May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month (AAPI for short), so we gathered up a list of YA books written by AAIP authors. All of these books are available to check out or place on hold.
February is Black History Month, so throughout the month we are highlighting books written by African American authors. Today we are showcasing a selection of young adult books!
Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midwestern city of Cedarville might be the fresh start she needs. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house, one that Mari now has to share with her bratty ten-year-old stepsister, Piper.
The renovated picture-perfect home on Maple Street, sitting between dilapidated houses, surrounded by wary neighbors has its . . . secrets. That’s only half the problem: household items vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn off, shadows walk past rooms, voices can be heard in the walls, and there’s a foul smell seeping through the vents only Mari seems to notice. Worse: Piper keeps talking about a friend who wants Mari gone.
But “running from ghosts” is just a metaphor, right?
As the house closes in, Mari learns that the danger isn’t limited to Maple Street. Cedarville has its secrets, too. And secrets always find their way through the cracks.
The story that I thought
was my life
didn’t start on the day
I was born
Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.
The story that I think
will be my life
Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?
With spellbinding lyricism, award-winning author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and deeply profound story about how one boy is able to maintain his humanity and fight for the truth, in a system designed to strip him of both.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.
When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.
But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.
Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind.
Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves.
A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.
And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.
After years of waiting for her Calling—a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers—the one thing Voya Thomas didn’t expect was to fail. When Voya’s ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees—and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic.
Voya is determined to save her family’s magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she’ll first have to find the perfect guy—and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn’t count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc—how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her?
With mounting pressure from her family, Voya is caught between her morality and her duty to her bloodline. If she wants to save their heritage and Luc, she’ll have to find something her ancestor wants more than blood. And in witchcraft, blood is everything.
New Adult Non-Fiction
|Act like you got some sense||92 FOXX, JAMIE|
|Everything I have is yours||92 HENDERSON, ELEANOR|
|For such a time as this||92 MCENANY, KAYLEIGH|
|Bill Snyder||92 SNYDER, BILL|
|Oscar Wilde||92 WILDE, OSCAR|
|The age of AI||006.3 KISSINGER, HENRY|
|The extended mind||128 PAUL, ANNIE|
|Your intuition led you here||133.4 NARANJO, ALEX|
|The twelve monotasks||153.7 WINE, THATCHER|
|Sit down to rise up||155.2 TYGIELSKI, SHELLY|
|The power of fun: how to feel alive again||155.41 PRICE, CATHERINE|
|I used to have a plan||158 OLANOW, ALESSANDRA|
|Atlas of the heart||158.1 BROWN, BRENE|
|Unfollow your passion||158.1 TRESPICIO, TERRI|
|The Jesus I know: honest conversations and diverse opinions about who He is||232.9 GIFFORD, KATHIE LEE|
|If God is love, don’t be a jerk||234 PAVLOVITZ, JOHN|
|Real estate||305.42 LEVY, DEBORAH|
|Against white feminism||305.42 ZAKARIA, RAFIA|
|The 9.9 percent||305.5 STEWART, MATTHEW|
|The 3 Ms of fearless digital parenting||306 ROGERS-WHITEHEAD,CARRIE|
|Revolution in Our Time||320 MAGOON, KEKLA|
|Power play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the bet of the century||338.7 HIGGINS, TIM|
|Flying blind: the 737 MAX tragedy and the fall of Boeing||338.7 ROBISON, PETER|
|Not drinking tonight||362.29 WHITE, AMANDA|
|Credible||363.25 TUERKHEIMER, DEBORAH|
|White hot hate||363.33 LEHR, DICK|
|Giovanni’s ring||364.1 ROCCO, GIOVANNI|
|Handbook of research on innovative digital practices to engage learners||371.33 WYMAN, PATRICK|
|How to theythem||425 GETTY, STUART|
|The core 3 healthy eating plan||613.25 MOSKOVITZ, LISA|
|Restart||614.5 DODGEN-MAGEE, DOREEN|
|Planet palm||633.8 ZUCKERMAN, JOCELYN|
|The Family Immunity Cookbook||641 AMIDOR, TOBY|
|Grains for every season||641.3. MCFADDEN, JOSHUA|
|Life in Jeneral||648.8 ROBIN, JEN|
|Out of office||658.3 WARZEL, CHARLIE|
|Secrets of the force||791.43 GROSS, EDWARD|
|The official John Wayne handy book of bushcraft||796 JENSEN, BILLY|
|How to write a mystery||808.3 CHILD, LEE|
|These precious days: essays||814 PATCHETT, ANN|
|Ladyparts||818 COPAKEN, DEBORAH|
|Shakespearean||822.33 MCCRUM, ROBERT|
|How to slay a dragon||909.07 STEVENSON, CAIT|
|The sacred band||938.4 ROMM, JAMES|
|Hitler’s American gamble||940.53 SIMMS, BRENDAN|
|Tibet||958 KLIEGER, CHRISTIAAN|
|Gravedigger’s daughter||978.1 UNRUH, CHERYL|
New YA Non-Fiction
|American jaguar||YNF 333.95 WEBB, ELIZABETH|
|A Face for Picasso||YNF 617.5 HENLEY, ARIEL|
|My vegan year||YNF 641.56 WEBSTER, NIKI|
|Here’s to us||Albertalli, Becky,|
|A snake falls to Earth||Little Badger, Darcie,|
|Fools in love||Blake, Ashley|
|Fighting words||Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.|
|The Ballad of Dinah Caldwell||Brauning, Kate|
|Black was the ink||Coles, Michelle,|
|Hunting by stars||Dimaline, Cherie,|
|The upper world||Fadugba, Femi,|
|How not to fall in love||Firkins, Jacqueline,|
|All of us villains||Foody, Amanda,|
|No beauties or monsters||Goedjen, Tara,|
|Our violent ends||Gong, Chloe,|
|The reckless kind||Heath, Carly,|
|The midnight girls||Jasinska, Alicia,|
|The nobleman’s guide to scandal and shipwrecks||Lee, Mackenzi,|
|Year of the reaper||Lucier, Makiia|
|Believe me||Mafi, Tahereh,|
|Sway with me||Masood, Syed,|
|You’ll be the death of me||McManus, Karen M.,|
|The Legend.||Mills, Jean.|
|The diamond keeper||Mobley, Jeannie,|
|Girls of fate and fury||Ngan, Natasha,|
|The forgotten memories of Vera Glass||Priemaza, Anna,|
|The coldest touch||Sterling, Isabel,|
|The Beginning||Stine, R. L.,|
|You’ve reached Sam||Thao, Dustin,|
|Spin me right round||Valdes Greenwood, David,|
|Briar girls||Wells, Rebecca Kim,|
|A rush of wings||Weymouth, Laura E.,|
|The Excalibur curse||White, Kiersten,|