Before the Me Too movement, there was Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning novel Speak. Emily Carroll has illustrated beautifully Melinda's story as a high school freshman suffering from aimless depression that is rooted in an unspeakable trauma, and how a voice taken away can be reclaimed. Content warning: this story contains references to sexual assault and self-harm.
To inherit her father's massively successful culinary empire, Brianna must compete against her 15 brothers to run the best, most profitable restaurant. She sets up shop in the affordable and idiosyncratic Monster City, and, despite their strict dietary guidelines and Brianna's bouts of self-doubt and anxiety, her business booms. A competitor dislikes this newcomer, however, and Brianna must find a way to earn the respect of her community and her family without boiling over. Recipes included!!!
This volume tracks a kickbutt girl squad as they hunt down treasure Goonies-style in a hazy, gray seaport town in Oregon.
C'mon - what more do you really need to crack this sucker open?
(vol 2 comes out in late May 2018!!!)
In Ketterdam, there's a saying: No mourners, no funerals.
I read Six of Crows back in 2015 and I'm still in love with it. Six teens all with their own unique skills come together to perform the most impossible heist of their criminal careers. Led and hand-picked by the ruthless Kaz Brekker (known as Dirtyhands), this unlikely outcast group must break a dangerous criminal out of a high security prison and collect the substantial reward all without turning on each other. This is not a fluffy read. Each member of Kaz's team is self-motivated. Their moral compasses don't always point north which makes their group dynamic complex and fun.
Kickbutt protagonist Abbie has superpowers that get her in trouble wherever she goes, but she's trying to return her mother's ashes to her homeland. Magruder's art style shifts seamlessly from lush and expansive to quirky and expressive as she respectively focuses on world- and character-building. For fans of Marjorie Liu, Faith Erin Hicks, and those who wish Cece Bell's El Deafo was set in a dystopian desert wasteland.
Fabiola arrives in Detroit after her mother is detained on entry to the U.S. from Haiti. Fabiola knows that her new home with her aunt and teenage cousins will always feel empty without her mother, so she resolves to do everything in her power to get her mother released - even if that means confronting harsh truths about her Americanized aunt and cousins. Equal parts heart-wrenching and - warming, Zoboi's expertly woven novel will touch readers' souls and embolden their spirits.
The first in a trilogy of mysteries featuring Stevie Bell, the crime fanatic and new student at a quirky, yet prestigious New England boarding school. Without telling you everything that is on the inside flap, let me just say this book is dark, gripping, funny - and will leave you howling for the next one. I loved it.
This short story collection celebrates the chance encounters and first connections that teens invariably make in their romantic lives. The stories are diverse in genre and perspective, and flutter with balanced doses of hope and heartbreak. Read somewhere cozy with a cup of something warm and sweet.
A sci-fi bender that details what would happen if Lara Croft and Indiana Jones reluctantly teamed up to decode and ancient alien message in an ancient alien temple.
Read while waiting for OBSIDIO, the final book in the Third Place bookseller-beloved Illuminae trilogy.
Buckle up my dudes because The Cruel Prince is a wild (and fun) ride. Jude and her sister Taryn have a normal life until they're swept into a Jim Henson-like fairy world to live in court. As the only two humans raised in a powerful magical world, they must navigate the complicated and magical social sphere while avoiding the malevolent young prince Cardan. But as the fairy king prepares to step down and name one of his children as successor, Jude is caught up in a world of revenge and secrets that could give her the power she has always craved. This isn't a light fluffy read. Jude as a main character is complicated, dark, and wholly compelling. Brutal revenge, secrets, and some serious family drama carried me through Black's vivid world. My only regret is how long I'll have to wait for the sequel..