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Featured Review: When You Know What I Know (Sonja K. Solter)

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About This Book: This harrowing, and ultimately hopeful novel in verse sensitively depicts a girl's journey through the aftermath of abuse. One day after school, on the couch in the basement, Tori's uncle did something bad. Afterward, Tori tells her mom. Even though telling was a brave thing to do, her...
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Featured Review: The Cost of Knowing (Brittney Morris)

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About This Book: Dear Martin meets They Both Die at the End in this gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death, from the acclaimed author of SLAY. Sixteen-year-old Alex...
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Featured Review: Gold Spun (Brandie June)

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About This Book: If Nor can't spin gold, she can always spin lies. When seventeen-year-old Nor rescues a captured faerie in the woods, he gifts her with a magical golden thread she can use to summon him for a favor. Instead, Nor uses it for a con-to convince villagers to buy...
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Featured Review: Merci Suarez Can't Dance (Meg Medina)

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About This Book: Seventh grade is going to be a real trial for Merci Suárez. For science she’s got no-nonsense Mr. Ellis, who expects her to be a smart as her brother, Roli. She’s been assigned to co-manage the tiny school store with Wilson Bellevue, a boy she barely knows, but...
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Featured Review: Small Favors (Erin A. Craig)

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About This Book: Ellerie Downing is waiting for something to happen. Life in isolated Amity Falls, surrounded by an impenetrable forest, has a predictable sameness. Her days are filled with tending to her family's beehives, chasing after her sisters, and dreaming of bigger things while her twin, Samuel, is free to...
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Featured Review: Between Perfect and Real (Ray Stoeve)

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About This Book: A moving YA debut about a trans boy finding his voice—and himself Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. He’s watched enough YouTube videos and done enough questioning to be sure. But everyone at his high school thinks he’s a lesbian—including his girlfriend Zoe, and his theater director,...
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Featured Review: The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass)

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About This Book: Get Out meets Holly Jackson in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee. Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can't decide what's worse: being a medium forced to watch the dead play out their last moments on a loop or being at...
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Featured Review: You Were Made for Me (Jenna Guillaume)

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About This Book: All 15-year-old Katie Camilleri wants is the perfect first kiss from the perfect guy. So when she and her best friend Libby accidentally cook up a “perfect guy” in the kitchen (seriously―he’s like a long lost Hemsworth brother), things are looking up for Katie and her plan to...
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Featured Review: The Block (Ben Oliver)

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About This Book: In the second book of The Loop trilogy, Luka is trapped in a fate worse than death. But now that he knows the truth about what he and his fellow inmates are being used for, it's more important than ever that he not only escapes, but that he...
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Featured Review: What I Like About Me (Jenna Guillaume)

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About This Book: The last thing sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin thought she’d be doing on her vacation is entering a beauty pageant. Not when she’s spent most of her life hiding her body from everyone. Not when her Dad is AWOL and her gorgeous older sister has returned to rock Maisie’s already...
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