Friday, June 24, 2016

Minecraft Club starts Monday!

Minecraft Club
Mondays June 27th-August 1st 3-4pm
Ages 10-18. Crafters, Creepers, and Master Builders are invited to the Minecraft Club.  Chat with other players, work together to build great things, or just play on the Library’s own server. Drop in.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Teen Cuisine: Brazilian is only 1 week away!

Teen Cuisine: Brazilian
Wednesday, June 29th 4:30-6:30pm
Ages 12-18. In celebration of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, young adults will prepare, cook, and eat a three-course meal of Brazilian cuisine. Registration required, sponsored by PALS.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Volunteer orientations this week!

Don't forget, if you're going to be a Summer Volunteen, you need to attend of these orientation sessions:

Thursday, June 23rd 3-4pm
Saturday, June 25th 2-3pm

Let us know if you have any questions!

Friday, June 17, 2016


Don't miss out on our fun Summer Kick-Off party for teens next week:

Teen Summer Kickoff Lock-In
Saturday, June 25th 6-8pm
Ages 12-18. This after-hours adventure will feature teams competing to find and decipher clues that lead to the final prize.  Pizza and refreshments will be served. Registration required, sponsored by PALS.

Monday, June 13, 2016

New Books for June - Part 6

In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Aubrey, a scarred loner, escapes at will into other worlds of his making but suddenly, the world where a popular girl is his long-term girlfriend is intersecting reality in startling ways.

It Wasn't Always Like This by Joy Preble
In love and possessing eternal youth, after sampling an experimental polio vaccine in 1916, seventeen-year-olds Emma and Charlie have the perfect life until Charlie disappears and Emma is hunted through the years by the Church of Light, a group of religious fanatics.

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
Harper Price must embark on a road trip with her best friend and her nemesis, Blythe, to rescue David, whose Oracle powers are spinning out of control.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Science Fiction 
Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

New Books for June - Part 5

The Great Wide Sea by M. H. Herlong
Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea.

Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she's ever known--a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what's left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks and other terrifying creatures. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Contemporary Fiction 
Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that--and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano
John "Smoke" Conlan uses his supernatural ability to travel outside the walls of a juvenile detention center to try to clear his name and help his fellow inmates find redemption.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Contemporary Fiction 
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

New Books for June - Part 4

The End of Fun by Sean McGinty
Science Fiction 
Seventeen-year-old Aaron is hooked on FUN, a new augmented reality experience that is as addictive as it is FUN. But when he sets off on a treasure hunt, left by his late grandfather, Aaron must navigate the real world and discover what it means to connect--after the game is over.

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
Contemporary Fiction 
Nanette O'Hare, a star student and athlete, is given a mysterious out-of-print cult classic novel by her beloved teacher that sparks the rebel within her, but as she befriends the reclusive author and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price.

Fairy Tail vol 31 by Hiro Mashima
Manga (Japanese Graphic Novel) 
Seven years have passed, and without its most powerful wizards Fairy Tail has become the laughingstock of the magical world! Even after returning, Natsu, Erza, Makarov and the others quickly realize that restoring Fairy Tail's good name will be tougher than they imagined. New and far more powerful guilds have arisen, and the upcoming Grand Magic Games might be Fairy Tail's only chance at redemption. But how do you make up for seven years away in just a few days?

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
Science Fiction 
Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life--or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporation selects her for a top-secret project, she can't say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she'll be set for life. Elena joins a team of four other teens with special skills, including Adam, a science prodigy with his own reason for being there. But when the time travelers arrive thirty years in the future, something goes wrong and they break the only rule they were given: do not look into their own fates. Now they have twenty-four hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future from unfolding. With time running out and deadly secrets uncovered, Elena must use her eidetic memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends and herself.

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
Three underprivileged young prodigies from across the world with incredible skills in technology and engineering team up to become the heroes the world never knew they could be.

