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October 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Best Fiction for Young Adults
The Best Fiction for Young Adults list is compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and comprises fiction appropriate for ages 12 to 18. Titles published in 2010 are noted; all others were published in 2011. The committee’s top 10 choices are identified with a star (*).
Akata Witch. By Nnedi Okorafor. Viking, $16.99 (9780670011964).
American-born Sunny lives in Nigeria and is an athlete but, being albino, can only play at night. She is a misfit until she discovers soul mates, juju, and latent magical powers.
Anna and the French Kiss. By Stephanie Perkins. 2010. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525423270).
Anna can’t believe her father is sending her away to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school. She’s infuriated . . . until she meets gorgeous Etienne St. Clair.
Anna Dressed in Blood. By Kendare Blake. Tor, $17.99 (9780765328656).
Moving from town to town, Cas slays murderous ghosts, seeking revenge for the death of his father. Along the way, he meets Anna Dressed in Blood and discovers new insights into the complexities of ghosts. A 2012 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
The Apothecary. By Maile Meloy. Illus. by Ian Schoenherr. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399256271).
When Janie’s family moves to London in 1952, she makes friends with Benjamin, and they become involved in saving England—with the help of a bit of magic.
Ashfall. By Mike Mullin. Tanglewood, $16.95 (9781933718552).
After a supervolcano erupts under Yellowstone, Alex, who has been left home alone for the weekend, treks through the ash and snow-covered terrain to find his family.
Beauty Queens. By Libba Bray. Scholastic, $18.99 (9780439895972).
When an airplane full of teenage beauty queens crashes on a remote island, the surviving girls are forced to push themselves to the limits in order to survive.
The Beginning of After. By Jennifer Castle. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780061985799).
When her family is killed in an accident, Laurel must find a way to deal with the aftermath and begin her life anew.
The Berlin Boxing Club. By Robert Sharenow. Illus. by the author. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780061579684).
The fact that Karl is Jewish has never been an issue, but suddenly, in 1934, it is. But when he trains under a champion boxer, the sport becomes Karl’s refuge.
Between. By Jessica Warman. Walker, $17.99 (9780802721822).
Following a night of partying on her family’s boat, Liz is awakened by a loud, thumping noise—her body hitting the side of the boat.
*Between Shades of Gray. By Ruta Sepetys. Philomel, $17.99 (9780399254123).
In 1941, Lina and her family are taken from their home in Lithuania and sent to Siberia, where, despite horrific conditions, Lina maintains hope that she will survive. A 2012 William C. Morris Award Finalist and a 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
The Big Crunch. By Pete Hautman. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545240758).
June wasn’t looking for love, until she literally crashed into Wes and found it.
Bitter End. By Jennifer Brown. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316086950).
Alex has fallen head over heels for Cole, the charming and sweet new boy at school, but his love comes with dangerous consequences.
Bitter Melon. By Cara Chow. Egmont, $16.99 (9781606841266).
Destined for an outstanding university and medical career, Frances rebels against her Chinese “tiger mom” by taking speech instead of calculus and finds her voice.
Blink and Caution. By Tim Wynne-Jones. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763639839).
Homeless teens Blink and Caution become entangled in a blackmail scheme gone wrong, and their survival depends on confronting current threats as well as painful secrets from their past.
The Blood Lie. By Shirley Reva Vernick. Cinco Puntos, $15.95 (9781933693842).
On his sixteenth birthday, Jack Pool realizes a lie he didn’t tell could be deadly.
Blood Red Road. By Moira Young. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781442429987).
As a pit fighter, Saba must constantly fight to save herself, but when her twin brother is captured, she sets off on a quest to find him.
Bronxwood. By Coe Booth. Scholastic/Push, $17.99 (9780439925341).
Tyrell has a lot on his plate: his dad’s out of jail, he needs to find equipment for a DJ gig, and he has two potential love interests in Jasmine and Adonna. A 2012 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Brooklyn, Burning. By Steve Brezenoff. Carolrhoda/Lab, $17.95 (9780761375265).
This story follows Kid for two summers of pain, loss, music, and love on the streets of Brooklyn, New York.
Chime. By Franny Billingsley. Dial, $17.99 (9780803735521).
In a complex alternate universe, Briony thinks she has committed murder. Puzzling out the truth involves her sister and a new love.
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales. By Chris Van Allsburg and others. Illus. by Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton, $24.99 (9780547548104).
The illustrations introduced in Allsberg’s 1984 collection, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, are reprinted and accompanied by equally mysterious and haunting stories crafted by some of today’s top writers.
Close to Famous. By Joan Bauer. Viking, $16.99 (9780670012824).
Foster has a big secret: she can’t read. But with the help of a retired movie star, Foster overcomes her struggles—and wins over hearts with her exceptional baked goods. A 2012 Schneider Family Book Award winner.
Cryer’s Cross. By Lisa McMann. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $16.99 (9781416994817).
When two classmates disappear without explanation, Kendall knows that she is the only one who can find them. A 2012 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
The Dark City. By Catherine Fisher. Dial, $16.99 (9780803736733).
Relic Master Galen and his apprentice, Raffi, must travel to the ruined city of Tasceron to restore Galen’s psychic gifts and find a powerful object to bring back the Old Order, which is under siege.
*Daughter of Smoke and Bone. By Laini Taylor. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316134026).
Karu questions how she came to be raised by the chimera Brimstone. When she meets the seraph Akiva, events unfold that could answer her questions—but at a great cost.
Dead End in Norvelt. By Jack Gantos. Farrar, $15.99 (9780374379933).
Being grounded for the entire summer might be the best thing that could have happened to Jack and his blood-spurting nose. The 2012 Newbery Award winner and a 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
Delirium. By Lauren Oliver. Harper, $17.99 (9780061726828).
Deadly amor deliria nervosa (or love) has been eliminated with a surgical cure. But, as disturbing details about a loveless life are revealed, Lena wonders if the cure is really safer than infection.
Desert Angel. By Charlie Price. Farrar, $16.99 (9780374317751).
Angel knows that her mom’s old boyfriend is a hunter and determined to kill her, and her need to survive unwittingly puts those trying to save her at risk.
Divergent. By Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062024022).
Beatrice lives in a society where people are divided into five factions that determine work, lifestyle, and even friendships. Unusual results on her faction aptitude tests place her in danger. A 2012 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Dreamland Social Club. By Tara Altebrando. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525423256).
Jane adjusts to her new home on Coney Island and rediscovers memories of her mother, who grew up there, by spending time with fun, quirky friends.
Enclave. By Ann Aguirre. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (9780312650087).
Freak Hunters Deuce and Fade are exiled from their underground enclave and face even greater dangers aboveground. A 2012 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Entwined. By Heather Dixon. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062001030).
After their mother’s death, Azalea and her 11 younger sisters discover a secret passage to a forbidden, enchanted pavilion and find that neglecting the rules has a price.
*Everybody Sees the Ants. By A. S. King. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316129282).
As he struggles to find himself, Lucky faces a bully, meets a girl, and tries to bring his POW/MIA grandfather home from meetings that take place in his dreams.
Exposed. By Kimberly Marcus. Random, $16.99 (9780375866937).
Liz and Kate have been best friends for years, but when Kate accuses Liz’s brother of raping her, Liz finds that losing a friend—and remaining loyal to your family—can be difficult. A 2012 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
The False Princess. By Eilis O’Neal. Egmont, $16.99 (9781606840795).
After Sinda learns she is a stand-in for the real princess, she uncovers treachery and betrayal at work to overthrow the crown, and she decides to intervene.
The FitzOsbornes in Exile. By Michelle Cooper. Knopf, $17.99 (9780375858659).
As Hitler begins his conquest of Europe, the FitzOsborne royals try to save their home while caught up in London’s social scene.
Fixing Delilah. By Sarah Ockler. 2010. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316052092).
After her estranged grandmother’s death, Delilah, her mother, and her aunt sort through the estate while also working on their relationships.
The Floating Islands. By Rachel Neumeier. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375847059).
Trei longs to join the Kajuraihi, the floating island defenders with wings powered by dragon magic. Meanwhile, Araene’s secret aspirations to become a chef are thwarted by society’s restrictions on women.
*The Girl of Fire and Thorns. By Rae Carson. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062026484).
After being kidnapped, Princess Elisa, bearer of the Godstone and secret wife of a king, is forced to hike across a desert and ends up in a horrific war. A 2012 William C. Morris Finalist.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. By Catherynne M. Valente. Illus. by Ana Juan. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (9780312649616).
September is excited, puzzled, confused, and thrilled on her quest through Fairyland.
Guantanamo Boy. By Anna Perera. Albert Whitman, $17.99 (9780807530771).
While visiting family in Pakistan, 15-year-old Khalid Ahmed is captured, imprisoned, and tortured at Guantánamo Bay Prison after he is falsely accused of being a terrorist.
*How to Save a Life. By Sara Zarr. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316036061).
Jill, who is grieving the death of her father, is appalled that her mother is adopting a baby and giving the pregnant mother, Mandy, a home . . . but Mandy’s got a story of her own.
Huntress. By Malinda Lo. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316040075).
A small group undertakes a desperate quest on behalf of the Fairy Queen that could save the world—but it may destroy them in the process.
Hush. By Eishes Chayil. 2010. Walker, $16.99 (9780802720887).
After many years, Gittel finally knows why her friend Devory took her own life, yet when Gittel tries to tell, her ultraconservative Jewish community won’t listen.
I Am J. By Cris Beam. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316053617).
Transgender J, a genetically assigned female, struggles against family, friends, and body to become the man that he really is. A 2012 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Icefall. By Matthew J. Kirby. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545274241).
Solveig and her siblings, including the young Viking heir, must take refuge in a hidden fortress; however, in spite of Berserker guards, they may not be safe.
I’ll Be There. By Holly Goldberg Sloan. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316122795).
Sam and Riddle Boarder move constantly with an unstable, criminal father, and all they have is each other until they meet Emily, a girl who recognizes their pain.
The Iron Thorn. By Caitlin Kittredge. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385738293).
A coded message sends Aoife, the only female student in a steampunk engineering academy, on a dangerous quest for her mad brother.
Island’s End. By Padma Venkatraman. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399250996).
Unexpectedly chosen as the spiritual leader of her island tribe, Uido takes on the challenge of protecting her people from the strangers who keep landing on their island.
I Will Save You. By Matt de la Peña. Delacorte, $16.99 (9780385738279).
After time spent in a group home, Kidd is getting his life back on track at the beach, but then Devon returns to cause trouble.
Jasper Jones. By Craig Silvey. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375866661).
Charlie’s life in a small Australian town is turned upside down when Jasper Jones knocks on his bedroom window late one night and asks for help disposing of a body. A 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.
Karma. By Cathy Ostlere. Penguin/Razorbill, $17.99 (9781595143389).
While taking her mother’s ashes back to India, Maya gets separated from her father during an uprising and must find her way back to him.
Lark. By Tracey Porter. HarperTeen, $15.99 (9780061122873).
Lark is attacked and left to die tied to a tree. Her image appears to friends, pleading for someone to listen to her story in order to save her spirit.
The Last Little Blue Envelope. By Maureen Johnson. HarperTeen, $16.99 (9780061976797).
Months after Ginny was led around Europe by little blue envelopes from her deceased aunt, a mysterious guy contacts her. He has the last envelope.
Legend. By Marie Lu. Putnam, $17.99 (9780399256752).
June is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?
*Leverage. By Joshua C. Cohen. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525423065).
An unlikely friendship between a stuttering, emotionally shattered, talented football player and a short, competitive gymnast creates a bond that may help them stand up to three football bullies.
Liar’s Moon. By Elizabeth C. Bunce. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545136082).
Digger finds her magical skills useful when she is commissioned to solve the mystery behind the murder of her friend’s wife. But can she do it without losing her heart?
Lola and the Boy Next Door. By Stephanie Perkins. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525423287).
Two years ago, Lola’s neighbor Cricket broke her heart and then moved away. Now he’s back, but she’s moved on with her rock-band boyfriend, Max . . . right?
The Lost Hero. By Rick Riordin. 2010. Disney/Hyperion, $18.99 (9781423113393).
