Quick Picks Nominations
Updated November 16, 2015
Ayer, Paula. Foodprints: The Story of What We Eat. 2015. Illus. Annick Press, $16.95. 9781554517190. Graphic guide to food myths and realities.
Benson, Richard. F in Exams: Pop Quiz: All New Awesomely Wrong Test Answers. 2015. Illus. Chronicle Books, $9.95. 9781452144030. A hilarious, new collection of totally wrong test answers.
Black, Alexandra. The Fashion Book. 2014. Illus. DK Publishing/Penguin Random House, $15.99. 9781465422842. A sassy style guide for teenage girls who want to discover the stories behind their favorite looks, find their own style, and learn what makes the fashion world tick.
Boyer, Crispin. That’s Deadly. Illus. 2015. National Geographic Society Children's Books, $12.99. 9781426320781. An almanac of all things dangerous and deadly.
Campos, Christian. Street Art. 2015. Illus. Skyhorse Publishing, $24.99. 9781632205926. Originally printed in Spain, this is a collection of street art and graffiti from around Europe.
Cat, Grumpy. Grumpy Cat: Everything That You Need to No. Illus. 2015. Chronicle Books, $12.95. 9781452149684. Grumpy Cat is on a mission to help you to say “No.”
Chapman, Ryan. Conversation Sparks: Trivia Worth Talking About. Illus. 2015. Chronicle, $12.95. 9781452140025. A fun collection of trivia to drop in casual conversation.
Clements, Frida. Have a Little Pun: An Illustrated Play on Words. Illus. 2015. Chronicle, $14.95. 9781452144160. Puns with illustrations from nature.
Davis, Joshua. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream. 2014. Illus. Farrar Straus & Giroux, $25.00. 9780374183370. The true story behind the four High School Students from the desert who entered an underwater robotics competition, competing against colleges (including MIT), and won. The book goes past the happy ending from the movie and shows how little these talented, young engineers are valued based on their immigration status.
Dawson, Shane. I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays. 2015. Illus. Keywords Press/Atria, $16.00. 9781476791548. A collection of inspirational and motivational essays mixed with artwork from teenagers across the globe. Shane Dawson holds nothing back in 19 hilarious essays full of sex and foul language.
Donovan, Sandy. Thrift Shopping: Discovering Bargains and Hidden Treasures. 2015. Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group, $33.32. 9781467757836. Helpful guide for thrift shopping that describes different places to find deals, how to tell if an item is quality and gives ideas for upcycling finds.
Ebrahim, Zak. The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice. 2014. Illus. TED/Simon & Schuster, $16.99. 9781476784809. "It's the story of a boy trained to hate, and a man who chose a different path." (pg. 13, The Terrorist's Son)
Gerry, Lisa M. Puppy Love: True Stories of Doggy Devotion. 2015. Illus. National Geographic Society Children’s Books/National Geographic Society, $12.99. 9781426318672. True-life tales of doggie devotion with lots of photos and fun facts to accompany them.
Glass, Andrew. Flying Cars: The True Story. 2015. Illus. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 9780618984824. A brief history of flying cars in all their iterations.
Graham, Ali. 99 Problems: Superstars Have Bad Days Too. 2015. Workman Publishing Company, $9.95. 9780761182153. Based off the popular Tumblr page, a book that showcases that superstars can and do have 99 Problems.
Hearst, Michael, Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals. 2015. Illus. Chronicle Books, $16.99. 9781452127095. An illustrated compendium of 50 extraordinary people.
Heppermann, Christine. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. 2014. Illus. Greenwillow/HarperCollins Children’s, $17.99. 9780062289575. 50 modern fairy tale poems for the teenage girl.
Holland, Jennifer S. Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom. 2014. Workman Publishing Company, $13.95. 9780761174417. Amazing stories of animals protecting or saving people, and sometimes other animals, from danger.
Howell, Dan and Lester, Phil. The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire: The World of Dan and Phil. 2015. Illus. Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.99. 9781101939840. The stars behind YouTube channels AmazingPhil and danisnotonfire tell the story of how they went from teenagers posting random videos on YouTube to celebrities with more than 8 million subscribers.
Keyser, Amber J. Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes. 2015. Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group, $35.65. 9781467726405. A little history about your favorite shoes.
Knapp, Andrew. Find Momo Coast to Coast: My Dog Is Taking a Road Trip. Can You Find Him? 2015. Illus. Quirk Books, $14.95. 9781594747625. Momo is back and hiding in places all over the United States and Canada.
Larkin, Eric Shabazz. A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food. 2014. Illus. Readers to Eaters, $18.95. 9780983661559. A collection of food based pictures and poetry.
Lee, Tony. Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc. 2015. Illus. Candlewick Press, $21.99. 9780763676131. Messenger is an action-packed graphic novel account of the brief and heroic life of Joan of Arc from her beginning as a simple farm girl hearing messages from God, to her courageous leadership of French armies to victory after victory in the One Hundred Years War with England.
Light, Austin. Movie Title Typos: Making Movies Better by Subtracting One Letter. 2015. Illus. Chronicle Books, $14.95. 9781452149561. A fun look at how a movie could be changed by removing just one letter from the title.
Madison, Holly. Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. 2015. HarperCollins/Dey Street Books, $25.99. 9780062372109. A memoir from former Playboy Bunny and TV Holly Madison.
Maggs, Sam. A Fan Girl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbooks for Girl Geeks. 2015. Illus. Quirk Books, $15.95. 9781594747892. An illustrated guide to navigating the world of fandom and conventions for female geeks.
McGuire, Kara. The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth, and More. 2014. Capstone Young Readers, $9.95. 9781623701352. This book is a breakdown on money for teens: how to make, spend, and save it.
