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Recommended Young Adult from our 2021 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2021 Winter Newsletter.


Terciel & Elinor by Garth Nix

Old Kingdom fans rejoice! 25 years ago, we were introduced to Sabriel and her world. All we saw of her parents were bits of memory, but now we finally hear their story. Elinor has been kept away from knowledge of the Old Kingdom, so she’s baffled when a young man called Terciel knocks on her door speaking of dead creatures. Here’s everything (and more!) Garth Nix fans have come to expect, but previous knowledge is not required to enjoy this lush sorcerous prequel.


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ISBN: 9780063049321
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - November 2nd, 2021

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Fairytales are ripe for the retelling. This reworked version of the Goose Girl is a fun Ocean’s Eleven Four!—style story about a girl named Vanja, who assumes one girl's life to save her own. If your reading wheelhouse includes dangerous grifting, street-smart girls, retellings, unlikely friendships, and high fantasy, this book from the author of the Merciful Crow duology is for you. Six of Crows fans are sure to enjoy this one.—MJ

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ISBN: 9781250191908
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 19th, 2021

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Painfully shy after an early encounter with a possessing spirit, Artemisia wants only to keep her head down and escape into the life of a nun who keeps the spirits at bay, but destiny, of course, has other plans. When her home is threatened, she binds herself to a revenant—a dangerous undead spirit trapped in a relic—and makes a deal. Part spooky, part adventure, and all heart, this book is for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and The Bone Witch.


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ISBN: 9781534477124
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 1st, 2022

Loveless by Alice Oseman

This is the book I needed when I was a teenager. Loveless is the first novel to center on the experience of coming to terms with and coming out as asexual, and it hits every beat. Our protagonist starts college seeking romance––only to find that her experiences aren't matching up with stories, movies, and societal expectations she's been raised on. This book is groundbreaking for the asexual community, as well as a profound reflection on the value of non-romantic forms of love.—Zoe

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ISBN: 9781338751932
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2022

Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Almost a decade ago, Aristotle and Dante’s story ended with a declaration of love and a kiss in the desert. Now turn the page and you’re back in 1988 under the stars with two boys in each other’s arms. Benjamin Alire Sáenz draws a world wider than just Ari and Dante, full of danger and sorrow—the AIDS pandemic, prejudice, personal tragedy—but also populated with fantastic characters, new and old, with connection and hope in a better tomorrow.—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781534496194
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

Things We Couldn't Say by Jay Coles

Bi-represenation? A male protagonist? A fellow Paramore stan? Look no further! Gio is just another Black basketball player trying to navigate high school. Now his mother has suddenly returned, after being gone for most of his life, and to top it off, he’s crushing on his new teammate. In Things We Couldn't Say, Jay Coles illuminates us with a beautifully crafted story of family, belonging, and accepting our full selves.

—Andrea C.

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ISBN: 9781338734195
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - October 4th, 2022

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