Summer’s Hot New Books!

Summer is here, and there are a host of new and recent YA releases that are poised to be this summer’s best sellers and “must-haves.” We’ve highlighted some of this season’s hot picks below, and you can click on any of these titles to find copies in our catalog. And remember, any book that you read this summer that is over 100 pages in length will qualify for a prize from our summer reading program. Come see us at the Information Desk to find out more or download info from our Summer Reading webpage.


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Realistic Fiction
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Urban Fantasy
In this series opener from the best-selling “Mortal Instruments” author, Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs and her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, race to stop a demonic plot that threatens Los Angeles.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Science Fiction
In the epic conclusion to the 5th Wave trilogy, Cassie, Ben, Ringer, and Evan confront the Others’ plans for the fate of the human race and the planet.

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Historical Fiction
In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an “unnatural woman,” and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy; Botille is a matchmaker trying to protect her sisters from being branded as gypsies or witches–but when she finds the hunted Dolssa dying on a hillside, she feels compelled to protect her, a decision that may cost her everything.

Railhead by Philip Reeve
Science Fiction
In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Scorned and feared because of a formidable horoscope, Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation threatened by dark secrets and magic.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Realistic Fiction
Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Realistic Fiction
When a scandal surrounding her father upsets all her carefully laid plans for her future, Andie must learn to accept a new relationship with her father and to embrace a little chaos in her life.

Graphic Novels:

Apollo: The Brilliant One by George O’Connor
Graphic Novel–Mythology
In this latest installment in the popular Olympians graphic novel series, mighty Apollo is known by all as the god of the sun, but there’s more to this Olympian than a bright smile and a shining chariot.

Lumberjanes, vol. 1-3 by Noelle Stevenson
Graphic Novel–Fantasy
Now in its third volume, this series features best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley who spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Graphic Novel–Fantasy
Every time it is invaded the City gets a new name, but to the natives, it is the Nameless City, and they survive by not letting themselves get involved–but now the fate of the City rests in the hands of Rat, a native, and Kaidu, one of the Dao, the latest occupiers, and the two must somehow work together if the City is to survive.

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