Recommendations for National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month Check out these items that are all available on Hoopla to celebrate National Poetry Month

1. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Fiction

33294200. sy475 “A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.“- Goodreads synopsis

2. Solo by Kwame Alexander| fiction

33004289. sy475 When the heart gets lost, let the music find you.

Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming—like many—that Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade has in common with Rutherford is the music that lives inside them. But not even the songs that flow through Blade’s soul are enough when he’s faced with two unimaginable realities: the threat of losing Chapel forever, and the revelation of a long-held family secret, one that leaves him questioning everything he thought was true. All that remains is a letter and a ticket to Ghana—both of which could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.” -Goodreads synopsis

3. One by Sarah Crossan| fiction

23524610 “Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.

How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?” -Goodreads synopsis

4. Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley | fiction

45238721The reminder is always there—a dent on the right side of Jonah’s forehead. The spot you’d press when you felt a headache coming on. The bullet tore away bone, the way dynamite blasts rock—leaving a soft crater.

Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv seems to be the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.

With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.” -Goodreads synopsis

5. The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace| poetry collection

Princess Saves Herself In This One (Paperback) (Amanda Lovelace ...“A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.” -Goodreads synopsis




6. When the World Didn’t End by Caroline Kaufman | Poetry collection

41212800“Teen Instagram sensation and author of Light Filters In @poeticpoison returns with a second collection of short, powerful poems about love, forgiveness, self-discovery, and what it’s like living after a hard-fought battle with depression, in the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and the princess saves herself in this one.
In her second book of poetry, Instagram sensation Caroline Kaufman-known as @poeticpoison-explores the shock, wonder, and beauty of an uncertain future.
When the World Didn’t End is a vivid account of trying to find a path forward while reckoning with the pain of the past, embracing imperfection, and unlearning the language of self-criticism.
It’s an ode to the awkward silence between goodbye and hanging up, to hearts that continue to beat after they’re broken, to the empty spaces that depression leaves behind. With vulnerability and insight, this powerful collection of short poems holds up a mirror to the doubt and longing inside us all.
This collection features completely new material plus some fan favorites from Caroline’s account. Filled with haunting, spare pieces of original art, When the World Didn’t End will thrill existing fans and newcomers alike.
what now?
how will you make the most of it?
how will you live the life you never thought you’d get the chance to see?” -Goodreads synopsis

7. When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmine Kaur| Fiction


“Perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Elizabeth Acevedo, Jasmin Kaur’s stunning debut novel is a collection of poetry, illustrations, and prose.

so that one day
a hundred years from now
another sister will not have to
dry her tears wondering
where in history
she lost her voice

The six sections of the book explore what it means to be a young woman living in a world that doesn’t always hear her and tell the story of Kiran as she flees a history of trauma and raises her daughter, Sahaara, while living undocumented in North America.

Delving into current cultural conversations including sexual assault, mental health, feminism, and immigration, this narrative of resilience, healing, empowerment, and love will galvanize readers to fight for what is right in their world.” -Goodreads synopsis

8. The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill| Fiction

41824501. sy475 “This extraordinary verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill dares to imagine how an ordinary girl became a great leader, and ultimately saved a nation.

Jehanne was an illiterate peasant, never quite at home among her siblings and peers. Until one day, she hears a voice call to her, telling her she is destined for important things. She begins to understand that she has been called by God, chosen for a higher purpose—to save France.

Through sheer determination and incredible courage, Jehanne becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. She runs away from home, dresses in men’s clothes, and convinces an army that she will lead France to victory.

As a girl in a man’s world, at a time when women truly had no power, Jehanne faced constant threats and violence from the men around her. Despite the impossible odds, Jehanne became a fearless warrior who has inspired generations.” -Goodreads synopsis

9. In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais | Fiction

39803890“Eugene and Tatiana had fallen in love that summer ten years ago. But certain events stopped them from getting to truly know each other and they separated never knowing what could have been.

But one busy morning on the Paris metro, Eugene and Tatiana meet again, no longer the same teenagers they once were.

What happened during that summer? Does meeting again now change everything? With their lives ahead of them, can Eugene and Tatiana find a way to be together after everything?

