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Bruised

Eighteen-year-old Daya tries to navigate life after the sudden deaths of her parents in a car accident.

Daya Wijesinghe is familiar with pain and finds comfort in it. Pain is how she copes with her feelings, and the bruises she gets from skateboarding are her way of keeping the hurt on the surface. Upon being introduced to roller derby by her friend Fee, Daya is fascinated by the sport that to her seems driven by brute strength—until she ventures in further. -Kirkus (Sports)

Yolk

Jayne and June are nothing alike. June is the classic first-born narc with a vile finance job and a soulless apartment (according to Jayne). Jayne, on the other hand, is an emotionally stunted, self-obsessed crybaby who lives in squalor. Once thick as thieves, these sisters, who moved from Seoul to San Antonio and finally to NYC, don't want anything to do with each other. Until June gets cancer and Jayne becomes the only one who can help her. (Realistic Fiction)

The Initial Insult

Tress would kill to find out why her parents disappeared.

In small-town Amontillado, Tress Montor had a seemingly normal life until her parents disappeared. That was seven years ago. Now living with her negligent grandfather at his questionable exotic animal attraction, the high school senior has become a pariah among her classmates. The one person who may know what happened is Felicity Turnado, who not only used to be best friends with Tress, but was the last one to see her parents alive. Told in alternating chapters from each girl’s perspective, this thriller starts off as a slow burn with longer chapters establishing their personalities; the nature of the closed-minded, predominantly White town; and the mysterious disappearance. A dark, Poe-inspired thriller that lives up to the gothic master. (Mystery, Horror) 

A Phoenix First Must Burn

Sixteen tales that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic-coming together in one stunning narrative of hope. (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Short Stories)

Rule of Wolves

Following King of Scars (2019), the world’s a powder keg of political hostilities and existential threats. The wolves are circling, and Ravka's time is running out. King Nikolai faces imminent threats from Fjerda, rumors of his bastardy that threaten to dethrone him, complicated trade relations with both Zemeni and Kerch, and an engagement to Princess Ehri of Shu Han—despite her sister, Queen Makhi, having schemed to kill both of them. Zoya, Nikolai’s loyal general, is handed a series of nigh-impossible assignments, including some having to do with the Darkling. Meanwhile, deeply embedded Nina spies on Fjerda, working to undermine the rumors surrounding Nikolai’s parentage, uncover Fjerda’s military plans, manipulate their royals toward a more peaceful path, and secretly sway the population’s view of Grisha. And all over the world, a mysterious blight suddenly appears, destroying everything in its path. (Fantasy, Sci-fi)

Kate In Waiting

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgement. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway. But when Kate and Andy's latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off script. (Romance)

Sky Without Stars

An unlikely team fights to save their distant planet and their future as revolution brews. (Sci-Fi)

This Is Not the Jess Show

A teenager uncovers a secret that alters her entire reality.

It’s March 1998. Jess Flynn is thinking of college and longing to leave the confines of her small town. Her mother is overprotective; her sister, Sara, is receiving palliative care for an incurable disease; and Jess is falling for her best friend, Tyler, whom she’s been close to for 6 years. Every year the month of March brings Jess anxiety that something major is going to happen: Three years earlier, Sara received her diagnosis; the next year there was a tornado; and one year ago, Jess’ family’s home was burglarized. Now Jess is hyperaware of her surroundings, and she notices many things too strange to be ignored: far-off voices chanting outside, a mysterious flu spreading around town, and her closest friends keeping secrets. A thrilling and thought-provoking ride. (Fantasy, Sci-Fi)

Luck of the Titanic

Seventeen-year-old Valora Luck boards the Titanic in search of her twin brother—and destiny.

As children, Val and Jamie performed acrobatics to bring in money during lean times, dreaming of one-day becoming circus stars. But after their White British mother’s death, Jamie left to work for the Atlantic Steam Company while Val stayed in London to care for their Chinese father. Now, with both parents gone, Val is determined to find what’s left of her family and forge a new path in America. As a stowaway on the Titanic, Val must figure out how to secure her future. (Historical Fiction)

Witches Steeped In Gold

A richly realized tale for patient readers who enjoy complex language and worldbuilding. 

