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Alif the Unseen
by G Willow Wilson

MEOC Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure fantasy Middle East Arab-Indian Hacking 320 pages

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and his archenemy suspect may unleash a new level of information technology.

Alif the Unseen
by G Willow Wilson

MEOC Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure fantasy Middle East Arab-Indian Hacking 320 pages

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America: The Life and Times of America Chavez
by Gabby Rivera

Featured Book MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure science fiction Superheros Latina Lesbians 136 pages

She was a Young Avenger. She leads the Ultimates. Now she officially claims her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the entire Marvel Universe! But what's a super-powered teenager to do when she's looking for a little personal fulfillment? She goes to college! America just has to stop an inter-dimensional monster or two first.

America: The Life and Times of America Chavez
by Gabby Rivera

Featured Book MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure science fiction Superheros Latina Lesbians 136 pages

She was a Young Avenger. She leads the Ultimates. Now she officially claims her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the entire Marvel Universe! But what's a super-powered teenager to do when she's looking for a little personal fulfillment? She goes to college! America just has to stop an inter-dimensional monster or two first.

Ascension
by Jacqueline Koyanagi

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure science fiction Space Engineers Lesbians 334 pages

Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he's a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego... and Alana can't keep her eyes off her.

Ascension
by Jacqueline Koyanagi

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure science fiction Space Engineers Lesbians 334 pages

Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he's a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego... and Alana can't keep her eyes off her.

Jam on the Vine
by La Shonda Katrice Barnett

Featured Book MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure historical Race Riots African American Journalism 336 pages

Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith, ignites her lifelong obsession for journalism when she steals a newspaper from her mother’s white employer. Her family eventually flees the Jim Crow South with her family and settles in Kansas City. Eventually, she and her lover, Ona, found the first female-run African American newspaper, Jam! On the Vine.

Jam on the Vine
by La Shonda Katrice Barnett

Featured Book MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure historical Race Riots African American Journalism 336 pages

Ivoe Williams, the precocious daughter of a Muslim cook and a metalsmith, ignites her lifelong obsession for journalism when she steals a newspaper from her mother’s white employer. Her family eventually flees the Jim Crow South with her family and settles in Kansas City. Eventually, she and her lover, Ona, found the first female-run African American newspaper, Jam! On the Vine.

River of Gods
by Ian Mc Donald

MoreScore: 5 non-white non-binary undisclosed adventure science fiction India Politics Artificial Intelligence 463 pages

As Mother India approaches her centenary, nine people are going about their business — a gangster, a cop, his wife, a politician, a stand-up comic, a set designer, a journalist, a scientist, and a dropout. And so is Aj — the waif, the mind-reader, the prophet — when she one day finds a man who wants to stay hidden. In the next few weeks, they will all be swept together to decide the fate of the nation. River of Gods teems with the life of a country choked with peoples and cultures — one and a half billion people, twelve semi-independent nations, nine million gods.

River of Gods
by Ian Mc Donald

MoreScore: 5 non-white non-binary undisclosed adventure science fiction India Politics Artificial Intelligence 463 pages

As Mother India approaches her centenary, nine people are going about their business — a gangster, a cop, his wife, a politician, a stand-up comic, a set designer, a journalist, a scientist, and a dropout. And so is Aj — the waif, the mind-reader, the prophet — when she one day finds a man who wants to stay hidden. In the next few weeks, they will all be swept together to decide the fate of the nation. River of Gods teems with the life of a country choked with peoples and cultures — one and a half billion people, twelve semi-independent nations, nine million gods.

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure fantasy Heists Criminal Crews Thieves 242 pages Lexile: HL790L

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist.

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure fantasy Heists Criminal Crews Thieves 242 pages Lexile: HL790L

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist.

Wild Seed
by Octavia Butler

Featured Book MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure fantasy shape-shifting colonial america slavery 288 pages

Anyanwu the immortal African shape-shifter and Doro the immortal African soul-stealer each work to protect those with supernatural gifts in this alternative history of slavery and America. While they share the same goals, they are often in conflict over each other's methods. Yet, as the only immortals they need each other to survive the hope and loneliness of an eternity of living.

Wild Seed
by Octavia Butler

Featured Book MoreScore: 5 non-white cis female non-straight adventure fantasy shape-shifting colonial america slavery 288 pages

Anyanwu the immortal African shape-shifter and Doro the immortal African soul-stealer each work to protect those with supernatural gifts in this alternative history of slavery and America. While they share the same goals, they are often in conflict over each other's methods. Yet, as the only immortals they need each other to survive the hope and loneliness of an eternity of living.

Akata Warrior
by Nnedi Okorafor

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Nigeria Albinos Magic 496 pages Lexile: HL690L

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission. Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.

Akata Warrior
by Nnedi Okorafor

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Nigeria Albinos Magic 496 pages Lexile: HL690L

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission. Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.

Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie

MoreScore: 4 undisclosed non-binary undisclosed adventure science fiction Space Artificial Intelligence Revenge 432 pages

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie

MoreScore: 4 undisclosed non-binary undisclosed adventure science fiction Space Artificial Intelligence Revenge 432 pages

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

Black Deutschland
by Darryl Pinckney

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight adventure realistic Berlin, German African American Expatriates 304 pages

Jed is young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in Chicago. He flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America.

Black Deutschland
by Darryl Pinckney

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight adventure realistic Berlin, German African American Expatriates 304 pages

Jed is young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in Chicago. He flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America.

Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Afrofuturism Magic 448 pages

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Afrofuturism Magic 448 pages

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

The Devourers
by Indra Das

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight adventure fantasy Modern India Shapeshifting Mughal Empire 306 pages

On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man's unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger's behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.

The Devourers
by Indra Das

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis male non-straight adventure fantasy Modern India Shapeshifting Mughal Empire 306 pages

On a cool evening in Kolkata, India, beneath a full moon, as the whirling rhythms of traveling musicians fill the night, college professor Alok encounters a mysterious stranger with a bizarre confession and an extraordinary story. Tantalized by the man's unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its completion. So Alok agrees, at the stranger's behest, to transcribe a collection of battered notebooks, weathered parchments, and once-living skins.

