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2020 Young Adult Summer Reading Program

Below are the Young Adult books for grades 9-12 that are part of our our Summer Reading Program in 2020. Be sure to add the free bookmark below to your cart (or download one here) to check them off as you read. Learn more about our Summer Reading Program here.

Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062685094
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

14 year old Chuna lives with her single mother in Seoul, South Korea, until she is suddenly relocated to Huntsville, Alabama when her mom remarries. Chuna, now going by Robin, struggles with isolation, attending school while still learning English, and a fraught relationship with her new step-family. She resents her mother for uprooting her. However, as she learns about American culture, she also gains new insight into South Korea, and why her mother chose to have them move. Robin Ha’s memoir is an emotional tour de force, and a brilliant addition to the growing landscape of young adult graphic novels. —Molly


Barely Missing Everything Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534404465
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 3rd, 2020

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The Boneless Mercies Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250211507
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Published: Square Fish - April 28th, 2020

In a medieval Scandinavia with magic, Frey leads a band of Boneless Mercies—nomadic women and girls who perform mercy kills for (very little) pay. But Frey yearns for fame and glory: she wants to be the subject of the epic ballads sung throughout the land. When she learns the Blue Vee Beast is terrorizing a jarldom, she and her sisters agree they will slay the beast and win renown. The writing in this book is so beautiful I found myself often stopping to savor it. I also loved the sisterbond of Frey and her fellow Boneless Mercies. It's refreshing to read a story that doesn't present romantic relationships as above all other kinds—the sisterhood the Boneless Mercies share is a bond that transcends all. A great read for anyone who likes historical-feeling fantasy adventure. —Stephanie


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A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781681195100
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - January 7th, 2020

In the magical kingdom of Emberfell, Prince Rhen has been cursed to repeat the same fall season with different girls until one falls in love with him. In contemporary Washington D.C., Harper sees a man (Rhen's guardsman) abducting a girl on the streets, intervenes, and is transported to Rhen's kingdom. I love how hard Harper fights to escape and get back home (she’s no damsel-in-distress) and though Rhen has become a better person throughout the enchanted seasons, action-oriented Harper isn't keen to fall in love (I’m not saying whether or not they eventually fall for each other!). Instead, she’s focused on how to save Rhen's neglected kingdom—and falling in love is not part of the plan. I loved this creative Beauty & the Beast retelling and have already started reading the sequel! —Stephanie


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Dry Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481481977
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

Neal Shusterman, author of the Arc of a Scythe and Unwind series, teams up with son Jarrod for a dystopic thriller about a future where the California drought has reached a catastrophic peak, leaving Southern California without water and society collapsing as people fight to survive the “Tap-Out.” The Shustermans are masters at capturing impending doom, and they aren’t pulling their punches here. Readers will find girl-next-door Alyssa a relatable protagonist, but she shares the stage with a few more gritty narrators, including her neighbor Kelton, the nerdy son of a survivalist ‘prepper’, whose family dynamic is as fascinating as it is dysfunctional. A dark and gripping novel that will have fans glued to the page--- and perhaps taking shorter showers as well. —Molly


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Once & Future Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316449267
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Published: jimmy patterson - February 4th, 2020

This "queer King Arthur in space" doesn’t disappoint. For the first time in 41 cycles of Arthurs, Merlin finds Arthur is a girl, Ari. An evil corporation called Amazon—sorry, Mercer—walled off her homeworld and Ari alone escaped. A decade later, she accidentally crashes on Earth and discovers a mysterious sword stuck in a tree, kickstarting the biggest Arthur quest yet. I loved this fresh, engaging update to the Arthur legend and its beautiful blend of science fiction and fantasy. —Ivy


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Patron Saints of Nothing Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525554929
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Published: Penguin Books - April 21st, 2020

This is a once in a blue moon novel that grips you and won’t let you go. Jay's cousin is killed as part of the war on drugs in the Philippines and he travels to the country of his birth in search of answers. Growing up in the U.S. from a young age leads to numerous cultural and familial misunderstandings and the truth of Jun's death ends up much more complicated than expected. There are no easy answers in this beautiful and lovingly written novel. —Ivy


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The Poet X Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

This National Book Award, Printz Award, and Pura Belpre Award winning book is worthy of all that attention it’s received. Stifled at home and at church, the only place first generation Domincan-American Xiomara (see-oh-MAH-ruh) feels heard is in her poetry. Though aided by a dedicated teacher, her love interest Aman, and a poetry club and spoken word competition, it’s Xiomara herself who gathers the resources she needs to solve her problems. Poignant and real, beautiful and intense, this is the powerful story of a girl struggling, and eventually succeeding, to define herself. A great choice for any and everyone! —Stephanie


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This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

What is race? What is racism? What about personal racism, institutional racism, and internalized racism? Why is it important to protect ourselves against microaggressions? Complete with an introductory glossary, this book is packed with 20 lessons on how to “wake up, take action, and do the work” to actively fight against racism. Young people already familiar with these concepts will find support and encouragement by reading this book. Newcomers to these ideas will begin to have their eyes open to the injustices of this world (and would benefit from guidance from adults already educated and actively practicing anti-racism). Also a great choice for family reading for those on a journey towards active anti-racism. As the starred Kirkus review says, this book is “Essential.” —Noreen


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When Dimple Met Rishi Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481478694
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 22nd, 2018

Eighteen-year old Dimple is determined to have a career in tech, despite her parents insistence she focus on the more matrimonial side of life. Rishi is going to MIT to make his parents happy, putting aside his love of art. Unbeknownst to Dimple, the pairs’ parents have planned to set them up at a summer tech conference and hijinks ensue. This is a light-hearted, funny, and romantic story is perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Aminah Mae Safi, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Maureen Goo, or Meg Cabot. —MJ