BFYA Nominations

Updated Jan 2, 2018

After the Fall. By Kate Hart. 2017. Macmillan/Farrar Straus & Giroux, $17.99 (9780374302696). Raychel has been part of the Richardsons’ lives since she was young, but as teenagers the relationships between Raychel, Matt, and Andrew have changed. When Raychel is the victim of a rumor cycle, the boys protect her. After tragedy strikes, all must let go of first loves and move on.

Aftercare Instructions. By Bonnie Pipkin. 2017. Macmillan/Flatiron, $17.99 (9781250114846). Genesis returns to the abortion clinic waiting room to find her boyfriend left during the procedure. Life without the person she thought was her “forever” begins as she finds her way home. Her journey of self-discovery is further illuminated by a 4 act play interwoven throughout this gutsy story. 

Alex and Eliza: a love story. By Melissa de la Cruz. 2017. Penguin Random House/G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $17.99 (9781524739621). It’s the height of the American Revolution. Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s right-hand man, and Elizabeth Schuyler, a member of a prominent family, fall in love despite a rocky first meeting. However, Eliza is expected to marry a man of equal regard. Alex, an orphan, is not suitable. Will they find happiness?

Alex, Approximately. By Jenn Bennett. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481478779). When Bailey moves to California to live with her dad, she looks forward tracking down the boy she’s developed an online friendship with in a classic movie forum. But her search for “Alex” gets sidetracked by annoying surfer-boy and coworker Porter. “You’ve Got Mail” gets a modern and refreshing makeover.

All Rights Reserved. By Gregory Scott Katsoulis. 2017. Harlequin/Harlequin Teen, $18.99 (9780373212446). In a future America where most words and gestures are copyrighted and cost money to use, Speth is confronted with a choice: accept the rules of her society, or live in defiance through complete silence.  Her decision sets off great upheaval in her world.

Allegedly. By Tiffany D. Jackson. 2017. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062422644). 16-year-old Mary Addison has spent 7 years in the juvenile justice system for allegedly killing a white baby, but now that she’s pregnant with a baby of her own, she’s ready to tell the truth about what really happened that night.

All in Pieces. By Suzanne Young. 2016. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481418836). After stabbing her ex-boyfriend’s hand with a pencil, Savannah is sent to an alternative high school for anger management. An alcoholic father means that Savannah is the primary caretaker for her younger disabled brother. Can she meet Evan’s needs and still find her own happiness?

Always and Forever, Lara Jean. By Jenny Han. 2017. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781481430487). High school senior Lara Jean has much to look forward to: attending prom with her lacrosse boyfriend, getting into her first choice college, planning her father's wedding, and finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.  When things don't go according to plan, Lara Jean must make some difficult decisions.

American Street. By Ibi Zoboi. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062473042). Fabiola Toussaint, an American born citizen raised in Haiti, tries to immigrate back to the United States from Haiti with her mother to live with her Aunt Jo and three cousins in Detroit. When her mother is detained at the airport, Fabiola must learn how to adapt to American living.

The Arsonist. By Stephanie Oakes. 2017. Penguin Random House/Dial, $17.99 (9780803740716). Molly Mavity and Pepper Al-Yusef, each with troubles of their own, learn their lives are inextricably linked with that of Ava Dreyman, a young East German freedom fighter, when a series of mysterious messages challenges them to solve her decades-old murder.

Bad Blood. By Demitria Lunetta. 2017. Penguin Random House/Delacorte, $17.99 (9781101938058). Heather, on a summer trip to Scotland, realizes the design she has been cutting into her own flesh is a Celtic symbol.  Learning her ancestors dabbled in blood magic, Heather wonders if there's a deeper reason that she cuts. Are seventeenth-century twins reaching out to her?

Bad Romance. By Heather Demetrios. 2017. MacMillan/Henry Holt, $17.99 (9781627797726). Grace, a musical theater-loving junior, is not like her friends. She lives under constant scrutiny from her mother and her stepfather, The Giant. When her crush Gavin starts to take an interest in her, Grace finally feels like she has a protector—until their relationship spirals out of control.

Bang. By Barry Lyga. 2017. Hachette/Little,Brown, $17.99 (9780316315500). At four years old, Sebastian accidentally shot and killed his infant sister.  Now, ten years later, he is still dealing with guilt and learning how to cope.

Beast. By Brie Spangler. 2016. Penguin Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9781101937167). Insecure about his unusually large and hairy appearance, 15-year-old Dylan feels like a freak until he meets brave and beautiful Jamie, who accepts and loves him as he is. But when he realizes she is transgender, can he return the favor?

Beasts Made of Night. By Tochi Onyebuchi. 2017. Penguin/Razorbill, $17.99 (9780448493909). Taj is an aki, a sin-eater who kills and consumes the sins of the royal family. Each sin becomes a part of the tapestry of tattoos upon his body. When Taj joins the royal household, he becomes embroiled in intrigue that threatens to destroy the hierarchy of his world.

Behind Closed Doors. By Miriam Halahmy. 2017. Holiday House, $16.95 (9780823436415). Josie's mother is a hoarder.  Tasha's mother's boyfriend keeps trying to sneak into her bedroom.  Both girls are guarding these secrets.  But things are changing and they will need one another's help.

