Spotlight on Young Adult Books

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (#1 of Legacy of Orisha Series)

Zélie, her brother Tzain, and princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Goodreads rating:  4.22/5 stars

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Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (#1  of Truly Devious Series)

When Stevie Bell is finally able to return to Ellingham Academy after identifying the culprit in the murder of a classmate, she begins to wonder if the case was really resolved and attempts to uncover the truth about the school’s founder.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

Goodreads Rating:  4.10/5 stars

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (#1 of  Nikolai Duology)

When the dark magical force within him challenges his effort to forge new alliances and build a defense against a new threat, Nikolai Lantsov, the young king of Ravka, embarks on a journey to his country’s most magical places to vanquish it.

Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5 stars

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Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

After falling for Kate, her unexpected death sends Jack back in time to the moment they first met, but he soon learns that his actions have consequences when someone else close to him dies.

Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5 stars

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

When one of five students in detention is found dead, his classmates–including an intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer, and an athlete–are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer (#1 of Renegades Series)

Seeking to establish order from ruin, Nova grows close to justice-seeking Renegade Adrian, but her allegiance to the villains could destroy them both.

Goodreads Rating: 4.15/5 stars

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman (#1 of Scythe Series)

In a world in which the only way to die is to be killed by a scythe, Citra and Rowan compete to earn a position as a scythe’s apprentice–a competition that will see the loser die by the hand of the winner.

Goodreads Rating: 4.36/5 stars

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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (#3 DC Icons Series)

Returning to Gotham as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees, Selina Kyle teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to wreak havoc on the city while Batman’s off on a mission.

Goodreads Rating:  4.14/5 stars

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WarCross by Marie Lu (#1 of Warcross Series)

After hacking into the Warcross Championships’ opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game’s creator to go undercover to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.

Goodreads Rating: 4.20/5 Stars

 

Don’t forget to check out the Spring Teen Newsletter here.

 

Join our book club at APL to discuss a YA book each month. We will next meet on April 30th at 6:30pm to discuss our next book: Dry by Neal Shusterman. Request the book and find out more information at the library!

 

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Travel Memoir

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A travel memoir.”

 

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When in French: Love in a Second Language by Lauren Collins

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We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn (available on Overdrive/Sunflower eLibrary)

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Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor

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Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
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A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes (available on audio book)
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
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In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
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Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (available on Overdrive/Sunflower eLibrary)

 

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A book about a current issue

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book about a current issue.”

 

This category is wide-ranging and the options are nearly limitless. The descriptor, “a current issue,” can cover politics, immigration, the legal system, race and race relations, and medical issues, to name just a few. While the majority of suggestions below are non-fiction titles, you shouldn’t feel restricted in what you choose. APL librarians can work with you to find a title that interests you.

Below are a few suggestions in various topics of books that fit the category “A book about a current issue.”

Community Involvement: Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg 

Class: White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Poverty and the Working Class: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Race: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

Global Warming/Climate Change: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Poverty and the Working Class: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh

Race: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Opioids: Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy 

Criminal Justice: The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton (Introduction), Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword)

Poverty and the Working Class: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond 

Water: The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman

The South, Race, and the Civil War: In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu

Criminal Justice: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

FeminismOur Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America edited by Amy Reed

Immigration: Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario

Technology: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book about Books, Libraries, or Bookstores

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier!

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book about books, libraries, or bookstores.”

 

Some of our favorite books are ones that feature books, libraries, and bookstores. Here are a few of our favorites:

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane

The Paris Librarian by Mark Pryor

Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flower

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

Scones and Scoundrels by Molly MacRae

The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

Murder at the Library of Congress by Margaret Truman

The Library: A Catalog of Wonders by Stuart Kells

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan

The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton

The Library Book by Suan Orlean

 

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