Natalie’s Pick: The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore This is both the saddest and best book I’ve ever read. The Mirror Season tells the story of two teenagers who were both sexually assaulted at the same party. Graciela remembers everything about that night, but Lock doesn’t. And when the he shows up at her school, Graciela … Read more
Sevi’s Pick: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell This is a sweet story for fans of Harry Potter and any fantasy or action books. Simon Snow is the worst chosen one ever to be chosen, at least that’s what his menacing and annoying roommate Baz says. The guy didn’t even bother to show up! With the an … Read more
Natalie’s Pick: All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir This book is so emotionally devastating and beautiful. Salahudin and Noor are like family, but they haven’t spoken in months. Not until Sal’s mother passes away from chronic kidney disease. All My Rage is a book about friendship and romance in the real world, where nothing seems … Read more
Rachel’s Pick: Gallant by V. E. Schwab Olivia is a young mute girl who lives in Merilance, an all-girl orphanage. She’s a clever but mischievous girl who often gets into trouble. Between the matrons and other girls hating her and the ghouls haunting the orphanage walls, Olivia feels stuck and yearns for more. Her deceased mother … Read more
Solstice’s Pick:Stargazing by Jen Wang Stargazing includes Christine, who follows her parents’ strict rules without a complaint, and her new neighbor, Moon, who quickly becomes her best friend; other than growing up in the same suburb, the two have nothing in common! Christine soon begins to follow Moon’s lead to become who she truly wants … Read more
N.T.’s Pick: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 16 year-old Muslim girl Shirin moves around a lot. Her family is constantly moving from place to place in search of better jobs, houses, and futures. In 2002, a year after the 9/11, Shirin is constantly bullied and threatened for just being Islamic. Soon … Read more
Josh’s Pick: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George Sam Gribley, a teen from New York, runs away to the Catskills mountains, to live off the land and enjoy a more simple life. While there, he trains a peregrine falcon named Frightful, who catches food for him. My Side of the Mountain is … Read more
N.T.’s Pick: Wink by Rob Harrell When 12 year old Ross is diagnosed with eye cancer, he feels like the whole world is over. But when he starts playing guitar and learns to find himself through music and friends, he realizes that eye cancer isn’t the end. Ross finds his true calling through guitar, and makes … Read more
Divdish’s Pick: Dance of Thieves by Mary Pearson This book follows the lead of Jase, leader of the Ballenger empire and Kazi, legendary street thief. When both of them get kidnapped, they decide to help each other escape. It has everything you could want in a book, amazing plot, lovable characters, and great chemistry. A … Read more
Natalie’s Pick: Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club by Sara Nickerson Josh Duncan’s friends have only ever been imaginary and his parents say he’s too old for imaginary friends, but that’s all supposed to change with the big move. That is, until his imaginary friends start coming back. Josh doesn’t know what to do, and … Read more
Solstice’s Pick: Just Ash by Sol Santana Ashley Bishop is intersex, and finds no problem being who he was born as but, unfortunately, his parents do. His mother wanted a girl and his father wanted a boy. He was raised as a boy and feels comfortable being seen as one. However, Ashley suddenly gets his … Read more
Rachel’s Pick: Heartless Prince by Leigh Dragoon When her town is ravaged by a witch, Evony is taken in by the royal family and raised as a hunter. Evony has a gift that allows her to sense the familiars of witches. Prince Ammon uses this skill in the fight against the witches. The prince invites … Read more
Roxy by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman Roxy is a novel that follows the lives of Ivy and Isaac, polar opposite siblings attending high school. Ivy’s failing school, loves to go to parties with her friends and boyfriend, Craig, and would rather do anything than homework, while Isaac does well in school with little effort … Read more
Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua Ria is an orphan and a thief, stealing to keep herself alive. Rani has only ever known life inside the palace where she is being trained to take over from her father as queen. When their lives collide, everything turns on its head because Ria and Rani, orphan … Read more
In this incredible, illustrated retelling of the Cruella story, we get insight into her childhood. A childhood that was full of emotional neglect and abuse, all from her mother. Growing up, her mother was highly materialistic. This caused Cruella to believe that the only way people could show love was by giving and getting gifts. … Read more
Whilst on a trip in 1997, Christophe Andre, a Doctors Without Borders administrator, was kidnapped in the middle of the night and held hostage. He was chained to a radiator, given only a simple mattress, and dinner once a day. Requesting the answers to his countless questions; “What do they want me for?”, “Where am … Read more
