2017 Niles West Summer Reading

From the March graphic novels to The Hate U Give, we've got copies of all the books on your summer reading list. Use it to see what's currently available at the library and put holds on titles you'd like to get.

  • The Wrath & the Dawn

    2015 by Renée Ahdieh

    "In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace."—Publisher

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  • Caraval

    2017 by Stephanie Garber

    "Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing the legendary once-a-year Caraval performance where the audience participates in the show, are over. But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor who she has just met, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner."—Publisher

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  • An Ember In the Ashes : A Novel

    2015 by Sabaa Tahir

    "Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution."—Publisher

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  • Flamecaster

    2016 by Cinda Williams Chima

    "Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the king, Ash, a gifted healer, and Jenna, a girl abandoned at birth, find themselves on the run from the King's Guard."—Publisher

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  • Samurai Rising : The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune

    2016 by Pamela S Turner

    "Documents the true story of the legendary samurai who was raised in the household of the enemies who killed his father before being sent to live in a monastery where, against the odds, he learned and perfected his fighting skills."—Publisher

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  • The Borden Murders : Lizzie Borden & the Trial of the Century

    2016 by Sarah Elizabeth Miller

    "Examines the Borden murders, using newspaper articles to recreate the events and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden and exploring Lizzie's story to theorize on what may have happened."—Publisher

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  • March

    2013 by John Lewis

    "March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement."—Publisher

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  • Out of Darkness

    2015 by Ashley Hope Pérez

    "Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people."—Publisher

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  • Dive! : World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific

    2016 by Deborah Hopkinson

    "Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US entered World War II in December 1941 with only 44 Naval submarines—many of them dating from the 1920s. With the Pacific battleship fleet decimated after Pearl Harbor, it was up to the feisty and heroic sailors aboard the US submarines to stop the Japanese invasion across the Pacific. Including breakouts highlighting submarine life and unsung African-American and female war heroes, award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson uses first-person accounts, archival materials, official Naval documents, and photographs to bring the voices and exploits of these brave service members to life."—Publisher

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  • My Lady Jane

    2016 by Cynthia Hand

    "Edward is the King of England. He's also dying, which is inconvenient, as he's only sixteen and he'd rather be planning his first kiss than who will inherit his crown. Jane, Edward's cousin, is far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately, Edward has arranged to marry her off to Gifford secure the line of succession. And Gifford is, well, a horse. That is, he an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated) who becomes a chestnut steed every morning, but wakes as a man at dusk, with a mouthful of hay. Very undignified. The plot thickens as the three are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy, and have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it's off with their heads?"—Publisher

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  • Denton Little's Death Date

    2015 by Lance Rubin

    "In a world where everyone knows the day they will die, a teenage boy is determined to outlive his upcoming expiration date."—Publisher

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  • Muslim Girl : A Coming of Age

    2016 by Amani Khatahtbeh

    "The extraordinary account of Amani's journey through adolescence as a Muslim girl, from the Islamophobia she's faced on a daily basis to the website she launched that became a cultural phenomenon, to the nation's political climate in the 2016 election cycle with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee. While dispelling the myth that a headscarf is a signifier for radicalism or oppression, she shares both her own personal accounts and anecdotes from the sisterhood of writers that serve as her editorial team at MuslimGirl."—The Publisher

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  • In the Country We Love : My Family Divided

    2016 by Diane Guerrero

    "In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven't been told. Written with Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author's and on a system that fails them over and over."—Publisher

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  • Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood

    2016 by Trevor Noah

    "Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young mans relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother, his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life."—Publisher

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  • Dare to Disappoint : Growing Up in Turkey

    2015 by Özge Samancı

    "This touching memoir shows how Ozge dared to overcome both her family and her country's expectations to find happiness by being an artist."—Publisher

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  • Zero Day

    2016 by Jan Gangsei

    "Eight years after being kidnapped Addie Webster, now sixteen, resurfaces under mysterious circumstances, significantly changed, and her childhood best friend, Darrow Fergusson, is asked by a national security advisor to spy on her to uncover whether she is a threat to her father's Presidency or the nation."—Publisher

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  • A Study In Charlotte : A Charlotte Holmes Novel

    2016 by Brittany Cavallaro

    "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery."—Publisher

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  • Liars, Inc.

    2015 by Paula Stokes

    "Seventeen-year-old Max, his girlfriend Parvati, and best friend Pres form Liars, Inc., expecting that forging notes and lying for their peers will lead to easy cash, but when Pres asks Max to cover for him, it may be a fatal mistake."—Publisher

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  • The Lie Tree

    2016 by Frances Hardinge

    "On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal. She discovers a tree that bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it—and the fruit, in turn, delivers a hidden truth. Does the tree hold the key to her father's murder? Or will it lead the murderer to Faith herself?"—Publisher

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  • The Serpent King : A Novel

    2016 by Jeff Zentner

    "The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self."—Publisher

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  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear

    2016 by E. K. Johnston

    "At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team—and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice."—Publisher

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  • When We Collided

    2016 by Emery Lord

    "Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself?"—Publisher

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  • Highly Illogical Behavior

    2016 by John Corey Whaley

    "Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that—and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results."—Publisher

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  • The Hate U Give

    2017 by Angie Thomas

    "Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. An inarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership."—Booklist

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  • The Sun Is Also a Star

    2016 by Nicola Yoon

    "Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them."—Publisher

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  • The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

    2016 by Sarvenaz Tash

    "Graham Posner is trying to get his best friend, Roxana, to fall in love with him by planning the perfect weekend for her at Comic-Con."—Publisher

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  • P.S. I Like You

    2016 by Kasie West

    "Every day in chemistry class, high school student and aspiring songwriter Lily Abbott is finding notes left to her by a mystery boy, love letters really, and she hopes they are from Lucas, a boy she is attracted to--so when she finds out they are really from, she is shocked and unsure about how to respond."—Publisher

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  • You Know Me Well : A Novel

    2016 by Nina LaCour

    "Mark and Kate sit next to each other in school but are barely acquainted until they meet at a San Francisco club during Pride Week and connect over each one's forbidden love."—Publisher

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  • Scythe

    2016 by Neal Shusterman

    "In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe—a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't."—Publisher

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  • The Rig

    2015 by Joe Ducie

    "Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at the Rig, a specialist juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from the Rig. No one except for Drake."—Publisher

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  • Wires and Nerve

    2017 by Marissa Meyer

    "When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous alliance between Earth and Luna, android Iko joins up with a handsome royal guard to hunt down the rogue leader."—Publisher

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  • Replica. Lyra ; Replica. Gemma

    2016 by Lauren Oliver

    "Replica is a flip book that contains two narratives in one. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience."—Publisher

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  • The Diabolic

    2016 by S. J. Kincaid

    "Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator's daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia—and take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia's father is participating in a rebellion, he summons her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It's a nest of vipers—and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans."—Publisher

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  • Tumbling : A Novel

    2016 by Caela Carter

    "After sacrificing their childhoods, Grace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmina, and Monica are competing in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, after which their lives will change forever."—Publisher

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  • Qb 1

    2013 by Mike Lupica

    "Jake Cullen, fourteen, lives in the shadows of his father and older brother until he becomes the starting quarterback for the high school football team and finally has his chance to shine."—Publisher

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  • Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team

    2017 by Steve Sheinkin

    "A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team."—Publisher

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  • The Pick-Up Game : A Full Day of Full Court


    "A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage."—Publisher

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