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A Mighty Girl's 2020 Books of the Year

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  1. The Light in Hidden Places

    Stefania “Fusia” Podgórska achieved her dream of leaving the family farm by working for the Jewish Diamant family in their grocery story in Przemsyl, Poland. The Catholic Fusia finds friendship with the family, and even first love: a secret betrothal with Izio Diamant. But when the German army invades, the Diamants are forced into a ghetto and Fusia is left without work and responsible for her 6-year-old sister Helena. And then, she hears a knock on the door: Izio's brother, Max, has jumped from a train taking Jews to the death camps. Fusia and Helena end up hiding Max and twelve other Jews — even while two Nazi offers requisition living space in their house. But can they keep their deadly secret? Best-selling author Sharon Cameron based this book on Fusia's true story, and includes an author's note detailing Fusia, Helena, and Max's lives after the war.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $13.76
  2. Legendborn

    Author: Tracy Deonn

    After 16-year-old Bree's mother died in an accident, she hopes to escape the tough memories at a residential program for enterprising high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill. Except her first night there, Bree witnesses a flying demon being defeated by a secret society of students — and a teenage mage's attempt to wipe her memory instead unlocks her awareness of her own magic powers. It also reveals a hidden memory: another "Merlin" was at the hospital when her mother died. She decides to infiltrate the Legendborn with the help of Nick, a self-exiled member with a grudge against the group. But when she learns that a war is coming, Bree has to decide whether to add her magical might to their side. With a rich magic system and intriguing plot threads about the intergenerational impact of chattel slavery, this is a stunning opener to an epic adventure.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $16.29
  3. Jo & Laurie

    It's 1869, and Jo March's first novel has become an unexpected best-seller... which means she's feeling the pressure for a sequel from both her publisher and her readers. Her first stories were inspired by real life, but she can't base a novel on things that haven't happened yet! A New York trip provides inspiration and an unexpected marriage proposal from Laurie; while Jo has feelings for him too, she wants to be independent. But when Laurie returns from college with a new girlfriend, Jo faces a lifetime without the person she loves... unless she can find a way to tell him how she really feels. Set in the year-long period between the publication of Little Women and Good Wives (which are now published as one volume), and based in part on Louisa May Alcott's life and letters, this is a charming and romantic retelling of an American classic.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $13.12
  4. The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

    Author: Garth Nix

    In an alternate 1983 London, Susan Arkshaw is looking for the father she's never met when her search crashes head on into Merlin, one of the booksellers, a family of magical beings who prevent the Old World of legends from intruding into the world of the New (and run several bookshops on the side.) Merlin and his sister Vivien are searching for the Old World being who killed their mother... and their quest seems to overlap with Susan's. As the line between Old and New Worlds starts to break down, Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must figure out how the pieces go together — and whether they can save the world. Bestselling fantasy author Garth Nix crafts a rollicking story of magic, mystery, and books in this novel which will leave readers eager for more adventures with the booksellers.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $17.99
  5. Clap When You Land

    When a plane crashes on its way to the Dominican Republic, one man leaves behind two daughters. Camino lives in the Dominican and dreams of the summers when her father visits, and the possibility of attending university at Columbia University in New York City, where he works. Yahaira lives in New York, and her father was her hero until last summer, when she discovered he had a second, secret wife. Neither of them knew about the other... until Papi died. Now, both girls are wrestling with grief and betrayal — and forging a bond with the only other person in the world who might understand. This stunning novel in verse by National Book Award-winning author of The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo is told in the voices of both girls, and explores moving through loss and finding forgiveness with the help of a friend.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $15.99
  6. Play Like a Girl: Life Lessons from the Soccer Field

    Author/Illustrator: Kate T. Parker

    Kate T. Parker, the photographer behind Strong Is The New Pretty, creates another inspiring photo book, this one drawing from the lessons you can learn while kicking a soccer ball! Parker's photos capture players from ages 3 to 63, from brand new kickers to some of women's soccer's top athletes. Each picture includes a quotation that captures the spirit, drive, and determination of these dauntless players. Packed with confident, resilient, and proud girls and women, this book will encourage and empower both children and adults!

