2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Each year, YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults list after ALA's Midwinter Meeting. This year’s list of 98 books was drawn from 175 official nominations. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

In addition to the full list, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list, denoted here by an asterisk.

“This year’s list has something for everyone. From a middle-grade book about a kid auditioning on Broadway to a young-adult novel about a town infected with murderous rage, the list reflects the wide interests of teen readers,” said BFYA Chair Sarah Townsend. “The committee’s dedication to reading broadly and discussing the merits of each of our 175 nominated titles has produced a list of which we are proud.”

The members of the 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee are: Sarah Townsend, chair, Suffolk Public Library, Suffolk, Virginia; Alicia Blowers, St. Stephens & St. Agnes School, Alexandria, Virginia; Edith Campbell, Indiana State University Cunningham Memorial Library, Terre Haute, Indiana; Valerie Davis, Campbell County Public Library, Newport, Kentucky; Rebecca Denham, Harris County Public Library, Spring, Texas; Suzzanne Fuchs, Bismark, North Dakota; Beth Klein, Prospect Heights Public Library, Prospect Heights, Illinois; Carol Maples, Central Junior High, Pollok, Texas; Abby Moore, University of South Dakota University Libraries, Vermillion, South Dakota; Lisa Morris-Wilkey, Casa Grande Union High School, Casa Grande, Arizona; Laura Panter, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, New York; Candace Reeder, Northport-East Northport Public Library, Northport, New York; Cathy Rettberg, Menlo School Library, Atherton, California; Jennifer Thompson, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York; Julie Vaught, Florence County Public Library, Florence, South Carolina; Sandy Craft, administrative assistant, Moorehead State University Camden-Carroll Library, Moorehead, Kentucky, Ann Kelly, Booklist Consultant.

2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Avasthi, Swati. Chasing Shadows. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780375863424; $17.99.

In this novel/graphic-novel hybrid, Holly and Savitri each fight to save themselves and their friendship after a ruthless killer ends Chase's life.

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. The Naturals. Hyperion/Miramax, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781423168232; $17.99. 

A natural profiler, 17-year-old Cassie joins a special teen FBI program and finds herself immersed in a world where everything is not as it seems.

Beaudoin, Sean. Wise Young Fool. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316203791; $18.00.

Wannabe rock star Ritchie Sudden is spending 90 days in juvie—just enough time to tell his tale of lust, loss, and, of course, rock-and-roll.

*Berry, Julie. All the Truth That’s In Me. Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780670786152; $17.99. 

Judith is a pariah after her tongue is cut out. But when war threatens her village she must find her voice.

Bick, Ilsa J. The Sin Eater’s Confession. Lerner/Carolrhoda Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780761356875; $17.95.

In a small Wisconsin town, rumors about Jimmy and Ben ruin Ben’s life and brutally end Jimmy’s.  Three years later, Ben decides to set the record straight.

Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316213103; $19.00.

Welcome to Coldtown, a quarantined city for vampires, the infected, and humans. The price for residence, however, is that you can never leave.

Blagden, Scott. Dear Life, You Suck. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt Children’s Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780547904313; $16.99.

Cricket's life is wrought with pain and his future looks bleak. Should he become a professional fighter, a drug dealer, or just end it all?

Bradbury, Jennifer. A Moment Comes. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781416978763; $16.99. 

Lives collide when three teens from different backgrounds become ensnared in the turmoil of the India-Pakistan partition.

Brenna, Beverley. The White Bicycle. Red Deer Press, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780889954830; $12.95.

Taylor is spending a summer in France, hoping to prove that she has the wherewithal to live a life independent from her mother. But sacrebleu! Things take an unexpected turn.

Brown, Teri. Born of Illusion. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780062187543; $17.99.

In the glitterly world of 1920s New York City, Anna must learn to use her psychic powers before the threats foretold in her visions become reality.

Buzo, Laura. Love and Other Perishable Items. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780375870002; $17.99.

When 15-year-old Amelia falls for her 22-year-old supermarket coworker, Chris, things get messy. Clean-up on Aisle 7.           

Carriger, Gail. Etiquette & Espionage. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316190084; $17.99.

Proper etiquette is most important for young ladies, but so is knowing how to correctly conceal a weapon.

*Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Freakboy. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780374324728; $18.99.

What do you do when your outside doesn't match your inside? In this free-verse novel, Brendan, a gender-questioning teen, wrestles with his identity.