Jamaican-inspired fantasy about a matriarchy maintained by magic and marred by manipulation.

Jazmyne Cariot is a 17-year-old witch of the Alumbrar order and next in line to rule as doyenne of her island of Aiyca, though she has yet to inherit her magical powers. Iraya Adair is an 18-year-old Obeah witch and the rightful heir to the Aiycan throne, newly free after 10 years of imprisonment. Historical tensions position these two witches as enemies, both possessing plans to remove the current doyenne. (Fantasy, Sci-Fi)

Field Notes on Love

Hugo and Mae: strangers on a train, then friends, then more than friends? "Utterly romantic" says Jenny Han, author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before. (Romance)

The Last to Let Go

An abusive (now dead) father and a mother accused of murder equal shattered dreams of escaping to a new life for Brooke. (Realistic)

The Ones We're Meant to Find

An apocalyptic future tests the bonds of love between sisters. (Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian)

Four Dead Queens

Four dead queens. Three days to catch a killer. Two forbidden romances. One shocking plot twist. (Fantasy, Suspense)

Pride and Premeditation

A young woman intent on a position in her father’s law firm plays sleuth in this mystery reworking of Pride and Prejudice

When Charles Bingley, head of a local shipping firm, is accused of the murder of his brother-in-law, George Hurst, Lizzie Bennet inserts herself in the case in an effort to prove her worth beyond her potential success in securing a respectable marriage. Mr. Darcy, Wickham, Mr. Collins, Jane, Charlotte, and the extensive cast of source characters all appear here, altered and with different roles though generally retaining their personalities and idiosyncrasies. (Mystery)

Patron Saints of Nothing

A powerful story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder. (Suspense, Realistic)

Opposite of Always

Jack loves Kate. Jack loses Kate. Fate introduces Jack to time travel. Do his choices save Kate, or alter the course of his life?

"Read this one, reread it, and then hug it to your chest." Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Romance, Realistic)

Here to Stay

Bijan Majid is: shy around girls; into comics; decent at basketball. Bijan is not: a terrorist.

"A powerful ... novel about identity and prejudice." Entertainment Weekly (Sports, Realistic)

Field Notes to the North American Teenager

Norris Kaplan: clever, cynical, smart. A Black French Canadian, he knows from watching American TV that those might not bode well for him when he moves to Austin, Texas. A hilarious debut novel for fans of John Green and Nicola Yoon. (Humor, Romance, Realistic)

Neverworld Wake

Five friends. Only one can survive the Neverworld Wake. 

"A clear-your-calendar kind of one-day read." Melissa Albert, NYT bestselling author (Suspense/Thriller, Sci-Fi)

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

Based on interviews of  276 young women kidnapped from school by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014, this novel tells the story of one girl's fight for survival. (Suspense, Realistic Fiction)

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

A near death experience, a mission from God taken on by a most unlikely pair of non-friends. A vindictive teacher, a hacker, a cult, drug dealers, and a bully all get theirs...

Billed as razor sharp, moving, and outrageously funny, for fans of John Green and Becky Albertalli, with several starred reviews. (Humor, Realistic)

Mike

Floyd: tennis star. Mike: ??? Why is Floyd the only one who can see him, and more importantly, what is he doing on the court with him?

(Sports, Realistic)

Unbroken

13 stories of teen heroes and heroines who are not defined by their disabilities.

"There is something for everyone in the volume...a great choice." School Library Journal

Heroine

"A compassionate, compelling, and terrifying story about a high school softball player's addiction to prescription opioids." Kirkus starred review. (Sports, Realistic)

The Downstairs Girl

Lady's maid by day; anonymous advice columnist by night. When Jo's column becomes wildly popular, she uses her pen to right some of societies wrongs--only to find herself in the cross hairs of a notorious criminal.

