Buyer's Guide 2020: Young Adult Picks

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The Magic Fish Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

Tiến is not just working through the cultural and language barrier between himself and his mother by reading her fairy tales in English, he’s also trying to make it through as a queer teenager at a Catholic school. A gentle, loving, and gorgeously-illustrated story from local author Trung Le Nguyen—see if you can spot Minneapolis in the backgrounds!

-Linda


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Furia Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616209919
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

In Camila’s family, soccer is a man’s game. Her secret: She’s a talented player who yearns to go pro. Just when an international tournament gives her the opportunity to catch scouts’ eyes, tensions at home – and first love – threaten to derail her dreams. Set against the backdrop of Argentina’s burgeoning feminist movement, Furia is an inspiring story of a young woman finding strength on and off the field.

-Leigh


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Raybearer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419739828
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Published: Amulet Books - August 18th, 2020

A diverse cast of characters, a complex but not overwhelming world, and the deep care put into every detail make this the perfect fantasy novel for teens and adults. Jordan Ifueko is a debut author and it’s clear she’s devoted her life to creating this book. Tarisai may be able to take your memories, but you’ll never be able to forget her.

-Linda


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Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Elatsoe can raise the spirits of the dead, a precarious skill passed down through her Lipan Apache family, that she has only ever used innocuously to reunite with her dog Kirby. But when her cousin is brutally murdered, Elatsoe is determined to uncover the dark forces behind his strange death and prevent his vengeful human ghost from causing chaos. Set in a spooky parallel present-day America, where faerie rings, vampires, and modern technology co-exist, Elatsoe is one of the most hauntingly original stories I’ve ever read.

-Kara


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Grown Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062840356
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 15th, 2020

Perfect for the true crime, thriller, or mystery lover in your life! Tiffany D. Jackson bases all her suspenseful and unique books on real cases, but fictionalizes them to keep readers mesmerized and guessing. I read this book in five hours and barely stopped to breathe while doing so. Enchanted’s story is enthralling, and the text conversations, flash-forwards, and transcripts throughout keep everything in context. Don’t miss this book!

-Linda