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May 15, 2018 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. The committee’s top 10 choices are identified with a star (*).
Alex, Approximately. By Jenn Bennett. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481478779).
When Bailey moves to California to live with her dad, she looks forward to tracking down the boy she’s developed an online friendship with in a classic-movie forum. But her search for “Alex” gets sidetracked by annoying surfer-boy and coworker Porter. You’ve Got Mail gets a modern and refreshing makeover.
All Rights Reserved. By Gregory Scott Katsoulis. 2017. HarlequinTeen, $18.99 (9780373212446).
In a future America where most words and gestures are copyrighted and cost money to use, Speth is confronted with a choice: accept the rules of her society or live in defiance through complete silence. Her decision sets off great upheaval in her world.
Allegedly. By Tiffany D. Jackson. 2017. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99 (9780062422644).
Sixteen-year-old Mary Addison has spent seven years in the juvenile-justice system for allegedly killing a white baby, but now that she’s pregnant with a baby of her own, she’s ready to tell the truth about what really happened that night.
American Street. By Ibi Zoboi. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062473042).
Fabiola Toussaint, an American-born citizen raised in Haiti, tries to immigrate back to the U.S. from Haiti with her mother to live with her aunt Jo and three cousins in Detroit. When her mother is detained at the airport, Fabiola must learn how to adapt to American living.
The Arsonist. By Stephanie Oakes. 2017. Dial, $17.99 (9780803740716).
Molly Mavity and Pepper Al-Yusef, both with troubles of their own, learn their lives are inextricably linked with that of Ava Dreyman, a young East German freedom fighter, when a series of mysterious messages challenges them to solve her decades-old murder.
Bad Romance. By Heather Demetrios. 2017. Holt, $17.99 (9781627797726).
Grace, a musical-theater-loving junior, is not like her friends. She lives under constant scrutiny from her mother and her stepfather, the Giant. When her crush, Gavin, starts to take an interest in her, Grace finally feels like she has a protector—until their relationship spirals out of control.
Bang. By Barry Lyga. 2017. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316315500).
At four years old, Sebastian accidentally shot and killed his infant sister. Now, 10 years later, he is still dealing with the guilt and learning to cope.
Beast. By Brie Spangler. 2016. Knopf, $17.99 (9781101937167).
Insecure about his unusually large and hairy appearance, 15-year-old Dylan feels like a freak until he meets brave and beautiful Jamie, who accepts and loves him as he is. But when he realizes she is transgender, can he return the favor?
Bull. By David Elliott. 2017. HMH, $17.99 (9780544610606).
The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is given a modern spin in this darkly humorous novel in verse. Minos’ thirst for power gets him into trouble with Poseidon. It’s Pasiphae, Minos’ wife, who pays the price, birthing a son who is half man and half bull.
Calling My Name. By Liara Tamani. 2017. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062656865).
In 1990s Houston, an African American teen navigates her middle-school and high-school years. Balancing societal pressures and familial expectations, Taja slowly finds her voice as she begins to explore her spirituality on her own terms rather than through the lens of her religious parents.
City of Saints & Thieves. By Natalie C. Anderson. 2017. Putnam, $18.99 (9780399547584).
Tina lives on the streets of Kenya and becomes part of a gang to survive. She desperately wants revenge on the man she believes killed her mother, but much of the family’s past is shrouded in mystery. Will Tina find justice?
The Closest I’ve Come. By Fred Aceves. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062488534).
It’s hard for Marcos to be in his neighborhood, but being at school isn’t much better. When a teacher recommends him for a program for struggling students, he begins to realize there may be options outside Maestra. Marcos’ coming-of-age transforms him into a different son, classmate, and friend.
Crossing Ebenezer Creek. By Tonya Bolden. 2017. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9781599903194).
In 1864, Mariah and her young brother have been liberated from the plantation where they were enslaved. They join others who are following General Sherman’s march through Georgia, including Caleb, who is working with the Union troops. New lives are within reach, but first this group will face devastating heartbreak.
Dear Martin. By Nic Stone. 2017. Crown, $17.99 (9781101939499).
After personally experiencing racism and police brutality, Justyce McAllister turns to the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through letters to Dr. King, the teen works through his frustration in an attempt to come to terms with the harsh realities faced by young black men in America today. A 2018 Morris Award finalist and a 2018 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
Defy the Stars. By Claudia Gray. 2017. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316394031).
