Quick Picks Nominations
Updated November 3, 2014
Albee, Sarah and Leighton, Robert. Bugged: How Insects Changed History. 2014. Illus. Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 978-0-8027-3423-5.
A highly irreverent and hilarious trip through history swarming with intriguing facts about how "bugs" have affected the outcome of wars, the settlement of countries and why we may want to reconsider eating strawberry ice cream and other red foods.
Belton, Claire. I am Pusheen the Cat. 2013. Illus. Simon and Schuster/Touchstone, $14.99. 978-1-476-74701-9. A day in the life of an adorable cartoon cat.
Boyer, Crispin. This Or That? The Wacky Book of Choices To Reveal The Hidden You. 2014. Illus. National Geographic Kids, $12.99. 978-1-426-31557-2. Would you rather have superhuman healing powers, or never age? Would you rather your tongue be a worm or a bug? These weird things actually exist, and your choice reveals a lot about you.
Bub, Lil. Lil BUB's Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet. Illus. 2013. Gotham, $16.00. 978-1-59-240850-4. Lil Bub, the world's most famous cat, shares her daily adventures on earth and in space through full color photos and hilarious captions.
Butcher, Christina. Braids, Buns, and Twists! Step-by-Step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles. 2013. Chronicle Books LLC, $19.95. 978-1-452-12484-1. Learn to easily style your hair into fashionable braids, buns, and twists with illustrated tutorials and full color photos. Curly and medium length hair too!
Bragg, Georgia. How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous. 2014. Illus. Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers, $18.99. 978-0-802-73489-1. The human foibles and epic failures of fourteen famous historical overachievers.
Brown, Box. Andre The Giant: Life and Legend. 2014. Illus. First Second, $17.99. 978-1-596-43851-4. An illustrated look into the life and times of Andre the Giant.
Brown, Don. The Great American Dust Bowl. 2013. Houghton Mifflin, $18.99. 978-0-547-81550-3. A graphic novel depicting the origins and history of the dust bowl.
Campbell, Jeff. Daisy to the Rescue: True Stories of Daring Dogs, Paramedic Parrots, and Other Animal Heroes. 2014. Zest Books, $17.99. 978-1-936976-62-1. A collection of true stories of heroic animals rescuing people in four sections: domestic companions, trained animals, wild animal and legends of animal rescues.
Capps, Tyler. Cooking Comically, Recipes So Easy You'll Actually Make Them. 2013. Illus. Penguin/Perigree Trade, $18.95. 978-0-399-16404-0. Comic book cookbook! Tyler Capps takes his recipes through each step with photographs while adding his comic commentary.
Carlin, Patricia. How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom. 2014. Illus. Quirk Books, $12.95. 978-1-594-74679-6. Your cat is ready for its (Internet) close up.
Coefield, Sasha. DIY Braids: From Crowns to Fishtails, Easy, Step-by-Step Hair-Braiding. 2013. Illus. F+W Media, Inc./Adams Media, $16.99. 978-1-440-56739-1. Step-by-step instructions for a variety of braiding styles.
Crockett, Alexandra. Metal Cats. 2014. Illus. powerHouse Books, $12.95. 978-1-57687-677-0. Photos of cute kitties and their owners including hardcore metal musicians, promoters, and fans.
Dakota, Heather. Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide. Illus. by Ali Castro. 2014. Scholastic Inc., $10.99. 978-0-545-65044-1. Prepare for the inevitable zombie outbreak with crucial info on virology, zombie identification, and survival skills.
Doherty, Meghan. How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide. 2013. Illus. Zest Books, $16.99. 978-1-936-97602-7. A practical, humorous guide to better manners.
Earl, Esther. This Star Won't Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl. 2013. Illus. Penguin Group USA/Dutton Books, $19.99. 978-0-525-42636-3. These are the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of Esther, a young woman who died at 16 of thyroid cancer but lived with enormous grace and touched many lives through her YouTube videos and the grassroots fan communities of the Harry Potter universe and of author John Green.
Enz, Tammy. Batman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Batman's Gear. 2014. Capstone Young Readers, $9.95. 978-1-62370-0645. Pairs and explores Batman's gadgets with real life applications.
