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Staff Suggestions — Young Adult

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My Eyes Are Up Here Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815248
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2020

Zimmerman’s view of a tenth grader’s perception of her body, with 30H breasts – named Maude and Mavis, is witty, sensitive, and universally understood by any adolescent who hasn’t felt comfortable in their own skin. Hiding behind intelligence, losing friends, forfeiting activities like sports are understood by everyone. Read how Greer learns to love herself while coming to understand how others’ cope with their insecurities. A gem!

— Andie


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Deadly Curious Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250252272
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Published: Swoon Reads - June 23rd, 2020

A charming cozy mystery set on an English estate in the 1800's. Murder abounds but the clues don't add up. Distracted by a handsome Bow St. Runner who is meant to solve the case, Sophia has dreams of becoming a detective herself -- a most unsuitable idea! Sweet and fun.

— Jamie


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A Sky Painted Gold Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593127223
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2020

Lou is introduced to British socialites spending the summer at the Cardew House on an island close to her home in Penlyn. Never anticipating she will become more than just close friends to Robert and Caitlin Cardew, Lou is exposed to excessive wealth, alcohol, and extravagant parties. But there are also relationships challenged by race, gender, and class. Can Lou remain close to her loving, supportive family and maintain her new relationships….or are they a world apart? A page turner with allusions to The Great Gatsby.

— Andie


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ISBN: 9780062957115
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Published: HarperTeen - June 9th, 2020

Using date ideas straight out of romantic comedies, Saoirse and Ruby create a montage-worthy summer romance with all the fun and none of the heartbreak…maybe. This book is everything for me! Saoirse’s sarcasm and stubbornness hooked me from the start and had me laughing out loud more than once. I picked this one for the romance, stayed for the laughs, and left having read a nearly perfect story that reminds us how difficult yet vital it is to find people you can trust with even your most guarded fears and insecurities.

— Becky


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Girls Garage: How to Use Any Tool, Tackle Any Project, and Build the World You Want to See (Teenage Trailblazers, STEM Building Projects for Girls) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452166278
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Published: Chronicle Books - June 2nd, 2020

This is an ESSENTIAL gift for any young woman in your life. This comprehensive collection of instructions, tools, and projects will save you from having to call your dad and asking him questions on how to fix anything. Not only is it a great reference guide, it has 15 profiles of Fearless Builder Women of all ages. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to make space on my bookshelf for this!

— Lindsay A.


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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062891495
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 2nd, 2020

This thrilling fantasy took me deep into an African city during their most important festival. Rich details of architecture, fabric, and song, play against the layered characters and twisting plot, as if told by the magical trickster Nyeni. Satisfying on its own, the next in this duology promises to be just as fantastic. A sparkling debut perfect for The Hunger Games and Children of Blood and Bone fans.

— Jamie


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ISBN: 9781338356281
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 21st, 2020

This poignant, free verse novel reads like a spoken word poetry conversation, while bringing the reader to the emotional scene of the Kent State massacre on May 4, 1970. Please, all readers young and beyond, take a stand, be a part of what you believe in. Educational and heartfelt, this book shines a light on how important it is to remember history as we forge ahead, into the future.

— Tonya


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Thank You for Coming to My TED Talk: A Teen Guide to Great Public Speaking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328995070
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

Public Speaking can be one of the most terrifying experiences. However, if you know some tricks and tips to mastering this trade, it can be a walk in the park. This book does a phenomenal job of laying out the things teens should do to persuade, engage, and inform an audience. Wish I had this when I was in school! A great graduation gift!

— Lindsay A.


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ISBN: 9780062291639
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Published: HarperTeen - May 5th, 2020

I LOVED The Selection by Kiera Cass so when I heard she was coming out with a new series, I audibly gasped. A girl destined to be with the king but she loves another—of course I loved this book. Hollis starts as this spoiled girl fawning over this high and mighty king. She soon starts to learn what true love actually looks like and how she deserves to be treated. A story straight out of a royal fantasy dream!

— Lindsay A.


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ISBN: 9780593113684
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2020

LGBTQ themes are woven into this fun whodunit in a New Orleans speakeasy. I liked Millie's rough edges and the 1930's vibe. The mystery was well crafted and kept me guessing all the way through.

