2018 Books for Missouri Students
The town of Fire Lake has a secret. Min and her classmates are part of a government cover-up that even they are unaware of. Every two years, on her birthday, Min faces a strange man who murders her only to wake up hours later, unharmed. Min has no idea why and believes she is the only one, until the Anvil threatens life on Earth and all of their secrets are discovered.
Based on Marissa Meyer’s The lunar chronicles series. Extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new,action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold.When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader.
Luisa’s extraordinary coding skills have landed her a finalist spot for a fellowship sponsored by Thomas Bell, the world’s most brilliant and mercurial tech entrepreneur. Being chosen means funding, mentorship, and most importantly, freedom from her overbearing mother. But when a deadly virus is affecting people across the globe, including her beloved father, Lu receives a cryptic message that might hold the key to stopping the epidemic.
Adam is schizophrenic but a new experimental drug may be his hope of leading a normal life. He starts a new school where he meets Maya, who he wants to believe he is a great, normal guy. When the experimental drug starts to fail, Adam and Maya will have to discover what this will mean for their relationship.
When superstar athlete Jim Thorpe and football legend Pop Warner met in 1904 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called “the team that invented football,” they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.
Sasasha lives in the middle-class foothills of Oakland, California and attends a small private school. Richard lives in the flatlands and attends a large, public school. The 57 bus is their only connection. One act connects the two and ends with Richard charged with a hate crime and Sasaha severely burned.
Bailey “Mink” Rydell moves across the country to live with her father in Southern California. It’s just a coincidence that Alex, the boy she has been communicating with on a classic film site, also lives in the same town. Not sure if Alex is really who he says he is, she has a plan to find out more before letting him know she has moved. But, her co-worker might just be the boy of her dreams. Or does he have a secret as well?
Bicho Raro, Colorado is home to the Soria family. The family members all have the ability to perform unusual miracles but three cousins hope to change the families future. As Beatriz, Daniel, and Joaquin run a renegade radio station they also find the strangers who come for miracles are more important to the family than they think.
Five teens, with little in common, are brought together when the building they are in collapses at the Rockland Academy. Shaken but glad each is okay, they go on about their lives or at least they try to. When school administrators and their parents don’t take their concerns seriously, and one of the five is killed in a bizarre car accident, the others realize they will need to take matters into their own hands to survive.
Grace is adopted. Grace is an only child. When Grace gives her own baby up for adoption, she decides it is time to locate her biological family. Maya, the younger sister, is out spoken and really has no interest in locating their mother. Joaquin, the older brother, is quite and intense and not interested in his biological mother either. The three form an uneasy relationship with secrets still between them.
Carver lost his three best friends and he might be to blame. “Where are you guys?” is the last text he sends them before the horrible car crash. Did Carver cause it? Mars’s father sure thinks so as does Eli’s sister. Eli’s girlfriend stands by him through some of the hard times and Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friends.
Jane has been raised by her aunt Magnolia. But when Magnolia dies, Jane feesl directionless not to mention, she is broke. When Jane sees Kiran Thrash, her old tutor and Kiran asks her to attend a gala at the Thrashes’ mansion, Tu Reviens, Jane feels as if Magnolia is telling her to go. Jane recalls a conversation with her aunt: “If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” But Tu Reviens changes things. The house offers her five choices, choices that will change her life.
Martin, diagnosed with autism as a child, attends public school for the first time while his mother is directing a movie in France. Martin makes friends and meets a girl who reminds him of a character from his favorite book. Just when Martin feels he might be fitting in, he realizes his new friends might only be drawn to the actors from his mother’s film.
Kacey moves to Broken Falls to live with the father she has never met, a stepmother, stepbrother, and a half sister who adores her. The move seems to be good for Kacey who is finding her way with her new family and has made good friends. But when Kacey’s new friend Bailey goes missing, she begins to question if her new life is as perfect as she believes.
Sixteen-year-old Tristan and his parents will be some of the first colonist on Mars as part of the Mars One Space Program. Tristan has been training for this since he was twelve-years-old but now, as we realizes what he will leave behind and a terrorist group is threatening the program, he questions if it is all worth it.
The vice principal calls him “Mr. 60%” because Matt always just gets by. Everyone knows he sells drugs and is a deadbeat. Matt is assigned to an after-school club (mandatory if he wants to graduate) where he meets Amanda. Amanda refuses to allow Matt to give less than 100 percent but when she finds out his secret, will she continue to push him to be better?
There are words carved into the walls of her closet in Grace’s new home. Words of pain that haunt Grace. When Grace learns the former occupants of her home left town after the daughter accused the popular guys of rape, she convinces her new friends to form an anonymous group to resist the sexist culture at their school.
Dear Evan Hansen,
Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…
When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s griefover the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.
Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore–even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend.As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?
No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.
A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.