Ganter, Chris. Graffiti school: A student guide with teacher's manual. 2013. Illus. Thames & Hudson, $24.95. 978-0-500-29097-2. Information on the history of graffiti and step-by-step guides to creating unique lettering, holding a spray can, and creating more complicated styles.
Gownley, Jimmy. The Dumbest Idea Ever! 2014. Illus. Scholastic Inc./Graphix, $24.99. 978-0-545-45346-2. A graphic novel memoir of how a kid who loved to draw, turned disappointment and one "dumb" suggestion from a friend into a successful career as a comic artist.
Hale, Nathan. Donner Dinner Party. 2013. Illus. Harry N Abrams Inc./Amulet, $12.95. 978-1-419-70856-5. A graphic, in both senses of the word, re-telling of the Donner-Reed Party's adventure from Illinois to California.
Harrop, Isobel. The Isobel Journal: Just a Girl From Where Nothing Really Happens. 2014. Illus. Capstone Young Readers/Switch Press, $16.95. 978-1-63079-003-5. A journal of drawings and scribblings by a sassy teen aged artist. Funny and quirky, flip through the book and see what Isobel is up to.
Kibblesmith, Daniel and Weiner, Sam. How To Win At Everything: Even Things You Can't Or Shouldn't Try To Win At. 2013. Illus. Chronicle Books, $15.95. 978-1-452-11331-9. This book is packed with bad and impractical advice for coming out on top in life.
Kidd, Chip. Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design. 2013. Workman Publishing, $17.95. 978-0-761-17219-2. Eye-catching and easy to read, readers will be catapulted into the world of graphic design.
Knapp, Andrew. Find Momo: A Photography Book. 2014. Illus. Quirk Books, $14.95. 978-1-594-74678-9. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and quirky pictures. While you're at it, find Momo, the Border collie hiding in each photo.
Kuklin, Susan. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. 2014. Illus. Candlewick Press, $22.99. 978-0-763-65611-9. Teens share their experience of being transgender through interviews and photographs.
Latta, Sara. Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias. 2014. Illus. Zest Books, $12.99. 978-1-936-97649-2. A quick breakdown of 50 common phobias, ranging from the common, such as heights and enclosed spaces, to the not so common, such as zombies, horses, and dolls.
Leong, Tim. Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe. 2013. Illus. Chronicle Books, $18.95. 978-1-452-11388-3. A book of infographics diagramming the comic world in a humorous manner.
Liu-Perkins, Christine. At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui. 2014. Illus. Charlesbridge, $19.95. 978-1-580-89370-1. Discover the ancient treasures of Lady Dai, a Chinese mummy found almost perfectly preserved.
Lovato, Demi. Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year. 2013. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, $19.99. 978-1-250-05144-8. A year's worth of advice for every day from a popular teen idol.
Maletsky, Sophie. Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects. Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down. 2014. Illus. Zest Books, $16.99. 978-1-936-97654-6. Easy-to-follow guide to making several different types of DIY duct-tape crafts.
Marshall, Anne. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reality Shock! 2014. Ripley Publishing, $28.95. 978-1-60991-109-6. Reality Shock is filled with really crazy stories and unbelievable pictures about things from all around the world. It tells you about people doing crazy art like murals made out of jelly beans, weird animals like two headed goats or skydiving dogs and amazing places and cultures.
McNeil, Legs and McCain, Gillian. Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary. 2014. Illus. Sourcebooks Fire, $15.99. 978-1-402-28758-9. Diary of a young girl who will do ANYTHING to find affection and block out the debilitating pain of cystic fibrosis.
McNeill, Suzanne. Friendship Bracelets All Grown Up: Hemp, Floss, and Other Boho Chic Designs to Make. 2014. Design Originals/Fox Chapel Publishing, $9.99. 978-1-57421-866-4. This book gives more intricate patterns to traditional friendship bracelets and uses different materials.
Montgomery, Sy. Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cats. 2014. Illus. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, $18.99. 978-0-547-81549-7. Learn about the amazing work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund as they strive to save cheetahs from extinction through an easy to read narrative and amazing photographs.
Muldrow, Diane. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book. 2013. Illus. Random House/Golden Book, $9.99. 978-0-307-97761-8. Fun, bright illustrations that are eye catching from books we all read as kids with new life lessons attached to older Golden Books.
National Geographic Kids. Weird But True!: Ripped from the Headlines. 2014. Illus. National Geographic Society, $12.99. 978-1-4263-1514-5. In keeping with Weird But True's signature style, this title features cool photos and mind-bending stories that are almost too strange to believe!
Rivera, Mariano. The Closer: Young Readers Edition: My Story. 2014. Hachette/Little, Brown and Company, $17. 978-0-316-40480-8. Mariano Rivera, legendary relief pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013, tells his story of going from a small fishing town in Panama to the big leagues.
Robertson, Robbie et al. Legends, Icons, & Rebels: Music that Changed the World. 2013. Illus. Tundra Books, $29.00. 978-1-770-49571-5. A collection of artists who had a great impact on music. Includes 2 CDs.
Scandiffio, Laura. Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters. 2014. Illus. Annick Press, $24.95. 978-1-554-51621-6. History and profiles of notorious criminals and how they were caught.
Scieszka, Jon, ed. Guys Read: True Stories. 2014. HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press, $16.99. 978-0-06-196382-7. Ten real-life stories of adventure and discovery, complete with bear attacks, whitewater canoeing, comics, and horrific dental procedures.
Shoket, Ann. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to College: Everything You Need to Know to Walk Onto Campus and Own It! 2014. Illus. Running Press, $19.95. 978-0-76-245193-7. Filled with tips and stories from real students, Seventeen’s Ultimate Guide to College reveals everything a girl needs to know to feel confident on campus and make the next years her best yet.
Shoket, Ann. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Guys: What He Thinks about Flirting, Dating, Relationships, and You! 2013. Illus. Running Press, $19.95. 978-0-762-44891-3. A collection of advice for girls on all aspects of dating.
Stanton, Brandon. Humans of New York. 2013. Illus. St. Martin's Press, $29.99. 978-1-250-03882-1. A collection of images of people going about their lives in New York.
Van Wagenen, Maya. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. 2014. Penguin/Dutton Juvenile, $18.99. 978-0-525-42681-3.A girl uses a vintage how-to guide on popularity in her modern school life.
Voltz, Stephen and Grobe, Fritz. How to Build a Hover Craft: Air Cannons, Magnet Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects. 2013. Illus. Chronicle Books, LLC, $24.95. 978-1-452-10952-7. Fun science projects, from simple to difficult. Some adult supervision is required.
Wallace, Rich and Sandra Neil. Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. 2014. Illus. Highlights/Calkins Creek, $16.95. 978-1-590-78981-0. This biography of the number one female athlete of the 20th century, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, tells her story without sugar-coating anything.
Alender, Katie. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. 2013. Scholastic Inc./Point, $18.99. 978-0-545-46809-1. On a school field trip to Paris, Colette learns that she is part of a now extinct French aristocracy and that the ghost of Marie Antoinette wants to kill her.
Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99. 978-0-544-10771-7. Josh, dubbed Filthy McNasty by his Dad, is the star of his middle school basketball team. His life begins to unravel when his twin brother finds a girlfriend, and his father struggles with illness.
Alsaid, Adi. Let's Get Lost. 2014. Harlequin Teen, $17.99. 978-0-373-21124-1. Five short stories about teens at various points in their life. Leila is the one person who they all have in common.
Armentrout, Jennifer. Don't Look Back. 2014. Disney Book Group/Hyperion, $16.99. 978-1-423-17512-4. Samantha wakes up lost in the woods with amnesia. As she pieces her life together she gets a chance to start over with old friends and solve the mystery of her disappearance.
Aronson, Marc and Charles R. Smith Jr., ed. One Death, Nine Stories. 2014. Candlewick Press, $16.99. 978-0-7636-5285-2. Who was Kevin? The cross country star, altar boy, honor student, charismatic leader described in his obituary or something a lot more complicated, revealed through the reactions to his death from nine of those he left behind?
Bernard, Romily. Find Me. 2013. Harper Collins Publishers/HarperTeen, $17.99. 978-0-06-222903-8. Can Wick, hacker extraordinaire, use her skills to find out why her friend committed suicide? A diary left on her doorstep offers clues.
Blount, Patty. Some Boys. 2014. Sourcebooks, $9.99. 978-1-4022-9856-1.
