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A Mighty Girl's 2018 Books of the Year

1–100 of 107 items
  1. The Poet X

    15-year-old Xiomara Batista feels voiceless in her largely Dominican community in Harlem: since she developed curves, she's relied on her fierce exterior and a willingness to throw a punch to keep herself safe. But she pours all of her frustration and insecurity — as well as her conflicts with her strict, religious mother — onto the pages of a notebook. When Xiomara is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, however, she's faced with a choice: leave her poems unspoken or raise her voice, no matter what people think. This powerful novel in verse, winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, offers a thoughtful look at identity, family, and the power of words through the eyes of a teen girl.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.99
  2. Resistance

    In 1942 Nazi-occupied Poland, Jewish teenager Chaya Lindner is determined to fight the evil destroying her life... even in the face of overwhelming odds. She escapes the Kraków Ghetto where her family is imprisoned and joins the Jewish resistance as a courier. She learns about a planned uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto to fight Nazis' efforts to transport the remaining survivors of the ghetto to death camps. Like her fellow resisters, Chaya knows that there is no possibility that they will 'win' this fight, but they hope to save as many lives as possible, and to live — or die — on their own terms. This powerful historical fiction novel by the author of A Night Divided about the largest single revolt by Jews during WWII explores the Holocaust from the rarely-discussed perspective of Jewish resistance fighters through the story of one heroic young woman.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $12.59
  3. Spinning Silver

    Author: Naomi Novik

    With her father, the local moneylender, unable to collect his debts, Miryem and her parents are left on the edge of poverty — until she takes matters into her own hands. She soon develops a reputation for turning silver into gold, but an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk, the grim fey who appear more ice than flesh. He gives Miryem an impossible challenge, one that quickly entangles a local peasant girl and the unhappy young woman set to marry the tsar. The unlikely allies will have to find the power to change their fates if they hope to save their world and their own lives. This brilliant feminist reimagining of Rumpelstiltskin, by the author of the best-selling Uprooted, masterfully explores prejudice, love, and sacrifice through the stories of three courageous young women.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $12.16
  4. Children of Blood and Bone

    Author: Tomi Adeyemi

    When Zélie Adebola was a child, her home of Orïsha was full of magic... until a ruthless king ordered the maji killed, including Zélie's mother, a Reaper who summoned souls. Now, with the help of a rogue princess, Zélie has the chance to bring magic back to Orïsha and rebel against the brutal monarchy. But as she discovers feeling for an enemy and struggles to control her own powers, Zélie will have to learn to embrace who she is — and prepare herself to fight injustice, whatever the cost. This stunning series opener features compelling characters and world-altering choices in a setting inspired by West African mythology.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.43
  5. Blood Water Paint

    When 12-year-old Artemisia Gentileschi's mother died, she could choose a life as a nun in a convent or one grinding pigment for her father's paint. The choice was simple: art called to her, and by the time she was 17 in 1610, she was one of the most talented painters in Rome. What art couldn't do, though, was protect her from the man who raped her and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her when she tried to seek justice. This powerful novel in verse recounts the story of extraordinary Baroque artist and feminist icon Artemisia Gentileschi who broke new ground for women both in art history and the courtroom as she fought against the stifling oppression of her time.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $7.68
  6. Skyward

    Spensa dreams of being a pilot, one of the heroes of the decades-long fight that the humans are losing — but her pilot father was killed years ago as he deserted his team, and his act of cowardice has left Spensa tarred with his disgrace. Still, she hopes to prove herself as a cadet in the Defiant Defense Force by excelling in the dangerous — sometimes fatal — training. And when she discovers a long-abandoned starfighter in a cave, she may get to do more than fly: she may be the key to winning the war. This trilogy opener is full of adventure and daring, with hints that not everything is as it seems in the fight for humanity.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $13.15
  7. Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

    Author: Lita Judge

    When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in response to a dare, it wasn't just a challenge: it was a chance to express to all of the grief and pain she had survived in her young life. Only nineteen years old, Shelley had already been disowned by her family, caused a scandal by living with a married man, and lost her newborn daughter. Her "ghost story" not only won her dare, but the passion behind her words created a classic work of literature that is still devoured by readers two centuries later. In this gorgeous novel in verse, accompanied by hundreds of stunning black-and-white watercolor illustrations, author / illustrator Lita Judge has created a haunting depiction of the pregnant runaway teenager whose Gothic horror novel sparked the imagination of millions.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $12.16
  8. Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

    When American women won the right to vote in 1920, it was the culmination of a nearly eighty-year fight! In this mesmerizing book, author Winifred Conkling crafts a unique history of the Women's Suffrage Movement that explores the broader progress of the movement, as well as its often powerful and sometimes rocky relationship with the temperance and abolitionist movements. From early activists like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth; to the first female candidate for president, Victoria Woodhull; to later activists like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns who succeeded in successfully pushing the amendment through at great personal cost, Votes for Women! tells their stories and explores their legacies in a riveting and unflinching fashion.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $8.49
  9. The Iron Flower: The Black Witch Chronicles

    Author: Laurie Forest

    Elloren Gardner and her friends at the University were only seeking to right a few wrongs; the last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest. Determined to keep her friends safe and fight back against the regime's growing oppression, Elloren finds it increasingly difficult to believe that she didn't inherit any of her grandmother's — the notorious Black Witch — power, as she's always been told. She's also finding it harder to deny her growing feelings for fellow resistance member Yvan Guriel, even though a relationship between a Gardnerian and a Kelt is unimaginable in such troubled times. This thrilling and thoughtful sequel to The Black Witch ups the stakes for Elloren and those she loves as dark forces are on the rise and the fight for the future becomes all too real.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $9.99
  10. Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

    For decades, Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl has inspired the world with its humanity and optimism in the face of the horrors of World War II. Now, this graphic novel adaptation, authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, provides a fresh look at this enduring classic. Extensive quotations directly from the definitive edition of The Diary are accented by stunning illustrations which add a sense of immediacy and intimacy to this story, which is as relevant today as when it was written.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $17.97
  11. Sadie

    When Sadie was 6, her drug-addicted single mother gave birth to Mattie — so Sadie basically raised her. When their mother disappeared, Sadie kept caring for her... until Mattie was found dead at 13. Heartbroken and furious, especially once the police investigation gets botched, Sadie sets off on a road trip to find her sister's killer — and make him pay. Then she too disappears. Months later, West McCray, a radio personality, overhears Sadie's story and becomes obsessed with finding her. Readers will be riveted as Sadie's first-person account alternates with McCray's investigation, revealing the ugly truths of Sadie's quest for vengeance.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $11.38
  12. Speak: The Graphic Novel

    Illustrator: Emily Carroll

    No matter how much people say to speak up, Melinda knows that's a lie: no one wants to hear her story. She called the cops on an end-of-summer party right before she started high school, and now nobody wants anything to do with her. Her art teacher, though, seems to realize Melinda is hurting, and as she works on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face the truth: she was raped by an upperclassman at that party, one who still attends her school. And as she rediscovers her voice, Melinda also rediscovers her own power. This adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's modern classic Speak is just as gripping as when the story was first published.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $15.37
  13. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