Blood Family. By Anne Fine. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Simon & Schuster BFYR, $17.99 (9781481477734). Eddie lives locked in seclusion with his mother and her abusive partner until a perceptive neighbor spots him and sends in a rescue squad. Throughout fostering and adoption, Eddie uses self-taught adaptive skills to function "normally" until a random event on a field trip sends him into a tailspin. 

Blood Rose Rebellion. By Rosalyn Eves. 2017. Penguin Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9781101935996). Unable to use magic properly, Anna is exiled from society to Hungary.  But when she's there, she discovers sinister plots involving her family.  She must decide her destiny, and her decision could change the world. 

Boy. By Blake Nelson. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $18.99 (9781481488136). As best friend of the most popular guy in his high school class, Gavin Meeks is recognized as "cool" himself and included (without much effort on his part) in the resultant activities. When that friendship is disrupted, suddenly Gavin must find his own way to navigate the school social structure.

Bronze and Sunflower. By Cao Wenxuan. Illus. by Meilo So. Tr. by Helen Wang. 2017. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (9780763688165). When Sunflower's father dies in a freak weather accident, she is taken in by a poor family across the river. China’s Cultural Revolution provides the backdrop for Sunflower and her adopted brother Bronze as they grow up in the impoverished but happy village. 

Bull. By David Elliott. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99 (9780544610606). The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is given a modern spin in this darkly humorous novel in verse. Minos' thirst for power gets him into trouble with Poseidon. It's Pasiphae, Minos' wife, who pays the price, birthing a son who is half man and half bull.

Calling My Name. By Liara Tamani. 2017. HarperCollins/Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062656865). In 1990s Houston, an African American teen navigates her middle school and high school years. Balancing societal pressures and familial expectations, Taja slowly finds her voice as she begins to explore her spirituality on her own terms rather than through the lens of her religious parents.

Caraval. By Stephanie Garber. 2017. Macmillan/Flatiron, $18.99 (9781250095251). Scarlet and her sister Tella live with their abusive father on a small island. When invitations to attend the unique Caraval party arrive just prior to Scarlet's wedding, things seem hopeful.  But nothing is as it appears at this magical party.

City of Saints & Thieves. By Natalie C. Anderson. 2017. Penguin Random House/G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $18.99 (9780399547584). Tina lives on the streets of Kenya and becomes part of a gang to survive. She desperately wants revenge on the man she believes killed her mother.  But much of the family's past is shrouded in mystery. Will Tina find justice?

The Closest I’ve Come. By Fred Aceves. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062488534). It's hard for Marcos to be in his neighborhood, but being at school isn’t much better. When a teacher recommends him for a program for struggling students, he begins to realize there may be options outside Maestra. Marcos’ coming of age transforms him into a different son, classmate, and friend.

Crazy Messy Beautiful. By Carrie Arcos. 2017. Penguin Random House/Philomel, $17.99 (9780399175534). Neruda Diaz is an artist and believes in soulmates in spite of being unlucky in love.  When he’s paired with white Callie Leibowitz for a school project, he hopes that has changed.  His unfaithful father and a ex-con friend help him come to terms with the complications of love.

Crossing Ebenezer Creek. By Tonya Bolden. 2017. Bloomsbury USA, $17.99 (9781599903194). In 1864, Mariah and her young brother have been liberated from the plantation where they were enslaved. They join others who are following General Sherman's march through Georgia, including Caleb, who is working with the Union troops. New lives are within reach, but first this group will face devastating heartbreak.

Daughter of the Pirate King. By Tricia Levenseller. 2017. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, $17.99 (9781250095961). Alosa is on a mission to find a lost treasure map for her father, the legendary pirate king.  She orchestrates her own kidnapping and ingeniously acts the helpless victim to ensure her stay on a rival pirate ship.  Now she must quickly find the map and plan her escape before the Captain discovers what she truly is.

Dear Martin. By Nic Stone. 2017. Penguin Random House/Crown, $17.99 (9781101939499). After personally experiencing racism and police brutality, Justyce McAllister turns to the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through letters to Dr. King, the teen works through his frustration in an attempt to come to terms with the harsh realities faced by young black men in America today.

Defy the Stars. By Claudia Gray. 2017. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780316394031). Noemi is a 17 year old soldier defending her planet, Genesis, against Earth.  Abel is a robot programmed to fight Genesis for Earth and protect his creator.  They are sworn enemies who end up trying to survive together- and, perhaps, to find a way to end the war.

Devil’s Advocate. By Jonathan Maberry. 2017. Macmillan/Imprint, $18.99 (9781250119582). Relocated to Maryland for her father’s military career, Dana Scully must adjust to a new high school.  On her first day of class, she wakes from a horrific dream that is later followed by an on-campus vision of a recently-killed classmate. Can the teen discover the sinister forces at work?

Devils Within. By S.F. Henson. 2017. Skyhorse Publishing/Sky Pony Press, $17.99 (9781510714564). Nate was fourteen when he killed his father, the leader of a white supremacist compound called The Fort. Now with a new name, in a new state, and at a new school, Nate’s hopes for a new life are coming true, but then his past comes knocking at the door.

The Diabolic. By S.J. Kincaid. 2016. Simon & Schuster/BFYR, $17.99 (9781481472678). Nemesis is a Diabolic, an engineered human, created to be the deadly guardian for Sidonia, the daughter of an important galactic family.  When Nemesis impersonates Sidonia at the court of the emperor, she becomes involved in a deadly game of intrigue and learns about her developing sense of humanity.

