Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books for Young Adults
Thanks to something called the Detonations, civilization has been destroyed and survivors are horribly burned, scarred, and fused to whatever they happened to be near when the Detonations occurred. A postapocalyptic novel for Hunger Games fans.
So Far Away
Miserable 13-year-old cyberbullied Natalie Gallagher and lonely archivist Kathleen Lynch make a life-changing connection at the Massachusetts State Archives when Natalie brings in an old journal for a school project in this compassionate novel of human connection.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
This novel is a beautifully bittersweet mix of heartbreak and hope as 14-year-old June Elbus reels from the death of beloved Uncle Finn, a famous painter who has succumbed to AIDS, in 1987.
That’s Not a Feeling
At the Roaring Orchards School for Troubled Teens in upstate New York, the cult leader–like headmaster insists on structure and limits, but interpreting his rules isn’t easy for students Benjamin and Tidbit, whose friendship, confusion, and longing anchor this noteworthy debut.
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man
This compelling variation on Treasure Island features a boy named Cal, a sensitive and courageous guide to the cruel mysteries of adult life, who finds himself enmeshed in a moral dilemma of epic complexity.