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Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home Edited by Adi Alsaid

Young adults have a unique perspective on the experience and reality of immigration. Their stories come to life in this remarkable anthology. My eyes were opened to insights new to me as each unique voice told a different story. The diverse group of talented authors evoked a range of emotions that lingered. Each story imparted a valuable lesson, leaving a distinct impression on me. This is a rich and rewarding book, well suited for YA and adults readers alike. — Trey

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ISBN: 9781335146496
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 13th, 2020

Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

Justin A. Reynolds has created a lovely modern- day fairy tale of friendship and family and finding the most perfect moments in life in the midst of grief. With the same real-world heart as those of Nicola Yoon, Reynolds’ characters are real and likeable, as are their connections, which evoke the friendships of John Green’s books. The brilliant days they create for each other in the face of loss filled me with the same fun and joy the characters themselves embrace.  — Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062748409
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 22nd, 2020

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Tracy Deonn has presented us with a fresh fantasy, the first in a new series. In these pages, readers find a classic story with a modern setting and a vibrant magic system. It’s young adult fiction that will catch the interest of adult readers as well. Nuanced characters take my favorite (but often played out) Arthurian mythology and twist it up into something new, filled with action and, as the publisher says, Southern Black girl magic!
— MJ
 

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ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

The Scapegracers, Vol. 1 by Hannah Abigail Clarke

Do you like magic? Do you like witches? If you answered yes, this book is for you! Sideways Pike is, well, sideways—at least if you’re judging based on her basic high school peers. She’s used to being an awkward loner, so she’s surprised when a party prank leads to her finding her people in coven-form, with queen bees Jing, Daisy, and Yates. Magical mystery abounds, and so does danger, in this visceral, engrossing, and queer spellbinding debut.
— Stephanie
 

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ISBN: 9781645660002
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Published: Erewhon - September 15th, 2020

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is a great pick for fall and Halloween! Yadriel’s journey of love and acceptance within his traditional, Latinx clan will resonate with anyone who’s had a bumpy road with their own family. Yadriel battles darkness both magical and personal to show his family who he truly is and become a brujo. A great book for young folks discovering their identity, those who want to be a good ally, and anyone who loves spooky tales! —Jae

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ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Every so often I come across a book that I want to buy a hundred copies of and give it to everyone I know, and maybe a few strangers. These are usually the hardest to review as I am simply at a loss for words. Punching the Air, a novel in verse about a wrongfully imprisoned Black teenager, co-written by one of the Exonerated Five, is one of those books—incomparably beautiful, radical, poignant, and so much more. Don't miss it! —Ksenia

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ISBN: 9780062996480
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

The harrowing truth of the abuse of Japanese American citizens during WWII in the U.S. is an oft-overlooked aspect of Western history. The mass incarceration of citizens believed to be a "threat" to national security in internment camps feels pertinent to our current political climate. While this work is a fictional account of families who were forced to leave Japantown in San Francisco, you can tell Chee (A UCSC alumni!) did her research. Perfect for any historical fiction fan. —MJ

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ISBN: 9780358131434
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo returns to verse in this meditation on the complexities of themes, including grief, betrayal, family, secrets, identity, class, and toxic masculinity. Acevedo’s characterizations (the two main characters—sisters—have very distinctive voices) are stellar. I was particularly struck by how the book highlights the way men’s choices have a profound impact on the lives of the women and girls around them.

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ISBN: 9780062882769
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 5th, 2020

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

I loved this book! Protagonist Kai is utterly lovable, as is his love interest Bryson. What a wonderful thing: a queer coming-out love story free of trauma and full of good feelings. This sweet romance kept me happily reading from the first page to the last; chances are it’ll do the same for you.

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ISBN: 9780593126035
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 19th, 2020

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar

Felix attends a very prestigious art school and is struggling with his identity when he gets targeted by an anonymous transphobic bully and everyone becomes suspect. I really appreciated Felix’s candor as he works through the various threads of his life. Being a teenager is hard and Felix doesn’t always get it right. This is a great read for all teens, especially for those trying to find their place in the world.

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ISBN: 9780062820259
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

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