Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff Garvin

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Riley Cavanaugh is gender fluid, but isn’t out yet: between transferring schools and dealing with a congressman father running for reelection, they (Riley’s preferred pronoun) aren’t inclined to share their secret. Instead, with the encouragement of their therapist, Riley starts a blog to vent their feelings, sharing what it’s really like to identify as a girl on some days and as a boy on others. But when the blog goes viral, will Riley’s secret be revealed? Jeff Garvin’s debut is smart and realistic, explaining the complex issues of gender fluidity with clarity and compassion. Many readers will relate to Riley’s feeling of being both different from and the same as everyone else— one of the many Symptoms of Being Human (Balzer + Bray, $17.99). Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9780062382863
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2016

The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

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Daniel’s heart lies in poetry, but the only way to live up to his parents’ high expectations is to attend Yale and become a doctor. Natalie, meanwhile, views the world through the lens of scientific fact and numbers—and it’s a fact that her family is 12 hours away from being deported back to Jamaica. Then, these two souls from two different walks of life are brought together by chance. Is one day enough to change everything? Told from multiple perspectives, The Sun is also a Star (Delacorte, $18.99) by Nicola Yoon is an artfully woven story about coincidence, fate, and the difference one moment can make. Ages 14-18.

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ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

Kids of Appetite - David Arnold

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When Vic Bennucci arrives in Hackensack, New Jersey with little more than an urn filled with his father’s ashes, his prospects are not very bright. But then he meets Mad, a scarred girl with her own secrets, who initiates him into a group of semi-homeless young people with traumatic histories. As the Kids of Appetite (Viking, $18.99) help their newest member carry out his father’s wishes regarding the scattering of his ashes, Vic falls hard for Mad— and another of their number is falsely accused of murder. David Arnold’s latest novel is a gripping look at what happens when innocent young people fall through the cracks of society. Ages 14 and up.

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ISBN: 9780451470782
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016