Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Wade Watts lives in a bleak version of earth where people escape to a virtual world called the OASIS. When the OASIS’ creator, James Halliday, dies he reveals his vast fortune will go to the person who can solve the puzzle he’s embedded in his simulated world. Halliday’s announcement triggers conflicts virtual and real as…

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Pretty Dead Queens by Alexa Donne

After her mom dies, seventeen-year-old Cecelia moves in with her eccentric grandmother, a famous writer known for her bestselling novel about her high school’s homecoming queen who drowned in the 70s. Cecelia, barely settled into her grandmother’s creepy Victorian mansion, finds her classmate and homecoming queen drowned in the same way and becomes determined to…

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Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria by George Jreije

Shad Hadid is a twelve-year-old Lebanese-American boy who lives with his grandma, is quick on his feet, loves to bake Lebanese dishes (especially desserts), and somehow makes hiding from school bullies seem like a game—until he’s attacked by a sinister shadow called a necromancer. Jreije’s debut novel then quickly launches into the fantastical world of…

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Dragons Walk Among Us by Dan Rice

While visiting a friend, someone attacks Allison Lee. The blow to her head causes her to lose her vision, and her dreams of being a photojournalist are instantly ruined. However, she agrees to an experimental procedure that successfully restores her vision—plus a little more. At first, Allison thinks she’s hallucinating as she starts to see…

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The Incident by Avis M. Adams

As a seemingly never-ending series of storms dubbed El Primo ravages the west coast, Emma and Josh find themselves completely alone and disconnected from the world they knew only hours before. Their parallel stories each present unique threats and challenges, as both teens struggle to put aside their angst and regret in order to focus…

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Rotters by Daniel Kraus

When a bus kills Joey’s mother, he is sent to Iowa to live with his father Ken, a man he’s never met. From the start, Ken is abusive, leaving Joey to fend for himself for days at a time. Joey finds no comfort in his new town where other students and a particularly merciless teacher…

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