New Books

The Diviners

Libba Bray  YA/Bray

Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

Lullaby: A Waterson Novel

Amanda Hocking  YA/Hocking

With the help of Daniel, Harper is determined to get her younger sister Gemma back from the clutches of a dangerous clique of beautiful girls she has joined, and as Harper continues to search, Gemma’s powers grow along with the temptation to enter her new friends’ magical world.

Wake: A Waterson Novel

Amanda Hocking  YA/Hocking

In the quiet seaside town of Capri, sixteen-year-old Gemma enjoys a close bond with her sister Harper and a growing attraction to next-door neighbor with Alex, but everything changes when, after partying with newcomers Penn, Lexi, and Thea, Gemma discovers she has powers that will force a terrible choice.

The Name of the Star

Maureen Johnson  YA/Johnson

Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

Keeping the Castle

Patrice Kindl YA/Kindl
In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, seventeen-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems.

Every Day

David Levithan YA/Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.

I Hunt Killers

Barry Lyga  YA/Lyga

Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his “Dear Old Dad.” Believing he can fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs, Jazz helps the police catch the town’s newest murderer, “The Impressionist,” but in doing so, he discovers he may have more in common with his father than he thought.

Melissa Marr  YA/MarrCarnival of Souls

A centuries-long war between daimons and witches sets the stage for three teens caught up in a deadly struggle for power and autonomy in the exotic and otherworldly Carnival of Souls, the mercantile center of the daimon dimension.

Hold  Me Closer, Necromancer

Lish McBride  YA/McBride

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Dead To You

Lisa McMann YA/McMann
Having been abducted at age seven, abandoned, a foster child, and homeless, Ethan, now sixteen, is happy to be home until his brother’s suspicion and his own inability to remember something unspeakable from his early childhood begin to tear the family apart.

The End Games

T. Michael Martin YA/Martin
In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness YA/Ness
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Wicked Intent

Kenneth Oppel YA/Oppel
When his grieving father orders the destruction of the Dark Library, Victor retrieves a book in which he finds the promise of not just communicating with the dead, but entering their realm, and soon he, Elizabeth, and Henry are in the spirit world of Chateau Frankenstein, creating and growing a body.

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure

James Patterson YA/Patterson
Max, Fang, and Dylan, reeling over the disappearance of Angel, must embark on a final adventure that will lead them to the ultimate fight.

Shadow on the Mountain

Margi Preus YA/Preus

In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.

The School for Dangerous Girls

Eliot Schrefer YA/Schrefer
Sent to a remote, run-down reform school in Colorado, fifteen-year-old Angela is placed with the better girls, but upon learning that her “dangerous” friends are being isolated and left to live as animals, she takes radical steps to join them and help them escape.

 

Liar & Spy

Rebecca Stead YA/Stead
Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater YA/Stiefvater
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Laini Taylor YA/Taylor
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

Days of Blood & Starlight

Laini Taylor YA/Taylor
Karou struggles to come to terms with who and what she is and finds out how far her loyalty to her people will go.

Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein  YA/Wein

In 1943 a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Where Things Come Back

John Corey Whaley  YA/Whaley
Seventeen-year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.

 

Teens’ Top Picks

 

Abandon

Meg Cabot YA/Cabot
Pierce, trying to unravel the mysterious death of someone close to her, finds herself drawn to a dark stranger, even though she believes he may be a killer.

Real Live Boyfriends: A Ruby Oliver Novel

E. Lockhart YA/Lockhart
As a senior at her Seattle prep school, Ruby continues her angst-filled days and copes with the dilemmas of boyfriends, college applications, and her parents’ squabbling, but comes to realize that her “deranged” persona may no longer apply.

The Treasure Map of Boys: A Ruby Oliver Novel

E. Lockhart YA/Lockhart
A Seattle sixteen-year-old juggles therapy, running a school bake sale, coping with her performance artist mother, growing distant from an old friend, and conflicting feelings about her ex-boyfriend and potential new boyfriends.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Rachel Cohn & David Levithan YA/Cohn
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find.

Spoiled

Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan YA/Cohn
When her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Molly moves from Indiana to California, to live with her newly discovered father, a Hollywood megastar, and his pampered teenaged daughter.

