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by K. Ancrum - Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

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.

by Bill Konigsberg - Coming of Age, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Mental Health, Prejudice , Racism, Sexuality, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Max is chill. He loves sports and video games. Being gay? Not a big deal. But he holds the secret of an encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe. He doesn't want to think about it. Ever. Jordan is the opposite of chill.He loves poetry, he's never been kissed and he's searching for Mr. Right. His secret is a spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart. Set in Arizona over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk --- to get the thing they want the most.

by E. K. Johnston - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Young Adult 13+

Kalanthe wasn't meant for heroism so early in life, and while she has no intention of giving up the notoriety she's earned, reputation doesn't pay her bills. Olsa was never meant for heroism at all. Beggar and thief, she lived hand to mouth on the streets until fortune --- or fate --- pulled her into Kalanthe's orbit. Even more alarmingly, her fame has made her profession difficult, and a choice between poverty and the noose isn't much of a choice. In a tale both sweepingly epic and intensely personal, Kalanthe and Olsa fight to maintain their newfound independence and to find their way back to each other.

by Heidi Heilig - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But ever since the colonizing army conquered their country, the old ways are forbidden, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage and where rumor has it the Mad Emperor has a spring that cures his ills --- and could cure Jetta’s, too. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues her. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined.

by Laura E. Weymouth - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Magic, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Six years ago, sisters Evelyn and Philippa were swept away to a strange and beautiful kingdom called the Woodlands, where they lived for years. But ever since they returned to their lives in post-WWII England, they have struggled to adjust. Ev desperately wants to return to the Woodlands, and Philippa just wants to move on. When Ev goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

by Tessa Gratton - Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest. Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early. Bound by duty, secrets and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town --- and their hearts --- inside out.

by Zoraida Cordova - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Young Adult 14+

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that she can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including her boyfriend, Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back...

Edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult 14+

Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries. Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic and passionate. From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish.

by Tiffany D. Jackson - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable, so when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

by S. A. Chakraborty - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction

On the streets of 18th-century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. However, when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she is forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass --- a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.