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Jeff Bishop, “A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy”

Jeff Bishop - sitting on a stool wearing a gray hoodie blue jean jacket and black pants against a purple and teal background with his bright purple silhouette   Jeff Bishop’s heartfelt debut novel has already drawn comparisons to the much loved works of John Green. The summer after senior year should have been a time for Cam to party and hang out with his friends. It should also have been a time for him to win back the love of his life, Allison Tandy. But the summer quickly turns to tragedy when Ally is left comatose after a terrible car crash. Then Cam tears his ACL in a basketball accident. An operation leaves him confined to his couch and ruminating over the fact that his ex may not survive. But when (after taking his medication) Cam starts seeing Ally, he starts to think: 1. He may be headed for a complete mental breakdown and 2. This summer might just be interesting after all. Brimming with honesty and humor, “A Heavy Dose of Allison Tandy” interrogates how much control we really have over matters of love — and life.
   

Kiera Cass, “A Thousand Heartbeats” 

Kiera Cass with a big smiling her wavy shoulder length brown hair wearing white and black polka dot shirt against a white background   #1 bestselling author of “The Selection” series Kiera Cass presents her most epic novel yet — a sweeping enemies-to-lovers romance. Princess Annika has lived a life of comfort, but no amount of luxuries can change the fact that her life isn’t her own to control. The king, once her loving father, has grown heartless, and Annika will soon be forced into a loveless marriage for political gain. Miles away, small comforts are few and far between for Lennox. He has devoted his life to the Dahrainian army, hoping to one day help them reclaim the throne that was stolen from them. For Lennox, the idea of love is merely a distraction. But when love, against all odds, finds them both, they are bound by its call. They can’t possibly be together — but the irresistible thrum of a thousand heartbeats won’t let them stay apart. 
   

Sara Farizan, “Dead Flip”

Sara Farizan - smiling wearing a pink hoodie maroon vest against a dark green painted metal background   Growing up, Cori, Maz, and Sam were inseparable best friends, sharing their love for Halloween, arcade games, and one another. Now it’s 1992, Sam has been missing for five years, and Cori and Maz aren’t speaking anymore. But when Sam returns — still twelve years old while his best friends are now seventeen — Maz and Cori are thrown back together to solve the mystery of what really happened to Sam the night he went missing. Beneath the surface of that mystery lurk secrets the friends never told one another, then and now. Award-winning author of “If You Could Be Mine” and “Here to Stay,” Sara Farizan delivers edge-of-your-seat terror as well as her trademark referential humor, witty narration and insightful characters.
   

Jody Feldman, “No Way Home”

Jody Feldman smiling while sitting against a black iron fence and wearing a denim blue long sleeve shirt   In this propulsive new thriller, a dream summer in Italy turns into a harrowing ordeal for an American exchange student. Tess Alessandro is living a dream: she was selected for an incredible exchange program in Rome. Her Italian counterpart, Sofia, is staying with Tess's family while she's away. Sure, her host parents barely speak English, but they seem cool enough. Until that morning when Tess's hosts make her join their video chat. Sofia is standing over Tess's sleeping parents, and she's brandishing a knife. "Do everything we say, or they will die." Tess is suddenly forced to complete a series of crimes without her passport, cash, credit cards or privacy. Somehow, she must find a way to uncover their shocking plan and outwit these criminals before she — and her family — end up dead.
   

Jas Hammonds, "We Deserve Monuments"

Jas Hammonds looking to the right and smiling with short brown hair with curls on top green rimmed glasses and a black and white shirt against a purple textured background   Family secrets, a swoon-worthy romance, and a slow-burn mystery collide in “We Deserve Monuments,” a YA debut that explores how racial violence can ripple down through generations.
Seventeen-year-old Avery Anderson is convinced her senior year is ruined when she's uprooted from her life in DC and sent to live with her terminally ill grandmother in Bardell, Georgia. While tempers flare in her avoidant family, the sharp-edged opinions of the small southern town begin to hint at something insidious underneath. The racist history of Bardell, Georgia is rooted in Avery’s family in ways she can’t even imagine. Avery must decide if digging for the truth is worth toppling the delicate relationships she's built in Bardell.
   

