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Teen input needed for best YA fiction survey
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Librarians across the country are gathering input from teen readers about their favorite fiction titles, and Charleston voices need to be heard!
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) presents an annual selection of recommended fiction titles published for readers age 12 to 18 in the past 16 months. Members of the Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee (BFYA) compile these recommendations in order to provide librarians and library workers with a resource to use for collection development and reader’s advisory purposes.
Nominated books are currently on display in the Main Library Teen Lounge with a special label affixed to their book jackets. *Please note that these books may be placed on hold and picked up at any CCPL branch.*
Readers are encouraged to submit their feedback about featured titles through a simple online form. To cast a vote, teens must give books a 1-5 star review. There also is an option to submit a detailed review. Voting will continue through December 2017, and the Best Fiction finalists and “Top Ten” lists will be released in early 2018.
Click here to learn more about the BFYA process to select and recommend titles for teen readers.
As of December 22, the following titles are nominated for inclusion within the 2018 compilation of best fiction recommendations for young adults across the country. Click a title listed below to view available formats, place a hold or locate a copy at a CCPL branch near you. Additional nominees will be added each month, so stay tuned for updates!
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin (2017)
Questioning everything after deciding to terminate an unexpected pregnancy, 17-year-old Genesis works to establish her identity apart from her ex while confronting her most painful memories and rediscovering a long-forgotten dream.
After the Fall by Kate Hart (2017)
Raychel has been part of the Richardsons' lives since she was young, but as teenagers the relationships between Raychel, Matt, and Andrew have changed. When Raychel is the victim of a rumor cycle, the boys protect her. After tragedy strikes, all must let go of first loves and move on.
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz (2017)
It's the height of the American Revolution. Alexander Hamilton, Washington's right-hand man, and Elizabeth Schuyler, a member of a prominent family, fall in love despite a rocky first meeting. However, Eliza is expected to marry a man of equal regard. Alex, an orphan, is not suitable. Will they find happiness?
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (2017)
When Bailey moves to California to live with her dad, she looks forward 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.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson (2017)
16-year-old Mary Addison has spent 7 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.
All in Pieces by Suzanne Young (2016)
After stabbing her ex-boyfriend's hand with a pencil, Savannah is sent to an alternative high school for anger management. An alcoholic father means that Savannah is the primary caretaker for her younger disabled brother. Can she meet Evan's needs and still find her own happiness?
All Rights Reserved by Gregory Katsoulis
Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (2017)
High school senior Lara Jean has much to look forward to: attending prom with her lacrosse boyfriend, getting into her first choice college, planning her father's wedding, and finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. When things don't go according to plan, Lara Jean must make some difficult decisions.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi (2017)
Fabiola Toussaint, an American born citizen raised in Haiti, tries to immigrate back to the United States 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
Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited.
Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta (2017)
Heather, on a summer trip to Scotland, realizes the design she has been cutting into her own flesh is a Celtic symbol. Learning her ancestors dabbled in blood magic, Heather wonders if there's a deeper reason that she cuts. Are seventeenth-century twins reaching out to her?
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (2017)
When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.
Bang by Barry Lyga (2017)
At four years old, Sebastian accidentally shot and killed his infant sister. Now, ten years later, he is still dealing with guilt and learning how to cope.
Beast by Brie Spangler (2016)
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?
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts—lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts.
Behind Closed Doors by Miriam Halahmy (2017)
Josie's mother is a hoarder. Tasha's mother's boyfriend keeps trying to sneak into her bedroom. Both girls are guarding these secrets. But things are changing and they will need one another's help.
Blood Family by Anne Fine (2017)
Edward is four years old when he is locked away with his mother by her abusive, alcoholic partner, Harris. By the time an elderly neighbour spots his pale face peering through a crack in the boarded-up window and raises the alarm, he is seven. Rescue comes, but lasting damage has been done. Sent to live with a kindly foster family, and then adopted, Edward struggles to adapt to normal life. Even as a teenager it's still clear to his new family and schoolmates there's something odd about him. Then one fateful day, Edward catches a glimpse of himself in a photograph. What he sees shocks him to the core - a vision of Harris. Was this monster his father all along? And does that mean that, deep down, another Harris is waiting to break out? Every step of progress Edward has made swiftly begins to unravel, and he has to decide whether his blood will determine his future.
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (2017)
Unable to use magic properly, Anna is exiled from society to Hungary. But when she's there, she discovers sinister plots involving her family. She must decide her destiny, and her decision could change the world.
