BFYA Nominations

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Updated December 2, 2015

Ahdieh, Renée. The Wrath & The Dawn. G.P. Putnam's Sons. 2015. 416 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-17161-1. A romantic, sumptuous re-imagining of the legend of Scheherazade and the Arabian Nights.

Alameda, Courtney. Shutter. Feiwel & Friends. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-1-250-04467-9. Micheline Helsing comes from a distinguished line of tetrachromats, trained from childhood to destroy monsters and ghosts.  When a ghost attacks a hospital, her impetuous decision to engage initiates a violent countdown that will threaten her family, colleagues, and everything she knows and loves.

Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Balzer + Bray. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-34867-8.  Simon is falling in love for the first time. Over email, if that’s even possible.

Almond, David. A Song for Ella Grey. Delacorte Press. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-0-553-53359-0. Claire poetically narrates the epic love story of her best friend Ella Grey and the mysterious Orpheus as romance, death, and mythology swirl together in a modern retelling of the classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Almond, David. The Tightrope Walkers. Candlewick Press. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67310-9. In post-WWII Northern England, Dominic grows to adulthood, walking the tightrope between the rough shipyard life and the possibility of a future elsewhere with his lifelong friend Holly.

Arnold, David. Mosquitoland. Viking Books For Young Readers. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-0-451-47077-5. Mim's Dad and new stepmom uprooted Mim from her Ohio home, and moved her to
Mosquitoland, aka Mississippi.  A few days before Labor Day, Mim learns that her mom is sick back in Cleveland.  She quickly decides to hop on a bus and go to back to Cleveland.

Arnold, Elana. Infandous. Carolrhoda Books/Carolrhoda LAB. 2015. 200 p. ISBN: 978-1-467-73849-1. Fairy tales and Greek mythology intertwine in this Venice Beach, CA story of sexuality, art, and mother-daughter relationships.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Doubt Factory. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2014. 496 p. ISBN: 978-0-3162-2975-0. Alix's life of privilege and comfort is dramatically upended by a series of elaborate acts of vandalism and the intriguing young man behind them. When Moses and his group kidnap her and tell their stories, she faces disturbing questions and difficult decisions about what she has always believed and trusted.

Banash, Jennifer. Silent Alarm. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-25789-6. Alys deals with the aftermath of a school shooting committed by her older brother.

Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Henry Holt & Co. 2015. 480 p. ISBN: 978-1-627-79212-7. Made an offer too lucrative to refuse, gang leader Kaz Brekker and his team of convicts, runaways, and thieves set out to smuggle an imprisoned scientist from an impenetrable Fjerdan fortress, only to face treachery and betrayal along the way.

Barzak, Christopher. Wonders of the Invisible World. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-39279-2. Aidan, seventeen, is missing memories from his childhood. When an old friend comes back into his life, a family secret begins to unravel, one that his mother has worked hard to hide.  Aidan starts to figure out the secrets that tie his family to a dark past.

Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-21307-3. Siblings Hazel and Ben try to save their town from the faerie folk they thought were friendly.

Bond, Gwenda. Lois Lane: Fallout. Switch Press. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-1-630-79005-9. Teenage Lois Lane uncovers a mystery involving fellow students at her new school in Metropolis.

Bow, Erin. The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace). Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-44271-8. Greta is a Child of Peace, held by the AI Talis to ensure that her father will not wage war on any other nation. Another detainee, Elian, refuses to follow Talis’ rules. When Elian's father declares war against Greta's homeland, their fate (and the world’s) is at risk.

Bowman, Erin. Vengeance Road. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-544-46638-8. Kate hears screaming over the hill near her homestead. She rides home to find her farm burning and her father hanging dead in the tree. With a burning need for retribution, and her father's secrets haunting her, she sets off down Vengeance Road.

Brockenbrough, Martha. The Game of Love and Death. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 9780545668347. Love and Death meddle in the lives of Flora, a pilot and singer, and Henry, an aspiring jazz bassist, in 1930s Seattle.

Brooks, Kevin. The Bunker Diary. Carolrhoda Books/Carolrhoda Lab. 2015. 264 p. ISBN: 978-1-4677-5420-0. Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems is kidnapped and transported to an underground bunker, where he is joined by five other kidnapping victims. Where are they? Why have they been taken?  And can they survive?

