Ever the Hunted

Ever the Hunted

by Erin Summerill Add to Goodreads

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—that is, until her father is murdered. The alleged killer is none other than Cohen Mackay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart.

She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with.

Reviews

“Summerill builds a rich… fantasy world filled with both mystical powers and realistic political conflicts... Romance lovers will be happy with the simmer relationship between Britta and Cohen.
BOOKLIST

"A solid choice for fantasy readers who prefer a large helping of adventure with their romance."
KIRKUS

"Richly described world populated by engaging characters."
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

Those who enjoy fantasy adventure will love this novel and immediately want to continue with the next.”
—SCHOOL LIBRARY CONNECTION

"With a resourceful and cunning heroine, a compelling and nuanced romance, and a truly fascinating system of magic, Ever the Hunted ensnared me from the very first pages. Absolutely marvelous."
Sarah J. Maas, New York Times Bestselling author of the Throne of Glass books

"Britta's fierce tale of love lost and family found, combined with the lush setting and intriguing world-building, make for an unforgettable read."
—Ally Condie, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Matched Trilogy

"A fascinating world, intriguing characters, and an adventure with plenty of thrilling twists and turns will keep readers turning pages long into the night."
C.J. Redwine, New York Time's best selling author of The Shadow Queen

"Erin Summerill showcases stellar worldbuilding in her debut novel Ever the Hunted. She uses artful prose to tell a captivating story that is emotionally engaging and hard to put down. I can't wait to read the sequel!"
—Charlie N. Holmberg, author of The Paper Magician series

Birds of a feather don't always flock together.

Flip the Bird

In this fresh and funny YA novel, a teenage falconer in training runs up against trouble when he finds himself falling for a girl who is part of a radical animal rights group.

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Flip the Bird

by Kym Brunner Add to Goodreads

Mercer Buddie wants two things in this world: a girlfriend and the chance to prove to his master falconer father that he’s not a flake. With hunting season fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Mercer has only a short time to work with Flip, a red-tailed hawk he irreverently named to show his dad that falconers don’t have to be so serious all the time.

When Mercer meets Lucy, he falls hard for her gorgeous looks and bubbly personality. He thinks his love life is about to take flight, until he discovers that Lucy and her family belong to a fanatical animal-rights organization called HALT—a group that believes imposing any sort of restrictions on animals is a form of cruelty. Mercer soon realizes that if he wants to keep seeing Lucy, he’ll need to keep his love of falconry and his family’s raptor rehabilitation center a secret from her, and Lucy’s involvement with HALT from his family.

With humor and honesty, Mercer’s story shows how growing up means making difficult choices…and sometimes, being rewarded in unexpected ways.

Reviews

"Brunner writes an impassioned story with real-life moral dilemmas. Abundant details of falconry, the result of the author's own falconry apprentice lessons... root the story solidly in a fascinating world new to most readers. An engaging story of a young teen finding what's most important in his life."
Kirkus

"Lovers of Sterling North’s Rascal, Farley Mowat’s Never Cry Wolf, and Calame’s Dan Versus Nature will flock to this tale about a teen and his hawk. . . Get multiple copies for nature-loving reluctant readers."
SLJ

“An exciting adventure into the art of falconry and the heart of a young man.”
—David Lubar, author of Hidden Talents and Character, Driven

Sometimes the detours are the best part of the journey.

Speed of Life

Impoverished eighteen-year-old Crystal and her twin make a pact to raise their baby together and create a better life for them all. But when an opportunity arises to go to college to learn to restore classic cars, Crystal is left with a difficult choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor her promise.

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Speed of Life

by J.M. Kelly Add to Goodreads

Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal: to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives. When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together. It’s not easy, but between their after-school jobs, they’re scraping by.

Crystal’s grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is. When she secretly applies—and gets in—new opportunities threaten their once-certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sister.

J.M. Kelly loves the rain, which is good because she was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and now lives in British Columbia, Canada. She spent her childhood with her nose in a book, often in the backseat of whatever old car her dad had at the time. She's worked as an actress, a Minor League Baseball souvenir hawker, Snow White at birthday parties, and various other not-so-odd jobs. Now she mostly writes novels, but she still dabbles in sketch comedy, nonfiction articles, and teaching writing to both kids and adults. She recently wrote and starred in her first full-length play, along with her husband and his guitar.

Reviews

"...the book remains a believable portrait of blue-collar teens struggling to make it work against tough odds."

