No Place by Todd Strasser
Dan Helprin is one of the winners: baseball jock, good-looking, popular, hot girlfriend. But, as Dan’s family’s good fortune begins to slide into joblessness and home foreclosure, Dan finds himself living at Dignityville, a homeless community right in the middle of his town that is attracting all kinds of attention – most of it bad. Suddenly, Dan is seeing everyone – including his own family members – differently, their reactions to him and his situation a barometer he doesn’t welcome, couldn’t have imagined and that, ultimately, he needs to apply to himself.
I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach
This is the third book in the Stupid Fast series. Felton is a senior in high school now, making decisions about college as his personal life falls apart around him. You don’t necessarily have to like sports to appreciate Felton’s take on life, his search for his own moral compass and for the tools that might serve him as he enters the world where the adults he wishes he could rely on tend to be more interested in using him for their own purposes.
Swagger by Carl Deuker
Looking like another ‘sports’ novel, this one focusing on basketball, Swagger explores territory far beyond the usual concerns of star athletes plotting their way to college and career success. This time, Jonas Dolan is putting himself at risk for someone else, trying to balance what is best for his team, his coach, and his own career with his loyalty to a friend and to what he knows is right. This book only enhances author Deuker’s reputation as a great writer of provocative fiction.
What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard
In perfect Mitchard tradition, this is a crime thriller with the unusual setting of three teenagers suffering from Xeroderma Pigmentosum which makes them allergic to sunlight. In their night wanderings, they begin to participate in Parkour, and extreme stunt sport of scaling and jumping off tall buildings and, during one outing, narrator Allie observes a murder which she takes it upon herself to solve. Be forewarned that this book is a cliff-hanger with little resolution in preparation for the sequel (see below.)
What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard
This is the sequel to What We Saw in the Night (see above for background.) In this book Allie believes she knows who is responsible for the crime and won’t rest until the perpetrator has been brought to justice.
Stained by Cheryl Rainfield
Sarah Meadows is born with a port-wine stain on her face, making her struggle to see either her own inner or outer beauty. When she is kidnapped, Sarah is forced to access her own resources and become the hero she thought only resided in comic books.
Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
Evan is the master of the easy hook-up and moving from town to town with his dad has always been the best escape if things got out of hand. But Evan chooses the wrong girl at the wrong time and the results leave him bruised and broken in both body and spirit. Even once Evan and his dad have retreated to the family cabin in northern Minnesota, Evan must find a way to heal his relationship with girls and with himself.
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
Unwilling to hide her powers from the vengeful king, Neryn is determined to escape and to receive the necessary training to hone her unique ability to communicate with the Good Folk. Neryn sets out for Shadowfell to find the rebels who are plotting the overthrow of the king and to learn what her role might be in restoring Alban to freedom.
Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier
This second book in the Shadowfell trilogy has Neryn safe in the rebel stronghold but in need of training that only powerful and fickle beings can give her. A friendship and a potential romance put her in the middle of conflict while she struggles to make sense of valuable information that may turn the tide of the war but in a way that no one can yet predict.
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Echo Emerson has fallen out of the popular group for reasons no one can quite understand. Suddenly, Echo is face-to-face with Noah Hutchins, a boy she should have nothing in common with and who can only mean trouble. Yet, the attraction is irresistible and Echo is forced to reckon with circumstances that might restore her sense of place and belonging or push her over the limits once and for all.
Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf
This is a unique road trip novel of two teens who decide that, if they are going to be boring losers, might as well do it together. Herrndorf is a German author making his American debut and offering a welcome perspective with this view of the German landscape and the quirky people Mike and Andrej meet on the way to trouble, for sure, but maybe to something else deeper and long lasting as well.
Loud Awake and Lost by Adele Griffin
Ember doesn’t remember the time right before the accident. Everyone is anxious to help her return to the person they believe she still is but, for Ember, it’s not quite that simple. Something is nagging at her and as she tries to remember, tries to understand who this artist Kai was and is to her now, tries to find herself again, she fears that remembering might force her to face a truth that could change her life forever.
Lily and Taylor by Elise Moser
Moser has delved into the heavy territory of partner abuse with this taut thriller about Taylor and her relationship with both her friend Lily and her boyfriend Devon. Having seen her sister lose her life to domestic abuse, Taylor’s trauma plunges her into the fraught territory where her protective instincts battle it out with her need and desire for the love of an unstable boy.
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Zoe has a rather unconventional pen pal: a death row inmate and convicted murderer. Though Mr. Stuart Harris may never respond to Zoe’s letters, she has a story to tell, one in which she is the guilty party, responsible for loss of life and needing to confess how her own actions have torn apart the lives of others.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
With death surrounding you – young men dying in World War I and seemingly everyone sick with the influenza – you may still not believe in the ‘spiritualism’ of the day until someone you love appears as a ghost. Mary has never thought of herself as someone to seek comfort in séance but now she might have to change her mind. Illustrated with photographs of the era, this unique historical romance is impeccably researched and masterfully written.
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Delaney Maxwell was under water for eleven minutes. She should be dead. She has survived though something is definitely different about her brain. Something similar has happened to Troy Varga. She wants to feel relieved to meet someone like her, wants to trust him, but it could be that he represents a relationship to death that is less comforting than frightening…
Vengeance by Megan Miranda
In this sequel to Fracture, Delaney’s friend Decker has seen just too much coincidence. Carson died saving Delaney from drowning. Troy drowned in the same lake that tried to take Delaney. Now, another tragedy makes Decker wonder what Delaney knows, what her role in these events could be, and if, once he finds out, he’ll ever be able to forgive her.
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
When an apocalypse destroys her town, Evie Greene realizes that the visions she’s been having are prophetic. She’s determined to figure out what her powers mean and, to do that, she needs the help of bad-boy Jackson Deveaux. Together, they’ll meet others and play out an ancient prophecy of – guess what? – good fighting evil (surprise!!) First in a series (another surprise!)