All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. All branches will reopen at regular hours Tuesday, May 28.

  • We Are Okay

    By Nina LaCour (YA LaCo)

    Winner of the 2018 Michael L Printz Award. The story follows Marin, away at college trying to forget the tragedy that occurred in her last weeks of the summer before college. When her best friend Mabel comes to visit, Marin must face the truth she’s been trying to leave behind.



  • March: Book 3

    By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (YA B Lewi)

    Winner of the 2016 National Book Award and the 2017 Michael L. Printz Award. The stunning conclusion to the graphic novel March series which follows John Lewis’ autobiographical account of the civil rights struggle in the 1960’s.



  • The Hate U Give

    By Angie Thomas (YA Thom)

    Received the 2018 Michael L. Printz Honor and the 2018 William C. Morris YA Debut Morris Award. Starr Carter witnesses the death of her friend at the hands of a police officer. Her life is futher complicated when both the police and a local crime lord try to intimidate her when looking for the truth about what happened the night her friend died.



  • The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

    By Dashka Slater (YA 364.1555 Slat)

    Winner of the 2018 Stonewall Book Award. This book follows the true events involving Sasha, a white middle class teen, and Richard, a black teen from a crime filled neighborhood. A reckless act left Sasha severely burned and Richard charged with 2 hate crimes and facing life in prison. If not for the 57 bus, they never would have met, and their lives would be much different.



  • Challenger Deep

    By Neal Shusterman (YA Shus)

    Winner of the 2015 National Book Award the story follows teenager Caden Bosch and his struggle with schizophrenia. The story is told through Caden’s hallucinations and his lucid experiences inside of the psychiatric hospital.



  • Long Way Down

    By Jason Reynolds (YA Reyn)

    Winner of the 2018 Newbery Honor, the 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and the Michael L. Printz Honor. When Will sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, he meets the ghosts of 7 people who knew his brother and they reveal some hard truths that Will needs to hear.



  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

    By Deborah Heiligman (YA 759.9492 Heil)

    Winner of the 2018 YALSA Award for Excellence: Non-Fiction. Follows the true story of the deep and enduring friendship of the Van Gogh brothers Vincent and Theo.



  • Bone Gap

    By Laura Ruby (YA Ruby)

    Recipient of the 2016 Michael L. Printz Honor. When Roza disappears from a quiet Midwestern town, Finn is the only witness to the crime. But Finn’s inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help find Roza and he is subjected to ridicule and bullying. Will Finn be able to help find Roza before it’s too late?



  • Strange the Dreamer

    By Laini Taylor (YA Tayl)

    Recipient of the 2018 Michael L. Printz Honor. Lazlo Strange, an orphaned young librarian joins new friends to wage battle in the mysterious city Weep, in the aftermath of a war between gods and men.



  • If I Was Your Girl

    By Meredith Russo (YA Russ)

    Winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award. When Amanda starts a new school she only wants to fit it. But when she falls for Grant, she finds herself wanting to share all of her secrets, including her former life as Andrew.



  • Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    By Becky Albertalli (YA Albe)

    Winner of the 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Book Award. Simon begins to fall in love with Blue, a classmate who he’s only talked to through emails. He finds himself being blackmailed or the truth about his sexuality will be revealed to the whole school. This is the tale of Simon’s journey of love and self acceptance.



  • Steelheart

    By Brandon Sanderson (YA Sand)

    Winner of the 2016 Garden State Teen Book Award. After the superpowered man known as Epic murders David’s father, David vows to destroy him.10 years later he joins the Reckoners, the only group willing to take down these so called superheros.



  • A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

    By Melissa Fleming (956.91042 Flem)

    Winner of the 2018 Alex Award. Doaa Al Zamel fled her homeland of Syria on a dilapidated, sinking fishing boat with 500 other refugees. This true story chronicles this Syrian refugee’s journey to reach Sweden.



  • #NotYourPrincess

    Edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy (YA 970.1 NotY)

    Winner of the 2018 AILA Youth Literature Award. A collection of poems, essays, interviews and art that express the experience of being a Native American woman.



  • Eleanor & Park

    By Rainbow Rowell (YA Rowe)

    Winner of the 2016 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production. Told in alternatate points of view between teenage misfits Eleanor and Park, the story chronicles their love and friendship over the school year of 1986.