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The Best Children’s and YA Books of January 2021

by the Brightly Editors

best kids books jan 2021

New year, new books! And we’ve never needed them more. From delightful picture books to adventurous novels for children and teens, these new books are sure to put a smile on your face. Whether you want to educate or entertain, here are the best children’s and YA books hitting bookstore shelves this month.

  • YA

  • The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel Adaption

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrated by K. Woodman-Maynard

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    Experience the great American novel as you’ve never seen it before. With excerpts from the original text and stunning illustrations throughout, this graphic novel makes the iconic book accessible to a whole new generation of readers.
    (On Sale: 1/5/2021)

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  • Influence

    by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham

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    Dive into the secretive world of teen influencers with this YA thriller from the author of Pretty Little Liars and social media personality Lilia Buckingham. To the followers of four teenage influencers living in L.A., they appear to have perfect lives. But underneath the glitz and glamour, the girls keep dark secrets. And they’ll do anything to keep them hidden.
    (On Sale: 1/5/2021)

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  • Chlorine Sky

    by Mahogany L. Browne

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    Mahogany L. Browne delivers a heartbreaking novel in verse for teens about growing up. When Skyy’s best friend becomes her biggest bully, she must learn to stand on her own two feet. As she moves on and meets new people, she discovers her inner strength and resilience.
    (On Sale: 1/12/2021)

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  • Winterkeep

    by Kristin Cashore

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    Avid fans of the Graceling Realm series will be happy to know that the fourth book in the bestselling and award-winning series has arrived. In this installment, Bitterblue ventures to the nation of Winterkeep, a place of magic, wonder, and danger. It's been eight years since the third book in the series was published, so readers will be happy to jump back into this action-packed fantasy series.
    (On Sale: 1/19/2021)

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  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club

    by Malinda Lo

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    Get swept into a story of forbidden romance and peril set in 1950s San Francisco. When Lily and Kathleen fall in love at a lesbian bar in Chinatown, they put themselves and their families in jeopardy. With Lily’s father in danger of being deported, the girls will risk everything for their love.
    (On Sale: 1/19/2021)

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