    Author/Illustrator: Pénélope Bagieu

    Both past and present, if you're a girl who dares to go against the world, you have to be a little brazen! Celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of 33 women from a variety of social, ethnic, cultural, and historical backgrounds, always with a sense of wit and humor that will draw readers into their stories and leave them eager to learn more. Sometimes infuriating but always inspiring, the stories of the obstacles these women overcame will inspire the next generation to become a little brazen themselves.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $11.19
  14. March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine

    Illustrator: Frank Morrison

    As a child, Melba Pattillo Beals saw Klansmen hang a man from the rafters during a prayer meeting; as a teen, she was almost raped when she was unknowingly taken to a KKK meeting. And throughout, she asked tough questions: why should she have to drink from a separate fountain, or live her life feeling unsafe? The adults in her life wanted her to keep quiet out of fear, but she refused: she knew there was a future where she could live free — and as one of the Little Rock Nine, she made her mark on history. This powerful memoir captures the courage and determination of Beals and the other child activists like her who pushed for change.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $9.59
  15. Tess of the Road

    Tess is the black sheep of her family, always speaking out of turn and getting into trouble. When she drunkenly punches her new brother-in-law at her twin Jeanne's wedding, her parents decide that's the last straw and plan to send her to a nunnery. Instead, she cuts her hair, disguises herself as a boy, and hits the road. She's not sure where she's going yet, just that the road will give her answers — answers about who she is, why she is the way she is, and where she belongs. This fantasy adventure set in the world of Seraphina and Shadow Scale also explores how girls are taught to blame themselves even when others are at fault — and the power of journeys to reveal truths to those who walk them.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.69
  16. A Very Large Expanse of Sea

    Author: Tahereh Mafi

    A year after 9/11, Shirin is fed up with the stereotypes she faces everywhere she goes, simply for being a Muslim girl who wears the hijab. She hides her anger with indifference, pretending not to care about the opinions of her peers while burning off her fury with music and breakdancing. But when she meets Ocean James in her biology class, she is shocked to discover he genuinely wants to get to know her... and she might like him too. But if being a Muslim girl by itself earned glares, being a Muslim girl with a white boy brings even more open hostility. Shirin will have to decide if the possibility of a romance is worth the risk of dropping her guard. This powerful novel explores fear, first love, and the devastating impact of prejudice.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $12.23
  17. What the Night Sings

    14-year-old Gerta Richter was a talented singer with a promising future — until June 1944, when Nazi soldiers burst into her home and she found out that her Papa had spent years concealing their Jewish heritage. She survived to liberation, but her father didn't... and without her music, and unsure of her place in the world, Gerta's not sure she'll find a way to move on. In a displaced persons camp, though, she meets Lev, a fellow teen survivor. As she grows closer to Lev, Gerta begins to accept her new Jewish identity, and even sees the possibility of music entering her life again. This powerful novel, with haunting spot images and larger illustrations that capture the deep emotion of the text, explores the challenges that faced survivors of the Holocaust, who had to try to rebuild lives that could never be the same.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.97
  18. The Astonishing Color of After

    When Leigh Chen Sanders' mother died, Leigh is convinced that she turned into a bird — and she's determined to find it, and not to think about how she kissed her best friend (and longtime crush) Axel on the same day her mother completed suicide. As she tries to process her grief, Leigh travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. In her search for the bird, she seeks out places that were important to her mother, and uncovers family secrets, while also expressing herself through art. Part reality, part magic, this novel about recovery from grief and finding yourself is luminous and evocative.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.31
  19. Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

    Author: Mackenzi Lee
    Illustrator: Petra Eriksson

    When Mackenzi Lee started a weekly Twitter series featuring women of the past, she started spreading the word about Bygone Badass Broads! In this collection, Lee tells the stories of 52 of these remarkable (and often forgotten) women, who dared to break convention and traditional gender roles. Lee's witty and conversational storytelling style makes this book a joy to read, while the bold and compelling illustrations entice readers to flip the page for just one more story.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $12.85
  20. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree

    With her dreams of studying at the university and becoming a teacher within reach, a teenage girl in Nigeria has a promising future ahead of her – until the day that Boko Haram terrorists descend on her village, killing her family and kidnapping her. Along with the other young women, the unnamed narrator is taken into the forest where she is forcibly married, subjected to serial rape, and forced to watch her best friend slowly accept their captors' radical beliefs. Despite it all, the young woman holds onto hope, determined to fight for a future of her own making. This harrowing yet empowering story is based on the true story of the 276 Chibok girls whose kidnapping spurred an international movement to "Bring Back Our Girls" in 2014.
    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.98
  21. A Winter's Promise

    Long ago, the world was shattered into floating islands called Arks. On one of them, Ophelia lives happily as a museum curator, a position that well suits her gift to read the past of objects by touch. Her other ability, traveling through mirrors, is an afterthought as far as she's concerned. Then she's ordered to marry Thorn, an influential member of a distant clan from the Pole, a cold and icy ark. Ophelia doesn't know why her family — or Thorn's — would want this marriage, but she's determined to find out.. if she can survive her dangerous new home. An inventive world and a sophisticated plot will leave readers eager for the second volume of this series.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $10.59
  22. Pride

    Author: Ibi Zoboi

    Zuri Benitez's pride in her Afro-Latino roots and her wild but happy family is coming face to face with the gentrification of her Brooklyn neighborhood and the wealthy Darcy family's two teenage sons, Ainsley and Darius. Even though she rolls her eyes when her older sister develops a crush on Ainsley, she slowly starts finding an unexpected connection with Darius. But with college applications upcoming and another possible love interest close at hand, will Zuri find her place in the neighborhood's new normal? This remixed take on Pride and Prejudice by the author of the critically acclaimed American Street tackles tough social issues while paying loving tribute to this classic novel.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.39
  23. The Cruel Prince

    Author: Holly Black

    When Jude was seven, her parents were murdered and she and her sisters were taken to the High Court of Faerie. Now, ten years later, Jude is determined to earn a place at the court by becoming a knight. However, many fae hate humans like her — particularly Prince Cardan, the High King's wickedest son. But as palace intrigues mount and civil war threatens, Jude must make a risky alliance to keep her sisters safe... and perhaps, save the High Court and all of Faerie. Dark and absorbing, with a world of playfully blood-thirsty fey antagonists, this series opener stars a determined and truly dangerous heroine.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.39
  24. The Hazel Wood

    Years ago, 17-year-old Alice's grandmother wrote Tales from the Hinterland, a short set of dark, feminist fairy tales, and then retreated to her estate, the Hazel Wood. Alice has never met her grandmother, though; she and her mother have spent most of her life on the road, avoiding the bad luck that seems to follow them everywhere. But when Alice's grandmother dies, and her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, Alice needs help her classmate Ellery, a Hinterland superfan, if she's going to go to the rescue — and figure out where her own bad luck began. A ferocious heroine facing an eerie and dangerous world makes this a thrilling story of exploitation, liberation, and love.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $6.59
  25. Puddin'

