Verity comes the thrilling and inspiring true story of the desegregation of the skies.

1/23: Not Dead Enough by Tyffany D. Neiheiser

Girl in Pieces meets Cracked Up to Be in this raw and candid look at trauma about a girl who is being haunted and stalked by her definitely dead ex-boyfriend.

1/30: The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

From the author of New York Times bestseller House of Hollow comes a darkly seductive witchy thriller where, though both men and demons lurk in shadows, girls refuse to go quietly into the night.

1/30: These Deadly Prophecies by Andrea Tang

A teenage sorcerer’s apprentice must solve her boss’s murder in order to prove her innocence in this twisty, magic-infused murder mystery perfect for fans of Knives Out and The Inheritance Games.

2/6: Bless the Blood by Walela Nehanda

A searing debut YA poetry and essay collection about a Black cancer patient who faces medical racism after being diagnosed with leukemia in their early twenties, for fans of Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Shout.

2/6: The Cursed Rose by Leslie Vedder

The fate of a cursed kingdom rests on ancient secrets, broken promises, and fierce friendships in this gasp-worthy final book of the bestselling twisted fairytale Bone Spindle series.

2/13: Black Girl You Are Atlas by Renée Watson

A thoughtful celebration of Black girlhood by award-winning author and poet Renée Watson.

2/13: The Jane Austen Puffin in Bloom Collection with Rifle Paper Co.

These new additions to the Rifle Paper Co. Collection, featuring Jane Austen’s timeless classics!

3/5: One Last Breath by Ginny Myers Sain

The New York Times bestselling author of Dark & Shallow Lies delivers another chilling supernatural thriller filled with murder, romance, and a decades long mystery that haunts a small Florida town.

3/5: The Encanto’s Daughter by Melissa de la Cruz

A young woman claims the throne of a realm inspired by Filipino mythology in this YA romantic fantasy, the first in an enchanting new duet by #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

3/12: Not Your Average by Grace K. Shim

A standalone YA novel that follows a Korean American teen as she navigates the treacherous world of nepo babies and cultural appropriation that is the Los Angeles music scene.

3/12: Just Another Epic Love Poem by Parisa Akhbari

Best friendship blossoms into something more in this gorgeously written queer literary romance.

3/19: Rules for Rule Breaking by Talia Tucker

Booksmart meets Never Have I Ever in this debut YA rom-com about two Korean American teens forced into a shared college visit road trip where they discover that the reasons they’ve been rivals their entire lives might actually be signs they’re a perfect pair.

3/19: Cancelled by Farrah Penn

With its clever snark and searing perspective, Cancelled is a funny, fearless novel about the realistic pitfalls and unforgettable moments high school has to offer, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Emma Lord.

3/26: Pieces of a Girl by Stephanie Kuehnert

A raw and bold memoir about abuse and addiction, and the power of expression and community that helped Stephanie Kuehnert, the author of Ballads of Suburbia and regular Rookie contributor, survive and thrive.

3/26: Chronically Dolores by Maya Van Wagenen

Maya Van Wagenen, bestselling author of Popular, tells Dolores’s story with humor, heartache, and an occasional bit of telenovela flair.

4/2: Hearts Still Beating by Brooke Archer

Gripping, romantic, and impossible to put down, this dark and immersive post-apocalyptic debut novel is about two teen girls who loved each other before the end of the world — and before one of them became infected with the virus that turned her into a monster.

4/2: The Breakup Lists by Adib Khorram

Love is more complicated than “boy meets boy” in bestselling author Adib Khorram’s sharply funny new romantic comedy, set in the sordid world of high school theater.

4/9: Every Time You Hear That Song by Jenna Voris

Dumplin’ meets Daisy Jones & the Six in this split-POV love song to country idols, romantic road trips, and queer love.

4/9: The Darknesses Rises by Stacey Stokes

A gripping speculative thriller perfect for fans of Lauren Oliver and Ginny Myers Sain, about one girl with the power to see death before it happens—and the terrible consequences she faces when saving someone goes wrong.

4/16: Pretty Furious by E.K. Johnston

#1 NYT Bestseller E. K. Johnston returns to contemporary feminist YA. This story of a small town, fierce friendships, and revenge served cold is a perfect companion to Exit, Pursued by a Bear.

4/23: Punk Rock Karaoke by Bianca Xunise

A debut graphic novel from Ignatz Award-winning and nationally syndicated cartoonist, Bianca Xunise.

4/23: Kill Her Twice by Stacey Lee

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Downstairs Girl comes a YA murder mystery noir set in 1930s Los Angeles’s Chinatown.

4/30: Playing for Keeps by Jennifer Dugan

From the author of Some Girls Do comes another heartfelt YA sapphic romance—starring a baseball pitcher and a student umpire who are definitely not supposed to fall for one another.

5/7: A Spin of Fate by A.A. Vora

An Ember in the Ashes meets Avatar: The Last Airbender in this propulsive, not-to-be-missed high fantasy debut loosely inspired by karma.

