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National Public Radio’s Guide to 2017 Great Reads

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      Far from the Tree

      by Robin Benway

      Mar 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      In this National Book Award-winning novel about the meaning of family, adopted teen Grace seeks out her biological siblings after giving up her own baby.

      Accident!

      by Andrea Tsurumi

      Feb 2018

      Kindergarten Plus

      When a clumsy armadillo named Lola knocks over a glass pitcher, she sets off a silly chain of events, encountering chaos wherever she goes.

      The Art of Starving

      by Sam J. Miller

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      In this gritty, contemporary YA debut, a bullied gay teen boy with an eating disorder believes he's developed super powers via starvation.

      The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman, but even the finest boarding schools in England haven't been able to tame his roguish passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Author's note on historical accuracy.

      The Pearl Thief

      by Elizabeth Wein

      Sep 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she'd imagined won't be exactly what she anticipated. Thisprequel to Code Name Verityreturns to a beloved character just before she first takes flight. Map. Author's note. Bibliography. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Marlena: A Novel

      by Julie Buntin

      Aug 2017

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena.

      Town Is by the Sea

      by Joanne Schwartz

      Jul 2017

      Easy Reading Plus

      Stunning illustrations show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. Author's note. Full-color illustrations.

      When Dimple Met Rishi

      by Sandhya Menon

      Jul 2017

      Young Adults

      This is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

      Exit West: A Novel

      by Mohsin Hamid

      Jun 2017

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      In an unnamed city teetering on the brink of civil war, a young couple embarks on a furtive love affair.

      Strange the Dreamer

      by Laini Taylor

      May 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.

      The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

      by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

      Apr 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. Now it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is questioning everything.

      City of Saints & Thieves

      by Natalie C. Anderson

      Mar 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      Tina's investigation into her mother's murder takes readers through the seedy underbelly of Sangui City and the dangerous jungles of Congo. Author's note. Glossary.
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