5 Finds Teens: April 2017

Alex And Eliza: A Love Story

A story for Hamilton fans, Melissa de la Cruz's Alex and Eliza takes us back to the American Colonies, when socialite Elizabeth Schuyler first meets Alexander Hamilton. Besotted with Eliza, penniless Alexander must prove his worth to Eliza's family, who would rather she marry another, more suitable match.


After accidentally shooting and killing his little sister at the age of four, 14-year-old Sebastian has never recovered from the trauma, and decides that at the end of the summer, he will take his life in the same way that he took hers. But when he meets Aneesa, a new neighbor whose religion has made her an outcast, together, they may find a way to heal.

Gem & Dixie

Sisters Gem and Dixie haven't had it easy. Plagued by drug and alcohol addictions, their parents haven't been able to stay employed, and they certainly haven't created an average home life. But when their estranged father shows up one day, along with a backpack full of money, Gem and Dixie decide to run.

Vincent And Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

National Book Award finalist, Deborah Heiligman, returns with a story based on the bond between brothers Theo and Vincent Van Gogh that offers explanations for many of the artist's actions later in life.

Saint Death

Printz Award Winner, Marcus Sedgwick's latest book for teens takes place along the US-Mexican border. Arturo lives in a place where gang violence and poverty are prevalent. When Arturo's friend, Faustino, takes money from his boss in order to send his girlfriend and their child across the border to the U.S., he begs Arturo to win it back for him in a high-stakes card game before his boss has him killed. Sedgwick takes a closer look at illegal immigration, the drug trade and human trafficking that is not only timely, but makes for a worthy discussion.

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