Daughter of the Pirate King
Levenseller’s impressive debut is a thrilling nautical fantasy set in an alternate world of pirates, sirens, and myriad islands. Alosa, the 17-year-old daughter of an infamous pirate king, is the captain of her own ship with a mostly female crew. Her mission is to retrieve an age-old piece of a legendary treasure map. Alosa's father is in possession of one-third of the map and when he learns that the remaining part is hidden on an enemy ship, he sends his daughter on a dangerous undercover mission to retrieve it. Alosa allows herself to be kidnapped so she can search the ship for the missing fragment. But she's met her match in the ship's inconveniently attractive first mate Riden who seems wise to Alosa's tricks.
The Hate U Give
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas’ searing debut addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Starr Carter, 16, lives in two very different worlds: one at her home in a poor black urban neighborhood, and the other at her suburban, mostly white high school. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed and soon his death becomes a national headline. Starr must testify before a grand jury and she's terrified, especially as emotions run high and violence erupts in her neighborhood. What everyone wants to know is: what really happened that night? And the only person who can answer that question is Starr.
Stranger Than Fanfiction
In Colfer’s first YA novel, four Illinois teens jokingly invite Cash Carter, the young and famous actor of the wildly successful TV show Wiz Kids on a cross-country road trip. They're shocked when he actually agrees to accompany them on their post-graduation adventure to visit tourist attractions between Illinois and California. Cash is miserable and tired of feeling he has no control over his life and welcomes the chance to embark on the journey of a lifetime with four of his biggest fans. What the friends come to learn on their paparazzi-filled trip reveals the true nature of the celebrity they thought they knew and teaches them about the unbreakable bond of true friendship.
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