Young Adult

Briar Girls

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ISBN: 9781534488427
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 16th, 2021

Briar Girls manages to incorporate the feelings and aspects of beloved fantasy classics like Stardust and Tamora Pierce’s Tortall, drawing from tropes such as the sleeping princess, and a curse placed by a witch, while transforming these things into something completely new. Join Lena on her journey into the Silence and encounter a tale filled with betrayal, quests, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes….really everything you could want from a fantasy novel.

Katherine


The City Beautiful

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ISBN: 9781335402509
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 5th, 2021

The boys in this book have to deal with antisemitism and homophobia, both internalized and external, in addition to the dybbuk possessing one of them and the murderer(s?) killing off Jewish boys around the Chicago World's Fair. The viciously queer and Jewish book I didn't realize I still needed.

Shana


The Upper World

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ISBN: 9780063078598
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Published: HarperTeen - December 7th, 2021

If you like your time travel novels with a smidge of Einstein, a smattering of social realism, and more than a pinch of spot-on London dialect, follow Esso and Rhia as they figure out themselves and the mysteries of spacetime.

Sarah


Bunny

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ISBN: 9780525559757
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2020

Reality and the uncanny meet in this dark narrative. Samantha Heather Mackey doesn’t fit in at her selective, MFA program. Preferring her own company to most of the others in the creative writing department, she is repulsed by a group of girls who call each other “Bunny,” and appear more cultish than simple friends. But as much as she hates them, a part of her longs for acceptance, and so she is swept up in the group and finds herself in the center of a strange and sinister world.

Engel


Elatsoe

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By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

In a world adjacent to our own, but where vampires, ghosts, and other folklore creatures walk the earth, Ellie Bride’s cousin appears to her between his last breath and his descent to the underworld to warn her that his death was no accident. With the help of her friends, family, and ghost dog she sets out to solve the mystery and uncover the secrets of a mysterious town. This book was amazingly fun and I could not put it down. I can’t wait to make everyone in my life read Elatsoe.

Katherine


Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

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ISBN: 9781534496194
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

Benjamin Alire Sáenz delivers in the highly anticipated sequel to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Everything in this book is beautifully executed. My copy has probably 70-100 sticky tabs on it because it is just beautifully poignant. Though the target audience of this book is young adults, I still think everyone needs to read Ari and Dante's story at least once in their lives. There is such stunning commentary on identity and relationships (paternal, platonic, romantic) and the characters experience life so wholly and candidly that it's hard to look away. This is a must read for fans of contemporary YA!

Cindy


Fifty-Four Things Wrong With Gwendolyn Rogers

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ISBN: 9780062996633
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 19th, 2021

I just want to give Gwendolyn a hug -- or share a weighted blanket with her. Carter captures so much about being neuroatypical -- the longing for an official term to define yourself, the constant trying to get things right, and how important it is to have people who get you even when they don't understand everything going on in your head.

Sarah


The Darkness Outside Us

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ISBN: 9780062888280
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 1st, 2021

I read this books months ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. I'm usually good at guessing where a plot is going. Not this one. It caught me off guard time and time again in the best ways. I won't say too much so you can be surprised as well, but read on if you like sketchy AIs, secret conspiracies, and two boys who aren't quite enemies becoming a lot more than friends.

Shana


Some Girls Do

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ISBN: 9780593112533
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

In Some Girls Do, Morgan, a high-level high school track star who has been forced to transfer from her Catholic high school because she's queer, falls for Ruby, a closeted bisexual girl who competes in beauty pageants to please her mom but whose true love is fixing cars. This is the truest, most beautiful, thoughtful, and heart-wrenching examination of teen queerness I've read in a long time and I can't recommend it highly enough.

April


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