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5 YA Books to Watch for in 2020

December 30, 2019

Happy New Year! Here are 5 YA books to look forward to in 2020.

While everyone else is talking about their favorite books of 2019, I’m sharing some of the books I’m most excited to read in 2020.

1. Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

In this heavily autobiographical story infused with magical realism, a young wizard, Echo, struggles as she travels between two worlds – her home on the East Side where folks deal with poverty and addiction and her rich privileged school on the West Side. (Release date: January 14)

2. Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott

Poetry inspired by the #SayHerName campaign and paying tribute to Black Lives Matter activists and victims of police brutality. (Release date: January 14)

3. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

An historical fantasy about musical prodigy Nannerl – sister to Wolfgang Mozart - the sexism she faces in the industry, and what she’ll risk to be remembered when a mysterious stranger from a magical land presents her with an irresistible offer. (Release date: March 3)

4. Ghost Squad by Clairbel Ortega

Two best friends, Lucely and Syd, accidentally awaken malicious spirits and must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother to reverse the spell and save their town. (Release date: April 7)

5. The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

The sons of the democratic and republican presidential candidates, Dre and Dean, fall in love and are threatened to be publicly outed by a “shady third-party candidate.” (Release date: June 2)

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Megan works at the Main Library Teen Center. She enjoys crafting, board games, and horror and sci-fi films. Reach out to her if you're looking for something new to watch.