Disappeared. By Francisco Stork. 2017. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545944472). In Juarez, Mexico, young girls are disappearing. Sara is a journalist for a newspaper writing the stories of these young women, while constantly searching for her friend who disappeared four months ago. But as Sara closes in on the crime ring, others are closing in on Sara and her family.

Dreamland Burning. By Jennifer Latham. 2017. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.99 (9780316384933). The discovery of human remains on Rowan's family's property triggers a murder mystery investigation, and in alternating chapters, tells the story of the Oklahoma Race Riot of 1921.

Dress Codes for Small Towns. By Courtney Stevens. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062398512). 17-year-old Billie, daughter of the local preacher, grapples with her sexuality, her feelings for her tight-knit group of friends, and why her faith so often seems to be at odds with the organized religion of the church. Is there room for her gender nonconformity in the small town she loves?

Echo After Echo. By Amy Rose Capetta. 2017. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (9780763691646). Zara meets Eli when she is cast in the tragedy of Echo and Ariston. Zara's favorite play is directed by the famous Leopold and performed in the beautiful, cursed Aurelia Theater.  When she discovers a dead body, Zara is thrown not only into rehearsals but also mystery and romance.

The Education of Margot Sanchez. By Lilliam Rivera. 2017. Simon & Schuster/BFYR, $17.99 (9781481472111). Margot Sanchez spends her first year at Somerset Preparatory School crafting a new persona to ingratiate herself with classmates, mimicking their fashion style and their critical and supercilious attitudes towards others.  After misusing her father's credit card, she must repay the debt by working all summer in the family supermarket.

Eliza and Her Monsters. By Francesca Zappia. 2017. HarperCollins/Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062290137). Fellow students don’t know that when she’s not at school, reclusive senior Eliza is LadyConstellation, creator of the wildly popular Monstrous Sea. New student Wallace is a huge fan of the webcomic, and slowly breaks through her shell. However, trying to keep her two lives separate may cost Eliza everything.

Empress of a Thousand Skies. By Rhoda Belleza. 2017. Penguin Random House/Razorbill, $17.99 (9781101999103). Rhiannon, the last princess, is traveling to her coronation when someone attempts to assassinate her. In an environment of deception and betrayal, it’s hard to differentiate allies and enemies. Rhee must discover who wants her dead, claim the throne, and prevent interplanetary war.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. By F. C. Yee. 2017. Abrams/Amulet, $18.99 (9781419725487). Genie Lo is an overachieving high school student who learns she is more than human.  Gaining new powers, she battles against the forces of evil with beings from Chinese mythology at her side.

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined. By Danielle Younge-Ullman. 2017. Penguin Random House/Viking, $17.99 (9780425287590). Ingrid's life is turned upside-down when her internationally-lauded, brilliant opera-star mother's career suddenly and disastrously ends. Leaving Europe to return to the inherited family home in Canada, both she and her mother struggle to adapt to their changed lifestyle and its accompanying emotional distress.

Exo. By Fonda Lee. 2017. Scholastic/Scholastic Press, $17.99 (9780545933438). On an Earth conquered by aliens, Donovan is a 17-year-old exo, a genetically-enhanced human whose exocel armor allows service in the Secpac security force. When he's captured by rebels, Donovan wrestles with the ethical dilemma of what it means to be human and what it means to be free.

A Face Like Glass. By Frances Hardinge. 2017. Abrams/Amulet, $19.95 (9781419724848). In Caverna, an underground world, skilled craftsmen create hallucinogenic cheese, memory-erasing wine, and facial expressions that conceal emotions and motivations. Apprentice cheesemaker Neverfell doesn’t know how she came to Caverna, who she can trust, or why she alone must hide her face, but her life depends on finding those answers.

Far From the Tree. By Robin Benway. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062330628). After giving up her newborn for adoption, Grace is interested in finding her own biological mother.  Along the way she learns she has two biological siblings, Maya and Joaquin. Together, they face their experiences as adopted or fostered teens, and find there are different ways to make a family.

The Fashion Committee: a novel of art, crime, and applied design. By Susan Juby. 2017. Penguin Random House/Viking, $18.99 (9780451468789). An elite art school hosts a fashion competition. Charlie Dean has dreamed of designing clothing since she was young. John sees the promised scholarship as an indirect route to fulfilling his passion for metalwork. Both teens are desperate to win. Welcome to the cutthroat, hilarious, and heartbreaking world of fashion. 

Fire Color One. By Jenny Valentine. 2017. Penguin Random House/Philomel, $17.99 (9780399546921). Although her rich, art-loving father has been absent for most of her life, sixteen-year-old arsonist Iris spends time with him during his final living days and hears a different story than the one told to her by her manipulative and money-hungry mother.

Flame in the Mist. By Renee Ahdieh. 2017. Penguin Random House/G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $17.99 (9780399171635). Mariko, betrothed to the Emperor’s son, is attacked on her way to the palace.  To survive, she disguises herself as a man to find those responsible for her attempted murder.  However, seeking answers while traveling with the Black Clan could lead to her death if they learn her identity.

Flying Lessons & other stories. By Ellen Oh, ed. 2017. Penguin Random House/Crown, $16.99 (9781101934593). Ten popular YA authors offer their own spin on growing up in this engaging and diverse collection. Middle school and high school students will appreciate the humor and authenticity of each story and will relish the introductions to the featured authors.

