Monarch Reading List
by Robin Roe Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Adam is pleased to discover that his former foster brother goes to his high school. Julian, now fourteen, lived with Adam's family after his parents died in a car accident and Adam has always thought of him protectively as a younger brother. Adam wants to include him in activities with his friends, but Julian has changed. He's withdrawn and secretive. Something's strange, too, about the way his uncle showed up to claim him from foster care and the way Julian just disappeared. When Julian disappears again, Adam wants to know why. He tracks Julian down, but the truth can be dangerous and far creepier than Adam ever imagined.
by Tricia LEvenseller Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Alosa, the daughter of the Pirate King and a Siren, is a fierce pirate princess who isn’t intimidated by anyone except her father. When he sends her on a mission to find an ancient map, she purposely gets kidnapped by an enemy ship so she will have ample time for her search. Alosa is clever and manipulative but may have met her match in Riden, the attractive and equally deceptive first mate. When her search comes up empty, Alosa resorts to using her secret power, but will she find what she is looking for before it is too late?
by Claudia Gray Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Noemi Vidal, a soldier fighting for the survival of her planet, Genesis, knows what it means to sacrifice one’s life. Abel is a machine, lost and isolated in space for 30 years. His advanced programming is evolving and his only goal is to be found so he can reunite with his creator. Noemi’s path crosses Abel’s when she is forced to board his ship. Enemies to one another, they are thrown on an interstellar path where loyalties are questioned, and bonds are forged.
by Jeff Zentner Year Published: 2017 Young Readers Fiction
Carver’s three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake, are gone – they were killed in a car crash just after Carver sent a text message to the driver. Not only is he dealing with his own guilt over the accident, but he’s trying to reconstruct his life without his friends while surrounded by people who blame him for their deaths. Blake’s grandmother introduces Carver to the idea of Goodbye Days. But when the other families start asking to spend Goodbye Days with Carver, he is skeptical. Do they want to seek revenge or are they all just looking for a way to cope and make peace? Will the Goodbye Days help him forgive himself or will he end up institutionalized, incarcerated, or dead himself?
by Sarah Rees Brennan Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Elliot is smart, obnoxiously so, and has always wanted to see a mermaid. When he goes on a field trip with his class and is the only one who can see a wall, he does the logical thing; climbs over it. Elliot finds himself in the Borderlands, a place where technological devices explode and harpies and elves are abundant. Elliot falls in love with one such elf, Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, and as such must also suffer the company of her human friend, sunny and lovable Luke. Though classes are mostly focused on battle training, Elliot manages to find a world of exotic books. Pairing his brain with his friends' brawn, he might be able to improve his new home in the Borderlands.
by Ryan Graudin Year Published: 2017 Young Readers Fiction
Farway has always dreamed of becoming a time traveler like his mother, but those hopes are shattered when he fails his final exam and is expelled from the Corps, obliterating his chances of working on a Central Time Machine. He is despairing his fate when a letter arrives offering him a second chance as the captain of a crew for a black market operation that travels through time to steal valuable historical artifacts. When an odd girl named Eliot shows up during a routine heist, she shakes things up with secrets that could change everything. Can Farway and his crew save the universe from a mysterious threat before it’s too late?
by Brigid Kemmerere Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Juliet Young and Declan Murphy don’t travel in the same circles. Juliet is an AP student who once loved photography but hasn’t picked up a camera since her mother, a famous photojournalist, was killed in car accident. Declan is a barely passing student who has been court-ordered to clean the cemetery after a drunk driving accident. When he finds a letter Juliet has left on her mother’s grave, he is intrigued and writes back. Both enraged and curious, Juliet responds and an unusual correspondence begins. While Juliet and Declan’s real-life encounters are anything but pleasant, their letters demonstrate a shared understanding of one another’s pain. Is it possible for their connection to survive when their identities are revealed, or will the truth drive them apart?
by Samira Ahmed Year Published: 2018 Fiction
Seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz wants nothing more in the world than to graduate and move to New York City and go to film school. And maybe to spend her senior year dating Phil, a boy she has known forever who may finally be noticing her. The only issue is that as a Muslim and an Indian-American, her parents have a different set of expectations for her. They expect her to attend college close to home and date a suitable Muslim boy who she can eventually marry. Maya is struggling to find a way to make them understand that she needs to follow her dreams when suddenly her disagreement with her parents is insignificant . A terrorist attack takes place in the United States. I t stokes the fires of racism and fear in her community and causes Maya to face the ugliness in the world and find inner strength. Does she dare to dream about her own future when she needs to worry about the safety of her family?
