Peeled by Joan Bauer Ages 12—up Hildy Biddle, a feisty and funny aspiring teen journalist in an appealing upstate New York town famous for its apples, loves her staff position on her high school paper. When the local paper publishes sensational ghostly happening stories, Hildy and her friends are determined to discover and publish the truth. Useless Bay by M. Pixie has a reputatation for finding things with the help of her bloodhound Patience and her four brothers. This atmoshpheric thriller includes a touch of the supernatural. Each evening she haunts her ex-boyfriend, trying to get him back after rejecting him once too often.
Black rights leaders like leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Most hid their sexual orientation for fear of losing their jobs or becoming estranged from their families. One hot night in June, the police raided the bar. But the crowd refused to leave quietly and the raid became a riot that triggered a demand for gay civil rights.
This exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national gay rights movement that continues to the present is powerful. Fall from Grace by Charles Benoit Ages 13—up Sawyer is an easy-going high school student with supportive parents, a sexy girlfriend, a job, and a car. Then he meets Grace who convinces him to participate in her wild plans to become a celebrity. Kyle is bright, but unmotivated, and drifts through school.
This quick-paced thriller is disturbingly realistic. Audrey, Wait! Audrey is famous, and mortified. This irresistible debut novel captures teenage dialogue and wit. Oliver is found in New York City and returns to live next door with his mother. Emmy tries to rekindle the close friendship she shared with Oliver, but he is confused and disoriented, thrust back into a past he barely remembers and forced to reconsider his beloved father as the villain. At first the three use their powers to navigate the troubled waters of a new school, but when April foresees a disaster, the three work together to use their powers for a higher purpose.
Narrated in turn by each of the sisters, this funny book celebrates the power of sisterhood. Now wheel-chair bound, Abe can no longer attend school, and makes new friends online, concealing his illness. His mother, worried about his isolation, convinces him to invite two of his new friends over, and the friendships survive the truth.
As his condition grows worse, his counselor gives him a book about samurai death poetry, and Abe decides he wants to meet his own death with equal dignity. The body of another girl from the same small village who went missing at the same time was found in the stream. Judith is shunned by the village, and even her own mother. The stone is stolen and sold to a prince and Lucinda sets out to get it back. A clever twist on the Cinderella story, this funny and suspenseful fantasy is also a fast-paced adventure.
She is rescued by Botille, a young matchmaker who runs a tavern with her two sisters in the seaside town of Bajas. They try to keep the fugitive hidden, but Dolssa feels called to heal the sick and her small miracles bring the wrath of the Church to Bajas, endangering everyone in the small town. The girls decide to pretend that everything is normal while hunting for the murderer. This hilarious Victorian farce is full of mystery, surprising plot twists, and a hint of romance. Her parents blog is called 50 Homes in 50 States. But Griswold was recently attacked by thieves and is now in a coma, leaving the game in limbo.
Bick Ages 14—up Wisconsin high school senior Ben hopes to go to Yale and become a doctor. The rumors and fears result in Ben witnessing a hate crime against Jimmy. Chime by Franny Billingsley Ages 12—up Briony 17 believes she is a witch. New technology has arrived in her tiny town of Swampsea, England, with the turn of the 20th century, and a new pumping station is built to drain the bog. But the supernatural Old Ones have sent a fever to punish Swampsea. Then Eldric arrives, and Briony is torn between her attraction to Eldric and her overwhelming guilt. Doll Bones by Holly Black, Eliza Wheeler Ages 10—14 Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever, playing imaginative games of pirates, thieves, mermaids, and warriors.
Ruling over every game of make-believe is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll who attacks all who displease her. But now that Zach is 12 his father insists that he give up playing games and takes all his action figures to the dump. Alice and Poppy convince him to take part in one last game, a bus trip to bury the Great Queen doll, which Poppy insists is made from the bones of a murdered girl. Tara was only six when her mother was infected by a vampire, turning on her own daughter in a desperate quest for blood. Now 17, Tara awakes one morning after a wild party, to discover that almost everyone else at the party has been killed by vampires, leaving only Gavriel, a vampire, and Aidan, her newly infected ex-boyfriend.
Tara decides to take them to Coldtown, a walled city for vampires and their infected human pets, even though crossing the barricades into Coldtown may mean Tara can never return to the world outside. White Cat by Holly Black Ages 14—up Cassel Sharpe 14 comes from a family of curse workers, people who have to power to change luck, emotion, or memories with the touch of a finger. Curseworking is illegal, so all curse workers are mobsters or con artists, and everyone wears gloves to avoid being taken advantage of. Cassel has tried to bury that event in the past, but now he is having dreams of a white cat that wants to tell him something, and he fears that he may be in the middle of the biggest con ever.
Red Glove by Holly Black Ages 14—up Cassel Sharpe 17 is a transformation worker, the rarest type of curse worker who can transmute people and objects into whatever he wishes. Growing up in a crime family, Cassel is used to being on the wrong side of the law, but now the mob boss wants him to become a hit man, and US agents want him to become an informant. This dark fantasy is the second in the Curse Workers series, following White Cat. Zombies vs. Peter 13 lives in a garbage dump and makes a tenuous living catching rats for sportsmen and their dogs and working for Dr.
