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Staff Suggestions — Young Adult

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Cursed Cover Image
By Frank Miller (Illustrator), Thomas Wheeler
$24.99
ISBN: 9781534425330
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Reading like an action-thriller, the Arthurian legend is shaken up and roles are redistributed. Illustrated by the incomparable Frank Miller, Nimue joins the new ranks of strong superhero style girls, wielding an ancient sword of power. An abundance of follow up possibilities guarantee a popular franchise has begun. Get in on this one!

— Jamie


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554295
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Published: Dial Books - May 7th, 2019

This is a story about someone you may know, or knew, or will know someday. This is the story of Elizabeth (Biz) who cannot stay grounded in this world, and is confused about what is real and not real. Most of all, this story is a gift to all who struggle with mental illness, and a thank you to all their friends who help bring light into the darkness of their minds.

— Terri


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062229212
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Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2019

Butterfly Yellow is a historical fiction novel, post Vietnam war, which touches on immigration, culture, trust, friendship, and the flutters of first love. Thanhha Lai has an incredible way of conveying the cumbersome story of cultures and foreign language in a way that is genuine poetry. Also, demonstrating that, despite our cultural differences, our basic human needs and desires are the same. With short chapters and a character driven plot you will find yourself fully immersed in this enriching novel!

— Tonya


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

Talk about #BlackGirlMagic?!?! An academic standout during her days as one of the few Black students in her high school, Kiera is a megastar online, where she reigns supreme as "Emerald" in the multi-player game SLAY that she's created for Black gamers across the globe. When a real-life tragedy occurs, Kiera's worlds collide and she has to face tough questions about race, space, relationships, and her own identity and future. A book like no other, by a fresh voice in YA lit. 

— Lauren


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445970
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

This novel is nothing short of amazing! The characters will hook you from page one with a story that's smart, funny, and relatable. Pab's pessimistic view on life adds a special sense of humor to it all. His chance meeting with pop megastar Leanna Smart opens up his world and provides that push we all sometimes need to direct our live down the correct path. 

— Becky


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Your Brain Needs a Hug: Life, Love, Mental Health, and Sandwiches Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250307859
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Published: Imprint - August 13th, 2019

This is an honest, humorous, and straight to the details book that takes a hard look at mental illness. I found myself learning and connecting with numerous chapters that deal with coping strategies and advice for those tough days. While some nonfiction reads about mental illness can be a bit heavy in both information and tone, this YA read provides a light in what can be a dark subject.

— Lindsay A.

 


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108178
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Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

Gabby Rivera's genius is on display. Hilarious and serious, accessible and smart, complicated and cool, Juliet's journey of self-discovery takes her from the Boogie-down Bronx to the crunchy Northwest where she learns BIG lessons about love, identity, family, sexuality, feminism, white fragility, and what it means to be a strong, self-defining, superstar. A YA book that every YA - and A - should read!

— Lauren


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

Brought into being by a drop of main character Jam's blood, Pet - a creature of color, claws, smoke, and size - emerges from a painting to hunt a real-life monster that it has traced to the home of Jam's dearest friend, Redemption. This is a magical and tense tale about what happens when adults convince each other that everything is ok, and how young people are often uniquely able to unearth and amplify truths that need hearing and healing.

— Lauren


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781492678892
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 6th, 2019

Told in alternate chapters by Lena and Campbell, I loved how this book is not throwing any stereotypes at us, making it real and urgent. Unfortunately, an event like this could happen. I fell in love with both characters and so wanted them to be friends at the end (—read the book to find out if they are)!  Seeing the events unfold from their different points of view is a perfect way to see how complex their (and our) world is.

— Jamie


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062876249
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Published: HarperTeen - September 10th, 2019

Not your average road trip. Unpregnant is an attention-grabbing story of friendship and a woman’s right to choose. It’s also a laugh out loud ride sure to keep you hooked from the first mile out of town. I love how this story is ridiculous and hilarious all while tackling a prevalent problem in our society. 