Miller, Shauna. Penny Chic: How to Be Stylish on a Real Girl's Budget. 2014. Little, Brown & Co/Hachette, $16.99. 9780316236560. A guide to style, organizing, budgeting and finding free and inexpensive clothing to wear anywhere.
Montroll, John. DC Super Heroes Origami. 2015. Illus. Capstone Press/Capstone Young Readers, $14.95. 9781623702175. This is an origami book full of your favorite DC super heroes and villains, with their symbols and props.
Munroe, Randall. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20.00. 9780544272996. From the creator of the webcomic xkcd, a hilarious and informative collection of questions and answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
National Geographic Society. Weird But True Food: 300 Bite-Size Facts about Incredible Edibles. 2015. National Geographic Society Children’s Books, $7.99. 9781426318719. Fun facts on everything to do with food.
Revenson, Jody. Harry Potter: The Character Vault. 2015. Illus. HarperDesign/HarperCollins, $45. 9780062407443. A behind-the-scenes look at how the characters from the Harry Potter books were brought to life for the film series.
Rissman, Rebecca. Yoga for Your Mind & Body: A Teenage Practice for a Healthy, Balanced Life. 2015. Switch Press/Capstone, $14.95. 9781630790134. A comprehensive and glossy photo-filled instructional book that emphasizes how yoga can and should be practiced by all.
Rosen, Michael J. Girls vs. Guys: Surprising Differences Between the Sexes. 2014. Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group, $33.27. 9781467716109. A fun look at the differences between the sexes
Schatz, Kate. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History... and Our Future! 2015. Illus. City Lights Books, $14.95. 9780872866836. A story and illustration of a rad American woman for every letter of the alphabet.
Segal, Adam Elliott. Basketball Now. 2015. Firefly Books, $24.95. 9781770855762. Profiles and photos of today's hottest NBA stars.
Seifert, Christine. Whoppers: History's Most Outrageous Lies and Liars. 2015. Illus. Zest Books, $13.99. 9781936976980. Whoppers tells the story of history’s greatest liars and the lies they told, providing a mix of narrative profiles of super-famous liars, lies, and/or hoaxes, as well as more obscure episodes.
Shecter, Vicky Alvear. Hades Speaks!: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead. Illus. 2014. Boyds Mills Press/Highlights, $16.95. 9781620915981. Entertaining excursion through the eternal nether world of Greek mythology, with the Dark Lord Hades as your escort.
Shepherd, Jack. 67 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs. 2014. National Geographic Society, $12.99. 9781426213861. Scientific proof that cats are better than dogs (but dogs are really better).
Smith, Rachel Lee. Speaking Out: Queer Youth in Focus. 2015. Reach & Teach/PM Press, $14.95. 9781629630410. Photographer Rachelle Lee Smith spent 10 years capturing portraits of LGBTQ youth across America. The subjects then wrote their feelings about their sexuality on the photos themselves, creating a diary of their experience.
Sobie, Brian. MMA Now!: The Stars and Stories of Mixed Martial Arts. 2014. Firefly Books, $19.95. 9781770852914. MMA Now! shares a detailed history on Mixed Martial Arts and showcases the top fighters today.
Stones, Greg. Ninjas Have Issues. 2015. Chronicle Books, $9.95. 9781452144740. Ninjas are stealthy and awesome, but even they have issues.
Stones, Greg. Sock Monkeys Have Issues. 2015. Chronicle Books, $9.95. 9781452140056. Sock Monkeys have issues and this book showcases them.
Strutt, Laura. Arm Candy: Friendship Bracelets to Make & Share. 2015. Barrons Educational Series, $9.99. 9781438007151. A book filled with bracelets ranging from super simple to more intricate to make and share.
Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story. 2014. Illus. Little Brown & Co/Hachette Book Group, $18.00. 9780316251020. At 25, Josh is a Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor, and he's also never had a girlfriend. In this book he looks into his past and tries to figure out why.
Tuma, Refe & Susan. What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night. 2014. Little Brown & Co/Hachette, $20.00. 9780316294591. Toy dinosaurs have fun at night in one family's home.
Usher, Shaun. Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audience. Illus. 2015. Chronicle Books, $40.00. 9781452144573. A fascinating collection of lists from famous historical personages and the historically obscure, accompanied by photographs of the original lists and illuminating notes.
Wicks, Maris. Human Body Theater. Illus. 2015. First: Second/Macmillan, $19.99. 9781626722774. “Human Body Theater” is an introduction to the human body in comic format. The master of ceremonies (a skeleton) sings, dances and amuses the reader through every system of the human body.
Warren, Frank. The World of PostSecret. 2014. William Morrow Co, $29.99. 9780062339010 A history of PostSecret, one secret at a time.
Adrian, Susan. Tunnel Vision. 2015. St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan, $18.99. 9781250047922. Jake Lukin has the supernatural ability to do what he calls tunneling, meaning he can tell where someone is just by holding an object of theirs. Jake's father knew that this ability was valuable and made Jake promise to never reveal his talent, but Jake broke that rule and now he's being pursued on all sides. Jake is now in a high stakes standoff with forces beyond his control.
Akins, Karen. Loop. 2014. St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan, $18.99.9781250030986. First, Bree botches her midterm to the 21st century by transporting a boy to the future with her, but what will she do when she finds out someone is attacking time travelers?
Alameda, Courtney. Shutter. 2015. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, $17.99. 9781250044679. Gifted with the ability to see the auras of the undead, Micheline Helsing has been trained since childhood to vanquish monsters, either by bullet or by capturing their spirit on film. When a routine job goes south, she has to figure out why it feels so personal before it ruins the lives of her team and her family's legacy.
Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. 2015. Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062348678. Simon Spier is a high school student with a secret: he has a semi-romantic relationship with his anonymous, male online pen pal. When his secret becomes fodder for blackmail, Simon worries that his shy pen pal will disappear.
Alender, Katie. The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall. 2015. Point/Scholastic, $18.99. 9780545639996. Delia has inherited her estranged Aunt's home which turns out to be a condemned institute for "troubled girls."
Aveyard, Victoria. Red Queen. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062310637. Mare lives in a dystopian society where the color of your blood determines your existence. Silver bloods possess superhuman powers and make up the ruling class while regular humans, Reds, live in poverty. Mare's life is turned upside down and the power of the Silvers put in jeopardy when it is discovered that she, a Red, also possesses superhuman gifts.
Balak. Last Man V. 1: The Stranger. 2015. Illus. First Second/Macmillan, $9.99. 9781626720466. Eschewing magic and using only his martial arts prowess, Richard Aldana also befriends and protects a small boy for reasons as mysterious as his origins.
Baldwin, Kathleen. A School for Unusual Girls: A Stranje House Novel. 2015. Tor Teen, $17.99. 9780765376008. Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam's passion for science has always been considered an oddity to her noble parents and siblings but when she accidentally burns down her father's prize stables during a chemistry experiment gone awry, she is sent to Stranje House. Stranje House's headmistress has a reputation for using unpleasant techniques to reform her pupils, but things are not always what they seem at Stranje House and Georgie may have ended up exactly where she was meant to be.
Banks, Anna. Joyride. 2015. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, $17.99. 9781250039613. A risky romance between a bad boy and a good girl imperils both their futures. Arden and Carly play pranks in the town and their gamble plunges them into jeopardy.
Barnett, Mac and John, Jory. The Terrible Two. 2015. Amulet Books/Abrams, $13.95. 9781419714917. Miles is known as the best prankster in his school. Then he moves to Yawnee Valley where someone else already has that reputation and is good at keeping it--very good. Will Miles be nobody if he can't be planning the next prank? Can he compete? Or should they team up?
Bates, Sonya Spreen. Off the Rim. 2015. Orca Book Publishers , $9.95. 9781459808881. Basketball player Dylan's girlfriend knows something - and someone wants to keep her quiet.
Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. 2015. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette, $18.00. 9780316213073. Sister and brother Hazel and Ben are seemingly normal teens who grew up in a fantastical town. where fairies are the norm and tourists come from miles around to experience the magic and take a look at the boy eternally asleep in the glass coffin. Then one day the coffin is empty and both Hazel and Ben are more involved than either one knows or is willing to admit.
Black, Holly and Clare, Cassandra. The Copper Gauntlet. 2015. Scholastic Press, $17.99. 9780545522281. Trusting those outside the magical school is hard for Call. During the summer his dad restrains his chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc and tries to prevent Call from returning to the Magisterium for the next term. Call must learn to depend on his friends during a massive battle with a primal beast.
Black, Holly and Clare, Cassandra. The Iron Trial. 2014. Illus. Scholastic Press, $17.99. 9780545522250. After hearing his father's horror stories of the mage world all his life, Callum tries his hardest to fail the entrance exams for the Magisterium. He fails so spectacularly that they decide to take him.
Blythe, Woolston. MARTians. 2015. Candlewick Press, $16.99. 9780763677565. In a near-future world of ex-urban decay studded with big box stores, daily routine revolves around shopping—for those who can. For Zoë, the mission is simpler: live.
Bodeen, S.A. The Detour. 2015. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, $17.99. 9781250055545. Arrogant teen writer Livvy deviates from the main road on her way to a writers conference, and crashes into a situation where the smashup isn't only to her car. She soon finds out her rescuers have imprisoned her and mean her harm.
Bond, Gwenda. Fallout: Lois Lane. 2015. Switch Press/Capstone, $16.95. 9781630790059. New to Metropolis High, transfer student Lois Lane quickly becomes involved with the Daily Scoop, a teen-oriented version of the newspaper Daily Planet. With the help of her online buddy Smallville Guy, she definitely finds a story worth her time (and trouble)!
Bow, Erin. The Scorpion Rules. 2015. Margaret E. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, $17.99. 9781481442718. Princess Greta of the Pan Polar Confederacy is a Child of Peace, the name given to the children of the world's rulers held hostage by an all-powerful AI named Talis. She accepts the hardships of her captivity with the grace of a royal -- including the fact that she'll be killed if her mother declares war on another territory -- until a new boy arrives who causes everyone, including Greta, to question all they know to be true.
Braswell, Liz. A Whole New World. 2015. Disney Press, $17.99. 9781484707296. What would have happened if Jafar got the lamp first?
Brremaud, Frederic. Love: The Tiger. 2015. Illus. Magnetic Press, $17.99. 9780991332441. A day in the life of a tiger. Fighting to eat, fighting to survive.
Buckle, J.A. Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets. 2014. Switch Press/Capstone Young Readers, $16.95. 9781630790004. Wannabe Josh hopes to be a metal guitarist some day, if only he could save up for the guitar. That's not his only problem; he's never been kissed and most of his Facebook friends are ferrets! Follow Josh as he navigates his embarrassments and his triumphs in this funny, witty journal.
Carter, Ally. All Fall Down. 2015. Scholastic Press, $17.99. 9780545654746. Who can Grace trust? She feels all alone as she hunts to find her mother’s murderer, the man with the scar, and bring him to justice.
Cass, Kiera. The Heir. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $18.99. 9780062349859. Princess Eadlyn is heir to the throne. She wants to be able to rule the kingdom herself but she is the center of a competition to find a match to rule with her.