Grace becomes ostracized at school after she claims the star lacrosse player and favorite student, Zac, raped her at a party. The only one who seems to look at her as a person is, Ian.
Unfortunately, he's Zac's best friend.
Brown, Jennifer. Torn Away. 2014. Little, Brown and Company, $18. 978-0-316-24553-1. Can Jersey find her place in the world after a massive tornado takes away the people she loves most?
Buckingham, Royce Scott. The Terminals. 2014. St. Martin's Press, $16.99. 978-1-250-01155-8. When Cam is diagnosed with brain cancer he is given a choice: stay in the hospital until his untimely demise or be whisked away to a tropical island to join a team of chemically enhanced teens with no time to live and the ability to save the world.
Burgess, Melvin. The Hit. 2014. Scholastic Inc./Chicken House, $17.99. 978-0-545-55699-6. Is one week of pure bliss and all things awesome worth it if you die immediately once it's over? Adam is about to find out when he takes a hit of the new drug on the street.
Carroll, Emily. Through the Woods. 2014. Illus. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $21.99. 978-1-442-46595-4. Five chilling tales of what might be waiting for you on a walk through the wide, dark woods.
Charbonneau, Joelle. Independent Study: Testing Trilogy Series #2. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 978-0-547-95920-7. Picking up where "The Testing" left off, Cia now has to make her way through the induction into her government studies program. This time she has to compete with students from Tosu city ad she learns early on that she has a target on her head.
Coates, Jan L. Rocket Man. 2014. Red Deer Press, $12.95. 978-0-88995-494-6. Bob has got by pretending to be Mr. Invisible. But with his dad's cancer getting worse and not making the D1 basketball team again, it might be time to step up and take action. He starts working with his older brother and maybe-more-than friend, Maria, to organize a charity game for cancer. And suddenly Bob isn't so invisible anymore.
Crossan, Sarah. The Weight of Water. 2013. Bloomsbury, $16.99. 978-1-599-90967-7. Cassie has just move to a new country with her mom. She isn't happy at home, at school, and she can't shake the feeling like she's sinking.
de la Pena, Matt. The Living. 2013. Delacorte Books, $17.99. 978-0-385-74120-0. Earthquakes, tsunamis and a plague. Shy is having a very bad day.
Dellaira, Ava. Love Letters to the Dead. 2014. Farrar Straus Giroux, $17.99. 978-0-374-34667-6. An assignment to write a letter to a dead person turns into a very cathartic and confusing time for Laurel. Through the letters she is able to face what happened to her and accept what happened to her dead sister.
Demetrios, Heather. Something Real. 2014. Henry Holt and Company, $17.99. 978-0-8050-9794-8. Bonnie Baker spent the first 13 years of her life being on camera along with her 12 siblings. Relishing a normal life away from the camera, Bonnie (now Chloe) is in for a shock when comes home from school to find cameras all over her house again.
Deuker, Carl. Swagger. 2013. HMH Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 978-0-547-97459-0. After moving to Washington, Jonas strikes up a friendship with Levi, his new neighbor and fellow basketball player. Jonas is determined to win the championship, but will it cost him something else?
Doctorow, Coryand Jen Wang. In Real Life. Illus. 2014. Roaring Brook Press/First Second, $17.99. 978-1-59643-658-9. Girl. Gamer. Fighter for social justice online and IRL.
Ewing, Lynne. The Lure. 2014. Harper Collins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99. 978-0-062-20688-6. Blaise joined the Core 9 gang for protection and status. The initiation beating was bad enough, but things get much worse when Blaise agrees to be a sexy lure to rival gang members.
Fantaskey, Beth. buzz kill. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 978-0547-39310-0. Kooky, nonconformist Millie Ostermeyer must tap into her inner Nancy Drew to solve the murder of her high school's famously volatile football coach.
Feutl, Rita. Bike Thief. 2014. Orca Book Publishers/Orca Soundings, $9.95. 978-1-459-80570-5. A believable, action-packed look at the underworld of stolen bicycles. Without being too heavy, it underlines how one bad choice can trap someone in a downward spiral of increasingly dangerous acts.