Written in gorgeous verse, In Paris With You celebrates the importance of first love. Funny and sometimes bittersweet this book has universal appeal for anyone who has been in love”   -Goodreads synopsis

10. Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of a Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell|Non-fiction

25861933. sx318 “From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.” -Goodreads synopsis

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, Kali Ciesemier |, Paperback ...Name: Tuesday

Grade: 9

Title: I Am Princess X

Author: Cherie Priest

Published: 2016

Pages: 240

Stars: 5


I am Princess X is many things. It’s a novel, a comic, a mystery, and a friendship story. It follows the story of May, a girl whose best friend, Libby, and Libby’s mom, died in a car accident a few years ago . One day she spies a sticker stuck on a building. But this isn’t any sticker; it has a teenage girl, with long blue hair, a princess dress and crown, and a katana sword, and red chuck Taylor’s just like princess X, the character Libby and May designed in 5th grade. Princess X was the subject of many comics drawn by the two friends, but why is she here? And how did she get there?

This book was AWESOME. Not only was the writing style perfect for the book, but it also has pages from the Princess X webcomic. If you like mysteries, you’ll love this. But even if they are not really your thing, you still might like this. I am Princess X is also a book about friendship, first and foremost. I read this book in one day because it was so fast paced, and fun to read. I loved this book and I hope you will too.

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan Rebel Girls (9781335185006): Keenan, Elizabeth: BooksName: Tuesday

Grade: 9

Title: Rebel Girls

Author: Elizabeth Keenan

Published: 2019

Pages: 432

Stars: 4


Rebel Girls follows feminist teen, Athena Graves, on her mission to stop people from caring about a rumor. So what if her sister had an abortion over the summer? In her pro life sister’s eyes, this rumor is really important, but in Athena’s, this is not a big deal. She sees this as her sister’s choice, and nobody else’s business–but in Baton Rouge in 1992 , it’s anything but not a big deal.

I loved this book. It had so many good 90’s punk rock references, as well as a great story. This book doesn’t just follow a girl, it follows the early 90’s feminist movement and the stories that formed because of it. In the time of the Me Too movement, this book shows the relevance of feminism and how it influenced people in the past. This book checks everything on my list. It has memorable, unique characters and a wicked plot. This book isn’t too long, but just long enough to have a cohesive plot that all ties together in the end. If you like period pieces, and badass teen girls, you’ll love this book. This book is a perfect quick read, and a read you won’t be quick to forget.

Recommended Reads for Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month! Check out these items that are all available on Hoopla to celebrate Women’s History Month

1. Bad Girls of Fashion by Jennifer Croll & Ada Buchholc | Non-fiction

28593130. sx318 The title says it all: Bad Girls of Fashion explores the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna, and Vivienne Westwood.

Photos illuminate the text, while edgy, vividly colored illustrations depict the subjects with interpretive flair. Readers will learn not only about changing fashion styles through history, but about changing historical attitudes toward women, and the links between fashion and art, film, music, politics, and feminism. With an energetic, appealing writing style, Croll demonstrates how through the ages, women — often without other means of power — have used fashion as a tool, and how their influence continues to shape how women present themselves today. “- Goodreads synopsis

2. Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs by Susan M. Latta| Non-fiction

32713447“Meet 21 determined women who have dedicated their lives to healing others. In the 19th century, Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton—the “Lady with the Lamp” and the “Angel of the Battlefield”—earned their nicknames by daring to enter battlefields to aid wounded soldiers, forever changing the standards of medicine. Modern-day medical heroines such as Bonnie Simpson Mason, who harnessed the challenges of her chronic illness and founded an organization to introduce women and minorities to orthopedic surgery, and Kathy Magliato, who jumped the hurdles to become a talented surgeon in the male-dominated arena of heart transplants, will inspire any young reader interested in the art, science, and lifechanging applications of medicine. Lovers of adventure will follow Mary Carson Breckinridge, the “nurse on horseback” who delivered babies in the Appalachian Mountains and believed that everyone, including our poorest and most vulnerable citizens, deserve good health care, and Jerri Nielsen, the doctor stationed in Antarctica who, cut off from help, had to bravely treat her own breast cancer. These and 15 other daring women inspire with their courage, persistence, and belief in the power of both science and compassion.