Ross-Gibbon, a scientist who wants to wipe out all the rats in London. Cassandra is haunted by visions of dying gods as the Greek gods are living out their final days in war and suffering. The gods realize that Cassandra has a connection to their world, and reach out to her for help.
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Anonymous notes, an attractive older boy, and two new friends who are also outcasts help Louise transform herself into Weetzie, the artist. Julie enters her senior year in a new school where she meets Clark, who is also mourning a loss, and discovers they are both fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She befriends two other outcasts at school: one who thinks she is a reincarnated slave from the s, the other who believes he is the offspring of an alien.
The three come to believe that Bee is a changeling, a hideous elf who was switched at birth for the human Bee. This spooky short novel includes tantalizing fragments of poems by Yeats and Shelley. Mug shots and crime scene photographs capture the lawlessness of the period. An epilogue highlights recent shootings, legislation, and continuing questions about guns in America. Evie 15 and her mother set off for Florida with her stepfather Joe.
A suspicious boating accident forces Evie to re-examine her relationships with Peter, her mother, and her stepfather. This stylish novel has the atmosphere of a glamorous old movie. Soon Kit is way over her head, caught in a web of intrigue, love, betrayal, and murder.
Above by Leah Bobet Ages 14—up Safe is an underground refuge for the misfits and the sick who have escaped from Above. Matthew is the Teller of Safe, responsible for remembering and guarding the stories of all who live in Safe. Then the only person ever to have been exiled from Safe returns with an army of shadows and Matthew escapes with Jack Flash, who can generate electricity, and Ariel, who turns into a bee when stressed.
As the three try to reclaim Safe they must grapple with long-hidden secrets and truths. This magical fantasy blends the real and the fantastic into a complex and heartbreaking whole. An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet Ages 12—up Set in a future North America where civilization has reverted to a 19th century level, Hallie 16 and her older sister Marthe wait on the family farm for whoever will return from the distant battlefield to the south.
The battle is against the Wicket God Southward, who arrived through a rent in the universe along with its Twisted Things. Jimmy has been leading a gang that goes out on Saturday nights looking for Latinos to terrorize. Now Jimmy and his best friend Sean have been arrested for a vicious beating of a young El Salvadoran, who dies of his injuries. This powerful novel honestly deals with the theme of a racially motivated hate crime within a community determined to cover it up.
The Compound by S. Bodeen Ages 12—up Ellis, the year old son of a billionaire, has spent the last six years in the massive underground shelter his father built to shelter the family from the nuclear war that destroyed the world above. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker Ages 15—up Elizabeth 16 and her best friend Caleb hunt witches for the Inquisitor, Lord Blackwell, in an alternative medieval England where witchcraft of any kind is banned.
Elizabeth firmly believes that witches are evil and deserve to be burnt at the stake, until her own innocent possession of herbs causes Lord Blackwell to arrest her and sentences her to death. Elizabeth is rescued by Nicholas Perevil, a wizard who hopes Elizabeth can rescue him from a deadly curse. Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden Ages 10—14 The 16 short biographical stories are presented in chronological order, beginning with Venture Smith, the son of a West Aftican prince who was sold into slavery, freed himself and his family, and fought in the Revolutionary War.
An badly injured French woman gave Gloria her baby to care for. Her classmates teased her unmercifully, and the Parvi Pennati a Small Person with Wings who hates to be called a fairy moved out. Now 13, Mellie and her family move into an inn inherited from her grandfather. Before long Mellie finds that she has not left her problems behind. The inn is infested with Parvi, and Mellie learns that her family must honor a thousand-year old agreement to provide a home for the Parvi. Themes of bullying and alcoholism are explored in this clever and humorous fairy story.
Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth Ages 12—up Emma is excited about the start of her high school sophomore year. She has joined the drama club and is given the job of assistant stage manager for the production of Hamlet. But everything goes wrong very quickly: the soccer star playing Hamlet is terrible, her best friend stops talking to her, and she is suddenly promoted to stage manager despite having no experience at all. Then Emma falls through a trapdoor and comes out in the Globe Theater in With her short hair everyone, including Will Shakespeare, thinks she is a boy and she struggles to understand Elizabethan English while learning the job of backstage assistant in the premiere of Hamlet.
When he discovered that the image was being used as Holocaust-denying propaganda, he decided to share his memories. Assisted by his daughter Debbie, he learned that of the 3, Jews living in Zarki, Poland before the Holocaust, fewer than 30 survived. This moving memoir gives a very human face to the horrors of the Holocaust. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow Ages 14—up Four centuries after an AI known as Talis took over the world to prevent humanity from destroying itself, peace is maintained by keeping one child of each world leader hostage.
If a war is started, the child of that leader will be killed. Greta is used to her role, but the arrival of Elian, a new hostage from the American Alliance who has no intention of playing by the rules, changes everything. Then the American Alliance declares war on the Pan Polar Confederacy, putting both of their lives at risk. When she returns for the start of the next school year, she is worried that everyone will find out. Marianna, the new girl in town, wants Amber for her best friend, and Wren is compromised by the secret she is hiding.
