2015 Popular Paperbacks

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Fairy Tales Retold: Once Upon a Twisted Time
Get Graphic: Graphic Novels
Post-Apocalyptic: It's the End of the World As We Know It
Unreliable Narrators: Don't Believe a Word

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls. Speak. 2010. 278 p. ISBN: 9780142415573. Eighteen-year-old Lia feels she is being haunted by Cassie's restless spirit when her best friend dies from anorexia--the same disorder Lia has been struggling with.

Armentrout, Jennifer. Don’t Look Back. Disney Press. 2015. 369 p. ISBN: 9781423194668. Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. Little, Brown & Co.. 2011. 326 p. ISBN: 9780316056199. In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

Baratz-Logsted, Lauren. Crazy Beautiful. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 191 p. ISBN: 9780547403106. In this contemporary retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," a teenaged boy whose hands were amputated in an explosion and a girl whose mother has recently died form a connection when they meet on their first day as new students.

Billingsley, Franny. Chime. Speak. 2012. 361 p. ISBN: 9780142420928. Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown. Little, Brown & Co.. 419 p. ISBN: 9780316213097. Living in a world of walled cities where quarantined monsters and humans endure dangerous predatory existences, Tana, one of three survivors of a horrifying massacre, safeguards their lives by visiting the evil heart of her city.

Block, Francesca Lia. The Rose and the Beast. HarperTeen. 2001. 229 p. ISBN: 9780064407458. Nine classic fairy tales with female heroines are set in modern, magical landscapes and retold with a twist.

Bracken, Alexandra. The Darkest Minds. Disney Press. 2013. 488 p. ISBN: 9781423159322. When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Brown, Pierce. Red Rising. Del Rey. 2014. 400 p. ISBN: 9780345539809. A tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who after witnessing his wife's execution by an oppressive government joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy.

Bunce, Elizabeth. A Curse Dark as Gold. Scholastic. 2010. 395 p. ISBN: 9780439895774. Upon the death of her father, Charlotte struggles to keep the family's mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.

Cass, Kiera. The Selection. HarperTeen. 2013. 327 p. ISBN: 9780062059949. America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

Cross, Sarah. Kill Me Softly. Egmont USA. 2013. 331 p. ISBN: 9781606844953. When sixteen-year-old Mira runs away to discover her secret past, she finds a place where Grimm's fairy tales come to life, and she cannot avoid her accursed fate.

DeStefano, Lauren. Wither. Simon & Schuster. 2011. 364 p. ISBN: 97801442409064. After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

Dixon, Heather. Entwined. Greenwillow Books. 2012. 472 p. ISBN: 9780062001047. Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

Durst, Sarah Beth. Ice. Margaret K. McElderry. 2010. 308 p. ISBN: 9781416986447. A Polar Bear King comes to claim eighteen-year-old Cassie for his bride and she must decide whether to go with him and save her long-lost mother, or continue helping her father with his research.

Durst, Sarah Beth. Into the Wild. Razorbill. 2008. 278 p. ISBN: 9781595141859. When "The Wild," a dangerous world of fairy tales, comes to collect her mother and a dark forest swallows her hometown, twelve-year-old Julie has no choice but to venture forth into the unknown where she will have to face, fight, and outwit griffins, witches, and ogres in order to find her mother and bring her back.

Flinn, Alex. Beastly. HarperTeen. 2011. 304 p. ISBN: 9780061963285. Having been the most popular guy at school with the meanest and most egotistical attitude, Kyle Kingsbury is punished by a witch and turned into a beast who now must find his true love and convince her to accept him as he is in order to break the curse and return him to being the man he once was.

Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater. HarperTeen. 2002. 263 p. ISBN: 9780064472579. Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.

Gaiman, Neil. Marvel 1602. Marvel Enterprises. 248 p. ISBN: 9780785141341. All is not well in the Marvel Universe in the year 1602 as strange new powers are emerging and such heroes as Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, and Captain America appear in the waning days of the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

George, Jessica Day. Princess of the Midnight Ball. Bloomsbury USA. 2010. 280 p. ISBN: 9781599904559. A retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella. Simon Pulse. 2007. 218 p. ISBN: 9781416936497. In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

Hale, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days. Bloomsbury USA. 305 p. ISBN: 9781599903781. Fifteen-year-old Dashti, after sacrificing her own freedom to follow her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, into exile, brings Saren safely to the lands of the man they both love where they are forced to hide their true identities as they vie for his attention.

