Young Adult

Boy in the Red Dress

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$15.19
ISBN: 9780593113684
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 12th, 2020

 

This has all the fun of film noir, but instead of black and white, this one's full color. Our femme fatale is a man who performs in drag at a speakeasy and our detective is his best friend who's determined to prove him innocent. It's got grit and snark and a full picture of the non-white, non-straight, non-male corners of 1930, and both the struggles they faced and the places where they could cut loose. I don't usually get to see myself in this genre. This is a welcome exception.

Shana


Daughters of Ys

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By M. T. Anderson, Jo Rioux (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781626728783
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Published: First Second - August 11th, 2020

 

A kingdom built on magic that sits precariously on the coast's edge, nefarious deeds in dark rooms, witchcraft and severed heads; this beautiful graphic novel has all the trappings of a good dark and spooky story, but at it's depths it has a heart.

Meaghan


The Kingdom of Back

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ISBN: 9781524739010
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

 

Marie Lu's The Kingdom of Back is a historical fantasy featuring Nanerl--Mozart's older and often forgotten sister. Nanerl and her brother escape into a land they've created for themselves--a land full of faeries, upside down trees, and sonatas. The vibe I got while reading was very Hansel & Gretel--not all is as seems with the gingerbread house made of sweets. Marie Lu's illustrations of this magnificent world the two Mozart children have created is gorgeous! A dark, magical, and mysterious read. Definitely read this book--especially if you’re living in a constant state of escapism like I am.

Janaea


The Scapegracers

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$14.36
ISBN: 9781645660002
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Published: Erewhon - September 15th, 2020

 

When Sideways Pike, social outcast and lesbian witch, gets hired to do real magic at a party for the three most popular girls at her high school, she doesn't expect to end up with best friends and a new coven. Perfect for getting you into the Halloween spirit this month. Think The Craft, but queer and with all the girls lifting one another up and supporting each other.

Ari


Punching the Air

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ISBN: 9780062996480
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

This powerful and moving novel in verse by Ibi Zoboi, written in collaboration with Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five, portrays the deep losses of those betrayed by our justice system.


Cemetery Boys

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

I fought off a whole bunch of staff members (including but not limited to Kate, Leila, and Stacey) in order to pick this book. And then I spent half the month trying to figure out how best to turn all of my feelings into words because this book was so good and so important. This is the queer latinx ghost romance story you didn't know you were missing from your life. Read it. You won't regret it.

Shana


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