New and Upcoming Young Adult Books

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Check out these new and upcoming books for teens, and those who love YA.


Loan Le
Description: High school seniors Bảo and Linh, whose feuding families own competing Vietnamese restaurants, conceal their budding romance, as well as Linh's desire to become an artist.
Call Number: YA FIC Le
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Ryan La Sala
Description: "Raffy has a passion for bedazzling. Not just bedazzling, but sewing, stitching, draping, pattern making―for creation. He's always chosen his art over everything―and everyone―else and is determined to make his mark at this year's biggest cosplay competition. If he can wow there, it could lead to sponsorship, then art school, and finally earning real respect for his work. There's only one small problem... Raffy's ex-boyfriend, Luca, is his main competition. Raffy tried to make it work with Luca. They almost made the perfect team last year after serendipitously meeting in the rhinestone aisle at the local craft store―or at least Raffy thought they did. But Luca's insecurities and Raffy's insistence on crafting perfection caused their relationship to crash and burn. Now, Raffy is after the perfect comeback, one that Luca can't ruin. But when Raffy is forced to partner with Luca on his most ambitious build yet, he'll have to juggle unresolved feelings for the boy who broke his heart, and his own intense self-doubt, to get everything he's ever wanted: choosing his art, his way" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC La S
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Jeff Chang, 1970- author Davey D
Description: From Jeff Chang is the story of hip-hop, a generation-defining movement and the music that transformed American politics and culture forever. Hip hop is one of the most dominant and influential cultures in America, giving new voice to the younger generation. It defines a generation's worldview. Exploring hip hop's beginnings up to the present day, Jeff Chang and Dave "Davey D" Cook provide a provocative look into the new world that the hip hop generation has created. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, activists, and gang members, with portraits of many of hip hop's forebears, founders, mavericks, and present day icons, this book chronicles the epic events, ideas and the music that marked the hip hop generation's rise.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 306.484 Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: May 26, 2021
Mahogany L. Browne
Description: Picked on at home, criticized for talking trash while beating boys at basketball, and always seen as less than her best friend, a girl struggles to like and accept herself.
Call Number: YA FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Kezia Endsley
Description: "This book addresses the hows and whys of coming out, as well as potential concerns teenagers may have--including how to know when you're ready to come out, who to tell first, and how to deal with unsupportive people. First-hand accounts from teenagers provide personal insight throughout"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 306.766 End
Format: Book
Date Added: May 26, 2021
Elise (Elise M.) Bryant
Description: Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She's rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she's a true leading lady is in her own writing--in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader. When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she's excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first workshop, the words are just...gone. Fortunately, Caroline has a solution: Tessa just needs to find some inspiration in a real-life love story of her own. And she's ready with a list of romance novel-inspired steps to a happily ever after. Nico, the brooding artist who looks like he walked out of one of Tessa's stories, is cast as the perfect Prince Charming. But as Tessa checks each item off Caroline's list, she gets further and further away from herself. She risks losing everything she cares about--including the surprising bond she develops with sweet Sam, who lives across the street. She's well on her way to having her own real-life love story, but is it the one she wants, after all?
Call Number: YA FIC Bry
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Shani M. King, Bobby C. Martin
Description: Black lives matter. Shani Mahiri King affirms the message repeatedly, tenderly, with cumulative power and pride. She celebrates 116--just a tiny sample--of the Black lives who deserve to shine. Her book honors the fortitude of Black role models and celebrates their achievements in sports, music, art, literature, journalism, politics, law, science, medicine, and social justice. The message is joyful, undeniable: Black lives matter. -- adapted from back cover and page 50.
Call Number: YA 973.0496 Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: May 26, 2021
Kristy Boyce
Description: After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. To be more precise, she joins her high school's study abroad trip to England. While most of her classmates are there to take honors courses and pad their college applications, Ellie is on a quest to rebuild her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than getting a hot British boyfriend.
