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      Starfish

      by Akemi Dawn Bowman

      Jan 2018

      Young Adults

      Young Adult
      Kiko Himura,a half-Japanese teen grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school.

      Forest of a Thousand Lanterns: A Rise of the Empress Novel

      by Julie C. Dao

      Jan 2018

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      Young Adult
      Set in the mystical Far East, this reimagining of The Evil Queen legend is about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress—and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

      That Inevitable Victorian Thing

      by E.K. Johnston

      Jan 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      Young Adult
      Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, this is a surprising, delightful, and thought-provoking novel of love, duty, and the forces that change the world.

      Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

      by Jack Gantos

      Dec 2017

      Nonfiction Middle

      Middle Grade
      Jack Gantos shares his advice on how to be the best, brilliant writer in this funny and practical writing guide for children ages 10 and up. Writing exercises. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Auma’s Long Run

      by Eucabeth Odhiambo

      Oct 2017

      Advanced Readers Plus

      Middle Grade
      In 1980s Kenya, 13-year-old Auma must decide whether to pursue a track scholarship that will let her attend high school or stay home to help her struggling family as AIDS ravages her village. Author's note.

      The Art of Starving

      by Sam J. Miller

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

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

      Midnight at the Electric

      by Jodi Lynn Anderson

      Oct 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      Young Adult
      While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri's fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

      The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Young Adult
      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.

      Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

      by Sarah Prager

      Sep 2017

      Nonfiction High Plus

      Young Adult
      This first-ever LGBTQ history book for teens chronicles the lives of 23 influential queer figures from the Roman Empire through to the present. Glossary. Learn more. Bibliography and notes. Black-and-white illustrations.

      It All Comes Down to This

      by Karen English

      Sep 2017

      Advanced Readers

      Middle Grade
      Los Angeles 1965:When riots erupt in nearby Watts and a friend is unfairly arrested, Sophie learns that life—and her own place in it—is even more complicated than she'd once thought.

      The Pearl Thief

      by Elizabeth Wein

      Sep 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      Young Adult
      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.

      An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

      by Melanie Crowder

      Aug 2017

      Young Adults

      Young Adult
      Readers will get a boy's-eye-view of corruption, greed, survival, and the power of family set in the underbelly of Bolivia's crime world, where drugs are plentiful and justice is rare.
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