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War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

War Girls hits the ground running and doesn’t stop until the last page. Full of heart-pounding action and terrible, beautiful technology, Onyebuchi’s created an incredible future Nigeria that jumps off the page. The sister-bond between Onyii and Ify is a bright spark of love and hope in this unflinching look at the toll war takes on children and teens. Give this to fans of post-apocalyptic dystopias and Black Panther—these genius warriors with enormous hearts are prime candidates for the Dora Milaje. - J Gallo

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ISBN: 9780451481672
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Published: Razorbill - October 15th, 2019

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Move over Holden Caulfield, Juliet is here! Rivera sums up the awkward feeling of being caught between worlds and of trying to figure out what you believe. We follow Juliet on a journey of learning: through the LGBTQIA+ community, the Puerto Rican radicals before her, about her own family, her hero (they’re never who they seem), and most importantly, herself. This book is perfect for teens who have been waiting to see themselves reflected in the books they read. - MJ

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

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

After getting caught with her secret girlfriend, Audre is sent away from her home in Trinidad to live with her father in the U.S. There, she meets Mabel, and neither girl’s life is ever the same again. In lyrical prose that tumbles and flows with ease, Stars draws you into the girls’ intimate world. A love story brimming with emotion, tragedy, and hope. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780525555483
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

The (Other) F Word by Angie Manfredi

We have to talk about the F word. No, not that one: “fat”. Media and even our beloved books send a clear message: fat people are not welcome. Their lack of representation in the aforementioned mediums is hurtful and causes many people to doubt their own worth. This lovely collection of essays by some of the most celebrated YA authors wants to remind you this invisibility is bullsh*t. The road to self love is long, but this book helps immensely. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781419737503
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Published: Amulet Books - September 24th, 2019

Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy #1) by Claire Legrand

A pair of headstrong, impulsive protagonists; high-stakes intrigues; ancient prophecies; mysterious supernatural villains; steamy romance…this one’s for fans of the gritty, high fantasy style of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo. The 500-ish pages flew by for me, I was so caught up in the interesting characters, intriguing plot, and fascinating world building. The sequel, Kingsbane, is out May 21st, 2019! - Stephanie

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ISBN: 9781492678779
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - April 2nd, 2019

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon’s incredible award-winning novel starts with the complexity of the universe and continues with two teens—an immigrant and the child of immigrants, both American—on a single day in New York City. A love story and a story of choices, this book is more real and consequential than most you will ever read. Natasha and Daniel and all the lives they intersect made my breath catch and my mind soar, and made me feel like a piece of the greater wonder. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780553496710
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

This is one of my favorite books of the year. Reminiscent of modern classics by Diana Wynne Jones, Robin McKinley, Patricia C. Wrede, and Garth Nix, it defies age designations. Elisabeth is an entirely lovable protagonist whose fondness for books, willingness to reexamine her biases, and penchant for getting into scrapes both warmed my heart and made me laugh. I also fell in love with wry sorcerer Nathaniel and his dry wit. Though the stakes were high and danger abounded, I was in stitches for much of the book; chances are you will be too. - Stephanie

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

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

Historic injustices are often treated as lacking any contemporary impact, but this book disabuses anyone suffering under that delusion. In modern-day Silicon Valley, the internment of their Japanese-American ancestors affects protagonist CJ Katsumaya and her family, though they (believably) don’t see eye to eye about it. This historical interconnectedness coupled with CJ’s evolution from an apathetic antihero (wave goodbye to the “model minority” myth) into a woke person of action, makes this book a compelling and thought-provoking read. - Stephanie

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ISBN: 9780062473448
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Published: HarperTeen - June 4th, 2019

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

“Pretty as a picture and brimming with spite” describes Grishna Zoya, my new personal icon. This newest addition to the Grishaverse fits right in with the world we already know, yet is accessible to newcomers. Both Nina and Zoya were my favorite characters with complex personalities and zero time for foolishness. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781250142283
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Published: Imprint - January 29th, 2019

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

These 17 stories, written by contemporary black authors, demonstrate how diverse the teenage black experience can be: a Trinidadian immigrant's guardian angels (her cousins) save her from falling for the wrong guy; a humorous Jason Reynolds story follows four Brooklyn boys walking home after a swim, fantasizing about sandwiches from their neighborhood bodega; a high schooler keeping her application to a historic black college hidden from her father. Both black and non-black readers will benefit from the insights these well-crafted stories provide. - Noreen

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