Harnett, Sonya. Surrender. Candlewick. 2007. 248 p. ISBN: 9780763634230. As he is dying, a twenty-year-old man known as Gabriel recounts his troubled childhood and his strange relationship with a dangerous counterpart named Finnigan, realizing that only the most extreme measures will rid himself of Finnigan for good.

Hodge, Rosamund. Cruel Beauty. Balzer & Bray. 2014. 342 p. ISBN: 978006224743. A tale inspired by Beauty and the Beast finds Nyx, a girl betrothed since birth to the evil ruler of her kingdom, training to kill her intended and resenting the father whose foolish bargain sealed her fate, a situation that transforms when she discovers that the man she must marry is a charming being with a compelling secret.

Hodkin, Michelle. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Simon & Schuster. 2012. 456 p. ISBN: 97801442421776. Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends but, after moving to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes that uncovering the buried memory might save her family and her future.

Hopkin, Ellen. Identical. Margaret K. McElderry. 2010. 565 p. ISBN: 9781416950066. Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.

Ivey, Eowyn. The Snow Child. Regan Arthur. 2012. 391 p. ISBN: 9780316175661. A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own.

Jay, Stacey. Of Beast and Beauty. Ember. 2014. 391 p. ISBN: 9780385743211. Raised to be a sacrifice to protect her people in the domed city of Yuan, blind princess Isra endeavors to help Banished citizens who were cast out because of their Monstrous traits and enlists the help of mutant boy Gem while uncovering dark secrets from her society's past.

Johnson, Alaya Dawn. The Summer Prince. Arthur A. Levine. 2014. 289 p. ISBN: 9780545417808. In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2013. 329 p. ISBN: 9780544022188. In a charming, humorous tumble of fairy tales blended into one novel, Sunday Woodcutter, the youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week, kisses an enchanted frog which then transforms back into the crown prince of Arilland--a man Sunday's family despises.

Kuehn, Stephanie. Charm & Strange. Griffin. 2014. 246 p. ISBN: 9781250049179. A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.

Larbalestier, Justine. Liar. Bloomsbury USA. 2010. 376 p. ISBN: 9781599905198. Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered.

London, Alex. Proxy. Speak. 2014. 379 p. ISBN: 9780147511331. Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else's crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test the boys' resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay.

Lu, Marie. Legend. Speak. 2013. 305 p. ISBN: 9780142422076. In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Lynch, Chris. Inexcusable. Simon & Schuster. 2015. 174 p. ISBN: 9781481432023. Having always been considered an all-around good guy with a strong reputation in his community, Keir's life is forever changed when his childhood friend, Gigi, accuses him of rape--forcing Keir to reevaluate the events of their evening together and come to terms with the truth.

Maberry, Jonathan. Rot & Ruin. Simon & Schuster. 2011. 458 p. ISBN: 9781442402331. In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

Mafi, Tahereh. Shatter Me. HarperCollins. 2012. 338 p. ISBN: 9780062085504. Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her abilities in support of the dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

Marillier, Juliet. Wildwood Dancing. Alfred A. Knopf. 2008. 407 p. ISBN: 978037584474. Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical world, the Wildwood.

McKinley, Robin. Beauty. HarperTeen. 2005. 325 p. ISBN: 9780060753108. Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. Square Fish. 2013. 390 p. ISBN: 9781250007209. As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Meyer, Marissa. Cress. Square Fish. 2015. 552 p. ISBN: 9781250007223. Working to overthrow Queen Levana, a fugitive Cinder and her companions search for Rapunzel-like hacker Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood and who has received orders from Levana to foil Cinder's efforts.

Meyer, Marissa. Scarlet. Square Fish. 2014. 505 p. ISBN: 9781250007216. Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

Mullin, Mike. Ashfall. Tanglewood. 2012. 466 p. ISBN: 9781933718743. After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a new society.

Nickerson, Jane. The Mirk and Midnight Hour. Ember. 371 p. ISBN: 978038572886. A tale inspired by the Scottish fairy tale "Tam Lin" finds 17-year-old Southern girl Violet rescuing an injured Union soldier and struggling to set aside her anger over her twin brother's death to keep the soldier alive in the face of dark magical adversaries.

Nickerson, Jane. Strands of Bronze and Gold. Ember 339 p. ISBN: 9780307975997. After the death of her father in 1855, 17-year-old Sophia goes to live with her wealthy and mysterious godfather at his gothic mansion, Wyndriven Abbey, in Mississippi, where many secrets lie hidden, in a debut novel retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale.

