Staff Recommendations - Teen



Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Juliana Telford might not have truly wanted to have a Season, but it was the only way to get to London and have her research on ladybugs published. Spencer Northam might not be quite the young gad-about-town he seems, but it was the best cover he could devise for his covert work with the War Office. When Juliana and Spencer meet—in rather dramatic circumstances—sparks fly, and both have to reassess what they want out of life. A delightful and charming romp through Regency England. (Katie)

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This is one of the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominees, so I knew it would be good. It’s the desert story of a teen girl, orphaned and desperate to leave town before her uncle decides to make her his second wife. She meets Jin in a gambling den, while she’s disguised as a boy trying to shoot well enough to win the prize money. Things don’t go exactly as planned, of course, and suddenly she and Jin are escaping across the desert together trying to flee the army. There’s lots of desert in this book, as well as rebels fighting to remove the Sultan from power, with many narrow escapes. There’s magic too, with stories of gods and mortals. Fast-paced and well-written. Sequel: Traitor to the Throne. (Barb S.)

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Seventeen-year-old Juliet finds few things that help her navigate grief since her mother died, except leaving letters at her mother’s gravesite. When Declan, a fellow student plagued with his own pain and guilt, finds her letters while doing community service, he begins an anonymous correspondence that awakens the both of them. Can the two form a real connection before reality intrudes? (Julie)

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Ghostly Echoes: a Jackaby novel by William Ritter, 2016

Ghostly Echoes: a Jackaby novel by William Ritter, 2016

Fans of the Jackaby books will be thrilled with a third title in this supernatural mystery series. Set in a Boston-like city in 1892, the story continues with Abigail Rook, who is an assistant investigator to a peculiar detective, Mr. R.F. Jackaby. What makes this detective agency so unique are the clients and their cases. Abigail and Jackaby are attempting to solve the murder of a dead friend…who happens to be a ghost! How did Jenny die? What mysterious creature killed her? Readers will enjoy this world that is part Sherlock Holmes and part Dr. Who. Previous titles in the series are: Jackaby and Beastly Bones. Recommended for 6th grade and up. (Sarah I.)

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

In his senior year, Sal, a Caucasian teen who was adopted at age three by his gay Mexican-American father, tries to figure out who he is. Unwelcome challenges are coming his way. His Grandma is struggling with a serious illness. Normally non-violent, he has started flying into rages and getting in fist fights defending his dad and himself. He wonders if he’s inherited his temper from his biological father and learns of an unopened letter from his biological mother. Saenz carefully explores Sal’s feelings and his close relationship with his dad and Sal’s best friend Samantha in this beautifully written novel by the author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. (Donell)

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The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters (2016)

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters (2016)

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this story is set in 1920’s Prohibition Era rural Oregon. Hannalee Denney’s father has died recently under questionable circumstances (and his ghost has begun reappearing with a warning for her), while her mother has recently remarried the man who was there the night Hannalee’s father died. Set amidst the backdrop of bootlegging and the KKK, mystery and danger unfold as Hannalee seeks the truth about what happened to her father and who was responsible for his death. A thrilling pick for fans of historical fiction and Shakespearean retellings! (Melissa)

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2017)

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2017)

The son of a disgraced and incarcerated preacher, outcast Dill finds solace in music and in his two best friends, Lydia and Travis, but, as they embark on their senior year, Dill is forced to confront life beyond what he has known. For fans of John Green’s Paper Towns and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. (Melissa)

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

17-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso has had exactly twenty-six crushes and zero boyfriends. However, after watching her twin sister fall in love for the first time, Molly feels that she must stop playing it safe if she doesn’t want to be left behind. Plus, putting herself out there may lead to a first kiss with her latest crush, Will. That is, as long as her confusing new feelings for her dorky coworker, Reid, don’t get in the way. Much like Albertalli’s 2015 debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this book is a hilarious, bright, and heartfelt romance perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Nicola Yoon. (Alicia).

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School of the Dead by Avi

School of the Dead by Avi

Just as 12-year old Tony has come to know and love his weird Uncle Charlie, his uncle dies leaving him tuition money to enter a very old school that Uncle Charlie went to as a kid. Tony continually “sees” his deceased uncle around him, smiling. Of course, the new school is very creepy and Charlie has a good nose for what is fake. He quickly starts uncovering secrets that lead to unnerving betrayals and frightening discoveries. This is an excellent, new ghost story. (Kathy K.)

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

High school junior Julia, an Indian-American graffiti artist, has just been kicked out of her school for doing a mural over an insult painted about her best friend. She has always gone to a school for the Deaf, but now she is being mainstreamed, and, as the only Deaf student, has to deal with a lot of clueless people. Luckily, she has her art, and she paints all around the suburb of her new school and begins to make friends with a white girl she calls Yoga Pants. But, someone is adding to her tags, and soon she is drawn into a graffiti war! (Donell)

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Lazlo Strange: dreamer, storyteller, junior librarian. Lazlo’s lifelong quest to uncover the mysteries of the lost city of Weep becomes an unexpected reality when a hero called the Godslayer and his warriors from Weep arrive in Lazlo’s city, asking for help with an unnamed and mysterious problem in their city. Lazlo gets the chance to uncover Weep’s secrets for himself, including the blue-skinned goddess who invades the city’s dreams… For fans of YA or adult fantasy, like Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season or Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, or Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. (Tom)

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr Carter was the only witness to the shooting of her childhood best friend by the police. It doesn’t matter that he was unarmed, had done nothing wrong, was in fact an innocent victim—the media paints him as a drug dealer, a gangbanger, a thug. Soon the case is a national headline, and Starr’s neighborhood erupts into violence and chaos. Starr has to decide what to say (or not to say), and how to weigh the safety of herself and her family versus doing what needs to be done. Highly recommended for fans of realistic fiction. (Katie, also recommended by Alicia, Tom, Melissa)

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This Side of Home by Renée Watson

This Side of Home by Renée Watson

Maya and her twin sister Nikki have their lives planned out; while they may not always agree on the details, they have always agreed on the things that matter. But as gentrification changes their neighborhood, their relationship starts to change as well: Nikki seems to embrace the transformations to their neighborhood without a backward glance, while Maya resists. As Maya tries to hold on to her heritage and her identity, she struggles with the fear that growing up might mean growing apart. (Katie)

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Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

This is the memoir of Sally Jones, a gorilla. She has led a mostly human-like, happy life serving as shipmate on journeys around the world until one fateful day, at the port of Lisbon, her captain is accused and jailed for murder. Sally is deeply loyal and she spends the next many years risking her own life and freedom traveling the world to prove her captain’s innocence. You will easily forget she is a gorilla and does not speak as she makes friends, learns new trades and navigates all the fear and love that come her way. (Kathy K.)

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Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews

This is the memoir of young transman Arin Andrews, who transitioned from female to his true gender, male, when he was a high school junior. When he was a child, his mom dressed him in pink girly clothes and entered him in beauty pageants, but he hated it and preferred to try on his male cousin’s clothes and was proud to be called a tomboy. This book details his coming of age journey from conflict with his parents and suicidal thoughts through therapy, romance and breaking up with transgender teen Katie Hill to becoming a brave and confident young man. (Donell)

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Dan versus Nature by Don Calame (2016)

Dan versus Nature by Don Calame (2016)

Roped into a wilderness adventure with his mother’s new fiancé, Dan and his nerdy friend Charlie hatch a plot to scare off the prospective suitor with gross pranks involving bodily functions and increasingly embarrassing situations. Screenwriter Calame pulls out all the stops with over-the-top, off-color humor. Short chapters make this a quick and funny read for older teens, especially fans of sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory. (ANC)

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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Princess Gauri has been taken prisoner, and her only hope of escape comes from the son of an enemy ruler. Prince Vikram wants to be more than a puppet king, and he hopes that Gauri’s skills as a warrior will aid his quest. Together Gauri and Vikram might be able to each gain what they desire, but at what cost? A companion to The Star-Touched Queen. (Katie)

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The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Nix is finally taking over from her father as captain of the Temptation, but instead of the glorious future she had imagined, everything gets complicated. Anxious to change a future she cannot accept, Nix sails in search of another Navigator who can teach her how to manipulate time. But nothing is inevitable, except for fate. The sequel to The Girl from Everywhere. (Katie)

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Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl

Vintage Veronica by Erica S. Perl

Fifteen year old Veronica is a loner, and she finds her dream job working in a vintage clothing warehouse where she doesn’t have to deal with people. She describes herself as fat, but is not obsessed with losing weight, and she has a special fashion sense that enables her to pick out the stylish gems among the junk. This gets her noticed by some cool coworkers, Ginger and Zoe, who want her to spy on odd, skinny stock boy Len, who they call “The Nail.” As Veronica gets to know Len, romance follows. Soon she finds herself torn between him and the girls. Can she trust Ginger and Zoe? (Donell)

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Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson (2016)

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson (2016)

Sachiko Yasui was six years old when her family and home were devastated by the United States’ deployment of an atomic bomb. Her interview with Minnesota writer Caren Stelson frames a brief history of World War II’s Pacific Theater, negative mainstream American sentiments toward Asians and Americans of Asian heritages, long-term effects of the atomic bombs, the Cold War, and major champions of peace, including Mahatma Gandhi, Helen Keller, and Martin Luther King, Jr. A 2017 Minnesota Book Award finalist and a 2017 Robert F. Sibert International Book Award finalist. (Melissa)

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American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Fabiolia steps off the airplane, out into the cold night air and inner city Detroit. She has left her native Haiti, her mother detained by US immigration officials, and she has found her cousins, her aunt, and their fearsome reputation for punishing those who get in their way or mistreat their family. Fabiola has to learn to survive in this new world, or it will destroy her. If you like anything from urban fiction to Shakespeare tragedies, you might like this book. (Tom)

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Liesl has spent her life hearing stories about the Goblin King, but now that she’s eighteen it’s time to move on. But when her younger sister is kidnapped—BY THE GOBLIN KING!—Liesl must go and rescue her. But will Liesl be able to rescue herself as well? (Katie)

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Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Authors, artists, dancers, actors, and more contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about what it means to be a feminist today. A wide variety of topics are covered. If you want to learn more about what feminism is or are simply looking for ways to inspire yourself, this book is for you! (Katie)

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Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

Sarah used to be all about art, but finds that she can no longer draw. Her former friends have turned their backs on her. She drops out of school, wanders around Philadelphia and things take a strange turn when she meets a child version of herself, as well as her future self at ages 23 and 40. Even weirder, other people can see them, too. She hasn’t seen her older brother in 6 years, and she just can’t remember what happened on the vacation to Mexico she and her family took when she was 10. Just what is going on? (Donell)

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The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Mim is resigned to spending her life alone, because falling in love is incompatible with her gift as an aromateur. So she uses her magical sense of smell to help others fall in love, making elixirs and matchmaking. But when Mim accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong person, everything changes. (Katie)

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Go Teen Writers:  How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Work by Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williams.

Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Work by Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williams.

For every teen who is serious about becoming a published writer, this book is an enjoyable guide for how to carefully improve writing, have fun with the many challenges involved with writing by seeing the big picture of progress through all the stages of writing, get the support you need and learn the details of how to get published. You will learn everything from plot charts to details of how authors make money. Highly recommended. Ages: 12-18 (Kathy)

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Love and F1rst Sight by Josh Sundquist

Love and F1rst Sight by Josh Sundquist

Sixteen-year-old Will has been blind from birth and has just transferred from a school for the blind to a conventional school. Now he's got to learn a whole new routine and make new friends. Mid-year, he gets the opportunity to have an experimental surgery that may possibly give him vision for the first time in his whole life. Will knows what a triangle, Skittle or person sounds, feels and smells like, but what do they look like? This funny and insightful (ha ha) look into Will's sophomore year is recommended for fans of realistic fiction and John Green in grades 7 and up. (Julia)

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How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle

How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story by Tim Tingle

This story is told by young Native American Isaac, who has become a ghost. His tale begins when he is ten years old and he overhears his parents discussing Treaty Talk. He knows there will be trouble. Soon they are forced out of their village and treated terribly by soldiers. As Isaac comes closer to his death, he can see the future of some of his friends and family and also talk to spirits. Together with a shape shifting black panther boy and the ghost of a sweet 5-year-old girl, Isaac must work to save another young girl who has been stolen from her family. This sad but exciting book is the beginning of a trilogy. (Donell)

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The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

This is the mystery of Jack, a boy dropped off in a small town in Iowa (“to stay with relatives”) by parents who don’t care about him. You will quickly fall into this page-turner of a story that reveals the creepy story of Jack, the shocking magic within this little town and the powerful human need for friendship. This is an older book written by Kelly Barnhill, the 2017 Newbery Award winner. For ages 10-14. (Kathy K.)

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Triplet sisters, but only one can be crowned queen. When they turn sixteen, the fight—to the death—for the right to rule the island of Fennbirn commences. Who will be victorious: Mirabella the elemental, Katharine the poisoner, or Arsinoe the naturalist? First in a planned series, sure to appeal to lovers of fantasy and dystopia. (Katie)

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa is no ordinary teen. In a world where some are graced with an extraordinary talent, Katsa is graced with killing—which her uncle the king exploits ruthlessly, making Katsa his enforcer and thug. When she decides to try and find a better way to live her life, Katsa embarks on a dangerous journey. First book in a series of three, recommended for fans of fantasy and strong-willed protagonists. (Katie)

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Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Out west in the 1890s, 12-year old Joseph Johnson faces a hard and dangerous world. He loses his family and even the horse he loves, Sarah, is sold out from under him. Joseph picks up his father’s pistol and begins walking through the wilderness to get Sarah back. Soon, he meets a starving boy named Ah-Kee. Though they do not speak the same language, the two boys continue Joseph’s quest together. The reader never knows what will befall the boys and will be continually guessing how this suspenseful story will end. For ages 10-14. (Kathy K.)

