June 2019 Young Adult Picks

June 2019 Young Adult Picks

Check out the latest young adult releases for the month of June, perfect for summer reading!

June 1

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From Anger to Action: Powerful Mindfulness Tools to Help Teens Harness Anger for Positive Change by Mitch R. Abblett, PhD

It’s okay for teens to feel angry once in a while—it’s how they react to anger that really matters. Rather than teaching teens to suppress their anger, this much-needed book offers a comprehensive mindfulness program to help young readers harness the power of anger in positive ways. Using the author’s innovative “Listen, Look, Leap” process, teens will learn to understand and channel anger into healthy expressions of creativity, advocacy, and empowerment.

June 4


Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work by Victoria Ortiz

The life and career of the fiercely principled Supreme Court Justice, now a popular icon, with dramatic accounts of her landmark cases that moved the needle on legal protection of human rights, illustrated with b/w archival photographs.

Dramatically narrated case histories from Justice Ginsburg’s stellar career are interwoven with an account of RBG’s life—childhood, family, beliefs, education, marriage, legal and judicial career, children, and achievements—and her many-faceted personality is captured. The cases described, many involving young people, demonstrate her passionate concern for gender equality, fairness, and our constitutional rights. Notes, bibliography, index.


Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

A Shadowhunters companion to the best-selling Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series includes short stories about Anna Lightwood’s doomed romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin and Valentine Morgenstern’s soul purchase.

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The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother’s estranged relatives at scenic North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother’s working-class relatives and her father’s wealthier associates.

June 11


Storm and Fury by Jennifer L Armentrout

Enter a world of gargoyle protectors, rising demons and one girl with an explosive secret.

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.


Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

An epic fantasy inspired by the legend of Faust traces the experiences of a teen photography enthusiast whose destiny is tied by an ancient pact to the lives of two women from other centuries.

June 18


Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

When an escaped demon possesses Tatsumi, Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko races to prevent the Master of Demons from claiming a magical scroll of power and covering the land in darkness.

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Hungry Hearts by Caroline Tung Richmond and Elsie Chapman

A collection of interconnected stories by such leading contributors as Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore and Rin Chupeco explores the intersection of family, culture and food as reflected in the lives of 13 diverse teens.

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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Setting aside his college ambitions when he learns that his cousin has been murdered as part of President Duterte’s war on drugs, a high school senior travels to the Philippines to uncover the truth, and the part he may have played in it.

June 25


Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

In Haley’s high school there are two boys named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II (cousins), and one of them has started a text conversation with her, which becomes an all-consuming exchange between two people who see themselves as outsiders, but the only trouble is that Haley really does not know which Martin she is talking to, and actually meeting face-to-face may lead to an epic meltdown.

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Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Preying on evil men in modern Seoul, a nine-tailed fox devourer of human energy, disguised as a beautiful girl, violates the rules to rescue a human boy at the risk of her soul.

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The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

In a magical realm where fairy tales are prophecies of the future, a young woman destined to be Snow White’s evil stepmother discovers her heritage when she manifests the power of communing with mirrors.