Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell
Survival seemed easy in Africa when all Wilhelmina Silver had to worry about were wild animals. Now, at a boarding school in England, Wil discovers that the easy friendships she had with a horse and a monkey translate poorly to her new environment and she will have to learn a whole new set of skills.
Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
Like Hopkins many other books, this free verse treatment of Matt’s struggles after his brother commits suicide due to bullying tackles many deep and difficult subjects, among them censorship, the role religion plays in people’s lives and the psychological tolls of war.
The Voice Inside My Head by S.J. Laidlaw
Luke and his sister Pat have always been close, so much so that Luke often feels like he can hear Pat in his head. The sensation becomes significantly more literal when Pat disappears off a Honduran island and Luke takes it upon himself to discover the real story – and the real sister – he believes in.
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
This unusual book describes itself as a biography of a famous artist whose secrets are just now being revealed. Not only is it set up as a series of interviews of those who knew the now-dead girl but it also contains artwork ‘produced’ by the artist, Addison Stone, and her peers, thereby offering a kind of mysterious multi-media experience.
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
Even though her traditional Indian family expects her to become an engineer, Veda just wants to dance. When an accident threatens to destroy her dream, Veda must dig deep within herself for the strength and resilience she needs to discover who she really is.
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Nym is a slave girl who shouldn’t even exist, her storm summoning powers a magnet for destruction and the reason she is now being sold to the fifteenth buyer of her seventeen years. But this buyer is different and she is given a choice: use her powers for evil or die. The pace of this debut series will not let Nym, her decision, or the reader, rest.
The World Outside by Eva Wiseman
Chanie’s dreams of singing opera would alienate her from her Hasidic family where she is expected to graduate from a religious high school, get married and raise a family. Things get even stickier, though, when riots break out in Chanie’s Crown Heights Brooklyn neighborhood and she meets a boy who practices a completely different kind of Judaism.
White Space by Ilsa J. Bick
This series beginner introduces readers to a shifting, horrifying world in which the characters themselves fear they are not real i.e. the white spaces between words in a story they are terrified will reveal itself. Protagonist Emma may be the author of the story (one identical to another written decades before) or she may be just a victim of it. Only hardcore lovers of horror and plot twists are likely to find out which.
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Beautifully illustrated as well as a witty, sarcastic take on what narrator Percy Jackson calls the Golden Age for “horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing and cannibalism,” this encyclopedia of Greek Gods will entertain even those who know nothing about ancient Greek religion or have failed to follow the Percy Jackson series (if there is such a person alive.)
Conversion by Katherine Howe
Girls are unwell at the St. Joan’s Academy: convulsions, seizures, coughing, hair loss. Is it a contagious disease or just a symptom of intense competition and pressure? The media wants to know and so does Colleen Rowley who begins to see parallels with events in Salem, MA from three hundred years earlier.
Don’t Look Now by Michelle Gagnon
Nora and Zeke have escaped from the experimentation facility run by Project Persephone (at the end of the first book) and are now on the run in hopes of doing more than just freeing a few runaways here and there from the grips of the program. Peter is following their progress and assisting them in cyberspace but he has learned something that may mean failure and capture for all of them.
The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Three teens – Alexis, Nick, and Ruby – find themselves teamed up on a search and rescue mission, only to discover a completely different target, a dead body belonging to a young girl. The three seek the perpetrator of the crime in this first of a series of teen mystery crime novels.
Blind by Rachel DeWoskin
Emma is blind following a tragic accident and, a year later, is still learning to navigate the world of school and family. When a classmate dies from an apparent suicide, Emma is driven to pursue answers about the death that may also help lead her out of her own darkness.
Time Out of Time by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
Timothy is pretty sure he is a less-than-ordinary kid. That is until one night when he leaves the door open to admit fantastical and mythical creatures that will put him, his sister, and the school bully at the center of an epic fight of Light against Dark.