Dreadnought
by April Daniels

MoreScore: 4 undisclosed trans female undisclosed adventure science fiction Superheros Gender Identity 304 pages

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those powers transformed Danny’s body into the shape she always wanted. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.

Dreadnought
by April Daniels

MoreScore: 4 undisclosed trans female undisclosed adventure science fiction Superheros Gender Identity 304 pages

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those powers transformed Danny’s body into the shape she always wanted. It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined.

Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke

Featured Book MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Italy Magic Bookbinding 576 pages Lexile: 780L

One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called Inkheart and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. Only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke

Featured Book MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Italy Magic Bookbinding 576 pages Lexile: 780L

One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called Inkheart and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. Only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

The Midnight Palace
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy India Twins Demons 304 pages Lexile: 1030L

In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery....Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life. . . .Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night--and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

The Midnight Palace
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

MoreScore: 4 non-white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy India Twins Demons 304 pages Lexile: 1030L

In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery....Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life. . . .Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night--and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

Orlando
by Virginia Woolf

MoreScore: 4 white non-binary non-straight adventure historical England Gender Fluidity Gender Roles 230 pages

Orlando tells the tale of an extraordinary individual who lives through centuries of English history, first as a man, then as a woman; of his/her encounters with queens, kings, novelists, playwrights, and poets, and of his/her struggle to find fame and immortality not through actions, but through the written word.

Orlando
by Virginia Woolf

MoreScore: 4 white non-binary non-straight adventure historical England Gender Fluidity Gender Roles 230 pages

Orlando tells the tale of an extraordinary individual who lives through centuries of English history, first as a man, then as a woman; of his/her encounters with queens, kings, novelists, playwrights, and poets, and of his/her struggle to find fame and immortality not through actions, but through the written word.

Otherbound
by Corinne Duyvis

MoreScore: 4 undisclosed cis female non-straight adventure fantasy lesbians clairvoyance revolution 416 pages Lexile: HL680L

Nolan doesn't see darkness when he closes his eyes. Instead, he's transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan's life in his small Arizona town is full of history tests, family tension, and laundry; his parents think he has epilepsy, judging from his frequent blackouts. Amara's world is full of magic and danger--she's a mute servant girl who's tasked with protecting a renegade princess.

Otherbound
by Corinne Duyvis

MoreScore: 4 undisclosed cis female non-straight adventure fantasy lesbians clairvoyance revolution 416 pages Lexile: HL680L

Nolan doesn't see darkness when he closes his eyes. Instead, he's transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan's life in his small Arizona town is full of history tests, family tension, and laundry; his parents think he has epilepsy, judging from his frequent blackouts. Amara's world is full of magic and danger--she's a mute servant girl who's tasked with protecting a renegade princess.

Tiny Pieces of Skull
by Roz Kaveney

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 4 white trans female non-straight adventure realistic Chicago, IL Gender Identity Socialites 179 pages

It's the late 1970s and Annabelle Jones is a literary journalist. She meets Natasha in London and convinced to move to Chicago to join an impromptu sisterhood of other transwomen among the bar and night clubs. Her adventures in Chicago range from criminal to mundane from sexual to bookish. Reacting with Jane Austen levels of calm and wit, Annabelle navigates the abuses of the police, sex workers, and her so-called friends.

Tiny Pieces of Skull
by Roz Kaveney

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 4 white trans female non-straight adventure realistic Chicago, IL Gender Identity Socialites 179 pages

It's the late 1970s and Annabelle Jones is a literary journalist. She meets Natasha in London and convinced to move to Chicago to join an impromptu sisterhood of other transwomen among the bar and night clubs. Her adventures in Chicago range from criminal to mundane from sexual to bookish. Reacting with Jane Austen levels of calm and wit, Annabelle navigates the abuses of the police, sex workers, and her so-called friends.

The Twyborn Affair
by Patrick White

MoreScore: 4 white non-binary non-straight adventure historical Australian Outback White Australian Gender Identity 432 pages

E. Twyborn is bisexual and beautiful, the child of a Judge and a drunken mother. As their soul transmigrates through Eudoxia / Eddie / Eadith Twyborn - through their search for identity and love in its many forms we embark on a journey into the ambiguous landscapes, sexual, psychological and spiritual, of the human condition. Set sequentially in the pre-World War I French Riviera, an Australian Outback Sheep Station, and pre-World War II London.

The Twyborn Affair
by Patrick White

MoreScore: 4 white non-binary non-straight adventure historical Australian Outback White Australian Gender Identity 432 pages

E. Twyborn is bisexual and beautiful, the child of a Judge and a drunken mother. As their soul transmigrates through Eudoxia / Eddie / Eadith Twyborn - through their search for identity and love in its many forms we embark on a journey into the ambiguous landscapes, sexual, psychological and spiritual, of the human condition. Set sequentially in the pre-World War I French Riviera, an Australian Outback Sheep Station, and pre-World War II London.

Apocalypse Baby
by Virginie Despentes

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight adventure detective Europe Punk Missing Persons 336 pages

Apocalypse Baby is a smart, fast-paced mystery about a missing adolescent girl traveling through Paris and Barcelona. She is tailed by two mismatched private investigators: the Hyena, part ruthless interrogator, part oversexed rock star, and Lucie, her plain and passive—almost to the point of invisible—sidekick. As their desperate search unfolds, they interrogate a suspicious cast of characters, and the dark heart of contemporary youth culture is exposed.

Apocalypse Baby
by Virginie Despentes

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight adventure detective Europe Punk Missing Persons 336 pages

Apocalypse Baby is a smart, fast-paced mystery about a missing adolescent girl traveling through Paris and Barcelona. She is tailed by two mismatched private investigators: the Hyena, part ruthless interrogator, part oversexed rock star, and Lucie, her plain and passive—almost to the point of invisible—sidekick. As their desperate search unfolds, they interrogate a suspicious cast of characters, and the dark heart of contemporary youth culture is exposed.

