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10 things I hate about Pinky

10 things I hate about Pinky

Menon, Sandhya, author
2020

Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe. Samir Jha might have a few...quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady. Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents' Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions she's made (a.k.a. boyfriends she's had), she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy--who is a total Harvard-bound Mama's boy--to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. When Samir's internship falls through, leaving him with an unplanned summer, he gets a text from Pinky asking if he'll be her fake boyfriend in exchange for a new internship. He jumps at the opportunity; Pinky's a weirdo, but he can survive a summer with her if there's light at the end of the tunnel. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they'll never forget. --Inside jacket

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The betrothed

The betrothed

Cass, Kiera, author
2020

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked--and thrilled. After all, she's grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king's attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true. But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

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Beyond the gender binary

Beyond the gender binary

Vaid-Menon, Alok, author
2020

"Poet, artist, and LGBTQIA+ rights advocate Alok Vaid-Menon deconstructs, demystifies, and reimagines the gender binary"-- Provided by publisher.

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The challenger

The challenger

Matharu, Taran.
2020

Cade Carter and his friends have survived the qualifying round of the mysterious overlords' twisted games, decimated by the loss of so many of their comrades during the fight. But they have no time to mourn, for the next round of trials is about to begin. When the group discovers that their next foe will be even more ferocious than the last, Cade leads them on a quest out into their strange new world to find anything that might give them an edge. But what they find in the wilds could prove to be even more dangerous than the impending battle...

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Choosing to live, choosing to die : the complexities of assisted dying

Choosing to live, choosing to die : the complexities of assisted dying

Tate, Nikki, 1962- author
2019

Examines the complex issue of medical assistance in dying from multiple perspectives, including the author's own story.

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The court of miracles

The court of miracles

Grant, Kester, 1984- author.
2020

Les Misérables In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina's life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father's fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger--the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh--Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city's dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice--protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

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The damned

The damned

Ahdieh, Renee, author
2020

In 19th century New Orleans, Sebastien Saint Germain, cursed and forever changed, and Celine, recovering from injuries sustained during a night she cannot remember, uncover the danger around them, including their love.

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Followers

Followers

Reid, Raziel, 1990- author.
2020

"After a disastrous date results in her arrest, sixteen-year-old Lily Douglas is horrified to discover her mugshot is leaked on a gossip website. Lily is the niece of Whitney Paley, a Hollywood housewife and star of reality show Platinum Triangle, a soap-opera-style docu-series in the vein of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Hills, revolving around several glamorous families living in the Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills neighborhoods of Los Angeles. When Lily's mom kicks her out of their trailer home in the Valley, Whitney (Lily's mom's estranged sister) invites her to live with her, her movie-star husband, Patrick, and their daughter, Hailey. Lily is set up in the pool house and thrust into the company of reality-star offspring-- kids who are born with silver spoon emojis on their feed. Lily's cousin Hailey and the other teens have lived their entire lives on camera and are masters of deception, with Hailey leading the pack. As Lily learns from the Paleys how to navigate her newfound fame, she finds herself ensnared in the unfolding storylines. What Lily doesn't know is that she's just a pawn being used on the show to make the Paleys look sympathetic to viewers while distracting from on-set sexual misconduct rumors surrounding super hero dad Patrick Paley ... Is Lily safe under Patrick's roof? Or will Lily be Patrick's downfall? If she isn't destroyed by Hailey first. When Lily catches the eye of Hailey's designated leading man Joel Strom-- it's war!"-- Provided by publisher.

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Girl, unframed

Girl, unframed

Caletti, Deb, author
2020

While spending a summer with her famous mother and her criminal boyfriend, Sydney Reilly, age fifteen, finds love with Nicco but her premonition of something bad coming proves dreadfully accurate.

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Heads up : changing minds on mental health

Heads up : changing minds on mental health

Siebert, Melanie, author
2020

This nonfiction book for teen readers is a guide to understanding mental health and coping with mental illness, trauma and recovery. It features real-life stories of resilient teens and highlights innovative approaches to mental-health challenges.