Brugman, Alyssa. Alex as Well. Henry Holt and Company. 2015. 224 p. ISBN: 978-1-627-79014-7. As she struggles to establish her identity as a girl, Alex, born intersexual but raised as a boy, must make an agonizing break from a family relationship made toxic by uncertainties, conflicting information, unilateral decisions, and secrecy. She finds courage in budding friendships, unexpected support, and her own convictions.

Cameron, Sharon. Rook. Scholastic Press. 2015. 464 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-67599-4. In the distant future after a polar shift has destroyed all technology, Sophia has been helping political prisoners escape their executions by working as the Red Rook. But to save her family from ruin, she must marry wealthy Rene. To her surprise, her fiancé has secrets of his own!

Carson, Rae. Walk On Earth a Stranger. Greenwillow Books. 2015. 448 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-24291-4. Leah Westfall, a girl with the ability to sense gold, disguises herself as a boy to make the dangerous journey to California in 1849.

Crossan, Sarah. Apple and Rain. Bloomsbury. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-1-619-63690-3. Rain's mother suddenly reappears after 11 years, and Rain must choose between her Grandmother and her Mom. But will living with Mum be what Rain wants after all?

Crowder, Melanie. Audacity. Philomel Books. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-16899-4. A novel-in-verse that fictionalizes the teen years of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, the leader of the New York shirtwaist strike of 1909. Fleeing from anti-Semitic Russia, the teen and her family struggle to adapt to their new home.

Crowe, Chris. Death Coming up the Hill. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2014. 208 p. ISBN: 978-0-544-30215-9. In 1968, Ashe Douglas, 17, lives in a turbulent world -- the conflict between his authoritarian father and peace-loving mother; the political and social unrest in the nation; and the Vietnam War itself. Understandably afraid of being drafted, he has to decide what he believes and make life-changing decisions.

Danticat, Edwidge. Untwine. Scholastic Press. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-42303-8. Giselle struggles to piece her life back together after surviving a car crash that killed her identical twin sister, Isabelle.

Demetrios, Heather. I'll Meet You There. Macmillan/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-805-09795-5. Skylar is determined to escape her dead-end town for art school, but a new love interest and her mother's issues threaten to derail her plans.

Dessen, Sarah. Saint Anything. Viking Books. 2015. 432 p. ISBN: 978-0-451-47470-4. Sydney lives in her older brother’s shadow. Payton is everyone’s favorite, including their parents. When he makes a terrible choice that lands him in jail, everything changes, and not for the better. She can escape to a new school and a new romance, but she can’t escape her family’s problems.

Donnelly, Jennifer. These Shallow Graves. Delacorte Press. 2015. 496 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-73765-4. As she digs deep for answers about her father's untimely death, Jo Montfort discovers all is not what it seems in her upper class environs of 19th century New York City.

Falkoff, Michelle. Playlist for the Dead. HarperTeens. 2015. 288 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-31050-7. After his best and only friend, Hayden, commits suicide, Sam struggles to find understanding and closure in the playlist Hayden left behind for him.

Farish, Terry. Either the Beginning or the End of the World. Carolrhoda Lab. 2015. 200 p. ISBN: 978-1-467-77483-3. Sofie and her dad are fine living alone in a small New Hampshire fishing village, but along comes a young vet with PTSD and Sofie's Cambodian mom, and suddenly Sofie needs to find her place in the larger world.

Fowley-Doyle, Moïra. The Accident Season. Kathy Dawson Books. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0-525-42948-7. Every October, Cara's family is plagued with slips, cuts, and fatal falls during The Accident Season. On the eve of this year's season, the Irish teen notices that her childhood friend, Ellie, appears in every photo Cara's ever taken, prompting Cara to question the family curse, in this ghostly tale.

Frank, E.R. Dime. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-43160-6. Dime is a teen-age girl enslaved by prostitution and a man named "Daddy." Books and fictional worlds are her only refuge. Ultimately, she takes inspiration from them to make a bold move and achieve some form of salvation.

Gilbert, Kelly Loy. Conviction. Disney-Hyperion. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-1-423-19738-6. Braden is the only witness to the car accident that killed a police officer. His father, a Christian radio personality, was driving. When his long-lost older brother returns, Braden must battle with doubts about God, his dad, and himself as he struggles to tell the truth about what happened.