    Author: Julie Murphy

    Millie Michalchuk is sick of going to "fat camp" — she's happy in her own skin and would rather go to a broadcast journalism program and figure out how to get Malik, her crush, to notice her. Then her aunt and uncle's gym is vandalized — and the culprit is Callie Reyes, a dance team member who seems to have it all but struggles with her biracial identity and "friends" who abandon her at the first bump. When Callie is ordered to work with Millie at the gym, Millie's optimistic attitude (and genuine friendship) might be just what Callie needs. This companion to the best-selling Dumplin' celebrates positive female friendships and loving yourself as you are.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $6.49
  26. Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You

    Author/Illustrator: Ann Shen

    World history includes thousands of legendary goddesses who represented the feminine divine! In this lushly illustrated book by Ann Shen, the author and artist who created Bad Girls Throughout History, teens and adults will learn about 50 of these powerful and empowering deities, including Aphrodite, the Greek goddess whose love overcame mortality; Mazu, the Chinese deity who safely guides travelers home; and Lakshmi, the Hindu provider of fortune and prosperity. Vibrant watercolor artwork and compelling capsule descriptions make this an intriguing and fascinating book for exploring the often-ignored female side of mythology.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.47
  27. To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel

    Illustrator: Fred Fordham

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s haunting portrait of race and class, hypocrisy and heroism set in the Deep South of the 1930s, remains of the most beloved and important novels of all time. The story of Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama has now been vividly reborn in this beautifully crafted graphic novel. This timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humor, unwavering honesty, and a tender, nostalgic beauty — its lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this stunning visual edition.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $15.39
  28. Truly Devious

    Ellingham Academy is famous for recruiting the greatest minds — and for the mysterious kidnapping of the founder's wife and daughter shortly after it opened, with a note signed by the pseudonym "Truly, Devious." True-crime fan Stevie Bell is just starting at the academy and she's determined to crack the case. But when Truly Devious returns to the school, and a student ends up dead, Stevie will have to overcome her anxiety and depression to find the culprit... before Truly Devious strikes again. Suspenseful and atmospheric, this series opener will leave young adult readers eager to return to the Academy in the second book, The Vanishing Stair.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $6.89
  29. Impostors

    Frey has never existed apart from her twin sister, Rafi: her only job is to be Rafi's body double, ready to fight, kill, or die for Rafi when necessary. But when her father sends Frey in place of Rafi as collateral for a critical deal, she suddenly faces two challenges: pretending to be her charming sister and facing the realities of her hometown of Shreve, where her oppressive father tracks citizens electronically. When she starts to grow close to Col, the son of a rival leader, Frey faces the choice to become her own person — and stand up against everything that her father represents. Action-packed and full of intriguing questions about individual freedom, this series opener by the author of the best-selling Uglies series is an explosive read.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $3.19
  30. Courageous Women of the Vietnam War

    Medics, Journalists, Survivors, and More

    Over the course of the two decades of fighting in Vietnam, women played their own roles: as medics, journalists, resisters, and more. In this book from the Women of Action series, author Kathryn J. Atwood dives into the complex political history of the Vietnam War, and explores the lives of fourteen women whose lives were changed by this conflict. With suspenseful profiles and in-depth historical information, it's a detailed and engaging look at the often unexpected roles that women played, both during the Vietnam War and in the years afterward.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $12.71
  31. Love, Hate and Other Filters

    Author: Samira Ahmed

    Maya is trying to figure out the right time to tell her parents she's been accepted into a prestigious film school — and that she's more interested in dating a longtime (white) classmate than the Muslim boys her parents deem suitable. Then a young man — one who reportedly shares Maya's last name — commits an act of terror, and suddenly the anti-Muslim backlash seems to change everything. Maya must grapple with her Indian Muslim identity and the dreams she feels slipping away. This book explores fear, bigotry, and the experiences of second-generation immigrants with gentleness and heart.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.63
  32. History vs Women: The Defiant Lives that They Don't Want You to Know

    Illustrator: T. S. Abe

    Women have always made history — but history hasn't always shared their stories. In this exciting title, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams, Ph.D., reclaim 25 stories of remarkable women through the ages. Political leaders, warriors, artists, scientists, and heroes, these women defied convention, lived authentically, and changed the world — and few people know their names. With its bold design, including full-color illustrations of each woman, this is a standout capsule history for teens or adults who want to fill in the gaps in the history they've been taught.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $12.74
  33. Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship

    Author: L. M. Elliott

    Peggy Schuyler is used to being overshadowed by her two older sisters, brilliant Angelica and kind and beautiful Eliza. Even when George Washington's aide-de-camp, Alexander Hamilton, contacts her, it's just to find out how to woo Eliza. But Peggy and Alexander become fast friends, and as her father and Alexander take on important roles in the Revolutionary War, she decides she can't sit on the sidelines. Soon, she's helping her father gather intelligence — and when British Loyalists storm the Schuyler home, it will take all of Peggy's courage and cleverness to win the day. Inspired by the musical Hamilton and backed up by in-depth research, Elliott has crafted a thrilling new historical novel that highlights a daring, brave, and loyal young woman and her world-changing friendship.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $10.79
  34. Everless

    Author: Sara Holland

    In Sempera, time is currency — and taxes allow the rich, like the Gerlings, to cut short the poor's lives to lengthen their own. Jules Ember and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings' estate, until they fled ten years ago... but now her father is dying, and the only way to save him is to earn him more time. When she returns to Everless, though, Jules finds she still has feelings for Roan Gerling — and still fears his brother, Liam. She also discovers a shocking secret, one that she must get to Sempera's queen... at any cost. This complex story full of palace intrigue and self-discovery elegantly displays the dark cracks underneath Everless' beauty — ones which the daring Jules must break wide open.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $6.98
  35. The Good Demon

    One month ago, the reverend and his son performed a "deliverance" on Clare, pulling the demon out of her. Except what nobody seems to understand is that Clare loved the demon she knew as Her: She comforted Clare and made her brave. So when Clare finds three clues She left behind — Be nice to him; June 20; Remember the stories — she teams up with the reverend's son, determined to find Her. Their investigation leads to something sinister about their village, and the reclusive One Wish Man. Just how much will Clare give up to get Her back? This horror novel that hinges on free will and sacrifice is both creepy and compelling.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.99
  36. I Have The Right To

    A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope

    As a freshman at a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, Chessy Prout was sexually assaulted as part of a ritualized game of conquest — and when she reported the assault and took her attacker to court, her school community turned on her. She was guaranteed anonymity if she chose, but instead she revealed her identity, challenging those who blame faceless victims to confront their prejudice, and demanding that institutions stop turning a blind eye to rape culture under their roof. This empowering story of survival turned into advocacy is a painful but critical read.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $9.71
  37. Willa of the Wood

    Author: Robert Beatty

    Willa's Faeran clan once acted as stewards of the Great Smoky Mountains, but their numbers are declining, and under their current leader, the padaran, their old ways of foraging and caretaking are forbidden. Instead, he directs children like Willa to steal from human homesteaders, who she has been taught to despise. But when she is wounded breaking into a cabin one night, she's shocked when a human man tries to help her. And, when she discovers the padaran imprisoning human children, she begins to question everything about her society and its leader. Willa will have to stand up to evil around her with compassion and strength if she is going to save her people. This powerful story from the author of the best-selling Serafina series is full of magic, adventure, and hope.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $5.39
  38. The Boneless Mercies

    Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa have devoted their lives to mercy killing; as the Boneless Mercies, they seek out the old and the sick and give them a peaceful end. But when a Mercy dies, her name passes into obscurity; they're no heroes whose songs will be sung for generations. Then Frey hears about the Blue Vee Beast, a monster that's terrorizing a nearby jarldom. If the Mercies defeat it, they'll not only have enough money to live happily to the end of their days: they'll also go down in history. Loosely inspired by Beowulf, this evocative story explores sisterhood, claiming agency, and the power of writing your own legend.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $5.11
  39. Honor Among Thieves

    Petty criminal Zara robbed the wrong person, and suddenly a jail cell sounds better than the alternative. But instead of a stint in prison, Zara finds herself recruited by the Honors, a team of humans selected by the sentient alien ships called the Leviathan. To her surprise, when she boards Nadim, the ship she's assigned, she finds herself communicating with it easily — and even feeling at home. But she can't shake the feeling that the Leviathan — even Nadim — are hiding something, and that the Honors aren't everything they seem... This intriguing series opener which encourages readers to question what they know includes a contemplative look at the meaning of love.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.75
  40. House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery

    Author: Liz Rosenberg
    Illustrator: Julie Morstad

    When she was 14 years old, Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote in her journal, "I love books. I hope when I grow up to be able to have lots of them." Instead, she grew up to write them — including the beloved Anne of Green Gables series. However, she also struggled with anxiety and depression, a troubled married life, and more. In this biography for teens, Liz Rosenberg delves into Montgomery's unpublished personal journals to create a unique and moving portrait of this groundbreaking author and her writings which captivated the world.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $8.55
  41. Roses and Radicals

    The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote

    It's easy to say that the 19th Amendment "gave" women the right to vote, but the truth is that women had to fight to win that right — for almost eighty years, with literal blood, sweat, and tears. In this exciting volume, author Susan Zimet captures just how complicated the quest for women's suffrage in the United States was, and paints vivid portraits of the women who endured mockery, arrest, and even torture to achieve it, in some cases knowing that the Amendment wouldn't pass in their lifetimes. With portraits, period cartoons, and other archival images, Zimet highlights just how controversial the notion of votes for women was. Tween and teen readers will be shocked to learn the details of this epic women's rights battle — and inspired to use their votes well in future!

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $14.29
  42. Amal Unbound

    Author: Aisha Saeed

    Amal dreams of being a teacher, but as the oldest daughter in her Pakistani family, she has to stay home from school to care for her siblings. She plans to find other ways to continue her studies, but an accidental run-in with the son of the village's corrupt landlord turns her life upside down: she is forced into indentured servitude at his estate to pay off her family's debt. But Amal's ability to read provides her with a shocking — and dangerous — opportunity to expose the Khan family's corruption. This powerful novel with a courageous and intelligent main character is a celebration of education, resistance, and hope.

    Ages: 10 to 14
    Price: $11.99
  43. When My Heart Joins the Thousand

    Author: A. J. Steiger

    17-year-old orphan Alvie is autistic, and she's focused on her goal: convince a judge that she's emotionally, mentally, and financially ready for emancipation, before she ends up a ward of the state permanently. All she wants to do is make it to her 18th birthday without a mishap that could ruin everything. Then she meets Stanley, a boy with osteogenesis imperfecta, who tempts her to care about someone again. But can she really believe that Stanley will accept her as she is? A gentle romance that goes beyond stereotypes about autism and chronic illness, this book is a reminder that happiness — and love — are worth fighting for.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $11.38
  44. The Night Diary

    Twelve-year-old Nisha is half-Muslim, half-Hindu, and in 1947, when Pakistan and India have just separated, she feels like she doesn't know where she belongs. After losing her mother as a baby, she's desperate to cling to the familiar. But when her father decides it's too dangerous to stay in Pakistan, Nisha and her family set out as refugees in search of a new home, first by train and then on foot. It's long and dangerous travel, but Nisha still believes that the future will be bright. In a series of letters to her mother, Nisha relates her journey and explores the search for home, identity, and hope.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $6.49
  45. American Heart

    Fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri lives in a world where Muslim-Americans are forced into detainment camps — something that seems like a perfectly sensible precaution, from what she reads in the news. Then she meets Sadaf, a Muslim fugitive fleeing to Canada, who upends Sarah-Mary's ideas of right and wrong. With her eyes newly opened to the injustice around her, Sarah-Mary decides to help Sadaf on her journey, but as the pair hitchhike north, can Sarah-Mary keep Sadaf safe... or will she discover that, in her America, anyone deemed suspicious becomes a target? This tense and powerful story of moral awakening has deep resonances with today's America.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $5.95
  46. The Red Ribbon

    When 14-year-old Ella is detained on her way home school and sent to a concentration camp, she discovers an opportunity for survival: the camp runs a sewing workshop where prisoners make high-fashion dresses for the wives of the Nazi elite. There, the work is less dangerous, and Ella can conceal the realities of the camp from herself... until she meets Rose. Rose is a political prisoner, and she has no illusions about the camp — or the Nazi Final Solution. As Rose opens Ella's eyes, and the last days of the war bring chaos to the camp, friendship may be the one thing that endures through it all. This poignant novel explores a little-known piece of Holocaust history through one girl's gripping story.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $9.99
  47. Code Girls Young Readers Edition

    The True Story of the American Women Who Secretly Broke Codes in WWII

    Author: Liza Mundy

    In the midst of World War II, over ten thousand American women were secretly recruited as codebreakers while men were fighting in Europe and the Pacific. These women decoded critical information that saved countless lives — and even helped bring the war to an end. However, because their work was classified, nobody, not even their own families, knew how much they had contributed to their country. Liza Mundy conducted interviews with surviving code girls and pored through recently declassified information in order to create the best-selling adult title Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. This young readers edition brings this riveting story of courage, service, and scientific accomplishment to middle grade readers.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $8.99
  48. Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women

    Author: Kate Schatz
    Illustrator: Miriam Klein Stahl

    These girls made an impact on the world — and they did it before they turned 20! Rad Girls Can, the latest volume from the best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, introduces kids to girls past and present who made their mark. From famous names like Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, and Joan of Arc, to lesser-known figures like Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini, anti-cyberbullying activist and app designer Trisha Prabhu, and more. As in the other books, each profile is compared with bold cut-paper artwork, and the book wraps up with a reminder that there's one more Rad Girl who can make a difference: you!

