Young Adult

Like The Book Thief, this is a novel for both adult and young adult readers, and also like The Book Thief, it is almost perfect. The Minnow juxtaposes terse, clear, brief prose with an achingly lovely, lyrical, nonlinear narrative. I found it almost unbearable to finish the book and leave Tom’s company until I realized I probably never would. Tom would understand that and approve.

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ISBN: 9781922182012
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Published: Text Publishing Company - April 14th, 2015

Quintero’s debut has all the noise, emotion, and joy of a big family fiesta. Saddled with fears of becoming “Hispanic Teen Mom #3,789,258,” 17-year-old Gabi’s first-person journal nevertheless illuminates a girl who will not identified by ethnicity, class, weight, or lifestyle.

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ISBN: 9781935955955
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - October 14th, 2014

The true story of 4 undocumented Mexican American teenagers from an under-funded, under-supported Phoenix high school are challenged by their brave teachers to enter a national, collegiate level robotics competition--and they win. (Don't worry, I'm not giving anything away; it wouldn't now be a Hollywood-produced movie if they'd lost.) Joshua Davis is a master storyteller who is interested in more than just the shiny success story of these amazing students. What does it mean when this kind of potential is squandered, even deported? Spare Parts is entertaining, inspiring, and funny, without a doubt--but it's also a thought-provoking look at the modern "American Dream" and the institutions and prejudices that decide who gets to have a chance at it.

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Julia
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ISBN: 9780374534981
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Published: Fsg Originals - December 2nd, 2014

I absolutely love this book. The story of a girl in a magical land who harbors a secret heritage that could either ruin her life or save a kingdom, this lyrical book is filled with music, courtly intrigue, and plenty of adventure. Seraphina is perfect for anyone who loves a good book about a strong young woman finding herself. (And dragons. Lots of dragons.) 

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780375866227
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Published: Ember - December 23rd, 2014

Things get weird after Glory and her friend drink the petrified bat. Glory, struggling with her upcoming graduation and concerns about her future, starts seeing visions of people’s futures—and what she sees is brutal. Not only is this book a roar of feminist-teen awesomeness, but I adored photograph-obsessed Glory, and loved watching her become a strong, assertive woman.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780316222723
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

I am so overjoyed that this book exists. Not only does it feature characters who are Mexican-American (YES) and gay (HELL YES); it's beautifully written, painfully true, and unforgettably touching. It's an absolutely spot-on portrayal of friendship blossoming awkwardly and inexorably into love.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

This book is the equivalent of that warm-crazy-high feeling you get when you're in a car during a storm with your best friend who you have feelings for and you don't know whether or not you're going to kiss them. And I didn't know how to put that feeling into words until I read that very beautiful scene. It's one of the most honest and amazing literary portrayals of coming to terms with your sexuality and identity.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

“It’s amazing. Dark and resilient with a core theme that simply cannot be ignored. Yet for all that, Preus has tapped into a bit of harsh reality with her title that may give pause to all but the stoutest hearts. Fortunately, she tempers this reality with an artist’s license. With folktales and beautifully written prose. With a deep sisterly bond, and a serious consideration of what is right and what wrong and what is necessary in desperate circumstances. I don’t expect everyone to read this book and instantly love it, but I do expect people to read it. Slow to start, smart when it continues, and unlike anything you’ve ever really read before.” —Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal
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ISBN: 9781419708961
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Published: Amulet Books - April 1st, 2014

At 13, Jude was the daredevil: surfer, cliff diver, and boy magnet. Her twin brother, Noah, knows she’s their athletic father’s favorite and everything he is not: popular, poised, fearless. But at least Noah has their mother’s devotion—she sees Noah’s artistic genius and encourages him to go to the top-notch art school in their neighborhood. Three years later, the twins have turned upside down. Jude is the oddball-out at the fancy competitive art school and Noah pals around with his bros on the cross-country team, ignoring his gift and living a bland, safe life. With a fresh voice in teen literature, Jandy Nelson spins a funny, playful, heart-wrenching tale of two teens lost in translation. Grades 9 & up.
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Tera
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ISBN: 9780803734968
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Published: Dial Books - September 16th, 2014

Quincy and Biddy are “speddies”—that is, special education kids—who have made it through the school system and who now need to be put somewhere by the state; their families sure don’t want to take them back. The two very different girls wind up in a tidy garage apartment, trading work for rent from the elderly, insightful Elizabeth. Quincy doesn’t trust her, but then, Quincy doesn’t trust anyone, not since her mother tricked her grandmother into taking her in and then ran off. Biddy is an open book, gullible and slow, but she hides secrets under the huge trenchcoat she sports all hours of the day. As the girls navigate their new lives and each other, an unexpected resilience and even wisdom begins to shine through. A supremely well written and surprising tale that will upset your preconceptions while sucking you in from the first few lines. Grades 10 & up.
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Tera
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ISBN: 9780763662677
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 27th, 2014

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