Packed with photos and informative sidebars and including source notes and a bibliography, Bold Women of Medicine is an invaluable addition to any student’s or aspiring doctor or nurse’s bookshelf.” -Goodreads synopsis

3. Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky| Nonfiction, audiobook

32807214. sx318  “Women in Sports highlights notable women’s contributions to competitive athletics to inspire readers young and old. Keeping girls interested in sports has never been more important: research suggests that girls who play sports get better grades and have higher self-esteem–but girls are six times more likely to quit playing sports than boys and are unlikely to see female athlete role models in the media. A fascinating collection full of striking, singular art, Women in Sports features 50 profiles and illustrated portraits of women athletes from the 1800s to today including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than 40 different sports. The book also contains infographics about relevant topics such as muscle anatomy, a timeline of women’s participation in sports, statistics about women in athletics, and influential female teams.” -Goodreads synopsis

4. Dissenter on the Bench by Victoria Ortiz | Nonfiction, audiobook

51014834. sx318 sy475 “Dramatically narrated case histories from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s stellar career are interwoven with an account of her life – including her childhood, family, beliefs, many-faceted personality, education, marriage, children, legal and judicial career, and other achievements. The cases described, many involving young people, demonstrate her passionate concern for gender equality, fairness, and our constitutional rights.” -Goodreads synopsis


5. Pulp by Robin Talley| Fiction, audiobook

32970644. sy475 “In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.” -Goodreads synopsis

6. A Pirate’s Life for She by Laura Sook Duncombe | Nonfiction

44313730“Pirates are an enduring popular subject, depicted often in songs, stories, and Halloween costumes. Yet the truth about pirate women—who they were, why they went to sea, and what their lives were really like—is seldom a part of the conversation. In this Seven Seas history of the world’s female buccaneers, A Pirate’s Life for She tells the story of 16 women who through the ages who sailed alongside—and sometimes in command of—their male counterparts. These women came from all walks of life but had one thing in common: a desire for freedom.

History has largely ignored these female swashbucklers, until now. Here are their stories, from ancient Norse princess Alfhild to Sayyida al-Hurra of the Barbary corsairs; from Grace O’Malley, who terrorized shipping operations around the British Isles during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; to Cheng I Sao, who commanded a fleet of 1,400 ships off China in the early 19th century.

Author Laura Sook Duncombe takes an honest look at these women, acknowledging that they are not easy heroines: they are lawbreakers. A Pirate’s Life for She tells their full stories, focusing on the reasons they became pirates. It is possible to admire the courage, determination, and skills these women possessed without endorsing her actions. These are the remarkable stories of women who took control of their own destinies in a world where the odds were against them, empowering young women to reach for their own dreams..” -Goodreads synopsis

7. Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg| Fiction, call number: YA Fic BROWN

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“A graphic novel about the Brontë siblings, and the strange and marvelous imaginary worlds they invented during their childhood

Glass Town is an original graphic novel by Isabel Greenberg that encompasses the eccentric childhoods of the four Brontë children—Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The story begins in 1825, with the deaths of Maria and Elizabeth, the eldest siblings. It is in response to this loss that the four remaining Brontë children set pen to paper and created the fictional world that became known as Glass Town. This world and its cast of characters would come to be the Brontës’ escape from the realities of their lives. Within Glass Town the siblings experienced love, friendship, war, triumph, and heartbreak. Through a combination of quotes from the stories originally penned by the Brontës, biographical information about them, and Greenberg’s vivid comic book illustrations, readers will find themselves enraptured by this fascinating imaginary world.” -Goodreads synopsis

8. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee| Fiction, audiobook

22501055“Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician-not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls figure out they can’t hide for long…” -Goodreads synopsis

9. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World Edited by Kelly Jensen | Nonfiction

30754000. sx318 “Let’s get the feminist party started! Here We Are is a scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it means to be a twenty-first-century feminist. It’s packed with contributions from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities and public figures such as ballet dancer Michaela DePrince and her sister Mia and politician Wendy Davis, as well as popular authors like Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more. All together, the book features more than forty-four pieces and illustrations. Here We Are is a response to lively discussions about the true meaning of feminism on social media and across popular culture and is an invitation to one of the most important, life-changing, and exciting parties around.”   -Goodreads synopsis

10. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows|Fiction

22840421. sy475 “Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?” -Goodreads synopsis

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

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Name: Giovanni

Grade: 8

Title: On The Come Up

Author: Angie Thomas

Published: 2019

Pages: 447

Stars: 4


On The Come Up is a book about a sixteen year-old, African-American girl named Bri who wants to become one of the greatest rappers of her time. Throughout the book she faces big problems about race and police brutality. Bri uses her words in rapping to deal with the violence around her.

