New Arrivals · Teen Fiction

July 15, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The falling in love montage

July 14, 2020
Smyth, Ciara (Young adult author), author.
355 pages ; 22 cm
If happy endings were real, Saoirse's mother would still be able to remember her name and not be in a care home with early onset dementia. And if she inherits the condition, Saoirse doesn't see the point in igniting any romantic sparks when she's bound to burn out. Until Saoirse meets Ruby, a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms. Ruby proposes a loophole: They don't need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up. And they make a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It's the perfect plan....

Jo & Laurie

July 14, 2020
Stohl, Margaret, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2020]
366 pages ; 22 cm
"A romantic retelling"--Dust jacket.
1869, Concord, Massachusetts. After the publication of her first novel, Jo March is shocked to discover her book has become a bestseller, and her publisher and fans demand a sequel. While pressured into coming up with a story, she goes to New York with her friend Laurie for a week of inspiration. But Laurie has romance on his mind, and Jo's desire to remain independent leads her to turn down his heartfelt marriage proposal. When Laurie returns from college with a sophisticated new girlfriend, will Jo finally communicate her true heart's desire or lose the love of her life forever? -- adapted from jacket

My Calamity Jane

July 14, 2020
Hand, Cynthia, 1978- author.
xi, 520 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Welcome to 1876 America, a place bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou -- better known as werewolves. And where there are garou, there're hunters: the one and only Calamity Jane, to be precise, along with her fellow stars of Wild Bill's Traveling Show, Annie Oakley and Frank the Pistol Prince Butler. After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there's talk of a garou cure. But, rumors can be deceiving -- meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they're a day late and a Jane short. In this perfect next read for fans of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, bestselling authors Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton bring their signature spark to the side-splittin', whopper-filled (but actually kind of factual?) tale of Calamity Jane.


July 14, 2020
Yang, Kelly, author.
476 pages ; 22 cm
They're called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the US while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Claire Wang never thought she'd be one of them, until her parents pluck her from her privileged life in Shanghai and enroll her at a high school in California. Suddenly she finds herself living in a stranger's house, with no one to tell her what to do for the first time in her life. She soon embraces her newfound freedom, especially when the hottest and most eligible parachute, Jay, asks her out. Dani De La Cruz, Claire's new host sister, couldn't be less thrilled that her mom rented out a room to Claire. An academic and debate-team star, Dani is determined to earn her way into Yale, even if it means competing with privileged kids who are buying their way to the top. When her debate coach starts working with her privately, Dani's game plan veers unexpectedly off course. Desperately trying to avoid each other under the same roof, Dani and Claire find themselves on a collision course, intertwining in deeper and more complicated ways, as they grapple with life-altering experiences.

Rage and ruin

July 14, 2020
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
600 pages ; 23 cm
"As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help -- the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led ... herded ... played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all."--Inside dust jacket.

A song below water

July 14, 2020
Morrow, Bethany C., author.
288 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book"
In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school's junior year. But, everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment. Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it's only Tavia and Effie's unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all.

A song of wraiths and ruin

July 14, 2020
Brown, Roseanne A., author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
466 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Series information from publisher's web page.
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts his younger sister, Nadia, as payment to enter the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal--kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia's freedom. But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic...requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition. When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Night of the dragon

July 13, 2020
Kagawa, Julie, author.
355 pages : map ; 24 cm
Even with the combined skills of Kage Tatsumi and the demon Hakaimono inside of him, they both know that it may be impossible to overcome the evil forces that control the cursed sword that keep them trapped as one.


July 13, 2020
Hardinge, Frances, author.
419 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in hardcover by Macmillan Publishers Limited, United Kingdom, in 2019"--Title page verso.
The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he's becoming a monster and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?