Cokal, Susann. The Kingdom of Little Wounds. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763666941; $22.99.

A princess's death and an errant prick of a needle influences the fate and fortunes of a royal seamstress and a mute nursemaid.

Coley, Liz. Pretty Girl-13. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780062127372; $17.99.

Angela disappeared. For her it was only three days but three whole years have passed. As she assimilates back into society, she begins to understand the changes the time away has wrought. 

Cooner, Donna. Skinny. Scholastic/Point, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780545427630; $17.99.

Ever Davies hopes that a risky weight-loss surgery might vanquish the cruel voice inside her head named “Skinny.” But losing weight does not mean losing her insecurities.

De La Peña, Matt. The Living. Random House/Delacorte Press, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385741200; $17.99.

Shy is working on a cruise ship when a tsunami crash-lands him upon a remote island, where he and his friends must work to solve a mystery. This quick-paced thriller never flinches from class-based issues.

DeStefano, Lauren. Perfect Ruin. Illustrated by Teagan White. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781442480612; $17.99.

The brutal murder of a teenage girl causes Morgan to question the safety of her city, the role of the government, and her place in Internment.

Dubosarsky, Ursula. The Golden Day. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763663995; $15.99. In 1967, 11

Australian schoolgirls accompany their teacher on an outing to the local gardens. But when they return to the school without her, they find their lives have changed forever.

Engle, Margarita. The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN: 9780547807430; $16.99.

This fictionalized story of Cuban writer Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda explores how she learned to capture the power of the written word.

Farizan, Sara. If You Could Be Mine. Algonquin Books/Algonquin Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781616202514; $16.95.

Sahar and Nasim are two girls in love in modern-day Iran. Will Sahar dare to change her whole self to be with the one she loves?

*Federle, Tim. Better Nate Than Ever. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781442446892; $16.99.

Broadway enthusiast Nate ventures out on his own from suburban Pittsburgh to the Big Apple for a chance at musical stardom. Hilarity ensues.

Feinstein, John. Foul Trouble. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780375869648; $16.99.

Danny Wilcox and Terrell Jamerson are seniors, best friends, and basketball stars, but they're about to learn the true cost of their talents.

Flores-Scott, Patrick. Jumped In. Macmillan/Henry Holt, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780805095142; $16.99.

After moving across the country to live with his grandparents, Sam withdraws from everyone. Poetry and an unlikely friendship might be the only things that can draw him out.

Forman, Gayle. Just One Day. Penguin/Dutton Juvenile, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780525425915; $17.99.

One day in Paris with a free-spirited Dutch boy changes everything for reserved American teen, Allyson.

Foxlee, Karen. The Midnight Dress. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780375856457; $16.99.

Rose sews herself a dress so perfect that it might change her life forever. Told in lush prose and a vividly realized Queensland setting, this will mesmerize readers.

Gansworth, Eric. If I Ever Get Out of Here. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780545417303; $17.99.

It seems everything is working against Lewis; he really needs is a friend. It sure doesn’t help that George, the one friend he does find, lives outside of his reservation.

Gardner, Sally. Maggot Moon. Illustrated by Julian Crouch. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763665531; $16.99.

When an injured “astronaut” hides out in Standish's basement, Standish begins to see through the Motherland's façade and question accepted truths.

Goodman, Carol. Blythewood. Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780670784769; $17.99.

Haunted by dreams of a beautiful boy with wings, Avaline arrives at Blythewood, the school her mother disappeared from so many years before.

Goodman, Shawn. Kindness for Weakness. Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385743242; $16.99. 

Desperate for his brother's approval, James takes the rap for a drug dealing charge. Once incarcerated, James ends up fighting for his life.

Griffin, Adele. Loud Awake and Lost. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385752725; $16.99.

Ember returns home eight months after a car crash left her with injuries and amnesia. Can she remember those weeks leading to the accident and rediscover herself?

Gruener, Ruth, Jack Gruener and Alan Gratz. Prisoner B-3087. Scholastic Press, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780545459013; $16.99.

Six years, 10 concentration camps. Despite cruelty, starvation, and hard labor, Yanek is determined to survive as he clings to hope.

Hassan, Michael. Crash and Burn. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780062112903; $18.99.

Crash is far from an ideal hero. Burn, on the other hand, is often considered a psycho. But neither realizes how much their lives depend on each other.

Healey, Karen. When We Wake. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316200769; $17.99.

Teegan, cryogenically frozen after being shot, is defrosted 100 years later and must find her place in a drastically altered world.

