2017 Popular Paperbacks Nominations
Biography: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story:
Alifirenka, Caitlin; Ganda, Martin; Welch, Liz. I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives. Hachette/Little, Brown. 2016. 402pp. ISBN: 978-0316241335. This is a dual memoir, where Caitlin, a typical American teen, and Martin, an aspiring young student in Zimbabwe, recount how they became best friends--and better people--through their long-distance
exchange as pen-pals.
Burcaw, Shane. Laughing at My Nightmare. Macmillan/SquareFish. 2016. 250pp. ISBN: 978-1250080103. Shane Burcaw finds the humor in his life as a young man with spinal muscular atrophy.
Copeland, Misty. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Simon and Schuster/Touchstone. 2014. 278pp. ISBN: 978-1476737997. Life in Motion is a memoir from the first African American principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theater.
Crowder, Melanie. Audacity. Penguin/Speak. 2016. 390pp. ISBN: 978-0147512499. This novel in verse tells the story of Clara Lemlich and the women’s labor rights movement in early twentieth century New York.
Engle, Margarita. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings. Simon and Schuster/Atheneum. 2016. 192pp. ISBN: 978-1481435239. Margarita Engle moved from Cuba to Los Angeles during the Cold War, and she was torn between the two cultures during the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
+Grande, Reyna. The Distance Between Us: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books/Washington Square Press. 2013. 325pp. ISBN: 978-1451661781.Grande writes of her poverty and desolation as a child in Mexico, and her immigration to Los Angeles.
Greitens, Eric. The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2015. 266pp. ISBN: 978-0544104815. Eric is a first-generation college student grappling with his future prospects.
Hill, Katie Rain. Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition. Simon and Schuster. 2015. 266pp. ISBN: 978-1481418249. This is the story of Katie’s transition from male to female and the highs and lows of family, friends, bullies and love.
James, Kelle. Smile for the Camera: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster. 2011. 392pp. ISBN: 978-1442406247. Kelle leaves behind small town life and an abusive father with nothing and sets off to become a model.
Kuklin, Susan. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. 2015. 182pp. ISBN: 978-0763673860. Transgender teens tell their stories in their own words, about discovering their identities, their experiences in their communities, and how they are living their own lives and truths.
Leyson, Leon. The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible… on Schindler’s List. Simon and Schuster/Atheneum. 2015. 231pp. ISBN: 978-1442497825. A teenage boy survives the Holocaust with help from Oskar Schindler.
Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter. Random House/Ember. 2010. 205pp. ISBN: 978-0385740074. Born in 1937, Yen Mah's father blamed her for her mother's death at childbirth. Although she suffered considerable emotional abuse from her siblings, stepmother and father, she eventually moved on to the United States, becoming chief of anesthesiology at Anaheim Community Hospital in California.
Moore, Wes. Discovering Wes Moore. Random House/Ember. 2013. 160pp. ISBN: 978-0385741682. Wes Moore grew up in poverty, but through his supportive family and discipline learned in military school was able to graduate college and become a Rhodes Scholar. As an adult, he learns of another Wes Moore whose childhood resembled his, but who ended up serving a life sentence in prison.
O’Reilly, Bill, and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. Lincoln’s Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever. Macmillan/Square Fish. 2014. 316pp. ISBN: 978-1250044297. This title is an abridged version of O'Reilly's adult version of Killing Lincoln. In intriguing style, it recounts the events of Lincoln's final days as well as John Wilkes Booth's contempt for Lincoln and the subsequent assassination of the 16th President of the United States. O'Reilly takes the reader on a journey of the manhunt for Booth and his allies.
Prince, Liz. TOMBOY. Zest. 2014. 255pp. ISBN: 978-1936976553. Meet Liz Prince who’s been deviating from the norm since birth. In this humorous and genuine graphic novel, Liz shares her insight growing up as at tomboy and the contemplations and drama that came with it.
Reef, Catherine. The Brontë Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2015. 231pp. ISBN: 978-0544455900. This biography explores the turbulent lives of the three literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived, and offers insight into their classic nineteenth-century novels.
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. Random House/Pantheon Books. 2004. 153pp. ISBN: 978-0375714573. In this graphic novel, Marjane Satrapi, who’s part rebel/part punk, presents simple yet detailed visuals of her tumultuous and tragic childhood during the Islamic Revolution.
Schmidt, Jason. A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me. Macmillan/Square Fish. 2016. 421pp. ISBN: 978-1250073723. A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me is a memoir about a kid having to keep secrets about his home life (involving sex, drugs and crime) while trying to overcome those circumstances.
