YA Wednesday: Best Books of AugustAugust is a big reading month with a half-dozen stand-out new releases on our Best YA Books of the Month list, and the YA book club pick chosen by our readers. 

For the book club, we’re taking a road trip with John Green’s Paper Towns, so we’ll be talking about the book and movie on our Goodreads group.  The titles we couldn’t live without for August?  As you’ll see below, they include a super creepy ghost story of sorts, a must-read for fans of Cinder, and a companion novel to one of my favorites from David Levithan…


YA Wednesday: Best Books of August
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell  (Spotlight title)
Mechanica premise sounds similar to
Cinder, so I figured I’d either love it or hate it. Obviously it’s the former…This Cinderella is a strong, steampunk style inventor who wants to escape her evil Steps by way of a technological exposition hosted at the royal palace.  One of my top reads this year.
YA Wednesday: Best Books of August
Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton
This is our creepy ghost story.  And really, it’s stories within a story.  A boy is drawn into an empty house to find 12 people sitting around a circle and they pull out a 13th chair for him.  In turn, each of them tells a ghost story and only when it’s the boy’s turn does the overarching tale get told. 
YA Wednesday: Best Books of August
Another Day by David Levithan
I’m a huge fan of
Every Day so it was exciting to read the companion novel coming out later this month (8/25),
Another Day
This time, Levithan tells Rhiannon’s side of the story and her journey to learn the truth about love and how it can change you.  If you haven’t read
Every Day, start there.
YA Wednesday: Best Books of August
Con Academy by Joe Schreiber
Who doesn’t love the story of a good con? And what happens when you pit one skilled scam artist against another? Secrets, deception, and humor abound at an elite high school that is unknowingly home to a couple of very talented young grifters. Really fun and entertaining read.
YA Wednesday: Best Books of August
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Every October, Cara and her family become unavoidably accident-prone and some years it’s deadly.  The year she turns seventeen looks particularly ominous and so are the family secrets that are the reason behind the accident season… A suspenseful contemporary debut with a twist of magic.
YA Wednesday: Best Books of August
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
A witty novel about two misfit teens who join forces to investigate an unsolved disappearance.  They wind up in various dangerous yet comical situations and make for an entertaining duo.  Fresh and modern, great end of summer read.

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