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Curveball: The year I lost my grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
Sometimes, the greatest comebacks take place far away from the ball field.
Peter Friedman, high school freshman. Talented photographer. Former
baseball star. When a freakish injury ends his pitching career, Peter
has some major things to figure out. Is there life after sports? Why has
his grandfather suddenly given him thousands of dollars worth of camera
equipment? And is it his imagination, or is the super-hot star of the
girls' swim team flirting with him, right in front of the amazing new
girl in his photography class? In his new novel, teen author Jordan
Sonnenblick performs his usual miraculous feat: exploring deep themes of
friendship, romance, family, and tragedy, while still managing to be
Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
Everyone has a secret. But Lucy's is bigger and dirtier than most. It's
one she's been hiding for years-that her mom's out-of-control hoarding
has turned their lives into a world of garbage and shame. Tackling an
increasingly discussed topic that is both fascinating and disturbing, C.
J. Omololu weaves an hour-by-hour account of Lucy's desperate attempt
to save her family. Readers join Lucy on a path from which there is no
return, and the impact of hoarding on one teen's life will have them
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
For twelve years,
Joylin Johnson's life has been just fine, thank you very much. A game of
basketball with the boys-especially her friend Jake-was all it took to
put a smile on her face. Baggy jeans, T-shirt, and hair in a ponytail
were easy choices. Then suddenly the world seemed to turn upside down,
and everything changed at once. Her best girl friend is now flirting
with her best guy friend. Her clothes seem all wrong. Jake is acting
weird, and basketball isn't the same.
And worst of all, there is this
guy, Santiago, who appears from . . . where? What lengths will Joy go
to-and whom will she become-to attract his attention?
Variant by Robison Wells
Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.
He was wrong.
he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A
school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no
adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.
Where breaking the rules equals death.
Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.
everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary
fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart
is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but
ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Wahoo Cray lives in a
zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner
of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his
backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
Robie is an experienced
traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a
group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she
has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii,
she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the
pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems
are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie
doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her
to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees
Max struggle with a raft.
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better
things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she’s not meditating)
helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after
high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else
doesn’t know he’s gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then
there’s Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of
everyone’s world. He’s devoted to Fern, but he’s annoying, too, always
getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn’t
for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere to
turn. Ran’s mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that
nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe
it’s true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone
than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her
family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
High in their mountain
covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by
throwing the bones and foretelling the future.
It’s all a fake.
least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve
their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And
even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell,
now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple
GHOSTS IN THE FOG is the
first narrative nonfiction book for young adults to tell the riveting
story of how the Japanese invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands in
Alaska during World War II. This fascinating little-known piece of
American history is told from the point of view of the American
civilians who were captured and taken prisoner, along with the American
and Japanese soldiers who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of
hand-to-hand combat during the war. Complete with more than 80
photographs throughout and first person accounts of this extraordinary
event, GHOSTS IN THE FOG is sure to become a must-read for anyone
interested in World War II and a perfect tie-in for the 70th anniversary
of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett
Ariadne is destined
to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, filled with
hours of rigorous training by stern priestesses. Her former friends no
longer dare to look at her, much less speak to her. All that she has
left are her mother and her beloved, misshapen brother Asterion, who
must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.
a ship arrives one spring day, bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens,
Ariadne sneaks out to meet it. These newcomers don’t know the ways of
Krete; perhaps they won’t be afraid of a girl who will someday be a
powerful goddess. And indeed she meets Theseus, the son of the king of
Athens. Ariadne finds herself drawn to the newcomer, and soon they form a
friendship—one that could perhaps become something more.
Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson
When Chelsea Martin's
future stepmother helps her transform from gawky and geeky into the
hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is pretty sure it's the best
thing that ever happened to her. But her hot new look has a downside.
She's attracting lots of guys who all have one thing in common: they're
jerks. And stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn't
endear her to the girls either.
Chelsea finally finds a true friend
in Janelle Parker, and a non-jerk, Nicholas, catches her eye. Janelle
keeps telling her to be herself, but Nicholas is the only guy around who
doesn't give her a second look. Can Chelsea and Janelle come up with a
plan to get his attention? Or will Chelsea's new image ruin everything?
