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Almond, David. Clay.
In a novel steeped in religious symbolism, strange new kid Stephen convinces Davie to create a giant golem who will obey his command to kill the local bully. (YA Fic M Almond)
Anderson, M.T. The
Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume
1: The Pox Party.
He was raised as an experiment and considered a piece of property. Now that revolution has come to America, will Octavian find freedom? (YA Fic Anderson)
Bondoux, Anne-Laure. The
When murderer Angel Allegria kills young Paolo's parents, the killer and the orphan embark together on a journey of rebirth and redemption. (YA Fic Bondoux)
Booth, Coe. Tyrell.
Homeless teen Tyrell resists the pressures of the streets to keep his family together and maintain a relationship with "good girl" Novisha. (YA Fic Booth)
Brooks, Kevin. The
Road of the Dead.
Cole and his psychic brother Ruben journey to the ghostly moors of Dartmoor to discover the truth behind their sister's brutal murder. (YA Fic M Brooks)
Budhos, Marina. Ask
Me No Questions.
When their father is detained by U.S. Immigration, Nadira and Aisha must maintain an illusion of normality while they fight for his release. (YA Fic Budhos)
Cohn, Rachel and Levithan, David.
and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
When Nick asks a total stranger in a New York punk club to be his girlfriend for five minutes, a chaotic night of music and romance ensues. (YA Fic Cohn)
Cornish, D.M. Monster
Blood Tattoo: Foundling.
An orphan, sent to become a lamplighter in distant High Vesting, encounters fantastical creatures as he aids a beautiful monster slayer. (YA Fic SF Cornish)
Dessen, Sarah. Just
Being nice, never complaining, and avoiding conflict no longer work for Annabel Green. Can she listen to her own voice and speak up? (YA Fic Dessen)
Eldred, Tim. Grease
Monkey: A Tale of Growing Up in Orbit.
In this hilarious graphic novel, a teen spaceship mechanic learns to adjust to his crotchety new bosswho happens to be a gorilla. (YA 741.5 Eldred)
FIREBIRDS RISING: AN ANTHOLOGY OF
ORIGINAL SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY. Ed. Sharyn November.
Teens from different worlds and times populate these 16 short stories, which are as wildly inventive as they are relevant.
Fletcher, Susan. Alphabet
Mitra sells her brother's ability to dream the future, leading them to Melchior, one of the three magi, as he seeks the birth of the king foretold in the stars. (YA Fic Fletcher)
Frost, Helen. The
In tightly structured, braided poems, two sisters tell of their difficult separation when one leaves Scotland for a better life in Canada in the mid-1800s. (YA Fic Frost)
Gantos, Jack. The
Love Curse of the Rumbaughs.
Loving your mother is a blessing; loving her so much you feel the need to perform taxidermy on her is a curse. (YA Fic Gantos)
Giles, Gail. What
Happened to Cass McBride?.
In this taut, psychologically rich thriller, Cass McBride and her tormentor, who has buried her alive, form a unique and surprising bond. (YA Fic M Giles)
Glass, Linzi Alex. THE YEAR THE
Against the backdrop of anti-apartheid riots, a family of wanderers brings tragedy to a South African teen in this shattering story about lost innocence.
Going, K.L. Saint
Meth-damaged Iggy Corso faces many obstacles, including his expulsion from school, but he still yearns to make a difference. (YA Fic Going)
Gratz, Alan. Samurai
In 1890 Tokyo, 16-year-old Toyo uses traditional bushido training to improve his baseball game and comes to understand the place of Samurai values in Japanese culture. (YA Fic Gratz)
Green, John. An
Abundance of Katherines.
After the nineteenth girl named Katherine breaks his heart, Colin and his friend Hassan hit the road. Can a mathematical formula help a former child prodigy find the new love of his life? (YA Fic Green)
Hartnett, Sonya. Surrender.
As 20-year-old Gabriel lies dying, he remembers his miserable childhood and the influence of his mysterious companion, Finnigan. (YA Fic Hartnett)
Hoffman, Alice. Incantation.