Then Wren learns that Marianna had to ask the same questions that Wren is worrying about now. He is attacked by a gang and fleeing a group of armed men when he stumbles across a toddler, Jen, and her teen-aged mother, Becky. Blade becomes their unwilling protector as he tries to elude his pursuers, unsure if they are after him or Becky.
This intense and bleak thriller ends with a cliff-hanger. Disguised as a boy, Kate 18 sets off west in search of vengeance. She is joined by Jesse and Will Colton, brothers in search of gold, and guided by Liluye, an Apache girl. Young Jack is rescued by a powerful Samurai who adopts him and trains him to join the warrior class. Since he is a foreigner, Jack is treated as an outcast at Samurai school and must use all his wit and skill to survive and succeed. First in a projected trilogy, this fast-paced adventure set in medieval Japan is full of spellbinding bits of history, culture, and martial arts.
On alternating weeks, Ray and Sascha, who he has never met, stay in the same bedroom at the summerhouse.
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One summer Emma gets engaged, Mattie discovers a family secret, and Ray finally gets to meet Sascha. This funny and tragic novel explores the long-held grudges of split families. Going Bovine by Libba Bray Ages 14—up Cameron Smith 16 is coasting through high school in the shadow of his perfect sister. In the hospital he is visited by Dulcie, a neon pink angel who just may be a hallucination. Dulcie convinces Cameron to go on a quest to find a cure and save the world with the help of Gonzo, a neurotic dwarf, and Balder, a Norse god who is trapped in the form of a garden elf.
Merrow by Ananda Braxton-Smith Ages 14—up Neen Marrey 12 has been raised by her aunt Ushag since she was a toddler, her father downed while out fishing, and her mother disappeared soon afterward. The villagers of Carrick whisper unkind speculations, but Neen, who loves the tales of blind fiddler Skully Slevin of merrow mermaids , selkies, krakens, and changelings, secretly believes that her mother returned to her merrow family to live below the sea.
Poppy is a troubled teen, causing trouble wherever she goes. Ember is a young witch, struggling to make a place for herself within the coven. After a chance meeting in the woods they become friends, they share knowledge of their different worlds and discover the reason for their uneasiness — the evil witch Raven Hawkweed switched the babies at birth. A homeless boy named Leo captures both of their hearts and drives them apart, just as they are trying to come to terms with their true identities. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough Ages 12—up Flora is black and Henry is white, and the odds of them becoming a couple in depression-era Seattle are slight.
But their similarities outweigh their differences: both are 17, orphans, and musicians. And they are the current pawns of Love Henry who plays bass and baseball and Death Flora who sings and wants to be a pilot. Airplanes and music bring the two together with surprising results. Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks Ages 12—up Five teens, formerly close friends and now acquaintances, visit their long-abandoned hideout. The next morning Raymond, who believes his black rabbit can talk, and a young starlet who was taunting him the evening before are missing.
As the police hunt for the celebrity, Pete searches for Raymond. This brooding thriller explores teenaged alienation and the nature of relationships. Touching portrayal of tough issues with an empathetic narrator who introduces shades of gray into the usual black and white view of sexuality and gender. Stories of selflessness and courage are balanced against examples of racism, incompetence, and criminality.
Marking the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,a portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans. As a graduation present, her best friends Bethany and Zack have the road trip all planned. Then Alex falls for Cole, a new senior who she feels truly loves and understands her. But Cole is jealous of her friendship with Zack, and prone to violent rages. When Nick brings a shotgun to school and begins shooting people on the list before killing himself, Val is wounded trying to stop him. Their family life centers around establishing routines to make Grayson feel comfortable, so Kendra compensates by trying to be perfect academically and personally.
When a cheating scandal threatens to destroy her academic success, Kendra snaps and drags Grayson off on a road trip from Missouri to California, hoping to find a way to fix both their lives. The bond and rivalry between siblings is sensitively explored in this road trip novel. In , Mary and her family left Illinois to settle in California. Mary cares for her younger siblings, helps move rocks and trees blocking the wagons, and endures thirst in the desert.
The worst is the final ordeal when they become trapped in the ice and snow at Donnor Pass, resorting to cannibalism in order to survive. Spark is horrified to discover that Stowney House has no modern conveniences, not even a telephone or electricity. The handwritten notebooks begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles and continue to the present, all written in the same handwriting.
John Stone is a year-old semperviven, both blessed and cursed with very long life, who hopes that Spark will help him and the other sempervivens hide their true nature. At the age of three Felix was accidentally fused with Zyx, a hyper-intelligent being from the fourth dimension. A risky procedure to separate them is scheduled in 29 days.
Luckily Felix is supported by his loving parents, his piano prodigy older sister, and his gender-fluid grandparent who alternates between Vera and Vern. Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw Ages 14—up This frank and funny autobiography describes what it is like to grow up dependent on other people for nearly everything. Shane Burcaw was born with spinal muscular atrophy SMA leaving him confined to a wheelchair and unable to care for himself. Now 21, Shane has blogged about his disability and launched a nonprofit to spread his message of using humor to deal with adversity.
