Young Adult

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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 FICTION Choi Mary
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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Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Saenz Benjamin
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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Wandering son

Takako Shimura

MANGA Shimura Wandering
Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

V. 1: "The fifth grade. The threshold to puberty, and the beginning of the end of childhood innocence. Shuichi Nitori and his new friend Yoshino Takatsuki have happy homes, loving families, and are well-liked by their classmates. But they share a secret that further complicates a time of life that is awkward for anyone: Shuichi is a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino is a girl who wants to be a boy "-- back cover.

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This is a beautiful and touching series about friends supporting one another through thick and thin. -Casey

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Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Rowell Rainbow
Young Adult

Cath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.

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And I Darken

Kiersten White

YOUNG ADULT FICTION White Kiersten
Young Adult, Fantasy

In this first book in a trilogy a girl child is born to Vlad Dracula, in Transylvania, in 1435--at first rejected by her father and always ignored by her mother, she will grow up to be Lada Dragwlya, a vicious and brutal princess, destined to rule and destroy her enemies.

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The hate u Give

Angie Thomas

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Thomas Angie
Young Adult

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.

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"Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug. He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I'll remember how he died."--I'll remember for the rest of mine too, Starr. -Casey

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This one summer

Mariko Tamaki

GRAPHIC NOVEL Tamaki
Young Adult, Graphic Novels

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

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Spinning

Tillie Walden

796.912092 /Walden
Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Memoir, LGBTQ+

Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know. It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark. Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again. She was good. She won. And she hated it. For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. Skating was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

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Dash & Lily's book of dares

Rachel Cohn

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Cohn, Rachel
Young Adult

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what--or who--they will find.

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Think treasure hunt via text message but without the technology. Lily hides the clue/dare anonymously in a book waiting to be found. When Dash stumbles on it will he have the nerve to take the dare? -Beth