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by Brittany Cavallaro

It's been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven't spoken. Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can't seem to fall for. Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex--and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn't safe to be around. She knows her Watson can't forgive her. Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it's clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

by Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

by Alwyn Hamilton

When gunslinging Amani Al'Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she'd join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn't have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn't exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

by Ava Dellaira

Relates the stories of Marilyn who, at age seventeen, fell in love with James, left her stage-mother, and set out on her own and Angie, her now seventeen-year-old daughter, who returns to Hollywood seeking her father.

by Rosalyn Eves

After her cousin Matyas' blood breaks the Binding, effectively disarming the spell restricting magic to the elite Luminates, Anna Arden believes that the magical, inhuman Praetheria will be safe, Hungary will be independent of Hapsburg rule, and she can freely love the Romani Gábor, but instead by May 1848, Anna feels pressure to lend her support to opposing political factions, attempts to master her chimera nature, and ends up seeking the aid of the outlaw the King of Crows.

by Ally Carter

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. No phone. No Internet. And not a single word from Logan. Maddie tells herself it's okay. After all, she's the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She's also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full. Until Logan shows up six years later . . . And Maddie wants to kill him.

by Matt Killeen

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she'd ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she's the Nazis' worst nightmare.

by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander of North America, and now has Warner by her side. But when tragedy strikes, she must confront the darkness that dwells both around and inside her.

by Jay Coles

When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom. 

Gloria Chao

A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt can prevent her from hiding several truths-- the she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she has decided to reconnect with her estranged brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy.

Shaun David Hutchinson

Elena, the first scientifically confirmed virgin birth, acquires the ability to heal by touch at age sixteen, the same year that people start disappearing in beans of light, causing her to wonder if she is bringing about the Apocalypse.

by Dhonielle Clayton

In a world where Beauty is a commodity only few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her popwers, and rise up to change the world. 

by Nikki Grimes

A grou pof nine high school students grow in understanding of each other's challenges and forge unexpected connections as they prepare for a boys vs girls poetry slam. 

by Timothee de Fombelle

Joshua Pearl comes from a world that we no longer believe in, a world of fairy tale. He knows that his great love waits for him there, but he is truck in an unfamiliar time and place, Paris on the eve of WWII. As his memories begin to fade, Joshua seeks out strange objects: tiny frangments of tales that have already been told, trinkets that might possibly help him prove his own story before his love is lost forever.

by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. 

by Rebecca Ross

Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and be chosen by a patron. She is offered patronage by a discraced lord, which throws her into a dangerous plot filled with magic, old rivalries, and the fight for the throne.

by Katie McGarry

Drix and elle come from different backgrounds and different worlds. They try to find what connects them and break past the odds to, maybe, be together while finding their own independence from their pasts and their families' expectations.

by Rachel Hartman

Tess Dombegh journeys through the kingdom of Goredd in search of the World Serpents and finds herself along the way.

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!

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