Teen Books with Booker T.

Are you a teen who likes books? We're looking for a few teen readers to discuss and review new and upcoming young adult books. We'll provide you with one or two books each month that have been recently published or that will be published within the next year. You come to Wild Rumpus to discuss the books and then write a short, honest review which we'll use to help us make the best recommendations possible. We meet once a month on Sundays at 5:30PM.

Upcoming dates and books to be discussed are below. Want to join us? Contact Paige or Kara at staff@wildrumpusbooks.com or 612-920-5005.


Sunday, January 26, 2020, 5:30PM: Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles **Author Lamar Giles will join us via video chat for the second half of the meeting!**

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 5:30PM: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 5:30PM: Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

For Teen Books with Booker T. book club members: Thank you for you interest in joining us for Teen Books with Booker T book club! We hope you enjoyed reading your Advance Readers’ Copy (ARC) of our most recent book club selection. Publishers supply us with these free copies of books in exchange for honest reviews from young adult readers! Please fill out this short review form with your thoughts about this book so that we can share them with the publishers and use them to make the best recommendations possible.



Sunday, 26 January 2020 - 5:30pm
Sunday, 23 February 2020 - 5:30pm
Sunday, 22 March 2020 - 5:30pm
Not So Pure and Simple Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062349194
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - January 21st, 2020

In his first contemporary teen novel, critically acclaimed author and two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a “real man.”

Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. Though he quickly realizes he’s inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge.

His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del’s not about to lose his dream girl, and that’s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers’ questions…about sex ed.

With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He can’t think about that too much, though, because once he gets the girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?

Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062937049
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

A book about the power of love and resistance from New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed.


Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone) Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.


Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.


Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural crush of the century is another thing entirely.

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Be Not Far from Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062561626
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 3rd, 2020

Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing YA survival story about a teenage girl’s attempt to endure the impossible, from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of the Species, Mindy McGinnis.

The world is not tame. Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof.

So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine.

Morning brings the realization that she’s alone—and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.

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