All Ages

The Best Children’s and YA Books of October 2019

by the Brightly Editors

October is packed with reads both delightful and profound — from picture books celebrating generosity and creativity, to middle grade reads about the power of kindness and YA titles that feature fearless protagonists. There’s something for everyone (including you!).  

  • Young Adult

  • The Fountains of Silence

    by Ruta Sepetys

    The Fountains of Silence captures an overlooked moment in history: the quiet fascism that gripped Spain after the Spanish Civil War. So buried was General Franco’s dictatorship that tourists still flocked to Spain for holiday, including Daniel Matheson — hoping to connect with his heritage. There, he falls in love with Ana, whose family’s struggles mirror their country’s.
    (On Sale: 10/1/19)

  • Scars Like Wings

    by Erin Stewart

    It’s been a year since Ava Lee’s parents were killed in the fire that destroyed their home, and since Ava became a burn survivor. At her aunt and uncle’s insistence, she returns to high school, where she’s certain she’ll be shunned. But when Ava meets Piper and Asad, she starts to wonder if there might be life after tragedy after all.
    (On Sale: 10/1/19)

  • The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth

    by Philip Pullman

    In the exhilarating sequel set in the parallel world of His Dark Materials (soon to get the HBO treatment), Lyra is a 20-year-old college student who doesn’t know that her professor, Dr. Polstead, is the Malcolm who had such a hand in her fate. She’s about to start putting the pieces together, though, after she and her daemon uncover familiar secrets.
    (On Sale: 10/3/19)

  • The Beautiful

    by Renée Ahdieh

    Renée Ahdieh returns with another page-turning romance, the first in a new series. In 1872 New Orleans, Celine Rousseau has found refuge among the sisters of the Ursuline convent, and she’s immediately taken with the city — including the seductive Sébastien Saint Germain. Celine’s attraction to Sébastien becomes all the more forbidden when he’s revealed to be a vampire.
    (On Sale: 10/8/19)

  • Jackpot

    by Nic Stone

    In her latest novel, bestselling author Nic Stone examines how privilege plays out in romance. Rico pitches in for her household by working at a gas station after school. When she recognizes the jackpot-winning ticket as one she sold — and it never gets cashed in — she and her (mega-rich) best friend, Zan, go looking, and their differences rise to the surface.
    (On Sale: 10/15/19)

  • Full Disclosure

    by Camryn Garrett

    Simone is the new girl at school, and though she’s doing well for herself — directing the student production of Rent, mutually crushing on a boy named Miles — she has a big secret, one that already haunted her at her last school: she’s HIV-positive. Afraid of how Miles will take the news, Simone hesitates, until a threatening note is slipped in her locker. A fearless and powerful read, Full Disclosure is sure to spark important conversations.
    (On Sale: 10/29/19)