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May 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
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The 57 Bus. By Dashka Slater. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374303235).
Sasha is an agender white teen living in a middle-class suburban neighborhood of Oakland, California; Richard is a black teen living in a crime-plagued part of the city. One afternoon, their paths cross on the 57 bus, with disastrous results. Based on a true story, the book is written in a documentary style. A 2018 Stonewall Book Award winner, a 2018 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction finalist.
The ABC’s of LGBT+. By Ashley Mardell. 2016. Mango Media, $16.95 (9781633534094).
Mardell’s self-published reference book is an introductory text that looks at incredibly complex issues from both theoretical and anecdotal perspectives.
Baby’s First Words. By Stella Blackstone and Sunny Scribens. Illus. by Christiane Engel. Barefoot, $14.99 (9781782853213).
Two dads and their baby spend a busy day together learning new words.
The Backstagers, v.1. By James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh. Boom! Box, $14.99 (9781608869930).
When Jory transfers to an all-boys private school and joins the drama club in an attempt to make new friends, he discovers the mysterious world of the backstage. A 2018 Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
Dress Codes for Small Towns. By Courtney Stevens. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062398512).
Billie McCaffrey—artist, preacher’s daughter, and general troublemaker—finds herself in an awkward position when she and her four best friends accidentally burn down a section of their church. The teens find themselves in the spotlight as they work to save the cherished Harvest Festival. A 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Felix Yz. By Lisa Bunker. Viking, $16.99 (9780425288504).
Felix is fused with a fourth-dimensional alien and is counting down the days until a potentially fatal experimental surgery to separate them, all the while dealing with his crush on his classmate Hector.
Ramona Blue. By Julie Murphy. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062418357).
Blue-haired teenager Ramona works odd jobs to help support her family in a town still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Although she identifies as a lesbian, Ramona is thrown for a loop as she realizes her feelings for Freddie, her male best friend. A 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Star-Crossed. By Barbara Dee. Aladdin, $16.99 (9781481478489).
In her middle school’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Mattie chooses to play Paris because her crush, Gemma, is cast as Juliet.
They Both Die at the End. By Adam Silvera. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062457790).
Mateo and Rufus both find out that they are going to die today. Over the course of the day, their stories and lives converge. Starting as a search for a final friendship, the boys develop a relationship far deeper than either of them expected. A 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
We Are Okay. By Nina LaCour. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525425892).
After the sudden loss of her grandfather, Marin moves to college, isolating herself from her past. When her best friend, Mabel, comes to visit during winter break, she is forced to come face-to-face with her grief. The 2018 Michael L. Printz Award winner and a 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
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