Now 12, and living with his loving adoptive American family, Matt is still haunted by memories of the family he left behind. The Hit by Melvin Burgess Ages 14—up Everyone is talking about the expensive new drug is called Death, which gives the ultimate high for a week and then kills you. When Adam learns that his brother Jess is also dead, taking Death himself sounds like the perfect escape from his dead-end life in Manchester. Jessie is beginning her junior year at Wood Valley High, an exclusive prep school, and feels totally unprepared for fitting in at her new school.
Jessie comes to depend on the emails from SN, but is not sure how far she can trust the advice, and is constantly wondering who SN really is. He forages for food in dumpsters or steals, protected by his well-trained dog and his own courage. Inside the card he discovers a lottery ticket he had forgotten about, containing the winning numbers. Bully has only five days to find an adult he can trust to help him claim his prize. Janks, a pit bull breeder who runs dog fights, learns of the ticket and pursues Bully. Sometimes crude but always funny, this book will appeal to teenaged male readers.
While swimming in Lake Union she discovers the body of Anna Youngwolf Floyd, who jumped off a bridge. Mads tows the body ashore and becomes obsessed by the dead woman and her grieving son, Billy, who frees dogs from owners he considers unfit. Basil E. Tess tries to keep the plant alive and make a new life for herself with the help of a boy she meets at the library. Each chapter begins with information about a seed, underscoring the theme of rebirth and growth.
When her own romance also disintegrates, Quinn wonders if there are any good men out there. Then she discovers that her womanizing father, Prince Charming, may have stolen more than the hearts of the women he charmed. She is stunned and delighted to be offered the role of Echo, and when the world-famous director asks Zara to promise she will have no outside commitments to distract her from the play, she is eager to comply. Zara finds a dead body during her first visit to the theater, a second death occurs during rehearsals, and Zara receives ominous warnings.
Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta Ages 14—up The scattered remains of the human race live as second-class citizens on alien worlds, weakened by a sickness brought on by space travel. When the Noise suddenly stops, Cade learns she is the product of an experiment and has been entangled since birth with a boy named Xan, now held captive in an area of space infested with black holes. With the help of a human smuggler, an alien captain, and his sentient ship, Cade sets out to rescue Xan. Rigg 13 lives a quiet life with his father in the backwoods, using his ability to see the trails left by animals and people anywhere from minutes to thousands of years earlier.
The second story is that of starship captain Ram Odin, whose interspacial jump to a new colony planet causes a paradox with far-reaching consequences. The twin stories stretch across centuries in this fascinating series opener.
Heap House by Edward Carey Ages 10—up The Iremonger family of Filching has made a fortune from junk, and the extensive family lives in a mansion constructed from salvaged materials. Each Iremonger possesses a birth object like a sink plug or mustache cup that they must always keep close or face death or transformation. Clod is considered strange because he can hear the birth objects speak. Orphaned Lucy Pennant comes to Heap House as a servant, and Clod finds himself falling in love as he and Lucy uncover dark Iremonger family secrets. Carleson Ages 12—up Laila 15 grew up believing she was a princess.
When her father is killed in a coup and Laila and her mother escape from the war-torn middle east to the United States, she learns the rest of the world viewed her father as a cruel dictator. But Sophronia quickly realizes that the school, a giant dirigible floating above the moors, is not quite what her mother envisioned. Along with the other young ladies, Sophronia learns the skills of deceit, espionage, and assissination along with etiquette.
This skillful blend of paranormal and steampunk is the first in the Finishing School series. The floating school travels to London to witness a technological breakthrough: a new guidance valve that makes travel through the aetherosphere possible. She is plain, overweight, and has never done anything remarkable, though she does hold the rare and mysterious Godstone embedded in her stomach. Offered a safe marriage with a handsome neighboring king, Elisa agrees, but is surprised when she arrives to her new home and discovers that her husband wants to keep their marriage a secret.
Then Elisa is kidnapped by an invading army and realizes she is also being hunted by dark magicians. Instead of crumbling in the face of danger, Elisa grows in strength and resourcefulness. This engaging fantasy is the first in a planned trilogy. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson Ages 13—up Queen Elisa 17 fears there is a possible traitor in her palace and is being pressured by her council to either marry or give up her power to a regent.
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Evading assassination and kidnapping, Elisa is guided by the mysterious Godstone embedded in her navel to search for the zafira — the soul of the world and the source of all magic. This gripping romantic novel is the sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson Ages 13—up Queen Elisa 17 heads off to enemy territory with her companions to rescue the man she loves.
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Meanwhile, a traitor at home plots to overthrow her. The journey takes the young sorcerer queen through the bitterly cold land of Invierne, where she she hopes to destroy the source of their magic and win peace, and to the Basajuan desert where peace will be even more difficult to attain. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson Ages 13—up Leah 15 lives in an isolated part of Georgia with her ailing parents in the early s. Leah has the ability to know when gold is near, and uses her talent to support her parents. When a gold rush hits Dahlonega, her parents are murdered, and Leah flees her uncle who wants to utilize her talents.
