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Summer Reading: Book Lists

Elementary Reading Lists (1st – 4th Grade)

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Elementary Reading Lists Summer Reading 2023 by Montclair Library

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Fantasy

  1. Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik
    Meet the princess who’d rather wear a suit of armor than a crown! Princess Serena (or as she prefers, Princess Pulverizer) doesn’t want to be a princess–she wants to be knight! But her father, King Alexander of Empiria, thinks she still has a lot to learn when it comes to exhibiting valiant behavior. So he presents a challenge: the princess must first go on a Quest of Kindness and perform good deeds to prove that she truly deserves to go to knight school. With help from a friendly dragon named Dribble and a perpetually terrified knight-in-training named Lucas, can she complete her quest and discover what it really takes to be a hero?
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  2. Isadora Moon Goes to School by Harriet Muncaster
    Isadora Moon loves sunshine — and nighttime. She loves her magic wand — and her black tutu. She loves spooky bats — and Pink Rabbit. Isadora is half-fairy, half-vampire, and she’s special because she is different!
    Now Isadora’s parents want her to start school, but she’s not sure where she belongs — fairy school or vampire school?
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  3. Willa the Wisp by Jonathan Auxier (The Fabled Stables Series)
    Welcome to the Fabled Stables, a magical building filled with one-of-a-kind creatures. Creatures including the Gargantula, the Yawning Abyss, the Hippopotamouse . . . and Auggie. Auggie is the only human boy at the Stables, and he takes care of all the other animals. The Fabled Stables have a mind of their own, and every so often, the building SHAKES and SHUDDERS, TWITCHES and SPUTTERS–it’s making room for a new arrival! It’s Auggie’s job to venture out and rescue a new creature from mortal danger. But will he be able to complete his mission before it’s too late? With some help from Fen (a literal stick-in-the-mud) and his animal companions, Auggie saves the day and makes a new friend in the process.
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  4. Sasha and Puck and the Potion of Luck by Daniel Nayeri (The Elixir Fixers Series)
    When local chocolate maker Ms. Kozlow comes to the Juicy Gizzard potion shop asking for luck, Sasha needs to find out why. Does Ms. Kozlow need luck because she has a matchmaking appointment with Granny Yenta this afternoon? Can Sasha and her new friend Puck make it Ms. Kozlow’s lucky day?
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  5. Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon.
    Danny Dragonbreath and his friend Wendell get an up-close underwater tour of the Sargasso Sea from Danny’s sea-serpent cousin, encountering giant squid and mako sharks–and learn about standing up to bullies in the process.
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  6. The Lost Stone by Jordan Quinn (Kingdom of Wrenly Seires)
    Eight-year-old Lucas, Prince of Wrenly, is eager to explore and Clara, daughter of the queen’s seamstress, knows the kingdom well, so they team up to find a lost jewel and visit all of the land’s main attractions as they search.
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  7. The Ember Stone by Katrina Charman. (The Last Firehawk Seires)
    Perodia is threatened by Thorn, a powerful vulture, who is using magic to spread a terrible darkness–but when a young owl named Tag, and his best friend, the squirrel Skyla, rescue a golden egg from Thorn’s Tiger bats they may have found the key to Perodia’s salvation: the last firehawk, guardian of the ember stone.
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  8. Mischief Season: A Twins Story by John Bemelmans Marciano. (The Witches of Benevento series)
    Welcome to Benevento, an ancient town famous for its witches! The children of Benevento have to be careful and clever to evade the clutches of such witches as the Manalonga, the Janara, and the Clopper, who hide in wells and under bridges, fly at midnight, and play tricks during Mischief Season. Five cousins – Primo, Emilio, Rosa, Maria Beppina, and Sergio – share adventures and narrow escapes, and discover astonishing secrets as they outwit the witches in each exciting story.
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  9. Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson.
    It all started when a girl named Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection?
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  10. Tom and Ironskin by Alastair Chisholm (Dragon Storm Series)
    Tom discovers that he is a legendary dragonseer — a person who can summon a dragon — but he’s not sure he’s a true dragonseer, especially when he has trouble summoning his dragon, Ironskin.
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Humorous Duos

  1. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton. (Narwhal and Jelly series)
    A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.
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  2. The Great Louweezie by Erica S. Perl (Arnold and Louise series).
    The unlikely friendship of Arnold and Louise–a big bear and a chatty chipmunk–is tested when Louise claims to be able to predict the future.
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  3. Pizza and Taco: Who’s the Best? by Stephen Shaskan.
    Best friends Pizza and Taco agree on nearly everything until Pizza declares himself the best of all, leading to debating, voting, competing, and finally defining what being the best really means.
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  4. Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable.
    Peter and Ernesto are sloths. Peter and Ernesto are friends. Peter and Ernesto are nothing alike. Peter loves their tree and never wants to leave, while Ernesto loves the sky and wants to see it from every place on earth. So Ernesto leaves to have a grand adventure, and Peter stays behind and frets. Will their separation tear these friends apart…or can it bring them closer together?
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  5. Bird & Squirrel on the run! by James Burks.
    Bird and Squirrel outwit Cat and become best friends in this zany adventure. Squirrel is afraid of his own shadow. Bird doesn’t have a care in the world. And Cat wants to eat Bird and Squirrel. Of course, he’ll have to catch them first, and that’s not going to be easy. Join this trio as they head south for the winter in a hilarious road trip. But watch out! Cat is waiting around every bend, and he’s one pesky feline.
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  6. InvestiGATORS by John Patrick Green
    With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! And on their first mission together, they have not one but two mysteries to solve! Can Mango and Brash uncover the clues, crack their cases, and corral the crooks–or will the criminals wriggle out of their grasp?
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  7. Planetary-yum by Drew Brockington. (Waffles and Pancake series)
    Future CatStronaut Waffles and his younger sister Pancake are kittens who enjoy visiting the science museum with Dad-Cat.
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  8. I Really Dig Pizza!: A Mystery! by Candy James. (Archie and Reddie series)
    Archie the fox stumbles upon a cheesy treat in the forest and tries to keep it a secret, until his cousin Reddie comes along, ready to solve a mystery.
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  9. The Quest for Snacks by Susie Yi. (Cat and Cat series)
    One day when their human leaves for work, Squash and Ginny find themselves in the most unfortunate predicament: without snacks. With a little help from a magical portal, the two cats embark on a quest to find ingredients for a potion that will produce unlimited goodies.
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  10. The party and other stories by Sergio Ruzzier. (Fox and Chick series )
    Fox and Chick are unlikely friends, but somehow they seem to get along together, even though Fox is calm and thoughtful, and Chick has is hyperactive and flighty.
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Mystery