Frogkisser! By Garth Nix. 2017. Scholastic/Scholastic Press, $17.99 (9781338052084). Princess Anya's Quest to return one of her sister's suitors to his human form and defeat her evil step-step father grows to monumental proportions, eventually involving all sorts of magical creatures and humans across a multitude of kingdoms.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. By Mackenzi Lee. 2017. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $18.99 (9780062382801). Henry Montague, the son of a British nobleman, embarks on a European tour with his best friend (and secret crush) Percy and his sister Felicity.  Along the way, they encounter adventure and conflict that leads them to a very different destiny than the one awaiting their return to England.

Genuine Fraud. By E. Lockhart. 2017. PenguineRandom House/Delacorte, $18.99 (9780385744775). 18-year-old Jule is a master of disguise and deceit; her best friend Imogen is a renegade heiress. Their lives and stories entwined, but now that Imogen has disappeared, the threads have started to unravel. This twisty mystery challenges readers to constantly adjust what they think they know.

The Go-Between. By Veronica Chambers. 2017. Penguin Random House/Delacorte, $16.99 (9781101930953). Cammi's famous mother finds herself in a tabloid scandal, leading the family to take a hiatus in L.A. where Cammi is taken for a scholarship student at her private school because she's Mexican. She goes along with this story as a social experiment, but digs herself deep into her lie.

Goodbye Days. By Jeff Zentner. 2017. Penguin Random House/Crown Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780553524062). Carver's three best friends are killed in a car accident soon after he sends the driver a text message. Grief and guilt take their toll. When the grandmother of one of his deceased friends asks for a “goodbye day,” Carver agrees, hoping for closure.

Grendel’s Guide to Love and War. By A. E. Kaplan. 2017. Penguin Random House/Knopf, $17.99 (9780399555541). An introspective teen who takes an interest in recording the stories of his elderly neighbors enters a pranking war with the partying teenagers next door, partly to protect his father who suffers from PTSD in this clever Beowulf adaptation.

The Hate U Give. By Angie Thomas. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062498533). Starr Carter is a black girl caught between two worlds: her poor, black neighborhood, and her suburban, mostly white high school. Occupying this liminal space becomes nearly impossible when Starr witnesses, and is forced to speak out about, the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend, Khalil, by a white cop.

The Hidden Memory of Objects. By Danielle Mages Amato. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062445889). When fifteen-year-old Megan learns that police attribute her brother’s unexpected death to a drug overdose, she refuses to accept this characterization. Megan begins an investigation to find the truth, quickly finding herself caught up in a world of blood artifacts, paranormal abilities and political intrigue.

How to Disappear. By Sharon Huss Roat. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062291752). Vicky, suffering from social anxiety but wanting connection, creates an online persona. As Vicurious, her photo-shopped adventures gain a following, and she finally feels “seen.” Recognizing that many of her followers share her feelings of invisibility, Vicky takes steps to help eradicate that sense of #alone in others. 

How to Make a Wish. By Ashley Blake. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/HMH Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780544815193). Grace is a 17-year-old pianist who has spent most of her life taking care of her mother, Maggie. Eva is an accomplished dancer who moves to Grace's seaside town after her mother passes away. As romance ensues, the two learn to confront grief, embrace happiness, and make decisions for themselves.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. By Erika L. Sánchez. 2017. Penguin Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, $17.99 (9781524700485). Julia is an outcast in her close-knit Mexican-American family, where she dreams of going away to college. When her older sister suddenly dies, Julia begins to piece together her sister’s secret life. As she grieves, Julia embarks on a mission to discover herself, unearthing her family’s past in the process.

In Case You Missed It. By Sarah Darer Littman. 2017. Scholastic/Scholastic Press, $17.99 (9780545904377). High-school junior Sammy Wallach, busy studying for AP exams, worrying about a prom date, and practicing for her driver's license test, finds her life made visible to the world when her father informs her that digital files of his bank and his family have been hacked and publicized. 

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. By Benjamin Alire Sáenz. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion, $17.99 (9780544586505). High school senior Sal has a lot on his plate as he deals with his dying grandmother, tries to control his growing anger with the prejudice of others, and ponders his relationship with his adopted father in this diverse novel about friendship and what it takes to become a man.

Invictus. By Ryan Graudin. 2017. Little Brown and Company, $18.99 (9780316503075). Farway has trained to be a time-traveling history recorder, but fails his final exam. Disappointed, he takes a position captaining the Invictus as part of a black market operation stealing artifacts from the past.  Soon Far and his crew are in a race to stop time itself from unraveling.

Iron Cast. By Destiny Soria. 2016. Abrams/Amulet, $17.95 (9781419721922). It's 1919 and hemopathy, an "affliction" of the blood, has been declared illegal. Hemopaths can manipulate others through art. Corinne creates illusions through poetry while her best friend Ada wields emotions through song. They perform at their sanctuary, the Cast Iron, even as they face prejudice and betrayal. 

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. By Misa Sugiura. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062473417). Moving from Wisconsin to California, Japanese-American Sana finds support with a diverse group of friends. Secrets her parents keep make her less likely to open up about her own, but she learns to come to terms with her identity. Racism and lesbian romance are explored with nuance.

Jane, Unlimited. By Kristin Cashore. 2017. Penguin Random House/Kathy Dawson, $18.99 (9780803741492). Jane accepts an invitation to a mysterious private mansion and finds a strange home full of art, secrets, spies, a quirky cast of characters, and more questions than answers. A seemingly innocuous choice divides Jane’s story into five distinct but parallel narratives, each more bizarre than the last.

