Looking for a new fantasy series to try? Already read popular series like Red Queen, Throne of Glass, and Shadow and Bone? You may have missed some of the fantastic fantasy titles below!

Daughter of the pirate king by Tricia Levenseller
East by Edith Pattou

In 1992, the month of May was designated Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Celebrate by reading a YA book by an author of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry this month! Some selections are listed below. 

After the shot drops by Randy Ribay
American born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

These YA book covers will have you doing double takes! Which do you prefer?

You're Welcome Universe vs. Picture Us in the Light

You're welcome universe by illustrator Whitney Gardner

Did you miss our Garden Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

From Storytime

This week, the American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2018. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information, visit the Banned & Challenged Books page of the Office for Intellectual Freedom's website. 

George by Alex Gino

Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character

Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints

Contemporary realistic fiction takes place in the present and covers topics that are likely to happen in real life. These novels explore many common issues for modern teenagers. Looking for a funny story? Jump down to the "Humor" section. 

Ask the passengers : a novel by 1970- A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The We Need Diverse Books movement began in 2014 as a call to reform the publishing industry. It is now a nonprofit organization which promotes young people's literature that is reflective of many diverse backgrounds. The titles below represent a sample of books showcasing main characters of color, LGBTQIA characters, and characters with disabilities or mental illnesses. For more suggestions, visit Where To Find Diverse Books or the Walter Award

Characters of Color

Love is hard...but reading about it isn't! These romantic titles are sweet, charming, and easy to dive into. 

Alex, approximately by Jenn Bennett
Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins

With the debut of Hamilton at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, no one can get enough of the Founding Father! Use your CPL card to learn more about the music and the man himself, Alexander Hamilton. 

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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

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