“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.”

So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier, who is enduring a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door.

Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

Reviews

"Above average in this burgeoning subgenre; it’s the healing powers of friendship, love and family that make this funny-yet-philosophical tale of brutal teen illness stand out."
Kirkus

* "Zac & Mia holds its own as a smart, well-crafted story about the importance of friendship and feeling understood."
School Library Journal, starred review

"Betts portrays cancer as hard, scary, and isolating, but beatable—or at least bearable—if one isn't facing it along, and her depiction of a boy trying to hold onto a normal life and a girl realizing she can't keep hers from changing has power."
Publishers Weekly


Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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A Devil Is a Bad Influence

Hellhole

Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil—and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement.

If Max doesn't meet the devil's demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke.

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There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder.

Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.

With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out.

An Unforgettable Year of Change

Death Coming Up the Hill

It’s 1968, and war is not foreign to seventeen-year-old Ashe.

When his high school history teacher dares to teach the political realities of the war, and a new crisis hits his parents’ marriage, Ashe finds himself trapped, with no options before him but to enter the fray.

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Death Coming Up the Hill

Death Coming Up the Hill

by Chris Crowe Add to Goodreads

It’s 1968, and war is not foreign to seventeen-year-old Ashe.

His dogmatic, racist father married his passionate peace-activist mother when she became pregnant with him, and ever since, the couple, like the situation in Vietnam, has been engaged in a “senseless war that could have been prevented.”

Ashe loves both his parents and longs for their battles to be resolved. Through a teacher who dares to teach the political realities of the war and a beautiful new student whose brother is missing in action, Ashe grows to better understand the situation in Vietnam, his family, and the wider world around him. But when a new crisis hits his parents' marriage and his father deserts the family in anger, Ashe finds himself trapped with no options before him but to head to war.

Senior Year Will Be a Killer

Buzz Kill

In this fresh and funny teen mystery, seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Albright, to try to find out who murdered Coach Killdare.

"Buzz Kill is a smart chick-lit mystery with plenty of twists and turns." –VOYA

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Buzz Kill

Buzz Kill

by Beth Fantaskey Add to Goodreads

In this fresh and funny teen mystery, seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Albright, to try to find out who murdered Coach Killdare.

Putting the dead in deadline


To Bee or not to Bee? When the widely disliked Honeywell Stingers football coach is found murdered, 17-year-old Millie is determined to investigate. She is chasing a lead for the school newspaper – and looking to clear her father, the assistant coach, and prime suspect.

Millie's partner is gorgeous, smart—and keeping secrets

Millie joins forces with her mysterious classmate Chase who seems to want to help her even while covering up secrets of his own.

She’s starting to get a reputation . . . without any of the benefits.

Drama—and bodies—pile up around Millie and she chases clues, snuggles Baxter the so-ugly-he’s-adorable bassett hound, and storms out of the world’s most awkward school dance/memorial mash-up. At least she gets to eat a lot of pie.

Best-selling author Beth Fantaskey’s funny, fast-paced blend of Clueless and Nancy Drew is a suspenseful page-turner that is the best time a reader can have with buried weapons, chicken clocks, and a boy who only watches gloomy movies…but somehow makes Millie smile. Bee-lieve it.

Pair with Fantaskey’s best-selling Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

Reviews

"Buzz Kill is a smart chick-lit mystery with plenty of twists and turns."
VOYA

"The fun comes from Millie's spunky sleuthing and Fantaskey's witty, cliffhanger chapter endings, which leave readers begging to turn the page. If only Nancy Drew had this much excitement solving her cases."
Kirkus

"For readers who want a solid mystery with a dollop of romance."
School Library Journal

* "A quirky cast and Millie's quasi-bumbling antics make Fantaskey's murder mystery a breezy and thoroughly entertaining read. It's easy to get swept up in the buildup to the exciting final confrontation."
Publishers Weekly, starred review


A Sparkling Romance

Love by the Morning Star

Downton Abbey meets the classic British comedy of errors in this warm and witty YA romance. In this sparkling, saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War II—until it goes so very, very right!

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Love by the Morning Star

Love by the Morning Star

by Laura Sullivan Add to Goodreads

Upstairs, downstairs, and in which lady’s chamber?

On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the Nazis. But there’s a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative.

And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate . . . or do they?

