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Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update
One of our most popular features on Teenreads is our Ultimate Reading List, a selection of books that are compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping --- books that we would hand to someone and say, “Read this!” This month, we're adding ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas; THE GIVER (Graphic Novel) (Giver Quartet) written by Lois Lowry with illustrations by P. Craig Russell; THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY by Hanna Alkaf; WATCH US RISE by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan; THE ART OF LOSING by Lizzy Mason; THE WEIGHT OF A THOUSAND FEATHERS by Brian Conaghan; WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia; and THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS by Bill Konigsberg.

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When Hitler invaded Poland, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Instead of returning home, she headed to France. An ordinary woman from Maryland, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for both the British Office of Strategic Services and the US Office of Strategic Services. She passed in plain sight of the enemy and soon found herself being hunted by the Gestapo.  Her covert operations, efforts with the Resistance and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win.

Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne - Contemporary Fiction

Ruby has always been a future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition, it's clear that music has dumped her. Oscar is a musical genius. But while he might be the type who'd name himself when asked about his favorite composer, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok --- not for a crush. But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith - Contemporary Fiction

When Hugo's girlfriend dumps him, her parting gift is the pair of tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip --- booked under her name. Meanwhile, Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC's film school. When she stumbles across Hugo's ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she's certain it's exactly the adventure she needs. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow, where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Now, each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three girls so that they may have revenge. Seventeen-year-old Penny has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, a boy named Bo arrives; unaware of the danger. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters. But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum - Science Fiction

Ryann dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park. Then one day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system. Every night, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And now it’s up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof, until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more.

After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts and her social media has turned into a stream of posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all. Everyone tells Zan to let Priya do her thing and move on. Then she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, who's just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy. Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a disturbing possibility: Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails. Maybe she can’t.

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger --- better --- than everyone around him. But it's not like he's earned his powers...yet. Lately it's difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and learns that people are disappearing from the Mexican-American and undocumented worker community in Smallville. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, Clark discovers that before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons - Thriller/Suspense

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists. When Brynn is recruited to Vale, it seems like her chance to start over, but she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances. At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials, but that’s before she meets her mark, a senator’s son, and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect.

There is something Poe Blythe, the 17-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River. She wants revenge. Poe has vowed to annihilate the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. But as she navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine and realizes there might be a traitor among her crew, she must also reckon with who she has become, who she wants to be and the ways love can change and shape you. Even --- and especially --- when you think all is lost.

Wendy Darling is a new Captain of a ship in the Londonierre Brigade, and when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known as Neverland, her mission to find the lost crew and bring them home. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland's dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that's looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan --- and she has to decide quickly...Before the darkness consumes them all.

Gothel is a witch. Punished for the actions of her mother, either she stands guard over Princess Rapunzel --- or she dies. Protecting Rapunzel means watching as the princess lays trapped in a tower. Gothel’s life has become one of imprisonment and solitude as well --- until a prince and his handsome squire appear at the tower. Only one object can cut Rapunzel’s hair and end the curse: a pair of magical shears. As Gothel and the prince’s squire, Raj Talmund, work to form a plan to get them, she finds herself more and more drawn to the mysterious young man from the Outerlands. 

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury - Science Fiction

Sixteen years ago, every member of the royal family was murdered --- down to their youngest child, Princess Anya --- making way for the Union government to seize power. Stacia spends her days half-wild, rambling her father's vineyard with her friends, Clio and Pol. That all changes when the Direktor Eminent declares that Stacia's village is a den of empire loyalists and that Princess Anya Leonova is alive --- and Stacia is the lost princess. Pol smuggles Stacia to safety, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. Stacia sets her heart on finding and rescuing Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.