    Ages: 8 and up
    Price: $14.39
  7. The Inheritance Games

    High school junior Avery Grambs is living out of her car, hoping to survive long enough to win a scholarship and make her way in the world. Then, she gets a message that billionaire Tobias Hawthorne has left almost his whole estate to her... even though she's never even met him. Worse, there's a condition: Avery must spend a year living in Hawthorne House alongside Hawthorne's furious daughters and grandsons, who think she's a con-woman. While there, Avery discovers secret passages, codes, and puzzles galore. Is she part of Hawthorne's final riddle? And will she be able to survive the year when so much is at stake for his descendants? Fans of The Westing Game and Knives Out will love this thrilling mystery.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.39
  8. They Went Left

    Author: Monica Hesse

    18-year-old Zofia is struggling to heal her body and rebuild her mind after liberation from Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. Three years ago, everyone in her family except her brother, Abek, as sent to the gas ovens; now, she can't remember the last time she saw Abek, but she knows she promised to find him. At a displaced persons camp, she meets others like her, trying to find a life after the horrors of the Holocaust, and even starts to feel like she could love someone again. But Zofia's trauma makes her memory unreliable, and she begins to wonder what exactly she will discover if she can put the pieces together. This stunning historical mystery by award-winning author Monica Hesse explores how the Holocaust affected survivors — and the incredible ability of humanity to overcome evil.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $15.99
  9. The Radium Girls Young Readers' Edition

    The Scary but True Story of the Poison that Made People Glow in the Dark

    Author: Kate Moore

    In the early 20th century, the young women who got jobs painting watch and gauge dials with glowing radium paint were considered lucky; they were well-paid, and surrounded by dust that would supposedly make them healthy — and literally made them glow. But the corporations didn't tell them about the dangers of radium exposure. When they started to get sick, the women tried to seek justice, only to be slandered by company management who claimed that they were dying of syphilis and other diseases. With their days numbered, the Radium Girls knew they had to win their case — not for themselves, but to protect generations of workers after them. This young reader adaptation of the best-selling adult book The Radium Girls tells the story of these courageous women and their groundbreaking battle for workers' rights to safety.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $10.49
  10. The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival

    Before 1992, Amra's life in Bosnia was that of a typical teenager, full of volleyball games and birthday surprises — but things were about to change. Suddenly Muslims like her started arriving in her hometown of Bihac, fleeing Serbian persecution... and soon even her own best friend refuses to talk to her. When the Serbian tanks beseige the town, Amra thinks all happiness has vanished until she meets a stray calico cat who seems to charm her way into everyone's heart... and perhaps even serves as the family's guardian. Now a professor in the United States, Sabic-El-Rayess uses her teenage self's viewpoint to explore the horrors of the Bosnian genocide and how war brings out the worst — and the best — in humanity.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $19.99
  11. Watch Over Me

    Author: Nina LaCour

    18-year-old Mila has just aged out of years in the foster care system after her mother abandoned her. She wants to build a life for herself — one that helps her believe she's "good" — so she's quick to accept a job at an isolated Northern California farm, where she'll work as a teacher for 9-year-old Lee. She and Lee bond over their similar pasts, and she even starts feeling like the farm could be home... until mementos from her past start appearing. Now, as she faces ghosts from her past, Mila has to decide if she'll stay, even if it means facing the reality of the physical and mental trauma she survived. This emotionally gripping and tender novel will make you root for Mila as she finds her way to a chosen family.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.69
  12. Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

    Author: Jim Ottaviani
    Illustrator: Maris Wicks

    For decades during the early space race, NASA knew the "right" sort of person to be an astronaut — and they were all men. Talented women were denied the chance to try, even when they proved they were just as qualified. Then Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became the first woman in space, and suddenly, NASA wanted to catch up. Group 9, NASA's first mixed gender class, still had to fight stereotypes, but they proved that women also deserved to fly. The author / illustrator pair behind Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas tells this captivating story in the voice of former astronaut Mary Cleave, creating an inspiring graphic novel that reminds readers that progress is fastest when we include everyone.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $14.58
  13. Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids

    Her Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities and Experiments

    Author: Rowena Rae

    American biologist Rachel Carson helped spark the modern environmental movement with her compelling writing about ecological damage — particularly her famous book Silent Spring. Now, budding ecologists can learn about Carson and her work in this biography from the For Kids series! Kids will read about Carson's life, then explore 21 hands-on activities, from collecting a seed bank to modeling bioaccumulation to building a worm farm. This inspiring book is sure to give kids new appreciation for the delicate balance of our planet's ecosystems.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $13.19
  14. Girls Garage

    How to Use Any Tool, Tackle Any Project, and Build the World You Want to See

    When girls get building, big things happen! Emily PIlloton founded the nonprofit Girls Garage in 2013, using her background in architecture and construction to help girls get confident with tools as they build real-world projects to help their community. Now, in this book, she provides the same guidance to girls everywhere! This book includes all the information a would-be builder needs, including 175 illustrated tool guides, 21 essential skills, and 11 how-to projects she can try herself. Plus, this 300-page compendium includes encouraging stories from real-life girls and women builders. Part how-to manual, part inspirational guide, this book will give girls confidence that there's nothing they can't plan, fix, or build!

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $25.70
  15. Skyhunter

    Author: Marie Lu

    18-year-old Talin fled to Mara when the the Karensa Federation invaded Basea years ago. While her skill at fighting has won her a place defending the nation, she's the constant target of xenophobia; she also struggles with trauma, both physical and mental, that requires her to communicate with sign language. When a Federation defector is scheduled to be executed, Talin protests, believing he can help Mara in the war, and as punishment for her audacity, her commander insists he become her fighting partner. However, as she gets to know Red better, she realizes he's a weapon — one which might mean the end of the Federation. This pulse-pounding dystopian series opener by bestselling author Marie Lu stars a daring young woman who will fight for freedom... no matter the cost.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $11.59
  16. Fable

    Four years ago, Fable's mother drowned in a storm, and her sea trader father abandoned her on an island full of thieves. She's spent the time since honing her skills to survive — and planning to find her father and demand her rightful place beside him. She bargains her way onto the Marigold by promising West, the young trader who captains it, that her talent as a diver and gem sage can pay her passage. But the crew is slow to accept her; West is not who he seems; and she's not sure her father will be quick to welcome her back. It turns out the storms aren't the most dangerous thing in the Narrows.... Bestselling author Adrienne Young packs this duology opener with adventure, a hint of magic, and slow-burning romance.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.69
  17. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

    Author: Holly Jackson

    Five years ago, high school senior Sal Singh was found dead by his own hand in the woods — and his girlfriend, Andie, disappeared. So everyone knows Sal killed her... except for Pip. She knew Sal as a child, and she can't imagine him as a killer, especially when she sees all the gaps in the case. As she starts digging into online records and interviewing people who knew Sal, she discovers secrets, some belonging to Sal's friends, who wouldn't give him an alibi, and others belonging to Andie herself. But someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip to find the answers, and she might find herself the next target... This engrossing mystery is full of surprise twists that will keep you turning pages to the end.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.99
  18. All the Days Past, All the Days to Come

    It's years after the events of the Newbery Medal-winning novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and Cassie Logan is now a young woman, trying to find her place in a complicated world. Wherever she goes, she seems to find both racism and tragedy, and even when she goes to law school and achieves a childhood dream, there are battles to fight — most notably the voter registration push of back home in Mississippi. This deeply satisfying conclusion to the Cassie's story — and that of the Logan family — is an equally compelling stand-alone novel about finding yourself amidst the tides of history.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.79
  19. You Should See Me in a Crown

    Author: Leah Johnson

    High school senior Liz has a big plan to get out of the midwestern town where a poor, queer, black girl like her never fit in: an elite college and a career as a doctor will write her a ticket out. But when she loses the financial aid she was counting on, her brother suggests something crazy: Liz could try to become prom queen, which comes with a scholarship. As she awkwardly works herself into the running, she meets another candidate for prom queen, new girl Mack — and quickly finds herself falling in love. With prom looming every closer and things getting more complicated by the second, Liz has to decide if it will destroy her dreams or make them come true. Equal parts smart and sweet, this queer YA rom-com is both full of heart and laugh-out-loud funny.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $11.98
  20. Ms. Gloria Steinem: A Life

    From an early age, Gloria Steinem observed the consequences of discrimination against women. The perceptive girl saw that society set up obstacle after obstacle towards women, and became determined to knock them all down. In this detailed biography, Winifred Conkling, author of Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot, explores the life of this pioneering woman, from Steinem's career in journalism to the founding of Ms. magazine to her activism through to the present day. It's an eye opening look at a dedicated feminist that will inspire the next generation of activists to challenge the status quo.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $15.99
  21. My Eyes Are Up Here