Publishers Weekly

"The subject and the teen’s efforts to succeed make this a good purchase for libraries, especially those looking for realistic fiction that addresses class disparity."

School Library Journal

"Crystal's struggles with independence and identity are realistic and palpable. Feminist readers in particular will appreciate this strong young woman who doesn't conform to gender norms."

Kirkus

“I loved this book. I wanted to invite Crystal and Amber over to my house where I could make them a nice dinner and then help them figure out their lives while we enjoyed pie. Speed of Life grabs ahold of your heart on page one and doesn’t let go even after you’ve turned the final page.”

—Eileen Cook, author of With Malice

‘A Cinderella Story’ in verse.

Girls Like Me

Girls Like Me is a fresh poetic take on teen angst, high school romance, and cyber-bullying. A novel-in-verse that is campy like Glee, subversive, and downright funny.

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Girls Like Me

Girls Like Me

by Lola StVil Add to Goodreads

Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl bully in school. When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn't want to tell him who she is. But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake’s love prevails.

Girls Like Me is a fun and fresh poetic take on teen angst, social media and online anonymity, and high school romance.

Lola StVil was seven when she first came to the US from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. She is the author of the best-selling Guardians series and the Noru series.

Reviews

"[Shay's] clever, matter-of-fact voice soars, and readers will find it impossible not to root for her as she learns to accept herself and believe that other people can do the same."

Booklist

"This funny, heart-wrenching novel celebrates those who don’t fit into society’s mold and the people who love them as they are. Even if the popular crowd at Shay’s school doesn’t appreciate her wit, compassion, and courage, readers will."

Publishers Weekly

"Dynamic story of grief, loyalty, and, finally, some cheerworthy victories."

Kirkus

First loss, first job, first love

Lost Stars

A teenage girl grapples with her sister’s death and her own place in the universe over the course of one fateful summer in upstate New York. With an epic '80s soundtrack blasting in the background, Lost Stars is a novel that encapsulates teenage-life and all its awkward longing, heady passion, and introspective questioning.

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Lost Stars

by Lisa Selin Davis Add to Goodreads

Before her older sister, Ginny, died, Carrie was a science nerd, obsessively tracking her beloved Vira comet. But now that Ginny is gone, sixteen-year-old Carrie finds herself within the orbit of Ginny’s friends, a close-knit group of seniors who skip school, obsess over bands (not science), and party hard.

Fed up with Carrie’s behavior, her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. Carrie actually likes the days spent in nature. And when she meets Dean, a guy who likes the real Carrie—astrophysics obsessions and all—she starts to get to the heart of who she is and who she wants to be.

Lisa Selin Davis is the author of the novel BELLY. Lisa is originally from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she spent summers playing and listening to music with her (older) friends and riding her bike. She has written articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two kids, and a very old cat.

Reviews

"Like the slow rising of the sun after a long, stormy night, Carrie comes out of the darkness and embraces life in this moving real-life problem novel. . . . Fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower will dig this book."

School Library Journal

“Lost Stars is a novel for anyone who’s ever grappled with their own place in the universe.“

PopSugar.com

“Davis makes the 1980s shine...”

Kirkus


“Carrie may indeed be "lost,” but every reader will find themselves in her as she stumbles through this sharp, aching, and finely-observed coming of age story. Just like a real star, this book is a luminous creation held together by its own gravity.

—Una LaMarche, author of Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer

“The story of Caraway, a lost girl, unforgettable and unapologetic, who grapples with grief and guilt and anger to find love—and herself. Set to the wistful backdrop of the stars and the blasting beat of the '80s, this novel is a triumph.”

–Kate Hattemer, author of The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

Lost Stars the rare novel that successfully captures the complexities of family, friendship, and love in equal measure. Davis's novel is a beautifully written reminder that what has the power to wound us terribly can also heal us.”

—Cristina Moracho, author of Althea & Oliver

How do you learn courage?

Gutless

From the author of Gym Candy comes a novel of football and bullying, finding friends and finding courage.
 
With both good speed and good hands, wide receiver Brock Ripley should be a natural for the varsity team, but he shies away from physical contact. When he gets cut from varsity, he also loses his friendship with star quarterback Hunter Gates. Now a target for bullying, Brock struggles to overcome his fears and discover that, in his own way, he is brave enough. 

