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Lost in the confusion of her secret past and incoherent memories, Abigail sets out on a journey to uncover the true meaning of mysterious markings found on her body and her superhuman strength. Haunted by dreams and hallucinations, this journey takes Abigail and her new found friend Roger through a web of corporate murders, government conspiracies, and the mysterious spiritual world of shaman natives and biblical references. When a big shot CEO, Alan Jiang, is murdered and his partner Robert Benson goes missing, Abigail becomes the number one suspect which leads her and Roger on a path to complete the puzzle that will only open a door to more mysteries and the fine line between coincidence and fate.
Demetrius O. Davis
In prison, Imed has reached his lowest point. Under the guidance of a mysterious new acquaintance, Darius, he begins to find purpose and peace with himself and his past. Darius continues this mentorship on the outside and invites Imed to train with him. Soon Imed finds himself in the middle of a bloody war between rival sects of Angels over the control of Heaven. He stands by Darius, leader of the Dark Ones, as they battle the Soul Assassins, led by the formidable Dural. Imed fights relentlessly, alongside his newfound love Vanessa and The Dark Ones. His quest will lead him to question himself, his allegiances and the path he has chosen. The lines of good and evil become blurred amid the bloodshed of war.
Demetrius O. Davis
After running away with the man of her dreams, Faith finds herself a prisoner in his sick world of prostitution, rape and drugs. Stranded, with nothing but a dirty t-shirt and a stolen cell phone, she calls for help. Within an hour, Uncle Orlando has assembled a team and they embark on a journey to bring her back home. Orlando comes from a world of the deepest darkness, one that Faith s captors can t even imagine. His sixth sense allows him to see the evil in men s hearts and detect the depravity in their souls. In less than four days, he will cross the country with his team, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Everyone will soon know the price of hurting his family and understand the true depth of his love.
Joseph Young Jr.
Homeless at a young age, Diamond Ruff was determined to succeed. With grit, shrewdness, and the tenacity to make it, Diamond forges a life alone on the streets of Hartford.Orphan, con artist, crime boss and millionaire, Diamond Ruff has seen it all. In prison for a murder he did not commit, he meets the Reverend Trek Woods, who overwhelms him with kindness, character and faith in God. Falling in love with April, a young woman with a terminal illness, Ruff is again challenged to grow and change. Will he be redeemed? There are no easy answers.
Since the age of eight, Kalen Brown has been mentally and physically abused by his alcoholic father, Michael Brown. Now at eighteen years old and in search of a way out of this ten year nightmare, Kalen is given an opportunity to make some fast cash as a pick up man for a major gun runner named, Big Boss. Kalen's summer after graduating high school is filled with many mixed emotions, which leaves him to question his own self worth and also who is really on his side. His best friends, Jesse and Sharee have been doing their best to protect him from his father through the years, but the strained father/son relationship has reached its boiling point. Kalen must face the man who he calls the living devil. One way or another, with all of the conflict that has risen in his life, Kalen's journey with Michael and Big Boss will come to an end during this summer.
Jacob, a bright 10-year-old African American boy with exceptional writing ability, seems to have a promising academic future ahead of him. But living on the south-side of Chicago, life at home is nothing but. He is living in a drug-infested community with a residence overrun with roaches that should be condemned. With an addict for a mother, who’s in a self-induced comatose state most of the time, he’s not in a situation that he can easily test out of.
Now of age where the gangs start to take notice, Jacob and his best friend Kenny have a brief run-in with Ja’heve. He is a brazen individual and second in command to a vicious gang known as “The Circle.” During the encounter, Ja’heve feels disrespected by Jacob’s refusal to join; he becomes furious and jealous of him and his intellect. He knows Jacob has the smarts to make it out of their hell hole of a neighborhood and vows not to let that happen.
Seven-year-old African American Jarom James witnesses the brutal assault and murder of his parents at the hands of three law enforcement agents that were employed by his parents. Surviving the night with memories that haunt him, a cryptic message, and a locket from his father, Jarom swears he will get revenge for his parent's murder.
Vona’s life is the true definition of ‘drama’ if their ever was such a word. From the crazy, drunk mother, to the all too real family issues, to the thing that go down inside of the church house that we leave you saying what the f@#k.A big time radio diva, Vona’s married to a man who she feels is hiding something from her, but for the life of her she just can’t put a finger on it. Yet when she finally begins to discover the skeletons that dance inside of his closet everything in her life hits the proverbial fan, with an ending that will leave you totally mind blown.Deep in Da Game isn’t just a novel, it’s one hell of a story, one which Author Ali Haqq has the guts to tell.
A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?
A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?
There were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.
Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up--way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.
Kobe Bryant, Wesley King
From the mind of basketball legend and Academy Award–winning storyteller Kobe Bryant comes this radically original portrait of five young basketball players, one enlightening coach, and the awesome transformative power of the game. Filled with insights about the mental stamina and emotional clarity that peak performance requires, this is an indispensable story for young athletes, coaches, educators, and anyone interested in the astonishing potential of team sports to unlock individual growth.
THE GAME WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
Magic doesn’t seem possible for the West Bottom Badgers. They’re the lowest-ranked basketball team in their league, and they live in the poorest neighborhood in Dren. Nobody expects them to succeed at anything. Plus, every kid on the team has secret struggles of his own.
When a new coach named Professor Wizenard arrives on the first day of training camp, the Badgers can’t explain the magical-seeming things they see and hear. Every player experiences unique and strange visions―visions that challenge everything they thought they knew about basketball, and about their lives and their secrets off the court. To survive the increasingly intense ordeals of training, the Badgers will need to take unimaginable risks, learn to trust their teammates, and confront the darkness within themselves.
Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo
A New York Times bestseller!
USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller!
When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth's foster mom--and Raven's memory--she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.
Starting over isn't easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can't remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.
But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she's ready to face what's buried in the past...and the darkness building inside her.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and first-time graphic novel artist Gabriel Picolo comes this riveting tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others--and yourself.
Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo
Author Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures) and artist Gabriel Picolo, the creative duo behind the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller Teen Titans: Raven, take you on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance, while reminding us the value of true friendship--especially when life gets wild.
Garfield Logan has spent his entire life being overlooked. Even in a small town like Eden, Georgia, the seventeen-year-old with green streaks in his hair can't find a way to stand out--and the clock is ticking. Senior year is almost over. If Gar doesn't find a way to impress the social elite at Bull Creek High School, he will never know what it's like to matter. Gar's best friends, Stella and Tank, can't understand why he cares what other people think, and they miss their funny, pizza-loving, video game-obsessed best friend.
Then Gar accepts a wild dare out of the blue. It impresses the popular kids, and his social status soars. But other things are changing, too. Gar grows six inches overnight. His voice drops, and suddenly, he's stronger and faster. He's finally getting everything he wanted, but his newfound popularity comes at a price. Gar has to work harder to impress his new friends. The dares keep getting bigger, and the stakes keep getting higher.
When Gar realizes the extent of his physical changes, he has to dig deep and face the truth about himself--and the people who truly matter--before his life spirals out of control.
Yamile Saied Mendez
A powerful, #ownvoices contemporary YA for fans of The Poet X and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.
In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.
At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.
On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.
But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her.
Filled with authentic details and the textures of day-to-day life in Argentina, heart-soaring romance, and breathless action on the pitch, Furia is the story of a girl’s journey to make her life her own.
Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
The Hate U Give meets Get Out in an honest and powerful exploration of prejudice in this stunning novel from sister-writer duo Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine.
ISN’T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH?
When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic.
One of the good ones.
Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there’s a twist to Kezi’s story that no one could’ve ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.