Secrets are dangerous during the Spanish Inquisitionespecially if you are secretly Jewish. (YA Fic Hoffman)
Jansen, Hanna. Over
a Thousand Hills I Walk With You.
Based on the experiences of the author's adopted daughter, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, this story provides a heart-wrenching perspective on the horrors of a modern holocaust. (YA Fic Jansen)
Jaramillo, Ann. La
Mexican teen Miguel crosses la línea to join his parents in the United States, but the journey is full of danger and hardship. (YA Fic Jaramillo)
Johnson, Harriet McBryde. Accidents
Jean has lived her life as the poster child for cerebral palsy until she meets Sara at a summer camp for teens with disabilities, where she becomes aware of the politics of the differently abled community. (YA Fic Johnson)
Johnson, Maureen. Devilish.
Jane, the smartest girl at St. Teresas Preparatory School for Girls, has a fight on her hands when a cupcake-eating demon buys the soul of her best friend. (YA Fic M Johnson)
Knox, Elizabeth. Dreamhunter:
Book One of the Dreamhunter Duet.
In a world where dreams can be harvested, 16-year-old Laura uses her dream-catching ability to expose intrigue and government corruption. (YA Fic SF Knox)
Koss, Amy Goldman. Side
Fourteen-year-old Izzy's life changes when she is diagnosed with lymphoma. (YA Fic Koss)
Krech, Bob. Rebound.
Most Polish guys go out for wrestling, but basketball is in Rays blood. He knows his game, but can he make the squad? (YA Fic Krech)
Lanagan, Margo. White
From a tale about a horny ant to one about a time travel internship, these ten mind-stretching stories are as bizarre as they are touching. (YA Fic SF Lanagan)
Lansens, Lori. The
Ruby and Rose, conjoined twins, each reveal the secrets, struggles, and dreams of their remarkable lives. (Fic Lansens)
Larson, Kirby. Hattie
In 1918, 16-year-old Hattie Brooks runs a 400-acre Montana farm, faces threats from wolves, and fights prejudice and loneliness. (YA Fic Larson)
Mats Malaysian village comes alive in this graphic novel, showing a picture of life in a 1950s Muslim kampung. Western influences, however, threaten his familiar world. (YA 741.5 Lat)
Lisle, Janet Taylor. Black
While researching a newspaper article about a mysterious 1929 event, 14-year-old David uncovers secrets surrounding the deaths of three bootleggers on the rum-running vessel The Black Duck. (YA Fic Lisle)
Lynch, Scott. The
Lies of Locke Lamora.
In this fantasy caper, professional thief Locke Lamora has long preyed on the nobles of Camorr; now, someone unexpected is preying on him. (Fic SF Lynch)
McCormick, Patricia. Sold.
In this startling, frank novel in free verse, a 13-year-old Nepalese girl is sold into prostitution by her stepfather after a monsoon leaves her family destitute. (YA Fic McCormick)
Miller, Kirsten. Kiki
Strike: Inside the Shadow City.
Beneath the streets of New York, menacing gangsters, killer princesses, and Girl Scouts gone bad embark upon a wild adventure. (YA Fic M Miller)
Mitchell, David. Black
In this darkly humorous novel, Jasons stammering terrorizes him, making silence preferable to humiliation. (Fic Mitchell)
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy
Running her familys dairy farm and fulfilling others expectations makes D.J. feel like a cow, until she finds herself training the rival schools quarterback. (YA Fic Murdock)
Murphy, Sean. OFF ROAD.
While off-roading, three self-described tough guys get stuck midstream in this hilarious graphic novel.
Myers, Walter Dean. Street
College-bound basketball star Damien, whose story is told in spoken word rhythms, defies the expectations of his family and friends when he falls hard for troubled Junice. (YA Fic Myers)
Na, An. Wait
Mina lies about grades to fulfill the expectations of her Korean mother. She lies about boys and sex. Eventually, she lies so much she has trouble remembering who she is. (YA Fic Na)
Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life
as We Knew It.
In her journal, 16-year-old Miranda records the catastrophes that occur after a meteor strikes the moon and alters its course, causing tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and escalating chaos. (YA Fic Pfeffer)
Pierce, Tamora. Terrier.