Catching Fire

Suzanne Collins YA/Collins
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

Along for the Ride

Sarah Dessen YA/Dessen
Auden gets a chance to recapture the carefree teen life she missed while her parents were going through a divorce when she goes to spend the summer with her dad and his new family in a charming beach town and meets fellow insomniac Eli, an intriguing loner fighting demons of his own.

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green  YA/Green
Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustus at a kids-with-cancer support group and as they fall in love they both wonder how they will be remembered.

Why We Broke Up

Daniel Handler  YA/Handler
Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

 

Withering Tights

Louise Rennison YA/Rennison
Self-conscious about her knobby knees but confident in her acting ability, fourteen-year-old Tallulah spends the summer at a Yorkshire performing arts camp that, she is surprised to learn, is for girls only.

 

Green Mountain Book Award Winners & Nominees

A readers’ choice award designed to introduce Vermont students in grades 9 through 12 to some excellent books for their pleasure reading.

Anna Dressed in Blood

Kendare Blake YA/Blake

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

Beauty Queens

Libba Bray YA/Bray

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green YA/Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Serphina

Rachel Hartman YA/Hartman

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

The Name of the Star

Maureen Johnson YA/Johnson

Rory, of Benouville, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

I Hunt Killers

Barry Lyga YA/Lyga

Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious “Dear Old Dad,” but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town’s newest murderer, “The Impressionist.”

HoldMe Closer, Necromancer

Lish McBride YA/McBride

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern YA/Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness YA/Ness

Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill — an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

This Dark Endeavor

Kenneth Oppel YA/Oppel

When his twin brothers falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixer of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs YA/Riggs

A horrific family tragedy sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old orphanage that was home to children who were more than just peculiar, but possibly dangerous — and who may still be alive.

The School for Dangerous Girls

Eliot Schrefer YA/Schrefer

Sent to a remote, run-down reform school in Colorado, fifteen-year-old Angela is placed with the better girls, but upon learning that her “dangerous” friends are being isolated and left to live as animals, she takes radical steps to join them and help them escape.

Scorpio Races

Maggie Stiefvater YA/Stiefvater

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein YA/Wein

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all she can.

Vampires/The Supernatural

Love bites…

Chime

Franny Billingsley YA/Billingsley

In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Tempted: A House of Night Novel

P. C. Cast + Kristin CastYA/Meyer

This highly addicting series offers a unique twist on the standard vampire story….These books will have the reader laughing hysterically and sobbing unreservedly –sometimes all at once.

Switched: A Trylle Novel

Amanda Hocking YA/Hocking
When Wendy Everly was six years old her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her, and eleven years later Wendy learns that her mother was right and that she is actually a changeling troll, who, at the age of seventeen, must be returned to her rightful home.

Breaking Dawn

Stephanie Meyer YA/Meyer
Continues the story of the human Bella and the vampire Edward whose love is threatened by their difference, a werewolf named Jacob, and other outside influences.

Blood Promise

Richelle Mead YA/Mead
Just days before graduating from St. Vladimir’s Academy, guardian-in-training Rose travels to Siberia to drive a stake into the heart of the boy she loves, the monstrous vampire Dimitri.

Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story

Adam Rex YA/Rex
After Doug Lee is attacked by a vampire he is forced to remain overweight and fifteen for eternity and as he attempts to prove himself to the new Indian exchange student, Doug must navigate high school and avoid a persistent vampire hunter.

Jessica’s Guide to Eating on the Dark Side

Beth Fantaskey YA/Fantaskey
Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Catherine Jinks YA/Jinks
Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

Dystopian & Steampunk Novels

Dystopian novels are stories about horrible societies. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction. It often features elements of fantasy.

The Hunger Games (Series)

Suzanne Collins YA/Collins
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capital where young boys and girls are pitted against each other in a televised fight to the death.

Matches

Ally Condie YA/Condie
Cassia has always had complete trust in the Society to make decisions for her, but when she is being paired with her ideal mate, a second face flashes on the screen, and Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility as she tries to decide which man she truly loves.

