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One True Loves One True Loves

by Elise Bryant

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Lenore stood out for her accomplishments in high school and is getting ready to head to New York University (NYU) for her freshman year (although she is still unsure of her future plans). Her family is celebrating her graduation with a Mediterranean cruise and her best friend Tessa is sure that Lenore will have the summer romance of her dreams, but Lenore is not convinced. This is a great summer… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services August 04, 2022
Before Takeoff Before Takeoff

by Adi Alsaid

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Airport layovers may feel barely survivable under ordinary circumstances, but this is one nightmare tale James and Michelle will never want to relive. It all starts with a flashing green button, that when pushed, sets off a chain of unnatural events. An airport isolated snowstorm, a jungle habitat appearing from nowhere, and worst of all, no exits. Trapped in this hellish terminal gone wild,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 21, 2022
A Sitting in St. James A Sitting in St. James

by Rita Williams-Garcia

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This historical fiction, spanning decades and continents, gives graphic insights into the Antebellum South and weaves together many different family stories. Madam Sylvie Guilbert came to Louisiana as a young teen after being married hastily to escape the French Revolution. After 60 years as the mistress of her plantation, she wants her portrait done, and the process brings many secrets to light.… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services July 08, 2022
Luck of the Titanic Luck of the Titanic

by Stacey Lee

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Valora Luck is going to America, and she’s traveling in style on the brand-new cruise ship, the Titanic. When she arrives, she will be reunited with her brother, whom she’s been separated from for two years. However, Val is turned away at the gate due to new laws prohibiting anyone of Chinese origin from traveling to the U.S. So, Val stows away. Her ruse looks like it might pay off… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 22, 2022
We Can't Keep Meeting Like This We Can't Keep Meeting Like This

by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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Quinn and Tarek have known each other for years, and their families have been in business together since they were kids. Tarek is a hopeless romantic and Quinn is more of a skeptic, but the summer before Tarek leaves for college, she confesses her crush on him in an email, only to not hear from him until the following summer. However, once Quinn figures out Tarek’s reasons, things start to… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services June 09, 2022
Tides of Mutiny Tides of Mutiny

by Rebecca Rode

Get ready for summer reading with a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. Lane longs to become a ship captain like her father, but even female sailors are executed. Cabin boy on her father's ship is the best Lane can hope for. When a mysterious stranger manages to blackmail his way onto the crew by revealing he knows Lane is a girl, her life seems in constant danger. Can she trust this man?… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services May 26, 2022
Time Will Tell Time Will Tell

by Barry Lyga

In this mystery thriller, friends Elayah, Liam, Marcie and Jorja find a time capsule left unopened by their parents. Most of the contents are typical remnants from the past, but at the very bottom they find a knife and a note reading "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to kill anyone." The book features a split cast via flashback chapters that follow the parents, creating a slow reveal as both you the… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 28, 2022
The Diamond Keeper The Diamond Keeper

by Jeannie Mobley

Set in a small village outside of Brittany during the French Revolution, two sisters become unexpectedly involved in the conflict. They have lived and worked their whole lives at their family inn, but their lives get turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious family who is being pursued. Soon, they find themselves in possession of the famous French crown jewels, and the French Blue,… Continue

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 15, 2022
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services April 06, 2022
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services March 16, 2022
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services February 17, 2022
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 20, 2022
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services January 06, 2022
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 30, 2021
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services December 16, 2021
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services November 04, 2021
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 28, 2021
What If It's Us What If It's Us

by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Also Available via Overdrive in e-book and e-audiobook: https://bit.ly/3lWzaKr

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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services October 14, 2021
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

Teen Services Recommended by Teen Services September 30, 2021