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Author: Stephen Ashley

Stephen Ashley is the Member Manager for the Hub. He has worked in both school and public libraries with youth of all ages. He can currently be found in North Carolina reading, listening to live music, and never finishing a to do lists. He cannot remember where he parked.

Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, October 2 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Flatiron Books  / Macmillan
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250196149

When Soraya was just a baby, her mother made a bargain with a demon known as a div that resulted in turning Soraya’s skin poisonous. Now she must stay locked away from her family and kingdom, lest she accidentally kill someone just by touching them. Just before the wedding of her twin brother to her only friend, a div tricks Soraya into betraying her family and kingdom by manipulating her feelings of isolation and jealousy, unleashing an army of div in the capital city. Now she must live up to the potential she never understood she had and rescue her family from the clutches of an evil demon.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, August 13 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Great Graphic Novels nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

Heartstopper, vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
Graphix / Scholastic
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 9781338617436

Charlie Spring is halfway through Year 10 (British equivalent to 9th grade) when he is placed into a new vertical class group and is seated next to Year 11 student Nick Nelson. Shy, openly gay Charlie is worried that rugby player Nick will end up being a bully, but the two strike up a friendship. As they grow closer, Charlie struggles with what he assumes is an unrequited crush, and Nick starts to question if his feelings for Charlie are romantic. And if they are, what does that mean in regards to his identity?

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, June 30 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Quick Picks nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood
Flatiron / Macmillan
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN: 9781250219268

Just beginning her journey into adulthood, Natalie is navigating future college plans while working through the emotional turmoil of her parents’ divorce. Then there’s Alex. Natalie isn’t sure how she feels and she’s even less certain about what Alex thinks. Should she take a chance? What if she says or does the wrong thing? Love sure is complicated.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, May 22 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

Three Things I Know Are True

Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley
HarperTeen / HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062908025

After Liv’s brother Jonah accidentally shoots himself with his best friend’s father’s gun, he requires 24/7 medical care to live. A hospital bed in the living room becomes their new normal, as the family navigates grief and forgiveness.

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The 2020 Hub Reading Challenge Begins Today!

What’s the Hub Reading Challenge?

The goal of the Hub Reading Challenge is to read 25 books over the next four months from a list of the most recent award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists titles. This challenge encourages participants to discover new titles and explore genres outside of your comfort zone. And for library staff, you’ll hopefully get to build your readers’ advisory skills and totally impress your coworkers and patrons.

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