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Strange Gods

by Jeana Jorgensen

In Alison Kimble’s fantasy novel "Strange Gods", an apathetic teenager travels to worlds beyond Earth, finding allies and enemies among gods, even as she struggles to make friends her own age. Spooky tries to keep her head down to... Read More

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Life and Other Complications

by Karen Rigby

In Heather Mullaly’s agonizing novel "Life and Other Complications", a teenager who lied about how she contracted HIV faces her past to reclaim her self-worth. Aly was once a member of the Children Living with Life Threatening... Read More

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by Michelle Anne Schingler

A girl who’s always been sheltered from magic discovers the truth about her origins in "Wraithwood". Brinnie is less than delighted when her parents send her to spend the summer with her Uncle Merlin, whose existence she was never... Read More

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Phoebe Unfired

by Vivian Turnbull

Amalie Jahn’s touching novel "Phoebe Unfired" pays tribute to all those who struggle with mental health through its strong heroine. Though it seems that everyone else has moved on from the Covid-19 pandemic, it left Phoebe with... Read More

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Cheer Up

by Peter Dabbene

In "Cheer Up", two friends on different tracks reconnect and explore their romantic feelings. Annie is smart but antisocial. To present colleges with a more balanced high school transcript, her mother suggests that she give cheerleading... Read More

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by John M. Murray

In the dystopian young adult novel "Drained", a resistance group works to overthrow a burgeoning dictatorship. In Marc Daniel Acriche’s apocalyptic novel "Drained", a high school senior gambles her life to free New York from the grips... Read More

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Code Blue

by Nancy Powell

"Code Blue" is a thoughtful and satisfying young adult novel set in a world where climate change has altered much. Marissa Slaven’s bold, ambitious young adult novel "Code Blue" tackles climate change in the politically divided United... Read More

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