Noemi is a 17-year-old soldier defending her planet, Genesis, against Earth. Abel is a robot programmed to fight Genesis for Earth and protect his creator. They are sworn enemies who end up trying to survive together—and, perhaps, to find a way to end the war.
Devils Within. By S. F. Henson. 2017. Skyhorse/Sky Pony, $17.99 (9781510714564).
Nate was 14 when he killed his father, the leader of a white supremacist compound called the Fort. Now with a new name, in a new state, and at a new school, Nate’s hopes for a new life are coming true, but then his past comes knocking at the door. A 2018 Morris Award finalist.
The Diabolic. By S. J. Kincaid. 2016. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481472678).
Nemesis is a Diabolic, an engineered human, created to be the deadly guardian for Sidonia, the daughter of an important galactic family. When Nemesis impersonates Sidonia at the court of the emperor, she becomes involved in a deadly game of intrigue and learns about her developing sense of humanity.
Disappeared. By Francisco X. Stork. 2017. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545944472).
In Juarez, Mexico, young girls are disappearing. Sara is a journalist for a newspaper writing the stories of these young women while constantly searching for her friend, who disappeared four months ago. But as Sara closes in on the crime ring, others are closing in on Sara and her family.
Dress Codes for Small Towns. By Courtney Stevens. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062398512).
Seventeen-year-old Billie, daughter of the local preacher, grapples with her sexuality, her feelings for her tight-knit group of friends, and why her faith so often seems to be at odds with the organized religion of the church. Is there room for her gender nonconformity in the small town she loves?
*Eliza and Her Monsters. By Francesca Zappia. 2017. Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062290137).
Fellow students don’t know that, when she’s not at school, reclusive senior Eliza is LadyConstellation, creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. New student Wallace is a huge fan of the webcomic, and he slowly breaks through her shell. However, trying to keep her two lives separate may cost Eliza everything.
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined. By Danielle Younge-Ullman. 2017. Viking, $17.99 (9780425287590).
Ingrid’s life is turned upside down when her internationally lauded, brilliant opera-star mother’s career suddenly and disastrously ends. Leaving Europe to return to the inherited family home in Canada, both she and her mother struggle to adapt to their changed lifestyle and its accompanying emotional distress.
Exo. By Fonda Lee. 2017. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545933438).
On an Earth conquered by aliens, Donovan is a 17-year-old exo, a genetically enhanced human whose exocel armor allows him to serve in the Secpac security force. When he’s captured by rebels, Donovan wrestles with the ethical dilemma of what it means to be human and what it means to be free.
A Face Like Glass. By Frances Hardinge. 2017. Abrams/Amulet, $19.95 (9781419724848).
In Caverna, an underground world, skilled craftsmen create hallucinogenic cheese, memory-erasing wine, and facial expressions that conceal emotions and motivations. Apprentice cheese maker Neverfell doesn’t know how she came to Caverna, who she can trust, or why she alone must hide her face, but her life depends on finding those answers. A 2018 Notable Children’s Book.
Far from the Tree. By Robin Benway. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062330628).
After giving up her newborn for adoption, Grace is interested in finding her own biological mother. Along the way she learns she has two biological siblings, Maya and Joaquin. Together, they face their experiences as adopted or fostered teens and find there are different ways to make a family.
The Fashion Committee: A Novel of Art, Crime, and Applied Design. By Susan Juby. 2017. Viking, $18.99 (9780451468789).
When an elite art school hosts a fashion competition, two teens are desperate to win: Charlie Dean has dreamed of designing clothing since she was young; John sees the promised scholarship as an indirect route to fulfilling his passion for metalwork. Welcome to the cutthroat, hilarious, and heartbreaking world of fashion.
Flying Lessons & Other Stories. Ed. by Ellen Oh. 2017. Crown, $16.99 (9781101934593).
Ten popular YA authors offer their own spin on growing up in this engaging and diverse collection. Middle-school and high-school students will appreciate the humor and authenticity of each story and will relish the introductions to the featured authors. A 2018 Notable Children’s Book.
Frogkisser!By Garth Nix. 2017. Scholastic, $17.99 (9781338052084).
Princess Anya’s quest to return one of her sister’s suitors to his human form and defeat her evil stepstepfather grows to monumental proportions, eventually involving all sorts of magical creatures and humans across a multitude of kingdoms.
