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  • Details about Brain Camp

    Brain Camp

    Susan Kim

    Neither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits who've been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about. But strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alteration that turns the dimmest, rowdiest campers into docile……more

  • Details about Beast Rider

    Beast Rider

    Tony Johnston

    Twelve-year-old Manuel leaves his small town in Mexico to join his older brother in Los Angeles. To cross the US border, he must become a "beast rider"--someone who hops on a train. The first time he tries, he is stopped by the Mexican police, who arrest and beat him. When he tries again, he is attacked by a Mexican gang and left for dead. Just when Manuel is ready to turn back, he finds new hope. Villagers clothe and feed him, help him find work, and eventually boost him back onto the train. Wh……more

  • Details about Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Summer Romances

    Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Summer Romances

    Stephanie Perkins (Editor)

    Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories , written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in ……more

  • Details about August Moon

    August Moon

    Diana Thung

    Eleven-year-old Fiona Gan comes to realize that the orbs of light in the night sky aren't the souls of dead ancesters, that the townspeople of Calico believe, but are lights from lanterns carried by rabbit-like creatures that leap across rooftops.…more

  • Details about Water in May

    Water in May

    Ismee Williams

    Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she's carrying will finally mean she'll have a family member who will love her deeply and won't ever leave her--not like her mama, who took off when she was eight; or her papi, who's in jail; or her abuela, who wants as little to do with her as possible. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined. Surrounded by her loyal girl crew, her off-and-on boyfriend, and a de……more

  • Details about And The Ocean Was Our Sky

    And The Ocean Was Our Sky

    Patrick Ness

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls comes a richly illustrated and lyrical tale, one that asks harrowing questions about power, loyalty, obsession, and the monsters we make of others. With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monst……more

  • Details about Boot camp

    Boot camp

    Todd Strasser.

    Fifteen-year-old Garrett is kidnapped and sent to a disciplinary boot camp, where he is subjected to physical and psychological abuse. Award-winning author Strasser offers a sobering glimpse at what really goes on behind closed doors.…more

  • Details about Summer Wars

    Summer Wars

    Mamoru Hosoda

    Kenji Koiso is asked by his crush, Natsuki Jinnouchi, to accompany her to the countryside for her great-grandmother's 90th birthday, and Kenji must find his footing amongst the boisterous and tightly-knit Jinnouchi clan.…more

  • Details about I'll Give You the Sun

    I'll Give You the Sun

    Jandy Nelson

    The New York Times Bestselling story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in ……more

  • Details about Be Prepared

    Be Prepared

    Vera Brosgol

    All Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she's found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endl……more

  • Details about This One Summer

    This One Summer

    Mariko Tamaki; Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)

    A New York Times bestseller A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens - just a……more

  • Details about Darius the Great Is Not Okay

    Darius the Great Is Not Okay

    Adib Khorram

    Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.…more

  • Details about When Dimple Met Rishi

    When Dimple Met Rishi

    Sandhya Menon

    A New York Times bestseller "Effervescent." --Chicago Tribune "Full of warm characters and sweet romance." -- Entertainment Weekly "Get ready to fall in love with Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel." --Hello Giggles "Adorable." --Buzzfeed "Deliciously quirky, funny, and nerdy." --Bustle "Utterly delightful." --BookRiot " Heartwarming, empathetic, and often hilarious -- a delightful read." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The rom-com that everyone's talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bo……more

  • Details about Geekerella

    Geekerella

    Ashley Poston

    Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield , the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a me……more

  • Details about Stay Sweet

    Stay Sweet

    Siobhan Vivian

    Seventeen-year-old Amelia has looked forward to her last summer before college working at the Meade Creamery, but when the owner of the local landmark passes away her nephew has big changes in mind.…more

  • Details about Summer of Salt

    Summer of Salt

    Katrina Leno

    No one on the island of By-the-Sea would call the Fernweh women what they are, but if you need the odd bit of help, such as a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight, they are the ones to ask. Georgina Fernweh waits impatiently for the tingle of magic in her fingers--magic that has touched every woman in her family, including her twin sister, Mary. But with her eighteenth birthday looming at the end of her last summer on the island, Georgina fears her gift will never come.   No one on the isl……more

  • Details about Bloom

    Bloom

    Kevin Panetta

    Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band, if he can just convince his dad, Nikos, to let him quit their struggling family bakery. Despite loving it as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away his days over rising doughs and hot ovens. But in the midst of interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easy-going guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of breads, love begins ……more

  • Details about Running with Lions

    Running with Lions

    Julian Winters

    When his estranged childhood best friend Emir Shah joins his team, star goalie Sebastian Hughes must reconnect with the one guy who hates him. But to Sebastian's surprise, sweaty days on the pitch, wandering the town, and bonding on the weekends sparks more than just friendship between them.…more