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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before. Ages 12-14.

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Dear Martin
Dear Martin
by Nic Stone

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him. Ages 15-18.

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The Sun Is Also a Star
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, fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together. Ages 12-14.

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Poet X: a novel
Poet X: a novel
by Elizabeth Acevedo

When Xiomara Batista, who pours all her frustrations and passion into poetry, is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother's expectations and her need to be heard. Ages 12+

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Felix Ever After
Felix Ever After
by Kacen Callender

A YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. Ages 15-18.

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And They Lived . . .
And They Lived . . .
by Steven Salvatore

Chase Arthur is a hopeless romantic, but he's also struggling to figure out his gender identity and recover from an eating disorder. Ages 14+

Messy Roots
Messy Roots
by Laura Gao

Seamlessly toggling between past and present, this funny graphic memoir follows a queer Chinese American’s immigration to Texas where she just wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school and figure out why she is attracted to girls. Ages 15-1

Girl on Fire
Girl on Fire
by Alicia Keys; cowritten and created by Andrew Weiner

authentic, honest, coming-of-age novel about finding the strength from within when your whole world changes in an instant. Ages 15-18.

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Across a Field of Starlight
Across a Field of Starlight
by Blue Delliquanti

Lu and Fassen are from different worlds and separate solar systems, so when the war of Fassen's world invades Lu's peaceful home, they find themselves at the forefront of a battle they hoped would never happen. Ages 12-14.

Himawari House
Himawari House
by Harmony Becker

When Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, she books a yearlong stay at the Himawari sharehouse. There she meets two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths. Ages 15-18