  1. Sleepover Sleuths by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew)
    When eight-year-old Nancy is invited to a sleepover party with a dolls theme, the host’s doll goes missing and Nancy tries to solve her first case.
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  2. Trouble at the Arcade by Franklin W. Dixon (Hardy Boys Secret Files series).
    Young Frank and Joe compete against each other in the Fun World arcade’s video game tournament, but when money is stolen from the arcade and the owner stops the tournament until it can be found, they team up to solve the mystery.
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  3. The Mystery of the Gold Coin by Harper Paris. (Greetings from Somewhere series)
    Second graders Ethan and Ella are sad about moving away from their hometown to travel the world with their mom, a journalist, and dad, who will home school them, but before they go they have a mystery to solve.
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  4. The Mysterious Moonstone by Eric Luper. (Key Hunters series)
    Neither Cleo nor Evan like the new school librarian, Ms. Crowley, but they are very curious about where she disappears to at the back of the library, so one day they follow her–and find a secret door, a magical library full of locked books, and a letter from the previous librarian telling them that she is trapped somewhere between the covers of one of the enchanted books, and they must travel through the stories in order to save her.
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  5. The Case of the Missing Cheetah by Veronica Mang.
    It’s a dark and stormy night when three sleuthing little girls get pulled into a web of mystery. They have mistakenly uncovered a secret society of some of the most famous female spies in history. A glamorous spy named Josephine Baker enlists the girls to find out who has kidnapped Chiquita, her precious pet cheetah. Do the girls have what it takes to become spies themselves?
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  6. The Ballgame with No One at Bat by Steve Brezenoff. (Field Trip Mysteries series)
    Edward “Egg” Garrison and his friends are on a field trip to watch the local minor league baseball team, but a theft at the concession stand is delaying the game, so the four sixth-grade detectives decide to investigate.
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  7. The Ghost Tree by Natasha Deen. (Spooky Sleuths series)
    When Asim moves to a new town, he must save his new teacher when an evil spirit from Guyanese folklore begins to wreak havoc.
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  8. The Buried Bones Mystery by Sharon M. Draper (Clubhouse Mysteries series)
    Ziggy and his friends form a clubhouse after someone vandalizes their basketball court, and they soon uncover a clue that may tell them who did it.
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  9. The Fenway Foul-up by David A. Kelly (Ballpark Mysteries)
    Cousins Mike and Kate are at Boston’s Fenway Park when the Red Sox’s star hitter discovers that his lucky baseball bat has been stolen.
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  10. Catastrophe by Sherri Winston (Wednesday and Woof series)
    Wednesday and her service dog, Woof, are the best detectives in the whole world–or at least their neighborhood. But can they find Mrs. Winters’s missing cat before her big trip? Or will the case of the cat-napped kitty be their first unsolved mystery?
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STEM

  1. Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty (The Questioneers series)
    When Rosie is unable to invent a contraption to help one of Aunt Rose’s Raucous Riveters friends, she calls on classmates Iggy Peck and Ada Twist to help.
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  2. The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales by SJ King
    The secret explorers jump into action to save a pod of humpback whales, but when Connor and Roshini’s submarine malfunctions, the explorers could be the ones in trouble.
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  3. Rock Star by Kelly Starling Lyon (Jada Jones series)
    Fourth-grader Jada’s best friend moved away but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends, if only one of her teammates would stop being mean.
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  4. How to Test a Friendship by Theanne Griffith. (The Magnificent Makers series)
    When Pablo, Violet, and Deepak discover a magical makerspace, they can’t wait to check it out! The Maker Maze has cool science games and puzzles behind every door. When they enter the portal, they will find: a wacky scientist who will be their guide, giant puzzles to test their skills, holograms of animals, plants, and more and a friendship challenge?
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  5. Secret coders. 1, Get with the program! by Gene Yuen Yang
    Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes.
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  6. The Dinosaur Disaster by Matthew McElligott. (Mad Scientist Academy series)
    Dr. Cosmic’s class of clever monsters at the Mad Scientist Academy solve the greatest challenges in science, in this perfect blend of adventure and exploration.
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  7. The Math Inspectors: The Case of the Claymore Diamond by Daniel Kenney
    When the Claymore Diamond is stolen from Ravensburg’s finest jewelry store, Stanley Carusoe gets the bright idea that he and his friends should start a detective agency. Armed with curiosity and their love for math, Stanley, Charlotte, Gertie and Felix race around town in an attempt to solve the mystery.
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  8. Let’s Mooove! by Courtney Sheinmel (Magic on the Map series)
    On the last day of second grade, twins Finn and Molly discover a magical camper in their driveway that takes them from Ohio to Colorado, where they must save a famous cow.
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  9. Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro (Zoey and Sassafras series)
    A girl, Zoey, and her cat, Sassafras, use science experiments to help a dragon with a problem.
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  10. Happy Paws by Vicky Fang (Layla and the Bots series)
    While Layla and her three Bots (Beep, Boop, and Bop) are setting up for their rock band’s performance, she gets some bad news, Happy Days Amusement Park is closing; Layla thinks she has the perfect solution: turn the place into an amusement park for dogs–but the new rides have to pass a safety inspection before Happy Paws Amusement Park can open.
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Superheroes

  1. Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! by Kara West
    Eight-year-old Mia Macarooney is delighted to learn she is from a family of superheroes, but her acceptance into the Program for In Training Superheroes requires she take a placement exam.
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  2. Captain Awesome to the Rescue! by Stan Kirby
    When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.
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  3. Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman.
    Although she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else at school, Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny, never hurts another creature, unless she has to.
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  4. Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison
    Kitty wants to be a superhero like her mother, once she gets over her fear of the dark, but when Figaro the cat needs help she springs into action.
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  5. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
    Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!
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  6. Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off by Jacqueline Jules
    Freddie finds a mysterious package outside his apartment containing sneakers that allow him to run faster than a train, and inspire him to perform heroic deeds.
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  7. Cat Ninja by Matthew Cody
    Beware, villains! Cat Ninja may appear to be nothing more than a silly internet meme. But he is evil’s greatest enemy, and the silent master of Kat Fu and carpet scratching!A hilarious graphic novel series about a lovable cat with a heroic alter-ego. Raised from a kitten by a kindly old ninja master, Claude now spends his days as the pampered house cat of an eleven-year-old boy. But when trouble arises, Claude dons his mask and springs into action as Cat Ninja—Metro City’s secret protector! In Book 1 of the series, follow our feline hero’s early exploits as he tries to keep his secret identity under wraps while thwarting the evil plans of slimy thugs, rampaging robots, and a certain rodent nemesis who lives under the same roof!
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  8. Gumazing Gum Girl! : Chews your Destiny by Rhode Montijo.
    When Mom issues a no-gum rule, Gabby Gomez sneaks a piece of special bubble gum that turns her into a superhero.
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  9. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
    The school lunch lady is a secret crime fighter who uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots.
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  10. Hilo. Book 1, The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick.
    When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.
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Middle Grade Reading Lists (5th – 8th Grade)

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Middle School Booklists Summer Reading 2023 by Montclair Library

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Adventure

  1. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
    After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.
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  2. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart
    After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
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  3. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.
    Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
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  4. Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson. (39 Clues series)
    Guardians of the 39 Clues, Dan Cahill and his sister Amy discover that the serum is missing and must race against time to get it back before catastrophe strikes.
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  5. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia.
    Seventh-grader Tristan Strong tumbles into the MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky.
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  6. Holes by Louis Sachar.
    As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
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  7. Furthermore: A Novel by Tahereh Mafi.
    Twelve-year-old Alice Queensmeadow, with the help of her friend Oliver, travels through the dangerous, magical land of Furthermore in order to rescue her missing father and prove her own magical abilities.
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  8. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin.
    Pinmei, a storyteller’s granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor.
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  9. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. (The Heroes of Olympus series)
    Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids,” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.
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  10. Dragon Captives by Lisa McMann. (The Unwanteds Quests series)
    Magical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have spent their entire lives wishing for an adventure. When a dragon shows up claiming that his family is being kept as slaves in their homeland, the twins sneak off to the land of the dragons to help them.
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  11. Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
    Twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest–how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?
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  12. Ultimate Gaming Showdown by M.K. England (Player vs. Player series)
    A virtual tournament is announced in Affinity, the biggest online multiplayer video game in the world, and four kids are invited to compete for the grand prize–and a chance to become a professional gamer.
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  13. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. (Ranger’s Apprentice series)
    When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
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Early Teen Reads:

  1. Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson.
    A high school junior teams up with a hacker during a police brutality protest to shut down a device that creates an impenetrable dome around Baltimore that is keeping the residents in and information from going out.
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  2. Frogkisser! by Garth Nix.
    Princess Anya has a big problem: Duke Rikard, her step-stepfather is an evil wizard who wants to rule the kingdom and has a habit of changing people into frogs, and her older sister Morven, the heir, is a wimp–so with the help of the librarian Gotfried (who turns into an owl when he is upset), and the Royal Dogs, she must find away to defeat Rikard, save her sister, and maybe even turn Prince Denholm back into a human being.
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  3. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney.
    The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.
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  4. Stormbreaker: An Alex Rider Adventure by Anthony Horowitz. (Alex Rider series)
    After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.
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  5. One for All by Lillie Lainoff.
    In 1655 sixteen-year-old Tania is the daughter of a retired musketeer, but she is afflicted with extreme vertigo and subject to frequent falls; when her father is murdered she finds that he has arranged for her to attend Madame de Treville’s newly formed Académie des Mariées in Paris, which, it turns out, is less a school for would-be wives, than a fencing academy for girls–and so Tania begins her training to be a new kind of musketeer, and to get revenge for her father.
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Fantasy

  1. First Test by Tamora Pierce. (Protector of the Small series)
    Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.
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  2. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. (Ranger’s Apprentice series)
    When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
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  3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
    In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
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  4. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.
    An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.
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  5. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. (Series)
    Best friends Sophie (princess wannabe) and Agatha (witchy loner) are headed (via kidnapping) to the School for Good and Evil, but their assumed destinies are reversed.
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  6. Lotería by Karla Valenti.
    In Oaxaca City, Mexico, ancient friends Life and Death discuss free will while engaged in a game of chance, with eleven-year-old Clara as the protagonist of their theories and a pawn in their game, moving inevitably towards her ultimate fate. Includes author’s notes and reader’s guide.
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  7. The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. (Nevermoor series)
    A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society.
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  8. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston. (Supernatural Investigations series)
    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.
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  9. When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller.
    When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.
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  10. Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia.
    Seventh-grader Tristan Strong tumbles into the MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky.
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  11. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy.
    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.
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  12. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. (Series)
    When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents’ estate in Connecticut, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
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  13. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.
    Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.
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Early Teen Reads:

  1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. (Graceling Realm series)
    In a world where some people are born with extreme and often feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
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  2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer. (Lunar Chronicles series)
    In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.
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  3. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.
    When apprentice librarian Elisabeth is implicated in sabotage that released the library’s most dangerous grimoire, she becomes entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy that could mean the end of everything.
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  4. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger.
    Seventeen-year-old Elatsoe (“Ellie” for short) lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry.
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  5. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George.
    In 1897, seventeen-year-olds Dacia and Lou, New York socialites and cousins, visit their maternal homeland of Romania and learn the family secret–that they are shapeshifters, expected to take their rightful places and marry proper husbands.
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Middle School Stories

  1. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. (Series)
    Thanks to his dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court, with crossovers that make even the toughest ballers cry. But Josh has more than hoops in his blood. He’s got a river of rhymes flowing through him – a sick flow that helps him find his rhythm when everything’s on the line. As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets the new girl in school, the twins’ tight-knit bond unravels.
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  2. Ghost by Jason Reynolds. (Track series)
    Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.
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  3. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
    Ally’s greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn’t know how to read.
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  4. Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina.
    Merci Suárez begins the sixth grade and knows things will change, but she did not count on her grandfather acting strangely, not fitting in at her private school, and dealing with Edna Santos’ jealousy.
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  5. The Best at it by Maulik Pancholy.
    Twelve-year-old Rahul Kapoor, an Indian-American boy growing up in small-town Indiana, struggles to come to terms with his identity, including that he may be gay.
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  6. More to the Story by Hena Khan.
    As features editor of her school newspaper, thirteen-year-old Jameela Mirza wants to impress her father by writing a spectacular story about the new student, but a misunderstanding and family illness complicate matters.
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  7. Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza.
    A Indian American boy endures a family move from Hawaii to frigid Minnesota and, with the help of three life-changing books he reads in school, he learns to like reading, and ultimately, himself.
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  8. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks.
    Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.
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  9. The Unteachables by Gordon Korman.
    Told in alternating voices, the teacher and students in room 117 find their lives changed over the course of a school year.
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  10. Honestly Elliott by Gillian McDunn
    Struggling with ADHD, loneliness, and connecting with his divorced father who would rather see him embrace sports instead of cooking, sixth-grader Elliott finds an unlikely friend in popular, perfect Maribel when the two are paired in a school-wide contest.
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  11. The Friendship Experiment by Erin Teagan.
    When scientist-in-the-making Madeline Little starts sixth grade, she soon learns that middle school is nothing like a perfect lab experiment–and that she now has to find the cure for her newly messed-up life.
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  12. Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead.
    As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend–or more than friend–Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose?
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  13. Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera.
    Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She’s also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy … like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles. And some not so much…like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons. Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, who’s Chinacan/Mexinese just like her. So when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym? Obviously she’s not gonna let that slide.
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Early Teen Reads:

  1. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo.
    A disaster in romance, high school senior Desi Lee decides to tackle her flirting failures by watching Korean television dramas, where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten.
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  2. Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz. (Alex Rider Adventure series)
    When an investigation into a series of mysterious deaths leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, MI6 assigns Alex Rider to the case. Before he knows it, Alex is hanging out with the sons of the rich and powerful, and something feels wrong. These former juvenile delinquents have turned well-behaved, studious–and identical–overnight. It’s up to Alex to find out who is masterminding this nefarious plot, before they find him.
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  3. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. (Series)
    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.
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  4. There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon.
    Told in two voices, disappointed-in-love Ashish Patel and self-proclaimed fat athlete Sweetie Nair begin to find their true selves while dating under contract.
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  5. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.
    As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from “normal teenage life” until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.
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Sci-Fi

