BFYA Nominations

Updated December 1, 2016

Acioli, Socorro. The Head of the Saint. Delacorte Press. 2016. 192p. ISBN: 9780553537925. To fulfill his mother’s dying wishes, Samuel travels to his father’s hometown. There, he finds shelter in the giant head of the incomplete St. Anthony statue where he hears the prayers of local women. With the help of others, Samuel begins “answering” the women’s prayers and slowly revives the town.

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.

Alexander, Kwame. Booked. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 978-0544570986. Nick, an eighth grade soccer star, would like to concentrate on an upcoming tournament, but life gets in the way. Can he handle changing family dynamics, a first crush, bullying, a serious, sidelining injury, and being forced to read a dictionary? Find out how he manages in this verse novel.

Alexander, Sarah. The Art of Not Breathing. HMH Books for Young Readers. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9780544633889. Following the drowning death of her twin five years earlier, Elsie and her family are still broken.  When she meets Tay who teaches her how to free dive, she finally begins to heal until old wounds and secrets resurface.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Ashes (The Seeds of America Trilogy). Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781416961468.  Isabel thought that freeing her sister from a South Carolina plantation would be the hard part, but as they surreptitiously make their way north, she sees more clearly that neither the Redcoats nor the Patriots sees value in freedom for people of color.

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.

Arnold, David. Kids of Appetite. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780451470782. Vic's father died 2 years ago. Unable to accept his mother's new relationship, he flees with his father's urn. An unlikely gang of misfits brings Vic into their fold, helping him fulfill his dad's final instructions regarding disposal of the ashes. A triumphant celebration of the many kinds of family.

Barraclough, Lindsey. The Mark of Cain. Candlewick. 2016. 496p. ISBN: 9780763678647. A witch's curse from the 16th century still haunts Cora and Mimi, the last of the Guerdon family, four years after the events described in Long Lankin.

Bayard, Louis. Lucky Strikes. Henry Holt and Co. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9781627793902. In 1930s Virginia, Melia must devise a scheme to keep her siblings together and the family’s gas station running after her mother dies. When she meets Hiram, a woebegone hobo and former actor, she decides he’s the good luck charm her family needs. Will the town fall for their act?

Berry, Julie. The Passion of Dolssa. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2016. 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.

Blake, Kendare. Three Dark Crowns. Harper Teen. 2016. 416p. ISBN: 9780062385437. Every generation, royal triplets are born. Each possesses a power and must kill the others to claim the crown. Mirabella can raise storms and summon fire; Katharine's and Arsinoe's powers are weak. But these sisters have been raised to rule. No one is going down without a fight.

Braxton-Smith, Ananda. Merrow. Candlewick. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 9780763679248. Living on the isolated Irish coastland with her aunt has always been a harsh existence for Neen.  But when a stranger washes ashore, she renews her quest to discover if her mother abandoned her for a different life in a new town, or rejoined her mermaid family in the sea.

Brown, Jaye Robin. Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit. Harper Teen. 2016. 432p. ISBN: 9780062270986. Jo’s radio evangelist father convinces her to "lie low" about her sexual orientation during senior year in the small town they’ve moved to -- in exchange for her own on-air ministry and the chance to influence the faith community. A perfect plan that gets complicated when she falls in love.

Budhos, Marina. Watched. Wendy Lamb Books. 2016. 272p. ISBN: 9780553534184. In trouble with the law, 18-year-old Naeem goes to work as an informer for the NYPD, all the while grappling with his Islamic roots, his loyalties and sympathies, and conflictedness over ratting on a friend.

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.

Chee, Traci. The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold). G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 9780399176777. A stunning fantasy debut about a world where reading is unheard of and a young orphan struggles to discover her family’s secrets. With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, this series opener is a brilliantly told adventure for fantasy fans.

Chokski, Roshani. The Star-Touched Queen. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9781250085474. The kingdom has always been wary of Mayavati because her horoscope predicted that her marriage will bring death & destruction. She plans to kill herself on her wedding day, but is rescued by Amar, who takes her to his magical kingdom of Akaran. But is the horoscope true after all?

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?

