Here are a few staff favorites you might enjoy — two are contemporary YA fiction and one is an autobiography.
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The first day of senior year: Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss and grief. Suddenly, Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is. But if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?
The End of Oz by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series #4)
Dorothy Gale was buried when the Emerald Palace crashed to the ground; Ozma has been restored to the throne. But girls from Kansas are harder to kill than you’d think. Now Amy Gumm is following the Road of Yellow Brick toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. Surprise! He has a gingham-clad bride. And the line between good and wicked is blurring.
Imagine you live with your aunt who hates you so much she’s going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts — and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned. Now imagine the first people you encounter after your escape are a mysterious stranger and a ghost boy who seem to need you desperately, though you don’t understand who they are or exactly what they want you to do. So you set off on a treacherous journey, with only a ghost dog for company. And you find that what lies before you is a task so monumental that it could change the world.
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Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity, and she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful, like the invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.
Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. Maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.
Friendship, race, privilege, identity — this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.
For 16-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. When a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about how their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.
As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst — that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?
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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (book two of the Passenger series)
All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut. Instead, she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. Alone in an unknown place and time, Etta is exposed to threats from two groups that would like to see her dead. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—a man who has long been presumed dead and whose dangerous alliance with someone from Etta’s past could put them both at risk. Will time run out for Etta and those seeking to help her?
Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, 16-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking — all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: Falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly realizes that falling in love isn’t always a choice you make.
The Runaway by Kate O’Hearn (book two of the Valkyrie series)
Fourteen-year-old Freya is a Valkyrie: a Norse goddess, a reaper of souls from human battlefields. She has the power to cause death with just one touch. But Freya has not followed in the footsteps of the legends before her. She has been to the World of Man to befriend humans, not to reap their souls. Now she must go to the World of Man again on a new quest to track down the runaway Valkyrie of legend. There she will discover a dark secret and new enemies. But this time she has friends to rely on and lots more to gain, like creating a new Valkyrie legend.
Basketball season is upon us! Here are some fast-paced reads for b-ball fans.
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in gray, broken Bellmont and takes care of his disabled grandfather. At school he’s called “White Rabbit,” the only white kid on the varsity basketball team. He’s always dreamed of getting out, but until then, when he puts on his number 21 everything seems to make sense.
Russ, a former teen basketball phenom from a privileged home, has just moved to the neighborhood. Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21 — his former jersey number — and has an unusual obsession with outer space.
As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, “Boy21” may turn out to be the answer they both need.
Foul Trouble by John Feinstein
Terrell Jamerson is the no. 1 high school basketball player in the country. His team is poised to win state, top colleges are lining up to give him scholarships, and everyone says he could play in the NBA tomorrow. But it only takes one false step to lose everything.
Danny Wilcox is Terrell’s best friend and teammate, and a top prospect himself, but it seems like everyone wants to get close to Terrell. They say they just want to help, but their kind of help could get Terrell DQ’d.
Danny and Terrell better keep their eyes on the ball if they hope to last the season.
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
All eyes are on 17-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a citywide basketball tournament. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure, which he knows firsthand.
As the tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want him kept on the bench. As the last seconds of the game tick away, Lonnie and Cal must decide: Are they willing to blow the chance of a lifetime?