Nielsen, Jennifer. The False Prince. Scholastic. 2013. 342 p. ISBN: 978054284141. In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Nix, Garth. Shade’s Children. HarperCollins. 2012. 345 p. ISBN: 9780062075987. In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

O’Brien, Caragh. Birthmarked. Square Fish. 2011. 362 p. ISBN: 9780312674724. When her midwife mother is forcibly taken away by the very people she serves, sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone starts to question the role of the Enclave and whether it deserves the loyalty her family has so faithfully given.

Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. HarperCollins. 2012. 441 p. ISBN: 9780061726835. Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until right before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Pearce, Jackson. Sisters Red. Little, Brown & Co.. 2011. 328 p. ISBN: 9780316068673. After a Fenris, or werewolf, kills their grandmother and almost kills them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls.

Peterfreund, Diana. For Darkness Shows the Stars. Balzer & Bray. 2013. 407 p. ISBN: 9780062006158. A postapocalyptic reimagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion finds 18-year-old Luddite Elliot North remembering the romance she gave up four years earlier out of a sense of duty toward her caste-conscious family's estate and renting her lands to her now-successful former love Kai, who reveals to Elliot what she gave up.

Pope, Elizabeth Marie. The Perilous Gard. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 280 p. ISBN: 9780618150731. In 1558 while imprisoned in a remote castle, a young girl becomes involved in a series of events that leads to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.

Schmidt, Gary D. Straw Into Gold. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 172 p. ISBN: 9780547237763. As they are pursued by greedy villains, two boys on a quest to save innocent lives meet the banished queen whose son was stolen by Rumpelstiltskin eleven years earlier, and she provides much more than the answer they seek.

Schrefer, Eliot. The Deadly Sister. Scholastic. 2012. 310 p. ISBN: 9780545165754. Covering for her rebellious sister Tabitha's frequent misdemeanors, Abby Goodwin is baffled when Tabitha is accused of murder and resolves to clear her sister's name, with unexpectedly dangerous results.

Shanower, Eric. Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships. Image Comics. 208 p. ISBN: 9781582402000. Draws on ancient myths, medieval romances, and modern scholarship to offer a graphic novel portraying the Trojan war, from the kidnapping of Queen Helen by Paris to the gathering of the ancient kings of Greece to retrieve her.

Sheehan, Anna. A Long, Long Sleep. Candlewick. 2013. 342 p. ISBN: 9780763663469. Rosalinda Fitzroy, heir to the multiplanetary corporation UniCorp, is awakened after years in stasis to find that everyone she knew has died and, as she tries to make a new life for herself, learns she is the target of a robot assassin.

Smith, Jeff. Bone: One Volume Edition. Cartoon Books. 2004. 1332 p. ISBN: 9781888963144. Three modern cartoon cousins get lost in a pre-technological valley, spending a year there making new friends and out-running dangerous enemies, in a compilation of the creator's Bone series all in one binding.

St. Crow, Lili. Nameless. Razorbill. 2014. 328 p. ISBN: 9781595146182. In this retelling of Snow White, sixteen-year-old Cami, a mortal raised by one of the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven, begins to uncover the secrets of her birth and why her past is threatening her now.

Suma, Nova Ren. Imaginary Girls. Speak. 2012. 352 p. ISBN: 9780142421437. Two years after Chloe discovered London's dead body floating in a Hudson Valley reservoir, she returns home to be with her devoted older sister Ruby and finds that Ruby may somehow have brought London back to life.

Summers, Courtney. This Is Not a Test. Griffin. 2012. 326 p. ISBN: 9780312656744. Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

Tamaki, Mariko. This One Summer. FirstSecond. 2014. 317 p. ISBN: 9781596437746. The team behind Skim presents the sumptuous graphic tale of a young teen whose latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows and the dangerous activities of older teens.

Terrill, Cristin. All Our Yesterdays. Disney Press. 2014. 360 p. ISBN: 9781423185246. Em must travel back in time to prevent a catastrophic time machine from ever being invented, while Marina battles to prevent the murder of the boy she loves.

Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. Simon Pulse. 2011. 406 p. ISBN: 9781442419810. Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. Speak. 2015. 457 p. ISBN: 9780142425831. Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

Yolen, Jane. Briar Rose. Tor. 2002. 241 p. ISBN: 9780765342300. A retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale finds Briar Rose living in forests patrolled by the German army during World War II in a dark tale of the Holocaust.

Young, Moira. Blood Red Road. Margaret K. McElderry. 2012. 459 p. ISBN: 9781442429994. In a distant future, Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter.

Young, Suzanne. The Program. Simon Pulse. 2014. 405 p. ISBN: 9781442445819. When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only known cure is The Program, a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to Sloane who knows that it will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.