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WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU

by

Marisa Kanter

April 7, 2020

There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash. He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…. Except who she really is. Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash. That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue. Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels. If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.

IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD

by

Nina Kenwood

April 7, 2020

When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, and nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.

THE PERFECT ESCAPE

by

Suzanne Park

April 7, 2020

Nate Jae-Woo Kim wants to be rich, just like everyone else at the elite private school where he's a scholarship student. When one of the wealthiest kids at school offers Nate a huge sum of money to commit grade fraud, he knows that taking the windfall would help support his prideful Korean family―and they need the money, since Nate's dad just lost his job. But is compromising his integrity worth it? Kate Anderson wants a fresh start. Her high-powered CEO father oppressively controls over her life, demanding she follow the life plan he's laid out for her. She fantasizes about escaping to New York, where she can pursue her dreams of being an actress. But how can Kate get there when she can't even buy dinner without his approval? Nate and Kate's worlds collide at their job at a zombie-themed escape room. As sparks fly, fate steps in: a local tech company is hosting a weekend-long survivalist competition with a huge cash prize that could solve all their problems. And thanks to the survival skills they picked up watching hours of zombie movies, the two think they might just have a shot. But the real challenge will be making it through the weekend with their hearts intact...

THE LUCKY ONES

by

Liz Lawson

April 7, 2020

May is a survivor. But she doesn't feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn't know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through--no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her. Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister...and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won't let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band. Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.

THE BEST LAID PLANS

by

Cameron Lund

April 7, 2020

It seemed like a good plan at first. When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely's own eighteenth birthday party, she knows it's time for drastic measures. If she's going to avoid heading to college without any experience of her own, she needs to find the guy, and fast. Problem is, she's known all the boys in her small high school forever, and it's kinda hard to be into a guy when you watched him eat crayons in kindergarten. So she can't believe her luck when she meets a ridiculously hot new guy named Dean. Not only does he look like he's fallen out of a classic movie poster, but he drives a motorcycle, flirts with ease, and might actually be into her. But Dean's already in college, and Keely is convinced he'll drop her if he finds out how inexperienced she is. That's when she talks herself into a new plan: her lifelong best friend, Andrew, would never hurt or betray her, and he's clearly been with enough girls that he can show her the ropes before she goes all the way with Dean. Of course, the plan only works if Andrew and Keely stay friends--just friends--so things are about to get complicated.

THE EDGE OF ANYTHING

by

Nora Carpenter

April 7, 2020

Len is a loner teen photographer haunted by a past that’s stagnated her work and left her terrified she’s losing her mind. Sage is a high school volleyball star desperate to find a way around her sudden medical disqualification. Both girls need college scholarships. After a chance encounter, the two develop an unlikely friendship that enables them to begin facing their inner demons. But both Len and Sage are keeping secrets that, left hidden, could cost them everything, maybe even their lives.

UNSCRIPTED

by

Nicole Kronzer

April 21, 2020

Seventeen-year-old Zelda Bailey-Cho has her future all planned out: improv camp, then Second City, and finally Saturday Night Live. She’s thrilled when she lands a spot on the coveted varsity team at a prestigious improv camp, which means she’ll get to perform for professional scouts—including her hero, Nina Knightley. But even though she’s hardworking and talented, Zelda’s also the only girl on Varsity, so she’s the target for humiliation from her teammates. And her 20-year-old coach, Ben, is cruel to her at practice and way too nice to her when they’re alone. Zelda wants to fight back, but is sacrificing her best shot at her dream too heavy a price to pay?

THE SILENCE OF BONES

by

June Hur

April 21, 2020

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder. But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

A BREATH TOO LATE

by

Rocky Callen

April 28, 2020

Seventeen-year-old Ellie had no hope left. Yet the day after she dies by suicide, she finds herself in the midst of an out-of-body experience. She is a spectator, swaying between past and present, retracing the events that unfolded prior to her death. But there are gaps in her memory, fractured pieces Ellie is desperate to re-assemble. There's her mother, a songbird who wanted to break free from her oppressive cage. The boy made of brushstrokes and goofy smiles who brought color into a gray world. Her brooding father, with his sad puppy eyes and clenched fists. Told in epistolary-like style, this deeply moving novel sensitively examines the beautiful and terrible moments that make up a life and the possibilities that live in even the darkest of places.

