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Most recent staff pick: A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell

This book is so perfectly timed with the transition between Black History Month to Women's History Month. The fact that we're given such strong stories from these dynamic writers is a gift. This anthology is packed with heavy hitters.

 

 

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A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope Cover Image
By Patrice Caldwell (Editor)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984835659
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

"This book is so perfectly timed with the transition between Black History Month to Women's History Month. The fact that we're given such strong stories from these dynamic writers is a gift. This anthology is packed with heavy hitters"


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When You Were Everything Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524715915
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 10th, 2020

"When you think of heartbreak, immediately you may think of a romantic relationship but Woodfolk explores the very real and genuine hurt of losing a best friend. This book hits such a melancholy note as Cleo relives the past she once shared with someone who was her world and seeks to find her place without her."


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Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062937049
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

"As we're all dealing with the fallout of the most polarizing political climate in recent memory, Yes No Maybe So is a call to arms for any young person questioning how they can help. This dual-narrative tackles themes of Islamophobia and Antisemitism from two teens who turn to political service for different reasons but find their voice in all the chaos."


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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062824127
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 7th, 2020

"Undoubtedly one of the funniest books I've had the privilege of reading, Field Guide is an incredible debut from an author I definitely want to read more from. This book is an honest, hysterical tale with the world's most opinionated narrator that will leave you chuckling aloud but also has some weight to it."


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Call Down the Hawk (The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338188325
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Published: Scholastic Press - November 5th, 2019

"Ask and Maggie Stiefvater will deliver. Getting the chance to revisit one of my favorite fictional characters of all times was such a treat and Stiefvater didn't miss a beat on jumping right back to it. A spin-off of The Raven Cycle series, this trilogy stands strongly on its own. I will read literally anything this lady writes and you should too!"


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

"I'm trying to remember the last time a book completely obliterated me quite like this and I'm coming up short. This love letter from a son to mother is the most touching piece of literature I've come across. If you haven't read this, I implore you to grab a copy now and run straight to the register. You'll be forever changed."


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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

"There's a reason why Jason Reynolds constantly lands himself on book award lists. His ability to speak directly to kids and the hardships they face is unparalleled. Within this collection, he manages to make the simple task of walking home for 10 kids into a serious character study of the private and public lives of young students. Reynolds expertly gives a clear voice to each child and their experience in middle grade."


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SLAY Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

"2019 has been a year of strong debuts and SLAY is no different. Morris delivers with an incredible story that ties in heavy social issues with the excitement of gaming. I loved seeing a Black geek girl in action, coding and creating space in a world that wasn't necessarily designed for her. Morris sprinkled some serious Black Girl Magic on this one!"


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Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

When a book manages to exceed expectations, it's mandatory that you try your best to get it into everyone's hand. Frankly in Love is a home run of a debut novel. It manages to be hilarious and heartfelt in the same breath. Yoon perfectly encapsulates what it's like to be the child of immigrants, tackling identity in such a real way. This book packed punches I was not expecting but it just added to the book's authenticity.


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ISBN: 9780609807903
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Published: Broadway Books - August 28th, 2001

Nothing says "summer read" to me quite like a Sarah Dessen book and Along for the Ride is a classic. If you're looking for a light book that will make you fangirl and feel all the feels, this is a perfect choice. An oldie but a goodie, you'll enjoy Auden's summer adventures as she strives to make the most of her time with fellow night owl (and absolute swoon-worthy crush) Eli who is determined to break her out of her shell.


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Along for the Ride Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142415566
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Published: Speak - April 5th, 2011

Nothing says "summer read" to me quite like a Sarah Dessen book and Along for the Ride is a classic. If you're looking for a light book that will make you fangirl and feel all the feels, this is a perfect choice. An oldie but a goodie, you'll enjoy Auden's summer adventures as she strives to make the most of her time with fellow night owl (and absolute swoon-worthy crush) Eli who is determined to break her out of her shell.


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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780425288870
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Published: Penguin Books - May 21st, 2019

Before I start talking about the amazing story inside, can we please take a moment to obsess over this cover? Yes? Cool. Moving on, this book's use of magical realism is a bit of a departure from Arnold's other more contemporary works but the risk pays off. I loved how off-kilter things become for Noah. This book is overflowing with great references and entertaining moments, so much so that you'll wind up just binge-reading it. Perfect for YA fans who enjoyed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!


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Like a Love Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062839367
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

Just in time for Pride, we're given such a sweeping book that explores the AIDS epidemic through the eyes of three teens in the late 80's. This book takes an incredible look self-exploration, intersectionality, and identity in a way that is so precise it left me stunned for a bit. I highly encourage people to read this to learn and grow.


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Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250027436
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Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2013

If you haven't heard of this series before, allow me to welcome you to the Grisha verse. Bardugo has managed to create one of the most immersive worlds in fantasy that I've ever come across in YA. This triology kicks off such a detailed realm that readers will find themselves getting sucked in right from the start. Check it out and see why Netflix has pegged it for an upcoming series!


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Kids of Appetite Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147513663
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Published: Speak - September 5th, 2017

David is just one of those writers that knows how to perfectly capture the highs and lows of life. Just like in his other books, he manages to tap into something so honest that this gang of friends practially breathe on the page. Insightful and geniune, Kids of Appetite is one of my all-time favorite YA books. Get your tabs and highlighters ready when reading this book. There are so many stunning quotes you'll want to hold close for years to come.


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On the Come Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019

Unless you've been off the grid for the last two years, the name Angie Thomas should ring a bell in your head. Or maybe even a blaring siren. Thomas is back with her sophmore book and she definitely isn't in a slump. We're introduced this time around to Bri, another young girl who calls Garden Heights home. Bri's journey from start to finish is every bit as captivating as Angie's first novel. The strong themes we all came to love and appreciate in THUG are back with an added bonus of an ode to hip hop and its power to help a person find their voice and reclaim their narrative.


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The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481498579
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Published: Simon Pulse - February 19th, 2019

Come for the great title, stay for the novel that shows the lengths we would go to in order to salvage a friendship. What would you do if you had a second chance to resolve a bond that ended prematurely with someone who died? Hutchinson tackles this question head on in a unique way that is consistent with his speculative roots.


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ISBN: 9781524720209
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 26th, 2019

Third times the charm for Zentner who just can't seem to write a bad book. As a result, we all are gifted to another fantasic look at a close knit friendship between teens hurtling towards their futures. I loved the humor and heart inside this book. I wished so badly that Delia and Josie were actual people with a late night creature feature series that I could tune in to. Zentner excels, as always, in capturing the beauty and pain of growing up.


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The Serpent King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553524055
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Published: Ember - June 6th, 2017

If I could force everyone in the world to read one book, it would be this one right here. You cannot go wrong with a book by Zentner, but his debut, The Serpent King, is one of the most stunning novels I've ever read. Lyrical, insightful, and simply gorgeous, this book has something for everyone. Told through the eyes of three best friends in their senior year of high school, Zentner seamlessly voices these different perspectives: one of being afraid to leave the only place you've ever known, one of longing for something greater than your surroundings, and one of being perfectly content where you are. I own this book in every format for a reason!


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Tradition Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481480345
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 1st, 2018

Kiely is back, once more shedding light on difficult topics that may be uncomfortable to talk about but are necessary for that very same reason. In Tradition, Kiely deftly discusses rape culture, privilege and feminism in a way that is accessible to teens and adults alike.


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The Dangerous Art of Blending In Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062659002
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 30th, 2018

In this coming of age story, debut author Surmelis asserts himself as a writer on the rise. Following Evan's journey from the very first page, it would be impossible not to instantly fall in love with his character and admire his strength. With the pressure of being a first-generation American living a closeted life, Evan's experiences will resonate with those who can identify with him and encourage compassion in all.


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ISBN: 9780525552963
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Published: Dial Books - August 28th, 2018

There's something to be said about a quiet book that can sneak up on you and leave you breathless. In his debut novel, Khorram manages to explore serious topics like depression and mental health, complicated familial bonds, and one's search to figure oneself out in virtually every sense.


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ISBN: 9780062795250
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Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

Is there anything more adorable than a meet cute in New York City? You would think not, but when the story is the brainchild of two YA heavy hitters, you get a pitch perfect novel about second chances. Author besties Becky and Adam create such relatable, lovable characters that will have you so wrapped up in their individual and shared experiences over one summer in the city that never sleeps.


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Opposite of Always Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062748379
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 5th, 2019

In this debut novel, Reynolds treats us to a not-so typical love story. Jack King is a protagonist that you cannot help but root for. Finding himself in a seemingly never-ending cycle of reliving the past and trying to save the life of the girl he loves, Jack's saga through alternate realities is so heartfelt and sincere that his quest to save Kate becomes a tangible thing. I'm excited to see what's in store for Reynolds because this was a terrific debut!


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The Beauty That Remains Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524715908
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Published: Ember - March 12th, 2019

Three tales of loss. Three tales of growth. This book does a wonderful job at showing the different ways in which people grieve and heal after the passing of someone close to them. It's a tough subject matter but Woodfolk handles it with the care it deserves.