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YA #31: THE TAKEDOWN (Thriller / Mystery, #ownvoices)

Good girl Rylee just has to avoid her bully, Sophie, until graduation. Then she can leave her dead-end town and head to Spelman on scholarship. Too bad her BFF is hot and heavy with Sophie’s boyfriend. Too bad Sophie’s boyfriend crashed the girls’ spring break trip. Too bad Sophie is trying to destroy them all. Too bad Rylee snapped and …now Sophie's missing.

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YA #32: GAME ON (Suspense)

People Like Us meets Paper Towns. Ava Lance lives for vacations in Camden Seas with her best friend, Morgan. Only this summer, Morgan disappears, leaving a twisted scavenger hunt in her wake. As the clues reveal betrayals by everyone Ava loves, they also implicate her in Morgan’s disappearance. Playing the game could save Morgan, but it will definitely end Ava’s life as she knows it.

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YA #33: ONCE UPON A QUINCEAÑERA (Contemporary Latinx #OwnVoices)

Eighteen-year-old Carmen might play Belle at children’s birthday parties, but she feels more like the Beast, especially after falling a few credits short of her high school diploma. When she’s trusted to perform at her spoiled cousin’s quinceañera, she must prove to her family she isn’t the screw-up they think she is — without getting distracted by her new dance partner, who happens to be her ex. Jane the Virgin meets Jenny Han.

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YA #34: WE KNOW WHO KILLED THEM (Mystery)

In the summer of 2003, six black boys were abducted and murdered in the town of St. Allen, Louisiana. Fifteen years later, four black teenagers will attempt to do what the town’s all-white police force couldn’t. But trying to figure out who killed the boys will put them at risk of becoming the killer’s next victims. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE meets THE AMATEURS

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YA #35: HOT BRITISH BOYFRIEND (Contemporary Romance)

After a horrifying public rejection by her crush, Ellie Nichols does what any girl would do: she flees the country. Ellie crashes the Honors study abroad trip to England, intent on rebuilding her reputation and self-confidence. And nothing is more of a confidence booster than a hot British boyfriend. Willoughby is so gorgeous and charming he could be the lead in an Austen novel. There’s only one problem: Ellie knows nothing about his interests and every time she mentions hers—like gardening and Harry Potter—Will’s eyes glaze over like she’s giving a calculus lecture. Ellie might not be an honors student, but she’s willing to major in “British Boyfriend” if it means keeping Will. She convinces Dev, an academic overachiever, to teach her cricket rules in exchange for help with his own crush. Even though he teases her about “UK Ken,” studying with Dev ends up being weirdly fun. His study habits rub off and soon her chemistry homework is vying for attention with cricket. And that’s not the only thing vying for her attention. Ellie needs to decide if her perfect British boyfriend is the perfect boy for her.

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YA #36: DRAGGED! (Contemporary, #OwnVoices, Rom-Com)

Grace Lee is fierce. Not really, but she needs to be. A senior prank gone wrong leaves Grace carrying both the blame and a $10,000 fine. Eek! Winning the school's Most Outstanding Student scholarship is her only hope at avoiding financial crisis and getting back in her parent’s favor. Problem is, "outstanding" requires not just good grades, but song and dance and jazz hands, too. Enter stage right: Azia J'Adore. She's the fairy dragmother Grace needs to get out of this pickle. But when an unexpected crush escalates, Grace learns the hard way that all is not fair in love and drag.

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YA #37: A CROOKED MARK (Paranormal)

Palmer Watts knows there are no miracles. Accidents that leave unlikely survivors usually mean Lucifer’s involved, and someone who should be dead is walking the streets. Until Palmer burns them. That’s the job, and she’s the best. But when she grows too close to her newest assignment, Palmer must decide whether to strike the match or spare a life—even if it means sacrificing her own.

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YA #38: THE GRAVITY OF MISSING THINGS (Contemporary #OwnVoices)

It's been forty-three days since Violet vowed to stop hurting herself. Forty-three days of working behind the scenes at her high school theater. Forty-three days of secretly yearning to take to the stage and make her commercial-pilot mom proud. But on the biggest night of Violet’s life, her mother’s plane disappears without a trace. Worse, investigators believe one person is to blame. Violet’s mom. Desperate to find her mom and prove her innocence, Violet races to solve the mystery, even as the search reveals family secrets better left behind the curtain.

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YA #39: THE DISCONTENTS (Contemporary Fantasy)

In one moment—plummeting off an overpass, about to die—boarding school golden girl Brett unleashes extraordinary power that upends everything. Forced to enlist the help of her beautiful, arrogant enemy and a Breakfast Club of misfits, she races to uncover who or what she is before a dangerous hunter finds her—before her perfect life, held together by lies, crumbles. Their search takes them through illicit genetics labs, magic homecoming parties, corporate break-ins, social club wars—and straight into mortal danger.

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YA #40: BLACK THREAD FABLE (Fantasy, Jewish #ownvoices)

In a savage world inspired by medieval Hungary, seventeen-year-old Évike can’t heal a snakebite or forge a sewing needle. The only girl in her pagan village without magic, she is considered worthless, and sent as a sacrifice to the cruel king. But a twist of fate forces her to ally with her enemy, a soldier from the king’s holy order, to protect her people from a cleric who wants to purge the kingdom of magic.

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YA #41: DROWN THE MERMAIDS (Contemporary)

Best friends and co-captains become enemies when swim star, Laurel, unexpectedly quits the team due to her escalating panic attacks, abandoning Sloane with no explanation. As rumors burn hotly through the hallways and cyberbullying takes center stage, the girls learn one of the hardest lessons of all: some friendships don’t sink or swim — they drown. Laurie Devore meets TINY PRETTY THINGS.

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YA #42: THE SAPPHIRE AGE (Science Fiction #OwnVoices LGBT, Immigrant)

Asian lesbian cyberpunk mermaids fight institutional discrimination. War refugee Tari is grateful that she was allowed to immigrate into the ocean as a cyborg mermaid. Despite being treated like a perpetual foreigner, she studies her hardest to improve the lives of the “real” mermaids born with bio-engineered gills. Until a gillkind tries to murder her, and the police cover it up. To find her assailant and hold the powerful accountable, Tari fights to become the first cyborg police cadet. But when a conspiracy threatens gillkind existence itself, she must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice.

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MG #1: SHIMMER IN A BLUE SKY (Fantasy)

Winning a dragon race is 13yo Lani’s only chance to enter the forbidden land holding her kidnapped father. But to register for the race, she must unravel the curse that stole her magic and turned her beloved dragon, Orys, invisible. #ownvoices Taiwan-inspired Scorpio Races.

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MG #2: LACY AND THE BUTTERBEES (Fantasy)

11-year-old Lacy secretly runs a pastry company alone. When an orphanage moves next door, lonely Lacy must outsmart the mean matron to rescue three friends, even if it means risking her biggest secret of all. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Home Alone with girl power.

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MG #3: PATCHING HOLES (Contemporary Realism)

The beginning of summer vacation finds thirteen-year-old farm girl Blake Jensen managing acres of grief from a baby brother’s accidental drowning and Dad’s recent incarceration for drugs. When she chases trespassers off the property, she stumbles onto $8K Dad hid before going to prison. With strangers still creeping the farm, Blake must confront Dad to protect her mom and brother, and maybe begin patching the holes in her heart. For readers of SUMMERLOST + THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH.

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