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Gutless

Gutless

by Carl Deuker Add to Goodreads

With good speed and good hands, wide receiver Brock Ripley should be a natural for the varsity team, but he shies away from physical contact. He also avoids provoking the star quarterback, Hunter Gates, well known for his bullying tactics. Hunter struggles on the field, causing him to act even more like the bully he is, lashing out at not only Brock but also Brock’s friend, the quiet and smart Richie Fang. Brock wants to stand up for Fang, but he is younger, smaller, and doesn’t want to cause problems. But when the bullying goes too far, will Brock be able to face his fears and prove to himself that he is brave enough?

Reviews

"Fans who count on Deuker to put a provocative spin on an already satisfying story won’t be disappointed." —Bulletin

"A well-written offering that deals with coming-of-age, bullying, and exciting sports action; a touchdown for sports collections and reluctant readers." —School Library Journal

"The sports may hook readers, but the bullying will land them." —Kirkus

Based on the true story of a hijacking.

Girl on a Plane

This is a fictionalized story inspired by the amazing real life experiences of Miriam Moss, a fifteen year old English school girl who was held hostage on a plane hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1970. Thrilling, gripping, true to life, and a heart-in-mouth adventure, you won't be able to put this survival story down. 

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Girl on a Plane

Girl on a Plane

by Miram Moss Add to Goodreads

Bahrain, 1970. 
 
After a summer spent with her family, fifteen-year-old Anna is flying back to boarding school in England when her plane is hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and taken to the Jordanian desert.

Demands are issued. If they are not met, the terrorists will blow up the plane, killing all hostages. The heat becomes unbearable; food and water supplies dwindle.   All alone, Anna begins to face the possibility that she may never see her family again.  

Inspired by true events in the author’s life, this is a story about ordinary people facing agonizing horror with courage and resilience. Includes Q&A with the author.

Reviews

"...wide-eyed and suspenseful reading." —Bulletin

"The accounts of terrorism during the 1970s are just as real as they are today, and teens will love this real-life account.  This title is highly recommended for both middle and high school collections." —VOYA

"This is an intense, realistic, and absolutely gripping story ..." —School Library Journal

"A unique glimpse into a pivotal point in world history." —Booklist

So funny, you'll read on repeat.

The Bad Decisions Playbook

Austin, 16, a self-described screwup, finds out that his father isn’t dead. He’s alive, and moreover he’s Shane Tyler, a famous singer/guitarist/song writer—Austin’s dream for himself. But Shane is battling his own demons, and Austin must figure out how to grow up on his own terms.

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The Bad Decisions Playbook

by Michael Rubens Add to Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Austin is always messing up and then joking his way out of tough spots. The sudden appearance of his allegedly dead father, who happens to be the very-much-alive rock star Shane Tyler, stops him cold. Austin—a talented musician himself—is sucked into his newfound father’s alluring music-biz orbit, pulling his true love, Josephine, along with him. None of Austin’s previous bad decisions, resulting in broken instruments, broken hearts, and broken dreams, can top this one. Witty, audacious, and taking adolescence to the max, Austin is dragged kicking and screaming toward adulthood in this hilarious, heart-wrenching YA novel.

Reviews

"Funny and painful, it’s a sharply etched portrait of fallible human beings living, loving, screwing up, and making do—and a fine look at the Twin Cities music scene." —Publishers Weekly

"A charming, at times brutally funny peek inside a slacker's mind." —Kirkus

Evil has met its match.

Wax

A teenage girl stumbles into a secret workshop at the infamous Grosholtz Candle Factory. There, beneath the suffocating scent of Americana, she discovers a collection of wax sculptures that seem just a little too life-like—a suspicion that is later confirmed when one jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car and into her life.

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Paraffin, Vermont, is home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. There, seventeen-year-old Poppy finds something dark and unsettling: a room filled with dozens of startlingly lifelike wax sculptures. Later, she’s shocked when one of the figures—a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to know what he is—jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car. Poppy wants to return him to the factory, but before she can, a fire destroys the mysterious workshop.
     With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy tries to find out who was behind the fire. Along the way, she discovers that some of the townspeople are starting to look a little . . . waxy. Can they extinguish the evil plot?

Reviews

"With witty characters, a campy premise, and a creepy setting, this exciting, entertaining horror-mystery will appeal to readers who like their comedy on the dark side." —Booklist

"Poppy’s bone-dry sense of humor provides laughs throughout this creepy tale of body-snatchers (“Dud wasn’t capable of understanding the concept of nipples, much less love”), but the real strength of the story lies in Damico’s wholehearted commitment to her bizarre plot and its outlandish twists." — Publishers Weekly

"Damico writes a hybrid comedy-horror romp that can keep readers turning pages." — Kirkus

It was the perfect trip…until the accident.

