My First Big Book of Outer Space by Little Bee Books
My First Big Book of Outer Space is packed with page after page of out-of-this-world fun! The appealing artwork, with its heavy, chunky black lines, are eye-catching and kid-friendly. This book is sure to engage little ones for hours!
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Just before the Earth is demolished, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect. The intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent begin in this, the first volume of the Douglas Adams’ comedy sci-fi classic series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 42!
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler–a dangerous hobby. Perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila (a cut-purse from Grey London) will first need to stay alive–and that is proving trickier than they hoped.
Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan
A sixteen-year-old senses she’s being spied on and probably impersonated, but when she discovers what actually is occurring, it’s more unbelievable than she ever imagined.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
We Are Not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Three teenage immigrants risk the trip from Guatemala through Mexico to the United States southern border in search of a better life.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. After he graduates from college, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory–the land of the fantasy novels they read as children–is real and much darker and more dangerous than they could have imagined.
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
The acclaimed author of ‘Ordinary Grace’ crafts a powerful novel about an orphan’s life-changing adventure traveling down America’s great rivers during the Great Depression, seeking both a place to call home and a sense of purpose in a world sinking into despair.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution — a #1 international bestseller — that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one — homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
This book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus — a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature — and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
A memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993–a collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has influenced law, women’s rights, and popular culture.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation–awkward but electrifying–something life changing begins.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?
There There by Tommy Orange
Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering bestselling novel follows twelve characters from Native communities, all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
In The Great Alone the new novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska.
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C a Fletcher
My name’s Griz. I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends, and in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, before all the people went away. But we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?’ Nora Seed finds herself faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one: following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist. She must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Based on a true story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children. ‘The Nickel Boys’ is a devasting, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them–for a price.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Follow Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall.
It by Stephen King
To the adults, Derry, Maine, was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered, a good place to live. It was the children who saw–and felt–what made Derry so horribly different. In the stormdrains, in the sewers, It lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each person’s deepest dread. Sometimes It reached up, seizing, tearing killing… The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of It was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until the grown-up children were called back, once more to confront It as It stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut that is part quest, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots and flying DeLoreans.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
Flamer by Mike Curato
Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in ‘Flamer,’ his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Prince Sebastian has a secret. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia. Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances. But how long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?
Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school.
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The powerful, unforgettable graphic memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents.
Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff
They Called Us Enemy by Steven Scott, George Takei, et al.
A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an icon in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. From This One Summer co-creator Tamaki comes a hilarious and poignant story of teen heartbreak and friendship.
Ichiro by Ryan Inzana
Raised by his Japanese mother, Ichiro idolizes his dead American father and struggles to fit in. When his mother decides to visit Japan, Ichiro is left with his grandfather in a country he doesn’t know. Grandfather becomes Ichi’s guide, sharing Japan with him. But one night, a monster drags Ichi away–into the domain of the gods! Now, he must face his fears and learn about the nature of man, of gods, and of war. He also learns there are no easy answers–for gods or men.
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, et al.
First volume in a graphic novel trilogy based on the life of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis.
True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News by Cindy L. Otis
A former CIA analyst unveils the true history of fake news and gives readers tips on how to avoid falling victim to it in this highly designed informative YA nonfiction title.
Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by Lady Gaga and Born This Way Foundation Reporters
Within these pages, you’ll meet young changemakers who found their inner strength, who prevailed in the face of bullies, who started their own social movements, who decided to break through the mental health stigma and share how they felt, who created safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and who have embraced kindness with every fiber of their being by helping others without the expectation of anything in return.
Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case by Chris Crowe
The kidnapping and violent murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 was and is a uniquely American tragedy. Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, when he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Three days later, his brutally beaten body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River. In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of Till’s murder, as well as the dramatic trial and speedy acquittal of his white murderers, situating both in the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement. Newly reissued with a new chapter of additional material–including recently uncovered details about Till’s accuser’s testimony–this book grants eye-opening insight to the legacy of Emmett Till.
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven among deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Praised as captivating, powerful, and essential by critics, this searing and soul-searching memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. ‘SHOUT’ speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice–and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
In 1964, Daniel Ellsberg was a U.S. government analyst, helping to plan a war in Vietnam. It was the height of the Cold War, and the government would do anything to stop the spread of communism–with or without the consent of the American people.
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan Stevenson
Lawyer and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom.
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
This riveting book about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California.
When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award-winner ‘Stamped from the Beginning.’
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
A gorgeously told novel in verse written with intimacy and power, ‘Audacity’ is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights.
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
For fourteen-year-old budding artist Minoru Ito, her two brothers, her friends, and the other members of the Japanese-American community in southern California, the three months since Pearl Harbor was attacked have become a waking nightmare: attacked, spat on, and abused with no way to retaliate–and now things are about to get worse, their lives forever changed by the mass incarcerations in the relocation camps.
