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Summer Reading Book Titles 2017
All American Boys by
Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.
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Booked by Kwame Alexander
In this novel-in-verse, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage as Nick learns the power of words while wrestling with problems at home, standing up to a bully, and trying to impress the girl of his dreams.
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.
Boy 21 by Matthew QuickWATCH Boy 21 TRAILER
Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in a town ruled by drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. As fate brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Where is home? What makes a family? In this poetic memoir, popular YA author Jacqueline Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Woodson navigates the differences between life in the North and South, city and country, and secular and spiritual worlds through the eyes of a child and young adult transitioning into adulthood.
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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Just out of high school, Emi Price is a talented
young set designer already beginning to thrive in the L.A. film scene. Then, she finds a mysterious letter at an
estate sale, and it sends her chasing down the loose ends of a movie icon’s
hidden life. Along the way, she finds Ava, and at long last, Emi’s own hidden
life begins to bloom.
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.
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Game Seven by Paul Volponi
A sixteen-year-old shortstop in Cuba who dreams of playing with the pros must choose between his country and his father who defected to the U.S.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. All she wants is to open a shop with her best friend, but such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
March: Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Written by the American icon Congressman John Lewis, this graphic novel is a vivid first-hand account of Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
The Reader by Traci Chee
The only clue to the disappearance of Sefia's aunt and the murder of her father is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book and a mysterious stranger, Sefia sets out to find the truth.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe, and must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that failure could mean losing their own.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father's extreme faith and very public fall from grace. The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia, but Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams, and Kaz's crew of six dangerous misfits is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don't kill each other first.
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.
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe
How do things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? In Thing Explainer, Munroe uses simple language to give the reader the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone who has ever wondered how things work, and why.
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire's most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars' survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It's a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side. Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her--but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands.
Zom-B: Baby (Zom-B #5)
by Darren Shan
B has spent the last few months bunking with the Angels, a group of teens dedicated to eradicating the evil dead from the face of the earth, beginning with the undead roaming the abandoned wreckage that was once London.