Jason, Piper, and Leo discover they are the half-blood children of the Greek gods and embark on a quest to rescue Hera from her captors.
Miles from Ordinary. By Carol Lynch Williams. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $16.99 (9780312555122).
Lacey desperately wants to be “normal” and not have to watch over mentally ill Momma . . . but then Momma disappears.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. By Ransom Riggs. illus. Quirk, $17.99 (9781594744761).
On a remote island off the coast of Wales, Jacob tumbles into a time loop and discovers the peculiar children of his grandfather’s childhood.
*A Monster Calls. By Patrick Ness. Illus. by Jim Kay. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763655594).
The monster comes for Conor just after midnight, again and again. That is, until he’s ready to share how he feels about his mom’s cancer. A 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
My Name Is Mina. By David Almond. Delacorte, $15.99 (9780385740739).
Through the process of writing in her journal, Mina, a misfit, discovers herself.
My Name Is Not Easy. By Debby Dahl Edwardson. Marshall Cavendish, $17.99 (9780761459804).
Alaskan Inupiaq young people are forced to forsake their families and culture for a harsh parochial boarding school hundreds of miles away.
The Name of the Star. By Maureen Johnson. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399256608).
Rory’s arrival at a boarding school in London coincides with a series of Jack the Ripper–type murders, and only Rory can see the murderer.
Now Is the Time for Running. By Michael Williams. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316077903).
As Zimbabwe disintegrates under its new leadership, Deo’s village is brutally attacked, and he can only save his brother, Innocent, who is mentally disabled.
Okay for Now. By Gary Schmidt. illus. Clarion, $16.99 (9780547152608).
After discovering Audubon’s original paintings in a folio at the library, Doug sets off on a quest to restore the missing pages to the book. A 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
Orchards. By Holly Thompson. Illus. by Grady McFerrin. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385739771).
After a classmate’s unexpected death, biracial Kana Goldberg is sent to her family’s farm in Japan to reflect on her participation in events that led up to the suicide.
Out of Shadows. By Jason Wallace. Holiday, $17.95 (9780823423422).
The Rhodesian Bush War is over, but Robert, who has just arrived from the UK., discovers that, for his privileged classmates, the war goes on.
Past Perfect. By Leila Sales. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $16.99 (9781442406827).
Chelsea reluctantly returns to work at the colonial reenactment park with her ex-boyfriend, Ezra. Also, she (treasonously) falls for a Civil War reenactor in the annual prank war between the two parks.
Payback Time. By Carl Deuker. Houghton, $16 (9780547279817).
Student sports reporter Mitch investigates his football coach on suspicion of corruption in order to determine why the best athlete at his high school does nothing but stand on the sidelines.
Pearl. By Jo Knowles. Holt, $16.99 (9780805092073).
After Pearl’s grandfather dies, a multitude of family secrets are revealed that threaten to change everything—even her relationship with her best, and only, friend, Henry.
The Piper’s Son. By Melina Marchetta. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763647582).
Two years after Tom’s grief-stricken behaviors alienated his friends and family, he acknowledges he needs support, but his friendships may be irreparably damaged.
Prized. By Caragh M. O’Brien. Roaring Brook, $16.99 (9781596435704).
The leadership in Sylum is threatened by Gaia and attempts to control her by systematically separating her from everyone she loves, including her infant sister and her boyfriend.
Queen of Hearts. By Martha Brooks. Farrar, $16.99 (9780374342296).
Marie-Claire, a young Canadian woman, and several of her family members are diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent to a sanatorium in 1940. A 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
Queen of Water. By Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango. Delacorte, $16.99 (9780385738972).
As a small child, Ecuadorian Virginia is sent off to work as an unpaid nanny and maid in the home of a wealthy couple. Based on a true story of one woman’s struggles and triumphs.
Recovery Road. By Blake Nelson. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545107297).
Maddie struggles in rehab until she meets Stewart and falls in love. It’s only when they get out of rehab and into the real world that the true challenges begin. A 2012 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Red Glove. By Holly Black. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781442403390).