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Igniting darkness

Igniting darkness

LaFevers, Robin, author
2020

Sybella locates her fellow assassin and novitiate of the convent of Saint Mortain, only to discover that Genevieve has made a lethal mistake, and there are far-reaching consequences for loved ones entangled in French court intrigues.

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Just a boy and a girl in a little canoe

Just a boy and a girl in a little canoe

Mlynowski, Sarah, author
2020

"Sams summer isn't off to a great start. Her boyfriend, Eli, ditched her for a European backpacking trip, and now she's a counselor at Camp Blue Springs: the summer camp her eleven-year-old self swore never to return to. Sam expects the next seven weeks to be a total disaster. That is, until she meets Gavin, the camps sailing instructor, who turns her expectations upside down. Gavin may have gotten the job just for his abs. Or that smile. Or the way he fills Sams free time with thrilling encounters swimming under a cascade of stars, whispering secrets over smores, embarking on one (very precarious) canoe ride after dark. Its absurd. After all, Sam loves Eli. But one totally absurd, completely off-the-wall summer may be just what Sam needs. And maybe, just maybe, it will teach her something about what she really wants."-- Provided by publisher.

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The lost city

The lost city

Hocking, Amanda.
2020

Abandoned as a baby and raised by trolls of mixed blood, Ulla Tulin embarks on a mission to find her parents, meeting handsome Pan Soriano along the way and learning that her mother may be connected to the Omte royal family.

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Love your body

Love your body

Sanders, Jessica, author
2020

Bodies come in all different forms and abilities. All these bodies are different and all these bodies are good bodies. There is no size, ability, or color that is perfect. What makes you different makes you, you--and you are amazing!

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Midnight sun

Midnight sun

Meyer, Stephenie, 1973- author
2020

The story of Bella and Edward from "Twilight" told from Edward's point of view takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

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My Calamity Jane

My Calamity Jane

Hand, Cynthia, 1978- author
2020

Hold on to your hats: The authors who brought you the New York Times bestseller My Plain Jane, which Booklist praised as delightfully deadpan (starred review) and Publishers Weekly called a clever, romantic farce (starred review), are back with another irreverent historical adventure. Welcome to 1876 America, a place bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou -- better known as werewolves. And where there are garou, there are hunters: the one and only Calamity Jane, to be precise, along with her fellow stars of Wild Bill's Traveling Show, Annie Oakley and Frank the Pistol Prince Butler. After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there's talk of a garou cure. But, rumors can be deceiving -- meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they're a day late and a Jane short.

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One Earth : people of color protecting our planet

One Earth : people of color protecting our planet

Rao, Anuradha S., 1975- author
2020

This nonfiction book for middle readers profiles twenty environmental activists of colour from around the world. Their individual stories show that the intersection of environment and ethnicity is an asset, not an obstacle, to helping the planet. Illustrated with photos of each of the people profiled.

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A peculiar peril

A peculiar peril

VanderMeer, Jeff
2020

"The first book in a two-volume fantasy about a teenaged boy who inherits his grandfather's mansion and discovers three strange doors, evidence his grandfather did not die of natural causes but spectacularly unnatural ones, and clues to the family's ties to an alternate Europe immersed in a war fought with strange tech and dark magic."-- Provided by publisher.

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Playlist : the rebels and revolutionaries of sound

Playlist : the rebels and revolutionaries of sound

Rhodes, James, 1975- author.
2019

"Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With jaw-dropping artwork and avant-garde design, this visually exquisite celebration of classical music is a surefire hit for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. Budding aficionados will appreciate the online playlist featuring James Rhodes's favorite selections."-- Amazon.

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This is what I know about art

This is what I know about art

Drew, Kimberly, 1990-
2020

"In this powerful and hopeful account, arts writer, curator, and activist Kimberly Drew reminds us that the art world has space not just for the elite, but for everyone"-- Provided by publisher.

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When nothing matters anymore : a survival guide for depressed teens

When nothing matters anymore : a survival guide for depressed teens

Cobain, Bev, 1940-
2007

This book, written for teens, defines depression, describes the symptoms, and explains that depression is treatable.

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