Boy by Blake Nelson
Every school has them: the cool kids. The insiders. Gavin Meeks is one of them. He lives an easy life of parties, girls, snowboarding adventures and whatever else comes his way.
Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan (2017)
Taken in by a poor family in a rural village after the death of her father, Sunflower bonds with the family's only child, Bronze, who has not spoken since being traumatized by a terrible fire.
Bull by David Elliott (2017)
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.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (2017)
Scarlet and her sister Tella live with their abusive father on a small island. When invitations to attend the unique Caraval party arrive just prior to Scarlet's wedding, things seem hopeful. But nothing is as it appears at this magical party.
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson (2017)
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
Marcos Rivas yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood, away from his indifferent mom and her abusive boyfriend—which seems impossible.
Crazy Messy Beautiful by Carrie Arcos (2017)
Neruda Diaz is an artist and believes in soulmates in spite of being unlucky in love. When he's paired with white Callie Leibowitz for a school project, he hopes that has changed. His unfaithful father and a ex-con friend help him come to terms with the complications of love.
Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden (2017)
When Mariah and her young brother Zeke are freed from slavery, they set out on Sherman's long march through Georgia during the Civil War. Mariah wants to believe that the brutalities of slavery are behind them forever and that freedom lies ahead. When she meets Caleb, an enigmatic young black man also on the march, Mariah finds herself dreaming not only of a new life, but of love as well. But even hope comes at a cost, and as the treacherous march continues toward the churning waters of Ebenezer Creek, Mariah's dreams are as vulnerable as ever.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (2017)
Alosa is on a mission to find a lost treasure map for her father, the legendary pirate king. She orchestrates her own kidnapping and ingeniously acts the helpless victim to ensure her stay on a rival pirate ship. Now she must quickly find the map and plan her escape before the Captain discovers what she truly is.
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (2017)
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.
Devil's Advocate by Jonathan Maberry (2017)
Relocated to Maryland for her father's military career, Dana Scully must adjust to a new high school. On her first day of class, she wakes from a horrific dream that is later followed by an on-campus vision of a recently-killed classmate. Can the teen discover the sinister forces at work?
Devils Within by S.F. Henson
Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father in self-defense, landing in a treatment center while the state searched for his next of kin.
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (2016)
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.
The Disappeared by Francisco X Stork
In the next four days, Sara and Emiliano will each face impossible choices, between life and justice, friends and family, truth and love. But when the web closes in on Sara, only one path remains for the siblings.
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (2017)
The discovery of human remains on Rowan's family's property triggers a murder mystery investigation, and in alternating chapters, tells the story of the Oklahoma Race Riot of 1921.
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens
As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends.
Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
Zara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to the visionary director Leopold Henneman, to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love.
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera (2017)
Margot Sanchez spends her first year at Somerset Preparatory School crafting a new persona to ingratiate herself with classmates, mimicking their fashion style and their critical and supercilious attitudes towards others. After misusing her father's credit card, she must repay the debt by working all summer in the family supermarket.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (2017)
Fellow students don't know that when she's not at school, reclusive senior Eliza is LadyConstellation, creator of the wildly popular Monstrous Sea. New student Wallace is a huge fan of the webcomic, and slowly breaks through her shell. However, trying to keep her two lives separate may cost Eliza everything.
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (2017)
Rhiannon, the last princess, is traveling to her coronation when someone attempts to assassinate her. In an environment of deception and betrayal, it's hard to differentiate allies and enemies. Rhee must discover who wants her dead, claim the throne, and prevent interplanetary war.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Lee
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman (2017)
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
It's been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn't one of them.
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (2017)
In the underground city of Caverna the world's most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare - wines that can remove memories, cheeses that can make you hallucinate and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. The people of Caverna are more ordinary, but for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to show (or fake) joy, despair or fear - at a price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a little girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. For Neverfell's emotions are as obvious on her face as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, though entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed.
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether.
The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby (2017) Charlie and John are both gunning for the same scholarship to a private arts high school. For this coveted spot, they must compete in a fashion competition--and only one can win.
Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine (2017)
Although her rich, art-loving father has been absent for most of her life, sixteen-year-old arsonist Iris spends time with him during his final living days and hears a different story than the one told to her by her manipulative and money-hungry mother.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (2017)
Mariko, betrothed to the Emperor's son, is attacked on her way to the palace. To survive, she disguises herself as a man to find those responsible for her attempted murder. However, seeking answers while traveling with the Black Clan could lead to her death if they learn her identity.
