"Hot List"



1.  Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. The one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City.

2.  Solo by Kwame Alexander

Seventeen-year-old Blade, who endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past to navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity

3.  The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

Inheriting nothing of her family's magical abilities except a talent for recognizing true love, Amber works at her mother's magic shop and is distressed to find herself falling for the mayor's popular son, whose match is someone else.

4.  The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world.

5.  Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great....

6.  Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

7.  Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy

Called to NASA to help prevent a catastrophic event when an asteroid is discovered on a collision course with Earth, teen Russian physics prodigy Yuri struggles to convince his older, stubborn colleagues about a promising innovation while pursuing a relationship with a girl who does not know the world is in danger.

9. Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of India for landmarks he recognized. After years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off on a journey to find his mother.

10. Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo

Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here, Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. 

11. Survivors Club by Michael Bornstein

The incredible true story of Michael Bornstein--who at age 4 was one of the youngest children to be liberated from Auschwitz--and of his family.

12. I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared. A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she's not the only one who can't forget.

13. Strange Weather by Joe Hill

A collection of four horror novellas: 'Snapshot,' about a criminal who can erase memories, 'Aloft,' about a man stuck on a solid cloud, 'Rain,' about when it starts raining nails, and'Loaded,' about a security guard who starts to lose his mind.

14. The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely

Hendrix and Corrina bust Hendrix's grandfather out of assisted living, and leave LA for New York in pursuit of freedom, truth, and love.

15. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Naila's vacation to visit relatives in Pakistan turns into a nightmare when she discovers her parents want to force her to marry a man she's never met.

16. The Initiation by Chris Babu

After his mother is exiled from New America, sixteen-year-old Drayden enters the Initiation, a series of tests and trials in which the winners are rewarded with a better life and the losers are exiled.

17. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Ryn, eighteen, trapped by a massive blizzard in the Denver airport, meets some unique characters who help her cope with survivor's guilt on the first anniversary of her best friend's death.

18. This Land is Our Land by Linda Barrett Osbourne

A history of how immigration has shaped America explores the ways government policies and popular responses to immigrant groups have evolved in the country, particularly between 1800 and 1965, and includes a profile of how today's immigration has become a hot-button issue.

19. Tool of War by  Paolo Bacigalupi

In a future beset with rising seas, corporate government, and constant civil war, a bioengineered half-man/half-beast super-soldier who calls himself Tool breaks his conditioning to overcome his genetically enhanced sense of loyalty to the corporation that created him and seeks revenge against his old masters.

20. The Knowing by Sharon Cameron

Samara doesn't forget. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.