    Two big things stand in sophomore Greer Walsh's way: Maude and Mavis, the names she's given to her size 30H breasts. Instead of being able to focus on her love of math and volleyball, she's wrestling with finding shirts that fit and dealing with stares from the boys at school. Then a new kid, Jackson, takes an interest in Greer — not Maude and Mavis. He encourages her to try out for the volleyball team, and supports her when she faces challenges like finding a formal dress. Funny, heartbreaking, and real, this book will speak to anyone who's struggling to find where they fit during their body's most tumultuous years.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.68
  22. The Enigma Game

    It's 1940, and World War II has already taken its toll on 15-year-old Louisa Adair: both of her parents were recently killed by German explosives. But much as she'd like to help the war effort, there seems to be little she can do, so she accepts a position caring for an elderly German opera singer in a small village in Scotland. Then she meets Ellen McEwen, a Traveler and volunteer driver for the Royal Air Force, and Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a pilot... and the trio discover an Enigma machine, a German code-translation device that could turn the tide of the war. But can they unravel the puzzle while also staying safe from the enemy? A tense plot, absorbing characters, and poignant cameos from Wein's previous books Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief make this a powerful addition to young adult historical fiction.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $18.99
  23. The Iron Will of Genie Lo

    Author: F. C. Yee

    A few months after she became the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California in The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, Genie is hoping for a bit of a break while she takes one last vacation with her friend (under the guise of a college tour). Unfortunately, the cosmos has other plans, and Genie learns about a threat in an alternate dimension that could destroy hers, too. This is a job for the Jade Emperor — but he refuses to emerge from his palace, triggering a Mandate Challenge: whoever can defeat the threat will get the throne. Genie will have to wrestle with leadership, responsibility, and how much she's willing to sacrifice in her quest to save the world.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $13.89
  24. Parachutes

    Author: Kelly Yang

    Claire Wang is a high school junior living in privilege in Shanghai — until one bad grade too many results in her parents turning her into a "parachute," a teenager who gets dropped off with a host family in the US to study. Her new host sister, Dani De La Cruz, is Filipina American and lives a totally different life from Claire, excelling academically but forced to clean houses to make ends meet. The two seem unlikely to be friends — especially once Claire starts dating Jay, a fellow parachute and Dani's crush — but when both girls experience sexual harassment and assault, they learn about how money, power, and male privilege work... and how they can support one another as they raise their voices against it. This powerful modern immigrant story is sure to prompt discussion about race, identity, and justice.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $16.17
  25. The Kingdom of Back

    Author: Marie Lu

    Nannerl Mozart is a gifted pianist and composer — but she has two major disadvantages. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe... and she's the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Her desperate wish to be remembered is overheard by a mysterious entity named Hyacinth, who promises her he can make it come true if she helps him win back his crown in the Kingdom of Back. At first, Nannerl and Wolfgang are charmed by Hyacinth's magical land, but as the Kingdom of Back grows darker, she begins to fear that her bargain will cost more than she intended... Inspired by the close relationship between the Mozart siblings, and the imaginary world that they created together, best-selling author Marie Lu's first work of historical fiction is a vibrant, magical story of sibling rivalry and love.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $12.02
  26. The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

    Author/Illustrator: Anika Orrock

    In the middle of World War II, baseball was in big trouble: with so many American men fighting on fronts far from home, there was no one to fill the baseball teams. Or rather, there were no men... In the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, hundreds of dedicated women athletes finally got their chance to shine! In this gorgeously illustrated history of the AAGPBL, author Anika Orrock shares stories from the first women to play professional baseball in their own words, from the day they stepped up to the plate to the moment the league closed. Exuberant and inspiring, this charming look at a key moment in women's sports history will delight young baseball fans.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $18.59
  27. Rebel Spy

    15-year-old Frannie Tasker is desperately seeking an escape form her home in the Bahamas — and the brutal stepfather who's demanding she marry him now that her mother has died. When she finds the body of Emmeline Coates, a New York socialite, after a shipwreck, she takes her chance and assumes Emmeline's identity. For three years, she enjoys Manhattan living and a courtship with a British officer. But as the Revolutionary War heats up, she takes on a new identity: "355," a spy for George Washington's Culper spy ring. She's already gambled by taking on Emmeline's name; can she continue to beat the odds and help her new nation fight for freedom? This thrilling historical drama, inspired by the real "355," stars a daring, courageous woman who's willing to risk it all for liberty.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.36
  28. The Kinder Poison