Flying Lessons & other stories edited by Ellen Oh (2017)
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.
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix (2017)
Princess Anya's Quest to return one of her sister's suitors to his human form and defeat her evil step-step father grows to monumental proportions, eventually involving all sorts of magical creatures and humans across a multitude of kingdoms.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
From the author of We Were Liars, which John Green called "utterly unforgettable," comes a unique novel that showcases E. Lockhart’s unmatched ability to play with style and deliver a perfectly plotted, well-written novel with a surprise twist.
The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers (2017)
Cammi's famous mother finds herself in a tabloid scandal, leading the family to take a hiatus in L.A. where Cammi is taken for a scholarship student at her private school because she's Mexican. She goes along with this story as a social experiment, but digs herself deep into her lie.
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (2017)
Carver's three best friends are killed in a car accident soon after he sends the driver a text message. 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.
Grendel's Guide to Love and War by A. E. Kaplan (2017)
An introspective teen who takes an interest in recording the stories of his elderly neighbors enters a pranking war with the partying teenagers next door, partly to protect his father who suffers from PTSD in this clever Beowulf adaptation.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (2017)
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 leads them to a very different destiny than the one awaiting their return to England.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)
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, Khalil, by a white cop.
The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato (2017)
When fifteen-year-old Megan learns that police attribute her brother's unexpected death to a drug overdose, she refuses to accept this characterization. Megan begins an investigation to find the truth, quickly finding herself caught up in a world of blood artifacts, paranormal abilities and political intrigue.
How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat (2017)
Introverted high school student, Vicky Decker, invents a social life on social media.
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Blake (2017)
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 Sanchez
Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.
In Case You Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman
Sammy Wallach has epic plans for the end of junior year over: Sneak out to the city to see her favorite band. Get crush-worthy Jamie Moss to ask her to prom. Rock all exams (APs and driver's).
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sàenz (2017)
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 diverse novel about friendship and what it takes to become a man.
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature.
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria (2016)
In 1919 Boston, best friends Corinne and Ada perform illegally as illusionists in an infamous gangster's nightclub, using their "afflicted" blood to con Boston's elite, until the law closes in.
It's Not Like It's a Secret by Misa Sugiura (2017) When her family moves to California, 16 year old Sana Kiyohara falls for the beautiful and smart Jamie Ramirez but struggles with differences between their diverse friend groups, a boy's sweet but unrequited affection, and her father's increasingly obvious affair.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure.
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy...
Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson (2017) When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth - but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem classic Earth culture (doo-wop music, still life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go - and what he's willing to sacrifice - to give the vuvv what they want.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (2017)
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
Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe (2017)
After Julian's parents die in an accident, he moves from a loving foster home to live with his abusive Uncle Russell. Five years later, Adam, a well-liked older classmate with ADHD, provides his former foster brother Julian with an important friendship at a critical time.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (2017)
Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist (2017)
Sixteen-year-old blind teen Will Porter undergoes an experimental surgery that enables him to see for the first time, all while navigating a new school, new friends, and a crush.
Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell. Illustrated by Shadra Strickland (2017)
This accessible novel-in-verse brings readers into the lives of Richard and Mabel (Jeter) Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 despite Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, and whose determination to be a family resulted in the landmark Civil Rights decision from the Supreme Court.
Maid of the King's Court by Lucy Worsley (2017)
The daughter of politically disgraced royalty in financial straits, Eliza understands her duty to rescue her family through marriage to a man of wealth and title. When arranged marriage plans end in disaster, Eliza's only remaining option is to be groomed as a maid-of-honor in King Henry VIII's court.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America's Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world.
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2017)
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, Midnight at the Electric explores the moments that define our lives and connect us.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class.
The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius (2017)
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 Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (2017)
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
When Wendy Boychuck’s father, a Chicago cop, was escorted from their property in handcuffs, she knew her life would never be the same. Her father gets a years-long jail sentence, her family falls on hard times, and the whispers around their neighborhood are impossible to ignore.
North of Happy by Ali Alsaid
Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family, where he attends an elite international school.
Odd & True by Cat Winters
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus (2017)
Five high school students end up in detention after being caught with their phones out during class. Five students go in, but only four come out alive. All have secrets they didn't want Simon to reveal on his high school gossip app. Which student is the killer?
Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen (2017)
Petula sees danger in everything since the death of her little sister. In therapy group, she meets Jacob, outgoing despite an accident in which he lost a limb. As she slowly opens herself to hope, she learns Jacob's been keeping secrets-was she right all along to expect the worst?
