Special Topics and Award Books

How to Find What You're Not Looking For

Middle schooler Ariel Goldberg's life changes when her big sister elopes following the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, and she's forced to grapple with both her family's prejudice and the antisemitism she experiences as she defines her own beliefs. 

   
How to Find What You're Not Looking For

Veera Hiranandani
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Hiranan)

Middle schooler Ariel Goldberg's life changes when her big sister elopes following the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, and she's forced to grapple with both her family's prejudice and the antisemitism she experiences as she defines her own beliefs. 


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Everything Sad is Untrue: (A True Story)

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. his story. But no one believes a word he says. Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying.

   
Everything Sad is Untrue: (A True Story)

Daniel Nayeri
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Nayeri)

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. his story. But no one believes a word he says. Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying.


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

   
Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Malinda Lo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lo)

Lily Hu can't remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.

   
To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Jenny Han
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Han)

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Chandler Legacies

At Chandler, the elite boarding school, five teens are brought together in the Circle, a coveted writing group where life-changing friendships are born--and secrets are revealed. Their professor tells them to write their truths. But is the truth enough to change the long-standing culture of abuse at Chandler? And can their friendship survive the fallout?

   
The Chandler Legacies

Abdi Nazemian
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Nazemia)

At Chandler, the elite boarding school, five teens are brought together in the Circle, a coveted writing group where life-changing friendships are born--and secrets are revealed. Their professor tells them to write their truths. But is the truth enough to change the long-standing culture of abuse at Chandler? And can their friendship survive the fallout?


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The Rise of Kyoshi

F. C. Yee's The Rise of Kyoshi delves into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom-born Avatar, mapping her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.

   
The Rise of Kyoshi

F.C. Yee
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Yee)

F. C. Yee's The Rise of Kyoshi delves into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom-born Avatar, mapping her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Somewhere Only We Know

Told from two viewpoints, teens Lucky, a very famous K-pop star, and Jack, a part-time paparazzo who is trying to find himself, fall for each other against the odds through the course of one stolen day.

   
Somewhere Only We Know

Maurene Goo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Goo)

Told from two viewpoints, teens Lucky, a very famous K-pop star, and Jack, a part-time paparazzo who is trying to find himself, fall for each other against the odds through the course of one stolen day.


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Skyhunter

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death. Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows first hand the brutality of the Federation. But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there's more to him than meets the eye.

   
Skyhunter

Marie Lu
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lu)

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death. Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows first hand the brutality of the Federation. But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there's more to him than meets the eye.


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Butterfly Yellow

A Vietnam War refugee in Texas partners with a city boy with rodeo dreams to track down the younger brother she was separated from six years before when he was evacuated by American troops during the waning days of the Vietnam War.

   
Butterfly Yellow

Thanhha Lai
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lai)

A Vietnam War refugee in Texas partners with a city boy with rodeo dreams to track down the younger brother she was separated from six years before when he was evacuated by American troops during the waning days of the Vietnam War.


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Kiss & Tell

On boy band Kiss & Tell's first major tour, lead singer Hunter Drake grapples with a painful breakup with his first boyfriend, his first rebound, and the stress of what it means to be queer in the public eye.

   
Kiss & Tell

Adib Khorram
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Khorram)

On boy band Kiss & Tell's first major tour, lead singer Hunter Drake grapples with a painful breakup with his first boyfriend, his first rebound, and the stress of what it means to be queer in the public eye.


YA Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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