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THE SUMMER I DROWNED

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Taylor Hale

July 7, 2020

Five years after almost drowning, Olivia Cathart returns home to Caldwell Beach determined to face her fears and take some risks―not just by swimming, but by opening her heart. Hoping to rekindle her friendships, she’s excited about a carefree summer with her best friends Keely and Miles. But life in the sleepy town has changed, and no one and nothing is as it seems.

When a series of startling crimes threaten Olivia’s fragile state, she is plunged into a terrifying game of cat and mouse. Her only solace from the chaos is West, Miles’s disowned and ruggedly handsome brother, but even he can’t answer the question on everyone’s minds―is Olivia really in danger or is it simply all in her head?

KEEP MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO

by

Amelia Diane Coombs

July 14, 2020

Caroline Wilson—Chuck—is the reluctant heir to Bigmouth’s Bowl, her family’s ancient San Francisco bowling alley. She knew business was dwindling, but when she finds out that her father owes an absurd amount of back rent, things take on an entirely new light. Suddenly, her dreams of staying in her beloved San Francisco to attend fashion school are seeming less likely, especially when she finds her father looking at property in Surprise, Arizona. This is not the sort of surprise she welcomes. Chuck’s only option is to come up with the money herself—and as luck would have it, her former best friend Beckett Porter has an idea how to make it work. Sure, hustling might be slightly illegal, but if it worked for Paul Newman, maybe it can work for them. Right? Beckett and Chuck team up to infiltrate the Bay Area action bowling scene, with enough success that saving Bigmouth’s seems within reach. But Chuck can’t shake the nagging feeling that she’s acting irrational—too much like her mentally ill mother for comfort—and lying to her father and aunt is weighing heavily upon her. Plus, despite her best efforts to keep things strictly business, Beckett’s charm is winning her back over. Can she pull off saving Bigmouth’s, protecting her father and aunt, keeping tabs on her mental health, and deal with her newfound feelings about her former best friend? If she loses, Bigmouth’s Bowl and their San Francisco legacy are gone forever. But if she wins, she might just get everything she ever wanted.

JENNIFER STRANGE

by

Cat Scully

July 21, 2020

When her father disappears, Jennifer Strange moves in with her estranged sister Liz in Savannah, Georgia, one of the most haunted places in the United States. When the ghosts begin to tear Jennifer and Liz's lives apart, the sisters must learn to trust each other again if they hope to uncover the truth about their family history. If they can’t sort out their differences, they’ll not only destroy the veil between the living and the dead, but fall into the hands of a rival family that wants them dead.

SHIELDED

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KayLynn Flanders

July 21, 2020

As second born to Hálendi's royal family, Princess Jennesara was never supposed to inherit magic. She is supposed to wed the prince of Turia to strengthen the alliance between their kingdoms. While traveling to Turia, she feels the magical tethers connecting her to her family snap one by one—a sign of her family's death. At the same moment, a mage bent on revenge blasts through her traveling party, killing everyone in his path to get to her. Knowing she has to survive for her kingdom's sake, Jennesara flees into the Wild, chased by hunger, wolves, and shadowmen. She's barely alive when she stumbles out of the Wild and into Turia, but vows to find a way to protect others from the mage's destruction. She befriends the prince she was supposed to wed and works her way into Turia's palace. But with war threatening at every border and the murder of her family fresh in her mind, she can't reveal her identity to anyone, including the prince. Not if Jennesara, with her forbidden magic, hopes to defeat the mage before he becomes unstoppable and destroys all the kingdoms on the Plateau.

GHOST WOOD SONG

by

Erica Waters

July 21, 2020

When her daddy died in a car crash, sixteen-year-old Shady Grove Crawford thought he took his ghostraising fiddle with him. Now, with the pine woods outside her trailer filling with eerie bluegrass music and restless spirits, Shady is certain Daddy’s fiddle is calling to her from beyond the grave. Then her brother is arrested for murder, and Shady knows she must find the fiddle to prove his innocence and discover the real killer. With the help of her bandmate and secret crush Sarah, as well as a rodeo boy who’s trying to swagger his way into her heart, Shady sets out to raise the dead. But instead of finding the truth, she conjures up the shadow man, the vengeful spirit that destroyed Daddy’s life and has now laid claim to hers. To free herself from its deadly grip, Shady must unearth the fiddle’s dark origins and uproot the shameful past Daddy tried so hard to hide. If she doesn’t, her brother will go to prison and Shady will follow her daddy to an early grave.

GIRL FROM NOWHERE

by

Tiffany Rosenhan

July 21, 2020

15-year-old Sophia, who after years cultivating combat and language skills abroad with her diplomat parents relocates to Montana for a "normal" high school life. But her past is not as far behind her as she thinks.