    Author: Natalie Mae

    Zahru dreams of adventure, but in the kingdom of Orkena, a Whisperer like her is fit for only one thing: using her magic to communicate with the animals in the royal stables until she burns out. But when the dying monarch invokes a ritual called the Crossing, in which his heirs must race across the desert and take the life of a sacrifice in order to claim the throne, everything changes. After accidentally antagonizing one of the heirs, Zahru is named the sacrifice — so now she is getting her adventure, but must somehow convince these bloodthirsty and dangerous nobles to let her survive. This fast-paced series opener, full of complex and fascinating characters, explores the responsibilities of power through the eyes of a girl who chooses compassion against all odds.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.21
  29. What I Carry

    17-year-old Muir has a goal: make it through one more foster placement without attachments so she can finally be free of the system after years moving from home to home. She's learned to pack light — one suitcase only — and to resist the temptation of relationships that will only get shattered the next time she moves. But Francine, her new foster mother, is truly kind to her, and soon Muir has made actual friends, found a job she likes... and even met a boy. But how do you let people in when you've always had to keep them out? Longo, a foster and adoptive mother, wrote this novel to honor her adoptive daughter's request for a "hopeful, happy" story, creating a heartwarming reminder of the power of relationships, wherever you find them.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $17.99
  30. The Edge of Anything

    Len and Sage are struggling with different kinds of grief. Sage was a volleyball star until her doctor discovered a heart condition that could threaten her life if she plays. Len is a talented photographer but struggles with OCD that's spiraling out of control. When the two girls meet, they recognize one another's vulnerability and form a surprising bond. Facing their demons without being fully honest with one another puts lives at risk... but if they can each lean on the other for support, they have a chance for the happiness they seek, even if it doesn't look like they expected. Inspired by the author's own experience with trauma-induced OCD, this stunning novel about grief, mental health, and friendship includes mental health resources for teens looking to support their own friends.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $17.49
  31. Jane Anonymous: A Novel

    When 17-year-old Jane was kidnapped and held captive for months, her only solace was Mason, another abducted teen — but when the opportunity came to escape, she had to leave him behind. Now that's she's home, she struggles with the expectation that things can ever get "back to normal" and resents the therapists who don't understand what she's been through. Worse, the detectives assigned to her case say there's no indication of any other kidnapped teens. Jane starts writing about her experience, trying to understand what's happened, but as she starts uncovering more memories, she realizes there are things she may not want to remember. This psychological thriller is a powerful exploration of what the human mind can do to survive.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.95
  32. The Way Back

    Author: Gavriel Savit

    Jews in the Eastern European shtetl of Tupnik in the 19th century know that demons live in the Far Country, a mysterious and dangerous place populated by the souls of the transient dead. When the Angel of Death passes through Tupnik, chance encounters leave a girl named Bluma with his instrument, a magical spoon, and prompt a boy named Yehuda to hope that he can recover a soul. Together, the pair dare to enter the Far Country, making pacts with demon nobles and hoping against hope that they can find a way back out alive. Told in dual narration, and steeped in Yiddish folklore, this National Book Award finalist is a stunning historical fantasy.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $16.99
  33. The Empire of Dreams

    Author: Rae Carson

    16-year-old Red Sparkle Stone is finally about to have a family — she's to be adopted by Empress Elisa herself. And then, at the last second, one of the empress' rivals blocks the adoption. Resourceful Red quickly pivots, and joins the Royal Guard. If she can become the first woman ever to survive their recruitment year, she'll have proven her worth, and she'll have the chance to protect Elisa and the others she loves. There are plenty of enemies plotting behind the scenes, but if Red can forge some friendships among her fellow recruits, she might not just save the empire, but also find healing for herself. This stand-alone companion to The Girl of Fire and Thorns is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Tomi Adeyemi.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $18.99
  34. These Violent Delights

    Author: Chloe Gong

    It's 1927 Shanghai, where four years ago a budding romance between Juliette Cai of the Scarlet Gang and Roma Montagov of the White Flowers was betrayed when Roma assisted in an attack that killed multiple Scarlets. Now 18, Juliette has returned from the life of a flapper in New York to take her rightful place as the Scarlets' leader — only to discover that entrenched sexism means gangsters consider her male cousin a better fit. Meanwhile, Roma is still struggling to win his father's favor. But when a mysterious illness that causes madness starts stalking both gangs — and rumors tell of a monster in the river — Juliette and Roma will have to set aside grudges if they want to save the city. This inventive retelling of Romeo and Juliet captures intriguing themes of identity and loyalty.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.99
  35. Jane Against The World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights

    When you mention Roe v. Wade, you're almost sure to start a debate — but few teens know the detailed history of this landmark decision. Award-winning author Karen Blumenthal dove deep into the history of birth control and abortion to create this clear, accessible, and nuanced look at abortion rights and their effects on American women. Occasional sidebars, called Pregnant Pauses, include additional information, everything from the hilarious — theories about where babies came from throughout history — to the infuriating — how women were often denied tubal ligations as permanent birth control. This compelling book, complete with a discussion of recent pushback and restrictions on birth control and abortion, is a must read title for teens.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.69
  36. If These Wings Could Fly

    17-year-old Leighton has bigger problems than the thousands of crows that have appeared in her hometown of Auburn Pennsylvania. Her violent father is becoming more and more aggressive, and she's afraid for her mother and sisters — even if her house strangely repairs itself every time he breaks something. She's got the opportunity to go to her dream college, but how can she do that and leave her sisters behind? And then she starts falling in love with Liam, whose kindness — and loving family — are like a warm embrace. But how long will it be before her happiness falls apart? This stunning novel combines magical realism with authentic depictions of domestic abuse, the bond of sisterhood, and the power of love.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $13.69
  37. Furia

    17-year-old Camila Hassan is a dutiful Argentinian daughter at home, pleasing her mother and avoiding her abusive father — but on the soccer field, she is a rising star known as La Furia. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, it opens a world of possibilities: she could even be scouting for the North American university. But to compete, she needs her parents' permission... and just to add more complications, Diego, the boy she loved who left to play for an internationally renowned soccer team, has returned to try to win her back. A vivid Argentinian setting provides the backdrop for romance, sports heroism, and a powerful story of a girl trying to create her own identity in the world.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $11.98
  38. A Hopeful Heart: Louisa May Alcott Before Little Women

    Author: Deborah Noyes

    Louisa May Alcott defied expectations for her day: she was a tomboy and an avid reader. Her father, a philosopher, encouraged her intellectual life, while she and her mother had a deep bond, and her three sisters provided company and comfort during the family's many moves. In this stunning biography, author Deborah Noyes explores Alcott's life and how it influenced her: her childhood adventures, her family's struggles with debt, and her time serving as a nurse for Civil War soldiers — and experience that culminated in her writing the beloved classic, Little Women. Accompanied by unique indigo illustrations, this exploration of Alcott's influences will fascinate fans of her work.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $15.49
  39. Find Layla

    Author: Meg Elison

    14-year-old Layla is an aspiring scientist who's desperate for a way out of her home situation. Her mother is unstable and neglectful, so she's mostly in charge of her 6-year-old brother Andy; they live in an apartment that's mold-ridden and filthy; and she's often bullied when she can't clean her clothes or get basic hygiene supplies. When Child Protective Services removes Andy from their home, Layla takes a bold step: she films her apartment for a school project about biomes — capturing all the fungus, mold, and worse on the walls, in the dresser drawers, and even in the dead fridge — and posts it online. Revealing the truth is humiliating, but also liberating: for the first time, everyone knows what she struggles with every single day. This powerful story about neglect and the hidden poverty that surrounds us is a reminder of the courage many teens need just to survive.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $8.49
  40. Raybearer

    Author: Jordan Ifueko

    Tarisai was raised alone by an often absent mother known as The Lady, who once commanded a djinn to impregnate her with a child who would grant her last wish. She craves closeness and family, so when The Lady sends her to the capital to compete to be part of the Crown Prince's Council of 11, she's thrilled: those who are chosen are bonded eternally to the prince, providing mystical protection that ensures the only way he will die prematurely is at the hands of one of the Council. And that, it turns out, is The Lady's plan: Tarisai will earn the Crown Prince's trust, then murder him. Unless she manages to forge her own destiny... This stunning novel, set in a world full of conflict, prejudice, and poverty, explores the meaning of loyalty and the question of whether we can defy our destiny.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $14.21
  41. Girls Who Run The World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business

    Author: Diana Kapp
    Illustrator: Bijou Karman

    Girls mean business — they can run the world! In this empowering volume, kids will learn all about 31 women in charge of leading companies, from Pop Sugar to Mitú to 23andme and many more. Each provide includes information about how she came up with her business idea, the obstacles she ran into along the way, and her tips for success (plus a few fun facts like favorite candy or favorite children's book!) At the end, kids will learn how to turn their own idea into a business: how to create a business plan and elevator pitch, how to manage finances, and much more. This inspiring book is the perfect choice for young would-be entrepreneurs to help them imagine turning their dream into reality.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $18.49
  42. Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb

    When America decided to start the Manhattan Project, they recruited scientists from around the world — and many of them were women. Scientists like Lise Meitner, Irène Joliot-Curie, Elizabeth Rona, Leona Woods, Elizabeth Graves, and Joan Hinton, call carved themselves a place in the women-unfriendly world 1940s chemistry and physics. And yet, even as they made great discoveries, few of them knew the deadly device that their research would be put to creating. In this intriguing non-fiction narrative, author Roseanne Montillo explores both the stories of these women, their little-known importance in scientific and World War II history, and the moral implications of their work.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $18.49
  43. The Companion

    Author: Katie Alender

    16-year-old Margot barely survived the car crash that killed her family, but the other orphans at her group home consider her lucky... especially when John Sutton, who was her father's friend in law school, shows up to take her to his wife Laura's family estate. When she arrives, though, she learns that the Suttons adopted her as a companion and caretaker for their 17-year-old daughter, Agatha, who cannot speak and seem unaware of her surrounding. Margot finds she likes being Agatha's companion, though, and the pair even find nonverbal ways to communicate — but soon Margot realizes that there's a dark legacy to the estate... one that threatens to overwhelm her. Dark and suspenseful, this spine-tingling thriller is the perfect modern Gothic tale.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $15.90
  44. Be Not Far from Me

    17-year-old Ashley is a cross-country star and outdoor-lover who's been looking forward to a night of camping and partying with friends on the Appalachian Trail. But when her boyfriend's ex shows up — and she catches the two of them together — she punches him and runs drunkenly into the woods... only to take a tumble into a ravine, where a boulder crushes part of her foot. Alone, far from the trail, and with infection starting to set in, Ashley struggles to survive, contemplates her past — including abandonment and poverty — and ponders the possible fate of a boy who disappeared in the same woods a few years earlier. This harrowing novel by the author of Heroine includes graphic descriptions of the shocking actions Ashley must take to survive.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $10.99
  45. The Art of Ramona Quimby: Sixty-Five Years of Illustrations from Beverly Cleary's Beloved Books

    Author: Anna Katz

    Generations of readers have fallen in love with Ramona Quimby's antics — and the illustrations that captured them! Five different artists — Louis Darling, Alan Tiegreen, Joanne Scribner, Tracy Dockray, and Jacqueline Rogers — have contributed art to the over 50 million copies sold. In this volume, released in honor of the 65th anniversary of Ramona's first appearance, readers get a peek inside how the illustrators created their work! With comparisons of different interpretations of iconic scenes, letters between Cleary and the original illustrator, and essays about the series' impact, this book is a charming look at the history of Ramona perfect for fans both young and old.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $32.03
  46. By the Book

    Author: Amanda Sellet

    15-year-old Mary Porter-Malcolm is the child of two professors with a love of 19th century literature, so when her small alternative school closes, she prepares for the dramas of public high school with the help of her favorite books. Mary makes a few friends when she warns them away from Alex, a senior boy who throws up every red flag she's read about, and even creates a Scoundrel Survival Guide to help girls avoid the charms of the bad boys and cads. But when she finds herself falling for Alex herself, Mary will have to admit that sometimes, life isn't like fiction! Readers will delight in seeing Mary come in to her own in this clever and witty teen rom-com.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $14.08
  47. The Stepping Off Place

    For years, high school senior Reid has depended on her best friend Hattie to be her ticket to the popular social group, and it's worked. But every summer, Hattie goes to her family's Maine island home for three months — so this year, Reid and their friend Sam decide that they'll avoid isolation by heading to parties on their own. Then, Reid gets shocking news: Hattie has drowned, and it was intentional. As she struggles to reconcile this news with the friend she thought she knew, Reid has to face the realities of what Hattie hid from her — including a Bipolar II diagnosis — as well as what she herself kept secret. With a storyline that jumps between past and present, and a deep and complex examination of Reid's grief, this is a stunning debut novel that teens will savor.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $17.99
  48. The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

