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Becoming Beatriz

by Camille-Yvette Welsch

Fifteen-year-old Beatriz Mendez lives a split life between school and gang life, caring for her mother and enforcing gang rules, dancing with an attractive Haitian boy, and carrying a razor blade tucked in her cheek. Set in the 1980s,... Read More

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The Star Shepherd

by Vivian Turnbull

In Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly’s fantasy novel with elements of a mystery and a touch of magic, "The Star Shepherd", a boy races to save the stars before their light is forever extinguished. Ever since Kyro’s mother died, his... Read More

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The Everything I Have Lost

by Aimee Jodoin

A girl experiences life on both sides of the US-Mexican border in Sylvia Zéleny’s daring middle grade novel "The Everything I Have Lost". Twelve-year-old Julia’s parents have done a thorough job of preserving their daughter’s... Read More

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Munching on the Sun

by Laura Leavitt

"Munching on the Sun" encapsulates what it is like to have big questions about life while you’re falling in love and growing up. Mark Paul Oleksiw’s realistic coming-of-age novel "Munching on the Sun" focuses on an emotional young... Read More

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Lakes of Mars

by Laura Leavitt

"Lakes of Mars" is an epic science fiction adventure, full of arresting action sequences and thoughtful meditations on pressing topics. Gritty, mysterious, and layered, Merritt Graves’s "Lakes of Mars" is an intricate story in which... Read More

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Between Wild and Ruin

by Susan Waggoner

In "Between Wild and Ruin", the desert landscape and atmosphere set the stage for a young adult romance with strong paranormal themes. Jennifer G. Edelson’s contemporary paranormal romance "Between Wild and Ruin" features a love... Read More

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by Nancy Powell

Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine is a coming-of-age novel that also serves as a call to action. In American inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s young adult coming-of-age epic Danielle: Chronicles of a Superheroine, capable... Read More

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