YA National Hispanic Heritage Month

YA Books for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by reading books by contemporary Hispanic authors! Use this flowchart to help you decide which book you should pick up next.

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Compiled by:
Macklin & Lizzy S.
Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Saenz)

Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Blazewrath Games

Amparo Ortiz
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Ortiz)

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay.

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls

Kaela Rivera
(Juvenile Fiction - J Rivera)

Privately questioning her remote community's superstitions about dangerous powerful spirits in their Devil's Alley home, Cecelia Rios experiments with the forbidden art of brujería to rescue her kidnapped sister.

Cemetery Boys

Aiden Thomas
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Thomas)

Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.

Chilling Effect

Valerie Valdes
(Adult Fiction - SF Valdes)

After her sister is kidnapped by a shadowy syndicate known as The Fridge, the foul-mouthed Captain Eva Innocente and her motley crew aboard La Sirena Negra must pay the ransom through a series of dangerous missions. Original. 50,000 first printing.—Baker & Taylor

Clap When You Land

Elizabeth Acevedo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Acevedo)

In the raw and emotional verse novel, Acevedo's exploration of loss packs an effective double punch, unraveling the aftermath of losing a parent alongside the realities of familial inheritance.—Publishers Weekly

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

Laura Taylor Namey
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Namey)

Part romance, part foodie heaven, the warm atmosphere will make readers want to cook and dance and love.—Kirkus Reviews

Dark and Deepest Red

Anna-Marie McLemore
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mclemor)

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Dealing in Dreams

Lilliam Rivera
(Adult Fiction - SF Rivera)

Sixteen year old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City, but when she sets her sights on giving this life up for a prestigious home in Mega Towers, she must decide if she's willing to do the unspeakable to get what she wants.—Baker & Taylor

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Jennifer De Leon
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Deleon)

Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school, but when family secrets come out and racism at school gets worse than ever, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.

Don't Date Rosa Santos

Nina Moreno
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Moreno)

Rosa Santos, a Cuban American, works to save her Florida town, seeks admittance to study abroad in her homeland, and wonders if love can break her family's curse.

Each of Us a Desert

Mark Oshiro
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Oshiro)

Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village's stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes. Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

Crystal Maldonado
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Maldona)

Overweight sixteen-year-old Charlie yearned for her first kiss while her perfect best friend, Amelia, fell in love, so when she finally starts dating and learns the boy asked Amelia out first, she is devastated.

Fire with Fire

Destiny Soria
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Soria)

Raised to kill dragons along with her sister, Dani Rivera unexpectedly forges a rare and magical bond with one who makes her question everything she thought she knew about dragons, which pits her against her sister.

The First Rule of Punk

Celia C. Pérez
(Juvenile Fiction - J Perez)

Twelve-year-old Malú reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.


Yamile Saied Méndez
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mendez)

Camila Hassan, a rising soccer star in Rosario, Argentina, dreams of playing professionally, in defiance of her fathers' wishes and at the risk of her budding romance with Diego.

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Erika L. Sánchez
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Sanchez)

When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.—Baker & Taylor


Zoraida Córdova
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Cordova)

Renata was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King's Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucía. As a memory thief, Renata was used by the crown to carry out the King's Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people. Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown.

Juliet Takes a Breath

Gabby Rivera
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Rivera)

Juliet, a self-identified queer, Bronx-born Puerto Rican-American, comes out to her family to disastrous results the night before flying to Portland to intern with her feminist author icon--whom Juliet soon realizes has a problematic definition of feminism that excludes women of color.

Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America

Margarita Longoria
- Editor
(Young Adult Fiction - Y)

An anthology of short stories, essays, poetry, and comics about the Mexican American experience.


Romina Garber
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Garber)

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who's on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Once Upon A Quinceañera

Monica Gomez-Hira
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Gomezhi)

Carmen takes on a summer internship that has her reuniting with estranged family for an over-the-top quinceañera, reluctantly reconnecting to a long-lost ex-boyfriend, and finding happiness in the chaos.

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Tehlor Kay Mejia
(Juvenile Fiction - J Mejia)

In Silver Springs, Arizona, her mother's stories of the monstrous La Llorona are thrilling but unbelievable to science-loving Paola until she and her best friends Dante and Emma take a walk through a cactus field near the Gila River.


Paola Mendoza, Abby Sher
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mendoza)

In 2032, when sixteen-year-old Vali's mother is detained by the Deportation Forces, Vali must flee Vermont with her little brother, Ernie, hoping to reach their Tía Luna in the sanctuary state of California.


Daniel Jose Older
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Older)

When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

Rachel Vasquez Gilliland
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Vasquez)

Sia's mother was deported to Mexico by ICE and disappeared in the Sonoran Desert trying to make it back to her American family. But her search for the truth will uncover many more secrets than she counted on.

Sweet Black Waves

Kristina Pérez
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Perez)

When she unwittingly saves the life of an enemy, lady-in-waiting Branwen awakens an ancient healing magic within herself, warming her heart to her enemy's cause and setting herself at odds with her best friend, the princess.

Tigers, Not Daughters

Samantha Mabry
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mabry)

Three sisters in San Antonio are shadowed by guilt and grief over the loss of their oldest sister, who still haunts their house.

We Set the Dark on Fire

Tehlor Kay Mejia
(Young Adult - Y Mejia)

When she is asked to spy for a resistance group working to bring equality to Medio, Daniela Vargas, a student at the Medio School for Girls, questions everything she's worked for.—Baker & Taylor

Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

Saraciea J Fennell
- Editor
(Young Adult Fiction - Y)

In Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora.