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  • Award year: 2019
  • Genre: Fiction
  • #MURDERTRENDING

    In the near future, the prison system has been replaced with a reality TV show--Alcatraz 2.0--that features staged executions of convicted murderers. Dee Guerrera becomes a sensation by accidentally killing one of the executioners--but how long can she survive?
  • After the Shot Drops

    Bunny is a basketball star who switches to a prep school in hopes of getting a scholarship. Nasir is Bunny's childhood best friend, left behind, dealing with the injustice of his cousin Wallace's eviction. De Ocampo and Adkins bring nuance and personality to the struggles of Bunny and Nasir.
  • The Agony of Bun O'Keefe

    Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe leaves home one day after her negligent hoarder mother tells her to get out. She hitchhikes to the nearest city, where she's taken in by a ragtag group of loveable housemates living in “temporary accommodations,” who teach her the real value of the family you make for yourself.
  • Alone

    Seda's mom inherits a creepy old mansion that used to house a live murder mystery show. When a twenty-inch snowstorm strands a group of teens there, live murder mystery takes on new meanings.
  • Amal Unbound

    Amal's dream of becoming a teacher in her small Pakistani village vanishes when she is forced to become an indentured servant to the powerful Khan family to pay off her own family's debt.
  • And the Ocean Was Our Sky

    Ness' retelling of Moby Dick follows Bathsheba's whales as they fight against man. Campbell's narration combines the lyrical text with intensity creating a strong atmospheric listen.
  • The Astonishing Color of After

    Leigh finds solace following her mother's suicide in her belief that her mother has returned as a red bird. Hsu's narration is emotionally connected and immersive in this tale of magical realism.
  • The Astonishing Color of After

    Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.
  • Between the Lines

    Aspiring reporter Darrian chronicles a semester writing and performing slam poetry in Mr. Ward's class. Each student in the class weaves their own unique story into their poems, learning to trust each other and the creative process along the way.
  • The Book of Essie

    Esther Ann Hicks–Essie–is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage–and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect.
  • Broken Things

    Five years ago Mia and Brynn were blamed for the ritualistic killing of their best friend. Now, new evidence has come to light that could solve the murder and finally clear their names.
  • Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

    A Nigerian teen looks forward to the day when she will leave her village to pursue a university degree, but her life changes drastically when she and her schoolmates are kidnapped by Boko Haram.
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay

    Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom's family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything. Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what's going on. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, best friends don't have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he's spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush--the original Persian version of his name--and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab. When it's time to go home to America, he'll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own.
  • The Diminished

    In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone. The singleborn A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. The diminished When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what's left of her life in peace. As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.
  • The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary

    Fierce in her perseverance and flawed in nature, Macy's ability to survive in her toxic environment has secured her the label of the disturbed girl at school. She documents her experiences in her self-made dictionary that shows the toxic and tragic events that have shaped who she is today.
  • Du Iz Tak

    Adorable children's voices and music brilliantly enhance this unique story of backyard insects who communicate in their own language. This production helps listeners decipher the plot while sound effects and evocative music spark the imagination. An original song written for this production is a wonderfully “scrivadelly” bonus.
  • Folded Notes from High School

    Tara Murphy's folded notes correspondences between her friends, boyfriend, and unexpected crush freshman Matthew Bloom between 1991-1992 make this title a blast from the past. The full cast add teen angst and personality to this satirical coming of age novel.
  • Foolish Hearts

    When Claudia finds herself ensnared in a school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, she must also navigate the elaborate politics of her private girls' school, her budding friendship with prickly Iris, and a charming, tentative romance in addition to family drama in this funny, feel-good contemporary novel.
  • Frankie

    Frankie Vega's half-brother suddenly presents himself, and just as she begins to get to know him, he disappears. Frankie is the only one who seems worried about his whereabouts so she sets out to find him.
  • Game Changer

    Teddy Youngblood is one of the most talented incoming freshman football players on the team. After an incident at practice that lands Teddy in a coma, his family must fight to figure out what really happened.
  • Ghost Boys

