Young Adult

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Patron saints of nothing

Randy Ribay

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Ribay Randy
Young Adult

When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more.

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Are you there God? It's me, Margaret.

Judy Blume

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Blume, Judy
Young Adult

Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.

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The book thief

Markus Zusak

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Zusak, Markus
Young Adult

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Sherman Alexie

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Alexie, Sherman
Young Adult

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

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I am not your perfect Mexican daughter

Erika L. Sánchez

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Sanchez Erika
Young Adult

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter.

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Legend

Marie Lu

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Lu Marie
Young Adult

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

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The hate u give

Angie Thomas

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Thomas Angie
Young Adult

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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Starting the list off with 25 highly recommended YA titles. -Becky

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A wrinkle in time

Madeleine L'Engle

YOUNG ADULT FICTION L'Engle, Madeleine
Fantasy, Young Adult

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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An ember in the ashes

Sabaa Tahir

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Tahir Sabaa
Fantasy, Young Adult

"Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution"--

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The Upside of Falling

Alex Light

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Light Alex
Young Adult, Romance

A fun, flirty teen debut from Wattpad phenom Alex Light about a fake relationship and real love. It's been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having had a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she's been secretly seeing someone. Brett Wells has it all. As captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in his school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he's always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca's lie, Brett decides to step in and be the mystery guy. It's the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not having a meaningful relationship and she can keep up the ruse that she's got a boyfriend. Acting like the perfect couple isn't easy, though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between what is pretend and what is real begins to blur, they're forced to answer the question: Is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?--

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An upbeat romantic tale. 12-16. -Victoria