Gratz, Alan. Code of Honor. Scholastic Press. 2015. 288 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-69519-0. When videos air showing his older brother, Darius, engaged in terrorism in Afghanistan, Kamran Smith, an Iranian-American, is determined to prove them inaccurate. Abandoned by friends, but finding help from a surprising source, he escapes from government detention and sets outs on a dangerous mission to clear his brother's name.

Graudin, Ryan. Wolf by Wolf. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-40512-6. In a world where the Axis powers won the war, Yael uses a unique ability to compete against 19 other teenagers in a motorcycle race from Germany to Japan.

Grey, Melissa. The Girl at Midnight. Delacorte Press. 2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-74465-2. A human girl named Echo is drawn into an epic battle between two underground realms of unusual people (the bird-like Avicen and the dragon-like Drakharin) in this vivid contemporary fantasy.

Groth, Darren. Are You Seeing Me? Orca Book Publishers. 2015. 288 p. ISBN: 978-1-459-81079-2. After their father's death, twins Justine and Perry take a road trip from Australia to the Pacific Northwest. Perry, autistic and set to enter an independent living situation, wants to check out seismic activity and a fabled sea monster; Justine wants to meet with their mother, who left years earlier.

Hahn, Rebecca. The Shadow Behind the Stars. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2015. 256 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-43571-0. Chloe and her sister Fates are changed by a mortal girl who shows them the beauty and heartache of what it means to be human.

Hand, Cynthia. The Last Time We Say Goodbye. HarperTeen. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-31847-3. After her younger brother, Tyler, commits suicide, Lex struggles to work through her grief in the face of a family that has fallen apart, the sudden distance between her and her friends, and memories of Tyler that still feel all too real.

Hardinge, Frances. Cuckoo Song. Harry N. Abrams. 2015. 416 p. ISBN: 978-1-419-71480-1. When Triss wakes up after an accident she can't remember, the 12-year-old realizes that she isn't who she thought she was. With a scared sister and an insatiable hunger, she tries to uncover her family's secret from a sinister Architect.

Hautman, Pete. Eden West. Candlewick. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67418-2. Jacob, a member of the Grace, starts questioning his deeply held faith when he meets Lynna, a girl from the World, and Tobias, a new member of the Grace.

Hellisen, Cat. Beastkeeper. Henry Holt and Company. 2015. 208 p. ISBN: 978-0-805-09980-5. Sarah's mother abandons her family, and her father begins to transform into a monster. Fearing for her safety, he leaves her with her grandparents in a castle in the woods. Surrounded by magic, she must find a way to unravel a curse that has haunted her family for generations.

Heppermann, Christine. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. Greenwillow Books. 2014. 128 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-28957-5. In fifty poems, this book explores how girls are taught to think of themselves, their bodies, and their friends as consumers, as objects, as competitors.

Howell, Simmone. Girl Defective. Atheneum Books. 2014. 320 p. ISBN: 978-1-442-49760-3. When girls go missing, bricks are hurled through shop windows, and a mysterious hot guy shows up to work in the family record store.  Sky finds herself immersed in mystery, friendship, and romance.

Hunt, Leo. 13 Days of Midnight. Candlewick. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67865-4. When Luke Manchett's estranged father passes away suddenly, he inherits a dangerous host of ghosts that threaten the safety of everyone he holds dear.  He must figure out how to banish or control them before they reach the height of their power in 13 days—on Halloween night.

Hutchinson, Shaun David. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. Illustrated by Christine Larsen. Simon Pulse. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-40310-8. Convinced he should have died in the accident that killed his parents and sister, sixteen-year-old Drew lives in a hospital, hiding
from employees and his past, until Rusty, set on fire for being gay, turns his life around. Includes excerpts from the superhero comic Drew creates.

Jensen, Cordelia. Skyscraping. Philomel Books. 2015.  352 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-16771-3.
High school senior Mira must come to terms with discovering that her father is gay and living with HIV.

Juby, Susan. The Truth Commission. Illustrated by Trevor Cooper. Viking Books. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-451-46877-2. As a project for her creative non-fiction module at a school for the arts, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the truth commission, through which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets, while Norm's famous sister reveals unsettling truths of her own.

Kaufman, Amie and Kristoff, Jay. Illuminae: The Illuminae Files_01. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2015. 608 p. ISBN: 978-0-553-49911-7. Told in the form of a report compiling emails, IMs, and security footage, Illuminae chronicles the journeys of the survivors after an interstellar catastrope. Part Battlestar Gallactica, part zombie story, and part 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Kern, Peggy. Little Peach. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 2015. 208 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-6695-8. In a desperate attempt to find a place and family to call home, Michelle becomes a victim of human trafficking.

King, A.S. I Crawl Through It. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-33409-9. This ambitious, surreal title explores the lives of four teens—one builds an invisible helicopter, one becomes a human digestive tract, one whose hair grows with her lies, and one who refuses to remove her lab coat—and how they cope with the demands of school and lingering personal trauma.

Knowles, Jo. Read Between the Lines. Candlewick Press. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-66387-2. Meet ten individuals who are given the finger by someone or give it to someone. Merely rude? "Read between the lines," as a frustrated English teacher urges her students, to understand the motivations behind and reactions to the gesture.

Konigsberg, Bill. The Porcupine of Truth. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-64893-6. Carson Smith moves to Montana for the summer to spend time with his dying, estranged father. On his first day he meets Aisha, a girl that’s been kicked out for being a lesbian. Together, they make a discovery that sets them off on a journey across multiple states.

Kornher-Stace, Nicole. Archivist Wasp. Big Mouth House. 2015. 256 p. ISBN: 978-1-618-73097-8. Wasp is a ghost-hunter in a strange and brutal world who must kill to keep her job. When the ghost of a soldier from the distant past asks for her help, she embarks on a dangerous journey in even stranger worlds that makes her question everything she knows.

Kraus, Daniel. The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire. Simon & Schuster. 2015. 656 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-41139-4. The life, death and mysterious resurrection of teenager Zebulon Finch is chronicled beginning with his murder in Chicago in 1896.

Larbalestier, Justine. Razorhurst. Soho Teen. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-1-616-95544-1. Set in a gritty town in 1932 Sydney, Australia, this tale follows two female orphans as they survive murders, gang wars, and ghosts over the course of one weekend.

Leavitt, Martine. Calvin. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2015. 192 p. ISBN: 978-0374380731. As a child Calvin, played with the toy Hobbes. Now Calvin is a schizophrenic teenager, and Hobbes is back--a delusion he can't control. If he can convince Bill Watterson to draw one final Calvin & Hobbes comic strip with a normal teenaged Calvin, will he be cured? 

Lee, Stacey. Under a Painted Sky. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-0-399-16803-1. Samantha and Annamae are thrown together when they are forced to hide from the law and pose as boys as they travel the Oregon Trail in 1849.

Levithan, David. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Dutton Books. 2015. 208 p. ISBN: 978-0-525-42884-8. Tiny Cooper is anything but tiny and everything that is gay. Here he tells, in the form of a script for a musical, the warm and humorous story of his search for love.

Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Thorns and Roses. Bloomsbury. 2015. 432 p. ISBN: 978-1-619-63444-2. In exchange for the life of the faerie she killed, nineteen-year-old Feyre returns to Prythia with the shapeshifter Tamlin to discover she must save the faerie lands from a blight that threatens to destroy both the Fae and human realms.

Mackler, Carolyn. Infinite in Between. HarperTeen. 2015. 480 p. ISBN: 978-0-061-73107-5. Five teens meet at freshman orientation and promise to meet up again at graduation.

McCoy, Chris. The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion. Knopf Books. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0-375-85599-3. Shortly after Bennett Bardo's longtime crush agrees to go to prom with him, she's abducted by aliens, and Bennett is willing to do anything, including touring the universe with an extraterrestrial band, to get her back.

McLemore, Anna-Marie. The Weight of Feathers.  A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-1-250-05865-2. The Palomas and Corbeaus are rival performing troupes, each with its own set of mysteries. This books tells of forbidden love, with a hint of magic. Lace and Cluck develop a relationship fueled by superstition, that eventually turns into something more.

Moore, Meredith. I Am Her Revenge. Razorbill. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-595-14782-0. Raised by a cruel and calculating mother to destroy the man who ruined her life years before, Vivian Foster is a weapon of vengeance, but as Mother's true intentions become clear, Viv realizes the woman will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Murphy, Julie. Dumplin'. Balzer + Bray. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-32718-5. Willowdean is the heavyset daughter of a former beauty queen, a Dolly Parton enthusiast, and small town Texas girl.  While dealing with her feelings for an interested co-worker, Willowdean and her fellow outcasts decide to enter the beauty pageant run by Willowdean's mother.

