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Brian D. Kennedy
Description: Emmett Maguire wants to be country music’s biggest gay superstar--a far reach when you’re seventeen and living in Illinois. But for now, he’s happy to do the next best thing: Stay with his aunt in Jackson Hollow, Tennessee, for the summer and perform at the amusement park owned by his idol, country legend Wanda Jean Stubbs. Luke Barnes hates country music. As the grandson of Verna Rose, the disgraced singer who had a famous falling out with Wanda Jean, Luke knows how much pain country music has brought his family. But when his mom’s medical bills start piling up, he takes a job at the last place he wants: a restaurant at Wanda World. Neither boy is looking for romance, but sparks fly when they meet--and soon they’re inseparable. Until a long-lost secret about Verna and Wanda comes to light, threatening to unravel everything. Will Emmett and Luke be able get past the truths they discover...or will their relationship go down in history as just another Sad Country Love Song?
Call Number: YA FIC Ken
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2022
Emery Lee
Description: "Theo Mori and Gabriel Moreno have always been at odds. Their parents own rival businesses--an Asian American café and a Puerto Rican bakery--and Gabi's lack of coordination has cost their soccer team too many games to count. Stuck in the closet and scared to pursue his own dreams, Gabi sees his parents' shop as his future. Stuck under the weight of his parents' expectations, Theo's best shot at leaving Vermont means first ensuring his parents' livelihood is secure. So when a new fusion café threatens both shops, Theo and Gabi realize an unfortunate truth--they can only achieve their goals by working together to cook up an underground bakery operation and win back their customers. But can they put aside their differences long enough to save their parents' shops or will the new feelings between them boil over?" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 27, 2022
Brigid Kemmerer
Description: Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they've learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn's parents, leaving her alone to raise her younger sister. Magic never helped Jax, whose leg was crushed in an accident that his father has been punishing him for ever since. Magic won't save either of them when the tax collector comes calling, threatening to take their homes if they can't pay what they owe. Meanwhile, Jax and Callyn are astonished to learn magic has returned to Syhl Shallow -- in the form of a magesmith who's now married to their queen. Now, the people of Syhl Shallow are expected to allow dangerous magic in their midst, and no one is happy about it. When a stranger rides into town offering Jax and Callyn silver in exchange for holding secret messages for an anti-magic faction, the choice is obvious -- even if it means they may be aiding in a plot to destroy their new king. It's a risk they're both willing to take. That is, until another visitor arrives: handsome Lord Tycho, the King's Courier, the man who's been tasked with discovering who's conspiring against the throne. Suddenly, Jax and Callyn find themselves embroiled in a world of shifting alliances, dangerous flirtations, and ancient magic where even the deepest loyalties will be tested.
Call Number: YA FIC Kem
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2022
Andrew Joseph White
Description: "Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him--the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world's population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can't get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with. But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, affectionately known as the ALC. The ALC's leader, Nick, is gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot, and he knows Benji's darkest secret: the cult's bioweapon is mutating him into a monster deadly enough to wipe humanity from the earth once and for all. Still, Nick offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick's terms...until he discovers the ALC's mysterious leader has a hidden agenda, and more than a few secrets of his own" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Whi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 5, 2022
Dahlia Adler
Description: Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose. The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she's only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down. Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can't stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.
Call Number: YA FIC Adl
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2022
Georgia Clark
Description: "The Kellys are messy, loud, loving Australians. The Lees are sophisticated, aloof, buttoned-up Americans. They have nothing in common, except for the fact that their daughters are married. When a nearby volcano erupts during their short vacation to a remote tropical island off the coast of Queensland, the two families find themselves stranded together for six weeks. With only two island employees making up the rest of their party, everyone is forced to question what--or who--they really want. Island Time dives deep into queer romance, family secrets, ambition, parenthood, and a bird-chasing bromance" -- Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 27, 2022
Melanie Crowder
Description: Blair Scott is in her second season as a wildland firefighter when the Forest Service puts out a call for an additional class of smokejumpers. She and her best friend Jason both apply, though neither expects to get in since they’re only nineteen. But it’s been a devastating fire season, and they are both accepted. But going to training camp is only the first step--everyone expects the teenage rookies will wash out in the first week. Blair has always been touchy about people telling her she isn’t good enough, so she begins taking unnecessary risks to prove herself. It doesn’t take long before everything spins out of control, leaving Blair struggling to cope.
Call Number: YA FIC Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 27, 2022
Ebony LaDelle
Description: Prince Jones is the guy with all the answers--or so it seems. After all, at seventeen, he has his own segment on Detroit’s popular hip-hop show, Love Radio, where he dishes out advice to the brokenhearted. Prince has always dreamed of becoming a DJ and falling in love. But being the main caretaker for his mother, who has multiple sclerosis, and his little brother means his dreams will stay just that and the only romances in his life are the ones he hears about from his listeners. Until he meets Dani Ford. Dani isn’t checking for anybody. She’s focused on her plan: ace senior year, score a scholarship, and move to New York City to become a famous author. But her college essay keeps tripping her up and acknowledging what’s blocking her means dealing with what happened at that party a few months ago. And that’s one thing Dani can’t do. When the romantic DJ meets the ambitious writer, sparks fly. Prince is smitten, but Dani’s not looking to get derailed. She gives Prince just three dates to convince her that he’s worth falling for. Three dates for the love expert to take his own advice, and just maybe change two lives forever.
Call Number: YA FIC LaD
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2022
Alexene Farol Follmuth
Description: Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel--and Neelam, the only other girl on the team, doesn't seem to like her either. Enter Mateo Luna, captain of the club, who recognizes Bel as a potential asset--until they start butting heads. Bel doesn’t care about Nationals, while Teo cares too much. But as the nights of after-school work grow longer and longer, Bel and Teo realize they've made more than just a combat-ready robot for the championship: they’ve made each other and the team better. Alexene Farol Follmuth, author of The Atlas Six, explores both the challenges girls of color face in STEM and the vulnerability of first love with unfailing wit and honesty.
Call Number: YA FIC Fol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 13, 2022
Estelle Laure
Description: Jo Beckett is looking for love. She's fallen for a few boys, but for some reason, they've never fallen for her. One night, at a party she didn't even want to go to, she finds out the truth. Those boys, who are on the wrestling team she manages, consider her just a “practice girl”--the popular term for girl who’s good enough to hook up with but not to date. With this crushing revelation, Jo feels so many things--heartsick, ashamed, betrayed, and angry. But she refuses to let that label define her. In piecing her life back together, Jo is forced to unpack more uncomfortable truths about all her relationships--from her best friend to the boy she likes--that help her understand her real worth.
Call Number: YA FIC Lau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2022
Betty Culley
Description: Rynn has lived on a garlic farm in central Maine since she was adopted at six weeks old. She was born with a hole in her heart--literally. Although it was fixed long ago, she still feels an emptiness there when she wonders about her biological family. All Rynn knows about her mom is that she gave Rynn the name Scheherazade when she was born, and that she had--and kept--another daughter. Rynn's adoptive father is gentle and supportive, but her complicated relationship with her adoptive mother makes her feel like an outsider in the only family she's ever known. Rynn decides she can't wait until she turns eighteen to know more about her birth family, so she takes matters into her own hands. She quickly learns that she has a younger sister living in foster care in a nearby town. But if Rynn reconnects with her biological sister, it may drive her adoptive family apart for good.
Call Number: YA FIC Cul
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 27, 2022
Joanna Ho
Description: Maybelline Chen isn’t the Chinese Taiwanese American daughter her mother expects her to be. May prefers hoodies over dresses and wants to become a writer. When asked, her mom can’t come up with one specific reason for why she's proud of her only daughter. May’s beloved brother, Danny, on the other hand, has just been admitted to Princeton. But Danny secretly struggles with depression, and when he dies by suicide, May's world is shattered. In the aftermath, racist accusations are hurled against May's parents for putting too much “pressure” on him. May’s father tells her to keep her head down. Instead, May challenges these ugly stereotypes through her writing. Yet the consequences of speaking out run much deeper than anyone could foresee. Who gets to tell our stories, and who gets silenced? It’s up to May to take back the narrative.
Call Number: YA FIC Ho
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 27, 2022
XiXi (Young adult author) Tian
Description: "The Flanagan sisters are as different as they come. Seventeen-year-old Annalie is bubbly, sweet, and self-conscious, whereas nineteen-year-old Margaret is sharp and assertive. Margaret looks just like their mother, while Annalie passes for white and looks like the father who abandoned them years ago, leaving their Chinese immigrant mama to raise the girls alone in their small, predominantly white Midwestern town. When their house is vandalized with a shocking racial slur, Margaret rushes home from her summer internship in New York City. She expects outrage. Instead, her sister and mother would rather move on. Especially once Margaret's own investigation begins to make members of their community uncomfortable. For Annalie, this was meant to be a summer of new possibilities, and she resents her sister's sudden presence and insistence on drawing negative attention to their family. Meanwhile Margaret is infuriated with Annalie's passive acceptance of what happened. For Margaret, the summer couldn't possibly get worse, until she crosses paths with someone she swore she'd never see again: her first love, Rajiv Agarwal. As the sisters navigate this unexpected summer, an explosive secret threatens to break apart their relationship, once and for all" --Front jacket flap.
Call Number: YA FIC Tia
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2022
Rose Szabo
Description: In River City, where magic used to thrive and is now fading, the witches who once ruled the city along with their powerful King have become all but obsolete. The city's crumbling government is now controlled primarily by the new university and teaching hospital, which has grown to take over half of the city. Moving between the decaying Old City and the ruthless New, four young queer people struggle with the daily hazards of life, work, school, dodging ruthless cops and unscrupulous scientists not realizing that they have been selected to play in an age-old drama that revives the flow of magic through their world. When a mysterious death rocks their fragile peace, the four are brought into each other's orbits as they uncover a deeper magical conspiracy.
Call Number: YA FIC Sza
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 20, 2022
Dana Thomas
Description: A look at fast fashion and its impact on the environment and social justice.
Call Number: YA 338.4768 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 16, 2022
Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Description: A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.
Call Number: YA 364.66 Hin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 28, 2022
Juno Dawson
Description: Discover what it means to be a young transgender and/or nonbinary person in the twenty-first century in this frank and funny guide for teens.
Call Number: YA 306.768 Daw
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 16, 2022
Andrew Morkes, Shaina Carmel Indovino
Description: Women have been traditionally underrepresented in chemistry, but that has changed in recent years. A career in chemistry is the perfect choice for those who enjoy conducting experiments, like solving problems, have an inquisitive personality, and want to be on the cutting-edge of science and technology. In this book, you'll learn about groundbreaking female chemists, career paths in chemistry, how to become a chemist, key skills for success, and methods of exploring the field while in school.
Call Number: YA 540 Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 15, 2022
Andrew Morkes, Shaina Carmel Indovino
Description: Women have been traditionally underrepresented in physics, but that has changed in recent years. A career in physics is the perfect choice for those who are curious, like solving problems, and want to be on the cutting-edge of science and technology. In this book, you'll learn about groundbreaking female physicists, career paths in physics, how to become a physicist, key skills for success, and methods of exploring the field while in school.
Call Number: YA 530 Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 15, 2022
Andrew Morkes, Shaina Carmel Indovino
Description: Women have been traditionally underrepresented in space exploration, but that has changed in recent years. A career in space exploration is the perfect choice for a variety of people--from those who like conducting research about the universe while on Earth to adventurous souls who want to travel to and live in space. In this book, you'll learn about groundbreaking female astronauts and space research professionals, career paths in space exploration, how people prepare for the field, key skills for success, and methods of learning more about careers while in school.
Call Number: YA 629.45 Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 15, 2022
Andrew Morkes, Shaina Carmel Indovino
Description: Inventors are people who come up with new ideas--and then turn those ideas into reality. An invention can also make an existing process faster, less expensive, stronger, or otherwise better. Women have traditionally been underrepresented amongst the ranks of inventors, but that has changed in recent years. Becoming an inventor is a great option for those who are highly imaginative and creative, like solving problems, and want to make the world a better place. In this book, you'll learn about female inventors of the past and present, how to become an inventor, and key skills for success.
Call Number: YA 609.2 Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 15, 2022
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A Little Bit Country
Brian D. Kennedy
YA FIC Ken
The Silence That Binds Us
Joanna Ho
YA FIC Ho
Café Con Lychee
Emery Lee
YA FIC Lee
This Place Is Still Beautiful
XiXi (Young adult author) Tian
YA FIC Tia
Forging Silver Into Stars
Brigid Kemmerer
YA FIC Kem
We All Fall Down
Rose Szabo
YA FIC Sza
Hell Followed With Us
Andrew Joseph White
YA FIC Whi
Fashionopolis : The Secrets Behind The Clothes We Wear
Dana Thomas
YA 338.4768 Tho
Home Field Advantage
Dahlia Adler
YA FIC Adl
The Sun Does Shine : An Innocent Man, A Wrongful Conviction, And The The Long Path To Justice
Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
YA 364.66 Hin
Island Time
Georgia Clark
FIC Cla
What's The T? : Your No-nonsense Guide To All Things Trans And/or Nonbinary
Juno Dawson
YA 306.768 Daw
Jumper
Melanie Crowder
YA FIC Cro
Women In Chemistry
Andrew Morkes, Shaina Carmel Indovino
YA 540 Mor
Love Radio
Ebony LaDelle
YA FIC LaD
Women In Physics
Andrew Morkes, Shaina Carmel Indovino
YA 530 Mor
My Mechanical Romance
Alexene Farol Follmuth
YA FIC Fol
Women In Space Exploration
Andrew Morkes, Shaina Carmel Indovino
YA 629.45 Mor
Practice Girl
Estelle Laure
YA FIC Lau
Women Inventors
Andrew Morkes, Shaina Carmel Indovino
YA 609.2 Mor
The Name She Gave Me
Betty Culley
YA FIC Cul