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My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

17-yr-old Che knows the feeling of dread all too well. He lives each day under the watchful eye of a psychological predator--his 10-yr-old sister Rosa. And Che's the only one in his family who is willing to admit what she is. Charming and dimpled, Rosa manipulates adults and children easily, exercising a control over them that often compels them to do whatever she asks--even when it results in the death of a beloved pet. What's worse is Rosa seems to just be warming up, making threatening comments about Che's friends and what she might do to them. Che's family has just moved to New York City, and he feels desolately cut off from the one friend back home to whom he could talk about Rosa. All that's keeping Che going are the gym where he boxes, and his instant crush on Sojourner, a girl who's the best boxer at the gym. A suspenseful, enjoyable read you'll rush to finish. (Emily)

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Conor has nightmares. He is bullied. His grandmother is maddening, his father is in America, and his mother is… not well. In the hospital. Getting treatment. The monster that comes to Conor in the middle of the night is not the one from his nightmares, though. It is timeless and unexpected, and it demands the truth from Conor. (Tom)

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Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

17 year old Danica lives in the court in Versailles, in the opulent French kingdom, wearing glamorous dresses and hairdos and living in luxury. But, it is the 22nd century, and the palace is owned by a conglomerate where robots do the grunt work. Outside, it is the modern world. Inside, people follow the social structure of the 18th century. To earn enough money to escape her engagement to a murderous king, Danica becomes a dealer of the new drug Glitter, which is mixed into makeup. Can she break away and make a new identity for herself? (Donell)

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Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Skybright was found as an infant, and taken in by a wealthy family to be a companion to their daughter. The two girls grew up as close as sisters, but now Skybright has an alarming secret that she has to hide in order to keep Zhen Ni safe. Both girls also learn that duty and desire are not always compatible, and that sometimes hard choices have to be made. Recommended for fantasy fans. (Katie)

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Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Once a soccer player, now a theater geek, Emma is stage managing her high school’s production of Hamlet (the director is her long-time crush – yeah!). On the clumsy side, Emma falls through the trapdoor in the middle of the stage and lands in the Globe Theatre during a performance of Hamlet starring Williams Shakespeare…and the really cute guy starring as Ophelia! (Carol)

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Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Pen is struggling to figure out where and how she fits in with her friends, her family, and in the world at large. It seems like no matter what she does it isn’t enough, or is too much, but is just generally wrong. Can she honor and respect the ties to her past while being true to herself and the future she wants? Recommended for anyone who has ever felt that they did not quite fit in—and is not sure if they want to. (Katie)

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The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred

The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred

Benedict is really smart, completely confident and totally clueless about how to treat others, especially girls. Pen (don’t ever call her Penelope) is pretty, popular and trying to be the perfect girlfriend for her steady Paul, all the while feeling empty and unhappy deep inside. When Benedict and Pen meet at a vacation lodge over Christmas break, they see each other with new eyes. Could they actually be perfect for each other? (Carol)

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

14 year-old Faith is desperate to learn the secret that has driven her family to leave London and live on a remote island. Just as she becomes closer to her father, he tells her of the Mandacity Tree but then he is found murdered. Faith works to solve the mystery of her father's death and discover the gifts a tree gives her in return for lies while continually having to pretend to be ignorant and disinterested in the world around her, especially science, as the culture of the 19th century required of young women. Ages: 12-18 (Kathy K.)

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March: Books 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (2013, 2015, 2016) March: Books 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (2013, 2015, 2016) March: Books 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (2013, 2015, 2016)

March: Books 1-3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (2013, 2015, 2016)

History comes powerfully alive in Civil Rights icon John Lewis’s graphic memoir of the United States of America’s struggle to recognize the basic human rights of African Americans. Shifting between the activism of the 1960s and the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the books highlight the events, the people, the root causes, and the complexities and nuances of modern Black American history through the eyes of the people who lived it. An emotional, powerful read, especially for those wanting to dig deeper into history’s relationship to current events. (Melissa)

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley, and PJ Loughran (2015)

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Elspeth Leacock, Susan Buckley, and PJ Loughran (2015)

While you are waiting to get your hands on the latest copy of the National Book Award-winning March, check out Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s memoir which sharply and effectively combines sparse text with stark black-and-white photographs and vibrant illustrations to share her story of coming of age during the Civil Rights Movement. (Melissa)

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Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White by Matt Phelan

This is a fascinating new version of Snow White as a graphic novel set during the Depression in New York City. The pictures will immediately sweep you into the story where seven tough orphan boys living in the streets save a young heiress named Snow. The art is all black on white except, of course, for the very red apple. Ages: 8-14 (Kathy K.)

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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

14 year old Joan is desperate for a change in her life. It is the year 1911, and Joan is growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania. Joan’s father forces her to drop out of school so that she can spend her days cooking and cleaning. Seeing no end to her long days of drudgery, Joan decides to flee to Baltimore. She has seen advertisements for “hired girls” and dreams of making her own money, and being independent from her family. She secures a position in the household of a wealthy Jewish family. Joan is amazed by the differences in city living, which include indoor plumbing and the ability to send out the laundry. However, life is not totally easy, as she still toils all day long under the watchful eye of the longtime established house maid Malka. As Joan becomes more familiar with her new position, the father of the household recognizes her potential, and offers up the use of the family library. (Erin H.)

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Donell)

Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Donell)

In the year 2040, humans have beaten death. Any damage done to a body, no matter how severe, can be repaired. Yet, to keep the population under control, some people still must die. Enter the Scythes, men and women chosen to spend their lives permanently “gleaning” others. Only one with no interest in this job may have it. Two teens, Citra and Rowan, are unexpectedly picked to apprentice the great Scythe Faraday, but only one of them will graduate to Scythedom. Then an unethical group of Scythes begin performing massacres, complicating things in the teens’ new lives even more terribly.

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Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Corrine and Ada work for Johnny Dervish, both as performers at his club and out on the streets of Boston running cons. It’s 1919, and Prohibition looms; additional laws regulating magic users (like Corrine and Ada) make things even more dangerous. When Johnny disappears and the club is in danger of closing, Ada and Corrine have to decide what they are willing to risk in order to survive. Recommended for fans of The Diviners. (Katie)

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Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson

Dmitri Shostakovich was a composer in the city of St. Petersburg/Leningrad during the time Lenin and Stalin were in power and during the Bolshevik Revolution and Hitler's siege of Russia. This is the story of how the composer worked to write astounding symphonies while avoiding the government oppression and support his beloved homeland. It is a combination of history, art, and political struggle during a tragic and terrible time. (Martha)

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With Malice by Eileen Cook

With Malice by Eileen Cook

Eighteen-year-old Jill wakes up in a hospital bed, with no memory of the past six weeks. The last thing she recalls is planning for a big school trip to Italy. Now her father, her lawyer and press team are telling her that she is accused of murdering her best friend, Simone. As Jill desperately tries to piece together what happened in Italy, and what might have gone wrong, she begins to realize that people aren’t always what they seem. Unraveling the mystery through newspaper clippings, detective interviews, and fuzzy memories, the reader will be guessing what really happened in Italy until the very last page! (Lea)

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Slacker by Gordon Korman

Slacker by Gordon Korman

Cameron Boxer is determined to maintain his “lifestyle” as a gamer who plays the video games that he loves and does as little else as possible! One day, his parents demand that he take up other interests but Cameron refuses, creates a fake student activity group with his gaming buddies and begins a web of lies that continually create hilarious complications for him at home and at school. For ages 11-14. (Kathy K.)

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Becoming Maria:  Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano

If you remember Maria from Sesame Street, this is her story before Maria. Sonia’s memoir tells the tale of her family, moving from place to place and always surrounded by nosy neighbors and lots of family. Even though her home life is not the greatest, she still has time to dream—of acting, of getting out of that neighborhood and of finding herself. The times play an important role in her upbringing, the 60s and 70s showing strongly in the way she and her friends act, how they dress and what they believe. Her life isn’t as simple or nice as Sesame Street is, and her fight to get into acting is even harder, but she perseveres, and winds up being one of the most familiar faces on TV. (Anne F.)

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How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

When fifteen year old Samantha Mather and her step-mother move back to Salem, Massachusetts, people in the small town begin to die. Salem was the site of the infamous witch trials and Samantha is a decedent of Cotton Mather, one of the main accusers of the witches. With the help of a not so friendly ghost, Samantha must figure out what is going on in Salem before more people die or she is killed for her treachery. This is a fast paced, spooky story for readers who love the paranormal and are interested in history. (Lea)

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Twisted Myths: 20 Classic Stories with a Dark and Dangerous Heart by Maura McHugh and Jane Laurie (2013)

Twisted Myths: 20 Classic Stories with a Dark and Dangerous Heart by Maura McHugh and Jane Laurie (2013)

A worldwide whirlwind of timeless stories retold beautifully by Maura McHugh and boldly illustrated by Jane Laurie. An excellent selection for a busy reader who still loves to luxuriate in gorgeous writing and to linger in worlds beyond their own. If you like this, be sure to check out their earlier volume, Twisted Fairy Tales (2012)! (Melissa)

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When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

In this romantic tale of magical realism, town outsiders and best friends Miel and Samir navigate falling in love. Miel is a girl of mysterious origins and has the ability to grow roses from her body, while Sam is Pakistani and known for decorating the town with detailed painted moon globes. Both teens are concealing secrets. The red-haired Bonner sisters, rumored witches who can have any guys they want, threaten to reveal these private details unless Miel uses her gift to their advantage. This story will resonate with fans of Alice Hoffman and McLemore’s own The Weight of Feathers. (Donell)

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

This darkly funny, moving graphic novel full of smart banter first appeared online as a much-loved webcomic. Young Nimona shows up on supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart's doorstep confidently calling him "Boss" as though he’s hired her as a sidekick. He hasn't, but he decides to let her stay when he learns she's a shapeshifter, able to become anything from a shark to a cat to a Hulk-like monster. Something in Nimona’s past has made her thirsty for revenge on the world, and she tries to push Blackheart to more evil extremes. As the story develops, it becomes unclear as to whether she will be able to contain her rage, and what it will mean for the world if she can’t. (Emily)

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a Scholar girl, living under the rule of the Martial Empire. Her whole life is upended when Martial soldiers kill her grandparents and capture her brother. Laia goes undercover at the military academy to help the Resistance who have promised to rescue her brother. Epic fantasy with nods to ancient Rome and Egypt. The sequel A Torch Against the Night is now out. (Julia)

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Five teens with superhero powers. They used to be a team until Scam told everyone off in a way that tapped into their worst fears. Now their “Glorious Leader” Bellwether is getting the team back together to try to bail Scam out of a situation even he hasn’t been able to talk his way out of. (Julia)

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Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

After barely making it to California, Lee Westfall must now leave her new home to confront her dangerous Uncle Hiram before he destroys everything she’s worked for with her close knit band of friends. This story includes the dark, true history of the California gold rush days with anti-Chinese sentiment, the lack of rights by women, and the displacement, slaughter and enslavement of Native Americans. (Julie)

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Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis

Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis

Dess ends up placed with her baby brother’s foster family after her mother’s arrest. She doesn’t exactly fit in—they’re happy and normal and generally have no clue at all about how life really functions. Especially Hope, who is the same age as Dess, but so naïve, so, well, hopeless. Can these two girls who are so very different learn to get along? (Katie)

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Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger

Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger

I had so much fun reading this story of the first-ever robot student at Vanguard Middle School. Set in the future where most humans in the school have been replaced by automation, the school is controlled entirely by “Barbara”, a computer, and surveillance is everywhere. Angelberger and Dellinger are great writers who create the character of the new robot kid who falls down, asks the best questions and earns the love of everyone. One student, Max, is driven by curiosity about why this robot is there and doesn’t give up until she finds out about the secret plan behind its placement in her school. After all, if the robot is so smart, why is it in the 7th grade? Huh? For ages 10-14. (Kathy K.)

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The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely

The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely

Hendrix's goal: Ithaca, New York. It's home for his Gpa, who is living with Alzheimer's. Hendrix wants to get him back there before Gpa forgets the place where he met his wife. So Hendrix and a guitar player named Corrina steal Gpa out of his nursing home, steal his mom's car and their dog named Old Humper, and set off across the country, their parents, the police, and their own fears all hot on their trail. (Tom)

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Maybe you’re familiar with the Russian folktale of the elderly witch Baba Yaga who lives in a house balanced on live chicken legs and the maiden Vassalisa who, aided by her talking doll, escapes becoming the crone’s next victim? No matter your answer, you should give the weird and lovely Vassa in the Night a look. Porter has transplanted the story to modern day Brooklyn, and Babs Yagg is now the owner of an all-night convenience store complete with dancing fowl feet. Teenage Vassa, in response to an angry dare from her stepsister, enters the store, and soon finds herself an unwilling employee. How will she get away? Or will she end up decapitated and used to decorate the fence that surrounds the witch’s store? (Donell)

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Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost knows that he can run fast, faster than the bullets that he and his mom had to run from when he was little. But he's never done any training, and his game is basketball. When he sees the middle school track club at tryouts, he decides to test his legs against the fastest guy there. Can he stay on track long enough to become the fastest sprinter himself? (Tom)

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Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers

Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers

In this totally fictional world where countries train teenagers to be secret agents with James Bond type missions - Jocelyn, Travis and the other agents deal will some very real teen problems. They have trouble making friends, drug addictions, sexuality and even race issues. The story is fast paced and totally unbelievable but the characters are endearing and their emotional issues seem very real. I also found it an interesting twist that the evil superpower they are fighting is North Korea. (Gladys)

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a Scholar girl, living under the rule of the Martial Empire. Her whole life is upended when Martial soldiers kill her grandparents and capture her brother. Laia goes undercover at the military academy to help the Resistance who have promised to rescue her brother. Epic fantasy with nods to ancient Rome and Egypt. The sequel A Torch Against the Night is now out. (Julia)

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The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan (2016)

The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan (2016)

Grimms’ fairytales are summarized and distilled to their essences with haunting abstract sculptures and accompanying snippets. A wonderful pick for readers who are interested in folktales and fine art. (Melissa)

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

Five teens with superhero powers. They used to be a team until Scam told everyone off in a way that tapped into their worst fears. Now their “Glorious Leader” Bellwether is getting the team back together to try to bail Scam out of a situation even he hasn’t been able to talk his way out of. (Julia)

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Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

Based on a British murder ballad, Long Lankin is the perfect creepy Halloween read. In the 1940s, Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to live with their Aunt Ida in immense Guerdon Hall in a rural English village. Ida is secretive and unwelcoming. The girls befriend some local boys, and though they are forbidden to go there, they visit an old church and wake up the monstrous Long Lankin, a spirit who devours small children and is now after Mimi. The village has been under his terrible thrall, and it is up to Cora and her friends to defeat him, save Mimi and end the curse. (Donell)

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Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown

If you love a good mystery that keeps you second guessing, wondering how reliable the narrator is, this is the book for you! A small Minnesota town is the backdrop to this story of a friendship gone wrong between two high school seniors, Kadence and Lauren. There is some adult content but high schoolers will really enjoy reading about someone who I hope, is much worse than any mean girl they’ve met. (Gladys)

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Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore

Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore

CeCe should be planning her high school graduation party and making plans for attending Edenton College where she got a fellowship, but instead she is in a juvenile detention psych ward awaiting trial for murdering her brother. Her family has disintegrated since her mother died from cancer and CeCe has been stuck trying to figure out how to save herself. She needs someone to help her find a way. This is a slice of life look at drug addiction to prescription pain medicine, so not for the faint of heart. (Gladys)

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Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

In this terrific and twisted version of the fairytale, Rapunzel’s hair is no longer a tool, it’s a weapon. Her story isn’t about abandonment or waiting to be saved, it’s about power. This is Rapunzel in charge and a very fun, graphic fiction read. Check out all of Shannon Hale’s books. For ages 10-14. (Kathy)

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Story Thieves by James Riley

Story Thieves by James Riley

This is a brilliant, mind-boggling story of a person half human and half fiction, where the story moves in and out of…stories! If you have ever wished your life could be the life you are reading about or if you have wanted to be in the story you are reading, this book is for you. For ages 10-14. (Kathy)

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The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

When two enchanters are born in one generation, the tsar of Russia declares a Crown's Game--a magical duel to the death between the two enchanters. Nikolai, a poor orphan who is best friend to the tsar's son, and Vika, a young woman raised in the isolation of a small island, are reluctantly locked in battle and, maybe, falling in love? (Check this out Leigh Bardugo readers!) (Carol)

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The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne

The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne

When Daisy’s best friend comes out as gay, Daisy does everything she can to be a supportive friend (even though Hannah’s girlfriend is Daisy’s biggest enemy)…like join the school’s gay support group, even though its members are less than welcoming to Daisy’s enthusiasm. To prove her good intentions to the group, Daisy leads the fight against the school’s policy against same-sex couples at school events. Soon everyone thinks Daisy is gay, including that cute journalism student Daisy is crushing on…. (Carol)

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Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Solomon is agoraphobic and hasn’t been outside in three years. When he was thirteen, he had a meltdown at school that left him in the fountain in his underwear. Ambitious student Lisa witnessed it. Now Lisa has gotten in touch with Solomon to be his friend and try to “fix” him. Why? Because she wants to write an essay about her experience with mental illness to get into the college psychology program of her choice. Things get complicated when they really bond and along with Lisa’s boyfriend, Clark, start spending every day together. (Donell)

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Dill, Travis, and Lydia are three best friends starting their senior year of high school. None of them are exactly what you would call popular: Dill’s father was a minister at a local Pentecostal snake-handling church, but now is in jail for child pornography charges; Travis is obsessed with an epic fantasy series, to the exclusion of almost everything else; and Lydia spends equal time working on her fashion blog and dreaming about moving to New York. Small-town Tennessee is not kind to them. Over the course of the year, their friendship is tested, but they ultimately emerge stronger. Highly recommended for fans of realistic fiction. (Katie)

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The Reader: Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold by Tracy Chee

The Reader: Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold by Tracy Chee

After the murder of her father, Sefia flees to the wilderness, where her aunt Nin teaches Sefia how to survive until Nin goes missing and Sefia starts to uncover secrets from the precious object that was in her father’s possession and is now in her protection – a book. Lots of elements of adventure and fantasy and love of books make this a great choice for those who as kids loved Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart trilogy. (Melissa)

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Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Barely escaping the betrayal of the newly crowned king, Mare joins the resistance to fight against the oppression of silver-blooded rule. Her quest is to find others like herself, red-blooded common folk who wield magical powers normally reserved for the silver-blooded. But has loss and treachery hardened her heart against the ones she is trying to protect? As the stakes get higher and more lives are lost, can she find a way to be the hero without splintering under the weight of her responsibilities? (Julie)

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Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

When her aunt tires of caring for her, 14 year-old Portia is taken to the McGreavey Home for Wayward Girls. Run by the unpleasant Mister, there is nothing homelike about the Home. After an upsetting incident Portia runs away with the depression era circus to search for the father who left her behind. She works for the carnival in the Pie Car, feeding the people known as freaks, such as Mrs. Collington the Fat Lady, Mosco the Strongman, armless Marie, who throws knives with her toes, and The Lucasie family, billed as The Wild Albinos of Bora Bora. The trouble is, Mister is not ready to let her go. Can Portia escape him and find her family? (Donell)

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The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne

Pierrot lives in Paris—his mother is French, his father is German, his best friend is Anshel, the Jewish boy who lives downstairs. When both his parents die, Pierrot first goes to an orphanage, then is sent to live with his aunt, housekeeper at the Berghof, the vacation home of Adolf Hitler. Watch as sweet and loving Pierrot becomes Pieter, a proud member of the Hitler Youth and his life is filled with conflict, fear and betrayal. Can he survive? (Carol)

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Into the River by Ted Dawe

Into the River by Ted Dawe

A boy named Te Arepa wins a glorious scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, a place far different from life in his New Zealand village. Life at school is raw with racism, sexual encounters and drug use and he struggles to know and be who he is. Te Arepa makes choices and changes that lead him to the belief that “there is freedom and then there is everything else”. This book was briefly banned in New Zealand. It is the prequel to Thunder Road. This is a great choice for those looking for realistic fiction and like stories with no simple endings or stories about non-western cultures. (Kathy K)

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Unplugged by Donna Freitas

Unplugged by Donna Freitas

Skye has lived her life plugged into App World where a fantastic, oceanic supply of apps provides everything that people see, eat and do. But there is a hidden struggle between those that would dispose of the inconvenience of having a human body and keep everyone plugged in forever and those that cherish the Real World for reasons Skye does not understand. Just before Skye turns 17, the border between the two worlds is closed forever and she begins an adventure that reveals truths about both worlds. This is an excellent science fiction choice. (Kathy K)

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Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

June and Oliver are forced to ride to high school together each morning, and the teens form an unlikely friendship. When romance develops, can June overcome her assumptions of Oliver’s jock-ish ways and her detachment to the high school experience? (Julie)

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Not if I see You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not if I see You First by Eric Lindstrom

Parker is a girl with a lot of rules that help her keep control of her world and manage her independence as a blind teenager. Her humor and good fortune in friends help her through the many bad breaks she gets in life. This book has some adult language. (Gladys)

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Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Living with parents (Dad stars in Rocky Horror Picture Show and Mom is a Frank Sinatra impersonator) and a sister (the star of her high school drama club) who are incredibly talented, Frankie feels unnoticed and unappreciated. When the most popular girl in school ask for his help (or is it his truck?) with an art installation designed by her uncle (Frankie’s hero, Uncle Epic), he jumps at the chance. When she actually seems interested in Frankie, his wildest dreams seem to be coming true. (Set in Minneapolis, this is part novel and part graphic novel and all wonderful.) (Carol)

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Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

When you make a mistake, do you ever wish you could just reach into someone and steal their memory of it? Aspen can. He and his family can steal anything from anyone they touch: a physical feature, a defining quality, their love of something or even someone. The Quicks can do magic, but they’re bound to keep the cliff from falling on their small town. Aspen is spending the summer with his best friend and his new girlfriend, but as he learns more about his family history and the cliff becomes more demanding in what it wants taken, things don’t go the way he planned! (Donell)

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Drag Teen: A Tale of Angst and Wigs by Jeffery Self

Drag Teen: A Tale of Angst and Wigs by Jeffery Self

JT is desperate to go to college so he can get away from Clearwater, Florida and avoid working at his parents’ gas station for the rest of his life. The problem is he has no idea how to pay for it, until his best friend and his boyfriend convince him to compete in a drag teen competition where he can win a college scholarship. A hilarious and heartwarming story of friendship, adventure, and the journey to finding your true self. (Julia)

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass

This is a “new classic” teen novel loosely based on the story of Cinderella. In a caste-based society of the future, in a country that used to be the United States, a girl named America wins a chance to be a princess. She is one of 36 girls selected for the prince to choose from. Besides getting racks of beautiful clothes made just for her, she could be rich and make her family rich. But what about the poor, low-caste boy she used to love? Who are the rebels that keep attacking the castle where she stay s until the final selection for princess is made? And what happened to the United States? (Kathy K.)

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The Star-Touched-Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched-Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Because of the ominous horoscope that was cast soon after she was born, Maya assumes she will never marry, but that changes when her father needs an alliance after decades of war with neighboring kingdoms. Although Maya believes she could love her new husband Amar, she has many questions about him, his kingdom, and her role as queen. But before Maya and Amar can truly begin their life together, Maya makes a foolish mistake, and must solve the riddle of her past to save her future. A deeply romantic novel, inspired by Indian mythology; a companion volume is planned for 2017 release. (Katie)

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Vango: Between Sky and Earth and A Prince Without a Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle

Vango: Between Sky and Earth and A Prince Without a Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle

Vango is a mysterious boy who’s more comfortable climbing than walking and speaks five languages, but has no idea about his origins. We meet him in Paris in 1934 when, amidst his ordination ceremony, he is framed for murder. This decades-spanning novel-and-sequel takes Vango from birth to young adulthood, spanning the period between wars, and spanning the globe with cleverness, courage and breathtaking adventure. Plus some romance, plus some of the hideous realities of war, all in fetching prose and more than a little bit of edification and humor. It may take over 800 pages to fill in Vango’s blanks, but the delight makes it effortless. (Shea)

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Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

When soon to be 8th grader Norbert catches a glimpse of Lily Jo wearing a cute red dress and waving at him, he hopes things in his new Florida neighborhood won’t be so bad. He misses New Jersey, his dad, and the way things used to be. He wants to belong, and soon the basketball guys at school want him on their team. Lily has a loyal best friend, a cool older sister and a favorite tree in which she loves to read. She was born Timothy, at school she is still identified as a boy, and she is bullied by a group of jocks she thinks of as the Neanderthals. Norbert likes “Tim,” but can’t he be popular for once? (Donell)

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

History shows that Lady Jane Grey lost her head for taking the throne of England. History got it wrong. The real story begins with Lady Jane being forced to marry Gifford (“call me G”) Dudley, closet poet by night and horse by day. (Yes, horse.) That’s when everything starts to go wrong for Jane…really, really wrong. (Carol)

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The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

June lives in Palmares Tres with her mother, and hopes to become an artist. Along with her best friend Gil (and the rest of the population of Palmares Tres), June celebrates the crowning of Enki, the new Summer King—but Enki seems different, more vibrant and more involved than any previous Summer King. Is a revolution afoot, or is there a benign explanation for Enki’s seeming defiance? How much can they truly accomplish, when Summer Kings only reign for a year? (Katie)

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Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, Book One: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew by Jeremy Whitley (2016)

Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, Book One: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew by Jeremy Whitley (2016)

Even though this series is shelved in the children’s section, teens deserve to know about it, too! Whitley’s original Princeless series (2012) begins the fantastic story of sixteen-year-old Princess Adrienne and her trusty dragon Sparky who assemble a team of adventurers, including Raven the Pirate Princess who gets her own high-seas adventure in this marvelous spin on one of wittiest comic series being published. For fantasy fans, for aspiring pirates, and for readers who adore Noelle Stevenson’s Lumberjanes. (Melissa)

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Duty or Desire by Patrick Jones and Marshunna Clark

Duty or Desire by Patrick Jones and Marshunna Clark

This realistic super-quick novel of around 100 larger print pages ends surprisingly, given the usual conventions of fiction, but unsurprisingly, given the way the world works. Alejandro and Chrissie have a few things in common, but the biggest is that both of them were beaten to unconsciousness by the same police officer and suffered serious brain injuries. Alejandro was a gang banger before his beating, and he went to prison. Now that he’s out, he’s trying to keep his head above water, making the right decisions, and he’s doing well. Chrissie is a “good girl” and after getting beaten for standing up for her rights, her world is depressed and fearful, and then she meets Alejandro. They find love, but not for long. (Shea)

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

A girl named Sunshine turns 16 and her life begins to transform. When Sunshine is haunted at night in her family’s new house, she tells her Mom immediately, of course, but her Mom won’t believe her and then stops listening to her entirely. Soon, you can see that her Mom is being haunted too. And what is going on with her very strange art teacher at school who only wears black and talks about death all the time? This is a great ghost story told in a suspenseful style where, by the end, nothing is as it appears to be. (Kathy K.)

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Bake Sale by Sara Varon (2011)

Bake Sale by Sara Varon (2011)

If Food Network’s Cupcake Wars happened in Adventure Time’s Candy Kingdom, it would probably read something like this delightful, charming, weird graphic novel about Cupcake’s adventures in baking and friendship with Eggplant. Also, there are recipes. A great pick for anyone who has enjoyed Andi Watson’s Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula (2015). (Melissa)

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Black Lives Matter by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, JD, PHD

Black Lives Matter by Sue Bradford Edwards and Duchess Harris, JD, PHD

With a forward by Congressman Keith Ellison, and co-authored by Harris, the Chair of the African Studies Department at Macalester College, this is a book worthy of its subject. The first chapter focuses on the killing of Mike Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, an occurrence that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement. This is followed by an excellent and brief survey of African American history with an emphasis on policy as well as inequality. The subsequent chapters follow this pattern of focus on one main target of police killing, and then a chapter on wider social policy and civil rights. End materials include a 2-page synopsis of the Black Lives Matter movement (including why it matters).

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Golden Boys: A Novel – Sonya Hartnett (2016)

Golden Boys: A Novel – Sonya Hartnett (2016)

Colt Jenson carries a big dark secret about his father, and Colt’s new neighbor Freya Kiley carries one about hers. Sonya Hartnett’s multiple-award-winning novel, originally published in 2014, is set in an Australian suburb that could be anywhere, and she explores the ripples of abusive relationships and how the powerful manipulate the powerless. A deeply unsettling but worthwhile read for mature readers ages 12+. (Melissa)

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Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

Addie has a great life -- she's a star runner on the track team, her boyfriend is sweetly loving, her parents are wonderful. Then she gets pregnant. She makes a choice, but is it the right choice? Written in verse. (Carol)

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Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Maggie is starting high school, which she is nervous about—up until this year, Maggie was homeschooled by her mother. In addition to her anxiety about fitting in, Maggie also wants to solve the mystery of the ghost who has been following her since she was little. And maybe make some friends who aren’t her brothers. (Katie)

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The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex, edited by Amber J. Keyser

The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex, edited by Amber J. Keyser

To quote the editor, Keyser, ordinarily a young adult novelist: “Everyone deserves a deeply pleasurable and wholly chosen sex life. That doesn’t happen by accident.” These 17 stories contributed by talented female authors show a wide variety of self-defined “first times,” and the result is a great resource for young people making decisions about their own sex lives. Plentiful support material follows the autobiographical section, including resources for parents and teens, and good discussion of the many barriers to healthy safe sex among the young people who will be “doing it” one way or another. (Shea)

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Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

When Nick, his brother, and his dad move into his Great Aunt Greta’s old house, Nick finds the attic full of useless junk. He quickly gets rid of most of it in a garage sale. Then he begins to hear from his buyers about secret powers the “junk” objects have…a shabby reel-to-reel recorder records what people are actually THINKING rather than what they say. A baseball mitt pulls asteroids out of the sky. An old camera takes pictures of things that will happen 24 hours in the future. When a sinister organization called The Accelerati shows up at Nick’s house desperate to get their hands on the objects, Nick and his friends race to learn the history of the objects and keep them out of The Accelerati’s hands. (Emily)

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Mercury by Hope Larson

Mercury by Hope Larson

In 1859, Joie has a secret crush on the mysterious and handsome stranger who is boarding with her family. In 2009, Tara has moved in with her cousin after her family’s house burned down. A cache of lost gold plays a part in both girls’ stories, but will there be a happy ending for either of them? (Katie)

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How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (2016)

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (2016)

A young man runs out of a shop, down the street, and is shot by an adult man with a gun. The problem is that this story isn’t as straightforward or simple as it looks, and it looks a lot of different ways to a lot of different people who saw it go down. Like Jason Reynolds’ and Brandon Kiely’s All American Boys (2015), this is a timely book that delves into multiple perspectives on difficult issues of race relations, violence, vigilantism, and individual and societal responsibilities; How It Went Down raises a lot of thoughtful questions and doesn’t pretend they have easy answers. (Melissa)

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Dare to Disappoint:  Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci

Ozge has been a free spirt, an adventurer. Her father wants her to toe the line—go to a good college and get a good job. Ozge’s desire to be an actress and to scuba dive like Jacques Cousteau isn’t cutting it with Dad. Should she live her life to his expectations or to her own happiness? (Carol)

