Young Adult Fiction
I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
Over the course of one night, two girls from very different backgrounds have to rely on each other to survive. Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan - she knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, neither expects everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames.
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Thirteen-year-old Min comes from a long line of fox spirits, but you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic and they must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. When word arrives that Jun is suspected of desertion, Min decides to run away to find him and clear his name. Min's quest will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will meet gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts and she will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before.
Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year edited by Allie Esiri
William Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of longer poems and you can discover them all here. Each page of this anthology contains an extract of his genius - a soliloquy, poem, quote or scene matched to the date. The introductory paragraphs serve as a window into the work, time and life of the greatest writer in the English language and this book will fill your year with wonder, laughter, wisdom and wit.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon and Dean Hale
Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She's got to start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born!
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Series, Book 1
The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore
It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren't celebrating. They're still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly's always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.
Who I’m Not by Ted Staunton
Danny has survived everything life has thrown at him: being abandoned at birth, multiple abusive foster homes, life as a con man in training. But when his latest "protector" dies suddenly, Danny has to think fast or he'll be back in foster care again. He decides to assume the identity of a boy who disappeared three years before. If nothing else, he figures it will buy him a little time. Much to his astonishment, his new "family" accepts him as their own, despite the fact that he looks nothing like their missing relative. But one old cop has his suspicions about Danny, and he's not about to declare the case closed. Inspired by a true story, Who I'm Not is a powerful portrait of a boy whose identity is as fluid as a river and as changeable as a chameleon's skin.