La Belle Sauvage. By Philip Pullman. 2017. Penguin Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, $22.99 (9780375815300). Malcolm, a boy from an alternative Oxford, gets involved with a group of spies and learns that the nuns at the priory across the street are hiding baby Lyra from a sinister group. When a flood rages, Malcolm must rescue Lyra and keep her safe from her enemies.

Landscape with Invisible Hand. By M.T. Anderson. 2017. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (9780763687892). In this timely social satire, an alien race called the vuvv has colonized Earth, and most humans are jobless and broke. Adam and girlfriend Chloe capitalize on the aliens’ obsession with 1950s nostalgia by creating a retro reality show, but why does the promised bright future feel like selling out? 

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic. By Leigh Bardugo. Illus. by Sara Kipin. 2017. Macmillan/Imprint, $18.99 (9781250122520).Traditional fairy tales are refreshingly twisted, recreated, and wrapped in gorgeous illustrations in this stand-alone collection of six short stories. The world-building will be familiar to Bardugo's fans, and readers new to her Grishaverse have the pleasure of knowing they can take further excursions into this world. 

Letters to the Lost. By Brigid Kemmerer. 2017. Bloomsbury. $17.99 (9781681190082). Juliet and Declan begin writing letters, and later emails, anonymously after one exchange at the gravesite of Juliet's mom. Soon they share personal struggles, but still as strangers. When they realize their worst moments may be connected, the friendship could be over. 

The Librarian of Auschwitz. By Antonio Iturbe. Tr. by Lilit Thwaites. 2017. Macmillan/Henry Holt, $19.99 (9781627796187). Dita attends the makeshift school at Block 31 in Auschwitz. Though the Nazis know about the school, they don’t know about the eight books that Dita has been tasked with hiding from them at any cost. The novel is based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus. 

A Line in the Dark. By Malinda Lo. 2017. Penguin Random House/Dutton, $17.99 (9780735227422). Jess plunges into a world of jealousy and obsession after her best friend and secret crush Angie starts dating beautiful, manipulative Margot.  When these unhealthy relationships end in murder, the ensuing investigation reveals a tangled knot of secrets, lies, and betrayals.

A List of Cages. By Robin Roe. 2017. Disney/Hyperion, $17.99 (9781484763803). After Julian’s parents die in an accident, he moves from a loving foster home to live with his abusive Uncle Russell. Five years later, Adam, a well-liked older classmate with ADHD, provides his former foster brother Julian with an important friendship at a critical time.

Little & Lion. By Brandy Colbert. 2017. Hachette/Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316349000). After being sent away to boarding school when her brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Suzette has returned home to LA for the summer. The siblings’ typically close relationship becomes strained when he secretly stops taking his medication and they both fall for the same girl.

Long Way Down. By Jason Reynolds. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $17.99 (9781481438254). Will's brother has been shot. In this free-verse novel, Will steps into an elevator ready to head downstairs and to avenge his brother's death, to follow the rules he's been taught, when he encounters the ghosts of victims of a chain reaction caused by a shooting.

Love and First Sight. By Josh Sundquist. 2017. Hachette/Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316305358). Blind since birth, 16-year-old Will embarks on his first year of public school, assisted by friend-turned-crush Cecily. Experimental stem-cell surgery offers the possibility of vision. Will ultimately goes forward with the operation, discovering that new-found vision brings its own complications. Sundquist explores disability and identity with humor and insight.

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case. By Patricia Hruby Powell. Illus. by Shadra Strickland. 2017. Chronicle, $21.99 (9781452125909). This accessible novel-in-verse brings readers into the lives of Richard and Mabel (Jeter) Loving, an interracial couple who married in 1958 despite Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, and whose determination to be a family resulted in the landmark Civil Rights decision from the Supreme Court.

Maid of the King’s Court. By Lucy Worsley. 2017. Candlewick Press, $17.99 (9780763688066). The daughter of politically disgraced royalty in financial straits, Eliza understands her duty to rescue her family through marriage to a man of wealth and title. When arranged marriage plans end in disaster, Eliza's only remaining option is to be groomed as a maid-of-honor in King Henry VIII's court.

The Marrow Thieves. By Cherie Dimaline. 2017. Cormorant/Dancing Cat Books, paperback, $14.95 (9781770864863). In a futuristic world destroyed by climate change, where most people have lost the ability to dream, North American indigenous people are being hunted down and killed for the dream cure found in their bone marrow. 16-year-old Frenchie is part of a group that bands together for survival.

Midnight at the Electric. By Jodi Lynn Anderson. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062393548). Just before Adri leaves Earth to become one of the first human inhabitants of Mars, she finds a journal and a series of letters that spark her curiosity about her past. Told across multiple generations, Midnight at the Electric explores the moments that define our lives and connect us.

Moxie. By Jennifer Mathieu. 2017. Roaring Brook Press, $17.99 (9781626726352). Inspired by her mom’s Riot Grrrl past and infuriated by sexism at her school, Vivian creates Moxie, a feminist zine, and distributes it anonymously in the girls’ bathroom. While Moxie grows in popularity, school administration lashes out against Moxie girls. Will they continue to fight back against sexism and discrimination?