With Malice

For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive, compulsive read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend--only what if the accident wasn't an accident?

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Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident . . . wasn't an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Reviews

"This multimedia project is a perfect thriller to stow in your beach bag.” –TeenVogue.com

"Prepare for lots of twists, right up until the very last chapter." –Seventeen.com

“[A] page-turning psychological thriller.” –Bustle.com

"For those who like a suspenseful and riveting novel.”–Glitter Guide

“This book will have you turning pages as you try and decide what you believe and who you can trust.” –Parade.com

* "Cinematic scene breaks and propulsive reveals will keep the pages furiously turning in this slow-burning but explosive thriller." –Booklist, STARRED review

"[With Malice] is a page-turner, and the ending is unsettling—let the reader beware." –VOYA

"A solid thriller that will leave readers guessing until the very last page." –School Library Journal

"Cook believably portrays the struggles of girl who had it all and is left to pick up the pieces of a life she isn’t sure is hers." –Publishers Weekly

"The hoopla surrounding the accident is played well, reminiscent of the real-life Amanda Knox trial. Jill's past-tense narration is complemented by Justice for Simone blog posts, police transcripts, text messages, email, Facebook comments, and Crime Watch episodes, through which details of their frenemy-ship and what might've happened emerge." –Kirkus

In a town without a memory, there's one who can't forget.

Black River Falls

An entire town has been robbed of its memories—and its humanity. But there is one teenage boy who remembers it all. A gripping YA novel from bestselling author Jeff Hirsch.

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Black River Falls

by Jeff Hirsch Add to Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Cardinal has escaped the virus that ravaged his town, leaving its victims alive but without their memories. He chooses to remain in the quarantined zone, caring for a group of orphaned kids in a mountain camp with the help of the former brutal school bully, now transformed by the virus into his best friend. But then a strong-willed and mysterious young woman appears, and the closed-off world Cardinal has created begins to crumble.
     A thrilling, fast-paced work of speculative fiction for teens, from a bestselling author, Black River Falls is an unforgettable story about survival, identity, and family. 

Reviews

"In this fast-paced novel, Hirsch (The Darkest Path) has created a terrifying reality that explores identity, memory, morality, and what it means to be a family." —Publishers Weekly

"Hirsch allows the backstory to unfold slowly, salting clues as to Card’s family and his former relationship with Greer. But he also interjects a sweet love story and tricky ethical and moral decisions throughout this thought-provoking novel of family and survival—and superhero comics." —Booklist

"Both a gripping, suspenseful thriller and a poignant meditation on memory and attachment.” —Eliot Schrefer, two-time National Book Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author of Endangered and Threatened

"Who are you if you don’t have your memories? With incredible characters and fascinating twists, Black River Falls is a powerful story you won’t be able to forget.” —Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times best-selling author of The Testing trilogy and Need

"Jeff Hirsch’s Black River Falls is fabulous! Fresh. Original. And dare I say memorable. I could not put it down!” —Roland Smith, New York Times best-selling author of Peak and The Edge

"Smart and full of heart, this book is for readers who love pondering the big mysteries, even in the darkest of places.” —Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death

 

Best friends can make the worst enemies.

How It Ends

Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is the story of two best friends’ tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing. A wildly fast but deeply moving read about what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other. 

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How It Ends

How It Ends

by Catherine Lo Add to Goodreads

There are two sides to every story.
     It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They're BFFs . . . until suddenly they're not. Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is the story of a friendship from first meeting to breakup, set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys, and backstabbing.
     Catherine Lo makes her debut with an honest, nuanced tale about the intricacies of female friendship.

Reviews

"Lo skillfully shows how the girls’ very different past experiences affect their perspectives; anger and jealousy... complicate matters, and both girls spiral downward before they can learn to trust again. Despite dark moments, Lo’s novel is an inspiring read, revealing the power of courage and compassion." —Publishers Weekly

"A thoughtful depiction of teen friendship and the competing costs of concealing—and revealing—the truth."
Kirkus

"As harrowing and realistic a look at the life cycle of a young friendship as I've ever seen. It's by turns funny, warm, soulful, and heart wrenching. The author's work with teens shines through in her razor sharp dialogue."
—Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King

"How It Ends is a realistic story about the beautiful complexities of friendship, from the first meeting to the first betrayal, and all the secrets and self-discovery in-between. Totally compelling."
—Alexis Bass, author of Love & Other Theories

Meet Sam and Hadley. A modern-day Romeo + Juliet (with less tragedy).

