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Tiffany D Jackson · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 387
Format: Print book

Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer's Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn't say much in that first interview...
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Long Way Home
Long Way Home

Katie McGarry · Harlequin Teen
Pages: 448
Format: Print book

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving It's the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it's up to her to do the saving....
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A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

Eric Lindstrom · Little
Pages: 288
Format: Print book

In the vein of It's Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places, comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness. For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship...
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Stranger Than Fanfiction
Stranger Than Fanfiction

Chris Colfer · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a funny, heartbreaking, unforgettable novel about friendship and fame. Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked...
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After the Fall
After the Fall

Kate Hart · Farrar
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt ... and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt's bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn't even seem to realize she's a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing....
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Piecing Me Together
Piecing Me Together

Rene Watson · Bloomsbury
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

A timely and powerful story about a teen girl striving for success in a world that too often feels like it wants to break her. Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way....
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Fire Color One
Fire Color One

Jenny Valentine · Philomel Books
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

Nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal, this novel is a stunning tribute to fathers and daughters, and to the unique power of art to connect and change us.Sixteen-year-old Iris itches constantly for the strike of a match. But when she's caught setting one too many fires, she's dragged...
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The Education of Margot Sanchez
The Education of Margot Sanchez

Lilliam Rivera · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted - from debut author Lilliam Rivera.Things/People Margot Hates: Mami, for destroying...
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Sad Perfect
Sad Perfect

Stephanie Elliot · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Sixteen-year-old Pea looks normal, but she has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, which means she can t eat very much because nutritious foods frighten her. Having ARFID is like having a monster inside of her, one that dictates what she can eat, what she does and who she socializes...
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A List of Cages
A List of Cages

Robin Roe · Hyperion
Pages: 310
Format: Print book

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends....
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American Street
American Street

Ibi Zoboi · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical...
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Ronit & Jamil
Ronit & Jamil

Pamela L Laskin · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 192
Format: Print book

Pamela L. Laskin's beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israel-Palestine conflict.Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian...
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Optimists Die First
Optimists Die First

Susin Nielsen-Fernlund · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has written a laugh-out-loud and heartrending novel for fans of Robyn Schneider's Extraordinary Means and Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will. Beware: Life ahead. Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy...
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The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give

A C THOMAS · BALZER + BRAY
Pages: 464
Format: Print book

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas's searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.Sixteen-year-old...
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Our Own Private Universe
Our Own Private Universe

Robin Talley · Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it's mostly about sex. No, it isn't that kind of theory. Aki already knows she's bisexual - even if, until now, it's mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows...
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We Are Okay
We Are Okay

Nina Lacour · Dutton
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

From the award-winning author of Hold Still comes an achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship."You go through life thinking there's so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother." Marin...
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The You I've Never Known
The You I've Never Known

Ellen Hopkins · Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 590
Format: Print book

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins.For as long as she can remember, it's been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel's mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them...
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The Luckiest Scar on Earth
The Luckiest Scar on Earth

Ana Maria Spagna · Torrey House Press
Pages: 200
Format: Print book

"We're right there with Charlotte as she navigates avalanche-prone back-country, races in snowboarding competitions, and searches for endangered salmon. Packed with profound questions and gems of wisdom, this story will stay with me for a long time to come." - LAURA RESAU, author...
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