DON'T CALL THE WOLF

by

Aleksandra Ross

April 28, 2020

When the Golden Dragon descended on the forest of Kamiena, a horde of monsters followed in its wake. Ren, the forest’s young queen, is slowly losing her battle against them. Until she rescues Lukasz—the last survivor of a heroic regiment of dragon slayers—and they strike a deal. She will help him find his brother, who vanished into her forest… if Lukasz promises to slay the Dragon. But promises are all too easily broken.

 

THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY

by

Jamie Pacton

May 5, 2020

In this gender-swapped, feminist A KNIGHT’S TALE meets MOXIE, rescuing everyone, especially her family, is seventeen-year-old Kit Sweetly’s greatest aspiration. It’s a heroic impulse, but her schemes usually make things worse. Working as a wench—i.e. waitress — at a cheesy medieval themed restaurant in the suburbs of Chicago fuels her fire for glory, and Kit dreams of being a knight, like her brother Chris. She knows the moves, she’s capable on a horse, and she desperately needs the raise that comes with Knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college. Defying company policy, Kit takes her brother’s place as knight one evening. When Kit reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets herself into internet fame and a whole lot of workplace trouble. But when Chris gets seriously injured at work, Kit has to find a way to monetize her fame in order to pay his hospital bills. Not to mention navigate a changing relationship with her best friend and longtime crush, while galvanizing the company into changing their sexist policies. If she can’t figure out how to save the day in time, she’ll lose her job, her family’s house, her spot at her dream college, and the guy she loves.

THE FASCINATORS

by

Andrew Eliopulos

May 12, 2020

An openly gay high school senior in small-town Georgia may or may not be in love with his best friend, and his hopes for his last year of school are thrown off course when old secrets, new crushes, and a brush with dark magic threaten his close-knit group of friends.

MY SUMMER LOVE AND MISFORTUNE

by

Lindsay Wong

May 12, 2020

Iris Wang is having a bit of a rough start to her summer. In an attempt to snap her out of her funk, Iris’s parents send her away to visit family in Beijing, with the hopes that Iris will “reconnect with her culture” and “find herself.” Iris resents her parents’ high-handedness, but even she admits that this might be a good opportunity to hit the reset button. Iris expects to eat a few dumplings, meet some of her family, and visit a tourist hotspot or two. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a handsome Mandarin-language tutor named Frank and to be swept up in the ridiculous, opulent world of Beijing’s wealthy elite, leading her to unexpected and extraordinary discoveries about her family, her future, and herself.

BY THE BOOK: A NOVEL OF PROSE AND CONS

by

Amanda Sellet

May 12, 2020

As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.

PRIVATE LESSONS

by

Cynthia Salaysay

May 12, 2020

After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay’s father's death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness — and her traditional Filipino mother’s prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul’s world and his way of digging into a composition’s emotional core. She practices constantly, foregoing a social life, but no matter how hard she works or how well she plays, it seems impossible to gain Paul’s approval, let alone his affection.

THE BOY IN THE RED DRESS

by

Kristin Lambert

May 12, 2020

New Year's Eve, 1929. Millie is the emcee of the Cloak & Dagger, an LGTQ-friendly speakeasy deep in the heart of the French Quarter, full of bootleg booze, cabaret acts, and where the New Orleans elite comes out to play. Her best friend, Marion, is the star of the show--his diehard fans wouldn't miss a performance from the boy in the red dress. And together they rule the underground scene. Then a young socialite draped in furs starts asking questions, wielding a photograph of a boy who looks a lot like Marion. When the socialite's body is found slumped in the back alley, all signs point to Marion as the murderer. Millie is determined to prove her best friend's innocence, even if that means risking her own life. As she chases clues that lead to cemeteries and dead ends, Millie's attention is divided between the wry and beautiful Olive, a waitress at the Cloak & Dagger, and Bennie, the charming bootlegger who's offered to help her find the murderer. The clock is ticking for the fugitive Marion, but the truth of who the killer is might be closer than Millie thinks.

