With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Emoni Santiago is magic in the kitchen, but she’s not sure she can pursue her dream of attending culinary school–not with her baby daughter to take care of. But new opportunities at school get her thinking, and she starts to wonder if the impossible might be possible after all. A fresh contemporary story about a high school senior finding her way in the world. Told in effortlessly beautiful prose, this YA novel is sure to appeal to readers looking for a relatable protagonist, or a story with a touch of the magical.
Magic used to flow throughout the town of Midnight Gulch, where people could sing up rain, turn invisible, or play a tune that got everyone dancing. When twelve-year-old Felicity Pickle arrives, she hopes that enough magic remains to cure her mother of her wandering heart and allow her family to grow roots in the first place that has ever felt like home. Along with her first-ever friend Jonah Pickett, a do-gooder kid who helps her to believe in her own magic, Felicity will attempt to lift the curse that lies on Midnight Gulch and make her family whole. A heartwarming story about the power of kindness, friendship, and family.
Sloane made life exciting, but now she’s gone, leaving Emily only a list. Emily wonders if doing the list will bring Sloane back. But…does she really have to kiss a stranger?! A thoughtful book about friendship featuring a compelling protagonist. Fans of Morgan Matson will adore this book, but it’s also a fine choice for readers of contemporary YA in general.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Andie is the daughter of a politician and she has her life all planned out. Then comes the scandal and she’s suddenly living with her dad. And walking dogs. And maybe, just maybe breaking her rule about no guys for more than three weeks. An engrossing summer read.
Meade Creamery, founded in 1944 by Molly Meade, has always been special to Amelia. Four years ago she had the honor of becoming a Meade Creamery girl and now, her last summer working there before heading off to college, she dreams of making memories that will last forever. Then Molly Meade dies and her rich grandnephew Grady inherits the stand. Grady is desperate to prove to his father that he can manage his own business. But, in the process, he threatens to destroy everything Amelia loves about the stand. A unique YA romance focused on female entrepreneurship and mixed with a taste of historical fiction. A sweet summer read.
Before Lina’s mother dies, she insists that Lina go to live with her old friend Howard in Italy. Somehow she forgot to tell Lina what her grandmother does–that Howard is really her father. Lina doesn’t want to live with a man she barely knows. And she certainly doesn’t want to stay in Italy, even if it is beautiful. But then she receives her mother’s old journal and she’s suddenly experiencing Florence for the first time along with her mom. As Lina continues to read, however, things don’t seem to be adding up. Why did her mom leave Italy? And who is Howard, anyway? A classic travel romance in which a teen finds herself and love in another country.