New Arrivals · Teen Fiction

November 9, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

What makes us

November 8, 2019
Mittlefehldt, Rafi, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2019.
342 pages ; 22 cm.
"Eran Sharon knows nothing of his father except that he left when Eran was a baby. Now a senior in high school and living with his protective but tight-lipped mother, Eran is a passionate young man deeply interested in social justice and equality. When he learns that the Houston police have launched a program to increase traffic stops, Eran organizes a peaceful protest. But a heated moment at the protest goes viral, and a reporter connects the Sharon family to a tragedy fifteen years earlier -- and asks if Eran is anything like his father, a supposed terrorist. Soon enough, Eran is wondering the same thing, especially when the people he's gone to school and temple with for years start to look at him differently. Timely, powerful, and full of nuance, Rafi Mittlefehldt's sophomore novel confronts the prejudices, fears, and strengths of family and community, striking right to the heart of what makes us who we are."--Amazon.

Demon in the whitelands

November 8, 2019
Richard, Nikki Z., author.
Raleigh, NC : Month9Books, LLC, [2019]
346 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Samuel, son of devout cleric, has endured shame and prejudice his entire life. Though he is destined to follow in his father's footsteps, he longs for an ordinary life in the whitelands away from talk of demons and holy roots. When the mayor claims to have captured a mute demon-girl, Samuel is forced to become her caretaker. But as Samuel gets to know the prisoner, he finds her not to be very demonlike. Instead, she is intelligent, meek, and an exceptional artist. Despite her seeming goodness, some more concerning things cannot be ignored. Samuel is hard-pressed to reconcile her uncanny strength and speed, one missing arm, ambiguous gender, and the mysterious scars covering most of her body. Samuel forms a deep attachment to the girl with predator eyes and violent outbursts, against his father's advice. As their friendship threatens to become something more, Samuel discovers the mayor's dark intentions. Now, he must decide whether to risk his own execution by setting her free, or watch as the girl is used as a pawn in a dangerous game of oppression, fear, and murder.

Songs from the deep

November 8, 2019
Powell, Kelly, 1991- author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2019]
292 pages ; 24 cm
Seventeen-year-old violinist Moira Alexander joins with an old friend, Jude Osric, in seeking a killer after the sirens who live near their island are falsely accused of murder.


November 8, 2019
Ernshaw, Shea, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
322 pages ; 22 cm
"Be careful of the dark, dark wood... Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it's this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman -- the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago -- and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he'd been missing. But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver's presence. And it's not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn't know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own -- secrets he'll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn't the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago. For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why."-- Provided by publisher.

The Athena protocol

November 7, 2019
Sarif, Shamim, author.
295 pages ; 22 cm
"Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the world. Athena operatives are never supposed to shoot to kill--so when Jessie can't stop herself from pulling the trigger, she gets kicked out of the organization, right before a huge mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade. Jessie needs to right her wrong and prove herself, so she starts her own investigation into the trafficking. But going rogue means she has no one to watch her back as she delves into the horrors she uncovers. Meanwhile, her former teammates have been ordered to bring her down. Jessie must face danger from all sides if she's to complete her mission--and survive." -- (Source of summary not specified)

Our wayward fate

November 5, 2019
Chao, Gloria, 1986- author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
311 pages ; 22 cm
The only Asian person at her school in Plainhart, Indiana, Ali Chu ignores the clueless racism from her classmates and teachers. When Chase Yu's family arrives in town, Ali tries to ignore the 'they belong together' whispers, but they develop a friendship rooted in competitive martial arts, joking in two languages, and, most importantly, pushing back against the discrimination they face. When Ali's mom forces her to end the friendship, she uncovers secrets about her family and Chase that force her to question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and her unknowable future.

The Backstagers and the final blackout

November 5, 2019
Mientus, Andy, author.
215 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
A mysterious masked man has stolen all of the artifacts and it is up to the Backstagers, each with his or her own unique skills, to retrieve them.

Practically ever after

November 4, 2019
Bandeira, Isabel, author, illustrator.
387 pages ; 21 cm
To high school senior Grace, life is an equation where everything can be perfectly calculated to ensure maximum success and the perfect future, including having the perfect girlfriend and being accepted into a first-choice university, but life has a funny way of getting in the way of plans.