  1. Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez.
    In order to heal after his mother’s death, thirteen-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things–and people–from other universes.
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  2. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.
    Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.
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  3. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty.
    A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.
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  4. The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm.
    Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager–which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.
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  5. Jinxed by Amy McCulloch
    After fourteen-year-old Lacey Chu repairs a highly advanced smartphone/robotic pet companion, or baku, called Jinx, the baku gets her into her dream school, Profectus, where she is exposed to dangerous secrets.
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  6. Lotería by Karla Valenti
    In Oaxaca City, Mexico, ancient friends Life and Death discuss free will while engaged in a game of chance, with eleven-year-old Clara as the protagonist of their theories and a pawn in their game, moving inevitably towards her ultimate fate. Includes author’s notes and reader’s guide.
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  7. We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey.
    The first time I heard about Planet Choom, we’d been on Mars for almost a year. But life on the Mars station was grim, and since Earth was no longer an option (we may have blown it up), it was time to find a new home. That’s how we ended up on Choom with the Zhuri. They’re very smart. They also look like giant mosquitos. But that’s not why it’s so hard to live here. There’s a lot that the Zhuri don’t like: singing (just ask my sister, Ila), comedy (one joke got me sent to the principal’s office), or any kind of emotion. The biggest problem, though? The Zhuri don’t like us. And if humankind is going to survive, it’s up to my family to change their minds. No pressure.
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  8. 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.
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  9. When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller.
    When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni.
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  10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
    Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
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  11. The Hero’s Guide to Saving your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
    Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.
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  12. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
    When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents’ estate in Connecticut, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
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  13. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.
    Min, a thirteen-year-old girl with fox-magic, stows away on a battle cruiser and impersonates a cadet in order to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother in the Thousand World Space Forces.
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Early Teen Reads:

  1. Warcross by Marie Lu.
    When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
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  2. 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.
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  3. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.
    In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
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  4. Invictus by Ryan Graudin.
    A group of time-traveling teens races through history to try to stop time and the multiverse from unraveling.
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  5. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James.
    Stranded on a spaceship speeding away from Earth, Romy is euphoric when she gets word that she will soon be joined by another ship, but as the Eternity gets closer, Romy begins to suspect that the captain has a mission all of their own.
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Spooky

  1. The House in Poplar Wood by K.E. Ormsbee.
    The Vickery twins, Lee and Felix, live in a house in Poplar Wood, where, because of the “Agreement,” their mother serves Memory, and their father assists Death, and only Lee is allowed to leave the house, except for Halloween; but when a local girl is murdered, Gretchen Whipple, daughter of the mayor, offers the boys a deal–help her solve the crime and she will help them break the Agreement, and regain their freedom.
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  2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
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  3. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier.
    Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.BCCLS: Link
  4. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.
    Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.
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  5. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
    Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the “Veil” that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts, not that she wants to, and she was really looking forward to a ghost-free summer at the beach; however her parents are going to start filming a TV series about the world’s most haunted places, starting with Edinburgh with its graveyards, castles, and restless phantoms–and Cass and her personal ghost companion, Jacob, are about to find out that a city of old ghosts can be a very dangerous place indeed.
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  6. Doll Bones by Holly Black
    Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
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  7. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
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  8. One for Sorrow: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn.
    When unlikeable Elsie dies in the influenza pandemic of 1918, she comes back to haunt Annie to make sure she’ll be Annie’s best–and only–friend soon
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  9. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste.
    Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. She knows that jumbies aren’t real; they’re just creatures parents make up to frighten their children. But on All Hallows’ Eve, Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden woods. Those shining yellow eyes that follow her to the edge of the trees, they couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?
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  10. Out to Get You : 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe by Josh Allen
    A collection of thirteen short stories that reveals frightening secrets lurking in everyday objects.
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  11. Whispering Pines by Heidi Lang
    When otherworldly forces descend on their town of Whispering Pines, conspiracy theorist Rae, who’s searching for her lost father, and Caden, who’s haunted by the ghost of his brother, must band together to save their home.
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  12. Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith.
    Twelve-year-old Rory and his friend Izzy try to foil the plans of Lord Foxglove, for whom Rory works as a valet, and his inhuman accomplices from taking over the world.
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  13. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh.
    Feeling uncomfortable from the moment she arrives in her new home, Harper is dismayed by local rumors that her house is haunted and that every family that has ever lived there has suffered terrible tragedies, a situation that turns sinister when her cheerful little brother begins acting in alarming ways.
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Early Teen Reads:

  1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
    For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.
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  2. The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White.
    The events of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein unfold from the perspective of Elizabeth Lavenza, who is adopted as a child by the Frankensteins as a companion for their volatile son Victor.
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  3. Contagion by Erin Bowman.
    Responding to a distress call on the distant planet of Achlys, Thea Sadik and her search-and-rescue crew are confronted by a zombie-like outbreak that forces them to uncover a monstrous enemy.
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  4. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab.
    As the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker and Augustus Flynn should never have met. A Romeo and Juliet-esque fantasy about the difference between good and evil and the blurry gray area in between.
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  5. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd.
    Dr. Moreau’s daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father’s island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.
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Upper Grade Reading Lists (9th – 12th Grade)

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TEEN Reading Lists Summer Reading 2023 by Montclair Library

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Fantasy

  1. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee.
    An aroma expert embarks on what she fears will be a life of solitude and dreams of a normal high school existence before an accident leads to an unexpected forbidden romance.
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  2. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
    Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.
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  3. Elatsoe by Darcie Little-Badger.
    Ellie Bride is an intelligent, determined, and asexual young Native woman with the ability to bring the dead back to life, as demonstrated through her stalwart companion, Kirby the poltergeist puppy. One rule remains unchanging, though: humans must never be brought back from the underworld. After Ellie’s beloved cousin dies and reveals the murderer to her in dreams, she must find a way to unravel the truth behind the eerie town of Willowbee, Texas, and work with her premonitions, her family, and her fae-descended best friend to keep everyone safe from a vengeful ghost.
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  4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.
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  5. A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
    Plain-spoken, headstrong Ophelia cares little about appearances. Her ability to read the past of objects is unmatched in all of Anima and, what’s more, she possesses the ability to travel through mirrors, a skill passed down to her from previous generations. Her idyllic life is disrupted, however, when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, a taciturn and influential member of a distant clan. Ophelia must leave all she knows behind and follow her fiancé to Citaceleste, the capital of a cold, icy ark known as the Pole, where danger lurks around every corner and nobody can be trusted. There, in the presence of her inscrutable future husband, Ophelia slowly realizes that she is a pawn in a political game that will have far-reaching ramifications not only for her but for her entire world.
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  6. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
    When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed … unless the trials kill her first. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
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  7. Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
    As her father lies gravely ill with pancreatic cancer, eighteen-year-old Victoria’s last hope is to find a vampire in New Orleans, an impossible mission that rekindles a special friendship.
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  8. So This is Ever After by F. T. Lukens
    Arek has managed to fulfill the prophecy and save the Kingdom of Ere from its evil ruler, but the quest is not over because until they free the princess locked in one of the towers he has to asssume the crown himself; only the princess proves to be very dead, and Arek is stuck as king; then he discovers that magic requires him to find a bride before his eighteenth birthday or wither away–but none of his female companions are interested, he does not want to marry a stranger, and anyway the only person he is attracted to is Matt, aspiring wizard, best friend, and secret crush.
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  9. Spellhacker by M. K. England
    In Kyrkarta, magic–known as maz–was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled–and, of course, outrageously expensive. Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever. But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague–and possibly save the world. No pressure.
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  10. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
    Half-god, half-human Rue is snatched from her Houston home to Ghazan, a secret land of gods, by her estranged father, then must face an evil determined to steal everything from her.
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  11. Small Favors by Erin A. Craig
    Life in isolated Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range has a predictable sameness. Ellerie Downing’s days are filled tending to her family’s beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of the adventures that her twin, Samuel, is free to indulge in. When some townsfolk go missing on a trip to fetch supplies, and strange activities begin to plague the town, it’s clear something is terribly wrong. The forest creatures are real, and they need a favor. A small favor. Which may hide sinister intentions.BCCLS: Link
  12. The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
    Amber Sand has the magical ability to envision anyone’s soul mate, but when Charlie Blitzman, the Chicago mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to Amber for help in finding his father’s missing girlfriend, Amber sadly sees that Charlie is not destined for her.
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  13. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
    After Dee Moreno, seventeen, makes a deal with a demon, trading her heart for the chance of a good education, she becomes part of a group “heartless” teen engaged in fighting a paranormal war.
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  14. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
    After eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung, a nine-tailed fox surviving in modern-day Seoul by eating the souls of evil men, kills a murderous goblin to save Jihoon, she is forced to choose between her immortal life and his.
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  15. There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
    For generations the Seven Prophets guided humanity with their visions, ending wars and uniting nations–until the day they vanished, leaving behind the promise of a looming Age of Darkness and the birth of a Prophet who could be the world’s salvation… or the cause of its destruction.
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  16. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
    When evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, Massachusetts, Elemental Witch Hannah and her ex-girlfriend Veronica are forced to team up to stop the deadly attacks.
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  17. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
    Inspired by the culture of West Africa, a feminist fantasy debut traces the experiences of an intuitive girl who is invited to leave her discriminatory village to join the emperor’s army of near-immortal women warriors.
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  18. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
    Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she’s hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.
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  19. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
    Four female mercenaries known as Boneless Mercies, weary of roaming Vorseland, ignored and forgotten until they are needed for mercy killings, decide to seek glory by going after a legendary monster in this reimagining of Beowulf.
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  20. Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
    Transformed by the goddess Yemoja into a Mami Wati, an African mermaid charged with collecting the souls of those who die at sea, Simi goes against the gods to save a living boy, Kola, from drowning.
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Historical Fiction

