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Courting Darkness Book Poster Image
age 14+
Absorbing historical fiction ramps up the palace intrigue.
By Robin LaFevers
(2019)
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Two Can Keep a Secret Book Poster Image
age 13+
Teen thriller is heavy on clichés, light on thrills.
By Karen M. McManus
(2019)
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The Vanishing Stair: Truly Devious, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Hip mystery sequel is expertly paced and absorbing.
By Maureen Johnson
(2019)
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Inventing Victoria Book Poster Image
age 14+
Teen reinvents herself in engaging post-Reconstruction tale.
By Tonya Bolden
(2019)
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The Impossible Crime: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 7+
Inspired silliness in laugh-out-loud spy mystery.
By Mac Barnett
(2018)
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An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason Book Poster Image
age 14+
So-so historical fiction has romance and intrigue.
By Virginia Boecker
(2018)
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Sawkill Girls Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Teens hunt shape-shifting beast in eerie fantasy thriller.
By Claire Legrand
(2018)
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Grenade Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message.
By Alan Gratz
(2018)
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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy Book Poster Image
age 14+
Entertaining sequel has strong girl-power messages.
By Mackenzi Lee
(2018)
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Dream Country Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Gripping five-generation saga of an African American family.
By Shannon Gibney
(2018)
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Finding Langston Book Poster Image
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age 8+
In lovely, moving story, boy who lost mom discovers poetry.
By Lesa Cline-Ransome
(2018)
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The Towering Sky: The Thousandth Floor, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 13+
Mystery series finale is a little less everything.
By Katharine McGee
(2018)
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My Plain Jane Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Cheeky "Jane Eyre" remake is a ghosty romcom mystery.
By Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton
(2018)
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Bright We Burn: And I Darken, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Mature, bloody trilogy meets an absorbing, satisfying end.
By Kiersten White
(2018)
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Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots Book Poster Image
age 12+
Vibrant novel in verse shows anti-Latino racism in '40s L.A.
By Margarita Engle
(2018)
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The Parker Inheritance Book Poster Image
age 8+
Kids investigate past racist incident in thrilling mystery.
By Varian Johnson
(2018)
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The Journey of Little Charlie Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tense, powerful novel of boy and slave catcher in 1858.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2018)
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We Are All That's Left Book Poster Image
age 14+
Powerful, heartrending tale tackles faith, war, violence.
By Carrie Arcos
(2018)
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The Beloved Wild Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Adventure, romance in absorbing historical fiction.
By Melissa Ostrom
(2018)
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Waste of Space: Moon Base Alpha, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Attempted murder, mechanical crisis spark satisfying finale.
By Stuart Gibbs
(2018)
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