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The Best Children’s and YA Books of July 2021

by the Brightly Editors

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Summer is officially here, and it’s never felt so good! And nothing goes better with long summer days than a good book. With school out of session for several more weeks, there’s plenty of opportunities for your kids to get lost in a new literary adventure. So, while you’re melting in the (extreme) July heat, hand your child a few books and a popsicle and send them outside to enjoy the sunshine. Whether you have young children or teenagers, these are the best books coming out this month!

  • Young Adult

  • Six Crimson Cranes

    by Elizabeth Lim

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    Fairy tale lovers, rejoice! If you adored Elizabeth Lim’s first YA series, Spin the Dawn, you don’t want to miss this retelling of "The Wild Swans." Inspired by East Asian folklore, this book follows princess Shiori as she tries to rescue her brothers from a magical curse. Unfortunately, when Shiori accidentally uses forbidden magic, the queen turns her brothers into cranes, banishes Shiori, and forces her into silence. This breathtaking YA fantasy novel is a must-read!
    (On sale: 7/6/2021)

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  • The Taking of Jake Livingston

    by Ryan Douglass

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    When an angry ghost starts haunting Jake Livingston, surviving high school takes on a whole new meaning. As a Black LGBTQ student at a nearly all-white school, Jake struggles to feel like he belongs. But when the ghost of a former school shooter appears, Jake’s role as a reluctant medium takes a deadly turn. YA readers looking for thrills and chills this summer will find them here.
    (On sale: 7/13/2021)

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  • They'll Never Catch Us

    by Jessica Goodman

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    If you’ve been hoping for more YA books featuring female athletes, you’re in luck! This mystery novel is about two track star sisters, fierce competition, and the mysterious disappearance of a teammate. With more plot twists than a pretzel, it’s a fast-paced thrill ride for fans of Karen M. McManus and Kara Thomas.
    (On sale: 7/27/2021)

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  • Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance

    by Nisha Sharma

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    When you need a few feel-good vibes, pick up this delectable YA rom-com. A former rising star in Kathak dancing, Radha has now sworn off performing. But when she meets a Bollywood dancer named Jai, she can’t resist his invitation to help choreograph the perfect performance for a competition. They fall in love over dance steps, good food, and family drama.
    (On sale: 7/13/2021)

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  • Small Favors

    by Erin A. Craig

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    Keep a flashlight close by as you read this novel because you’re going to need it! When some people from her isolated town go missing in the woods, Ellery discovers a terrifying truth. The legendary monsters in the forest not only exist, but they also grant wishes in exchange for small favors. But the favors are more sinister than anyone realizes, and it’s up to Ellery to save her town from the fallout. This spooky retelling of Rumpelstiltskin will give you goosebumps and keep you reading well past your bedtime.
    (On sale: 7/27/2021)

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  • When All the Girls Are Sleeping

    by Emily Arsenault

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    Secrets and ghosts and murder — oh, my! If you’re looking for a bone-chilling YA mystery novel to escape into this summer, you’ll love this haunting story from the author of All the Pretty Things. When new evidence surfaces suggesting that her ex-best friend was murdered, Haley goes looking for answers. But as she digs up secrets about her college prep school, its resident ghost, and her friend, she discovers that a killer is on the loose and planning to strike again.
    (On sale: 7/13/2021)

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