Watched - Marina Budhos

Staff Pick

Naeem was in middle school when he moved to New York from Bangladesh. Now 18 and in the final quarter of his senior year, his grades have slipped and, like many teenagers, he’s made more than a few mistakes. Threatened with arrest and presented with a choice by local police, Naeem believes he’s being provided an opportunity to switch from victim to hero—but in a time of uncertainty, deception, cultural differences, and constant surveillance, who is truly worthy of his trust? Marina Budhos has crafted a thrilling coming-of-age story that provides a glimpse into the complexities of perception versus reality. Raising more questions than answers, Watched (Wendy Lamb, $17.99) ultimately demands that the reader consider one last query: What would you do? Ages 14-18.

True Letters from a Fictional Life - Kenneth Logan

Staff Pick

James Liddell’s life should be easy: he’s smart, athletic, and well liked; he has a tight-knit group of friends, a loving family, and a beautiful sort-of girlfriend. His mom even tells him how glad she is that he’s “normal”— unlike his classmate Aaron, the victim of homophobic violence. What no one seems to realize is that James doesn’t want the life, or the girlfriend, that could so easily be his: his heart is stirred by boys. When someone steals the never-to-be-sent letters that James has secretly been writing to the people closest to him to express this hidden part of himself, however, it’s clear that everyone is about to discover his secret. Kenneth Logan’s True Letters from a Fictional Life (Harper Teen, $17.99) is a beautifully complex portrayal of one teenager’s journey out of the closet and into his nonfiction reality. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9780062380258
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: HarperTeen - June 7th, 2016

If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo

Staff Pick

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school and wants nothing more than to make friends and fit in. But she’s also keeping a secret, one that makes her afraid to get close to anyone: until three years ago, she used to be Andrew. Her plans to lie low are thwarted when she finds kindness in a group of girls— and when she meets a boy named Grant, their chemistry quickly blossoms into Amanda’s first love. Hesitant to tell them of her past, she eventually learns that sometimes, courage is the definition of being yourself. Alternating between the past and the present, Amanda’s honest narrative explains the pain and prejudice that transgendered people face. If I Was Your Girl (Flatiron, $17.99) by Meredith Russo is an important coming-of-age novel and a strong reminder that life can—and does—get better. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9781250078407
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2016