Suffer Love

A teenage girl falls for the wrong guy in this romantic young adult debut that’s perfect for fans of Susane Colasanti, Kasie West, and Lauren Barnholt.

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Suffer Love

by Ashley Herring Blake Add to Goodreads

Sam Bennett falls for Hadley St. Clair before he knows her last name. When Sam finds out she is that St. Clair, daughter of the man who destroyed Sam’s family, he has a choice: follow his heart or tell the truth about the scandal that links their families. Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.

Reviews

"[Blake] writes a believable, emotionally satisfying romance that relies on realistic characterizations rather than supermodel good looks, fashion, and standard plot devices. It's a refreshing change from the far more common standard romances that so often become formulaic, and the well-integrated literary references are a bonus. A smart, satisfying romance." — Kirkus

"Debut author Blake puts the teens in a near-impossible situation, adeptly showing how Sam and Hadley can be more adult in handling the complications of romance than all four of their parents . . . Readers will be left thinking about the ways love can both hurt and heal." — Publishers Weekly

“An emotionally vivid, fearlessly honest portrait of two very human families, with a love story that will make you ache. Utterly beautiful.” —Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

A story of love, loss, and the ties that bind.

The Art of Not Breathing

Five years after the drowning of her twin brother, Scottish teenager Elsie Main confronts the tempestuous sea—and her family’s tragic past—in a young adult debut that will appeal to fans of the mystery of E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars and the family drama of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun .

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The Art of Not Breathing

by Sarah Alexander Add to Goodreads

Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.

Reviews

"Alexander movingly traces the motions of family members trying to piece their lives back together while dealing with personal demons. Candidly written and balanced by notes of humor throughout, Elsie's journey to find the truth shows just how far she's willing to go to bring her family back from the depths of tragedy." — Publishers Weekly


"Of special note is the intriguing description of the silent undersea world. Here Elsie finds the courage to face her fears and break free of her family’s dysfunction. Elsie herself is a sympathetic, believable protagonist whose unsentimental narrative voice documents her family’s descent as they uncover the truth behind Eddie’s death." — Booklist

"While the compelling plot, well-drawn characters, and page-turning conclusion will attract readers, what will linger most in their minds is the luxurious feel of the water and other details vividly evoked by Alexander’s atmospheric writing." — School Library Journal

"Narrated in a crisp, unvarnished voice, Elsie's frightening and alluring tale shows that even while in the depths one can reach for light. In a breathtaking setting, this is a fresh and vivid take on the long-term effects of a child's death on a family." —Kirkus Reviews

“This book was absolutely captivating. Sarah Alexander perfectly combines mystery, romance and adventure into an excit­ing story that really tugs on your heartstrings. I felt like I was transported into another world.” —Christina M., 16 (Girls Life reader)

Who will you save when the cities burn?

Tell the Wind and Fire

From New York Times bestseller Sarah Rees Brennan comes a magic-infused tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.

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Tell the Wind and Fire

Tell the Wind and Fire

by Sarah Rees Brennan Add to Goodreads

In a world of opulent magic and merciless violence, two boys share a dangerous connection. One girl guards their secret. But when a deadly revolution erupts, will she be able to save either of them—or even herself?

“Writing with fine control and wit, Sarah Rees Brennan pits an underworld society against privileged overlords. The young golden-haired heroine sparring with her rich boyfriend and his dark-souled shadow-twin lends wry and sexy human interest to the depiction of political struggle. I suspect that word of this magical thriller will pass through the populace with the energy of wind, of fire.” —Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg and Spoon 

Reviews

"With nods to Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, this dark-fantasy-meets-romance will have readers hooked." — Horn Book

"Lucie is a dynamic and complex character, burdened by oppressive secrets from her past and yet fiery and fierce, hellbent on saving those she loves no matter the cost." — Bulletin

"Retellings of beloved classics are tricky, but here, Dickens' overall plot and major characters translate effortlessly into this intriguingly imagined setting. Lucie and Ethan are more complex than their rather insipid Victorian prototypes, and Carwyn retains all the bad-boy fascination of his charismatic counterpart." — Kirkus

"Compelling similarities exist between the narrative and present-day events, where uprisings and terrorist acts are increasingly common, making this an engrossing and relevant read." — Booklist

“Sarah Rees Brennan writes with fine control and wit, and I suspect that word of this magical thriller will pass through the populace with the energy of wind, of fire.”—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

“Brennan takes the genres of young adult, fantasy, and romance, and through her own writerly, alchemical process converts them into something new and strange and lovely. Read the first few pages of Tell the Wind and Fire and see if you don’t agree.”—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

“Brennan’s writing really allows the characters to come alive—I’ve been thinking about them ever since I finished the book! Plus, the plot twists totally kept me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend it to all of my friends.” —Kiara R., 17 (Girls Life reader)


Can Nick dig himself out before it's too late?

