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6 Books for Your Election TBR Pile


Maybe you’re a political junkie and you just can’t get enough of all that #ClintonvTrump drama. Or, maybe, you’re frankly a little sick of it all and need an escape from reality. Either way, we’ve got you—and your bookshelves—covered.



If you’re dying to be a fly on the wall in the Spin Room, you should read . . .

The Wrong Side of Right


Jenn Marie Thorne’s debut novel takes readers behind the scenes of a presidential campaign. When Kate, a liberal-leaning, recently orphaned teen finds out that her long-lost dad is actually the Republican nominee for President, she does her best to put politics aside and get to know her newfound family—even if that means joining dear old Dad on the campaign trail. But things get sticky when the campaign’s talking points threaten to put her at odds with her best friend . . . and when she starts falling for the opposing candidate’s bad boy son.



If you’re really excited to get that “I voted” sticker on November 8th, be sure to check out . . .

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom


Lynda Blackmon Lowery started fighting for the right to vote long before her 18th birthday. A child marcher during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, she was jailed nine times before her 15th birthday for her participation in voting rights marches. She was the youngest person to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the famous Voting Rights March of 1965. TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM recounts Lynda’s experiences from that time in her own words — and shows how even one person can make a difference. Make no mistake: your vote counts.



If you fancy yourself a political genius and plan on winning the write-in vote, you might get a few tips from . . .

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President


Josh Lieb will have you in stitches with this story of one young evil genius’s quest for world domination . . . and the class presidency at his Omaha middle-school. Oliver Watson has fooled everyone–including his dad–into thinking he’s not the brightest crayon in the box, allowing him to maintain his secret identity as a political mastermind and successful entrepreneur. But when his father makes a crack about the class election, Oliver takes it as a personal challenge, and is determined to win. But despite his brilliance, and status as the third-richest person in the world, winning turns out to be a bit of challenge. Apparently, getting people to like you is, well, hard. Huh. Who’d a thunk it?



If your favorite episode of Gilmore Girls is the one in which Taylor and Jackson vie for Town Selectman, you’ll love . . .

Hope Was Here


A heartwarming read, Joan Bauer’s classic Newbery Honor book will have you hankering to make a difference in your community. When Hope and her aunt move to a tiny town in Wisconsin to run a local diner, they find themselves drawn into the town’s mayoral election. The diner’s owner, G.T., decides to run against a corrupt candidate–and his vision for the future is infectious. Pretty soon the whole town is split–its blue ribbons v. pink all over again.



If you’re pumped that there’s a female candidate for President, get your #feminism on with . . .

A Mad, Wicked Folly


Sharon Biggs Waller takes readers back to the suffragette movement of the early 1900s in this historical fiction novel. A decade before women in the United States were given the right to vote, suffragettes in England were fighting for the same thing. In the book, Victoria Darling is lucky enough to be born into the upper echelons of society—but it’s a privilege that comes at a cost. Vicky dreams of being an artist, and after posing nude for an illicit art class, she’s expelled from her French finishing school. Her family, scandalized, wants to marry her off quickly, but Vicky’s having none of it. Soon, between her dress fittings and debutante balls, she’s joining protests for women’s suffrage, applying for art school, and falling in love with a working class boy—all under her parents’ noses.



If this election has you in need of some serious laughs, have one on us, with . . .

Mad Libs for President


We the people… have the right to be super-silly! Mad Libs for President features 21 presidential and election-themed stories that will have you ROFL harder than Twitter on #DebateNight.



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Halloween Books: Use the Scare-O-Meter to Find Your Perfect Scary Read!

Halloween is just around that corner, and we are SO read-y for all the Halloween reads and scares! While we know some of you are here for those up-all-night chilling chapters, we know that others may be looking to get some shut-eye after that last chapter. So, we’ve broken our favorite Halloween reads into three degrees of … Continued
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Love triangles we LOVE in YA!

Love a good love triangle? Here are a few of our recommendations if you’re looking for your next love triangle to feel deeply conflicted over!   Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram In this companion to the award-winning Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Darius suddenly has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot … Continued
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22 Mystery Books That Will Keep You Guessing

There’s nothing like the adrenaline rush of reading a mystery book, and we’re here to tell you about 22 that will absolutely stump you. Read on for our list of favorite YA mysteries that are ANYTHING but elementary, my dear Watson.   They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman  Clue you’ll love it: Dangerously competitive sisters, … Continued
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Books to Read for Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15 is Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month. We’re inviting you to join us in reading stories by Latinx and Hispanic authors–and if you don’t know where to start, here are a few of our recommendations!   When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez  An unforgettable debut young adult novel-in-verse that redefines what it … Continued
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Duologies that make really cute couples

Some duologies just make the absolute perfect couple. And we’re here to give you 9 that belong together on your shelf! The Goddess in the Machine Duology The plot twists ALONE will have you up all night. We can’t wait to see this duology completed on August 24th! The Kinder Poison Duology Action, royalty, a … Continued
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Living Beyond Borders is coming to shelves August 17th!  In this mixed-media collection of short stories, personal essays, poetry, and comics, this celebrated group of authors share the borders they have crossed, the struggles they have pushed through, and the two cultures they continue to navigate as Mexican Americans. Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, … Continued
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Completed YA series you can read start to finish right now!

Is waiting for the next book an absolute struggle for you? We understand. So we put together a list of completed YA series you can read start to finish today!   An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Set in a rich, high-fantasy world inspired by ancient Rome, Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE … Continued
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17 Love Stories Gone Wrong

We all love a good love story…but not all love stories necessarily have smooth courses (or happy endings). Come to think of it, a lot of love stories have a few bumps (or 200) along the way. Here are 17 love stories that don’t go quite as you’d expect! Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon It … Continued
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5 Reads to Take Back to School!

Summer may be coming to an end, but the good reads continue. So get that backpack ready, because we’re here with 5 reads that are perfect to take back to school with you!   Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas A witty and warm-hearted novel about a trans teen finding his place in the world … Continued
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Read the first 4 chapters of DARK AND SHALLOW LIES

Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain is the twisty supernatural thriller you need in your life. And we’re sharing the first 4 chapters TODAY! La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide. This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summers, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital … Continued
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