DATE ME, BRYSON KELLER!

by

Kevin Van Whye

May 19, 2020

Everyone at Fairvale Academy knows of Bryson Keller's pledge: that for one week— Monday to Sunday— he will be the perfect boyfriend to the first person to ask him out, but when closeted Kai Sheridan asks him out, everything changes. 

OF SILVER AND SHADOW

by

Jennifer Gruenke

May 26, 2020

Ren Kolins is a silver wielder. It’s a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. When a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her six hundred and fifty thousand gold coins to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

THE PAPER GIRL OF PARIS

by

Jordyn Taylor

May 26, 2020

A historical YA story told in alternating perspectives between Alice, a girl in the present day, who inherits a secret apartment in Paris that has been locked since the end of World War II, and Adalyn, a girl living in Nazi-occupied Paris who joins the French Resistance.

FADE TO WHITE

by

Tara K. Ross

May 30, 2020

Thea Fenton’s life might look picture-perfect, but inside she is falling apart. Wracked by anxiety that no one seems to understand or care about, Thea turns to self-harm as a way to deflect the pain deep inside. When a local teen commits suicide, Thea’s anxiety reaches a whole new level. Unexplainable things begin to happen that leave her feeling trapped within her own chaotic mind. The lines between her reality and another world start to blur. And her previously mundane issues seem more daunting and insurmountable than ever before.

 

QUEEN OF COIN AND WHISPERS

by

Helen Corcoran

June 1, 2020

When idealistic teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold... Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father. As the two grow closer, they’re quick to learn that all isn’t fair in love and treason. They must decide not only what to sacrifice for duty, but also for each other...

LITTLE CREEPING THINGS

by

Chelsea Ichaso

June 2, 2020

When she was a child, Cassidy Pratt accidentally started a fire that killed her neighbor. At least, that’s what she’s been told. She can’t remember anything from that day, and her town’s bullies, particularly the cruel and beautiful Melody Davenport, have never let her live it down. But then Melody goes missing, and Cassidy thinks she may have information. She knows she should go to the cops, but she recently joked about how much she’d like to get rid of Melody. She even planned out the perfect way to do it. And then she gets a chilling text from an unknown number: I’m so glad we’re in this together. Now it’s up to Cassidy to figure out what really happened before the truth behind Melody’s disappearance sets the whole town ablaze.

YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN

by

Leah Johnson

June 2, 2020

Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor. But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down . . . until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington. The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

IF WE WERE US

by

K.L. Walther

June 2, 2020

The book follows Charlie and Sage, two best friends who everyone thinks are meant to be together, as they confront hard truths about their friendship, identities, and relationships when Sage falls for Charlie's brother and Charlie develops feelings for the new boy at their boarding school

A SONG BELOW WATER

by

Bethany C. Morrow

June 2, 2020

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Nevermind she's also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes. But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she's also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN

by

Roseanne A. Brown

June 2, 2020

For seventeen-year-old refugee Malik Hilali, the weeklong festival of Solstasia is a chance to escape his poverty-stricken life for a new one in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But just as he reaches the city’s gates, a vengeful spirit kidnaps his younger sister and offers him a deal: her freedom in exchange for the death of Crown Princess Karina Almorahad before Solstasia ends. With nothing but his own wits and dark magic he barely understands, Malik disguises himself as a nobleman and enters Solstasia to compete for Karina’s hand in marriage—the perfect opportunity to assassinate her. But the night before Solstasia begins, an assassin murders Karina’s mother, and she inherits a court that threatens mutiny. Grief-stricken and distrustful of everyone around her, Karina resorts to using forbidden magic to bring her mother back from the dead. But resurrection comes at a steep cost, and this ritual requires sacrificing her future husband—the winner of Solstasia. Over a week of heart-pounding celebrations and dazzling displays of magic, an unlikely bond forms between Karina and Malik, and their interactions force them to question everything they thought they knew about their world. But though they’re more alike than their enemies would have them believe, both are willing to do whatever it takes to save the ones they love—even if they have to destroy each other.

