Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth
Fire in the Streets
Set in 1968 Chicago, this powerful sequel to the multi-award-winning The Rock and the River (2009) follows Maxie, 14, who joins her older brother in the local chapter of the Black Panther Party.
The Girl with Borrowed Wings.
In Rossetti’s spellbinding debut, Frenenqer—a girl bound by her father’s strict rules—and a shape-shifting Free person with wings fly to far-flung lands. This is magic realism and paranormal romance at its best.
This dark, sophisticated novel, true to fairy-tale conventions, follows fifteenth-century Ismae, a handmaiden to Motrain, the god of Death, as she tries to protect a young duchess.
Keeping the Castle
This delicious Regency romp takes readers through the Yorkshire countryside, as 17-year-old Althea Crawley sets out on a quest to marry rich in order to secure the family’s only inheritance, a dilapidated castle. A witty spin on Pride and Prejudice.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Danforth’s ambitious, sophisticated debut follows Cameron Post, a lesbian, as she falls in love for the first time and is forced to attend God’s Promise, a church camp that attempts to “cure” young homosexuals.
My Book of Life by Angel
Using searing free verse, Leavitt tells the harrowing story of 16-year-old Angel, who prostitutes herself through a drug haze while still fighting to save 11-year-old Melli—and herself, if she can.
Never Fall Down
McCormick tells the story of a young Cambodian boy who survives the killing fields only to become a soldier with the Khmer Rouge. The authentic first-person voice makes the horror all the more unimaginable—but unforgettable, too.
Quarantine: The Loners
The best high-concept YA thriller of the year is this paranoia-soaked novel in which an infected Colorado high school is quarantined by the government, leading to various cliques that transform into warring tribes. Gritty and fearless.
Miéville continues his rampage as one of sf’s new titans with this blazingly original twist on Moby-Dick, which radically reinvents everything: a barren, railroad-snarled future; great monsters of the dirt; even language and punctuation.
An exciting new high-fantasy series begins as Seraphina is thrust into the center of a collapsing peace treaty between human and dragon kingdoms. The problem is, she’s a half-breed.