Michael Vey: Rise of the Elgen

Richard Paul Evans YA/Evans
Fifteen-year-old Michael Vey, born with Tourette’s syndrome and special electromagnetic powers, joins his techno-genius best friend and an alliance of other “electric” teenagers to battle powerful foes in the jungles of Peru, where Michael learns the Order of Elgen’s plan to “restructure” the world

I Am Number Four

Pittacus Lore YA/Lore
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a 15-year-old who has hidden on Earth for 10 years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

The Rise of Nine

Pittacus Lore YA/Lore
John–aka Number Four–continues his quest to find the rest of the Lorien Nine before the Mogadorians can, and, with time running out, Number Six goes off alone while John teams up with Number Nine.

The Games

Ted Kosmatka YA/Kosmatka
In a future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, genticist Silas Williams uses a supercomputer to design a new genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten, but the result is a highly specialized killing machine that he may not be able to control.

Delirium

Lauren Oliver YA/Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Pandemonium

Lauren Oliver YA/Oliver
After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive “the cure”–an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love–but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.

Across the Universe

Beth Revis YA/Revis
Amy, having been cryogenically frozen and placed onboard a spaceship which was supposed to land on a distant planet 300 years in the future, is unplugged 50 years too early. She finds herself stuck inside an enclosed world ruled by a tyrannical leader and his rebellious teenage heir and confused about who to trust and why someone is trying to kill her.

Leviathan

Scott Westerfeld YA/Westerfeld
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Goliath

Scott Westerfeld YA/Westerfeld
Alek and Deryn encounter obstacles on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love.

Feed

M.T. Anderson YA/Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

How I Live Now

Meg Rosoff YA/Rosoff
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

Graphic Novels

Words and pictures…

The Eternal Smile: Three Stories

Gene Luen Yang YA741/YAN
A collection of three graphic stories featuring Duncan, a charming prince hoping to win the princess’s hand; Gran’pa Greenbax, a greedy old frog who longs to find true happiness; and Janet, a busy working woman who thinks she has found true love with a Nigerian prince who contacts her through an email asking for her help in liberating his family.

Trouble Maker 2

Janet Evanovich and Alex Evanovich YA741.5/EVA
Barnaby, Hooker, Rosa, Felicia, and their St. Bernard, Beans, travel to the Florida Keys to find the wooden manequin that belongs to the wooden hand they have found, but their boat is stolen and Barnaby and Hooker have to “borrow” a boat and figure out who is sending them ransom notes to get their own boat back.

Orange

Benjamin YA741/BEN
Orange has become so disillusioned with herself that she decides her only option is to kill herself, but a mysterious man stops her just in time and convinces her that she has everything to live for.

Anya’s Ghost

Vera Brosgol YA/Brosgol
In this graphic novel, Anya, embarrassed by her family and lacking confidence in her body and her social skills, finally finds a friend after falling down a well, but quickly learns there are drawbacks to having a ghost for a friend.

Refresh, Refresh

Danica Novgorodoff YA741/NOV
While their fathers are fighting in the war in Iraq, three teenagers–Josh, Cody, and Gordon–are on the brink of graduating high school, but struggle to make the big decisions about their futures.

American Born Chinese

Gene Luen Yang YA741/YAN
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.

The Plain Janes

Cecil Castelluci YA741/CAS
After a bombing in the city, Jane’s parents move to a suburb where she befriends a three outcasts–all named Jane–and starts a group called People Loving Art in Neighborhoods which tries to enrich their community with art but instead is viewed as a threat.

Perspolis

Marjane Satrapi YA741/SAT
Contains black-and-white comic strip images in which the author shares the story of her life in Tehran, Iran, where she lived from ages six to fourteen while the country came under control of the Islamic regime.

My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces

Evonne Tsang YA741.5/TSA
St. Petersburg High school juniors Dicey Bell, a baseball star, and Jack Chen, who loves science and role-playing, discover a mutual attraction when paired for a school project, but on their first date, a zombie-producing fungus sends them on the run.

My Boyfriend is a Monster: Made for Each Other

Evonne Tsang YA741.5/TSA
When Maria meets the new boy at her high school, Tom Stone, the two feel a connection, but Maria finds it hard to get to know Tom, the son of Persephone Falls, Alaska’s new funeral director. After learning that Tom is not Franklin Stone’s real son and that the family is into recycling in a new way, Maria finds herself having to fight to keep her new boyfriend.

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