The Sidekicks by Will KostakisFiction. Although they barely knew each other, prep school students Ryan, Miles, and Harley had a mutual best friend in classmate Isaac. But now that Isaac is dead, the three guys find themselves united in their grief, even as each struggles to cope in his own way. Using three distinct voices, Australian author Will Kostakis crafts a sympathetic portrayal of loss and survival.
A Line in the Dark by Malinda LoMystery. Jess is painfully in love with her best friend Angie, but Angie is dating Margot, a wealthy girl from a ritzy private school. Their jealous love triangle threatens to destroy both relationships – especially after Margot's best friend is found dead. Secrets and suspicion swirl around the diverse characters in this intricately plotted tale of psychological suspense.
Long Way Down by Jason ReynoldsVerse Fiction. In the aftermath of his brother's murder, grieving 15-year-old Will boards the elevator in his building with a gun in his waistband. He knows The Rules: don't cry, don't snitch, just get your revenge. But can Will's resolve outlast the surprises of his ride to the ground floor? Popular author Jason Reynolds' spare, page-turning poetry delivers an emotional punch that you won't soon forget.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. SanchezFiction. Even after the sudden death of her dutiful, traditional sister Olga, 15-year-old Julia Reyes -- all bad attitude and desperation to escape her overbearing immigrant parents -- feels like she can never measure up. But then Olga's secrets begin to surface... Similar to Isabel Quintero's Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, this debut novel is a moving, authentic coming-of-age story starring a nontraditional Latina.
Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten MillerScience Fiction. Otherworld is a totally immersive and dangerously addictive new game, a favorite of delinquent teen gamer Simon. It's also the only way that he can connect with his best friend Kat about the suspicious accident that landed her in coma. If you love the high stakes and vivid virtual worlds in James Dashner's Mortality Doctrine series, don't miss this cyber-thriller, the 1st in a new series.
Just One Day by Gayle FormanFiction. Just after meeting handsome young Dutch actor Willem at a London Shakespeare performance, American high school grad LuLu impulsively travels to Paris with him for a dizzying day of romance. When Willem is gone the next morning, LuLu is shaken -- and inspired to shake up her life. Fans of this globetrotting, star-crossed couple should be sure to catch Willem's side of the story in the companion book, Just One Year.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampFiction. It's the first day of classes at Opportunity High School, and everyone is gathered in the auditorium when an uninvited former student suddenly opens fire. The next 54 minutes of terror unspool from the perspective of four different students, creating an unflinching account that may be overwhelming for some, but will be riveting for those who are drawn to raw, all-too-realistic fiction.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. SmithRomance. Can long-distance love survive? Aidan and Clare have 12 hours to answer that question. During one sleepless night -- their last before leaving for different colleges -- the high school sweethearts debate their future. Fans of just-one-night stories like Tiffany Schmidt's Bright Before Sunrise will appreciate this bittersweet romance about deciding when to hold on and when to let go.
Jumped by Rita Williams-GarciaFiction. Leticia just happened to be watching this morning when cute-and-knows-it Trina accidentally angered tough basketball player Dominique, and Dominique promised Trina an after-school beatdown. Trina didn't hear the threat, though, and now Leticia has until 2:45 to decide: should she intervene or mind her own business? If you're looking for drama, suspense, and intensely real characters, you'll be mesmerized by Jumped.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola YoonFiction. Practical, scientific Natasha is making a final attempt to stop her family's deportation; dreamy Korean-American Daniel is headed to an unwanted college interview. Neither of them expects to meet the other, or to feel an undeniable bond that kicks off a confusing yet unforgettable 12 hours. Lyrical writing and multiple perspectives add layers to this award-winning tale of a whirlwind relationship.
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