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2018 TOP 10 FICTION BOOKS


Elana Arnold. What Girls Are Made Of
 2017. Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab
Sixteen-year-old Nina experiences sex, betrayal, loss, and a
dysfunctional home life, all while trying to understand what it means
to be female in the world and whether love can ever be truly unconditional.


Leigh Bardugo. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
 2017. Macmillan/Imprint
Traditional fairy tales are refreshingly twisted, re-created, and wrapped in gorgeous illustrations in this stand-alone collection of six short stories. The world-building will be familiar to Bardugo's fans, and readers new to her Grishaverse have the pleasure of knowing they can take further excursions into this world.


MacKenzie Lee.  The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue.

 2017. Katherine Tegen Books 
Henry Montague, the son of a British nobleman, embarks on a European tour with his best friend (and secret crush) Percy and his sister Felicity. Along the way, they encounter adventure and conflict that leads them to a very different destiny than the one awaiting their return to England.

Sarah Moon. Sparrow
2017. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine
Sparrow has a secret: her closest friends are birds. When she feels anxious, she goes to the roof and flies. One day, this practice lands her in the hospital, facing questions from the adults in her life. Slowly, she recovers, finds her voice, and makes new friends along the way.


Jason Reynolds. Long Way Down
2017. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum

Will's brother has been shot. In this free-verse novel, Will steps into an elevator ready to head downstairs and to follow the rules he's been taught and avenge his brother's death, when he encounters the ghosts of victims of a chain reaction caused by a shooting.

Laini Taylor. Strange the Dreamer
 2017. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Lazlo Strange is an orphan raised by monks, and he's dedicated
his life to learning. His favorite story is of Weep, the lost fairy tale
city that was literally removed from memory. This is the story of his search for the magical city.

Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give
2017. Balzer+Bray,
Starr Carter is a black girl caught between two worlds: her poor
black neighborhood, and her suburban, mostly white high school. Occupying this liminal space becomes nearly impossible when Starr witnesses, and is forced to speak out about, the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend by a white cop.



Renée Watson. Piecing Me Together
2017. Bloomsbury USA
Artist Jade has big dreams, but she recognizes that coming from a rough neighborhood creates barriers. She reluctantly joins Woman to Woman, a mentoring program that promises a scholarship. Her well-intentioned mentor, also black, doesn't understand Jade has no desire to be "saved." Each has things to learn from the other.



Francesca Zappia. Eliza and Her Monsters
2017. Greenwillow

Fellow students don't know that, when she's not at school, reclusive senior Eliza is LadyConstellation, creator of the wildly popular Monstrous Sea. New student Wallace is a huge fan of the webcomic, and hr slowly breaks through her shell. However, trying to keep her two lives separate may cost Eliza everything.



Jeff Zentner. Goodbye Days
 2017. Crown Books for Young Readers

Carver's three best friends are killed in a car accident soon after he sends the driver a text message, and grief and guilt take their toll. When the grandmother of one of his deceased friends asks for a "goodbye day," Carver agrees, hoping for closure.
YALSA AWARD NON-FICTION 2018 *WINNER & FINALISTS 

*Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
by Deborah Heiligman

The bond between brothers was never stronger. Drawing on their lifelong correspondence, Heiligman plumbs their journey from an ascetic upbringing
in a Protestant parsonage to the auction houses of Europe as Theo
develops business acumen, all the while supporting volatile Vincent's groundbreaking artistic endeavors both materially and emotionally.
Their devotion to each other was so profound that there could have been no Vincent van Gogh without Theo.


Eyes of the World Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and the Invention of the Modern PhotoJournalism
by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Meet Robert Capo and Gerda Taro, young refugees and fearless pioneers of photojournalism, who documented the savagery of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. In capturing a struggle against fascism that presaged World War II, their body of work reflects the evolution of photography as a journalistic medium. Aronson and Budhos use the two as a springboard to an expansive look at a forgotten conflict whose political and philosophical ramifications captured the attention of the world.



The 57 Bus: A True Story of Teenage and the Crime that Changed Their Lives
by Dashka Slater

In the news:  a gender teen falls asleep on an Oakland city bus. A black teen sets their skirt on fire. Two young lives, forever entwined because of proximity in a moment, eventually spark an entire community's  shift towards restorative justice.




The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found
by Dashka Slater

Cinematic portrayals of the high seas can't touch the rollicking realities of life aboard the Eighteenth century ship, The Whydah. This transporting look at the peculiar society of the piratical brotherhood, peppered with first-hand accounts, has much to tell us about successful maritime strategies for maintaining a reign of terror, the Whydah's wreck and the house-to-house search it inspired, and the truths that artifacts recovered from its discovery off Cape Cod revealed about the golden age of piracy in the American colonies.


#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
edited by:
Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy

The editors present a stereotype-busting, zine-like collection of personal essays, illustrations, and photos from and about the marginalized experiences of indigenous young women. This energetic showcase of contemporary lives demonstrates the strength and vitality of living heritages through a rich, visually stunning riot of art and memoir.
   

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