Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

“Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia—neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending—one that will rock his life to the core.” –Amazon

  • The Bulletin, Starred Review
  • Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
  • Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • An Indie Next List Top Ten Selection
  • A Paste Magazine and Most Anticipated YA Book of the Year
  • A Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Flying Start
  • A 2017 William C. Morris Award Winner
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
  • A Mashable Best YA Book of the Year
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Year
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
  • A Hudson Booksellers Best Book of the Year
  • A B&N Best YA Book of the Year
  • A Southern Living Best Book of the Year
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • A Shelf Awareness Best Teen Book of the Year
  • YALSA 2017 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult – 2017 Fiction Winner

Read Alikes: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali
The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Read Alikes: The Reader by Traci Chee

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

“Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?” –Amazon

  • The #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
  • A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
  • A POPSUGAR Best Book of the Year
  • A Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • Recipient of the John Steptoe New Talent Award
  • A Walter Award Honor Book
  • National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Finalist
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
  • New York Times Notable Children’s Book of the Year 2016
  • Amazon Top 20 Best Book of the Year 2016 selection
  • Amazon Best Book of the Year Young Adult 2016 selection
  • Entertainment Weekly, Top 10 Best Books of 2016 selection
  • Entertainment Weekly, Grade A review
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016
  • Horn Fanfare Best Books of 2016
  • Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2016
  • New York Public Library’s Best 50 Books for Teens 2016
  • Booklist, Starred Review
  • Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
  • Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review
  • Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review
  • The Horn Book, Starred Review
  • #1 Indie Next Winter 2016 selection
  • YALSA 2017 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • 2017 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalist

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.” –Amazon


  • Booklist, starred review
  • Kirkus, starred review
  • School Library Journal, starred review
  • Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
  • A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017
  • A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017
  • A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017

Read Alikes: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
History Is All You Left Me by Adam SilveraMore Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The Place Between Breaths by An Na
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Read Alikes: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill


Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Night Gardener Jonathan Auxier
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

The Reader by Traci Chee

“Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.” –Amazon

  • An ALA Top Ten Best Fiction Pick – 2017
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year – 2016
  • Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize
  • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year – 2016
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year – 2016
  • A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
  • A Bustle Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
  • Minnesota Public Radio Best YA Book of the Year – 2016
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year – 2016
  • A 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner
  • An ABA Indies Choice Honor Book – 2017


Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

“Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade.

Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse.

One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.” –Amazon

  • An Indie Next Pick!
  • Amazon Best Book of the Month!
  • CBC’s May Hot Off the Press!
  • An NAIBA Seasonal Pick!
  • A New York Public Library Best book for Kids, 2016!
  • Another Indie Favorite Title!
  • Amazon’s Top 20 Children’s Books of 2016
  • 2017 Southern Book Award Finalist
  • Voice Award from the Palm Beach County Action Alliance for Mental Health
  • NPR’s Best Kids’ Books of 2016
  • Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Older Readers 2016
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2016
  • Top 10 Audiobooks of 2016, School Library Journal
  • YALSA 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • YALSA 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • ALA 2017 Rainbow Book List — GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens
  • Georgia Book Award, 2017-2018 Nominee
  • Rhode Island Middle School Book Award Nominee, 2018
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Just One More Page Selection, 2017
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 — Best Middle Grade & Children’s
  • 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award
  • 2016 Rainbow Awards — Best Transgender Book
  • 2016 Spring Okra Pick — the Best in Southern Literature