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New York Times Bestselling Young Adult Titles, With Alternative Picks Week of 12/03/23

We have all been there. A new popular book comes out, and we put our names on the hold list. Even the digital copies can have a wait time of a few weeks. What do we read in the meantime? Below you will find New York Times YA Best Sellers list, with alternative titles from our collection to tide you over while you wait. All of these alternate titles were selected using the Novelist Plus library database, and the list was pulled from the New York Times Young Adult Hardcover bestseller list.


Cover of the young adult novel Murtagh
1. 2 WEEKS ON THE LIST
MURTAGH
by Christopher Paolini
Knopf
Murtagh and his dragon, Thorn, must find and outwit a mysterious witch.
1. Seraphina: A Novel by Rachel Hartman
2. The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin
3. Fireborn by Rosaria Munda


Cover of the young adult novel Nightbane
2. 2 WEEKS ON THE LIST
NIGHTBANE
by Alex Aster
Amulet
In this sequel to "Lightlark," Isla must chose between her two powerful lovers.
1. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
2. The Queen's Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz
3. The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski


Cover for the YA novel Divine Rivals
3. 22 WEEKS ON THE LIST
DIVINE RIVALS
by Rebecca Ross
Wednesday
Two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection.
1. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
2. The Girl who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Cover of the young adult novel Powerless
4. 2 WEEKS ON THE LIST
POWERLESS
by Lauren Roberts
Simon & Schuster
Forbidden love is in the air when Paedyn, an Ordinary, and Kai, an Elite, become romantically involved.
1. Lightlark by Alex Aster
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
3. The Luminaries by Susan Dennard


Cover of the young adult novel The Way I Am Now
5. 2 WEEKS ON THE LIST
THE WAY I AM NOW
by Amber SmithMargaret K. McElderry
Eden and Josh decide to give their relationship another chance despite the emotional baggage they both carry.
1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
2. Exit, Persued by Bear by E.K. Johnston
3. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


Cover of the young adult novel What the River Knows
6. 3 WEEKS ON THE LIST
WHAT THE RIVER KNOWS
by Isabel Ibañez
Wednesday
Inez Olivera sets sail to investigate the mysterious deaths of her parents in 1884 Egypt.
1. The Rightous by Renée Ahdieh
2. Sing Me to Sleep by Gabi Burton
3. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton


Cover for the YA novel Dark Heir
7. NEW THIS WEEK
DARK HEIR
by C.S. Pacat
Quill Tree
In this sequel to "Dark Rise," Will must keep his true identity a secret from his companions.
1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir



8. 52 WEEKS ON THE LIST
FIVE SURVIVE
by Holly Jackson
Delacorte
Six friends on a spring break road trip in an R.V. are the target of a sniper.
1. All Fall Down by Ally Carter
2. That Weekend by Kara Thomas
3. These Deadly Games by Diana Urban


Cover for the YA novel This Winter
9. 10 WEEKS ON THE LIST
THIS WINTER
by Alice Oseman
Scholastic
Siblings Tori, Charlie and Oliver deal with life challenges over the holiday season.
1. What if it's Us by Becky Albertalli
2. Bloom by Kevin Panetta
3. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki


Cover of YA novel Curious Tides
10. 7 WEEKS ON THE LIST
CURIOUS TIDES
by Pascale Lacelle
Margaret K. McElderry
Emory develops new magical powers after a ritual gone awry leaves some of her friends drowned in a forbidden cave.
1. Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
2. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
3. The Novice by Taran Matharu

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