New Young Adult Books You Won’t Want to Miss

Redeemed:  A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

This is the final installment of the series in which the vampyres and mortal police are pitted against the ever-more-powerful forces of darkness for nothing less than control of the world.

Redeemed

Snitch by Olivia Samms

In this second book of a series, we find Bea recovering from addiction and straining at the bit to move on with her life even as she fears what the future might hold. In the meantime, she helps her friend Dan, a police officer, using her special powers to ‘read’ and then ‘draw’ the inner thoughts of others, to solve a heinous crime.

Snitch by Olivia Samms

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

The title says it all as Shane manages his life, loves, joys and frustrations in the face of spinal muscular atrophy.

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

The powerful combination of Doctorow’s storytelling and Wang’s illustrations pull us directly into the worlds of Anda whose gaming addiction brings her face to face with the realities of poverty and inequality in the real world.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox

This graphic novel treatment of the canine heroes of history tells the real-life stories of dogs serving as rescuers, messengers, scouts, search-and-rescue, sentries, mascots and, maybe most of all, true friends to boys and men as they navigate the horrors of war.

Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Written in verse, this novel explores the struggles of Pattyn to make sense of her father’s rages, her strict Mormon religion and her blossoming interest in a boy who seems to care for her, and for whom she takes a risk with tragic consequences.

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

Following up on the characters introduced in Burned,  Smoke finds Pattyn is on the run, having left Jackie behind to fend for herself with their uninvolved mother, their intensely controlling religious community and memories of the abuse at their father’s hand,  among other things.  Running away may provide a certain type of escape but Pattyn soon learns that, out of ashes, a new life can be rekindled.

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

Sick by Tom Leveen

Brian and Chad are hiding with other students from the theatre department,  safe for now from the sickness and from the others who have been turned bloodthirsty by it. But Brian’s sister and ex-girlfriend are not so safe and the boys are determined to rescue them.

Sick by Tom Leveen

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

Lexi’s younger sister Mackenzie is a pageant beauty queen and Lexi is sick and tired of being ignored and average. Her decision to do something about it sends a shockwave through her family and friends and changes everything Lexi thought about what is important.

Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Program by Suzanne Young

Sloane can’t cry. If she does, someone might think she is depressed and send her to The Program, the government’s solution to rampant suicide among teens. But sadness isn’t the only thing The Program takes away and, if Sloane wants to keep her memories, and understand why she is unduly drawn to James, she’s got to stop The Program from working.

The Program by Suzanne Young

Panic by Sharon M. Draper

The story hinges on the kidnapping of Diamond but is told from multiple perspectives, all of which are offered by Diamond’s peers at the Crystal Point Dance Academy who are struggling with various types of entrapment themselves.

Panic by Sharon M. Draper

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Quincy and Biddy, having graduated from their school’s special ed program, are now roommates trying to make the transition into the ‘real’ world. Different in every way and seemingly a poor fit, the girls find that strength and understanding sometimes come from unexpected places.

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

And these Graphic Classics:

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

The Picture of Dorian Gray and More by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray and More by Oscar Wilde

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

King Lear by William Shakespeare

King Lear by William Shakespeare

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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