Lovely War by Julie Berry
They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of Love.
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Set in 1906 in the Adirondack Mountains, against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, this Printz Honor-winning coming-of-age novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
After her mother is shot at a Nazi checkpoint, 15-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man who’s part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich. He needs Sarah, who’s Jewish, to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them.
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
From the author of Printz Medal winner Bone Gap comes the unforgettable story of two young women–one living, one dead–dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Stephanie Hemphill, Jennifer Donnelly, et al.
Perfect for anyone playing the ‘Six’ soundtrack on repeat who wants to discover more about the six wives of Henry VIII! This is an edge-of-your-seat reimagining of the romance and tragedy that defined them, told from multiple points of view by award-winning and bestselling authors.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Winter 1945. Four refugees. Four secrets. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
At the Castellana Hilton in 1957 Madrid, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson connects with Ana Moreno through photography and fate as Daniel discovers the incredibly dark side of the city under Generalissimo Franco’s rule.
Game Change by Joseph Monninger
When Zeb Holloway is called to be starting quarterback one week before the state championship game, he realizes he may have a future outside his rural New Hampshire town.
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
A hilarious YA contemporary realistic novel about a witty Black French Canadian teen who moves to Austin, Texas, and experiences the joys, cliches, and awkward humiliations of the American high school experience–including falling in love.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked … until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Felix Love, a transgender seventeen-year-old, attempts to get revenge by catfishing his anonymous bully, but lands in a quasi-love triangle with his former enemy and his best friend.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.
Gut Check by Eric Kester
Wyatt has wanted nothing more than to play football on Grayport’s championship-winning team. But not for the fame, glory, or girls. It’s his last chance to build a relationship with his older brother Brett, the star quarterback, before he leaves for college. But when Brett suffers a terrible concussion, Wyatt must decide if keeping his brother’s secret is worth risking his scholarship future.
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday’s mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about. Now with special bonus material!
The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone
When Cameron Carter goes straight from high school in small-town California to a summer internship with a powerful U.S. Congressman he admires, he soon learns that not everything in Washington, D.C. is as it appears.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Young, black, 16-year-old Steve Harmon, an amateur filmmaker, is on trial for the murder of a Harlem drugstore owner. Steve copes by writing a movie script based on his trial. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred until he can no longer tell who he is or what the truth is.
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
“Orange Is the New Black” meets Walter Dean Myers’ “Monster” in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.
Tradition by Brendan Kiely
At Fullbrook Academy, where tradition reigns supreme, James Baxter and Jules Devereux take on privilege, sexism, and the importance of consent.
Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren
Holland Delviss, the only girl on the boys’ high school hockey team, is forced to confront gender role expectations and her self-doubts when she is selected to be featured during HockeyFest and finds herself falling for her bossy team co-captain, in this novel from the author of “The Last Thing You Said.”
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
From the New York Times-bestselling author of the National Book Award winner “The Poet X” comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.
Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali
From William C. Morris Award Finalist Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is part “The Sun Is Also a Star” mixed with “Anna and the French Kiss,” following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.
The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Sarah Dessen comes a big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl–and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer.
Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
Solo’, is the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, who is being crushed between the scathing tabloids exposing his former rock-star-father’s addictions and a protected secret that threatens his own identity. The answers to his past and future change everything he thought to be true.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, ‘On the Come Up’ is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
High school juniors and best friends Courtney and Jupe, and new sophomore Rae, explore their sexuality and their budding attractions for one another.
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
A love letter to queerness, self-expression, and individuality (also Madonna) that never shies away from the ever-present fear within the queer community of late ’80s New York, ‘Like a Love Story’ is full of hope, love, courage, pride, and awe for the many people who fought for love and self-expression in the face of discrimination, cruelty, and death.
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
When a young black teen is murdered, his two best friends decide to keep his memory alive by promoting his music–rhymes that could turn any hangout into a party–with the help of his younger sister, Jasmine, who is out for justice. As the buzz builds, it forces Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine, to each confront the death in their own ways.
Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez
In the tradition of Jason Reynolds and Matt de la Peña, this heartbreaking, no-holds-barred debut novel told from three points of view explores how difficult it is to make it in life when you–your life, brown lives–don’t matter.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
After her mother’s suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
From popular Hugo Award-nominated social media personality and critic Mark Oshiro comes a story about the struggles of today’s teens finding power to overcome racial and economic obstacles, following a boy from Oakland as he falls in love amidst the chaos of modern America.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, ‘Internment’ challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been as perfect as believed.
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
When 17-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more in this gripping page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.
Slay by Brittney Morris
Ready Player One’ meets ‘The Hate U Give’ in this dynamite debut novel that follows a fierce teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther-inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for Black gamers.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity–and that of his pen pal–will be revealed.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.
