Up­com­ing Young Adult books that make a state­ment

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The Way Back Home, Al­lan Strat­ton (out now)

Zoe tries to res­cue her Alzheimer’s-af­flicted grand­mother from life in a home by tak­ing her on a road trip in search of Zoe’s lost un­cle.

The Mo­saic, Nina Berkhout (Sept. 1)

A high school se­nior vol­un­teers to work with a trau­ma­tized young ma­rine. To­gether they build a mo­saic de­pict­ing the beauty of an an­cient Iraqi city, only for it to be­come a po­lit­i­cal flash­point in their small Amer­i­can mil­i­tary town.

The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, Heather Smith (Sept. 5)

Four­teen-year-old Bun O’Keefe winds up on the streets of St. John’s af­ter her mother, a hoarder, de­cides Bun is the one thing she won’t keep.

The Lives of Des­per­ate Girls, MacKen­zie Com­mon (Sept. 19)

This mur­der mys­tery is told against the back­drop of Miss­ing and Mur­dered In­dige­nous Women in North­ern On­tario.

The Nowhere Girls, Amy Reed (Oct. 10)

Three girls — a preacher’s daugh­ter, a queer punk and a science nerd — form a vig­i­lante squad af­ter a group of un­touch­able pop­u­lar guys are held blame­less when they’re ac­cused of gang rape.

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