  1. The Silence of Bones by June Hur
    1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.’ Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder. But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.
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  2. A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia
    In 1860 Louisiana, eighty-year-old Madame Sylvie decides to sit for a portrait, as horrific stories that span generations from the big house and the fields are revealed.
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  3. When We Caught Fire by Amanda Godbersen
    It’s 1871, and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson. Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed. As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle–one that will literally set the city ablaze and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.
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  4. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
    When her father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers–and justice.
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  5. Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden
    Savannah Riddle feels suffocated by her life as the daughter of an upper class African American family in Washington, D.C., until she meets a working-class girl named Nell who introduces her to the suffragette and socialist movements and to her politically active cousin Lloyd.
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  6. The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
    1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-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.
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  7. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
    Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.
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  8. When Are Not Free by Traci Chee
    For fourteen-year-old budding artist Minoru Ito, her two brothers, her friends, and the other members of the Japanese-American community in southern California, the three months since Pearl Harbor was attacked have become a waking nightmare: attacked, spat on, and abused with no way to retaliate–and now things are about to get worse, their lives forever changed by the mass incarcerations in the relocation camps.
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  9. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
    Germany, 1939. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah, finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see her, along with every other Jew, dead. Then she meets a mysterious man who needs Sarah to pull off a spy mission he can’t attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of Nazi top brass, befriend the girl whose father is a high-ranking scientist, and find the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she’s ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat classmates, and soon she’s embroiled in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined–and fighting to hold onto her true self.
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  10. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
    Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.
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  11. The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
    In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent’s daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.
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  12. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
    In Chinatown in 1954, McCarthyism and the Red Scare are very real threats to Lily’s family; her father is already at risk of deportation despite his valid citizenship. Chinese American Lily could lose everything just for dating anyone white — let alone Kathleen Miller — but she could lose herself if she doesn’t risk everything to be true to her feelings.
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  13. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
    Amidst the Chinese-Malay conflict in Kuala Lumpur in 1969, sixteen-year-old Melati must overcome prejudice, violence, and her own OCD to find her way back to her mother.
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  14. Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu
    1964. Houston, Texas. Evie Barnes and all her friends are the sort who wear bold makeup, laugh too loud, and run around with boys. Most of all, they protect their own against the world. They’re the bad girls. When Evie is saved from a sinister encounter by a good girl from the “right” side of the tracks, every rule she has always lived by is called into question. Now she must redefine what it means to be a bad girl– and rethink everything she knew about loyalty.
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  15. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
    Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn’t like growing up anywhere else: Don’t think life is going to be easy. Know your place. And never talk about yourself. Four vivid voices tell intertwining stories of hardship, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation.
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  16. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
    While Nora Lopez faces constant danger on the streets of New York, she realizes that her own home may be the most dangerous place of all.
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  17. None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
    Eighteen-year-olds Emma Lewis and Travis Bell, recruited by the FBI to interview juvenile serial killers, must turn to a notorious teenage sociopath to help track down a new murderer.
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  18. The Mall by Megan McCafferty
    New Jersey, 1991. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after. But you know what they say about the best laid plans….
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  19. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
    With the Rodney King riots closing in on high school senior Ashley and her family, the privileged bubble she has enjoyed, protecting her from the difficult realities most black people face, begins to crumble.
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  20. Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan
    When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys–or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school. Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls … a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled. Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen, and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn’t matter what Helen did or didn’t do … even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.
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Mystery & Thriller

  1. None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney
    Eighteen-year-olds Emma Lewis and Travis Bell, recruited by the FBI to interview juvenile serial killers, must turn to a notorious teenage sociopath to help track down a new murderer.
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  2. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
    A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
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  3. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
    As her senior capstone project, Pippa Fitz-Amobi is determined to find the real killer in a closed, local murder case, but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.
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  4. The Diviners by Libba Bray
    Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
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  5. White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig
    Rufus Holt has one night to prove his half-sister, April, innocent of murdering her boyfriend at a wild party–the very night his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian, shows up wanting to talk.
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  6. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
    When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday’s mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.
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  7. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    When a Connecticut teenager inherits vast wealth and an eccentric estate from the richest man in Texas, she must also live with his surviving family and solve a series of puzzles to discover how she earned her inheritance.
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  8. 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.
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  9. Sadie by Courtney Summers
    When popular radio personality West McCray receives a desperate phone call from a stranger imploring him to find nineteen-year-old runaway Sadie Hunter, he’s not convinced there’s a story there; girls go missing all the time. But when it’s revealed that Sadie fled home after the brutal murder of her little sister, Mattie, West travels to the small town of Cold Creek, Colorado, to uncover what happened.
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  10. Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist
    When eighteen-year-old Lexi foresees the brutal murder of a young woman outside a club in downtown L.A., she is powerless to stop it. But then the girl’s ghost appears, seeking vengeance, and Lexi is swept into a dangerous search that could put her directly in the path of a serial killer.
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  11. The Missing Season by Gillian French
    After moving to a new town for her father’s job, Clara learns that kids go missing from Pender every October and that a monster named the Mumbler may be responsible.
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  12. Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
    Six years ago Maddie lived in Washington D.C. with her father, a Secret Service agent assigned to the President’s family, and her best friend was Logan, the President’s son; but after her father was wounded in an attempted kidnapping the two of them moved to a remote cabin in Alaska and Logan never replied to her letters–but now he has suddenly turned up on her doorstep, and, while she has no attention of forgiving him for his silence, she soon realizes that first she has to save him from the winter wilderness and the men who are pursuing him.
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  13. A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
    Six years ago Maddie lived in Washington D.C. with her father, a Secret Service agent assigned to the President’s family, and her best friend was Logan, the President’s son; but after her father was wounded in an attempted kidnapping the two of them moved to a remote cabin in Alaska and Logan never replied to her letters–but now he has suddenly turned up on her doorstep, and, while she has no attention of forgiving him for his silence, she soon realizes that first she has to save him from the winter wilderness and the men who are pursuing him.
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  14. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
    Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend after becoming obsessed and delusional over a novel, but on the anniversary of their friend’s death a discovery pulls them back together to find out what actually happened that night.
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  15. The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
    Earth’s population is divided between only two existing countries which cannot manage to cooperate in any way, until a distress signal arrives from Titan’s first settler and neither can afford to rescue her on their own if they act separately. Ambrose wakes up on board with successfully reaching his sister the primary thought in his mind until he notices several strange circumstances: he doesn’t remember the launch, the ship’s OS is voiced by his mother, strangers have been aboard, and the only other person on this mission has barricaded himself away from sight. It’s quite possible he won’t be able to puzzle out these occurances on his own, but even in learning to work together, it’s just as possible that Kodiak and Ambrose are up against bigger forces than they could have even imagined.
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  16. Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
    Quinn Maybrook and her father have moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs, to find a fresh start. But what they don’t know is that ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can. Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.
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  17. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
    Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery.
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  18. The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur
    In 1426 in Joseon, a year after her father vanishes while investigating the disappearance of thirteen girls, eighteen-year-old Min Hwani returns to the island of Jeju to pick up his trail with the help of her estranged sister.
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  19. Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed
    After discovering the body of fourteen-year-old Jawad Ali in Jackson Park, seventeen-year-old journalism student Safiya Mirza begins investigating his murder and ends up confronting white supremacy in her own high school.
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  20. Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-íyímídé
    At Niveus Private Academy, Devon and Chiamaka are the only students chosen to be Senior Prefects who are also black, which makes them targets for a series of anonymous texts revealing their secrets to the entire student body. Both students were on track toward valedictorian and bright college futures, but this prank quickly turns into a very dangerous game and they are at more than one disadvantage as it looks like things could turn deadly.
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Romance

