YA Book of the Week

Each week our friendly library staff and special guests review their latest YA reads. Head over to our Instagram account @librariesinwyndham or our website to see all of our recommendations.

Updated June 6, 2023
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Catfish rolling
Kumagai, Clara
A dazzling debut. Magic-realism blends with Japanese myth and legend in an original story about grief, memory, time and an earthquake that shook a nation.There's a catfish under the islands of Japan and when it rolls the land rises and falls.Sora hates the catfish whose rolling caused...
Stranger things. [2], Six
Houser, Jody
A prequel comic from Netflix' award-winning series, delving into the mysterious workings of Project MKUltra and the weird science that opened the door to the Upside Down. Francine, a teenage girl with precognition, has struggled through a lifetime of exploitation- first by her...
Meyer, Stephenie
When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town...
The promised Neverland. 1, Grace Field house
Shirai, Kaiu
The children of the Grace Field House orphanage must escape a macabre fate before it's too late. Life at Grace Field House is good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious...
Smith, Lyssa Mia
Inspired by Moulin Rouge! and set on an island in a magical version of Prohibition-era New York, Revelle is a breathtaking YA stand-alone fantasy full of dazzling magic, romance, and mystery from debut author Lyssa Mia Smith. On the island of Charmant, magic flows like...
Fun home a family tragicomic
Bechdel, Alison
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, NATIONAL BESTSELLER  Time Magazine #1 Book of the Year * National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist *  Winner of the Stonewall Book Award *  Double finalist for the Lambda Book Award * ...
Making friends with Alice Dyson
Nwosu, Poppy
My hand, which is following a stray pencil rolling across the floor, stops dead right in front of two ratty green sneakers. My gaze follows the shoes up over long legs to a towering figure. I stand abruptly. Tall, black eyes, messy hair, a permanent scowl on a permanently angry...
The stolen heir : a novel of Elfhame
Black, Holly
Return to the opulent world of Elfhame, filled with intrigue, betrayal, and dangerous desires, with this first book of a captivating new duology from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black.
Court of the undying seasons
Strickland, AdriAnne
Court of the Undying Seasons is a deliciously dark romantic novel and a pitch perfect modern take on classic vampire tropes.'Brutal romance, vicious stakes, and a twisty mystery.' - Hannah WhittenIn becoming a vampire, I'm less than a girl. And more.Or...
Blood debts
Benton-Walker, Terry J.
Most Anticipated from Buzzfeed, BookPage, Nerd Daily, and more. Featured on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday. 'An extravaganza from start to finish' Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights 'Riveting....
You & me at the end of the world
Bourne, Brianna
  This is no ordinary apocalypse... Hannah wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo.  Stuck with only each other, they explore a world with no parents, no friends, and no school and realise that they can be...
Striking distance : an original novel
Brennan, Sarah Rees
The boys of Kings Row bout with drama, rivalry, and romance in this original YA novel by The New York Times bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan -- inspired by the award-nominated comic series by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad.   Sixteen-year...
Shusterman, Neal
"The authors do not hold back." --Booklist (starred review) "The palpable desperation that pervades the plot...feels true, giving it a chilling air of inevitability." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The Shustermans challenge readers." --School Library...
Things Jolie needs to do before she bites it
Winfrey, Kerry
Kerry Winfrey's funny and honest YA novel, Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It Jolie's a lot of things, but she knows that pretty isn't one of them. She has mandibular prognathism, which is the medical term for underbite. Chewing is a pain,...
Chain of gold
Clare, Cassandra
From #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare comes the first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel. Cordelia Carstairs is a...
Crossan, Sarah
Winner of the Carnegie Medal * Winner of the YA Book Prize * Winner of the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Award Tippi and Grace share everything--clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin...
The bone spindle
Vedder, Leslie
Two girl treasure hunters. One sleeping prince. A hundred-year-old curse and one very angry witch. Fantasy with m/f and f/f romance for fans of CINDERELLA IS DEAD. A pacey, fractured twist on a classic fairy tale! Filore, a treasure hunter with a knack for...
A curse so dark and lonely
Kemmerer, Brigid
A New York Times bestseller! "Has everything you'd want in a retelling of a classic fairy tale." - Jodi Picoult In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance...
The road to winter
Smith, Mark
Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed killed his parents and wiped out most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his loyal dog Rowdy for company. He has stayed alive for two winters-hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the...
Never Ever Getting Back Together
Gonzales, Sophie
Romance, revenge, and reality TV. The new queer YA rom-com from Sophie Gonzales, bestselling author of Only Mostly Devastated. Eighteen-year-old Maya dumped her cheating ex-boyfriend Jordy two years ago. So, when she receives a call to participate in Second...
All fall down
Carter, Ally
A new series of global proportions -- from master of intrigue, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter.Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:1. She is not crazy.2. Her mother was murdered.3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.As certain as Grace is about...
Waking Romeo
Barker, Kathryn
What if Juliet Capulet met someone who made her doubt true love? What if Wuthering Heights was a message to a time traveller? A cosmic reimagining of Romeo and Juliet and homage to two literary classics in a compelling novel about fate, love and time travel from an award-winning author...