Away Running
by David Wright

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure realistic Paris, France Muslims Racism 312 pages Lexile: HL720L

Matt, a white quarterback from Montreal, Quebec travels to France to play football. Freeman, a black football player from San Antonio, Texas, is in Paris on a school trip when he hears about kids playing American football low-income suburb. Matt and Free make friends with the other players, who come from many different ethnic groups. Tension erupts into riots when some of their Muslim teammates get in trouble with the police, and Matt and Free have to decide where their loyalties lie.

Away Running
by David Wright

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure realistic Paris, France Muslims Racism 312 pages Lexile: HL720L

Matt, a white quarterback from Montreal, Quebec travels to France to play football. Freeman, a black football player from San Antonio, Texas, is in Paris on a school trip when he hears about kids playing American football low-income suburb. Matt and Free make friends with the other players, who come from many different ethnic groups. Tension erupts into riots when some of their Muslim teammates get in trouble with the police, and Matt and Free have to decide where their loyalties lie.

A Beautiful Lie
by Irfan Master

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure historical India Partition of India Fathers 321 pages Lexile: 790L

India 1947. The country is coming apart — and so is thirteen-year-old Bilal’s life. He is determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition, news that he knows will break his father’s heart. With spirit and determination, and with the help of his good friends, Bilal builds an elaborate deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the signs of national unrest. All Bilal wants is for his father to die in peace. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth.

A Beautiful Lie
by Irfan Master

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure historical India Partition of India Fathers 321 pages Lexile: 790L

India 1947. The country is coming apart — and so is thirteen-year-old Bilal’s life. He is determined to protect his dying father from the news of Partition, news that he knows will break his father’s heart. With spirit and determination, and with the help of his good friends, Bilal builds an elaborate deception, even printing false pages of the local newspaper to hide the signs of national unrest. All Bilal wants is for his father to die in peace. But that means Bilal has a very complicated relationship with the truth.

The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female pending adventure fantasy Beauty 448 pages

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite - the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans.

The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female pending adventure fantasy Beauty 448 pages

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite - the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orleans.

Binti
by Nnedi Okorafor

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female pending adventure science fiction Himba Space Travel University 96 pages

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself — but first she has to make it there, alive.The Binti SeriesBook 1: BintiBook 2: Binti: HomeBook 3: Binti: The Night MasqueradePRAISE FOR BINTI"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" — Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a WhisperAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Binti
by Nnedi Okorafor

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female pending adventure science fiction Himba Space Travel University 96 pages

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself — but first she has to make it there, alive.The Binti SeriesBook 1: BintiBook 2: Binti: HomeBook 3: Binti: The Night MasqueradePRAISE FOR BINTI"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" — Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a WhisperAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The City of Devi
by Manil Suri

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure science fiction Mumbai, India Ethnic Conflict Nuclear War 400 pages

Armed only with a pomegranate, Sarita ventures into the empty streets of Mumbai, on the eve of its threatened nuclear annihilation. She is looking for her physicist husband Karun, who has been missing for over a fortnight. She is soon joined on her quest by Jaz - cocky, handsome, Muslim, gay, and in search of his own lover.

The City of Devi
by Manil Suri

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure science fiction Mumbai, India Ethnic Conflict Nuclear War 400 pages

Armed only with a pomegranate, Sarita ventures into the empty streets of Mumbai, on the eve of its threatened nuclear annihilation. She is looking for her physicist husband Karun, who has been missing for over a fortnight. She is soon joined on her quest by Jaz - cocky, handsome, Muslim, gay, and in search of his own lover.

The City of Ember
by Jeanne Du Prau

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed adventure apocalyptic Underground Cities Puzzles Electricity 288 pages Lexile: 680L

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked - but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all - the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness. Two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember.

The City of Ember
by Jeanne Du Prau

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed adventure apocalyptic Underground Cities Puzzles Electricity 288 pages Lexile: 680L

Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked - but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all - the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness. Two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember.

Elijah of Buxton
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure historical Bruxton, Canada African Canadian Freedom 368 pages Lexile: 980L

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it's up to Elijah to track down the thief.

Elijah of Buxton
by Christopher Paul Curtis

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure historical Bruxton, Canada African Canadian Freedom 368 pages Lexile: 980L

Eleven-year-old Elijah lives in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves near the American border. He's the first child in town to be born free, and he ought to be famous just for that. Unfortunately, all that most people see is a "fra-gile" boy who's scared of snakes and talks too much. But everything changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Now it's up to Elijah to track down the thief.

Embassytown
by China Miéville

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed adventure science fiction Space Aliens Gender and Language 368 pages

In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe. Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset.

Embassytown
by China Miéville

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed adventure science fiction Space Aliens Gender and Language 368 pages

In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe. Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure. She cannot speak the Ariekei tongue, but she is an indelible part of it, having long ago been made a figure of speech, a living simile in their language. When distant political machinations deliver a new ambassador to Arieka, the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset.

Enrique's Journey
by Sonia Nazario

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure realistic Honduras Family Reunification Child Immigrants 400 pages Lexile: 830L

The quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

Enrique's Journey
by Sonia Nazario

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure realistic Honduras Family Reunification Child Immigrants 400 pages Lexile: 830L

The quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis male non-straight adventure fantasy homosexuality bisexuality 528 pages Lexile: 900L

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush in an 18th-century romantic adventure written for the modern age. But one reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt calling into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores. Witty, dazzling, and intriguing.

Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
by Mackenzi Lee

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis male non-straight adventure fantasy homosexuality bisexuality 528 pages Lexile: 900L

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush in an 18th-century romantic adventure written for the modern age. But one reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt calling into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores. Witty, dazzling, and intriguing.

Gone Crazy in Alabama
by Rita Williams Garcia

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure realistic Alabama African American Sisters 320 pages Lexile: 740L

The Gaither sisters as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles’s half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart.