  1. A Girl’s Guide to Love & Magic by Debbie Rigaud
    Fifteen-year-old Haitian American Cicely is excited to celebrate the West Indian Day Parade with her aunt, and voodoo dabbler, Mimose, but when Mimose’s dabbling goes awry and she becomes possessed by a spirit, Cicely, Renee, and Kwame, her crush, must find a way to set things right.
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  2. Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
    When Ashana Persaud meets Poppy Morgan on a school trip, she’s sure it’s too good to be true. Ash has never had much luck with girls, but Poppy proves different. Coffee dates turn to museum trips until, soon, the two girls can see a future together–one that’s seemingly snatched from them when a hit-and-run takes Ash’s life on New Year’s Eve. As the last person to die before midnight, Ash is bestowed the title of reaper, tasked with finding lost souls and helping them cross over. Only those close to death can perceive a reaper, so when Ash runs into Poppy one lonely night–and Poppy recognizes her–they can’t be sure if it’s the second chance they’ve so desperately wished for, or a tragedy lying in wait.
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  3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.
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  4. In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens
    Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel. Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean. That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming–and secretive–as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…
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  5. I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
    After seventeen-year-olds Chole and Shara, Chole’s rival for valedictorian, kiss, Shara vanishes leaving Chole and two boys, who are also enamored with Shara, to follow the trail of clues she left behind, but during the search, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to Shara and her small Alabama town than she thought.
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  6. Flip the Script by Lyla Lee
    As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend, heartthrob Bryan Yoon, who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the TV producers a contract romance, and that’s all they’re going to get from her. But when showrunners bring on a new lead actress to challenge Hana’s role as main love interest–and worse, it’s someone Hana knows all too well–can Hana fight for her position on the show, while falling for her on-screen rival in real life?
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  7. She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott
    Alex Blackwood is really good at getting the girl she wants, but coming from a broken home with an alcoholic mother she finds committment difficult, even when she thinks she is in love; impossibly awkward Molly Parker has a crush on the cool Cora Myers, but she does not know how to even start a conversation, much less make a connection. At college together in Pittsburgh, Alex decides that helping Molly snag Cora will prove to her own flame that she is not totally selfish–but things do not work out as the two have planned.
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  8. Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
    Simone, seventeen, HIV-positive and in love for the first time, decides that facing potential bullies head-on may be better than protecting her secret.
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  9. Café con Lychee by Emery Lee
    Theo Mori and Gabriel Moreno have always been at odds. Their parents own rival businesses-an Asian American café and a Puerto Rican bakery-and Gabi’s lack of coordination has cost their soccer team too many games to count. Stuck in the closet and scared to pursue his own dreams, Gabi sees his parents’ shop as his future. Stuck under the weight of his parents’ expectations, Theo’s best shot at leaving Vermont means first ensuring his parents’ livelihood is secure. So when a new fusion café threatens both shops, Theo and Gabi realize an unfortunate truth-they can only achieve their goals by working together to cook up an underground bakery operation and win back their customers. But can they put aside their differences long enough to save their parents’ shops or will the new feelings between them boil over?
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  10. The Edge of Summer by Erica George
    Eighteen-year-old Cor Cabot navigates first love and the loss of her best friend, all while working on her summer internship to save whales on Cape Cod.
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  11. Nate Plus One by Kevin Van Whye
    After Nate Haregraves finds out that his ex-boyfriend will be at his cousin’s lavish destination wedding in South Africa, his best friend and secret crush Jai Patel–who hopes to convince spotlight-shy Nate to front his band at a music contest–volunteers to be his plus-one.
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  12. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love With the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
    When seventeen-year-old Star Fuentez reaches social media stardom, her polar-opposite twin, Moon, becomes “merch girl” on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers and the grumpy but attractive Santiago Philips.
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  13. Seoulmates by Susan Lee
    Hannah Cho had the next year all planned out–the perfect summer with her boyfriend, Nate, and then a fun senior year with their friends. But then Nate does what everyone else in Hannah’s life seems to do–he leaves her, claiming they have nothing in common. He and all her friends are newly obsessed with K-pop and K-dramas, and Hannah is not. After years of trying to embrace the American part and shunning the Korean side of her Korean American identity to fit in, Hannah finds that’s exactly what now has her on the outs. But someone who does know K-dramas–so well that he’s actually starring in one–is Jacob Kim, Hannah’s former best friend, whom she hasn’t seen in years. He’s desperate for a break from the fame, so a family trip back to San Diego might be just what he need that is, if he and Hannah can figure out what went wrong when they last parted and navigate the new feelings developing between them.
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  14. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
    When Nishat, an Irish girl of Bengali heritage, sees her old friend Flávia again, she feels attracted, but when they both enter a school contest as henna artists, their feelings for each other become more complicated.
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  15. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
    In this young adult novel, Alice, afraid of explaining her asexuality, has given up on finding love until love finds her.
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  16. Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
    Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together. They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
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  17. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
    Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different — Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if — instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut — they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years … What if their last shift was an adventure? Beloved writer Rainbow Rowell and Eisner Award-winning artist Faith Erin Hicks have teamed up to create this tender and hilarious story about two irresistible teens discovering what it means to leave behind a place — and a person — with no regrets.
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  18. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
    Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmother’s bookshop, where she helps loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.
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  19. The Girl From the Sea by Molly Ostertag
    Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can’t wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. She’s desperate to finish high school and escape her sad divorced mom, her volatile little brother, and worst of all, her great group of friends…who don’t understand Morgan at all. Because really, Morgan’s biggest secret is that she has a lot of secrets, including the one about wanting to kiss another girl. Then one night, Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie. The two become friends and suddenly life on the island doesn’t seem so stifling anymore. But Keltie has some secrets of her own. And as the girls start to fall in love, everything they’re each trying to hide will find its way to the surface…whether Morgan is ready or not.
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  20. Kaguya-Sama : Love is War. Vol 1 by Aka Akasaka
    Two geniuses. Two brains. Two hearts. One battle. Who will confess their love first…?! Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane are two geniuses who stand atop their prestigious academy’s student council, making them the elite among elite. But it’s lonely at the top and each has fallen for the other. There’s just one huge problem standing in the way of lovey-dovey bliss–they’re both too prideful to be the first to confess their romantic feelings and thus become the “loser” in the competition of love! And so begins their daily schemes to force the other to confess first!
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Sci-Fi