Ness, Patrick. The Rest of Us Just Live Here. HarperTeen. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-06-240316-2. With prom and graduation only weeks away, Mikey and his friends just want to enjoy their final days together, but another story is unfolding all around them, one that involves their classmates, a mysterious blue light, and the end of the world.

Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-75588-7. Theodore Finch and Violet Markey have never met before, but the day they meet on the ledge of their school’s bell tower, their lives become linked forever.

Oakes, Stephanie. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Dial Books. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-803-74070-9. While languishing in a juvenile detention center following an assault conviction, seventeen-year-old survivor Minnow Bly relives the events that led to her imprisonment, including the mystery surrounding the cult leader's death and the loss of her hands.

Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-59161-4. Sierra Santiago was amped on her summer of painting murals and hanging with her friends; then things began to get weird. She noticed that murals were fading faster than normal. Another street artist named Robbie seems to be the only one who can help her to unlock this mystery. 

Oliver, Lauren. Vanishing Girls. HarperCollins. 2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-22410-1. Sisters Dara and Nick were best friends and swore that they would stay that way…until a car accident scarred Dara's face and she swore never to speak to Nick again.  While Nick is determined to make up, Dara is fascinated by the mysterious disappearance of 9 year old Madeline Snow.

Pérez, Ashley Hope. Out of Darkness. Carolrhoda Lab. 2015. 408 p. ISBN:  978-1-467-74202-3. The real-life tragedy of the 1937 explosion at a school in East Texas is the backdrop for a gut-wrenching story of inspiring love and vicious racism.

Quintero, Sofia. Show and Prove. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-0-375-84707-3. In the summer of 1983 in the South Bronx, Smiles and Nike experience the pains of growing up.

Rabb, Margo. Kissing in America. HarperCollins. 2015. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-32237-1. After the boy Eva falls in love with moves to Los Angeles, she finagles a way for her and her best friend Anna to take a bus trip from New York City to California so that she can visit him.

Reedy, Trent. Divided We Fall Book 2: Burning Nation. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 432 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-54873-1.  With Federal forces occupying Idaho during the Second American Civil War, Danny Wright, his friends, and the Idaho Militia take drastic measures to oust the U.S. Army and reclaim their state's independence.

Reid, Raziel. When Everything Feels Like the Movies. Perseus/Arsenal Pulp Press. 2015. 176 p. ISBN: 978-1-551-52574-7. To Jude/Judy, school is like a film set. Outside of school, Jude/Judy's the reviled star who attracts all of the paparazzi.  Jude/Judy doesn't fit it, and doesn't want to. Those stars always attract attention.

Reynolds, Jason, & Kiely, Brendan. All American Boys. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-46333-1. An African American teen is assaulted by a police officer. A white teen witnessed it. In alternating chapters, this contemporary YA novel presents a stirring account of two young men coming to grips with this tragedy and trying to decide whether to take a stand for what they believe in.

Reynolds, Jason. The Boy in the Black Suit. Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-1-442-45950-2. To deal with his mother's passing, Matt accepts a job at the local funeral home. Matt meets Lovey at her grandmother's funeral. The two of them share a bond that will help them both to move past their own respective losses.

Ritter, William. Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel. Algonquin Young Readers. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-1-616-20354-2. Abigail Rook, and her boss, R.F. Jackaby are once again recruited to solve a potential supernatural case involving mysterious dinosaur bones, a murder, a thief and cuddly kittens.

Rowell, Rainbow. Carry On. St. Martin's Griffin. 2015. 528 p. ISBN: 978-1-250-04955-1. Simon Snow may be the chosen one, but he would prefer to just enjoy his last year at the Watford School of Magicks and figure out why his roommate and nemesis, Baz, is missing.

Rubin, Lance. Denton Little's Deathdate. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-0-553-49696-3. For as long as Denton could remember, he knew the day that he was going to die. Denton Little’s Deathdate covers Denton’s last 24 hours.  However, the closer Denton gets to midnight, the more he hopes that he just might live to see another day.

Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-31760-5. In a small town full of strange happenings, Finn is determined to uncover the mystery of Roza's disappearance.