*The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. By Mackenzi Lee. 2017. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $18.99 (9780062382801).
Henry Montague, the son of a British nobleman, embarks on a European tour with his best friend (and secret crush) Percy and his sister Felicity. Along the way, they encounter adventure and conflict that lead them to a very different destiny than the one awaiting their return to England. A 2018 Stonewall Honor Book.
*Goodbye Days. By Jeff Zentner. 2017. Crown, $17.99 (9780553524062).
Carver’s three best friends are killed in a car accident soon after he sends the driver a text message, and grief and guilt take their toll. When the grandmother of one of his deceased friends asks for a “goodbye day,” Carver agrees, hoping for closure.
*The Hate U Give. By Angie Thomas. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062498533).
Starr Carter is a black girl caught between two worlds: her poor, black neighborhood, and her suburban, mostly white high school. Occupying this liminal space becomes nearly impossible when Starr witnesses, and is forced to speak out about, the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend by a white cop. A 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, a 2018 Printz Honor Book, the 2018 William C. Morris Award winner, and a 2018 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
How to Disappear. By Sharon Huss Roat. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062291752).
Vicky, suffering from social anxiety but wanting connection, creates an online persona. As Vicurious, her photoshopped adventures gain a following, and she finally feels “seen.” Recognizing that many of her followers share her feelings of invisibility, Vicky takes steps to help eradicate that sense of #alone in others.
How to Make a Wish. By Ashley Blake. 2017. HMH, $17.99 (9780544815193).
Grace is a 17-year-old pianist who has spent most of her life taking care of her mother, Maggie. Eva is an accomplished dancer who moves to Grace’s seaside town after her mother passes away. As romance ensues, the two learn to confront grief, embrace happiness, and make decisions for themselves.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. By Erika L. Sánchez. 2017. Knopf, $17.99 (9781524700485).
Julia is an outcast in her close-knit Mexican American family, where she dreams of going away to college. When her older sister suddenly dies, Julia begins to piece together her sister’s secret life. As she grieves, Julia embarks on a mission to discover herself, unearthing her family’s past in the process.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. By Benjamin Alire Sáenz. 2017. Clarion, $17.99 (9780544586505).
High-school senior Sal has a lot on his plate as he deals with his dying grandmother, tries to control his growing anger with the prejudice of others, and ponders his relationship with his adopted father in this rich novel about friendship and what it takes to become a man.
Invictus. By Ryan Graudin. 2017. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316503075).
Farway has trained to be a time-traveling history recorder, but he fails his final exam. Disappointed, he takes a position captaining the Invictus as part of a black-market operation stealing artifacts from the past. Soon Far and his crew are in a race to stop time itself from unraveling.
It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. By Misa Sugiura. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062473417).
Moving from Wisconsin to California, Japanese American Sana finds support with a diverse group of friends. Secrets her parents keep make her less likely to open up about her own, but she learns to come to terms with her identity. Racism and lesbian romance are explored with nuance.
Jane, Unlimited. By Kristin Cashore. 2017. Penguin/Kathy Dawson, $18.99 (9780803741492).
Jane accepts an invitation to a mysterious private mansion and finds a strange home full of art, secrets, spies, a quirky cast of characters, and more questions than answers. A seemingly innocuous choice divides Jane’s story into five distinct but parallel narratives, each more bizarre than the last.
La Belle Sauvage. By Philip Pullman. 2017. Knopf, $22.99 (9780375815300).
Malcolm, a boy from an alternative Oxford, gets involved with a group of spies and learns that the nuns at the priory across the street are hiding baby Lyra from a sinister group. When a flood rages, Malcolm must rescue Lyra and keep her safe from her enemies.
Landscape with Invisible Hand. By M. T. Anderson. 2017. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763687892).
In this timely social satire, an alien race called the vuvv has colonized Earth, and most humans are jobless and broke. Adam and girlfriend Chloe capitalize on the aliens’ obsession with 1950s nostalgia by creating a retro reality show, but why does the promised bright future feel like selling out?
*The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. By Leigh Bardugo. Illus. by Sara Kipin. 2017. Macmillan/Imprint, $18.99 (9781250122520).