    After a police officer shoots and kills 12-year-old Jerome, Jerome's ghost stays nearby and meets other ghost boys from the past, including Emmett Till.
  • Green

    Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippie parents won't even buy him a pair of Nikes, let alone transfer him to a private school. Unless he tests into the city's best public high school—which, if practice tests are any indication, isn't likely—he'll be friendless for the foreseeable future
  • Grenade

    Fourteen-year-old Hideki is preparing to defend his home island of Okinawa during World War II. Ray is an eighteen year old US Marine fighting his first battle. During the Battle of Okinawa, they will discover resilience and compassion as the horrors of war forever change their perspective on humanity.
  • Harbor Me

    Six kids with learning disabilities are given ARTT (A Room To Talk) by their teacher who realizes they need time and space to open up. Woodson uses a full cast to narrate this story about sharing difficult secrets with friends, and includes an interview with her charming 10 year old son.
  • Harbor Me

    Six kids in a special school are sent to a room to talk to one another weekly. As the year goes on, they all open up their deepest fears, hopes, and dreams.
  • A Heart in a Body in the World

    Annabelle's tragedy over the past year has her running clear across the country away from The Taker in hopes of finding some resolution to her feelings of guilt and shame over what happened. This relevant story about toxic masculinity and violence is done justice by Whelan's tense but hopeful telling.
  • How We Roll

    New girl in town Quinn has a condition called alopecia that makes her hair fall out. When she meets Nick, a former all-star football player who lost his legs in a snowboarding accident, they help each other find confidence again.
  • Hurricane Child

    Twelve-year-old Caroline is a Hurricane Child, born on Water Island during a storm. Coming into this world during a hurricane is unlucky, and Caroline has had her share of bad luck already. She's hated by everyone in her small school, she can see things that no one else can see, and -- worst of all -- her mother left home one day and never came back. With no friends and days filled with heartache, Caroline is determined to find her mother. When a new student, Kalinda, arrives, Caroline's luck begins to turn around. Kalinda, a solemn girl from Barbados with a special smile for everyone, seems to see the things Caroline sees, too. Joined by their common gift, Kalinda agrees to help Caroline look for her mother, starting with a mysterious lady dressed in black. Soon, they discover the healing power of a close friendship between girls. Debut author Kheryn Callender presents a cadenced work of magical realism.
  • I Have Lost My Way

    Three young adults accidentally collide in New York City and embark on a single day of adventure, friendship, secrets, and loss that will change their lives forever. Lewis, Crouch and Malhotra are equally exemplary in portraying the characters in happiness, retrospection, growth, and sorrow.
  • I, Claudia

    In this political thriller set in a privileged high school, underestimated and unreliable narrator Claudia chronicles her rise to power. Sharp, biting humor pervades McCoy's novel about vicious high school students embroiled in an explosive struggle for control.
  • Illegal

    After realizing his brother has left, 12 year old Ebo follows the trail of his brother on the journey out of Ghana towards the safety of Europe. This beautiful and heartbreaking graphic novel is brought to life by a full cast and impactful sound effects.
  • Impossible

    When Jemma runs out to buy diapers, she witnesses a murder that could put both her and her baby girl's lives in danger.
  • In Her Skin

    Jo Chastain is attempting her biggest con yet- impersonating Vivi Weir, who vanished 9 years ago. Jo is welcomed with open arms into the Lovecraft household, the family of Vivi's best friend Temple, the last person to see Vivi before she disappeared- but the Lovecrafts have secrets of their own.
  • In Other Lands

    “What's your name?” “Serene.” “Serena?” Elliot asked. “Serene,” said Serene. “My full name is Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle.” Elliot's mouth fell open. “That is badass.” The Borderlands aren't like anywhere else. Don't try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border—unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and—best of all as far as Elliot is concerned—mermaids. Elliot? Who's Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He's smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands. It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there's Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there's her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoyingly likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There's even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world.
  • Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

    When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm--and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing. Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks--and hopes--that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?
  • La Bastarda

