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Our Crooked Hearts
Our Crooked Hearts
by Melissa Albert.

In alternating voices, Ivy and her mother, Dana, recount their stories about dark forces that have returned from her mother’s past. Ages 13-18.

Coming Back
Coming Back
by Jessi Zabarsky.

Without magic of her own, Valissa doesn’t feel worthy of Preet’s love. When tragedy strikes and Valissa leaves home to prove herself, both must accept that from change comes growth. Ages 12-18.

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Crumbs
Crumbs
by Danie Stirling.

Ray, a seer, is struggling with her powers, but things start looking up when she finds love and friendship at her local bakery. Ages 12-18.

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Galaxy: The Prettiest Star
Galaxy: The Prettiest Star
by Jadzia Axelrod; illus. by Jess Taylor & Cris Peter; lettered by Ariana Maher

After a galactic war, an alien princess must live as a male while in hiding on Earth. But when love comes knocking, she may expose her true identity. Ages 15-18.

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The Agathas
The Agathas
by Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson.

The most popular girl in Castle Cove has been murdered. Alice Ogilvie is determined to solve the case while relying on the insights of famed mystery author Agatha Christie. Ages 15-18.

The Weight of Blood
The Weight of Blood
by Tiffany D. Jackson.

Outcast Maddy Washington is blamed for the tragedy that befalls her small town on prom night. As the investigation deepens, Maddy’s own secrets are threatened to be revealed – along with Springville’s racist past. Ages 15-18.

A Magic Steeped in Poison
A Magic Steeped in Poison
by Judy I. Lin.

Ning enters a magic tea-making competition in hopes of saving her sister’s life, and being crowned the greatest master tea-maker in the process. Ages 13-18.

Kings of B’more
Kings of B’more
by R. Eric Thomas.

Harrison plans an epic send-off when he finds out his best friend is moving out of town. They spend the day exploring, dancing, and even opening up to the possibility of love. Ages 14-18

This Place is Still Beautiful
This Place is Still Beautiful
by Xixi Tian.

The estranged Flanagan sisters are forced to work together after falling victims to a hate crime in their small Midwestern town. Ages 12-18.

Ain’t Burned All the Bright
Ain’t Burned All the Bright
by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Jason Griffin.

Pair Jason Reynolds’ prose with Jason Griffin’s art and you have a masterpiece that encapsulates the fear, uncertainty, isolation, and even hope that arises during pandemic times. Ages 12-18.