Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. ***Now a show on Hulu***
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Lionel Essrog, who has Tourette's syndrome, is rescued from the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, along with three other boys, by local tough guy Frank Minna who molds the group into a fly-by-night detective agency, but when Frank is knifed and tossed in a dumpster, Lionel is forced to become a real detective in order to find the killer. **soon to be a major motion picture**
Nancy Drew Diaries by Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew is a brilliant teen detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine -- until her mother's untimely death derails Nancy's college plans. **now a show on CW**
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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
In the Philadelphia suburbs post WWII, a mother's disappearance cements an unbreakable connection between a pair of siblings.
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents, and the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. The novel examines the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her--but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known.
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
A tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year's Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights.
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
In Berlin, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it's his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.
Slay by Brittney Morris
By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, who shuns the violence of video games.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he's forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don't leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell; Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator)
Graphic Novel. Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they've worked at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. 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.
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
Two girls on opposite sides of the social scale work together to make a movie and try very hard not to fall in love.