YA books by AAPI Authors

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.


Messy roots / A thousand steps into night / The ivory key /  Loveboat, Taipei  / These violent delights  / It all comes back to you


The ones we’re meant to find  / The tiger at midnight / Not here to be liked  /  Only a monster / Yolk / Wicked fox 

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Black History Month: Young Adult Books

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!

White SmokeThe Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

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.

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This Poison Heart (The Poison Heart, #1)Darkness blooms in bestselling author Kalynn Bayron’s new contemporary fantasy about a girl with a unique and deadly power.

Briseis has a gift: she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms with a single touch.

When Briseis’s aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents decide to leave Brooklyn behind for the summer. Hopefully there, surrounded by plants and flowers, Bri will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they could never have imagined–it comes with a specific set of instructions, an old-school apothecary, and a walled garden filled with the deadliest botanicals in the world that can only be entered by those who share Bri’s unique family lineage.

When strangers begin to arrive on their doorstep, asking for tinctures and elixirs, Bri learns she has a surprising talent for creating them. One of the visitors is Marie, a mysterious young woman who Bri befriends, only to find that Marie is keeping dark secrets about the history of the estate and its surrounding community. There is more to Bri’s sudden inheritance than she could have imagined, and she is determined to uncover it . . . until a nefarious group comes after her in search of a rare and dangerous immortality elixir. Up against a centuries-old curse and the deadliest plant on earth, Bri must harness her gift to protect herself and her family.

From the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead comes another inspiring and deeply compelling story about a young woman with the power to conquer the dark forces descending around her.

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Punching the AirFrom award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Acevedo.

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

starts today

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.

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Dear Martin (Dear Martin, #1)Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

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.

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The Gilded Ones (The Gilded Ones, #1)

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.

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Opposite of AlwaysDebut author Justin A. Reynolds delivers a hilarious and heartfelt novel about the choices we make, the people we choose, and the moments that make a life worth reliving.

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.

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Long Way Down

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

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.

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Blood Like Magic (Blood Like Magic, #1)An urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love—she’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him.

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.

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New Adult & YA Non-Fiction- Dec 2021 and Jan 2022

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
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
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
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
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New YA Fiction- Dec 2021 and Jan 2022

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.,
Gilded Meyer, Marissa,
The Legend. Mills, Jean.
The diamond keeper Mobley, Jeannie,
Girls of fate and fury Ngan, Natasha,
Cupcake O’Gorman, Cookie,
The forgotten memories of Vera Glass Priemaza, Anna,
Cytonic Sanderson, Brandon,
The coldest touch Sterling, Isabel,
The Beginning Stine, R. L.,
Starling Strychacz, Isabel,
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,
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