Gone Crazy in Alabama
by Rita Williams Garcia

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure realistic Alabama African American Sisters 320 pages Lexile: 740L

The Gaither sisters as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother Big Ma and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles’s half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven’t spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that’s been keeping the sisters apart.

Griever, an American Monkey King in China
by Gerald Robert Vizenor

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure magical realism Tianjin, China Native American 240 pages

Griever de Hocus, a reservation-born Native American, heads to China on an academic exchange to teach college in Tianjin, China. He adopts a rooster and names him Matteo Ricci, after the 16th century Jesuit missionary to China. Channeling the trickster figures of Native American and Chinese mythology, he sets out to undermine and satire the stoic Chinese bureaucracy.

Griever, an American Monkey King in China
by Gerald Robert Vizenor

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure magical realism Tianjin, China Native American 240 pages

Griever de Hocus, a reservation-born Native American, heads to China on an academic exchange to teach college in Tianjin, China. He adopts a rooster and names him Matteo Ricci, after the 16th century Jesuit missionary to China. Channeling the trickster figures of Native American and Chinese mythology, he sets out to undermine and satire the stoic Chinese bureaucracy.

The Head of the Saint
by Socorro Acioli

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure magical realism Brazil Faith St. Anthony of Padua 192 pages

Fourteen-year-old Samuel is newly orphaned and homeless in a small town in Brazil. He lives in a giant, hollow, concrete head of St. Anthony, the lingering evidence of the village’s inept and failed attempt to build a monolith over a decade ago. In it, he hears beautiful singing, echoing like magic in the head twice a day. So he stays. Miraculously, he can also hear the private prayers and longings of the villagers. Feeling mischievous, Samuel begins to help answer these prayers.

The Head of the Saint
by Socorro Acioli

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure magical realism Brazil Faith St. Anthony of Padua 192 pages

Fourteen-year-old Samuel is newly orphaned and homeless in a small town in Brazil. He lives in a giant, hollow, concrete head of St. Anthony, the lingering evidence of the village’s inept and failed attempt to build a monolith over a decade ago. In it, he hears beautiful singing, echoing like magic in the head twice a day. So he stays. Miraculously, he can also hear the private prayers and longings of the villagers. Feeling mischievous, Samuel begins to help answer these prayers.

In the Night Garden
by Catherynne M. Valente

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy mythology magic 496 pages

Welcome to the Arabian Nights for our time–a lush and fantastical epic guaranteed to spirit you away from the very first page. Secreted away in a garden, a lonely girl spins stories to warm a curious prince: peculiar feats and unspeakable fates that loop through each other and back again to meet in the tapestry of her voice. Adorned with illustrations by the legendary Michael Kaluta, the story offers a breathtaking reinvention of the untold myths and dark fairy tales that shape our dreams.

In the Night Garden
by Catherynne M. Valente

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy mythology magic 496 pages

Welcome to the Arabian Nights for our time–a lush and fantastical epic guaranteed to spirit you away from the very first page. Secreted away in a garden, a lonely girl spins stories to warm a curious prince: peculiar feats and unspeakable fates that loop through each other and back again to meet in the tapestry of her voice. Adorned with illustrations by the legendary Michael Kaluta, the story offers a breathtaking reinvention of the untold myths and dark fairy tales that shape our dreams.

Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure detective Japan Japanese World War II 448 pages

Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging veteran called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom.

Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure detective Japan Japanese World War II 448 pages

Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging veteran called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom.

Mare's War
by Tanita S Davis

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female pending adventure historical African American Women's Army Corps 341 pages Lexile: 830L

Meet Mare, a grandmother with flair and a fascinating past. Octavia and Tali are dreading the road trip their parents are forcing them to take with their grandmother over the summer. After all, Mare isn’t your typical grandmother. She drives a red sports car, wears stiletto shoes, flippy wigs, and push-up bras, and insists that she’s too young to be called Grandma. But somewhere on the road, Octavia and Tali discover there’s more to Mare than what you see.

Mare's War
by Tanita S Davis

Coretta Scott King Award MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female pending adventure historical African American Women's Army Corps 341 pages Lexile: 830L

Meet Mare, a grandmother with flair and a fascinating past. Octavia and Tali are dreading the road trip their parents are forcing them to take with their grandmother over the summer. After all, Mare isn’t your typical grandmother. She drives a red sports car, wears stiletto shoes, flippy wigs, and push-up bras, and insists that she’s too young to be called Grandma. But somewhere on the road, Octavia and Tali discover there’s more to Mare than what you see.

Nightwood
by Djuna Barnes

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight adventure historical Europe US Expatriate Hedonism 208 pages

The story unfolds in the decadent shadows of Paris, Berlin, and Vienna — a world in which the boundaries of class, religion, and sexuality are bold but surprisingly porous. Robin Vote, an American expatriate marries and then engages in a series of affairs, first with Nora Flood and then with Jenny Petherbridge, driving all of her lovers to distraction with her passion for wandering alone in the night. She is befriended by Dr. Matthew Dante O'Connor, a trans gynecologist, whose digressive speeches brim with fury, keen insights, and surprising allusions.

Nightwood
by Djuna Barnes

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight adventure historical Europe US Expatriate Hedonism 208 pages

The story unfolds in the decadent shadows of Paris, Berlin, and Vienna — a world in which the boundaries of class, religion, and sexuality are bold but surprisingly porous. Robin Vote, an American expatriate marries and then engages in a series of affairs, first with Nora Flood and then with Jenny Petherbridge, driving all of her lovers to distraction with her passion for wandering alone in the night. She is befriended by Dr. Matthew Dante O'Connor, a trans gynecologist, whose digressive speeches brim with fury, keen insights, and surprising allusions.

Pathogen
by Jessica Webb

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight adventure romance Canada Terrorism Lesbians 288 pages

When a deadly virus surfaces in the small, wealthy town of Hidden Valley, British Columbia, Dr. Kate Morrison and Sergeant Andy Wyles work together to uncover the source of the outbreak. As the two women navigate their new relationship, Kate and Andy are also forced to navigate a highly political and increasingly panicked community.