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $13.27
  49. Power In Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics

    From 4th century Alexandria to China's Qing Dynasty to the modern day, women have defied convention and made their mark in the world of mathematics! In this full-color volume, Dr. Talithia Williams shares the stories of groundbreaking mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists whose love of numbers have driven profound discoveries and phenomenal technological advances. For teens who have ever wondered just how far math can take you, this book provides the answer, along with plenty of inspiration from historical figures — and the women who are making history today.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $2.50
  50. Be Prepared

    Author/Illustrator: Vera Brosgol

    Vera is desperate to fit in with her suburbian friends — but for a Russian immigrant with a single mother, that's not easy. The other girls in the neighborhood all go to summer camp, so when she finds out that her family's church will help pay for a Russian Orthodox camp, she convinces her mother to let her go. The reality of camp, though — complete with Russian history lessons, stinky outhouses, and peer drama — isn't quite what she imagined! Fortunately, with time, Vera achieves some real triumphs. Author / illustrator Vera Brosgol deftly combines emotional honesty and belly laughs in this autobiographical graphic novel.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $10.91
  51. The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

    Before she was a lawyer, a judge, and the first Hispanic person appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was a girl in a Bronx housing project, struggling with juvenile diabetes, poverty, and family troubles. But when she found a big dream to pursue, nothing would stand in her way! In this middle-grade adaptation of her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World, Sotomayor tells her story in a relatable, appealing way, encouraging young readers to "dream big dreams" — and fight for what they know is right.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $8.99
  52. Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History

    Author: Sam Maggs
    Illustrator: Jenn Woodall

    Girls are powerful — and when they work together, they can achieve almost anything. This book celebrates the power of female friendships in a variety of fields, from art to science to political activism and even to piracy! Author Sam Maggs' feisty and hilarious voice, as well as her clear love for the subject matter, makes this book a joy to read, and empowering illustrations from Jenn Woodall capture the ferocity, determination, and love of the BFFs in these tales. It's the perfect choice for any girl to share with her own girl squad!

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $9.99
  53. The Wicked Deep

    Author: Shea Ernshaw

    Two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death as witches... and ever since then, the town of Sparrow has been cursed. Each summer, the sisters steal the bodies of three girls and lure boys into the harbor to drown them. 17-year-old Penny Talbot considers this just part of life in Sparrow until Bo Carter arrives. Bo doesn't understand the danger he's in, or why Penny seems so secretive... but he is hiding secrets as well. As Penny faces the choice to save Bo or herself, readers see flashbacks of the sisters' lives... and deaths. Teens will eagerly turn pages of this atmospheric and eerie read.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $7.79
  54. Sawkill Girls

    On the seemingly idyllic island of Sawkill Rock, people love to tell mysterious tales of a boogieman called the Collector — but Marion, Zoey, and Val are starting to wonder if the tale is more truth than fiction. For generations, girls have gone missing — their bodies never found — including Zoey's best friend and now Marion's sister. New arrival Marion, outcast Zoey, and queen bee Val are unlikely allies, but if they want to defeat the evil behind the Collector, they will have to work together... even when they're tempted to tear one another apart. A spine-tingling story about three teenage girls who discover their own strength and the power of women uniting for a common cause.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $8.49
  55. Breakout

    Author: Kate Messner

    Nora has been looking forward to summer in Wolf Creek, and plans on lots of fun with her friends, Lizzie and Elidee. Instead, when two inmates break out of the maximum security prison — where Nora's father is a superintendent, and Elidee's brother is an inmate — the community changes fast. Nora considered Wolf Creek (and herself) to be welcoming, but as she watches the rampant suspicion in the wake of the breakout, including racism directed at Elidee, she realizes that neither she nor her town are as open-minded as she thinks. Told in a selection of documents that Nora collects for a time capsule project, this story invites readers to examine how prejudice, fear, and ignorance can take root, even close to home.

    Ages: 10 - 14
    Price: $8.38
  56. Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy

    Author: Amy Ratcliffe

    From the first appearance of Princess Leia to the rise of Rey, in movies, TV shows, comics, and novels, women have driven the saga of the Star Wars universe forward! This beautifully illustrated book profiles 75 female characters from across films, fiction, and comics, complete with key story details, new insights, and a few behind-the-scenes details. With 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of female artists, this remarkable book is an inspiring celebration of the daring women found in a galaxy far, far away.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $19.81
  57. American Panda

    Author: Gloria Chao

    Mei is seventeen and a freshman at MIT: skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' plan for her to become a doctor, marry a bright Taiwanese man, and have plenty of children. And she knows her parents have sacrificed to get her there, so she feels tremendously guilty that she hates medicine and that her current crush is definitely not Taiwanese. But when she reconnects with her estranged brother, who dated the wrong woman and ended up disowned, she realizes that an authentic life is worth pursuing. Both funny and touching, many kids will recognize themselves in Mei's desire to find her own way.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.89
  58. Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII

    When the US Army Airforce faced a shortage of pilots in the middle of World War II, they called upon a determined group of women to help. The 1,100 women of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) were trained like military pilots, marching in review and wearing uniforms. They took on grunt work like testing repaired planes and ferrying planes from factories to bases, and even towing targets for live ammunition training. A number died in the line of duty, but because they were "only" civilians, they received no military benefits, not even for burials. In this inspiring book, author Patricia Pearson creates a lively account of the daring women whose love of flying and desire to serve their country drove them to soar and challenge the sexist attitudes of their time.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $6.48
  59. Teen Trailblazers: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20

    Illustrator: Vesna Asanovic

    You don't have to be an adult to change the world — history is full of teenage girls who made their marks! In this visually compelling book, tweens and teens will learn about 30 women who accomplished great things before their 20th birthdays. From famous names like Joan of Arc, Sacagawea, and Mary Shelley to lesser-known figures like Sybil Ludington, Claudette Colvin, and Katie Stagliano, these stories are sure to inspire a new generation of fearless girls and women to find their own path.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $13.99
  60. Leah on the Offbeat

    Senior year is proving to be a struggle for Leah. She's a talented drummer and confident in herself, but too self-conscious to show off her drawings, and afraid to admit she's bisexual, despite her friend Simon being openly gay. And as the only child of a single mom, she doesn't have the privileges that many others do. With prom — and then college — approaching fast, her friend group is starting to fracture. And on top of it all, she's starting to have serious feelings for one of her friends... feelings she doesn't think will ever be reciprocated. One way or another, by the end of the year, life will never be the same. This sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda tells a story of big changes in Leah's vibrant, likeable voice.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $7.99
  61. The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

    Girls and women fight for their goals every single day — so it's no wonder that women's history is full of radical women! In this inspiring volume, twelve young adult authors each tell the story of one young woman who fought society's expectations. They faced obstacles like immigration, racism, neurodivergence, and sexism, but the thing they had in common was a well of determination and courage that allowed them to keep fighting for their goals. This follow-up to A Tyranny of Petticoats is a unique look at how being true to yourself can be a radical choice.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $11.59
  62. Summer of Salt

    Author: Katrina Leno

    Georgina's family is full of magic, but with her 18th birthday fast approaching, it seems she'll never develop a gift. But she has no time to worry about that this summer: a rare, 300-year-old bird, Annabella’s Woodpecker, brings tourists to the island every year... but this year, the bird is found dead, deliberately killed by something. Georgina swears to track down the killer, and soon gains the help of Prue, a visitor to the island. As her relationship with Prue blossoms, Georgina will learn about many forms of love, and learn harsh truths about people she believed she could trust. Full of wonder, complexity, and magical realism, this book will make teens wish they could dive into its world.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.98
  63. Girl Made of Stars

