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Dig, by A. S. King
The Shoveler, the Freak, CanIHelpYou?, Loretta the Flea-Circus Ring Mistress, and First-Class Malcolm. These are the five teenagers lost in the Hemmings family’s maze of tangled secrets. Only a generation removed from being simple Pennsylvania potato farmers, Gottfried and Marla Hemmings managed to trade digging spuds for developing subdivisions and now sit atop a seven-figure bank account, wealth they’ve declined to pass on to their adult children or their teenage grand children.
“Because we want them to thrive,” Marla always says.
What does thriving look like? Like carrying a snow shovel everywhere. Like selling pot at the Arby’s drive-thru window. Like a first class ticket to Jamaica between cancer treatments. Like a flea-circus in a doublewide. Like the GPS coordinates to a mound of dirt in a New Jersey forest.
As the rot just beneath the surface of the Hemmings precious white suburban respectability begins to spread, the far flung grand children gradually find their ways back to each other, just in time to uncover the terrible cost of maintaining the family name.
The Teens’ Top Ten, 2023
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.
-All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
-Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate
-Blackwater by Jeanette Arroyo and Ren Graham
-Crumbs by Danie Stirling
-Dig Two Graves by Gretchen McNeil
-Don’t Look Back by Achut Deng and Keely Hutton
-Five Survive by Holly Jackson
-Gallant by V.E. Schwab
-Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
-Gleanings by Neal Shusterman
The Michael L. Printz Award, 2023
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association. The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association
All My Rage
by Sabaa Tahir
A brilliant, unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary ya novel about family and forgiveness, love and loss, in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.
2023 Honor Books
by Lily Anderson
by A. L. Grazizdei
When the Angels Left the Old Country
by Sacha Lamb
Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World Of Animal Sexuality
by Eliot Schrefer
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