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Although he’s been through some terrible things, like his father’s suicide and his own suicide attempt, Aaron is starting to hit his stride again. He’s enjoying a closer relationship with his girlfriend Genevieve and likes hanging out playing Manhunt with his crazy friends in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood. Then he meets Thomas, who’s new to the block, and things begin to change again. Now he has a best friend who really knows him, but is friendship all that Aaron wants? When he hears about a new procedure that can take away painful memories, he is tempted, but will this really improve his life? (Donell)

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On the Run by Tristan Bancks

On the Run by Tristan Bancks

When police show up at Ben’s door looking for his parents, Ben tells him what he knows to be the truth: they’re still at work at the car-wrecking business they own. But the police say they’ve already looked there, and leave with no message. Then Ben’s parents’ car squeals into the driveway, where they tell Ben and his sister they’re going on an immediate family vacation. There’s no time to pack clothes. Later that day, Ben’s mom cuts off her hair, and Ben’s, too. What kind of vacation requires weird haircuts? Why does his dad take them to a moldy cabin deep in the woods, with no water or toilet or phone service--only spiders and the stench of dead animals? What’s in the canvas bag Ben spies his dad hiding in the ceiling? And what do you do when the spiders, the dark, and the snakes are far less terrifying than the violent, angry man your dad is becoming? (Emily)

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I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Fifteen year old Cammie Morgan is a student at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a boarding school for girls that is actually grooming the students to become spies. When she falls for Josh, an ordinary boy (who thinks she’s an ordinary girl) can Cammie use her training and skills to navigate a teenage relationship? The first book in the Gallagher Girls series. (Katie)

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Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Part of the new Star Wars canon books, Lost Stars follows the lives of Thane and Ciena from the planet Jelucan. Raised on opposite sides of town, they meet as 8 year olds during the rise of the Empire and join the Imperial Academy together, and launch into careers as Imperial officers… Until Thane joins the Rebellion. Will their friendship survive it? Or will they kill each other in battle? Lost Stars is a war story, a Star Wars adventure, a love story, and a story about growing up and getting to know yourself. (Tom)

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (2016)

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (2016)

Reimagine the One Thousand and One Nights’ story of Aladdin and his wonderful lamp with a supremely-powerful feminist jinni who happens to be just as alluring to Aladdin as a princess. A lush, complex, and fresh take on a very old tale. For readers who enjoy grown-up fairy and folktales such as Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn (2015) and Malinda Lo’s Ash (2009). (Melissa)

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller

Did Lizzie Borden axe-murder her father and stepmother in 1892? In this nonfiction title that reads like a thriller, Miller uses thorough research as well as sensational news articles, court transcripts and actual photos of the crime scene to outline the shocking case of the respectable Miss Borden, her trial, jail time and acquittal. This gruesome unsolved case was based on circumstantial evidence and surrounded by gossip and we may never know if Lizzie Borden actually was guilty. What do you think? (Donell)

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Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger (2015)

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger (2015)

We learn early in the book that Whippoorwill is what people in New Hampshire call people who collect trash in their yard. Claire’s neighbors are Whippoorwills who have added to their collection a poor dog chained to a pole. From reading a book about dog training Claire begins to feel drawn to care for the dog, and through that , care for the teenage son that also lives next door. This is a thoughtful story that doesn’t have any perfect people or a neat and tidy wrap up but it does leave you feeling hopeful. (Gladys)

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The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Tiny Nimmira lies between sworn enemies Tor Carron and Eschelion, protected by the mist that hides its existence. When Nimmira’s Lord Dorric dies, Keri the baker is suddenly thrust into the role of Lady, assisted by her friends Tassel and Cort. They find Nimmira in awful shape – the mists are thinning and suddenly Tor Carron and Eschelion know Nimmira is there. Can the three young and inexperienced friends save their homeland? (Carol)

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A Silent Voice 1 by Yoshitoki Oima

A Silent Voice 1 by Yoshitoki Oima

Elementary school bully Shoya is bored with class and more interested in his Daily Daredevil contest. When Shoko, a deaf girl, comes to his school, he views her as an intruder and angrily picks on her and stealing her hearing aids. He and his friends go too far. All the while, Shoko bears it patiently. Six years later, they meet again and Shoya tries to make up for his mistakes. (Donell)

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

A historical novel about a little known part of WWII, the many people that lost their lives in the Baltic Sea when they were retreating from the Russians. The story is a fast paced, going back and forth from different character’s stories, revealing bits of information each time, building momentum. (Gladys)

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The Raven Cycle, by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Cycle, by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Cycle, by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Stiefvater

This is a four book series about a group of teens in a slightly paranormal world: Blue, a girl whose family are psychics and who has been cursed with killing her true love if she kisses him; Gansey, private school model student, who is engaged in a quest for a long sleeping king in order to gain his favor; Ronan, a fierce, emotional creature who can dream objects into existence; and Adam, from a rough family who resents the privilege around him. Beautiful writing, complex characters, and a story unlike anything you have read before. (Tom)

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

After a disastrous incident involving a strawberry trifle, a dumbwaiter, and a hat, fourteen year old Sophronia is packed off by her mother to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy to learn how to be a proper young lady. But much to Sophronia’s surprise, in addition to lessons in etiquette, manners, and deportment, the girls are also learn the fine arts of deception, assassination, and spying. The first book in the Finishing School series. (Katie)

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Gotham Academy Vol 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy, written by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher; art by Karl Kerschl

Gotham Academy Vol 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy, written by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher; art by Karl Kerschl

Olive Silverlock is a student at Gotham Academy, Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school. But lately things have been…a bit strange at school. Is the North Hall actually haunted, or is that just a rumor? Can Olive successfully avoid her ex-boyfriend Kyle, or will she have to deal with whatever happened over the summer? And why on earth are there bats everywhere??? (Katie)

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Messenger:  the Legend of Joan of Arc:  a graphic novel by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

Messenger: the Legend of Joan of Arc: a graphic novel by Tony Lee & Sam Hart

A simple country girl, Jehanne hears the voice of the archangel Michael telling her she must lead France to victory over the invading English. Can she convince the soon-to-be king and the leaders of the military that she has the power and the skill to do what her voices are telling her to do? (Carol)

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Character, Driven by David LCharacter, Driven by David Lubarubar

Character, Driven by David LCharacter, Driven by David Lubarubar"

Written in the first person, this tells the story of Cliff during his senior year of high school as he deals with an abusive, unemployed father, diminishing prospects for college and a series of traumatic events involving other students in his class. Lubar's quality of writing carries the story along with humor, insights and a conveyance of human vulnerabilities that captures the "true" rather than superficial or stereotypical internal life of boys in the teen years. (Kathy K.)

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Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

When the Eclipse covered the world in perpetual darkness, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen. Their newborn daughter, Luna, escaped with the help of two loyal court employees, and has been hidden in a tower in the Black Woods ever since. Flesh-eating monsters now live in the forest and wreak havoc on the surrounding kingdoms. However, when Luna saves a trio of travelers and brings them to the tower, her life is irrevocably changed. Problematic in its depiction of blind people, but an interesting take of survival and hope amidst a bleak future. (Julie)

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Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Gerald grew up in the public eye on a reality television show featuring his dysfunctional family. When he acted out on camera, he became known as the “Crapper,” a name which has stuck with him all the way to high school. He is angry. He is not well-adjusted. His family is even worse. Gerald’s authentic teen voice narrates the difficult path to finding love and overcoming his problems in short, sharp chapters. (Andrew)

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Mikey Mitchell lives in a town where something exciting is usually going on, like invasions by zombies, soul-eating ghosts, romantic vampires and now a blue light that causes death. Somebody’s got to take them on, but, that teen is always an indie kid. One with a name like Finn or Satchel, with geeky-cool thrift shop clothes, who might just end up dead. For Mikey, his sister Mel and their best friends Henna and Jared, their main concerns are figuring out friendship and love, and graduating high school before it gets blown up again. Even if Jared is ¼ god and is worshipped by all cats. Mikey just has a normal life. Really. (Donell)

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Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez (2015)

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez (2015)

Charming Wash Fuller has fallen hard for Naomi Vargas, the new girl in his New London, Texas, hometown – an impossibly difficult situation considering that Naomi’s abusive stepfather is determined to pass off Naomi and her Mexican-American siblings as white and that society forbids their interracial romance. Set in the time of the true event of the March 18, 1937, New London School explosion, Out of Darkness is as much a survival story as it is historical fiction and love story. Sweeping, epic, emotional, and haunting – a great choice for readers who savor works like Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Weight of Feathers (2015). (Melissa)

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I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

May and Libby are best friends. They write and draw their comics about Princess X together, until Libby and her mother die in a car accident. A few years later, May starts seeing Princess X slogans around town. Could Libby still be alive? Using both textual and graphic sections, Priest ratchets up the tension as May works to solve the mystery of what happened to her best friend in this teen thriller. (Andrew)

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Batgirl, Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart (2015)

Batgirl, Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart (2015)

Fans of Marvel’s Kamala Khan revamp of Ms. Marvel may appreciate DC Comics’ fresh take on Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. The series picks up some time after (NOT-SO-SPOILERY SPOILER ALERT) the gruesome events depicted in Alan Moore and Bryan Bolland’s very dark, disturbing adult graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke. (Melissa)

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The Kricket Series (Under Different Stars/Sea of Stars/Darken the Stars) by Amy Bartol

The Kricket Series (Under Different Stars/Sea of Stars/Darken the Stars) by Amy Bartol

The Kricket Series (Under Different Stars/Sea of Stars/Darken the Stars) by Amy Bartol

The Kricket Series (Under Different Stars/Sea of Stars/Darken the Stars) by Amy Bartol

Almost-eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell is finally on the cusp of being free from Chicago’s foster care system after suffering abuse and neglect for most of her life. A handsome soldier named Trey Allairis kidnaps her and tells her she must return to her true home of Ethar, a world connected to Earth through a portal. Another soldier, Kyon, is also vying for Kricket because he understands the depths of her powers. He needs Kricket to rule Ethar and to destroy his enemies, starting with Trey. Kricket stands at the brink of war and she must decide who to trust, who to love, and who can help her survive. Good for fans of Kiera Cass’s The Selection. (Julie)

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, 2015.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, 2015.

A young man from the streets of London trains to be a scholar at the Great Library of Alexandria, which has survived to control all knowledge, and with it, most countries. With echoes of our world and an intriguing alchemical magic, this first book in a planned trilogy will appeal to readers who like alternate history as well as fantasy and science fiction. Fans of J. K. Rowling and Rick Riordan will enjoy Caine’s world building and watching her characters grow. (ANC)

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The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine (#1 in series)

The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine (#1 in series)

After living in luxury in the temple for most of her life, sixteen-year-old Elli expects to assume the role of queen when her beloved Valtia dies. She has been trained to accept the volatile mixture of fire and ice magic, which will give her the ability to rule the kingdom of Kupari. However, the magic seemingly disappears, and Elli is forced to flee in disgrace before the priests murder her. Elli finds herself amidst a tangle of corruption, unlikely allies and hidden power. Can she save herself and her beloved Kupari before it’s too late? (Julie)

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Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Each morning when Riley wakes up, the question is: “Do I feel like a boy or like a girl today?” Unwilling to share the daily dilemma with Mom and Dad (Riley’s busy dad is running for re-election to Congress), friendless and unhappy at school, Riley flips out. Can Riley learn to cope? Can Riley learn to be happy? (Carol)

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See No Color by Shannon Gibney (2015)

See No Color by Shannon Gibney (2015)

Milwaukee high schooler Alex Kittredge is the daughter of a former pro-baseball player’s family and is a star baseball player in her own right. She’s always felt out of place as the only biracial member of her white family, and life just gets more complicated as she discovers letters from her birthfather, falls for sweet and handsome Reggie and meets his very close-knit black family, and wrestles with her own identity. Not just for baseball lovers, this is a great read for anyone who struggles with finding their place in their family. A compelling, emotional, thoughtful, wonderfully-written book from a Minnesota author! (Melissa)

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Calvin by Martine Leavitt, 2015

Calvin by Martine Leavitt, 2015

Ever wonder what the comic strip character Calvin would be like after he grows up? Born on the day Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes ended, Calvin begins hearing the voice of the tiger Hobbes a week before he graduates from high school. The doctors diagnose Calvin with schizophrenia, but he’s convinced that if he can just meet Bill, his illness will be cured. Thus begins a frozen pilgrimage across Lake Erie. Leavitt’s clever story is both charming and bittersweet, handling a difficult topic with a light touch, and will appeal to fans of humor, romance, and, of course, Calvin and Hobbes. (ANC)

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

With echoes of the Grimm brothers fairy tale “The Handless Maiden,” Oakes tells the story of nearly eighteen-year-old Minnow, who grew up in cult in the wilderness. We first meet Minnow as she stands soaked in someone else’s blood, witness her put in Juvenile detention and slowly learn her history with the “prophet” Kevin, who tells his people what they may and may not do and violently punishes those who disobey. Kept ignorant and intended to fulfill the role as a baby maker and obedient wife, Minnow’s life completely changes the night of a fire in her community. You will be intrigued by her situation and root for her as she grows into her own person, in spite of the ways she has been blighted. (Donell)

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Jackaby by William Ritter, 2014

Jackaby by William Ritter, 2014

Abigail Rock is newly arrived to a Boston-like city in 1892. She is a young woman with a drive for adventure and discovering what is around the next corner. To make ends meet, she responds to a job advertisement as an assistant to an investigator. Abigail finds herself at 926 Auger Lane and meets the most peculiar detective, a Mr. R. F. Jackaby. Readers will enjoy this unique character who is part Sherlock Holmes and part Dr. Who. Abigail is a natural fit in her new job and quickly makes her mark in Jackaby’s supernatural world. Fans of Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red and Phillip Pulllman’s Sally Lockhart series will consider Jackaby a must-read. The sequel to Jackaby titled Beastly Bones is also available! (Sarah I.)

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The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Teens Lucy and Owen both live in the same New York City luxury apartment building -- her on the 24th floor and him in the basement apartment with his superintendent father. Although they had seen each other in passing, the two had never spoken -- until a hot summer night when all the power in the city goes out. Lucy and Owen are trapped for hours in an elevator. The questions, confessions, and conversations from that one night spark a unique relationship over the next year. Lucy finds herself living in Scotland and England. Owen finds himself pulled around the country with his grieving father. Both find themselves thinking of each other -- and sending an occasional postcard from a world away. (Sarah I.)

