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Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

You won't want to miss a single sentence, word, not even one comma of this magical adventure. Goddesses, librarians, lost cities, adventures, fantastical dreams--have I convinced you yet? No? Well, then let me just add that this was hands down one of the most beautifully-written and imaginative books I've read in years (and, hold on to your hats folks, because the sequel is even better!). Now, what are you still doing here reading this review? Grab the book and start dreaming--I mean, reading!


Review by Claire

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Five Feet Apart Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534437333
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 20th, 2018

Two teenagers with cystic fibrosis: they have a long list of DON'Ts but very few DOs. Stella sticks to her schedules and pins hope on a lung transplant. Will is ready to be 18, free of hospitals and his mother's race for a cure. An endearing and honest story of two teenagers learning there's more to living than simply surviving. 


Review by Danielle

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What If It's Us Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062795250
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Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

The whole concept of “meant to be” is filled with lots of exhausting caveats. Are the stars aligned? Does everything feel effortless? Does it feel right? But really, fate and coincidence are all just little chances that we either take, or we don’t. At least, that’s what Ben and Arthur believe. When their meet-cute at a post office in New York City doesn't immediately lead into a romantic montage of bliss, they aren’t worried. By both believing that do-overs are an essential part of life and that important relationships don’t always come about effortlessly, Ben and Arthur’s romance is meant to be because they want it to be so. Through all the meet-cutes, witty dialogue, and, of course, the do-overs, this story is one of the sweetest I’ve read about all the awkwardness and wonder of falling in love for the first time. And who knows, it could be just the book you need? Maybe your reading of this review was…meant to be?


Review by Claire

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Mars One Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481461627
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 27th, 2018

I often wish that there was more real science fiction in the young adult category. I was super excited to read Mars One and was amazed at the depth and thought put into this amazing story. A private company foots the bill to send the first humans to Mars. The impact on society and the world is profound. It was fascinating to experience first hand what life would be like if you were going to leave earth forever, live in space for months, and ultimately populate another planet. I raced through this and loved every minute!


Review by Patti H.

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American Street Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062473059
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

Fabiola and her mother are moving to Detroit from Haiti to live with her aunt and cousins. But when her mother is detained without a green card, she must continue the journey alone. She's thrown into the complex challenge of navigating a Detroit high school while wrestling with her own identity as both Haitian and American. Fabiola's voice and her perspective on identity and immigration was moving. Zoboi so generously pours heart into all her characters. I fell in love with Fabiola, her cousins, and the entire community of American Street.


Review by Halley

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Dry Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481481960
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

I've come to expect a certain element of speechlessness every time I finish a Shusterman novel. A few audible gasps, some moments of gripping the pages so tightly in effort not to fall over in terror, etc. – the usual. However, I was not prepared for the thriller/urgent call to environmental action that is Dry. It's terrifyingly relevant to consider the ramifications of living in a world that's out of drinkable water. And the father-son Shusterman duo push this near-future dystopian narrative along around multi-dimensional and complex characters to wrestle with the question of how far desperation can take humans away from their humanity. It's been days since I read it, but I'm still haunted by this book.


Review by Claire

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525552963
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Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

Wow. This book made me feel so many tender and intense emotions. Darius' journey to Iran to meet his dying grandfather becomes a beautiful exploration of friendship, family, depression, and discovery of one's place in a sea of self-doubt. This book will warm your heart, as well as break it, and you'll be so happy it did. 


Review by Ashley

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#MurderTrending Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368010023
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Published: Freeform - August 7th, 2018

Dee Guerrera has been wrongfully convicted of her stepsister's murder and dumped on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media. She's innocent, but no one cares. They're here to see justice served--and in this world, there's an app for that. All Dee wants is stay alive long enough to figure out who really killed her stepsister, but she'll be lucky if she makes it through the week. Gruesome, funny, and fast-paced, readers will root for Dee while also enjoying the clever traps and elaborate deaths planned by the island's thematic serial killers. Will she survive Prince Slycer, who dresses his victims like Disney Princesses? What about the Gucci Hangman's fabulous and fashionable murder scenes? Part murder mystery, part biting satire, and all fun. --Lish


Review by Lish

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866561
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Published: HarperCollins - October 16th, 2018

A raw, honest look at what it was like to be a Muslim-American teen in the year after 9/11. But this book is more than t hat. It's a love story that crosses racial lines and exposes the beauty and hardship in that. Plus, there's breakdancing. This book will teach you and also make you cry. Everyone should read it.


Review by Jaimie

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DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1): Book 1 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781910620472
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Published: Nobrow - August 7th, 2018

Joyful and weird, this graphic novel is a delight. DeadEndia's eclectic and unique characters include a loyal and lovable pug, supportive and idiosyncratic friends, and plenty of mischievous creatures from reimagined angelic and demonic planes. Fans of Steven Universe and general supernatural mayhem will enjoy rooting for Barney, Norma, and Pugsley and yearn for future volumes of this refreshingly forward thinking tome.


Review by Niki

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