Disguised as a boy, Leah joins a wagon train headed to California with her friend Jefferson, who is half-white and half-Cherokee. This exciting adventure is the first in the Gold Seer trilogy. Graceling by Kristin Cashore Ages 14—up People with special talents, called Gracelings, are identified by their unusual eyes. Katsa has one green and one blue eye, but it is not until she is eight that her special talent is discovered—killing. By age 18 she is henchwoman to the king. Hating her job, Katsa creates a secret council to work against corrupt power.
Teens and adults struggling to put their own talents to good use will enjoy this riveting novel. Fire by Kristin Cashore Ages 14—up Fire, an orphan with hair as red as her name, can control the minds of everyone around her. Young King Nash is barely holding on to his throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies in hopes of taking over the throne. This suspenseful and romantic companion volume prequel to Graceling , shares one pivotal character. The house is build into a green hillside, and has a yew tree as one wall. Clare discovers that the tree has a door, and Finn, a sort-of-human boy, lives on the other side.
This luminous fantasy is often quite scary. She is invisible and helpless. Then Anke makes the volleyball team at school and her confidence builds until she begins to hope that her voice will soon be loud enough to rescue everyone at home, including herself. This powerful novel in poems is devastating yet offers empowerment and hope. Narrated by the nameless elderly author, this engaging examination of love and the art of storytelling is intricately told.
The Testing is an intensive mental and physical trials to choose the best and the brightest youth to attend the university and work to repair the damage to their world by the Seven Stages of War. Fat Angie by E. Charlton-Trujillo Ages 14—up Angie, a high school freshman, is bullied at school and belittled by her mother and adopted brother. When KC Romance, a beautiful new transfer student dressed in bad girl clothes arrives in Dryfalls, Ohio, the unlikely pair bonds over shared broken homes, troubled pasts, and love for classic TV shows.
The friendship blooms into romance between the two girls who have learned to look beneath the surface to the true person hidden inside. When We Was Fierce by E. Charlton-Trujillo Ages 14—up Theo 15 lives in a bad neighborhood full of drugs and rival gangs. When he witnesses the brutal attack on a mentally-impaired young man he tries to help and is badly beaten up.
Along with his friends, T is in the spotlight of both the police and the gangs. This unflinching novel of survival is narrated mainly in street dialect. When Sefia is 15, Nin is kidnapped, leaving her completely alone. None of her survival skills help her discover where Nin has been taken. The only clue is the strange rectangular object her father left behind.
She learns that the strange object, bound paper covered with symbols, is called a book.
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Reading and writing are unheard of in the land of Kelanna, but Sefia is determined to decipher the hidden secrets of the book. He sets off with Carl Sagan to the Southwest High-Altitude Rocket Festival in New Mexico, where he meets other space fanatics and persuades two new adult friends to take him to Las Vegas in search of his perhaps-dead father, where he learns the truth about his family. Ror never attended high school, but she learned about art and literature from her father and longs to be an artist. When her father burns down their home and himself in , Ror and her mother are left homeless and nearly penniless.
Ror meets Trey, a street artist, and becomes fascinated with graffiti. She finds the art form a perfect channel for expressing her grief, but worries about being caught. With the help of classmate Clancy Crew, Ruby ventures out to prevent the theft of a priceless jade Buddha. This clever novel packed with puzzles is the first in a new adventure series. Ruby Redfort is the fictional heroine of Clarice Bean. The twist is that the school caters to the descendents of the Greek gods and goddesses, cleverly mixing mythology into the usual high school cliques.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher Ages 14—up This intense psychological thriller begins when Gemma 16 , steps away from her British parents for a moment at a layover in the Bangkok Airport, to get a cup of coffee. Ty, the handsome young Australian who pays for her coffee seems oddly familiar.
After drugging the coffee, Ty whisks Gemma away to the home he has built in the isolated Australian outback, believing he is rescuing her from her shallow parents and a city life in London where she could never be happy. At first repelled by both her kidnapper and her new environment, Gemma slowly warms to both as she realizes she must either come to terms with her new reality or die trying to fight it. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Ages 12—up When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, Tea learns she is a bone witch, able to raise and control the dead.
Her fearful power cause her to be ostracized by her community. An older bone witch takes Tea and her brother to another land for training. This dark fantasy is the first in the Bone Witch series. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco Ages 14—up Okiku, a vengeful spirit, wanders the world in search of those who abuse and murder children, killing them in order to free the souls of the tormented children. Okiku discovers that Tark Halloway 15 is possessed by a violent spirit.
Okiku feels an unexpected fondness for Tark and his cousin Callie, and their journey to Japan allows Okiku to confront her own tragic origin. This scary tale is based on a Japanese legend.
But Brendan secretly struggles with his desire to sometimes be a girl. Then Brendan meets transgendered Angel, who introduces Brendan to terms like gender identity. As the two grow older, Clementine feels guilty about her own luck and financial security. Clementine goes to university while the ever more depressed Fan suffers through an unhappy teenaged marriage and children before she is ready for them. This heart-felt novel captures the powerlessness of children to change their circumstances while celebrating the power of friendship illustrated by the bond between the cousins despite their different situations.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff Ages 12—up Delilah Dirk abandons proper court life to become a globe-trotting soldier of fortune. Captured and held prisoner in s Constantinople, the swash-buckling Delilah escapes with mild-mannered Turkish Lieutenant Erdemogul Selim, whose quite life revolves around a perfect cup of tea. The funny adventures of the two mis-matched companions come to vivid life in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel. His mother, a lapsed witch, had mocked the power of the coven, and Ryder is pretty sure she was right. But a terrifying new magic threatens the village and the coven, and Ryder must confront all his beliefs, even his hatred of the Baen.
