2015 Popular Paperbacks


Book to Movie: Ripped From the Pages

Courtney Saldana: subcommittee chair

Heather Beverley

Emma Carbone

Alison Edwards

Yolanda Hood

Jeanette Johnson

Ryan Paulsen


Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. Square Fish, 2011; 978-0312674397; $9.99. Young Adult novel about a girl who becomes the school outcast after her call to the police leads to the busting up of a large party and the arrest of many teens for underage drinking.

Blume, Judy. Tiger Eyes. Random House, 2013; 9780449816462; $8.99. Davey's dad is killed and now she and her family are moving to New Mexico in an attempt to grieve and recover.  While there, she meets a friend who will help her go through the process of healing.

Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan. Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist. Ember, 2008; 978-0375846144; $7.99. This is a comedy about two teens thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living, and, live, loud music.

Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire. Scholastic Press, 2013; 978-0545586177; $12.99. Katniss Everdeen and her co-victor and sometimes-boyfriend Peeta are thrown back in the ring to face another Hunger Games.

Forman, Gayle. If I Stay. Penguin, 2010; 9780142415436; $9.99. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces.

Garcia, Kami and Margaret Stohl. Beautiful Creatures. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012; 9780316231657; $7.99. Lena Duchannes struggles to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations.

Hartinger, Brent. Geography Club. HarperTeen, 2004; 978-0060012236; $9.99. Russel Middlebrook is convinced he's the only gay kid at Goodkind High School.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl’s Moving Castle. Greenwillow Books, 2008; 978-0061478789; $7.99. Sophie, the eldest of three daughters, is destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills.

Le Guin, Ursula. Wizard of Earthsea. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012; 978-0547773742; $7.99. This is the tumultuous tale of Zed’s testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore balance to the world.

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. HarperCollins, 2011; 978-0064407052; $6.99. At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head! She goes on a quest determined to break the curse.

Marchetta, Melina. Looking For Alibrandi. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006; 978-0375836947; $8.99. Narrator, Josie, comes from an Italian family that immigrated to Australia. At a Catholic school she doesn’t like, surrounded by people who don’t understand the Italian part of her culture, seventeen-year-old Josie feels adrift--a feeling that is further complicated when her long-absent father comes back on the scene.

Quick, Matthew. Silver Linings Playbook. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012; 9780374533571; $14.99. Pat Peoples returns home from a mental health facility, and tries to find the silver linings of everything as he deals with his family, estranged wife, and his odd, new friend Tiffany.

Rennison, Louise. Angus,Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging. HarperTeen, 2006; 978-0064472272; $9.99. Written as diary entries, 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson’s wry observations and self-deprecating humor cover everything from prudish parents and bed-wetting three-year-old siblings to errant cat behavior and kissing (aka snogging) lessons.

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. Disney Hyperion, 2006; 978-0786838653; $8.99. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy Jackson is the prime suspect.

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. Katherine Tegen Books, 2012; 978-0062024039; $8.99. In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions. On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.

Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012; 9780547928227; $13.95. Bilbo Baggins sets off with a band of Dwarves to help win back their home from a great dragon.

Zevin, Gabrielle. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. Square Fish, 2009; 0312561288; $8.99. Naomi falls down the stairs and looses all of the memories from the last six years of her life.  She now has to figure out how to live a life she doesn't understand and decide which parts she wants to change.

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. Knopf, 2007; 978-0375842207; $12.99. A haunting story of Nazi Germany, narrated by the voice of Death, following the life of a book thief, youngLiesel Meminger, and who finds escape in the pages of stolen books.


Mysteries: Murder, Mayhem, and Other Adventures

Joan Callen: subcommittee chair

Emma Carbone

Yolanda Hood

Jeanette Johnson

Jennifer Kendall

Amanda Margis

Staci Terrell


Black, Holly. White Cat. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011; 978-1416963974; $8.99. Cassel, 17, is an anomaly as the only untalented one in a family of curse workers. Cassel relies on his quick wit and con-artist skills to convince his private-school classmates that he's normal. Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of one huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories.

Blundell, Judy. Strings Attached. Scholastic, 2012; 978-0545221276; $7.99. When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. Nate Benedict will give her an apartment. All she has to do is keep him informed about his son Billy.

Bradley, Alan. The Sweetness of the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery. Random House: Bantam Books, 2010; 978-0385343497; $15.00. Flavia de Luce is a young girl growing up in 1950's Britain.. When a dead body is discovered in the cucumber patch of her family's decaying mansion, Flavia begins to follow the clues, wherever they may lead.

Bray, Libba. Diviners. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; 978-0316126106; $11.00. After her secret gift for divining information from objects lands her in trouble, 17-year-old Evangeline O'Neill is sent from Ohio to live with her uncle, who runs a museum specializing in folklore and the occult in Manhattan. Although she starts out her new life like the party girl she was back home, her pursuits become more serious when her uncle is asked to help solve a series of strange murders.