Overturned by Lamar Giles (2017)
Nikki Tate's plans 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.
Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
June's life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one - and a secret one. Not even her father knows about it. She's trapped like a butterfly in a net.
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (2017)
Artist Jade has big dreams, but 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.
Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields (2017)
Marinda is a "poison maiden" whose kiss kills the Raja's enemies. When her next target is the boy she loves, she decides to try to save him, her little brother, and herself from her handlers and powers of the supernatural.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (2017)
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 agender narrator goes by the name of Radio Silence.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (2017)
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)
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)
Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume's Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It's a big day. Things go wrong. It's intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches... Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (2017)
In Juarez, 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)
Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.
A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White (2017)
Jill Cafferty is the first female pitcher in MLB history. During her initial short season with the Pittsburgh Pirates' minor league team, she feels enormous pressure to perform while facing sexism on and off the field, and loneliness from leaving right after her high school graduation.
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (2017)
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?
Slider by Pete Hautman
David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds. Not bad. But he knows he can do better. In fact, he’ll have to do better: he’s going to compete in the Super Pigorino Bowl.
Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton
Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers, but never stops dreaming of escape.
Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess (2017)
Seventeen-year-old Blade, who endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past to navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.
Sparrow by Sarah Moon
Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather stay home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT executive at a Manhattan bank, reading, or watching the birds, than play with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her.
Speed of Life by Carol Weston (2017) Missing her mother who died last year, fourteen-year-old Sofia finds an anonymous outlet for her personal questions and deep, dark secrets in the Dear Kate advice columnist until, much to her horror, Sofia's father starts dating Kate.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (2017)
Lazlo Strange is an orphan raised by monks. He dedicated his life to learning and his favorite story is of Weep, the lost fairytale city that was literally removed from memory. This is the story of his search for the magical city.
The Takedown by Corrie Wang (2017)
In this near-future mystery, Kyla Cheng, the smartest, hottest, most popular student at her Brooklyn high school, gets taken down a peg by a faked sex tape that goes viral.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (2017)
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her Oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom (2017)
Life for sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan isn't easy. As she tries to hide her bipolar disorder and grieve the loss of her older brother, it costs her old friends and threatens to affect new relationships. How will those closest to Mel react when they discover the extent of her secrets?
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.
Ultimatum by K.M. Walton (2017)
It's not Oscar's fault that he's misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he's been disrespected by his father and bullied by his self-absorbed older brother, so he withdraws from his fractured family, seeking refuge in his art. Vance wishes his younger brother would just loosen up and be cool. It was hard enough to deal with their mother's death without Oscar getting all emotional. At least when Vance pushes himself in lacrosse and parties he feels alive. But when their father's alcoholism sends him into liver failure, the two boys must come face-to-face with their demons-and each other-if they are going to survive a very uncertain future.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (2017)
Doreen is not your average teen. Sure, she worries about math homework and making friends, but she's got bigger problems too. Doreen must save the town using her assets-her luxurious squirrel tale and super squirrel strength. Can she use her squirrel super powers to defeat the evil Micro-Manager?
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder
It's 1999 in Bolivia and Francisco's life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family's cramped yet boisterous home. But when his father is arrested on false charges and sent to prison by a corrupt system that targets the uneducated, the poor, and the indigenous majority, Francisco and his sister are left with no choice.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (2017)
17-year-old Molly has 26 crushes behind her, but 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?
The Valiant by Leslie Livingston
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar.
Warcross by Marie Lu
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (2017)
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.
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold
When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she'll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she's worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh.
When I am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn (2017)
A simple mountain hike in northern California turns deadly for a group of high school students, one of whom has killed before.
When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina
In the black township of Soweto, Zanele, who also works as a nightclub singer, is plotting against the apartheid government. The police can’t know. Her mother and sister can’t know. No one can know.
Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf (2017)
Several high school students tell the story of classmate Christopher Goodman's murder -- including the person who killed him. Set in 1979, this novel is based on a true crime from the author's childhood.
Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music.
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
August is a misfit with a pyro streak and Jack is a golden boy on the varsity rugby team—but their intense friendship goes way back. Jack begins to see increasingly vivid hallucinations that take the form of an elaborate fantasy kingdom creeping into the edges of the real world.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: Wonder Woman. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning.
Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam (2017)
Steffi, bullied at school, finds solace in jazz music and in a new friendship with a retired man and former jazz musician who coaches her through learning a new instrument and tells her about his own teenage years as a musician in Sweden during WWII.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (2017)
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 home town 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
Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't.
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.