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Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass

the graphic novel
It's the beginning of sophomore year, and Piedad "Piddy" Sanchez is having a hard time adjusting to her new high school. Things don't get any easier when Piddy learns that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Rumor has it that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn't Latina enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn't kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first, Piddy is more concerned with learning about the father she's never met, navigating her rocky relationship with her mom, and staying in touch with her best friend, Mitzi. But when the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang takes over Piddy's life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off from those who care about her--or running away? More relevant than ever a decade after its initial publication, Mel Valentine Vargas's graphic novel adaptation of Meg Medina's ultimately empowering story is poised to be discovered by a new generation of readers.

The last graduate

Lesson two of the scholomance
"At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year--and the looming specter of matriculation, a deadly ritual that leaves few students alive after. El is determined that her group will make it out alive, but it is a prospect that is looking harder by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules"--Provided by publisher.

A deadly education

Lesson one of the scholomance
"In the start of a . . . series, the . . . author . . . introduces you to a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death--until one girl begins to unlock its many secrets. Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered: There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won't allow its students to leave until they graduate--or die. The rules are deceptively simple: Don't walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school's dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out untold millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students. So El is trying her hardest not to use her power--at least not until she has no other option"--Provided by publisher.

The young Jedi

Yoda sends Jedi younglings Kai Brightstar, Lys Solay, and Nubs to Tenoo for training in the planet's temple, but the group is waylaid by a band of greedy pirates.

Lupe Lopez

Lupe Lopez arrives for her first day at Hector P. Garcia Elementary School ready to show everyone she's a rock star. But the teacher has rules and Lupe isn't allowed to drum on anything she wants with her pencils and no one shows up to join her fan club. The next day though, Lupe meets a couple of new friends that give her an idea for how to express her identity as a rock star.

The astronomically grand plan

Astrid is excited about her upcoming first year of Shooting Stars, a club dedicated to all things space, but now that her best friend Hallie is more interested in art Astrid is not sure her goal of becoming an astronaut will happen without her friend.

The passing playbook

"Fifteen-year-old Spencer Harris is a proud nerd, an awesome big brother, and a David Beckham in training. He's also transgender. After transitioning at his old school leads to a year of isolation and bullying, Spencer gets a fresh start at Oakley, the most liberal private school in Ohio. At Oakley, Spencer seems to have it all: more accepting classmates, a decent shot at a starting position on the boy's soccer team, great new friends, and maybe even something more than friendship with one of his teammates. The problem is, no one at Oakley knows Spencer is trans--he's passing. So when a discriminatory law forces Spencer's coach to bench him after he discovers the 'F' on Spencer's birth certificate, Spencer has to make a choice: cheer his team on from the sidelines or publicly fight for his right to play, even though it would mean coming out to everyone--including the guy he's falling for"--Provided by publisher.


When swastikas begin appearing all over town, Link, Michael, and Dana, the only Jewish girl in town, must face crimes both past and present to find the truth.

K is in trouble

"K tries to get through his days, but is beset by talking fish, absurd adults, flocks of destructive crows, and detention"--Provided by publisher.

Point guard pride

Twelve-year-old Yasmin, a talented point guard on her school basketball team, learns about teamwork and standing up for oneself when she experiences racism at her new middle school.


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