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The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
In this reimagining of Hamlet set in 1920s rural Oregon, biracial Hanalee investigates her father's suspicious death but faces terrifying threats from the local Ku Klux Klan.
Why We Came to the City by Kristopher Jansma
New York, 2008: The lives of five recently graduated college friends are upended when the economy crashes and one of them is diagnosed with cancer.
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Summer 1977, New York: a serial killer is at large, and Nora, who had looked forward to school vacation, instead finds her neighborhood and home life quickly crumbling.
The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
What would you do if your town were slipping underwater and you had to move away for good? For Keeley, it means taking one last shot at the boy she's always loved.
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
When Katie's grandmother appears after years of mysterious absence, suffering from Alzheimer's, Katie cares for her, bonds with her--and uncovers painful family secrets.
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner, Illustrations by Gareth Hinds
Kyoto, Japan, 1160: young Minamoto Yoshitsune was far from becoming a famed samurai. After his father died in a failed act of revenge, Yoshitsune inherited only "a lost war, a shattered family, and a bitter enemy."
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Poppy is the bullying queen bee. Wink is the whimsical neighbor. Midnight is the boy left wondering how his prank with Wink caused Poppy to vanish--and whether they'll ever find her.