Gibbs, Stuart. Poached. 2014. Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. 978-1-4424-6777-4. Teddy Fitzroy uses his sleuthing skills to find the real criminals after he is implicated in a Kazoo the koala's kidnapping.
Giles, Lamar. Fake ID. 2014. HarperCollins/Amistad, $17.99. 978-0-062-12184-4. Nick Pearson moves to Stepton with his family and has all of the problems any new kid has starting at a new school, but he's carrying a secret: he and his family are in witness protection. When his new friends start dying, Nick finds out that Stepton may be hiding a secret, too.
Gray, Keith. Losing It. 2013. Lerner Publishing/Carolrhoda Lab, $17.95. 978-1-467-72041-0. Collected short stories about virginity: sweet or awful, exciting or traumatic, yesterday or years ago, you never forget your first time.
Green, S. E. Killer Instinct. 2014. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99. 979-1-481-40285-9. Lane isn't just interested in serial killers—she wants to be one.
Gurtler, Janet. #16thingsithoughtweretrue. 2014. Sourcebooks, $9.99. 978-1-402-27797-9. All of Morgan's friends are on Twitter, but after a health scare confessional from her mom, Morgan's entire life is shaken up and she hits the road with two unlikely companions.
Hawkins, Rachel. Rebel Belle. 2014. G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Group, $17.99. 978-0-399-25693-6. Seventeen-year-old Harper Price's charmed life is turned upside down when she discovers she's been given magical powers in order to protect her school nemesis David Stark, who's an Oracle.
Henry, April. The Body in the Woods. 2014. Henry Holt and Company/Christy Ottaviano Books, $16.99. 978-0-8050-9852-5. Three teens who volunteer for Portland County's Search and Rescue team find a body while looking for a lost hiker and begin to investigate her murder.
Higgins, M. G. I'm Just Me. 2014. Saddleback, $9.95. 978-1-622-50721-4. This book looks at racism in schools and bullying. Told in alternating chapters between two high school students, a Pakistani girl and African-American girl, enrolled in a small sub-urban high school.
Hubbard, Jenny. And We Stay. 2014. Random House/Delacorte Press, $16.99. 978-0-385-74057-9. Emily Beam is packed off to a fancy boarding school after her boyfriend's suicide.
Johnson, Varian. The Great Greene Heist. 2014. Scholastic Inc./Arthur A. Levine Books, $16.99. 978-0-545-52552-7. Jackson Greene is out of the game. No more cons. No more trouble. At least, that was the plan.
Johnston, E. K. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim. 2014. Carolrhoda Books. 978-1-467-71066-4. Owen is the son and nephew of dragon slayers. Siobhan is his bard. This is the story of their beginning, of the dragons that plague their town and the plan to fight back.
Jordan, Sophie. Uninvited. 2014. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, $17.99. 978-0-06-223365-3. Davy is smart, privileged, and has never hurt a fly, but loses everything when she tests positive for the "kill gene," which (according to everyone else) predicts that she will one day snap and become a violent murderer.
Kang, Lydia. Control. 2013. Penguin/Dial Books, $17.99. 978-0-8037-3904-8. In the year 2150, Zel is forced to hide with a group of mutant teens who help Zel rescue her sister from deadly kidnappers.
Keeble, Helen. No Angel. 2013. HarperCollins Publishers/HarperTeen, $9.99. 978-0-062-08227-5. Rafael did sign up to be the only boy at an all-girls school. He definitely didn’t sign up for the halo and wings, and he’s starting to think that some of his new classmates are more than just bullies.
Kohler, Christine. No Surrender Soldier: A Young Man, an Old Soldier, and a Fight to Survive. 2014. Merit Press/F+W Media, Inc., $17.99. 978-1-4405-6561-8. Kiko wants to play baseball with his best friend and find the courage to ask out Daphne. Seto is trying to stay hidden in the woods to escape becoming a prisoner. When their paths collide they have to decide whether or not to kill each other.
Krys, Michelle. Hexed. 2014. Random House/Delacorte, $17.99. 978-0-385-74337-2. Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.
Kuehn, Stephanie. Complicit. 2014. St. Martin's Griffin, $19.99. 978-1-250-04459-4. When Jamie's crazy sister got locked up, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. But now Crazy Cate is out and coming for her Jamie and armed with the truth.
