Young Adult

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Early Departures

Justin A. Reynolds’ impressionistic, speculative, emotionally accessible and beautifully original novel, Early Departures, explores the pain of regret that attends sudden and unexpected death, especially when it happens to young people. Jamal has one regret in his young life – he didn’t sav ...

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The Circus Rose

Betsy Cornwell’s inventive but somewhat pat take on the fairytale Snow White and Rose Red recasts the heroines as a pair of performers at their mother’s circus who must battle religious fanaticism when they return to the only town they’ve ever considered home. Ivory and Rosie have been work ...

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The Extraordinaires

It’s the worst possible time to release a book that glorifies the police force – not that there was or will ever be a good time for that, for all obvious reasons -  but that is, unfortunately, what TJ Klune’s The Extraordinaries does.  The author has apologized for not thinking ahead and rid ...

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky

Readers of Sandhya Menon’s Dimple and Rishi series are likely familiar with funny, spunky Pinky Kumar, an activist who backs hundreds of causes and feistily fights for every one of them. She finally gets her own book in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky, which involves fake dating, summer vacations and ...

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Charming as a Verb

Some books jump out of the deep, fathomless ocean of creativity and arc through the imagination of their readers, with characters that stick in the back of your mind for months after you’ve closed the back cover. Ben Philippe’s Henri Haltiwanger is one such creation – memorable in a totally fr ...

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Kind of a Big Deal

If ever a story was designed to be read amidst a worldwide pandemic and lockdown, it would be Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale. Without mentioning the pandemic at all, it manages to perfectly capture the feeling of being cut off from the world and in need of an escape - a feeling that I have share ...

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Nothing will make you relate to the heroine of Girl, Serpent, Thorn more than months of life lived during an unceasing quarantine.  Soraya, too, is forever stuck in her own palace on the pain of death – and the deaths of those around her. But the tale Bashardoust weaves for the reader is enchanti ...

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The Voting Booth

Stellar prose, a fascinating hero and a deep dive into contemporary issues make The Voting Booth an intriguing young adult read. Political enthusiast Marva Sheridan has been looking forward to this election day - the first one she can vote in - almost her whole life. She gets up extra early and i ...

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Storybound

Imagine you could jump into your favorite book world and hang out with your number one book boyfriend. That’s what happens to Edie in Emily McKay’s creative Storybound. It’s a fun premise, nicely executed and will appeal to fans of YA Fantasy. Edie Keller has moved nine times in the past si ...

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Race the Sands

Race the Sands is a sweet, mythical tale of friendship and family which celebrates the joy of finding your place - and your people - in the world. In the kingdom of Becar how you conduct yourself in this life determines who - or what - you come back as in your next. The worthy come back as heirs ...