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The Best Children’s and YA Books of September 2018

by Keith Rice

The first days of fall are just around the corner! Fortunately, there are plenty of great reads to fill out the cooler days and longer evenings. We’ve pulled together the month’s most exciting releases — a collection of STEM-minded reads, funny adventures, timely fiction, teen sci-fi, and much more. Here are some best children’s, middle grade, and YA titles that September has to offer.

  • Young Adult

  • Dream Country

    by Shannon Gibney

    This novel, which spans five generations, is a powerful examination of freedom feels particularly timely. At once kaleidoscopic and intimate, Dream Country traverses centuries and continents to tell the story of an African-and-American family struggling against familial strife, history, and racism, all with the hope of finding a better life.
    (On sale: 9/11/18)

  • Here to Stay

    by Sara Farizan

    When an anonymous, racist image circulates through Bijan Majidi’s predominantly white high school, portraying him as a terrorist, his life is turned upside down. As lines are drawn, some students remain loyal friends while others gather against him. All the while, Bijan is caught at the center of something he wished had never happened — he’s not ashamed of his heritage, but he wants it all to blow over — and he has to decide how to respond to the cyberbullying.
    (On sale: 9/18/18)

  • Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults)

    by Bryan A. Stevenson

    In Just Mercy, attorney and advocate Bryan Stevenson drew on his personal experiences to take a painful and necessary look at America’s broken justice system. This edition, adapted with young adult readers in mind, offers thought-provoking insights into how our justice system often falls most harshly on marginalized individuals.
    (On sale: 9/18/18)

  • Wildcard

    by Marie Lu

    In this sequel to her 2017 bestseller Warcross, Marie Lu continues the story of brilliant young hacker, Emika Chan, who stumbled into dangerous conspiracy amid the high stakes world of competitive gaming. Betrayed and on the run, Emika is forced to strike some new — and potentially dangerous — alliances if she hopes to survive.
    (On sale: 9/18/18)

  • Give the Dark My Love

    by Beth Revis

    This epic YA fantasy follows 17-year-old Nedra Brysstian as she leaves her home to attend a prestigious academy to study medicinal alchemy. When a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland, Nedra will turn to the darkest areas of her trade in the hopes of finding a cure. The questions is: at what price?
    (On sale: 9/25/18)

What kids’ books are you excited to pick up this month? Let us know in the comments below!