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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.
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.
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
TEEN GILES
High school junior Del Rainey unwittingly joins a Purity Pledge class at church, hoping to get closer to his long-term crush, Kiera.
Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
TEEN REYNOLDS
A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school"
Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
HIST TEEN LEE
1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady.
The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
TEEN PARK
Told in two voices, Nate Jae-Woo Kim and Kate Anderson team up in a survivalist competition hoping the prize money will help his proud Korean family and enable her to pursue her dream of becoming an actress.
The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp
GRAPHIC TEEN BATGIRL
After a gunshot leaves her paralyzed, Barbara Gordon enters the Arkham Center for Independence, where Gotham's teens undergo physical and mental rehabilitation. Now using a wheelchair, Barbara must adapt to a new normal, but she cannot shake the feeling that something is dangerously amiss.
This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams
ROM TEEN WILLIAMS
Told in two voices, ballet dancer and private school student Isabelle Warren and poet and baseball star Alex Rosario grow closer after meeting on a subway, bonding over their parents' expectations and their own dreams.
Turtle Under Ice by Juleah Del Rosario
TEEN DEL ROSARIO
Told in two voices, sisters Row and Ariana are frozen by grief over their mother's death, years before, until Ariana leaves for reasons Row does not understand.
No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard
TEEN LUMBARD
High school senior Salma Bakkioui, who has a connective tissue disorder, faces prejudice and hidden danger, especially after being framed for a Muslim terrorist act she did not commit.
Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
SF TEEN SIM
After Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she reinvents herself to seek revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had.
The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
SF TEEN LEE
An aroma expert embarks on what she fears will be a life of solitude and dreams of a normal high school existence before an accident leads to an unexpected forbidden romance.
The Belles by Dhonielle J. Clayton
SF TEEN CLAYTON
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. Chosen to live at the palace, once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be.
Deep and Darkest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
SF TEEN MCLEMORE
Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves. Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
ROM TEEN ALBERTALL
Jamie Goldberg, who chokes when speaking to strangers, and Maya Rehrman, who is having the worst Ramadan ever, are paired to knock on doors and ask for votes for the local state senate candidate.
Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden
HIST TEEN BOLDEN
Savannah Riddle feels suffocated by her life as the daughter of an upper class African American family in Washington, D.C., until she meets a working-class girl named Nella who introduces her to the suffragette and socialist movements and to her politically active cousin Lloyd.
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
ROM TEEN GONZALES
When his aunt's illness keeps Ollie in North Carolina, he hopes his summer fling with Will can grow into something more, but at school Will proves to be a completely different--and firmly closeted--man.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
SF TEEN ADEYEMI
After Zelie and Amari bring magic back to the land of Orisha, the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orisha, forcing Zelie to fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY TEEN JOHNSON
In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia.