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  • The Dark Matter of Mona Starr

    The Dark Matter of Mona Starr

    Laura Lee Gulledge
    Sometimes, the world is too much for Mona Starr. She's sweet, geeky, and creative, but it's hard for her to make friends and connect with other people, and her depression seems to take on a vivid, concrete form.

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  • Ordinary Hazards

    Ordinary Hazards

    Nikki Grimes
    Growing up with a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a mostly absent father, Nikki Grimes found herself terrorized by babysitters, shunted from foster family to foster family, and preyed upon by those she trusted.

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  • Stepsister


    Jennifer Donnelly
    .Isabelle should be blissfully happy-she's about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn't the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella's shoe . . . which is now filling with blood.

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  • Girl Made of Stars

    Girl Made of Stars

    Ashley Herring Blake
    Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara's friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act?

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  • The Inheritance Games

    The Inheritance Games

    Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why -- or even who Tobias Hawthorne is.

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  • Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

    Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

    Penelope Bagieu
    With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known.

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  • The Companion

    The Companion

    Katie Alender
    The other orphans say Margot is lucky. Lucky to survive the horrible accident that killed her family. Lucky to have her own room because she wakes up screaming every night. And finally, lucky to be chosen by a prestigious family to live at their remote country estate.

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  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

    The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

    Ben Phillippe
    Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A Black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas.

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  • We Are Not From Here

    We Are Not From Here

    Jenny Torres Sanchez
    Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña have no false illusions about the town they've grown up in and the dangers that surround them. Though their families--both biological and found--create a warm community for them, threats lurk around every corner.

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  • With the Fire on High

    With the Fire on High

    Elizabeth Acevedo
    Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

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  • Punching the Air

    Punching the Air

    Ibi Zoboi
    Yusef Salaam
    The story that I thought

    was my life

    didn’t start on the day

    I was born

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  • Frankly in Love

    Frankly in Love

    David Yoon
    Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong

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  • If I Was Your Girl

    If I Was Your Girl

    Meredith Russo
    Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she's determined not to get too close to anyone.

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  • Sorcery of Thorns

    Sorcery of Thorns

    Margaret Rogerson
    All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything.

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  • Stamped


    Jason Reynolds
    Ibram X. Kendi
    A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in AmericaThis is NOT a history book.

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  • Moxie


    Jennifer Mathieu
    Vivian Carter's mom was a Riot Grrrl in the 1990s, but now she and Viv live a pretty quiet life in a small Texas town. When Viv witnesses a series of sexist incidents at her high school, she takes a page from her mom's past and makes a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates.

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  • #Notyourprincess


    Lisa Charleyboy (editor)
    Mary Beth Leatherdale (editor)
    Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book.

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  • Catfishing on Catnet

    Catfishing on Catnet

    Naomi Kritzer
    Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I.

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  • Dig


    A.S. King
    I mean, white isn't just a color. And maybe that's the problem for them. White is a passport. It's a ticket. Five estranged cousins are lost in a maze of their family's tangled secrets.

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  • Allegedly


    Tiffany Jackson
    A young girl, convicted of murder as a child, serves her sentence only to be placed in a group home, where, upon her release, she must grapple with starting over and an unplanned pregnancy.

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