    Mara has always had an especially close relationship with her twin brother Owen, the only person who helped her stop withdrawing after a traumatic experience. Then Hannah, her best friend — and Owen's girlfriend — accuses Owen of rape, and Mara's world is turned upside down. Mara refuses to dismiss Hannah's accusation the way so many others, including her fiercely feminist mother, do, but believing Hannah means accepting that the brother she loves has done something terrible. Powerful and timely questions about consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault take the fore in this novel; resources for survivors are included at the back.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.71
  64. Rebel Voices: The Global Fight for Women's Equality and the Right to Vote

    Illustrator: Eve Lloyd Knight

    Women have been fighting for equality for centuries — and the fight goes on today. In this stunningly illustrated tribute to the rule breaking rebel women who fought for the right to vote, young readers will learn about the history of the women's movement around the world. From the moment New Zealand became the first nation that officially and explicitly granted women's suffrage, to the worldwide Women's Marches of January 2017, these women raised their voices and insisted on being heard.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $14.31
  65. Dry

    Alyssa's California home has been dealing with the drought — which the news is still calling a "flow crisis" but locals are calling the Tap-Out — for some time. But one day, the taps run completely dry. Suddenly, Alyssa's neighborhood goes from a quiet suburb to a war zone as residents turn against one another, desperate for water. And when her parents don't return, Alyssa will have to make terrible choices if she and her little brother are going to survive. A harrowing story in an all-too-possible future, this title invites readers to imagine what they wouldn't do — and what they would — if their lives depended on it.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $10.89
  66. Every Shiny Thing

    Lauren is proud of being a good sister to her autistic brother — until her parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school. Sierra has been thrust into the foster care system by her alcoholic mother's jail sentence, and finds herself living in Lauren's wealthy neighborhood. The pair become friends, and work together on Lauren's plan to raise money for autistic kids from low-income families — but when Lauren's obsession with her cause pushes her to make some big mistakes both girls will learn important lessons about caring for themselves and others. This novel, told in alternating perspectives and in both verse and prose, is a powerful examination of friendship, justice, and the complexity of human emotion.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $8.99
  67. Marvel Fearless and Fantastic!

    Female Super Heroes Save the World

    Women can save the world! This stunning volume introduces girls and women of all ages to some of Marvel Comics' most aspirational female characters. Fifty superheroes are divided into chapters based on their driving personality trait: Determined, Daring, Compassionate, and Curious. Each character is illustrated with stunning comic-book artwork and features a carefully curated biography that covers her most important accomplishments. From fan favorites like Gamora and Black Widow to modern, diverse heroes like America Chavez and Kamala Khan, this book will delight comic fans both new and old.

    Ages: 8 and up
    Price: $8.49
  68. Supergirl: Being Super

    Author: Mariko Tamaki
    Illustrator: Joelle Jones

    Kara Danvers has spent years trying to blend in and feel normal — despite her super-strength and her ability to fly. But when an earthquake hits her small town near her 16th birthday, she can't pretend any more. Her superpowers are kicking into high gear, and people she thought she could trust may have ulterior motives. Kara will have to choose between the world where she was born and the world she loves if she's going to save the day. This Supergirl graphic novel, featuring a spectacular partnership between writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Joëlle Jones, collects the limited series Supergirl: Being Super #1-4.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $12.80
  69. The Continent

    Author: Keira Drake

    In the world of the Spire, a trip to the Continent to watch the violence of two nations perpetually at war is a thrilling gift; for 16-year-old apprentice cartographer Vaela Sun, it holds more appeal as a chance to perfect her maps of this icy country. But as she flies above the battle, Vaela is horrified by the realities of war — and when an accident leaves her stranded, she must survive the elements, then live with the Continent's residents — and face both her prejudices and her privilege head on. Readers will root for Vaela as she she seeks a way to her old home that could help her new one.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $6.01
  70. My Plain Jane

    Do you think you know the story of Jane Eyre? Perhaps you only know part of it... Orphan Jane Eyre and her school friend, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, get drawn into a supernatural mystery in this version of the tale. Jane, it turns out, can see and even control ghosts, something that earns her a high paying job from the Society for the Relocation of Wayward Spirits. But with a certain gentleman hiding secrets, and Gothic adventure all around, things get increasingly complicated... Wry and clever, this novel is part supernatural mystery and part romantic farce.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.99
  71. The War Outside

    Author: Monica Hesse

    In the midst of World War II, German-American Margot and Japanese-American Haruko have been ripped from their homes and forced into a "family internment camp" based solely on where their parents used to live. The girls don't have much in common, but they are drawn to one another because of their family troubles: Haruko is afraid for her soldier brother and wonders what her father is hiding, while Margot is afraid her mother will lose her pregnancy and has to watch her rational father get courted by Nazis. But can they rely on their friendship, or is the camp truly full of spies? Author Monica Hesse drew on extensive research to create this nuanced and complex look at the impact of America's internment of its own citizens.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.59
  72. Girls Think of Everything

    Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

    Illustrator: Melissa Sweet

    Every day, we use items and products invented by women — and yet few people could name one woman inventor. This book changes that! Author Catherine Thimmesh surveys a wide variety of inventions, from Stephanie Kwolek's Kevlar to Patsy O. Sherman's Scotchgard, that have changed the world, exploring how these women came up with their ideas and how they made them a reality. Engaging and inspiring, and updated in 2018 with even more stories of inventive women, this book celebrates female ingenuity and the women who refused to give up until their inventions became part of our everyday lives.

    Ages: 8 and up
    Price: $10.54
  73. Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

    Author: Sara Saedi

    Sara Saedi was a 13-year-old straight-A student when her sister's desire to apply for an after-school job revealed a shocking secret: her parents admitted that neither girl was a legal resident of the United States. Sara was terrified of being deported, but she was also dealing with all of the typical fears and troubles of being a teenager. Americanized is both a story of getting a green card and a story of growing up; along the way, teens will gain a new appreciation for the challenges facing undocumented immigrants and the universality of adolescence.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $7.26
  74. The Prince and the Dressmaker

    Author/Illustrator: Jen Wang

    Frances is a brilliant dressmaker whose life changes forever when she gets a very unusual commission: Prince Sebastian wants to hire her — to create gorgeous gowns for his alter ego, Lady Crystallia. Working for Crystallia means the chance to create the works of art she's always dreamed of, but a secret weapon has to stay secret, leaving Frances worried she'll never be known for her work. Meanwhile, Sebastian's parents have decided he has to marry, and he's worried what a potential bride with think about his time as Crystallia. How can these two friends find ways to be true to themselves, while also protecting the other? In this story about identity, art, and love that's both poignant and funny, Jen Wang creates a timeless fairy tale graphic novel that will speak to readers young and old.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $7.99
  75. Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts

    Author/Illustrator: Leah Tinari

    When women refuse to give up on their dreams, they become limitless! In this gorgeous volume, acclaimed artist Leah Tinari pays tribute to twenty-four extraordinary American women who changed our country's history and inspired her own artistic journey. From artists to athletes, teachers to politicians, activists to inventors, these women demonstrated courage, perseverance, and passion. Her powerful portraits, which include a few important facts about each women and span the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, are sure to spark an interest in learning more about these limitless women.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $12.52
  76. Brightly Burning