Traditional fairy tales are refreshingly twisted, re-created, and wrapped in gorgeous illustrations in this stand-alone collection of six short stories. The world building will be familiar to Bardugo’s fans, and readers new to her Grishaverse have the pleasure of knowing they can take further excursions into this world.
Letters to the Lost. By Brigid Kemmerer. 2017. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9781681190082).
Juliet and Declan begin writing letters, and later emails, anonymously after one exchange at the gravesite of Juliet’s mom. Soon they share personal struggles but still as strangers. When they realize their worst moments may be connected, the friendship could be over.
The Librarian of Auschwitz. By Antonio Iturbe. Tr. by Lilit Thwaites. 2017. Holt, $19.99 (9781627796187).
Dita attends the makeshift school at Block 31 in Auschwitz. Though the Nazis know about the school, they don’t know about the eight books Dita has been tasked with hiding from them at any cost. The novel is based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus.
Little & Lion. By Brandy Colbert. 2017. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316349000).
After being sent away to boarding school when her brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Suzette has returned home to L.A. for the summer. The siblings’ typically close relationship becomes strained when he secretly stops taking his medication and they both fall for the same girl. A 2018 Stonewall Book Award winner.
*Long Way Down. By Jason Reynolds. 2017. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99 (9781481438254).
Will’s brother has been shot. In this free-verse novel, Will steps into an elevator ready to head downstairs and to follow the rules he’s been taught and avenge his brother’s death when he encounters the ghosts of victims of a chain reaction caused by a shooting. A 2018 Newbery Honor Book, a 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, a 2018 Printz Honor Book, a 2018 Notable Children’s Book, and a 2018 Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
The Marrow Thieves. By Cherie Dimaline. 2017. Dancing Cat, $14.95 (9781770864863).
In a futuristic world destroyed by climate change, where most people have lost the ability to dream, Indigenous Peoples of North America are being hunted down and killed for the dream cure found in their bone marrow. Sixteen-year-old Frenchie is part of a group that bands together for survival.
Midnight at the Electric. By Jodi Lynn Anderson. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062393548).
Just before Adri leaves Earth to become one of the first human inhabitants of Mars, she finds a journal and a series of letters that spark her curiosity about her past. Told across multiple generations, this artful novel explores the moments that define our lives and connect us.
Moxie. By Jennifer Mathieu. 2017. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781626726352).
Inspired by her mom’s riot grrrl past and infuriated by sexism at her school, Vivian creates Moxie, a feminist zine, and distributes it anonymously in the girls’ bathroom. While Moxie grows in popularity, school administration lashes out against Moxie girls. Will they continue to fight back against sexism and discrimination?
The Murderer’s Ape. By Jakob Wegelius. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Peter Graves. 2017. Delacorte, $17.99 (9781101931752).
Despite being a gorilla, Sally Jones is an excellent typist, and she uses her typewriter to tell the adventure of her attempts to exonerate best friend and sailor Henry Koskela, who was wrongfully imprisoned for murder after the two of them were caught in the middle of a smuggling operation. The 2018 Mildred L. Batchelder Award winner and a 2018 Notable Children’s Book.
The Names They Gave Us. By Emery Lord. 2017. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9781619639584).
Bible camp was always Lucy’s plan for the summer. But when her mom asks her to serve instead as a counselor at a camp for youth who have experienced trauma, Lucy’s plan is thrown off course as she learns to adjust to new possibilities—both exciting and terrifying.
Neighborhood Girls. By Jessie Ann Foley. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062571854).
Everyone in Chicago knows Wendy Boychuck. Her father is a former corrupt police officer, now in prison. Unable to escape her family name, Wendy befriends some of the toughest, nastiest girls in school. But as they begin to show their true colors, Wendy finds her own strength.
Odd & True. By Cat Winters. 2017. Abrams/Amulet, $17.99 (9781419723100).
In 1909 Oregon, complex characters and beautiful world building combine as sisters Odette and Trudchen tell their stories. Od’s version has magic and monsters, but Tru begins to believe the supernatural does not exist. When Od reappears after a two-year absence, her sister must decide for herself what is true.
Overturned. By Lamar Giles. 2017. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545812504).
Nikki Tate’s scheme to escape the Vegas life by winning illegal card tournaments comes to a sudden stop when her father, a small-time casino owner, is murdered shortly after being released from jail for a homicide he did not commit.
*Piecing Me Together. By Renée Watson. 2017. Bloomsbury, $17.99 (9781681191058).
Artist Jade has big dreams, but she recognizes that coming from a rough neighborhood creates barriers. She reluctantly joins Woman to Woman, a mentoring program that promises a scholarship. Her well-intentioned mentor, also black, doesn’t understand Jade has no desire to be “saved.” Each has things to learn from the other. A 2018 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Book, a 2018 Newbery Honor Book, a 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award winner, and a 2018 Notable Children’s Book.
Radio Silence. By Alice Oseman. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062335715).
To the outside world, Frances is a shy, boring nerd who hopes to attend Cambridge University. In reality, she is a quirky bisexual artist who loves listening to and drawing fan art for Universe City, a mysterious podcast whose genderqueer narrator goes by the name of Radio Silence.
Ramona Blue. By Julie Murphy. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062418357).
Ramona thinks she knows exactly who she is, who she loves, and what her future holds, until her senior year of high school challenges her expectations, and she learns that life, love, and identity are more fluid than she thought.
Refugee. By Alan Gratz. 2017. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780545880831).
Josef (a Jewish boy in 1939), Isabel (a Cuban in 1994), and Mahmoud (a Syrian in 2015) flee their homes seeking safety. Readers will come to care deeply for each protagonist, recognizing the similarities in each of these different political periods and the universal face of courage.
Release. By Patrick Ness. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062403193).
A day in the life of Adam Thorn is chronicled as he deals with colliding issues in his life: sexuality, conservative family, lecherous boss, and friends. At the same time, the ghost of a murdered teen merges with a spirit creature, both set upon a quest for justice.
Saint Death. By Marcus Sedgwick. 2017. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781626725492).
In Juárez, the childhood friend Arturo hasn’t seen for a year comes begging for help to transport his girlfriend and infant across the Mexican border into North America. The game of calavera Arturo plays to win freedom for his friends draws him into the merciless vortex of cartels and drug trafficking.
Saints and Misfits. By S. K. Ali. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads, $18.99 (9781481499248).
Janna, a Muslim American teen, is trying to figure out how to deal with the seemingly perfect boy from her mosque who sexually assaulted her and is now spreading cruel rumors. At the same time, she’d like to find space in her life for her non-Muslim crush—who likes her, too. A 2018 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Bookand a 2018 Morris Award finalist.
Slider. By Pete Hautman. 2017. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763690700).
David Miller enjoys the world of competitive eating as an amateur only, until a blunder with his mother’s credit card forces him to enter his first competition. As he trains, he must also manage his complicated relationships with family and friends. Deft humor underscores David’s efforts to fix his mistakes.
Soldier Boy. By Keely Hutton. 2017. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374305635).
Based on a true story, this novel takes place during the Ugandan civil war, when Ricky Anywar is abducted and forced to fight in the Lord’s Resistance Army. Ricky and the other children endure unimaginable atrocities as they are trained to kill. It takes all of Ricky’s willpower to survive and escape.
*Sparrow. By Sarah Moon. 2017. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $18.99 (9781338032581).
Sparrow has a secret: her closest friends are birds. When she feels anxious, she goes to the roof and flies. One day, this practice lands her in the hospital, facing questions from the adults in her life. Slowly, she recovers, finds her voice, and makes new friends along the way.
Speed of Life. By Carol Weston. 2017. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, $16.99 (9781492654490).
Sofia and her dad try to move forward in the wake of her mother’s death last year. After the “Dear Kate” columnist visits her school, Sofia turns to her for advice. But then her dad drops a bombshell—he and Kate are dating. Sofia’s world just got way more complicated.
*Strange the Dreamer. By Laini Taylor. 2017. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316341684).
Lazlo Strange is an orphan raised by monks, and he’s dedicated his life to learning. His favorite story is of Weep, the lost fairy-tale city that was literally removed from memory. This is the story of his search for the magical city. A 2018 Printz Honor Book.
The Takedown. By Corrie Wang. 2017. Disney/Freeform, $17.99 (9781484757420).
In a near-future Brooklyn, high-school senior Kyla Cheng has it all: she’s popular, captain of the debate team, and on track to be valedictorian. When a sex video of Kyla and her English teacher goes viral, Kyla is determined to prove that the girl in the video isn’t her.
They Both Die at the End. By Adam Silvera. 2017. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062457790).
Mateo and Rufus are strangers when they receive the same phone call around midnight on September 5: they’re both going to die within 24 hours. They connect through the Last Friend app and set off on an epic adventure, hoping to make the most of every minute they have left. A 2018 Top 10 Rainbow List Selection.
Turtles All the Way Down. By John Green. 2017. Dutton, $19.99 (9780525555360).
High-school junior Aza, who struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, reconnects with childhood friend Davis after his billionaire father disappears, on the run from the police. But can Aza and her friends help Davis cope with being parentless when she’s having trouble managing her own downward-spiraling thoughts?
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky. By Melanie Crowder. 2017. Philomel, $17.99 (9780399169007).
In 1999 Bolivia, Francisco’s father is arrested on false drug charges. When Francisco and his younger sister, Pilar, are forced to move into a men’s prison with their father, Francisco must decide whether to break up his family and take his sister to live with their grandparents or stay together in the dangerous prison.
The Upside of Unrequited. By Becky Albertalli. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062348708).
Seventeen-year-old Molly has 26 crushes behind her, but she has never acted on them. Her outgoing twin, Cassie, thinks she’s got the perfect guy for Molly, but Molly’s finding herself more drawn to a nerdy coworker. Can Molly overcome her insecurities and finally take a chance?
Warcross. By Marie Lu. 2017. Putnam, $18.99 (9780399547966).
When bounty hunter and hacker Emika Chen finds herself unexpectedly entered into the exclusive Warcross championship, she is determined to get to the bottom of a dastardly plot while trying to pull off a win in the worldwide virtual-reality game.
We Are Okay. By Nina LaCour. 2017. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525425892).
Marin has isolated herself in icy New York over winter break rather than confronting the devastating memories she ran from in San Francisco. But when her best friend flies cross-country to be with her, Marin discovers that the only way to move beyond grief is to face it head-on. A 2018 Top 10 Rainbow List Selection and the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award winner.
*What Girls Are Made Of. By Elana K. Arnold. 2017. Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab, $18.99 (9781512410242).
Sixteen-year-old Nina experiences sex, betrayal, loss, and a dysfunctional home life, all while trying to understand what it means to be female in the world and whether love can ever be truly unconditional.
When Dimple Met Rishi. By Sandhya Menon. 2017. Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481478687).
Hopeless romantic Rishi Patel attends a summer coding program to meet his future wife, Dimple, per his parents’ wishes. The only problem is that independent Dimple isn’t aware of this arrangement. Sparks fly—not always the romantic kind—as, ultimately, the two teens realize that they have a lot in common.
The Wicker King. By K. Ancrum. 2017. Macmillan/Imprint, $17.99 (9781250101549).
In this beautiful, weird novel, the creative chaos of the gradually darkening pages reflects the abusive conditions best friends August and Jack live in. When Jack begins to hallucinate, August is determined to protect him. Intense pacing makes this a story readers will devour in one sitting.
Words in Deep Blue. By Cath Crowley. 2017. Knopf, $17.99 (9781101937648).
Rachel and Henry were best friends until Rachel moved away. After her brother’s death, Rachel’s world is in shambles. She returns to their hometown to work in Henry’s family bookshop, where Henry faces his own struggles. An exceptional coming-of-age exploration and ode to the power of words.
Words on Bathroom Walls. By Julia Walton. 2017. Random, $17.99 (9780399550881).
Having struggled from the age of 12 with increasing anxiety as his schizophrenia became full-blown, high-school junior Adam Petrazelli gets a chance to start over at a new school where he hopes the experimental drug trial he has begun will allow him to function as a more “typical” teen.
York: The Shadow Cipher. By Laura Ruby. 2017. HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press, $17.99 (9780062306937).
In an alternate present-day New York City, twins Tess and Theo Beidermann and their friend Jamie Cruz race to save their home from destruction. Can they solve the Old York Cipher, a mystery left behind by the Morningstar twins, geniuses whose city design was unrivaled in its technology and advancements?
You Bring the Distant Near. By Mitali Perkins. 2017. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374304904).
In 1973, sisters Tara and Sonia arrive in New York with their parents. Spanning The Brady Bunch era to the present, three generations of Das women navigate life as Americans while making choices about how their Bengali heritage defines them as individuals. A captivating story of family and identity.
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