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Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld

Review by Judah, age 12.

Shatter City shakes your thoughts as it takes through the dystopian world of the future. Frey has a terrible father who gets into a major war. Will she still trust him or leave him and fight against him?

Description in one word: Trust.

This book was: amazing, intense, powerful, unforgettable, inspiring, and a page-turner.

5/5 stars


One of Us is Lying

Review by Mackenzie, age 11. This book taught me all about stereotypes and how people define you just because of your past. I loved how every chapter left you wanting to read more. I was so intrigued by this book I forgot what time it was when I finally took my eyes off the page!

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Review by Addison, age 13.
Lovely War is a book about a group of four young adults who all get their stories intertwined. It's set during the World War and it is narrated by the gods. It's a very good read but can be a bit gruesome at times considering it is set during the war.
This book was: amazing, a tearjerker, intense, powerful, unforgettable, inspiring and a page turner.

5/5 stars

My Lady Jane

Lady Jane Grey is a real person from history- remembered mostly (if at all) for ruling England for only nine short days. My Lady Jane is a self-aware, comedic, and lighthearted reinvention of her story that regularly had me snorting, giggling, and laughing out loud. I listened to the eAudiobook of this delightful story by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

There’s a reason The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was the longest running YA novel at the #1 spot of the New York Times bestseller list. This emotionally-charged, addictive, and wonderful novel is one the best reads of 2017. Hands-down.

The Hate U Give tells the story of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who lives in a poor neighborhood while attending a privilege private prep school. Starr, a black teen, finds an uneasy balance as she moves between her town worlds. That is, until she watches her childhood friend’s, Khalil, death.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Published September 19th, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu came out just in time to earn a spot on my Top Teen YA Novels of 2017.

A delightful and inspirational novel, Mathieu sets Moxie in modern-day, rural-town Texas. Our main character, Viv, is your average Texan high schooler with one exception. She hates football.


Moxie Girls Fight Back

Anyone who (like me) has lived in Texas or has even heard about Texas culture knows that Viv’s anti-football attitude marks her as an automatic outsider.

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee is a breath of fresh air for young adult readers who are tired of reading the same plotlines over and over and over again. Taking place in the past, this novel is the perfect antidote to the bombardment of dystopia novels overwhelming the YA distribution list of late. Mercy Wong is a first generation Chinese-American living with her parents in Chinatown, San Francisco in 1906. Yes, as in the same year as the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

Coming Soon to a Library Near You: Ten Exciting YA Novels

Wow, August is almost over, and September’s lurking right around the corner. Goodbye warm temperatures and long summer days. Hello pumpkin spice and fall colors! With the weather scheduled to drop us into another long period of snow-ins and darkness, I’m already planning to curl up in front of my electric fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. And – speaking of books (although aren't we always?) – here’s ten upcoming YA titles I’m super pumped for.