Rutkoski, Marie. The Winner's Crime. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2015. 416 p. ISBN: 978-0-374-38470-8. With the royal wedding to Valoria's crown prince looming, Kestrel has accepted her fate as future Empress despite her feelings for another, and as her deceptions continue to mount, she begins to realize the only person she can trust is herself.

Schantz, Sarah Elizabeth. Fig. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-42358-8. A tender story of how mental illness affects the family, but most especially Fig, who wants nothing more than the love and devotion she offers her schizophrenic mother returned in kind.

Schlitz, Laura. The Hired Girl. Candlewick. 400 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67818-0. Joan runs away from her family farm where she cooks and cleans all day for her brusque father and brothers. In Baltimore she is brought on as a hired girl for the Jewish family the Rosenbachs. During the time spent under their roof she learns about herself, religion, and love.

Schmatz, Pat. Lizard Radio. Candlewick. 2015. 288 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67635-3. In a society that strictly controls gender, occupation, and emotion, Kivali/Lizard is a "bender". Raised and mentored by free spirits, at 15, she is sent away to learn the trappings at least of conformity necessary to survival. Will she choose the security of community or the uncertainty of free will?

Sedgwick, Marcus. The Ghosts of Heaven. Roaring Brook Press. 2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-1-626-72125-8. Spirals connect four seemingly separate tales of individuals from prehistory through to the far future in this haunting novel.

Shabazz, Ilyasah. X: A Novel. Candlewick Press. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-66967-6. A fictionalized account of Malcolm X's teen years, poignantly presenting the young man's struggles with identity, racism, and crime.

Sheinmel, Alyssa. Faceless. Scholastic Press. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-67601-4. After a horrible accident that burns much of her face and her left arm, Maisie learns to live with and accept her new looks, as friends and family get to know the new Maisie.

Shusterman, Neal. Challenger Deep. HarperTeen. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-061-13411-1. Caden descends into mental illness, as his visions of a descent into the deep waters of the trench take over.

Silvera, Adam. More Happy than Not. Soho Teen. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-1-616-95560-1. After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration
procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.

Smith, Andrew. The Alex Crow. Dutton Books. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-525-42653-0. Ariel, Leonard Fountain and the Alex Crow never knew their paths were destined to converge in the woods of Camp Merrie-Seymour for Boys in a strange adventure.

Smith, Jennifer. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. Poppy. 2015. 256 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-33442-6. On the night before they leave for college on opposite coasts, Clare and Aidan revisit their relationship and try to decide whether to break up or stay together.

Spalding, Amy. Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys). Poppy. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-316-37152-0. Riley makes a pact with her friend to add some romance to their lives and documents the whole thing in a secret notebook.

Spears, Kat. Breakaway. St. Martin's Griffin. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-1-250-06551-3. Jason's sister passes away and he has to rely on his three best friends; Chick, Jordie, and Mario to be there for him. But when his friends start to drift away he meets Raine, a girl who changes everything.

Stead, Rebecca. Goodbye Stranger. Wendy Lamb Books. 2015.  304 p. ISBN: 978-0-385-74317-4. A multilayered look at friendship, love, and change.

Stratton, Allan. The Dogs. Sourcebooks Fire. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-1-492-60938-4. Cameron and his mother are on the run from his father when they arrive in the sleepy town of Wolf Hollow to stay in a haunted farm house. Cameron begins to communicate with the boy who used to live there and sets out to solve the mystery of his death.

Suma, Nova Ren. The Walls Around Us. Algonquin Young Readers. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-616-20372-6. Ori and Vee have been inseparable since they met in ballet class as little girls. A horrible crime tears them apart. Amber has visions of a new inmate who will change the fate of everyone in her correctional facility. The two narratives alternate in this ghostly tale of magical realism.

Summers, Courtney. All the Rage. St. Martin's Griffin. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-250-02191-5. Ever since Romy Grey accused the sheriff's son of sexual assault, she's been branded as a slut and liar from the wrong side of the tracks. When the golden girl goes missing, Romy might hold the key to finding her, but the search raises questions people would rather remain hidden.