Call Number: YA FIC Boy
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Sara Shepard, Lilia Buckingham
Description: "After a video she makes goes viral, everyone knows Delilah Rollins. And now that she's in LA, Delilah's standing on the edge of something incredible. Everything is going to change. She has no idea how much. Jasmine Walters-Diaz grew up in the spotlight. A child star turned media darling, the posts of her in her classic Lulu C. rainbow skirt practically break the Internet. But if the world knew who Jasmine really was, her perfect life? Canceled. Fiona Jacobs is so funny--the kind of girl for whom a crowd parts--no wonder she's always smiling! But on the inside? The girl's a hot mess. And when someone comes out of the shadows with a secret from her past, it's one that won't just embarrass Fiona: it will ruin her. Who wouldn't want to be Scarlet Leigh? Just look at her Instagram. Scarlet isn't just styled to perfection: she is perfection. Scarlet has a gorgeous, famous boyfriend named Jack and there's a whole fanbase about their ship. To everyone watching online, their lives seem perfect . . . but are they really? The sun is hot in California . . . and someone's going to get burned" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC She
Format: Book
Date Added: May 26, 2021
Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
Description: "When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic. One of the good ones. Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there’s a twist to Kezi’s story that no one could’ve ever expected—one that will change everything all over again" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Mou
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Dana Davis
Description: "Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway’s hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead...and Jerzie is her understudy. Falling for male lead Zeppelin Reid is a terrible idea―especially once Jerzie learns Cinny wants him for herself. Star-crossed love always ends badly. But when a video of Jerzie and Zepp practicing goes viral and the entire world weighs in on who should play Jewel, Jerzie learns that while the price of fame is high, friendship, family, and love are priceless" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Dav
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise
Description: "Inspired by the #SayHerName campaign launched by the African American Policy Forum, these poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists insisting that Black Lives Matter. Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls." -- amazon.com
Call Number: YA 811 Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Description: Ta-Nehisi Coates details the challenges on the streets and within one's family, especially the eternal struggle for peace between a father and son and the important role family plays in such circumstances. The son of Vietnam vet and black awareness advocate Paul Coates--a poor man who set out to publish lost classics of black history--Ta- Nehisi drifts toward salvation at Howard University, while his ominous brother Big Bill finds his own rhythm hustling.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA B Coa
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Kiera Cass
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Hannalora Leavitt, Belle Wuthrich
Description: This book for teens provides a history of disability, describes types of disabilities, and examines the challenges faced by people living with disabilities.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 362.4 Lea
Format: Book
Date Added: May 26, 2021
David Arnold
Description: When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the survivors are Nico and her dog, on a voyage devised by Nico's father to find a mythical portal; a young artist named Kit, raised in an old abandoned cinema; and the enigmatic Deliverer, who lives Life after Life in an attempt to put the world back together. As swarms of infected Flies roam the earth, these few survivors navigate the woods of post-apocalyptic New England, each on their own quest to find life and light in a world gone dark. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Arn
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Tess Sharpe
Description: "Nora O'Malley's been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother's protege. But when Mom fell for a mark, Nora pulled the ultimate con--escape. For five years Nora's been playing at normal, but she needs to dust off her skills because she has three problems. Number 1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend, and Wes didn't know about her and Iris. Number 2: They all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money, but it goes from awkward to deadly, because... Number 3: Right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it. The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora's something else entirely. They have no idea who they're really holding hostage."--Back cover.
Call Number: YA FIC Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Nicole Lesperance
Description: "Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the legend goes, or they'll sweep down from the sky and carry you away. Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it's true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished. Now, Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can't resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles--and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she's been all these years. And she doesn't return alone. Along with Eli's mother's reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli's yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It's all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again--but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world: Find me where I left you" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Les
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
Anna Carey
Description: "When strange things start happening in Jess Flynn's hometown of Swickley, the high-school junior suspects reality isn't as it seems and seeks to uncover the truth about her family, her friends, and her town"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: May 27, 2021
James J. Crist
Description: "This book offers factual advice about the short- and long-term effects of various addictive behaviors and drugs of abuse to help teens make informed decisions about their health and wellness. It also provides tips and advice for teens struggling with addiction or those concerned about their or someone else's use"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 613.8 Cri
Format: Book
Date Added: May 26, 2021
YoungHee Lee, Jackie Oh
Description: "Everyone dreams about Seung-Ha, the perfect prince, the shining star of the school. Chasing after the perfect prince is definitely not easy. For Nan-Wo, Seung-Ha was just a dream-far, far away. However, sometimes dreams exist to come true! But when Nan-Wo's dream comes true, it comes at an expensive price. Who knew the perfect prince was actually a big jerk?!"--Summary from book.
Call Number: YA FIC Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: May 26, 2021
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A Phở Love Story
Loan Le
YA FIC Le
Say Her Name
Zetta Elliott, Loveis Wise
YA 811 Ell
Be Dazzled
Ryan La Sala
YA FIC La S
The Beautiful Struggle
Ta-Nehisi Coates
YA B Coa
Can't Stop Won't Stop : A Hip-hop History
Jeff Chang, 1970- author Davey D
YA 306.484 Cha
The Betrayed
Kiera Cass
Chlorine Sky
Mahogany L. Browne
YA FIC Bro
The Disability Experience : Working Toward Belonging
Hannalora Leavitt, Belle Wuthrich
YA 362.4 Lea
Coming Out : Insights And Tips For Teenagers
Kezia Endsley
YA 306.766 End
The Electric Kingdom
David Arnold
YA FIC Arn
Happily Ever Afters
Elise (Elise M.) Bryant
YA FIC Bry
The Girls I've Been
Tess Sharpe
YA FIC Sha
Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter
Shani M. King, Bobby C. Martin
YA 973.0496 Kin
The Wide Starlight
Nicole Lesperance
YA FIC Les
Hot British Boyfriend
Kristy Boyce
YA FIC Boy
This Is Not The Jess Show
Anna Carey
YA FIC Car
Influence
Sara Shepard, Lilia Buckingham
YA FIC She
What's The Big Deal About Addictions? : Answers And Help For Teens
James J. Crist
YA 613.8 Cri
One Of The Good Ones
Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
YA FIC Mou
You're So Cool. 01
YoungHee Lee, Jackie Oh
YA FIC Lee
Roman + Jewel
Dana Davis
YA FIC Dav