Category Archives: New Young Adult Books

When You Were Everything

 by Ashley Woodfolk

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded.  Nearly a month since Cleo realized they’ll never be besties again.  Now Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex-best friend.  but pretending Layla doesn’t exist isn’t as easy as Cleo hoped.

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The Blossom and the Firefly

 by Sherri L. Smith

Japan 1945.  Taro is a talented violinist and a kamikaze pilot in the days before his first and only mission.  He believes he is ready to die for his country…until he meets Hana.  Hana hasn’t been the same since the day she was buried alive in a collapsed trench during a bomb raid.  She wonders if it would have been better to have died that day…until she meets Taro.

A song will bring them together.  The war will tear them apart.  Is it possible to live an entire lifetime in eight short days?

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Layoverland

 by Gabby Noone

On her last day on earth, Beatrice Fox believes she ruined the life of the person she loves the most–her little sister, Emmy.  So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed who knows where, she’s confused, to say the least.

Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: she’s in purgatory.  If she ever wants to catch a flight to heaven, she’ll have to help five thousand souls figure out what’s keeping them from moving on.  But one of Bea’s first assignments is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates.  And as much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a seemingly endless future of eating bad airport food and listening to other people’s problems, she can’t help but notice that he’s kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and that maybe, despite her best efforts, she’s totally falling for him.

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A Constellation of Roses

 by Miranda Asebedo

Ever since her troubled mother abandoned her, Trix McCabe has preferred to stay on the move.  But when she lands with her long-lost relatives, there’s something special about the McCabe women, something almost magical about their mysterious talents.  Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas.  But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life…or keep running from the one she’s always known.

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A Match Made In Mehendi

 by Nandini Bajpai

Fifteen -year-old Simran Sangha comes from a long line of matchmakers.  When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled.

Armed with her family’s ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service- but when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boy’s soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.

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Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance

 by Jennieke Cohen

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: with an older sister happily wed, and the future of her family estate secure,  she has few obligations and ample opportunity to while away her time in the fields around her home.  But Vicky’s comfortable, idyllic life is overturned, and she must quickly marry–of find herself and her family destitute.  Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, Vicky enters society’s season in a flutter of silks, dances, and pretty words.

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Every Stolen Breath

 by Kimberly Gabriel

The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable-random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake.  It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.  After a close encounter with the swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works.  Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group.  Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings-and fast- Lia may end up the next target.

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Crying Laughing

 by Lance Rubin

Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows:  She’s hilarious.  It might be a long wait, though.  After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself.  Well, to herself and her dad.  Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe.  Maybe he’s even…flirting?

Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS.  That is…not funny.  Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing.  And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants.  But is it what he needs?

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In The Hall with the Knife: A Clue Mystery

 by diana Peterfreund

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students–are left stranded on campus with their headmaster.  Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory, and it’s very clear his death was no accident.  With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder.

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The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

 by Sherry Thomas

CHINA 484 A.D.

All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight.  Then a messenger from the Emporer arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders.  Mulan takes up her sword and joins the army.

Thanks to her martial arts skills, she is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling–But the princeling has secrets of his own.  As they cross the Great Wall to face the enemy beyond, Mulan and the princeling must find a way to unwind their past, unmask a traitor, and uncover the plans for the Rouran invasion…before it’s too late.

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