Suggested Reading by Dave Connis
A hilarious and thought-provoking contemporary teen standalone that’s perfect for fans of ‘Moxie.’ A bookworm finds a way to fight back when her school bans dozens of classic and meaningful books.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
Incarcerated teen Quan Banks writes letters to Justyce McCallister, with whom he bonded years before over family issues, about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system.
This Is My America by Kim Johnson
While writing letters to Innocence X, a justice-seeking project, asking them to help her father, an innocent black man on death row, teenaged Tracy takes on another case when her brother is accused of killing his white girlfriend.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
It’s 2002, a year after 9/11, and Shirin has just started at yet another school. It’s an extremely turbulent time for the world, but also for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.
This Is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio
Rising high school juniors Jocelyn Wu and Will Domenici fall in love while trying to save the Wu family restaurant, A-Plus Chinese Garden.
Camp by L. C. Rosen
Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim — who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.
Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe by Sarah Mlynowski
Sam’s summer isn’t off to a great start. Her boyfriend, Eli, ditched her for a European backpacking trip, and now she’s a counselor at Camp Blue Springs: the summer camp her eleven-year-old self swore never to return to. Sam expects the next seven weeks to be a total disaster. That is, until she meets Gavin, the camps sailing instructor, who turns her expectations upside down. Its absurd. After all, Sam loves Eli. But one totally absurd, completely off-the-wall summer may be just what Sam needs. And maybe, just maybe, it will teach her something about what she really wants.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
The Walking Dead’ meets ‘Formation’ in Ireland’s acclaimed meditation on race in America that takes the form of an alternate-history adventure in a post Reconstruction world where Confederate and Union soldiers rose from the dead at the end of the Civil War.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
After a night out, Beatrice Hartley and her friends narrowly avoid a collision with a car on a deserted road. Or so they believe. Back at the mansion where they are staying, a mysterious man knocks on the door during a raging storm. He tells them that they must make a choice: one of them will live, and the rest will die. And the decision must be unanimous.
Beatrice and her friends are forced to repeat that dreadful day so many times they lose count. With each replay, events twist and fears come alive in horrifying ways.
This nightmare, this nothingness . . . this is the Neverworld Wake.
To escape, they have to vote. But how do you choose who to kill? And then how do you live with yourself?
Everlost by Neal Shusterman
Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident, but their souls don’t go where they’re supposed to, either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist.
Hold Me Like a Breath: Once Upon a Crime Family by Tiffany Schmidt
Penny Landlow, seventeen, the overprotected daughter of a powerful crime family, has rarely left the family estate due to a blood disorder, but when tragedy strikes and she’s left alone in New York City, she must prove she’s not as fragile as everyone believes.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s indigenous population–and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow–and dreams–means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a 15-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones, and take refuge from the ‘recruiters’ who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing ‘factories.’
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling–hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves
Again Again by E. Lockhart
Rising high school senior Adelaide Buchwald grapples with a family catastrophe and romantic upheaval while confronting secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to deliver some bad news: They’re going to die in less than twenty-four hours. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news is there’s an app for that. It’s called Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo meet up for one final epic adventure–to live a lifetime in a single day.
Spliced by Jon McGoran
Over the years, their friendship has been evolving–and Jimi is starting to wonder if they could become more than friends. But Del is obsessed with becoming a chimera: a person with animal features, achieved by splicing animal genes into their own DNA. It’s a dangerous and controversial process, provided illegally by back-alley doctors called genies.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
When a meteor hits the Moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Emmett accepts an interstellar space contract but learns en route that to win the promised fortune he and nine other recruits face a brutal competition, putting their very humanity at risk.
Horrid by Katrina Leno
Following her father’s sudden death, Jane North-Robinson and her mother are forced to move to the old North house in Maine, where Jane uncovers her family’s disturbing secrets.
The Tower of Nero (Trials of Apollo #5) by Rick Riordan
Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to Earth in the pathetic mortal form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? … Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester’s final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch-nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist?
The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution by Jonathan Hennessey and Jack McGowan
A complete, illustrated history of video games–highlighting the machines, games, and people who have made gaming a worldwide, billion dollar industry/artform–told in a graphic novel format.
Official Fortnite Battle Royale Survival Guide by Epic Games
This official handbook includes all the top tips and tricks players will need to dominate Battle Royale. From basic game play to more advanced maneuvers, it lists all the essential tips and tricks needed to become the last player standing
Benchwarmers by John Feinstein
Twelve-year-old Jeff Michaels, son of a Philadelphia TV sports reporter, is just learning to play soccer on the new sixth-grade team at his middle school. Andrea Carillo has fought her way onto the squad, but the coach doesn’t think girls should play with boys, so she’s riding the bench with Jeff–even though she’s one of the best players.
Wonders of the World by Giulia Lombardo
A world of wonders awaits children in this book! From the Palace of Versailles in France to the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, from Knossos Palace in Greece to Mount Rushmore in the US, it presents some of history’s greatest monuments, along with their location, size, and fun facts and features.