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Editorial Content for The Lady is a Spy

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Rebecca D., Teen Board Member

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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.

About the Book

THE LADY IS A SPY is the audacious and riveting true story of Virginia Hall, America's greatest spy and unsung hero, brought to vivid life by acclaimed author Don Mitchell.

When Hitler invaded Poland, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted, instead of returning home, she headed to France.

In a country divided by freedom and fascism, Virginia was determined to do her part for the Allies. An ordinary woman from Baltimore, 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. Working as a spy in the intelligence network, she made her way to Vichy, coordinating Resistance movements, assisting in Nazi sabotage and rescuing downed Allies. She passed in plain sight of the enemy and soon found herself being hunted by the Gestapo. But Virginia cleverly evaded discovery and death, often through bold feats and escapes. Her covert operations, efforts with the Resistance and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win.

Editorial Content for Night Music

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Becky N., Teen Board Member

Jenn Marie Thorne’s NIGHT MUSIC is a heartwarming tale about loving people and loving things. About growing older and removing your rose-tinted glasses to see the injustices in the world. About ignoring prejudices and about forging your own path in life.

'NIGHT MUSIC is a poignant book tackling issues relevant to teens....Thorne spins a cheesy yet adorable tale with valuable life lessons in an entertaining fashion in NIGHT MUSIC."

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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?

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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?

About the Book

Music has always been Ruby's first love. But has it ever loved her back?

Slip behind the scenes of the classical music world one hot, anything-can-happen, New York City summer.

Ruby has always been Ruby Chertok: future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition for the prestigious music school where her father is on faculty, it's clear that music has publicly dumped her. Now Ruby is suddenly just...Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants away from the world of classical music for good.

Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who've watched him conduct on YouTube --- or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who'd name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok --- not for a crush. He's all too aware of how the ultra-privileged world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor's white daughter.

But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself. Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?

Editorial Content for Field Notes on Love

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Ryan H., Teen Board Member

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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?

About the Book

The bestselling author of WINDFALL and THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT returns with a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other and the futures they can build for themselves.

It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.

But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it's been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

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 to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.

A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. 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?

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Editorial Content for The Wicked Deep

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Melat E., Teen Board Member

If you love CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge or THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin, pick up THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw. Read More

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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.

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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.

About the Book

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge --- and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, 17-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. 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.

Audiobook available, narrated by Casey Turner.

Editorial Content for The Weight of the Stars

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Maya Gittelman

A story that's intimate and expansive all at once, THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS is a slow burn, character-driven queer girl love story that shimmers with longing. Read More

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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.

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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.

About the Book

A vivid, evocative YA lesbian romance about how the universe is full of second chances.

Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the “wrong” side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

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, the girls are brought together despite themselves --- and 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 without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And now it’s up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more.

THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS is the new LGBT young adult romance from K. Ancrum, written with the same style of short, micro-fiction chapters and immediacy that garnered acclaim for her debut, THE WICKER KING.

Editorial Content for If You're Out There

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Caitlin L., Teen Board Member

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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.

About the Book

Part whip-smart suspense tale, part touching story of friendship, this is an extraordinary debut about a determined teen trying to solve a mystery no one else believes in.

After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.

Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.

It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’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 new, deeply disturbing possibility:

Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.

Maybe she can’t.

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