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Gatekeepers by Anthony Horowitz

Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.

1) Raven’s Gate

2) Evil Star

3) Nightrise

4) Necropolis

5) Oblivion

2020 Alex Award Winners

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The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

 

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
In a dystopian future, where the world’s population is believed to be only in the thousands, Griz lives on an isolated island. When a charismatic stranger arrives and absconds with one of the family’s beloved dogs, the 16-year-old embarks on a quest to get her back.

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
A crew of 10 astronauts, 6 of whom are teens, set off on a 23-year journey to begin settling an uninhabited planet known as Terra-Two. This character-driven sci-fi novel will draw teens into its orbit with interpersonal conflict.

Dominicana by Angie Cruz
In 1965, 15-year-old Ana Cancion leaves the Dominican Republic married to a man twice her age and eventually discovers her own voice in Washington Heights, New York. Though historical fiction, this powerful immigrant story is increasingly relevant today.

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
Kobabe’s path to understanding eir gender and sexuality comes into beautiful focus in this graphic memoir, expressively illustrated with retro colors and simple lines. Readers will recognize a kindred spirit in Kobabe and/or gain insight into what it’s like to identify outside of the cisgender/heterosexual “norm.”

High School by Sara Quin and Tegan Quin
Critically acclaimed indie rock duo Tegan and Sara Quin lay bare their teenage experiences, the oscillating euphoria and scintillation of first love, the jarring process of finding one’s identity, and early forays into making music in this gorgeous dual memoir.

In Waves by AJ Dungo
In this beautiful graphic memoir, perfectly cast in muted beach tones, Dungo interweaves his story of first love with his girlfriend’s passion for surfing, her heroism in the face of cancer, and a primer on the history of surfing.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Roger and Dodger are twins, created in a lab in order to bestow their creator with the power to shape reality—but only if they don’t figure out how to manifest that power for themselves first.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Idealistic Elwood and cynical Turner form an unlikely bond at Nickel Academy, a corrupt 1960s reform school, as they endure the abuse meted out by the sadistic warden. Their heart-wrenching story of physical and mental survival is based on the real-life experiences of children at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
In this quirky political rom-com, First Son Alex fakes a friendship with longtime rival Prince Henry of Britain when an incendiary photo of them is leaked to the tabloids. A genuine romance blossoms between the two, but it must be kept secret for the sake of Alex’s mother’s presidential reelection campaign.

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz
The arrival of a new teacher with a complicated past ignites a student rebellion against Stonebridge Academy’s misogynistic culture, which has gone unchecked for years.

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Selection by Kiera Cass

High drama and romantic tension abound in this fast-paced dystopian series set in a caste-driven United States. Headstrong America Singer experiences much inner turmoil as she vies for Prince Maxon’s hand — and a chance to alter her status — while pining for the boy next door. Cutthroat competitors, rebel attacks and ample plot twists will engage thrill-seeking readers.

1) The Selection

2) The Elite

3) The One

4) The Heir

5) The Crown

Illinois

Check out these novels set in Illinois. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

Verify by Joelle Charbonneau

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (Chain Reaction, Book One)

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, Book One)

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

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Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O’Neill has always been able to divine information from objects she touches. When she’s sent away from her small town to live with her uncle in New York City, Evie meets a diverse cast of equally gifted strangers and uncovers a terrifying supernatural mystery. Set in the roaring twenties, this slang-heavy historical fantasy series is pos-i-tute-ly thrilling.

1) The Diviners

2) Lair of Dreams

3) Before the Devil Breaks You

4) The King of Crows *NEW*

2018 Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

2020 Winner

Dig by A.S. King

Five teenagers’ disparate lives weave together, unveiling long-buried secrets within a complex shared history. King’s surrealistic narrative confronts themes of white privilege and its dark legacies.

2020 Honor Books

The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi, translated by Cathy Hirano
Orphaned Elin learns to use her ability to communicate with animals as she navigates through political unrest. The beauty and power of the natural world are at the heart of this captivating, nimbly translated Japanese fantasy.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Freddy is enamored with the magnetic Laura Dean, but their on-again, off-again relationship is far from healthy. Through soft-hued illustrations and cinematic scope, this graphic novel captures the intoxication of teenage love and the search for identity.

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir by Nikki Grimes
Grimes’ verse memoir traces her development through a tumultuous childhood as she finds her voice as a powerful storyteller. Themes of family, belonging, and identity combine to tell a story of faith and resilience.

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
In 1727, a group of men and boys from St. Kilda sail to a remote sea stack on a fowling trip, only to find themselves stranded. McCaughrean’s exceptional tale evokes the harsh beauty of its setting and the warm humor of its characters.

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Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others’ pasts, but revelations after his father’s death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.

1) Pathfinder

2) Ruins

3) Visitors