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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And these Graphic Classics:
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
The Picture of Dorian Gray and More by Oscar Wilde
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky