Young Adult

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Beauty queens

Libba Bray

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Bray, Libba
Fiction, Young Adult, Adventure

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

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What happens when a plane full of teenage beauty queens crashes on a desert island? Instead of going full Lord of the Flies, they build a successful society! This book is hilarious and heartfelt, but it also is deeply satirical and intriguing. Plus, it has great diversity representation! -Amanda

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Aftermath

Kelley Armstrong

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Armstron Kelley
Young Adult

"Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye. Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer." --

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I couldn't put this book down. Every time I thought I had things figured out, there was a new twist. Kelly Armstrong does a great job of tackling an all-too-real event from a perspective we rarely think about. -Meredith

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I'll give you the sun

Jandy Nelson

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Nelson Jandy
Young Adult

"A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah"--

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This achingly beautiful novel follows twin siblings as they experience loss and love. -Brian

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The book thief

Markus Zusak

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Zusak, Markus
Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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This gorgeous, heartbreaking book is literally told from the perspective of Death, and is set during the Holocaust. It's so beautiful and haunting--once you read it, you'll never forget it. -Amanda

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The blue sword

Robin McKinley

YOUNG ADULT FICTION McKinley, Robin
Young Adult, Fantasy

Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious powers.

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Tess of the road

Rachel Hartman

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Hartman Rachel
Young Adult, Fantasy

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can't seem to keep out of trouble. When Tess's family decides the only path for her is a nunnery, she chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. The open road is a map to somewhere else-- a life where she might belong.

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A very complex, poignant, lovely book about mental illness, grief, and healing, all set in a fantastical world. -Amanda

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Totally Joe

James Howe

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Howe, James
Kids, Young Adult, Fiction, LGBTQ+

As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography--life from A to Z--and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the difficulties of being a gay teenager.

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Gracefully Grayson

Ami Polonsky

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Polonsky Ami
Kids, Fiction, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

"Grayson, a transgender twelve-year-old, learns to accept her true identity and share it with the world"--

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Backlash

Sarah Littman

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Littman Sarah
Young Adult

When Christian, a boy she knows only through Facebook, posts a lot of nasty comments on her page, fifteen-year-old Lara tries to kill herself--but that is only the beginning of the backlash for her sister, Sydney; her former friend Bree; and her classmates.

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This book tackles online bullying from all angles: victim, perpetrator and everyone in their families affected by the act. -Meredith

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Shooter

Walter Dean Myers

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Myers, Walter Dean
Young Adult

Written in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting.

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