Usually, my review calendar is about sixty to seventy percent young adult and only thirty to forty percent middle grade, but this season, I’m split pretty close to fifty-fifty for what’s on my reading list. It’s hard to keep up with all the great books coming this season, but I’m going to do my best to try! Here are my 20 most-anticipated middle grade books coming fall 2023.
Since September is already almost over (How?!), I’ve linked a few of the books I’ve finished to my reviews below.
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20 Most-Anticipated Middle Grade Books Coming Fall 2023
What you need to know: Nev arrives at Deephaven, a boarding school with secrets, determined to keep their head down and fit in until they become embroiled in a quest to save a girl everyone thinks is dead. I’ve read everything published by this author, so I knew I was going to read this one. Looks like it’ll be a series, so I’m anxious to see where it goes.
What you need to know: Bobert and his friends must find a way to break the spell placed on them by evil wizard Matt before he takes over Nefaria. Silly, offbeat, and packed with heart. I loved this one.
What you need to know: When Micah becomes trapped in the house her grandfather forbade her to enter, she must confront secrets from her past and make a frightening deal to escape. More eerie than truly scary, this is a great choice for a fall book.
What you need to know: After Daphne is forced to live with her dad, she grudgingly offers him a second chance when he begins teaching her skateboarding tricks. Will he let her down again? I love complex family stories like this one, and I’m super excited for a book about skateboarding.
What you need to know: Dare refuses to accept the story she’s told about her father’s death and sets out to prove monsters still exist. A fabulous story about friendship and how to build trust from the author of THE VERDIGRIS PAWN.
What you need to know: A girl who dreams of winning the science fair is faced with a terrible choice when someone she loves is detained by ICE. I love the way the book description links science and Wendy’s fears about her family. Looks like a book that will make you think.
What you need to know: Two girls whose mother has just been elected President join a secret society of presidential children where they must help the Roosevelt children in order to return to their own time. Written by a former White House staffer. I’m super curious about this one.
What you need to know: When Jake is sent to his great-aunt’s cabin in remote Oregon woods, he stumbles upon a threat against a turtle with a ruby-colored shell. Features a boy with ADHD and a focus on nature and conservation.
Published: October 3, 2023
The Deadlands: Trapped (The Deadlands #2) by Skye Melki-Wegner
What you need to know: Five outcasts from their herds team up to find evidence of an alliance between carrion dinosaurs and save their herds from war. I loved the first book in this series, which I’d describe as LAND BEFORE TIME meets WARRIORS.
What you need to know: A girl desperate to save her family’s struggling magical bakery casts a (slightly illegal) spell that backfires. Looks like lots of delicious descriptions of baking and magical hijinks from an author on my auto-read list.
What you need to know: As Hannukah approaches, best friends with magic must stop a demon from Jewish lore who is hunting the Tree of Life. RAVENFALL was one of my favorite books from last year, so this one is a must-read for me.
Published: October 17, 2023
Secrets We Tell the Sea by Martha Riva Palacio Obón, translated by Lourdes Heuer
What you need to know: A girl with a powerful connection to the sea moves in with her Abuela and meets a new friend she believes will truly understand her. The book description has a lot of imagery about the sea and ocean life and says Sofia is a mermaid. I can’t tell if that’s literal or metaphorical. In any case, I’m super intrigued.
What you need to know: I can’t say it better than the cover copy: “A magical retelling of Swan Lake, featuring a clever orphan, a castle filled with enchanted swans, and a quest to unearth the secrets of the past.” Yes, please!
What you need to know: An explosion destroys a friendship and leaves a girl injured. Her former best friend won’t stop until he uncovers what truly happened. Looks like a powerful story about friendship and healing.
Published: October 31, 2023
Sail Me Away Home (Show Me a Sign #3) by Ann Clare LeZotte
What you need to know: Set in the world of SHOW ME A SIGN and SET ME FREE. Explores the origins of formal Deaf education and complex issues on Martha’s Vineyard between Deaf and Wampanoag communities. I loved SET ME FREE, and I can’t wait for this one.
Published: November 7, 2023
Keeper of the Lost Cities: The Graphic Novel Part 1 by Shannon Messenger
What you need to know: The first half of the epic novel adapted into a graphic novel. This looks like it will be really cool.
Published: November 7, 2023
What are your most-anticipated middle grade books coming out this fall?
What amazing middle grade books coming fall 2023 are you most looking forward to reading? Are you planning to read, or have you already read any of the books on my list? What books am I missing that I need to add?
Spring is here! And with it comes some amazing YA books. I’m so excited about SO MANY titles coming out this season. This list contains authors I’ve been following closely, plus some authors I’ve wanted to read PLUS debut or new-to-me authors. All I can say is that I’m going to spending a lot of time reading this season. We have a hammock under the trees in the backyard, and I can tell I’m gonna be using it! Here are my top 30 most-anticipated young adult books coming spring 2023.
30 Most-Anticipated Young Adult Books Coming Spring 2023
My Dear Henry: A Jekyll and Hyde Remix by Kalynn Bayron
What you need to know: A retelling of the story of Jekyll and Hyde set in 1880s England with queer Black main characters. I really enjoyed her middle grade novel, THE VANQUISHERS, last year, so I was excited to read more of her books. I think she knocked it out of the park with this one.
What you need to know: A missing girl who was never found. A true crime podcast featuring the case. Two girls who must decide whether the secrets they uncovered would destroy an innocent man or identify Clarissa’s murderer. Twisty and intense! Read if you loved SADIE or THE AGATHAS.
What you need to know: A Renaissance Faire under new management. A girl who liked the old faire better. A boy who pulls her into the new theatrical experience. I have loved both Ashley Schumacher’s other novels, so I’m dying to read this one.
What you need to know: A girl chosen to represent Britain in Europe’s first air race for youth. Sabotage and secrets. Maybe even… murder?? I’ve loved both the books I read by this author before, so I’m expecting the same great storytelling and unforgettable characters here.
What you need to know: CASTELON is the final book in the Wraithwood series, which I’ve really been enjoying. It’s got some Merlin-based lore and magic. A slow-burn romance. I have to know how it all ends.
What you need to know: A best friendship nearly wrecked by a summer fling. A surly new stepsister. A community theater production in jeopardy. Sounds like Junie is juggling a lot of big things, and they’re all about to come crashing down. I loved Markum’s debut, and this one looks like it’ll deliver the same sparky tension and hilarity.
What you need to know: This looks like magical realism or maybe a portal story? A girl who supports her family by scavenging elf corpses. The elf prince whose fate is tied to hers. Looks like it could have some THE LUMINARIES vibes?
What you need to know: Described as “a suspenseful and inventive murder-mystery inspired by the lesser-known fairytales of the Brothers Grimm.” I read KATZENJAMMER last year and absolutely loved Zappia’s vivid, powerful writing. As soon as I saw her name on this cover, I was in.
What you need to know: Based on the true story of two friends who help rescue immigrant women and girls in San Fransisco’s Chinatown in the late 1890s. I love the trend lately of novels inspired by little-known female heroes in history. I’m super excited to read this one.
What you need to know: A girl with a gift of foreknowledge uses it to save a life… and inadvertently puts the rescuer’s life in danger. Described as “THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END meets THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT.” I liked both, so I’m super excited to read this one.
What you need to know: A team of teens determined to return ancestral remains from a museum to their tribe amid mysteries and secrets possibly connecting to missing women. I love that this story draws attention to a very real issue, and I’m excited to read the book.
What you need to know: Six teens were present when someone was murdered, but which one is guilty? I really enjoyed Lepore’s debut, THIS IS WHY WE LIE, which came out last year. This looks like one to read if you loved ONE OF US IS LYING.
What you need to know: Beauty and the Beast retold with Beauty as an assault survivor, who retreats to the Beast’s castle following her attack. I’m always interested in reimagined fairy tales, and I am really curious about this one.
What you need to know: A girl in love with her best friend and clinically depressed (undiagnosed) finds her plans to take her life thwarted by an announcement that there are only 9 days left before a life-ending asteroid strikes the Earth. Looks like one that will plumb the depths of the heart.
What you need to know: Described as “YOU’VE GOT MAIL meets a YA BEACH READ” which sounds like lots of fun. A writer trying to uncover the identity of a mysterious online collaborator. Sounds super cute and just what I need after some of the more serious titles on here!
Release Date: May 16, 2023
The Secret of the Moon Conch by David Bowles and Guadalupe García McCall
What you need to know: Two people, two timelines, connected by a magical conch shell…. communicating across time, and falling in love. I love a good timetravel/time-pretzel romance, so I can’t wait for this one.
What you need to know: Complicated grief. A boy who’s desperate to prove he’s not grieving when he absolutely is, and what happens when his broken heart is truly laid bare. There’s something really special and brave about a book that explores a soul-crushing grief. I really want to read this.
What you need to know: A transgender prince doubling for his brother. A queen’s lady-in-waiting who is also a boy assassin, determined to destroy the prince’s brother. Looks like this is packed with political drama and identity exploration, and no one could do it better than this author duo.
What you need to know: A girl desperate to keep up appearances for the high-achieving expectations of her parents faces a crossroads when a baking competition she’s sure she could win comes to town. This reminds me a little bit of SALT AND SUGAR by Rebecca Carvalho, and looks like tons of fun!
What you need to know: A high school election campaign leads to the discovery of a pattern of harassment within the student government. From Goodreads: SOMETHING LIKE POSSIBLE is a love letter to ambitious girls, queer solidarity, and how to keep moving forward when the world seems set on pushing you back.
Release Date: May 23, 2023
The Night in Question by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson
What you need to know: The sequel to THE AGATHAS! Alice and Iris are back to solve another murder mystery in Castle Cove when a school dance at the site of an infamous unsolved murder is interrupted by a violent assault. I loved the first book in this series, so I’m thrilled about this one.
What you need to know: From the cover copy: A thought-provoking novel about grief, family secrets, and figuring out how to belong against the odds. Salvatore is an auto-buy author for me. I’ve loved both their previous books, and this one hits a lot of elements I tend to love, namely grief and siblings.
Release Date: May 30, 2023
What are your most-anticipated young adult books coming spring 2023?
Are you looking forward to any of the titles on my list? What’s coming out that I didn’t list but absolutely must add to my TBR? Leave a comment and let me know! I’d love to add more books to my list.
Here are My Most-Anticipated YA Books Coming Summer 2022
I love reading during the summer. There’s something about the longer days that makes me feel like I can afford to squeeze in extra reading time. This year, there are so many titles I’m excited about reading. I have no idea if I’ll be able to get to them all, but I’m sure gonna do my best! I expect I’ll get to most of these most-anticipated YA books coming summer 2022.
As always, I’ll try to come back to this post as I put up reviews so that if you find it later you’ll be able to see how I liked the books I read. For now, enjoy the list, and happy summer reading!
What you need to know: Technically this one also made my spring anticipated books list, but the publication date has been pushed back. I’ve already read it, and I absolutely loved getting more time in the Curse Breakers universe.
What you need to know: This sounds like a historical Sleeping Beauty reboot by one of my daughter’s favorite authors. A sleeping potion gone wrong. A forbidden kiss. A desperate escape to Prague. I’m excited to check it out!
What you need to know: Not sure I could say it better than the cover copy: “This YA debut is equal parts broken-hearted love story, epic myth retelling, and a world-journey romp to find home.” So excited for this one!
What you need to know: A town full of secrets. A love-story fan-fic written by two unlikely friends. A murder: the boy they’ve written about. Sounds twisty and suspenseful. I can’t wait to read this one!
What you need to know: A novel in verse. From Goodreads: “An affecting and resonant YA novel in verse that explores family, community, the changing ocean tides, and what it means to fall in love with someone who sees the world in a different way.” I love the sound of that!
What you need to know: From Goodreads: “The swoon of Nicola Yoon meets the emotional punch of Elizabeth Acevedo in this breakout debut novel that answers big questions about identity, family, and love.” Looks amazing to me!
What you need to know: Sisters! A magically gifted blacksmith with social anxiety. Romance and danger at every turn. This is the conclusion to the Bladesmith duology. I loved BLADE OF SECRETS, so I’m super excited about this one.