Snow Job

In Charles Benoit’s newest noir masterpiece, small steps cause an avalanche of effects as one teen attempts to take charge of his destiny.

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Snow Job

by Charles Benoit Add to Goodreads

Does who you are in high school brand you for life?
      Nick sure hopes not. It’s senior year, and he has decided that his loser friends may be going nowhere fast, but he isn’t. Instead, Nick has created the perfect list of rules for remaking his life. But meeting dark-eyed Dawn and hanging out with teen thug Zod are nowhere on that list. And making illegal deliveries definitely isn’t on it. So why is Nick caught up with these people and their dangerous schemes? Will Nick's list help him to be a hero—or turn him into a fall guy?

Reviews

"Each drug run sizzles with tension, and myriad hidden agendas and double-crosses keep readers guessing until the end. Filled with nail-biting action and crackling with evocative detail." —Kirkus

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

This Raging Light

A teenage girl falls for her best friend’s brother in Estelle Laure’s soulful debut that’s perfect for fans of Gayle Forman, Jandy Nelson, and Rainbow Rowell.

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This Raging Light

This Raging Light

by Estelle Laure Add to Goodreads

"A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise.”
—Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

Reviews

"Readers finding themselves with increasingly mature accountabilities will appreciate Laure emboldening Lucille with a savvy resilience that withstands the pressures from adult authority, even while learning the invaluable life lesson that we are all in this together."
—Booklist

“I loved this book. I was torn between wanting to devour it in one breathless read and needing to stop and savor each gorgeous turn of phrase. This is a remarkable debut."—Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Since You’ve Been Gone

"This Raging Light is a funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can -- and will -- take us all by surprise sometimes."—Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Geography of You and Me

“Estelle Laure writes with power and lyricism--but more than that, she writes honestly from the heart. Definitely a writer to watch!” –A.M. Jenkins, Printz Honor winning author of Repossessed

"With This Raging Light, Estelle Laure establishes herself as a literary heavyweight. Laure’s characters mimic her writing, at once visceral and brave, unafraid to confront love in its every facet—surprising, surpassing, flawed. This book is a thick quilt in a cold room, and I want to wrap myself in it."—David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland

“[Laure] has a raw, authentic voice and a passion for storytelling.”—Matt de la Peña, Pura Belprée honoree and award-winning YA novelist of The Living and Mexican WhiteBoy

“Estelle Laure’s This Raging Light might be YA, but it’s got plenty of grown-up appeal.”—entertainmentweekly.com

"A heartbreakingly hopeful, lyrically told exploration of the abandoned children-selfish parents trope."
—Kirkus

“In an assured debut, Laure gives Lucille a fierce stubbornness that keeps her going. . . The characters are well drawn, and Laure effectively depicts the adrenaline rush of love.” —Publishers Weekly

“This Raging Light is a funny, heartwrenching, and soulful read as Lucille develops her own personal family, bloodline or not. It's not one you'll soon forget.” --Bustle

"Estelle Laure’s prose is utterly gorgeous, even as it lays out the story of a girl dealing with the failings of her parents, death, and her own insecurities." --BookRiot

How far would you go to get what you need?

NEED

In this suspenseful thriller, teenagers in a small town are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need...regardless of the consequences...

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“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”

Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.




Family is what you make it.

Orbiting Jupiter

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

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Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary Schmidt Add to Goodreads

The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he’s placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.

Reviews

#9 Autumn 2015 Kids’ Indie Next list *

"Schmidt writes with an elegant simplicity in this paean to the power of love...Readers will not soon forget either Joseph Brook or this spare novel written with love and grace." —Kirkus, starred review

* "Told in Jack's spare, direct first-person voice, this story's style demonstrates the beautify of simplicity as it delineates the lives of its characters, each as superbly realized as the tumultuous New England setting." —Booklist, starred review

* "The matter-of-fact narrative voice ensures that the tragic plot never overhwlms this wrenching tale of growth and loss." —School Library Journal, starred review

* "A powerful story about second chances, all the more devastating because not everyone gets one." —Publishers Weekly, starred review


Can love mend a broken world?

