Category Archives: New Young Adult Books

Love and Other Great Expectations

 by Becky Dean

An American girl embarks on a competitive scavenger hunt in England–and along the way, meets up with a bookish British boy who can’t help her with the clues…but might make the trip take some unexpected turns. 

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Live, Laugh, Kidnap

 by Gabby Noone

From the author of Layoverland comes another bitingly clever, laugh-out-loud funny novel, about a group of teen girls going up against an exploitative megachurch in their small Montana town.

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Daughters of a Dead Empire

 by Carolyn Tara O’Neil

In this harrowing novel, two girls from separate worlds flee across the Russian countryside at the height of the Bolshevik Revolution.  A historical thriller about dangerous ideals, loyalty, and the price we pay for change. 

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Lulu and Milagros Search for Clarity

 by Angela Velez

Overachiever Luz “Lulu” Zavala has straight As, perfect attendance, and a solid ten-year plan.  First up: nail her interview for a dream internship at Stanford, the last stop on her school’s cross-country college road trip.  The only flaw in her plan is Clara, her oldest sister, who went off to college and sparked a massive fight with their overprotective mom, who is now convinced that out-of-state-college will destroy their family.  If Lulu can’t fix whatever went wrong between them, the whole trip- and her future-will be a waste. 

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Sunny Gs Series of Rash Decisions

 by Navdeep Singh Dhillon

Sunny G’s brother left him one thing when he died: His notebook, which Sunny is determined to filll up with a series of rash decisions.  Decision number one was a big one:  He stopped wearing his turban, cut off his hair, and shaved his beard.  

Sunny debuts his new look at prom, which he’s stuck going to alone.  He’s skipping the big fandom party in favor of the Very Important Prom Experience.  An experience that’s starting to look like a burst.

Enter Mindii Vang, a girl with a penchant for making rash decisions of her own, starting with stealing Sunny’s notebook.  When Sunny chases after her, prom turns into an all-night-adventure–a night full of rash, wonderful, romantic, stupid, life-changing decisions. 

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Gallant

 by Victoria Schwab

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal.  Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home–to Gallant.  Yet when she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant–but not.  The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all.  Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family.

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Not Here to be Liked

 by Michelle Quach

Eliza Quan doesn’t need you to like her.  She puts in more hours than anyone and isn’t afraid to speak her mind, which makes her the perfect candidate for editor in chief of her high school paper.  At least until ex-jock Len DiMartile decides on a whim to run against her.  Suddenly, her vast qualifications mean squat.  Eliza tries too hard (and somehow also not hard enough), while the inexperienced Len, who is tall, handsome, and male, just seems more like a leader. 

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A Snake Falls to Earth

 by Darcie Little Badger

Nina is a Lipan girl in our world.  She’s always felt there was something more out there.  She still believes in the old stories.  

Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters.  Like all cottonmouths, he’s been cast from home.  He’s found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake.

Nina and oli have no idea the other exists.  But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli’s best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven’t been in centuries.  And there are some who will kill to keep them apart. 

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Call Me Athena: Girl from Detroit

 by Colby Cedar Smith

A beautifully written novel in verse loosely based on the author’s paternal grandmother.  The story follows Mary as the American-born daughter of Greek and French immigrants living in Detroit in the 1930’s, creating a historically accurate portrayal of life as an immigrant during the Great Depression, hunger strikes, and violent riots. 

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Blackout

 by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone

A Sweltering summer night and six love stories flickering in the dark…Brimming with teen joy and swoony romance. 

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