Schwartz, Simon. First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson. Lerner/Graphic Universe. 2015. 160pp. ISBN: 978-1467781060. More than a biography, this is an artistic homage to Henson’s accomplishments and the complicated realities of being a trailblazer in a society that didn’t recognize black men as equals.
Shabazz, Ilyasah, and Kekla Magoon. X: A Novel. Candlewick. 2016. 348pp. ISBN: 978-0763690922. This is a fictional account of the early life of Malcolm Little, who got into trouble, found religion, and discovered the power of his voice before becoming the man we knew as Malcolm X.
Small, David. Stitches. W. W. Norton & Company. 2010. 329pp. ISBN: 978-0393338966. Stitches is a dark, coming of age memoir about a boy that gets cancer from radiation treatments given to him by his parents. As a teenager he acts out by running away from home and various schools until he finds redemption through therapy and by discovering himself as an artist.
Van Wagenen, Maya. Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence. Penguin Books/Speak. 2015. 259pp. ISBN: 978-0147512543. Maya, a quirky teen seeking to achieve popularity in her school, tries a social experiment on herself by following an etiquette guide by Betty Cornell from the 1950's. The results that are achieved by this social experiment are unexpected but help her gain confidence in herself and discover the meaning of popularity.
Williams, Stanley Tookie. Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir. Simon and Schuster/Touchstone. 2007. 384pp. ISBN: 978-1416544494. Williams went from being the leader and founder of the Crips gang to being a Nobel Peace Prize winner while on death row.
Horror: Better Dead than Unread:
Alameda, Courtney. Shutter. Macmillan/Square Fish. 2016. 384pp. ISBN: 978-1250079961. The Helsing Corporation hunts nightmare creatures, until one escapes. With time ticking, one of their own will die.
Barraclough, Lindsey. Long Lankin. Candlewick. 2014. 455pp. ISBN: 978-0763669379. Two children discover a creature that steals small children, but can they find a way to defeat Long Lankin before it’s too late?
Bickle, Laura. The Hallowed Ones. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012. 311pp. ISBN: 978-0547859262. Katie is on the verge of her "Rumspringa," where she will get a few months to experience non-Amish cultures before officially joining the church. However, when a fiery
helicopter crash disturbs her tranquil world, the rumors of unrest and disappearances cause her world to crumble.
Blake, Kendare. Anna Dressed in Blood. Macmillan/Tor Teen. 2012. 316pp. ISBN: 978-0765328670. Cas is a teenage ghost hunter, following in his late father’s footsteps. Anna is seemingly like any other ghost-she haunts an old Victorian home and kills all those who dare enter. When the two meet they have easy expectations for one another but are each surprised by the series of events that unfold between the ghost killer and the murdering ghost.
Blayse, Dale E. Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go. Random House/Yearling. 2009. 288pp. ISBN: 978-0375840760. When two kids die in a marshmallow-bear explosion, they’re sent to Heck. Are they stuck there forever, or just until they turn eighteen?
Bray, Libba. The Diviners. Hachette/Little, Brown and Co. 2013. 578pp. ISBN: 978-0316126106. In 1920s New York City, Evie O’Neil and a band of supernaturally talented friends attempt to hunt down an undead serial killer.
Chupeco, Rin. The Girl from the Well. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire. 2015. 258pp. ISBN: 978-1492608684. This book is best described by the blurb on the cover "The Ring meets The Exorcist."
Damico, Gina. Croak. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012. 311pp. ISBN: 978-0547608327. After some wild behavior, Lex is sent up to her uncle’s farm in hopes that some hard work will tame her, but her uncle is actually a Grim Reaper and he’s about to teach Lex the family business.
Darrows, Eva. The Awesome. Simon and Schuster/Ravenstone. 2015. 246pp. ISBN: 978-1781083246. Maggie, a seventeen-year-old apprentice monster hunter, learns that in order to get her journeyman's license, she must first lose her virginity (which would handicap her ability to hunt vampires) and sets out with typical single-mindedness to find a guy or gal to do the deed. The quest for a devirginizer proves to be more difficult than expected, and further complications arise when Maggie and her mother stumble into a dangerous plot involving a zombie outbreak and a vampire gang war.
Fukuda, Andrew. The Hunt. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press. 2012. 296pp. ISBN: 978-1250005298. In a parallel world populated by “people” (vampires), the few remaining free humans (hepers) must disguise or relinquish the characteristics that make them human to fit in or risk a certain, gruesome, and swift death at the hands of the ravenous horde.
