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YA Books Hitting Shelves in January 2023!

New year, new books! Scroll down to see what’s coming to shelves in January, 2023.

1/3: And We Rise by Erica Martin – A powerful, impactful, eye-opening journey that explores through the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-1960s America in spare and evocative verse, with historical photos interspersed throughout. Now in paperback.

1/10: Cool. Awkward. Black. edited by Karen Strong – Real or imaginary, geekdom is where it’s at in this multi-genre YA anthology that celebrates “the geek,” with stories by some of today’s top bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors.

1/10: The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be by Shannon Gibney – Part memoir, part speculative fiction, this novel explores the often surreal experience of growing up as a mixed-Black transracial adoptee.

1/10: The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder – Sleeping Beauty meets Indiana Jones in this thrilling fairytale retelling for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and The Cruel Prince. Now in paperback!

1/10: Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters – Kacen Callender meets Becky Albertalli in a deliciously geeky best friends-to lovers romance from award-winning author Julian Winters! Now in paperback.

1/10: Catch the Light by Kate Sweeney – A love story perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson about a girl who moves cross country and finds herself falling for someone new who throws her whole life out of order. Now in paperback!

1/17: Another Dimension of Us by Mike Albo The Breakfast Club meets Stranger Things in this thrilling science fiction story about teens from the past and the future who travel across the astral plane to save the ones they love.

1/17: As You Walk on By by Julian Winters The Breakfast Club meets Can’t Hardly Wait with an unforgettable ensemble cast in another swoony YA contemporary from award-winning author Julian Winters!

1/17: Akata Woman by Nnedi OkoraforAkata Woman is the New York Times bestselling third book in the series that started with Akata Witch, named one of Time magazine’s “100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time” and “100 Best YA Books of All Time,” from award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor. Now in paperback.

1/24: African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters – Chronicling the story of the last Africans brought illegally to America in 1860, African Town is a powerful and stunning novel-in-verse.

1/31: The Davenports by Krystal Marquis The Davenports delivers a totally escapist, swoon-worthy romance while offering a glimpse into a period of African American history often overlooked.

1/31: How to Be a (Young) Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone – The #1 New York Times bestseller that sparked international dialogue is now a book for young adults! Based on the adult bestseller by Ibram X. Kendi, and co-authored by bestselling author Nic Stone, How to be a (Young) Antiracist will serve as a guide for teens seeking a way forward in acknowledging, identifying, and dismantling racism and injustice.

Penguin Teen