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by Gabrielle Zevin

In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important NYC crime family. Terrific, under-the-radar series. Lots of chocolate content.

by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

When Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own. This book isn't about food per se, but has a truly wonderful, funny, and moving Thanksgiving cooking scene that speaks to the isolation of being an recent immigrant, as well as the opportunities for connection. 

by Sarah Ockler

Hudson Avery gave up a promising competetive ice skating career after her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old. She now spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother's upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys' hockey team, she realized that she is not through with ice skating after all. (This is the publisher's description and for some reason leaves out the SWOONY romance between her and a hockey player.) 

by Tucker Shaw

Cyril, and overweight boy who is friends with a girl named Rose, but wishes he could be more, helps his friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself creates. Includes recipes from the story. 

by Joan Bauer

Wisconsin + Pie. What more could you ask for? When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn, NY to Mulhoney, WI to work as a waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor. Small town fun.

by Adi Alsaid

A wealthy dual citizen of Mexico and the United States rebels against his family's strict plans for his future, and secures a job with his favorite celebrity chef. Then he falls for his boss's daughter. 

by Lucy Knisley

Cute, funny, moving, and delicious-- this graphic memoir by the daughter of a chef and a gormet takes us through the author's life in food. Recipes included!

by Shannon Grogan

Sixteen-year-old Kara McKinley's life imploded after the death of her mean-spirited older sister, but she finds solace in baking and the hope of winning a culinary school scholarship until a stalker targets her, leading her to piece together events from her past even as she fears for her future. 

by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie's Steifvater's (The Raven Cycle) first stand-alone since The Scorpio Races takes readers to a Colorado ranch where miracles are performed, and darkness threatens to overtake, and three cousins with a special gift explore love, family, and magic. 

by Libba Bray

The third book in Libba Bray's creepy Diviners series is here, just in time for Halloween! Our debauched, jazz-aged crew finds themselves in a haunted mental hospital on a creepy island.  What more could you ask for?

by John Green

It's here. It's time. Are you excited? Did you know? Long awaited new book from YA superstar John Green!

by Anna-Marie McLemore

A lush and vibrant fairy tale from a rising voice in YA magical realism. Generations of women have tended a beautiful and mysterious garden, guarding the secret that those they love too deeply disappear. When a boy with an unknown past appears, a set of sisters uncover some dark truths. Rich and lovely.

by Kristin Cashore

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you'll go." With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn't know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

Cat Winters

Don't judge a book by its cover, BUT LOOK AT THIS COVER. Super creepy and historically interesting novel about family, trauma, monsters, and sisters. 

by Kendare Blake

This sequel to Three Dark Crowns seems to ramp up the intensity between these three sisters vying for the throne, and trying to figure out their powers. Darker, twistier, and totally unpredictable.

by Claudia Gray

A novel about what makes a young princess decide to join a rebellion, from acclaimed YA author Claudia Gray.

by Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins, who has basically perfected the teen romance genre (Anna and the French Kiss-- swoon) turns to horror in this suspensful homage to classic teen slasher stories. It looks SO FUN.

by Marie Lu

A teenage coder hacks her way into an ultra-popular international virtual reality game, and uncovers a sinister plot. A fast-paced, glittery sci-fi from a beloved author.

Mitali Perkins

Voices of teen girls across generations of an Indian-American family combine in what sounds like a warm, funny, epic novel with a ton of heart. 

by Nnedi Okorafor

Dubbed the Nigerian Harry Potter, this spectacular book is finally getting a sequel (Akata Warrior, out in October), and what a great excuse to talk about it again! A twelve year old Nigerian girl discovers some latent powers just in time to catch a killer that has been terrorizing her community.

by Rachel Caine

The third in this immersive adventure series find a group of rebels trying to infiltrate the Library of Alexandria, which is still standing, and is hoarding all of the knowledge of the world. The more Jess finds out about the secretive and mysterious library, the deeper they find its reach goes. They might have to hide, they might have to hide, they might have to die-- but they must save the books. 

Daniel Handler

A Heather's-esq story of popularity, wealth, gossip, absinthe, and MURDER. Darkly humorous and endlessly clever, this story about a clique of popular teenagers turned murderous is an unexpected delight. 

by Ameriie (ed.)

Thirteen stellar YA authors team up with thirteen famous BookTubers to tell thirteen familiar tales, but from the villian's perspective. These humanizing tales of heartbreak and woe will put you in the mind of even the nastiest of villians. Stories ranging from fairy tales to greek myths to Sherlock Holms; a diverse group of hot YA authors, and book bloggers with huge followings-- there are a lot of entry points to this unique collection of stories.

by Josh Berk

Will Halpin just transfered out of his school for the deaf, and things aren't going great. In a sweet and self-depricating voice, Will takes the readers through his bumpy adjustment to mainstream public school, until a popular football player (dun dun DUN...) gets murdered. Investigation, and possible friendship and romance ensue!

by Emily Bain Murphy

After her mother's death, Aila and her little brother moved to the mysterious town of Sterling, where every seven years something subtle but vital disappears from the town-- the smell of flowers, reflections in mirrors, even dreams. Aila gets the vibe her mother is somehow involved in these disappearances, and as the next seven year mark approaches, she has to puzzle together the clues left by her family and the town to try to set things right. 

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