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“The Upside of Unrequited” by Becky Albertalli

From the award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which you may remember as a former TRCA nominee, comes a novel about relationships, sibling dynamics, and unrequited love.

“Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love–she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often but always in secret, because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness–except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss, and she’ll get her twin back. There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him–right?” –Amazon.


“Warcross” by Marie Lu

From #1 New York Times bestselling author and former TRCA nominee Marie Lu comes a sci-fi thriller described as “a vibrant, action-packed shot of adrenaline.”

“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.” –Amazon

“Wolf by Wolf” sequel

From the author of the 2016-2017 TRCA winner Wolf by Wolf, comes its sequel – the action-packed Blood for Blood. Continuing the story of Yael—a shape-shifting assassin in an alternative 1950s Europe and Asia – Blood for Blood follows Yael as she encounters Soviet guerrillas, Resistance fighters, and ghosts from her past. Described as “gripping and intricately plotted” this sequel is one you should definitely read.

“Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

From the author of the 2012-2013 TRCA winner Divergent comes a new science fiction novel that follows Akos and Cyra, young people from opposing cultures whose fates are intertwined.

Described as resilient and quick on her feet, Cyra is the sister of a brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Her world collides with Akos, the son of a farmer and an oracle, when Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers. With tensions running his on both sides Akos and Cyra must reach a decision. Do they help each other survive – or do they destroy one another?

“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon






Everything, Everything, the 2016-2017 TRCA winner, was recently made into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg (Rue in The Hunger Games). The film which follows the life of Maddy, a teen confined to her home because of a debilitating disease, and her neighbor Olly, was released on May 19, 2017.

Read it before you see it!

All the Bright Places is a 2015 young adult novel by Jennifer Niven. The work was first published on January 6, 2015 and was a TRCA Top 10 novel for the 2015-2016 academic year. A film adaptation starring Elle Fanning is currently in pre-production and will be released in 2018.

“Ghosts of Greenglass House” by Kate Milford

Author Kate Milford recently released her new book Ghosts of Greenglass House. Described as “an enchanting, empowering read” this novel is a sequel to Greenglass House a previous TRCA Top 10 and winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.

Ghosts of Greenglass House returns the reader to the inn where young Milo is, once again, spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem. Milo will have to work with friends old and new to uncover clues in search of a mysterious map and a famous smuggler’s lost haul.

And the winner is….

Thanks to all of you who participated. This year CCRSB students cast 1782 votes either by paper ballot or online.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney

The Prix Farniente

We Are All Made of Molecules has won the Prix Farniente in Belgium! The Prix Farniente is a literary prize created in 2000 for teenagers aged 12 to 16.

L.A. Times Book Prize in Young Adult Literature

The L.A. Times Book awards were presented Friday night at USC just before the opening of the two-day L.A. Times Festival of Books. I am pleased to report that Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree won in the young adult literature category.