Joan He, "Strike the Zither"

Joan He sitting on a wooden picnic bench and wearing glasses and a red sweater and red black floral skirt   Bestselling author of “Descendent of the Crane,” Joan He presents a dazzling new fantasy that reimagines the Chinese classic tale of the Three Kingdoms. The year is 414 of the Xin Dynasty, and chaos abounds. A puppet empress is on the throne. The realm has fractured into three factions and three warlordesses hoping to claim the continent for themselves. But Zephyr knows it’s no contest.

Orphaned at a young age, Zephyr took control of her fate by becoming the best strategist of the land. Now she is drawn into a war where one must betray or be betrayed. When Zephyr is forced to infiltrate an enemy camp, she encounters the enigmatic Crow, an opposing strategist who is finally her match. But there are more enemies than one — and not all of them are human.

   

Bill Konigsberg, "Destination Unknown"

Bill Konigsberg smiling wearing a black collared shirt against a brown backdrop   From the acclaimed author of “The Bridge” and “The Music of What Happens,” “Destination Unknown is a poignant historical novel about coming of age during the 1980s AIDS epidemic. It’s 1987 in New York City, and Micah is at a dance club, trying to pretend he’s more out and outgoing than he really is. C.J. isn’t just out — he’s completely out there, and Micah can’t help but be both attracted to and afraid of someone who travels so loudly and proudly through the night. A connection occurs: Is it friendship? Romance? As their lives become entangled in the AIDS activism that will ultimately bring a strong voice to their community, whatever Micah and C.J. have between them will be tested and strained — but it will also be a lifeline in a time of death, a bond that will determine the course of their futures. In “Destination Unknown,” Bill Konigsberg returns to a time he knew well as a teenager to tell a story of identity, connection, community and survival.
   

Ryan La Sala, "The Honeys"

Ryan La Sala sitting in a red upholstered chair wearing a white short sleeve shirt   From Ryan La Sala, the wildly popular author of “Reverie,” comes a twisted horror novel set amidst the bucolic splendor of a secluded summer retreat. Mars has always been the lesser twin, the shadow to his sister Caroline's radiance. But when Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars is propelled to learn all he can about her death. Mars's gender fluidity means he's often excluded from the traditions of his politically-connected family. This includes attendance at the prestigious Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy. But with his grief still fresh, Mars insists on attending in Caroline’s place. Mars seeks out his sister's old friends: a group of girls dubbed the Honeys. They are beautiful and terrifying — and Mars is certain they're connected to Caroline's death. But the longer he stays at Aspen, the more Mars suspects something is hunting him in broad daylight, toying with his mind. If Mars can't find it soon, it will eat him alive.
   

Samantha Markum, "This May End Badly"

Samantha Markum smiling with pink hair and looking at the camera over her right shoulder wearing a white shirt   St. Louis based YA author Samantha Markum shares a story about friendship, falling in love, and crossing pretty much every line presented to you. Throughout their century-long rivalry, Winfield boys and Weston girls just don’t mix. Pranking mastermind Doe and her motley band of Weston girls are determined to finally win against Winfield Academy before the clock ticks down on their senior year. But when their headmistress announces that the schools will merge the following year, their longtime feud spirals into chaos. But when a teacher long suspected of inappropriate behavior messes with a younger Weston girl, Doe has to decide what’s more important: winning a rivalry, or joining forces to protect something far more critical than a prank war legacy.
   

Michelle I. Mason, “My Second Impression of You”

Michelle Mason smiling with her right hand folded against her cheek and elbow resting on a deck ledge overlooking green grass and wooded area   Sixteen-year-old Maggie Scott is a little dramatic. Life is just more fun when you're always putting on a show! But apparently her boyfriend, Theo, disagrees, because he unexpectedly dumps her. When she gets a mysterious text from an unknown number offering her a chance to relive the day when she and Theo met, she finds herself transported from her worst day ever to her best day ever. But on second review, Maggie realizes there are some details she overlooked. Maybe she was so focused on starring in the Maggie show that she didn't pay enough attention. In this funny and relatable YA romcom, Michelle I. Mason explores how there's always another way of looking at the situations we find ourselves in...and sometimes the people we overlook end up being the best ones of all.
   