Landers, Melissa. Alienated. 2014. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 978-1-423-17028-0. Cara, selected to host Earth’s first interplanetary student exchange, is paired with Aelyx, a hot alien, who appears to be up to more than just an intergalactic goodwill tour.
Lawrence, Theo. Toxic Heart. 2014. Random House/Delacorte Press, $17.99. 978-0-385-74162-0. Mystic City is wracked by rebellion. In order to bring the ruling elite led by her family and the uprising led by her boyfriend together in peace, Aria Rose must first find a mystical artifact of tremendous power.
Lockhart, E. We Were Liars. 2014. Random House/Delacorte Press, $17.99. 978-0-385-74126-2. Suffering from memory loss and crippling headaches, Cadence Sinclair is trying to put together the pieces of her life, one lie at a time.
Lonergan, Jesse. All Star. 2014. NBM Publishing, $13.99. 978-1-56163-835-2. Carl is one of the best baseball players in the state with a full ride scholarship waiting for him. Will his one stupid mistake jeopardize the playoffs and his chance to go pro?
Maihack, Mike. Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice. 2014. Illus. Scholastic Inc./Graphix, $22.99. 978-0-545-52842-9. A funny, action-packed graphic novel featuring fifteen-year-old Cleopatra – yes, that Cleopatra – who is transported to the future and learns that it is up to her to save the galaxy!
Mathieu, Jennifer. The Truth about Alice. 2014. Roaring Brook Press/Holtzbrinck Publishing, $16.99. 978-1-596-43909-2. Alice is shunned when rumor spreads she slept with two boys in one night and then is blamed for one their death soon thereafter.
Messner, Kate. Manhunt. 2014. Scholastic Inc./Scholastic Press, $16.99. 978-0-545-41977-2. Henry, Anna, and Jose are junior members of a secret society dedicated to protecting priceless artifacts. It's up to them to rescue the senior members and find a missing masterpiece under the streets of Paris.
Moore, Peter. V Is For Villain. 2014. Hyperion, $17.99. 978-1-423-15749-6. Brad is fighting for justice, but in a world full of heroes this makes him a villain.
Nelson, Blake. The Prince of Venice Beach. 2014. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.00. 978-0-316-23048-3. Surfing and playing basketball in the sun are part of Cali's daily routine. When he's tapped to find some missing people, he soon realizes that not everybody wants to be found.
Neri, G. Knockout Games. 2014. Carolrhoda Lab, $17.95. 978-1-4677-3269-7. Erika is new to St. Louis, but has a video camera and an artist's sensibility. An attractive, dangerous boy shows her an electrifying subject to film: stalking unsuspecting strangers and knocking them out with one punch.
Northrop, Michael. Surrounded by Sharks. 2014. Scholastic Inc./Scholastic Press, $17.99. 978-0-545-61545-7. Davey, on a boring family vacation, is pulled out to sea after a solo swim in dangerous waters. Will his family realize he is in trouble before he becomes shark bait?
Oliver, Lauren. Panic. 2014. Harper/Harper Collins, $17.99. 978-0-06-201455-9. In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000.
Patterson, James and Lisa Papademetriou. Homeroom Diaries. 2014. Little, Brown, $18.00. 978-0-316-20762-1. Cuckoo Clarke and the Freakshow are determined to unite the Jocks, Barbies, Zomboids and Activists with Operation Happiness. Hopefully the Haters won't get in their way!
Peters, Julie Ann. Lies my Girlfriend Told Me. 2014. Little, Brown and Company/Megan Tingley Books, $18.00. 978-0-316-23497-9. When Alix's girlfriend, Swanee unexpectedly dies, Alix is left to discover Swanee's secrets, including her other girlfriend, Liana.
Polak, Monique. Straight Punch. 2014. Orca Books, $12.95. 978-1-459-80391-6. Learning to box is only the first step in Tessa's journey to self-discovery.
Prince, Liz. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir. 2014. Illus. Zest Books, $15.00. 978-1-936976-55-3. Liz Prince's memoir of growing up and trying to find her way while being a labeled Tomboy.