Cordova, Zoraida. Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, Book 1). Sourcebooks Fire. 2016. 336p. ISBN:  9781492620945. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, she performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But her whole family gets transported into Los Lagos instead. Now, she must travel to the land in-between with a brujo to rescue them.

Diederich, Phillippe. Playing for the Devil’s FIre. Cinco Puntos Press. 2016. 232p. ISBN: 9781941026298. Flashy drug runners bring brutal deaths into Boli’s quiet Mexican village. When Boli’s parents disappear without a trace, the 13-year-old enlists the help of an unlikely hero, a washed-up luchador in town for a traveling show, and together they come face to face with the horrors of today’s narco wars.

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 Impostor 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.

Flood, Nancy Bo. Soldier Sister, Fly Home. Charlesbridge. 2016. 176p. ISBN: 9781580897020. 14-year-old biracial Tess is stuck between worlds, the Navajo Reservation and her white school. When her sister, the only one who can truly understand, is deployed to Iraq, Tess feels abandoned but reluctantly agrees to care for her sister’s beloved horse and to journey to sheep camp with her grandmother.

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.

Friend, Natasha. Where You’ll Find Me. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2016. 272p. ISBN: 978-0374302306.  After her mother’s recent suicide attempt, Anna moves in with her father, his new wife, and their new baby. Meanwhile, her bff Dani has dumped her for the popular crowd. Anna must learn to navigate middle school drama while coping with her mother’s bipolar disorder and her new family.

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.

Gephart, Donna. Lily and Dunkin. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780553536744. Tim & Norbert are both starting 8th grade and prefer to be known as Lily & Dunkin. Lily knows she is really a girl, despite having boy parts. Dunkin just wants to fit in, despite his struggle with bipolar disorder.

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.

Girard, M-E. Girl Mans Up. HarperCollins. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780062404176. Pen (don't call her Penelope) has always been more comfortable wearing her brother's clothes, playing video games, and hanging out with guys. She knows what kind of girl she wants to be, but now that she's 16, why are so many other people having a problem with that?

Glasgow, Kathleen. Girl in Pieces. Delacorte Press. 2016. 416p. ISBN: 9781101934739. Charlie, a cutter and an artist, lands in Tucson after she has to leave rehab. Alone, insecure, and scared, she gets a job where she finds both supportive and destructive relationships. In spite of bad decisions, disappointments, and backsliding, she doggedly struggles to find herself and her place.

Gottfred, B.T. The Nerdy and the Dirty. Henry Holt and Co. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781627798501. Two very different teens find themselves drawn to one another: Benedict is socially awkward and Penelope hides her true nature. When their quirks are revealed, will they attract or repel the other?

Halahmy, Miriam. Hidden. Holiday House. 2016. 224p. ISBN: 9780823436941. When an Iraqi refugee washes ashore near her insular English island community, fourteen-year-old Alix is forced to confront global issues.

Hand, Cynthia and Ashton, Brodi and Meadows, Jodi. My Lady Jane. Harper Teen. 2016. 512p. ISBN: 9780062391742. The historical version of the story of  the teenage Lady Jane Grey, England's queen for nine days, is given a fantastical twist and a much happier ending for all involved.

Hapgood, Harriet Reuter. The Square Root of Summer. Roaring Brook Press. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781626723733. Margot shifts through space-time as she grieves the loss of her grandfather, the heartbreak over a first love, and the tenuous relationships with her best friends, all the while using quantum physics and scientific method to determine what triggers the wormholes, and how to stay in real time.

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.

Hartley, A.J. Steeplejack. Tor Teen. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9780765383426. When the magnificent Beacon is stolen, white politicians seek the services of the best steeplejack in Bar-Selehm to shed light on the heist-- and 17-year-old Ang Sutonga is drawn into intrigue mired in cultural and racial tension that goes way beyond the theft.

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.

Hepperman, Christine. Ask Me How I Got Here. Greenwillow Books. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 9780062387950. Over the course of a year, Addie falls in love, quits the track team, falls out of love, processes guilt and forgiveness and gives herself permission to make the choices that seem best for her.

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.

Hoffmeister, Peter Brown. This is the Part Where You Laugh. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9780553538106. Travis’s decisions often have grave consequences. With a dying grandmother, a homeless and heroin addicted mom, a beautiful new neighbor, and a best friend who’s a poet on and off the basketball court, this summer promises to be one that has the potential to change everything for Travis.