Frank depictions of violence are set in a dark fairy tale world. Pointe by Brandy Colbert Ages 14—up Theo Cartwright 17 , from one of the few black families in her Chicago suburb, is a gifted and driven ballet dancer. Theo is also working hard to control an eating disorder and hiding secrets about her best friend Donovan, who disappeared when they were When Donovan returns home after enduring four long years with his kidnapper, he refuses to talk about what happened.
Theo can no longer suppress her memories of the past, and begins to relive the abduction. This blend of horror, humor, and science fiction is the first in the W. Every year 24 teenagers are chosen by lottery to fight in the Hunger Games, a reality TV show where the only rule is that you cannot eat the dead contestants.
Katniss takes the place of her younger sister and is soon being groomed for maximum camera appeal. As Katniss struggles to win both the Games and audience approval, the reader is forced to confront the question: What happens if we choose entertainment over humanity? Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Ages 12—up Katniss Everdeen and won the annual Hunger Games against all odds and should be enjoying the new prosperity their win brought to their district.
And the upcoming Hunger games will be the 75th anniversary so there are sure to be some extra-special challenges for the next round of Hunger Game contestants. A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales by Ying Chang Compestine, Coleman Polhemus Ages 12—up This collection of eight gruesomely delightful tales feature hungry ghosts—the spirits of those who died hungry or unjustly and have returned to seek vengeance. The chilling tales are illustrated with lurid images of the ghosts and their victims.
When Cassia turns 17 she is Matched with her best friend Xander. But her neighbor Ky also shows up on her Match disk. She is amazed to find that Ky has a unique secret—creativity. As Cassia begins to understand that their are options other than being controlled by the Society, things get uncomfortable.
Reached by Ally Condie Ages 12—up Cassia, Ky, and Xander are separated, each doing their part as agents of the Rising rebellion, working against the repressive Society. An introduced plague saps the resources of the Society, allowing the Rising to step in with a cure and prove itself the better choice for the people. But the plague mutates out of control, and the trio work together to fight it. This finale in the Matched trilogy follows Matched and Crossed. Cedar 12 , her mother, and her brother Miles move to Iron Creek, Utah for the summer.
When Leo, wearing a costume, rides by on his bike, Cedar follows him to the Summerlost Shakespeare festival. She gets a job working concessions with Leo and learning about the ghost of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney Ages 12—up Miranda 15 and her college-bound sister Lander are spending the summer with their parents on the Connecticut River.
The two sisters see a water-skiing accident, but only Miranda notices that the motorboat driver intentionally steers the skier in front of a barge. Lander begins dating the motorboat driver though Miranda urges her not to trust him. A week later Lander is found on a boat carrying drugs with a gun in her hand and a dead body next to her. Lander is charged with murder, but Miranda is sure her boyfriend is the real culprit.
Experimenting with one of the spells in a old book, Mrs. Abernathy inadvertently opens the Gates of Hell and allows a powerful demon through. During the summer after her sophomore year, her strict father unexpectedly allows her to date basketball star, Brady Cullen. After a painful experience she meets a kindly car mechanic she calls Cowboy, who challenges her to focus on her own interest in art. Bettina knows her father would never approve of her relationship with an older man, even through makes her happy.
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper Ages 10—14 Returning from his three-month test of solitude, Little Hawk returns to his Pokanoket village to discover that diseases brought by the Pilgrims in nearby Plymouth have killed everyone except his grandmother. But when he wakes up the first morning of school, Ethan discovers he is now a girl. His parents reveal that Ethan is a Changer, a race that changes gender each year for four years before finally settling on a permanent gender.
So Ethan begins freshman year as Drew Bohner, adapting to life from a female perspective while understanding that everything will change again in a year. This first in a four book series will strike a chord with teens questioning their sense of self or gender as well as those seeking to understand gender identity. This haunting thriller explores the dynamics of the relationship between the two girls as Finn struggles to come to terms with guilt and remorse. Unfortunately, she is already betrothed to Prince Thandilimon of neighboring Mynaria, where the practice of magic is banned. While some Believers follow instructions for preparing for the Rapture, others, like Vivian Apple 16 and her best friend Harpreet Janda have Rapture Eve parties.
Returning home from a party, Vivian finds her parents missing, and two person-sized holes in the roof. All the Major Constellations by Pratima Cranse Ages 14—up A tragedy just before graduation leaves Andrew without the support of his two best friends the summer before college. This often hilarious first person narrative will engage and amuse male teenaged readers. Her new friend Phoebe is also 13 and also has a mother who vanished. Sal convinces her grandparents to drive to Idaho in search of her mother while telling the story of Phoebe.
