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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

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

Also Available via Overdrive: https://bit.ly/3xrJQD6

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 24, 2021
Concrete Rose Concrete Rose

by Angie Thomas

Also Available via Overdrive in e-book and e-audiobook: https://bit.ly/2St9Gbv

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 03, 2021
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
Yolk Yolk

by Mary H.K. Choi

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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

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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
Opposite of Always Opposite of Always

by Justin A. Reynolds

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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