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The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah
TEEN ABDEL-FATTAH
An Afghan refugee and the son of leaders of a new anti-immigrant political party called Aussie Values feel a mutual attraction.
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
SF TEEN AHDIEH
In 19th century New Orleans, Celine, a dressmaker from Paris, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery that's connected to a glamorous supernatural cohort.
Swing by Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess
TEEN ALEXANDER
Noah and his best friend Walt want to become cool, make the baseball team, and win over Sam, the girl Noah has loved for years.
A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai
ROM TEEN BAJPAI
Simran "Simi" Sangha comes from a line of Indian matchmakers, so when she accidentally sets up her cousin with an aspiring lawyer her family thinks she has the gift, but when she tries her skills at school she upsets the high school hierarchy.
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
ROM TEEN CHAO
Seventeen-year-old Ali is simultaneously swept up in a whirlwind romance and down a rabbit hole of family secrets when another Taiwanese family moves into tiny, predominantly-white, Plainhart, Indiana.
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
ROM TEEN CHOI
Nineteen-year-old Pablo Neruda Rind is working in an upscale health food store in New York City when pop star Leanna Smart rushes in and turns his life upside-down.
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
SF TEEN CHUPECO
After an ancient prophecy is betrayed, a world ruled by a long line of goddesses is split in two--one half in perpetual day, and the other in an endless night--and two young twin goddesses set out on separate and equally dangerous journeys to the Breach that divides them, hoping to save their broken world
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
SF TEEN EMEZI
In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam's mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster.
Spin by Lamar Giles
MYS TEEN GILES
When DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend.
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
TEEN GOO
Clara Shin's young Korean Brazilian dad punishes her for a prank gone bad by making her work all summer on his hot, cramped food truck.
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
TEEN 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.
Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
HIST TEEN LAI
A Vietnam War refugee in Texas partners with a city boy with rodeo dreams to track down the younger brother she was separated from six years before when he was evacuated by American troops during the waning days of the Vietnam War.
Slay by Brittney Morris
TEEN MORRIS
An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
TEEN SAENZ
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
The Athena Protocol by Shamin Sarif
TEEN SARIF
Jessie Archer works with her two fellow operatives to unleash vigilante-style justice against human traffickers, crime lords, and others who enact violence against women around the world.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
TEEN SILVERA
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith
TEEN SMITH
Louise Wolfe breaks up with her first boyfriend after he makes a racist remark about her Native American heritage, and begins covering the multicultural casting of the new school play and the racial hostilities it has exposed.
Jackpot by Nic Stone
TEEN STONE
When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she and her popular and wildly rich classmate, Zan can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize
Take the Mic edited by Bethany C. Morrow
TEEN TAKE
You might be the kind of person who stands up to online trolls. Or who marches to protest injustice. Perhaps you are #DisabledAndCute and dancing around your living room, alive and proud ... Maybe you speak your truth and drop the mic, or maybe you take it with you when you leave.
Hope Is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei
TEEN TAVENGERWEI
After her journalist-father's mysterious death in 2008, fifteen-year-old Shamiso must leave England for boarding school in Zimbabwe, where she and Tanyaradzwa, who is fighting cancer, form an unexpected friendship.
Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson, Ellen Hagan
TEEN WATSON
Frustrated by the way women are treated--even at their progressive New York City high school--two best friends start a Women's Rights Club, post their essays and poems online, and watch it go viral, attracting positive support as well as trolls.
Frankly in Love by David Yoon
TEEN YOON
High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love--or himself--at all.