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The Last Cuentista
by Donna Barba Higuera

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

"A girl named Petra Pena, who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. But Petra's world is ending. Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children - among them Petra and her family - have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet - and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has taken over the ship during its journey, bent on erasing the sins of humanity's past. They have systematically purged the memories of all aboard - or purged them altogether. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again? "

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New From Here by Kelly Yang
The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Greenglass House by Kate Melford
Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Lockwood & Co. the Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud
The Other Side of the River by Alsa Dobbs
The Castle of Tangled Magic By Sophie Anderson
Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
Everything Sad is Untrue (a true Story) by Daniel Nayeri


The Firefly Summer
Where You've Got to Be
Good Different
Mirror to Mirror by Rajani LaRocca
Tumble by Celia Perez
The Daredevils
Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed
Sofia Acosta Makes a Scene by Emma Otheguy
Rain Rising by Courtne Comrie
Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. Brown
Confessions of a Class Clown by Arianne Costner
Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier
Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca
Generation Misfits by Akemi Dawn Bowman
While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown
Amina's Song by Hena Khan
Starfish by Lisa Fipps


Undercover Latina by Aya De Leaon
The Swallowtail Legacy: Wreck at Ada's Reef
Butt Sandwich & Tree
The School for Whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sisterhood of Sleuths by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery by Ally Carter
The Ghoul of Windydown Vale by Jake Burt
The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit
City Spies by James Ponti

Contemporary Fiction

Simon Sort of Says
Not an Easy Win
This is How I Roll
The Probability of Everything
Virtually Me
Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet Barbara Dee
Bhai for Now by Maleeha Siddiqui
Attack of the Black Rectangles
The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
The View from the Very Best House in Town by Meera Trehan
Golden Girl by Reem Faruqi
Consider the Octopus by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Maizy Chen's Last Chance by Lisa Yee
The One Thing You'd Save by Linda Sue Park
Merci Suárez Can't Dance by Meg Media
We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman
Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac

Fantasy Fiction

The Sun and the Star by Rick Riordan
The Worlds We Leave Behind
Come See the Fair
Windswept by Margi Preus
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
The Ogress and the Orpans by Kelly Barnhill
The Rat Queen by Pete Hautman
Eden's Everdark by Karen Strong
Black Bird, Blue Road
Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega
Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl by Julia Kagawa
Field Guide to the Supernatural by Alison Noel
Unseen Magic by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Tiger Honor (a Thousand Worlds Novel) by Yoon Lee
Solimar by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera
Root Magic by Eden Royce
The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother) by David Levithan

Science Fiction

A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga
You Only Live Once, David Bravo by Mark Oshiro
It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit by Justin A. Reynolds
Field Guide to the Supernatural Universe by Alyson Noël
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
Cleo Porter and the Body Electric by Jake Burt
Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe (a Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 2) by Carlos Hernandez
Hatch by Kenneth Oppel


Dear Mothman by Robin Gow
Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper
Alice Austen Lived Here by Alex Gino
Melissa by  Alex Gino
A-Okay by Jarad Green
Almost Flying by Jake Maia Arlow
Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea by Ashley Herring Blake
Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan
King of the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
The Deep and Dark Blue by Niki Smith
Other Boys by Damian Alexander


The Town with No Mirrors by Christina Collins
Hunters of the Lost City by Kali Wallace
Alone by Megan E. Freeman
96 Miles by J. L. Esplin
Greystone Secrets #2: the Deceivers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
A Single Stone by Megan McKinlay


The Stars Did Wander Darkling
The Whispering Fog
The Sleepover by Michael Regina
The Keeper by Guadalupe García McCall
What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf


Camp Murderface by Saundra Mitchell; Josh Berk
Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie
Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon

Historical Fiction

The Windeby Puzzle
A Sky Full of Song
When Winter Robeson Came by Brenda Woods
We Own the Sky by Rodman Philbrick
Lines of Courage by Jennifer Nielsen
Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves by L. M. Elliott
Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson
War and Millie Mcgonigle by Karen Cushman
Starting from Seneca Falls by Karen Schwabach
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus


The Labors of Hercules Beal
Wishing Season
If You Read This
The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga
Clues to the Universe by Christina Li
Glitter Gets Everywhere by Yvette Clark
Every Missing Piece by Melanie Conklin
Fire on Headless Mountain

Graphic Novels

Parachute Kids by Betty C. Tang
Hoops by Matt Tavares
School Trip by Jerry Craft
Squished by Megan Wagner Lloyd
A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat
Dreamer by Akim Aliu
Red Scare by Liam Francis Walsh
Frizzy by Claribel Ortega
Speak Up!
The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat
Leon the Extraordinary by Jamar Nicolas
Freestyle by Gale Galligan
Crunch by Kayla Miller
Apple Crush by Lucy Knisley
Smaller Sister by Maggie Edkins Willis
Scout is Not a Band Kid by Jade Armstrong
Jose Pimienta
Batpig: Too Pig to Fail by Rob Harrell
The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist by Amy Kim Kibuishi
Bounce Back by Misako Rocks!
The Golden Hour by Niki Smith
Batman and Robin and Howard by Jeffrey Brown (Illustrator)
Fearless by Kenny Porter; Zach Wilcox (Illustrator)
The Leak by Kate Reed Petty; Andrea Bell (Illustrator, Illustrator)
Power Up by Sam Nisson
Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot; Cara McGee
Shark Summer by Ira Marc


The Unforgettable Logan Foster #1 by Shawn Peter
A Baker's Guide to Robber Pie by Caitlin Sangster
Escape from Atlantis by Kate O'Hearn
The Boy Who Met a Whale by Nizrana Farook
Wild Ride by Keith Calabrese
Northwind by Gary Paulsen
City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda
Karma Moon--Ghost Hunter by Melissa Savage
The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge
The Artifact Hunters by Janet Fox
Cover Art Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera


The Puttermans Are in the House
Learning to Fall by Sally Engelfried
Shot Clock by Caron Butler
Defending Champ by Mike Lupica
Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
Cover Art of Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit
Cover Art of Jayla Jumps In by Joy Jones
Air by Monica Roe
Final Season by Tim Green
Cover Art of Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera
Cover Art of Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun
Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
Fast Pitch by Nic Stone


When Clouds Touch Us
The Year the Maps Change by Danielle Binks
New from Here by Kelly Yang
Wishing upon the Same Stars by Jacquetta Nammar Feldman
Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner
The Wild Path by Sarah R. Baughman
My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee
Stick with Me by Jennifer Blecher
Parked by Danielle Svetcov

Oldies but Goodies

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Are you There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen