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Best of 2021
Firekeeper's Daughter by
Call Number: YA Boulley
In this groundbreaking thriller, a Native American teen is thrust into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug. After witnessing a murder, she reluctantly agrees to go undercover in the nearby Ojibwe reservation, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and traditional Ojibwe medicine to track down the source.
Call Number: YA Fipps
Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she's been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the “Fat Girl Rules” like "no making waves," "avoid eating in public," and "don't move so fast that your body jiggles." Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and be her own fabulous self.
Himawari House by
Call Number: YA GN Becker (NEW)
In this graphic novel, three Japanese-American foreign exchange students experience the pleasures and difficulties of adjusting to living in Japan, all while living together in the Himawari House in Tokyo.
Our Violent Ends by
Call Number: YA Gong (NEW)
The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution. In this sequel to “Our Violent Delights,” any peace that might have been found between the rival gangs has vanished, and Juliette Cai, heir to the Scarlet Gang, is entirely to blame. With their positions as heirs under threat, Juliette and Roma, heir to the White Flowers gang, are forced to team up. An action-packed mystery and historical romance in one.
Ambushed!: The Assassination Plot against President Garfield by
Call Number: YA 973.84 JARROW (NEW)
James Abram Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, was assassinated when he was shot by Charles Guiteau in July 1881, less than four months after he was elected president. But Garfield didn't actually die until 80 days later. Award-winning author Jarrow delves into the gruesome details of Garfield's slow and agonizing death, including the medical mistakes made in the aftermath of Garfield's assassination.
Tokyo Ever After by
Call Number: YA Jean
Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in. It isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi―or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”―and her mom against the world. But then Izumi discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.
Call Number: YA Johnson
A New York City blackout sets the stage for romance and self-realization in this compilation of intertwining stories by six well-known Black YA authors: Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon.
Best of 2021
Call Number: YA King
In this surreal novel, time has stopped. It's been June 23, 2020 for nearly a year. Frantic adults demand teenagers focus on finding practical solutions to the worldwide crisis. Truda is pretty sure her "Solution Time" class won't solve the world's problems, but she does have a few ideas what might. Truda lives in a house with a switch that no one ever touches, a switch her father covers every day. But one way or another, she's going to see what happens when she flips the switch.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by
Call Number: YA Lo (NEW)
Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the feeling started, but it definitely bloomed the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club. But America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone. With deportation looming over her father, Lily and Kath risk everything for their love.
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by
Call Number: YA Sáenz (NEW)
In “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” two boys in a border town fell in love. In this sequel, they must discover what it means to build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence.
The Other Merlin by
Call Number: YA Schneider (NEW)
Welcome to Camelot! Prince Arthur’s a depressed botanist, Lancelot’s been demoted to guard, and Emry Merlin has arrived disguised as her twin brother since girls can’t practice magic. When the truth comes out, Emry must risk everything for the boy she loves, or give up her potential to become the greatest wizard Camelot has ever known.
Concrete Rose by
Call Number: YA Thomas
If there’s one thing Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison. Life’s not perfect, but Mav’s got everything under control. That is, until Maverick finds out he’s a father. Set 17 years before the events of “The Hate U Give."
Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by
Call Number: YA 972.91 SHEINKIN (New)
As World War II comes to a close, the United States and the Soviet Union emerge as the world's two greatest powers. With communism sweeping the globe, the two nations compete to build even more destructive bombs and conquer the Space Race. The Cold War grows more precarious as weapons are pointed towards each other, with fingers literally on the trigger.