TeenBookCon 2021

Begun in 2010, TeenBookCon is a festival that makes it possible for teens to meet their favorite authors and discover new authors and celebrate the joy of reading. We hope you'll join us!

This year, TeenBookCon 2021 will be a VIRTUAL EVENT held over Zoom!

All TeenBookCon books will come with a custom bookplate signed by the author. Bookplates will be available while supplies last. To purchase books, scroll through this page and add them to your cart!

To register for a panel:

  1. Click on the name of the panel you want to attend.
  2. Click the link that says "please click here to register".
  3. Type in First and Last name as well as email.
  4. Click the blue "Register" button.

You should receive an email from Zoom with the link information confirming your registration. That's it, you're ready to go!

The panels will be uploaded to YouTube and will remain there for 2 weeks.  PLEASE NOTE:  Individuals are not allowed to record panels for future viewing.

This year's authors are:

Saturday, April 3rd

9:30am CDT - Keynote Address - Renee Watson

11:00am CDT - Looking at the Truth - Sharon G. Flake, Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, and Angeline Boulley

12:30pm CDT - How to Tell a Story - Mahogany L Browne, Eric Gansworth, and Randi Pink

2:00pm CDT - The Taste of Love - Laekan Zea Kemp, Elise Bryant, and Jennifer Yen

3:30pm CDT - The Real Thing - Katie Henry, Shannon Takaoka, and Amy Noelle Parks

Saturday, April 10th

11:00am CDT - What about Love? - Leah Johnson, Holly Bourne, and Diane Ma

12:30pm CDT - A Different World - David Arnold, Charlie Jane Anders, and Rosaria Munda

2:00pm CDT - Change can be Scary - Trung Le Nguyen, Rose Szabo, and David Elliott

3:30pm CDT - Truth or Fiction? - Kosoko Jackson, Hafsah Faizal, and J Elle

5:00pm CDT - Moxie Party! - Moxie author Jennifer Mathieu will join Moxie star Alycia Pascual-Peña in conversation with members of the Bellaire High School Feminist Club.

Angel of Greenwood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250768476
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 12th, 2021

A piercing, unforgettable love story set in Greenwood, Oklahoma, also known as the “Black Wall Street,” and against the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

Apple: (Skin to the Core) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646140138
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Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020

National Book Award Longlist
TIME's 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2020
NPR's Best Book of 2020
Shelf Awareness's Best Books of 2020
Publishers Weekly's Big Indie Books of Fall
Amazon's Best Book of the Month
AICL Best YA Books of 2020
CSMCL Best Multicultural Children's Books of 2020


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The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547604531
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - September 8th, 2020

The stunning memoir of a Muslim teen struggling to survive in the midst of the Bosnian genocide--and the stray cat who protected her family through it all.

*Six Starred Reviews*
A YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
A Capitol Choices Remarkable Book
A Mighty Girl Best Book
A Malala Fund Favorite Book Selection

Chlorine Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593176399
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend. Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikki Grimes.

"Mahogany L. Browne's debut YA ia an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless." -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X

The Electric Kingdom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593202227
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - February 9th, 2021

New York Times bestseller David Arnold's most ambitious novel to date; Station Eleven meets The 5th Wave in a genre-smashing story of survival, hope, and love amid a ravaged earth.

Everything I Thought I Knew Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536207767
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

A teenage girl wonders if she’s inherited more than just a heart from her donor in this compulsively readable debut.

Flamefall (THE AURELIAN CYCLE #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525518242
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 23rd, 2021

Revolutionary flames ignite around Annie, Lee, and a brand new character in the follow-up to Fireborne.

Fireborne (THE AURELIAN CYCLE #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525518235
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

"Fireborne is everything I want in fantasy." —Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina

Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry, romance . . . and dragons.

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Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021


An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

Soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground.

“One of this year's most buzzed about young adult novels.” —Good Morning America

Happily Ever Afters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062982834
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2021

Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this charming debut romantic comedy filled with Black Girl Magic. Perfect for fans of Mary H. K. Choi and Nicola Yoon, with crossover appeal for readers of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert romances.

Heiress Apparently (Daughters of the Dynasty) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419749964
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - December 1st, 2020

It Only Happens in the Movies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358172062
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Published: Clarion Books - December 1st, 2020

From award-winning British author Holly Bourne comes a clever, deconstructed rom-com that proves that in real life “girl meets boy” doesn't always mean “happily ever after” . . .