In this sparkling, saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War II—until it goes so very, very right

Reviews

"Intrigue, romance, and humor combine to produce a thoroughly delightful read."
—VOYA

"Hannah is a breath of fresh air both for her hosts and for readers, who will enjoy rooting for her."
—Booklist

"Sullivan's wry and evocative omniscient voice makes Hannah and Anna's escapades a pleasure to read."
—Publisher's Weekly

"Sullivan delights in leading readers through a jaunty muddle of romantic misfortunes."
—Kirkus

A Tale of Enchantment

A Creature of Moonlight

A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself. Fans of Seraphina and Graceling will be captured by its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its heroine must make.

“This is a rare and special book, a magical book." —Kristin Cashore

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A Creature of Moonlight

A Creature of Moonlight

by Rebecca Hahn Add to Goodreads

A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself.

As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile—but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.

Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by A Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make.

Reviews

"Hahn writes with such beauty and persuasion that she could make me believe in anything. She writes the sort of prose you give yourself to willingly. This is a rare and special book, a magical book; I’ve been searching for it and didn’t even know it."
—Kristin Cashore, New York Times best-selling author of Graceling and Bitterblue

"Rebecca Hahn captures that elusive sense of an experience just out of reach—a memory, a dream, a voice in the woods, a road not taken. I love the book and hope she dreams up many more."
—Franny Billingsley, National Book Award finalist for Chime

* "In Hahn's polished, confident debut, the daughter of a runaway princess and a dragon comes of age...this profound and original story feels like a long-lost classic fairy tale."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This debut novel is abundant with both magical images and realistic family conflict, melding them into a compelling story."
VOYA

I Know Your Secret

Cold Calls

In the vein of the teen suspense classics I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Face on the Milk Carton, Cold Calls is a chilling thriller, an unsettling mystery, and a provocative exploration of bullying, culpability, and the cost of keeping secrets.

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Cold Calls

Cold Calls

by Charles Benoit Add to Goodreads

In the vein of the teen suspense classics I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Face on the Milk Carton, Cold Calls is a chilling thriller, an unsettling mystery, and a provocative exploration of bullying, culpability, and the cost of keeping secrets.

Three high school students—Eric, Shelly, and Fatima—have one thing in common: "I know your secret."

Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them—before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed . . .

This suspenseful, pitch-perfect mystery-thriller raises timely questions about privacy, bullying, and culpability.




A Daredevil Learns to Live

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

Video gamer and daredevil dirt bike rider Arlo Santiago is recruited by the U.S. military at White Sands to pilot drone missions in Pakistan. When the game becomes all too real, how will Arlo reconcile his duty with the violent death that haunts his family?

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Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

by Conrad Wesselhoeft Add to Goodreads

Video gamer and daredevil dirt bike rider Arlo Santiago is recruited by the U.S. military at White Sands to pilot drone missions in Pakistan. When the game becomes all too real, how will Arlo reconcile his duty with the violent death that haunts his family?

Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family. Adios, Nirvana author Conrad Wesselhoeft, takes readers from the skies over war-torn Pakistan to the dusty arroyos of New Mexico's outback in this young adult novel about daring to live in the wake of unbearable loss.

Reviews

* "Readers will worry, laugh and ultimately soar along with Arlo as he finds his way. Nuanced supporting characters and a vivid New Mexico landscape ground Arlo’s dilemma, creating a superbly well-balanced narrative."
Kirkus, starred review

Survive an Epidemic

A Death-Struck Year

A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

“A compelling work of historical fiction alongside a more timeless journey of self-discovery."—Bulletin

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A Death-Struck Year

A Death-Struck Year

by Makiia Lucier Add to Goodreads

A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country—that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode—and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?

Reviews

"Readers will be swept up in the story as Cleo builds friendships and manages to find hope amid disease and death."
—Kirkus

"Highly sympathetic characters, a solid sense of place, and the transformation of a city under siege by an invisible assailant result in a powerful and disturbing reading experience."
—Publishers Weekly

"Lucier has done her research, creating a compelling work of historical fiction alongside a more timeless journey of self-discovery."
—Bulletin

* "The novel's strong voice intimately places readers directly into the dramatic plot right up to climactic ending....Lucier's novel deserves a place in all high school collections."
—School Library Journal, starred review

"Lucier's debut details Cleo's loss of innocence, as she deals with gruesome deaths and emergency surgeries...supplying readers with a broad understanding of the era and the epidemic via a spirited and easy-to-relate-to protagonist."
—Booklist

An American Gothic

Mistwalker

Sixteen-year-old Willa's coastal Maine fishing village is haunted by the spectre of the Grey Man in the lighthouse. When her family falls apart, can she turn to the Grey Man for help?

