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herself, Sarah begins to piece together why her
family and her creative life have become so fractured.
A Study in Charlotte. By Brittany Cavallaro.
HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99
In this reimagining of Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte Holmes is a distant relative of Sherlock and a
high-school student in America. James Watson, a
distant relative of Dr. John Watson, is a student at
the same school, and Watson and Holmes eventually meet up to solve a murder.
Summer Days and Summer Nights. Ed. by
Stephanie Perkins. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $19.99
In turns humorous, touching, and atmospheric,
this collection of short stories by 12 prominent,
popular, and up-and-coming young adult authors
offers diverse tales of love and summertime in
genres ranging from science fiction and fantasy to
The Sun Is Also a Star. By Nicola Yoon.
Delacorte, $18.99 (9780553496680).
Daniel decides to let fate dictate his life, and
Natasha doesn’t believe in fate. But today, Natasha
will believe in anything if it allows her to avoid
deportation. Either by fate or coincidence, Daniel and Natasha meet and fall in love in a single
day—but will it all end if Natasha has to go back
to Jamaica? A 2017 Printz Honor Book and the
2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award winner.
Symptoms of Being Human. By Jeff
Garvin. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99
Riley Cavanaugh is struggling to balance a new
school, new relationships, and a father who’s running for reelection in a conservative congressional
district, all while wrestling with being a gender-fluid teen. When Riley’s blog becomes a national
sensation, an Internet stalker threatens to expose
Riley’s secret to the world. A 2017 Top 10 Quick
Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
This Is the Part Where You Laugh. By
Peter Brown Hoffmeister. Knopf, $17.99
Travis’ decisions often have grave consequences. With a dying grandmother, a homeless and
heroin-addicted mom, a beautiful new neighbor,
and a best friend who’s a poet on and off the basketball court, this summer promises to be one that
has the potential to change everything for Travis.
Unbecoming. By Jenny Downham. Scholastic,
Three generations of women—a grandmother,
a mother, and a daughter, all of whom are dealing
with issues of family, femininity, and identity—try
to understand each other and their pasts while also
trying to better understand themselves. A 2017
Stonewall Honor Book.
Vassa in the Night. By Sarah Porter. Tor Teen,
Porter tells the Russian fairy tale “Vasilisa the
Beautiful” by resetting it as an urban fantasy situated in a dark, working-class Brooklyn.
Watched. By Marina Budhos. Random/Wendy
Lamb, $17.99 (9780553534184).
In trouble with the law, 18-year-old Naeem
My Sister Rosa. By Justine Larbalestier. Soho
Teen, $18.99 (9781616956745).
Che and his 10-year-old sister, Rosa, are nearly
inseparable. Is that because they move frequently
with their parents? Or is it because Che is convinced Rosa is a psychopath and is terrified of
what she will do if he isn’t watching?
Not If I See You First. By Eric Lindstrom. Little,
Brown/Poppy, $18 (9780316259859).
Sixteen-year-old Parker Grant, blinded when
she was seven in the car accident that killed her
mother and reeling from her father’s recent death,
questions past decisions, current friendships, and
her own self-centeredness as she finds that the
greater strength is in letting go, reaching out, and
allowing others in.
On the Edge of Gone. By Corinne Duyvis.
Abrams/Amulet, $17.95 (9781419719035).
A biracial teen with autism living in Amsterdam prepares for an incoming comet that
threatens to destroy all human life on earth by
vying to get her family on a spaceship destined
to leave the planet.
Outrun the Moon. By Stacey Lee. Putnam,
Mercy Wong is ambitious and determined to
get into an exclusive school in order to break free
from the poverty of her native Chinatown. But
this is 1906 San Francisco, and one of the world’s
deadliest earthquakes is about to throw Mercy’s
world into chaos.
