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Tobly McSmith
Description: Aspiring actor August Greene just landed a coveted spot at the prestigious School of Performing Arts in New York. There’s only one problem: His conservative parents won’t accept that he’s transgender. And to stay with his aunt in the city, August must promise them he won’t transition. August is convinced he can play the part his parents want while acting cool and confident in the company of his talented new friends. But who is August when the lights go down? And where will he turn when the roles start hitting a little too close to home?
Call Number: YA FIC McS
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 24, 2022
Jessi Zabarsky
Description: Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without an power of her own, how can Valissa ever be worthy of Preet's love? When their home is attacked, Valissa has a chance to prove herself, but that means leaving Preet behind. With no one to turn to, Preet gives in to temptation, breaks the village's most sacred laws, and is rejected from the only home she's ever known. Divided by different paths, insecurities, and distance, can Valissa and Preet find their way back to each other?
Call Number: YA FIC Zab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 24, 2022
Tara O'Connor, Triona Farrell
Description: Dee returns to her small hometown in New Jersey to see if she can help her father and the local police find her missing twin sister Beth, who was a leader in fighting the threat of a pipeline gutting the pinelands, but only finds more mysterious questions while disocovering signs of the supernatural in the surrounding woods.
Call Number: YA FIC OCo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Natasha Ngan, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells, Julian Winters, Hannah Moskowitz
Description: "A diverse, inclusive young adult anthology featuring 15 short stories that re-imagine or subvert popular romance and rom-com tropes by some of the biggest names in YA" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Foo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 24, 2022
Alice Oseman
Description: Charlie didn't think Nick could ever like him back, but now they're officially boyfriends. Charlie's beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you. Nick's been feeling the same, but he's got a lot on his mind - not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder. As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.
Call Number: YA FIC Ose
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
Description: "Ben survived freshman year of college, but he's feeling more stuck than ever. His classes are a slog, his part-time job working with his father is even worse, and his best friend Dylan's been acting weird for weeks. Ben's only real bright spot is his writing partner Mario, who's been giving him a lot of Spanish lessons and even more kisses. Mario's big Hollywood dreams make Ben start to dream bigger--and the choices he makes now could be the key to reshaping his future. So why can't he stop thinking about a certain boy from his past? Arthur is back in New York City for the first time in two years, ready to take the theater world by a storm as the world's best . . . intern to the assistant of an off-off-Broadway director. Of course, it sucks to be spending the summer apart from his sweet, reliable boyfriend, Mikey, but he knows their relationship is strong enough to weather the distance. Which is why it's no big deal when his ex-boyfriend Ben stumbles back into the picture. And it's definitely fine that Ben's blissfully happy with some mystery boy. First loves are special, but it's way too late for what-ifs. Right? Even as the boys try to shake off the past, they keep running into each other in the present. Is this the universe trying to tell them there's a do-over in their future?" --Dust jacket.
Call Number: YA FIC Alb
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Preston Norton
Description: Growing up in a conservative Christian household isn’t easy for rock-obsessed Hope Cassidy. She's spent her whole life being told that the devil speaks through Led Zeppelin, but it’s even worse for her sister, Faith, who feels like she can’t be honest about dating the record shop cashier, Mavis. That is, until their youngest sister hears word of their "sinful" utopia and outs Faith to their parents. Now there’s nowhere for Faith to go but the Change Through Grace conversion center...or running away. Following Faith’s disappearance, their family is suddenly broken. Hope feels a need to rebel. She gets a tattoo and tries singing through the hurt with her Janis Joplin-style voice. But when her long-time crush Danny comes out and is subsequently kicked out of his house, Hope can’t stand by and let history repeat itself. Now living in Faith’s room, Danny and Hope strike up a friendship...and a band. And their music just might be the answer to dethroning Alt-Rite, Danny’s twin brother's new hate-fueled band.
Call Number: YA FIC Nor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 18, 2022
S. Gonzales, Cale Dietrich
Description: Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartthrobs in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, the pressure to stay in the closet has Ruben confiding in Zach. On a whirlwind tour through Europe with an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, the two come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they're ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben realize they will never truly have the support they need. How can they hold tight to each other when their whole world is coming apart?