New Books for June - Part 3

Daughters of Ruin by K. D. Castner
As a war begins, four princesses of enemy kingdoms who were raised as sisters must decide where their loyalties lie: to their kingdoms, or to each other.

Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
Armed with her mother's guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister Cass, but when the devil she met at the town's crossroads changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil.

Double D vol 1 by Eddie Argos
Graphic Novel 
After the official Worst Day Ever, overweight bully magnet Danny Carter discovers he can use his excess body mass to fuel superpowers. Obviously he's going to be a superhero and fight crime, but when you're 15 years old and you live in the suburbs it's not *quite* as easy as he expected... 

Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Contemporary Fiction 
Experiencing dreams about her soulmate all of her life, Alice meets the real boy, Max, when she moves to a new school but finds that their real relationship is more complicated than their dream one.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown
Graphic Novel 
Presents a graphic account of the events of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the city of New Orleans and its people, detailing the selflessness, heroism, and courage, while also noting the incompetence, racism, and criminality.

New Books for June - Part 2

The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer
Growing up, Adrien and his sister Grace competed for everything. It wasn't easy being the adopted sibling, but Adrien tried to get along; Grace didn't. When their scientist parents died, they drifted apart. In their senior year, they are both back at the boarding school where their parents taught. Life gets more complicated when Adrien starts to suspect that Grace might be stealing their parents' research and claiming it as her own--or worse, that she was involved in their deaths. Adrien begins to wonder whether she's guilty and, if so, what he's going to do about it.

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne
Historical Fiction 
From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas comes another extraordinary story of World War II and innocence in the face of evil. When Pierrot becomes an orphan, he must leave his home in Paris for a new life with his aunt Beatrix, a servant in a wealthy Austrian household. But this is no ordinary time, for it is 1935 and the Second World War is fast approaching; and this is no ordinary house, for this is the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler. Pierrot is quickly taken under Hitler's wing and thrown into an increasingly dangerous new world: a world of terror, secrets, and betrayal from which he may never be able to escape.

Chew: Taster's Choice by John Layman
Graphic Novel 
Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He's been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are the only enchanters in Russia, and when the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threaten to attack, the tsar wants a powerful enchanter by his side, and as an advisor for the prince, Pasha. He initiates the Crown's Game, a duel of magical skill, and the winner will become his Imperial Enchanter; the loser will die. For Vika and Nikolai, the game is a chance of a lifetime, but they come to realize that their growing regard for each other makes the game impossible to win. And as long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes increasingly clear to them that the Crown's Game is not one to lose.

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row--a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light.

New Books for June - Part 1

Hi all, I know this post is a little late, but the new books have been on the shelf!  I just hadn't gotten around to posting about them yet.  Enjoy!

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gaviel Savit
Historical Fiction 
When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Oscar Dunleavy, a teenager who used to make incredible apple tarts, has gone missing and everyone thinks he is dead, but Oscar's best friend Meg and his little brother Stevie, form a band as they try to figure out what happened to him.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Contemporary Fiction 
David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David's deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.

Assassination Classroom vol 9 by Yusei Matsui
Manga (Japanese Graphic Novel) 
Nagisa risks life and limb in an attempt to take down the mastermind behind a biological attack. After the dust settles, Koro Sensei tries to ignite some summer romances between the students of 3-E. Their teacher Irina Jelavitch, at least, has her sights on someone…and everyone happily conspires to bring them together! Back at school, one of the 3-E students defects from the ranks for all the wrong reasons. How will they bring him back before he inflicts irrevocable damage on them all…?

Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama
Manga (Japanese Graphic Novel) 
Thanks to Eren's timely arrival, the 104th has managed to turn the tide at Wall Rose. But this momentary victory forces two more traitors into a corner – and the identity of the Titans who have been destroying the walls is revealed! What can Eren do against the two most dangerous monsters humanity has ever faced? And who else might be an enemy in disguise?