Cassel’s adjustment to being a curse worker is hindered by his unusual family of cons, an unpredictable mother, a girlfriend who is the Mob boss’ daughter, and the FBI agents who are on his trail.
Ruby Red. By Kerstin Gier. Tr. by Anthea Bell. Holt, $16.99 (9780805092523).
Gwen upsets her family when she inherits the time-traveling gene instead of her cousin Charlotte. Soon Gwen finds herself unexpectedly involved in mysterious, dangerous, and intriguing circumstances.
The Running Dream. By Wendelin Van Draanen. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375866678).
After a school-bus accident, high-school runner Jessica has her leg amputated below the knee, and she must gather all of her reserves to put her life back together. A 2012 Schneider Family Book Award winner.
*The Scorpio Races. By Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545224901).
Sean and Puck fall in love when each is desperate to win the Scorpio Races, an annual event involving wild meat-eating horses racing on the beach. A 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
Sean Griswold’s Head. By Lindsey Leavitt. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (9781599904986).
In order to avoid thinking about her dad’s multiple sclerosis, Payton picks an object to focus on instead: the head of the boy in front of her in class. The problem is, she starts to fall for him.
*Shine. By Lauren Myracle. Abrams/Amulet, $16.95 (9780810984172).
When Cat’s friend is brutally beaten in a hate crime, Cat feels driven to find out the truth about the assault and the attackers.
Something like Hope. By Shawn Goodman. 2010. Delacorte, $16.99 (9780385739399).
After living for nearly a decade in foster homes and detention centers, Shavonne must face her past as she prepares to move out of the system on her eighteenth birthday.
The Space Between. By Brenna Yovanoff. Penguin/Razorbill, $17.99 (9781595143396).
When her brother, Obie, disappears, Daphne, a half demon, half fallen angel, goes to earth to find him and enlists the help of the boy she believes last saw him alive.
Stay. By Deb Caletti. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $16.99 (9781442403734).
To escape her obsessive ex-boyfriend, Clara and her father spend the summer in a small beach town, where new relationships change their lives.
Stick. By Andrew Smith. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9780312613419).
Stick and his brother, Bosten, must lean on each other to survive their abusive family, until Bosten is kicked out and must survive on his own.
Strings Attached. By Judy Blundell. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545221269).
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Kit flees to Broadway for a role in a musical. When the musical closes, her ex-boyfriend’s father gets her a job with dangerous strings attached.
Stupid Fast. By Geoff Herback. Sourcebooks/Fire, paper, $9.99 (9781402256301).
As football recruitment brings new friends, Felton tries to keep his mother’s depression, and his own insecurities, hidden.
The Survival Kit. By Donna Freitas. Farrar, $16.99 (9780374399177).
A paper bag filled with six objects pushes Rose past her grief over her mother’s death, which has caused her to withdraw from the world.
Ten Miles Past Normal. By Frances O’Roark Dowell. Atheneum, $16.99 (9781416995852).
Tenth grade is a challenge for Janie, who wants to be normal rather than known as “Stink Girl” for the goat manure on her shoes, or for her mom who blogs about their alternative lifestyle.
Texas Gothic. By Rosemary Clement-Moore. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385736930).
Amy, the “sensible” one in a paranormal family, finds her normalcy challenged by an attractive boy, dead bodies, goats, the ghost of Mad Monk, and a feud with her neighbors.
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. By Kenneth Oppel. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781442403154).
Fifteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein stops at nothing to save his ailing twin, helping create the elixir of life from a formula found in a hidden library of forbidden texts.
This Thing Called the Future. By J. L. Powers. Cinco Puntos, $16.95 (9781933693958).
Khosi navigates her future in a postapartheid South African shantytown where folk medicine competes with traditional medicine, older men lure teenage girls, and witches might still exist.
Threads and Flames. By Esther Friesner. 2010. Viking, $17.99 (9780670012459).
Raisa left Poland to join her sister in America, but when she arrives, Henda is nowhere to be found. To support herself, Raisa gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.
A Time of Miracles. By Anne-Laure Bondoux. Tr. by Y. Maudet. 2010. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385739221).
Blaise, an orphaned teen, recounts his attempts to escape the war-torn Caucasus region and gain French citizenship. In moments of despair, storytelling revives his passion for survival.