Raised in the slums, trained to the lawkeeping force, and armed with the ability to hear the voices of the dead, Beka Cooper is determined to save the people of the Lower City. (YA Fic SF Pierce)
Portman, Frank. King
While creating outrageous album covers and trying to name his band, 14-year-old Tom grapples with his fathers death. (YA Fic Portman)
Pratchett, Terry. Wintersmith.
Waily, waily, waily! In this Discworld novel, witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally attracts the attention of the Wintersmith, imperiling her family and requiring the expertise of the Wee Free Men. (Juv Fic SF Pratchett)
Price, Charlie. Dead
Murray enjoys listening to the voices of the deaduntil a missing cheerleader begs him to help solve the mystery of her death. (YA Fic M Price)
Reinhardt, Dana. A
Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life.
Encouraged by her supportive adoptive family, Simone reaches out to her birth mother and finds unexpected blessingsincluding a new appreciation for her Jewish heritage. (YA Fic Reinhardt)
Rosoff, Meg. Just
After David rescues his baby brother from a near-tragic occurrence, the 15-year-old struggles to reinvent himself and change his destiny. (YA Fic Rosoff)
Sayres, Meghan Nuttall. ANAHITA'S
In early 20th century Iran, a headstrong girl convinces her father that she will marry the suitor who can guess the riddle woven into her wedding carpet.
Sedgwick, Marcus. THE FORESHADOWING.
During World War I, Sasha poses as a nurse and travels to France to save her brother from the fate she has foreseen for him.
Selvadurai, Shyam. SWIMMING IN THE
Against the backdrop of a sultry Sri Lankan summer, 14-year-old Amrith makes discoveries about both his family's past and his own sexuality when his Canadian cousin visits.
Smelcer, John. The
In the Alaskan wilderness, Grandfather Albert attempts to escape one of his own steel-jawed traps; back in their village, Johnny worries about his grandfather's safety while pondering his own future. (YA Fic Smelcer)
Stahler, David, Jr. Doppelganger.
After murdering a popular athlete and possessing his body, a shape-shifting killer becomes embroiled in his victim's troubled life. (YA Fic SF Staher)
Stassen, Jean-Philippe. DEOGRATIAS,
A TALE OF RWANDA.
Deogratias, a Hutu boy, desperately clings to his humanity and his love for Benina, a Tutsi girl, in this unsettling graphic novel depicting the Rwandan genocide.
Sturtevant, Katherine. A TRUE AND
In 17th-century London, women dont writeexcept for Meg, who disobeys her father to pen the story of a young merchant kidnapped by pirates and enslaved in Algiers.
Tharp, Tim. Knights
of the Hill Country.
High school football star Hampton Green believes that his buddy Blaine started him toward a better future, but how far should he go out of loyalty to his friend? (YA Fic Tharp)
Turner, Megan Whalen. The
King of Attolia.
Eugenides must convince his new queen, his court, and his subjects of his ability to rule, despite his disreputable past as a liar and a thief. (Juv Fic SF Turner)
Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by
Original Artwork. Illustrated
by Scott Hunt.
Pairs of authors respond to nine original drawings with strikingly divergent short stories. (YA Fic Twice)
Vaught, Susan. Trigger.
After blowing a hole in his head with a gun and suffering severe brain damage, Jersey Hatch sets out to discover why he did it. (YA Fic Vaught)
Vizzini, Ned. It's
Kind of a Funny Story.
Suicidal Craig, overwhelmed by academic pressures, ends up in the adult psych ward, where he encounters a hilarious cast of characters while moving toward recovery. (YA Fic Vizzini)
Volponi, Paul. Rooftop.
There are no easy answers for his family, or their African American community, after Clay witnesses the shooting of his cousin by a police officer. (YA Fic Volponi)
Vrettos, Adrienne Maria. Skin.
After his sister starves herself to death, 14-year-old Donnie reflects upon her illness and its devastating effects on the family. (YA Fic Vrettos)
Werlin, Nancy. The
Rules of Survival.
