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Allies by Alan Gratz

June 6, 1944: D-Day. As the allies invade Normandy in the hopes of defeating the Nazis, nine voices, ranging from a teenage American soldier to a French -Algerian girl working for the Resistance, tell their gripping stories of what happened on a day that changed the course of World War II – and the 20th century – forever. Historical Fiction.


Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale

Axl, Sid, and Ivan just meant to make a simple taco run for the drama club. Instead, they walk into a disgusting alien dimension which starts to take over the town. Can they stop the spread of horror before it’s too late? Horror/Graphic Novel.


The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Runaway sisters Viji and Rukku find shelter on an abandoned bridge as they try to survive on the streets of Chennai, India. When illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers or keep holding on to their freedom. Realistic Fiction.


The Darkdeep by Ally Condie & Brendan Reichs

Something ancient and horrible in the water is bringing the dreams and nightmares of four kids to life. Told in alternating points of view, this is a creepy, suspenseful tale of a mysterious power in the darkness. Horror/Suspense.


Focused by Alyson Gerber

Clea tries her best in school, but no matter what she does, she just can’t seem to get it together. She is angry when her parents take her to get tested for ADHD, sure the doctor is wrong, but getting a diagnosis might help her get her life on track. Realistic Fiction.


Friendroid by M.M. Vaughan

Danny, a loner at his school, strikes up an unexpected friendship with Eric, a popular new kid. But Eric has a secret: he’s a robot As the two friends dig into his past, they find themselves in danger and Danny must decide how much he’s willing to risk for a friend who isn’t what he appears to be. Science Fiction.


Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams

Genesis Anderson hates the way she looks. She prays to be beautiful

– lighter – so that her life will get better. When her family is evicted and Genesis switches schools, she begins to learn more about her family’s past and discover the strength, beauty, and power that was in her all along. Realistic Fiction.


I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Edie knows that her Indigenous mom was adopted by a white couple as a baby, but that is all she knows about her heritage. That is until one day when she finds a box of letters in the attic and a photograph of a young woman which holds the key to discovering more about her family’s past. Realistic Fiction.


Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

Anders and Rayna are inseparable – they have to be in order to survive as orphans on the streets of Vallen. But the siblings are torn apart when they manifest different shape-shifting abilities and find themselves on opposite sides of a war. Fantasy.


Killer Style: How Fashion has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History by Serah-Marie McMahon

With amusing anecdotes, photos, and illustrations readers will discover different ways fashion and the clothing industry have caused consumer harm – even fatalities. These stories will shock, but also provide thoughtful ideas about who are the true victims of fashion.



Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

A hug is harmless – right? Mila, a seventh-grader, isn’t so sure, not when boys in her class start touching her in ways that make her feel uncomfortable. Is she overreacting, like her friend Zara thinks? Or should Mila use the confidence she gains from karate class to stand up for herself and declare that no means no? Realistic Fiction.


New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jordan just wants to go to art school and make comics, but his parents send him to an exclusive private school instead. He tries to find his place as one of the few students of color in his class, navigating life between his Washington Heights neighborhood and Riverdale Academy Day School. Realistic Fiction/Graphic Novel.


The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin

Paulie Fink was the coolest, wildest, most fun kid at Mitchell School in Vermont. Then he was gone. What happened to Paulie? And, more importantly, who is going to take his place as the official class clown? Realistic Fiction.


Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Jude and her mother are forced to flee their home in Syria and live with their family in America, leaving her father and brother behind. Faced with a new language, culture, and customs, Jude strives to find her voice and her place in her new home.

Realistic Fiction/Novel in Verse.


Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Kate is a stereotypical cheerleader and Tam is a tall, athletic volleyball player who is often mistaken for a boy. Surprisingly, the two become friends, and soon their relationship deepens in a way neither ever imagined. Realistic Fiction/Novel in Verse.


The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart After a tragedy, Coyote and her father Rodeo moved into an old school bus and started driving around the country. When Coyote discovers the last traces of her family are going to be destroyed she tries to trick her father into going back – 3,000 miles – to a place they both tried to forget. Realistic Fiction.


Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue by Marc Aronson

When a Thai youth soccer team went on a field trip to explore a local cave system they found themselves trapped with no hope of escape. Racing against time, an international team of divers made a story of survival out of what was nearly a tragedy. Non-Fiction.


Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Alberto Hernandez

Sal Vidon can create holes in the universe when he meditates. At first he uses his power to help him perform magic tricks, but messing with the laws of physics can have major consequences – as Sal and his friend Gabi find out the hard way. Oops! Science Fiction.


We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

Planet Earth has been destroyed and living on Mars is no longer an option. One human family is chosen to get help from the Planet Choom. Will they be accepted on this new planet? Or will they be sent back to Mars, with no hope for survival? Science Fiction.


Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

Elizabeth has always felt alone in the world, but when her wicked aunt and uncle send her to the cursed Winterhouse Hotel she discovers a world of puzzles, secrets, and adventures she could never have imagined. Mystery.