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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    by Douglas Adams Year Published: 1979 Science fiction/fantasy

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Assisted by a galaxy full of fellow travelers the two begin a journey through space. Why are born? Why do we die? Where are the pens? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars.

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    Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha Book 1)

    by Tomi Adeyeti Year Published: 2018 Fantasy

    They killed my mother.

    They took our magic.

    They tried to bury us.

     

    Now we rise.

    Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves and Zelie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

    Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. 

    Zelie, with the help of a rogue princess, struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy as she tries to bring back the magic to Orisha.

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    Far from the Tree

    by Robin Benway Year Published: 2017 Realistic fiction

    A National Book Award winner, Far from the Tree explores the meaning of family in all its forms. Grace was adopted at birth and after giving her own baby up for adoption she goes in search of her biological family. 

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    The Cruel Prince

    by Holly Black Year Published: 2018 Fantasy

    After her parents were murdered, Jude and her sisters were stolen away to live in the Faerie Court. Now at 17 she wants to belong, but humans are not accepted by the fey. Civil war threatens the Courts of Faerie and Jude will need to become embroiled in palace intrigue and deceptions to earn a place and save her sisters.

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    Dread Nation

    by Justina Ireland Year Published: 2018 Fantasy

    Jane was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg - derailing the War between the States and changing the nation. In the new America certain children are required to attend combat schools to learn how to put down the dead that roam the country. Jane doesn't want that life, she only wants to return home to Kentucky no matter the politics of the eastern cities and their dreams of returning to the glory days before the dead rose. When families around her begin to go missing, Jane is caught up in a desperate fight for her life.

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    Hey, Kiddo

    by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Year Published: 2018 Realistic Fiction

    Jarrett is trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible. But with his complicated family, an addict Mom who is in and out of rehab and in and out of his life, a mystery dad who's name Jarrett doesn't even know and loud, loving grandparents who have taken a grandson to raise when they thought they were done with raising children, it is very compicated. Drawing has always given him a way to express himself, but as a teenager he has to come to terns with his mother, find his father and get the answers to his life. 

    A National Book Award finalist

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    The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings Book 1)

    by Mackenzi Lee Year Published: 2017 Historical Fiction

    A young British lord embarks on a Grand Tour of Europe with a twist! Monty will have to take over the family's estate as he was born to do when his year long tour concludes. He vows to make this a last hedonistic hurrah. His secret crush on his best friend and traveling companion Percy is not suitable for his 18th century aristocratic future, but he is determined to flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. When a reckless decision turns the trip into a harrowing manhunt Monty must explore the fine lines between friendship and love as everything he has ever known is called into question.

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    Warcross

    by Marie Lu Year Published: 2018 Science Fiction Thriller

    Warcross isn't just a game to the millions who play it every day...it's a way of life. When teenage hacker Emika accidentally hacks into the game and becomes an overnight sensation, the game's creator calls and makes her an irresistible offer. She will become a spy on the annual Warcross tournament to uncover a security problem. Her investigation uncovers a sinister plot that will have reprecussions across the entire Warcross empire and world of fame and fortune that surrounds it.

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    A Very Large Expanse of Sea

    by Tahereh Mafi Year Published: 2018 Realistic Fiction

    A year after 9/11 Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl, is no longer surprised at horrible people can be. She survives the rude stares, degrading comments, and even physical violence she receives as a result of her race, religion, and the hijab she wears by building protective walls and refusing to let anyone close to her. Music helps her drown her frustrations....then she meets Ocean James. He comes from a completely different world, but seems to really want to get to know her. Can she let him in after so carefully constructing the walls that guard her?

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    Born a Crime

    by Trevor Noah Year Published: 2016 Memoir

    Trevor Noah of the Daily Show was born in South Africa during the dark days of apartheid. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother when such a union was punishable by five years in prison, he was kept indoors for the earliest years of his life. This is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. 

    His stories weave together to form a moving and funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love.

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    I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    by Erika L. Sanchez Year Published: 2017 Realistic fiction

    Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter, that was her sister Olga's role in the family. But when a tragic accident takes Olga's life, Julia is left to assume the role of perfect Mexican daughter. Her family is shattered and Julia is broken by the loss of Olga. Julia can't seem to live up to the impossible ideal of Olga. But is Olga so perfect? Is there more to Olga's story? With help from her best friend and her first everything boyfriend Julia is determined to find the answer.

    A National Book Award finalist.

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    Most Dangerous

    by Steve Sheinkin Year Published: 2015 NonFiction

    The publication of the Pentagon Papers blew the lid off of years of government lies and coverups and changed the way America thought about the Vietnam War. This is the exploration of Daniel Ellsburg, a government analyst with access to top secret information and his decision to expose decades of presidential secrets.  Thoroughly researched and documented, this book interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom and integrity.

    National Book Award finalist

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    Scythe

    by Neal Shusterman Year Published: 2016 Fantasy

    Humanity has conquered hunger, disease, war, misery even death. Scythes are the only ones who can end life and they must in order to maintain the size of the population. Citra and Rowan are - against their will - apprenticed to a scythe. They are forced to master the art of taking life in order to save their own.

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    Odd One Out

    by Nic Stone Year Published: 2018 Realistic Fiction

    One story. Three sides. No easy answers.

    Courtney and Jupiter have been best friends and neighbors since they were seven years old.  Cooper can't pretend he may want more than friendship from Jupiter. When a new girl moves in and begins dating Cooper, Jupiter, who always liked girls, begins to realize she only ever imagined herself with Cooper.

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    On the Come Up

    by Angie Thomas Year Published: 2019 Realistic Fiction

    Sixteen-year-old Bri's father was an underground rapper who died right before hitting it big. Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time but her fridge is empty, her mom lost her job, eviction is around the corner and she's been labeled a hoodlum at school. When she pours her anger and frustration into her first song, it goes viral..for all the wrong reasons. 

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