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by Jeff Hirsch - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Will the Class of 2049 be the last class ever? Lucy Weaver has her future all figured out. Make an appearance at prom, ditch graduation and then head out on a road trip with her boyfriend, Luke. But when everyone’s phones start to ring halfway through the dance, Lucy knows something terrible has happened. Decades of climate change have left the world teetering on the brink --- entire cities drowned, violent extremism on the rise, millions of refugees with nowhere to turn. Is this the night it finally slips over the edge?

by Meghan Scott Molin - Adventure, Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 14+

MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite superhero. When handsome Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble. Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…

by Patrick Ness - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think and they can hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but he knows that the town is hiding something from him --- something so awful that Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the other females on New World?

by Leopoldo Gout - Adventure, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Three teen geniuses must take down an online terrorist ring, rescue an imprisoned father and prepare for their final showdown with a misguided mastermind. Painted Wolf, a mysterious activist blogger and strategist from China, faces off against dangerous online terrorists in an attempt to free her father from prison. Tunde, an engineering genius, liberated his Nigerian village from a vicious warlord only to discover a much more dangerous threat. Rex, a Mexican-American programmer and hacker, bands together with his friends and long lost brother to stop a mastermind from destroying the internet. 

by Crystal Chan - Animals , Family, Family Life, Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

In Makersville, Indiana, people know all about Ronney --- he’s from that mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom and the genius kid sister. If having a family like that wasn’t bad enough, the local eccentric at the edge of town decided one night to open up all the cages of his exotic zoo and then kill himself. With his parents checked out, Ronney is left tending to his sister’s mounting fears of roaming lions and stopping his best friend from going on a suburban safari. Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as his world falls apart?

by Leila Sales - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism, Young Adult 13+

When Winter Halperin --- former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer and daughter of a parenting expert --- gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people know what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her. With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Did she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough?

by Britta Lundin - Coming of Age, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Humor, Young Adult 14+

Claire is a 16-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart. Forest is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two meet at a local Comic-Con panel, it's a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire's assertion that his character is gay. When the video of the disastrous Q&A goes viral, the producers have a PR nightmare on their hands. In order to help bolster their image within the LGBTQ+ community, they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of their publicity tour. But how far will Claire go to make her ship canon? To what lengths will Forest go to stop her and protect his career? And will Claire ever get the guts to make a move on Tess, the very cute, extremely cool fanartist she keeps running into?

by Andy Marino - Adventure, Fiction, Humor, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

After winning a contest, William becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. Now he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip. For William, an adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passengers' digital history. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you?

by Matthew Laurence - Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult 14+

There's far more to Sara Vanadi than meets the eye. In her prime, she was Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war and death --- though that past hardly seems to matter now. For an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers --- and the strength they bring --- are painfully hard to find. But when a new, rising power threatens to remake the world by bending the divine to its will, Sara realizes her days of hiding have ended, and a chance to claw her way out of the history books has arrived. She'll just need new clothes and a manicure before she gets started.

by Cecil Castellucci - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, she feels tall and powerful. That's important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing and Edan's feeling small. When Edan's cosplaying, she can be angry, loud and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.