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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 08, 2021
Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood Born a Crime : Stories From a South African Childhood

by Trevor Noah

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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

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Concrete Rose Concrete Rose

by Angie Thomas

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 10, 2021
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

by Laekan Zea Kemp

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

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They Went Left They Went Left

by Monica Hesse

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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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 29, 2021
Superman Smashes the Klan Superman Smashes the Klan

by Gene Luen Yang

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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

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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

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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

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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