2017 was quite a year!  If you're looking for a good book, or just something to peruse, check out all the recommendations below.  By clicking on the book cover you will be redirected to the catalog where you can put the item on hold.


BE AN ATHLETE

 

Becoming a top athlete requires skill, dedication, drive, and a whole lot of talent. Read about some high school athletes to get a leg up on the competition!


PARTIES GONE BAD

 

We all love a good party. Many of us also love watching a good party go bad with sometimes dire, oftentimes with hilarious or unforseen consequences.


LIFE IS A CANVAS: TEEN ARTISTS IN YA LITERATURE

 

In each of the following YA novels, teen artists find solace, courage, hope, escape, understanding, even windows into a town's ghastly past through the creation of art. Maybe you're a budding artist yourself, or just want to get lost in a beautiful world, these books provide all this and more!


CANDID CHATS: BOOKS BY YOUTUBE CELEBRITIES

 

If you're like my teenage cousins and love YouTube, you might like some of these books by famous YouTube personalities (most of whom I admit I'd never heard of). While you might not recognize all the names, you can easily check them out on, you guessed it, YouTube.


HOT 2017 YA DEBUTS

There's nothing more exhilarating than finding a new author you can dig your teeth into.  So we've done the heavy lifting for you and  compiled a list of hot new authors we think you'll be hearing a lot of this year.


STRANGE ISLAND HAPPENINGS

Islands have appeared in works of fiction since time immemorial, and they are often the location of mysterious or unusual happenings.  So wherever you are, you can escape to any of these islands.  But beware of the things that lurk in the jungle.


TECH THAT'S TOO SMART

It’s interesting to think about books in light of technological advances made in the last few years. While these are still well within the fantasy/science fiction realm, there’s something about how close many of these could be to reality in the future that makes them compelling.


THE REFUGEE EXPERIENCE

refugee stories tend to be some of the most engrossing and engaging books that I pick up. It doesn’t matter whether they’re fiction or nonfiction, though I’ve found nonfiction really digs into my mental and emotional interests in a book quite well.


UNDER THE RADAR FANTASY NOVELS

With the embarrassment of riches coming out of young adult fiction over the last few years, it’s no surprise that even amazing books can sometimes slip through the cracks. Here are ten wonderful fantasy books you may not know about, but totally should.


MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Despite a need for understanding, mental illness is still surrounded by stigma and it’s still hard to live openly with an illness. Where do we turn when we want to get into someone else’s head and find out what life is like for them? Books. Naturally.


YA NOVELS TO SMUGGLE ACROSS THE POND

Okay, everybody relax. When I say smuggle, I mean it in the completely legal sense. Here are some great-sounding YA books I’ll be looking out for in 2017. Do any of them take your fancy?


YOUR FAVORITE FAIRY TALES RETOLD

I. Love. Disney. And with my love for Disney, comes my love for fairy tales! I love the happily ever afters, warm fuzzy feelings, and  the big smile on my face after turning the last page.  So I’ve decided to compile a list of the best fairy tale retellings in the young adult genre. 


TRICKY TEEN TIME TRAVELERS

Time travelling is something we all wish we could do. Who wouldn’t want to go to the future and see what happens to our world? Or who wouldn’t want to go to the past and fix their mistakes – or experience the most fascinating parts of history? 


GET GRAPHIC: READ A GRAPHIC NOVEL

Graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continuous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. 


SUPER TEEN SPIES

Most people go through a "spy" stage, and some never grow out of it! Whether it's the gadgets, the secret identities, or the gathering of clues — spies are cool!