Sharing secrets

July 10, 2020
Metzger, Matthew J., author.
Lincoln : Finch Books, 2017.
251 pages ; 21 cm
"Adam's got a secret and nobody knows. He's promised himself never to get into relationships and risk revealing it, but Charlie Fielding has a way of getting under one's skin. One party, one kiss and Adam is faced with a horrible choice--tell Charlie the truth or keep quiet. And either way, lose the only friends he's had in years. He's promised himself never to get into relationships and risk revealing it, but Charlie Fielding has a way of getting under one's skin. One party, one kiss and Adam is faced with a horrible choice--tell Charlie the truth or keep quiet. And either way, lose the only friends he's had in years"--Provided by publisher.

Iphigenia Murphy

July 9, 2020
Hosey, Sara, author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2020.
299 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Running away from home hasn't solved Iphigenia Murphy's problems. In fact, it's only a matter of time before they'll catch up with her. Iffy is desperate to find her long-lost mother, and, so far, in spite of the need to forage for food and shelter and fend off an unending number of creeps, living in Queens' Forest Park has felt safer than living at home. But as the summer days get shorter, it all threatens to fall apart. A novel that explores the sustaining love of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the indelible bond of family, Iphigenia Murphy captures the gritty side of 1992 Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City. Just like Iffy, the friends she makes in the park--Angel, a stray dog with the most ridiculous tail; Corinne, a young trans woman who is escaping her own abusive situation; and Anthony, a former foster kid from upstate whose parents are addicts--each seek a place where they feel at home. Whether fate or coincidence has brought them together, within this community of misfits Iffy can finally be herself, but she still has to face the effects of abandonment and abuse--and the possibility that she may be pregnant. During what turns out to be a remarkable journey to find her mother, will Iffy ultimately discover herself?

Automatic age

July 9, 2020
Chomichuk, G. M. B., author, illustrator.
Winnipeg, Manitoba : Yellow Dog, [2020]
108 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
"The Automatic Age is a series of novellas about a father and son navigating an automated apocalypse. Set in a mid-century computerized utopia of automats, self-driving cars, food pills and happy robo-servants, robot search teams find and remove the troublesome people that clutter it. In this perfect future, humans are forbidden to live. Each story in The Automatic Age is self-contained, but all are part of a young boy's education about a world lost and a self that will need to be reclaimed."--Provided by publisher.

The art of dumpster diving

July 8, 2020
Moses, Jennifer Anne, author.
202 pages ; 22 cm
In Crystal Springs, Louisiana, when sixteen-year-old James finds his mother lying in her bed, dead, he tries to run the household by himself, hiding his mother's death from the authorities, caring for his little brother, and scrounging for food until things become increasingly desperate.

We were promised spotlights

July 8, 2020
Sproul, Lindsay, author.
274 pages ; 22 cm
"When small-town Homecoming Queen, Taylor Garland, comes out as gay, she embarks on a journey of painful self-discovery and challenges the close-minded thinking of those around her"-- Provided by publisher.

Brown girl ghosted : a novel

July 8, 2020
Das, Mintie, author.
289 pages ; 22 cm.
In Meadowdale, Illinois, sixteen-year-old Violet deals with mean girls, racism, murder, and being spurred by immortal Lukas to accept being an Aiedeo, a hereditary warrior queen charged with protecting the world.

Frozen beauty

July 8, 2020
Hillyer, Lexa, author.
359 pages ; 22 cm
"When the body of 17-year-old Kit Malloy is found out by the woods frozen to death and half-undressed in the back of the boy-next-door's truck, her sisters Tessa and Lilly are left to pick up the pieces, search for answers, and ultimately find their own voices"-- Provided by publisher.