Call Number: YA FIC Gon
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 29, 2021
Terry Blas, Claudia Aguirre
Description: Sixteen-year-old Jackie Chavez loves her local amusement park, Kingdom Adventure, maybe more than anything else in the world. The park is all she and her friends Nikki, Daniel, and Berke--although they aren't always the greatest friends--talk about. Kingdom Adventure is where all Jackie's best memories are, and it's where she feels safe and happy. This carries even more weight now that Jackie's parents have been deported and forced to go back to Mexico, leaving Jackie in the United States with her Ta Gina, who she works with at the Valley Care Living seniors' home. When Gina tells Jackie that they can't afford a season pass for next summer, Jackie is crushed. But on her next trip to Kingdom Adventure, she discovers a strictly protected secret: If a member of their party dies at the park, the rest of their group gets free lifetime passes. Jackie and her friends hatch a plot to bring seniors from Valley Care Living to the park using a fake volunteer program, with the hopes that one of the residents will croak during their visit. The ruse quickly gets its first volunteer--a feisty resident named Phyllis. What starts off as a macabre plan turns into a revelation for Jackie as Phyllis and the other seniors reveal their own complex histories and connections to Kingdom Adventure, as well as some tough-to-swallow truths about Jackie, her friends, and their future.
Call Number: YA FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Jennieke Cohen
Description: It's 1830s England, and Culinarians--doyens who consult with society's elite to create gorgeous food and confections--are the crème de la crème of high society. Helena Higgins, top of her class at the Royal Academy, has a sharp demeanor and an even sharper palate--and knows stardom awaits her if she can produce greatness in her final year. Penelope Pickering is going to prove the value of non-European cuisine to all of England. Her contemporaries may scorn her Filipina heritage and her dishes, but with her flawless social graces and culinary talents, Penelope is set to prove them wrong. Elijah Little has nothing to his name but a truly excellent instinct for flavors. London merchants won't allow a Jewish boy to own a shop, so he hawks his pasties for a shilling a piece to passersby--but he knows with training he can break into the highest echelon of society. When Penelope and Helena meet Elijah, a golden opportunity arises: to pull off a project never seen before, and turn Elijah from a street vendor to a gentleman chef. But Elijah's transformation will have a greater impact on this trio than they originally realize--and mayhem, unseemly faux pas, and a little romance will all be a part of the delicious recipe.
Call Number: YA FIC Coh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 18, 2022
Andrea Contos
Description: It wasn't the kidnapping that ruined Cass Adams's life. It was the letters that came after. The pink envelopes that appear in her car, her locker, her bedroom. Notes from the man she escaped, telling her that he's always there, always watching. And that someday, he'll be back for her. The police say there's nothing they can do, and Cass resigns herself to live in fear until she reconnects with three old friends--three girls ready to exact vengeance on those who wronged them. But the deeper Cass digs, the more shocking the truth becomes, especially when she discovers that the person who ruined her life may be the only one who can save it.
Call Number: YA FIC Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Natalie (Fiction writer) Walton
Description: As lead reporter for The Warrior Weekly, Eden has covered her fair share of stories at St. Joseph Secondary. And when intimate pictures of six female students are anonymously emailed to the entire school, Eden is determined to get to the bottom of it. In tracking down leads, Eden is shocked to discover not everyone agrees the students are victims. Some people feel the girls "brought it on themselves." Even worse, the school's administration seems more concerned about protecting its reputation than its students. With the anonymous sender threatening more emails, Eden finds an unlikely ally: the six young women themselves. Banding together to find the perpetrator, the tables are about to be turned. The Slut Squad is fighting back!
Call Number: YA FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Dhonielle Clayton
Description: Louisiana, 1928. Zora Broussard has arrived in New Orleans with not much more than a bag of clothes, a beautiful voice, and a pair of enchanted red shoes. Running from a tragic accident caused by her magic, Zora wants nothing more than to blend in, as well as to avoid her overbearing aunt and mean-spirited cousins. Music becomes Zora’s only means of escape, yet she wonders if she should give it all up to remove the powers that make her a target, especially as a Black woman in the South. But when Zora gets the chance to perform in a prominent jazz club, she meets a sweet white pianist named Phillip with magic of his own, including a strange mirror that foretells their future together. Falling into a forbidden love, Zora and Phillip must keep their relationship a secret. And soon the two discover the complicated connection between their respective families, a connection that could lead to catastrophe for them both. In the era of segregation and speakeasies, Zora must change her destiny and fight for the one she loves...or risk losing everything.
