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One man guy

Barakiva, Michael, author.

TEEN BARAKIV

When Alek's high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan, who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.


Bioluminescence : nature and science at work

Zimmer, Marc, author.

TEEN 572.4358 ZIMMER

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.


Everything, everything

Yoon, Nicola, author.

TEEN YOON

The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

Suggested by Sandra @ the Brier Library.


The silence of six

Myers, E. C. (Eugene C.), 1978- author.

TEEN MYERS

"What is the Silence of Six, and what are you going to do about it?" These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein's best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school. Haunted by the unforgettable image of Evan's death, Max's entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Eden west

Hautman, Pete, 1952-

TEEN HAUTMAN

Twelve square miles of paradise, surrounded by an eight-foot-high chain-link fence: this is Nodd, the land of Grace. It is all Jacob knows. Beyond the fence lies the World, a wicked, terrible place, doomed to destruction. Only the Grace will be spared. But something is rotten in paradise.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


X : a novel

Shabazz, Ilyasah, author.

TEEN SHABAZZ

Co-written by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Going over

Kephart, Beth.

TEEN KEPHART

In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall--Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Breaking sky

McCarthy, Cori, author.

TEEN MCCARTH

In the year 2048 Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father, and as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


The walls around us : a novel

Suma, Nova Ren, author.

TEEN SUMA

Orianna and Violet are ballet dancers and best friends, but when the ballerinas who have been harassing Violet are murdered, Orianna is accused of the crime and sent to a juvenile detention center where she meets Amber and they experience supernatural events linking the girls together.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Bone Gap

Ruby, Laura, author.

TEEN RUBY

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Stonewall : breaking out in the fight for gay rights

Bausum, Ann, author.

TEEN 307.766 BAUSUM

A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Stick

Smith, Andrew (Andrew Anselmo), 1959-

TEEN SMITH

Thirteen-year-old Stark "Stick" McClellan's brother has always defended him against those who tease him for his thinness and facial deformity, so when Bosten, having admitted he is gay, must leave home and their abusive parents, Stick sets out to find him.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Glory O'Brien's history of the future

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-

TEEN KING

As her high school graduation draws near, Glory O'Brien begins having powerful and terrifying visions of the future as she struggles with her long-buried grief over her mother's suicide.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


The game of Love and Death

Brockenbrough, Martha, author.

TEEN BROCKEN

Seattle, 1937: two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death. They must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


Love is the drug

Johnson, Alaya Dawn, 1982- author.

TEEN JOHNSON

Emily Bird is an African American high school senior in Washington D.C., member of a privileged medical family, on the verge of college and the edge of the drug culture, and not really sure which way she will go--then one day she wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what happened.

Suggested by Emily @ the Monroe Library.


The boy in the black suit

Reynolds, Jason, author.

TEEN REYNOLD

Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

suggested by Danielle @ the Mill Creek Library


The trouble in me

Gantos, Jack, author.

TEEN GANTOS

"Fourteen-year-old Jack falls under the spell of a delinquent Florida neighbor and gets way more trouble than he bargained for"--

suggested by Danielle @ the Mill Creek LIbrary


Mosquitoland

Arnold, David, 1981- author.

TEEN ARNOLD

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

suggested by Danielle @ the Mill Creek Library


Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass

Medina, Meg.

TEEN MEDINA

"One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn't Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn't kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she's never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy's life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?" -- from publisher's web site.

suggested by Danielle @ the Mill Creek Library


Gabi, a girl in pieces

Quintero, Isabel.

TEEN QUINTER

Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

suggested by Danielle @ the Mill Creek Library


Falling into place

Zhang, Amy, 1996-

TEEN ZHANG

"One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz's friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life"--

suggested by Danielle @ the Mill Creek Library


Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Cronn-Mills, Kirstin, 1968-

TEEN CRONN M

"Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school"--

suggested by Danielle @ the Mill Creek Library


Stitching Snow

Lewis, R. C. (Rachel Christine), 1979- author.

TEEN LEWIS

A futuristic retelling of Snow White in which seventeen-year-old Essie, a master at repairing robots and drones on the frozen mining planet Thanda, is pulled into a war by handsome and mysterious Dane after his shuttle crash-lands near her home.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


Hotel Ruby

Young, Suzanne, author.

TEEN YOUNG

On the way to spend a summer with her grandmother after the sudden death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Audrey, her older brother Daniel, and their father happen upon the Hotel Ruby, a luxurious place filled with unusual guests and little chance of ever leaving.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


What waits in the woods

Scott, Kieran, 1974- author.

TEEN SCOTT

A hiking trip in the woods in upstate New York is out of the comfort zone for sixteen-year-old city girl Callie Velasquez, but she wants to bond with her new friends Lissa and Penelope, not to mention her new boyfriend, Jeremy. However, nothing could have prepared her for the true human darkness that waits for her in the wood.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


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