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I Must Betray You I Must Betray You

by Ruta Sepetys

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This is the newest historical fiction book by the author of Salt to the Sea. Set in 1989 Romania, Nicolae Ceau?escu is the dictator of this communist nation and he has pitted his citizens against one another. Cristian has been blackmailed to become an informant with the promise of medicine for his sick grandfather, Bunu. Cristian is also navigating the waters of friendship and romance, while not… Continue

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Both Sides Now Both Sides Now

by Peyton Thomas

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Finch has big goals: college in Washington, D.C. and making history as the first openly trans congressman. Finch has a plan: win the National Speech & Debate Tournament as a springboard to fulfilling these dreams. He has yet to get accepted into any D.C., colleges and is developing a crush on one of his debate competitors, but these are minor challenges. The topic for this year’s debate… Continue

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Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel

by Ruta Sepetys

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“They took me in my nightgown.” Lina’s opening statement is as haunting in this graphic novel adaptation as in Sepetys’ novel highlighting Russia’s genocide of the Lithuanian people alongside World War II Europe. A perfect companion read for fans of Art Spiegelman’s Maus or the graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank's Diary, this story follows Lina’s… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 03, 2022
The Bone Spindle The Bone Spindle

by Leslie Vedder

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In this gender swapping LGBTQIA+ version of Sleeping Beauty, a young prince is Briar Rose. Fi is a treasure hunter who accidentally pricks her finger on a spindle she finds in the ruins of an ancient castle. This magically binds her to the spirit of Briar Rose who has been asleep for 100 years thanks to the spell of an evil witch. Fi and her treasure hunting partner, Shane, are the only hope for… Continue

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Wilder Girls Wilder Girls

by Rory Power

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Meet Hetty, a headstrong navy brat who is enjoying a newfound liberation at Raxter School for Girls. That is, until the Tox sets in. Byatt, her best friend (and maybe something more), viewed this all-girls boarding school as a fresh start before the mysterious plague. The teachers died quickly, but the Tox kills teenagers much slower, gradually unraveling their biology. A military quarantine is… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 03, 2022
When You Get the Chance When You Get the Chance

by Emma Lord

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Millie has been going to Broadway plays ever since she can remember, and performing has always been her true passion. She is raised by her dad, who is quite the opposite and very introverted. When she finally gets into the Madison Musical Theater Precollege program in California, she is all set to go, but her dad wants her to stay closer to home. This sets her on a path to find her mom who she… Continue

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The Gilded Ones The Gilded Ones

by Namina Forna

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In Deka’s world, girls undergo a rite of passage ceremony on their 16th birthday called "the cutting." If they are pure, their blood runs red. If their blood runs gold, they’re cast out as demons with immortal powers. During Deka’s cutting, her village is attacked by actual monsters that only she seems capable of defeating. Suspecting her newfound powers, the high priest… Continue

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Gilded Gilded

by Marissa Meyer

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This is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin that combines all the magical elements of the original with other German folklore. 18-year-old Serilda is a gifted storyteller, and also is known as the girl with the “wheel spoke” eyes. She is shunned by most villagers except the children she helps teach. One night, she helps save forest creatures from the evil Erlking who is on the prowl. When… Continue

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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

by Paula Yoo

In 1982, 27-year-old Chinese American, Vincent Chin, was beaten to death by two white men during his bachelor party. Vincent’s killers claimed it was a bar fight gone wrong, while Vincent’s friends and mother believed it was a hate crime. Anti-Asian sentiment was at an all-time high in 1980’s Detroit because many autoworkers—like Vincent’s killers—believed that… Continue

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Between Perfect & Real Between Perfect & Real

by Ray Stoeve

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Dean is a trans guy, but everyone believes he is a lesbian. Fearing backlash from his parents who didn’t respond well to the lesbian admission, and his girlfriend, Dean plans on waiting until college to fully come out. But then, he is cast as Romeo in his school's nontraditional representation of Romeo and Juliet. As he gains courage from his “found family” at an LGBTQ support… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 02, 2021
Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things

by Margie Fuston

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

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All These Bodies All These Bodies

by Kendare Blake

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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

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What If It's Us What If It's Us

by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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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

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White Smoke White Smoke

by Tiffany D. Jackson

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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

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How We Fall Apart How We Fall Apart

by Katie Zhao

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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

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The Girl from the Sea The Girl from the Sea

by Molly Knox Ostertag

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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

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Walls Walls

by Laura Elliott

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 26, 2021
Hunted by the Sky Hunted by the Sky

by Tanaz Bhathena

Also Available via Hoopla Audiobook: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13538258

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 05, 2021
We Are the Ants We Are the Ants

by Shaun David Hutchinson

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 22, 2021
Don't Breathe a Word Don't Breathe a Word

by Jordyn Taylor

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

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