Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of “the system,” cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life. As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Rape
  • Drug use
  • Dead body mentioned
  • Murder
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Tags by Walter Dean Myers

Tags by Walter Dean Myers

Four New York City teens are shot down in the prime of life. They move through limbo, re-creating their distinctive tags in a Harlem walk-up so that they can “live” forever. But what’s the point? How can you think of living forever if you’re already dead? From Walter Dean Myers, the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, comes an all-new 20-page one-act play. Tags is a look at life and death in New York City, complete with a shocking end.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial slurs
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The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

As each new decade begins, the Sun’s power must be replenished so that Sol can keep traveling along the sky and keep the evil Obsidian gods at bay. Ten semidioses between the ages of thirteen and eighteen are selected by Sol himself as the most worthy to compete in The Sunbearer Trials. The winner carries light and life to all the temples of Reino del Sol, but the loser has the greatest honor of all―they will be sacrificed to Sol, their body used to fuel the Sun Stones that will protect the people of Reino del Sol for the next ten years. Teo, a 17-year-old Jade semidiós and the trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, has never worried about… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • House fire
  • Bullying
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The Strangers by Jacqueline West

The Strangers by Jacqueline West

Olive thought she’d uncovered all the house’s secrets. She was wrong. It’s Halloween night when strangers come to Linden Street…and something dear to Olive goes missing. To what lengths will she go to get it back? Can she trust the strangers? Will she turn to a new and dangerous magic within the paintings of Elsewhere? Or will she put her faith in her own worst enemies to save the people and home she loves? The stakes grow higher, the secrets more dangerous, and mystery and magic abound as Olive, the boys, and the cats uncover the true nature of the house on Linden Street. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Knife violence & stabbing recounted
  • Kidnapping of a parent
  • Immolation
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Can’t Say it Went to Plan by Gabrielle Tozer

Can’t Say it Went to Plan by Gabrielle Tozer

School’s out. Forget study, exams and mapping out the future. For the next seven days, the only homework is partying with friends, making new ones and living in the moment. Zoe, Samira and Dahlia are strangers, but they have something in common: their plans for a dream holiday after their final year of school are flipped upside-down before they even arrive at the beach. From hooking up and heartache to growing apart, testing friendships and falling in love, anything can go down this week.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Cheating
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Cancer
  • Death of a friend recounted
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If We Were Us by KL Walther

If We Were Us by K.L. Walther

Everyone at the prestigious Bexley School believes that Sage Morgan and Charlie Carmichael are meant to be….that it’s just a matter of time until they realize that they are actually in love. When Luke Morrissey shows up on the Bexley campus his presence immediately shakes things up. Charlie and Luke are drawn to each other the moment they meet, giving Sage the opportunity to steal away to spend time with Charlie’s twin brother, Nick. But Charlie is afraid of what others will think if he accepts that he has much more than a friendship with Luke. And Sage fears that things with Nick are getting too serious too quickly. The duo will need… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia & internalised homomisia
  • Weight loss
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Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Efrén Nava’s Amá is his Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Amá and Apá work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efrén and his younger siblings Max and Mía feel safe and loved. But Efrén worries about his parents; although he’s American-born, his parents are undocumented. His worst nightmare comes true one day when Amá doesn’t return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, México. Now more than ever, Efrén must channel his inner Soperboy to help take care of and try to reunite his family.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Deportation (theme)
  • ICE raids, off-page
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Wanted by Sara Shepard

Wanted by Sara Shepard

Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been through a lot together—childhood pranks gone horribly wrong, not one, but two stalkers—blackmailers who know all their dirty secrets, not to mention their best friend’s murder investigation. Now these pretty little liars are finally going to uncover all the answers they’ve been searching for, and they can finally put this awful chapter of their lives behind them. Or so they think.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Misogyny
  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Queermisia
  • Ableism
  • Slut shaming
  • Cheating
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Stalking
  • Fire
  • Bullying
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Toxic by Sara Shepard

Toxic by Sara Shepard

One A has been captured…but the most dangerous A of all is still out there. High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it’s not over yet…. The police don’t believe there’s another, deadlier, A out there, but the girls know what-and who-they saw. If they don’t track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Misogyny
  • Fatmisia
  • Cheating
  • Suicide & attempted suicide mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Near drowning
  • Fire mentioned
  • Stalking
  • Bullying
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Stunning by Sara Shepard

Stunning by Sara Shepard

A is still out there, lurking in the shadows and digging up the liars’ latest secrets Emily’s reconnecting with an old flame, one baby step at a time. But is she headed toward true love or another bundle of heartache? Spencer’s learning about the highs and lows of campus life on a trip to Princeton. Aria’s seeing a whole new side to Noel’s dad—and it could drive a wedge between her and Noel. And, for better or worse, Hanna’s getting in touch with her inner A. Secret by secret, lie by lie, the girls get tangled in A’s dangerous web… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Sexism
  • Slut-shaming
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Eating disorder
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Drugging
  • Overdose
  • Hospital
  • Murder
  • Fire mentioned
  • Stalking
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