MARIA RECOMMENDS - SPRING 2021 HIGH SCHOOL

Here are some great new high school fiction and non-fiction titles. Please let me know if you can't find what you're looking for, and I will be happy to help. I am available for selection help anytime [email protected]

Happy Spring!

Book cover of HILL WE CLIMB
HILL WE CLIMB
By: amanda gorman | Published: March 2021

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage aft...

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special gift edition. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.

  • ISBN
    9780593465271
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Poetry
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$21.99
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SAKAMOTO'S SWIM CLUB
By: julie abery | Published: May 2021

Lyrically told true story of the teacher who coached Hawaiian swimmers to Olympic glory. When the children of workers on a 1930s Maui sugar plantation...

Lyrically told true story of the teacher who coached Hawaiian swimmers to Olympic glory. When the children of workers on a 1930s Maui sugar plantation were chased away from playing in the nearby irrigation ditches, local science teacher Soichi Sakamoto had an idea. He would take responsibility for the children and train them to swim. Using his science background, Sakamoto developed a strict practice regime for the kids, honing their skills and building their strength and endurance. They formed a team and began to dominate events, first nationally and then internationally — until they made it all the way to Olympic gold! Told in simple rhyme, Sakamoto’s story will inspire athletes, coaches — and everyone who believes impossible dreams can come true.

  • ISBN
    9781525300318
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book - Advanced
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$19.99
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Book cover of STANDING ON HER SHOULDERS
STANDING ON HER SHOULDERS
By: monic clark-robinson | Published: February 2021

A stunning love letter to the important women who shape us -- from our own mothers and grandmothers to the legends who paved the way for girls and wom...

A stunning love letter to the important women who shape us -- from our own mothers and grandmothers to the legends who paved the way for girls and women everywhere. Standing on Her Shoulders is a celebration of the strong women who influence us -- from our mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers to the women who fought for equality and acceptance in the United States. Monica Clark-Robinson's lyrical text encourages young girls to learn about the powerful and trailblazing women who laid the path for their own lives and empowers them to become role models themselves. Acclaimed illustrator Laura Freeman's remarkable art showcases a loving intergenerational family and encourages girls to find female heroes in their own lives. Standing on Her Shoulders will inspire girls of all ages to follow in the footsteps of these amazing women.

Theme: Feminism, Diversity, Activism

  • ISBN
    9781338358001
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book - Advanced
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$25.99
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Book cover of CHLORINE SKY
CHLORINE SKY
By: mahoganyl browne | Published: January 2021

With gritty and heartbreaking honesty, Mahogany L. Browne delivers a novel-in-verse about broken promises, fast rumours, and when growing up means gro...

With gritty and heartbreaking honesty, Mahogany L. Browne delivers a novel-in-verse about broken promises, fast rumours, and when growing up means growing apart from your best friend.

Theme: Bullying issues, Diversity

  • ISBN
    9780593176399
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Intermediate Fiction
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$23.99
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Book cover of NEW DAVID ESPINOZA
NEW DAVID ESPINOZA
By: fred aceves | Published: February 2021

This own voices story from the acclaimed author of The Closest I've Come unflinchingly examines steroid abuse and male body dysmorphia. Perfect for fa...

This own voices story from the acclaimed author of The Closest I've Come unflinchingly examines steroid abuse and male body dysmorphia. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Matt De La Peña. David Espinoza is tired of being messed with. When a video of him getting knocked down by a bully's slap goes viral at the end of junior year, David vows to use the summer to bulk up-- do what it takes to become a man--and wow everyone when school starts again the fall. Soon David is spending all his time and money at Iron Life, a nearby gym that's full of bodybuilders. Frustrated with his slow progress, his life eventually becomes all about his muscle gains. As it says on the Iron Life wall, What does not kill me makes me stronger. As David falls into the dark side of the bodybuilding world, pursuing his ideal body at all costs, he'll have to grapple with the fact that it could actually cost him everything.

Theme: Eating Disorder

  • ISBN
    9780062489906
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$13.50
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Book cover of MAD BAD & DANGEROUS
MAD BAD & DANGEROUS
By: samira ahmed | Published: February 2021

Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their o...

Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men. It's August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet--American, French, Indian, Muslim--is at a crossroads. This holiday with her parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light. Two hundred years before Khayyam's summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has "gifted" her with favored status in his harem. In the present day--and with the company of a descendant of Alexandre Dumas--Khayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron. Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam's lives intertwine, and as one woman's long-forgotten life is uncovered, another's is transformed.

Theme: Blended family

  • ISBN
    9781641292313
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$13.99
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Book cover of KATE IN WAITING
KATE IN WAITING
By: becky albertalli | Published: April 2021

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environment...

Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theater rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway. But when Kate and Andy's latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson. Turns out, communal crushes aren't so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson's friendship.

Theme: Romance, LGBTQ2S+

  • ISBN
    9780062643834
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$23.99
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INDIVISIBLE
By: daniel aleman | Published: May 2021

This timely, moving debut novel follows a teen's efforts to keep his family together as his parents face deportation. Mateo Garcia and his younger ...

This timely, moving debut novel follows a teen's efforts to keep his family together as his parents face deportation. Mateo Garcia and his younger sister, Sophie, have been taught to fear one word for as long as they can remember: deportation. Over the past few years, however, the fear that their undocumented immigrant parents could be sent back to Mexico has started to fade. Ma and Pa have been in the United States for so long, they have American-born children, and they're hard workers and good neighbors. When Mateo returns from school one day to find that his parents have been taken by ICE, he realizes that his family's worst nightmare has become a reality. With his parents' fate and his own future hanging in the balance, Mateo must figure out who he is and what he is capable of, even as he's forced to question what it means to be an American.

Theme: Immigration, Family Relationships, Social Justice

  • ISBN
    9780759556058
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$23.99
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Book cover of VICTORIES GREATER THAN DEATH
VICTORIES GREATER THAN DEATH
By: charlie anders | Published: April 2021

From internationally bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) comes Victories Greater Than Death, first in the thrilling adve...

From internationally bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) comes Victories Greater Than Death, first in the thrilling adventure Unstoppable series, set against an intergalactic war—Anders’s long-awaited YA debut. THE UNIVERSE IS CALLING—and time is running out. Tina has always known her destiny is outside the norm—after all, she is the human clone of the most brilliant alien commander in all the galaxies (even if the rest of the world is still deciding whether aliens exist). But she is tired of waiting for her life to begin. And then it does—and maybe Tina should have been more prepared. At least she has a crew around her that she can trust—and her best friend at her side. Now, they just have to save the world.

Theme: Science Fiction

  • ISBN
    9781250317315
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$24.99
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Book cover of LOVE IN ENG
LOVE IN ENG
By: maria andreu | Published: February 2021

A fresh, breakout YA novel that is layered with themes of immigration, cultural identity, and finding your voice in any language. Sixteen-year-old Ana...

A fresh, breakout YA novel that is layered with themes of immigration, cultural identity, and finding your voice in any language. Sixteen-year-old Ana is a poet and a lover of language. Except that since she moved to New Jersey from Argentina, she can barely find the words to express how she feels. At first Ana just wants to return home. Then she meets Harrison, the very cute, very American boy in her math class, and discovers the universal language of racing hearts. But when she begins spending time with Neo, the Greek Cypriot boy from ESL, Ana wonders how figuring out what her heart wants can be even more confusing than the grammar they're both trying to master. After all, the rules of English may be confounding, but there are no rules when it comes to love. With playful and poetic breakouts exploring the idiosyncrasies of the English language, Love in English is witty and effervescent, while telling a beautifully observed story about what it means to become "American."

Theme: Romance

  • ISBN
    9780062996510
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$23.99
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ELECTRIC KINGDOM
By: david arnold | Published: February 2021

When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the survivors are eighteen-year-old Nico and her dog, on a...

When a deadly Fly Flu sweeps the globe, it leaves a shell of the world that once was. Among the survivors are eighteen-year-old Nico and her dog, on a voyage devised by Nico's father to find a mythical portal; a young artist named Kit, raised in an old abandoned cinema; and the enigmatic Deliverer, who lives Life after Life in an attempt to put the world back together. As swarms of infected Flies roam the earth, these few survivors navigate the woods of post-apocalyptic New England, meeting others along the way, each on their own quest to find life and love in a world gone dark. The Electric Kingdom is a sweeping exploration of art, storytelling, eternal life, and above all, a testament to the notion that even in an exterminated world, one person might find beauty in another.