Pathogen
by Jessica Webb

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight adventure romance Canada Terrorism Lesbians 288 pages

When a deadly virus surfaces in the small, wealthy town of Hidden Valley, British Columbia, Dr. Kate Morrison and Sergeant Andy Wyles work together to uncover the source of the outbreak. As the two women navigate their new relationship, Kate and Andy are also forced to navigate a highly political and increasingly panicked community.

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell
by William Klaber

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white trans male non-straight adventure historical Gender Identity American West Institutionalization 288 pages

At a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, sit down in bars, have romantic liaisons with other women, let alone work outside the home, Lucy Lobdell struck out westward leaving her abusive husband behind in New York to live and work as Joseph Lobdell. He sets out to explore the Minnesota Territory. Eventually, after returning to New York, he meets and marries his second spouse, Mary Penny.

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell
by William Klaber

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 3 white trans male non-straight adventure historical Gender Identity American West Institutionalization 288 pages

At a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, sit down in bars, have romantic liaisons with other women, let alone work outside the home, Lucy Lobdell struck out westward leaving her abusive husband behind in New York to live and work as Joseph Lobdell. He sets out to explore the Minnesota Territory. Eventually, after returning to New York, he meets and marries his second spouse, Mary Penny.

The Red Pyramid
by Rick Riordan

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure fantasy Egypt Egyptian Mythology Secret Societies 528 pages Lexile: 650L

Dr. Julius Kane brings siblings Carter and Sadie together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking and they must embark on a dangerous quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

The Red Pyramid
by Rick Riordan

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure fantasy Egypt Egyptian Mythology Secret Societies 528 pages Lexile: 650L

Dr. Julius Kane brings siblings Carter and Sadie together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking and they must embark on a dangerous quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Soulless
by Gail Carriger

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure fantasy england vampires werewolves 416 pages

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Soulless
by Gail Carriger

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure fantasy england vampires werewolves 416 pages

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Trigger
by Jessica Webb

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight adventure romance Canada Terrorism Lesbians 264 pages

Dr. Kate Morrison doesn't know how or why someone would create human bombs that are triggered by touch. But when Sergeant Andy Wyles blocks Kate from touching the patient who collapses in her Vancouver ER, Kate joins the investigation to demand answers, regardless of the danger. As the two women work together to find those responsible for creating an army of human weapons, Kate finds it increasingly difficult to ignore her feelings for the fiercely protective and unrelentingly perceptive cop.

Trigger
by Jessica Webb

MoreScore: 3 white cis female non-straight adventure romance Canada Terrorism Lesbians 264 pages

Dr. Kate Morrison doesn't know how or why someone would create human bombs that are triggered by touch. But when Sergeant Andy Wyles blocks Kate from touching the patient who collapses in her Vancouver ER, Kate joins the investigation to demand answers, regardless of the danger. As the two women work together to find those responsible for creating an army of human weapons, Kate finds it increasingly difficult to ignore her feelings for the fiercely protective and unrelentingly perceptive cop.

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure historical American South Slavery Underground Railroad 306 pages Lexile: 890L

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize MoreScore: 3 non-white cis female straight adventure historical American South Slavery Underground Railroad 306 pages Lexile: 890L

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

Watched
by Marina Budhos

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure realistic New York Bangladeshi Surveillence 272 pages Lexile: HL550L

Naeem is a Bangladeshi teenager living in Queens who thinks he can charm his way through anything. But then mistakes catch up with him. So do the cops, who offer him an impossible choice: spy on his Muslim neighbors and report back to them on shady goings-on, or face a police record. Naeem wants to be a hero--a protector. He wants his parents to be proud of him. But as time goes on, the line between informing and entrapping blurs. Is he saving or betraying his community?

Watched
by Marina Budhos

MoreScore: 3 non-white cis male undisclosed adventure realistic New York Bangladeshi Surveillence 272 pages Lexile: HL550L

Naeem is a Bangladeshi teenager living in Queens who thinks he can charm his way through anything. But then mistakes catch up with him. So do the cops, who offer him an impossible choice: spy on his Muslim neighbors and report back to them on shady goings-on, or face a police record. Naeem wants to be a hero--a protector. He wants his parents to be proud of him. But as time goes on, the line between informing and entrapping blurs. Is he saving or betraying his community?

The Wee Free Men
by Terry Pratchett

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Discworld Fairies Witches 375 pages Lexile: 680L

A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality. Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle - aka the Wee Free Men - a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself.

The Wee Free Men
by Terry Pratchett

MoreScore: 3 undisclosed cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Discworld Fairies Witches 375 pages Lexile: 680L

A nightmarish danger threatens from the other side of reality. Armed with only a frying pan and her common sense, young witch-to-be Tiffany Aching must defend her home against the monsters of Fairyland. Luckily she has some very unusual help: the local Nac Mac Feegle - aka the Wee Free Men - a clan of fierce, sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men. Together they must face headless horsemen, ferocious grimhounds, terrifying dreams come true, and ultimately the sinister Queen of the Elves herself.

The Apothecary
by Maile Meloy

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy London Cold War Alchemy 384 pages Lexile: 740L

It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him.

The Apothecary
by Maile Meloy

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy London Cold War Alchemy 384 pages Lexile: 740L

It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him.

The Apprentice's Masterpiece
by Melanie Little

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male pending adventure historical Spain Jews Inquisition 310 pages

It's the Spanish Inquisition, and agents of oppression grow deadly for two teens. Fifteenth-century Spain is a richly multicultural society in which Jews, Muslims and Christians coexist. But under the zealous Christian Queen Isabella, the country abruptly becomes one of the most murderously intolerant places on Earth. It is in this atmosphere that the Benvenistes, a family of scribes, attempt to eke out a living. The family has a secret-they are conversos: Jews who converted to Christianity. Now, with neighbors and friends turned into spies, fear hangs in the air.

