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Check out these awesome reads at the Finkelstein Library:

Your Lie in April, vol. 1 & 2 by Naoshi Arakawa

Kosei Arima, a former prodigy, was a pianist due to the efforts of his controlling and abusive mother until her death took his ability to hear the sounds of a piano. Years later, Kousei lives a colorless life. That is until he unexpectedly meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono. Shaken by her love of the violin, Kosei finds his way back into the competitive world of music. 

The first volume is an intriguing opening for this manga collection because it truly shows the reader Kosei’s hardship, when he starts to play again. It also does a good job of showing Kosei’s character development and the plot’s direction. In my opinion, the end was one of the best parts of the manga because it shows a wonderful balance of drama, style, and artwork. The vivid graphics add an extra element to the musical segments of the story.This volume is a true page-turner that everyone should read. Anyone who is looking for a strong story about accepting oneself through music should not miss out on this book. -- Melonie, Teen Volunteer



American Panda by Gloria Chao

At 17, Mai Lu should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan.  Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.  With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth -- that she 1) hates germs, 2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and 3) has a crus on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.  But when she reconnects with her brother, XING, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. -- from book jacket

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother.  But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.  The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him.  But when Tyler is found dead, a video is leaked online that tells a chilling story: Tyler had been shot and killed by a police officer.  Terrified as his mother unravels, and mounring a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean. -- from book jacket

Hamilton and Peggy! by Laura Elliott

Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she's existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: Angelia and Eliza,.  The three of them have a magnetic pull - they are stronger together than they are alone.  But it's in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, and friends and family.  Charming, quick-witted, and clever beyond compare, Peggy is determined to use her talents to make her own mark on the Revoluntionary War.

When a flirtatious Alexander Hamilton writes an eloquent letter to Peggy asking for her help in wooing Eliza, Peggy finds herself unable to deny such an impassioned plea.  A Fast friendship forms between the two, but Alexander is caught i the same war as her father and the danger to their lives is real. -- from book jacket


Check out these and more on the New Teen Books display opposite the Teen Think Tank.