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Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis; art by Brooke Allen

Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis; art by Brooke Allen

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are spending the summer at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types: they are Lumberjanes. But in addition to the normal summer camp activities they need to complete to earn badges, the girls encounter a surprising array of supernatural phenomenon. But that doesn’t stop them from having fun *and* solving the mystery. Friendship to the max! (Katie)

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Passenger (#1) by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (#1) by Alexandra Bracken

On the night of an important concert, violin prodigy Etta Spencer is pulled into a time-traveling world where she learns of her previously unknown family’s violent quest for power. With the help of Nicholas Carter, an African American sailor who is despised by her family, she must find an object that can save her mentor, mother and herself. (Julie)

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Foulsham by Edward Carey

Foulsham by Edward Carey

The second book of the Iremonger series begins with our heroes Clod Iremonger and Lucy Pennant transformed … into a half sovereign coin and clay button, respectively. When Clod is turned back into human form, he discovers a nasty secret about his family. People are objects, objects are people and some people are something worse. Meanwhile, the heaps of garbage surrounding the city are getting restless and Queen Victoria has ordered that both town and trash be burned to the ground! Will Clod and Lucy make it to book three? (Donell)

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Other Broken Things by C. Desir (2016)

Other Broken Things by C. Desir (2016)

After getting out of rehab following a drunken crash into a stop sign, seventeen year-old former boxer and party girl Natalie finds herself navigating a new reality of difficult consequences, strained relationships with her ex and parents and old friends, and budding relationships with new people, including a fellow AA attendee and much older man named Joe. This is not a book for the faint of heart, nor is it a book for those who pretend that addiction isn’t a very real problem for many, including teens; this is a book for those who screw up and who need to know there is hope amid the difficult consequences of one’s mistakes, much like John Green’s Finding Alaska. (Melissa)

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The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Maggie is a working class girl from Chicago in 1993. Her mom is on boyfriend # infinity, but whoa, this time they move to Ireland where he’s from. Maggie is a fish out of water, and does what she can to find comfort and meaning in a new land. She finds a nonagenarian friend, and thankfully she stays close to her beloved uncle Kevin from the U.S. Before long, romance finds her, just as tragedy packs a wallop and she’s sent spinning. Can Maggie stay true to herself in a whirlwind of upheaval? Contains realistic scenes of teen romance, and drug and alcohol use and abuse. Ages 14+ (Shea)

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jude and Noah are exquisitely creative twins, inexplicably deeply linked. What one feels the other one feels; sometimes they switch personalities. But a wall comes between them when betrayal and tragedy hits like a hurricane. This fantastic read takes you through the labyrinth of secrets that leads them back to one another, back to life, family and love. Contains realistic scenes of teen romance, including same-sex romance. Ages 14+ (Shea)

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Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

When her high school is chosen as the location to film a remake of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Natalie Ng is pretty sure that things can’t get any worse. She’s already the odd one out in her family: both of her parents and her two sisters have amazingly cool talents (lie detector skills! laser vision! genius-level IQ!) and all Nat can do is talk to cats. But it turns out that Nat’s seemingly insignificant talent might be the key to solving a mystery. (Katie)

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Stick by Andrew Smith

Stick by Andrew Smith

Tall and skinny, thirteen year-old Stark, known as Stick, was born with only one ear. When he gets called a freak and harassed by guys at school, his older brother Bosten takes care of it. Their volatile parents make the brothers live by strict rules, beat them weekly and worse. Bosten protects Stick, but he has a secret, and when it is discovered, terrible things happen. Stick finds himself on the road, leaving his old life behind, hunting for his brother. (Donell)

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Color Song by Victoria Strauss (companion book to Passion Blue)

Color Song by Victoria Strauss (companion book to Passion Blue)

After being forced to flee the convent where she was mentored by the now-deceased Maestra Humilita, Giulia disguises herself as a boy to apprentice with a popular painter in Venice. Will she use the two secrets she carries-- her ability to “hear” the paints and the sought-after recipe for Humilita’s Passion Blue—to achieve success? Or will her deception be discovered? (Julie)

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OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

Danielle Levine doesn’t fit in, despite attending an alternative high school. When she bonds with Daniel, another kid forced to take the “social skills” class, and learns about the film The Big Lebowski, Danielle’s life starts to look up. She still struggles, but comes to realize that keeping everyone at a distance is not the best way to abide. (Katie)

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Cairo – story by G. Willow Wilson and art by M. K. Perker (2007)

Cairo – story by G. Willow Wilson and art by M. K. Perker (2007)

Before taking on the new incarnation of Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson created a graphic novel that weaves together Abrahamic mythology and folklore, modern Middle Eastern geopolitical tensions, and a very human drama in the midst of a divine struggle between good and evil. This is a book that does not shy away from realistic violence, but it’s also a redemptive and hopeful story with unforgettable characters. A great choice for those in high school and college who are interested in everything from comparative world religions to global politics and fairytales.

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Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

In 15th century Florence, Ginevra de’Benci becomes the platonic love ideal of a charming Venetian ambassador. When Leonardo da Vinci paints her portrait, she finds a way to incorporate her identity as an outspoken, educated poet in a time when women were seen as property. Well paired with Victoria Strauss’s Passion Blue series or Rae Carson’s Walk on Earth a Stranger for historical fiction. (Julie)

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None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Homecoming is a very special night for Kristin. She is surprised to be voted homecoming queen and has private plans with her boyfriend Sam afterward. But, when they are alone together, things just don’t feel like they should. When she follows up with a doctor, she is horrified to learn that she is intersex, and has male chromosomes and testes inside her. This turns her world inside out. Is she still a girl? Will Sam and her best friends Vee and Faith stand by her? Can Kristin handle the bullying and prejudice that erupts when the word leaks out? (Donell)

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The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Ceony Twill has to set aside her dreams of enchanting metals when she is apprenticed to, of all things, a magician who works with paper. She learns that paper may not be as worthless as it seems when they are attacked by her mentor’s estranged wife, now a practitioner of outlawed (and quite gruesome) blood magic. With a surprisingly light touch, Holmberg has created a delightful England filled with Steampunk trappings, a clever concept of magic, and a dash of gothic romance for her brave, clever heroine. Recommend to fans of Gail Carriger, Brandon Sanderson and L.A. Meyer. (Andrew)

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (2010)

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (2010)

High school social outcast Meghan Chase learns her true identity as the daughter of Oberon, King of the Summer Fae, and finds herself in the middle of the warring Summer and Winter faery kingdoms. (Melissa)

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The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher

The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher

Like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but with three middle-schoolers at a ComicCon in Seattle instead. Antics and silliness ensue. Will Zak and Ana find her younger brother (who went AWOL from their high school Quiz Bowl Team tournament to the aforementioned ComicCon festival) and return to the hotel before their teacher finds them all missing? Will Ana warm up to slacker/gamer Zak or will she just face the wrath of her hyper-protective parents for losing her brother? (Julie)

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I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

The four teens in King’s surrealistic novel work their way through trauma in their own ways. Meet Stanzi, who perpetually wears a lab coat and whose parents take her on family vacations to the sites of school shootings and other tragedies. She is in love with Gustav, who is building a red helicopter that is invisible to most, and only visible to Stanzi on Tuesdays. Her best friend, the poet China, has swallowed herself and is now inside out. Lansdale is a liar like Pinocchio, except her hair grows instead of her nose. Also, someone is calling in bomb threats to their high school and to top it all off it is standardized testing week. The story may read like dream/nightmare, but it vibrates with emotional truth. (Donell)

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Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham

Teenager Scarlett works as a detective-for-hire for kids whose cases are ignored by the police and other adult authorities. She is investigating a supposed suicide for a client, which leads to a larger mystery. Scarlett might just have found surprising new information about the unexplained death of her father. (Katie)

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Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

Claire’s father died ten years ago, and she has never been told very much about him. When she finds a hidden letter from her father to her stepfather, she starts down a dangerous path. The treacherous legacy that Claire discovers threatens her friends and family, and eventually her own life. (Katie)

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The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller

The Girl with the Wrong Name by Barnabas Miller

All week, seventeen-year-old Theo has been secretly filming a documentary about a cutie who arrives every day at the same time to a Manhattan café to search for his lost love, Sarah. Despite her developing crush, Theo agrees to join the tormented stranger on his quest. Together they stumble into a complicated web of secrets, tragedy and mental illness that eventually explain Theo’s traumatic memory loss and the mysterious scar across her face. (Julie)

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Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Three best friends who have a pact not to fight are trying to make it through 7th grade. Bridge has decided to wear cat ears every day. Emily has developed a "body." Tabitha is becoming a feminist. The three try to remain friends while struggling with social media, boys, families and their own changing views of the world. The story is told with a lot of humor and some poignant moments. There are many relatable moments for anyone who is struggling with 7th grade themselves or has made it through. (GK)

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A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston

When the king arrives to claim a new bride, a bride who will surely die before long, as sure as if he killed her, everyone assumes that the king will choose the most beautiful girl in the village. But instead her younger sister volunteers to go with him as his bride. As time passes, she slowly realizes that she has a magical ability to call things into being through her storytelling. Will she be able to use this skill to survive? (Katie)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

For many years, nineteen-year-old Feyre has protected her two sisters and their father. She hunts in the dangerous forest for game – hoping to fill their stomachs and help her family survive. Alone in the woods, Feyre encounters a huge wolf and she lives only because her arrow aims true. The same night a beast-like creature arrives demanding to know who killed the wolf and why. The punishment for the crime? Be killed or come into the northern magical lands as retribution. Feyre quickly realizes that her captor is not an animal, but an immortal Fae named Tamlin. Fans of Kristen Cashore’s Graceling and Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Triology will love entering the world of Feyre, Tamlin, and meeting a truly horrible villain. (Sarah I.)

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely (2015)

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely (2015)

A community is divided after a black teenager, who is also a respected basketball player and a JROTC member, is mistakenly accused of shoplifting and mercilessly beaten by a white security guard in this duo-written, dual-narrated book. A thrilling, thoughtful, timely book that is as emotional and poetic as Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric.

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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for Modern Geeks by Maya Van Wagenen

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for Modern Geeks by Maya Van Wagenen

In this memoir, 8th grader Maya undertakes a yearlong experiment to try to raise her social status at school. She figures that she is slightly more popular than a substitute teacher, but still below any sixth grader, who is generally ignored by older students. To aid in her transformation, Maya decides to secretly follow the advice found in a 1950s self-help book written by a teenage model. But, will standing up straight, wearing a girdle and using Vaseline on her eyelids instead of makeup really make a difference? And what does being popular actually mean, anyway? (Donell)

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The Kidney Hypothetical, Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee

The Kidney Hypothetical, Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee

Higgs Boson Bing, an Asian-American overachiever with plans for Harvard, is ready to graduate from high school and follow the path set out by his parents after his older brother died. However, when his girlfriend breaks up with him for denying her a hypothetical kidney, his entire life turns upside down. (Julie)

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Everything, Everything  by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is dying of a very rare disease that makes her allergic to the outside world. She is quarantined inside her house. The only people she sees are her nurse, Carla and her mother, who is also a doctor. Maddy is content with her life until Olly and his family move in next door. Maddy is then forced to make tough decisions about her life, her family and what she is willing to risk for love. (Lea)

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The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

Hallie is a good girl who loses her voice and becomes sullen because she gets accused of behaving "bad." Then she goes on a church youth group retreat where she gets lost in the mountains with two other teens and has to find some inner strength to survive. Being lost gives her time to think about her behavior and about letting others define her. It is a story of survival and finding your strength. (Gladys)

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Caliph of Khorasan is quite mad, taking a new bride every evening, and then executing her the following morning. Shahrzad volunteers to be a bride, hoping to avenge the death of her best friend—but the unexpected truths she finds are more far complex than she anticipated. Soon Shahrzad is caught up in a story every bit as thrilling and intricate as the ones she tells to the Caliph each night. A sequel, The Rose and the Dagger, is due spring 2016. (Katie)

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Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

Sixteen year old Giselle wakes up after a bad car accident and she is in a fog, unable to communicate and unsure what has happened to her twin Isabelle. This is a slow moving look at her life and family and the special bond between twins. This would be a great choice for someone looking for a contemporary novel with an African American protagonist. (Gladys)

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Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw (2014)

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw (2014)

Twenty-one year-old Shane Burcaw gets brutally and hysterically honest about his life with spinal muscular atrophy. His autobiographical tales – including road trip adventures and dating awkwardness – are an unforgettable mix of sweet, crude, poignant, and wickedly funny. A good pick for older high schoolers and young adults. (Melissa)

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The Six by Mark Alpert (2015)

The Six by Mark Alpert (2015)

The minds of six teens with terminal conditions are transferred into “neuromorphic” robots. The military plans to use them to battle a rogue artificial intelligence which has broken free from its laboratory. Alpert, a contributing editor for Scientific American, has penned an action-packed story based on research currently being explored in the scientific community, while questioning what it means to be human. This is a great read for teens who enjoy video games and action movies, as well as fans of Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners) and Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider). (ANC)

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (2014)

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (2014)

Hayley has been living on the road with her father, a long-haul trucker and veteran of military tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now they're back in his hometown so Hayley can attend her last year of high school. Though she has some success with her adjustment (her relationship with boyfriend Finn is sweetly told), her father cannot elude his demons. His descent into alcohol, drugs and despair leave Hayley in the situation of caregiver, which is starkly but not over-dramatically portrayed. Though this deals with dark subjects, it has an overall hopeful tone. If you’re into listening to books, the narrator of this one does a great job! (Luann)

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

When offered a ridiculously huge amount of money to kidnap a Shu scientist from the fortress-like Ice Court, Kaz Brekker agrees to the heist. He gathers a motley crew, including a sharp-shooter with a gambling problem, a runaway acrobat, the son of a wealthy merchant who likes to blow things up, a former-soldier convict with a thing for the heartrender who turned him in to the authorities, the heartrender who feels guilty about turning in the convict and a thief, to do the job. If they don’t kill each other first, they just might pull this caper off. If…. (Carol)

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Relish by Lucy Knisley

Relish by Lucy Knisley

A graphic nonfiction memoir from a young adult about her life with food. Lucy Knisley's life has not had any great tragedies that she writes about; instead we learn how she came to have her eclectic taste in food. If you enjoy cooking and learning about different foods, this book is also packed with recipes and foodie tips. (Gladys)

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The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume I: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume I: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus

May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down by the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected. His second life will be nothing like his first. Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption? Ambitious and heartbreaking, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At the Edge of Empire is the epic saga of what it means to be human in a world so often lacking in humanity. (Shea)

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The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (2015)

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (2015)

A sweet, sizzling romance blossoms amid traveling carnival families of scaled Mexican mermaid swimmers and of feathered Romani treetop acrobats with a feuding history in rural California. Gorgeous writing, fantastic characters, and a timeless love story. Recommended especially for fans of Leslye Walton's The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus. (Melissa)

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Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli

Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli

Learn the inside story of Snow White’s evil stepmother in this retelling set in medieval Italy. Dolce has had a difficult upbringing, considered a freakish giant on an island of little people. To get them to like and accept her, she learns the craft of mirror making. Later, she leaves the island and finds Venice, a place where she fits in and finds happiness with a nobleman and his little daughter. To help others, she continues to make mirrors, but at a great cost, because the mercury used in creating them will drive her mad. (Donell)

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North (2015)

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North (2015)

Doreen Green just happens to have a fluffy tail, superpowers, and a super bubby and adorkable personality that are making her first semester at college extra memorable. Watch the bottom of each page for author Ryan North’s trademark subtle hilarity (also found in his Adventure Time comic series)! (Melissa)

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The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

This is the creepy but tender tale of Steven whose newborn baby brother is very ill and causes Steven to have strange dreams that seem real but impossible at the same time. As the reader gets to know how unusual Steven is and also the circumstances of his family and home, understanding the difference between what’s real and what is a fantasy becomes more and more difficult in a story that finally unwinds to a heart-pounding conclusion. Ages 12-16. (Kathy)

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Lock & Mori by Heather Petty

Lock & Mori by Heather Petty

As James “Mori” Moriarty deals with her abusive father and the death of her mother, she takes up a challenge from fellow high-schooler Sherlock Holmes to solve a string of murders. Set in modern day London, this spin on the Sherlock series is fun and well-suited for teens. (Julie)