Charbonneau, Joelle. Need. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 9780544416697. Confusion and disquietude fracture a small town when a new website aimed at local high schoolers coerces them into doing tasks, some disagreeable and some grisly, in exchange for something they NEED or WANT. Who is behind this and what do they really want with Kaylee, Nate and the other students?
Cherry, Alison. For Real. 2014. Delacorte Press/Random House, $17.99. 9780385742955. Sisters Claire and Miranda sign up for a reality TV show to get revenge on Miranda's ex on national TV. But this show has a twist and Claire must find her own way to get revenge and not ruin her relationship with her sister.
Chmakova, Svetlana. Awkward. 2015. Yen Press/Hachette, $11.00. 9780316381307. Things are already awkward between Peppi and Jaime, but they get even worse when their two clubs go to war.
Cloonan, Becky. Gotham Academy 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy. 2015. Illus. DC Comics, $14.99. 9781401254728. Gotham Academy is a pretty weird school. It's connected to Arkham Asylum, it has a possible ghost, and the teachers are odd. However, nothing is as strange as the students!
Connolly, Tina. Seriously Wicked. 2015. Tor Teen, $17.99. 9780765375162. Camellia's wicked adopted mother summons a demon which takes up residence in the cute new boy at school. Now Cam has less than a week to un-demonize her crush and stop her adopted mother from casting a spell to take over the town.
Cooney, Caroline. No Such Person. 2015. Delacorte Press/Random House, $17.99. 9780385742917. A murder mystery in a small town raises suspicions when a member of a well-regarded family in the community is implicated.
Cross, Kady. Sisters of Blood and Spirit. 2015. Harlequin Teen, $17.99. 9780373211487. Twin sisters—one alive and one dead—help new friends after they are marked for death from a long-dead serial killer.
Cross, Sara. Tear You Apart. 2015. Egmont, $17.99. 9781606845912. In the city of Beau Rivage, fairy tales come true. Viv knows that she can't escape her curse. She knows that she loves her best friend, Henley, who is also her Huntsman. She knows that her wicked stepmother will try to kill her. When Viv finally meets her prince she thinks there's a chance he can save her but quickly discovers the only chance at salvation is to save herself.
de la Cruz, Melissa. The Isle of the Lost. 2015. Hyperion/Disney, $17.99. 9781484720974. All of the famous Disney villains were exiled to the Isle of the Lost a long time ago. Now, their children look to see if there's more to life than the dark and dreary island life.
Dimopoulos, Elaine. Material Girls. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 9780544388505. In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. Both girls tire of being pawns in a system of corporate control and when they get the chance, start a revolution.
Ducie, Joe. The Rig. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99. 9780544503113. After trying to escape another prison, Will stumbles upon a mystery, a drug-obsessed warden, and more secrets than he can handle. Will he survive long enough to escape the Rig?
Easton, T.S. Boys Don't Knit (In Public). 2015. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, $16.99. 9781250053312. After an accident involving a bottle of Martini Rosso, Ben serves part of his probation time in a knitting class. He turns out to be pretty good at it and enters the world of competitive knitting.
Emerson, Kevin. Breakout. 2015. Crown Books/Random House, $17.99. 9780385391122. Eighth grader Anthony Castillo's priority is his band, the Rusty Soles. One night, frustrated with his diet-obsessed parents and the demands of middle school, he writes a rebellious song that goes viral. Anthony must decide if playing the real song at the school rock concert is worth the consequences.
Falkoff, Michelle. Playlist for the Dead. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062310507. One morning, after a disastrous party, Sam wakes up to find out that his best friend Hayden is dead. Hayden left Sam a playlist and a note, and now Sam has to put together the pieces.
Floreen, Tim. Willful Machines. 2015. Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster, $17.99. 9781481432771. Lee Fisher is already having a tough year, what with trying to keep his crush on the new boy at school secret from his ultra-conservative father. His father, the President of the United States. Then the world's most advanced artificial intelligence entity—the one that killed Lee's mom—turns her sights on Lee.
Gibaldi, Lauren. The Night We Said Yes. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062302199. How do you get over someone who broke down your fences in one night? Then how can you ever trust him again, after he leaves town without telling you, and returns a year later, with a plan to re-create that magical night? What have you learned in that time about standing alone on your own two feet?
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. Moving Target. 2015. Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99. 9780545773188. Cassie's life is totally changed when her father is shot in front of her eyes on the streets of Rome, and she learns that she is a member of an ancient bloodline that can use the Spear of Destiny. Can Cassie figure out how to get to the Spear while running from the people who murdered her father?
Gratz, Alan. Code of Honor. 2015. Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99. 9780545695190. Kamran's brother has been accused of being a terrorist; will Kamran be able to prove his innocence?
Grogan, Shannon. From Where I Watch You. 2015. Soho Teen/Soho Press, $18.99. 9781616955540. A baker extraordinaire, Kara puts all of her emotions into the cookies she bakes and decorates. After her sister's unexpected death at college, Kara is left angry with a broken family and a spooky stalker.
Gurevich, Margaret. Balancing Act. 2015. Illus. Stone Arch Books/Capstone Young Readers, $14.95. 9781623702588. A continuation of Making the Cut follows Chloe on a fashion internship.
Gurevich, Margaret. Making the Cut. 2014. Illus. Stone Arch Books/Capstone Young Readers, $14.95. 9781623701123. 16-year-old Chloe loves fashion, but when a new fashion reality series comes to town, can she make the cut?
Hall, Sandy. A Little Something Different. 2014. Swoon/Macmillan, $9.99. 9781250061454. Told in 14 different viewpoints, making chapters short and the plot fast-moving, this sweet romance tells the story of the destined-to-be-together Lea and Gabe. Everyone thinks Lea and Gabe should be a couple, but they keep moving past each other which makes for amusing near-misses and allows for the will they or won't they anticipation to build for a satisfying conclusion.
