Part-travelogue and part-memoir, Elkin details her time traveling-to and living in New York, London, Tokyo, Venice, and Paris. You'll want to pack your bags and travel after reading this one!
Did you know that the Count of Monte Cristo was based on a real person? Alexandre Dumas' father was a black slave who, in the midst of the French Revolution, became a general in the French army. Reiss details Dumas' life before enlisting, his time abroad with NApoleon, and his life after the war in this gripping biography.
Bulgaria has a triple border of Greece, Turkey, and Russia. In the aftermath of the Cold War, Kassabova and her family emigrated from their home in Bulgaria, but years later she still feels a connection to her homeland. In this travel memoir, she writes about returning to see how her country has changed and the ways she can still call it "home." She faces fire-worshippers, death threats, the dangers of the Bulgarian forest; she also finds hope and tragedy for the people divided by the still-present borders. This book was beautifully-written, illuminating, heartbreaking, and as jarring as a fairy tale. I've never read anything quite like this. This book had me spellbound.
Evan is good at blending in: he's an artist, but he doesn't show anyone his work; he's gay, but no one knows it; and his home life is a nightmare, but he won't tell anyone. However, one by one, each secret comes to light and suddenly he's not flying under the radar anymore. But as he tries to go back into hiding, he realizes he may not like being invisible anymore. This intense coming-of-age novel is great for fans of Chris Crutcher and David Levithan, with some Becky Albertalli mixed in.
Xiomara doesn't fit in -- not at school, home, or in any clique of friends. Poetry is her man outlet, and a secret from her family. As she finds her footing through words, she must decide whether to use her voice or hide who she is. This uplifting coming-of-age novel-in-verse packs a punch!
Salvador, nicknamed "Salvie," is an adopted teenager living with his single dad. Together, they have a great life until his senior year starts. Amidst school fights and new revelations about his own family, Salvie and his friends must band together to finish their school year. This is a moving portrayal of the power of friendship. Funny and uplifting!
Eugenides can steal anything. Freed from prison and sent on a dangerous mission, he must navigate dangerous political allegiances and the wrath of the gods themselves if he is to make it home again. But how can he trust anyone when he has secrets of his own? Turner's world is packed with lovable characters and twists at every turn. You'll fly through this series!
Space travel! Alien portals! Romance! This delightful sci-fi has everything! Jules and Mia, stranded on a distant planet and scavenging for supplies to save Earth, must unlock an ancient mystery to get home safely. But with raiders on their tail and several warnings predicting disaster, their simple journey turns into an epic quest! To any reluctant reader who wants Marvel movie antics and PROMETHEUS suspense, you will tear through this rollicking adventure. Onward, if you dare!
This semi-biographical book of essays is dynamic and entertaining! Gay takes on white privilege, tasteless movies, her own fascination with Twitter, and the constant question of identity. In turns eviscerating and humorous, Gay is a fantastic storyteller! You'll stay up late trying to finish it!
Do you love Goosebumps and other scary stories? Then pick up this thrilling series! Tom is studying to be a monster-hunter. He's fights witches, breaks curses, and takes on demons. But nobody is who they seem to be and Tom harbors secrets of his own. Enjoy this spooky tale--if you dare!
If you love Hemingway, check out Maugham. This is his best work, a study of a crumbling marriage in 1920's China. This emotional, character-driven drama is as fascinating as any BBC drama, but is not half as sappy. (Invest in tissues.)
Simon is having a rough year. Granted, he has a part in the school play, two great friends, and while he struggles to come out to his family, overall he’s happy. But now he’s being blackmailed. This offbeat coming-of-age story is funny and touching.
Summer camp sure has changed. Instead of campfire smores and bunk sing-alongs, these Lumberjanes battle Greek gods, find mystical treasure, and accept impossible quests. If their angry counselors don't ruin their summer, the hipster Yetis might. Ridiculous, heartwarming fun. Welcome to your new favorite comic series!
Agnieszka lives in Dvernick, a village surrounded by mystical woods. One day a wizard arrives and everything changes. Full of non-stop action, this has the eerie charm of a Grimm fairytale.
Two college rivals become arch nemeses in this fast-paced, supernatural noir. As each side is told, and they plot their final move, the “hero” and “villain” roles blur together. Definitely a page-turner!
In the dystopian city of Ketterdam, six unlikely characters get pulled into a heist. As alliances get tested and the job goes south, this misfit crew must work together to succeed in this high-stakes fantasy adventure. (No mourners, no funerals.)
This fast-moving (and fast-talking) crime drama follows Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro, two private investigators working in Boston. Lehane writes a darkly humorous noir series that gets better with each book.
Once a divine city, Elantris is now a decaying prison. Now the mysterious illness that struck its residents is now affecting those outside the capital. Full of political intrigue and magic! A great standalone!
Neryn has been able to see fey all of her life. In a dangerous kingdom that outlaws magic, all she can do is hide.But one night someone starts hunting her and that all changes. This is a great introductory YA fantasy and for fans of Celtic lore.
Ellie and her friends go backpacking in the Outback for a careless, fun week. But when they return home, Australia has been attacked and they are the few fugitives still left free. With little to defend themselves, they take a stand and try to rescue their families.
Fans of the Marvel superhero movies will love this! Hawkeye and Deadpool team up one Halloween to solve a murder in New York City. With crashed Ubers, detective dogs, and plenty of wisecracks, it's just a day in the life of this dysfunctional team. Warning: lots of fighting.
Knowing nothing about the Outback, Davidson travels across the Australian desert. Whether describing the dangers of camel-training or the difficulties of Aboriginal reservations, this gritty memoir is inspiring.
Parallel universes, royal intrigue, and wise-cracking pirates -- sound weird? Well, it is! But this unusual adventure delivers. Fans of Neil Gaiman will love this strange and eerie fantasy.
Ged wants to be a wizard. He goes to a magical school. Everything goes wrong. From curses to dragons to secret names, Earthsea is packed with adventure, and its vivid landscape (and great characters) make this series classic.
Sophie, a hatseller living with her sisters, is cursed by a jealous witch. In order to break the spell, she runs away and stumbles upon a magical castle owned by a bizarre wizard. Weird? Yes. Entertaining? Absolutely.