A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma. Read a sample.
After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood. Read a sample.
Again Again by E. Lockhart
Rising high school senior Adelaide Buchwald grapples with a family catastrophe and romantic upheaval while confronting secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind. Read a sample.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
All 16-year-old Rashad was looking for was a bag of chips. He never asked to be assaulted by aggressive cop Paul Galluzzo. One of the witnesses, varsity basketball player Quinn Collins, lost his father in Afghanistan and has since been raised by Paul. The video of the incident goes viral, Rashad stops coming to school, and everyone takes sides. Rashad and Quinn face difficult choices as they move toward a new understanding of their world. Read a sample.
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
In Pakistan, Amal holds onto her dream of being a teacher even after becoming an indentured servant to pay off her family's debt to the wealthy and corrupt Khan family. Read a sample.
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
Thirteen-year-old Amari, a poor Black girl from the projects, gets an invitation from her missing brother to join the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs and join in the fight against an evil magician. Read a sample.
American Royals by Katharine McGee
In an alternate America, princesses Beatrice and Samantha Washington and the two girls wooing their brother, Prince Jefferson, become embroiled in high drama in the most glorious court in the world. Read a sample.
Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink
Angel and Isaiah share a hidden love for black literature, and now each other, when tragedy and triumph emerge during the Greenwood Massacre in Tulsa. Read a sample.
As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
In Madison, a small town in the Mojave Desert, everyone gets one wish that will come true on his or her eighteenth birthday, and Eldon takes his very seriously. Read a sample.
Bang by Barry Lyga
Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one not even Sebastian himself can forgive. At age 4, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun. Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend, Aneesa, to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Read a sample.
Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place. Read a sample.
Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Escaping to a small southern town when an injury that nobody believes was caused by her ex puts her athletic future at risk, Peyton resists her attraction to a local MMA fighter before her old and new lives collide, forcing her to confront difficult truths. Read a sample.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family. Read a sample.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy. Read a sample.
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
A gang leader's son finds his effort to go straight for the sake of his child challenged by a loved one's brutal murder. Set seventeen years before the events of the 'The Hate U Give.' Read a sample.
Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. Read a sample.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life. Read a sample.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him. Read a sample.
Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
By day, 17-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady'. Read a sample.
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery. Read a sample.
Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother. Read a sample.
Fruits Basket (Volumes 1 & 2) by Natsuki TakayaTohru Honda moves into a tent on the Sohma clan's lands after a family tragedy. The Sohma offer to take her in and she learns their magical secret. [Sample not available.]
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Looks at a teen's life after the death of his best friend and how he navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives--and ultimately learning to forgive himself. Read a sample.
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Best friends Libby and May created tales of a heroine named Princess X. But after Libby passed away unexpectedly in a car accident, it was the death of Princess X as well. Or was it? As May, now 16, wanders the streets of Seattle, she finds signs of Princess X everywhere. But how?. Read a Sample.
I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee
A nuanced celebration of body positivity by the author of the Mindy Kim series follows the experiences of a plus-sized teen girl who shatters expectations on a televised competition to become the next big K-pop star. Read a sample.
Internment by Samira Ahmed
A terrifying, futuristic United States where Muslim-Americans are forced into internment camps exists, and 17-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence. Read a sample.
Jackaby by William Ritter
New Fiddleham, New England newcomer Abigail Rook joins an investigator of the truly bizarre when a serial killer makes Abigail and her mentor, R. F. Jackaby, wonder if the culprit could be a creature whose existence the police will stop at nothing to deny. Read a Sample.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
After her mother dies in an accident, Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. Her future takes an unexpected turn as a young mage called “Merlin” attempts and fails to wipe her memory, instead unlocking Bree’s own magic. Read a sample.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Driven by the secrets and vengeance that mark his street culture, 15-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother. Read a sample.
Love in English by Maria E. Andreu
Feeling blocked after moving from Argentina to New Jersey, a sixteen-year-old poet finds herself torn between a cute American boy in her math class and a Greek student who understands the struggles she is facing in an ESL class. Read a sample.
March, Book One by John Lewis
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation. Read a Sample.
March, Book Three by John Lewis
By Fall 1963, the Civil Rights Movement is an undeniable keystone of the national conversation, and as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is right in the thick of it. Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects even as strategic disputes are deepening within the movement, while the 25-year-old Lewis heads to Alabama to risk everything in a historic showdown that will shock the world. Read a sample.
March, Book Two by John Lewis
After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the young activists of the movement struggle with internal conflicts as well. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies. Read a Sample.
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity--and deal with a villainous teacher--as the new Spider Man. Read a sample.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
In a small Texas town where high school football reigns supreme, Viv, sixteen, starts a feminist revolution using anonymously-written zines. Read a sample.