Gaiman, Neil, with P. Craig Russell, Illustrated by Kevin Nowlan, Tony Harris, and Scott Hampton. The Graveyard Book 1. HarperCollins/HarperCollins Children’s Books. 2015. 188pp. ISBN: 978-0062194824. Bod is an orphan, raised by a family of ghosts in a graveyard, but he is being hunted by a man named Jack, and must figure out how to save himself.
Garcia, Kami. Unbreakable. Hachette/Little, Brown and Co. 2014. 305pp. ISBN: 978-0316210188. Kennedy discovers she is a member of an ancient society of hunters who protect the world from demons.
Hardinge, Frances. Cuckoo Song. Abrams. 2016. 408pp. ISBN: 978-1419719394. Set in Victorian England, Triss’s life changes after an accident, and she’s suddenly always hungry.
Higson, Charlie. The Enemy. Disney/Hyperion. 2014. 440pp. ISBN: 978-1484721469. A disease has killed everyone over the age of sixteen and turned them into the living dead. One group of kids decides to cross London to Buckingham Palace to find safety, but the streets are full of hungry zombies.
Hill, Joe, and Gabriel Rodriguez. Locke and Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft. 2009. 158pp. ISBN: 978-1600103841. After a murder, a family moves back to an estate in Maine, but the children quickly learn that the house isn’t what it seems, and that keys don’t always open doors.
Hosie, Donna. The Devil’s Intern. Holiday House. 2015. 229pp. ISBN: 978-0823434527. Mitchell Johnson just wants to escape his internship in, but having his three closest friends come back to the land of the living may just foil his wish.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1. Viz Media. 2015. 213pp. ISBN: 978-1421580364. Ken Kaneki is just an average guy until a date with the beautiful Rize ends with Ken's transformation into a half-ghoul, half-human hybrid.
Johnson, Maureen. Devilish. Penguin Books/Penguin Young Readers Group. 2013. 263pp. ISBN: 978-0147508553. When Jana's best friend Allison makes a deal with devil, it's up to Jana to make the deal of a lifetime to save her friend with the help of a priest and a mysterious 104 year old who looks fourteen. Will she be able to save Allison, or are they both doomed?
Kagawa, Julie. The Immortal Rules. Harlequin/Harlequin Teen. 2013. 457pp. ISBN: 978-0373210800. The world has ended as we know it now vampires rule the world and humans are considered nothing more than "blood bags." Allie has been chased down by a new vampire, a rabid, and Kanin finds her and as an act of mercy turns her into one of his kind. Now Allie is struggling to hold on to the humanity she has left all while trying to survive this new world.
Klein, Jen. Jillian Cade: Fake Paranormal Investigator. Soho Press/Soho Teen. 2016. 288pp. ISBN: 978-1616956905. Unlike her famous father who is an expert on the occult, Jillian Cade is a skeptic, but she’s willing to milk his reputation by taking over his private investigation firm after he abandons her. Things get strange when she takes a seemingly-normal missing person’s case, but a new boy at school won’t stop talking about succubi.
Kraus, Daniel. Rotters. Random House/Ember. 2012. 448pp. ISBN: 978-0385738583. After Joey Couch's mother dies in a car accident, he is sent to live with his estranged father in Iowa. Joey is rejected by the town and his peers, based on his father's reputation as a slacker. Lonely and isolated, Joey joins his father in a most strange and macabre preoccupation: grave robbing.
Kurtagich, Dawn. The Dead House. Little, Brown. 2016. 407pp. ISBN: 978-0316298674. After a fire rips through a high school, killing three students, a fourth student goes missing, the only clues are a diary of a girl named Kaitlyn, video footage, and psychiatric and police reports.
Lauren, Christina. The House. Simon and Schuster. 2015. 373pp. ISBN: 978-1481413725. Gavin lives in a spooky house on the edge of town, and is trapped by the house’s secrets, but he and Delilah can’t resist each other, no matter the price.
Malerman, Josh. Bird Box. HarperCollins/Ecco. 2015. 262pp. ISBN: 978-0062259660. Malorie joins a band of survivors hoping to make a life in a new reality where something is out there, and one glance can turn a person into a killer.
McKay, Kirsty. Undead. Scholastic/Chicken House. 2013. 263pp. ISBN: 978-0545381895. On a school trip to Scotland, several teens turn into zombies.
McNeil, Gretchen. Ten. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2013. 294pp. ISBN: 978-0062118790. Inspired by Agatha's Christie's And Then There Were None, this novel is a nail-biter. When Meg and Minnie plan a party (including boys) out on Henry Island, they don't plan on the presence of a killer.
Oppel, Kenneth. The Nest. Simon and Schuster. 2016. 244pp. ISBN: 978-1481432337. Steve worries about his sick newborn brother, his parents, and the wasp nest on his house. When he dreams about a wasp queen who offers to fix the baby, he wonders if his prayers have been answered.