Call Number: YA FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 18, 2022
David Valdes Greenwood
Description: All Luis Gonzalez wants is to go to prom with his boyfriend, something his “progressive” school still doesn't allow. Not after what happened with Chaz Wilson. But that was ages ago, when Luis's parents were in high school; it would never happen today, right? He's determined to find a way to give his LGBTQ friends the respect they deserve (while also not risking his chance to be prom king, just saying...). When a hit on the head knocks him back in time to 1985 and he meets the doomed young Chaz himself, Luis concocts a new plan--he's going to give this guy his first real kiss. Though it turns out a conservative school in the '80s isn't the safest place to be a gay kid. Especially with homophobes running the campus, including Gordo (aka Luis's estranged father). Luis is in over his head, trying not to make things worse--and hoping he makes it back to present day at all.
Call Number: YA FIC Val
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 18, 2022
Kate Brauning
Description: "Dinah Caldwell has been filling her father's role since he abandoned their family four years ago. She and her grief-stricken mom run their subsistence farm deep in the Ozarks, making sure her younger brother never has to worry. Until the day Gabriel Gates, who owns everyone in Charlotte County, kills her mother to steal her family's well. Homeless, heartbroken, and alone, Dinah only has a single razor-sharp goal: revenge. And now that Gates has put a ten-thousand-dollar bounty on her head, she can't trust anyone, but she also can't take down the most powerful man in the mountains by herself. Her only allies are Kara, Dinah's best friend and secret crush, and Johnny, a young bootlegger who has as much reason to hate Gates as Dinah does. With their help and resources, and maybe even love, she can spark a revolution and set the whole county free if their combined secrets don't get them all killed first" --Amazon.
Call Number: YA FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Echo Brown
Description: There are many watchers and they are always white. That’s the first thing Echo notices as she settles into Dartmouth College. Despite graduating high school in Cleveland as valedictorian, Echo immediately struggles to keep up in demanding classes. Dartmouth made many promises it couldn't keep. The campus is not a rainbow-colored utopia where education lifts every voice. Nor is it a paradise of ideas, an incubator of inclusivity, or even an exciting dating scene. But it might be a portal to different dimensions of time and space--only accessible if Echo accepts her calling as a Chosen One and takes charge of her future by healing her past. This remarkable challenge demands vulnerability, humility, and the conviction to ask for help without sacrificing self-worth.
Call Number: YA FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Anna Priemaza
Description: Vera has a nagging feeling that she’s forgetting something. Not her keys or her homework--something bigger. Or someone. When she discovers her best friend Riven is experiencing the same strange feeling, they set out on a mission to uncover what’s going on. Everyone in Vera's world has a special ability--a little bit of magic that helps them through the day. Perhaps someone’s ability is interfering with their memory? Or is something altering their very reality? Vera and Riven intend to fix it and get back whatever or whomever they’ve lost. But how do you find the truth when you can’t even remember what you’re looking for in the first place?
Call Number: YA FIC Pri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Femi Fadugba
Description: During arguably the worst week of Esso's life, an accident knocks him into an incredible world--a place beyond space or time, where he can see glimpses of the past and future. But if what he sees there is true, he might not have much longer to live, unless he can use his new gift to change the course of history. Rhia's past is filled with questions, none of which she expects a new physics tutor to answer. But Dr. Esso's not here to help Rhia. He's here because he needs her help--to unravel a tragedy that happened fifteen years ago. One that holds the key not only to Rhia's past, but to a future worth fighting for.
Call Number: YA FIC Fad
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
author Asphyxia (Novelist)
Description: Part coming of age, part call to action, this fast-paced #ownvoices novel about a Deaf teenager is a unique and inspiring exploration of what it means to belong. Smart, artistic, and independent, sixteen year old Piper is tired of trying to conform. Her mom wants her to be "normal," to pass as hearing, to get a good job. But in a time of food scarcity, environmental collapse, and political corruption, Piper has other things on her mind--like survival. Piper has always been told that she needs to compensate for her Deafness in a world made for those who can hear. But when she meets Marley, a new world opens up--one where Deafness is something to celebrate, and where resilience means taking action, building a community, and believing in something better. This empowering, unforgettable story is told through a visual extravaganza of text, paint, collage, and drawings. Set in an ominously prescient near future, The Words in My Hands is very much a novel for our turbulent times.
