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      Sanctuary

      by Paola Mendoza

      Nov 2020

      Young Adults Plus

      It’s 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked—from buses to grocery stores. It’s almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that’s exactly what sixteen-year-old Vali is doing. She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in small-town Vermont, but when Vali’s mother’s counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee.

      Now on the run, Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her tia Luna’s in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country. But when Vali’s mother is detained before their journey even really begins, Vali must carry on with her younger brother across the country to make it to safety before it’s too late.

      Cleo Porter and the Body Electric

      by Jake Burt

      Nov 2020

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary Plus

      In a future forever changed by a pandemic, a girl survives in total isolation.

      A woman is dying.

      Cleo Porter has her medicine. And no way to deliver it.

      Like everyone else, twelve-year-old Cleo and her parents are sealed in an apartment without windows or doors. They never leave. They never get visitors. Their food is dropped off by drones. So they’re safe. Safe from the disease that nearly wiped humans from the earth. Safe from everything. The trade-off?

      They’re alone. Thus, when they receive a package clearly meant for someone else—a package containing a substance critical for a stranger’s survival—Cleo is stuck. As a surgeon-in-training, she knows the clock is ticking. But people don’t leave their units.

      Not ever.

      Until now.

      Campamento Miedo (Camp Fear)

      by Jaime Alfonso Sandoval

      Oct 2020

      Spanish Middle

      Due to a terrible mix-up, Dino Duarte is sent to Camp Amors.

      Camp Amors, a mandatory militarized area for scumbags and sleaze balls, a place to re-educate rebellious children, and where two strange directors, Doris and Vera, are in charge. Everything is horrible and mysterious in that camp.

      There are disappearances, a strange creature that surrounds the cabin, a secret hatch under the pool, and the phones don’t work; none of them have a working line. What is that place? What are the two directors’ intensions with the campers? Dino, along with his friends Rina and Edi, will discover a chilling secret inside Camp Fear. In that place, nothing is as it seems.

      The New Wilderness

      by Diane Cook

      Oct 2020

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Bea’s five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is slowly wasting away. The smog and pollution of the City—an over-populated, over-built metropolis where most of the population lives—is destroying her lungs. But what can Bea do? No one leaves the City anymore, because there is nowhere else to go. But across the country lies the Wilderness State, the last swath of open, protected land left. Here forests and desert plains are inhabited solely by wildlife. People are forbidden. Until now.

      Bea, Agnes, and eighteen others volunteer to live in the Wilderness State as part of a study to see if humans can co-exist with nature. Can they be part of the wilderness and not destroy it? Living as nomadic hunter-gatherers, this new community wanders through the grand country, trying to adhere to the strict rules laid down by the Rangers, whose job it is to remind them they must Leave No Trace. As the group slowly learns to live and survive on the unpredictable and often dangerous land, its members battle for power and control and betray and save each other. The farther they roam, the closer they come to their animal soul.

      To her dismay, Bea discovers that, in fleeing to the Wilderness State to save Agnes, she is losing her in a different way. Agnes is growing wilder and closer to the land, while Bea cannot shake her urban past. As she and Agnes grow further apart, the bonds between mother and daughter are tested in surprising and heartbreaking ways.

      Yet just as these modern nomads come to think of the Wilderness State as home, its future is threatened when the Government discovers a new use for the land. Now the migrants must choose to stay and fight for their place in the wilderness, their home, or trust the Rangers and their promises of a better tomorrow elsewhere.

      The Last Lie

      by Patricia Forde

      Sep 2020

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      Words hold power—and Letta wields them fiercely.

      The city of Ark is no longer safe. Before the rebellion, everyone could only speak List, a language of just 500 words. But when Letta became the Wordsmith, the keeper of all the words that have ever existed—she learned that being able to express yourself is what makes you human.

      And now, the new ruler has wicked plans to eliminate language once and for all: If a baby never hears a single word, they will never speak.

      Letta and the other rebels must find a way to defeat the evil for good before they lose the very thing that will set them free.

      The Middler

      by Kirsty Applebaum

      Aug 2020

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, cust off from the outside world by a boundary beyond which the seemingly endless Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous, and deceitful wanderers roam. Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special, a hero who will soon go off to fight in the war. But Maggie's just a middle child—a middler who's invisible and forgotten, even by her own family.

      One hot September day, when she chances upon a wanderer girl in hiding, Maggie decides she wants to be a hero like her brother and sets out to capture the intruder. But once Maggie peeks past the hedges of the boundary for the first time, suddenly everything she's ever known about her isolated town gets turned on its head. Perfect for fans of Pax, Orphan Island, and Beyond the Bright Sea.

      The Ballad of Ami Miles

      by Kristy Dallas Alley

      Jul 2020

      Young Adults

      Raised in isolation at Heavenly Shepherd, her family’s trailer-dealership-turned-survival compound, Ami Miles knows that she was lucky to be born into a place of safety after the old world ended and the chaos began. But when her grandfather arranges a marriage to a cold-eyed stranger, she realizes that her “destiny” as one of the few females capable of still bearing children isn’t something she’s ready to face.

      With the help of one of her aunts, she flees the only life she’s ever known and sets off on a quest to find her long-lost mother (and hopefully a mate of her own choosing). But as she journeys, Ami discovers many new things about the world—and about herself.

      How to Bee

      by Bren MacDibble

      Jun 2020

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Peony lives with her sister, Magnolia, and her grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Even though she is only nine—and bees must be ten—Peony already knows all there is to know about being a bee and she is determined to achieve her dream.

      Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony’s mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known. Peony is taken to the city to work for a wealthy family. Will Peony’s grit and quick thinking be enough to keep her safe?

      The Sound of Stars

      by Alechia Dow

      Jun 2020

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world's population.

      Seventeen-year-old Janelle "Ellie" Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books, and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

      Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music, and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

      Ellie's—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and a stack of old CDs, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

      Followers

      by Megan Angelo

      Apr 2020

      Adult Crossover Thrillers Plus

      Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.

      Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

      The Light at the Bottom of the World

      by London Shah

      Feb 2020

      Current Trends High Plus

      In the last days of the twenty-first century, sea creatures swim through the ruins of London. Trapped in the abyss, humankind wavers between fear and hope—fear of what lurks in the depths around them, and hope that they might one day find a way back to the surface.

      When sixteen-year-old submersible racer Leyla McQueen is chosen to participate in the city’s prestigious annual marathon, she sees an opportunity to save her father, who has been arrested on false charges. The Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. But the race takes an unexpected turn, forcing Leyla to make an impossible choice. Now she must brave unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a guarded, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If Leyla fails to discover the truths at the heart of her world, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture—or worse. And her father will be lost to her forever.

      War Girls

      by Tochi Onyebuchi

      Jan 2020

      Current Trends High Plus

      The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky.

      In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs, and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life. Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together. And they’re willing to fight an entire war to get there.
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