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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.


Red girl, blue boy

Baratz-Logsted, Lauren, author.

TEEN BARATZ

Katie's dad and Drew's mom are running against each other for President of the United States. Their parents' debates may be tense, but when sixteen year old Katie and Drew meet at a media interview, romantic tension is palpable. They fall hard for each other . . . until tabloid rumors drive them apart. Things for the exes get sticky when their parents ask them to pretend to be a happy couple to increase their poll ratings over a third party candidate. Can they pull off a fake romance? And with an attraction this strong, maybe there's no pretending to fall back in love--they can't help but fall for real!

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


Love and other unknown variables

Alexander, Shannon Lee, author.

TEEN ALEXAND

Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he'll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe's greatest unanswered questions. He's that smart. But Charlie's future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl's neck. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she's counting on the present. She's not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop--until she learns he's a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy. By the time he learns she's ill--and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte's illness--Charlotte' gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he's always relied on or the girl he's falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


Untwine : a novel

Danticat, Edwidge, 1969- author.

TEEN DANTICA

Identical twin teenagers Giselle and Isabelle Boyer have always been inseparable, and expected to stay that way even though their Haitian American parents are separating--but when the entire family is caught in a car crash, everyone's world is shattered forever.

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


The darkest minds

Bracken, Alexandra.

TEEN BRACKEN

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents...

Suggested by Jocelyn @ the Lynnwood Library.


Great showdowns : the revenge

Campbell, Scott, 1973- illustrator.

741.5697 CAMPBEL

They're back - with a grudge to settle! Following the bestselling first and second volumes, here's an all-new collection of artist Scott C's strangely good-natured confrontations between his favorite movie characters. These memorable moments of melee deserve to be celebrated--once more, with feeling!

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library.


Steal like an artist : 10 things nobody told you about being creative

Kleon, Austin.

153.35 KLEON

You don't need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That's the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library.


Fairest. Levana's story

Meyer, Marissa.

TEEN MEYER

Queen Levana is a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told... until now.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library.


The age of selfishness : Ayn Rand, morality, and the financial crisis

Cunningham, Darryl, author.

174.4 CUNNING

Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham's latest work of graphic-nonfiction investigation leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Cunningham uses Rand's biography to illuminate the policies that led to the economic crash in the U.S. and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect today's politics and policies, starting with her most noted disciple, economist Alan Greenspan.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library.


The wrath & the dawn

Ahdieh, ReneĢe, author.

TEEN AHDIEH

In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library.


Convergence

Lee, Stan, 1922- author.

J LEE

Follows the experiences of a Chinese-American teen who is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase involving the release of twelve magical superpowers.

Suggested by Melleny @ the Mukilteo Library.


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