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.

Kennedy, Katie. Learning to Swear in America. Bloomsbury USA. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9781619639096. When Yuri, an adolescent Russian genius, is brought to America to help prevent the collision of an asteroid with earth, he must learn to navigate in the everyday world and through the protocols of NASA. His relationship with Dovie and her family saves him, but can he save the earth?

Kiely, Brendan. The Last True Love Story. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781481429887. Teddy and Corrina team up to take his"Gpa" on a road trip from LA to Ithaca to help him anchor down the memories of his wife before he loses them to Alzheimer's. Along the way, music, old and new, builds bridges between generations, between past and possible love.

King, A.S. Still Life with Tornado. Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781101994887. Philly teen artist has lost her will to create every since an incident occurred at school. As she is visited by younger and older versions of herself, Sarah is begins to piece together why her family and her creative life has become so fractured.

Klass, David. Losers Take All. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9780374301361. When the principal decides that every senior must play on a team, Jack, aided by his girl and a Latin teacher/coach, forms a C-level coed soccer team, proudly dubbed the "Losers."  Their bumbling ineptitude may not win games, but their internet popularity strikes a blow at obsessive sports culture.

Kletter, Kerry. The First Time She Drowned. Philomel Books. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 978-0399171031. After spending two years in a mental hospital, Cassie is now starting college, and is finally starting to confront the demons of her past.

Laidlaw, S.J. Fifteen Lanes. Tundra Books. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781101917800. Noor lives in a brothel with her mother, siblings and other sex workers in the slums of Mumbai.  Grace lives a life of privilege with her parents in another part of the city.   When their paths cross, each girl's life is changed forever.

Lake, Nick. Whisper to Me. Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 2016. 544p. ISBN: 978-1619634565. Cassie is trying to explain it all in a letter. About the heartbreak, the betrayal, the secrecy, and especially about the voice she hears in her head telling her to do awful things. Will it be enough to will back the boy she loves?

Larbalestier, Justine. My Sister Rosa. Soho Teen. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9781616956745. Che and his 10 year old sister Rosa are nearly inseparable. Is that because they move frequently with their parents? Or is it because Che is convinced Rosa is a psychopath and is terrified of what she will do if he isn't watching?

Lee, C.B. Not Your Sidekick. Duet. 2016. 296p. ISBN: 9781945053030. In a future world, 16-year-old Jessica Tran is just hoping to stand out from her superhero sister and parents and genius brother when she unwittingly accepts an internship working for her parents’ nemesis, the local super villain.

Lee, Stacey. Outrun the Moon. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 400p. ISBN: 9780399175411. Mercy Wong is ambitious and determined to get into an exclusive school in order to break free from the poverty of her native Chinatown. But this is 1906 San Francisco and one of the world's deadliest earthquakes is about to throw Mercy's world into chaos.

Lenz, Kristin Bartley. The Art of Holding On and Letting Go. Elephant Rock Books. 2016. 307p. ISBN: 9780996864916. Cara is a competitive climber who travels the world with her parents -- both free-spirit mountaineers. When a volcanic eruption literally blows apart her world, Cara is forced to live with her grandparents in Detroit but finds comfort and fresh adventures in her new "normal."

Levithan, David and LaCour, Nina. You Know Me Well. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2016. 256p. ISBN: 9781250098641. During Pride Week in San Francisco, Kate and Mark come together, after their original plans are derailed, to navigate the week and the world. Their unexpected friendship deepens as they travel through new experiences, tears and laughter, and a sudden burst of media fame toward discovering what each really wants.

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.

Linn, Laurent. Draw the Line. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2016. 528p. ISBN: 9781481452809.  under the radar at his high school drawing a Renaissance inspired superhero named Graphite, but when a hate crime hits close to home he realizes that he needs to stand up for what he believes in.

Logan, Kenneth. True Letters from a Fictional Life. Harper Teen. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9780062380258. James Liddell--star athlete, decent student, dating the beautiful Theresa--feels as if he's living a fictional life; in letters he never intends to send he spills the truths: he's not into Theresa, and the one who occupies his thoughts is a boy.