The Passion of Dolssa. By Julie Berry. Viking,
In thirteenth-century Provence, Dolssa, branded a heretic after claiming to speak with God, flees
her hometown. She’s rescued by Botille, a matchmaker who runs a tavern with her sisters. Their
lives become inexorably linked when Dolssa’s gifts
as a healer and miracle worker bring the church’s
wrath to the village.
Playing for the Devil’s Fire. By Phillippe
Diederich. Cinco Puntos, $16.95
Flashy drug runners bring brutal deaths into
Boli’s quiet Mexican village. When Boli’s parents
disappear without a trace, the 13-year-old enlists the help of an unlikely hero—a washed-up
luchador in town for a traveling show—and together they come face-to-face with the horrors of
today’s narco wars.
Railhead. By Philip Reeve. Capstone/Switch,
In the distant future, sentient trains carry passengers across the universe on the Great Network,
and Zen Starling, a petty thief and “railhead,”
darts from planet to planet in search of his next
score until the mysterious Raven enlists his help
for a mysterious mission.
Rani Patel In Full Effect. By Sonia Patel. Cinco
Puntos, $16.95 (9781941026496).
After her Gujarati Indian family’s move to a re-
mote Hawaiian island suspends them in cultural
isolation, 16-year-old Rani Patel uses rap to forge
an identity amid family drama, cultural restric-
tions, and abuse. Soon Rani gets involved in a
relationship with an older man with addiction is-
sues. A 2017 Morris Award finalist.
The Reader. By Traci Chee. Putnam, $19.99
With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, this stunning series
opener introduces a world where reading is unheard of and a young orphan struggles to discover
her family’s secrets.
Salt to the Sea. By Ruta Sepetys. Philomel,
It’s near the end of WWII, and four refugees
travel on foot during January to board the Wilhelm
Gustloff, a ship bound for safety. This is the story of
the lesser-known tragedy of the doomed ship.
Scythe. By Neal Shusterman. Simon &
Schuster, $17.99 (9781442472426).
In a distant future in which humanity has
practically conquered death, the population is
controlled by Scythes, the only beings capable of
causing death—and teens Citra Terranova and
Rowan Damisch have just been chosen as Scythe
apprentices. A 2017 Printz Honor Book.
The Serpent King. By Jeff Zentner. Crown,
One is the son of a snake-handling preacher
serving time in prison. One is a fashionista with
New York dreams. One escapes an abusive life
in fantasy novels. These high-school seniors in
a small Tennessee town consider the options for
their future. The 2017 William C. Morris Award
Spontaneous. By Aaron Starmer. Dutton,
Members of the senior class at Covington High
School suddenly begin to spontaneously explode.
Who will be next? Why is it happening? And can
the bloody mayhem be stopped? Mara and her
friends think they’re on to an answer.
The Square Root of Summer. By Harriet
Reuter Hapgood. Roaring Brook, $17.99
Margot shifts through space-time as she grieves
the loss of her grandfather, the heartbreak over a
first love, and the tenuous relationships with her
best friends, all while using quantum physics and
the scientific method to determine what triggers
the wormholes and how to remain in real time.
The Steep and Thorny Way. By Cat Winters.
Abrams/Amulet, $17.95 (9781419719158).
Hanalee is a biracial girl living in dangerous
times. Oregon in the 1920s isn’t a safe place for
anyone who is different, and now the ghost of Hanalee’s father is telling her he was murdered. With
nods to Hamlet, Hanalee must find answers so he
can rest in peace.
Steeplejack. By A. J. Hartley. Tor Teen, $17.99
When the magnificent Beacon is stolen, white
politicians seek the services of the best steeplejack
in Bar-Selehm to shed light on the heist—and
17-year-old Ang Sutonga is drawn into intrigue,
mired in cultural and racial tension, that goes far
beyond the theft.
Still Life with Tornado. By A. S. King. Dutton,
Philly teen-artist Sarah has lost her will to create ever since an incident occurred at school. As
she is visited by younger and older versions of
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