Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy (Pan Macmillan).

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A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn found herself at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, the cover for an all-female investigative unit called the Agency. Now seventeen, Mary must put her training to the test. Disguised as a lady’s companion, she infiltrates a merchant’s home in hopes of finding clues to the whereabouts of his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of deceptions, and there is no one to trust. . . . Or is there? Packed with suspense and evoking gritty Victorian backstreets, this breezy mystery marks the debut of a detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.

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The Sun Is Also A Star by  Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? (Penguin Random House).

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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again.

Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven’s about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms (Sterling Publishing).

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Breakout by Kate Messner

Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics--a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project--Breakout is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who's really welcome in the places we call home.

Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek--two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town's maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same (Bloomsbury).

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by  Stephen Chbosky

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up (Simon and Schuster).

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Echo by  Pam Muñoz Ryan

Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.

Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives, binding them by an invisible thread of destiny. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. How their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck (Scholastic).

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The Radium Girls by  Kate Moore

Amid the excitement of the early twentieth century, hundreds of young women spend their days hard at work painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark radium paint. The painters consider themselves lucky ― until they start suffering from a mysterious illness. As the corporations try to cover up a shocking secret, these shining girls suddenly find themselves at the center of a deadly scandal.

Company management had long known the dangers these young women faced, but they never informed them. Worse, when the women began to speak up, demanding the company help the workers they had injured, company representatives slandered them, implying that they were actually dying of syphilis, not radium poisoning. With their days numbered, and more of them dying every month, the Radium Girls knew they didn't have long to force the companies to acknowledge what they had done — and ensure it could never happen again (A Mighty Girl).

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Mon cœur après la pluie par Pierre Labrie

« Aujourd’hui, il pleut. Il pleut à transformer les flaques d’eau en lacs. Aujourd’hui, il n’y aura pas de récréation dans la cour d’école. Il n’y aura pas plus de pause à l’extérieur après le dîner. Aujourd’hui, tout se passe à l’intérieur. Aujourd’hui, l’eau est synonyme autant de tristesse que de fraîcheur. Aujourd’hui, c’est le début de tout. Faisant partie de la saga poétique initiée par Nous sommes ce continent, Un gouffre sous mon lit et Suivre le lapin blanc, Mon cœur après la pluie ramène le personnage de LUI à la fin du primaire. Dans ce livre, on y retrouve les premières amours, la joie de l’amitié autant que la dureté du regard des autres, le pouvoir des mots dans ce qu’il y a de beau et de méchant. » -Éditeur

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Les marées par  Brigitte Vaillancourt

« Capucine est comme un poisson hors de l'eau. Pour sa mère Solange et le reste de sa famille, sa timidité est une tare inexcusable. À quelques semaines de la fin de son secondaire, elle ne rêve que d'une chose : prendre le large. Laisser les jacassements de sa mère et de ses tantes pour remonter le fleuve et repartir à zéro. Puis, un jour, les bavardages de Solange cessent d'un coup. En cherchant à comprendre, Capucine finit par déterrer un lourd secret de famille, plus gros que tout ce qu'elle aurait pu imaginer : une sœur. (...) [BTLF] » -Bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa

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