28 days : a novel of resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto

July 8, 2020
Safier, David, 1966- author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2020.
404 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: Hamburg : Rowohlt Verlag, 2014 in German under the title, 28 Tage lange.
Warsaw, 1942. Mira smuggles food into the Warsaw ghetto to keep herself and her family alive. When she learns the entire ghetto is to be "liquidated" she joins a group of young people who are planning an uprising against the Nazi forces. For twenty-eight days, as the resistance fighters hold out, Mira experiences betrayal, suffering... and even moments of happiness. -- adapted from jacket

A life, redefined : a Rowan Slone novel

July 7, 2020
Meyer, Tracy Hewitt, author.
197 pages ; 23 cm
Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Sloane turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she's lived with the burden of her baby brother's death. Now she is seveteen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years - the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself, and she turns to cutting to ease the pain. When long time crush Mike Anderson invites her to Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan's younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother's long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past? -- Back cover.

The court of miracles

July 7, 2020
Grant, Kester, 1984- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
402 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Les Misérables In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina's life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father's fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger--the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh--Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city's dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice--protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

Where we go from here

July 7, 2020
Rocha, Lucas, author.
269 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published in Brazilian Portuguese in 2018 as Você Tam a Vida Inteira by Galera Record.
When Victor finds himself getting tested for HIV for the first time, he can't help but question his entire relationship with Henrique, the guy he has-had-been dating. See, Henrique didn't disclose his positive HIV status to Victor until after they had sex, and even though Henrique insisted on using every possible precaution, Victor is livid. That's when Victor meets Ian, a guy who's also getting tested for HIV. But Ian's test comes back positive, and his world is about to change forever. Though Victor is loath to think about Henrique, he offers to put the two of them in touch, hoping that perhaps Henrique can help Ian navigate his new life. In the process, the lives of Ian, Victor, and Henrique will become intertwined in a story of friendship, love, and stigma --- a story about hitting what you think is rock bottom, but finding the courage and support to keep moving forward.

You should see me in a crown

July 7, 2020
Johnson, Leah (Young adult author), author.
324 pages ; 22 cm
Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school, after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship to elite Pennington College and their famous orchestra where she plans to study medicine--but when that scholarship falls through she is forced to turn to her school's scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media which she hates and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.

Song of the dryad

July 7, 2020
Leigh, Natalia, author.
Littleton, CO : Enchanted Ink Publishing, 2018.
387 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Barclay is still haunted by an encounter she had eight years ago--a run-in with a fairy beast that had eyes like witchlight and a taste for flesh. Charlotte has avoided the Greenwood ever since, but everything changes when her mom goes missing, kidnapped by the fairies that haunt the forest behind Charlotte's home. Charlotte dives into a world as magical as it is deadly, coming face-to-face with fairy creatures that never get mentioned in the story books--including the creature that haunts her dreams. She must embrace her task and conquer her fears, or else she'll never see her mom again.

This is How We Change the Ending

July 6, 2020
Wakefield, Vikki, author.
Melbourne, Victoria : Text Publishing Company, 2019.
297 pages ; 24 cm.
Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He's worried about a lot of things - how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro crop in his bedroom; his reckless friend, Merrick. Nate hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can't say. But when some of his pages are stolen, and his words are graffitied at the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?

What I like about me

July 2, 2020
Guillaume, Jenna, author.
Atlanta, Georgia : Peachtree Publishing Company Inc., 2020.
287 pages ; 21 cm
Includes an interview with the author.
The last thing sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin thought she'd be doing over vacation is entering a beauty pageant. Not when she's spent most of her life hiding her body from everyone. Not when her Dad is AWOL and her gorgeous older sister has returned to rock Maisie's already shaky confidence. And especially not when her best friend starts flirting with the boy she's always loved. But Maisie's got something to prove. As she writes down all the ways this vacation is going from bad to worse in her school-assignment journal, what starts as a homework torture-device might just end up being an account of how Maisie didn't let anything, or anyone, hold her back.

Harley in the sky

July 1, 2020
Bowman, Akemi Dawn, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2020.
410 pages ; 22 cm
With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, Harley Milano spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform. She has dreams she would be up there herself one day, but her parents insist she go to school instead. Harley joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère. There, she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful, where she learns the value of hard work, passion, and collaboration. At the same time, she comes to terms with the truth of her family, her past, and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams.

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