    The first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English, La Bastarda is the story of the orphaned teen Okomo, who lives under the watchful eye of her grandmother and dreams of finding her father. Forbidden from seeking him out, she enlists the help of other village outcasts: her gay uncle and a gang of “mysterious” girls reveling in their so-called indecency. Drawn into their illicit trysts, Okomo finds herself falling in love with their leader and rebelling against the rigid norms of Fang culture.
  • Ladycastle

    When the King and all the men of the castle die, it's time for the women to knight up. When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on a crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out—that's a lot less armor polishing to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle . . . well, the women take umbrage with that. Now, Merinor, the blacksmith's wife is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight, Sir Riddick, is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to fight, defend, build, and do all manner of noisy things the men had done while the women assumed they were just drunk
  • Lawn Boy

    For Mike Muñoz, a young Chicano living in Washington State, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work—and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew—he knows that he's got to be the one to shake things up if he's ever going to change his life.
  • Learning Seventeen

    New Hope Academy, or, as seventeen-year-old Jane Learning likes to call it, No Hope, is a Baptist reform school where Jane is currently being held captive. Of course, smart, sarcastic Jane has no interest in reforming, failing to see any benefit to pretending to play well with others. But then Hannah shows up, a gorgeous bad girl with fiery hair and an even stormier disposition. She shows Jane how to live a full and fulfilling life even when the world tells you you're wrong, and how to believe in a future outside the "prison" walls. Jane soon learns, though, that Hannah is quietly battling some demons of her own.
  • Learning to Breathe

    Indy is sent away from home to live with relatives in the city so that she doesn't fall into the same lifestyle as her mother, but trouble finds Indy. She learns to carve out a future without letting her past and the choices of others dictate who she will be.
  • A Line in the Dark

    The most important thing is that Jess Wong is Angie Redmond's best friend, even if Angie can't see how she truly feels. It's okay that Jess is the girl on the sidelines that nobody notices. That means she's free to watch everyone else and be at Angie's side. But when Angie starts falling for Margot, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can already see what's going to happen. And suddenly her gift for observation is a curse. As Angie drags Jess further into Margot's circle, Jess finds more than her friend's growing crush. Secrets lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won't be able to handle the consequences. When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.
  • A Lite Too Bright

    Arthur Louis Pullman the Third, the troubled grandson of a famously reclusive Beat-generation writer, sets out on a cross-country train journey to discover to truth behind the last week of his grandfather's life. Puzzles and poetry lead to self-discovery in this dynamic incarnation of the great American road trip novel.
  • Love and Other Carnivorous Plants

    Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny's life. She's failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is.
  • Lu

    Lucky Lu (the one and only, the kid, the guy) struggles to figure out where he fits in both on the track team, quite literally jumping hurdles, and in life, with a new sibling on the way. Guy Lockard concludes his flawless narration of the Track series with swagger, heart, and humility.
  • Lu

    "Lightning" Lu is heading into the track championships as co-captain of his team. When unexpected hurdles come up, he wonders if lightning can really strike twice.
  • The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish

    Marvel illustrator Scott Koblish illustrates his own potential demise in a myriad of funny, irreverent, and yet often quite plausible ways as a mechanism for dealing with anxiety.
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    Twelve-year-old Lucy has just finished her last online high school course after being struck by lightning leaves her with super-genius math skills. But before she officially graduates, her grandmother makes her pass one final test: attending middle school.
  • Moonrise

    Joe Moon is in a hot Texas town, renting a shabby apartment, trying to find a job, and visiting the "Farm" every day at 2 p.m. to spend as much time as possible with his brother on death row.
  • Nate Expectations

    Nate heads back to Pennsylvania where he and best friend Libby tackle creating a Great Expectations musical of their own for English class. Tim Federle continues to deliver Nate's sass, heart, and newfound confidence by sounding like that one theatre kid that every high schooler in America knows and, hopefully, loves.
  • Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

    Aaron is the star of Happy Valley High School until he suffers a concussion after a boating accident, or receives a visit from God, depending on who you believe. God gives him a to-do list and tells him he will need the help of Cliff Hubbard (a.k.a. Neanderthal).