New Kid by Jerry Craft
After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds. Read a sample.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
A shape-shifter sidekick named Nimona teams with the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart to show the kingdom the wicked truth behind Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin's seemingly heroic ways, desperate to reveal the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics for what it really is. Read a Sample.
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.
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Nubia Real One by L.L. McKinney
Nubia has always stood out because of her Amazonian strength, but even though she uses her ability for good she is seen as a threat. So when her best friend Quisha is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia risks everything to become the hero society tells her she is not. Read a sample.
Orange (Volumes 1 & 2) by Ichigo Takano
On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter's predictions come true one by one Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny? Read a sample.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't. Read a sample.
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
A poetic memoir and urgent call-to-action by the award-winning author of "Speak" blends free-verse reflections with deeply personal stories from her life to rally today's young people to stand up and fight the abuses, censorship and hatred of today's world. Read a sample.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Read a Sample.
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld
Years after the devastation that killed her parents, scarred her sister, and destroyed her city, Addison takes a job from an eccentric collector that forces her to break her own rules of survival. Read a sample.
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Bullied and shamed her whole life for being fat, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies. Read a sample.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Lazlo Strange is a foundling who has grown up alone and unloved, sustained only by his fantasies and stories of a city known as Weep. A chance meeting grants him a visit to the city but catches him up in a longtime conflict there. Read a sample.
The Boy Who Carried Bricks by Alton CarterAbandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, and shuttled between foster homes and a boys' ranch, a young African-American man refuses to succumb to the fate that the world says should be his. Told by the man who lived it. [Sample not available.]
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes 16-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered. Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. He nurtures her outrageous transformation - sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively, as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn. Read a sample.
The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe
When 17-year-old Nora O'Malley, the daughter of a con artist who targets criminal men, is taken hostage in a bank heist, every secret she is keeping close begins to unravel. Read a sample.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does -- or does not -- say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. Read a sample.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why--or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man's touch--and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive. Read a sample.
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
Four centuries after an artificial intelligence named Talis conquered the world, the United Nations keeps the peace by holding the world leaders' children hostage. If war breaks out, the children die. Talis's hostage, Crown Princess Greta, is resigned to the death that will claim her if she fails to reach her 18th birthday. But a hostage boy from a new American alliance stirs rebellion in Greta when he takes a stand. Read a sample.
The Story of More (Adapted for young adults) by Hope Jahren
This young adult adaptation of acclaimed geochemist and geobiologist Hope Jahren's highly respected nonfiction work is the perfect book for those interested in learning about climate change and how they can contribute to creating a more sustainable future. Read a sample.
The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson
When Springville residents, at least the ones still alive, are questioned about what happened on prom night, they all have the same explanation... Maddy did it. An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, Madison Washington has always been a teasing target for bullies. Then a surprise rainstorm reveals her most closely kept secret: Maddy is biracial. She has been passing for white her entire life at the behest of her fanatical white father, Thomas Washington. After a viral bullying video pulls back the curtain on Springville High's racist roots, student leaders come up with a plan to change their image: host the school's first integrated prom as a show of unity. The popular white class president convinces her Black superstar quarterback boyfriend to ask Maddy to be his date, leaving Maddy wondering if it's possible to have a normal life. But some of her classmates aren't done with her just yet. And what they don't know is that Maddy still has another secret... one that will cost them all their lives. Read a sample.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day. Read a sample.
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father's -- and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future. In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten "relocation centers," hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard. 'They Called Us Enemy' is Takei's firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother's hard choices, his father's faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future. Read a sample.
This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio
Rising high school juniors Jocelyn Wu and Will Domenici fall in love while trying to save the Wu family restaurant, A-Plus Chinese Garden. Read a sample.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout's carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will join her father in a desperate battle against ignorance and prejudice. Read a sample.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
When Stevie Bell, an amateur detective, begins her first year at a famous private school in Vermont, she sets a plan to solve the cold case involving the kidnapping of the founder's wife and daughter shortly after the school opened. Read a sample.
Tweet Cute by Emal Lord
A swim team captain and class clown see their relationship deepen and their online shenanigans escalate, their battle gets more and more personal. Eventually, even these two rivals can't ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected. Read a sample.
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Scott McCloud, a 12-time Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, uses a comic book to explain and analyze the medium of comic books themselves, showing how words, lines, colors, symbols, panels and pictures all come together to create a unique and one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Looking back at the 3,000-year history of the art form, McCloud shows how this unique genre is just as important and valid as film and prose in his own funny and profound manner.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece go to extremes trying to uncover the dark truth about the mysterious disease that has had them quarantined at their boarding school on a Maine island. Read a sample.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
The first book in a duology about an alternate version of 1956 where the Axis powers won WWII, and hold an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory. Read a sample.
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Jamie Goldberg, who chokes when speaking to strangers, and Maya Rehrman, who is having the worst Ramadan ever, are paired to knock on doors and ask for votes for the local state senate candidate. Read a sample.