Recommendations

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Yolk Yolk

by Mary H.K. Choi

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3v35ey5

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 15, 2021
Superman Smashes the Klan Superman Smashes the Klan

by Gene Luen Yang

No waiting via Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13338135

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 01, 2021
Picture Us in the Light Picture Us in the Light

by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Audiobook available via Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12429647

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 18, 2021
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

by Erika L. Sánchez

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2PWUlyj

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 26, 2021
Happily Ever Afters Happily Ever Afters

by Elise Bryant

Also available via Overdrive: http://bit.ly/3rPYB0Q

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 12, 2021
This is How We Fly This is How We Fly

by Anna Meriano

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3eHl8Jx

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 29, 2021
Opposite of Always Opposite of Always

by Justin A. Reynolds

Available via Overdrive: http://bit.ly/3vmj4MK and Hoopla: https://bit.ly/3qQxWPZ

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 15, 2021
A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

by Laura Taylor Namey

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2M6tcXK

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 01, 2021
Wild bird Wild bird

by Wendelin Van Draanen

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2VUtp24

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 03, 2020
Victor And Nora: A Gotham Love Story Victor And Nora: A Gotham Love Story

by Lauren Myracle

Also available in Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13692195

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 03, 2020
Ship Breaker Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3fl2Ewo

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services November 20, 2020
The Fountains of Silence The Fountains of Silence

by Ruta Sepetys

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3pMubvA

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services November 06, 2020
In the Hall with the Knife In the Hall with the Knife

by Diana Peterfreund

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 20, 2020
The Gilded Wolves The Gilded Wolves

by Roshani Chokshi

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2Hw9lzD

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 13, 2020
Your Own Worst Enemy Your Own Worst Enemy

by Gordon Jack

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 06, 2020
Now That I've Found You Now That I've Found You

by Kristina Forest

Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/30581JM

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services September 09, 2020
Faith Taking Flight Faith Taking Flight

by Julie Murphy

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 27, 2020
Gimme Everything You Got Gimme Everything You Got

by Iva-Marie Palmer

Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/2YGSyPp

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 20, 2020
The Voting Booth The Voting Booth

by Brandy Colbert

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 30, 2020
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 16, 2020
I'm Not Dying With You Tonight I'm Not Dying With You Tonight

by Gilly Segal & Kimberly Jones

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 02, 2020
A Phoenix First Must Burn A Phoenix First Must Burn

by Patrice Caldwell

No waiting in Hoopla Audiobook: https://bit.ly/2DI6d0Y

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 25, 2020
You Should See Me In a Crown You Should See Me In a Crown

by Leah Johnson

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 18, 2020
The Paper Girl of Paris The Paper Girl of Paris

by Jordyn Taylor

Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3iksr8f

16-year-old Alice and her family are in Paris for the summer trying to figure out what to do with the apartment her grandmother bequeathed to her, an apartment nobody knew existed. As Alice starts investigating why her grandmother kept this a secret from everyone, she finds her grandmother’s sister’s diary from the 1940’s, shortly before the time her grandma left France for the… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 11, 2020
Be Not Far From Me Be Not Far From Me

by Mindy McGinnis

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/31pW7KC

Ashley feels at home in the wilderness. She's not afraid of a little hiking excursion with friends. But when she catches her boyfriend with another girl, she freaks out. Next thing Ashley knows, she has fallen down a ravine, become separated from the group, and worst of all, she's injured and disoriented. Strong characterization set against the harsh backdrop of the Appalachian wilderness, Be Not… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 04, 2020
Clap When You Land Clap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Written in verse, this book is loosely inspired by the real-life crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in 2001 which was traveling to the Dominican Republic and crashed in Queens, New York, killing 260 people. Told in alternating points of view, it follows the lives of half-sisters Camino and Yahaira Rios, neither of whom know of the other's existence until the death of their father on board the… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 28, 2020
Girls Save the World in This One Girls Save the World in This One

by Ash Parsons

Also available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/31qfOBT

Add some thrills to your life with this funny and fearful novel starring June and her friends as they attend a ZombieCon gone wrong. That's right, it was supposed to be a fandom filled, dream-day experience complete with a celebrity crush meet-up. But events take a bloody turn, placing the fate of the entire human race in the hands of June and her friends. If you're a zombie apocalypse fan,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 21, 2020
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Hidden Human History Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor: Hidden Human History

by Jody Houser

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If you miss the Doctor Who TV series, check out the Doctor Who comics on Hoopla! There are over 300 comics to choose from featuring the adventures of every Doctor. If you are a Thirteenth Doctor fan, Hidden Human History is a classic mix of action, mystery and a few emotional, feel-good moments. In this saga, the Doctor and her companions track a blood sucking breed of aliens wrecking havoc… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 17, 2020