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Ignite the Stars

A strong first book in a sure-to-be successful science fiction series.

The Boneless Mercies

An excellent choice for any YA fantasy collections.

Muse of Nightmares

Purchase where Taylor has a loyal following and where the previous title is popular.


A slow story about families and the difference between love and obedience. Give to thoughtful readers and purchase for medium YA collections.

People Kill People

Sure to be a divisive novel, both for its storytelling and themes, this offering spotlights critical social issues but misses the mark on its delivery.

Dear Evan Hansen

An unpredictable and endearing take on some classic themes, this novel will especially appeal to fans of the show but will also be easily accessible to new audiences.

The Spy with the Red Balloon

A fast-moving read sure to delight those who enjoy historical fiction. Purchase where the first entry is popular, as well as where there are fans of books set during this period by Markus Zusak and Elizabeth Wein.

The Kaleidoscope Sisters

A unique story for teens who enjoy fantasy and tragedy. Give this to fans of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Leading Edge of Now

An additional purchase where beach reads with weighty emotional themes and a touch of melodrama are popular.


A necessary purchase for libraries that have Warcross; those where science fiction circulates well, should pick up both volumes in this duology.

A Blade So Black

This is a must-purchase where refreshing urban fantasies and retellings are in demand.

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

A strong selection for libraries serving teens, especially those looking for book club picks.

The Opposite of Innocent

A must-have for YA collections.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A must-have for all library collections.


Teens who enjoy reading extended fight scenes and want immersion in an extraordinary world will enjoy Kornher-Stace’s second act. A strong choice for speculative fiction shelves.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba; Vol. 1

This is a strong addition to manga collections, particularly as Volume 2 will be released shortly in the United States. For fans of "Fullmetal Alchemist" and "Hellsing."

What If It's Us

A must-purchase. Part feel-good, part star-crossed, this seamless blend of the authors' styles will appeal to fans old and new alike.


A fun-filled, action-adventure, science fiction story that can either be a great introduction to the "Uglies" universe, or a welcoming return. Highly recommended.

All the Stars Denied

An intense and enlightening historical fiction title that’s highly recommended for all libraries.

The Navigator's Touch

This companion novel elevates the captivating stories of mermaid Ersel and warrior-captain Ragna introduced in Seafarer's Kiss. Fans of mythology adventures will embrace this high-action, emotional, and gory tale.

Just Wreck It All

A heartfelt journey through the importance of self-love and forgiveness, perfect for fans of Sara Zarr and Gayle Forman.

A Winter's Promise

A worthwhile purchase for all fantasy collections.

Strange Grace

Purchase where dark fantasy is in demand.

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

A great choice for all YA collections.

To Be Honest

A first purchase for libraries serving adolescents.

Where She Fell

A solid purchase for middle and high school libraries where survival fiction is in demand.

Come November

With an engaging plot premise, a strong, flawed heroine and a touch of romance, this book will fly off the shelf.


A must-have where fantastical thrillers are popular.

The Middle-Route Run

A must for fans of the previous entry.

Born Scared

Not recommended.

My Real Name Is Hanna

A strong choice for young adult shelves.

The Beast of Kukuyo

A good choice for YA thriller/mystery collections.


Pair with Eoin Colfer's Illegal to start a dialogue on refugees and immigration.

Apple in the Middle

A strong story with themes that resonate with many adolescents as they try to figure out who they are in life. Highly recommended.

Star Wars Lost Stars: Vol. 1

Perfect for reluctant readers and anyone who enjoys the "Star Wars" franchise.

Part of Your World: A Twisted Tale

Purchase where retellings and mermaid fantasies are popular.

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow

Between Westerfeld's masterly storytelling and Puvilland's impeccable art, this is a must-read for Spill Zone fans.


A sweeping, engrossing drama full of important moments. Recommended for all library collections.

Dodger Boy

A unique piece of historical fiction that packs a punch. Purchase where historical fiction circulates well, as well as where there is an interest in Canada.

Blanca & Roja

A magical and lovely first purchase for all YA shelves.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

An incredible, must-have follow-up full of old characters and new, blood and guts, and a delightful barrage of sarcasm.

The Red Ribbon

An additional purchase for most young adult collections.

Girls on the Line

Recommended purchase, especially for YA collections serving older teens or new adults.

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The Agony House

The format of this ghost story is inviting and while never truly horrifying, younger YA readers will be satisfied with the chills provided.

Easy Prey

A relevant book and first selection for any public and high school library.

An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason

A fast-paced historical mystery rich in period detail that also explores gender and sexuality. A great buy for any library.

The Leaving Year

This indie delight will charm readers with its story about family and self-discovery.

Home and Away

Fans of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon will enjoy this gripping story of the love, family, and forgiveness.

Lost Soul, Be at Peace

Thrash boldly mixes memoir and fiction for a perceptive exploration of her past that will resonate profoundly with readers of Honor Girl, Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll's Speak: The Graphic Novel, and Katie Green's Lighter Than My Shadow.


A strong purchase for YA fantasy shelves.

Summer Bird Blue

A beautiful, complex, and heartrending tale that belongs in all libraries.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

A strong choice for YA shelves. Give this to fans for Adam Silvera and John Corey Whaley.

Escaping from Houdini

Another delightfully mysterious addition to the series. A strong choice for YA shelves.


A gory thriller that moves at breakneck speed, this book will be hard to put down for older teens with a penchant for horror.


A wait of longer than a decade proves completely worthwhile in the case of Pattou's continuing spin on Norwegian myth filled with fully realized human characters and adventures both fantastic and emotionally authentic.

Dream Country

An excellent choice for both public and school libraries.

Sawkill Girls

Rich and earthy horror for readers who wanted Laura Ruby's Bone Gap to be a little scarier make this an essential purchase.

The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig: A Love Story

Full of humor and heart, this refreshingly unromantic romance is highly recommended for most collections.

Broken Things

Recommended for mature teens interested in reading about the everyday monsters they may encounter without ever knowing it. A must-have.

DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test

Hand this excellent work to readers eagerly awaiting the next installments of "Lumberjanes" and "The Backstagers."

Me and Me

A highly addictive page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the very end. A strong choice for high school libraries.

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