Release Date: July 26, 2022 |
The King Will Kill You (Kingdoms of Sand and Sky #3) by Sarah Henning
What you need to know: I’m not usually brave enough to read horror, but this is RYAN LASALA, y’all. So… I feel like I have to give it a try after the way I adored REVERIE. A twin’s sister dies under horrific circumstances, and he will do whatever it takes to find out why.
What you need to know: A girl with an unexpected inheritance on a glittering planet. A mysterious young man who is always in her way. Secrets. Murder. An underground rebellion. Tiny problems, really. Ha! I’ve read two other books by Cristin Terrill, and both were twisty and wonderful, so I have high expectations for this one.
What you need to know: A perfect summer ruined by tragedy. A road trip to uncover lies. A girl who must decide who she is and what she values as her past and present collide. I love a good family drama, so I can’t resist this one.
What you need to know: I really enjoyed MY CONTRARY MARY and this team of authors has been a solid win for me. This newest book follows the stories of Mary Shelley and Ada Lovelace. I really want to read this one!
What you need to know: An elite academy that will change science forever and a girl lucky enough to attend. Then students start disappearing, and she decides it’s time for her friends to find out what’s in the mysterious bunker in the woods behind the school. Looks gritty and suspenseful. I’m eager to check this one out.
What you need to know: Three friends will use art, science, and the magic of a powerful legend to seek the perfect romance. I haven’t read anything by Evelyn Skye, but I love the books by Sandhya Menon and Roshani Chokshi that I’ve read, so this one looks like a sure win to me.
What you need to know: A princess who must journey to the kingdom of dragons to deliver a pearl brimming with magic. I’ve loved the books by Elizabeth Lim that I’ve read, so I really want to read this one.
Release Date: August 30, 2022 |
What books are you most excited about reading this summer?
What are your most-anticipated YA books coming summer 2022? Are you looking forward to any of the books on my list?
Let me know what you’re most excited to read this summer. If there are titles you’re excited about that I missed– tell me about them, too!
Spring is here and it’s very much past time to talk about what I’m most looking forward to reading this season. My last anticipated books post covered books coming out in January to late March, but there were a couple books I must have added to my TBR after I made that post, so I’ve included the few that I missed in this list.
Spring 2022 looks like another great season for YA books. Genre-wise, I’m looking forward to books that are kind of all over the map, from a couple historical books to RomComs to fantasy, and even a novel in verse! I’m particularly excited to read THIS REBEL HEART by Katherine Locke and YEAR ON FIRE by Julie Buxbaum as I’ve heard amazing things about both authors and have wanted to try books by them for a while.
Note: I finally went back to my Anticipated Books List from last season and updated the list with links to any of the books that I reviewed. So far I’ve read 13 of the 16 books on my list. Another is my next up to read (the publishing date got pushed back a bit, so I also pushed back my plans to read it.). A second one is on my bedside table and my blog calendar as a book to fit in the second I have a spare moment. The last book is on my library reading list, so hopefully I’ll be able to get that one read soon, too.
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What you need to know: No electricity due to a malware attack. A girl who thought she’d put her survivalist history behind her now needs it in order to survive. Looks dark, and intense. I’m hoping for something along the lines of ALONE by Megan E. Freeman.
What you need to know: More stories from Emberfall and Syhl Shallow! Tycho is a Lord?! Two friends who must risk everything to save their families, even if it means helping destroy their new king (Grey!). Yes, please. I’m all over this one.
What you need to know: Two girls desperate to solve a mystery in a town full of secrets armed with the complete works of Agatha Christie. I’ve read books by Glasgow and Lawson before and enjoyed them, so I’m super excited to read this one.
What you need to know: The prequel to WE WERE LIARS, which if you know me, you know was the book that made me stand up a date once because I could. Not. Put it down. Totally lost track of time, like lost two hours of time. Oopsy. (It’s okay; he forgave me. We are married now.)
What you need to know: A girl having a Groundhog day experience, but with her nemesis. Sounds like lots of antics and laughs and swoony romance. I’ve been told I’m on the ARC list, but haven’t received a copy yet, so I might have to wait until this one is in print to read it.