Teen Summer Reading 2020 Booklist

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No matter what you spend your time doing this summer, check out one of these great teen reads at your local Library!

Ancient Magus' Bride

A penniless orphan troubled by visions who has been sold to an inhumane mage, is about to begin a strange new life filled with magic, fairies and other fantastical beings. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Free Lunch

Rex tells the story of his first semester in sixth grade, when he and his baby brother often went hungry, wore secondhand clothes, were short of school supplies, and Rex was on his school’s free lunch program. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

FTL, Y’all!: Tales from the Age of the $200 Warp Drive

In this visionary scifi anthology, a striking array of voices from across the field of comics tackles humanity’s biggest questions with a disarmingly small prompt: What would happen if we could escape?

Guts

Raina has a stomach bug, but when her tummy troubles don’t go away, she notices that it also coincides with her worries about food, school and changing friendships. This title received Eisner Awards for “Best Publication for Kids” and “Best Writer/Artist.” You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Ink in the Blood

Celia and Anya, friends who use tattoo magic to send divine messages, must rely on one another to survive when they discover the fake deity they serve is very real – and very angry. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Jackpot

When a hundred-million-dollar lottery ticket from her store goes unclaimed, Rico must find the winner. If she can reunite the ticket holder with the cash, Rico hopes she will finally catch a break…and a cut of the winnings. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Komi Can't Communicate

Socially anxious high school student Shoko Komi would love to make friends, but her shyness is interpreted as reserve, and the other students keep her at a distance. Only Tadano realizes the truth and decides to help her achieve her goal of making 100 friends. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Mooncakes

Nova Huang knows much more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmother’s bookshop, where she helps loan out spell books and investigate supernatural occurrences in their New England town. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Slay

An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Sleepless, Volume 1

Lady Poppy is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court and of their growing feels for one another. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Some Places More than Others

Amara visits her father’s family in Harlem for her twelfth birthday, hoping to better understand her family and herself, but New York City is not what she expected. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Stargazing

Growing up in the same Chinese-American suburb, perfectionist Christine and impulsive Moon become unlikely best friends whose relationship is tested by jealousy, social expectations, and illness. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

This Was Our Pact

Ben and his friends are determined to find out where the paper lanterns of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival go, so they bicycle by the river as far as they can until the only followers left are Ben and Nathaniel. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

Witch Hat Atelier

A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be. This title received an Eisner Award for “Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia.” You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.