• A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

    Posted by Tonya Monroe-Leach on 5/4/2020

    It's a novel in free verse that tells the story of an African American teen boy at a crossroads. Determined to avenge his 19-year-old brother's death, Will, age 15, takes his brother's gun out of their shared bedroom to kill the person he's certain is the murderer, but it's a long way down in the elevator. A cross between Tales of the Hood and A Christmas Story, the whole novel takes place in the span of the 60-second ride from the seventh floor to the lobby, as Will's past and "The Rules" he's learned about being tough flash before him.

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  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

    Posted by Tonya Monroe-Leach on 4/27/2020

    This book is the perfect blend of fantasy and dystopia. If you loved reading series like The Selection and Divergent, you need to add this one to your list. The main character Mare, is a young women in a divided world. The Silvers - rulers and The Reds - commoners. This action packed plot includes violent gladiator style fights, torture, revolution, terrorist strikes and yes romance. This is the first book of a four book series. 

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  • From Twinkle, with Love by  Sandhya Menon 

    Posted by Tonya Monroe-Leach on 4/20/2020


    An aspiring teen filmmaker finds her voice and falls in love in this delightful romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.

    Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy-a.k.a. Sahil's twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

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  • Love, Hate & Other Filters   by  Samira Ahmed

    Posted by Tonya Monroe-Leach on 4/13/2020

    American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

    There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

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  • Refugee by  Alan Gratz

    Posted by Tonya Monroe-Leach on 4/6/2020


    Three different kids.

    One mission in common: ESCAPE.

    Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…

    Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America…

    Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…

    All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.

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  • Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

    Posted by Tonya Monroe-Leach on 3/30/2020

    After attempting to stop a criminal, Bruce is sentenced to community service at Arkham Asylum, a hospital and prison for the most dangerous criminals of Gotham City. There, he meets Madeleine Wallace, a young criminal mastermind who only seems to talk to Bruce. Is she divulging information the police need to Bruce, or luring him into her trap of giving her the knowledge she needs to terrorize Gotham City?

    A must read for my DC fans.

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  • Akata Witch by  Nnedi Okorafor 

    Posted by Tonya Monroe-Leach on 3/23/2020


    Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?

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