April 2024 Teen Book of the Month – Lunar New Year Love Story

Lunar New Year Love Story

Lunar New Year Love Story
Written by Gene Luen Yang
Art by Leuyen Pham

Grades 6+  

343 pages 

Val has felt cursed in love.

Val finds some light when she joins a Lion Dancing group. Luckily, she meets Les, maybe he is the one to break her family love curse. The relationship doesn't go as planned, with Val questioning Les' intentions, and constantly being reminded of her family curse. When a boy from her past, Jae, comes back in to the picture, Val starts to realize that love is unexpected and not always obvious. Combined with the drama of her mother abandoning her, an over the top grandma and a silent father, Val tries to navigate her love life while still holding out hope for a happy ending. 

Teens Read Pick of the Month


Every month the SCCLD Teen Librarians choose one book as a great read from the library's Teen collection. This is the list of the latest picks of the month.

What the River Knows

404p. (Gr. 9+) Inez Olivera lives in nineteenth-century Buenos Aires, where she has everything she wants.... except her parents who are always away traveling the world. But when Inez learns her parents died tragically, she inherits not only great wealth but also a mysterious guardian. The guardian, an archaeologist, and his secretive brother-in-law take her to Cairo where Inez brings her drawings and a special ring she received from her dad. Inez soon discovers the ring has special powers that lead her to uncover secrets about her parents. In Cairo, Inez faces challenges and meets the pesky assistant of her guardian. But to discover what happened to her parents, Inez must use ancient magic and avoid becoming a pawn in a dangerous game.

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