Six New Page-Turners for Growing Readers and YA Fans


Have a growing reader ready for a new challenge? We have just the books for you. Check out three new Parnassus-staff-approved reads perfect for independent readers looking to spread their wings.

Or maybe you’re looking to stock the shelves before spring break for the YA reader in your life? If so, you’ll want to pick up our latest favorite YA titles, including this month’s can’t-miss ParnassusNext selection. Have a look:

Recommended by Devin

New Kid Cover ImageNew Kid 

Middle school is hard enough, but to be the new kid in an upscale New York neighborhood is an entirely different circumstance. However, Jordan leans on his family, his love of drawing, and finding common ground with other classmates to get him through the year. Great for fans of Raina Telgemeier.

Recommended by Katherine

To Night Owl From Dogfish Cover ImageTo Night Owl From Dogfish 

Hands-down the funniest book I’ve read in recent memory. In this twist on The Parent Trap, Bett and Avery are sent to the same summer camp by their newly lovestruck dads in the hopes that they’ll form a sisterly bond. Told entirely in letters and email, this is for older readers in the 10-14 age range.

Recommended by Katherine

Eventown Cover ImageEventown

Elodee and her twin sister Naomi are moving to Eventown, where everything is seemingly perfect. But when Elodee begins to question Eventown’s mysterious rules, she uncovers truths about herself and her family — and why they came to Eventown in the first place. Imbued with magical realism, this is an age-appropriate version of Pleasantville that will spark meaningful conversation about what we lose when we strive to be “perfect.”

Recommended by Katherine

We Are Okay Cover ImageWe Are Okay 

This is one of those books that breaks your heart but in such a beautiful way that you’re grateful for the experience. A winner of the Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult literature, this slim and extraordinary novel — now out in paperback — is one you won’t want to miss.

Recommended by Sarah

If You're Out There Cover ImageIf You’re Out There 

This story is at once an unexpected thriller and a refreshingly honest ode to modern female friendship. Perfect for fans of David Arnold.

(Note: Loutzenhiser will be here on March 15 as part of the Epic Reads Meet-Up event featuring four YA authors. Click here for info and tickets!

ParnassusNext — Our Latest Subscription Selections

Lovely War_Julie BerryOur March ParnassusNext selection is Printz Honor-winning author Julie Berry’s new novel, Lovely War, a sweeping romance set against the perilous backdrop of World War I in which the gods hold the fates — and the hearts — of four mortals in their hands.

Bookseller Rae Ann chose it for her staff pick this month and describes it as “a tale about the horrors of war, the joy of music, and the resiliency found in love and friendship.” It’s a must read, she says.

Perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys, Markus Zusak, and Jennifer Donnelly, Lovely War has already received four starred reviews and is poised to become one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year.

Here’s just some of the praise it’s received:

“Julie Berry pens an utter delight in Lovely War, an effervescent confection of a novel filled with humor, tragedy, romance, and myth. Easily one of the best novels I have read all year!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network

“An unforgettable romance so Olympian in scope, human at its core, and lyrical in its prose that it must be divinely inspired.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it.” —Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light

Julie will be at Parnassus on Friday, March 8, at 6:30pm! Click here for details.

ParnassusNext is the book subscription box for YA lovers. Every member of ParnassusNext receives a first edition hardcover of each month’s selected book, signed by the author. There is no membership fee to join — and no line to stand in for the autograph. Not only will you have one of the best YA books of the month when it comes out, you’ll have it straight from the author’s hands, with an original, authentic signature! Set up a subscription for yourself or buy a gift membership for your favorite YA reader for 3, 6, or 12 months.

Need ideas for things to do over spring break? Check out our events calendar online and take your pick of storytimes and author visits!