Poblocki, Dan. The Ghost of Graylock. Scholastic/Scholastic Paperbacks. 2014. 264pp. ISBN: 978-0545402699. When Neil is sent to live with his aunt, he discovers Graylock Hall, a psychiatric hospital that has been closed for 15 years. He and his newfound friends decide to explore it and set off a string of inexplicable events.
Quinn, Katie Karyus. Another Little Piece. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2014. 422pp. ISBN: 978-0062135933. Annaliese stumbled into a high school party, screaming and drenched in blood, before vanishing. A year later, she is found, but the only thing she remembers is that she’s not the real Annaliese.
Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Quirk Books. 2013. 382pp. ISBN: 978-1594746031. Jacob is reeling from the death of his grandfather, so when he is given a mysterious letter that leads him to a remote Welsh island, he finds the children from the photographs that were in the mysterious letter--alive and well--despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. The more Jacob uncovers about his grandfather’s childhood, he believes he is being trailed by a monster that is visible only to him.
Roux, Madeline. Asylum. HarperCollins/HarperCollins Childrens Books. 2014. 313pp. ISBN: 978-0062220974. When Dan Crawford decided to attend the New Hampshire College Prep program, he had no way of knowing the horror in store for him. Brookline dorm, previously used as a sanatorium, turns out to have a much deeper connection to Dan than he could have guessed, and finding out just exactly what is going on may cost him his life.
Ryan, Carrie. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Random House/Ember. 2010. 310pp. ISBN: 978-0385736824. The Sisterhood have always told Mary to stay away from the fence that surrounds their village from the unrelenting Unconsecrated and the Forest of Hands and Teeth , but after the fence is breached, Mary doesn’t know who she can trust.
Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver. Macmillan/Square Fish. 2011. 204pp. ISBN: 978-0312547974. Set in a remote cabin 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Sig Anderson is alone with his father's corpse. When Sig opens the door to an unwelcome, hulking intruder who demands his share of gold, Sig wonders if he will use a revolver to save himself.
Shan, Darren. Lord Loss. Hachette/Little, Brown and Co. 2006. 233pp. ISBN: 978-0316012331. Grubbs Grady's life is changed when his family is murdered by demons.
Shepherd, Megan. A Cold Legacy. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2016. 390pp. ISBN: 978-0062128096. Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, A Cold Legacy finds Juliet Moreau escaping to a remote estate on the Scottish moors after killing the men who stole her father’s research, but it may not be the safe haven she had hoped. Instead, the estate is a dismal mansion with secrets and a history of questionable scientific experimentation. Although Juliet is intrigued by the possibility of perpetuating life through science, she must eventually confront her ideas about right and wrong.
+Shepherd, Megan. The Madman’s Daughter. HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray. 2013. 420pp. ISBN: 978-0062128034. A retelling of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a thrilling tale of hidden identities, gruesome human experiments, and insanity.
Stolarz, Laurie Faria. Welcome to the Dark House. Disney Press. 2015. 357pp. ISBN: 978-1423194729. Seven teens find a creepy house and an abandoned amusement park, where a contest exploits and preys on their worst fears.
Stratton, Allan. The Dogs. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire. 2015. 258pp. ISBN: 978-142621010. Cameron and his mom have been running from a psychotic father for years. When Cameron is whisked away yet again and moves into a farmhouse in rural Illinois, he soon starts seeing ghosts, often accompanied by the braying of rabid dogs. As he digs deeper into the mystery surrounding their farmhouse, Cameron starts questioning the truth of everything he knows, and even his own sanity.
Summers, Courtney. This is not a Test. Macmillan/Griffin. 2012. 326pp. ISBN: 978-0312656744. When the zombie apocalypse happens, Sloane Price seeks shelter with five other teens she barley knows in her high school. As the days pass, the paranoia of being trapped with people you aren't sure you can trust begins to unravel.
Tucholke, April Genevieve. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Penguin/Speak. 2014. 360pp. ISBN: 978-0142423219. Violet’s grandmother always warned her to stay away from the Devil, even in their sleepy seaside village, but when new-comer River rents their guest house, dark things start to happen. Was her grandmother talking about River?
Tucholke, April Genevieve, ed. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. Penguin/Speak. 2016. 384pp. ISBN: 978-0147514080. This anthology collects horrifying tales and psychological thrillers inspired by classic horror stories.
Vega, Danielle. The Merciless. Penguin Books/Razorbill. 2015. 279pp. ISBN: 978-1595147233. Sofia didn’t realize her new friends believed Brooklyn needed an exorcism, and now there’s no way out.
