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Latino Titles

The Weight of Feathers

Anna-Marie McLemore draws on her Mexican-American heritage in this dreamy tale about star-crossed lovers, Lace Paloma and Cluck Corbeau, who both work as traveling performers in rival family shows. As they grow to know each other, they also discover a few secrets about their families that will change the way they feel about each other — and themselves. The Weight of Feathers is a fantastical, ethereal novel about mermaids, magic, superstitions and the unwavering power of love.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Saenz, a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and American Book Award, has written multiple works of young adult fiction, including his latest work Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe. Saenz, who came out as gay in the late 2000s, draws upon his own experience to write books that explore LGBT rights, Latino issues, and more. Aristotle follows the titular character, an angry teen with a brother in prison. When he meets Dante, a total know-it-all, they have nothing in common. As the two loners (both Latinos!) begin spending more and more time together, they begin to come to terms with their own manhood and their identities as Mexican and American

The Selection (series)

Puerto Rican Kiera Cass is the author behind the wildly popular The Selection series, a collection of four novels: The Selection, The Elite, The One, and The Heir, out in Spring 2015. The books, described as The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games, follow America Singer, a young girl who’s forced into a competition called the Selection. Against her will, she must compete against 34 elite girls for the hand (and heart) of the future king of Illéa, the fictional dystopian land where the novels are set.

Death, Dickerson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia

Jenny Torres Sanchez,
Her latest novel Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia follows the adventures of the dour, gloomy Frenchie Garcia, a girl with a slightly unhealthy obsession with death and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. A friend’s suicide throws Frenchie for a loop… and forces her to really explore loss and adulthood.

Hollywood Witch Hunter

Valerie Tejeda’s debut novel doesn’t hit shelves until July 2015, but the creative premise already has diehard young adult fans on the edge of their seat. Hollywood Witch Hunter follows 16-year-old Iris, the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team. When she meets a boy named Arlo, she realized he may be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California




Shadowshaper (June) by Daniel José Older is an inventive tale that combines contemporary and magical realism in a stunning way. Sierra Santiago, a graffiti artist, is stunned when she notices the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears. Her ill grandfather gives her a strange warning and old men from her Brooklyn community begin mysteriously disappearing. After a zombielike corpse crashes a party one night and chases her, she and a cute guy from her neighborhood try to find out what’s going on and discover her family’s magical abilities. Sierra’s forced to do battle with a crazy anthropologist who wants that magical power for himself. What’s not to love about a kickass Latino heroine?


LGBTQ Titles

Rainbow Boys

Mexican-American author Alex Sánchez has won multiple awards for his honest, frank portrayal of LGBT culture in the teenage community. His first novel, Rainbow Boys, focused upon three high school seniors “coming of age and out of the closet

The Difference Between You and Me

Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman’s boots. She’s the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She’s vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend.  These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate “private time” they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what’s more important: what you believe in, or the one you love?

Two Boys Kissing

Based on true events–and narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS–Two Boys Kissing follows Harry and Craig, two seventeen-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teens dealing with universal questions of love, identity, and belonging.

Far From You

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she’s fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bad leg, and an addiction to Oxy that’ll take years to kick.

The second time, she’s seventeen, and it’s no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina’s murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina’s brother won’t speak to her, her parent’s fear she’ll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places, and Sophie must search for Mina’s murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, Mina, and the secret they shared

I Am J

J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible — from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he’s done hiding — it’s time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Sixteen year old and not so openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Native American Titles


If I Ever Get Out of Here

If I Ever Get Out of Here, takes us back to the world-changing 1970s. Lewis is the only Native American in the advanced track at his school, which means he goes through the day friendless. He cuts off his braid in an effort to get kids to see him differently. The only result of that is his own feeling of loss. But he does get a friend: George, a new transfer from the nearly army base. The two outsiders become best friends through music, and the music of the 70s fills the book. The Beatles and Wings, Clapton, Queen, and Bowie are only some of the sounds that prove important during the two years the book covers.  Lewis suffers bullying under the blind eyes of both teachers and students who blame the Indian. Those of us who remember the 70s understand his decision to use a non-violent protest, even though he hurts himself in the process, to let the world know that he deserves to be safe inside school.   It’s for anyone who loves music from the seventies, the best music decade ever. Eric Gansworth is a member of the Onendaga Nation. He gives us a fun book, and an honest look at cultural differences; how different people can clash and still come together.

Trail of the Dead

Apache teen Lozen and her family are looking for a place of refuge from the despotic Ones who once held them captive and forced Lozen to hunt genetically engineered monsters. Lozen and her allies travel in search of a valley where she and her family once found refuge. But life is never easy in this post-apocalyptic world. When they finally reach the valley, they discover an unpleasant surprise awaiting them―and a merciless hunter following close behind. Hally, their enigmatic Bigfoot friend, points them to another destination―a possible refuge. But can Lozen trust Hally? Relying on her wits and the growing powers that warn her when enemies are near, Lozen fights internal sickness to lead her band of refugees to freedom and safety. Alongside family, new friends, and Hussein, the handsome young man whose life she saved, Lozen forges a path through a barren land where new recombinant monsters lurk and the secrets of this new world will reveal themselves to her . . . whether she wants them to or not.

