As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Another favorite from Jason Reynolds!
Two brothers from Brooklyn spend a month during summer vacation with their grandparents in Virginia. It is not just the scenery that is different- there’s no cell reception, no internet, chores to be done, and their grandparents to mind them. Complex family dynamics, rich character development, and small mysteries unravel in this heartwarming story of what it means to be brave.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The DivinersAn enchanting mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end! A dark story of the supernatural set in 1920s New York City. Speakeasies, theater, jazz and plenty of twenties slang to keep you giggling.

The story follows a young woman named Evie O’Neill who possesses a power she just can’t explain. After Evie’s brother dies, she is sent to New York City to live with her uncle, a professor of the occult. A chilling murder takes place and Evie’s uncle is called in to help the police investigate the mysterious circumstances. Could Evie’s power help solve this disturbing mystery?

Bray’s characters will stay with you long after you finish reading. Stay tuned for the second book in this series, Lair of Dreams.

Hidden by Loïc Dauvillier

HiddenMemories of being hidden, and keeping those memories hidden… A grandmother tells a special story from her childhood in this touching graphic novel about being young during World War II.

Douina’s lives with her mother and father in Paris. Her life is relatively normal until she is made to wear a star on her jacket. Her father had told her it was a sheriff’s star but everyone begins to treat her differently. Soon her parents are taken away to work camps and Douina is left to be cared for by neighbors and kind strangers. As she settles into her new life and new name, Simone, she can’t help but miss her mother and father. Once the war has ended and it is safe again, she travels back home and begins the search for her parents.

This book offers children a glimpse into the past- what it was like to be young during WWII and how some children and families were affected by the Holocaust in France. Words by Loïc Dauvillier and art by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FanGirlFangirl is a coming of age tale about a young woman named Cath who is starting her freshman year of college. Cath and her twin sister Wren are both obsessed with Simon Snow (think Harry Potter.) Cath writes fan fiction online and has a multitude of followers. As the year progresses, Cath’s new college life gets in the way of the relationship with her sister, their father, and even Simon.

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown

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A wonderful book about self confidence and being an individual! The story centers around a young Scottish-Peruvian girl who is extremely creative, confident, and embraces her mixed heritage. Everyone in Marisol’s life tells her that she doesn’t match- her clothes, her name, even her red hair. Marisol tries to change her appearance and the way she acts but ends up very unhappy. Her teacher asks her why she changed and Marisol could not find a reasons. In the end she realizes that other people’s opinions don’t matter and she is happy to be herself.