Staff Suggestions — Young Adult

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On the Come Up Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781681195087
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - January 29th, 2019

A contemporary twist on a much beloved story, I was barely into the first chapter before I was ensorcelled, enraptured, and could not put this down! Start with an undeniably tough, yet unlikely heroine from present day Washington D.C., whisk her away to another world, add in a prince, his body guard, a beast, and an unexpected fiend, this will be undeniably your new favorite book for 2019.  Great for fans of the Lunar Chronicles.

— Terri


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The Gilded Wolves Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250144546
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Published: Wednesday Books - January 15th, 2019

A rip-roaring, devil-may-care kind of adventure with a diverse cast of characters, a lost title, an ancient artifact, a dash of magic, and a sprinkling of flirtation all set in Paris during the 1880s just before the Exposition Universelle (think World’s Fair). What I really enjoyed in this story were all the riddles, puzzles, and codes and, of course, the clever problem-solving required by Severin and his crew in order to achieve their goal. Fans of Leigh BardugoMarissa Meyer and Marie Lu will find this fantasy incredibly appealing.

— Susan


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Pride Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062564047
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 18th, 2018

Who knew that Pride & Prejudice could transplant to present day Bushwick, Brooklyn so perfectly? All the wit, wisdom and false starts remain in this fresh, fun retelling of a favorite classic.

— Laura


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Skyward Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399555770
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 6th, 2018

Don’t let the cover fool you—this book IS for both guys and girls! With a large cast of characters, humor and a determined main character who will stop at nothing to become a pilot and clear her father’s name, this exciting action/adventure story will keep you reading nonstop until the final word. And I could so, so, SO see this book turned into a movie! It’s just that well written.

— Susan


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Slayer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534404953
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 8th, 2019

Attention fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! With perfect tone and lots of amazing references to both the TV show and the movie, Slayer is an excellent addition to the Buffyverse. Pure fun written with love by an incredible author.

— Lindsey


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Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781442468436
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - December 4th, 2018

What a finale! Shadowhunters and Angels alike, don't miss out on the thrilling conclusion to the Dark Artifices. Both Emma's wit and Julian's loyalty to family work hand in hand to make this couple swoon-worthy. Equally matched with sweeping forbidden romance and the classic mythological danger of the Shadowhunter world, fans will devour this final chapter.

— Lindsay A.


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The Girl King Cover Image
By Mimi Yu
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681198897
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - January 8th, 2019

What gorgeous writing that pulls you in to a richly woven tapestry of betrayal, deceit, magic, shapeshifters, two princesses, one cousin, self-discovery and so much more all leading up to the big question of: Who will rule the Empire? And will they be fair and just or cruel and self-serving? So I dare you to read the first page of chapter 1! Come on! I dare ya! Because once you do, I guarantee you won’t put this book down.

— Susan


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The Boneless Mercies Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374307066
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 2nd, 2018

This book has been called a female-lead version of Beowulf, but for me it was still very much its own original and epic story. An ode to the dark and cold, but magical world of Scandinavia and Norse Mythology, the heroines and heroes of this saga will fill you with awe and respect.

— Petra


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Five Feet Apart Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534437333
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 20th, 2018

Stella has Cystic Fibrosis, and a whole lot of reasons she HAS to live. Will has a more dangerous form of C. F., and he wants to LIVE. There's so much to debate in this poignant love story that asks really big questions. Perfect for a bookclub; this is the one they will all finish reading!

— Jamie


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Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780670785063
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

David Oshiro, green beret and talented artist, was a colleague of mine, so I was immediately drawn to this book. His story and the seven others in this excellent book about the Vietnam War are honest and compelling. Striking black and white photos accompany the interviews as the author covers the start of the war to the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

— Marilyn


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Bridge of Clay Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984830159
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

As life changing as The Book ThiefBridge of Clay is an epic tale of the bond that five brothers share as they head on an incredible journey of healing and forgiveness after the death of their mother. Written and told by Matthew, the oldest, it is the story of the fourth brother, Clay, and the bridge that he ultimately builds.  Simply amazing and so worth the 18 year wait.  This is Markus Zusak at his very best. Unforgettable!

— Karen


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Finding Yvonne Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316349055
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 7th, 2018

What do you do when you have a hobby that people expect you to turn into your future career, but your heart is no longer in it? Not only that, but how do you decide on conception or abortion as a result of an unplanned pregnancy? Finding Yvonne is a story about learning how to make big life decisions for yourself, and learning how it is ok to ask for support. Dealing with issues of race, class, parents who aren't present, life post-high school, and teenage pregnancy, you will appreciate seeing these issues from different perspectives. 

— Taryn


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Art Boss Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452160375
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 2nd, 2018

Art Boss is full of energy, art, and excitement! Piper Perish is a young artist who moves from Texas to NYC to work and save money before her first semester at art school. Written in journal entries, this is truly a delight to read! I wanted to be doing what Piper was doing - finding her voice, her Art, and her place - all in NYC! This novel stands alone, but can be read as a companion novel to Piper Perish.

— Tonya


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The Devil's Thief (The Last Magician #2) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481494458
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Published: Simon Pulse - October 9th, 2018

The second book in The Last Magician’s series, this new tale offers magic (latent, list, unwanted, stolen), time travel (across the country and across the centuries), fractured loyalties, and rediscovered animosities.

— Laura


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Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
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Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

Check Please! is what got me through my freshman year of college. Following along with this web comic was a joy and I’m so excited that it’s now in print! It’s romantic and good-hearted. If you’re not already a hockey fan, this sweet graphic novel will surely turn you into one.  

— Kate


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A Heart in a Body in the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481415200
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 18th, 2018

I read this book overnight!  Annabelle doesn’t want to think about what happened.  With the support of her friends and family, she decides to run about it instead.  And she runs!!  Along the way, we learn pieces of her story.  Very emotional, touching and certainly inspirational! 

— Lori


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Dry Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481481960
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

Smart, smooth writing engaged me right from the get go in this survival story. Then tension built from page to page in such a way that by the time I was done, I found myself thinking twice about all the things I get with such ease: electricity, food and…most importantly, water!

With a super clever plot, I loved how this book was written from multiple points-of-view, which allowed me to drop into the minds of various characters. The Shustermans have shown me humanity at its worst and its best. This is one I’ve added to my list of favorite Young Adult novels.

— Susan


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Sadie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250105714
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

Uniquely written as a podcast – a radio personality traces the journey of a missing young girl.  When Sadie’s little sister is found murdered, Sadie disappears.  The radio podcaster is intrigued by the mystery and follows clues to determine if she left on her own, and if she can be found.  An exhilarating read – I finished it in one weekend!!

— Terri


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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525577942
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 25th, 2018

A completely fascinating take on a classic! I loved seeing Victor Frankenstein and his Monster through the eyes of Elizabeth, a companion whose entire purpose is to keep Victor in line – beginning when they meet around age 12. Determined to save herself by saving Victor, Elizabeth adapts her very self… and then later discovers that maybe she isn’t who she thinks she is. I love, love, loved this book. A new, fresh take on Victor and his Monster that made my skin crawl with a strong female character who kept me intrigued and looking forward to see what she would do next. Perfect autumn reading!

— Lindsey