Keil, Melissa. Life in Outer Space. Peachtree Publishers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781561457427; $16.95.

The nerdy world of Sam and his friends is knocked off balance when Camilla moves to town, challenging the limits of their friendships and the possibilities of romantic love.

King, A. S. Reality Boy. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316222709; $18.00.

Twelve years ago, Gerald Faust became known as “The Crapper” after defecating on reality TV.  Now 17, he struggles to control his persistent anger and allow himself to emotionally connect.

Knowles, Jo. Living With Jackie Chan. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763662806; $16.99.

Moving to live with Uncle Larry was supposed to be Josh's fresh start, but the cries from the baby upstairs remind Josh of the life he has left behind.

Koertge, Ron. Coaltown Jesus. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763662288; $16.99.

It's not every day that you enter your room and discover Jesus waiting for you. Unfortunately, Walker isn’t being given free answers from on high, but rather irreverent advice.

Konigsberg, Bill. Openly Straight. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780545509893; $17.99.

Just because you like boys doesn't mean it's the only thing that defines you as a person. In order to prove it, Rafe enlists in a new school to live a label-free life.

Kraus, Daniel. Scowler. Random House/ Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385743099; $16.99.

Ry is haunted by memories of an abusive father. When the father returns to have his revenge, Ry summons his imaginary childhood protectors to save his family.

Laban, Elizabeth. The Tragedy Paper. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780375870408; $17.99. 

Tim is crushed after being assigned the worst room at this boarding school.  But it is there he finds an important gift that will change his understanding of love and friendship.

LaFevers, Robin. Dark Triumph. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt /Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780547628387; $17.99.

Sybella, a trained assassin, is sent back to live with her father, a sadistic Lord. When she defies him, she must battle to stay alive.

Lake, Nick. Hostage Three. Bloomsbury USA, 2013; ISBN 13; 9781619631236; $17.99.

Amy's self-absorbed view of the world changes dramatically when her family's yacht is hijacked by Somali pirates.

Lanagan, Margo. Yellowcake. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780375869204; $16.99.

With her characteristic style, Lanagan presents 10 tales that speak of witchcraft, magic, monsters and beasts. Don't be afraid; they won't bite. Not always, anyway.

Levithan, David. Two Boys Kissing. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780307931900; $16.99.

Harry and Craig are going for the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss, and everyone is watching, including generations of gay men that have gone before them.

London, Alex. Proxy. Penguin/Philomel, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780399257766; $17.99.

As Knox's proxy, Syd takes the punishment when his wealthy patron breaks the rules. When Syd faces a death sentence, he discovers that the one who has cost him his life is the only one who can save him.

Lu, Marie. Prodigy: A Legend Novel. Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780399256769; $17.99.

With their world on the brink of collapse, June and Day become pawns of the Patriots in a plot that may destroy or save the Republic--and their love.

Lyga, Barry. Game. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316125871; $17.99.

Someone is playing a deadly game.  Can Jazz Dent, the son of history's most famous serial killer, follow the clues to NYC, stop the murders and win the game?

Lynch, Chris. Pieces. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781416927037; $16.99.

The death of his older brother, Duane, leaves Eric empty. By finding Duane’s “pieces” and meeting the recipients of his donated organ, Eric hopes to become whole again?

Maas, Sarah J. Crown of Midnight. Bloomsbury USA, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781619630628; $17.99.

Celaena Sardothian is the evil king’s assassin, but her loyalty lies elsewhere, putting her and those she loves in danger.

Madison, Bennett. September Girls. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780061255632; $17.99.

During a dreamy summer spent at the beach, Sam falls for Dee-Dee, a girl with a strange connection to the sea. 

Marchetta, Melina. Quintana of Charyn: The Lumatere Chronicles. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763658359; $18.99.

The promise of war keeps Quintana hidden from those men who would surely kill her and the child she carries -- and from Froi, who will do anything to find her.

Marillier, Juliet. Raven Flight. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780375869556; $16.99.

To save her people from the evil king, Neryn sets out from Shadowfell in search of the Guardians so that she might learn how to harness her powers.

Marr, Melissa and Tim Pratt, ed. Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316212946; $18.00.

Eighteen powerhouse YA authors pen short stories inspired by their favorite classic tales.

Martin, T. Michael. The End Games. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780062201805; $17.99.