The Murderer’s Ape. By Jakob Wegelius. Illus. by Jakob Wegelius. Tr. by Peter Graves. 2017. Penguin Random House/Delacorte, $17.99 (9781101931752). Despite being a gorilla, Sally Jones is an excellent typist and she uses her typewriter to tell the adventure of her attempts to exonerate best friend and sailor Henry Koskela, who was wrongfully imprisoned for murder after the two of them were caught in the middle of a smuggling operation.

The Names They Gave Us. By Emery Lord. 2017. Bloomsbury USA, $17.99 (9781619639584). Bible camp was always Lucy’s plan for the summer. But when her mom asks her to serve instead as a counselor at a camp for youth who have experienced trauma, Lucy’s plan is thrown off course as she learns to adjust to new possibilities—both exciting and terrifying.

Neighborhood Girls. By Jessie Ann Foley. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062571854). Everyone in Chicago knows Wendy Boychuck. Her father is a former corrupt police officer, now in prison. Unable to escape her family name, Wendy befriends some of the toughest, nastiest girls in school. But as they begin to show their true colors, Wendy finds her own strength.

North of Happy. By Adi Alsaid. 2017. Harlequin/Harlequin Teen, $18.99 (9780373212286). When his brother Felix is randomly gunned down while they are prowling around Mexico City looking for the perfect taco, Carlos Portillo finds his affluent, comfortable, planned life unbearable. On the night of his graduation party, he packs his suitcase, leaving for Seattle to track down his brother's favorite restaurant.

Odd & True. By Cat Winters. 2017. Abrams/Amulet, $17.99 (9781419723100). In 1909 Oregon, complex characters and beautiful world-building combine as sisters Odette and Trudchen tell their stories. Od's version has magic and monsters, but Tru begins to believe the supernatural does not exist. When Od reappears after a two-year absence, her sister must decide for herself what is true.

One of Us is Lying. By Karen McManus. 2017. Penguin Random House/Delacorte, $17.99 (9781524714680). Five high school students end up in detention after being caught with their phones out during class. Five students go in, but only four come out alive. All have secrets they didn’t want Simon to reveal on his high school gossip app. Which student is the killer?

Optimists Die First. By Susin Nielsen. 2017. Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb Books, $17.99 (9780553496901). Petula sees danger in everything since the death of her little sister. In therapy group, she meets Jacob, outgoing despite an accident in which he lost a limb. As she slowly opens herself to hope, she learns Jacob’s been keeping secrets—was she right all along to expect the worst?

Overturned. By Lamar Giles. 2017. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (9780545812504). Nikki Tate's plans to escape the Vegas life by winning illegal card tournaments comes to a sudden stop when her father, a small-time casino owner, is murdered shortly after being released from jail for a homicide he did not commit.

Paper Butterflies. By Lisa Heathfield. 2017. Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab, $18.99 (9781512482416). After her mother's death and father's remarriage, June must adapt to a new family dynamic revolving around an abusive stepmother, a seemingly complicit stepsister, and a clueless father. Mistreatment and bullying at home and school combine with her fear of worsening the situation and threaten to make her feel powerless.

Piecing Me Together. By Renee Watson. 2017. Bloomsbury USA, $17.99 (9781681191058). Artist Jade has big dreams, but recognizes that coming from a rough neighborhood creates barriers. She reluctantly joins Woman to Woman, a mentoring program that promises a scholarship. Her well-intentioned mentor, also black, doesn't understand Jade has no desire to be “saved.” Each has things to learn from the other.

Poison’s Kiss. By Breeana Shields. 2017. Penguin Random House/Random House Children’s Books, $17.99 (9781101937822). Marinda is a “poison maiden” whose kiss kills the Raja’s enemies.  When her next target is the boy she loves, she decides to try to save him, her little brother, and herself from her handlers and powers of the supernatural.

Radio Silence. By Alice Oseman. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062335715). To the outside world, Frances is a shy, boring nerd who hopes to attend Cambridge University. In reality, she is a quirky bisexual artist who loves listening to and drawing fan art for Universe City, a mysterious podcast whose agender narrator goes by the name of Radio Silence.

Ramona Blue. By Julie Murphy. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062418357). Ramona thinks she knows exactly who she is, who she loves, and what her future holds, until her senior year of high school challenges her expectations and she learns that life, love, and identity are more fluid than she thought.

Refugee. By Alan Gratz. 2017. Scholastic Press, $16.99 (9780545880831). Josef (a Jewish boy in 1939), Isabel (a Cuban in 1994), and Mahmoud (a Syrian in 2015) flee their homes seeking safety. Readers will come to care deeply for each protagonist, recognizing the similarities in each of these different political periods and the universal face of courage.

Release. By Patrick Ness. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062403193). A day in the life of Adam Thorn is chronicled as he deals with colliding issues in his life: sexuality, conservative family, lecherous boss, and friends.  At the same time, the ghost of a murdered teen merges with a spirit creature, both set upon a quest for justice. 

Saint Death. By Marcus Sedgwick. 2017. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, $17.99 (9781626725492). In Juarez, the childhood friend Arturo hasn't seen for a year comes begging for help to transport his girlfriend and infant across the Mexican border into North America. The game of calavera Arturo plays to win freedom for his friends draws him into the merciless vortex of cartels and drug-trafficking.

Saints and Misfits. By S. K. Ali. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Salaam Reads, $18.99 (9781481499248). Janna, a Muslim-American teen, is trying to figure out how to deal with the seemingly perfect boy from her mosque who sexually assaulted her and is now spreading cruel rumors. At the same time she’d like to find space in her life for her non-Muslim crush – who likes her too.

