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ANOTHER FIRST CHANCE

It’s been a year since eighteen-year-old River Lang’s best friend died in a car accident. And every day since, he’s had to pass by the depressing billboard that appeared as a result: a texting and driving PSA that reduces Dylan to a cautionary tale and River to the best friend of the dead kid at school. Dylan was so much more than a statistic, though, and River hates that everyone in town seems to have forgotten.  

 

When he’s caught improving (vandalizing) Dylan’s billboard, River is blackmailed into joining the Affinity Trials—a research study that’s observing teens who are “struggling socially.” But as soon as he arrives, River’s social struggles only worsen as he’s thrown together with the last person he wants to spend an entire week with: his ex-best friend and Dylan’s former girlfriend, Mavis, who’s the only one who knows the truth about the night Dylan died. During the Trials, River befriends a charming quarterback named Nash, and it doesn’t take long for romantic feelings to start bubbling to the surface. But so do bizarre developments within the Trials that make him wonder what researchers are actually studying while monitoring his every move. And when suspicions lead him to a bombshell discovery, River will have to decide just how far he’s willing to go for another chance at first love.

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IF I SEE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW

An instant New York Times bestseller! 

Clark is trapped in today. Literally. For some reason, he has woken up and relived the same monotonous Monday 309 times. And he has to admit that being stuck in a never-ending time loop is getting pretty lonely.  Until Day 310 turns out to be… different. Suddenly, Clark’s usual torturous math class is interrupted by an anomaly—a boy he’s never seen before in all his previous todays.  When shy Clark decides to throw caution to the wind and join effusive Beau on a series of errands across the Windy City, he never imagines he could fall this hard for someone in just one day. But in Beau, Clark feels like he might finally have found the answer to his loneliness. There’s just one problem: how do you build a future with someone  if you can never get  to tomorrow?

If I See You Again Tomorrow was published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on 4/18/23. The book debuted at No. 9 on the New York Times bestseller list and has received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. 

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BLAINE FOR THE WIN 

High school junior Blaine Bowers has it all—the perfect boyfriend, a sweet gig as a muralist for local Chicago businesses, a loving family, and awesome friends. He's also 100% positive that said perfect boyfriend—​senior class president and Mr. Popular, Joey—is going to invite Blaine to spend spring break with his family in sunny Cabo San Lucas. Except Joey breaks up with him instead. In public. On their one-year anniversary. According to Joey, Blaine is too goofy, too flighty, too…unserious. And if Joey wants to go far in life, he needs to start dating more serious guys. Guys like Zach Chesterton. Determined to prove that Blaine can be what Joey wants, Blaine decides to enter the running to become his successor as senior class president—and beat out Joey’s new boyfriend, Zach, while he's at it. But is he willing to compromise who he is to do it?

Blaine for the Win was published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on 4/12/22. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books called the novel "a clever, fun, original story full of heart, awkwardness, and laughs," while Kirkus Reviews praised the book's "clear message about authenticity."

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THE SKY BLUES

Sky Baker may be openly gay, but in his small, insular town, making sure he was invisible has always been easier than being himself. Determined not to let anything ruin his senior year, Sky decides to make a splash at his high school’s annual beach bum party by asking his crush, Ali, to prom—and he has thirty days to do it. What better way to start living loud and proud than by pulling off the gayest promposal Rock Ledge, Michigan, has ever seen? Then, Sky’s plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic e-blast that quickly goes viral. He’s fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether—until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator. But what happens at the end of the thirty days? Will Sky get to keep his hard-won visibility? Or will his small-town blues stop him from being his true self?

The Sky Blues was published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on 4/6/21. The novel was a 2022 Barnes & Noble Young-Adult Book of the Year finalist and Junior Library Guild selection.

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