Now 16 Stephen is alone in his Manhattan apartment, his father long gone and his mother dead. Then Elizabeth 16 and her family move into the building, having left Minnesota after her younger brother Laurie was badly beaten for being gay. Amazingly Elizabeth can see Stephen. After the Snow by S. Crockett Ages 12—up Willo 15 lives in the barren snow-covered mountains of northern Wales and has never known anything but cold. His father tells stories of warm times before global warming destroyed the North Atlantic Current, dooming the UK and most of the US to a new ice age.
One day Willo returns home to find that his family has been taken away by government men. Setting off in search of his family, Willo discovers two abandoned children. At first tempted not to burden himself with caring for others, Willo finds himself unable to leave them to starve, and takes them with him on the journey to the city he has always avoided. Eero Johnson Ages 12—up Frankie Neumann 17 feels like a misfit in his flamboyant family. His theater obsessed sister Lou wears a tutu, and his parents impersonate Frank Sinatra and Dr.
When his girlfriend Rory and her cousin ask Frankie to help their mysterious Uncle Epic, an anonymous street artist, with a new project, Frankie eagerly agrees. But his desire to participate in a risky form of art threaten his relationship with his family. One by Sarah Crossan Ages 13—up Tippi and Grace 16 are conjoined twins, with separate heads, arms, and torsos, but joined from the belly down.
Since birth they have happily done everything as a unit, choosing not to chance the dangerous separation surgery. Previously home-schooled, the twins are now in a private school, where they are befriended by Yasmeen and Jon, two other outcasts who treat the twins as equals. Tippy warns Grace that they can never fall in love, but Grace finds herself attracted to Jon just as the twins learn that a shared illness threatens them both.
Their doctor recommends separation as the only chance for survival, despite the dangers of the surgery. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan Ages 10—14 Kasienka 12 and her broken-hearted mother leave Poland for England, searching for the father and husband that left them a few years earlier.
Bullied at her new school Kasienka is only happy when she is swimming in the pool. This emotionally powerful novel is written in verse. Light-skinned people can get good jobs working in places like banks while dark-skinned people work in the fields and the mines.
Francisco is somewhere in the middle, more interested in playing soccer than school. When his father is arrested on false charges, Francisco and his sister have no choice but to move into the prison with their father. Francisco realizes that education is the only opportunity to rescue his family from the unjust political system that that targets the uneducated, the poor, and the indigenous majority. Then the first-ever interspecies transfer student arrives. Pyke is a pterodactyl, and has a very powerful effect on the other students. He is asked to join a band, and sends everyone into a frenzy while playing at the Autumn Whirl dance.
Shiels has only a foggy memory of the dance, but when she wakes up the next morning her nose is purple and she thinks she danced far too long with Pyke and did something crazy with her boyfriend. This very funny book shows that not being in control at all times is sometimes a good thing. He leaves for Flint hoping to find another job, leaving his wife, son Jimmy, and daughter Deza 12 behind. Deza and her mother find a new home and cling to the hope that they will find her father.
Deza makes an appearance as a minor character in Bud, Not Buddy. First known as Beetle, since she was found living in a dung heap, the girl struggles to learn the skills of her new profession. As she grows in knowledge and self-confidence, the girl finally respects herself enough to choose a real name: Alyce. Running away from the inn, Will sets out on the open road, trying to outsmart the thieves, tricksters, and con artists, and repeatedly being taken advantage of. Will finally ends up with Master Tidball and his caravan of oddities, befriending Grace, a girl billed as a monster because of the silky hair growing on her face.
Elizabethan England comes to vivid life in this lively and amusing tale. Cherry Money Baby by John M. Cusick Ages 14—up Cherry Kerrigan is content with her simple life living in a trailer, preparing to marry her sweetheart who lives next door, and working in the Burrito Barn. When she rescues visiting movie star Ardelia Deen from choking, Ardelia is so grateful she presents Cherry with the Alfa Romeo. Cherry is a refreshing down-to-earth heroine in this realistic fiction.
The Year We Were Famous by Carole Estby Dagg Ages 12—up Clara 17 , who dreads settling down with the boring young farmer who wants to marry her, is convinced by her mother to take a 4, mile walk to save their farm from foreclosure. So they start the Flirt Club, an after school support group for friends who share their affliction. Told through notes, journal entries, and minutes from the Flirt Club, this funny and endearing story is a refreshing change from the mean girl middle school storyline. Danforth Ages 14—up Cameron Post is just beginning to come to terms with the realization that she might be a lesbian when her parents suddenly die in a car accident.
Cameron is sent to live with her conservative Aunt Ruth in rural Montana and Cam tries to keep a low profile and fit in. Then Coley Taylor moves to town and the two girls form an intense friendship. This funny and heart-breaking coming of age story is beautifully written. The twins are trying to deal with the recent separation of their parents, when the SUV carrying the whole family is in a terrible accident. Giselle is the only surviver, though in a coma. Her Aunt Leslie calls her Isabelle, and Giselle is unable to respond and correct the error.
The Awesome by Eva Darrows Ages 15—up Maggie Cunningham 17 has been raised by her monster-hunting single mother to be skilled in the art of combat, but not so good at social relationships. Maggie has successfully battled ghosts and goblins, but finding herself a boyfriend may just be a task beyond her skills. Trying to fit in with normal girls, Maggie discovers that cleaning a gun blindfolded is not a valued attribute, but she is unprepared for long conversations about shoes.