The Life I'm In Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338573176
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 5th, 2021

The powerful and long-anticipated companion to The Skin I'm In, Sharon Flake's bestselling modern classic, presents the unflinching story of Char, a young woman trapped in the underworld of human trafficking.

My feet are heavy as stones when I walk up the block wondering why I can't find my old self.

Love Is a Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781547600601
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - February 2nd, 2021

From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Renée Watson comes a love story about not only a romantic relationship but how a girl finds herself and falls in love with who she really is.

The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by the New York Public Library • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • Publishers Weekly

The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419739729
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Published: Amulet Books - January 5th, 2021

A debut YA rom-com about smart girls, love-struck boys, and quantum theory
Seventeen-year-old Evie Beckham has always been too occupied with her love of math and frequent battles with anxiety to want to date. Besides, she’s always found the idea of kissing to be kind of weird.

The Seventh Raven Cover Image
By David Elliott, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780358252115
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Published: Clarion Books - March 16th, 2021

Best-selling author David Elliott examines the timeless themes of balance, transformation, and restoration in this evocative tale about a girl who will stop at nothing to reverse a curse that turned her seven brothers into ravens. 

And these are the sons
Of good Jack and good Jane
The eldest is Jack
And the next one is Jack
And the third one’

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316460279
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter meets Emergency Contact in this stunning story of first love, familial expectations, the power of food, and finding where you belong.

Penelope Prado has always dreamed of opening her own pastelería next to her father's restaurant, Nacho's Tacos.

A Taste for Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593117521
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Published: Razorbill - February 2nd, 2021

For fans of Jenny Han, Jane Austen, and The Great British Baking Show, A Taste for Love, is a delicious rom com about first love, familial expectations, and making the perfect bao.

This Will Be Funny Someday Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062955708
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 19th, 2021

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel comes to high school in acclaimed author Katie Henry’s coming-of-age YA contemporary about a girl who accidentally falls into the world of stand-up comedy. Perfect for fans of John Green and Becky Albertalli!

Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250317315
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Published: Tor Teen - April 13th, 2021

Outsmart Your Enemies. Outrun the Galaxy.

“Just please, remember what I told you. Run. Don’t stop running for anything.”

We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374311575
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 19th, 2021

A New York Times bestseller!

The second book in the Sands of Arawiya duology by the masterful Hafsah Faizal—the follow-up to the smash New York Times bestselling novel We Hunt the Flame.

Darkness surged in his veins. Power bled from her bones.

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250250797
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Published: Square Fish - December 1st, 2020

A BuzzFeed Pick for "YA Books You Absolutely Must Read This Spring"
A Bustle's Most Anticipated 2019 YA Release
A Paste Magazine's Top 10 Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2019
A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2019
A PopSugar Best YA Book of 2019

What Big Teeth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374314309
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 2nd, 2021

A Strand February 2021 Book of the Month

"With a layered mystery, a haunting setting, and thrilling tension, What Big Teeth has an otherness to it that pulls you in and forces you to keep reading." —Tricia Levenseller, Publisher’s Weekly-bestselling author of The Shadows Between Us

Wings of Ebony Cover Image
By J. Elle
ISBN: 9781534470675
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - January 26th, 2021

Instant New York Times bestseller!
“A remarkable, breathtaking, earthshaking, poetic thrillride.” —Daniel JoOlder, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper

In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her

Yesterday Is History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492694342
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - February 2nd, 2021

  • One of PopSugar's Best New YA Novels of 2021
  • A Buzzfeed Top LGBTQ+ YA Book
  • A Lambda Literary YA Book to Add to Your TBR Pile
  • A Goodreads Pride Month Pick

An epic, heartfelt romance about a boy torn between two loves, one in his present ... and one in the past.

You Should See Me in a Crown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338503265
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 2nd, 2020

A TIME Magazine Best YA Book of All Time

A Stonewall Honor Book

A Reese's Book Club YA Pick

Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town.

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Moxie: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250104267
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Published: Square Fish - September 18th, 2018

Now a Netflix Original Film directed by Amy Poehler!

"Moxie is sweet, funny, and fierce. Read this and then join the fight."—Amy Poehler

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texas high school in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.