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci's footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital's Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is-and tries to uncover what he's hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix's own family's closet tear them apart? (Shea)

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5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

In the future in India, there are too many men so women are wedded to men with the most money – they have no choice. So, the women create their own country where women have all the power and all the choices. Now, Sudasa must choose a husband from five masked contestants – a choice more difficult that she had expected. (Carol)

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The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Ananna does not want to be married off to the incredibly boring young man from another pirate clan that her parents have chosen, so she runs away. Unfortunately, her fiancé’s family takes this as a slight, and sends an assassin after her. Things go from bad to worse when Ananna unwittingly triggers a curse, and has to help undo the damage she has caused. Together Ananna and Naji have to complete three impossible tasks if they are to survive. Their story concludes in The Pirate’s Wish. (Katie)

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

In 1920s England, thirteen year old Triss wakes up after a serious accident. She doesn’t recognize her parents or feel like herself and she is despised and feared by her troubled younger sister, Pen. Then there is her huge and unnatural appetite. Could she really eat everything in her family’s pantry, rotting windfall apples, and even dolls? Her family is mourning her brother, James, who died in World War I. So why is a strange bird-creature secretly delivering letters from him? What is wrong with Triss and her family and can she save them all? (Donell)

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Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

Described as Little House on the Prairie as written by Stephen King, this novel follows teenage Amanda and her family of seven as they move from their tiny cabin in the mountains to a larger prairie homestead. Bad things happened to Amanda last winter, when the snow kept her holed up inside, and she’s going to her new home with more than one secret. But, the prairie also has secrets. Nasty ones. The new cabin is unfit to live in, a neighbor boy shows up with a shotgun and could that be a baby’s cries Amanda hears in the night? (Donell)

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Roza has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from the town of Bone Gap. Was she kidnapped, or did she leave voluntarily? Finn maintains that she was abducted, but since he cannot accurately describe the man he swears took Roza, absolutely no one believes him, not even his brother or his best friend. Determined to prove he is right, Finn sets out to rescue her. (Katie)

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (2015)

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (2015)

Florida high school senior Naila’s very strict parents have discovered her secret boyfriend Saif, and her parents abruptly take Naila and her brother to Pakistan where Naila finds her family forcing her into an arranged marriage with a man Naila doesn’t know. Suspenseful, alarming, beautifully written, and based on Pakistani-American lawyer and author Saeed’s personal knowledge of women forced into arranged marriages, this is a book that explores a young woman’s reaction to her fundamentalist family’s fate for her. (Melissa)

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X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Teaming with veteran Magoon, the third daughter of Malcolm X draws upon history and family stories to create a novel about her father's life before the "X." Malcolm Little grew up in Lansing, Michigan, during the Great Depression. Though times were hard, Malcolm felt that "when Papa was alive, I believed that I was special." But Papa was murdered, his mother entered a mental institution, and the broken family was scattered among foster homes. The unusual but effective chronology of this completely absorbing novel finds Malcolm frequently looking back from 1945 Harlem to specific years in Lansing, trying to make sense of the segregation he faced, a teacher's dismissal of him as "just a nigger" and his father's legacy. Boston was meant to be a fresh start, but Malcolm soon became "a creature of the street," and the authors' evocation of the street hustler's life is richly gritty indeed. (Shea)

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The Accidental Highwayman: being the tale of Kit Bristol, his horse Midnight, a mysterious princess, and sundry magical persons besides by Ben Tripp

The Accidental Highwayman: being the tale of Kit Bristol, his horse Midnight, a mysterious princess, and sundry magical persons besides by Ben Tripp

Ben Tripp writes and illustrates the story of Kit Bristol, a servant who unwittingly assumes the identity of a famous thief, while further becoming embroiled in a plot to kidnap a fairy princess. Tripp spins a tale of humor, romance and danger, as young Kit stumbles his way from one unlikely entanglement to the next with the help of a motley group of friends. With complex, witty language, this is a wonderful story for precocious middle grade readers and teens alike. Fans of Eoin Colfer and L. A. Meyer will delight in Kit’s adventure, the first book of a proposed trilogy. (Andrew)

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Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson (2015)

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson (2015)

The underworld’s king has fired yet another cook, and his overworked daughter, Princess Decomposia, finds herself in the position to hire Count Spatula, a vampire with a sweet tooth, sweet skills, and a very sweet personality. This is delightful cupcake of a book that will enchant readers who love whimsical, morbid cheer found in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Carey’s Heap House, and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. (Melissa)

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Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard ¬

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard ¬

In a dystopian world where blood color separates the super powered Silver-blooded from the Red commoners, seventeen-year-old Mare discovers she is both. Forced by the king to be a tool of the elite monarchy, she decides to join the Scarlet Guard rebellion. Will her heart sabotage her plans and get her—and many others—killed before she can change the world? Book 2 (Glass Sword) is due out in February 2016. (Julie)

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  Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

“Sweetheart Seer” Evie from The Diviners is back, fighting a dangerous ghost in 1920s New York. A mysterious and fatal sleeping sickness is spreading from Chinatown throughout the city, and dreamers find that their deepest, loveliest wishes turn into hideous nightmares beyond imagining. Evie and a colorful cast of characters, such as battered wife turned Ziegfeld showgirl Theta, dreamwalkers Ling and Henry, secret healer Memphis and the cocky but infuriatingly attractive Sam, have to stop the sobbing veiled woman behind all of the pain. (Donell)

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iBoy by Kevin Brooks

iBoy by Kevin Brooks

Tom is a new superhero, made by an iPhone falling on him so hard that parts of it imbedded in his brain, giving him the super powers to go-online just by thinking about it! He’s able to access everyone’s phone calls, emails, texts, etc… and help get the bad guys out of Crow town. Even with his new super powers he still has to struggle to know what is right and in the end that is what he must do to help the girl he loves. (Gladys)

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Undertow by Michael Buckley

Undertow by Michael Buckley

This is a very timely read about refugees living in a camp set up at Coney Island and the efforts to integrate them into the schools there. It's a story of mixed races, fears, the good of humanity and the bad. The surprise twist in this very realistic fiction is that the refugees are mermaids, refugees from the ocean. This is first in a new series from the author of Sisters Grimm and Nerds. (Gladys)

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Breakout by Kevin Emerson

Breakout by Kevin Emerson

Misunderstood and overweight Anthony Castillo has few outlets in middle school other than his band, the Rusty Soles. When his song that includes the “f-word” becomes a viral hit, he must decide if he changes the lyrics for an Arts Night performance or if he becomes a legend to his peers, regardless of the consequences. (Julie)

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Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine (2014)

Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine (2014)

A gorgeously-written novel of forbidden romance and ghostly suspense set in a gritty, bloody factory complex haunted by the spirit of a killing floor worker. For fans of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and “Beauty and the Beast”. (And if you love Of Metal and Wishes, don’t miss the sequel, Of Dreams and Rust!) (Melissa)

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Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

Sam works at Plumpy’s, the local burger joint, after dropping out of college—and some days he really regrets the choices he made that led him there. Especially after Douglas shows up at Plumpy’s one day and informs Sam he is a necromancer and that Sam is infringing on Douglas’ territory and needs to leave town or else. Suddenly Sam has a week to figure out how to use powers he didn’t even know he possessed against a terrifying and ruthless enemy. The sequel is Necromancing the Stone. (Katie)

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Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

Bloodthirsty by Flynn Meaney

Finbar Frame is stuck with an unfortunate name, a nonexistent physique and a sudden allergy to sunlight. When he starts at a new high school, he takes advantage of his pale features to create a mysterious new persona - as a vampire. A funny and decidedly un-sparkly take on the Twilight craze for teen readers. (Andrew)

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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Veda’s life is focused on dancing and she is really a good dancer. When a car accident requires the amputation of her right leg, Veda just can’t give up her dream of dancing. Does she have what it takes to learn to dance again? Story told in blank verse. (Carol)

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Princeless, Book One: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley (2012)

Princeless, Book One: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley (2012)

Sixteen year-old princess Adrienne is not a fan of being locked in a tower while waiting for her prince to come, so she and her dragon run – or, more accurately, fly -- away from home and from Adrienne’s overbearing father and into some wild adventures. Fun, funny, feminist, and all-around fantastic – Princeless is for readers who like their heroines smart and strong. (Melissa)

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Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Pink haired Alexis is used to being a misfit at school and butting heads with the preppy/cheerleader crowd. Yet, it comes as a surprise to her when a school enemy calls her family freaky and claims that Alexis’ younger sister Kasey has become weird and violent. Alexis’ surprise turns to alarm when Kasey begins to steal, lie and worse. Odd things begin to happen in their home: a strange glow hovers outside the windows, water boils on a cold stove and more. There is at least one evil force involved. Can Alexis, with the help of a new cheerleader friend, figure out what’s going on before they kill her family, friends and neighbors? (Donell)

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The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

Seventeen, dying from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and confined to a wheelchair, Sora spends much of his time reading and searching the Internet. One day he stumbles on a Teen Forum where he meets NoFace (a computer gamer) and MonkEC (an aspiring artist) and his life, what remains of it, is forever changed. (Carol)

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Elisa is the younger of two princesses, unremarkable and unsure of her place in the world. On her sixteenth birthday she is betrothed to the ruler of a neighboring kingdom, and feels even more unsure of herself. When the country falls into civil unrest and turmoil, Elisa must call upon resources she did not realize she possessed to protect the land and the people who have become dear to her. The first book in The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. (Katie)

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Gabe is a high school senior who has landed a gig as a late night DJ on a community radio show. His program “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children” is a success and has spawned fans who call themselves the Ugly Children brigade. These things are going great for him, but his personal life is more complicated, because Gabe is a transgender teen who was born Elizabeth. His followers only know him as Gabe. With the support of his cool, grandfatherly friend John, Gabe begins the bumpy process of coming out as his genuine self, a music loving transgender guy. (Donell)

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Eden West by Pete Hautman

Eden West by Pete Hautman

Jacob has lived in Father Grace's community since he was a small child, never questioning his faith or his future. Then he meets "worldly girl" Lynna and, suddenly, he's full of questions and conflict and the vision of long blonde hair moving in the breeze. (Carol)

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At the Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper

At the Sign of the Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper

In this thrilling historical novel, Hannah is excited to leave her small town and visit her sister Sarah at her candy shop in London. But, it’s 1665, and when she arrives, the bubonic plague is spreading throughout the city. Still, Hannah enjoys the glamour of London, working in the shop selling sweets such as candied rose petals, and falling in love with Tom, an apothecary’s apprentice, before the plaque moves out of the poorer areas and begins to kill people by the thousands. Hannah and her loved ones are caught in a serious struggle to survive. Hooper’s sequel, Petals in the Ashes, describes the Great Fire that ravaged the city the very next year. (Donell)

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Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe (2006)

Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe (2006)

A would-be teen fashionista with a cracking wit and a penchant for detective work and for general awkwardness and her friends get involved in a star-studded mystery in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for something that feels like a summer beach read or if you love something in the same smart, sharp vein as Mean Girls, this is one to check out. (Melissa)

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Todd has grown up on a planet without women—they were all killed by the same germ that causes all of the men’s thoughts to be broadcast out loud for everyone to hear. Then one day Todd makes a discovery that turns his world upside down and causes him to question everything he has been taught: he finds a girl. Who is very much alive, and needs his help to continue to remain that way. The first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. (Katie)

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Enchantment Lake:  a Northwoods Mystery by Margi Preus

Enchantment Lake: a Northwoods Mystery by Margi Preus

Francie is waiting to audition for a play in New York when she gets a garbled call from her great Aunt Astrid. Only hearing words like “danger” and “save us”, Francie rushed to Northern Minnesota to help her aunts. She finds her aunts safe but their neighbors are dying like flies. What is going on here? (Carol)

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Saba lives in Silverlake with her twin brother Lugh, scavenging a living from the landfills that surround them. When Lugh is abducted, Saba sets off to rescue him, but ends up captured herself. While attempting to escape from the brutal society she finds herself imprisoned in, Saba discovers strengths and skills she did not know she possessed. First book in the Dust Lands trilogy. (Katie)

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City—apparently her parents think living with her Uncle Will in his creepy museum will help their flapper daughter shape up. Except there’s a ghost of a serial killer on the loose, and Evie is a diviner who can interact with spirits. And this sinister spirit wants to add Evie to his collection of trophies. The sequel, Lair of Dreams, is out August 2015. (Katie)

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Heap House by Edward Carey (2015)

Heap House by Edward Carey (2015)

The first book in Edward Carey’s Iremonger Trilogy introduces readers to a mysterious family (each member of which possesses a unique “birth object”) and their assortment of equally-strange servants (most of whom have been stripped of an identity and assigned the name Iremonger), all of whom live in piles of relocated ramshackle dwelling places and discarded items the outskirts of London. Young Clod Iremonger is a rarity among his strange family in that Clod hears people’s birth objects speak names but not the names of Iremonger family members. This book is part-enchanted-objects-from-Disney's-Beauty-and-the-Beast, part-Labyrinth's-Junk-Lady, part-Addams-Family, part-Downton-Abbey, and sprinklings of steampunk and gothic English literature. While you’re waiting for the second and third books to be published, check out Edward Carey’s official Iremonger Trilogy website where you can get assigned your very own birth object (virtually – I got a wooden spoon named Lawrence Kirkham). (Melissa)

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Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle

The morning after the predicted Rapture, Vivian goes home to find human-sized holes in the roof and her Believer parents missing. Now the Apocalypse is expected to come in six months. It’s become too violent and scary to stay in her Pittsburgh neighborhood, with Believers from the Church of America murdering those they consider to be sinners. Should she go with adults who will keep her safe, but want to pretend that nothing has changed? Or depart across country with her best friend Harp and find out what’s really going on? (Donell)

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Hereville:  How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (Graphic novel)

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (Graphic novel)

Mirka is being taught to be a good and obedient wife (she is an Orthodox Jew) but her secret hope is to become a dragonslayer. Thanks to a giant pig (which is strictly forbidden), her hopes may become real. (Carol)

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Half Wild (Half life trilogy 2) by Sally Green

Half Wild (Half life trilogy 2) by Sally Green

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, but he is on the run with the Hunters close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father. Ages 12+ (Shea)

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Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Sierra Santiago had planned on spending the entire summer painting a mural on the building next to the Junklot, but is instead sucked into a supernatural world she never knew existed when she is attacked at a party by an animated corpse. It turns out that Sierra is from a long line of shadowshapers, and has the power to infuse her art with spirits of the deceased. But someone is trying to destroy the few remaining shadowshapers and claim their power for himself, so Sierra and her friends set out to save the magic…and the world as we know it. (Katie)

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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler:   Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip M. Hoose

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip M. Hoose

Angered by the way the Danish government gave in to the Nazis, a group of teenage boys decided to fight back. With bicycles, blue paint, hammers and anything they could get their hands on (including explosives!), the boys sabotaged the Nazis and inspired the rise of the Danish Resistance. (Carol)

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SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (2015)

SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (2015)

