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School Library Journal selects Top 42 Diverse YA Books

School Library Journal has selected 42 top diverse YA books in addition to the 100 must-read books originally selected.

The whole list can be found

Some of these titles include:

Does My Head Look Big In This?  by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Dreaming In Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary beth Leatherdale

The Great American Whatever  by Tim Federle

A Step from Heaven by An Na

March Trilogy  by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin

Out of the Darkness  by Ashley Hope Perez

If I Was Your Girl  by Meredith Russo

Enjoy these wonderful titles!
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Here are some YA titles that are pushing the upper edge of the age designation, following the stories of teens the summer after graduation, on into college, and beyond:

I'll Meet You There  by Heather Demetrios
Follows Skylar, a recent high school graduate who is ready to escape her small town for art school with a few unforeseen complications.

Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell and All the Feels by Danika Stone
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A Little Something Different  by Sandy Hall
Revolves around two students in a college creative writing class who have crushes on each other but just can't seem to get together- until they do.

What We Left Behind  by Robin Talley
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We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
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