• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Sunday, September 1, 2019

YA International Reads

"We Contain Multitudes" by Sarah Henstra

As penpals for a high school English assignment, poetry-loving sophomore Jonathan and popular-athlete senior Adam explore their growing relationship through a series of letters.

"Love from A to Z" by S. K. Ali

Eighteen-year-old Muslims Adam and Zayneb meet in Doha, Qatar, during spring break and fall in love as both struggle to find a way to live their own truths.

"Hunted" by Arthur Slade

An ethical vampire who is training as a librarian while she researches which killers justify being her food and looks for her missing mother is hired as an assassin.

"The center of the universe" by Ria Voros

Grace Carter's mother, celebrity news anchor GG Carter, is everything teenage Grace is not. When GG suddenly disappears, Grace is left to unravel the mystery. And the search brings Grace closer to her high school's golden boy, Mylo. It also leads Grace to some secrets from her mother's long-lost past.

"Children of blood and bone" by Tomi Adeyemi

Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king's guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zelie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities.

" Akata Witch" by Nnedi Okorafor

Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

"Akata Warrior" by Nnedi Okorafor

Now stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny Nwazue, along with her friends from the Leopard Society, travel through worlds, both visible and invisible, to the mysterious town of Osisi, where they fight in a climactic battle to save humanity.

"I am Alfonso Jones" by Tony Medina

The Hate U Give meets The Lovely Bones in this unflinching graphic novel about the afterlife of a young man killed by an off-duty police officer, co-illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist John Jennings.