THE STEPPING OFF PLACE

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Cameron Kelly Rosenblum

July 28, 2020

Every girl loves her best friend, but Hattie is more like Reid’s social oxygen. Hattie’s the badass, Reid’s the wingman; that’s how it’s meant to be. But when Hattie drowns off the coast of Maine while summering with her family two weeks before the start of senior year, Reid must confront the devastating loss and her own identity crisis, all while hearing and seeing Hattie everywhere. The police declare that Hattie died by suicide, but it just doesn’t make sense. Hattie was one of the most enigmatic and joyful people Reid has ever known. Something just doesn’t feel right, and in her grief, Reid immediately begins to question the circumstances surrounding Hattie’s death—and the secrets kept by the person she thought she knew better than herself. This is the summer that Reid is forced to reexamine everything she knows about alphas and betas, truth and lies, the complexities of mental health, and what it means to step into yourself.

TRUE OR FALSE: A CIA ANALYST'S GUIDE TO FAKE NEWS

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Cindy L. Otis

July 28, 2020

"Fake news" is a term you’ve probably heard a lot in the last few years, but it’s not a new phenomenon. From the ancient Egyptians to the French Revolution to Jack the Ripper and the founding fathers, fake news has been around as long as human civilization. But that doesn’t mean that we should just give up on the idea of finding the truth. In True or False, former CIA analyst Cindy Otis will take readers through the history and impact of fake news over the centuries, sharing stories from the past and insights that readers today can gain from them. Then, she shares lessons learned in over a decade working for the CIA, including actionable tips on how to spot fake news, how to make sense of the information we receive each day, and, perhaps most importantly, how to understand and see past our own information biases, so that we can think critically about important issues and put events happening around us into context.

THIS IS MY AMERICA

by

Kim Johnson

July 28, 2020

High school senior Tracy Beaumont appeals to Innocence X to help exonerate her father from death row, until her brother is accused of killing his white girlfriend, and Tracy must expose a small town's racist history in order to save her family before time runs out.

ENTWINED

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A.J. Rosen

July 28, 2020

For Greek god descendant Avery Montgomery, turning eighteen is a big deal. Not only is it her ticket to the Court, the world's most lavish party for descendants, it also unlocks the ability to hear a "click" with her one true soul mate. As her eighteenth birthday looms, Avery finds herself drawn to two royal descendants who couldn't be more different--from each other, and from Avery herself--as she stumbles upon a dark side of the Court, which pushes her towards a revelation that will forever alter her past, and her future.

 

THEY WISH THEY WERE US

by

Jessica Goodman

August 4, 2020

In the story set at an exclusive prep school, high school senior Jill Newman works to uncover the truth about her best friend's death three years ago and the role she and her fellow “players”—members of the secret society that rules the school—may have had in it.

SOME KIND OF ANIMAL

by

Maria Romasco Moore

August 4, 2020

This YA novel stars a teenager who believes she has a secret twin who lives in the woods, but is forced to prove her own innocence when her sister attacks a boy, revealing dark truths about her life.

ALONG FOR THE RIDE

by

Rachel Meinke

August 10, 2020

Connor Jackson. These two words make every girl go crazy, screaming and begging for a chance to meet him. He's the world's biggest pop star, but for seventeen-year-old Katelyn Jackson: he’s just her older brother. When she’s forced to put her competitive soccer dreams on hold to go along on his US summer tour, she’s unimpressed. But when she meets the lead singer of his opening act, everything changes and life on the road takes a whole different turn.

THE KNOCKOUT

by

S.A. Patel

August 18, 2020

A 17-year-old Muay Thai fighter's world is turned upside down when she learns she's landed an invitation to the U.S. Open, but first she has to come clean about doing Muay Thai—a sport deemed too rough for girls, especially within the traditional Indian community.

TRAITOR

by

Amanda McCrina

August 25, 2020

Lwów, Poland, July 1944. Seventeen-year-old Tolya Korolenko, a half-Polish, half-Ukrainian Red Army conscript and the son of a kulak farmer murdered by the Soviets, knows the principle of collective guilt: family members of traitors to the Motherland are punished along with the traitors themselves. When he shoots his political officer not-quite-by-accident and is sentenced to death by the NKVD, the Soviet secret police, he already knows he won’t be the only one to pay. Rescued by a squad of Ukrainian-nationalist partisans, Tolya has every reason to believe his girlfriend, fellow soldier Nataliya Koval, is dead at the hands of the NKVD. Concealing his Polish heritage, he agrees to help the partisans assassinate the NKVD’s regional commander. But when somebody in the squad betrays the plan to the NKVD, all evidence points to Tolya as the traitor.

CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD

by

Adam Cesare

August 25, 2020

A horror novel about a group of teenagers struggling to escape from a murderous clown in a small midwestern town that refuses to let go of its outdated ideals—no matter how high the cost.

