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Summer Reading Book Titles 2019
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's
training to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as
Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Meanwhile, life in
real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective
mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. When Alice's mentor is
poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland, and
she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing
her head . . . literally.
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking. Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that's closest to her heart?
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Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. He's a Fractional Persian—half, his mom's side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. His clinical depression doesn't exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes.
From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. When fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, it's a dream come true. And it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy, Sahil's twin brother. Slight inconvenience: in the course of movie-making, Twinkle falls in love with "adorkable" Sahil.
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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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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Before the end of detention one student is dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder.
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Pelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pelé, grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. He was too poor to afford a real soccer ball, so he played with a ball of newspaper tied together with string. Yet he dominated the youth leagues and signed his first professional soccer contract at the age of fifteen. Within two years he led Brazil to victory at the world cup. This graphic novel beautifully depicts the true story of Pelé's rise from the slums of Brazil to the national stage.
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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can't stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected ending.
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound travels back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.
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Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
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 three friends 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.
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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|||The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo|
Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. With warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you'd never thought to look.