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Brigid Kemmerer
Description: Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall, was cursed to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year; he could only be saved if a girl fell for him. But at the end of each autumn he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction... and destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope. Washington, D.C. native Harper Lacy's father is long gone, her mother is dying, and her brother constantly underestimates her because of her cerebral palsy. When she is sucked into Rhen's cursed world, Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. As Rhen regains hope, they learn it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin. -- Adapted from jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Kem
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Cassandra Rose Clarke
Description: When an alien alliance known as the Covenant lays siege to the planet Meridian, four high school students--Saskia, Dorian, Evie, and Victor--are thrust into battle to save their world. With their village in flames, the four find themselves stuck above ground, locked out of the town shelter where the rest of the survivors are gathered. With nothing but a few scavenged weapons and an injured Spartan, one of the UNSC's super-soldiers, they must tilt the battle for humanity's survival -- Adapted from back cover.
Call Number: YA FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Renée Watson, Varian Johnson, Leah Henderson, L. R. Giles
Description: A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person's experiences, reality, and personal identity are different than someone else.
Call Number: YA FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Abigail Johnson
Description: A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke's only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally. When Brooke encounters Calvin's younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to...and so does Heath. No one else understands what it's like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they're meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together. But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she's willing to live with--her family's or Heath's. Because she can't heal one without hurting the other.
Call Number: YA FIC Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 11, 2019
Sara Barnard
Description: "Eden McKinley knows she can't count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it's a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their final exams. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that Bonnie's boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr. Cohn. Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie's location, and that's the way it has to stay. There's no way she's betraying her best friend. Not even when she's faced with police questioning, suspicious parents, and her own growing doubts. As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend, and herself."-- Publisher's description.
Call Number: YA FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Tonya Bolden
Description: As a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie's dreams are very much at odds with her reality. Ashamed of her her beginnings, but unwilling to accept the path currently available to her, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants. Until she meets Dorcas Vashon and is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high-society woman in Washington, D.C.
Call Number: YA FIC Bol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2019
Rachel Cohn
Description: On her sixteenth birthday, Washington D.C. foster kid Elle Zoellner discovers that her long-lost father, Kenji Takahari, is actually a Japanese hotel mogul and wants her to come live with him. She meets her father, aunt, and grandmother in Tokyo. In an effort to please her new family Elle falls in with the Ex-Brats, a troupe of über-cool international kids at the International Collegiate School of Tokyo, who spend money like it's air. She starts to crush on a boy named Ryuu, who is despised by her new family, putting her already tenuous living situation at risk -- Adapted from jacket.
Call Number: YA FIC Coh
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2019
Katie McGarry
Description: Jesse Lachlin is cursed. So the town folklore says, but the only curse Jesse believes in is his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year. Scarlett Copeland is psychic. Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but what is real is Scarlett’s father’s controlling attitude and the dark secrets at home. She may be able to escape, but only if she can rely on the one boy who broke her heart.
Call Number: YA FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Rachel Lynn Solomon
Description: "Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who's been on the kidney transplant list as long as she's known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she's a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can't help wondering if after the transplant, he'll love her back the way she's always wanted. But Peter's life post-transplant isn't what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he's now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie's world are calling to her--dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows--she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn't seem to feel the same connection. Peter fears he'll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn't sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for."--Jacket flap.
Call Number: YA FIC Sol
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2019
C. H. (Catherine H.) Armstrong
Description: Seventeen-year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha but, thanks to her mother's awful mistake, they had to leave behind what little they had for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager: fitting in at school, dreaming of a boyfriend, college, and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers. Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they're sleeping or where they'll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family. As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her new friends let her down like the ones back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help her find a normal life?
Call Number: YA FIC Arm
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 5, 2019
Mimi Yu
Description: Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: assertive Lu will be named her father's heir and become the dynasty's first female ruler, while timid Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Until their father names a male cousin as his new heir, and Lu must go on the run to reclaim her birthright, leaving her younger, timid sister, Min, to discover her own hidden power -- Adapted from jacket.
Call Number: YA FIC Yu
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2019
Sabina Khan
Description: Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is looking forward to going to Caltech and getting away from her conservative Muslim parents' expectation that she will marry, especially since she is in love with her girlfriend Ariana--but when her parents catch her kissing Ariana, they whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh and a world of tradition and arranged marriages, and she must find the courage to fight for the right to choose her own path.
Call Number: YA FIC Kha
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Jeff Hirsch
Description: "Lucy Weaver has her future all figured out. Make an appearance at prom, ditch graduation, and then head out on an epic road trip with her boyfriend, Luke. But when everyone's phones start to ring halfway through the dance, Lucy knows something terrible has happened--something big. Decades of climate change have left the world teetering on the brink--entire cities drowned, violent extremism on the rise, millions of refugees with nowhere to turn. Is this the night it finally slips over the edge?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Hir
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 4, 2019
edited by Heather Demetrios
Description: Well-known YA authors answer real letters from teens all over the world about the dark side of love: cheating, betrayals, break-ups, dating violence, and loneliness. This book contains a raw, no-holds-barred outpouring of the wisdom these authors have culled from mining their own hearts for the fiction they write. Their responses are autobiographical, unflinching, and filled with love and hope for the anonymous teen letter writers.