Wasserman, Robin. The Waking Dark. Random House/Ember. 2014. 454pp. ISBN: 978-037572785. Sometimes monsters are created, sometimes they are revealed. In Oleander, Kansas ordinary town folk are committing murder for no apparent reason. Are they insane or is there an outside force at work?
West, Carly Anne. The Bargaining. Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse. 2016. 403pp. ISBN: 978-1442441835. The Bargaining has been compared to The Shining, The Conjuring, and Stephen King novels.
Yancey, Rick. The Monstrumologist. Simon and Schuster/Saga Press. 2015. 434pp. ISBN: 978-1481425445. Will Henry is an orphan and assistant to a monster-hunting doctor. When they find a baby Anthropophagus—a headless monster that feeds through a mouth in its chest—Will and the doctor must stop the coming monster hordes before it’s too late.
Young, Suzanne. Hotel for the Lost. Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse. 2016. 281pp. ISBN: 978-1481423014. Audrey and her brother are on their way to live with their grandmother when they’re forced to make an unscheduled stop at Hotel Ruby, but one night turns into many when the hotel’s mysteries unfold. Originally published as Hotel Ruby.
Living Overseas: Stranger in a Strange Land:
Berry, Nina. The Notorious Pagan Jones. Harlequin/Harlequin Teen. 2016. 400pp. ISBN: 978-0373211906. A fateful car accident turns film star Pagan Jones from America's Sweetheart into a notorious bad girl. She gets a chance to leave juvie and restart her career with a new film--with the catch that she has to go to West Berlin to film it.
Carter, Ally. All Fall Down. Scholastic. 2015. 310pp. ISBN: 9780545654807. Grace witnessed a horrific event and now is being shipped off overseas to live with her grandfather in the hopes of making Grace forget about the past.
Creech, Sharon. Bloomability. HarperCollins/HarperCollins Children’s Books. 2012. 273pp. ISBN: 978-0064408233. Dinnie’s aunt and uncle whisk her off to an international school in Switzerland, and it’s up to her to decide if she should simply survive, or bloom.
Crowley, Cath. Graffiti Moon. Random House/Ember. 2012. 259pp. ISBN: 978-0375871955. In one night, Lucy has her heart set on finding her hero, a graffiti artist named Shadow.
Farish, Terry. The Good Braider. Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape. 2014. 221pp. ISBN: 978-1477816288. When the trauma of civil war in South Sudan becomes unbearable for Viola and her family, they travel across Africa to become refugees and flee to America. Once in the United States, Viola struggles to reconcile her life in America to the life she left behind.
Foley, Jessie Ann. The Carnival at Bray. Elephant Rock Productions. 2014. 254pp. ISBN: 978-0989515597. Sixteen year old Maggie Smith finds herself suddenly uprooted from Chicago to small-town Ireland. Holding tight to her love for grunge and Kurt Cobain, Maggie wonders how she'll ever survive in this strange new world. Yet when sudden death strikes, she sets out on a junket to Dublin, then Rome, in order to fulfill a dying wish. On this journey, she learns more about life and living than she ever thought she would.
Forman, Gayle. Just One Day. Penguin Group/Speak. 2013. 369pp. ISBN: 978-0142422953. Allyson Healey finds love in the most unexpected place, while traveling abroad on a graduation celebration tour. Always safe, she decides to experience life for one day, and what results is more than she expected.
Forman, Gayle. Just One Year. Penguin Group/Speak. 2014. 323pp. ISBN: 978-0142422960. The story picks up with Willem after the events of Just One Day, and what happened in a year after last seeing Allyson, and the obstacles to finding that fleeting love.
Gier, Kerstin. Dream a Little Dream. Macmillan/Square Fish. 2016. 336pp. ISBN: 978-1250073662. Liv and her sister move to London and are forced to deal with their mother's new fiancé and living in a new country. Soon, Liv starts dreaming about some of the boys in her school. When they seem to know things about her they only could have learned from the dreams, Liv wonders, are the dreams real?
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. Moving Target. Scholastic. 2016. 248pp. ISBN: 978-0545773195. Cassie Arroyo's life is forever changed when her father is shot and kidnapped. Abandoned on the streets of Rome, Cassie discovers that her life has been one big lie and that she is a descendant of an ancient bloodline that gives her the ability to control the Spear of Destiny.
Green, Sally. Half Bad. Penguin Group/Speak. 2015. 394pp. ISBN: 978-0147511461. In a world where good and evil are clearly defined, sixteen year old Nathan must choose for himself which type of witch he wants to be.
Honeyman, Kay. The Fire Horse Girl. Scholastic. 2016. 321pp. ISBN: 978-0545403115. In the 1920s, Jade Moon escapes her small town China for the hope of a better life in America.