The zombie apocalypse would be an awesome “game,” if Michael and his younger brother weren’t living it. By becoming the “Game Master,” Michael protects fragile Patrick or their journey to find safe haven.

*McNeal, Tom. Far Far Away. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780375849725; $17.99.

Jeremy Johnson Johnson's life is full of delicious cakes, funny pranks, and dangerous mistakes. It's almost like he's living in a modern fairy tale.

Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763658595; $16.99.

It doesn't take much to throw off someone's day, but when Yaqui Delgado threatens Piddy, her entire world is rocked.

Metzger, Lois. A Trick of the Light. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780062133083; $17.99.

What’s wrong with Mike? According to the voice in his head, he’s just fine. But how can that be, considering his anorexia and family trauma?

Meyer, Marissa. Scarlet. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780312642969; $17.99.

In this sci-fi retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Scarlet finds herself drawn to the rugged, mysterious Wolf as she searches for clues about her missing grandmother.

Moser, Elise. Lily and Taylor. Groundwood Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781554983346; $16.95.

Taylor thought she could put the violence of her old life behind her by starting over in a new place. Her boyfriend, however, has different plans.

Moskowitz, Hannah. Teeth. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781442465329; $17.99.

On a remote island, Rudy meets two characters who will change his life forever: a naive princess and a “fish-boy” named Teeth.

Murdoch, Emily. If You Find Me. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781250021526; $17.99.

Carey and Janessa have lived isolated in the woods for ten years, but when their father finds them they can no longer hide from their dark past.

Ness, Patrick. More Than This. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763662585; $19.99.

Seth dies and then wakes up in what he believes to be hell, alone, naked, and confused in a seemingly deserted world.

Nielsen, Susin. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. Tundra Books, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781770493728; $17.95.

Forced by his therapist to keep a journal, 13-year-old Henry shares humorous insights as he navigates a new school and struggles to reconcile his love for his older brother, who murdered another student before turning the gun on himself.

Pitcher, Annabel. Ketchup Clouds. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316246767; $18.00.

In a series of letters to a death row inmate, Zoe tells the story of how she fell for two brothers and the heartbreaking aftermath.

Poblocki, Dan. The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe. Scholastic, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780545402705; $16.99.

Gabe and Seth believed the Hunter was imaginary, but this nasty urban legend may actually be coming for them.

Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316221337; $18.00.

On the day that Leonard Peacock brings a gun to school, it will be small gesture that will decide his fate, as well as those around him.

Rhodes, Morgan. Falling Kingdoms. Penguin/Razorbill, 2012; ISBN 13: 9781595145840; $18.99. 

After peace is disrupted, three kingdoms fight for power and four teens find their lives forever intertwined.

Rosoff, Meg. Picture Me Gone. Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780399257650; $17.99.

Can Mila’s powers of observation help find her dad’s missing friend? Rosoff delivers a subtle and incisive look at one perceptive 12-year-old.

*Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781250012579; $18.99.

Eleanor has bright red hair and a thrift store wardrobe. Park wears “guyliner” and reads comics. They don’t fit in anywhere except with each other.

Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781250030955; $18.99.

Online, Cath is famous.  In real life, at her first year in college she is a nobody.  Can she navigate being just Cath without her fan fiction to hide behind?

Sales, Leila. This Song Will Save Your Life. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; ISBN 13: 9780374351380; $17.99.

After a failed suicide attempt, Elise finds that you can’t change who you are. But sometimes, if you just listen to the voice inside, the song you hear will save your life.

Sanderson, Brandon. The Rithmatist. Tor/Tor Teen, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780765320322; $17.99.

Joel dreams of becoming a Rithmatist but must resign himself with studying the art. When Rithmatist students at his school begin disappearing, Joel is determined to uncover the truth.

Sanderson, Brandon. Steelheart. Random House/Delacorte Press, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385743563; $18.99.

Eight-year old David witnessed the death of his father at the hand of the powerful Epic Steelheart.  Ten years later, he's out for revenge.

Seamon, Hollis. Somebody Up There Hates You. Algonquin Books/Algonquin Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781616202606; $16.95.

When you’re a 17-year old guy with terminal cancer stuck in hospice with a bunch of old people, only one thing is certain: somebody up there hates you.

*Sedgwick, Marcus. Midwinterblood. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781596438002. $17.99.

On a remote, mysterious island in Scandinavia, two souls seek each other out again and again through seven stories that span centuries.

*Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Penguin/Philomel, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780399256929; $17.99.