Funny, fantastic, and full of feels, SuperMutant Magic Academy is something between the Harry Potter series and X-Men comics with a little of the average high school experience thrown in for good measure. Think John Allison's Bad Machinery series but more abstract with magical realism elements and for an older teen crowd. Perfect for philosophical, cynical, and or whimsical high schoolers trying to navigate their identities as emerging adults. (Melissa)

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This is the story of Ava Lavender, and the women of her family, all of whom have been cursed with unhappy love stories. Not to mention a few family ghosts. Ava herself is born with wings, and is kept hidden from the world, which isn’t a problem until she turns sixteen and several cataclysmic events converge. A strange and beautiful tale, and while it does have many heart-wrenching sorrows, it is ultimately hopeful and uplifting. (Katie)

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Ms. Marvel by G Willow Wilson, series

Ms. Marvel by G Willow Wilson, series

Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community. Ages 12+ (Shea)

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The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond

The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond

Coming of age in the shadow of northern England's shipyards, young Dominic is torn between the extremes of his shipbuilder family's lifestyle, a complex bully to whom he finds himself irresistibly drawn, and the tightrope-walking girl he loves. Ages 13+ (Shea)

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What It Is by Lynda Barry

What It Is by Lynda Barry

Cartoonist Barry’s very full book is stuffed with collage art, memoir in graphic form, intriguing questions about the creative process, and helpful exercises to get you writing. You can savor the book slowly, or flip right to the activity book beginning on page 138. Pick this up for great stimulation if you want to write creatively, and as a bonus, a Magic Cephalopod will guide you through. (Donell)

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Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

As a child, Ned Begay was sent to a boarding school to learn English; unfortunately, he was also taught that anything having to do with the Navajo way of life was bad and best forgotten. At 16, because Word War II is raging, Ned enlists in the Marines, and is eventually trained as a code talker. The bitter irony of his heritage and language now being of use to the same government that previously tried to obliterate it is not lost on Ned, but he perseveres, and acquits himself with dignity and honor. (Katie)

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Truth About Alice by Jennifer Matthieu

Truth About Alice by Jennifer Matthieu

When ugly rumors and lies about Alice Franklin start after one of the guys she allegedly slept with at a party dies in a car accident, questions about truth arise in her small town. Ages 13+ (Shea)

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Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian

Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian

After losing his virginity to an older girl who dumps him at the end of summer, Sean decides to join the Marines, but first he must get through his senior year of high school. Ages 14+ (Shea)

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Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

Invasion by Walter Dean Myers

Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry grew up together, and are now both in the army, but their positions could not be more different: the military is still segregated during World War II, so while Josiah is in the infantry, Marcus is only a transport driver. The horrors of war do not discriminate, and both struggle to survive. There are two further books about the Perry family in times of war: Fallen Angels (Vietnam) and Sunrise over Fallujah (Iraq). (Katie)

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath faces challenges her freshman year of college when her twin sister/lifelong best friend Wren decides that she doesn’t want to room together. While Cath is happy writing fan fiction about a character named Simon Snow (a guy kind of like Harry Potter), Wren is more interested in going out drinking with new friends. Things are complicated by an intimidating new roommate, Cath’s sometimes lonely and dysfunctional father, and the reappearance of a mother who hasn’t seen the twins since they were kids. To top it off, her roommate’s maybe boyfriend is a charmer who seems to have his eye on Cath. This is a sweet story, just as satisfying as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor and Park. (Donell)

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (2015)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (2015)

Nimona is your average, feisty, young shapeshifter applying to be a henchman (henchperson?) for villain Bannister Blackheart, who is fighting against his nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin (who has the most glorious head of hair since Rapunzel), and the Big-Brother-ish Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. Perfect for fans of fantasy, steampunk, and graphic novels like Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting and for high-schoolers-on-up, especially those who remember struggling with their first job. (Melissa)

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Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti by Laura Rose Wagner (2015)

Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti by Laura Rose Wagner (2015)

A devastatingly emotional story, told through the perspective of 15-year-old Magdalie, of how she and her cousin Nadine, raised as sisters, were affected by the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti and the aftermath, including being left behind when Nadine is taken by her father to Miami. For fans of realistic fiction like John Green’s Looking for Alaska and contemporary historical fiction like Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Ninth Ward. (Melissa)

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A captured British wireless operator whose plane was shot down over Nazi-occupied France spins out her story for as long as she can in order to postpone her inevitable execution as a spy. But who is she really? And will her true identity ever be known? As her tale unfolds, the conflicting details of her life slowly surface, leading to an emotionally-wrenching conclusion. There are two companion novels, Rose Under Fire and Black Dove, White Raven. (Katie)

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Fairfold has always been magical – there’s even a crystal casket containing a horned boy sleeping in the nearby woods. But the casket is shattered, the sleeper awakes and strange things start to happen. Horrible things. (Carol)

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Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier by Ying Chang and Vinson Compestine

Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier by Ying Chang and Vinson Compestine

Through the stories of a terra-cotta soldier who has survived through the centuries, thirteen-year-old Ming, a village boy in 1970s China, learns the history of Emperor Qin, known both for building the Great Wall of China and for burying scholars alive, and how and why the terra-cotta soldiers came to be. Ages 12+ (Shea)

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Macbeth – adapted by Gareth Hinds (2015)

Macbeth – adapted by Gareth Hinds (2015)

Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy is a grimly gorgeous sight in Hinds’ magnificent graphic adaptation. This would be a perfect introduction for visual learners or readers who find themselves lost among the Elizabethan English language of (arguably) the Bard’s greatest work. A note for violence-and-gore-sensitive readers: Macbeth is about as violent as the average Game of Thrones season finale, and Hinds does not shy away from showing the blood. Recommended for mature teens. (Melissa)

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Monkey Wars – Richard Kurti (2015)

Monkey Wars – Richard Kurti (2015)

This is a tale of forbidden love, warring factions, and individuals who are faced with the choice of being true to themselves or of looking out for the greater good of their communities. Think Romeo and Juliet, except recast as langurs and rhesus macaques (with some scary Barbary apes thrown in for good measure), and set in vibrant Kolkata instead of fair Verona. Fair warning: the book contains about as much sex and violence as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet does. If you love social commentary masquerading as an animal story, like George Orwell’s Animal Farm, or a memorable adventure with a little bit of allegory, like Richard Adams’ Watership Down, check out Monkey Wars. (Melissa)

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Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Lucy Sommersworth is spending the summer between high school and college backpacking through Europe. In Italy, she falls in love with the food, the architecture, the culture, and…a boy. After a sweet summer romance, Lucy goes home and starts college, determined to move on. But does she really have to? A modern retelling of A Room with a View. (Katie)

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Shares the story of the youngest person to complete the Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent demonstrations and how she felt about her involvement in Civil Rights events. Ages 12+ (Shea)

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Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald

Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald

When their father unexpectedly dies and leaves everything to his second wife, Grace Westson must move with her mother and sister from San Francisco to Beverly Hills. But they are living in a guesthouse, not a mansion, and everyone has to make adjustments to their new life—all that glitters in Hollywood is usually not gold. A fun and frothy modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility. (Katie)

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This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

When Victor Frankenstein’s twin brother Konrad falls mysteriously ill, Victor, his cousin Elizabeth, and his friend Henry search the Biblotheka Obscura for a cure. They find a formula for the Elixir of Life, and with the help of Doctor Polidori, begin to assemble the ingredients to try and save him. This is the first book in a series about the teenaged years of the character made famous by Mary Shelly in Frankenstein. (Katie)

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The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Amber has already been locked up in Aurora Hills juvenile detention center for a few years when ballerina Orianna becomes her roommate. On the outside, Violet, Orianna’s former friend, is on the verge of realizing her dream of going to Juilliard to study dance. Nasty crimes have been committed, possibly murders. Just how guilty is each of these girls? This is a fascinating tale of belonging, betrayal and the supernatural. (Donell)

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Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

When Travis was dying from cancer, volunteering to be a part of a new medical experiment and being frozen seemed like the best possible idea. Now, as he wakes up from a long sleep, five years have passed and his head is attached to a brand new body. Travis still feels sixteen and is going to be in high school, but his best friend, Kyle and girlfriend Cate are now twenty one and living adult lives. He feels like only a day has passed, but life has moved on without him. Can he pick up where he left off? (Donell)

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth (2012)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth (2012)

This book was in the news last summer for being challenged for its inclusion on a Delaware school district’s summer reading list. Set in Montana in the 1990s, Cameron Post realizes that she is attracted to girls around the same time her parents die in an accident. Cameron is taken in by her aunt who discovers Cameron’s sexual orientation and sends Cameron away to a homosexuality conversion program where she meets others like her and dealing with rejection, depression, substance abuse, and self-harm. As harsh and critical as it is nuanced, thoughtful, and defying of stereotypes, this book is simultaneously agonizing and life-affirming in its story of coming to terms with what can be changed and what cannot. Available in standard print and in ebook format through 3M Cloud. (Melissa)

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I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly & JM Ken Nimura (2009)

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly & JM Ken Nimura (2009)

Barbara Thorson is a fierce loner of a fifth-grader who is bullied mercilessly at school and who has an even more difficult home life. She is also a killer of giants, and a new friend and a school counselor are trying hard to help Barbara face the biggest, most frightening giant yet. Smart, weird, sweet, and simultaneously aching and hopeful – perfect for fans of Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault’s Jane, The Fox, and Me. For anyone facing problems bigger than themselves. (Melissa)

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Emi is just about to graduate from high school and she’s one lucky girl. Her brother is letting her use his Los Angeles apartment for the summer while he’s out of town and she’s finishing a movie internship, only to be hired as the set designer on a fabulous indie film. The downside is that she’s nursing a broken heart after being dumped by the same girlfriend for the 6th time. But, when she and her best friend search for set pieces at the estate sale of a famous western star and discover an old and mysterious letter, it leads them on an exciting search that changes Emi’s whole summer. (Donell)

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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Seventeen-year-old Chinese-American Samantha is on the run from the law after killing a man who tried to rape her, but she manages to escape with the help of Annemarie, a slave. Determined to head west and start a new life, the girls quickly realize that they will attract far too much attention on the Oregon Trail, and disguise themselves as boys. “Sammy” and “Andy” fall in with a group of young cowboys who take the two youngsters under their wing—but how long can the deception be maintained, and at what cost? (Katie)

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Hold Me Closer: the Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Hold Me Closer: the Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Maybe you are familiar with the larger-than-life Tiny from Levithan’s collaboration with John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. In this companion book, the exuberant Tiny sings us his life story, from birth to age 16. Yes, this is a musical in novel form and it’s a lot of fun! Pick it up and enjoy such numbers as “Oh! What a Big Gay Baby!” “Parade of Ex-Boyfriends” and “Close to a Kiss.” (Donell)

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Bloody Jack: being an account of the curious adventures of Mary

Bloody Jack: being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer

Twelve-year-old Mary Faber lives on the streets of London by her wits, but she knows it’s only a matter of time before she winds up at the end of a noose (or worse). After a friend is killed in a fight, Mary transforms herself into Jacky, a young lad, and signs up as a ship’s boy on the HMS Dolphin. Life on the Dolphin is close to perfect, but will Jacky be able to keep her disguise in place? (Katie)

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On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers

With no special powers except the ideals for which they boldly stand, several teenage heroes take a stand against the corrupt C-8 consortium of companies in charge of all worldwide access to food, water, media, and finance in 2035. Ages 12+. (Shea)

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The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (2015)

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (2015)

Matthew Miller’s mom has died of breast cancer just before his senior year, and Matt’s dad turns to drinking to cope with his grief. Matt finds himself working after school for his neighborhood funeral home in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant area and is drawn to the ways people acknowledge life and death, in addition to accidentally crashing his crush’s grandmother’s funeral. Like Reynolds’ 2004 debut When I Was the Greatest and John Green’s 2012 smash The Fault in Our Stars, The Boy in the Black Suit is brutally emotional, fearlessly honest, and surprisingly delightful with smart, memorable characters who stay with you long after the last page. Available in standard print format, audiobook on CD, ebook format through, and in downloadable audiobook format through OneClickDigital. (Melissa)

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100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Finn’s life changes when he is 7 years old and a dead horse falls out of the sky. Afterward, he is motherless, epileptic, and stuck with a father who writes a weird bestselling novel with a character also named Finn. Teenage Finn feels stuck in the shadow of what has already been determined about him. With the help of his crazy friend Cade Hernandez and Finn’s new in town girlfriend, Julia, maybe Finn can make his life his own story. (Donell)

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Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Ida Mae Jones wants to get her pilot license now that she has finished high school, but because she is a girl it is proving difficult; because she is African-American it is proving impossible. After the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, the US Air Force begins the Women Air Force Service Program (WASP) to free up men for combat. Ida Mae is light-skinned enough to pass as white and enroll in the WASP, but her joy at finally being able to do what she loves battles with her shame and anger at having to hide who she is. (Katie)

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Laika by Nick Abadzis (2007)

Laika by Nick Abadzis (2007)

Based on the true story of the first living being launched into orbit aboard Sputnik 2 during the Space Race, Laika tells a dramatized version of the life, training, and mission of a dog named Kudryavka/Laika. The book tells the story, imagining the perspectives of the dog and the scientists, and does not shy away from questions and truths about animal experimentation. Animal lovers may want to have a box of tissues nearby. (Melissa)

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Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

Acting out superhero fantasies on the streets and rooftops of Chicago, best friends Corey, Holly, and Savitri are shattered by a murderous act of violence that leaves two of them disillusioned and unable to move on. Ages 13+ (Shea)

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Audacity by Melanie Crowder

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

In the shtetl in Russia, Clara goes against the wishes of her very strict and very religious father and learns to read and write in Yiddish and Russian. When a pogrom destroys the shtetl, Clara’s family goes to America, the land of opportunity. With secret dreams of becoming a doctor, will America be the land of opportunity for Clara? 7th grade and older (Carol)

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Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe

Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe

The Vietnam War is raging, hundreds of young men (and women) dying each week. Ashe is 17 and hoping to avoid the draft by going to college. Ashe’s life becomes overwhelming when his parents split up, his new girlfriend’s brother is missing in Vietnam and the war just goes on and on. Written in haiku. 9th grade and older (Carol)

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Hidden Girl: the true story of a modern day slave by Shyima Hall & Lisa Wysocki

Hidden Girl: the true story of a modern day slave by Shyima Hall & Lisa Wysocki

With her parents' help, Egyptian-born Shyima Hall was enslaved at age eight. Serving captors who forced her into service 18 hours a day, every day of the week. Later smuggled to California, where a neighbor's call helped Shyima take her first steps toward true freedom. Meet the former slave who overcame such terrible odds, now an American who speaks out against human trafficking. Ages 14+ (Shea)

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The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston

Siobhan McQuaid lives in Trondheim, a town too small to have its own dragon slayer—they have to rely on slayers based in larger towns further away…which means that it is frequently too late by the time help arrives. Things improve for everyone once the legendary Thorskards settle into town; Owen continues his training as a slayer, and Siobhan (much to her delight and her parents’ dismay) begins her training as his bard: every dragon slayer needs a bard to record his deeds for posterity! Unfortunately, it turns out that Owen and Siobhan will also have to save the world from a dragon infestation, which might be slightly more difficult than they anticipated. The sequel, Prairie Fire, is newly available. Recommended for fans of clever alternate world fantasy and very detailed world building. (Katie)

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When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

Fifteen year old Ali lives in a bad neighborhood in Brooklyn, but he has boxing, his family and his best friends to help him through. They are brothers Noodles, a troublemaker, and Needles, who has Tourette’s syndrome and knits to help keep himself focused. Then their friend Tasha gets them into an adult’s only party and they get into real trouble. What will happen to them that night and after? (Donell)

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Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Sheinkin wrote the really cool book Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, and now he’s back with this true history thriller about a group of criminals who try to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body. Back in 1875, master counterfeiter Ben Boyd is dragged to prison and his gang want him back. So, they decide to disentomb Lincoln, hide the body and hold it for ransom asking for Boyd’s release and a whole bunch of money. But the Secret Service is catching up, and a career criminal/ undercover agent works both groups. Are you surprised to find out that the crooks and lawmen all end up at Lincoln's tomb on election night November 7, 1876? (Donell)

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Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids in the Pacific Northwest. He has been exiled to a dorm for trouble makers and is forced to room with the biggest baddest bully at school. And to top it off, there is his unrequited love for Anna, his best friend, who only sees him as adorable little boy. So as far as Ryan Dean can see it, he's a loser and one of the highest order. But that is, of course, not true. First off, he is the starting winger for the varsity rugby team- hence the book title. He has close friends and his love life is much better than he imagines. Ryan Dean’s voyage from what he believes to what reality actual holds is the story of Winger. The book is sarcastic, profane, silly, a tad stupid and above all really, really funny. (Jerry)

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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki (2014)

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki (2014)

Since she was a little girl, Rose has been spending every summer with her parents at a beachside cottage next door to her summertime, year-younger best friend Windy and Windy’s family. However, this summer is different; Rose’s parents have been tense and arguing, Windy is getting on Rose’s nerves, and Dunc, the cute teenage clerk at the local store, has been paying more attention to Rose, despite rumors of him having a pregnant girlfriend. Part beach read and part tearjerker, this graphic novel perfectly captures the angst-filled, bittersweet, aching adolescent gap between childhood and adulthood. It’ll get you right in the feels! Available in standard print graphic novel format. (Melissa)

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (2011)

Anya is having trouble fitting in at her high school after her family has emigrated from Russia, her crush is dating someone else and barely realizes Anya exists, and a troublesome ghost named Emily has Anya caught up in a murder mystery. This graphic novel might appeal to fans of spooky suspense stories with heart and a strong female protagonist like Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and the Tim Burton film The Corpse Bride. Available in standard print graphic novel format. (Melissa)

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Seraphina

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Even though dragons and humans have been at peace for 40 years, Seraphina has a secret she cannot reveal to anyone without putting her life at risk: she is a human-dragon half-breed, sure to be reviled by both races. She is also an extraordinarily gifted musician, and a member of the (human) royal court. When Prince Rufus is found murdered in the style of a dragon execution, the peace seems likely to collapse, and everyone becomes involved in the murder investigation; Seraphina must choose with whom her loyalties lie, and hope she does not choose poorly. The companion, Shadow Scale, is due March 2015. Recommended for fans of courtly love, adventure, and the baroque. (Katie)

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This Shattered World

This shattered world by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Captain Lee (short for Jubilee, which she hates) Chase is the best (and most well-known) soldier on the military base on planet Avon. Flynn Cormac is one of the rebels who want to get the military base off of Avon. When Flynn kidnaps Lee, it sets off a bloody and violent chain of events with unexpected consequences. (Companion to These broken stars.) (grade 9 and older) (Carol)

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Coaltown Jesus

Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge

Walker’s life has been really hard since his brother Noah died. For one thing, his mom never stops crying. Walker prays for help but the last thing he expects is for Jesus to show up in his bedroom…wearing red tennis shoes! (grade 9 and older) (Carol)

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Dragonhaven

Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley

Jake Mendoza lives with his father in Wyoming, on Smokehill National Park, which is a research institute and nature preserve dedicated to the study and preservation of Draco australiensis—dragons. While killing dragons is illegal, interfering with them in any way is equally frowned on, so when Jake rescues the only baby left alive by a poacher who attacked a brood mother, the potential consequences both to his family and the institute are dire. As the baby dragon grows and matures, she and Jake bond, and the scientists at the institute increase their knowledge about this elusive species tenfold. Jake’s grief over his mother’s death begins to heal, but another parting looms: the baby dragon is going to have to be reintroduced to its own kind. Recommended for fans of high fantasy and family drama. (Katie)

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Clariel

Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Although Clariel would much prefer to live in solitude as a warden of the Great Forest, her parents have chosen to move to the capital city to increase their standing in society and to marry her off in a political match to an utterly unsuitable man. Seizing an opportunity that presents itself, Clariel hopes her magical gifts will be enough to secure her the peace she desires, not realizing there will be grave consequences felt for years due to the choices she makes. Reading the original Old Kingdom novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, will give deeper meaning and poignancy to this tale. Recommended for fans of high fantasy, prickly protagonists, and elaborate magic. (Katie)

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Gabi

Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (2014):

Gabi Hernandez has a love-hate relationship with food and her body, she isn’t sure if she loves her boyfriend, her best friend has just found out she’s pregnant, her other best friend has been kicked out of his house after coming out, and her father is addicted to meth, but none of that is stopping vivacious, voracious Gabi Hernandez from making the most of her last year of high school. This is a fresh, funny, clever, brutal, triumphant senior year story with all the heart of John Green’s books (teens experiencing tough situations) and the TV show Ugly Betty (a strong young Latina with a loving, if not always functional, family and network of friends) but with the edge of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (but more mature) and Breaking Bad (if it were told through Walt Jr.’s perspective but way less bleak). Available in standard print. (Melissa)

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Freedom Summer

Freedom Summer: the 1964 Civil Rights Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin

Offers an account of the civil rights crusade in Mississippi fifty years ago that brought on shocking violence and the beginning of a new political order. Ages 12+ (Shea)

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Port Chicago 50

Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

Port Chicago is a US Navy base in San Francisco Bay which was used during World War II to load ammunitions from railway cars and trucks onto waiting ships. The loading of the armaments was done by all black units of the Navy at the time when all of the armed services were segregated. When the inevitable happened and the area exploded, fifty of the surviving sailors refused to go back to load ammunitions until conditions were improved. An engaging story of the segregated Navy, bravery of very young sailors who wanted to serve their county and the struggle for equal rights. Recommended for ages 10-adult. (Chris L.)

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Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley:

In 1959 Virginia, the battle for civil rights is in full swing and Linda’s public high school is about to become integrated. Daughter of an outspoken segregationist, Linda doesn’t like sharing her school one bit. No matter, because ten African American students, including Sarah, are going to leave their underfunded school behind. They will need to be very brave, as every day they are yelled at, called foul names, spat upon and sometimes physically assaulted. Then Linda and Sarah are forced to work together on a group assignment and they can’t help getting to know each other better. Linda examines everything that she has been taught and finds that her beliefs are changing. To make things even more difficult, the girls find their shaky friendship turning into something deeper. (Donell)

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He Said, She Said

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander

When a popular football 'playa' and ladies’ man and the smartest girl in school lead a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows. Ages 13+ (Shea)

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Hush

Hush by Eishes Chayil

Seventeen year old Gittel is preparing to be married, but is haunted by the death of her best friend Devory—who died nine years earlier. Exactly why Devory died and why her death means so much to Gittel, even as she is about to begin a new life with her husband, is told in flashbacks. A moving portrayal of a young woman struggling to make sense of a terrible situation that occurred within a loving community. Recommended for readers who like stories that are ultimately uplifting, even though the journey might be difficult. (Katie)

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Pointe

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Theo is well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina; school and friends and her health are all going as well as can be expected, when suddenly the unthinkable happens: Theo’s best friend Donovan suddenly reappears after being abducted four years earlier. Now Theo has to decide whether or not to reveal her unwitting role in Donovan’s disappearance—which could very well risk everything she has worked for her entire life. But sometimes doing what is right is more important than doing what is easy, and Theo struggles with what choice to make. Recommended for readers who do not shy away from the uglier truths that life sometimes offers. (Katie)

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Starbird Murphy

Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock

Starbird is sixteen when she receives a “calling” to become a waitress in a Seattle café. However, she has never really been off the country farm where she was raised, handled money, or met “outsiders.” Starbird lives on a commune run by a man called EARTH, and all members are considered family. But, once Starbird goes to Seattle she begins to wonder: Does EARTH have the group’s best interests in mind? Why did her older brother run away from the farm? And, most disturbingly, is her family group a cult?

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When Mr. Dog Bites

When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

Life’s already difficult for Scottish teen Dylan, who has Tourette’s syndrome, which makes him swear at the worst moments and even bark uncontrollably. He goes to a special school and is completely unable to impress the girl he likes. His dad is a soldier in the war in Afghanistan. Then Dylan overhears a doctor say that he is soon going to die. In response to that bombshell, he decides to focus on just a few things: 1. Finding a new best friend for his miserable pal Amir 2. Winning the “romantic attention” of his tough, sexy classmate Michelle and 3. Living long enough to see his dad come home. Dylan is a sincere and funny character written by an author who understands Tourette’s: he has it himself. (Donell)

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Impossible

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Lucy discovers her family has been cursed by an ancient and vengeful fairy, and that she herself is doomed to madness at age eighteen (just as her mother and grandmother and so on through the ages have been), unless she can perform three impossible tasks before then. And to top it all off, she’s pregnant, thanks to a truly terrible prom night. Inspired by the ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this book is a rather modern fairytale retelling that doesn’t skimp on the truly difficult and seemingly impossible parts. Recommended for readers who want to venture into the grimmer realms of fairy. (Katie)

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In the Shadow 

of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

It’s 1918, during World War I and things are going really badly for 16 year old Mary Shelley Black. Her father has been arrested for being Un-American, her old friend and new love Stephen has gone off to war, and a deadly flu is sweeping the country. Stephen’s brother is making money doing spirit photography and has used the unknowing Mary Shelley as his model. Then word comes that Stephen is dead, she is literally struck by lightning and everything changes. Is she really receiving messages from beyond the grave? What can she do to help Stephen? Who can she trust? (Donell)

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Belzhar

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

A journal assignment at the therapeutic boarding school known as The Wooden Barn sends a grieving Jam Gallahue into the peaceful past when she finds an unexpected way to feel her dead boyfriend's arms hold her closely once again. Ages 14+ (Shea)

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Boxers

Saints

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Yang’s companion graphic novels present attitudes from both sides of China’s Boxer rebellion through the experiences of Vibiana (AKA Four Girl) and Little Bao. As an unloved child, Vibiana is open to the teachings (and cookies) she receives when she visits Dr. Won, a Chinese acupuncturist turned Christian. Little Bao sadly observes the destruction of his beloved local earth god and the defeat of his brave father by foreign “devils.” Both Vibiana and Bao intend to become warriors fighting for their sides and uniting China. Both have supernatural visions that spur them on to their destinies. Absorbed into the greater causes they are fighting for, can either achieve their intentions? (Donell)

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Vinland Saga #1

Vinland Saga (#1) by Makoto Yukimura

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericso and thrilled to wiled tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery...the land Leif called Vinland. Ages 14+ (Shea)

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Stubby the war dog

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum

This true book is about Stubby, an amazing canine hero during World War I. A mixed breed stray, he adopted soldier James Robert Conroy, learned how to march in formation and salute, and soon became the mascot for Conroy's Unit. Smuggled aboard a ship to France, Stubby then participated in 17 battles. He killed vermin in the trenches, warned the doughboys when a gas attack was coming, helped to find wounded on the battlefield, and more. The gallant dog survived severe wounding by shrapnel and poison gas and returned to duty each time. Through all of his service he remained Conroy's best friend. (Donell)

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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

If you like a good chill in your reading, these five stories written and illustrated by Carroll will more than deliver. A mixture of creepy fairy tale and Poe-esque horror, a least one of these tales is going to scare you. Period. Pick up this graphic novel and find out why “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold,” meet “My Friend Janna” and visit “The Nesting Place” and more. (Donell)

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Ten Miles Past by Frances O'Roard Dowell

Janie Gorman lives with her parents on a goat farm outside of town, which seemed like a good idea when Janie was nine, but much less so now that she is fourteen and in high school. Janie tries desperately to be normal and fit in, but quickly realizes that “normal” just isn’t for her. Why be normal when you can be yourself, especially when being yourself is so much more fun? For fans of quirky and/or normal teens figuring out who they are. (Katie)

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The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely

Managing the challenges of his fractured family by taking Adderall, sneaking drinks, and confiding in an abusive priest, Aidan finds support from new friends including a crush, a wild girl, and a swim-team captain with his own secrets. Ages 13+ (Shea)

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Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maquire

Starving to death while the Tsar's army forces her brothers into servitude and her mother slowly dies, fatherless Elena Rudina finds hope in a train filled with plenty of food, setting off on an adventure with a noble daughter who is heading to St. Petersburg to see the Tsar. Ages 12+ (Shea)

Read-alikes include works by Liane Moriarty and Jane Green. (Joycelyn)

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny Nwazue has moved back with her family to Nigeria, which has made her life unexpectedly complicated: she might be Igbo by blood, but she acts and sounds like an American to her classmates, and therefore doesn’t really fit in. To make matters worse, Sunny is albino, and her skin is so sensitive to light she can’t play soccer outside—if the boys would even let her join in. But just as things have gotten about as bad as they can get, Sunny makes some new friends, and learns something amazing: she and her friends are Leopard People, or witches, who must use their magic to stop Black Hat Otokoto from destroying the world. For fans of fantasy and adventure. (Katie)

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Undivided (Book 4 in the Unwind Dystology) by Neal Shusterman

In a near future where unwanted teenagers are used as unwilling organ donors and every piece of their bodies is recycled for “more deserving” recipients, AWOL teens Connor, Risa and Lev have been fighting to stay alive. “Rewound” teen Cam has been surgically developed from bits of other brilliant teenagers and has attempted to defy the corporation that created him. In this exciting final volume, these teens and their allies try to make enough ripples in America’s political climate to end the mainstream practice of “unwinding” and prevent the blossoming of further horrors. (Donell)

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Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

What if all of the stories you have ever heard about vampires aren’t true? What if the people whom we mistakenly refer to as vampires are in fact infected with a parasite, and the condition can be controlled with medication and diet? What if there is a government agency working to track and contain the parasite positive? What if there’s a lot more to the whole story than the men in charge are telling the flunkies? For fans of conspiracy theories and non-sparkly vampires and those with strong stomachs. (Katie)

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Beetle Boy by Margaret Willey

Nightly, Kafkaesque dreams of a giant beetle plague 18-year-old Charlie as he recuperates from a ruptured Achilles tendon in the home of his girlfriend, Clara. Clara, well-meaning but intrusive, sees herself as an angel of mercy who can patch up Charlie's broken family by inviting his estranged younger brother, Liam, and mother over without telling him. Ages 13+ (Shea)

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The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

Hank Chu helps around his family's grocery store when his mother makes him a superhero suit and offers to give him rides to fight crime. He winds up unearthing citywide corruption and ancient spirits. Ages 12+ (Shea)

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