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.

Mason-Black, Jennifer. Devil and the Bluebird. Amulet Books. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781419720000. When Blue Riley makes a supernatural bargain to find her sister, she loses her voice, gains guidance from magical boots, and travels cross-country where Blue encounters underground, alternative people and communities, both good and bad, along with a few ghosts while reconciling her feelings about family and finding her muse.

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Shame the Stars. Tu Books. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781620142783. Joaquin, poet son of a pro-Texas Rangers rancher, and Dulcena, daughter of the local seditionist paper’s publisher and fierce political writer in her own right, are the lovestruck Mexican-American protagonists from feuding families at the center of this rich South Texas reimagining of Romeo and Juliet during the Mexican Revolution.

McGinnis, Mindy. The Female of the Species. Katherine Tegen Books. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780062320896. The social hierarchy of a small town high school is revealed through the voices of Alex, Jack and Peekay, who are still haunted by the brutal rape and murder of Alex's sister years ago.  Alex, however, is on a quest for vengeance.

McLemore, Anna-Marie. When the Moon Was Ours. St. Martin’s Press. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781250058669. Lush magical realism is a backdrop for this exploration of sexual identity. Samir and Miel, best friends as children and now lovers, each carry their own secrets and guilt. The four Bonner sisters will sacrifice both teens to control the magic of the roses that mysteriously grow from Miel’s wrist.

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.

Meyer, Marissa. Heartless. Feiwel & Friends. 2016. 464p. ISBN: 9781250044655. In this faithful-to-the-original prequel to Alice in Wonderland, the one-day Queen of Hearts is just Cath, a talented and creative young baker with dreams of opening up her own shop. The heartbreaking love story at its center explains how sweet Cath becomes the ruthless Queen.

Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 2016. 368p. ISBN: 9781619633438. Through her efforts to learn the truth about her brother's death in the collapse of the towers on 9/11. Jesse, 16 now, discovers Alia, 16 then, whose life he saved. The reader follows her difficult journey to their meeting, to Jesse's growing understanding, and to her family's acceptance and healing.

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.

Moore, Lisa. Flannery. Groundwood Books. 2016. 256p. ISBN: 9781554980765. Flannery’s mother means well, but her flightiness means that the family relies on public assistance. The teen tries to navigate being the adult of the family, losing her best friend to an abusive boyfriend, and tentatively exploring love. A quiet but oh-so-powerful glimpse into the life of an unforgettable protagonist.

Mukherjee, Sonya. Gemini. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 9781481456777. As twins Clara and Hailey finish their senior year, they begin to seriously consider life after graduation.  However, unlike most twins, they are conjoined twins with life-changing decisions ahead.

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’Giulin, Peadar. The Call. David Fickling Books. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9781338045611. Every Irish teenager gets The Call: Without warning, they’re transported to the nightmarish Grey Lands for one day, trying to survive while the vengeful Sidhe faeries hunt them for sport. Nessa trains hard so she’ll survive when her time comes, but with her disability, the odds aren’t good.

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.

Patel, Sonia. Rani Patel in Full Effect. Cinco Puntos Press. 2016. 224p. ISBN: 9781941026496. Rani Patel is 16-year-old rap artist using her art to forge and identity amid family drama, cultural restrictions, and abuse. Her Gujarati Indian family’s move to a remote Hawaiian island suspended them in cultural isolation. Rani gets involved in a relationship with an older man who has addiction issues.

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.

Peñaflor, Lygia Day. Unscripted Joss Byrd. Roaring Brook Press. 2016. 224p. ISBN: 9781626723696. Child star Joss Byrd is used to bending to her mother's whims and obediently playing her parts--on camera and in life--by script. When her director pressures her to do a scene that makes her uncomfortable, she looks for support from her adults, but ultimately stands up for herself.

Perkins, Stephanie (editor). Summers Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2016. 400p. ISBN: 978-1250079121. In turns, humorous, touching, and atmospheric, this collection of short stories by twelve prominent, popular and up-and-coming young adult authors offers diverse tales of love and summertime in genres ranging from science fiction and fantasy to realistic fiction.

