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  • Book of the YEAR!!! The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

    Book of the YEAR!!! The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is a black girl and an expert at navigating the two worlds she exists in: one at Garden Heights, her black neighborhood, and the other at Williamson Prep, her suburban, mostly white high school.
    This story is necessary. This story is important. (Fiction. 14-adult)

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  • When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

    When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

    Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she's ready for a break from her family - especially from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn't interested in doing that right now - otherwise she wouldn't have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, right?
    Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic, so when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him - during which he'll have to woo her - he's totally onboard. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. Although their parents hadn't planned suggesting the arrangement so soon, when their kids signed up for the same summer program, they figured why not?

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  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

    Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

    Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
    The bestselling cult classic—now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.
    In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
    But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
    Source: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/209887/ready-player-one-by-ernest-cline/

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  • Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds

    Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds

    Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature
    Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner

    An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
    Source: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Long-Way-Down/Jason-Reynolds/9781481438254

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  • Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson

    Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson

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    Tiffany D. Jackson's ALLEGEDLY is not easy to read --- but it’s the kind of story that makes you think, makes you question, makes you feel. It grabs you on page one, and by the end you will be begging to find out what happened on that fateful night.

    Mary B. Addison was sent to jail at age nine for killing Alyssa, a three month old baby. Allegedly. Though Mary said nothing during her arrest and trial, only she and her mother were in the room that night. Now, almost 16, she’s out of jail and living in a group home with other juvenile offenders, wearing an ankle monitor to keep track of her every movement.

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