— Jamie


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By M. T. Anderson, Jo Rioux (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626728783
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Published: First Second - August 11th, 2020

Billowing with intrigue, dark secrets, and ancient legend, The Daughters of Ys commands your attention. A glorious folktale of two sisters and the monsters and seas that separate them. The stimulating illustrations could tell the story on its own, but the eloquence of the language and text takes this graphic novel to an entirely different level. Masterful work.

— Lindsay A.


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ISBN: 9781250238795
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

To say I loved this story is a bit of an understatement. A devastating and beautiful book narrated by Ellie, a seventeen-year-old girl who finds herself in an out-of-body experience parsing together what happened before and after she died by suicide.Ellie's memories are stitched back together to form a heart-wrenching story that begs its reader to hold on, to stay, to find hope even in their darkest times. It's a roller coaster of emotions I'd gladly ride again and again.   

— Becky


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ISBN: 9781534445772
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

What I Like About You is a love letter to YA fans and the online book community - a strong reminder of how important and valid online friendships can be. This is without a doubt one of my new favorite books. It's everything I love in a rom-com with a cast of characters I wish I could meet IRL, and a layered story that tackles grief, first love, building friendships, and finding your voice. I'm incredibly jealous of and in love with Halle's book blog where she pairs book reviews with cupcake recipes. Her double life and unconventional love triangle had me hooked from the start. Such a perfect debut!  

— Becky


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They Went Left Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316490573
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

Zofia’s struggle after WWII to find and rebuild her life with her brother Abek is a story of pain, confusion, love, and hope. All stories do not have happy endings, but what Zofia makes of the end is her hope for the future. Mature topics concerning the Holocaust and sexual relationships are included. Recommended for 16+.

— Andie

Had I known this novel was YA, I likely wouldn’t have chosen it. I’m happy I didn’t know. Unlike in other WWII historical fiction, in They Went Left Monica Hesse addresses the aftermath of the liberation from the concentration camps and how “broken”  people tried to piece together new lives. Eighteen year old Zofia Lederman promised her younger brother that she would find him and, although she is a weak shadow of her former self, she will stop at nothing to find him, even the truth. This sometimes painfully descriptive novel is both heartbreaking and full of hope and I couldn’t put it down.  Proof to me that Young Adult is not only for young adults!

— Laura B.


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ISBN: 9781984897053
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 17th, 2020

Another thriller from Emily Arsenault that does not disappoint! Plenty of clues kept me trying to figure it all out before Ivy. Social issues at the heart of this story left me with plenty to think about long after the mystery was solved.

— Jamie


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Most Likely Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316454834
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Published: Poppy - March 10th, 2020

I could go on forever about how much I love this book. It's a fast paced, well-plotted story with a diverse cast of characters. Four best friends all determined to do big things with their futures, but only one will be Madam President. Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha have the type of enviable friendship I love to read about, bu their individual journeys all shine in equally relatable and empowering ways. If you're looking for an unputdownable YA contemporary, this one is for you. 

— Becky


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Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626721654
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 25th, 2020

Never in my life have I been so engrossed by a non-fiction title. This look back into the history of women’s reproductive rights has opened my eyes to the centuries long struggle of women around the world. Between scientific advancements, political growth, and societal pressure, the women in this book display enormous courage in the fight for the rights to their own bodies.

— Lindsay A.


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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984896360
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Published: Delacorte Press - February 4th, 2020

You know how you have to do a Capstone project Senior Year? Well, Pip decides to investigate a 5 year old missing-presumed-dead cold case for hers, but someone wants to keep this case closed. Yup, this is a page-turning, “stayed up all night to finish it” kind of book, and sooo worth it! Enjoy! 

— Jamie


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Ashlords Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593119174
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Fans of dystopian in general or The Hunger Games in particular…HERE IS YOUR NEXT READ!!! Scott Reintgen has created a heart-stopping, unique competition with three main characters—Imelda, Adrian and Pippa—each with different backgrounds, wants, and needs. This story is sure to hold your attention and have you racing to the end; and once there, you’ll be looking for that next installment with great anticipation.   

— Susan


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Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062937049
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

Change is messy, scary, and unpredictable. it's also inevitable, and, above all, worth it. So Jamie and Maya - two characters I love - fight through their insecurities instead to stand up for what they believe in. This book is relevant and humorous, with a fabulous cast of characters and a resounding message of hope. Remember: you're never too young to speak out and make a difference.

— Becky