Sc Young adult book nominees

Find your school's recommended books from our alphabetized lists.

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Allegedly

Tiffany D. Jackson

A girl convicted of murder seeks the truth while surviving life in a group home.

Hardcover | Downloadable Audiobook (Hoopla) |

American Street

Ibi Zoboi

Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Will she pay the price for the American dream?

Hardcover | Downloadable Audiobook (Hoopla)

Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin

James L. Swanson

James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King, Jr. had two very different life journeys -- but their paths fatally collide when Ray assassinates the world-renown civil rights leader. This book provides an inside look into both of their lives, the history of the time, and a blow-by-blow examination of the assassination and its aftermath.

Hardcover | CD AudiobookDownloadable Audiobook (Hoopla)

Deacon Locke Went to Prom

Brian Katcher

Promposals are taking over Deacon Locke’s high school and he can't get up the nerve to ask anyone to the dance. Deacon confides in his witty and outgoing best friend Jean that he realizes she could be a great person to take. Only problem is Jean is Deacon’s grandmother. But when Deacon meets Soraya and he fears he has totally missed his chances of having a prom he’ll never forget.

Hardcover

Dear Martin

Nic Stone

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League, but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs.  Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Hardcover | CD Audiobook | Downloadable Audiobook (cloudLibrary) |

Dreamland Burning

Jennifer Latham

When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery.

Hardcover

Everything All At Once

Katrina Leno

When her struggles with anxiety worsen in the aftermath of a family death, Lottie is bequeathed a series of letters from her late aunt, a best-selling author, who leaves instructions to help Lottie overcome her fears and explore her own literary voice.

Hardcover

Far From the Tree

Robin Benway

Three teenagers, biological siblings separated by adoption, explore the meaning of family in all its forms--how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

Hardcover | Dowloadable Audiobook (Hoopla) | CD Audiobook |

Glow

Megan E. Bryant

Discovering a series of antique paintings containing hidden glowing images, a young thrift-store aficionado investigates their origins and discovers the haunting true story of a group of young women artists, the Radium Girls, who used dangerous radioactive paint to create the world's first glow-in-the-dark products.

Hardcover | Downloadable Audiobook (Hoopla)

Grit

Gillian French

When 17-year-old Darcy Prentiss isn't raking berries with her sister during the day, she's drinking and swimming with the boys in the quarry at night. But the fun is what's been keeping Darcy's mind off the disturbing secret she shares with Nell. Everything she has been trying to keep down comes bubbling to the surface when she is nominated to be Bay Festival Princess.

HardcoverDownloadable Audiobook (Hoopla)

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Maurene Goo

A disaster in romance, high school senior Desi Lee decides to tackle her flirting failures by watching Korean television dramas, where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten.

Hardcover

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Leigh Bardugo

Author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love based on her bestselling Grishverse novels.

Hardcover

A List of Cages

Robin Roe

Adam Blake serves as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Then the doctor asks him to track down the freshman who dodges her, and discovers that the boy is the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years. Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets but is determined to help him. His involvement could cost both boys their lives.

Hardcover | CD Audiobook | eBook (Hoopla) |

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

There are three rules in the neighborhood: Don't cry ; Don't snitch ; Get revenge. Will takes his dead brother Shawn's gun, and gets in the elevator on the 7th floor. As the elevator stops on each floor, someone connected to Shawn gets on. Someone already dead. Dead by teenage gun violence. And each has something to share with Will.

Hardcover | CD Audioboook |

One of Us Is Lying

Karen M. McManus

When a student is murdered, the other four students he served detention with are suspect, and also because he'd planned to post juicy gossip about all four of his high-profile classmates. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Hardcover | CD Audiobook |

Soldier Boy

Keely Hutton

Follows Ricky from 1987-1991, and Samuel in 2006, as they are abducted to serve as child-soldiers in Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.

Hardcover | Downloadable Audiobook (Hoopla) |

Spliced

Jon McGoran

Sixteen-year-old Jimi  searches for his friend, Del, who want to become a chimera: someone with animal features. This would make him a non-human and take away all protection of the law. Can she convince him otherwise before it's too late?

Hardcover | Downloadable Audiobook (Hoopla) |

Strange the Dreamer

Laini Taylor

War orphan and junior librarian Lazlo Strange gets an unexpected opportunity to follow his dream of seeking the mythic lost city of Weep with the Godslayer and his band of legendary warriors.

Hardcover | Large Print

Things I Should Have Known

Claire LaZebnik

Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectrum, could use a boyfriend. Through this experience she realizes that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

Hardcover |

Warcross

Marie Lu

Teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter tracking down Warcross players who bet on the virtual game illegally when the game’s creator, Hideo Tanaka, needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a sinister plot.

Hardcover | Large Print |

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