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Looking for a good book?  Stop by the PPCHS Media Center office in the Southwest Regional Library or S225 to check out any of the titles below!

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Quinn saw it all. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating a classmate. The classmate happened to be Rashad, a black ROTC student who was wearing baggy clothes. The older brother happened to be a cop who was white. Now Quinn must make the right choice…loyalty or honesty?

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

One does not challenge the Empire. A brutal corps of highly trained soldiers ensures compliance and submission from all citizens, and nobody dares to resist… Or do they? When Laia’s brother is accused of treason, she has no choice but to save him, even if this quest takes her into the heart of the ruling class, crossing paths with Elias, one of its strongest soldiers battling his own struggles of conflict.

 Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone

Samantha McAllister is one of the “Crazy Eights,” a group of popular girls who have been best friends since elementary school. Yet there is one secret Sam can never let them know: Sam suffers from Purely-Obsessional OCD, which consumes her with dark thoughts that are getting stronger and stronger. Will her new friendship with Caroline, a girl who seems to truly understand her, and AJ, the cute leader of the underground poetry club help her overcome her obsessions?

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier doesn’t get out much. Scratch that. She doesn’t get out at all. She’s so sick that even leaving her house might kill her. She’s okay with her isolation though… at least she thinks she is. But then Olly – wonderful, mysterious Olly – moves in next door, and Madeline knows
nothing will ever be the same.  Everything Everything is being made into a movie!
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Nick Pearson (or is that really his name?) has moved yet again with his parents in the US Federal Witness Protection Program, and already he’s in trouble. Will his crush on the sister of his best friend, Eli, detract him from finding Eli’s murderer? How can he stay “low key” in the Witness Security Program if he might be the next target? Fans of Grisham and Patterson will enjoy this fast-paced mystery thriller.

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest and Kali Ciesemier

Suddenly May begins seeing I Am Princess X stickers all over Seattle, and even discovers a whole I Am Princess X webcomic online. This can only mean one thing: her best friend, Libby, from fifth grade is alive and didn’t drown in a car crash. Where has she been hiding all these years and why? I Am Princess X is part mystery, part graphic novel, and all cyberthriller.

 The Making of a Navy Seal
by Brandon Webb

Brandon Webb’s father sent him out on his own. His Navy SEAL instructors expected him to fail. This is Brandon’s true story of how he overcame the odds to become a Navy Seal, a sniper, and to train famous SEALS including Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell.

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Nearly Boswell’s life is already difficult. She lives in a trailer park, her mom works at a strip club, and she can’t even touch her friends unless she wants to get sick off of their negative emotions. But her life goes from difficult to dangerous when a serial killer goes on a murder spree at her school and Nearly could be the next victim. She reluctantly accepts help from Reece, a juvenile delinquent cop-informant even though trusting him might be just as dangerous.

 Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

In seventeen-year-old Mare’s world, the Reds serve at the pleasure of the Silvers, only because of the color of their blood. Mare faces a life of servitude until she finds herself working in the Silver’s Royal Palace. Once her hidden powers are discovered, she is passed off as a long-lost Silver princess against her will and forced into an engagement to a Silver prince. As she begins to work for the covert Silver Guard resistance, she enters a world of secrets and the betrayal of her heart.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon, sixteen and not-so-openly gay, is blackmailed into playing wingman for the class clown or else his sexual identity, and that of his pen pal will become everybody’s business. Simon is not so worried about himself, but is he willing to do whatever it takes to protect the identity of a guy he, himself, doesn’t even know? (mature: language/content)

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Laurel and Viv get tickets for the luxurious celebrity filled cruise of the century. The biggest cruise since the Titanic promises a trip of a lifetime guaranteeing each passenger the magic potion for weight loss. Things don’t go entirely as planned when weird things start happening. Do people really kill to be thin?

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Marguerite’s parents are brilliant physicists who have discovered a way to travel through alternate dimensions. But her life crumbles before her eyes when her father is murdered, and all evidence points to his genius graduate assistant, Paul. Now Paul has jumped into another dimension, and it’s up to Marguerite to find him. And kill him.

 Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

When twins, Giselle & Isabelle, are in a deadly accident, Giselle becomes trapped inside her own body. Why did this happen to her family? Will she wake to recover and heal in spite of terrible loss? And is her fractured family beyond repair? Untwine is a story of love, family, and tragedy. Beautifully written and emotionally stirring, fans of If I Stay and Thin Space will enjoy this touching book.

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

The party last Saturday night was epic, and students are still talking and posting about it. But when Stacey levels charges against four of the star basketball players, this small town erupts in controversy. Facts that are hard to comprehend begin to surface and Kate and her friends are immersed in difficult questions: Who witnessed what happened to Stacey? What responsibility do they have to speak about what they saw? And ultimately, What is the nature of consent? (mature: language/content)

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

A timely story including politics, complicated romance and self discovery, Kate has grown up never knowing her father. After her mother’s death, a stranger appears claiming he might be her father, only he’s not such a stranger. He is the current Republican presidential candidate. While pushed into campaigning with his family, Kate meets the rebellious son of her father’s opponent, the current President, and begins to wonder who she can trust and who she really is.





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