Halpern, Jake and Kujawinski, Peter. Nightfall. 2015. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin, $17.99. 9780399175800. The island of Bliss has fourteen years of day followed by fourteen years of night. As Night approaches, the villagers prepare to leave their homes for the Night's monsters. As the ships are loading, Marin and Kana realize that their friend is missing and rush into the gathering darkness to find him.
Harmon, Michael. Stick. 2015. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House, $17.99. 9780385754361. Star football player, Brett "Stick" Patterson is tired of a sport he's not even sure he likes determining his life. To the dismay of his coach, his team and his father, Stick begins to take control of his life.
Harris, Carrie. Demon Derby. 2014. Delacorte Press/Random House, $18.00. 9780316251020. Casey, a cancer-surviving extreme sports junkie, is going about her daily life when she has an encounter with a live in-the-flesh demon and manages to survive. The burst of adrenaline propels her to join the local kick-butt roller derby team, but the people on the team, especially the dreamy team manager Michael, aren't what they seem...and the demons are still on her tail.
Helms, Rhonda. Promposal. 2015. Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster, $17.99. 9781481422321. The excitement of prom causes drama as the event draws near.
Henry, April. Blood Will Tell. 2015. Henry Holt & Co./Macmillan, $17.99. 9780805098532. Three teen Search and Rescue volunteers join together when one is accused of murder.
Hiaasen, Carl. Skink No Surrender. 2014. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House, $18.99. 9780375870514. Richard's cousin Malley has run away, again. But this time is different from the others and Richard is certain she is in danger. With the help of a large, gnarly-looking homeless man named Skink, Richard sets out to rescue her.
Howard, J.J. Tracers. 2015. G.P. Putnam’s & Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin, $17.99. 9780399173738. Cam has no family, no real home, and is working as a bike messenger in Manhattan to pay off some dangerous loan sharks when he literally crashes into the world of parkour and his life is changed -- for better or worse.
Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. 2015. Illus. Dial Books/Penguin, $20.99. 9780525429678. Astrid discovers roller derby while growing apart from her best friend.
Jones, Ena. Clayton Stone, At Your Service. 2015. Holiday House, $16.95. 9780823433896. One day, Clayton Stone is a lacrosse-playing middle school student. The next, he’s been recruited by a top secret spy agency. Now he’s juggling school life and loyalty to teammates with a whole other hidden identity.
Kennedy, Claire. After Hours. 2015. Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster, $17.99. 9781481430166. Four teens try to make it through the summer working at a restaurant among scandals, hook-ups, and a high-stakes dare game.
Knowles, Jo. Read Between the Lines. 2015. Candlewick Press, $16.99. 9780763663872. Twelve separate but connected stories—from an unpopular nerd who breaks his middle finger during gym class to the most popular cheerleader in school with a less-than-perfect relationship—comprise this uplifting and heartbreaking narrative.
Latham, Jennifer. Scarlett Undercover. 2015. Little, Brown and Company/Hachette, $18.00. 9780316283939. Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to solve crime in her town. While solving a new case, she discovers secrets that could reveal the truth about her father's murder.
Laurie, Victoria. When. 2015. Hyperion/Disney, $17.99. 9781484700082. Maddie and her best friend become murder suspects when the FBI finds out she accurately predicted the victim's death dates.
Laybourne, Emmy. Sweet. 2015. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, $17.99. 9781250055194. When Laurel gets the chance to go on the celebrity-filled "Cruise to Lose" sponsored by the latest diet sweetener, she's determined to have a great time. But when the other cruise guests start acting stranger and stranger, Laurel starts to wonder if there isn't more to this new sweetener than anyone could have guessed.
Lee, Fonda. Zeroboxer. 2015. Flux/Llewellyn Worldwide, $11.99. 9780738743387. Carr Luka rockets to fame as the best zero-gravity boxer on Earth and Mars. But when he finds out he's the unwitting recipient of gene enhancement, can he manage to hold onto his title and stay the top sports hero of Earth?
Levithan, David. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. 2015. Dutton Children’s/Penguin, $17.99. 9780525428848. This is Tiny Cooper's musical from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green. The musical tells Tiny's life story from birth to the present, including his coming out and quest for true love.
Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Thorns and Roses. 2015. Bloomsbury USA, $18.99. 9781619634442. When Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a monstrous beast appears demanding retribution.
Marquardt, Marie. Dream Things True. 2015. St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan, $18.99. 9781250070456. Evan, the son of a Georgia senator, and Alma, the daughter of immigrants, have lived in the same town for almost their entire lives, but they live worlds apart. When they fall in love, they must face family and social obstacles to be together.
Marriott, Zoe. The Name of the Blade. 2014. Candlewick Press, $16.99. 9780763669577. When Zoe picks up her grandfather's katana, she opens up a world that she may not be ready for.
Matharu, Taran. The Novice. 2015. Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, $18.99. 9781250067128. Fletcher discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons while running away from attackers and heads to a school that may teach him more.
McCoola, Marika. Baba Yaga's Assistant. 2015. Illus. Candlewick Press, $16.99. 9780763669614. When Masha runs away from home to become Baba Yaga's assistant, she may have bitten off more than she can chew.
Metcalfe, Stephen. The Tragic Age. 2015. St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan, $18.99. 9781250054418. 17-year-old Billy has perfected the art of flying under the radar—staying as invisible as possible to retreat from the world after his sister's death. When a new, rebellious classmate and an old family friend make it clear he is not invisible, Billy has to decide whether he'll reconnect to the world in darkness or in light.
Mills, Emma. First and Then. 2015. Henry Holt for Young Readers/Macmillan, $17.99. 9781627792356. High school senior Devon tries to fly under the radar until her cousin Foster enters her undistinguished life, dragging her to parties with the football crowd and inspiring her to leave her colorless existence behind.