Biggie by Derek Sullivan
Contemporary Fiction 
Henry "Biggie" Abbott has hidden behind his weight for years, and although he is the son and stepson of two of Finch, Minnesota's most famous athletes, he prefers academic success until the girl of his dreams suggests he join the baseball team, and, with his stepbrother's help, he discovers he is a great pitcher.

Registration for Summer Reading Programs opens today!

To register for any of these programs:
1. Come into the Library
2. Call the Library at 860-349-9544 ext 1
3. Sign up online HERE


Summer Volunteer Orientation 1
Thursday, June 23rd 3-4pm
Ages 12-18. Orientation for young adults who are register to be Summer Volunteens.  See more information at the Summer Reading Desk.  Registration required.

Summer Volunteer Orientation 2
Saturday, June 25th 2-3pm
Ages 12-18. Orientation for young adults who are register to be Summer Volunteens.  See more information at the Summer Reading Desk.  Registration required.

Teen Summer Kickoff Lock-In
Saturday, June 25th 6-8pm
Ages 12-18. This after-hours adventure will feature teams competing to find and decipher clues that lead to the final prize.  Pizza and refreshments will be served. Registration required, sponsored by PALS.

Minecraft Club
Mondays June 27th-August 1st 3-4pm
Ages 10-18. Crafters, Creepers, and Master Builders are invited to the Minecraft Club.  Chat with other players, work together to build great things, or just play on the Library’s own server. Drop in.

Teen Cuisine: Brazilian
Wednesday, June 29th 4:30-6:30pm
Ages 12-18. In celebration of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, young adults will prepare, cook, and eat a three-course meal of Brazilian cuisine. Registration required, sponsored by PALS.

YA Book Chat
Thursdays June 30th-August 4th 2-3pm
Ages 12-18. Every Thursday before the Farmer’s Market, drop into the Library to share what you are reading, hear about what others are reading, and explore the Genre of the Week. Drop in.


Teen Afternoon Movie Matinees
Fridays July 1st, 15th, & 29th 2-4pm
Ages 12-18. Every other Friday in July, the Library will host a movie matinee just for teens.  Popcorn and refreshments provided.  (Film schedule TBD)  Drop in.

Video Game Character Coasters
Saturday, July 9th 2:30-4pm
Ages 11-18. Participants will use Perler beads to create their own unique designs.  Registration required, sponsored by PALS.

Tie-Dye T-Shirts
Tuesday, July 12th 6:30-8pm
Ages 12-18. Participants in this classic summer craft will each get a white t-shirt to create colorful psychedelic designs. Registration required, sponsored by PALS.

Minute to Win It: Olympics Edition
Wednesday, July 20th 3:30-5pm
Ages 10-18.
Small teams will compete in a variety of games including long jump, hula hoop, marathon shuffle, bean bag toss, limbo, and minute-long challenges.  (Presented by Ingrid Schaeffer)
Sponsored by Jan Wang, in recognition of her service anniversary at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Minecraft Building Competition
Saturday, July 23rd 1-4pm
Ages 12-18. Minecraft players are invited to showcase their building skills.  Players will have a set amount of time to build on a theme before judging.  There will be small prizes and snacks. Registration required.

Durham Olympics
Saturday, July 30th 1-3pm
Ages 6-18. Participants will compete in various official Olympic events including long jump, spring, and relay races.  (Please note this event will be held outdoors) Registration required, sponsored by PALS.


Henna Designs
Tuesday, August 2nd 6-8pm
Ages 12-18. Participants will learn the origins of henna and get a personal design applied by the artist, Kasha N. Please note: henna will stain the skin and last 1-2 weeks.  Registration required, sponsored by PALS.

Teen Summer Closing Party
Saturday, August 6th 2-3pm
Ages 12-18. The Library will celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program with snacks, games, music, and raffle prize drawing.  (Party and raffle prizes sponsored by PALS) Drop in.

Summer Volunteen Picnic
Friday, August 12th 2-3pm
Ages 12-18. A picnic to thank all our wonderful summer teen volunteers!  Snacks, music, games, and more!  Registration suggested, sponsored by PALS.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Be a Summer Volunteen!