Joy, an inspiring film composer, is not happy when her family decides to move to a tiny apartment. Then, she finds out about “The Hideout”, a secret hang-out spot that only the kids in the apartment know about. That’s where she starts communicating with someone who seems to be struggling, until the mystery writer stops … Read more
Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte 14 year old Mary Lambert lives in Martha’s Vineyard, a island made up of a largely deaf community-including herself. While recovering from being kidnapped and experimented on, she receives a letter from a location on the mainland near where she was kept while she was kidnapped. The letter … Read more
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen When Bryce first moved into the neighborhood, he met Juli, the neighbor girl who quickly fell in love with him. While Juli was chasing after her boy, Bryce was running away. Things took some twists and turns as they grew older. It is a story about youth and growth, love … Read more
The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill If you’re looking for the perfect cottagecore graphic novel series, The Dragon Tea Society is for you! In a world of dragons and people, tea dragons are small domestic dragons that produce special tea leaves. They require specialized care and lots of love, but if you care for … Read more
The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons This book is such a heartwarming romance. When Spencer starts at a new school, he is afraid that everyone will know that he’s trans. Taking a risk, and going against his parents wishes, he joins the boy’s soccer team. When a discriminatory law forces Spencer’s coach to bench him … Read more
Keeper of the Lost Cities After a strange incident when she was five. Sophie foster is wondering if she belongs. when a mysterious boy comes and whisked her away to the lost cities of the elves. while she has trouble fitting in, mysterious people come and try to kidnap and extract information she never knew … Read more
Daughter of the Pirate King Alosa is the daughter of the legendary Pirate King, a man who rules over the seas with an iron fist. When she is sent on a mission to steal part of a map that will lead to a hidden treasure trove, she allows herself to be captured in order to … Read more
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann I love how in this book creativity wins the day. Alex Stowe is sentenced to death because of his weakness. On his way to his death he finds help from unexpected people, he also finds betrayal and the hard truth from those he once loved. Join Alex as he struggles … Read more
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby After their mother dies and their father dumps them “temporarily” at an orphanage, teenage sisters Frankie and Toni realize they are on their own in the rough world of 1940s Chicago. Pearl, a ghost, tells the story and comes to terms with her own tragic death. … Read more
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm A fun romp in the Scottish Highlands – tomboy Dylan tries to avoid the reality TV marriage drama of her prom queen sister and instead finds a romance of her own. Funny, great plot twists!
Wonder by R.J. Palacio Wonder is an amazing book about a boy named August (Auggie) Pullman who has a facial deformity. He has been homeschooled all his life and his parents decided to send him to Beecher Prep, a private school. A lot of the students there make fun of him because of how he … Read more
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Della is only 10 years old when her and her older sister, Suki, get placed in a new foster home with a stranger. They are on the run from their mom’s boyfriend because he is a very bad man who has done some bad things. This is a story … Read more
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson Matthew has lived everyday for the past two years behind the windows of his bedroom. He has suffered from severe OCD and is afraid to go outside ever since the death of his baby brother. When a neighbor boy goes missing and Matthew is the only one to notice, … Read more
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall The Penderwicks is a wonderful story full of adventure. It is about four sisters on vacation when they meet a boy who changes their lives forever. You will feel as if you are in the story with them! I was so glad it is a series, because I never wanted … Read more
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda As children, Annie and Lee’s worlds were turned upside down when a brutal revolution overthrew the dragonriders. Now they’re getting the chance of a lifetime to become leader of the new dragonriding fleet. There’s just one big secret – Lee is the last surviving son of the previous ruler, and some … Read more
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson In Liz’s midwestern town prom is everything, but it’s not for her. When financial aid for her dream school falls through, winning the scholarship that prom queen gets may be her only chance. Too bad that she falls for the competition. Things are about to … Read more
Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson The Wingfeather Saga is a great tale about 12 year old Janner. Janner and his siblings must escape the Fangs of Dang who seek the Jewels of Anniera. But what are the Jewels of Anniera? Go on an epic adventure with Janner escaping fangs and discovering legends.