Brennan, Sarah Rees. Unspoken. Ember, 2013; 978-0375871030; $8.99. Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met—a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born.This is an urban fantasy with a spunky girl reporter inspired by Veronica Mars and classic gothic tales.

Cameron, Sharon. The Dark Unwinding. Scholastic, 2008; 978-0545327879; $8.99. Katharine Tulman is sent to her uncle’s estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of childlike rules, who is employing a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Carringer, Gail. Etiquette & Espionage. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. 9780316190107; $10.00. Sophronia is enrolled in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality to learn proper decorum. But she soon discovers that its students are learning more than a proper curtsy.

Cashore, Kristin. Bitterblue. Firebird, 2013; 978-0142426012; $9.99. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city streets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign.

Fforde, Jasper. The Eyre Affair. Penguin, 2004; 9780142001806; $16.00. Thursday Next, a literary detective, must stop a notorious criminal from kidnapping characters from original manuscripts before Jane Eyre is ruined forever.

Flynn, Gillian. The Dark Places. Crown Publishing Group: Three Rivers Press, 2009; 978-0-307-34157-0; $14.00. Libby Day's family was brutally murdered 20 years ago. Libby and her brother Ben were the only survivors. Ben is currently in prison for the crime, thanks to Libby's testimony. Years later Libby is forced to confront exactly what happened to her family.

Harrington, Kim. Clarity. Point, 2012; 978-0545230513; $8.99. Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case.

Hautman, Pete. Blank Confession. Simon and Schuster, 2011; 9781416913283; $8.99. A new kid in town shows up to the police station to confess to a murder. As the details begin to fill in, the only thing that becomes clear is that nothing about Shayne's story is clear at all.

Hiaasen, Carl. Scat. Yearling, 2012; 978-0440421047; $7.99. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. Nick and Marta will have to reckon with an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off Florida panther before they really begin to see the big picture.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Fire and Hemlock. Firebird, 2012; 978-0142420140; $8.99. Polly Whittacker has two sets of memories. In the first, things are boringly normal; in the second, her life is entangled with the mysterious, complicated cellist Thomas Lynn. One day, the second set of memories overpowers the first, and Polly knows something is very wrong. Someone has been trying to make her forget Tom - whose life, she realizes, is at supernatural risk.

Larbalestier, Justine. Liar. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2010; 978-1599905198; $9.99. Micah is a liar. That's the one thing she won't lie about. And the honest truth is buried so deep in Micah's mind even she doesn't know if it's real.

Lee, Y.S. The Agency: A Spy in the House Candlewick, 2011; 978-0763652890; $7.99. A house thief is spared the gallows when she's groomed to be a spy in this Victorian history mystery.

Lu, Marie. Legend. Speak, 2013; 978-0142422076; $9.99. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013; 978-0316125833; $9.00. Jazz is the son of the world's most infamous serial killer. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminals' point of view. And now, even though Dad has been in jail for years, bodies are piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod.

Marchetta, Melina. Jellicoe Road. HarperCollins, 2010; 978-0061431852; $9.99. Australian boarding school mystery where gangs fight for territory and one girl pieces together the puzzle of her past.

Marillier, Juliet. Wildwood Dancing. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2008; 978-0375844744; $8.99. Jena unravels the mysteries surrounding the wildwood near her beloved home and the magical kingdom beyond in order to keep her family safe

Miranda, Megan. Fracture. Walker Childrens, 2013; 978-0802734310; $9.99. Scientific thriller blurs the lines between life and death as Delaney tries to understand her strange new ability and fit back into the life she used to have.

Schwab, Victoria. The Archived. Disney Hyperion, 2014, 9781423157311; $8.99. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

Schwab, Victoria. The Near Witch. Disney Hyperion, 2012; 978-1423142423; $8.99. Children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and a mysterious boy falls under suspicion.

Zevin, Gabrielle. All These Things I’ve Done. MacMillan Children's Books, 2012; 978-0330537896; $9.99. Chocolate is now a contraband. Cell phone use is illegal. Things aren't great. But for Anya Belanchine things are about to get a lot worse, when her ex-boyfriend has turned up dead and all fingers point to Anya.


Lock Up: Teens Behind Bars

Amanda Margis: subcommittee chair

Heather Beverley

Alison Edwards

Mark Flowers

Kay Hones

Ileana Pulu

Courtney Saldana

Cormier, Robert. The Rag and Bone Shop. Randon: Laurel Leaf, 2004; 9780440229711; $6.99. A hot-shot police interrogator attempts to extract a confession from 12-year-old Jason Dorrant, even as he becomes increasingly sure of Jason’s innocence.

Gantos, Jack. Hole in My Life. Square Fish, 2012; 978-0312641573; $9.99. Prizewinning author Jack Gantos confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth, his time in prison and how he moved on.

