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None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

 

“I couldn’t put this book down–it opened my mind in ways that few books have done before.” —Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning and bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming


When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend.

But a visit to the doctor throws everything she thought she knew about her perfect life into question. Kristin discovers that she is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

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Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

 

Four months ago: Sara Zapata’s best friend disappeared, abducted by the criminals who rule over Juàrez.

Four weeks ago: Her brother, Emiliano, fell in love with Perla Rubi, a girl whose family is as rich as her name.

Four hours ago: Sara received a death threat…and her first clue her friend’s location.

Four minutes ago: Emiliano was offered a way into Perla Rubi’s world—if he betrays his own.

In the next four days, Sara and Emiliano will each face impossible choices, between life and justice, friends and family, truth and love. But when the criminals come after Sara, only one path remains for both the siblings: the way across the desert to the United States.

Award-winning author Francisco X. Stork delivers his most gripping novel yet in this tense and timely international thriller.

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Remember by Marnie Cate

 

Hiding the truth from you is no longer protecting you. Sit and I will tell you what you need to know.

With these words the secrets of my great grandmother, Genevieve Silver, were unburied and my role as a Protector of the Elemental Magic revealed.

My name is Mara. I always felt that there is something missing; that nothing is permanent. Why would I feel that way? I was raised with my little sister by my grandmother, who loved and doted on me. And then there was Cole Sands. Who could forget the blue-eyed boy that had stolen my heart. What more could a girl need?

Little did I know that with one secret, my life and the world I live in would change forever.

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

 

Seventeen-year-old Alice Proserpine and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with her classmate and fairy-tale superfan Ellery Finch, who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To find her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might discover why her own story went so wrong.

 

 

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Fight Like a Girl: 50 Feminists Who Changed the World by Laura Barcella

 

Gender is a battlefield. These are the women you need to know.

Nearly every day there’s another fresh news story or pop culture moment related to feminism and women’s rights. #YesAllWomen, intersectionality, rape culture, consent, equal pay, and a host of other issues are frequent conversation topics in American media and the Twitterverse. But what’s often missing from the cultural discussion is a broader understanding of how we got here—and who helped out along the way.

Fight Like a Girl familiarizes readers with important figures in feminist activism in an effort to celebrate those who paved the way for other women. Short profiles of 50 famous and lesser-known women—including Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, Beyoncé, Malala, and more—are featured alongside beautiful portraits, eye-opening sidebars on related topics, and iconic quotes. We’ve still got a ways to go in the fight for gender equality, but if there’s anything we can learn from these women, it’s that determination, strength, and the will to fight can lead to real and meaningful change.

 

 

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Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout,  Huntley Fitzpatrick, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno,  Jocelyn Davies,  Nina LaCour,  Emery Lord,  Katharine McGee,  Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, Julie Murphy

 

Whether or not you believe in fate, luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. Meet Cute is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed—connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn

 

Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.

The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.

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Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

 

Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig’s debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home.

Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it–her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don’t quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs.

What they don’t know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She’s found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her–even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she’s desperate to get it back, to make things right.

But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands…

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The Job of the Wasp by Colin Winnette

 

A late arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home. He hears chilling whispers in the night, his troubled classmates are violent and hostile, and the Headmaster sends cryptic messages, begging his new charge to confess. As the new boy learns to survive on the edges of this impolite society, he starts to unravel a mystery at the school’s dark heart. And that’s when the corpses start turning up.

A coming-of-age tale, a Gothic ghost story, and an obsessive murder mystery all-in-one, The Job of the Wasp is a blood-curdling and brilliantly subversive novel about paranoia, love, and the nightmare of adolescence.

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The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer

 

2137, the ruins of Tuscon

“Try to look fierce,” Cienfuegos murmurs as Matt descends from a hovercraft into a crowd of waving nuclear plant workers. “Viva!Viva El Patrón!” “I am not El Patrón,” the boy whispers. “Oh, but you are,” says Cienfuegos. “You’re the old man reborn. I’ve watched you develop these past weeks. You were nervous at first, but the powers grows in you. You will make a fine drug lord.”

At fourteen? Until recently, Matt, the hero of Nancy Farmer’s award-winning The House of Scorpion, was a clone gorwn from a strip of old El Patrón’s skin. Now he is lord of an army of eejits, zombielike workers who are harnessed to old El Patrón’s sinister system of drug growing.

His country? The Land of Opium, on the one-time US-Mexico border. Opium is the largest territory of the Dope Confederacy, which ranges on the map like an intestine, from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. The rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster and is now known as God’s Ashtray. But hidden in Opium is the cure.

Who is and who isn’t an eejit, who is and who isn’t microchipped, who is and who isn’t an enemy or friend make for a tantalizing puzzle Matt must solve in his own unforgettable story of survival.