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Updated May 1, 2016
Ahern, Cecelia. Flawed: A Novel. Feiwel & Friends. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781250074119. Branded Flawed after a spontaneous act of compassion, 17-year old Celestine discovers a movement against perfection, and cracks in the facade of a perfect world.
Andrews, Jesse. The Haters. Amulet Books. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781419720789. After meeting Ash at jazz camp, best friends Wes and Corey are inspired to start a band, go on a road trip and adventure into independence, self discovery and hilarious bad decisions.
Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. Viking Books for Young Readers. 496p. ISBN: 978-0451469922. In 13th century Provence, Dolssa, branded a heretic after claiming to speak with God, flees her hometown. She’s rescued by Botille, a matchmaker who runs a tavern with her sisters. Their lives become inexorably linked when Dolssa’s gifts as a healer and miracle-worker bring the church’s wrath to the village.
Calame, Don. Dan vs. Nature. Candlewick. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780763670719. As an "indoor kid," the last thing Dan wants to do is go survivalist camping, but when Mom arranges it as a way for Dan to bond with her new fiance, he has no choice. Can Dan survive the trip and find a way to break up the engagement?
Caletti, Deb. Essential Maps for the Lost. Simon Pulse. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781481415163. Mads and Billy, both just out of high school, meet and form an unlikely bond over E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. A testament to the ways we navigate the sad and terrible parts of living, and make it to the unexpected beautiful moments.
Cavallaro, Brittany. A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Novel). Katherine Tegen Books. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9780062398901. In this reimagination of Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte Holmes is a distant relative of Sherlock and a high school student in America. James Watson, a distant relative of Dr. John Watson, is student at the same school and Watson and Holmes eventually meet up to solve a murder.
Clare, Cassandra. Lady Midnight. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2016. 720p. ISBN: 9781442468351. Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs investigates the murder of her parents five years earlier. Now, new murders of faeries and humans are occurring under the same mysterious circumstances. Could they be related?
Dooley, Sarah. Free Verse. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780399165030. An orphaned middle schooler struggles with anxiety after her older brother tragically dies, finally finding hope in newfound family and poetry.
Downham, Jenny. Unbecoming. David Fickling Books. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780545907170. Three generations of women - a grandmother, a mother and a daughter, dealing with issues of family, femininity and identity, try to understand each other and their own pasts while also trying to better understand themselves.
Duyvis, Corinne. On the Edge of Gone. Amulet Books. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 978-1419719035. A biracial teen with autism living in Amsterdam prepares for an incoming comet that threatens to destroy all human life on Earth vies for a spot for her family on a spaceship destined to leave Earth.
Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781481404099. Quinn hasn't left his room in six months since the death of his sister and filmmaking partner. After reluctantly going out with his best friend Geoff, Quinn falls in love, uncovers secrets, and come to terms with his sister's death.
Fine, Sarah. The Imposter Queen. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2016. 432p. ISBN: 9781481441902. From childhood, Elli has been pampered and prepared as the next ruler of her kingdom. However, when the time comes for her to take the throne, she fails to meet expectations and flees. In the wider world outside the city walls finds unexpected truths and friends, new identity and purpose.
Flynn, Laurie Elizabeth. Firsts. A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 978-1250075963. A young woman deals seeks control over past trauma by helping male classmates learn about sex in order to give their girlfriends the special "first time" that our main character didn't have.
Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. Jeff Garvin. Balzer + Bray. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780062382863. Riley Cavanaugh is struggling to balance a new school, new relationships, and a father who's running for re-election in a conservative congressional district while wrestling with being a gender-fluid teen. When Riley’s blog becomes a national sensation, an internet stalker threatens to expose Riley’s secret to the world.
Gibney, Shannon. See No Color. Carolrhoda Lab. 2015. 192p. ISBN: 9781467776820. Sixteen year old Alex and her white adoptive family have a one-track mind for baseball. Her parents claim they "don't see color," but cruel words from people, along with her maturing body and letters from her birth father, force Alex to come to terms with her adoption and her race.
Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree. Amulet Books. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9781419718953. In 1868, Faith's father is providing expertise at an archaeological dig. When his body is found, most assume suicide amid allegations of falsified scientific discoveries. Only Faith suspects murder--and her determination to find his killer leads her to dark secrets about her father and his priceless Mendacity Tree.
Heilig, Heidi. The Girl from Everywhere. Greenwillow Books. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 9780062380753. Nix, her drug-addicted father, and a ragtag crew travel through time on a pirate ship and become entangled in a plot to steal the king's gold in nineteenth-century Hawaii.
Hesse, Monica. Girl in the Blue Coat. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9780316260602. In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, Hanneke helps her family survive by procuring and distributing black market goods for customers, including a woman who is hiding a Jewish girl. When the girl vanishes mysteriously, Hanneke takes up the case, unwittingly joining the Resistance as her eyes are opened to the war’s horrors.
Hutchinson, Shaun David. We Are the Ants. Simon Pulse. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 978-1481449632. Henry’s struggling; he’s trying to come to terms with his boyfriend's suicide, his loser brother's impending fatherhood, and his grandmother's alzheimer's while trying to find love in the right places and determining if this world is worth saving from the alien sluggers who deem him worthy to decide earth's fate.
Johnston, E.K. Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2015. 256p. ISBN: 9781101994580. A popular cheerleader gets raped at summer camp and learns how to live through the aftermath of the horrible event.
Lewis, Ali. Timber Creek Station. Carolrhoda Lab. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 9781467781176. On a remote Australian cattle station, Danny and his broken family struggle to find a way back together through their shared grief, an unplanned pregnancy, racism and drought.
Lindstrom, Eric. Not If I See You First. Poppy. 2015. 320p. ISBN: 9780316259859. Sixteen-year-old Parker Grant, blind since the car accident that killed her mother when Parker was seven and reeling from her father’s recent death, questions past decisions, current friendships and her own self-centeredness as she finds that the greater strength is in letting go, reaching out, and letting others in.
Longo, Jennifer. Up to This Pointe. Random House Books for Young Readers. 2016. 368p. 9780553537673. Harper has always followed a strict Plan to become a professional ballerina. The drive to overcome tough odds is in her blood. When her life takes a turn, Harper takes a cue from her ancestor, Robert Falcon Scott, a famous explorer, and heads to Antarctica looking for answers.
Lord, Emery. When We Collided. Bloomsbury USA Children’s. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 978-1619638457. Jonah Daniels and Vivi Alexander fall in love despite his grief at his father's death and her struggles with mental illness in this tear- and swoon-inducing romance.
Lubar, David. Character, Driven. Tor Teen. 2016.304p. ISBN: 9780765316332. Cliff is almost out of high school and he's never had much luck with girls, or anything else. But when Jillian moves to town, he becomes determined to have the girlfriend of his dreams and figure out what to do with his messed up life.
Lukavics, Amy. Daughters Unto Devils. Harlequin Teen. 2015. 240p. ISBN: 9780373211586. Sixteen year old Amanda moves with her family to the prairie, happy to leave behind the harsh winter, sickness, cabin fever, and boy whose baby she carries. But the prairie has demons of its own, and Amanda can't tell if true evil lies in the land, or within her soul.
Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Candlewick. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 978-0763674670. Nora Lopez graduates from her Queens, New York, high school in the summer of 1977--a summer marked by a heat wave, arson, and the Son of Sam murders. But there are things to fear at home, too, as her family disintegrates amid the overwhelming power of her brother's violent streak.
Moldavsky, Goldy. Kill the Boy Band. Point. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9780545867474. Four obsessed fangirls accidentally-on-purpose kidnap one of the members of their favorite boy band and hold him hostage in their hotel room.
Nijkamp, Marieke. This is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks Fires. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781492622468. Over 54 minutes, students and teachers are trapped in the Opportunity High auditorium with a former student who has a gun-- and he finally has everyone's attention. Despair, heartbreak, and heroism are packed into this intense page-turner.
O’Neill, Louise. Asking for It. Quercus. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781681445373. An Irish popular mean girl gets raped by her peers and fights to bring them to justice, even as her friends, family, and community turn their backs on her.
Peevyhouse, Parker. Where Futures End. Kathy Dawson Books. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9780803741607. A series of novellas links five teens over a span of one hundred years, as they use a little-understood power to connect with an alternate universe that just might be the only hope for saving our world.
Rudnick, Paul. It’s All Your Fault. Scholastic Press. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9780545464284. Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Singleberry is a good Christian home schooled knee-sock wearing girl with the impossible task of keeping her movie star cousin Heller out of trouble the weekend of her movie premiere.
Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel Books. 2016. 400p. ISBN: 9780399160301. It’s near the end of WWII and four refugees travel on foot during January to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship bound for safety. This is the story of the lesser known tragedy of the Wilhelm Gustloff.
Stork, Francisco. The Memory of Light. Arthur A. Levine Books. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9780545474320. After attempting suicide, Vicky joins Mona, Gabriel, E.M., and their therapist at Lakeview Hospital. There, she develops deep friendships, works to understand her depression, and discovers unrealized strengths. Will the moments of hope and light be enough to help her through her return home and the crises her friends face?
Sullivan, Tara. The Bitter Side of Sweet. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9780399173073. Amadou and Seydou have been tricked into slavery on the Ivory Coast cutting down Cacao leaves day after day and are resigned to their fate until Khadija, the first girl brought to the farm, immediately attempts an escape that changes everything and risks all of their lives.
Tucholke, April Genevieve. Wink Poppy Midnight. Dial Books. 2016. 256p. ISBN: 9780803740488. Wink loves fairy tales, Poppy loves to be mean, Midnight loved Poppy and now loves Wink. When Poppy’s meanness goes too far, Wink, Midnight, and Poppy’s clique set out to find her.
Wallace, Kali. Shallow Graves. Katherine Tegen Books. 2016. 368p. ISBN: 9780062366207. Breezy woke up from a shallow grave but that’s impossible because she was murdered. Not sure what she is, Breezy travels the country looking for murderers until she encounters a church who can answer all her questions.
Wallach, Tommy. Thanks for the Trouble. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781481418805. Since his father's death, Parker hasn't been able to speak and communicates by writing in his journals. When he meets Zelda - who claims to be over 200 years old - they embark on a weekend full of shenanigans, romance, and introspection.
Waller, Sharon Biggs. The Forbidden Orchid. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016. 416p. ISBN: 9780451474117. When Elodie Buchanan's father returns to England without fulfilling a contract, his debts could send her family to the workhouse. Elodie then stows away on a clipper ship headed to China to help her father search for rare orchids, where she finds the adventure her life has been missing.
Winters, Cat. The Steep and Thorny Way. Abrams. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9781419719158. Hanalee is a biracial girl living in dangerous times. Oregon in the 1920s isn't a safe place for anyone who is different and now the ghost of Hanalee's father is telling her he was murdered. With nods to Hamlet, Hanalee must find answers so he can rest in peace.
Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King. Crown Books for Young Readers. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 978-0553524024. One is the son of a snake-handling preacher serving time in prison. One is a fashionista with New York dreams. One escapes an abusive life in fantasy novels. These high school seniors in a small Tennessee town consider the options for their future.