A Season of Daring Greatly. By Ellen Emerson White. 2017. HarperCollins/Greenwillow, $17.99 (9780062463210). Jill Cafferty is the first female pitcher in MLB history. During her initial short season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league team, she feels enormous pressure to perform while facing sexism on and off the field, and loneliness from leaving right after her high school graduation.

The Shadow Cipher. By Laura Ruby. 2017. HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press, $17.99 (9780062306937). In an alternate present-day New York City, twins Tess and Theo Beidermann and their friend Jamie Cruz race to save their home from destruction. Can they solve the Old York Cipher, a mystery left behind by the Morningstar twins, geniuses whose city design was unrivaled in its technology and advancements?

Slider. By Pete Hautman. 2017. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (9780763690700). David Miller enjoys the world of competitive eating as an amateur only, until a blunder with his mother's credit card forces him to enter his first competition. As he trains, he must also manage his complicated relationships with family and friends. Deft humor underscores David's efforts to fix his mistakes.

Soldier Boy. By Keely Hutton. 2017. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux for Young Readers, $17.99 (9780374305635). Based on a true story, during the Ugandan Civil War Ricky Anywar is abducted and forced to fight in the Lord's Resistance Army. Ricky and the other children endure unimaginable atrocities as they are trained to kill. It takes all of Ricky's willpower to survive and escape.

Solo. By Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess. 2017. HarperCollins/Blink, $17.99 (9780310761839). Blade Morrison has had enough LA heartbreak. His father is a washed-up rock star constantly in the tabloids for his failed sobriety, his sister Storm is too into her own image, and his girlfriend is forbidden to see him. Frustrated, Blade takes off after graduation on a soul-searching journey. 

Sparrow. By Sarah Moon. 2017. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $18.99 (9781338032581). Sparrow has a secret: her closest friends are birds. When she feels anxious, she goes to the roof and flies. One day, this practice lands her in the hospital, facing questions from the adults in her life. Slowly, she recovers, finds her voice, and makes new friends along the way.

Speed of Life. By Carol Weston. 2017. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $16.99 (9781492654490). Sofia and her dad try to move forward in the wake of her mother’s death last year.  After the “Dear Kate” columnist visits her school, Sofia turns to her for advice. But then her dad drops a bombshell—he and Kate are dating. Sofia’s world just got way more complicated.

Strange the Dreamer. By Laini Taylor. 2017. Little, Brown/Hatchette, $18.99 (9780316341684). Lazlo Strange is an orphan raised by monks.  He dedicated his life to learning and his favorite story is of Weep, the lost fairytale city that was literally removed from memory. This is the story of his search for the magical city.

The Takedown. By Corrie Wang. 2017. Disney/Freeform, $17.99 (9781484757420). In a near-future Brooklyn, high school senior Kyla Cheng has it all: she’s popular, captain of the debate team, and on track to be valedictorian. When a sex video of Kyla and her English teacher goes viral, Kyla is determined to prove that the girl in the video isn't her.

They Both Die at the End. By Adam Silvera. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062457790). Mateo and Rufus are strangers when they receive the same phone call around midnight on September 5: they’re going to die within 24 hours. They connect through the Last Friend app and set off on an epic adventure, hoping to make the most of every minute they have left. 

This Darkness Mine. By Mindy McGinnis. 2017. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062561596). Sasha Stone has her whole future planned: valedictorian, prominent music school, world-renowned musician. But when Sasha discovers the family secret, that she absorbed her twin while in the womb, her future turns bleak. Now Sasha's "twin" is doing bad things and the people around her are paying the price.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful. By Eric Lindstrom. 2017. Hachette/Poppy, $17.99 (9780316260060). Life for sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan isn't easy. As she tries to hide her bipolar disorder and grieve the loss of her older brother, it costs her old friends and threatens to affect new relationships. How will those closest to Mel react when they discover the extent of her secrets?

Turtles All the Way Down. By John Green. 2017. Penguin Random House/Dutton, $19.99 (9780525555360). High school junior Aza, who struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, reconnects with childhood friend Davis after his billionaire father disappears, on the run from the police. But can Aza and her friends help Davis cope with being parentless when she’s having trouble managing her own downward thought spirals?

Ultimatum. By K. M. Walton. 2017. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, $17.99 (9781492635079). Eighteen-year-old Vance loves lacrosse, having fun, and living life large like his dad, but he is continually aggravated and infuriated by Oscar, his musical, artistic, introverted brother.  As they confront the imminent death of their alcoholic father, they are forced to resolve their conflicts and work together.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel meets world. By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale. 2017. Marvel, $13.99 (9781484781548). Doreen is not your average teen. Sure, she worries about math homework and making friends, but she’s got bigger problems too. Doreen must save the town using her assets—her luxurious squirrel tale and super squirrel strength. Can she use her squirrel super powers to defeat the evil Micro-Manager?

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky. By Melanie Crowder. 2017. Penguin Random House/Philomel, $17.99 (9780399169007). In 1999 Bolivia, Francisco's father is arrested on false drug charges. Francisco and his younger sister, Pilar, move into a men's prison with their father. Francisco must decide whether to break up his family and take his sister to live with their grandparents or stay together in the dangerous prison.

The Upside of Unrequited. By Becky Albertalli. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062348708). 17-year-old Molly has 26 crushes behind her, but has never acted on them. Her outgoing twin, Cassie, thinks she's got the perfect guy for Molly, but Molly’s finding herself more drawn to a nerdy coworker. Can Molly overcome her insecurities and finally take a chance?