Mills, Wendy. Positively Beautiful. 2015. Bloomsbury USA, $17.99. 9781619633414. When Erin's mom gets diagnosed with breast cancer due to the hereditary BRCA gene and her best friend, Trina, gets a new boyfriend, Erin’s world is turned upside down. While learning to cope with these changes, she finds a supportive, new friend in a surprising place.
Monninger, Joseph. Whippoorwill. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 9780544531239. Clair and her father live next-door to a ne'er do-well family complete with rusty cars in the front yard and a junkyard dog out back. Clair isn't sure why, but she feel compelled to help the dog and even the son of his owner, Danny Stewart.
Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. 2015. Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062327185. Willowdean is more than just a fat girl; she and some other misfits prepare to compete in a beauty pageant.
Myers, E.C. The Silence of Six. 2014. Adaptive Studios, $17.99. 9780996066624. Max's best friend just killed himself in front of the whole world; can Max solve the mystery behind the "Silence of the Six" before the government tracks him down?
Ness, Patrick. The Rest of Us Just Live Here. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062403162. This is the story of the kids in the background, the ones who are just trying to live their lives while the heroes, chosen ones, and uniquely-named individuals destined for greatness scurry around trying to stop the next apocalypse.
Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper. 2015. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, $17.99. 9780545591614. While painting a mural on a tower in her neighborhood, Sierra discovers that one of the murals is releasing tears and fading. She further discovers that she and her friend Robbie are in danger because of a special ability to see into another world. Now they are racing to save other murals in the community thye live in and unlock the secret that Sierra's grandfather has been holding for years.
O'Connor, George. Ares: Bringer of War. 2015. Illus. First Second/Macmillan, $9.99. 9781626720138. Seventh in the graphic novel Olympians series, this installment revolves around the great Trojan War, focusing on the actions of the Greek gods and their offspring. The god of war Ares has many vested interests in this battle and can't bear to lose to his nemesis, Athena, without a fight.
O'Doherty, David. Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger. 2014. Illus. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette, $12.99. 9780316299305. Docter Noel Zone (yes, that's how you spell it) provides a hilarious handbook on avoiding danger, which is everywhere.
Oliver, Lauren. Vanishing Girls. 2015. Harper/HarperCollins, $18.99. 9780062224101. Sisters Nick and Dara have always been as close as twins—until the devastating car accident that left Nick shaken, Dara injured, and their relationship in shambles. Now Nick must put together the pieces, try to assimilate back into her social circles, and repair her broken relationship with Dara. But when a local girl disappears, Nick begins to unravel a mystery that hits very close to home.
Painchaud, Michelle. Pretending to Be Erica. 2015. Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin, $17.99. 9780670014972. Violet has been preparing her entire life to step into the shoes of the missing heiress Erica Silverman, in order to pull off the biggest inside job in Las Vegas history. She doesn't count on having a conscience.
Parker, Jeff. Meteor Men. 2014. Oni Press, $19.99. 9781620101513. Alden Baylor didn't know that watching the meteor shower one night would change the world. But when the meteors bring new creatures to Earth and a connection with them to Alden, everything changes.
Picoult, Jodi. Off The Page. 2015. Delacorte/Random House, $19.99. 9780553535563. Delilah is finally with Oliver, a prince literally from the pages of a book, but the lines between reality and page have begun to blur.
Pope, Paul. The Rise of Aurora West. 2015. Illus. First Second/Macmillan, $17.99. 9781626722682. Aurora helps her hero father battle the child-snatching monsters of Acropolis, but still finds time to hunt down clues that might solve her own mother's murder.
Priest, Cherie. I Am Princess X. 2015. Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, $18.99. 9780545620857. May's best friend Libby died when they were kids, so why is May all of a sudden seeing stickers of the comic that they used to create together?
Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. Illus. 2015. Disney Press, $24.99. 9781423183655. Learn about Greek heroes from Percy Jackson's point of view.
Riordan, Rick. The Sword of Summer. 2015. Disney Press, $19.99. 9781423160915. The author of Percy Jackson is back with a new series about Norse gods.
Ross, Jonathan. America’s Got Powers. 2014. Image Comics, $17.99. 9781632151377. The biggest TV show on Earth gives super-powered teens a chance to win fame and fortune—if they can survive.
Saeed, Aisha. Written in the Stars. 2015. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, $17.99. 9780399171703. Naila's parents are convinced that she has forgotten who she is and where she comes from. Will she survive her trip to Pakistan and her family's cultural traditions?
Sales, Leila. Tonight the Streets Are Ours. 2015. Farrar Straus & Giroux, $17.99. 9780374376659. Exasperated by always being the "good girl" and watching out for everyone else, especially her best friend, Arden chooses herself for a change. She drives to New York City in search of a writer with whose blog she has become obsessed, but who turns out not to be as he seemed online.
Schmidt, Gary. Orbiting Jupiter. 2015. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 9780544462229. Troubled and broken Joseph has one last chance, with a new foster family. Jack tries to befriend and support this tormented boy and gets caught up in the drama as Joseph recklessly searches for his girlfriend, Madeleine, and their baby daughter, Jupiter, and tragic events occur.
Shan, Darren. Zom-B: Bride. 2015. Illus. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette, $15.00. 9780316214223. Zombie B Smith has been through the wringer and is now determined to find out if the old adage "an enemy's enemy is your friend" is true by seeking out the murderous clown, Mr. Dowling. He has something she wants, but she's going to have to put up with his marriage proposals and his army of mutant babies to get to it.
