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about to die receives the shocking news in ad-
vance by phone, and you have the premise of
the wildly imaginative new
novel by Silvera. Mateo,
18, receives such a phone
call at 12: 22 a.m., while
17-year-old Rufus receives
his at 1:05. Both boys, who
are initially strangers to
each other, now have one
thing in common: they will
be dead in 24 hours or less. Alone and des-
perately lonely, the two find each other by
using an app called Last Friend. At first dubi-
ous, they begin a cautious friendship, which
they describe in their respective first-person
voices in alternating chapters. The ingenious
plot of this character-driven novel charts the
evolution of their relationship as it deepens
into something more than simple friendship.
Silvera does a remarkable job of inviting em-
pathy for his irresistible coprotagonists. As
the clock continues to tick the minutes away,
their story becomes invested with urgency
and escalating suspense. Will they really die?
Perhaps, but, ultimately, it is not death but
life that is the focus of this extraordinary and
unforgettable novel. —Michael Cart
More starred reviews. More a wards. More digital options.
Auma’s Long Run
A strange new sickness called AIDS is ravaging Auma’s
village. Should Auma quit school to stay help her
family, or chase her dreams of becoming a doctor?
“[A] moving testament to the power of
determination to overcome overwhelming odds.”
—starred, School Library Journal
THE ADVENTURES OF LOTTIE LIPTON
6 Book Series
Meet Lottie, investigator extraordinaire! From
foiling burglary plots to reversing magic spells
that brought statues to life, Lottie and her
friends are always up for a case.
The Notations of Cooper Cameron
After his grandfather dies, Cooper invents
obsessive rituals to protect his loved ones.
But when his strange behavior causes
relationships to fray, can Cooper stop himself?
By Marie Lu.
Sept. 2017. 368p. Putnam, $18.99 (9780399547966).
Lu takes a sharp turn out of the dark fantasy universe of The Young Elites (2014) and
into the glittery, high-tech sci-fi world of a
futuristic Tokyo. Emika Chen, hacker extraordinaire, has been scraping together a
living on the streets of New York, working
as a bounty hunter who tracks down people
betting illegally on Warcross, an insanely popular virtual reality game. But it’s not enough
to get by, and a desperate Emi hacks into a
Warcross tournament game to scavenge. But
she gets more than she bargained for when
she’s invited to Tokyo by Hideo Tanaka,
Warcross’ creator. There’s something insidious
going on behind the scenes of the game, and
Hideo needs the help of a hacker-spy. But
the world Emi has entered is one of twists
and double-crosses, and even her skills might
not be enough. Despite some technological
deus ex machina, this is an inventive first
in a series that showcases Lu’s versatility as
a storyteller. STEM tie-ins abound, and the
thrilling plot turns will have readers happily
strapping in for the ride. —Maggie Reagan
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Dystopia,
dark fantasy, and now a sci-fi thriller—what
can’t Lu do? Her boatloads of fans can’t wait
to find out.
You Bring the Distant Near.
By Mitali Perkins.
Sept. 2017. 320p. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374304904).
How do you make a sweeping family saga
feel present and relevant for a teen audience?
Jump across time and space and highlight
just those pivotal adolescent moments that
are as unifying as they are
unique: starting a new
school, claiming one’s faith,
embracing one’s identity,
or falling in love. Perkins
has created a resonant and
memorable tale that is both
episodic and wholly unified. Sonia and Tara Das
immigrate to New York City with their parents in the 1970s. They are swept into the
culture of the vibrant city and quickly push
back at their mother Ranee’s traditional expectations of good Indian girls, while their
more permissive father encourages Tara’s acting, Sonia’s activism, and independence for
both. Twenty year later, their decisions echo
in the lives of their own daughters. Sonia’s
daughter, Chantal, challenges her family to
understand her biracial identity, while Tara’s
daughter, Anna, takes a stand to defend
her rights in a creative and stylish way. It is
Anna and Chantal who ultimately bring Ranee’s character to life as the granddaughters,
foils for each other, bear witness to Ranee’s
personal awakening after the 9/11 attacks.
Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex,
strong women, this book will speak to read-
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