Hubbard, Kirsten. Wanderlove. Random House/Ember. 2013. 338pp. ISBN: 978-0385739382. Bria Sandoval is an unlikely person to travel across the world solo until one day she decides to prove everyone wrong, and goes backpacking through Mayan villages and remote islands in Belize.
Jones, Jenny B. There You’ll Find Me. HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson. 2011. 310pp. ISBN: 978-1595545404. In search of peace after her brother's death, Finley goes to Ireland following clues from his journal in hopes of helping her finish her violin piece for the New York Conservatory. Will she find peace or will her loss shake her beliefs even further?
Kerbel, Deborah. Bye-Bye, Evil Eye. Orca/Dancing Cat Books. 2014. 176pp. ISBN: 978-1770863941. Thirteen-year-old Dani is on the trip of a lifetime to a gorgeous beach hotel in Greece with her best friend, when she’s told about Greek legends around the Evil Eye. After she runs into a particularly rough case of bad luck, she turns to her best friend and her best friend’s mother for a cure for the Evil Eye.
Lake, Nick. In Darkness. Bloomsbury USA. 2014. 341pp. ISBN: 978-1619631229. Shorty, a fifteen year old gang member, gets caught in the ruble of a falling building when an earthquake hits his homeland of Haiti. He experiences visions of his life as he struggles to survive.
Lindner, April. Love, Lucy. Little, Brown/Poppy. 2016. 290pp. ISBN: 978-0316400688. If Lucy gives up her dream of acting and agrees to major in business, her father will pay for a summer trip to Italy. When she meets a street musician and falls in love, her promise becomes harder and harder to keep.
Marchetta, Melina. Froi of the Exiles. Candlewick Press. 2013. 593pp. ISBN: 978-0763662608. On behalf of his queen, Froi is sent to the Kingdom of Charyn to carry out a dangerous, secret mission. He has to learn the language and customs to pretend to be a native, and ends up confused about where he really belongs.
Marchetta, Melina. Quintana of Charyn. Candlewick Press. 2014. 515pp. ISBN: 978-0763669300. Two queens at odds, both having suffered horribly due to war, meet in the valley between their two lands – a place that is supposed to be neutral. This kicks into drive a struggle over borders, power, cultural identity, and love.
+Mead, Richelle. Soundless. Penguin Books/Razorbill. 2016. 272pp. ISBN: 978-1595147646. Fei lives in an isolated village where most of its inhabitants are deaf. When Fei discovers that her sister is going blind and is in danger of losing her apprenticeship she embarks on a journey to safe her village and her sister.
Plu, Amy. Die for Me. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2012. 344pp. ISBN: 978-0062004024. Katya and her sister Georgia move to Paris to live with their grandparents after their parents die in a car accident. Katya spends her days exploring Paris's cafes and museums where she meets the handsome, mysterious Vincent. Vincent is not an ordinary nineteen year old guy, to Katya he seems much older, more refined, and maybe a little bit dangerous.
Renn, Diana. Tokyo Heist. Penguin/Speak. 2013. 373pp. ISBN: 978-0142426548. Seattle teenager and aspiring manga writer, Violet Rossi, travels to Japan with her artist father for the summer. Violet explores the city of Tokyo while her father completes a mural for the wealthy Yamada family. Everything is perfect until a valuable van Gogh is stolen from the Yamadas and Violet finds herself caught in the middle of an art heist mystery that may involve the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza.
Resau, Laura. Indigo Notebook. Random House/Ember. 2010. 324pp. ISBN: 978-0375845246. Zeeta and her free spirited mother move to a new country every couple of months, so Zeeta has gotten in the habit of keeping a journal for every country she has lived in in order to record her experiences. She is also determined to finally convince her mother that it would be in their best interest to settle down.
Saeed, Aisha. Written in the Stars. Penguin Books/Speak. 2016. 304pp. ISBN: 978-0147513939. Naila is the American daughter of Pakistani immigrants, and when they catch her breaking their rules, it’s off on a family trip to Pakistan to turn Naila back to her parents’ idea of a good Pakistani girl (and suitable bride).
Senzai, N. H. Ticket to India. Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 2016. 304pp. ISBN: 978-1481422598. Sisters May and Zara travel from California to Pakistan to bring their grandmother back to California, but their grandmother refuses until they take a detour to India to collect family treasures.
Swank, Denise Grover. One Paris Summer. HarperCollins/Blink. 2016. 272pp. ISBN: 978-0310755166. Sophie Brooks has no interest in flying to Paris at the last minute to attend her father's wedding and spend the summer with him and his new family, but her one Paris summer opens her eyes to a different culture and the opportunities to be found if one only lets them.