A dark iris

November 4, 2019
Jones, Elizabeth J., 1950-
Kingston, Jamaica ; New Jersey : Blouse & Skirt Books, 2019.
iv, 236 pages ; 22 cm
Finalist for the 2018 Code Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature.
"It is 1972 and 12 year-old Rebekah Eve is excited to be on her way to the prestigious Meridian Institute with her best friend, Wanda. But Rebekah's joy is dampened by her parents' separation. She misses having her father at home and the fun things they did together. Most of all, she dislikes her mother's new 'friend' - Thomas Forrest - who is trying way too hard to win her over. These personal changes take place while her country goes through dramatic changes of its own, and life gets even more complicated when her new friend John is arrested for the attempted assasination of the Governor. To cope, Rebekah turns to her art. But her paintings take on new, or rather 'old' life, as figures from the past seep in and replace her usual subjects... Ultimately, she must learn to trust herself, believe in her talents, and that even a little black girl from a small island, could one day become a famous artist."--Back cover.


November 4, 2019
Munda, Rosaria, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
432 pages ; 22 cm
"Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world. Now they are both rising stars in the new regime. Annie's lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee's aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet. But when survivors from the old regime surface, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he's come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves, or step up to be the champion her city needs." -- adapted from jacket.

People of the lake

November 4, 2019
Scorza, Nick, author.
291 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Clara Morris is facing an awkward summer with her father in the tiny upstate town of Redmarch Lake. Clara's relationship with her parents--and with life in general--has been strained since she lost her twin sister, Zoe, when the girls were eight. As a child, her sister had been her whole world--they even shared a secret invented twin language. Clara has managed to rebuild herself as best she can, but she still feels a hole in her life from the absence of her twin, and she suspects she always will. She soon finds that Redmarch Lake, where her father's family has lived for generations, is a very unusual place. The townspeople live by odd rules and superstitions. The eerily calm lake the town is named for both fascinates and repels her. The town's young people are just as odd and unfriendly as their parents. Clara manages to befriend the one boy willing to talk to an outsider, but he disappears during a party in the woods. The next day, he is found dead in the lake under mysterious circumstances. The townspeople all treat this as a tragic accident. Clara isn't buying it, but she doesn't know what to do until she receives a mysterious note hinting at murder--a note written in the language she shared with her twin sister, Zoe.

The maple murders : an original novel

November 4, 2019
Ostow, Micol, author.
296 pages ; 21 cm
During the Riverdale Revels festival, Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica find out that the dark roots of the Town with Pep go even deeper than they could have imagined.


November 1, 2019
Gleitzman, Morris, author.
London : Puffin, 2015.
178 pages ; 20 cm
The Second World War has officially ended, but the streets are still a battleground - for food, for shelter, for protection ...Felix is in hiding to stay safe, but finds he has been left holding the baby - literally. An orphaned infant has been left in his care and he will do everything he can to protect the child, in the way a few incredible people did for him during the Holocaust.


November 1, 2019
Waller, Jae, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW Press, 2019.
416 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
"The Blackbird Battle has left all sides devastated. The wind spirit Suriel has disappeared. A hard winter is coming, and famine stalks the land. Kateiko Rin returns to her people, ready at last to rejoin her community, but the dangers of the unsettled times come raging to her doorstep. Kateiko is left with no choice but to battle the forces that seek to open a rift between the worlds. Leading an unlikely alliance that includes her new love, Airedain, and her old one, Tiernan, Kateiko must risk all to stop the coming disaster. Jae Waller returns to her riveting alternate world of brooding rainforests in a colonial time and to her headstrong, troubled heroine in this compelling second volume of the Call of the Rift quintet."-- Provided by publisher.

