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The Jump

Brittney Morris - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Book

From the acclaimed author of Slay and The Cost of Knowing comes an action-driven, high-octane novel about a group of working-class teens in Seattle who join a dangerous scavenger hunt with a prize that can save their families and community..

Influence is power....

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The Love Match

Priyanka Taslim - Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Book

To All the Boys I've Loved Before meets Pride and Prejudice in this delightful and heartfelt rom-com about a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family's financial security—just as she's falling in love...

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A Little Bit Country

Brian D. Kennedy - Balzer + Bray
Format: Book

Emmett Maguire wants to be country music's biggest gay superstar—a far reach when you're seventeen and living in Illinois. But for now, he's happy to do the next best thing: Stay with his aunt in Jackson Hollow, Tennessee, for the summer and perform at the amusement...

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The Luminaries

Susan Dennard - Tor Teen
Format: Book

Hemlock Falls isn't like other towns. You won't find it on a map, your phone won't work here, and the forest outside town might just kill you.

Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to join the Luminaries, the ancient order that protects Winnie's town—and...

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The Davenports

Krystal Marquis - Dial Books
Format: Book

The Davenports are one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in a changing United States, their fortune made through the entrepreneurship of William Davenport, a formerly enslaved man who founded the Davenport Carriage Company years ago. Now the Davenports live surrounded...

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This Is Not a Personal Statement

Tracy Badua - Quill Tree Books
Format: Book

An incisive, relatable tale of acceptance, self-discovery, and the infinite possibilities that await when we embrace our imperfections.

As the youngest graduating senior at her hypercompetitive high school, Perla Perez is certain all the late nights, social isolation, and crushing...

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Tokyo Ever After: A Novel

Emiko Jean - Flatiron Books
Format: Book

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and...

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Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling

Elise Bryant - Balzer + Bray
Format: Book

Delilah always keeps her messy, gooey insides hidden behind a wall of shrugs and yeah, whatevers. She goes with the flow—which is how she ends up singing in her friends’ punk band as a favor, even though she’d prefer to hide at the merch table.

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Golden Boys

Phil Stamper - Bloomsbury YA
Format: Book

Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their small rural town by their queerness, their good grades, and their big dreams. They are about to embark on the summer before senior year of high school, where each is going on a new, big adventure. Reese is attending a design...

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Revelle

Lyssa Mia Smith - Balzer Bray
Format: Book

On the island of Charmant, magic flows like bootlegged champagne, and fantasies can be bought for the price of a gemstone.

Luxe Revelle, star of her family’s fantastical show, knows the splendor is just an illusion. With Prohibition threatening their livelihood, her family...

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A Ruinous Fate

Kaylie Smith - Disney-Hyperion
Format: Book

Fate does not choose the weak. Fate chooses the ready.

Calliope Rosewood is a witch with a long streak of bad luck. Like all witches in Illustros, her fate is directly tied to Witch’s Dice—powerful artifacts that have blessed her kind...

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The Black Queen

Jumata Emill - Delacorte Press
Format: Book

Nova Albright, the first Black homecoming queen at Lovett High, is dead. Murdered the night of her coronation, her body found the next morning in the old slave cemetery she spent her weekends rehabilitating.

Tinsley McArthur was supposed to be queen. Not only is she beautiful,...

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The Secret of a Heart Note

STACEY LEE - Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Book

An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old...

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An Emotion of Great Delight

Tahereh Mafi - HarperCollins
Format: Book

From bestselling and National Book Award-nominated author Tahereh Mafi comes a stunning novel about love and loneliness, navigating the hyphen of dual identity, and reclaiming your right to joy—even when you're trapped in the amber of sorrow.

It's 2003, several...

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Dark Room Etiquette

Robin Roe - HarperTeen
Format: Book

Sixteen-year-old Sayers Wayte has everything—until he's kidnapped by a man who tells him the privileged life he's been living is based on a lie.

Trapped in a windowless room, without knowing why he's been taken or how long the man plans to keep him shut...

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Wait for Me

Sara Shepard - Union Square & Co.
Format: Book

Drowning in déjà vu . . .
 
Who is Casey Rhodes? Is she a no-nonsense realist or a hopeless romantic? A just-getting-by scholarship student or a sometimes-Cinderella dating the cool, cultured heir to a media empire and New York...

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Hello, Cruel Heart

Maureen Johnson - Disney Press
Format: Book

An electric new story of teenage Cruella de Vil in an original novel inspired by the Walt Disney Studios Live Action Film, Cruella.

Swinging London, Summer 1967. Sixteen-year-old Estella, gifted with talent, ingenuity, and ambition, dreams...

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