Smale, Holly. Geek Girl. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062333575. Harriet Manners would be the first to tell you that she's a geek. In fact, she could show you where someone scrawled the word onto her backpack so she can never forget. So when one of the world's top fashion designers offers her the chance to reinvent herself as a model, she jumps at it.
Smale, Holly. Model Misfit. 2015. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062333605. Awkward fashion model Harriet Manners is having a hard time reconciling her geek-dom with her new, glamorous career, so when she gets a dream job in Tokyo for the summer, she jumps on it—even if it means running into her ex-boyfriend.
Smith, Andrew. Stand-Off. 2015. Simon and Schuster, $17.99. 9781481418294. High school senior Ryan Dean West must deal with a 12-year-old roommate and a malevolent specter in his dreams, while negotiating his way through classes, first sex with Annie, and a new position on the school rugby team.
Smith, Greg. Junior Braves of the Apocalypse: A Brave Is Brave. 2015. Illus. Oni Press, $19.99. 9781620101445. When a troop of Junior Braves returns from a camping trip to find their town overrun by flesh-eating monsters, they have to put all of their wilderness training to the test to survive.
Smith, Roland. The Edge. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 9780544341227. A billionaire assembled a global climbing team of teenagers to scale summits around the world, and Peak has been chosen to serve as the climber from the U.S. The International Peace Ascent seems to be going well until an unknown crew kidnaps some of the mountaineers and murders others. In this sequel to PEAK, the adventurer needs to rally all his resources in order to stay alive and find his comrades and—oh yes—his mom!
Spalding, Amy. Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys). 2015. Poppy/Hachette, $18.00. 9780316371520. Riley and her bandmate-slash-male sidekick, Reid, both have a similar problem: they are seeking their true loves and are willing to kiss some frogs along the way! So they start a collaborative project to find what they're looking for and document their dramatic successes AND failures along the journey.
Stevenson, Noelle. Lumberjanes Vol. 1. 2015. Illus. Boom! Studios, $14.99. 9781608866878. Five best friends spend the summer at Lumberjanes camp, battling all sorts of supernatural critters and embarking on fun quests.
Stevenson, Noelle. Lumberjanes Vol. 2. 2015. Illus. Boom! Studios, $14.99. 9781608867370. The Lumberjanes return with all new mystical adventures!
Stevenson, Noelle. Nimona. 2015. Illus. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062278234. Nimona can, literally, be anything she wants and what she wants more than anything is to be evil Lord Ballister Blackheart's sidekick. When these two team up, the lines between good and evil begin to blur and chaos reigns.
Stirling, Tricia. When My Heart Was Wicked. 2015. Scholastic Press/Scholastic, $17.99. 9780545695732. 16-year-old Lacy believes that magic and science can work side by side. But when Lacy survives a traumatic encounter, she finds herself faced with a choice: spiral into the darkness forever or embrace the light?
Stohl, Margaret. Black Widow: Forever Red. 2015. Marvel Press, $17.99. 9781484726433. Years ago Natasha Romanoff rescued Ava Orlova, who was only a child when she was kidnapped and experimented on by Ivan Somodorov, the same man who trained the Black Widow herself in Moscow's elite school of operatives. Now seventeen and on her own in New York City, Ava has become Ivan’s target once again and she and Agent Romanoff must work together to uncover past secrets and stop a madman.
Stratton, Allan. The Dogs. Source Books Fire/Source Books, $16.99. 9781492609384. Fearful of his threatening father, Cameron and his mom move to an abandoned farm house outside of a small town when he starts seeing and hearing things that make everyone question his sanity.
Sugg, Zoe. Girl Online. 2014. Keywords Press/Simon & Schuster, $17.99. 9781476797458. Penny's alias, GirlOnline, allows her to blog about her fears, her panic attacks, and her dramatic life. When she's whisked away to New York on a family trip and falls in love with Noah, a boy with his own secret, everything threatens to fall apart.
Tomp, Sarah. My Best Everything. 2015. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette, $18.00. 9780316324786. When good-girl Lulu finds out her father lost her college money in a bad business deal, she comes up with a desperate plan: make and sell moonshine in her small, rural Virginia town.
Toten, Teresa. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B. 2015. Delacorte/Random House, $17.99. 9780553507867. Adam Spencer Ross is, first and foremost, in love with Robyn from his OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) Support Group. She is literally the Robyn to his Batman, but that doesn't change the fact that Adam is definitely going through a tough patch as his mom's hoarding increases and his OCD symptoms become more prohibitive. Adam wants to be the hero so desperately, but sometimes the help you need has to come from an outside source.
Traver, N. K. Duplicity. 2015. Thomas Dunne Books/Macmillan, $18.99. 9781250059147. Brandon's reflection in the mirror suddenly takes on a life of its own—somehow removing the tattoos, piercings, and hair dye he's accumulated to get noticed by his inattentive parents. When he finds himself trapped on the other side of the mirror, he'll have to put his computer hacking skills to the test to survive.
Tromly, Stephanie. Trouble Is a Friend of Mine. 2015. Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin, $17.99. 9780525428404. Zoe Webster thinks she'll spend a few months with her recently divorced mother in upstate New York before fleeing back to Manhattan and the ritzy prep school she (and her father) have been dreaming of for years. Then she meets Philip Digby and suddenly finds herself in the middle of all sorts of dangerous—and hilarious—situations, including the search for a kidnapped girl.
Tucholke, April G. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys. 2015. Dial/Penguin, $17.99. 9780803741737. Slasher Girls & Monster Boys is a collection of 14 horror stories by popular YA writers. Every tale of terror was inspired by some aspect of pop culture—a movie, television show or song. The inspiration is revealed at the end of each story making guessing the connection part of the appeal.
