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Nov 19

YA Reads: Family Matters

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 7:57 AM by Michael Lang

This time of year is often centered around family. For many of us, it’s the time to gather together, to be near to each other when the rest of the year of the year may be filled with distance. However, not all families are alike, and there are some who prefer to be alone, to gather with friends that have become family, or who get along better when not near each other. Whatever your family dynamic, we’ve filled this list with all kinds of family stories.

Yolk book cover.DB104179 Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

Sisters Jayne and June are nothing alike. Their family moved from Seoul to San Antonio and finally New York. Struggling with emotional problems and an eating disorder, Jayne is estranged from her accomplished older sister June--until June gets cancer. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Ameircan Betiya book cover.DB104182 American betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar

Eighteen-year-old Rani, a budding photographer, grapples with first love, family boundaries, and the complications of a cross-cultural relationship. When a twist of fate leads Rani to India for the summer, she has a reckoning with herself. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.

Everything Sad is Untrue book cover.DB101953 Everything sad is untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri

At the front of a skeptical classroom in Oklahoma, young Khosrou tries to tell his story. Khosrou's stories span centuries, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night to tales set in the jasmine-scented city of Isfahan. Some violence. Commercial audiobook. Printz Award. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

THe Vanishing Deep book cover.DB 99755 The vanishing deep by Astrid Schotte

Seventeen-year-old Tempe brings her dead sister back to life for twenty-four hours in hopes of unraveling the truth behind their parents' death. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

If These Wings could Fly book cover.DB 99765 If these wings could fly by Kyrie McCauley

Auburn, Pennsylvania. In a farming community overrun with crows, high school senior Leighton struggles to keep herself and her sisters safe from their abusive father even as she starts a relationship. Some violence and some strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2020.

The Queen of Nothing book cover.DB 97610 The queen of nothing by Holly Black

As the exiled Queen of Faerie, Jude travels back to Elfhame to help her twin sister, Taryn, break a dark curse that threatens the whole Faerie world. Sequel to The Wicked King (DB 93596). Descriptions of sex and some violence. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.

With the Fire on High book cover.DB 95376 With the fire on high by Elizabeth Acevedo

Teen mother Emoni Santiago struggles with the challenges of finishing her senior year, raising her two-year-old daughter, and following her dream of working as a chef. Strong language. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2019.