To hone his writing skills and learn more about the power of words, Darrian enrolls in Mr. Ward's class, known for its open-mic poetry readings and boys vs. girls poetry slam. Everyone in class has something important to say, and in sharing their poetry, they learn that they all face challenges and have a story to tell-- whether it's about health problems, aging out of foster care, being bullied for religious beliefs, or having to take on too much responsibility because of an addicted parent
Rome, 1605: After her mother's death, Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint. She chose paint. Artemisia became one of Rome's most talented painters-- and her father took all the credit. Five years later, in the aftermath of a rape, Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost. Through the ensuing trial and torture, she is buoyed by her mother's stories of strong women of the Bible
Relates the story of the 19th Amendment and the nearly eighty-year fight for voting rights for women, covering not only the suffragists' achievements and politics, but also the private journeys that led them to become women's champions
When Dara finds her birth certificate, she is puzzled to find two strange names on it, but when her mother, Mellie, reveals that she is transgender and transitioned when Dara's biological mother died soon after Dara's birth, Dara is stunned and angry--and she sets off with her friend Sam, in search of the grandparents she never knew existed (and who may be able to fund her tennis career), and the family secrets she can only guess at
Cameron wants only to complete her costume portfolio in peace, but when a trip to the local comic shop results in a hostile reception from a male employee, she returns disguised as a boy at her twin brother's suggestion and finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania-- derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. Now laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. But it's not a life Jane wants. When families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy... and the restless dead are the least of her problems
Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she s allowed to dancean uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match
Feisty and fearless George Warren (given name: Frances, but no one calls her that) has never let life get too serious. Her plans for senior year include partying with her friends and then getting the heck out of town after graduation. But family has been facing hard times since her father, a police sergeant, got injured. If he can't return to work, it will put George's college plans in jeopardy. When she meets Francis, an older guy who shares her affinity for sarcastic banter, she falls recklessly, hopelessly in love. But because of their age difference age, she tells no one-- and ends up losing almost everything, including herself
After her cousin Matyas' blood breaks the Binding, effectively disarming the spell restricting magic to the elite Luminates, Anna Arden believes that the magical, inhuman Praetheria will be safe, Hungary will be independent of Hapsburg rule, and she can freely love the Romani Gábor, but instead by May 1848, Anna feels pressure to lend her support to opposing political factions, attempts to master her chimera nature, and ends up seeking the aid of the outlaw the King of Crows
With loving adoptive parents, Rev Fletcher has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay... until he gets a letter from his abusive father. Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents' crumbling marriage... and then an online troll's harassment escalates. When the two meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. When their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected
Drummer Phoebe Byrd is ready to kick butts in the snare solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention. Writer Vanessa Montoya-O'Callaghan has been looking forward to the WTFcon: there's panels and fanfiction readings... and she'll finally meet Soleil, her internet girlfriend, for the first time. Taxidermy assistant Callie Buchannan knows that, since her parents' divorce, assisting her taxidermist father at the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships is the only way to connect with him. Three conventions... one mega con-center... and a mix-up in the hotel lobby that brings the three girls together in a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses
Told primarily by servant Felix, a former slave, Lord Byron and friends gather to tell ghost stories on a stormy night in 1816 Switzerland, but a scarred girl arrives with her own dark and dangerous tale
Elena, the first scientifically confirmed virgin birth, acquires the ability to heal by touch at age sixteen, the same year that people start disappearing in beams of light, causing her to wonder if she is bringing about the Apocalypse
Set in Ancient Rome, Blood and Sand reimagines Spartacus as a seventeen-year-old girl. When Attia is sold as a slave to the House of Timeus, no one knows she's actually the warrior princess of Thrace, and the last of her people. She is given to Xanthus, a fellow slave and gladiator champion of Rome, as a gift from his master. Attia and Xanthus begin to build a trust through their shared skill in combat and a driving desire to seek revenge on the Roman leaders who wiped out their respective homes. While their burgeoning love leaves them both with something to lose, Attia never takes her eyes off her goal of vengeance. The fights and battles are clear, exciting, and plentiful without being terribly graphic, and the love story, while a little quick, is deeply felt. Attia is a strong and skilled protagonist who, as the fiery ending indicates, has the tools and motivation to lead a rebellion
Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy
Edan Kupferman's life is coming apart: her father is being "sequestered" because the company he works for in Hollywood is in legal trouble, her best friend is in Japan for the summer, and the boy she has a crush on is just plain confusing, so she escapes into the world of comics, and her favorite character, Gargantua--but when Kirk, a boy from her high school, gets her into the sold out ComicCon it starts to look like she might, with a little help, be able to take control of her life after all
"No one know death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life ... and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her--and took the life of her one true love. But there are those who would use Tea's dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can't kill someone who can never die ... War is brewing among the kings, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe."
When Marilyn was seventeen she fell in love with James, who was African-American. Their daughter, Angie, has never met James, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she's never met she starts to wonder if her dad is still alive. Angie sets off, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father
Six students are trapped in their school after a bomb. They couldn't be more different, but now they have something in common: survival. When they hear that the bomber is trapped inside the school, the question is: is it one of them
"When Kira's father enters rehab, she's forced to leave everything behind-her home, her best friends, her boyfriend ... everything she loves. Now her father's sober (again) and Kira is returning home, determined to get her life back to normal ... exactly as it was before she was sent away. Bit is that what Kira really wants?"
"Alvie Fitz doesn't fit in, and she doesn't care. She's spent years swallowing meds and bad advice from doctors and social workers. Adjust, adapt. Pretend to be normal. It sounds so easy. If she can make it to her eighteenth birthday without any major mishaps, she'll be legally emancipated. Free. But if she fails, she'll become a ward of the state and be sent back to the group home."