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The Golden Age

The Golden Age

By Joan London 224 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Deeply moving historical fiction about Hungarian Jews who flee to Australia during WWII. It is a story about illness, resilience and recovery that makes for stimulating classroom discussions.
Level Up

Level Up

By Gene Luen Yang 160 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

From the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and author of American Born Chinese, comes a magical realist coming-of-age graphic novel fable, by turns whimsical and deadly serious.
The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party

By Marian Calabro 192 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

On April 14, 1846, the Donner Party set out from Springfield, Illinois, in search of a better life in the largely unsettled California territory. The trip started well but eventually questionable choices and infighting delayed the pioneers' attempt to cross the Sierra Nevada until winter. This account focuses on the children's experiences.
ttyl

ttyl

By Lauren Myracle 208 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Follow the ups and downs of high school for the winsome threesome, three very different but very close girlfriends. Through teacher crushes, cross-country moves, bossy Queen Bees, incriminating party pics, and other bumps along the way, author Lauren Myracle explores the many potholes of teenagedom. A hit with the girls!
Spill Zone

Spill Zone

By Scott Westerfeld 224 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

The first volume of an original graphic novel series, illustrated by Alex Puvilland. Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. Got a teenage boy who doesn’t like to read? Give him this book.
Hidden Figures (Young Readers' Edition)

Hidden Figures (Young Readers' Edition)

By Margot Lee Shetterly 240 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

The young readers’ version of the book that inspired the lovely film. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

By Francisco Jiménez 134 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

After dark in a Mexican border town, a father holds open a hole in a wire fence as his wife and two small boys crawl through. So begins life in the United States for many people every day. And so begins this collection of twelve autobiographical stories Jimenez, who, at the age of four, illegally crossed the border with his family in 1947.
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of 'The Iliad'

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of 'The Iliad'

By Rosemary Sutcliff 151 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

What I call a “shortcut” book. A children’s retelling of the story of The Iliad that is understandable – the perfect book for the lazy reader. Nearly everything from Homer’s original is included without having to read Homer’s original!
Macbeth #killingit

Macbeth #killingit

By William Shakespeare,Courtney Carbone 112 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Written in a series of text messages with emojis, photo postings, and characters checking in at various locations, Carbone continues telling Shakespeare’s plays in an unconventional manner. Surely Shakespeare would approve—after all, he was the king of wordplay!
The Girl I Used to Be

The Girl I Used to Be

By April Henry 256 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Olivia’s father murdered her mother when Olivia was 3 years old and then vanished. Now 17 and on her own, Olivia’s father’s remains are found, leading the police to believe he was not the murderer but a victim as well. Olivia decides to return to her hometown and rent her inherited house, not revealing that she is Ariel Benson, the child survivor of the murders.
Falling Over Sideways

Falling Over Sideways

By Jordan Sonnenblick 272 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Claire’s eighth-grade year is not going as she hoped. Mean girls, boys, changing friendships; she doesn’t think it can get any worse...until it does. Her father suffers a stroke, and everything changes instantly. Now Claire must find the strength to handle both the pressures of middle school and an uncertain future.
Goldfish: A Novel

Goldfish: A Novel

By Nat Luurtsema 240 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Filled with slapstick antics, this lighthearted story of 15-year-old Louise Brown, a down-on-her-luck swimmer, makes a splash with readers. Gangly and unpopular, Louise loses her chance at Olympic stardom. Now she must start a new school year without her best friend Hannah (who did qualify for Olympic training) and deal with her former coach, who treats her like a pariah.
23 Minutes

23 Minutes

By Vivian Vande Velde 176 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Blue-haired Zoe is a social outcast. She encounters a deadly bank robbery that leaves two people dead, including a friendly young man who shields Zoe from a bullet. But 15-year-old Zoe has a special ability to turn back the clock 23 minutes just by saying “playback,” allowing her to change the outcome of events. She has only 10 tries to get it right.
Snow White: A Graphic Novel

Snow White: A Graphic Novel

By Matt Phelan 216 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

In this Depression-era version, Snow White’s father loses his fortune in the stock market crash and is murdered by her evil stepmother. Phelan adds period-appropriate touches to the traditional story. The seven dwarves are street urchins, the prince is a police detective, and the magic mirror is a stock ticker. The sepia tone and grey scale graphics add to the historical feeling of the novel.
Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular

By Mayim Bialik 192 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

I don’t normally endorse celebrity books because too many of them are lame, but I absolutely love this positive self-help guide, written by one of the stars of the popular TV show The Big Bang Theory. Didn’t realize Bialik has her doctorate, Not many actors can say that!

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