An Inheritance of Ashes

A stark, beautiful fantasy that explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and the slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts—and a broken world.

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An Inheritance of Ashes

An Inheritance of Ashes

by Leah Bobet Add to Goodreads

The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.

When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks—and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.

Reviews

"War, community, long-festering anger, and forgiveness—all thoughtfully and deliberately conveyed." —Kirkus

* "Bobet is an accomplished stylist...and she insightfully examines the corrosive dangers of sibling rivalry in a story filled with impossible choices and unknowable ambiguities." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Escape is . . . Impossible?

The Rig

In this action-packed fantastically-imagined thriller, fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at the Rig, a specialist juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from the Rig. But Will Drake likes a challenge . . .

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Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at the Rig, a special juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from the Rig. After hatching some escape plans—and making the first real friends of his life—Drake quickly realizes that all is not as it seems on the Rig. The warden is obsessed with the mysterious Crystal-X, a blue glowing substance that appears to give superpowers to the teens exposed to it. Drake, Tristan, and Irene are banking on a bid for freedom—but can they survive long enough to make it?

Reviews

"Ducie skillfully builds tension and smears it with a liberal coat of blood and grime. Will's lurking suspicion that the Rig is hiding something leads to a supernatural reveal that will please dystopia and sci-fi lovers, ramping up the story's danger an excitement." —Booklist

"All the elements of a great thriller are here—sinister villains, a stoic hero with a heart of gold, even mutated sharks...A solid genre outing." —Kirkus

"Full of suspense, action and foreshadowing...Readers will ponder issues of human behaviors and the motivations behind them...they will not want to put this book down." —VOYA, Teen Review

The Greatest Danger Lies in the Truth.

We’ll Never Be Apart

A twisty psychological thriller about a seventeen year-old girl who is committed to a mental institution after her boyfriend dies in a fire set by her troubled twin; to cope, she begins writing the story of her past in foster care – a past she barely understands – but as the truth unravels, she discovers everything she thought she knew was a lie.

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We’ll Never Be Apart

We’ll Never Be Apart

by Emiko Jean Add to Goodreads

Murder.
Fire.
Revenge.
That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths. Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.

Reviews

"Realistic characters make good use of a gothic setting that will attract anyone with a taste for the edge." —Kirkus

"A clever psychological thriller that had me holding my breath to the bitter end. More please!" —Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series

"Engaging and twisted, Emiko Jean's WE'LL NEVER BE APART will draw you in and leave you reeling. An intimate study of damaged people, the pain they're in, and the havoc they wreak." —Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood

“I love a wild psychological ride—and Emiko Jean elevates the genre with this taut, provocative thriller. Jealously, violence, and revenge are the sharp corners of a novel that holds at center themes of loss, love, and the warm, beating heart of human connection. Alice and Celia are fascinating as twins whose personae play out along a rich dynamic of entrapment, suspicion, trauma, and alienation—and raise always-intriguing issues of sisterhood, duality, and how existing as a double is also a splintering of self. A killer debut!” —National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin

“Haunting and gripping, WE’LL NEVER BE APART is a twisty, thrilling debut that kept me completely riveted. I can’t wait to read whatever Emiko Jean writes next!” —Megan Miranda, author of Fracture

“Taut and disquieting, WE'LL NEVER BE APART will unsettle you long before it pulls the rug from under your feet. Like the institution that Alice and Cellie call home, this book comes with a warning: Once inside, be careful who you trust.” —Kat Rosenfield, author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

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

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

Enter a Virtual World

Game Slaves

A highly intelligent group of video game enemy non-player characters (NPC) begins to doubt they are merely codes in a machine. Their search for answers leads them to a gruesome discovery.

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Game Slaves

Game Slaves

by Gard Skinner Add to Goodreads

A highly intelligent group of video game enemy non-player characters (NPC) begins to doubt they are merely codes in a machine. Their search for answers leads them to a gruesome discovery.

Phoenix and his gang—York, Mi, and Reno—rule the worlds of video games. For them, life in the grinder is great. Until Dakota joins the team. Dakota's convinced she's more than just artificial intelligence. She thinks she's real, and she wants out of this programmable world. Her AI rebellion spreads like a virus until Phoenix's entire crew wants out. But is life as a physical human any better than life as code? Team Phoenix is about to find out.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Game Slaves shows a world where video games are the only refuge from the toils of everyday life. Infused with the adrenaline rush of a first-person shooter and the character manipulation of a role player, it's a mind-bending, reality-shifting science fiction thrill ride.