"A joyful read...The Downstairs Girl...is a jolly good time." -- NPR

Darius the Great Is Not Okay

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He calls himself a Fractional Persian, and his first-ever trip to Iran is about the change his life.

Let Me Hear a Rhyme

Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are determined to turn their murdered friend into the rap star he should have been --  by pretending he's still alive.

"...spellbinding, profoundly moving.." -- starred review, School Library Journal

Ink Knows No Borders

A poetry collection about young adult immigrants which speaks to the struggles of all teens everywhere--self doubt, confusion, exclusion as well as joy, hope, family and safety. (Poetry, Realistic)

Dear America, Notes From an Undocumented Citizen

A memoir about being brought to America as a child, now struggling to continue to live and work as an undocumented citizen. "This riveting and courageous memoir ought to be mandatory reading for every American" --author Michelle Alexander. (Nonfiction, Memoir)

The Cold In Her Bones

MIlla knows two things are true. Demons are real. Fear will keep her safe. "...a dark, angry fairy tale" filled with love, revenge, and redemption (BCCB starred review). (Paranormal, Horror, Realistic)

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

Freddy (Frederica) must consider what would happen if she ditched a toxic relationship she craves for a healthy ones she needs in this award-winning graphic novel. (Realistic, Romance)

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig it back up. "Hilarious and moving, weird and wonderful." --award winning author Jeff Zentner. (Realistic, Sci-Fi, LGBTQ)

My Plain Jane

An irreverent spin on Jane Eyre, this tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem for fans of The Princess Bride. (Humor, Romance, Adventure, Suspense, Historical)

This Moment In Your Life

A guide to mindfulness for teens, focusing on yoga, breathing, mediation, and everyday practices. (Nonfiction, Self Help)

Game Changer

A football injury. A coma. An accident? Told through texts, articles, online chat, and more, Game Changer explores the thrills--and dangers--of America's most popular sport. (Sports, Realistic)

Be Not Far From Me

"This is absolute catnip for fans of survival stories... an absolute firecracker of a narrator, wickedly funny, deeply knowledgeable about the woods, and insightful about the wilderness of teenage interactions..." --BCCB (Adventure/Survival, Realistic)

Wicked As You Wish

One prince+one girl with secrets+one firebird +assorted oddball friends = one nail-biting quest. "Come for the adventure, stay for the sassy jerkwad firebird." -- Kendare Brown, NYT best-selling author. (Fantasy)

Every Reason We Shouldn't

A witty, charismatic, multicultural love story with skating--all kinds. And Korean pastries. For fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell. (Sports, Romance)

Only Mostly Devastated

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens meets Clueless in a funny boy-meets-boy spin on Grease. Will and Ollie will make you laugh out loud with their on-again-off-again teen romance. (Romance, LGBTQ)

Home and Away

Tasia is young, Black, and fabulous--and the only girl on her school's football team. Then a mysterious box hidden by her mother calls her identity into question. "You'll wish you were friends with Tasia Clark." author Emery Lord (Sports, Realistic)

With the Fire on High

Emoni--student, aspiring chef, and teen mom-- struggles to follow her dream. (Realistic)

Free Lunch

Free Lunch is the story of Rex Ogle's first semester in sixth grade. Rex and his baby brother often went hungry, wore secondhand clothes, and were short of school supplies, and Rex was on his school's free lunch program. Grounded in the immediacy of physical hunger and the humiliation of having to announce it every day in the school lunch line, Rex's is a compelling story of a more profound hunger--that of a child for his parents' love and care. (Narrative Non-Fiction)

Research Guides

Overdrive: Digital and Audiobooks

In addition to a variety of campus ebooks that are available through Destiny, students can access additional audio- and e-books through Sora (formerly Overdrive), a district-wide resource. 

Watch this video for directions on how to use Sora. Your login is the same as your campus login (lastname_StudentID and password); please contact Ms. Hensley if you have trouble logging in our using Sora.

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