*Under the Mesquite. By Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Lee & Low, $18.95 (9781600604294).
When Lupita’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, there are big changes for this tight-knit Mexican American family. A 2012 William C. Morris Award Finalist, the 2012 Pura Belpré Author Award winner, and a 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
Virtuosity. By Jessica Martinez. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $16.99 (9781442420526).
Carmen’s passion in life is the violin, and her main competitor at a major competition is the infuriating, yet compelling, Jeremy. She begins to wonder—is there more to life than being the best?
Warp Speed. By Lisa Yee. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.99 (9780545122764).
Marley and his AV geek friends avoid the bullies while arguing the merits of Star Wars versus Star Trek.
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic. By Allan Wolf. Candlewick, $21.99 (9780763637033).
Experience this fateful historic event from the point of view of 24 different voices, including those of the passengers, the captain, and the iceberg itself.
A Web of Air. By Philip Reeve. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545222167).
Using her knowledge of electricity, Fever Crumb escapes London with a traveling theater company. She meets Arlo Thursday, and they join forces to build a flying machine.
What Can(t) Wait. By Ashley Hope Pérez. Carolrhoda/Lab, $17.95 (9780761361558).
Seventeen-year-old Mexican American Marisa has dreams of going away to college and becoming an engineer, but family issues make this a difficult challenge.
What Happened to Goodbye. By Sarah Dessen. Viking, $19.99 (9780670012947).
Since her parents’ divorce, McLean has moved frequently. In each new town, she puts on a different persona, but in Lakeview, she discovers the desire to be herself—whoever that is.
Where I Belong. By Gillian Cross. Holiday, $17.95 (9780823423323).
Khadj leaves Somalia for England in order to work and send money home to her family. But her modeling job for a famous designer leads to danger.
Where She Went. By Gayle Forman. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525422945).
Three years after Mia left for New York, Adam is still reeling from her virtual disappearance when an accidental meeting brings them back together.
Where the Streets Had a Name. By Randa Abel-Fattah. 2010. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545172929).
Hayaat believes soil from her ancestral homeland may save her dying grandmother. But retrieving it requires a dangerous, illegal crossing of the wall dividing Jerusalem’s West Bank.
Where Things Come Back. By John Corey Whaley. Atheneum, $16.99 (9781442413337).
Cullen’s tired of small-town life and expects to spend the summer before his senior year fighting off boredom and dreaming of girls—then his younger brother disappears. The 2012 Michael L. Printz Award winner and the 2012 William C. Morris Award winner.
White Crow. By Marcus Sedgwick. Roaring Brook, $15.99 (9781596435940).
Rebecca meets Ferelith in Winterfold, a town being inexorably eaten by the sea. They explore a haunted mansion on the cliffs, where dastardly experiments on the afterlife were done years ago.
Why We Broke Up. By Daniel Handler. Illus. by Maira Kalman. Little, Brown, $19.99 (9780316127257).
After Min and Ed break up, Min takes the box of memorabilia she has collected and writes Ed a letter about each item and its relationship to their breakup. A 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.
Wither. By Lauren DeStefano. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781442409057).
In a future where a girl’s life expectancy is 20, 16-year-old Rhine is sold into a life of luxury as a “sister wife,” but her only desire is freedom.
Wonderstruck. By Brian Selznick. Illus. by the author. Scholastic, $29.99 (9780545027892).
Alternating between dramatic wording and stunning pictures, this chronicles the journeys of Ben and Rose, 50 years apart, who are both searching for the missing pieces to their surprisingly connected lives. A 2012 Schneider Family Book Award winner and a 2012 Notable Children’s Book.
Words in the Dust. By Trent Reedy. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $16.99 (9780545261258).
Zulaikha, an Afghani girl with a cleft palate, is ridiculed for her looks, but her predetermined future could change with the arrival of American military.
You against Me. By Jenny Downham. Random/David Fickling, $16.99 (9780385751605).
When Mikey’s sister is raped by Ellie’s brother, he vows to get even by pretending to be interested in Ellie, who only wants to protect her brother. Instead, their worlds collide in surprising ways.
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