Young Adult

This is pure mystery-solving, bad-guy-bludgeoning, summer-camp fun, and with buoyant, off-the-wall art and well-rounded [feminist] characters, it’s already set up to be a hit. —Booklist

ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: Boom! Box - April 7th, 2015

Nimona’s got supervillainry in the bag, now that she’s Ballister Blackheart’s one and only sidekick. But who knew plotting evil was going to be so hard? For teens who like their humor sarcastic, smart, and fundamentally quirky.  —Tera & Gā

ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

Hurricane Katrina pounces on New Orleans in this vivid, harrowing nonfiction recounting of the worst storm in U.S. history.  —Tera

ISBN: 9780544157774
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - August 4th, 2015

Hinds offers another adaptation of classic literature—both respectful and daring—in this beautifully colored and evocative rendition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

By Gareth Hinds, Gareth Hinds (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678029
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 10th, 2015

A truthful coming-of-age tale of a girl’s first crush on her camp counselor. She didn’t mean to fall for a girl.  —Tera

By Maggie Thrash, Maggie Thrash (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763673826
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 8th, 2015

Like Harry Potter on acid. For older teens. And up.  —Tera

ISBN: 9781770461987
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - April 28th, 2015

With characters as true and memorable as those in Eleanor and Park, I am Princess X is my favorite teen book of the year. It’s an unusual mystery that keeps you guessing, though it never departs from the offbeat realism of life in contemporary Seattle (think coffee shops, graffiti, hackers). May’s best friend, Libby, died in a car crash with her mother three years ago. Supposedly. But May has been haunted ever since by the idea that Libby might not be dead. Now 16, May sees a sticker plastered to a derelict shop window. It’s Princess X—an idea created by May and Libby years ago—a heroine who fights for truth. May is shy; she doesn’t see herself as a heroine, but she’ll do whatever it takes to find the source…and if Libby is alive, to rescue her, too. —Tera

By Cherie Priest, Kali Ciesemier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545620857
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 26th, 2015

Early on in A.S. King’s brilliant, surreal new novel, I surrendered: I stopped trying to figure out whether a scene or character was real, imagined, or something in between. So it goes with the four teenagers in I Crawl Through It as they struggle through trauma and stress by using their imagination, their emotional shields, and each other. King boldly disregards the rules of reality, balancing just on the edge of what we understand, so that when the friends fly away in an invisible helicopter or turn inside out (literally), it hardly feels far-fetched. It feels like shame, confusion, anxiety, and real emotion, and commands complete attention until the last page is turned.  —Julia

ISBN: 9780316334099
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

Featured in our 2015 Winter Newsletter.

Malcolm X’s daughters, Ilyasa Shabazz and Kekla Magoon, do a remarkable job generating atmosphere, balancing family love in the face of dire circumstances against the pulsating energy of a self-assured young man swaggering through Harlem streets in a fine zoot suit and a conk….The story of a reckless young man finding himself, X: A Novel is historical fiction at its best—an artistic exploration of a part of a renowned person’s life, one that stays true to his time and place. —Huffington Post

X: A Novel has received six starred reviews.

ISBN: 9780763669676
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - January 6th, 2015

Marcelo Sandoval, 17, is comfortable with his job caring for the ponies at Patterson, the expensive special education school he’s attended since first grade, comfortable with conversations with his mother’s friend, a down-to-earth woman rabbi, with whom he explores his obsession with religious writing and philosophy, comfortable living apart from (but close to) his family in what is essentially a luxury treehouse. Arturo, his father and a high-powered lawyer, wants Marcelo to move beyond his comfort zone into the “real world” by working a summer job in the mail room of his corporate law office. Marcelo, he promises, could then decide, himself, where to attend his senior year—a mainstream high school (which Arturo wants), or Patterson. Marcelo reluctantly agrees. Maneuvering his careful way around unfamiliar places, beginning an important relationship with his boss—a competent and beautiful young woman—questioning the ethics of his father’s most important client (and understanding that this will have financial and emotional fallout), Marcelo proves himself to be capable of enormous insight and growth. And essential goodness. It is a very great pleasure to have met Marcelo.  --Ga

ISBN: 9780545056908
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 2011



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