Quintero, Isabel. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces. 2014. Cinco Puntos Press, $11.95. 978-1-935955-95-5. Gabi is a girl in pieces. She's trying to figure her life out while deal with all the issues life keeps throwing her way.
Reedy, Trent. Divided We Fall. 2014. Scholastic Inc./Arthur A. Levine, $17.99. 978-0-54-554367-5. Private First Class Daniel Wright loves football, rodeo, his girlfriend, and serving his country in the Idaho National Guard. He also fired the first shot that ended the United States of America.
Reynolds, Jason. When I Was the Greatest. 2014. Antheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 978-1-4424-5947-2.
Ali lives in Brooklyn and is friends with Noodles and Needles the brothers who live next door. Noodles thinks he's tough and Needles has Tourette syndrome, but the block looks out for them. But something happens when they leave their block that changes everything.
Rylander, Chris. Codename Zero. 2014. HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press, $16.99. 978-0-062-12008-3. Seventh-grade prankster Carson Fender just wants to liven up his boring North Dakota town, and suddenly finds himself working for a vast, secret spy agency.
Sakugawa, Yumi. I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You. 2013. Illus. F&W Media/Adams Media, $13.99. 978-1-440-57302-6. A short, sweet graphic novel about a monster that loves another monster, but only as a friend, and wants to share everything, but not in a weird way. If that's okay.
Scott, Jerry. Zits: Shredded. 2014. Illus. Harper Collins/Harper Teen, $9.99. 978-0-062-22853-6. A laugh out loud book that combines the Zits comic with text.
Seamon, Hollis. Somebody Up There Hates You. 2013. Algonquin, $16.95. 978-1-616-20260-6. Richie and Sylvia are teenagers with cancer in a hospice in Hudson, NY. Their families are mourning them but they are both young and foolish, and want to have some fun in their remaining days.
Shan, Darren. Zom-B: Mission. 2014. Illus. Hachette/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $15.00. 978-0-31-621428-5. Revitalized zombie B Smith goes on her first mission with the other "Angels," escorting a group of scared humans from London to a barricaded town in the countryside.
Sheff, Nic. Schizo. 2014. Penguin Young Readers Group/Philomel Books, $17.99. 978-0-399-16437-8. Miles struggles to keep his illness under control, but he knows that if he can find out what really happened to his missing brother, he can truly start to get better.
Shine, Joe. I Become Shadow. 2014. Soho Teen, $17.99. 978-1-61695-358-4. Ren Sharpe is kidnapped at the age of fourteen and trained to be a super secret government soldier. Her job is to protect someone who will some day in the future, change the world.
Shinoda, Anna. Learning Not to Drown. 2014. Simon and Shuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 978-1-416-99393-3. Clare's brother just got out of prison...again. As she tries to adjust to life with her brother out, she starts to wonder what really happen and why no one will tell her the truth.
Shiraz, Yasmin. Accused: A Retaliation Novel #2. 2014. Still Eye Rise Media, LLC/Rolling Hills Press, $11.95. 978-0-971-81748-7. Ahmed has been wrongfully accused of raping an underage girl and everyone believes he is guilty even though there is no evidence.
Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. Caged Warrior. 2014. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 978-1-423-17124-9. McCutcheon's father forces him to fight in the illegal underground Mixed Martial Arts circuit in Detroit. McCutcheon would like to escape his father, save his sister, and find his mother, but his father and the Priests, a local gang, won't let him go that easily.
Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. 2014. Penguin/Dutton, $18.99. 978-0-525-42603-5. What's a guy to do after accidentally unleashing the apocalypse in the form of 6 foot tall praying mantises?
Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. 2014. Little, Brown/Poppy, $18.00. 978-0-316-25477-9. Lucy and Owen spend a magical night in New York City. Will they have the chance to do it again, or will their changing lives keep them apart?
Smith, Lindsay. Sekret. 2014. Macmillan/Roaring Book Press, $17.99. 978-1-596-43892-7. Yulia is kidnapped by the KGB and trained as psychic spy for the U.S.S.R. Now more than ever, she has to hide her thoughts in order to survive.
Sones, Sonya. The Night Before College. 2014. Illus. Penguin Group/Grosset & Dunlap, $9.99. 978-0-448-46147-2. A fun take on "The Night Before Christmas" to highlight the process of thinking about, preparing, and applying to colleges.