 

CEMETERY BOYS

by

Aiden Thomas

September 1, 2020

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

THROWAWAY GIRLS

by

Andrea Contos

September 1, 2020

Told from two points of view, the story is about a girl whose life is upended by the disappearances of her lover and her best friend, two girls from opposite sides of the tracks, and the discovery that she is the only link between them.

THESE VENGEFUL HEARTS

by

Katherine Laurin

September 8, 2020

16-year-old Ember Williams infiltrates the Red Court, her high school's all-female secret society—a group known for dishing out favors and social ruin in equal measure—to seek revenge for her sister, who was left paralyzed after one of the Court's failed jobs.

WIDER THAN THE SKY

by

Katherine Field Rothschild

September 8, 2020

Wider Than the Sky follows the dual stories of twin sisters coping with the aftermath of their father's sudden death. When their mother moves them to a ramshackle mansion in California, the twins discover that both parents were hiding secrets about their sexual identities.

THE QUANTUM WEIRDNESS OF THE ALMOST KISS

by

Amy Noelle Parks

September 8, 2020

A seventeen-year-old has never been interested in dating because she's been fully occupied by her love of mathematics and her frequent battles with anxiety; a boy knows she isn't ready for romance but assumes that when she is, she will choose him, because he is her best friend and he loves her and he has almost kissed her 17 times.

I THINK I LOVE YOU

by

Auriane Desombre

September 14, 2020

Arch-nemeses Emma, a die-hard romantic, and more-practical minded Sophia find themselves competing against one another for a coveted first-prize trip to a film festival in Los Angeles . . . what happens if their rivalry turns into a romance? For fans of Becky Albertalli's Leah on the Offbeat, full of laugh-out-loud humor and make-your-heart-melt moments.

WHO I WAS WITH HER

by

Nita Tyndall

September 15, 2020

A closeted teen girl loses her secret girlfriend in a car accident, and finds herself mourning the loss of a person and relationship no one around her knew existed, and completely unable to talk about it with anyone.

EVERY BODY LOOKING

by

Candice Iloh

September 22, 2020

Set during freshman year of college at an HBCU, the novel-in-verse follows a Nigerian-American teen who must grapple with her family's expectations and her own childhood trauma when she begins taking dance classes that cause her to reimagine how she defines herself and what she wants from her future.

THE BRO CODE

by

Elizabeth Seibert

September 22, 2020

High school life for Prom King and varsity soccer star, Nick Maguire, is a breeze up until his father is diagnosed with terminal cancer. With his home life in a frenzy, the last thing Nick expects is to have his head turned by a girl, let alone his best friend's younger sister. The connection is instant between the two, but Nick must tread lightly knowing how overprotective his best friend is about her. Trying to balance his fragile family situation and the undeniable feelings that he must keep secret, Nick must decide if happiness is worth more than the bro code.

CROWNCHASERS

by

Rebecca Coffindaffer

September 29, 2020

Lara Croft meets Star Wars in this young adult space opera, in which a wisecracking intergalactic adventurer becomes the odds-on favorite to win a deadly, cross-galaxy contest to become the quadrant’s next emperor; too bad she has no intention of winning.

HISTORICALLY INACCURATE

by

Shay Bravo

September 29, 2020

Soledad “Sol” Gutierrez is just trying to keep her life together after her mother’s deportation to Mexico. As if holding down a part-time job and full course load weren’t enough, Sol decides to join the history club at her Californian community college. But the club comes with an odd initiation process: break into the oldest house in town and steal a fork…?

A little unorthodox, sure, but Sol is determined to get into the club. There’s just one problem: Ethan Winston, the grandson to the owners of the house and the one person (literally) standing in her way. When the club’s activities seem to fall further on the side of nefarious, Sol and Ethan must come together to uncover what’s really going on, and Sol begins to understand that fitting in is just as hard as being yourself, sometimes even harder.

UNDER SHIFTING STARS

by

Alexandra Latos

September 29, 2020

Audrey and Clare may be twins, but they don’t share a school, a room, a star sign, or even a birthday. Ever since their brother Adam’s death, all they’ve shared is confusion over who they are and what comes next. Audrey, tired of being seen as different from her neurotypical peers, is determined to return to public school. Clare is grappling with her gender fluidity and is wondering what emerging feelings for a nonbinary classmate might mean. Will first crushes, new family dynamics, and questions of identity prove that Audrey and Clare have grown too different to understand each other—or that they’ve needed each other all along?

LAZARUS

by

Maryanne Melloan Woods

Summer 2020

16-year-old Margo tries to solve a murder in her small Nebraska town, aided by her late boyfriend Hank, who can spy on suspects unseen.

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