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You Should See Me In a Crown
Liz isn't like the wealthy, white, straight, prom-queen-wannabee girls at her school. She's black, poor, awkward and likes girls. Liz is smart and expects to snag a scholarship that will let her pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor. But she doesn't get the scholarship. Where others might give up, Liz kicks things into high gear with plan B: prom queen and its accompanying scholarship. Read this… Continue
A Phoenix First Must Burn
This is an anthology of 16 stories that "explore the black experience through fantasy, science fiction and magic." Each of these stories is an escape, taking you to a new, captivating world. Patrice Caldwell edited this collection and is a contributing author, but there are many other writers that share their stories in this anthology. Hoopla audiobook: A Phoenix First Must Burn Curbside… Continue
I'm Not Dying With You Tonight
Set against the backdrop of a racial clash at a football game that escalates to violent rioting, this story is told in alternating chapters by two students from very different cultural backgrounds. Lena is stylish, popular, driven and black. Campbell is the new girl, meek, unsure and white. They don’t know each other, understand each other or like each other, but during this… Continue
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
Alaine never really had time to pay attention to her parents' stories about Haiti, the country from which they immigrated. However, when a prank gone bad threatens to get her expelled from prep school, she agrees to a spring volunteer immersion project in Haiti. Once there, she begins to learn things about Haiti and her family's past that may make it impossible for her to ever truly resume her… Continue
The Voting Booth
This book follows Marva, a political activist just waiting for Election Day. While she is at the polling place she sees Duke. Duke doesn’t really care—he just wants to vote and be on his way. But when Duke is turned away at the polling place and Marva witnesses this, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. This takes them on a crazy adventure across the city to see… Continue
Gimme Everything You Got
This coming of age story is set in Chicago in the late 1970’s. Susan Klintock is in high school and has never played soccer before, but when the dreamy Bobby McMann shows up and heads up the new girls soccer team, she decides to go for it just to get closer to him. While she's participating in all the practices, she realizes how she loves the team camaraderie and the sport itself. The story… Continue
Faith Taking Flight
Before she was Zephyr, she was Faith Herbert, a nerdy high school girl, orphaned and living with her grandmother. She enjoyed comic books, blogging and fan-girling over her favorite TV show, The Grove. When she gains the ability to fly and The Grove starts filming in her hometown, Faith’s life seems to be taking an exciting turn. However, people and animals start mysteriously disappearing,… Continue
Now That I've Found You
Evie and Milo travel all over New York City trying to find Gigi. Gigi, Evie's Hollywood-legend-grandmother, has been a recluse for the last 20 years after an incident at an award show ceremony. Evie is on the brink of becoming the next big star herself, but needs Gigi’s help after the betrayal of one of her closest "friends." Evie and Milo need to find her before she is scheduled to accept… Continue
Your Own Worst Enemy
Three candidates; one student council president. Incumbent Stacey Wynn believes she is a shoo-in for reelection, but she doesn’t know about the secret crush her campaign advisor Brian has on new girl and second candidate, Julia Romero. In fact, Stacey believes Brian is gay, until Julia enters the race and starts flirting with Brian. Things really heat up when a third candidate, famous… Continue
The Gilded Wolves
The backdrop is 1889 Paris, just weeks before the Exposition Universelle begins. There are six main characters, all misfits of very diverse backgrounds, led by the ambitious Séverin. The story follows them as they try to pull off a heist, prevent an evil organization from taking over their magical society and save the world from fascism. Séverin and his accomplices deal with… Continue
In the Hall with the Knife
A creepy mansion, a murder and six suspects. This novel adaptation of the Clue board game opens with chapters for each protagonist: Beth ‘Peacock’ Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam ‘Mustard’ Maestor, Finn Plum and Scarlet Mistry. Students at a Maine boarding school, these six are stranded with their headmaster during a terrible storm when the headmaster is murdered.… Continue
The Fountains of Silence
Sepetys follows four people in 1950s Madrid when Spain is under the rule of Francisco Franco. Rafa works at a slaughterhouse and is tormented by the memory of his father’s murder at the hands of “the Crows,” Franco’s guards. Ana is a maid in a hotel and dreams of leaving Spain. She is drawn to a guest named Daniel. Puri works with babies at an orphanage, and some may have… Continue
Ship Breaker
Set in a dystopian future on an earth ravaged by environmental disaster and civilizations toppled by corporate empires, each day is a survival story. Nailer survives mostly because he is small. He is a valuable scavenger, able to break down copper wiring from the tightest passages of the ships that frequently sink along the Mississippi River. When Nailer discovers the wreckage of an elite… Continue