— Becky


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062878021
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Published: HarperTeen - September 3rd, 2019

Holy Matrimony Batman! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. It has everything I love: the enemies-to-lovers trope, witches and witch hunters, and a POWERFUL YA HEROINE. What more can you ask for? Recommended for ages 15+. 

— Lindsay A.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781984830173
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

What if America never turned into a democracy, and instead George Washington was the first heir to the American throne? What if you were next in line? Since the day she was born, Beatrice Washington has been preparing to become the first female monarch of the United States. Her every move is watched, from which events she attends, to what she wears, to who she dates.

Her younger twin siblings, Sam and Jeff, have (a bit) more freedom, while Beatrice always strictly follows royal guidelines... until she falls in love with a commoner. American Royals explores the not-always-so-glamorous life of royalty, and the sacrifices that must be made to put the country first, even if that results in broken hearts. McGee’s characters come to life in her novel, and I found myself empathizing with every single one of them. I cannot recommend this book enough! 

— Nicole


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$10.99
ISBN: 9780993689949
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Published: Wattpad Books - August 13th, 2019

This is not a book that I would typically read, but boy am I glad I did. As a hopeless romantic, it ticked all the right boxes for a fun romance read. A quick story for those realistic fiction fans who love angst, romance, and drama. Recommended for ages 15+.

— Lindsay A.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780525645580
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 9th, 2019

A female Lord of the Flies with an apocalyptic element. Debut author Rory Power packs a punch with great characters and a story that leaves you wanting more. I loved the conflict of friendship vs survival. Well-written and fast paced, you must check it out!

— Karen


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By Derek Milman, James Patterson (Foreword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316451062
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Published: jimmy patterson - August 6th, 2019

In the classic Hitchcock style, Aiden, a teen grappling with his own identity, is thrust into the dark world of cyber-terrorism and becomes the victim of mistaken identity...or does he? Swipe Right for Murder is a humorously dark and wonderfully written thriller that I just couldn't put down. It has twists and often shocking turns that you won't see coming!

— Karen


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481497619
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 4th, 2019

Here's finely written, Victorian-inspired thriller with a great balance of action, romance, and sword-play, never mind sorcerers, librarians, demons, a strong female protagonist, and books that are alive! I loved the world building and the rules for magic.  Margaret Rogerson paints each scene with such lively words that they exploded from the pages. And, I'll just throw out that if you loved Harry Potter when you were younger,  you'll appreciate this story. For those of you who didn't, you're still gonna love it!

— Susan


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740955
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 13th, 2019

Charming historical fiction featuring the sharp-witted advice columnist, Miss Sweetie. Atlanta in the 1890s was struggling with racism - not only against the emancipated slaves, but also their Chinese replacements. Holding her secrets close, Chinese-American Jo (Miss Sweetie’s creator) boldly envisions a future even while her past struggles to reveal itself. A sweet story, handling issues of class and racism gently.

— Jamie


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781534437906
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 30th, 2019

I loved this fierce dragon-centered fantasy with a strong, bisexual, female heroine. The intriguing journey builds to the thrilling and daring conclusion, while leaving plenty of possibilities for a sequel. I definitely want to bond with a dragon, and I can’t wait for book two!

— Jamie


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781524714680
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 30th, 2017

Four teenagers: the jock, the criminal, the brains, the beauty. One gossip site. A death in Bayview High School. And suddenly, these four students are suspects in their classmate, Simon’s, alleged murder. This mystery will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. None of the characters are as they seem, and each and every one of them has something to hide...but if their secrets rise to the surface, their lives can never be the same. If you love this book as much as I did, stick around for the sequel — coming out January 2020!

— Nicole


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781547600922
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - July 9th, 2019

While applying for college, Ally Smith finds that her loving father kidnapped her when she was three. I was so emotionally invested in Ally that I felt her pain, joy, and anger in each page. Eulberg delivers a heart-wrenching story of betrayal and discovery.

— Lindsay A.