Volunteer at the Durham Public Library this Summer!

If you are between the ages of 12-18 and looking to fill your free time  this summer, then consider joining the Library Volunteen Program.  Volunteens work the Summer Reading Desk by helping patrons register and record books; handing out prizes; and performing other various jobs in a lively environment.

Summer Volunteens earn community service hours for their hard work, and celebrate together with their own special end-of-summer party.  Volunteens who work at least six hours will receive a gift bag, water bottle, and ear buds.

Summer Volunteen Registration Starts Tuesday, May 31st.

Volunteens are needed to work at the Summer Reading Desk from June 27th through August 6th.

The Summer Volunteen Picnic is scheduled for
Friday, August 12th from 2-3pm.

To sign up for this program, you simply have to come into the Library and register in our Summer Volunteer binder.  Everything is set up on a table right when you walk in and you get to choose your own hours.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Here Come the New Books for May 2016! (part 9)

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Contemporary Fiction
After fourteen-year-old Eden is raped by her brother's best friend, she knows she'll never be the way she used to be.

When We Collided by Emery Lord
Contemporary Fiction 
Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself?

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley
Living an isolated life in their strict father's parsonage out on the English moors, the Brontë siblings have always been inseparable, their vivid imaginations actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gonday, but when Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters--the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna--refuse to let them go.

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige
In this third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, new girl from Kansas Amy Gumm is caught between her home--and Oz. My name is Amy Gumm. Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because--just like Dorothy--I got swept away on one too. I landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling: Assassin. The way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz--and Kansas--is to kill her. And I'm the only one who can do it. But I failed. Others died for my mistakes. Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened. And if I don't find a way to close it? Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again. Now it's up to me to: join the Witches, fight for Oz, save Kansas, and stop Dorothy once and for all.

Here Come the New Books for May 2016! (part 8)

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...
But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Science Fiction 
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.  Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.  Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.
Jumping into some of the world's most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik's world and her own, before both are destroyed.

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
Contemporary Fiction 
Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life. 
Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules. 
And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.

Here Come the New Books for May 2016! (part 7)

Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw
Contemporary Fiction 
When Scarletts beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren't the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series -- they're the real-life kids from her high school.
See How They Run by Ally Carter (Embassy Row book 2)
 Grace Blakely believed that finding the truth about her mother's murder would finally give her peace, but now she knows that it is only the beginning of the secrets that will dominate her life--and make her a target on Embassy Row in Adria.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Contemporary Fiction 
The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.
Simpsons Comics: Colassal Compendium Volume One by Matt Groening
Graphic Novel 
Spend a blue-ribbon day with the Simpsons at the springfield Fair ; beat the summer heat with Homer and Lisa ; travel to a parallel dimension for an extraordinary super team-up featuring Bartman, Stretch Dude, and the Cupcake Kid ; and even venture into the future, where the Simpson family might very well be responsbile for saving (or destroying!) the world!
Soldier by Julie Kagawa (The Talon Series book 3)
When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She's lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the formerenemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragon-slayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon's new order rises.

Here Come the New Books for May 2016! (part 6)

My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul
Contemporary Fiction 
Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.

Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Historical Fiction 
 Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to--the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having "one drop of Japanese blood in them"--things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys. Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naïve, eighteen-year-old Nora--the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change. For months, they've lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window. In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away. 

 Ouran High School Host Club vol 3 by Bisco Hatori
Manga (Japanese Graphic Novel) 
It's summer break, and the Host Club crew head to the beach, dragging our reluctant heroine with them.  When Haruhi stands up to some local bullies and gets tossed into the ocean, Tamaki, the Host Club King, rescues her.  But afterward, he's so mad that he won't speak to her until she apologizes.  Trouble is, Haruhi can't figure out what she should be sorry for!

Railhead by Philip Reeve
Science Fiction 
In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand--but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.
 The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.