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson Enchanted is an incredible singer who also happens to be the main suspect in the famous and handsome singer Korey Fields’s murder. The two meet when Enchanted auditions in a talent show and Korey offers to take her under his wing, promising to help her create her own music and … Read more
Line Tender by Kate Allen The Line Tender is an admirable novel that tells the story of Lucy, a young girl who’s mother studied sharks before her death. After her mother passes, Lucy picks up her work where she left off to find out some interesting facts about white sharks and seals in the bay … Read more
Lore by Alexandra Bracken The Agon happens every seven years – a punishment for the rebellion of nine Greek gods. The gods are hunted by the descendants of ancient Greek hero bloodlines who are eager to kill a god and take their power and immortality. After her family’s murder, Lore Perseus fled, hoping never to set … Read more
Anonymous PickKeeper Of The Lost Cities, Shannon Messenger Sophie Foster, a misfit girl with no friends and a family that does not understand her, feels like she doesn’t belong. She constantly hears voices in her head and is always dealing with serious migraines. One day, she meets a boy who shows her where she really … Read more
Israel’s Pick:Ruby Holler Dallas and Florida, the trouble twins, are sent to multiple families to be adopted only to be sent back because of their behavior. But things take a twist when an old couple, Sairy and Tiller, take them in to their cottage named Ruby Holler. Join these characters as they face challenges and … Read more
Israel’s PickRanger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan Poor orphan Will wants desperately to be a soldier for Redmont fief. But when he is not accepted, the mysterious ranger Halt agrees to train him in the ranger ways. I love watching Will grow up as a friend and a hero with the help … Read more
Sydney’s PickIf These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley Leighton Barnes’s senior year isn’t as simple as one would imagine. She’s not only applying for colleges, but also figuring out how to protect her sisters and family from their abusive father once (or even if) she’s gone and navigating a relationship with Liam, the boy … Read more
Paige’s PickInkheart by Cornelia Funke Where words read aloud come to life, Maggie and her father must save the world from Capricorns forces. I love this book because it is an amazing book with fun characters.
Spencer’s PickDear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? by Ally Carter A super helpful guide to writing a book that gives tips and tricks every step of the way. From plotting, to world building, to characters, and even publishing. Featuring authors like Holly Black!
Emma’s PickOne Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus An intriguing mystery that will keep you guessing. Who did it, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper, or Simon? Think you can figure it out?
Kyle’s PickEvery Falling Star by Sungju Lee A really great story about a boy in poverty and how he escapes the socialist North Korea! I really liked this book.
Sarah’s PickThe War Outside by Monica Hesse Haruko, a Japanese girl, and Margot, a German girl, are thrown into the same internment camp during WWII. They become friends, maybe even more than friends…But then lies and betrayal strike the camp and their lives are torn apart. A really great historical fiction novel!
Sarah’s PickGoodbye Days by Jeff Zentner Carver’s three best friends tragically die in a car accident. And it is all Carver’s fault, he was texting the driver when they crashed. This is a super powerful story about loss, guilt, and forgiveness!
Sarah’s PickSadie by Courtney Sommers Sadie’s little sister Maddie has been murdered and Sadie thinks she knows who did it. Sadie runs away in search of the killer while a local podcaster covers the murder and her disappearance in his new show called “The Girls”. This book is so good and intense!
Sarah’s Pick Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Seraphina lives in a world where humans and dragons coexist together. But, you are either a dragon or a human. Seraphina has a secret, she is both! And when she starts to fall in love with the human prince, things get complicated. This is a wonderful fantasy!