Celebrating YARN Alums

During the off-season here at YARN, we’re busy preparing all the goodies we’ll be sharing with you come 2019, but as the end of the year approaches, we wanted to highlight some of the new YA novels some of our fantastic alums have released in 2018. Perhaps one of these would be perfect for someone on your holiday shopping list!

Margarita Engle is an award-winning author and the current Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her latest novel-in-verse, “Jazz Owls,” came out this spring, and is a gorgeously-written glimpse into the WWII-era Zoot Suit riots. As if that isn’t enough, the book also features the absolutely lovely artwork of Rudy Gutierrez. Check out some of Margarita’s poetry here and read more about her and her work in our interview.


Kwame Alexander is probably best known for award-winning middle grade novels, such as his Newbery-award winning “The Crossover,” but did you know that he also writes YA? His most recent YA novel-in-verse (co-authored with Mary Rand Hess), “Swing,” came out just last month, and it simply sings with mellow jazz, best friendship, and life-crunching crushes, and no spoliers here on YARN, but that ending!


Sonya Sones is well-known for her hard-hitting YA novels-in-verse, and her most recent, “The Opposite of Innocent,” is no different, capturing the #MeToo movement through the eyes of a young teen in a story that was very personal for Sonya to write. Check out the interview we did with her that includes some of her poems.


Mackenzi Lee is the NYT best-selling author of the hysterical historical, “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” (read an outtake here!), and we lucky readers can now get our hands on its companion, “The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy,” a marvelous romp featuring the Gentleman’s sister, Felicity. While Gentleman Monty was (and is still, in Lady) in love with his best friend, Percy, Felicity learns to embrace her asexuality.  


Anna-Marie McLemore is the award-winning author several gorgeous YA novels that feature LatinX and LGBTQ characters in worlds simply dripping with magical realism. Her latest, “Blanca & Roja,” is Swan Lake retold in the way only Anna-Marie can, with sisters, love, and all kinds of magical surprises built in. Find out more about her and her work in our interview here!


Nova Ren Suma is the NYT best-selling author of The Walls Around Us, and her latest, “A Room Away from the Wolves,” came out this fall to great acclaim for the signature thrills and chills that readers adore about Nova’s work. You can find our interview here, and also be sure to check out the new YA journal, Foreshadow, she recently launched with Emily X. R. Pan.  


Lamar Giles is an award-winning author and founding member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement. His recent anthology, “Fresh Ink,” just came out this summer and features stories by some of today’s most popular authors including Jason Reynolds and Nicola Yoon, and his next YA, “Spin,” is right around the corner with a January 2019 release. In the meantime, read our interview with him here!

Happy shopping, and above all, happy reading!

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