Stevens, Courtney. Faking Normal. 2014. Harper Teen, $17.99. 978-0-062-24538-0. Alexis hasn't told anyone what happened over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed she scratches to make sure the outside hurts as much as the inside. She finds comfort in Bodee who has his own tragic secret.
Strand, Jeff. I Have a Bad Feeling About This. 2014. Sourcebooks/Sourcebooks Fire, $8.99. 978-1-4022-8455-7. Avowed nerd Henry Lambert has no business being at Strongwoods Survival Camp. Especially when the "survival" part gets horrifyingly literal.
Strohmeyer, Sarah. The Secrets of Lily Graves. 2014. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $9.99. 978-0-062-25960-8. Erin Donahue is found dead the day after attacking Lily Graves in a jealous rage, making Lily (and Erin's ex-boyfriend, who Lily just might be falling for) a suspect. But Lily knows there's a murderer on the loose...
Tamaki, Mariko. This One Summer. 2014. Illus. by Jillian Tamaki. First Second, $17.99. 978-1-596-43774-6. Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was little and it was always fun. This year is different as she is older, her parents are fighting, and she's caught up in the local drama.
Yang, Gene Luen. The Shadow Hero. 2014. Illus. by Sonny Liew. First Second, $17.99. 978-1-596-43697-8. Superheroes can't be forced into saving people by their mom, can they?
Walters, Eric. The Rule of Three. 2014. Farrar Straus Giroux, $17.99. 978-0-374-35502-9. A teen's suburban neighborhood bands together for survival after a virus destroys all computer technology leading to a worldwide blackout.
Watkins, Steve. Juvie. 2013. Candlewick, $17.99. 978-0-763-65509-9. Sadie's a good girl - does well in school, plays soccer and helps take care of her niece. But one night, she's in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up getting sent to juvenile detention for a crime she didn't commit.
West, Kasie. On the Fence. 2014. Harper Collins/HarperTeen, $9.99. 978-0-06-223567-1. Being a tomboy was never really a problem for Charlie until she starts to crush on the boy next door and reluctantly starts to navigate the world of cute clothes and makeup.
Zarr, Sara and Altebrando, Tara. Roomies. 2013. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.00. 978-0-316-21749-1. Elizabeth from New Jersey and Lauren from California, are assigned as roommates their freshman year at college. Over the summer, they start corresponding and unexpectedly find themselves becoming friends and confidants.
The Alternative Series
Jones, Patrick. Barrier. 2014. Lerner Publishing Group, $27.93. 978-1-4677-3899-6. Jessica's social anxiety threatens to ruin her fresh start at Rondo Alternative High, when her new friends in the manga club invite her to a big convention.
Jones, Patrick. Bridge. 2014. Lerner Publishing Group, $27.93. 978-1-4677-3903-0. Graduating from high school is a tough proposition for Jose, who works two jobs and is the only English-speaking member in a family of undocumented immigrants.
Jones, Patrick. Controlled. 2014. Lerner Publishing Group, $27.93. 978-1-4677-3902-3. Rachel is the perfect student on a track to success, but her reckless and unpredictable cousin threatens to change everything for both of them.
Jones, Patrick. Outburst. 2014. Lerner Publishing Group, $27.93. 978-1-4677-3901-6. After serving time for assault and chafing under the rules of her foster family, Jada doesn't see how the teachers at her alternative high school can make anything better.
Jones, Patrick. Target. 2014. Lerner Publishing Group, $27.93. 978-1-4677-3900-9. Frankie left the reservation to attend Rondo Alternative High for a new start, but he can't leave family behind, or the trouble they bring with them.
What’s Your Style? Series
Kenney, Karen Latchana. Boho Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 978-1-467-71470-9. Fashion advice for the eclectic girl.
St John, Amanda. Edgy Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 978-1-467-71468-6. Fashion advice for girls with a rebellious side.
Kenney, Karen Latchana. Hipster Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 978-1-467-71472-3. Fashion advice for the quirky girl.
Kenney, Karen Latchana. Preppy Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 978-1-467-71469-3. Fashion advice for the put-together girl.
Watson, Stephanie. Streetwear Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 978-1-467-71471-6. Fashion advice for the creative girl.