The Apprentice's Masterpiece
by Melanie Little

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male pending adventure historical Spain Jews Inquisition 310 pages

It's the Spanish Inquisition, and agents of oppression grow deadly for two teens. Fifteenth-century Spain is a richly multicultural society in which Jews, Muslims and Christians coexist. But under the zealous Christian Queen Isabella, the country abruptly becomes one of the most murderously intolerant places on Earth. It is in this atmosphere that the Benvenistes, a family of scribes, attempt to eke out a living. The family has a secret-they are conversos: Jews who converted to Christianity. Now, with neighbors and friends turned into spies, fear hangs in the air.

The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure realistic women priests politicians 586 pages

Chaucer uses the tales and descriptions of its characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Chaucer's use of such a wide range of classes and types of people was without precedent in English. Although the characters are fictional, they still offer a variety of insights into customs and practices of the time.

The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure realistic women priests politicians 586 pages

Chaucer uses the tales and descriptions of its characters to paint an ironic and critical portrait of English society at the time, and particularly of the Church. Chaucer's use of such a wide range of classes and types of people was without precedent in English. Although the characters are fictional, they still offer a variety of insights into customs and practices of the time.

Etiquette & Espionage
by Gail Carriger

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure steampunk Robots Spies Boarding Schools 320 pages Lexile: HL780L

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners. So her mother enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what it seems. Young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course.

Etiquette & Espionage
by Gail Carriger

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure steampunk Robots Spies Boarding Schools 320 pages Lexile: HL780L

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners. So her mother enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what it seems. Young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course.

Fake ID
by Lamar Giles

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight adventure thriller Witness Protection African Americans Conspiracy 336 pages Lexile: HL640L

Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight. In fact, his name isn't really Nick Pearson. He shouldn't tell you his real name, his real hometown, or why his family just moved to Stepton, Virginia. And he definitely shouldn't tell you about his friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy Eli was uncovering when he died. About how Nick had to choose between solving Eli's murder with his hot sister, Reya, and "staying low-key" like the Program said to do.But he's going to tell you—unless he gets caught first.

Fake ID
by Lamar Giles

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight adventure thriller Witness Protection African Americans Conspiracy 336 pages Lexile: HL640L

Nick Pearson is hiding in plain sight. In fact, his name isn't really Nick Pearson. He shouldn't tell you his real name, his real hometown, or why his family just moved to Stepton, Virginia. And he definitely shouldn't tell you about his friend Eli Cruz and the major conspiracy Eli was uncovering when he died. About how Nick had to choose between solving Eli's murder with his hot sister, Reya, and "staying low-key" like the Program said to do.But he's going to tell you—unless he gets caught first.

Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 2 white cis female non-straight adventure historical San Fransisco Lesbians Based on True Events 416 pages

It's San Fransisco 1876. Through the window of a railroad saloon, Jenny Bonnet, a young woman dressed in a jacket and trousers, is shot dead. The survivor, her lover Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. Full of songs that migrated across the world, follow the tale of love and bloodshed in the underbelly of a boomtown like no other.

Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 2 white cis female non-straight adventure historical San Fransisco Lesbians Based on True Events 416 pages

It's San Fransisco 1876. Through the window of a railroad saloon, Jenny Bonnet, a young woman dressed in a jacket and trousers, is shot dead. The survivor, her lover Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. Full of songs that migrated across the world, follow the tale of love and bloodshed in the underbelly of a boomtown like no other.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M Valente

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Voyages Dragons Fairies 256 pages Lexile: 870L

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and had an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work and a fairy showed up at her kitchen window. The new Marquess of Fairyland is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. September must retrieve a talisman from the enchanted forest to save Fairyland from the wrath of the Marquess.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne M Valente

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Voyages Dragons Fairies 256 pages Lexile: 870L

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and had an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work and a fairy showed up at her kitchen window. The new Marquess of Fairyland is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. September must retrieve a talisman from the enchanted forest to save Fairyland from the wrath of the Marquess.

The Girl in Green
by Derek B Miller

MEOC Award MoreScore: 2 undisclosed cis male undisclosed adventure detective Persian Gulf War Jounalism Mysteries 336 pages

1991. One hundred miles from the Kuwaiti border, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist, Arwood is a naive American army private. Operation Desert Storm is over, but as they argue about crossing the nearest border in search of ice cream, they are overtaken by an attack in which a young local girl in a green dress is killed. Time, politics, or maybe fate is now offering an unlikely opportunity to redeem themselves when it seems that same girl in green is found alive and in need of salvation again.

The Girl in Green
by Derek B Miller

MEOC Award MoreScore: 2 undisclosed cis male undisclosed adventure detective Persian Gulf War Jounalism Mysteries 336 pages

1991. One hundred miles from the Kuwaiti border, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist, Arwood is a naive American army private. Operation Desert Storm is over, but as they argue about crossing the nearest border in search of ice cream, they are overtaken by an attack in which a young local girl in a green dress is killed. Time, politics, or maybe fate is now offering an unlikely opportunity to redeem themselves when it seems that same girl in green is found alive and in need of salvation again.

Hero
by Perry Moore

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 2 pending cis male non-straight adventure science fiction Superhero 432 pages Lexile: 880L

Thom Creed is used to being on his own.  Even as a highschool basketball star, he has to keep his distance because of his father.  Hal Creed had once been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of The League--until the Wilson Towers incident.  After that Thom's mother disappeared and his proud father became an outcast. The last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father. So Thom keeps two secrets from him. First: he's gay. Second: he has the power to heal people.

Hero
by Perry Moore

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 2 pending cis male non-straight adventure science fiction Superhero 432 pages Lexile: 880L

Thom Creed is used to being on his own.  Even as a highschool basketball star, he has to keep his distance because of his father.  Hal Creed had once been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of The League--until the Wilson Towers incident.  After that Thom's mother disappeared and his proud father became an outcast. The last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father. So Thom keeps two secrets from him. First: he's gay. Second: he has the power to heal people.

The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien

MoreScore: 2 undisclosed cis male undisclosed adventure fantasy Middle Earth Hobbits Quests 288 pages Lexile: 1000L

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep to recruit a thief for their adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, an ancient dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien

MoreScore: 2 undisclosed cis male undisclosed adventure fantasy Middle Earth Hobbits Quests 288 pages Lexile: 1000L

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep to recruit a thief for their adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, an ancient dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

House Made of Dawn
by N. Scott Momaday

Pulitzer Prize MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight adventure war American Southwest Kiowa World War II 198 pages Lexile: 970L

He was a young American Indian named Abel, and he lived in two worlds. One was that of his father, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, the ecstasy of the drug called peyote. The other was the world of the twentieth century, goading him into a compulsive cycle of sexual exploits, dissipation, and disgust. Home from a foreign war, he was a man being torn apart, a man descending into hell.

House Made of Dawn
by N. Scott Momaday

Pulitzer Prize MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight adventure war American Southwest Kiowa World War II 198 pages Lexile: 970L

He was a young American Indian named Abel, and he lived in two worlds. One was that of his father, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, the ecstasy of the drug called peyote. The other was the world of the twentieth century, goading him into a compulsive cycle of sexual exploits, dissipation, and disgust. Home from a foreign war, he was a man being torn apart, a man descending into hell.

The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy England Gender Roles Scientific Research 384 pages Lexile: 860L

In Victorian England, Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy—a proper young lady who knows her place, subservient to men. Inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows her family moved to the so her scientist father could flee a horrible scandal. When her father is murdered, she knows she must get revenge.

The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy England Gender Roles Scientific Research 384 pages Lexile: 860L

In Victorian England, Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy—a proper young lady who knows her place, subservient to men. Inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows her family moved to the so her scientist father could flee a horrible scandal. When her father is murdered, she knows she must get revenge.

Myra Breckinridge and Myron
by Gore Vidal

MoreScore: 2 white trans female straight adventure realistic Hollywood, CA Gender Identity 60's Swinger Culture 440 pages

It is a risky (and risque) business becoming 'Woman Triumphant' - exercising total power over men. Such is Rusty Godowski. Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood leading man like everyone else at Buck Loner's academy, but now that Buck's niece, Myra Breckinridge, has arrived, the curriculum is taking a wildly strange turn. Willing to risk all to be superb and unique, Myra means to prove to her old friend Dr. Montag that it is possible to work out in life all one's fantasies - and survive.

Myra Breckinridge and Myron
by Gore Vidal

MoreScore: 2 white trans female straight adventure realistic Hollywood, CA Gender Identity 60's Swinger Culture 440 pages

It is a risky (and risque) business becoming 'Woman Triumphant' - exercising total power over men. Such is Rusty Godowski. Rusty just wants to be a Hollywood leading man like everyone else at Buck Loner's academy, but now that Buck's niece, Myra Breckinridge, has arrived, the curriculum is taking a wildly strange turn. Willing to risk all to be superb and unique, Myra means to prove to her old friend Dr. Montag that it is possible to work out in life all one's fantasies - and survive.

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Boarding Schools Treasure Hunts Missing Persons 512 pages Lexile: 900L

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children--two boys and two girls--succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure fantasy Boarding Schools Treasure Hunts Missing Persons 512 pages Lexile: 900L

"Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children--two boys and two girls--succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight adventure magical realism South America Epic Family History Social Conditions 432 pages Lexile: 1410L

The rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo is told through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight adventure magical realism South America Epic Family History Social Conditions 432 pages Lexile: 1410L

The rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo is told through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure historical Germany Poetry Holocaust 368 pages Lexile: 950L

While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American pilot, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious woman's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein

MoreScore: 2 white cis female undisclosed adventure historical Germany Poetry Holocaust 368 pages Lexile: 950L

While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American pilot, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious woman's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?

Small Steps
by Louis Sachar

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight adventure realistic Life After Prison African American Cerebral Palsy 288 pages Lexile: 690L

Sequel to Holes. Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believe in him is his friend Ginny, ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who lives next door. Together, they are learning to take small steps in the right direction. Then, X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme.

Small Steps
by Louis Sachar

MoreScore: 2 non-white cis male straight adventure realistic Life After Prison African American Cerebral Palsy 288 pages Lexile: 690L

Sequel to Holes. Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believe in him is his friend Ginny, ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who lives next door. Together, they are learning to take small steps in the right direction. Then, X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme.

Speakers of the Dead
by J. Aaron Sanders

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight adventure historical New York Murder 320 pages

A young Walt Whitman navigates the seedy underbelly of New York City's body-snatching industry in an attempt to exonerate his friend of a wrongful murder charge. Whitman arrives at the Tombs prison yard where his friend Lena Stowe is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham.

Speakers of the Dead
by J. Aaron Sanders

Lambda Literary Award MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight adventure historical New York Murder 320 pages

A young Walt Whitman navigates the seedy underbelly of New York City's body-snatching industry in an attempt to exonerate his friend of a wrongful murder charge. Whitman arrives at the Tombs prison yard where his friend Lena Stowe is scheduled to hang for the murder of her husband, Abraham.

Wonders of the Invisible World
by Christopher Barzak

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight adventure magical realism Rural Ohio Family Curses Romance 339 pages Lexile: 980L

Aidan Lockwood lives in a sleepy farming town, day after unremarkable day. But when Jarrod, his former best friend, suddenly moves back home, Aidan begins to see clearly for the first time -- not only to feelings that go beyond mere friendship, but to a world that is haunted by the stories of his past.