Time Lock

His duty.  Her destiny. Their last hope.

Every minute counts – literally – as Rayen races against time and impossible odds to deliver a one-of-a-kind computer to the Sphere.  Failure means Callan’s death at the hands of his TecKnati enemies.  The problems don’t stop there.  Rayen, Tony and Gabby’s battle to save their MystiK friends triggers a collision course of two worlds 166 years apart.


Feral Pride

Anti-shifter sentiment is at an all-time high when Kayla’s transformation to werecat is captured on video and uploaded for the world to see. Suddenly she becomes a symbol of the were beast threat and—along with fellow cat Yoshi, Lion-Possum Clyde, and human Aimee—a hunted fugitive.  Meanwhile, a self-proclaimed were snake has kidnapped the governor of Texas and hit the airwaves with a message of war.  In retaliation, were people are targeted by law enforcement, threatened with a shift-suppressing vaccine, terrorized by corporate conspiracy, and enslaved by a top-secret, intelligent Cryptid species.  Can Clyde rally his inner lion king to lead his friends—new and old—into battle against ruthless, media-savvy foes? A rousing blend of suspense, paranormal romance, humor, and high action.

House of Purple Cedar

“The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville.” Thus begins House of Purple Cedar, Rose Goode’s telling of the year when she was eleven in Indian country, Oklahoma.

Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year’s Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is blessed by the presence of her grandmother Pokoni and her grandfather Amafo, both respected elders who understand the old ways. Soon after the fire, the white sheriff beats Amafo in front of the townspeople. Yet, instead of seeking vengeance, her grandfather follow the path of forgiveness. And so unwinds this tale of mystery, Chotaw mysticism, and deep wisdom. It’s a world where one’s values are tested again and again. Where a one-legged woman shop-keeper, her oaf of a husband, herbal potions, and shape-shifting panthers rendering justice. Tim Tingle—a scholar of his nation’s language, culture, and spirituality—tells Rose’s story of good and evil with compassion and even laugh-out-loud Choctaw humor.

The Round House

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface because Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.


African American Titles


In Five Points, New York, in the 1840s, African American teenager William Henry “Juba” Lane works hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional dancer but his real break comes when he is invited to perform in England. Based on the life of Master Juba; includes historical note.

The Crossover

2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013). Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.


Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.
But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night-a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?
Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.
It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes-and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news.


The one secret she cares about keeping—her identity—is about to be exposed. Unless Lauren “Panda” Daniels—an anonymous photo blogger who specializes in busting classmates and teachers in compromising positions—plays along with her blackmailer’s little game of Dare or . . . Dare.

But when the game turns deadly, Panda doesn’t know what to do. And she may need to step out of the shadows to save herself . . . and everyone else on the Admirer’s hit list.

All American Boys

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating  at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend”

Call Me By My Name

Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept






Asian American Titles

The Young Elites

Marie Lu, Chinese born Author

“Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities”


Malinda Lo, Chinese born author

Sequel to: Adaptation. When teens Reese and David are kidnapped after revealing that they were adapted with alien DNA, Reese is forced to reconcile her new love for David, a human, with feelings for Amber, an Imrian, and make a world-changing choice.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved-five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Girl In Reverse

Lillian Firestone is Chinese, but the kids in her 1951 Kansas City high school can’t separate her from the North Koreans that America is at war with. Sick of the racism she faces at school and frustrated that her adoptive white family just sees it as ‘teasing,’ Lily begins to search for her birth mother

Ink and Ashes

“When Japanese American Claire Takata finds out that her deceased father was once a member of the yakuza, a Japanese crime syndicate, danger enters her life that could end up killing someone”


Sixteen-year-old Korean American Jae Hwa Lee moves from her home in Los Angeles, California, to Seoul, Korea, with her widowed father, and she soon discovers the demigod Haemosu has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation of her family for centuries, and she must find away to protect herself.

South Asian Titles


Tina is a Indian-American teenager living in California, and her high school teacher assigns her to start keeping a journal to learn about existentialism. This novel packs in a lot of different aspects: a (surprisingly great) introduction to what existentialism is, Tina’s cultural South Asian heritage, the difficulties and angsts of being a teenager, and more.




Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary

Tina is a Indian-American teenager living in California, and her high school teacher assigns her to start keeping a journal to learn about existentialism. This novel packs in a lot of different aspects: a (surprisingly great) introduction to what existentialism is, Tina’s cultural South Asian heritage, the difficulties and angsts of being a teenager, and more.

Born Confused

It’s the story of a normal seventeen-year-old girl named Dimple who is trying to navigate the trickiness of her teenage years, with the added complication of trying to figure out her identity in a world torn between Indian and American culture. It’s really one of the best YA novels out there, period, and a great introduction to South Asian culture through a memorable heroine.