"Creepy, romantic and oozing with atmosphere."
—Carrie Jones, author of Need

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Mistwalker

Mistwalker

by Saundra Mitchell Add to Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Willa's coastal Maine fishing village is haunted by the spectre of the Grey Man in the lighthouse. When her family falls apart, can she turn to the Grey Man for help?

When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visit the Grey Man. Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls. Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?

Reviews

"Magical realism meets New England taciturnity in this story about redemption set on the coast of Maine. . . . An engrossing story."
Booklist

"Creepy, romantic and oozing with atmosphere, Mitchell deftly brings readers along on a nail-biting adventure."
—Carrie Jones, author of Need

What You Can’t See Might be Murder

Blind Spot

In this debut teen thriller, Tricia Farni was last seen alive the night she fought with Roswell Hart—a night Roz can’t remember. Can Roz piece together the events of that night, despite the eye disease that robs her of most of her vision, in order to clear her name and find a murderer?

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Blind Spot

Blind Spot

by Laura Ellen Add to Goodreads

There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.

Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer. This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else.

Reviews

"An utterly believable mystery, gritty with high school drama and shot through with suspense. . . . A captivating read, right to the last page."—Carol Plum-Ucci, author of The Body of Christopher Creed

"Action-packed. . . . Through the teen's gripping first-person viewpoint, the mystery and romance universalize the struggle to discover and confront the truth."—Booklist

"Elements of the problem novel commingled with a potential murder mystery will be a draw for fans of ripped-from-the-headlines drama."—Bulletin

"An engaging page turner with a very likable protagonist."—Kirkus

Hear Cameron’s Voices

Cameron and the Girls

A contemporary YA drama about a young man suffering from Schizophreniform disorder, who falls into a love triangle with a girl in his class...and a girl in his head.

"Thoughtful and eye-opening."
—Booklist

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Cameron and the Girls

Cameron and the Girls

by Edward Averett Add to Goodreads

A contemporary YA drama about a young man suffering from Schizophreniform disorder, who falls into a love triangle with a girl in his class...and a girl in his head.

"Mad crashes into happy and sad bounces off of guilty until they all live in a big smoky heap in my mind." Fourteen-year-old Cameron Galloway of Lexington, Washington, understands that he has schizophreniform disorder and needs to take pills to quiet the voices in his head. But he likes the voices, especially the gentle, encouraging voice of The Girl. Conflicted, he turns to his friend Nina Savage, who is clinically depressed and can relate to his horror of the numbing effects of medication. They make a pact to ditch the pills. At first they feel triumphant, but soon Cameron’s untreated mind goes haywire—to disastrous effect.

Reviews

"Without passing judgment, Averett addresses the issue of free choice versus protective care. . . Readers will have no trouble recognizing the impact of Cameron's hallucinations and his burning need for independence."
Publishers Weekly

"Cameron's first-person narration allows access to an absorbing glimpse of schizophrenic behavior. . . . Thoughtful and eye-opening."
Booklist

"This is a well-written, taut, and empathetic novel that provides readers with an unnerving vicarious experience."
School Library Journal

"This novel is a nuanced treatment of a difficult topic, sustained by narrative drive."
Horn Book

Illusionists battle Nazis

Delusion

Two beautiful teenage sisters, Phil and Fee Albion, descendants of a long line of stage illusionists, are sent from London to the countryside during World War II, only to discover a hidden college of real magicians who just might help them save England from the Nazis.

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Delusion

Delusion

by Laura Sullivan Add to Goodreads

Two beautiful teenage sisters, Phil and Fee Albion, descendants of a long line of stage illusionists, are sent from London to the countryside during World War II, only to discover a hidden college of real magicians who just might help them save England from the Nazis. Filled with adventure, danger, romance, and magic, this is a YA fantasy readers will swoon over.

Opening-night jitters are nothing new for seventeen-year-old Phil and her sister Fee, who come from a centuries-old line of stage illusionists. The girls love to dazzle London audiences, but in the aftermath of the Blitz they’re shipped off to the countryside, away from the bombs and Nazis. Phil, however, wants to fight for her country, and when she stumbles upon a hidden college of real magicians led by the devastatingly handsome Arden, all she wants to do is persuade them to help England win the war. She’ll risk anything to give her country a fighting chance, even if it means losing her heart . . . or her life.

Step inside the Wonder Show

Wonder Show

A striking historical fiction YA debut about a wayward girl amid the freaks and sideshows of a late-1930s traveling circus.