I really enjoyed reading this book because of the writing style and interesting plot. I like how it is written in first person because the reader can really understand what Bri is thinking and feeling. Another thing I like about this book is that you can read what she raps, and I found her raps to be interesting because sometimes they had double-meanings. The author has great dialogue, it feels very realistic because it is identical to how teens today really talk. My favorite character is the main character, Bri because she has a fun personality and is a talented rapper.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books about real-life stuff. It reminds me of another book by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give.

Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

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Name: Alana

Grade: 9th

Title: Love and Luck

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Published in: 2018

Pages: 303

Rating: 5 stars


Love and Luck is a novel about a teenage girl named Addie who is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s wedding. For something that’s supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, Addie is anything but excited. Heartbroken and in a slump, she dreads having to spend time with her insufferable brother Ian. However, upon the finding of a certain book, the course of Addie’s whole trip is changed. Addie, Ian, and Ian’s friend Rowan end up taking the reins of the trip for themselves and explore the countryside in their own fashion. Stuck with only Ian and with the admittedly too cute Irish lad, Addie is swept up in wanderlust, embarking on a journey that could change her outlook on life itself.

I enjoyed Love and Luck. The characters are relatable, allowing for you to put yourself in their shoes and share in their experiences in a unique way. It highlights some of the most sensitive and common aspects of relationships with family, friends, and even spouses.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a casual and fast read. It’s easy to follow and even easier to get caught up in. It’s an excellent sequel to Love and Gelato, but can be read out of order. If you enjoy teen romance and fiction, then this should definitely be on your reading bucket list.

Rated by Melissa Grey

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Name: Angelica

Grade: 8th

Title: Rated

Author: Melissa Grey

Published in: 2019

Pages: 319

Rating: 4 stars

Review: In the book Rated, author Melissa Grey creates a fictional world where everyone, from students to doctors, has a rating. In this imaginary world, your place in society changes with your rating. However, many student’s ratings are affected by their background and family. Richer, more influential people have access to better education, housing, etc. The story takes place in Maplethorpe Academy, an intense high school that boasts high graduating ratings. The story starts with a big bang: someone had vandalized the front of the school with spray paint saying: “THE RATINGS ARE NOT REAL.” Plus, the criminal had plastered jester stickers over the camera lenses, making the crime even more puzzling.

As time passes in the story, six main characters join together after each receiving a mysterious letter containing a strange poem. Bex, the top student in the academy; Noah, a quiet boy who loves photography and his sick sister; Hana, a petite figure skater who would do anything for Olympics gold medal; Chase, an athlete who hides a struggling family; Javi, who takes care of his poor family by his gaming profession; and Tamsin, the lowest-rated student in the academy, known as the”The Witch of Maplethorpe”.

Even in this troubling dystopian future, the teens surprisingly survive and live with the flawed system. I loved the character development in this book, even though not many physical features were given and were left to the imagination. The six characters each fight their separate but real battles that would be important today. This book is a good read for anyone who enjoys slight dystopian scenarios or sweet gay relationships (though the latter is just a supplement to the main plot of the book). However, the deep and disturbing message in between the cheerful lines of high schoolers provides a powerful thought for anyone and is a great book to read.

New Books: January 2020

New books are hitting our library shelves every week! Here’s just a few of the new YA books that you can find at the Alameda Free Library in January. Place a hold on these items using the library catalog to make sure you’re one of the first to read these books!

1. Activist by Lauren Hogg | Graphic Novel, call number: YA GN 371.7 ACTIVIST

44667874Lauren Hogg, one of the survivors of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school in Parkland, Florida, dramatically tells her story in graphic novel form. The tragedy of yet another mass shooting has galvanized the young people of the country, and helped launch a movement that continues to gain momentum. Lauren Hogg lost her two best friends that horrible day, but despite her loss she, along with other Parkland students, found her voice and created meaning from the horrors of that day.“- Goodreads synopsis




2. The Big Book of BTS by Katy Sprinkel | Non-fiction, call number: YA 782.4216 SPRINKEL

44443385“Already K-pop’s hugest artist, the members of BTS are looking to make 2020 their most successful year ever! Between selling out arenas, dropping mixtapes, and filming a surprise concert documentary, BTS has still found time to release wildly popular hits like “Boy with Luv” and “Idol.” For these icons, the best may still be yet to come.

