April 23, 2024

Fake Out

In Fake Out, two high school seniors find that maintaining a trusting relationship is a challenge when deep-fake photos and a video of one of them circulate on social media.

Blair Evans is in love with David Woods and ready to start a full physical relationship, but their planned first time together is interrupted by […]

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April 2, 2024

The Village

The Village is a modern-day drama focusing on a geographically isolated agrarian religious community called Orinsland, where a morally questionable priest has assumed the role of town leader.

The story centers on Father Quinn’s relationship with his Christian congregation, some of whom support his dogmatic approach to faith and some who are unconvinced by his […]

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November 7, 2023

Scar Kid: Invincibility Redefined

In R.L. Nunes’ fictional story, based on the author’s life, two young adults fall in love in a whirlwind romance.

Nunes writes at the beginning that “This is my story, my life, which I told in a way that is fictitious yet factual.” Cash “Kid” Nunes, named in homage to Johhny Cash, is a burgeoning […]

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August 29, 2023

The Last Football Player

John Blossom’s new YA novel follows a futuristic teenager on his quest to design a better football game.

In the mid-2050s, eighth-grader Dude and his father, Dudley Senior, disagree on the merits of playing football. Dudley thinks the sport is outmoded and dangerous, and that kids should be contented with virtual gameplay. Dude, on the […]

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June 27, 2023

Not My Fault

S.B. Frasca’s new YA novel follows a teenager who uses art to make sense of an unfair world.

Life is tough for Hy, a character who, in an unusual twist, Frasca never identifies by gender. Awkward and overweight, Hy is bullied at school and lives with a single mother who can’t provide much in the […]

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March 20, 2023

Rolling in the Deep

Arthur Kevin Rein’s tension-filled YA tale revolves around a teen-aged boy dealing with personal challenges and a crime mystery.

As summers go, Sam, 17, knows this will be one of the worst. He’s working hard for his family’s failing lake resort, is in love with a seemingly unattainable girl, and his best friend is the […]

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March 14, 2023

Starship Malaysia: Lies that Save Lives

Starship Malaysia is an inventive, historical YA novel following an adolescent American’s adventures in Malaysia.

In 1982 and ’83, after his father’s tragic death, 17-year-old Scott Mitchell moves to a small Malaysian town with his mother and her new husband. Scott quickly befriends a group of native boys, eventually becoming involved in their investigation of […]

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February 14, 2023

A Freak in the Family Tree

A Freak in the Family Tree is a compelling YA fantasy novel about friendship, history, and breaking down prejudices.

The novel follows 12-year-old Kit, who feels like an outcast in her small town because of her junk-collector father and his eccentric family, even as she rides horses and attends private school due to her wealthy […]

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January 31, 2023

Just City

Just City is an engaging, philosophically oriented YA novel that helps show readers how to find the values that matter the most to them.

The story follows Nathan, a budding young entrepreneur striving to succeed on his own, as he works to earn money to enter a start-up contest. As part of this, he takes […]

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November 15, 2022

Torn

Torn is a short, quietly engaging young adult novel about health and empathy.

The novel is narrated by Perry, a high school track runner who seriously hurts his knee after trying to catch a young thief stealing a package from his porch. He later discovers the thief is dating his younger sister and is one […]

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