    Author: Alexa Donne

    When Stella Ainsley quits an engineering job on one spaceship to become a governess on the Rochester, she leaps into a world where poverty seems a distant memory and there are more books than she could have ever dreamed of. She also finds an intriguing companion in Hugo, the nineteen-year-old captain. But when Stella discovers the Rochester is full of mysteries — including a rumored haunting, a conspiracy that could destroy the fleet, and unpredictable behavior from the captain — she'll have to decide whether to trust her head or her heart. This unique reinterpretation of Jane Eyre explores class and survival in a dystopian but recognizable future.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $11.99
  77. Wildcard

    Author: Marie Lu

    In the aftermath of the Warcross Championships, Emika Chen is furious and betrayed: Hideo Tanaka, the person she's always looked up to, has used his NeuroLink algorithm to take control of millions of users. Emika is determined to stop Hideo's plans, so she bands up with the Phoenix Riders... only to learn that there's a bounty on her head, and that Zero and his ruthless Blackcoats are the only protection she's got. But Zero has his secrets too, and Emika wonders if the ends justify the Blackcoats' means. Full of shocking twists and challenging, timely themes, this emotionally powerful sequel to Warcross is as addictive as Hideo's video games.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.97
  78. A Conspiracy of Stars

    When Earth became uninhabitable, humans landed on Faloiv — and since then, the highly esteemed whitecoat scientists have been studying the planet's mysteries. Octavia dreams of being a whitecoat, so she jumps at the opportunity for a peek behind the closed doors of their labs. What she discovers, though, are disturbing secrets that could destroy the tentative peace with Faloiv's indigenous people — and Octavia begins to realize that her entire world is built on a lie. Important questions about imperialism, scientific ethics, and what it means to be human lie within this fascinating science fiction novel, which will leave readers eager for more information about this exciting world.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.75
  79. That's Not What Happened

    As far as everyone knows, when Leeann's best friend Sarah died in a school shooting, her dying thought was of faith... but Leeann knows differently. Now, as the third anniversary approaches, she's sad, anxious, and angry at the people who used her friend's death to foster their own narratives. To set the record straight, Leeann finds five other survivors to tell their stories. But their stories don't all agree at first, and soon all of them must wrestle with what they really did that day — and the aftermath. Author Kody Keplinger captures how the survivors have used their own mythologies to recover from the trauma of the shooting, and how those same stories are preventing them from moving forward.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.89
  80. Inkmistress

    Demigod Astra can control the future with her blood, a dangerous power that she keeps secret; instead, she spends quiet days with Ina, the girl she loves. But when a threat to the village goes unchecked by the king, Ina begs Asra to help her find her manifest, the animal she will be able to change into as an adult. In secret, Asra attempts a spell — and it goes horribly wrong. Now, Ina has sworn vengeance on the king and chosen a dragon as her manifest, and Asra has to stop her, even at the cost of learning the terrible truth of her own power. Set in the same world as Of Fire and Stars, this fast-paced romantic fantasy asks which deeds are too dark to do, even for the one you love.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.70
  81. Broken Things

    Author: Lauren Oliver

    When they were thirteen, Mia, Brynn, and Summer were inseparable, and obsessed with a novel called The Way Into Lovelorn — one that famously ended mid-sentence. The three friends would write fanfic imagining the actual ending, until the day that Summer was murdered, and everyone decided that Mia, Brynn, and their other friend Owen must have been the killers. Five years later, Mia and Brynn are still called The Monsters of Brickhouse Lane, but now they're determined to find out what happened... no matter what they learn is the truth. Eerie and suspenseful, this psychological thriller dives into dark territory as it explores obsession and damaged friendships.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $12.01
  82. Chaotic Good

    As a rising cosplay star, Cameron tries to ignore angry male commenters and focus on her goal: completing her portfolio and applying to a costume design program for college. But in her new town, the only comic shop — a key source for character references — is staffed by a gatekeeping dudebro owner who challenges every woman who walks in. Cameron borrows her twin brother's clothes and successfully masquerades as a boy, but when she starts falling for handsome Lincoln from the D&D group, will her portfolio fall by the wayside? Important themes about prejudice in fandom and cyberbullying don't overshadow the nerdy fun of this coming of age story.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $17.66
  83. The Looking Glass

    Author: Janet McNally

    One year ago, Sylvie's older sister Julia left the National Ballet Theatre Academy and disappeared and Sylvie tried to step into her shoes. No one will admit that Julia's career-ending injury — and overdose on painkillers — are signs that she may need help. When a copy of the sisters' favorite storybook, which Julia nicknamed "Girls in Trouble," arrives on Sylvie's doorstop, she's determined to follow the clues and hints so she can rescue her sister. What she might find instead, however, are important truths about herself — including her own strength. Poetic text and a slow build of tension draw readers in to this story of sisterhood.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.79
  84. The Light Between Worlds

    Six years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell traveled to a fantastical world called the Woodlands, and lived there for years — and then returned home to their lives in post-World War II England. Adjusting to a normal life after the Woodlands has been a struggle for both: Ev desperately wants to return, while Philippa would rather forget and move on. And when Ev goes missing, Philippa confronts a painful question of whether Ev found a way back to the home she missed — or if despair destroyed her in the real world. This novel about sisterhood, healing, and finding the place you belong is both poignant and beautiful.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.99
  85. Always Forever Maybe

    When Betts meets Aiden, she falls head over heels in love. It's frustrating that her best friend, Jo, doesn't see how perfect Aiden is! And with Jo insisting that Aiden is possessive and controlling, it only makes sense that Betts starts keeping a few secrets. Even her twin, Eric, doesn't seem to understand. Until one day, Aiden explodes in a way that forces Betts to see the truth... This unflinching story about an abusive teenage relationship is sympathetic to how easy it can be to get caught up in one — and how challenging it can be to leave — and highlights the power of a strong friendship to provide support when it's needed most.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $11.48
  86. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (Young Readers' Edition)

    One Teen Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

    Doaa Al-Zamel was only a teenager when the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, forcing her family to flee to Egypt. It soon became obvious that it wasn't safe for Syrians to live there, either, so Doaa and her fiance made a difficult decision: pay a smuggler to take them to Europe, where they might find both safety and opportunity. When the fishing vessel carrying them and five hundred other refugees was rammed and started to sink, though, Doaa had to fight for survival yet again. As she did in the adult readers' version of A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea, Melissa Fleming lets Doaa's compelling story speak for the millions of refugees facing the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time with determination and hope.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $6.48
  87. Damselfly

    When Samantha Mishra and other students from her elite boarding school survive a plane crash, they land in the thick of a jungle on an apparently uninhabited island and quickly set themselves to finding ways to survive. But as the pressure mounts, the teens start turning on one another, dividing across racial lines as one girl celebrates her dark skin by arguing that the "Pales" are less suited to their new situation. Meanwhile, Sam struggles with her identity and memories of her dysfunctional family, and wonders if anyone will make it through. Thought-provoking and tense, this novel explores power dynamics and how various influences come together to determine who ends up on top.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.43
  88. For a Muse of Fire