Tynion, James. The Woods 1: The Arrow. 2014. Illus. Boom! Entertainment/Boom! Studios, $9.99. 9781608864546. A high school is mysteriously transported to another world. Students and faculty have to figure out how to survive with little food or water and avoid the dangerous creatures in the woods.
Tynion, James. The Woods 2: The Swarm. 2015. Illus. Boom! Entertainment/Boom! Studios, $14.99. 9781608864959. Adrian and his group delve deeper in and discover that they are not alone on this strange planet; other humans are there and hunting for them.
van Diepen, Allison. On the Edge. 2014. HarperTeen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062303448. High school senior Maddie is just minding her business in the wrong place at the wrong time and makes some powerful enemies. But Maddie is under the protection of an unidentified special someone who is closer to the action than she even knows.
Vega, Danielle. Survive The Night. 2015. Razorbill/Penguin, $17.99. 9781595147240. After just getting out of rehab for a painkiller addiction, the last thing Casey should do is get sucked back into her group of old friends, but she can't resist Maddy's charismatic pull. When they all go to an underground rave, Casey quickly figures out that getting out alive is going to be the hardest fight of her life.
Watson, Andi. Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula. 2015. Illus. First Second/Macmillan, $19.99. 9781626722750. Princess Decomposia is super-busy because she essentially runs her father's kingdom of the Underworld, which is filled with spooky, but nice, otherworldly inhabitants. When her father, King Wolfrun the hypochondriac, fires yet another chef the Princess brings in vampire chef extraordinaire Count Spatula, whose culinary delights bring some unrest, and welcome change, to the castle.
Watson, Renee. This Side of Home. 2015. Bloomsbury USA, $17.99. 9781599906683. Twins Maya and Nikki and their best friend Essence have always planned on sharing their future together. They would go to Spellman College and marry their high school sweethearts. When their Senior year starts, Maya finds out that plans change and she cannot make her circle of friends and her neighborhood stay the same forever.
Whitney, Daisy. The Fire Artist. 2014. Bloomsbury USA, $17.99. 9781619631328. Aria wields fire with her hand, but it's not natural. She'll do anything to gain the magic that will make her a star and save her family.
Williams, Carol Lynch. Never Said. 2015. Blink, $16.99. 9780310746614. Twins Annie and Sarah are close, but Sarah never guesses what Annie has gone through, to make her change from beauty queen to chopping off her hair and gaining lots of weight. Covering up a secret has consequences for the whole family, affecting each member differently.
Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel 2: Generation Why. Marvel Enterprises, $15.99. 9780785190226 Ms. Marvel is back! She must battle the Inventor in order to free her friends, and she learns about her powers and where they come from.
Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel 3: Crushed. Marvel Enterprises, $15.99. 9780785192275. After defeating the Inventor, Kamala enjoys a period of peace which she knows is too good to be true. A new enemy arises and she is shocked to see how closely they are connected.
Wynne-Jones, Tim. The Emperor of Any Place. 2015. Candlewick Press, $17.99. 9780763669737. Multiple stories are interwoven, including Evan, whose father died at his desk while reading the strange diary of Isamu, a Japanese soldier stranded on a Pacific island during the Second World War. Was this hand-bound yellow book a factor in Evan’s father’s death? Is the stiff ex-Marine grandfather Evan was taught to hate by his father really a murderer?
Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Illus. 2015. Delacorte Press/Random House, $18.99. 9780553496642. Madeline Whittier is allergic to the world and hasn't left her house in 17 years. When Olly moves in next door with his own complicated life, Maddy suddenly feels like she can see the future—and it could be a disaster.
Yovanoff, Brenda. Fiendish. 2014. Razorbill/Penguin, $17.99. 9781595146380. When the Reckoning happened, Clementine was locked in the basement as her home burned above her. She spent ten years the trapped in the basement, kept alive by some unknown magic. Now she is free and, once again, monstrous things threaten her town.
Jokulsson, Illugi. James Rodriguez. 2015. Abbeville Press, $13.95. 9780789212375. James Rodriguez is a young, rising star from Colombia who made a name for himself in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Jokulsson, Illugi. Stars of World Soccer. 2015. Abbeville Press, $13.95. 9780789212399. Short biographies of the world's greatest soccer players.
Jokulsson, Illugi. U.S. Women’s Team: Soccer Champions!. 2015. Abbeville Press, $13.95. 9780789212153. Gives a history of the US Women's national team and talks about some the rising stars to watch.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 1. 2014. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421576077. A destructive alien, who just finished taking a chunk out of the moon, makes a deal with the government. It will take over as the teacher for a class of troubled students, class 3-E while they attempt to assassinate him.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 2. 2015. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421576084. The students of Class 3-E have a new foreign language teacher, Ms. Jelavich, renowned assassin.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 3. 2014. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421576091. Class 3-E gets a new student, an assassin robot, and Ms. Jelavich has a guest that may make her leave the school.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 4. 2015. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421576107. Koro Sensei has a brother! Could the brother be the one to assassinate Koro Sei before he destroys the world?
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 5. 2015. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421576114. A ruthless new instructor joins class 3-E as their combat instructor. But they show him how tough they really are.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 6. 2015. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421576121.Class 3-E tries a dangerous assassination attempt.
Oima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice 1. 2015. Penguin Random House/Kodansha Comics, $10.99. 9781632360564. Shoya was a bully in middle school until he became the victim of bullies. Now he must make amends to Shoko, the girl he bullied.
Oima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice 2. 2015. Penguin Random House/Kodansha Comics, $10.99. 9781632360571. Shoya must earn the trust of Shoko’s family if he intends to become friends with her.
Oima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice 3. 2015. Penguin Random House/Kodansha Comics, $10.99. 9781632360588. A cute romance at the speed on manga.