Mirage by Somaiya DaudWhat it's about: Amani has only just turned 18 when droids from the Vathek empire kidnap her and take her to the royal palace on the planet Andala, where she's forced to serve as a body double for the merciless, much-hated Vathek princess.
Read it for: treacherous court politics, star-crossed romance, and a Moroccan-inspired setting.
Series alert: If you love this complex, gripping read about oppression and resistance, you're in luck -- it's the 1st in a new series.
The Sacrifice Box by Martin StewartWhat it's about: In 1982, Sep, Arkle, Lamb, Hadley, and Mack cement their friendship by sealing treasured objects inside an old stone box. By 1986, none of them are still friends -- but someone has reopened the box, and the consequences are devastating.
Read it for: snarky humor paired with horror so gruesome you can practically smell the rotting flesh.
For fans of: zombies, TV's Stranger Things, or '80s-era Stephen King books.
For Fans of The Hate U Give
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina; illustrated by Stacey Robinson and John JenningsWhat happens: One minute, Alfonso Jones is shopping for a new suit; the next, he's been shot by a white police officer, and he's a ghost, watching from the afterlife as his loved ones mourn and seek justice.
Art alert: vivid black-and-white illustrations reinforce the unflinching tone of this graphic novel.
Why fans might like it: While The Hate U Give looks at police violence from the survivor's perspective, I Am Alfonso Jones gives the victim a voice.
Long Way Down by Jason ReynoldsWhat it's about: When 15-year-old Will boards an elevator with a gun in his waistband, he's ready to avenge his brother's murder. But can his resolve outlast the surprises of his ride to the ground floor?
Read it for: spare, page-turning poetry that packs a strong emotional punch.
Why fans might like it: Like The Hate U Give, Long Way Down focuses on one character's grief and internal conflict in the aftermath of murder.
Dear Martin by Nic StoneWhat it's about: Justyce McAllister is 17, Ivy League-bound, and one of the few black students at his prep school. Following a disturbing incident of police profiling, Justyce doesn't know how to cope with his anger and frustration -- so he pours them into letters to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why fans might like it: The Hate U Give and Dear Martin are both powerful debut novels about black teens facing violent racism.
Piecing Me Together by Renée WatsonStarring: aspiring collage artist Jade, who lives in a poor, mostly black neighborhood and goes to a fancy, mostly white high school.
What happens: After being invited into a mentoring program for "at-risk" African American girls, Jade (who doesn't feel particularly "at-risk") is matched with an unhelpful mentor, prompting her to explore success on her own terms.
Why fans might like it: Jade, like Starr, has to juggle two social identities while trying to stay true to herself.
Contact your librarian for more great books for age 14 and up!
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