Nominated for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award

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Wonder Show

Wonder Show

by Hannah R. Barnaby Add to Goodreads

A striking historical fiction YA debut about a wayward girl amid the freaks and sideshows of a late-1930s traveling circus.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco’s Traveling Wonder Show, a menagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze! But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco’s display is Portia Remini, a normal among the freaks, on the run from McGreavy’s Home for Wayward Girls, where Mister watches and waits. He said he would always find Portia, that she could never leave. Free at last, Portia begins a new life on the bally, seeking answers about her father’s disappearance. Will she find him before Mister finds her? It’s a story for the ages, and like everyone who enters the Wonder Show, Portia will never be the same.

Reviews

Nominated for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award

A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012

"Broken but resilient, Portia is a sympathetic heroine whose simple, unadorned need for love and acceptance will be immediately recognizable to any young reader."
Bulletin

"This will appeal to readers looking for something a bit different than most YA fare."
Booklist

Seven Days Until Departure

The Wrap-Up List

When 16-year old Gabriela's death is foretold by a letter, she must complete her "wrap-up list" before she's forced to say goodbye forever in this smart, funny, compelling, and mysterious young adult novel.

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The Wrap-Up List

The Wrap-Up List

by Steven Arntson Add to Goodreads

In this modern-day suburban town, one percent of all fatalities come about in the most peculiar way. Deaths—eight-foot-tall, silver-gray creatures—send a letter (“Dear So-and-So, your days are numbered”) to whomever is chosen for a departure, telling them to wrap up their lives and do the things they always wanted to do before they have to “depart.” When sixteen-year-old Gabriela receives her notice, she is, of course devastated. Will she kiss her crush Sylvester before it’s too late? Friendship, first love, and fantasy artfully mesh in this magically realistic world that ultimately celebrates life.

Reviews

* "Quirky, charming and life-affirming, supernatural style."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"With a strong mystery at its core and fantasy elements, this has potential to appeal to a wide range of readers."
—Booklist

"Fans of Lois Lowry's Giver quartet will most likely appreciate this imaginative tale."
—SLJ

"The fantastical nature of Departures allows the book to stay lighthearted, even as Gabriela explores some of her deepest fears and existential questions. . . .The Wrap-Up List is likely to appeal to fans of the end-of-life issues genre."
—VOYA


Poetry, Music, & Friendship

Adios, Nirvana

"Wesselhoeft offers a psychologically complex debut that will intrigue heavy-metal aficionados and drama junkies alike. Peopled with the elderly and infirm, crazy parents, caring educators, and poignant teens trying desperately to overcome death's pull, it mixes real and fictional musicians and historical events." —Booklist

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Adios, Nirvana

Adios, Nirvana

by Conrad Wesselhoeft Add to Goodreads

When you piss off a bridge into a snowstorm, it feels like you’re connecting with eternal things. Paying homage to something or someone. But who? The Druids? Walt Whitman? No, I pay homage to one person only, my brother, my twin.

In life. In death.

Telemachus.


Since the death of his brother, Jonathan’s been losing his grip on reality. Last year’s Best Young Poet and gifted guitarist is now Taft High School’s resident tortured artist, when he bothers to show up. He's on track to repeat eleventh grade, but his English teacher, his principal, and his crew of Thicks (who refuse to be seniors without him) won’t sit back and let him fail.

Reviews

A 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

"Wesselhoeft offers a psychologically complex debut that will intrigue heavy-metal aficionados and drama junkies alike. Peopled with the elderly and infirm, crazy parents, caring educators, and poignant teens trying desperately to overcome death's pull, it mixes real and fictional musicians and historical events to create a moving picture of struggling adolescents and the adults who reach out with helping hands. Adios, Nirvana targets an audience of YAs who rarely see themselves in print."
Booklist

"At heart, Adios, Nirvana is everything I'd hoped The Catcher in the Rye would be...Adios, Nirvana is fresh, it's impossible not to feel sympathy for Jonathan and I find myself really wanting to keep reading to see if he can successfully battle his demons. Laced with details into things teens are exposed to on a regular basis—drinking, suicidal thoughts, depression and music, most of all the music—I really loved every minute of Jonathan's coming-of-age tale."
Roundtable Reviews

"Homage to poetry, music, friendship, and youth, this brash, hip story should attract its share of skater dudes and guitar jammers."
School Library Journal