Our year in love and parties

November 1, 2019
Hattrup, Karen, author.
New York : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
355 pages ; 22 cm
Tucker Campanelli knows that relationships take work, but some are easier than others. When Erika Green comes back into his life, stirring up old feelings, a small part of him knows he shouldn't get too attached during senior year. Erika who, from before the video, liked to shock people with her words and bright-pink hair. Lately she's been holing herself up in small, liberal college life and hoping that the past will stay where it belongs. But with Tucker, she doesn't have to pretend to be okay. -- adapted from jacket

Find me

November 1, 2019
Mafi, Tahereh, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
158, 19, 21 pages ; 21 cm.
Shadow me -- Reveal me.
Reveal Me brings readers back to the Shatter Me world one last time before the final novel installment in the series hits shelves in 2020.

The grace year

October 31, 2019
Liggett, Kim, author.
New York : Wednesday Books, 2019.
408 pages ; 22 cm
In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds; that their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac. That is why they're banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive. Tierney James dreams of a society that doesn't pit friend against friend or woman against woman. She fears the brutal elements, the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. But her greatest threat may very well be the other girls.--Jacket.

The rift

October 31, 2019
Craw, Rachael, author.
352 pages ; 22 cm
As corporate greed is pitted against supernatural forces, two young friends must try to protect the precious Old Herd--and their island itself. For generations, the rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against the horrors released by the Rift. And Cal West, an apprentice ranger, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. But even greater challenges await with the return of his childhood friend Meg Archer and the onset of a new threat that not even the rangers are prepared for. Now Meg and Cal, while struggling with their mutual attraction, must face their darkest fears to save the island from disaster. In a possible near future where Big Pharma is pitted against ancient traditions and the supernatural, Rachael Craw's gripping and brutal tale, inspired by Greek mythology, will immerse readers and leave them intoxicated by its richly imagined world.

The burning shadow

October 31, 2019
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2019.
431 pages ; 22 cm
"When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux--only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected. Because the Luxen aren't the only ones with a hidden past. There's a gap in Evie's memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can't remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is--and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions. Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He's powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous...and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can't help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists. And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point"--Jacket.

By any means necessary

October 31, 2019
Montgomery, Candice, author.
311 pages ; 22 cm
On the day Torrey officially becomes a college freshman, he gets a call that might force him to drop out before he's even made it through orientation: the bee farm his beloved uncle Miles left him after his tragic death is being foreclosed on. Torrey would love nothing more than to leave behind the family and neighborhood that's bleeding him dry. But he still feels compelled to care for the project of his uncle's heart. As the farm heads for auction, Torrey precariously balances choosing a major and texting Gabriel--the first boy he ever kissed--with the fight to stop his uncle's legacy from being demolished. But as notice letters pile up and lawyers appear at his dorm, dividing himself between family and future becomes impossible unless he sacrifices a part of himself.

The beautiful

October 29, 2019
Ahdieh, Renée, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
425 pages ; 22 cm
Series information from
"In 19th century New Orleans, Celine, a dressmaker from Paris, becomes embroiled in a murder mystery that's connected to a glamorous supernatural cohort"-- Provided by publisher.

I know you remember

October 29, 2019
Donaldson, Jennifer (Young adult author), author.
326 pages ; 22 cm
After moving back to Anchorage and discovering the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, high school senior Ruthie embarks on a search that reveals dark secrets.

Cold as marble

October 29, 2019
Aarsen, Zoe, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2019.
376 pages ; 21 cm.
"The deadly game continues ... Olivia and Candace are dead, both casualties of Violet's deadly game of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. McKenna and Mischa are the only ones left, and having failed to locate and destroy the source of Violet's power, her curse still abounds, eager to claim more lives. What does Violet want? And how can she be stopped? Armed with a mysterious package containing clues, as well as a little help from the beyond, McKenna hopes to end this once and for all ... before it's too late"--Amazon.


October 29, 2019
Dawn, Sasha, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Lab, [2019]
301 pages ; 22 cm
"When aspiring performer Madelaine finds a poem that helps her finish a song she is writing, she decides to find the author in hopes of starting a collaboration."--Provided by publisher.

Resurrection girls

October 29, 2019
Morgyn, Ava, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, [2019]
263 pages ; 22 cm
Drawn out of her grief by new neighbors, the Hallas women, sixteen-year-old Olivia Foster perceives a darkness surrounding them that goes beyond Kara Hallas's habit of writing to men on death row.

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