The Big Book of BTS is the biggest and most complete guide to all things Bangtan. Including more than 100 fullcolor photographs, you’ll get an in-depth look at the lives of RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jimin, V, Jin, and Jungkook. It also explores their meteoric rise, musical influences, unbeatable style, far-reaching activism, and bond with fans.

The Big Book of BTS is a must-have for ARMYs as well as new K-pop fans everywhere!” -Goodreads synopsis

3. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen| Fiction, call number: YA Fic WEN

23559994. sy475  “For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?” -Goodreads synopsis

4. We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding | Fiction, YA Fic SPALDING

39324806. sy475 “Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.” -Goodreads synopsis

5. Seeing Gender by Iris Gottlieb | Non-fiction,  call number: YA 305.3 GOTTLIEB

43885853. sx318 Seeing Gender is an of-the-moment investigation into how we express and understand the complexities of gender today. Deeply researched and fully illustrated, this book demystifies an intensely personal—yet universal—facet of humanity. Illustrating a different concept on each spread, queer author and artist Iris Gottlieb touches on history, science, sociology, and her own experience. This book is an essential tool for understanding and contributing to a necessary cultural conversation, bringing clarity and reassurance to the sometimes confusing process of navigating ones’ identity. Whether LGBTQ+, cisgender, or nonbinary, Seeing Gender is a must-read for intelligent, curious, want-to-be woke people who care about how we see and talk about gender and sexuality in the 21st century.” -Goodreads synopsis

6. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim | Fiction, call number: YA Fic SIM

42248816“When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.

Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.” -Goodreads synopsis

7. Black Girl, Unlimited by Echo Brown| Fiction, call number: YA Fic BROWN

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“Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

A powerful memoir for fans of Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.” -Goodreads synopsis

8. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore| Fiction, call number: YA Fic McLemore

44218347. sy475 “Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.” -Goodreads synopsis

9. Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles | Fiction, call number: YA Fic GILES

43520622“Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. Though he quickly realizes he’s inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge.

His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del’s not about to lose his dream girl, and that’s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers’ questions…about sex ed.

With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He can’t think about that too much, though, because once he gets the girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?”   -Goodreads synopsis

10. Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning|Fiction, call number: YA Fic Henning

40195260. sy475 “Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.” -Goodreads synopsis

The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

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Grade: 8th

Title: The Geography of Lost Things

Author: Jessica Brody

Published in: 2018

Pages: 458

Rating: 3 stars

Review: In The Geography of Lost Things, Ali Collins, an insecure teenager on the verge of losing her childhood home, inherits her estranged father’s beloved 1968 Firebird Convertible shortly after receiving news about his death. Determined to prevent an eviction from her own house, Ali, who can’t drive a stick-shift to save her own life, grudgingly enlists the help of her ex-boyfriend, Nico, to deliver said car to a buyer hundreds of miles away. Of course, the story isn’t as simple as that. During the seemingly torturous road trip, Nico starts to collect and barter items with complete strangers in order to amass enough moola to pay off Ali’s debts. Truths are revealed and lies uncovered. Emotional drama ensues as the two teens first confront and then eventually comfort each other.

As far as teen romance and family novels go, I’d say that The Geography of Lost Things lands squarely in the middle. There’s enough action to keep the plot moving along, but at the same time the story seems to be a little cliched: two exes are thrown together in an uncomfortable situation with strained circumstances and a still-burning flame of attraction. Nico wins the honor of most likable character- he is understanding and charismatic, yet still retains enough insecurities to come across as a realistic human.

For someone who likes emotional stories and teen drama, I recommend this book to you, although you may come to share my opinions about its clichéd plot and characters. Readers may want to set their sights on a different novel instead. Eleanor and Park and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before are in my opinion similar, better alternatives to The Geography of Lost Things. There are a plethora of novels that share the same elements, albeit with much more interesting storylines and characters.