  • ISBN
    9780593202227
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$24.99
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Book cover of RISING LIKE A STORM
RISING LIKE A STORM
By: tanaz bhathena | Published: June 2021

The exciting follow-up to the riveting Hunted by the Sky, set in a fantasy world inspired by Indian history and myth. For fans of Sabaa Tahir and Tomi...

The exciting follow-up to the riveting Hunted by the Sky, set in a fantasy world inspired by Indian history and myth. For fans of Sabaa Tahir and Tomi Adeyemi. A girl with a mark, a boy with her soul/Their fates intertwined, two halves of a whole Hunted by the Sky ended with the death of King Lohar and Marjor Shayla is now Queen. Gul, the Star Warrior who, according to prophecy, will be the savior of magi and non-magi alike, is being hunted by Shayla's Sky Warriors. She and Cavas are safe for now, in the City of Tavan, protected by the Pashu King, Subodh, but it's only a matter of time before the magical golden bars protecting the city weaken and collapse. Already there are big gaps through which bounty hunters can slip, and the attacks are becoming more and more frequent. Gul and Cavas are still reeling from the deaths of not only the king, but also Cavas' father, and they carry their wounds separately. But they must put aside their anger -- and their guilt -- to train together under Subodh and the Tavani women, the Legion of the Star Warrior. Together, they are the key to the new prophecy, two halves of a whole, but they're having trouble combining their powers successfully. Gul is especially afraid of hurting Cavas with her death magic, given the destruction she unleashed in King Lohar's court. But when Cavas is captured in a brutal attack from Queen Shayla, Gul must come to terms with her powers and seek to unite a fractured kingdom against its malevolent ruler.

  • ISBN
    9780735267053
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$23.99
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Book cover of FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER
FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER
By: angeline boulley | Published: March 2021

In Firekeeper's Daughter, debut author Angeline Boulley crafts a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in he...

In Firekeeper's Daughter, debut author Angeline Boulley crafts a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange. Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug. Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars. At the same time, she grows concerned with an investigation that seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims. Now, as the deceptions—and deaths—keep growing, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go for her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

Theme: #OwnVoices, Diversity, Indigenous

  • ISBN
    9781250766564
  • Binding
    Paperback Canadian
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$25.99
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Book cover of DUSTBORN
DUSTBORN
By: erin bowman | Published: April 2021

Delta of Dead River sets out to rescue her family from a ruthless dictator rising to power in the Wastes and discovers a secret that will reshape her ...

Delta of Dead River sets out to rescue her family from a ruthless dictator rising to power in the Wastes and discovers a secret that will reshape her world in this postapocalyptic Western mashup for fans of Mad Max and Gunslinger Girl.

Theme: Dystopian

  • ISBN
    9780358244431
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$24.99
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Book cover of MUSE
MUSE
By: brittany cavallaro | Published: February 2021

The year is 1893, and war is brewing in the First American Kingdom. But Claire Emerson has a bigger problem. Claire's father is a sought-after invento...

The year is 1893, and war is brewing in the First American Kingdom. But Claire Emerson has a bigger problem. Claire's father is a sought-after inventor, but he believes his genius is a gift granted to him by his daughter's touch, so he keeps Claire under his control. As their province prepares for war, Claire plans to escape, even as her best friend, Beatrix, tries to convince her to stay and help with the growing resistance movement that wants to see a woman on the throne. When her father's weapon fails to fire on the World's Fair's opening day, Claire is taken captive by Governor Remy Duchamp, St. Cloud's young, untried ruler. Remy believes that Claire's touch bestows graces he's never had, and with political rivals planning his demise, Claire might be his only ally. The last thing that Claire has ever wanted is to be someone else's muse, but she finally has a choice: Will she quietly remake her world from the shadows--or bring it down in flames?

  • ISBN
    9780062840257
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Young Adult Fiction
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$21.99
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