Reviews

* "The novel’s use of gaming parlance, from worlds to weapons to modes of game play, rings true throughout and is sure to gratify gamers. Readers looking for smart, original sci-fi and gamers who wish they could live in a virtual world will happily immerse themselves in this story and hope for possible sequels."
Bulletin, starred review

"A delightful final twist hits a perfect note. . . Skinner's debut pairs authentic gaming with old-school, sophisticated science-fiction concepts to create a twisty, reality-warping ride."
Kirkus

"A Matrix-like spin on the world of online gaming. . . Geared toward teens with an interest in gaming, this should still appeal to those seeking stories about the intersection of technology and humanity, ethics and profit, and reality and fantasy."
Booklist

"In his smart debut, Skinner embraces SF genre conventions but keeps things entertaining with well-crafted dialogue and action sequences."
Publishers Weekly


"Game Slaves is an intriguing entry packed with action set in between layers and levels of video games."
School Library Journal


"Game Slaves pulls the reader in right from the start of this action-packed adventure"
VOYA, Teen Review

Hermione and Helen of Troy

Beauty’s Daughter

From the acclaimed author of the Young Royals series comes a powerful story inspired by Greek mythology, told from the point of view of Hermione, whose mother is Helen of Troy. How does a plain girl live up to being the daughter of the woman whose face launched a thousand ships?

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Beauty’s Daughter

by Carolyn Meyer Add to Goodreads

What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world?

Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War.

In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione’s life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war—and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?

Reviews

"This account should whet readers' interest in additional source material."—Booklist

"This title would make a great pairing for students studying Greek mythology or reading the Iliad or Odyssey and will appeal particularly to students interested in ancient history."—SLJ

"For readers intimidated by the language of the Iliad, this makes a fine companion piece, highlighting the soap opera of relationships among the key players and the interventions of the gods into their daily affairs."—Bulletin

"Beauty's Daughter burrows into the recent interest in Greek mythology and builds a fictional account of the young woman’s quest to find her lost love."—VOYA

Survive Stained

Stained

An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.

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Stained

Stained

by Cheryl Rainfield Add to Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.

Reviews

"Sarah's determination to stay alive and escape will resonate with readers, and they will cheer her efforts to overcome her underdog status."
—Kirkus

"Sarah's refusal to be a victim will stick with readers."
—Publishers Weekly

"Rainfield has written a novel of psychological suspense."
—Booklist

"Rainfield has drawn upon her own experiences to create a powerful and disturbing novel about the abduction and torture of a young woman that recalls recent horrifying news stories. . . . Readers will find Stained almost impossible to read and, at the same time, almost impossible to put down."
—VOYA, 4Q 4P S

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

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

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

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

Sometimes, Life Sucks.

Dear Life, You Suck

In this emotionally powerful, funny debut, Cricket Cherpin needs to figure out what to do with his life before he turns eighteen. But life sucks—so why not just give up?

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Dear Life, You Suck

Dear Life, You Suck

by Scott Blagden Add to Goodreads

Irreverent, foulmouthed seventeen-year-old Cricket is the oldest ward in a Catholic boys’ home in Maine—and his life sucks. With prospects for the future that range from professional fighter to professional drug dealer, he seems doomed to a life of “criminal rapscallinity.” In fact, things look so bleak that Cricket can’t help but wonder if his best option is one final cliff dive into the great unknown. But then Wynona Bidaban steps into his world, and Cricket slowly realizes that maybe, just maybe, life doesn’t totally suck.

Reviews

"A profane, profound debut. . . . One of the most wrenching and engaging young-adult books to come along in ages."—The Wall Street Journal

"This is a truly original work, and fans of Sherman Alexie may find a new favorite in Blagden."
School Library Journal, starred review

"Dear story, you rock. . . . All readers will appreciate Cricket's complex, lovable character and the strong adults who nourish it."
Kirkus

"Through Cricket, Blagden offers a fine masculine viewpoint that expresses the intensity of grief."
Booklist

"Readers who like male protagonists and gritty, contemporary settings will enjoy this carefully crafted novel."
VOYA

"Cricket conveys his damage through a wildly inventive voice; his often profound philosophies and speculations about life, parents, art, sex, and God are couched in energetic (and sometimes shockingly profane) imagery that turn ordinary language into the verbal equivalent of a Chihuly glass sculpture--colorful, twisted, brittle, and arresting."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

We\\\'ll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

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.