5/7: Breathe by Maia Kobabe and Dr. Sarah Peitzmeier Ph.D., MSPH; Illustrated by Maia Kobabe

A graphic guide to chest binding with real-life stories and research-backed advice from bestselling Gender Queer author Maia Kobabe and University of Michigan professor Sarah Peitzmeier.

5/21: Summer Nights and Meteorites by Hannah Reynolds

From the two-time Sydney Taylor Honor author comes another sweet Nantucket-set summer romance, perfect for fans of Rachel Lynn Solomon and K.L. Walther.

6/4: Two Sides to Every Murder by Danielle Valentine

From the author of How to Survive Your Murder comes a propulsive thriller about two teens who return to the site of the famous murder case that sealed their fates.

6/4: Everything We Never Said by Sloan Harlow

Dark romance, high stakes, and plot twists abound in this paperback original YA thriller that’s perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover.

6/4: Wish You Weren’t Here by Erin Baldwin

Juliette’s hopes for a few Priya-free weeks are shattered when her rival shows up at Fogridge on move-in day… as her cabinmate, no less. Juliette is determined to enjoy her final summer, even if it means (gag) tolerating her childhood rival, but everything that can go wrong, does.

6/11: There Is a Door in This Darkness by Kristin Cashore

A magic-tinged contemporary YA about grief and hope from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of the Graceling Realm novels.

6/18: Hearts That Cut by Kika Hatzopoulou

In this heart-pounding, much-anticipated sequel to Threads That Bind, Io will face threats even more dangerous and players even more powerful as she discovers what it will mean to follow—or defy—her fate.

6/18: If You Can’t Take the Heat by Michael Ruhlman

From James Beard award-winning author Michael Ruhlman, a coming-of-age story about finding a new life and love in the kitchen…and trying not to get burned along the way.

6/18: Of Jade and Dragons by Amber Chen

Mulan meets Iron Widow in this thrilling silkpunk fantasy about a girl who must disguise herself as a boy and enter the famed and dangerous Engineer’s Guild trials to unravel the mystery of her father’s murder.

6/25: We Shall Be Monsters by Tara Sim

Frankenstein meets Indian mythology in this twisty, darkly atmospheric fantasy where the real horrors are not the monsters you face, but the ones you create.

7/2: On the Bright Side by Anna Sortino

A hopeful novel about love, disability, and the inevitability of change by the author of Give Me a Sign.

7/16: Cursed Boys and Broken Hearts by Adam Sass

A swoony contemporary romance from Adam Sass following a boy who is cursed to doom any romantic relationship—and the summer that changes everything.

7/23: The Ghostkeeper by Johanna Taylor

Perfect for fans of everything from Lockwood & Co to The Haunting of Hill House, this gothic graphic novel follows a young medium with the gift—or curse, as some might say—to communicate with the dead.

7/23: Exes & Foes by Amanda Woody

When two ex-best friends decide to hold a competition for the new girl’s heart, they don’t expect to fall for each other instead.

8/6: Girls Who Burn by MK Pagano

Jessica Goodman meets Jesse Q. Sutanto in this twisty enemies- to-lovers thriller, full of secrets, privilege, and murder.

8/6: This Is Not a Dead Girl Story by Kate Sweeney

A dark and powerful mystery perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and true crime podcasts, in which a teen girl must do whatever it takes to find her missing cousin—who everyone else thinks is dead.

8/13: Under the Surface by Diana Urban

An epic survival-thriller about four teens who get lost in the Paris catacombs for days—a gripping and propulsive story of love, danger, betrayal, and hope… even when all seems lost.

8/13: Holly Horror 2: The Longest Night by Michelle Jabès Corpora

In this terrifying sequel, Evie Archer and her friends face a new evil ready to devour their town whole.

8/27: Sync by Ellen Hopkins

From #1 NYTbestselling author Ellen Hopkins comes a new heartbreaking young adult novel in verse about twins separated in the foster care system and the different paths their lives take.

8/27: The New Camelot by Robyn Schneider

Sayeth it ain’t so! The finale to the epic Emry Merlin trilogy is here, with all the sorcery, snark, and high stakes that made The Other Merlin one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the Year!

8/27: Libertad by Bessie Flores Zaldívar

A queer YA coming-of-age set during the rigged Honduran presidential election, about a young poet discovering the courage it takes to speak her truth about the people and country she loves.

8/27: Come Out, Come Out by Natalie C. Parker

A spine-tingling LGBTQIA+ YA horror about queer teens who accidentally invoke a twisted spirit who promises help but delivers something sinister.

9/10: Gita Desai Is Not Here to Shut Up by Sonia Patel

From Morris Award finalist Sonia Patel comes a sharply written YA about a girl grappling with a dark, painful secret from her past, perfect for fans of All My Rage and The Way I Used to Be.

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