Pink Randi. Into White. Feiwel & Friends. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781250070210. Tired of the trials of being a black teenager in the South, Toya prays to Jesus to make her "anything but black"; she wakes up a blond, blue-eyed white girl, and discovers that the world of beauty, popularity, and privilege also has its drawbacks.

Podos, Rebecca. The Mystery of Hollow Places. Balzer + Bray. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9780062373342. When Imogene’s famous mystery-writer dad disappears, she is secretly convinced that he is out searching for her long-absent mother. Applying everything she has learned from her dad’s books and remembers from family stories, Imogene doggedly searches for her mother, because in doing so she believes she will find her dad.

Porter, Sarah. Vassa in the Night. Tor Teen. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9780765380548. An urban fantasy retelling of Russian fairy tale “Vasilisa the Beautiful” set in a dark, working-class Brooklyn.

Pung, Alice. Lucy and Linh. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9780399550485. Lucy, a Chinese Australian teen from a poor suburb, must navigate the cutthroat, very rich, and very white world of private school when she is offered a scholarship to Laurinda.

Quick, Matthew. Every Exquisite Thing. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2016. 272p. ISBN: 978-0316379595. Nanette has a nice normal life--friends, high school, soccer.  But when she discovers a cult classic novel, "nice and normal" becomes instantly unappealing.  Ditching everyday life for the book's reclusive author and another obsessive teenage fan, Nanette explores her rebellious nonconformist side...and the risks that come with it.

Reeve, Philip. Railhead. Switch Press. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9781630790486. In the distant future, sentient trains carry passengers across the universe on the Great Network and Zen Starling, a petty thief and “railhead," darts from planet to planet in search of his next score until the mysterious Raven enlists his help on a mysterious mission.

Revis, Beth. A World Without You. Razorbill. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9781595147158. Bo is learning to control his time-travel powers at the Berkshire Academy for Children with Exceptional Needs. An accident trapped Sofia in the past, and now outsiders are reviewing the Academy. Now everyone, including his family, seems to think that Berkshire is actually a school for students with mental illness.

Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. 2016. 192p. ISBN: 9781481450157. His dad shot a gun at him, and “Ghost” Crenshaw has been running ever since. When Ghost challenges a runner to a race, he ends up on the team himself. But it's one step forward and two steps back as Ghost channels his anger to become part of the team.

Romney, J.P. The Monster in the Road is Me. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2016. 336p. ISBN: 978-0374316549. Koda Okita has narcolepsy and isn’t very popular in his Japanese high school. But he soon discovers his unpredictable sleeping episodes allow him to see strange things in a supernatural world populated by mountain demons, and he may be the only one who can defeat them.

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.

Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron Books. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 9781250078407. After a harrowing incident following gender reassignment surgery, Amanda moves to another state to live with her father and finish high school.  Here Amanda searches for friends and acceptance she has longed for her entire life.

Savit, Gavriel. Anna and the Swallow Man. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 978-0553513349. In a story suffused with folklore and magical realism, seven-year-old Anna, on her own since the Germans took her professor father, travels with the mysterious Swallow Man across Poland and into the Soviet Union and back to avoid the warring armies over a number of years during WWII.

Schmidt, Gary. Orbiting Jupiter. Clarion Books. 2015. 192p. ISBN: 9780544462229. Jack, twelve, is not thrilled when his parents take in a troubled fourteen year old boy. However, as he gets to know and care about Joseph, he becomes sympathetically involved in his "brother's" determined search for his baby daughter.

Self, Jeffery. Drag Teen. Push. 2016. 261p. ISBN: 9780545829939. JT, his boyfriend and his best friend set off on a road trip from Florida to New York to compete in the Drag Teen competition, finding unlikely help and inspiration along the way.

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.

Sheehan, Judy. I Woke Up Dead at the Mall. Delacorte. 2016. 288p. ISBN: 978-0553512465. For those who leave behind unfinished business, the afterlife is, at least temporarily . . . a special floor at the Mall of America.  Before she can move on, Sarah must solve her murder, save her father from a similar fate, and fall in love with a dead guy.

Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2016. 448p. ISBN: 9781442472426. In a distant future in which humanity has practically conquered death, the population is controlled by Scythes, the only beings capable of causing death. Teens Citra Terranova and Rowan Damisch are chosen as Scythe apprentices.

