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The Accident Season. By Moïra Fowley-Doyle. Penguin/Kathy Dawson, $17.99 (9780525429487).
Every October, Cara’s family is plagued with slips, cuts, and fatal falls during the “Accident Season.” On the eve of this year’s season, the Irish teen notices that her childhood
friend, Ellie, appears in every photo Cara’s ever taken, prompting Cara to question the
The Alex Crow. By Andrew Smith. Dutton, $18.99 (9780525426530).
Ariel, Leonard Fountain, and the Alex Crow never knew their paths were destined to converge in the woods of Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys—a strange adventure, indeed.
All the Bright Places. By
Jennifer Niven. Knopf, $17.99 (9780385755887).
Theodore Finch and Violet Markey have never met before, but the day they meet on the ledge of
their school’s bell tower, their lives become linked forever.
All the Rage. By Courtney Summers. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $18.99 (9781250021915).
Ever since Romy Grey accused the sheriff’s son of sexual assault, she’s been branded as a
slut and liar from the wrong side of the tracks. When another girl goes missing, Romy
might hold the key to finding her, but the search raises questions people would rather remain
Archivist Wasp. By Nicole Kornher-Stace. Big Mouth, $14 (9781618730978).
a ghost hunter, in a strange and brutal world, who must kill to keep her job. When the ghost
of a soldier from the distant past asks for her help, she embarks on a dangerous journey that
makes her question everything she knows.
* Audacity. By Melanie Crowder. Philomel, $17.99 (9780399168994).
This novel in verse fictionalizes the teen years of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, the leader of
the New York shirtwaist strike of 1909. Fleeing from anti-Semitic Russia, the teen and her
family struggle to adapt to their new home.
Beastkeeper. By Cat Hellisen. Holt, $16.99 (9780805099805).
Sarah’s mother abandons her family, and her father begins to transform into a monster.
Fearing for her safety, he leaves her with her grandparents in a castle in the woods.
Surrounded by magic, she must find a way to unravel her family’s curse.
Beastly Bones. By William Ritter. Algonquin, $17.95 (9781616203542).
Rook and her boss, R. F. Jackaby, are once again recruited to solve a potential supernatural
case, this time involving mysterious dinosaur bones, a murder, a thief, and cuddly kittens.
* Bone Gap. By Laura Ruby. Harper/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062317605).
In a small town full of strange happenings, Finn is determined to uncover the mystery of
Roza’s disappearance. The 2016 Michael L. Printz Award winner.
* The Boy in the Black Suit. By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781442459502).
To deal with his mother’s passing, Matt accepts a job at the local funeral home. Matt meets
Lovey at her grandmother’s funeral. The two of them share a bond that will help them both to
move past their own respective losses. A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.
* The Bunker Diary. By Kevin Brooks. Carolrhoda/Lab, $17.99 (9781467754200).
Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems is kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, where he
is joined by five other kidnapping victims. Where are they? Why have they been taken? And
can they survive?
Calvin. By Martine Leavitt. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374380731).
As a child, Calvin played with the toy Hobbes. Now Calvin is a schizophrenic teenager, and
Hobbes is back—a delusion he can’t control. If he can convince Bill Watterson to draw one
final Calvin and Hobbes comic strip with a normal teenage Calvin, will he be cured?
Carry On. By Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $19.99 (9781250049551).
Simon Snow may be the chosen one, but he would prefer to just enjoy his last year at the
Watford School of Magicks and figure out why his roommate and nemesis, Baz, is missing.
* Challenger Deep. By Neal Shusterman. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780061134111).
As Caden descends into mental illness, his visions of a descent into the deep waters of a
trench take over.
Conviction. By Kelly Loy Gilbert. Disney/Hyperion, $17.99 (9781423197386).
Braden is the only witness to a car accident that killed a police officer, and his father, a
Christian radio personality, was driving. When his long-lost older brother returns, Braden
must battle with doubts about God, his dad, himself, and the truth about what happened. A 2016 Morris Honor Book.
A Court of Thorns and Roses. By Sarah J. Maas. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9781619634442).
for the life of the faerie she killed, 19-year-old Feyre returns to Prythia with the
shape-shifter Tamlin to discover she must save the faerie lands from a blight that threatens
both the Fae and human realms.
The Darkest Part of the Forest. By Holly Black. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316213073).
Siblings Hazel and Ben try to save their town from the faerie folk they thought were
Death Coming up the Hill. By Chris Crowe. HMH, $16.99 (9780544302159).
In 1968, Ashe Douglas, 17, lives in a turbulent world—the conflict between his authoritarian
father and peace-loving mother, the political and social unrest in the nation, and the
Vietnam War itself. Afraid of being drafted, he has to make life-changing decisions.
Denton Little’s Deathdate. By Lance Rubin. Knopf, $17.99 (9780553496963).
For as long as Denton could remember, he knew the day that he was going to die—and it’s
happening in 24 hours. However, the closer Denton gets to midnight, the more he hopes that
he just might live to see another day.
Dime. By E. R. Frank. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781481431606).
Dime is a teenage girl enslaved by prostitution and a man called “Daddy.” Books and fictional worlds are her only refuge. Ultimately, she takes inspiration from them to make a bold move and achieve some form of salvation.
Dumplin’. By Julie Murphy. Harper/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062327185).
Willowdean is the heavyset daughter of a former beauty queen, a Dolly Parton enthusiast, and
small-town Texas girl. While dealing with feelings for a coworker, she and her fellow
outcasts decide to enter the beauty pageant run by Willowdean’s mother. A 2016 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
Eden West. By Pete Hautman. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763674182).
Jacob, a member of the Grace, starts questioning his deeply held faith when he meets Lynna, a
girl from the World, and Tobias, a new member of the Grace.
An Ember in the Ashes. By Sabaa Tahir. Penguin/Razorbill, $19.95 (9781595148032).
unspeakable brutality, Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier, discover their destinies are
intertwined as they struggle to find freedom from the tyranny around them.
The Emperor of Any Place. By Tim Wynne-Jones. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763669737).
Evan meets the
grandfather he has never known after his father’s sudden death. At the same time, he is
caught up in a WWII memoir about an unusual island populated by ghosts, monsters, and two
enemy castaways. What is the tragic connection between his grandfather and the book?
Everything, Everything. By Nicola Yoon. Delacorte, $18.99 (9780553496642).
Maddy has SCID, which
makes her allergic to the world, and she has not left her house since she was a baby. Now 18,
she falls in love with the boy next door and is willing to risk everything to be with him. A 2016 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Goodbye Stranger. By Rebecca Stead. Random/Wendy Lamb, $16.99 (9780385743174).
Bridge survived a bad accident, wears cat’s ears, and has made a rule with her friends: no
fighting. To make seventh grade more complicated, her story intersects with that of both a
new friend and a mysterious teenager, who is dealing with a betrayal. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book.
The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War. By David Almond and others. Illus. by Jim
Kay. Candlewick, $19.99 (9780763675547).
Eleven established young adult authors, including David Almond, Michael Morpurgo, and Marcus
Sedgwick, have written short stories based on artifacts recovered from WWI. As varied
as the objects themselves—a medal, a butter dish, sheet music—each one masterfully captures
an aspect of wartime.
The Hired Girl. By Laura Schlitz. Candlewick, $17.99 (9780763678180).
Joan runs away from her family farm, where she cooks and cleans all day for her brusque father
and brothers. In Baltimore, she is brought on as a hired girl for the Jewish family the
Rosenbachs. During the time spent under their roof, she learns about herself, religion, and
love. A 2016 Notable Children’s Book.
Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go. By Laura Rose Wagner. Abrams/Amulet, $17.95 (9781419712043).
Devastated by the 2010 Haitian earthquake, 15-year-old Magdalie’s world is
turned upside down. Despite losing her mother and being separated from her beloved cousin,
she finds the strength to survive in a chaotic and dangerous new world.
I’ll Meet You There. By Heather Demetrios. Holt, $17.99 (9780805097955).
Skylar is determined to escape her dead-end town for art school, but a new love interest and
her mother’s issues threaten to derail her plans.
Illuminae. By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Knopf, $18.99 (9780553499117).
Told in the form of a report compiling e-mails, IMs, and security footage, this chronicles the
journeys of the survivors after an interstellar catastrophe. Part Battlestar Galactica, part
zombie story, and part 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Infinite in Between. By Carolyn Mackler. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780061731075).
Five teens meet at
freshman orientation and promise to meet up again at graduation.
Kissing in America. By Margo Rabb. Harper, $17.99 (9780062322371).
After the boy Eva falls in love with moves to Los Angeles, she finagles a way for her and her
best friend, Anna, to take a bus trip from New York City to California to visit him.
Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys). By Amy Spalding. Little, Brown/Poppy, $18 (9780316371520).
makes a pact with her friend to add some romance to their lives and documents the whole thing
in a secret notebook.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye. By Cynthia Hand. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062318473).
After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles with the grief, a family
that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler
that still feel all too real.
Little Peach. By Peggy Kern. Harper/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062266958).
In a desperate attempt to find a place and family to call home, Michelle becomes a victim of
* More Happy than Not. By Adam Silvera. Soho Teen, $18.99 (9781616955601).
After enduring his father’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in
the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, 16, is already considering the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.
Out of Darkness. By Ashley Hope Pérez. Carolrhoda/Lab, $18.99 (9781467742023).
The real-life tragedy of the 1937 explosion at a school in East Texas is the backdrop for this gut-wrenching story of inspiring love and vicious racism. A 2016 Printz Honor Book.
Paper Hearts. By Meg Wiviott. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781481439831).
Based on a true story, this debut novel tells the story of how friendship sustains two girls, Zlatka and Fania, in Auschwitz.
Poisoned Apples. By Christine Heppermann. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062289575).
In 50 poems, this book explores how girls are taught to think of themselves, their bodies,
and their friends as consumers, objects, and competitors.
The Porcupine of Truth. By Bill Konigsberg. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545648936).
Carson Smith moves to Montana for the summer to spend time with his dying, estranged father.
On his first day, he meets Aisha, a girl who’s been kicked out for being a lesbian. Together,
they make a discovery that sets them off on a journey across multiple states. The 2016 Stonewall Book Award winner.
Razorhurst. By Justine Larbalestier. Soho Teen, $18.99 (9781616955441).
Set in a gritty town in 1932 Sydney, Australia, this tale follows two female orphans as they
survive murders, gang wars, and ghosts over the course of one weekend.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here. By Patrick Ness. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062403162).
With prom and
graduation weeks away, Mikey and his friends just want to enjoy their final days together,
but another story is unfolding, one that involves their classmates, a mysterious blue light,
and the end of the world.
Rook. By Sharon Cameron. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545675994).
In the distant future after a polar shift has destroyed all technology, Sophia has been
helping political prisoners escape their executions by working as the Red Rook. But to save
her family from ruin, she must marry wealthy Rene—who has secrets of his own.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. By Stephanie Oakes. Dial, $17.99 (9780803740709).
While languishing in a juvenile detention center following an assault conviction, 17-year-old
Minnow Bly relives the events that led to her imprisonment, including the mystery surrounding
her cult leader’s death and the loss of her hands. A 2016 Morris Honor Book.
Saint Anything. By Sarah Dessen. Viking, $19.99 (9780451474704).
Sydney lives in the shadow of her older brother—everyone’s favorite. When he makes a terrible
choice that lands him in jail, everything changes. Sydney might be able to escape to a new
school and new romance, but she can’t escape her family’s problems.
* Shadowshaper. By Daniel José Older. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545591614).
Sierra Santiago was amped for her summer of painting murals and hanging with friends before
noticing the murals were fading faster than normal. Another street artist, named Robbie, is the
only one who can help her to unlock this mystery. A 2016 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Show and Prove. By
Sofia Quintero. Knopf, $17.99 (9780375847073).
In the summer of 1983, Smiles and Nike experience the pains of growing up in the South Bronx.
* Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. By Becky Albertalli. Harper/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062348678).
Simon is falling in love for the first time. Over e-mail, if that’s even possible. A 2016 Rainbow Project Book and the 2016 William C. Morris Award winner.
* Six of Crows. By Leigh Bardugo. Holt, $18.99 (9781627792127).
Presented an offer too lucrative to refuse, gang leader Kaz Brekker and his team of convicts,
runaways, and thieves set out to smuggle an imprisoned scientist from an impenetrable Fjerdan
fortress only to face treachery and betrayal along the way.
Skyscraping. By Cordelia Jensen. Philomel, $17.99 (9780399167713).
In this novel in verse, high-school-senior Mira must come to terms with discovering that her father is gay and living
A Song for Ella Grey. By David Almond. Delacorte, $16.99 (9780553533590).
Claire poetically narrates the epic love story of her best friend, Ella Grey, and the mysterious Orpheus as romance, death, and mythology swirl together in a modern retelling of the classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice.
These Shallow Graves. By Jennifer Donnelly. Delacorte, $19.99 (9780385737654).
As she digs deep for answers about her father’s untimely death, Jo Montfort discovers all is
not what it seems in her upper-class environs of nineteenth-century New York City.
Thirteen Days of Midnight. By Leo Hunt. Candlewick, $13 (9780763678654).
When Luke Manchett’s estranged father passes away, he inherits a dangerous host of ghosts that threaten everyone he holds dear. He must figure out how to banish or control them before they reach the height of their power in 13 days—Halloween night.
The Truth Commission. By Susan Juby. Viking, $18.99 (9780451468772).
As a nonfiction project, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the truth commission, through
which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets,
while Norm’s famous sister reveals unsettling truths of her own.
Under a Painted Sky. By Stacey Lee. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399168031).
Samantha and Annamae are thrown together when they are forced to hide from the law and pose
as boys as they travel the Oregon Trail in 1849.
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. By Teresa Toten. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780553507867).
Attending a young adult OCD support group (and falling in love) helps Adam deal with his OCD and face
the truth about his home life. A 2016 Schneider Family Book Award winner.
Walk on Earth a Stranger. By Rae Carson. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062242914).
Leah Westfall, a girl with the ability to sense gold, disguises herself as a boy to make the
dangerous journey to California in 1849.
The Walls around Us. By Nova Ren Suma. Algonquin, $17.95 (9781616203726).
Ori and Vee have been inseparable since they met in ballet class as little girls, but a
horrible crime tears them apart. Amber has visions of a new inmate who will change the fate
of everyone in her correctional facility. The two narratives alternate in this ghostly tale
of magic realism.
The Weight of Feathers. By Anna-Marie McLemore. St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne, $18.99 (9781250058652).
The Palomas and Corbeaus are rival performing troupes, each with its own set
of mysteries. In this book of forbidden love—and with a hint of magic—Lace and Cluck develop
a relationship first fueled by superstition but then by so much more. A 2016 Morris Honor Book.
When Everything Feels like the Movies. By Raziel Reid. Arsenal Pulp, $15.95 (9781551525747).
To Jude/Judy, school is like a film set: outside of school, Jude/Judy is the reviled star who
attracts all of the paparazzi. Jude/Judy doesn’t and doesn’t want to—and those stars always
attract attention. A 2016 Top 10 Rainbow Project Book.
Wolf by Wolf. By Ryan Graudin. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316405126).
In a world where the Axis powers won the war, Yael uses a unique ability to compete against
19 other teenagers in a motorcycle race from Germany to Japan.
The Wrath and the Dawn. By Renée Ahdieh. Putnam, $17.99 (9780399171611).
A romantic, sumptuous reimagining of the legend of Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights.
* X. By Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763669676).
fictionalized account of Malcolm X’s teen years poignantly presents the young man’s struggles
with identity, racism, and crime. A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.
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