Drift: A Unique Summer Read

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The new YA novel makes you paint an entirely new universe in your mind; one that has battles, magic, and love, all on the back of a giant turtle.

This One Summer: Beauty In Realism

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This One Summer is a new graphic novel by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. It is a YA book that transcends the genre into where most adult novelists wish they could go: honest and nuanced characters in that familiar world you forgot to cherish. The details of a summer beach town, and two girls on the brink of teen, may not be your memories, but the yearnings, confusion, and relationships certainly will reveal half-buried reminisces.

Green Tara: Sci-Fi Eco Adventure

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Ecology gets a space-adventure for young adults in a new book by K.H. Brower. Green Tara: A Bosque Family Adventure is set in a future where Earth can no longer sustain life.. Can one girl change that and bring humans back home?

Killer of Enemies: Kick-Butt Heroine

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Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac is about Lozen, a young warrior trying to keep her family alive in a post-apocalyptic world where electricity no longer works and monsters and myths once again roam the earth. Lozen’s most powerful tool is her compassion.

Hammer of Witches

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Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski is all about stories: fairy tales, religious texts, and history. She takes what we know of Columbus’ voyage to America and uses it as the backdrop about a boy learning the power of words, and the magic behind the meaning of stories. It’s a good book.