Hot Off the Press: Teen Reads for January 2021

Can’t find the right book for your next read? Let us help you! We’re highlighting some new teen reads that have just hit our shelves. See one you like? Click on the title to place your hold.

Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink (Birmingham, AL Author)
Life changes on May 31, 1921 when a vicious white mob storms the community of Greenwood, leaving the town destroyed and thousands of residents displaced. Only then, Isaiah, Angel, and their peers realize who their real enemies are.

The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson
While in Charlestown Prison in the 1940s, young Malcolm Little reads all the books in the library, joins the debate team and the Nation of Islam, and emerges as Malcolm X.

Black Canary: Breaking Silence by Alexandra Monir
In this thrilling origin story of Black Canary, the titular hero uses everything she has–including her voice–to fight against a world where women have no rights

Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne
Picked on at home, criticized for talking trash while beating boys at basketball, and always seen as less than her best friend, Skyy struggles to like and accept herself.

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda
Thirteen-year-old Sikander Aziz has to team up with the hero Gilgamesh in order to stop Nergal, the ancient god of plagues, from wiping out the population of Manhattan.

Court of Swans by Melanie Dickerson (Alabama Author)
After her seven brothers are falsely accused of murder and treason, eighteen-year-old Delia flees their cruel stepmother and becomes a seamstress at Westminster Palace, hoping to gain their release, with Sir Geoffrey’s assistance.

A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha
Based on Portuguese legend, this historical fantasy is an epic tale of mystery, magic, and making the impossible choice between love and duty.

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura
Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic figure skating dreams have ended. With her parents being famous Olympians she feels like she is a failure. It doesn’t help that Jonah Choi starts training at her family’s struggling skating rink.

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. With deportation looming over her father–despite his hard-won citizenship–Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals. They are hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.

Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson
Harlem teenager Nala is looking forward to a summer of movies and ice cream until she falls in love with the very woke Tye and pretends to be a social activist.

My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Lee
When twelve-year-old Zinnia Manning’s older brother Gabriel is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it turns her family’s world upside-down, especially since they are keeping the information private.

Red Stars by Davide Morosinotto
Twins Viktor and Nadya are twelve years old when Hitler’s Germany declares war on the Soviet Union. With little notice, the city’s children are evacuated on trains that are meant to take them to safety. Viktor and Nadya are separated, and disaster befalls them both

Roman Jewel by Dana Davis
Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway’s hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead…and Jerzie is her understudy.

A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen
Liza Yang thinks she is entering a baking contest, but soon realizes that her mother has manipulated the event into a dating contest.

When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris
When you look like us—brown skin, brown eyes, black braids or fades—people think you’re trouble. No one looks twice at a missing black girl from the projects because she must’ve brought whatever happened to her upon herself.

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall
Seventeen-year-old Frankie Green yearns to leave Jamaica and study in the United States, but when his father is shot he is forced to give up his scholarship and join his uncle Joe’s gang.

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