Young Adult

Speak : the graphic novel book cover

Speak : the graphic novel

Laurie Halse Anderson

Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Fiction

"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.

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Emily Carroll was the perfect artist to adapt Anderson's original novel. Her art has an edgy, raw aesthetic that effectively translates the haunting story of sexual assault, shame and high school life to the graphic novel format. The many wordless panels intensify the painful silences that Melinda endures, making the words she does speak even more powerful. A must read for all comics fans. -Morgan

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Blood water paint

Joy McCullough

Young Adult, Poetry, Historical Fiction

In Renaissance Italy, Artemisia Gentileschi endures the subjugation of women that allows her father to take credit for her extraordinary paintings, rape and the ensuing trial, and torture, buoyed by her deceased mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.

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A lovely novel in verse, telling the story of the incredible painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Everybody should know her name. Her story is heartbreaking and difficult, but it's worth sticking with. -Amanda

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The Nowhere Girls

Amy Lynn Reed

Young Adult

"Three misfit girls come together to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew and in the process start a movement that transforms the lives of everyone around them"--

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I am in love with this book. It made me sad. It made me angry. It frustrated me so much at times, but when I read the last few pages, it gave me hope. As Amy Reed writes, "But maybe things are changing." -Meredith

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Ptolemy's gate

Jonathan Stroud

jFICTION Stroud, Jonathan
Young Adult

Dangerous adventures continue for the djinni Bartimaeus and his master, seventeen-year-old Nathaniel, a powerful magician who is serving as England's minister of information.

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Emergency contact

Mary H. K. Choi

Young Adult

"After a chance encounter, Penny and Sam become each other's emergency contacts and find themselves falling in love digitally, without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other"--

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Absolutely charming book! I haven't been this invested in a fictional couple for quite a while. Also, I'm still not over how gorgeous the cover is. -Brian

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The Belles

Dhonielle Clayton

Young Adult

"In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world"--

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Beauty is skin deep. It's what's below the surface that's frightening. -Meredith

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Akata warrior

Nnedi Okorafor

Young Adult, Fantasy

Now stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny Nwazue, along with her friends from the the Leopard Society, travel through worlds, both visible and invisible, to the mysterious town of Osisi, where they fight in a climactic battle to save humanity.

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Sunny is a young witch just coming into her power in Nigeria. This book is even better than the first book in the series, Akata Witch, because now Sunny is comfortable among the Leopard People (witches and wizards) and doesn't have to learn the basics of her new world. Now, she gets to spend more time doing serious, amazing magic. I can't wait for the 3rd book! -Amanda

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Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

LGBTQ+, Young Adult

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.

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Akata witch

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Okorafor-Mbachu, Nnedi
Young Adult, Fantasy

Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

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What a gorgeous book! I'm a sucker for all things witches, and I love YA. I'm so thrilled to see a popular book by a Nigerian author about awesome Nigerian and African American kids saving the world. The mythology is beautiful, the world building is phenomenal, and everybody should read it. -Amanda

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Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Young Adult, Romance

"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try"--

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A beautiful story of first love between two misfit kids in the 80s. I read this in one sitting, and then promptly devoured everything else Rainbow Rowell has written. This book explores gender roles, abuse, and love. -Amanda