An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
While hurrying along a Manhattan street, April May accidentally makes first contact with what might be an art installation, or might be an Alien Being. Launching her viral video of the encounter, “April May the Art Student” makes herself into “April May the Brand”, gathering views and likes across the internet. As more of the alien mystery reveals itself, April must navigate her online persona, without destroying herself and her relationships, or even losing her life.
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer is a modern re-imagining of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. Rhen, the prince and heir to Emberfall, has been cursed to repeat the same season until a girl falls in love with him. Harper is a spirited girl with cerebral palsy from Washington D.C., who finds herself taken to Emberfall by mistake. Starting another season, Rhen is not only faced with the realities of how his curse has affected his people, but Harper, Rhen, and Grey, the commander of the Royal Guard, have to also deal with an invading army and an evil enchantress as well.
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My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
Hyperion / Disney
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
On her 16th birthday, American foster teen Elle Zoellner is informed that her never-before-discussed father is a successful Japanese businessman who has sent for her to come live with him in Tokyo. Elle must face her past by meeting the father she never knew she had, while also contending with her mother who abandoned her to opioid addiction and is now in prison. What’s more, she has to adjust to the differences between Japanese and American life while living in a luxurious hotel and navigating an elite international high school.
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The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Grant Tavish, the 17-year-old son of a senator, is living with the guilt of being the only survivor of a fatal car crash. Unable to live with the guilt, he makes a plan to kill himself and make it look like an accident. However, things don’t go as planned and he gets caught in a cave-in and meets four other teens trying to escape the collapse. They have to work together and share their resources and knowledge to escape. Grant soon realizes that his new friends are not what they seem, but they help him on his emotional journey to overcome his guilt.
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Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus
Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
When Ellery and her twin brother Ezra are forced to travel to their mother’s remote Vermont hometown for the first time, they expect it to be grim: their aunt disappeared from the town when she was their age, and five years ago, another high school girl was murdered at the local horror theme park, Fright Farm. What they don’t expect is for yet another girl to go missing, or for sudden threats against the homecoming court to start popping up, threatening yet another murder if no one solves the mystery. When Ellery begins to try to solve the mystery of her aunt’s disappearance, she’s drawn into the complex web of secrets in the town. Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, March 5 Edition