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My Body in Pieces

by Marie-Noëlle Hébert, translated by Shelley Tanaka
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: eating disorders & body image, women, depression & mental illness, social topics, self-esteem & self-reliance

A deeply emotional graphic memoir of a young woman’s struggles with self-esteem and body image issues.

All Marie-Noëlle wants is to be thin and beautiful. She wishes that her thighs were slimmer, that her stomach lay flatter. Maybe then her parents wouldn’t make fun of her eating habits at family dinners, the girls at school wouldn’t call her …

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Storm from the East

by Joanna Hathaway
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: historical

Part war drama, part romance,Storm from the East is the second epic fantasy adventure in Joanna Hathaway’s Glass Alliance series.
War has begun in the South. The days of soldier Athan and Princess Aurelia’s secret summer romance feel like a long-distant memory.
On the frontlines of combat, Athan proves a star fighter pilot as he struggles to j …

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Body Image

Deal with it because all bodies are great bodies

by Tierra Hohn, illustrated by Marne Grahlman
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 4 to 9
tagged: social topics, emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, bullying

Too fat, too thin. Muffin top, flat bum, thunder thighs, spaghetti arms. From an early age, kids learn they are judged for how they look. Both boys and girls are bombarded with messages of what they should look like and are shamed for not measuring up. When kids encounter conflict based on stereotypes of body image, they need the understanding and …

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The Player

by Paul Coccia
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 2.5
tagged: lgbt, dating & sex, hockey

Set in the traditionally homophobic world of amateur hockey, this book follows gay goalie Cooper in his struggle with his feelings for a teammate and coming out to his team. Cooper has been hooking up with teammate Pesh in secret, and has to play along when Pesh dates a girl and even tolerate locker-room homophobic talk. When Pesh outs Cooper onlin …

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Rogue Princess

by B.R. Myers
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 13
tagged: space opera

A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B.R. Myers'Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling ofCinderella.
Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels th …

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Meet You By Hachiko

by Loren Greene
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: diversity & multicultural, asia

What would you do if your best friend lived half a world away—and suddenly vanished?
Loner Grace Ryan feels completely invisible. Awkward and shy, she can't seem to get ahead in her studies, social circle, or new relationship with her childhood best friend. But discovering Tokyo street fashion ignites her creativity and leads her into an unlikel …

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Black Beach

by Glynis Guevara, read by Raven Dauda
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: coming of age, girls & women, caribbean & latin america

 

Sixteen-year-old Tamera lives in La Cresta, a rural fishing community on a Caribbean island. Despite having the support of relatives, including her dad, Earl, her elder sister, Mary and her best friend and first cousin, Jan, she struggles to deal with her mom’s mental health issues and the absence of her boyfriend, Dalton who moves out of the vi …

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Cold Falling White

by G. S. Prendergast, read by Siiri Scott; James Patrick Cronin & James Chen
  • age: 14 to 99
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: survival stories, alien contact

Two teens fight for their lives after an alien invasion in this heart-stopping follow-up to Zero Repeat Forever.

Humans. Clones. Aliens. No one is safe anymore. It’s the end of the world.

Xander Liu survived the alien invasion—just barely. For more than a year, he has outsmarted, hidden from, and otherwise avoided the ruthless intruders, the Nahx …

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The Wondrous Woo

by Carrianne Leung, read by Lisa Truong
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: coming of age, non-classifiable

 

The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter … on the outside. On the inside, she’s a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for adventur …

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