    Author: Heidi Heilig

    Jetta's family are famous shadow players... but the truth is that Jetta has the ability to see the souls of the recent dead, and bind them to the family's puppets. It's a secret she must keep carefully, because the old magical ways have been forbidden — but if Jetta can get to perform for the emperor, she might find a cure for illness that plagues her. However, rebellion is simmering and Jetta is discovering more and more dark truths, both about her family and about the horrors of war. This lush fantasy, the opener to a trilogy set in a rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism, boasts vibrant settings, a diverse cast, and an intriguing heroine struggling with mental illness.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.98
  89. That's What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women

    Author/Illustrator: Kimothy Joy

    Artist Kimothy Joy turns the derogatory joke "that's what she said" into a statement of encouragement and empowerment with this beautiful book featuring hand-lettered quotes by diverse, strong women! Each meticulously crafted quote is paired with a portrait of the woman who said it and an enlightening capsule biography that captures how that woman changed the world. Uplifting and inspiring, it's the perfect choice to sustain her through her own daring adventures as she sets forth to change the world in her own way.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $13.90
  90. The Hyena Scientist

    Did you know that Hyenas are one of the only mammalian societies led by the females? Zoologist Kay Holecamp has spent her life studying these misunderstood and often hated animals, proving that they are intelligent, social, and playful — a far cry from the pop culture depiction. In this volume of the critically acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, complete with vibrant photographs, kids will learn more about these fascinating creatures and celebrate the groundbreaking work of a female scientist in a predominantly male field.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $13.29
  91. A Sky Full of Stars

    After the events of Midnight Without a Moon, 13-year-old Rose is still wrestling with whether or not to stay in Mississippi. She loves the South, but the murder of Emmett Till has shown her just how much hate lurks there — and she's torn between her friend Hallelujah's attitude, that peaceful protest is the way to victory, and another boy, Shorty, who believes violence is necessary and even right. As Rose helps her Aunt Ruthie with a new business, she'll have to decide whether the safety and ease of life in the North is worth giving up the potential she sees in the South. This look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a child will give middle grade readers plenty to think about.

    Ages: 11 and up
    Price: $7.59
  92. Just As You Are

    A Teen’s Guide to Self-Acceptance and Lasting Self-Esteem

    It's okay to want to be your best — but sometimes teens set themselves impossible standards and find themselves in a loop of constant self-criticism. In this guide from the Instant Help Solutions series, psychologist Michelle Skeen and her daughter, Kelly Skeen provide step-by-step practical advice to shut down overcritical thoughts, identify your strengths, and stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, you'll learn how to use mindfulness tools to be more aware of your thoughts and feelings so that you can figure out what really matters to you — and build a future based on what you love. Most importantly, you'll learn that you are worthwhile, just as you are.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $10.49
  93. The Deepest Roots

    Every girl in Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas is born with a special gift — that most people think of as a curse. For Rome, who can Fix anything she touches, it's particularly frustrating: her ability doesn't help her mother pay the overdue rent and can't save her friend Lux from abuse at home, or Fix her friendships with Lux and Mercy — especially when a hunt for a rumored treasure starts pulling them apart. But their hunt may show them that a talent or a curse is all in how you use it, and that friendship is the most powerful gift of all. Magical realism and compelling characters make this novel linger with readers long after its done.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.98
  94. A Girl Like That

    When 16-year-old Zarin dies in a car accident in Saudi Arabia, alongside 18-year-old Porus Dumasia — a childhood friend and new boyfriend — the religious police start investigating... and people begin to realize that Zarin was far more than the rebellious troublemaker she seemed. Zarin's story slowly unfolds, revealing her sorrow at her parents' death, the abuse she received from the aunt who raised her, the bullying she suffered at school, and her decision to fight back by being anything but a "proper" girl. Eye-opening discussions about race, class, religion, and identity walk hand in hand with teenage issues of ambition and isolation in this beautiful debut novel.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $10.99
  95. This Is Not a Love Letter

    Author: Kim Purcell

    Jessie's African-American boyfriend, Chris, has gone missing, and Jessie doesn't believe that he ran away. Not when he's about to head off on a full-ride baseball scholarship — and not without letting her know, even if they were on a one-week break. And she knows that Chris, one of the few black students in their town, has been harassed, and even attacked, before, so she's determined to prompt the police to act. Chris wrote Jessie a love letter every Friday; now she's writing a letter to him about her search for answers, which is forcing her to face her fear and guilt over why he's gone. This book poignantly addresses questions of race, poverty, and depression that will linger with teen readers.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.99
  96. Sad Perfect

    16-year-old Pea has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), which makes many foods frightening — and that means she struggles with social anxiety and depression, since eating in front of other people is miserable. But now that she has a diagnosis, she can get the treatment she needs, including therapy and antidepressants. When Pea starts dating Ben, she thinks she's finally in control — and stops taking her medication. Support from outside isn't enough, though; Pea will have to recognize that only she can take control of her situation. This compassionate look at mental illness, which reminds readers that disordered eating goes beyond anorexia, is told in a unique second-person voice that gives it a serious emotional punch.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.40
  97. The Midnights

    Susannah Hayes has always dreamed of becoming a star — not just for the fame, but also to catch the eye of her former rock star father. When her father dies unexpectedly at the beginning of her senior year, and her mother moves the family to a new city, Susannah struggles, but realizes that this is an opportunity to reinvent herself... perhaps as the cool singer-songwriter that she's always wanted to be. As Susannah wrestles with finding her voice and friends who aren't what they seem to be, she may just discover that music can help. This nuanced exploration of identity, creativity, and family will speak to many teens who are still finding themselves.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $10.98
  98. Dread Nation

    In an America where the dead rose in the midst of the Civil War, the Native and Negro Education Act requires some children to attend combat schools, where they learn to be attendants and defenders of the wealthy white elite. Jane McKeene was hoping to return to her home in Kentucky, but when families in Baltimore County start going missing, she discovers that she's stumbled into a conspiracy — and the restless dead may not be the most monstrous enemies that surround her. The first book in a duology, Dread Nation explores what happens when racial prejudice comes face to face with a desperate need to survive — leaving a country on the brink of destruction.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.97
  99. Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived

    The Thirteenth Doctor may be the first time that the principal character of Doctor Who has been female, but the Whoniverse has always been full of bold, brave women! This volume, which will delight fans of Doctor Who both old and new, is an encyclopedia of female characters from all of the Doctor's iterations. Each woman's story is told with her at the center, whether she's a Companion, an antagonist, or a historical woman the Doctor met while traveling. With beautiful artwork from an all-female team, this is a must-have addition to any Whovian's book collection.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $13.49
  100. And She Was

    Author: Jessica Verdi

    When 18-year-old Dara's tennis coach encourages her to start competing in tournaments, her mother, Mellie, is strangely reluctantly to help her get a passport. So Dara goes looking for her birth certificate and is shocked to discover that the name under "father" is Mellie: she is a trans woman and transitioned after Dara was born. Seeking answers, Dara sets off on a road trip with her best friend, and between her travels and the emails Mellie sends her, she'll slowly learn important truths about identity, love, and her family history. This compassionate novel, full of humanity and hope, celebrates the power of being your true self.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.56
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