THE COURT OF MIRACLES

by

Kester Grant

June 2, 2020

In the dark days following a failed French Revolution, in the violent jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, young cat-burglar Eponine (Nina) Thenardier goes head to head with merciless royalty, and the lords of the city's criminal underworld to save the life of her adopted sister Cosette (Ettie). Her vow will take her from the city’s dark underbelly, through a dawning revolution, to the very heart of the glittering court of Louis XVII, where she must make an impossible choice between guild, blood, betrayal and war.

NIGHT OWLS AND SUMMER SKIES

by

Rebecca Sullivan

June 2, 2020

Emma Lane’s forced to face her fears when her mother unceremoniously dumps her on the doorstep of Camp Mapplewood, abandoning her for the summer while she heads off on a cruise with her latest husband. It’s the last place Emma wants to be with scary creatures, creepy crawlies, and much that can go bump in the night. When Emma breaks into the tool shed on her first day there, the fall out from her escapades leads her right into the path of her counsellor, Vivian Black. . .

HOOD

by

Jenny Elder Moke

June 9, 2020

The historical adventure novel reimagines the myth of Robin Hood through the eyes of his teenage daughter, Isabelle, as she navigates thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, and a ruthless king who wants her family dead.

SMOOTH

by

Matt Burns

June 16, 2020

Fifteen-year-old Kevin has acne, and not just any acne. Stinging red welts, painful pustules, and massive whiteheads are ruining his life. In an act of desperation, he asks his dermatologist to prescribe him a drug with a dizzying list of possible side effects — including depression — and an obligatory monthly blood test. But when he meets Alex, a girl in the lab waiting room, blood test day quickly becomes his safe haven — something he sorely needs, since everyone, including his two best friends, is trying his last nerve. But as Kevin’s friendships slip further away and he discovers who Alex is outside of the lab, he realizes he's not sure about anything anymore. Are loneliness and self-doubt the side effects of his new acne meds? Or are they the side effects of being fifteen?

THE KINDER POISON

by

Natalie Mae

June 16, 2020

In the magical kingdom of Orkena, sixteen-year-old Zahru has long dreamed of a life beyond the desert, even though she knows her lowly position as a stable girl who can commune with animals will never afford her such a luxury. All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes an ancient tradition known as the Crossing. It's a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey's end—will ascend to the throne and be granted untold powers. As preparations and celebrations for the Crossing ramp up, Zahru jumps at the chance to experience a small taste of glamour by sneaking into the palace. But the minor indiscretion quickly becomes the worst mistake of her life as she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is ultimately forced to become the contest's human sacrifice.

THE INVINCIBLE SUMMER OF JUNIPER JONES

by

Daven McQueen

June 16, 2020

It's the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he's sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his Blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he's not welcome there. Except for Juniper Jones. The town's resident oddball and free spirit, she's everything the townspeople aren't--open, kind, and full of acceptance.

Armed with two bikes and an unlimited supply of root beer floats, Ethan and Juniper set out to find their place in a town that's bent on rejecting them. As Ethan is confronted for the first time by what it means to be Black in America, Juniper tries to help him see the beauty in even the ugliest reality, and that even the darkest days can give rise to an invincible summer.

FIGHT FOR HER

by

Liz Plum

June 16, 2020

To all her peers, Scarlet Tucker has it all: she’s beautiful, wealthy, and dating the star quarterback. But while Scarlet projects perfection to the outside world, behind closed doors she is haunted by the tragic and mysterious death of her beloved brother.

Similarly, the school’s bad-in-all-the-wrong-ways boy, Elijah Black, carries the heavy loss of his own brother’s death on top of the swarm of unsavoury rumours from his fellow classmates. From the outside, there’s no reason for their two worlds to ever intersect, but Elijah has a secret that could hold the key to Scarlet’s closure and also put her in grave danger.

As the two grow closer, Elijah eventually let’s her in to his hidden lifestyle: underground fighting. It is there Elijah’s secret begins to unravel and Scarlet finds herself faced with the true story behind her brother’s death as well as the imminent danger that goes along with being his kin. Scarlet and Elijah find themselves too deep, both in danger and in feelings for one another as it becomes clear that the only way they will make it out alive is if they stick together.