The Valiant. By Lesley Livingston. 2017. Penguin Random House/Razorbill, $17.99 (9780448493787). Fallon, a Celtic princess, is determined to be a great warrior like her dead sister. However, life takes an unexpected turn when she's captured and sent to Rome. Now a slave, she fights for her enemy, Caesar, as a gladiator. Her family, life, and honor are at stake.

Warcross. By Marie Lu. 2017. Penguin Random House/G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $18.99 (9780399547966). When bounty hunter and hacker Emika Chen finds herself unexpectedly entered into the exclusive Warcross championship, she is determined to get to the bottom of a dastardly plot while trying to pull off a win in the worldwide virtual reality game.

We Are Okay. By Nina LaCour. 2017. Penguin Random House/Dutton, $17.99 (9780525425892). Marin has isolated herself in icy New York over winter break rather than confronting the devastating memories she ran from in San Francisco. But when her best friend flies cross-country to be with her, Marin discovers that the only way to move beyond grief is to face it head-on.

What Girls Are Made Of. By Elana Arnold. 2017. Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab, $18.99 (9781512410242). 16-year-old Nina experiences sex, betrayal, loss, and a dysfunctional home life, while trying to understand what it means to be female in the world, and whether love can ever be truly unconditional.

When Dimple Met Rishi. By Sandhya Menon. 2017. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781481478687). Hopeless romantic Rishi Patel attends a summer coding program to meet his future wife, Dimple, per his parents’ wishes. The only problem is that independent Dimple isn't aware of this arrangement. Sparks fly—not always the romantic kind-- as ultimately the two teens realize that they have a lot in common.

When I Am Through with You. By Stephanie Kuehn. 2017. Penguin Random House/Dutton, $17.99 (9781101994733). 17-year-old Ben narrates from prison the story of his high school orienteering club camping trip, the many things that went wrong along the way, and how a series of bad decisions culminated in his killing his girlfriend.

When Morning Comes. By Arushi Raina. 2017. Tradewind Books, paperback, $10.95 (9781926890142). The story of the Soweto Uprising in South Africa in 1976 is told through the perspectives of several high school students from very different parts of Johannesburg. Life under apartheid is the backdrop for this story of friendship and support between Meena and Zanele, and a blossoming romance between Jack and Zanele. 

Who Killed Christopher Goodman? By Allan Wolf. 2017. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (9780763656133). Several high school students tell the story of classmate Christopher Goodman's murder -- including the person who killed him. Set in 1979, this novel is based on a true crime from the author's childhood.

Wicked Like a Wildfire. By Lana Popovic. 2017. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062436832). In contemporary Montenegro, sisters Iris and Malina perform their magical glamours despite their mother's disapproval.  When she is attacked and left suspended in a state between life and death, they work to save her, and in doing so, uncover unexpected family secrets.

The Wicker King. By K. Ancrum. 2017. Macmillan/Imprint, $17.99 (9781250101549).Beautiful and weird, the creative chaos of this slowly darkening novel reflects the abusive conditions that best friends August and Jack live in.  When Jack begins to hallucinate, August is determined to protect him.  Intense pacing makes this a story readers will devour in one sitting.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer. By Leigh Bardugo. 2017. Penguin Random House/Random House Children’s Books, $18.99 (9780399549731). Diana, princess of Themyscira, makes a decision that puts her Amazonian sisters in jeopardy. In order to fix her mistake, she must travel to the world of man and neutralize the warbringer. Secrets and betrayal follow at every turn, threatening her mission and her life.

Wonderful Feels Like This. By Sara Lövestam. Tr. by Laura A. Wideburg. 2017. Macmillan/Flatiron, $17.99 (9781250095237). Steffi, bullied at school, finds solace in jazz music and in a new friendship with a retired man and former jazz musician who coaches her through learning a new instrument and tells her about his own teenage years as a musician in Sweden during WWII.

Words in Deep Blue. By Cath Crowley. 2017. Penguin Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, $17.99 (9781101937648). Rachel and Henry were best friends until Rachel moved away. After her brother’s death, Rachel’s world is in shambles. She returns to their hometown to work in Henry's family bookshop, where Henry faces his own struggles. An exceptional coming of age exploration and ode to the power of words.

Words on Bathroom Walls. By Julia Walton. 2017. Penguin Random House/Random House Children’s Books, $17.99 (9780399550881). Having struggled from the age of twelve with increasing anxiety as his schizophrenia became full-blown, high-school junior Adam Petrazelli gets a chance to start over at a new school where he hopes the experimental drug trial he has begun will allow him to function as a more “typical” teen.

You Bring the Distant Near. By Mitali Perkins. 2017. Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux, $17.99 (9780374304904). In 1973, sisters Tara and Sonia arrive in New York with their parents. Spanning the Brady Bunch era to the present, three generations of Das women navigate life as Americans while making choices about how their Bengali heritage defines them as individuals. A captivating story of family and identity.

You Don’t Know Me But I Know You. By Rebecca Barrow. 2017. HarperCollins/Harper Teen, $17.99 (9780062494191). Audrey and Julian love each other—but they’re not sure if they want to be together forever. They want to pursue college and careers. When Audrey finds out she’s pregnant, they’re forced to consider how their options might influence their futures. A nuanced and thoughtful exploration of a complicated topic.