Tabak, Lawrence. In Real Life. Tuttle Publishing. 2015. 287pp. ISBN: 978-0804846288. Fifteen-year-old math prodigy Seth Gordon is invested in the world of gaming and wants to be one of the best in the world. When he is recruited by a Korean team and moves to Korea, he finds that not everything was what he imagined.
Williams, Michael. Now is the Time for Running. 2013. 233pp. ISBN: 978-0316077880. Deo and his older brother, Innocent, are forced to flee their village in Zimbabwe after soldiers gun down their family and friends. The brothers make their way to South Africa, carrying nothing but a soccer ball filled with cash. When they arrive, they face new challenges in a hostile environment where refugees are not welcome.
Wright, David, and Luc Bouchard. Away Running. 2016. 297pp. ISBN: 978-1459810464. Matt, a privileged, white Canadian, and Free, an African-American high school student from Texas, travel to Paris and end up playing American football for the poor, immigrant suburb of Villeneuve.
Mental Health: Invisible Wounds:
Arnold, David. Mosquitoland. Penguin/Speak. 2016. 342pp. ISBN: 978-0147513656. In a witty, mostly funny narrative, 16 year old Mim sets out on a journey to find her mother, but discovers more about herself as she observes her own mental state in addition to relatives and her own mother.
Axelrod, Kate. The Law of Loving Others. Penguin/Razorbill. 2016. 231pp. ISBN: 978-1595147905. Emma’s winter vacation home from boarding school becomes more complicated when her mother is hospitalized due to schizophrenia.
Blount, Patty. Nothing Left to Burn. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire. 2015. 357pp. ISBN: 978-1492613299. Desperate for forgiveness and acceptance from his father, Reece (16yr old), who survived a car wreck that killed his brother, joins the grueling cadet program at his father's firehouse and falls in love with fellow cadet Amanda until she is implicated in a string of arsons.
Brosh, Allie. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. Simon and Schuster/Touchstone. 2013.369pp. ISBN: 978-1451666175. Funny, honest, and smart, Allie Brosh talks about her issues - events in her life, in others' lives, how she's dealt with things (or not), and so much more.
Colbert, Brandy. Pointe. Penguin/Speak. 2016. 333pp. ISBN: 978-0147514417. Theo is recovering from an eating disorder and training to be an elite ballet dancer, but when her old friend Donovan returns home after a four year long abduction, memories come back, and the truth is dangerous.
Conaghan, Brian. When Mr. Dog Bites. Bloomsbury USA. 2016. 359pp. ISBN: 978-1681190181. Dylan Mint has Tourette's, and one day he overhears that he only has a few months to live, so he comes up with a list of things to do before he dies, including finding a replacement best friend for Amir, his autistic friend.
De Goldi, Kate. The 10 P.M. Question. Candlewick Press. 2012. 245pp. ISBN: 978-0763658489. Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons is a talented kid with a quirky family, a best friend named Gigs, and a voice of anxiety constantly nibbling in his head.
De La Pena, Matt. I Will Save You. Random House/Ember. 2011. 310pp, ISBN: 978-0385738286. Three teens with seemingly little in common cross paths on a beach, but no one is just what they appear to be.
Dunkle, Elena and Claire. Elena Vanishing. Chronicle Books. 2016. 292pp. ISBN: 978-1452152141. Elena struggles with OCD and anorexia.
Fleet, Suki. This is Not a Love Story. Lightning Source/Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink. 2014. 260pp. ISBN: 978-1632160409. Fifteen year old Romeo is living on the streets in London when seventeen year old Julian rescues him from a gang, and they fall in love, in this retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Hand, Cynthia. The Last Time We Say Goodbye. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2016. 390pp. ISBN: 978-0062318480. The Last Time We Say Goodbye showcases grief at its grittiest in a story about life after Tyler's brother commits suicide and his feelings of loss, guilt, and overall depression.
Haydu, Corey Ann. OCD Love Story. Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse. 2014. 341pp. ISBN: 978-1442457331. Bea struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and fixates on a couple she sees in her therapist's office.
Kinsella, Sophie. Finding Audrey. Random House/Ember. 2016. 286pp. ISBN: 978-0553536539. Audrey’s anxiety and depression stem from being bullied in school, and she hides from the outside world by staying home, in the dark, wearing sunglasses. While recovering, she connects with her brother’s friend and online gaming team-mate Linus, who gives her a reason to find herself.
