Staff Note: Young Adult Reads is a series of posts reviewing items that are geared toward teens, but are of interest to all York County Public Library readers.
York County Library system has a fantastic, continuously-growing YA collection that is sure to interest teens and adults alike. With the influx of new material, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. Here are five titles that are new to the library that are worth checking out:
- Vassa in the Night — Sarah Porter
In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, Vassa uses a magical gift from her dead mother to take on Babs Yaga, the witch who owns the local convenience store. Come for the row of severed heads and the convenience store dancing on chicken feet, stay for Erg the tiny, tough wooden doll and Vassa’s attempt to break Bab’s curse. This book is inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful.
- The Reader — Traci Chee
Set in a world where reading is unheard-of, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object—a book—to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the night her father was murdered. Plenty of adventure abounds in this work as it intermingles Sefia’s story with that of pirates and assassins. This is the first book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series, a planned trilogy.
- Three Dark Crowns — Kendare Blake
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to control storms or flames with the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, able to ingest the deadliest poisons without harm. And Arsinoe, a naturalist, can control nature. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
- Watched — Marina Budhos
Far from the “model teen,” Naeem moves fast to outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents, their gossipy neighbors, and the other forms of surveillance in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens, but when his mistakes catch up with him and the police offer a dark deal, will Naeem be a hero or a traitor?
- Diplomatic Immunity — Brodi Ashton
A seventeen-year-old aspiring reporter, Piper Baird, decided to write a scathing expose on an elite Washington, D.C., private school, but her life changes when her subject comes to her for help. Can Piper help Rafael, the son of the Spanish Ambassador? Will feelings get between her affection for him and her desire to win the coveted Bennington scholarship for teen journalists? You’ll have to read to find out.
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