    Author: Karen Bluth

    Do you ever realize you're saying cruel things to yourself — things you would never say to one of your friends? With so many changes going on in a teen's life, it's easy to be overly critical, but those negative thoughts can add stress and make you struggle with your mental health. In this book from the Instant Help Solutions series, psychologist Karen Bluth teaches exercises that you can use to counteract your inner critic and discover the self-compassion that will help you reach your goals. With these techniques, you'll learn self-care skills that can help you achieve your goals — now and for the rest of your life.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $14.28
  49. Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir

    Author/Illustrator: Robin Ha

    Chuna and her mother have always been as close as could be, even if it's difficult living as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea. But her life is turned upside down when the pair visit Huntsville, Alabama, and her mother suddenly announces that the relocation is permanent — and she's getting married. Chuna struggles with learning a new language, bullying both at school and by her stepfamily, and perhaps worst, feeling isolated from the mother who used to be the one person she could count on. Then one day, her mother enrolls the comics-loving girl in a drawing class — and Chuna, now going by Robin, discovers a future she never expected. This moving graphic memoir explores the challenges of immigration, the power of art, and the resilience of a strong mother-daughter bond.

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $12.99
  50. Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

    High school junior Ali is thrilled when her longtime crush, Sean, the school's star soccer player, responds to her attention at a party... until he rapes her. Senior Blythe is one of the "Core Four" popular girls, and when everyone sees Ali run from the party, she, like everyone else, knows what must have happened. But she's also Sean's friend — and her status at school depends on not making waves. So at Sean's request, Blythe befriends Ali in hopes of managing the fallout. Except she and Ali have a lot in common — including surviving sexual assault — and for the first time, Blythe feels like someone understands her. Told in alternating perspectives, this is a powerful and harrowing look at how toxic school cultures operate, and how hard it can be to break them down.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $15.63
  51. Elatsoe

    Illustrator: Rovina Cai

    In 17-year-old Elatsoe's America, the world has been shaped by the stories of the people living there — both Indigenous and settler. The Lipan Apache girl, like her six-great-grandmother before her, can raise the spirits of dead animals, but she's mostly worried about typical teen problems like homework. Until her cousin dies in an apparent accident — and his ghost appears to her to tell her he was murdered. Now Elatsoe, her dead dog Kirby, and her white friend Jay must work together to find out what happened... even if it means uncovering painful truths. This captivating debut novel, accented with stunning spot illustrations, is part murder mystery, part paranormal fantasy.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $16.99
  52. Snapdragon

    Author/Illustrator: Kat Leyh

    When Snapdragon's beloved dog goes missing, she braves knocking on the door of the local "witch." Jacks turns out to be a former motorcycle racer who now supports herself by turning roadkilled animals into authentic skeletal displays for veterinary schools. When Snap rescues a litter of orphaned opossums, Jacks makes her a deal: she'll help Snap save the babies if Snap helps her with her work. At the same time, Snap is also supporting her friend Louis as he transitions and becomes Lulu, and dealing with her mother's abusive ex. And then it turns out that the stories about Jacks' magic might be more than stories... This magical realism graphic novel, full of quirky but fully realized characters, celebrates outsiders and the pleasure of being uniquely yourself.

    Ages: 10 and up
    Price: $10.23
  53. How to Build a Heart

    Author: Maria Padian

    16-year-old Izzy has never felt like she belonged growing up in an interracial, interreligious family, and after her father died in Iraq six years ago, her mother has had to move her and her brother over and over in search of work that will keep the family afloat. When they move to Virginia, it finally seems like things are going to work out: Izzy successfully conceals that she's a scholarship student at her prestigious school, and even starts dating one of the popular boys. And her mother is working towards a Habitat for Humanity house so they can get out of the mobile home park. But she can't keep all the pieces of her life separate forever; what will happen when they all come together? This is a poignant look at one teen's struggle to find a place to call home,

    Ages: 14 and up
    Price: $9.39
  54. Real Talk About Sex and Consent: What Every Teen Needs to Know

    Navigating sex and sexuality is complicated for teens — and it's even tougher with so many conflicting cultural messages. Worse, many teens aren't comfortable talking to someone in their life about relationships, consent, an sexual activity, so they could be missing out on lessons that are critical for their well-being. In this guide from the Instant Help Solutions series, teens will learn how to communicate with a potential sexual partner; how to set boundaries; and what to do about coercion and other manipulative behaviors. They'll also learn how cultural expectations influence teens' impressions of sex. With this information in hand, they'll know how to avoid pitfalls — and make the choices that are right for them.

    Ages: 13 and up
    Price: $17.95
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