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The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen
It’s the summer of 1955. For Ethan Harper, a biracial kid raised mostly by his white father, race has always been a distant conversation. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in small-town Alabama, his blackness is suddenly front and center, and no one is shy about making it known he’s not welcome there. Enter Juniper Jones. The town’s resident oddball and free spirit, she’s everything the townspeople aren’t—open, kind and accepting.
Armed with two bikes and an unlimited supply of root beer floats, Ethan and Juniper set out to find their place in a town that’s bent on rejecting them. As Ethan is confronted for the first time by what it means to be black in America, Juniper tries to help him see the beauty in even the ugliest reality, and that even the darkest days can give rise to an invincible summer.
Night Owls and Summer Skies by Rebecca Sullivan
When her mother unceremoniously dumps her at Camp Mapplewood for the summer, Emma Lane’s hopes of repairing their fractured relationship are gone with the wind. Now she’s stuck in the wilderness facing her worst fears. Trees? Terrifying. Spiders? Even worse. And don’t even get Emma started on how she feels about camp activities. But Emma’s got a plan, and she will do anything in her power to get kicked out of camp, from sleeping in to playing practical jokes on her fellow campers. Yet when Emma draws the attention of her illusive and attractive camp counselor Vivian Black, she has to come to terms with the fact that how her summer starts isn’t necessarily how it might end. Will Vivian be the key to unlocking Emma’s fears once and for all?
Big Boned by Jo Watson
Lori Palmer is the new girl at Bay Water High, where students prize glossy hair, beach bodies and school spirit above all else. She misses her old school—where her talent as an artist carried more weight than she does—and longs for her old family life, before her parents got divorced and her mom reinvented herself.
So Lori decides that the only way to survive the rest of the year is to blend into the background, but her plans go awry when she discovers that the most popular (and hottest) guy at Bay Water High, Jake, is a volunteer at her brother’s school. When her brother befriends Jake’s sister, Lori is suddenly thrust into his unfamiliar and exhilarating world of water polo, parties and stargazing.
Along for the Ride by Rachel Meinke
These days, everything in Katelyn Jackson’s life revolves around her pop star brother. His schedule, his tour, his fans—it’s like Connor Jackson’s become the center of the universe. And this summer, it’s going to get a lot worse. The entire family is going on tour, and Katelyn’s now officially part of her brother’s “entourage.” Un-freaking-believable. Good-bye soccer team, good-bye friends, good-bye any kind of life.
But Katelyn’s not the only one going on tour with her brother. The opening act is her favorite band ever—Skyline. Their lead singer Zach Matthews, with his deep, caramel eyes, makes Katelyn’s heart pound about a zillion beats per minute.
Float by Kate Marchant
Waverly Lyons has been caught in the middle of her parents’ divorce for as long as she can remember. This summer, the battle rages over who she’ll spend her vacation with, and when Waverly’s options are shot down, it’s bye-bye Fairbanks, Alaska and hello Holden, Florida to stay with her aunt.
Enter Blake, the (superhot) boy next door. Charming and sweet, he welcomes Waverly into his circle. For the first time in her life, Waverly has friends, a social life, and soon enough, feelings...for Blake. As the two grow closer, Waverly’s fortunes begin to look up. But every summer must come to an end, and letting go is hardest when you’ve finally found where you belong.
Smile For Me, Ressler by Tiana Isodoro
Architect Adam Ressler Morris is worth chasing and waiting for―at least for the stubborn Tamara Sanchez, he's worth 17 years of one-sided love. But just as her sincerity moves him and their happily-ever-after is within reach, Tam discovers a secret that will surely ruin everyone, especially the man she loves. To save Ressler from greater pain, she decides to break his heart before it shatters.
Hiraeth (Oppromio Series #1) by Megan Cara
Farah only wishes for two things in life-to be acknowledged by her father and to be noticed by the guy she secretly likes. But when things go haywire in her supposedly perfect life, she finds herself in the middle of a mess she can't seem to get out from. Can Farah fight her way through it all?
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