  1. Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
    In an age of 100-foot-tall mechanical deities run by a tyrannical regime, two teenaged girls on opposite sides of a war discover they are figting for a common purpose–and falling for each other.
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  2. 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.
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  3. TThe Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
    Earth’s population is divided between only two existing countries which cannot manage to cooperate in any way, until a distress signal arrives from Titan’s first settler and neither can afford to rescue her on their own if they act separately. Ambrose wakes up on board with successfully reaching his sister the primary thought in his mind until he notices several strange circumstances: he doesn’t remember the launch, the ship’s OS is voiced by his mother, strangers have been aboard, and the only other person on this mission has barricaded himself away from sight. It’s quite possible he won’t be able to puzzle out these occurrences on his own, but even in learning to work together, it’s just as possible that Kodiak and Ambrose are up against bigger forces than they could have even imagined.
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  4. Contagion by Erin Bowman
    Responding to a distress call on the distant planet of Achlys, Thea Sadik and her search-and-rescue crew are confronted by a zombie-like outbreak that forces them to uncover a monstrous enemy.
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  5. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
    Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population. Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her. Born in a lab, M0Rr1S was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for the love of art–and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does. Ellie’s–and humanity’s–fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution–thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
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  6. The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
    In the last days of the twenty-first century, sea creatures swim through the ruins of London. Trapped in the abyss, humankind wavers between fear and hope–fear of what lurks in the depths around them, and hope that they might one day find a way back to the surface. When sixteen-year-old submersible racer Leyla McQueen is chosen to participate in the prestigious annual marathon, she sees an opportunity to save her father, who has been arrested on false charges. The Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. But the race takes an unexpected turn, forcing Leyla to make an impossible choice. Now she must brave unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a guarded, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If Leyla fails to discover the truths at the heart of her world, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–or worse. And her father will be lost to her forever.
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  7. Warcross by Marie Lu
    When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire
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  8. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
    Tuck Durante, a shipraider, and Lana Gray, a curator, must work together to try to rescue a space capsule hijacked by nightmarish creatures who kill with a scream.
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  9. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.
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  10. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
    Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09– one of the last remaining illegal Metals– has been glitching. Ana’s efforts to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. At the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. The two end up as fugitives, with the entire kingdom after them– and the coordinates. And not everyone wants them captured alive.
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  11. I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
    News stations across the country are reporting mysterious messages that Earth has been receiving from a planet–Alma–claiming to be its creator. If they’re being interpreted correctly, in seven days Alma will hit the kill switch on their “colony” Earth. True or not, for teenagers Jesse Hewitt, Cate Collins, and Adeem Khan, the prospect of this ticking time bomb will change their lives forever.
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  12. The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum
    After a horrific accident brings loners Ryann and Alexandria together, Ryann learns that Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.
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  13. War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
    In 2172, when much of the world is unlivable, sisters Onyii and Ify dream of escaping war-torn Nigeria and finding a better future together but are, instead, torn apart.
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  14. The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
    In a near future when life is harsh outside of Earth’s last unpolluted place, Cee tries to leave an abandoned island while her sister, STEM prodigy Kasey, seeks escape from the science and home she once trusted.
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  15. No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen
    Even though she is suffering from memory loss and hallucinations, Rylie must unravel her family’s secrets in order to save herself and find her missing friend.
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  16. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
    The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall of China. It doesn’t matter that the girls die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But when she gets her vengeance, it becomes clear that she is an Iron Widow, a rare kind of female pilot who can sacrifice males to power up Chrysalises instead. To tame her frightening yet valuable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest male pilot in Huaxia, yet feared and ostracized for killing his father and brothers. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will take over instead, then leverage their combined strength to force her society to stop failing its women and girls. Or die trying.
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  17. Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson
    A high school junior teams up with a hacker during a police brutality protest to shut down a device that creates an impenetrable dome around Baltimore that is keeping the residents in and information from going out.
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  18. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
    Abducted by aliens periodically throughout his youth, Henry Denton is informed by his erstwhile captors that they will end the world in 144 days unless he stops them by deciding that humanity is worth saving.
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  19. Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
    This sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet-colony of Laterre.
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  20. The Disasters by M. K. England
    Nax and a handful of other space Academy washouts are the only surviving pilots after the school is hijacked by terrorists, but in order to spread the truth about the attack, Nax and his fellow failures must execute a dangerous heist.
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Shonen Manga