Call Number: YA 152.41 Dea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2019
Jo Ann Allen Boyce, Debbie Levy
Description: In 1956, a year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, 14-year-old Jo Ann Allen was one of 12 African-American students who first integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Jo Ann--clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students--found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. This is the story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Told in free verse and other poetic forms.
Call Number: YA 379.263 Boy
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2019
Malala Yousafzai, Liz Welch
Description: Malala Yousafzai introduces some of the people behind the statistics and news stories we read or hear every day about the millions of people displaced worldwide. Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement-- first when displaced as a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist. She explores her own story and shares the personal stories of girls she has met-- girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they've ever known. Every single one of the millions currently displaced is a person-- often a young person-- with hopes and dreams.
Call Number: YA 305.23 You
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 6, 2019
Melissa Koch
Description: Trees are beneficial in many ways--they can improve a person's health; they provide homes for animals and insects; fruits, nuts,and wood come from trees; they are part of the solution to climate change; they absorb carbon dioxide from the air, and release oxygen. Trees can help each other, as well, sharing information, water, and other resources through an underground network of fungi attached to tree roots--the Wood Wide Web.
Call Number: YA 581.714 Koc
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 21, 2019
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Description: Since NASA was established in 1958, it has landed rovers on distant planets and launched telescopes deep into space, all so that we can look back to the beginning of time. Through images provided by NASA and sidebars and profiles of lesser know contributors to the NASA program, young space fans will learn how NASA started, how it faced challenges along the way, how much it has achieved, and how it will continue to move forward in the future.
Call Number: YA 629.409 Rhu
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Martin W. Sandler
Description: Some of the most important issues of our time were no less important 100 years ago. America in 1919, at the close of WWI, was shaken from the events of large-scale warfare, fearing a Communist takeover, and facing social and political change. From Prohibition to women's suffrage, the labor strikes to the violence of the Red Summer and the Red Scare, this book explores each major movement of 1919. Showing how these events were interrelated and examining their continued relevance to our country a century later, Sandler offers a historical perspective on the trajectory of the major movements of the 20th century.
Call Number: YA 973.913 San
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
Cheryl Bardoe, Field Museum of Natural History
Description: Based on the Cyrus Tang Hall of China exhibit at The Field Museum, this book traces the 7,000-year story of this diverse land. Color maps, photos, and illustrations of the people, landscape, artifacts, and rare objects bring the history of this nation to life. Young readers learn about prehistoric China, follow the reign of emperors and dynasties, and come to understand how China became the world power that it is today. The book also explores the role of children and women in everyday life as well as how religion, politics, and economics shaped the deep traditions and dynamic changes of modern China.
Call Number: YA 951 Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2019
Julissa Arce
Description: Julissa Arce explores her days in Mexico separated from her parents and her daily fears while growing up undocumented in Texas.
Call Number: YA B Arc Arce, Julissa
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 7, 2019
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A Curse So Dark And Lonely
Brigid Kemmerer
YA FIC Kem
The Love And Lies Of Rukhsana Ali
Sabina Khan
YA FIC Kha
Battle Born
Cassandra Rose Clarke
YA FIC Cla
Unnatural Disasters
Jeff Hirsch
YA FIC Hir
Black Enough: Stories Of Being Young & Black In America
Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Renée Watson, Varian Johnson, Leah Henderson, L. R. Giles
YA FIC Bla
Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors And Teens On The Dark Side Of Love
edited by Heather Demetrios
YA 152.41 Dea
Even If I Fall
Abigail Johnson
YA FIC Joh
This Promise Of Change: One Girl's Story In The Fight For School Equality
Jo Ann Allen Boyce, Debbie Levy
YA 379.263 Boy
Goodbye, Perfect: A Novel
Sara Barnard
YA FIC Bar
We Are Displaced: My Journey And Stories From Refugee Girls Around The World
Malala Yousafzai, Liz Welch
YA 305.23 You
Inventing Victoria
Tonya Bolden
YA FIC Bol
Forest Talk: How Trees Communicate
Melissa Koch
YA 581.714 Koc
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life
Rachel Cohn
YA FIC Coh
Above And Beyond: NASA's Journey To Tomorrow
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
YA 629.409 Rhu
Only A Breath Apart
Katie McGarry
YA FIC McG
1919 The Year That Changed America
Martin W. Sandler
YA 973.913 San
Our Year Of Maybe
Rachel Lynn Solomon
YA FIC Sol
China: A History
Cheryl Bardoe, Field Museum of Natural History
YA 951 Bar
Roam
C. H. (Catherine H.) Armstrong
YA FIC Arm
Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought For Her American Dream
Julissa Arce
YA B Arc Arce, Julissa
The Girl King
Mimi Yu
YA FIC Yu