Summer reading sign-ups have begun! While you’re filling out your registration, check out some of these new arrivals in the teen section. Just remember: you can’t count your time spent reading until June 25th!
We Are All That’s Left, by Carrie Arcos.
Philomel Books, 2018.
“Zara and her mother, Nadja, have a strained relationship. Nadja doesn’t understand Zara’s passion for photography. And Zara doesn’t know how to reach beyond their differences and connect with a closed-off mother who refuses to speak about her past. But when a bomb explodes as they’re shopping at a local farmers market, Zara is left with PTSD—and Nadja is left in a coma. Without the opportunity to get to know her mother, Zara is faced with questions—not just about her mother, but about faith, religion, history, and her own path forward.
“Told in chapters that alternate between Zara’s present-day Providence, Rhode Island, and Nadja’s childhood in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s Bosnian War, We Are All That’s Left is a beautifully written, heartrending nvoel that shows the power of struggle and tragedy—across decades, generations, and borders—to provide connection, healing, and love.” From the publisher.
The Gone Away Place, by Christopher Barzak.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
“A little after eight in the morning, Ellie Frame picked a fight with her boyfriend, Noah, in the parking lot of their high school. A little while later, the high school, the town of Newfoundland, and much of the surrounding counties were obliterated by a series of tornadoes. In the wake of the storms, more than ninety people were dead, among them most of Ellie’s friends, dozens of people she’d known since childhood… and Noah.
“They were all gone, just like that.
“Now, in the broken days and weeks that follow, Ellie begins to play a game called ‘I’m fine’ with anyone who asks how she’s doing. Because in addition to the horror of losing so many, she is now seeing people she knows are no longer there: the boy next door who had a secret crush on her; her best friend, Becca, whose complicated relationship with her mother has grown even darker; and Ingrid, the strange, reclusive girl whom Noah always took the time to be kind to.
“The one person she can’t find, however, is Noah.
“Capturing the voices of those who lived and those who died, Ellie’s account of the tragedy’s aftermath traces her journey from the pain of loss to the heartbreaking guilt of survival to the quiet hope that she’ll one day find herself again.” From the publisher.
Out of the Blue, by Sophie Cameron.
Roaring Book Press, 2018.
“Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, mysterious Beings start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted—not a single one has survived.
“Eight months later, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh, intent upon catching one of the Beings alive. But Jaya can’t stand his obsession and refuses to join him and her little sister in their hunt for a miracle.
“Until the day a miracle happens to Jaya: a Being falls right at her feet and is still alive. Now she must make a decision: call her dad and notify the authorities, or hide the Being and try to nurse her back to health.
“Together with her friends, Jaya embarks on a journey of empathy and compassion to save a Being from another world—even as she struggles to accept herself and learn to live in this one.” From the publisher.
The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy, by b. t. gottfred.
Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
“Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. Zee is starting to wonder herself. Could they be onto something?
“Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: Well, obviously.
“But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes.
“What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they’ve been told are strange. As they explore their own complex relationships to gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other. With his trademark frankness, b. t. gottfred delves inside both characters’ heads in this story about love and living authentically.” From the publisher.
Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed.
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018.
“Twelve-year-old Amal’s dream of becoming a teacher one day is dashed in an instant when she accidentally insults a member of her Pakistani village’s ruling family. As punishment for her behavior, she is forced to leave her heartbroken family behind and go work at their estate.
“Amal is distraught but has faced setbacks before. So she summons her courage and begins navigating the complex rules of life as a servant, with all its attendant jealousies and pecking-order woes. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s increasing awareness of the deadly measures the Khan family will go to in order to stay in control. It’s clear that their hold over her village will never loosen as long as everyone is too afraid to challenge them—so if Amal is to have any chance of ensuring her loved ones’ safety and winning back her freedom, she must find a way to work with the other servants to make it happen.” From the publisher.
Legend Found, by Charles Soule.
Marvel Worldwide, 2018.
“General Leia Organa gave Poe Dameron an important task: locate the mysterious Lor San Tekka. And our hero may be closer than he thinks—but can he get the job done in time? Black Squadron faces their next assignment, but is it mission impossible? Not for Poe’s crew—which means it’s prison break time! Plus: Poe has never been one to follow the rules. So when he disobeys a direct order from General Organa and gets stranded in First Order space—with no ship and little oxygen—how will he survive? Meanwhile, Terex sets plans in motion to finally free himself from the grasp of the First Order! And the end of an era approaches as the force of Poe’s destiny draws him toward an awakening.” From the publisher.