10 YA book releases we’re feeling thankful for this November

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. Image courtesy Macmillan Publishing Group
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer. Image courtesy Macmillan Publishing Group /
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A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

If you’re missing travel during the current health crisis, this month might be the perfect time to let Laura Taylor Namey’s A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow sweep you away to England! You’ll be journeying alongside Lila Reyes, who didn’t actually plan to go to England for the summer. Lila had a very different plan for herself, one that included becoming the head baker at her family’s panadería, moving in with her best friend, and spending time with her boyfriend.

Unfortunately, when things fall apart, Lila’s parents attempt to help by planning a trip to Winchester, England for her. Initially, it’s not what Lila wants, especially with England’s notoriously rainy weather and lack of what Lila considers flavorful food. When she meets a boy named Orion, however, her outlook on the situation — and England — changes:

"“From Winchester’s drama-filled music scene to the sweeping English countryside, it isn’t long before Lila is not only charmed by Orion, but England itself. Soon a new future is beginning to form in Lila’s mind—one that would mean leaving everything she ever planned behind.”"

All of us could use a romantic getaway after 2020, but it looks like we won’t be traveling for a while longer. This YA release offers the chance to get away without actually leaving the house — making it a perfect read for a long holiday weekend.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats on November 10.