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Teens

A Blade So Black

By L.L. McKinney

A black teenage girl holds up a blade, framed in an ace of spades

In this brand new fantasy novel (the first in a series), Alice Kingston is an African American teenager, surrounded by police violence in Atlanta, when she suddenly enters the dreamscape world of Wonderland, and is transformed into a fully-fledged hero.

Dumplin'

By Julie Murphy

Dumplin' book cover: a woman in fancy dress lifts her arms triumphantly

Did you watch the movie Dumplin' on Netflix or plan on watching it when it's out on DVD? Willowdean (called "Dumplin'" by her beauty queen diet-obsessed mom), is a Dolly Parton-obssessed teen who is confident in her own body - even if other people call her "fat." It's a funny and quick read about a beauty pageant takeover, drag queens, and friendship.

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give book cover

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

This book is the real deal. Not only is it the best YA book I have read this year, it is the best book I have read this year period. It got me from the very first page, and never let me go. If you read any book this year, let it be this one.

A Girl Called Echo

cover image of A girl called Echo

A Girl Called Echo (V.1 of the Pemmican Wars)

By Katherena Vermette

This beautiful graphic novel will appeal to just about any age. Echo is a lonely 13 year old Metis girl in a new school who, in the middle of history class, finds herself transported to a bison hunt in 1814 on the Saskatchewan prairie. Echo slips back and forth in time, visiting a Metis camp and witnessing the Battle of Seven Oaks.