Korman, Gordon. Juvie 3. Disney-Hyperion, 2010; 978-1423101628; $8.99. What are the odds a teenage gangbanger, a 15-year-old murderer, and a 14-year-old who crashed a stolen car can keep it together when the saintly social worker who has given them a second chance at redemption ends up comatose in the hospital?

Myers, Walter Dean. Lockdown. HarperCollins, 2010; 9780061214820; $9.99. Fourteen year old Reese wants nothing more than to get early release from Progress juvenile detention facility in the Bronx. Can Reese stay on track or will he fall back into old habits and bad decisions?

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. HarperCollins, 2001; 9780064407311; $9.99. Sixteen year old Steve Harmon is on trial for the murder of a Harlem convenient store clerk. While waiting for his trial, Steve recounts the events that lead to his arrest in screenplay format often blurring the line between truth and fiction.

Rapp, Adam. The Buffalo Tree. Boyds Mills Press, Inc: Front Street, 2007; 9781932425994; $10.95. A young man, who is caught up in the circumstances of his harsh life, struggles to forge a new path and identity.

Sachar, Louis. Holes. Random House Inc., 2004; 9780440414803; $6.99. Stanley Yelnats is the most recent Yelnats to suffer the family curse. After being convicted he is sent to Camp Green Lake where he digs holes all day to build "character."

Smith, Alexander Gordon. Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1. Square Fish, 2010; 978-0312611934; $9.99. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world.

Strasser, Todd. Boot Camp. Simon & Schuster, 2012; 9781442433588; $8.99. Garrett is sent to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. He has hopes of an incredibly risky escape plot after being beaten and humiliated.

Turner, Megan Whalen. The Thief. Greenwillow books, 2005; 978-0060824976; $8.99. After Gen's bragging lands him in the king's prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king's scholar, the magus, needs the thief's skill for a seemingly impossible task -- to steal a hidden treasure from another land.

Volponi, Paul. Rikers High. Speak, 2011; 9780142417782; $7.99. Martin is arrested for telling an undercover where to buy weed and spends months waiting for a court case.  He tries to keep to himself but is absorbed in prison culture.

Yolen, Jane. Girl in a Cage. Penguin: Speak, 2004; 9780142401323; $6.99. Marjorie Bruce, the only heir to Robert the Bruce of Scotland, tells the story of her weeks being held as a hostage by Edward Longshanks, King of England, as well as the months leading up to her capture.


Narrative Non-Fiction: Inspired by Actual Events

Jennifer Kendall: subcommittee chair

Joan Callen

Mark Flowers

Kay Hones

Ryan Paulsen

Ileana Pulu

Staci Terrell


Allen, Thomas. George Washington, Spymaster:How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War. National Geographic, 2007; 9781426300417; $7.95. An account of the American Revolution from the perspective of the intricate web of espionage, counter-espionage, codes, and ciphers, all led up by one of our greatest American heroes.

Bober, Natalie. Countdown to Independence: A Revolution of Ideas in England and her American Colonies: 1760-1776. Simon & Schuster, 2007; 978-1416963929; $19.95. A Revolution of Ideas in England and her American Colonies: 1760-1776.

Brosh, Allie. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. Touchstone, 2013; 978-1451666175; $17.99. Touching, absurd, and darkly comic, Allie Brosh’s highly anticipated book Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations.

Crutcher, Chris. King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill Advised Autobiography; Greenwillow, 2004; 978-0060502515; $9.99. Crutcher explores some of the more painful elements of his childhood.

Grann, David. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.  Random House, 2010; 978-1400078455; $16.95. Investigative journalist David Grann follows the story of British explorer Percy Fawecett who went to find the lost city of Z in the jungles of the Amazon in 1925 and never returned.

Heiligman, Deborah. Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith. Macmillan: Square Fish, 2011; 9780312661045; $9.99. Charles Darwin needed to marry, but could he marry someone whose religious convictions were in direct opposition to his own views?

Hopkinson, Deborah. Titanic: Voices From the Disaster; Scholastic, 2012; 978-0545116756; $7.99. The story of the sinking of the Titanic.

Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air. Anchor, 1999; 978-0385494786; $15.95. Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996.

Rappaport, Doreen. Beyond Courage:The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust. Candlewick, 2014; 978-0763669287; $15.99. Jewish resistance groups throughout Europe sabatoge railroad tracks, cut telegraph lines, and organize sophisticated spy rings against Germany during World War II.

Ralston, Aron. 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Atria, 2005; 9780743492829; $16.00. Aron Ralston’s survival story of his devastating hike through southeast Utah in 2001.

Walls, Jeanette. Glass Castle. Scribner, 2006; 978-0743247542; $16.00. Memoir which details the author’s unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill.

Zuckoff, Mitchell. Frozen in Time LP: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II. Harper, 2013; 9780062269379; Two exciting adventure stories wrapped in one: in the first, three planes went down on the Greenland ice cap in 1942, and one group of airmen survived for months, waiting for rescue. In the second, a 2012 expedition went to reclaim the bodies of those who didn't make it out.