Tabak, Lawrence. In Real Life. Tuttle Publishing. 2014. 288 p. ISBN: 978-0-804-84478-9. When it is offered, Seth, a gifted mathematician and avid gamer, leaps at the chance to train with a professional Starfare team. However, what he discovers about himself on his journey to fame and fortune in Korea, leads him back home to college and the girl he left behind.

Tahir, Sabaa. An Ember in the Ashes. Razorbill. 2015. 464 p. ISBN: 978-1-595-14803-2. Surrounded by unspeakable brutality, Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier, discover their destinies are intertwined as they struggle to find freedom from the tyranny around them.

Toten, Teresa. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. Delacorte Press. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0-553-50786-7. A young adult OCD support group and falling in love help Adam deal with his OCD and face the truth about his home life.

Various. The Great War: Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War. Ill. by Jim Kay. Candlewick. 2015. 304 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67554-7. Eleven established Young Adult authors, including David Almond, Michael Morpugo, and Marcus Sedgwick, have written short stories based on artifacts recovered from World War I. As varied as the objects themselves, -- a medal, a butter dish, sheet music, -- each one masterfully captures some aspect of the wartime experience.

Vega, Danielle. Survive the Night. Razorbill. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-1-595-14724-0. Fresh out of rehab, Casey’s determined to stay out of trouble, but can she survive an all-night rave trapped in New York’s subway tunnels with a possible murderer?

Volponi, Paul. Game Seven. Viking Books. 2015. 256 p. ISBN: 978-0-670-78518-6. All Julio wants to do is play baseball for the Cuban national team, but will he take the chance to defect like his famous ball-playing father did 6 years earlier?

Wagner, Laura Rose.  Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti. Harry N. Abrams. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-1-419-71204-3. Devastated by the 2010 Haitian earthquake, 15-year-old Magdalie’s world is turned upside down.  Despite losing her mother and being separated from her beloved cousin, she finds the strength to survive in a chaotic and dangerous new world.

Wallach, Tommy. We All Looked Up. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2015. 384 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-41877-5. As a deadly asteroid bears down on Earth, four high school seniors spend what might be their final two months thinking about what really matters and searching for meaning in a dark new reality.

Warga, Jasmine. My Heart and Other Black Holes. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-32467-2. Aysel and Roman are convinced they have nothing to live for until their growing relationship sparks hope for the future.

Watson, Renée. This Side of Home. Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-1-599-90668-3. As their senior year in high school approaches, twins Maya and Nikki have different reactions to the effects of gentrification on their neighborhood in Portland Oregon.

Wein, Elizabeth. Black Dove, White Raven. Disney-Hyperion.  2015. 368 p. ISBN: 978-1-423-18310-5. Rhoda, a white Quaker, and African-American Delia—aka White Raven and Black Dove—are "barnstorming" pilots and have raised their children, Emilia and Teo, together. When Delia dies, Rhoda moves the family to Ethiopia, where trouble soon finds them at the start of WWII.

Wiviott, Meg. Paper Hearts. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2015. 352 p. ISBN: 978-1-481-43983-1. Friendship sustains two girls in Auschwitz.

Woolston, Blythe. MARTians. Candlewick. 2015. 224 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-67756-5. Zoe Zindleman navigates a comically tragic near-future world dominated by her new employer AllMART, where "your smile is the AllMART welcome mat!"

Wynne-Jones, Tim. The Emperor of Any Place. Candlewick. 2015. 336 p. ISBN: 978-0-763-66973-7. Evan meets the grandfather he has never known after his father's sudden death.  At the same time, he is caught up in a WWII memoir about an unusual island populated by ghosts, monsters, and two enemy castaways.  What is the tragic connection between his grandfather and the book?

Yee, Lisa. The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 2015. 272 p. ISBN: 978-0-545-23094-0. With less than a week until graduation, Harvard-bound Higgs Boson Bing finds his seemingly perfect life falling apart, thanks in part to a hypothetical question, a high school nemesis, and a mysterious girl in the woods.

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Delacorte Press. 2015. 320 p. ISBN: 978-0-553-49664-2. Maddy has SCID which makes her allergic to the world and she has not left her house since she was a baby. Now 18, she falls in love with the boy next door and is willing to risk everything to be with him.

Zappia, Francesca. Made You Up. Greenwillow Books. 2015. 448 p. ISBN: 978-0-062-29010-6. Alex copes with schizophrenia from a young age and has learned to tell the difference from what is real and what isn't. Or has she?