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Summer Reading Book Titles 2018
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Sunny was born in America but lives in Nigeria. She is albino and has a special gift: she can see into the future. At school, she soon becomes part of a special quartet with unique powers. Together, the four explore this exciting realm of strange creatures and dark secrets. The good news is that in this world, your worst defect is actually your greatest asset. But there's a catch. Someone is kidnapping children and maiming or killing them. The group is asked to help track down the criminal. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?
You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance
by Rosie Molinary
Drawing on self-awareness, creativity, and mind-body connections and through accessible, doable daily actions, women and girls are encouraged to manifest a healthy outlook on life. This book teaches them to live large, and starts them on the path to learning to love themselves and others.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.
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The Education of Margot
Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted.
Exo by Fonda Lee
After a century of peace with Earth as a colony of an alien race, Donovan Reyes holds the fate of Earth in his hands. Son of the Prime Liaison, his high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. Then he is kidnapped by the human revolutionary group Sapience who are determined to end alien control. And the Prime Liaison does not negotiate – even for his own son.
|The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas|
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. When she witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer, the balance between these worlds is shattered.
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I Am Not Your Perfect
Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college, nor do they move out after high school graduation. But Julia is not the perfect Mexican daughter. Her sister, Olga, was. When Olga is tragically killed, Julia struggles with her own grief and how to live up to the seemingly impossible ideal.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
In this short story collection, travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
With a focus on female friendships and relationships, this book is a twisty, dark psychological thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end. The story follows two friends down a path of dysfunction and murder as one of them, Chinese-American Jess, tries to balance the expectations of her family, her fraught relationship with Angie, and her mounting attraction to her.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious look at teenage gun violence. 15-year-old Will has a gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. His brother Shawn was just murdered and Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. But as Will goes down the elevator - at each floor someone connected to his brother gets on – and gives Will another piece of the story. A story that might never know an end.
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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
In this graphic novel, Nimona is an impulsive shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. Together they are about to wreak some serious havoc in their mission to prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and friends aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.
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The Playbook: 52 Rules to
Aim, Shoot and Score in this Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander
You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models. The author also provides his own words of inspiration and uplift as he shares his stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teenagers who have nothing in common randomly meet and fall in love. Natasha is a practical young woman trying to keep her family from being deported in a matter of hours. Daniel is a poet at heart, but on this day he is dutifully making good on his commitment to a college interview. The two are inexplicably drawn to each other and somehow their paths keep converging.
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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
On September 5th, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure - to live a lifetime in a single day.
Thunderhead (Arc of a
Scythe #2) by
The Thunderhead cannot interfere in the affairs of the Scythedom. All it can do is observe and it does not like what it sees. When it becomes clear that not everyone is open to change, will the Thunderhead intervene?
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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a $100,000 reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. And Aza has a history with Pickett's son, Davis. When Aza re-connects with Davis she must struggle with her anxiety and OCD in order to be a good daughter, friend, student, and detective.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. The world's obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe. Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships - only to accidentally glitch herself into the action. Convinced she's going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game's creator with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year's tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . .and he wants Emika for the job.
Waste of Space by Gina Damico
Cram 10 hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that's the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. When communication is severed, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandyha Menon
A heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage. The Shahs and Patels didn't mean to start turning the wheels on the "suggested arrangement" so early in their children's lives, but with them both at the same summer program they figured Why Not?
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Alia is a Warbringer – fated to bring about an age of bloodshed. Together, Alia and Diana, Princess of the Amazons, will face an army of enemies – mortal and divine - determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.