Dingo by Charles De Lint Ages 12—up Incorporating Australian folklore, this fantasy tells the tale of Michael Schreiber who discovers that his new girlfriend is something other than human. A mixture of darkness and hope, humor and mystery, and the friendship within love. Titanic Sinks!
Fictional characters supplement the recollections of actual survivors, presented in the pages of a fictional magazine. Period photographs add to the dramatic effect. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to distinguish truth from lies, and Iseult, is a Threadwitch, able to see the invisible ties that connect the people around her. Safiya is born to the nobility while Iseult comes from the despised outcasts. Safiya hides her gift, aware that if revealed she would be pressed into service by those seeking power.
The two become friends, Threadsisters bound by their shared experiences. The Twenty Year Truce is coming to an end, and the renegotiation threatens to end in war. Prince Merik, a Windwitch, joins forces with the Threadsisters, determined to fight for freedom against those who would do just about anything to capture a Truthwitch. This exciting novel is the first in the Witchlands series. Her only joy was the picture of a ballerina en pointe on a wall. At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family who encouraged her love of dancing. She was accepted at the American School of Ballet and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
This moving memoir is written by Michaela and her adoptive mother. But Ruby is a reluctant Cinderella, suspicious of her own good fortune. Emaline has been dating Luke for four years, and they plan to attend East U in the fall. Another complication is Theo, an ambitious outsider from New York, in town as part of the crew working on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Emaline finds Theo exciting, and he tries to convince her that neither Luke nor the town of Colby are good enough for a girl like her. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen Ages 12—up Sydney has always felt invisible since her parents lavish all their attention on her older brother Peyton.
When Peyton is arrested injuring another boy while drunk driving and sent to jail, her parents throw themselves into supporting Peyton. Wither by Lauren DeStefano Ages 14—up War has destroyed most of the continents, and a virus has killed all females by age 20 and males by age 25 for generations.
Healthy teenaged girls are prized as breeding stock, and Rhine is kidnapped and forced into a polygamous marriage in a lavish Florida home where Gabriel is a servant. Though pampered in her luxurious prison, Rhine wants to get back to her twin brother Rowan, and infects Gabriel with her dreams of escape.
A year later she is still struggling to find her way around her large school and finds it difficult to deal with everyday life. When a squirrel is swallowed whole by a Ulysses Super-Suction Multi-Terrain X vacuum cleaner, Flora rescues him and names him after the machine. This clever novel is a wonderful combination of realistic sadness and comedy. She decides that if she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition and get her picture in the paper, her father will see it and come home.
To win, Raymie has to learn to twirl a baton and to do good deeds. Her competition is Louisiana Elefante, a wispy orphan who claims to be the daughter of the famous Flying Elefantes, and Beverly Tapinski, a fierce girl who vows to sabotage the contest. Tragedies have influenced all three girls, and as the contest grows closer they gradually begin to trust and rely on each other.
Entwined by Heather Dixon Ages 12—up Azela, the heir to the throne, and her 11 sisters live in the half-magical world of Eathesbury. When their mother dies after a long illness, their father the King banishes the girls from his sight and goes off to war without even saying good-bye. The sisters find a secret passageway to an enchanted pavilion under the castle, where they dance all night, breaking the rules of mourning.
Illusionarium by Heather Dixon Ages 13—up Jonathan Gouden is the son and apprentice to the second-best scientist in the empire. The king demands that Dr. Gouden find a cure for the Venen plague, mysterious illness that kills women six days after being exposed. Fantillium, a new drug that allows illusionists to create a reality that others can share, offers a hope of discovering a cure before the Queen dies of the plague. This suspenseful and humorous steampunk adventure is set in an alternate London. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow Ages 13—up Set in near-future San Francisco after a terrorist attack, year-old Marcus and his friends guilty only of cutting school are arrested and interrogated by the Department of Homeland Security.
Released, techno-geek Marcus and his crew fight against the oppressive police state. Annexed by Sharon Dogar Ages 12—up On July 13, , year-old Peter van Pels and his family entered the attic that would be their home for two years. Written from the viewpoint of year-old Peter van Pels, this captivating historical novel presents a boy struggling to understand himself, religion, and the members of the Frank family who share the small living space.
Ending with reports from the death camps of Auschwitz and Mauthausen, Peter struggles to maintain his sense of identity to the very end. Secretly, Jo dreams of becoming a newspaper reported like Nellie Bly. The road trip is full of disasters, but the two girls discover that the bonds that connect them as sisters cannot be severed by a court decision. Archaeologists suspect the body is ancient and arrive in droves to study the find. Trying to earn entrance to medical school year-old Fergus is haunted by his find and confused by the hunger strike his imprisoned IRA brother has joined.
This compelling book raises questions about moral choices and highlights the impact of political conflict on innocent bystanders. Arie Mae begins writing letters to a distant cousin she has never met, hoping she might be the friend she needs. Then a visiting boy named Tom catches her interest. To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
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