Emma Mills, “Lucky Caller”

Emma Mills wearing glass, a denim jacket and smiling with sunlight coming through her long wavy hair - black and white photo   With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection. When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster. The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life. The show is a mess, and to top it all off Nina's family is on the brink of some major upheaval. Everything feels like it's spiraling out of control — but maybe control is overrated?
 

Emily Bain Murphy, “Splinters of Scarlet”

Emily Bain Murphy smiling wearing a blue top with green bushes with pink flowers in the background   Emily Bain Murphy shares an atmospheric YA historical fantasy set in nineteenth-century Denmark, where secrets can kill and magic is a deadly gift. For Marit Olsen, magic is all about strategy: it flows freely through her blood, but every use leaves behind a deadly, ice-like build-up within her veins called the Firn. Marit knows how dangerous it is to let too much Firn build up — after all, it killed her sister. But when Eve, a fellow orphan, is adopted by the wealthy Helene Vestergaard, Marit will do anything to stay by Eve’s side. She takes a job as a seamstress in the Vestergaard household. The closer Marit gets to the truth about the Vestergaard family, the more she realizes she and everyone she loves are in danger. Magic may be the only thing that can save them — if it doesn’t kill her first.
   

Randi Pink, "We Are the Scribes"

Randi Pink sitting in a white chair with a brick wall behind her and wearing a white floral print dress   Randi Pink, acclaimed author of “Into White” and “Girls Like Us,” introduces a teenage activist who is visited by the ghost of Harriet Jacobs, an enslaved woman. Ruth Fitz is surrounded by activism. While her mother is a senator fighting for legislative social change within the Black community, Ruth would rather sit quietly reading or writing in her journal. After her family is rocked by tragedy, Ruth begins receiving parchment letters with a seal reading WE ARE THE SCRIBES, sent by Harriet Jacobs, the author of the autobiography and 1861 American classic, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” Is Ruth dreaming? How has she been chosen as a “scribe”? In a narrative that blends present with past, Randi Pink explores two extraordinary characters who channel their hopelessness and find their voices to make history.
   

Dustin Thao, “You've Reached Sam”

Dustin Thao smiling and wearing a white shirt in front of a teal, green, and white patterned wall   An instant New York Times bestseller — Dustin Thao presents a heartfelt novel about love and loss and what it means to say goodbye. Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out — move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies — and everything changes. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cell phone just to listen to his voicemail — and Sam answers. “You’ve Reached Sam” is filled with a diverse cast of characters, the heartache of first love and loss, and the kind of friends that can get you through anything, plus a touch of magic.
   

Jenna Evans Welch, “Spells for Lost Things”

Jenna Evans Welch smiling with her head tilted towards her left shoulder and her long wavy blonde hair resting on her shoulders while in a white shirt against a painted pink black and green wall   From the bestselling author of “Love & Gelato,” now a Netflix film, comes a poignant and romantic novel about two teens trying to find their place in the world. Willow’s aloof and often absent mother has dragged her to Salem, Massachusetts for the summer to wrap up the affairs of an aunt Willow didn’t even know she had–an aunt who may or may not have been a witch. There, she meets Mason, a loner who has been in and out of foster homes his entire life. Naturally pulled to one another, Willow and Mason set out across Salem to discover the secret past of Willow’s mother, her aunt, and the ambiguous history of her family. During all of this, the two can’t help but act on their natural connection. But with the amount of baggage between them—and Willow’s growing conviction her family might be cursed — can they manage to hold onto each other?
   

Adrienne Young, “Saint: Fable Series #3”

Adrienne Young smiling at the camera in front of some blurred trees   Bestselling author Adrienne Young returns to the fantasy world of The Narrows with “Saint,” a captivating prequel to “Fable” and “Namesake.” Nine years after the death of his father, Elias has grown into a young man with a deep reverence for the sea. As stories of the fisherman’s son who escaped the most deadly of storms spreads, his devotion to the myths has given him the reputation of the luckiest person to sail the Narrows. Now, he’s mere days away from getting everything his father ever dreamed for him: a ship and crew of his own. But when a young dredger from the Unnamed Sea crosses his path, Elias’ faith will be tested like never before. He must decide which he wants more, the love of the girl who could change their shifting world, or the sacred beliefs that earned him the name that he’s known for — Saint.