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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
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
Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood
Filled with the same wit and humor that has made The Daily Show host a successful comedian, this autobiographical account of his life is inspiring and astonishing. A story of achievement against all odds, each chapter tackles a different obstacle, accompanied by a different hilarious episode from his life. There’s the crime of his mixed race birth under a racist regime, that time he opted… Continue
Don't Breathe a Word
This harrowing mystery toggles in time between 1962 and today. In 1962, Hardwick Preparatory Academy is building a fallout shelter and six kids, including Connie and her crush Craig, are selected to "test it out" for a few days. Unfortunately, something goes horribly wrong. In modern day, Eva and the other kids at Hardwick don't know anything about the shelter. But as Eva begins to realize what… Continue
We Are the Ants
Henry Denton has been periodically abducted by aliens for years. But now, for the first time, they’ve given him a task. They world is ending in 144 days, and it’s up to Henry to save it. All he has to do is press a big red button, and the apocalypse will be averted. However, Henry can think of a lot of reasons not to press it. He’s mercilessly bullied at school and his home life… Continue
Hunted by the Sky
Gul's parents were murdered by the tyrannical monarch that rules her India-inspired fantasy world. King Lohar's would kill her too, if he could find her. The Sisters of the Golden Lotus discover her first, and recognizing her star-shaped birthmark as a sign of her magical powers, train her in magical warfare. Now, Gul has the tools for revenge. But then she meets Cavas, a boy prepared to enlist… Continue
Walls
This Cold War drama jumps straight into the action. August 1960. Drew’s military family is stationed in deeply divided Berlin, Germany. Tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union are intensifying, and Drew finds himself thrust into a personalized version of the war, when he befriends his East German cousin, Matthias. Each chapter is accompanied by historical photos and blurbs, giving… Continue
The Girl from the Sea
In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, Morgan longs to finish high school, escape her tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia, and leave behind the stress in her life: her divorced parents, her annoying brother, and her biggest secret – she’s gay. When a mysterious girl named Keltie appears in the sea and saves her from drowning, Morgan assumes she’s hallucinating. But… Continue
How We Fall Apart
Full of secrets brought to the surface, one of five friends goes missing and is later found dead. All of the friends are the top academic achievers in their class at an elite prep school and could have their own motives for murder. The story is fast paced and full of plot twists. Hard to put down until the very end. Many serious issues are tackled in this book including mental illness, racism,… Continue
White Smoke
In this haunted house story we meet Mari and her family as they move to a new town to start over after something bad has happened at her previous school. It’s also the first home for their newly blended family, including her brother Sammy and younger stepsister, Piper. It’s apparent quickly that strange things are happening; random doors opening, shadows lurking, things go missing and… Continue
What If It's Us
Broadway geek, Arthur, is only in New York City for the summer, and aspiring novelist, Ben, is still hung up on his ex. But after they have an epic meet-cute at the post office, it feels like the universe has plans for them. The only problem? They don’t know how to find each other again. And when they do reunite, it’s nothing like Arthur's favorite musical numbers. Is the universe on… Continue
All These Bodies
Set in 1958 Minnesota, the supernatural meets true crime in this mystery. Michael Jensen, 17, is the son of the local sheriff and dreams of becoming a journalist. His career aspirations get a boost when a local family becomes victims in a string of bizarre murders. They are found lifeless; bodies completely drained of blood. Marie, a quiet 15-year-old, is found at the scene of the crime covered… Continue
Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things
If you were immortal, could you enjoy life? Veronica hasn’t enjoyed life since her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She and her dad have always been inseparable; fellow vampire buffs, who were elated the day “vampires went public.” Thus, Veronica decides to track down a real vampire, in hopes of giving her father a chance at immortality. But convincing a vampire to… Continue