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Young Adult Book Club

Our bookseller and resident YA expert Rhiannon will lead discussions around a YA book every month. Join us to share insight and chat about the highs and lows of each month's pick. Open to young adults and adults alike, but recommended for ages 15 and up!


A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984896360
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Delacorte Press - February 4th, 2020

Sunday, April 19 - 3 pm

April's book is GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER by Holly Jackson.

Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

But she can't shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?

Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn't want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

This is the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you'll never expect.

Dark and Deepest Red Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250162748
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 14th, 2020

Sunday, March 15 - 3 pm

March's book is DEEP AND DARKEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore.

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore's signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

The Last True Poets of the Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368048088
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Sunday, February 16 - 3 pm

February's book is LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA by Julia Drake.

The Larkin family isn’t just lucky—they persevere. At least that’s what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn’t drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer.

But wrecks seem to run in the family. Tall, funny, musical Violet can’t stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life.

Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family’s missing piece - the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century.

She finds a fellow wreck hunter in Liv Stone, an amateur local historian whose sparkling intelligence and guarded gray eyes make Violet ache in an exhilarating new way. Whether or not they find the Lyric, the journey Violet takes-and the bridges she builds along the way-may be the start of something like survival.

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536204377
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Walker Books US - August 13th, 2019

Sunday, January 19 - 3 pm

January's book is VOYAGES IN THE UNDERWORLD OF ORPHEUS BLACK by Marcus Sedgwick and Julian Sedgwick illustrated by Alexis Deacon.

Brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgwick team up to pen this haunting tale of another pair of brothers, caught between life and death in World War II. Harry Black, a conscientious objector, artist, and firefighter battling the blazes of German bombing in London in 1944, wakes in the hospital to news that his soldier brother, Ellis, has been killed. In the delirium of his wounded state, Harry’s mind begins to blur the distinctions between the reality of war-torn London, the fiction of his unpublished sci-fi novel, and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Driven by visions of Ellis still alive and a sense of poetic inevitability, Harry sets off on a search for his brother that will lead him deep into the city’s Underworld. With otherworldly paintings by Alexis Deacon depicting Harry’s surreal descent further into the depths of hell, this eerily beautiful blend of prose, verse, and illustration delves into love, loyalty, and the unbreakable bonds of brotherhood as it builds to a fierce indictment of mechanized warfare.

Heretics Anonymous Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062698889
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - July 2nd, 2019

Sunday, December 15 - 3 pm

*Note: Our wonderful Marketing Coordinator Ishita will be filling in for Rhiannon this month!

December's book was HERETICS ANONYMOUS by Katie Henry.

When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy, isn’t just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.

Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism.

Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies one stunt at a time. But when Michael takes one mission too far—putting the other Heretics at risk—he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

Serpent & Dove Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062878021
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: HarperTeen - September 3rd, 2019

Sunday, November 17 - 3 pm

November's book was SERPENT & DOVE by Shelby Mahurin.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

Last Seen Leaving Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250129673
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Square Fish - April 24th, 2018

Sunday, October 20 - 3 pm

October's book was LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Roehrig.

Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn’s girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

I Am Still Alive Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425291009
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

Sunday, September 15 - 3 pm

September's book was I AM STILL ALIVE by Kate Alice Marshall.

After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive--for now.

Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.

After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father...and she wants revenge.

Wilder Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525645580
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Delacorte Press - July 9th, 2019

Sunday, August 18 - 3 pm

August's book is WILDER GIRLS by Rory Power.

It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

We Are the Ants Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481449649
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

Sunday, July 21 - 3 pm

July's book is WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson.

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.

Only he isn’t sure he wants to.

After all, life hasn’t been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer’s. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend’s suicide last year.

Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him.

But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it…or let the world—and his pain—be destroyed forever.

Once & Future Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316449274
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Jimmy Patterson - March 26th, 2019

Sunday, June 16 - 3 pm

June's book is ONCE & FUTURE by Amy Rose Capetta and Cory McCarthy.

I've been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I've always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I'm done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

The Devouring Gray Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368024969
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

Sunday, May 19 - 3 pm

Our May book was THE DEVOURING GRAY by Christine Lynn Herman.

After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn't: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne's bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray-a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family's powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can't let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn't yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families' abilities... before the Gray devours them all.

The Fever King Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542040402
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Skyscape - March 1st, 2019

Sunday, April 14 - 3 pm

Our April book was The Fever King by Victoria Lee. It takes place in the former United States, where Noam Álvaro is a survivor of a magical virus that has killed his family and made him a technopath. Undocumented immigrants, like his late parents, are being deported with ruthless efficiency. When his magical gift gains the attention of the minister of defense, Noam sees an opportunity to make change through infiltration. But when he meets the minister's son, Noam's heart starts making the way forward far more hazy. 

The Weight of Our Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534426085
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - February 5th, 2019

Sunday, March 17 - 3 pm

Our book was The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf. This historical fiction takes place in 1969 Malaysia during racial conflict between the Malays and Chinese. In the midst of it all Melati Ahmad is struggling with OCD, which for her comes in the form of a djinn who makes her imagine her mother's death over and over again if she does not comply with compulsive behaviors. When Melati and her mother are separated during the conflict, she will have to overcome her prejudice by teaming up with a Chinese boy named Vincent, and find her mother. 

Sawkill Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062696601
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

Sunday, February 17 - 3 pm

Our book for February was Sawkill Girls, an eerie mystery about the disappearances of several girls on the island of Sawkill Rock. Val, Marion, and Zoey are three girls who dig deeper, and fight harder, to end the disappearances and uncover their cause. Ultimately, this novel is about girls, perhaps best represented by this quote from the book, "Girls hunger. And we're taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn't enough food for us all." The heroines of this book have to grapple with internalized suspicion of each other, to discover the real enemy is an oppressive regime designed to disregard and disenfranchise them. This novel smashes the patriarchy while giving you a fantastic and magical atmosphere to do it in.


Sadie: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250105714
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

Tuesday, January 8 - 7 pm

Our book for January was Sadie, a propulsive and harrowing thriller about a young woman trying to get to the bottom of her sister's murder, and the man who chronicles his quest to find her through podcast.