Call Number: YA FIC Asp
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Sifiso Mzobe
Description: "Sipho, a 17-year-old from Umlazi, drops out of high school and joins a car hijacking syndicate to make a name for himself and escape his family's low-income life. Along with hijacking partners Musa and Vusi, Sipho learns the tricks of the dangerous trade and pushes deeper into the underbelly of Umlazi under the guidance of gang leader Sibani, while partying heavily and juggling different women nightly alongside his longtime girlfriend Nana. Candid and unapologetic, Young Blood is the story of the intricate balance of circumstance and choice, swift gain and incredible loss, as Sipho finds out how far he can push his luck before the damage is irrevocable -- and the consequences deadly. Both a red-hot crime novel of car heists, sex, and rival gangs and a coming of age story of a teenager navigating the costs of the fast life, Young Blood reveals the devastating violence and raw beauty of life in South Africa's townships" --Back cover.
Call Number: YA FIC Mzo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 10, 2022
Nicholas Read
Description: A profile of this well-established wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre, highlighting the heartwarming stories of animals and the people who care for them. For over three decades, the Critter Care wildlife rehabilitation centre in Langley, BC, has rescued and cared for more than 50,000 sick, injured, and orphaned animals--from bears to beavers, coyotes to cougars, rabbits to river otters, and skunks to squirrels. Nicholas Read spent one year volunteering at Critter Care, helping to take care of the animals and recording the stories of every furry friend who walked, hopped, or crept through their doors.
Call Number: YA 333.954 Rea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 3, 2022
Niki Webster, artwork by Anna Stiles
Description: Starting in spring, the book shows you how to make amazing vegan food in every season. Along with over 50 fun, simple and delicious recipes that anyone can try, it's also filled with tips for every season--from how to grow your own veg to vegan finger food for the party season.
Call Number: YA 641.5636 Web
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 31, 2021
Leo Baker
Description: Professional skateboarder Leo Baker takes the reader on a complicated, powerful journey through the world of skate and competitive sport as a non-binary athlete.
Call Number: YA 796.22 Bak
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 31, 2021
Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin
Description: A smash up of art and text that captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right Now.
Call Number: YA 811 Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 19, 2022
Marc Aronson
Description: Marc Aronson dives deep into the four-hundred-year history of Manhattan to map the island's unexpected intersections. Focusing on the evolution of four streets and a square (Wall Street, 42nd Street, West 4th Street, 125th Street, and Union Square), Aronson explores how new ideas and forms of art evolved from social blending.
Call Number: YA 974.71 Aro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 5, 2022
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Act Cool
Tobly McSmith
YA FIC McS
Spin Me Right Round
David Valdes Greenwood
YA FIC Val
Coming Back
Jessi Zabarsky
YA FIC Zab
The Ballad Of Dinah Caldwell
Kate Brauning
YA FIC Bra
Fly By Night
Tara O'Connor, Triona Farrell
YA FIC OCo
The Chosen One : A First-generation Odyssey
Echo Brown
YA FIC Bro
Fools In Love : Fresh Twists On Romantic Tales
Natasha Ngan, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells, Julian Winters, Hannah Moskowitz
YA FIC Foo
The Forgotten Memories Of Vera Glass
Anna Priemaza
YA FIC Pri
Heartstopper. Volume 4
Alice Oseman
YA FIC Ose
The Upper World
Femi Fadugba
YA FIC Fad
Here's To Us
Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
YA FIC Alb
The Words In My Hands
author Asphyxia (Novelist)
YA FIC Asp
Hopepunk
Preston Norton
YA FIC Nor
Young Blood
Sifiso Mzobe
YA FIC Mzo
If This Gets Out
S. Gonzales, Cale Dietrich
YA FIC Gon
Caring For Critters : One Year At A Wildlife Rescue Centre
Nicholas Read
YA 333.954 Rea
Lifetime Passes
Terry Blas, Claudia Aguirre
YA FIC Bla
My Vegan Year : A Seasonal Guide To Going Plant-based
Niki Webster, artwork by Anna Stiles
YA 641.5636 Web
My Fine Fellow
Jennieke Cohen
YA FIC Coh
Skate For Your Life
Leo Baker
YA 796.22 Bak
Out Of The Fire
Andrea Contos
YA FIC Con
Ain't Burned All The Bright
Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin
YA 811 Rey
Revenge Of The Sluts
Natalie (Fiction writer) Walton
YA FIC Wal
Four Streets And A Square : A History Of Manhattan And The New York Idea
Marc Aronson
YA 974.71 Aro
Shattered Midnight
Dhonielle Clayton
YA FIC Cla