Wonders of the Invisible World
by Christopher Barzak

Stonwall Award MoreScore: 2 white cis male non-straight adventure magical realism Rural Ohio Family Curses Romance 339 pages Lexile: 980L

Aidan Lockwood lives in a sleepy farming town, day after unremarkable day. But when Jarrod, his former best friend, suddenly moves back home, Aidan begins to see clearly for the first time -- not only to feelings that go beyond mere friendship, but to a world that is haunted by the stories of his past.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure historical Mississippi Slavery Racism 280 pages Lexile: 850L

In the year of its publication, 1884, Huckleberry Finn was seen by some as unfit for children to read because of its language, grammar, and "uncivilized hero." Twain's satiric treatment of racism, religious excess, and rural simplicity and his accuracy in presenting dialects mark Huck Finn as a classic. His unswerving confidence in Huck's wisdom and maturity, along with the well-rounded and sympathetic portrayal of Jim draw readers into the book, holding them until Huck's last words rejecting all attempts to "sivilize" him.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure historical Mississippi Slavery Racism 280 pages Lexile: 850L

In the year of its publication, 1884, Huckleberry Finn was seen by some as unfit for children to read because of its language, grammar, and "uncivilized hero." Twain's satiric treatment of racism, religious excess, and rural simplicity and his accuracy in presenting dialects mark Huck Finn as a classic. His unswerving confidence in Huck's wisdom and maturity, along with the well-rounded and sympathetic portrayal of Jim draw readers into the book, holding them until Huck's last words rejecting all attempts to "sivilize" him.

Before I Go to Sleep
by S. J. Watson

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure thriller Amnesia Identity 381 pages

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

Before I Go to Sleep
by S. J. Watson

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure thriller Amnesia Identity 381 pages

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure science fiction Cyborgs Aliens Social Classes 390 pages Lexile: 790L

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure science fiction Cyborgs Aliens Social Classes 390 pages Lexile: 790L

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

The Letter for the King
by Tonke Dragt

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure fantasy Knights Quests 528 pages Lexile: 660L

Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help. A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains--a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter.

The Letter for the King
by Tonke Dragt

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure fantasy Knights Quests 528 pages Lexile: 660L

Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help. A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains--a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter.

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint Exuprey

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure fantasy Sahara Desert Space Travel Social Commentary 83 pages Lexile: 710L

The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince visiting Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism of the adult world.

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint Exuprey

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure fantasy Sahara Desert Space Travel Social Commentary 83 pages Lexile: 710L

The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolor illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince visiting Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism of the adult world.

Moby Dick
by Herman Melville

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure realistic whaling 402 pages Lexile: 960L

Ahab's hunt for the white whale drives the narrative at a relentless pace, while Ishmael's mediations on whales and whaling, on the sublime indifference of nature, and on the grimy details of the extraction of oil provide a reflective counterpoint to the headlong idolatrous quest.

Moby Dick
by Herman Melville

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure realistic whaling 402 pages Lexile: 960L

Ahab's hunt for the white whale drives the narrative at a relentless pace, while Ishmael's mediations on whales and whaling, on the sublime indifference of nature, and on the grimy details of the extraction of oil provide a reflective counterpoint to the headlong idolatrous quest.

Notes from the Underground
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure psychological St. Petersberg Existentialism Stream of Conciousness 177 pages Lexile: 1050L

It is framed as an excerpt from a rambling memoir of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, and attacks emerging Western philosophy. The second part is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow", and describes the actual events that are commented on in the first part, namely the narrator deciding to not give way to an officer he often passes on the street while out walking.

Notes from the Underground
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure psychological St. Petersberg Existentialism Stream of Conciousness 177 pages Lexile: 1050L

It is framed as an excerpt from a rambling memoir of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, and attacks emerging Western philosophy. The second part is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow", and describes the actual events that are commented on in the first part, namely the narrator deciding to not give way to an officer he often passes on the street while out walking.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure romance England Zombies Sisters 320 pages Lexile: 1070L

Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling. This expanded edition featurings all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Jane Austen

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure romance England Zombies Sisters 320 pages Lexile: 1070L

Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an audacious retelling. This expanded edition featurings all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Rebel Angels
by Libba Bray

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure fantasy england magic boarding school 576 pages Lexile: 680L

In this thrilling sequel, Gemma continues to pursue her destiny to bind the magic of the Realms and restore it to the Order. Gemma and her friends from Spence use magical power to transport themselves on visits from their corseted world of Victorian London (at the height of the Christmas season), to the visionary country of the Realms, with its strange beauty and menace.

Rebel Angels
by Libba Bray

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure fantasy england magic boarding school 576 pages Lexile: 680L

In this thrilling sequel, Gemma continues to pursue her destiny to bind the magic of the Realms and restore it to the Order. Gemma and her friends from Spence use magical power to transport themselves on visits from their corseted world of Victorian London (at the height of the Christmas season), to the visionary country of the Realms, with its strange beauty and menace.

The Sweet Far Thing
by Libba Bray

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure fantasy england magic boarding school 832 pages Lexile: 640L

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Having bound the wild, dark magic of the realms to her, Gemma has forged unlikely and unsuspected new alliances both with the headstrong Felicity and timid Ann, Kartik, the exotic young man whose companionship is forbidden, and the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test those bonds.

The Sweet Far Thing
by Libba Bray

MoreScore: 1 white cis female straight adventure fantasy england magic boarding school 832 pages Lexile: 640L

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Having bound the wild, dark magic of the realms to her, Gemma has forged unlikely and unsuspected new alliances both with the headstrong Felicity and timid Ann, Kartik, the exotic young man whose companionship is forbidden, and the fearsome creatures of the realms. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test those bonds.

Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure historical Mississippi River Runaways Friendship 96 pages Lexile: 560L

Whether forming a pirate gang to search for buried treasure or spending a quiet time at home, sharing his medicine with Aunt Polly’s cat, the irrepressible Tom Sawyer evokes the world of boyhood in nineteenth-century rural America. In this classic story, Mark Twain re-created a long-ago world of freshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which sordid characters and violent incidents sometimes intruded.

Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

MoreScore: 1 white cis male undisclosed adventure historical Mississippi River Runaways Friendship 96 pages Lexile: 560L

Whether forming a pirate gang to search for buried treasure or spending a quiet time at home, sharing his medicine with Aunt Polly’s cat, the irrepressible Tom Sawyer evokes the world of boyhood in nineteenth-century rural America. In this classic story, Mark Twain re-created a long-ago world of freshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which sordid characters and violent incidents sometimes intruded.