"Jonathan's narration is all about style, moving between clipped, one-line sentences and heavily imagistic rhapsodies influenced by his heroes Charles Bukowski and Walt Whitman, soaring often into descriptions of his music and the atmospheric West Seattle milieu that colors his sensibilities and returning frequently to Homeric allusion."
The Bulletin

"A wonderful blend of contemporary, historical, and literary fiction. [Wesselhoeft's] use of figurative language makes each page dance with images of raw realism....This is a poignant piece for older teens."
VOYA

Love and Deception

Blood Wounds

After Willa's estranged father goes on a killing spree in Texas, she and her mother are horrified to learn he's headed their way. Under police protection, Willa begins to tease out secrets from the past before going to Texas herself to learn more about the family she never knew—all while keeping her own dangerous secret.

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Blood Wounds

Blood Wounds

by Susan B. Pfeffer Add to Goodreads

After Willa's estranged father goes on a killing spree in Texas, she and her mother are horrified to learn he's headed their way. Under police protection, Willa begins to tease out secrets from the past before going to Texas herself to learn more about the family she never knew—all while keeping her own dangerous secret. A tale of love and deception from the New York Times bestselling author of Life As We Knew It.

Sixteen-year-old Willa is fortunate to have a happy blended family. But a frantic phone call from Pryor, Texas, shatters the calm. Willa’s birth father has murdered his second wife and daughters . . . and the police think he’s on his way east to hunt down Willa and her mother. As this disturbing tragedy inevitably exposes family secrets to Willa and her community, she struggles with her own destructive secret.

Reviews

"This intense psychological drama, showing the brightest and darkest sides of humanity, offers remarkable acts of courage and disturbing images of domestic violence. Willa's frankly portrayed grief, confusion, and uncertainties will have a strong impact on readers."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The sheer drama of the plot will draw readers, and they’ll stay for an insightful exploration of the way families go both right and wrong."
—Bulletin

The Clash of Two Worlds

The Wicked and the Just

This powerful historical fiction debut, set in medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress.

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The Wicked and the Just

The Wicked and the Just

by J. Anderson Coats Add to Goodreads

Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied medieval Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house. Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl. While Cecily struggles to find her place among the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

Reviews

A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2012

"I am gobsmacked by this astonishing story. This is a remarkable achievement, full of truth and compassion."—Karen Cushman, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Midwife's Apprentice

* "Brilliant: a vision of history before the victors wrote it."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "[An] unusually honest portrait of the effects of power...[Coats] offers us a potent historical novel."—Horn Book, starred review

* "This debut novel reverberates with detail, drama, and compassion."—SLJ, starred review

"Coats's debut shifts gracefully between the two girls' perspectives, finding empathy for both."—Publishers Weekly

"A rich historical novel that challenges readers to think about universal ideas, such as true justice."—VOYA

"[An] intriguing first novel...Coats' considerable research provides details of everyday life that ground this dark and sometimes brutal historical novel."—Booklist

Ride with Sid

Catch Rider

In this powerful story of horse people, Sid pursues her dream of becoming a catch rider—a show rider who can ride anything—despite her poor background and the ferocious competition from more privileged girls. An authentic behind-the-scenes portrayal of a show barn and the elite, demanding world of equitation.

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Catch Rider

Catch Rider

by Jennifer H. Lyne Add to Goodreads

In this powerful story of horse people, Sid pursues her dream of becoming a catch rider—a show rider who can ride anything—despite her poor background and the ferocious competition from more privileged girls. An authentic behind-the-scenes portrayal of a show barn and the elite, demanding world of equitation.

Tough-as-nails fourteen-year-old Sid may not have expensive boots like the privileged teen riders in Virginia, but she knows her way around horses. Working with her uncle since childhood, she's learned to evaluate horses, break and train them, care for them . . . and ride like a professional. Amid turmoil at home, she dreams of becoming a catch rider—a show rider who can ride anything with hooves. In this salty, suspenseful teen novel, an opportunity to ride a top-notch horse in an equitation show takes the small-town girl all the way to Madison Square Garden.

Reviews

"A standout. . . . Everything comes together here—setting, dialogue, horse details and, most impressively, voice."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

Singular Reads Sampler

Download the Free Sampler

The free Singular Reads Sampler includes chapter excerpts of the following standalone young adult novels: Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell; Game Slaves by Gard Skinner; A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier; Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft; Cold Calls by Charles Benoit; Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey; A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn; Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan; Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts; Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe; and Hellhole by Gina Damico.