Wild bird
Wren goes to a wilderness survival camp in an attempt to turn her life around. Well, it’s more her parents’ decision than hers. At first, she hates it, but as she realizes her mistakes and makes a friend named Hannah, she starts to have fun. During the eight-week camp, she learns wilderness skills, including how to make a fire without a match, and how to make and take down a tent… Continue
Victor And Nora: A Gotham Love Story
This reimagining of Mr. Freeze and Nora’s backstory introduces these doomed lovebirds as teenagers, plagued by personal troubles, but full of life, love and curiosity. Told in alternating perspectives, the story opens with Victor and Nora’s chance meeting and follows their blossoming relationship. Vivid color palates and alternating artistic styles convey the characters' range of… Continue
A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
In this #OwnVoices novel, 17-year-old Lila has her life planned out in Miami after high school graduation. She's got her boyfriend, best friend and abuela all playing equal roles. However, after a series of unfortunate events, her future can no longer be the one she imagined. Her parents have family friends in England and send Lila there to reset her mental health. Although she's not initially… Continue
Opposite of Always
This #OwnVoices rom-com explores the possibilities of having a second, or infinite second chances, to save the one you love. When Jack meets funny, sweet, Froot Loops loving Kate, it’s love at first sight. Even his family and friends love her. But tragedy strikes and Kate dies unexpectedly. Jack feels like his world is caving in, but in an unexpected twist, he wakes up to find himself… Continue
This is How We Fly
As if the fact that the plot is loosely based on Cinderella wasn’t enough, add in quidditch and you won’t want to put this book down. Ellen Lopez-Rourke is 17 and a soon-to-be college freshman. She spends her last summer at home dealing with drama with her BFFs, conflict at home and channeling her anxiety into her newfound passion for quidditch. Through these struggles and changes,… Continue
Happily Ever Afters
A talented writer, 16-year-old Tessa, has recently moved with her family to Long Beach, California. Being biracial and having a brother with disabilities has, at times, made her feel like she’s on the fringe, but in Long Beach, Tessa feels like she finally fits in. She has been accepted into the creative writing program of an elite school, but once there, her creative juices stop flowing.… Continue
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Mothers aren’t supposed to have favorites, but Olga was definitely Amá’s favorite. Julia is “the odd daughter out.” When Olga dies in a horrible accident and their parents collapse into depression, Julia decides to try and uncover who her sister really was behind that boring, lonely, perfect Mexican daughter image. This powerful #OwnVoices novel is set in Chicago… Continue
Picture Us in the Light
On the surface, Danny Cheng’s life seems perfect. He goes to a prestigious high school in Silicon Valley, has a great group of friends and has just been offered a full-ride scholarship to his dream college. However, the idea of leaving his best friend Harry behind fills Danny with dread. He also discovers a mysterious box in the closet and realizes his parents have a secret. Meanwhile, as… Continue
Superman Smashes the Klan
It’s 1946 and Dr. Lee is moving up in the world. He’s landed a Metropolis job, enabling his family to move out of Chinatown. His kids are excited at being closer to the legendary hero, Superman, but not everyone is thrilled with the Lee’s new prospects. The family is soon targeted by the Ku Klux Klan, and it’s up to budding sleuth, Roberta Lee, and her idol, Superman, to… Continue
Yolk
Jayne and June are Korean-American sisters living in New York City whose lives have taken different paths, and they haven’t had much of a relationship in a long time. Jayne’s life is in disarray. She struggles through fashion school, a deadbeat relationship and an eating disorder. Meanwhile, her sister is rich and has a successful career. Their lives are forced together when June… Continue
They Went Left
During the Nazi deathcamps, Zofia watches helplessly as member after member of her family goes left to the gas chambers and shooting squads. Yet, she clings to the hope of be eventually reuniting with her brother Abek. But once liberated, Zofia returns home only to find destruction, anti-Semitism, and no Abek. Desperate to locate her brother, Zofia travels across Europe, visiting refugee camps,… Continue
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet
Penelope wants to fulfill her family’s expectations, but her heart keeps pulling her in a different direction. Her parents want her to pursue a career in nursing, but Pen is passionate about cooking and sees herself continuing her family’s restaurant, Nacho’s Tacos. When her family learns that she has chosen to follow her own dreams, her life is torn apart. The same day, Xander… Continue
Concrete Rose
In this prequel to The Hate U Give, set in 1998, Starr's father Maverick Carter takes center stage. When 17-year-old Mav learns that he is the father to a three-month-old baby, he must decide whether to continue dealing for the King Lords or forge his own path. Above all, Mav wants to take care of his family, and either choice could come with deadly consequences. Fans of The Hate U Give will… Continue