The thief
Turner, Megan Whalen
'Megan Whalen Turner is one of my all-time favorite writers' Holly Black Eugenides, can steal anything - or so he says. Then his boasting lands him in the king's prison, and his chances of escape look slim. So when the king's magus invites...
Unnecessary drama
Kenwood, Nina
From the author of the much-loved It Sounded Better It My Head comes a deliciously entertaining new rom-com, set in a run-down student share house in Melbourne. Eighteen-year-old Brooke is the kind of friend who not only remembers everyone's birthdays, but also organises the...
My mechanical romance
Follmuth, Alexene Farol
Opposites attract in this nerdy YA romance from the NYT best-selling author of The Atlas Six! "It's rom-com perfection."--Adiba Jaigirdar, author of The Henna Wars Bel doesn't want to think about the future. College apps? You're funny...
Lord of the flies : a novel
Golding, William
The 50th Anniversary Edition of the Lord of the Flies is the volume that every fan of this classic book will have to own! Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal...
Schwab, Victoria
AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A KIRKUS BEST BOOK A USA TODAY BESTSELLER A NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER "A bone-chilling standalone . . . which fuses Shirley Jackson's gothic horror sensibilities with the warmth and dark whimsy of Neil Gaiman."--Publishers Weekly...
The eyes of Tamburah
Snyder, Maria V.
City of Zirdai, the next installment, is available now. Treasure hunting has never been more dangerous... Tomb Raider meets Poison Study! New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder begins an action-packed new fantasy series: the Archives of the Invisible Sword.
Sadie Starr's guide to starting over
Luby, Miranda
Sadie Starr is obsessed with starting over. A new year, a new diet, a new social media identity. Anything that gives her a chance to be a better version of herself. So when her dad's job moves the family interstate, Sadie's excited for a fresh start. It's also the perfect excuse to...
Set fire to the gods
Raasch, Sara
Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator in the first book in this epic fantasy duology in which two warriors must decide where their loyalties lie as an ancient war between immortals threatens humanity--from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like...
Skyward. Claim the stars
Sanderson, Brandon
Spensa's world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity's only defense is to take to their ships and fight the enemy in the skies. Pilots have become the...
Skulduggery Pleasant
Landy, Derek
Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead. Then there's his sidekick, Stephanie. She's... well, she's a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like...
This wicked fate
Bayron, Kalynn
THE BREATHTAKING SEQUEL TO THIS POISON HEART, FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR KALYNN BAYRON _______________'This duology closer delves deeper into mythology while depicting textured, realistic relationships' - Kirkus Reviews'A delicious mix of intoxicating fantasy and...
They both die at the end
Silvera, Adam
Adam Silvera reminds us that there's no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day. #1 New York Times bestseller * four starred reviews * A School Library Journal...
Six of crows
Bardugo, Leigh
See the Grishaverse come to life on screen with the Netflix series, Shadow and Bone -- Season 2 streaming now! Meet Kaz Brekker and his crew: Jesper, Inej, Wylan, and the star-crossed Nina and Matthias, on the heist of a lifetime in Six of Crows from #1...
The harp of kings
Marillier, Juliet
'Completely transported me to the wonder and enchantment of ancient Ireland.' Callie Bates, author of The Waking LandSHORTLISTED FOR THE AUREALIS AWARDS FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT AND BEST FANTASY NOVEL 2019Bard. Warrior. Rebel. Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player....
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club
Goodman, Alison
Carmody, Isobelle
In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous.
Echoes and Empires
Rhodes, Morgan.
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series comes the first book in a brand-new duology about forbidden magic and dangerous secrets, for readers of Victoria Aveyard and Margaret Rogerson. Josslyn Drake knows only three things about magic- it's...
Six crimson cranes
Lim, Elizabeth
A princess in exile. Six enchanted cranes. An unspeakable curse. A beautiful and immersive YA fantasy retelling of the Grimm brothers' The Six Swans fairytale, set in an East-Asian inspired world, by the author of Spin the Dawn.
The prison healer
Noni, Lynette
From bestselling Australian author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir. Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself. Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years...
The monster of her age
Binks, Danielle
WINNER - INDIE BOOK AWARDS 2022, YOUNG ADULT CATEGORYHow do you ruin someone's childhood? Ellie Marsden was born into the legendary Lovinger acting dynasty. Granddaughter of the infamous Lottie Lovinger, as a child Ellie shared the silver screen with Lottie in her one-and-only...
This poison heart
Bayron, Kalynn
_______________'Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale ... She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after' - Brigid Kemmerer'Brings much-needed inclusivity and...
Howl's moving castle
Jones, Diana Wynne.
This entrancing classic fantasy novel is filled with surprises at every turn. An international bestseller, this much-loved book is the source for the Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to...
The world between us
Juckes, Sarah Ann
Alice may be bed-bound, but every day Stream Cast brings the world to her. From the streets of Tokyo to a masterclass in video games, she experiences other people's wild and exciting lives all without ever leaving her room. But everything changes when Alice is introduced to a new streamer.
An enchantment of ravens
Rogerson, Margaret
An instant New York Times bestseller! An Indie Next Top 10 Pick A Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner "A funny, action-packed, and sweet romance." --School Library Journal (starred review) "A phenomenal read." --RT Book...

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