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Ship Breaker Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Within These Lines Within These Lines

by Stephanie Morrill

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Set against the backdrop of World War II, Italian-American Evalina, and the son of Japanese immigrants, Taichi, are never supposed to be together. In fact, such a marriage would be deemed illegal in California at the time. Yet they are in love and determined to eventually get married. Then comes Pearl Harbor, and Taichi and his family are evacuated to an internment camp. This is a period in… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 08, 2020
Between Shades of Gray Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys

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Young Lina and her family are forced from their home in Lithuania and imprisoned in a brutal Siberian encampment under Stalin’s rule. Lina is a gifted artist and seizes every opportunity to capture, on stolen paper or bark, moments of beauty people still manage to create under the harrowing circumstances. She also defiantly uses her art to record the destruction and obscenities she has… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 01, 2020
Gotham High Gotham High

by Melissa de la Cruz

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From the author of Alex and Eliza comes the story of teenage Bruce Wayne. He’s been kicked out of yet another boarding school and returns home to Gotham High when a string of kidnappings begin. Bruce starts looking into them, but is he just a pawn in the kidnapper’s game? Additionally, a string of characters (Bruce’s classmates) will be instantly familiar to Batman fans.… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 24, 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
All Your Twisted Secrets All Your Twisted Secrets

by Diane Urban

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This new thriller is equal parts Breakfast Club and Agatha Christie. A queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner and music geek are all invited to a scholarship dinner, but it's really a trap. The six must choose one to kill, or they will all die. Amber Prescott (a.k.a. the music geek) has faith that she can get herself and the rest of her classmates out safely, but the odds are not… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 10, 2020
Most Likely Most Likely

by Sarah Watson

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CJ, Ava, Jordan and Martha have been best friends since kindergarten, and one of them is destined to become the future President. When local authorities announce they’ll be tearing down the park where they first became friends, the group is determined to save the park as their final mission before college. The pressures of high school begin to take their toll on each girl, however, and soon… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 03, 2020
The Poet X The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading a book about the power of poetry and having the courage to speak up. For Xiomara Batista, poetry is where she hides her unspoken self. Xiomara’s life is dictated by her religious upbringing, and she feels increasingly stifled as her body matures and she falls in love. An invitation to join a slam poetry club might be her breaking point, or perhaps,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 03, 2020
Butterfly Yellow Butterfly Yellow

by Thanhhà Lai

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18-year-old H?ng sets out to find her younger brother who was torn from her arms six years earlier at the end of the Vietnam War. H?ng, then 12, believed she and her five-year-old brother, Linh, would go to America together. However, she was separated from her brother at the last minute because she was too old. All she has now is an address in Amarillo, Texas from a business card the volunteer… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 06, 2020
Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America & Russia Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America & Russia

by Marc Favreau

Do you enjoy James Bond movies or TV shows like Agent Carter or Jack Ryan? Are you a Cold War history buff, intrigued by stories about the CIA, FBI, KGB, MI6 or maybe the Cambridge Five? Then you will enjoy these thrilling, true-life stories chronicling events from the KGB’s founding in 1945 through the end of the Cold War. There's also real Cold War spy terminology and code words included,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 20, 2020
Lovely War Lovely War

by Julie Berry

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Greek gods and goddesses. World War I and II. What more could one want in historical fiction? The four main characters (Hazel, James, Aubrey and Colette) represent the varied backgrounds of young people coming together for love and friendship during World War I. Meanwhile, Aphrodite and Ares meet up in secret during World War II and are caught by Aphrodite’s husband, Hephaestus. To gain… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 06, 2020
Again, but Better Again, but Better

by Christine Riccio

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Have you ever wanted to start over; recreate your entire life? After several disappointing semesters of college where Shane has no social life, no love life and is drowning in coursework, she definitely wants to change everything about her life. So, Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London! However, she quickly realizes that rewriting herself is going to take more than traveling over 2,000… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 23, 2020
Spin the Dawn Spin the Dawn

by Elizabeth Lim

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If you enjoy Sarah J. Maas or Tamora Pierce, check out this adventure-packed, heroine fantasy with a splash of Chinese folklore and forbidden romance. Skilled seamstress, Maia Tamarin, longs to become a great tailor, but she is a girl. Her father receives an invitation to compete for the position of royal tailor, but he is ailing. Maia seizes her chance, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 09, 2020
Girl Gone Viral Girl Gone Viral

by Arvin Ahmadi

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Coding and gamer prodigy, Opal Hopper, strives to develop a virtual reality platform popular enough to win her an audience with the one person who may know what happened to her father. Part mystery and part thriller, set seven years after the sudden disappearance of Opal's father, she learns of a VR competition hosted by her father’s former partner, Howie Mendelsohn. This could be her… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 26, 2019
10 Blind Dates 10 Blind Dates

by Ashley Elston

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Sophie is planning to spend the holidays with her grandparents and huge extended family while her parents visit her bedridden, pregnant sister. Her hope is that she'll be able to sneak away and finally get a little alone time with her longtime boyfriend, but things don’t work out the way she envisions. In fact, Sophie finds out he's having second thoughts about their relationship since… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 21, 2019