by Justine Larbalestier Year Published: 2016 Fiction
Che, a smart, charming, and handsome boxer in training, is funny, kind, and caring. His pretty little sister Rosa only pretends to be those things, as her fake smile and adorable dimples hide the fact that she fits the profile of a budding psychopath. As Che tries to balance being in a new country, a love interest, finding new friends and missing old ones, he also is losing hope that his parents will ever see Rosa the way he does. Although he loves his sister, he recognizes that she is terrifyingly good at deception, and feels it’s only a matter of time before she hurts someone – or worse. Still, Che feels it’s his duty to protect his sister, even though it’s more likely that the world needs protection from her.
by Dhonielle Clayton Year Published: 2018 Fiction
In the extravagant world of Orleans, where everyone is born gray, beauty is life and life is beauty. Only a select group of young women called the Belles can bring the citizens what they desire with their magical powers to transform anyone and make them beautiful. Camellia Beauregard was born for her role as a Belle and is destined to become the Queen’s favorite, but all is not as lovely as it seems. Politics, jealousy and deception threaten the Belles and the whole way of life in Orleans. What is the true nature of the Belles’ powers? Is Orleans worth saving? Will Camellia find her inner strength in time to save her world as she knows it?
by Angie Thomas Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Starr Carter is a typical 16-year old who’s just trying to navigate family, friends and school. She has been managing to fit in at her fancy suburban prep school where most of the students don’t even know that she comes from the neighboring ghetto of Garden Heights, but fitting in means straddling two worlds. Starr’s worlds collide one fateful night when she accepts a ride home from a party from her childhood friend, Khalil, and they are pulled over by police. Khalil, who is unarmed, is shot and killed by the police officer. The incident becomes a national headline and suddenly Starr is faced with finding her voice, even if it means upsetting her friends and throwing her community into chaos. Can one person’s voice make a difference?
by Emily Barr Year Published: 2017 Fiction
Flora Banks has no short-term memory thanks to a tumor that was removed from her brain when she was ten years old. Flora is used to losing her memories until she kisses her best friend's boyfriend, and that's the one new memory that sticks. Flora is convinced that there must be something powerful between her and Drake, so she decides to fly to Norway to reunite with him and see if his love can heal her. Will seeing Drake again heal her mind, or will more mysteries be revealed?
by Ashley Elston Year Published: 2016 Fiction
"A ten-point buck and a dead body make the same sound when they hit the forest floor." The opening line of this page turner introduces the mystery of the River Point Boys. Five boys go hunting. Only four come back. The boys won't say who fired the shot that killed their friend. The evidence shows it could have been any one of them and their vow to stick to “their story” almost destroys them all. Kate Marino is spending her senior year interning at the DA’s office. When her boss is handed the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen, she is determined to do her part to solve the crime. As the mystery unravels, personal and political secrets of small town life are revealed.
by Cindy Pon Year Published: 2017 Fiction
In near-future Taipei, the air is so polluted that the poor are suffering and dying while the rich wear suits filled with purified air. Jason Zhou is devastated by the loss of his mother who died due to the pollution and becomes determined to change things. Jason and his friends discover that the Jin Corporation is most likely the cause of the pollution. They come up with a plan to save their city--Jason will infiltrate the company to discover its secrets. However, his involvement with Jin daughter's, Daiyu, and the information he discovers puts him and his allies at risk.
by Julie Buxbaum Year Published: 2017 Fiction
At first glance, Kit Lowell and David Drucker have little in common. Kit is a pretty and popular while David, who describes himself as having a “borderline case of Asperger’s” has no close friends. However, when Kit’s friends don’t understand why she can’t move past her grief over her Dad’s recent death, Kit impulsively takes a seat beside David in the cafeteria and an unexpected friendship is born. Kit appreciates that David always tell her the truth (whether she wants to hear it or not) while David admires Kit’s beauty and kindness. Gradually, they find out that friendship and maybe even love can be found in the most unlikely situations.