Kuehn, Stephanie. Complicit. 2016. 250pp. ISBN: 978-1250044600. Two years ago, Jamie and Cate Henry's mother was murdered. As the only suspects, they were questioned and Jamie's sister taken away to juvenile facility. Now she is out, and Jamie fears for his life.
Ness, Patrick. The Rest of Us Just Live Here. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2016. 317pp. ISBN: 9780062403179. A lot of YA books have a super special group of teens, often including a Chosen One, who have to save the world/each other. What happens to the other teens around them, the ones who go to the school, know the Chosen One(s), and are just hoping to get to graduation without the school blowing up (again)?
Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Random House/Ember. 2016. 416pp. ISBN: 978-0385755917. Violet is beautiful, popular, and no one knows she's depressed, and Finch is the class outcast and everyone knows he has problems. After they meet on the ledge of the school bell tower when both are considering suicide , Finch won't let their meeting go, and doggedly pursues a friendship with Violet.
Oliver, Lauren. Vanishing Girls. HarperCollins/HarperCollins Childrens Books. 2016. 384pp. ISBN: 978-0062224118. Before the accident, sisters Dara and Nick were inseparable. Now, they never seem to see each other, and then Dara vanishes on her birthday, the same time as a local nine-year-old girl, Madeline. Nick is convinced she must find and save both Dara and Madeline, but when she realizes the truth about the accident, everything changes.
Patel, Sonia. Rani Patel in Full Effect. Cinco Puntos Press. 2016. 314pp. ISBN: 978-1941026502. Rani is a teenage Gujarati girl living in Hawaii with her hardworking mother and her hardly working father. When her father leaves the family for a younger woman, Rani shaves her head in defiance and seeks solace in her rhymes.
Roskos, Evan. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2015. 310pp. ISBN: 978-0544439535. James Whitman has a serious affinity for the Walt he shares his last name with. James uses poetry to keep his head above water as he tries to figure out why his father banished his sister from their lives.
Scheier, Leah. Your Voice is All I Hear. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire. 2015. 328pp. ISBN: 978-1492614418. April's new boyfriend Jonah is acting strangely and she's the only one he trusts, but when he is admitted for inpatient psychiatric treatment for his paranoia and schizophrenia, April and her classmates finally understand exactly what it's like to live with voices in your head.
Shusterman, Neal and Brendan Shusterman. Challenger Deep. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 2016. 320pp. ISBN: 978-0061134142. Caden Bosch struggles to decipher his own reality as he switches between being a paranoid high school student and crew member of a pirate ship on a voyage to the ocean's deepest trench.
Silvera, Adam. More Happy Than Not. Soho/Soho Teen. 2016. 304pp. ISBN: 978-1616956776. After his father's suicide and his own suicide attempt, Aaron Soto is just trying to find a way to be happy and he thinks a new medical procedure that can destroy selected memories might be just the key, but when his friends viciously attack him over his growing attraction to Thomas, other memories come flooding back.
Smith, Hilary T. Wild Awake. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books. 2015. 375pp. ISBN: 978-0062184696. Seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd has big plans for her summer without her parents - winning Battle of the Bands with her bandmate and best friend, Lukas. But when a stranger calls saying he has her dead sister’s belongings, Kiri is thrown into a spiral of chaos that opens old wounds and new mysteries.
Students of Limpsfield Grange School, The, with Vicky Martin. M is for Autism. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2015. 93pp. ISBN: 978-1849056847. A thirteen-year-old girl struggles with severe anxiety before finally being diagnosed as autistic.
Vizzini, Ned. It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Disney/Miramax. 2007. 444pp. ISBN: 978-0786851973. A teenage boy contemplates suicide but instead checks himself into a psychiatric hospital to learn how to cope with his depression.
+Wolitzer, Meg. Belzhar. Penguin/Speak. 2015. 266pp. ISBN: 978-0142426296. After the death of Jam's boyfriend, her parents send her to a boarding school that may be able to help her deal with her grief and depression. There, she is introduced to the works of Sylvia Plath and a journal that transports her back to a time when things were the way they used to be, an experience she shares with the other students in her Special Topics in English Class.
Woolston, Blythe. The Freak Observer. Lerner/Carolrhoda. 2012. 202pp. ISBN: 978-0761381327. Loa Lindgren's whole life has revolved around caring for her baby sister Asta who suffered from Rett syndrome, but after Asta's death, and after witnessing a truck hit and kill Loa's friend Esther, Loa suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and fixates on an extra-credit project for physics on the Boltzmann brain paradox to cope.
Yee, Lisa. The Kidney Hypothetical: Or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days. 2016. 266pp. ISBN: 978-0545230957. Just before his high school graduation, Higgs’s life starts falling apart, and all from a hypothetical question about donating a kidney.