Life can be sleazy in the Big Easy especially for 17-year-old Josie, who's itching to get out of New Orleans and start a better life.

Shepherd, Megan. The Madman’s Daughter. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780062128027; $17.99.

Juliet escapes London to follow her father, Dr. Moreau, to a remote tropical island where she discovers dark secrets, danger, and love.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by 7s. Penguin/Dial Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780803738553; $16.99.

Willow has never fit in anywhere, but when her adoptive parents are killed in a car crash, everything changes in the most unexpected way.

*Smith, Andrew. Winger. Illustrated by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781442444928; $16.99.

Fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean navigates the twists and turns of boarding school with the help of his rugby teammates and his best friend, with whom he is helplessly in love.

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Dream Thieves. Scholastic, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780545424943. $18.99.

The search for Glendower continues, but Ronan’s ability to bring items out of his dreams puts the Raven Boys and Blue in danger.

Strasser, Todd. Fallout. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763655341, $16.99.

Scott's house is the only one in the neighborhood with a bomb shelter. When the unthinkable happens, 10 people must survive for two weeks in a room meant for only four.

*Sullivan, Tara. Golden Boy. Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780399161124; $16.99.

Can you put a price on an albino's life? In Tanzania, you can.

Taylor, Laini. Days of Blood and Starlight. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780316133975; $18.99.

Karou and Akiva find themselves taking opposite sides in an escalating war as each encourage opposite rebellions to make their dreams of peace into reality.

Terrill, Cristin. All Our Yesterdays. Disney-Hyperion, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781423176374; $17.99.

Em must make the ultimate choice: save a loved one or save the world. She only has four days to decide.

Terry, Chris L. Zero Fade. Curbside Splendor, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780988480438; $12.00.

Kevin’s eight wild days begin with a terrible haircut from his mom. Dude needs a fade! He already knows Aisha thinks his butt is puffy, but she needs to take better notice.

Thompson, Holly. The Language Inside. Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385739795; $17.99.

Leaving her beloved Japan after the tsunami, Emma feels as if she has left half of herself behind, but a volunteer job offers the healing properties of both poetry and romance.

Vanderpool, Clare. Navigating Early. Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780385742092; $16.99.

At a boarding school in Maine, two boys dealing with loss embark upon a fantastic quest on the Appalachian Trail in which the surreal and real collide.

Vaughn, Lauren Roedy. OCD, the Dude, and Me. Penguin/Dial, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780803738430; $16.99.

Danielle, OCD sufferer and social outcast, writes a “me-moir” – a collection of English essays, private journal entries, emails, and letters, which chronicles her tumultuous senior year in high school.

Wasserman, Robin. The Waking Dark. Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780375868771. $17.99.

After the Killing Day, teen survivors fight to save their town and their loves from a plague of madness.

*Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. Disney-Hyperion, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781423183099; $17.99.

During World War II, a female transport pilot is captured and sent to a German concentration camp where she bears witness to starvation, corporal punishment, and medical experimentation.

West, Kasie. Pivot Point. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780062117373; $17.99.

Both of clairvoyant teen Addie’s possible future paths are full of love and loss. So which will she choose?

Westrick, Anne. Brotherhood. Penguin/Viking Juvenile, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780670014392; $17.99.

Shadrach looks up to Jeremiah, but when he starts to understand the true meaning of Brotherhood, he must decide for himself where his loyalties reside.

Winters, Cat. In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Abrams/Amulet Books, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781419705304; $16.95.

Mary Shelley does not hold with the Spiritualism fad consuming America in 1918, but when her sweetheart dies, she finds herself haunted by both a spirit and a mystery.

Woolston, Blythe. Black Helicopters. Candlewick, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780763661465; $15.99.

Taught to fear Those People who control the Black Helicopters, Valley becomes a violent statement for a cult of "patriots."

Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780399162411; $18.99.

After surviving four waves of destruction, Cassie must trust a mysterious boy in order to rescue her brother and fight an invasion of murderous human lookalikes.

Yovanoff, Brenna. Paper Valentine. Penguin/Razorbill, 2013; ISBN 13: 9781595145994; $17.99.

As if being haunted by her dead best friend isn’t enough, Hannah is falling in love with a juvenile delinquent and there’s a serial killer on the loose.

Zarr, Sara. The Lucy Variations. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN 13: 9780316205016; $18.00.

Lucy has always played piano to please others, but after walking away from the profession, she meets a young piano teacher who begins to show her another way.