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Hardcover: March 19, 2019

The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved --- it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardian, they receive a well-rounded education that promises to make them better. Obedient girls, free from arrogance or defiance. Free from troublesome opinions or individual interests. But the girls’ carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there --- and who they really are --- the girls of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back.

Pretend She's Here by Luanne Rice - Contemporary Fiction
Hardcover: February 26, 2019

Emily Lonergan's best friend died last year. And Emily hasn't stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud and fun --- Emily's better half. Emily can't accept that she's gone. When Lizzie's parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily's heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too. Desperately enough to do something unthinkable. Suddenly, Emily's life is hurtling toward a very dark place --- and she's not sure she'll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.

Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren - Contemporary Fiction
Hardcover: March 12, 2019

Holland Delviss wants to be known for her talent as a hockey player, not a hockey player who happens to be a girl. But when her school team is selected to be featured and televised as part of HockeyFest, her status as the only girl on the boys’ team makes her the lead story. Not everyone is thrilled with Holland’s new fame, but there’s one person who fiercely supports her, and it’s the last person she expects (and definitely the last person she should be falling for): her bossy team captain, Wes.

Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt - Historical Fiction
Hardcover: March 12, 2019

An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief. Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope and faith in a most unusual and epic novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt.

In Paris with You by Clémentine Beauvais - Contemporary Fiction
Hardcover: January 8, 2019

For fans of ELEANOR & PARK and EMERGENCY CONTACT comes a sweeping romance about the love that got away. Eugene and Tatiana could have fallen in love, if things had gone differently. If they had tried to really know each other, if it had just been them and not the others. But that was years ago and time has found them far apart, leading separate lives. Until they meet again in Paris. What really happened back then? And now? Could they ever be together again after everything?

Hardcover: March 5, 2019

Riley lives in TropeTown, where everyone plays stock roles in novels. Riley, a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, is sent to group therapy after going off-script. Riley knows that breaking the rules again could get him terminated, yet he feels there must be more to life than recycling the same clichés for readers' entertainment. Then he meets Zelda and falls head over heels in love. Zelda's in therapy too, along with several other Manic Pixies. But TropeTown has a dark secret, and if Riley and his fellow Manic Pixies don't get to the bottom of it, they may all be terminated.

The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess - Contemporary Fiction
Paperback: March 5, 2019

Victoria knew her dad's behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights. Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school and somehow salvage her college dreams...all while keeping her past hidden. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won't leave you alone?

Paperback: March 5, 2019

Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. It’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend, Lorena, and her first love (first everything), Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? 

Beware The Night by Jessika Fleck - Dystopian Fiction
Hardcover: March 12, 2019

On the island of Bellona, life is peaceful --- as long as the citizens dutifully worship the Sun, which protects them from all harm. Veda knows that keeping the Sun happy will protect her and her grandfather from the Night, the dangerous people who snatch innocent citizens from their beds, never to be seen again. But when Veda's grandfather is offered up as the next sacrificial offering to keep the Sun's favor, she starts to see that safety comes at a dangerous price. Maybe there is more to fear above than there is below. With a mysterious young man, Dorian, at her side, Veda has to figure out if the scary bedtime stories she grew up hearing are real --- or dangerous lies.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford - Contemporary Fiction
Paperback: March 12, 2019

Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year’s Day to find himself in the hospital --- specifically, in the psychiatric ward. Despite the bandages on his wrists, he’s positive this is all some huge mistake. Jeff is perfectly fine, perfectly normal; not like the other kids in the hospital with him. But over the course of the next 45 days, Jeff begins to understand why he ended up here --- and realizes he has more in common with the other kids than he thought.