When Matthew and his younger sisters witness a man confronting an abusive parent, they think they may have found a hero who will save them from their vicious mother. (YA Fic Werlin)
Wittlinger, Ellen. Blind
Lizs grieving mother joins a spiritualist church despite objections from her atheist father. With the help of her friend Nathan, Liz, who feels trapped in the middle, finds her own path. (YA Fic Wittlinger)
Wooding, Chris. STORM THIEF.
After stealing a powerful device, street thieves Rail and Moa flee their citys ruthless leaders with the help of a strange creature.
Woodrell, Daniel. Winter's
To save home and family, 17-year-old Ree sets out on a perilous search for her missing father in their isolated and dangerous Ozark mountain community. (Fic Woodrell)
Yang, Gene Luen and Pien, Lark.
Combining 3 different stories, one drawn from Chinese mythology, this graphic novel explores racism and self-hatred as a young boy struggles to come to terms with his heritage. (YA 741.5 Yang)
Zusak, Markus. The
Death colors (and narrates) Liesel Meminger's attempt to survive Hitler in a small German town. Orphaned and devastated, Liesel finds salvation through stolen books. (YA Fic Zusak)
Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement.
Though Lewis and Zwerg were of different races, their lives became entwined as their activism helped end segregation. (j323.1 Basum)
Benanav, Michael. Men
of Salt: Crossing the Sahara on the Caravan of White Gold.
On a 40-day odyssey through the Sahara on a camel caravan to the salt mines, an American journalist experiences the amazing resolve and fascinating traditions of a nearly extinct culture. (916.6 B43m)
Engle, Margarita and Qualls, Sean.
Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano.
This beautifully illustrated collection of linked poems explores the life of Juan, a brutally treated slave who nonetheless sees the world in unique and lyrical ways. (j921 M319e)
Fleischman, Sid. Escape!:
The Story of the Great Houdini.
A spellbinding biography of the amazing Harry Houdini written by a fellow magician. (j921 H79f)
Fradin, Judith Bloom and Dennis
Brindell Fradin. 5,000
Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight From Slavery.
In this true story, a couple goes to extraordinary lengths to escape slavery, eventually helping others by sharing their experiences. (j326 Fradin)
Freedman, Russell. Freedom
Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Through photos and eyewitness acoounts, Freedman draws readers close to the dramatic 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and the ordinary people who participated. (j323.1 Freedman)
Harper, Hill. Letters
to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny.
Through family stories, life experiences, and the words of some celebrity friends, actor Hill Harper provides guidance to young men facing difficult decisions. (YA 305.235 Harper)
Hopkinson, Deborah. Up
before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America.
Oral histories and archival photographs enrich the story of King Cotton, deepening readers understanding of the place of an iconic crop in American history. (j677.21 Hopkinson)
Hubner, John. LAST CHANCE IN TEXAS:
THE REDEMPTION OF CRIMINAL YOUTH.
This heart-rending but ultimately hopeful look at a Texas program for violent teen offenders offers an unblinking view of the juvenile justice system.
Jacobson, Sid and Colon, Ernie.
9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation.
This concise graphic novel re-creation of the governments official report conveys the horror of 9/11 and looks at how it happened. (YA 973.931 Jacobson)
McClafferty, Carla Killough. Something
Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium.
Marie Curie, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, was also the first person to win it twice. This biography explores Curies achievements in an era when women scientists struggled for recognition. (j921 C919mc)
Noyes, Deborah. ONE KINGDOM: OUR
LIVES WITH ANIMALS.
Seamlessly incorporating the scientific process, this pictorial exploration of the human-animal bond blends myth and history while raising provocative questions.
Robertson, James I., Jr. Robert
E. Lee: Virginia Soldier, American Citizen.
Dashing Robert E. Lee was Lincoln's choice to lead the Union, but Lee's devotion to Virginia changed the course of U.S. history. This fascinating biography explores a remarkable life. (j921 L515ro)
Thimmesh, Catherine. Team
Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
Suspenseful and packed with little-known facts, this exploration of the Apollo 11 mission captures the dedication of the people behind the scenes. (j629.454 Thimmesh)
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