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Young Adult

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Elaborate magical heist? Brilliantly realized world inspired by historical Amsterdam, filled with complex characters coming together for the pay-off of their lives—and maybe to save the world? I devoured this novel of criminals and misfits who refuse to accept a world that won’t accept them. A follow-up to Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series that stands on its own (and may in fact be the best place to start, if you're new to the Grishaverse).. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

The Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

A teenage girl, Danuis, whose mother's family is white and father's family is Ojibwe, gets pulled into an undercover FBI meth investigation. The author wanted to write a "Native Nancy Drew" and Danuis is a heroine you want to root for—her culture and connection to community is her strength. With a distinct sense of place, this taut thriller is almost impossible to put down. - Celeste

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ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

This hilarious and heart-wrenching retelling of Don Quixote follows high-school junior Cameron Smith as he struggles with his recent diagnosis of mad cow disease. Bray blurs the lines between reality and hallucination in this action-packed adventure of self-discovery. From talking garden gnomes to punk guardian angels, this book truly has it all. - Magnolia

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ISBN: 9780385733984
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Published: Ember - September 28th, 2010

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This incredible novel examines the complexity of the universe and the lives of two teens—immigrant and child of immigrants, both American—on a single day in NYC. A story of love and choices, this book is more consequential than most you’ll ever read, no matter your age. Natasha and Daniel and all the lives they intersect made my breath catch and my mind soar. - Jocelyn

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

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Fans of the Red Queen series can rejoice as Victoria Aveyard brings us another epic fantasy. She’s created a world on the brink of destruction, where it is up to a handful—okay, maybe seven—unlikely heroes to save the realm. Aveyard weaves a tale of adventure and humor sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Find it hard to believe she could top Red Queen? I am pleased to inform you she has. — Kathy

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ISBN: 9780062872623
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Published: HarperTeen - May 4th, 2021

On the Hook by Francisco X. Stork

Hector, one of the “good kids,” is thrown for a loop when Joey, one of the “bad kids,” singles him out and says he’s going to kill him. Navigating the fear of death pervades Hector’s existence. It all comes to a head in a violent confrontation between the two boys’ older brothers, the fallout of which shows Hector that the lines between good and bad can blur. This is a book that stayed with me for a long time. — Ivy

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ISBN: 9781338692150
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 18th, 2021

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Two young women from warring clans with long histories of distrust join together to create a better world. Jazmyne is heir to the throne; one taken by force by her mother. Ira is the deposed heir of the dead empress. Jazmyne and Ira are both willing to risk everything. This is a very rich fantasy book, full of complex political machinations and intense magical systems. I loved delving into the intricacies of this book and watching Jazmyne and Ira’s plans unfold. — Ivy

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ISBN: 9780062945983
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Published: HarperTeen - April 20th, 2021

Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan

After suing her conservative private school, Morgan is forced to transfer to another school at the end of the year. Ruby, beauty pageant contestant and lover of muscle cars, is anything but proud of herself. With Morgan’s arrival at her school, Ruby’s world starts to slip out of control. Some Girls Do portrays diverse struggles with identity and gives us a queer story I wish I had had as a teen, full of cheesy romantic goodness and sincere tender moments. — Andrea

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ISBN: 9780593112533
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

Jelly by Clare Rees

Imagine being stuck on an island. No one leaves, no one new arrives unless birthed, and every meal is fish. It's the only home you or your parents have ever known. Now imagine the island is actually on the back of a giant jellyfish. The young adult genre always surprises me in the best ways, and as soon as I realized there were people living on a giant jellyfish, I was hooked. This is great for anyone who likes their fiction just a little bit weird. — Jae

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ISBN: 9781419745560
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Published: Amulet Books - May 18th, 2021

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

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The child of a Jamaican father and a Greek mother, Michael grapples with his mixed race and queer identity as he grows up in England. Through poetry and drag, he discovers catharsis in expressing and embracing his truest self. The reader gets a real sense of Michael’s thoughts and feelings—delivered in first-person poetic verse—as he encounters racism (both experienced and internalized), strained familial relation- ships, romantic interests, and difficult coping mechanisms. — Eli

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ISBN: 9780062990303
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 25th, 2021


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