  1. Attack On Titan by Hajime Isayama
    For the past century, what’s left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything.
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  2. Bleach by Tite Kubo
    Fifteen-year-old high school student Ichigo Kurosaki has martial arts skills and has always been able to see ghosts, and his life is about to change when he meets Soul Society member Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and protector of innocents.
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  3. Beastars by Paru Itagaki
    At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, friendships maintain the fragile peace. Who among them will become a Beastar–a hero destined to lead in a society naturally rife with mistrust? One night at Cherryton Academy, an herbivore student is brutally murdered. Among the members of the Drama Club, the herbivores’ suspicions naturally turn to their carnivore classmates… The prime suspect? Gray wolf Legoshi. But he wouldn’t hurt a fly. Or would he? Will dwarf rabbit Haru bring out the beast in him? Or are his feelings for her…something else?
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  4. Black Butler by Yana Toboso
    Just a stone’s throw from London lies the manor house of the illustrious Phantomhive earldom and its master, one Ciel Phantomhive. Earl Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria’s faithful servant… and a slip of a twelve-year-old boy. Fortunately, his loyal butler, Sebastian, is ever at his side, ready to carry out the young master’s wishes. And whether Sebastian is called to save a dinner party gone awry or probe the dark secrets of London’s underbelly, there apparently is nothing Sebastian cannot do. In fact, one might even say Sebastian is too good to be true… or at least, too good to be human….
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  5. Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato
    Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth–the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won’t be easy, especially when drawing his father’s sword releases the demonic power within him!
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  6. Cowboy Bebop by Nanten Yutaka
    Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed – cowboys on the new frontier. Together this band of interplanetary bounty hunters takes on the jobs that anyone in their right mind would turn down.
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  7. Deadman Wonderland by Jinsei Kataoka
    Framed for the brutal murders of his classmates by the mysterious Red Man, middle-school student Ganta Igarashii finds himself sentenced to death in the bizarre and fatal theme park/prison known as Deadman Wonderland. The inmates of this insane penitentiary fight for survival every day to provide entertainment for the masses. Ganta is determined to survive Deadman Wonderland and clear his name, but the price may be his soul …
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  8. Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba
    Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light’s noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?
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  9. Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge
    In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal until his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his family and turns his sister into another demon, forcing Tanjiro on a dangerous journey to destroy the demon and save his sister.
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  10. Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
    Edward and Alphonse Elric, physically altered by their dabblings in alchemy, become agents of the government whose demands put them in touch with a world of evil alchemists, all in search of the Philosopher’s Stone.
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  11. The Legend of Zelda by Akira Himekawa
    In the mystical land of Hyrule, three spiritual stones hold the key to the Triforce, and whoever holds them will control the world. A boy named Link sets out on a quest to deliver the Emerald, the spiritual stone of the forest, to Zelda, Princess of the land of Hyrule. The journey will be long and perilous, and Link will need all his skill and courage to defeat evil. The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun!
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  12. Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi
    Gon might be a country boy, but he has high aspirations. Despite his Aunt Mito’s protests, Gon decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a legendary Hunter. The Hunter hopefuls begin their journey by storm-tossed ship, where Gon meets Leorio and Kurapika, the only other applicants who aren’t devastated by bouts of seasickness. Having survived the terrors of the high seas, Gon and his companions now have to prove their worth in a variety of tests in order to find the elusive Exam Hall. And once they get there, will they ever leave alive?
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  13. Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi
    Kagome, a young school girl from modern-day Japan, gets pulled into a time portal and transported back to feudal Japan where she discovers that her destiny is linked to that of Inu-Yasha, a doglike half-demon, and together, they search for the Shikon Jewel which can fulfull the dreams of any man or monster.
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  14. Jujutsu Kaisen by Gege Akutami
    In a world where demons feed on unsuspecting humans, fragments of the legendary and feared demon Ryoma Sukuna were lost and scattered about. Should any demon consume Sukunas body parts, the power they gain could destroy the world as we know it. Fortunately, there exists a mysterious school of Jujutsu Sorcerers who exist to protect the precarious existence of the living from the undead! Yuji Itadori is a high schooler who spends his days visiting his bedridden grandfather. Although he looks like your average teenager, his immense physical strength is something to behold! Every sports club wants him to join, but Itadori would rather hang out with the school outcasts in the Occult Club. One day, the club manages to get their hands on a sealed cursed object, but little do they know the terror theyll unleash when they break the seal…
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  15. Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto
    Broke young man + chainsaw dog demon = Chainsaw Man! Denji was a small-time devil hunter just trying to survive in a harsh world. After being killed on a job, he is revived by his pet devil-dog Pochita and becomes something new and dangerous–Chainsaw Man! Denji’s a poor young man who’ll do anything for money, even hunting down devils with his pet devil-dog Pochita. He’s a simple man with simple dreams, drowning under a mountain of debt. But his sad life gets turned upside down one day when he’s betrayed by someone he trusts. Now with the power of a devil inside him, Denji’s become a whole new man–Chainsaw Man!
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  16. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
    Without any special power, middle school student Izuku Midoriya has no chance of getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, but an encounter with the great hero All Might gives him an opportunity to change his destiny.
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  17. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
    Twelve years ago the Village Hidden in the Leaves was attacked by a fearsome threat. A nine-tailed fox spirit claimed the life of the village leader, the Hokage, and many others. Today, the village is at peace and a troublemaking kid named Naruto is struggling to graduate from Ninja Academy. His goal may be to become the next Hokage, but his true destiny will be much more complicated. The adventure begins now!
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  18. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda
    Monkey D. Luffy, who can stretch his body like rubber, is searching for a treasure called One Piece that was hidden by the pirate Gold Roger. Legend says it will make whoever finds it the king of pirates. He runs into a bounty hunter named Roronoa Zoro and a pirate thief named Nami, rescues a town from a corrupt Marine Captain, and prepares for a fight with a clown pirate.
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  19. One Punch Man by ONE
    Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem– he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of superpowered boredom?
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  20. Soul Eater by Atsushi Ōkubo
    Maka is a weapon meister, determined to turn her partner, a living scythe named Soul Eater, into a powerful death scythe–the ultimate weapon of Death himself! Charged with the task of reaping tainted souls, Maka and her fellow meisters strive to master their weapons as they face off against the bizarre and dangerous minions of the underworld.
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Spooky

  1. His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler.
    Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in both Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and in the 13 unique and unforgettable ways that they’ve been brought to life.
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  2. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
    Tuck Durante, a shipraider, and Lana Gray, a curator, must work together to try to rescue a space capsule hijacked by nightmarish creatures who kill with a scream.
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  3. Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
    Keep together. Keep your eyes open. Keep your wits about you. The desert is unkind in the best of times. And the decade since the Civil War has been anything but the best of times for Daisy Wilcox—call her Willie—and her family. This tense, heart-pounding alternate history about a young woman fighting to survive the unthinkable will keep fans of Westworld and The Walking Dead reading late into the night. A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. The state is all but quarantined from the rest of the country. Glory, Texas, is a near ghost town. Still, seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe, even after the sickness took their mother. But then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is left on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find her father. And the desert holds more dangers than just shakes.
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  4. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
    When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.
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  5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
    For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.
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  6. Contagion by Erin Bowman
    Responding to a distress call on the distant planet of Achlys, Thea Sadik and her search-and-rescue crew are confronted by a zombie-like outbreak that forces them to uncover a monstrous enemy.
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  7. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
    Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.
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  8. Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

    Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices! In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out–and going out for their first kill–and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night. Welcome to the evolution of the vampire–and a revolution on the page. Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria ‘V. E.’ Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
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  9. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig
    In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last — the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge — and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sisters’ deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who — or what — are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family — before it claims her next.
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  10. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
    To discover the truth behind her mother’s mysterious death, a teen girl infiltrates a magical secret society claiming to be the descendants of King Arthur and his knights.
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  11. The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
    When a murderous ghost begins to haunt sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston, high school soon becomes a different kind of survival game.
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  12. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
    Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.
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  13. And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
    Sisters Silla, seventeen, and Nori, four, are trapped in their aunt’s cursed manor and can only escape with the help of a mysterious boy.
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  14. Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand
    Who are the Sawkill Girls? Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she|s sure she|ll never find. Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she|s broken|or maybe everyone else is. Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies. Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight & until now.
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  15. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
    When risen corpses called ‘bone houses’ threaten Ryn’s village because of a decades-old curse, she teams up with a mapmaker named Ellis to solve the mystery of the curse and destroy the bone houses forever.
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  16. A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney
    The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew. Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head … literally.
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  17. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
    A handless teen escapes from a cult, only to find herself in juvenile detention and suspected of knowing who murdered her cult leader.
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  18. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
    Hawaii-born Makani Young’s new life in Nebraska is thrown into chaos when a serial killer begins to target her fellow high school students.
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  19. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
    A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and fresh and unsettling. Clever readers will love teasing out the references and can satisfy their curiosity at the end of each tale, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From blood horror, to the supernatural, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.
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  20. The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
    When her sister goes missing on the Bend, becoming the second girl to disappear from the wildlife preserve, Natasha turns to a local girl rumored to be a witch to find her.
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