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Falling Over Sideways. Scholastic Press. 2016. 272p. ISBN: 9780545863247. Claire is dealing with all the usual middle school drama -- mean girls, jerk boys, trying to fit in -- while at the same time trying to deal with her father's unexpected stroke.

Spotswood, Jessica (Editor). A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls. Candlewick. 2016. 368p. ISBN: 9780763678487. A diverse group of authors pens the tales of an even more diverse group of characters—and they’re all ladies.  This collection of short stories showcases pirates, gangsters, monsters, assassins, schoolteachers, spies, and more as they gallop through history and across the country to show how badass girls can be.

Starmer, Aaron. Spontaneous. Dutton Books for Young Readers. 2016. 368p. ISBN: 9780525429746. Members of the senior class at Covington High School suddenly begin to spontaneously explode.  Who will be next? Why is it happening?  And can the bloody mayhem be stopped?  Mara and her friends think they're onto an answer.

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.

Sutherland, Krystal. Our Chemical Hearts. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 320p. ISBN: 9780399546563. Henry falls in love with Grace.  She's an unlikely love interest:  she walks with a cane, her hygiene is sporadic, her personality is prickly.  Whatever her secret, she fascinates him--until he realizes how painful her secret is.

Talley, Robin. As I Descended. Harper Teen. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780062409232. In this Macbeth adaptation set at a boarding school on an old plantation, Maria and her girlfriend Lily are plagued by spirits (or madness?) after an attempted séance. The ghosts feed on the girls’ ambition, pushing them to do whatever it takes to ensure that Maria wins a coveted scholarship.

Tamaki, Mariko. Saving Montgomery Sole. Roaring Brook Press. 2016. 240p. ISBN: 9781626722712. Monty orders the Eye of Know from the internet, intending to discuss it with her friends at Mystery Club. When she wears it, she seems to have the power to take down bullies, mean girls, and the preacher bent of saving the American Family.

Thompson, Mary G. Amy, Chelsea, Stacie, Dee. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781101996805. When sixteen-year-old Amy McArthur shows up after being held prisoner for six years, everyone wants answers about her abduction and the whereabouts of her cousin Dee who was abducted with her. But Amy can’t tell anyone what happened to Dee or she risks revealing a precious secret.

Thrash, Maggie. We Know It Was You. Simon Pulse. 2016. 352p. ISBN: 9781481462006. Benny and Virginia, the sole members of the Mystery Club, attempt to uncover the reason the school mascot-cum-cheerleader hurled herself from the bridge...and find a tangled web of mysterious events and strange, quirky characters.

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.

Umminger, Alison. American Girls. Flatiron Books. 2016. 304p. ISBN: 9781250075000. After “borrowing” her mother-in-law’s credit card to escape some trouble in Atlanta, Anna lands in Los Angeles where she spends the summer with her sister, an aspiring actress trying to shake her B-movie status, researching the Charles Manson family and hanging out on the Disney-esque Chips Ahoy television show set.

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.​​

Walter, Jon. My Name is Not Friday. David Fickling Books. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780545855228. Samuel, a freeborn orphan, takes the blame for his brother’s latest devilish prank in the orphanage and as punishment is sold into slavery on a Mississippi cotton plantation during the Civil War. Seen through the eyes of this innocent young outsider, slavery looks especially heartbreaking. Ultimately an enlightening, hopeful story.

Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior. Dial Books. 2016. 256p. ISBN: 9780525428183. Agoraphobic Solomon has not stepped outside his home for three years.  Then Lisa decides to write a scholarship essay on her experience with mental illness, and makes "curing" Sol her project, dragging boyfriend Clark into the plot.  Gradually her plan takes a backseat to the real friendships that develop.

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.

Yoon, Nicola. The Sun is Also a Star. Delacorte Press. 2016. 384p. ISBN: 9780553496680. Daniel decides to let fate dictate his life and NaTasha doesn't believe in fate.  However today, Natasha will believe in anything if it allows her to avoid deportation.  Either by fate or coincidence, Daniel and NaTasha meet and fall in love in one day but will the best day ever end if Natasha has to go back to Jamaica?

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.