One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving
mother, she's learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal
that would land her in a foster care. When she's placed with the
Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she's blindsided. Do happy
families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their
world, so she keeps her distance.
Underdogs by Mike Lupica
Will Tyler can fly on a
football field. He may not be the biggest running back around, but no
one can touch him when it comes to hitting the hole and finding the end
zone. And no one can match his love of the game. When Will has a
football in hand, he may as well be flying for real because life can't
touch him - his dad isn't so defeated, his town isn't so poor, and
everyone has something to cheer for. All of which does him no good if
the football season is canceled. With no funding for things like
uniforms and a cared-for playing field, with seemingly every other
family moving to find jobs, there simply isn't enough money or players
for a season. Unless one kid can rally an entire town and give everyone a
reason to believe . . . For fans of his bestselling novels "Travel
Team" and "Million-Dollar Throw," Mike Lupica delivers a feel-good
sports story that will have readers cheering where they sit.
Legend by Marie Lu
What was once the
western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually
at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the
Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy
being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles.
Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted
criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
Vindico by Wesley King
The Vindico are a group
of supervillains who have been fighting the League of Heroes for as long
as anyone can remember. Realizing they’re not as young as they used to
be, they devise a plan to kidnap a group of teenagers to take over for
them when they retire—after all, how hard can it be to teach a bunch of
angsty teens to be evil?Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows. When Erik rescues a dog that’s been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can’t keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can’t bear to give her up. He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie.
In this story of adventure and survival, Erik learns about the challenges and satisfactions of living off the land, the power of family secrets, and the pain of losing what you love.
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Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
Basketball has always
been an escape for Finley. He lives in gray, broken Bellmont, a town
ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries.
At home, he takes care of his disabled grandfather, and at school he’s
called “White Rabbit”, the only white kid on the varsity basketball
team. He’s always dreamed of getting out somehow with his girlfriend,
Erin. But until then, when he puts on his number 21, everything seems to
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Allie lost everything
the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including
her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is
afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept
hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.
the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and
her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises
eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach
deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut
writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through
the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids
crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the
population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make
their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a
mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her
stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the
handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an
intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty
and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her
past in order to protect her world’s future
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I
look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy
way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing
dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid
SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel
has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon
diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly
appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the
sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve
the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has
blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses
to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a
handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
The earth is in the middle of WWIII in Insignia,
the first entry in S.J. Kincaid’s fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy.
The planet’s natural resources are almost gone, and the war is being
fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning.
salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn’t seem like a hero. He’s a short
fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming
skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.
a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom’s life completely changes.
Suddenly, he’s someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and
a shot at having a girlfriend. But there’s a price to pay...
My Life in Black and White
by Natasha Friend
What if you lost the thing that made you who you are?
has always been stunning. Her butter-colored hair and perfect features
have helped her attract friends, a boyfriend, and the attention of a
modeling scout. But everything changes the night Lexi's face goes
through a windshield. Now she's not sure what's worse: the scars she'll
have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best
friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her
trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school
recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she's much more than
just a pretty face.
Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
Growing up, Gaby
Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her
mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an
outsider’s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had
ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how
would she be treated if she “lived down” to others' expectations? Would
everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her
as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions
sparked Gaby’s school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school
senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What
she learned changed her life forever, and made international headlines
in the process.
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong.
Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an
orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is
adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency,
Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he
finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking
down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter
panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it’s worse than he could
have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons
comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation
becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies.
Selection by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls,
the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the
life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of
glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete
for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer,
being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret
love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a
fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that
is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans
she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed
of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
Shelter by Harlan Coben
Mickey Bolitar's year
can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending
his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and
switch high schools.
A new school comes with new friends and new
enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new
girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a
life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace.
Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows
Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly
sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's
father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes
high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning
everything about the life he thought he knew.
Trafficked by Kim Purcell
A 17-year-old Moldovan
girl whose parents have been killed is brought to the United States to
work as a slave for a family in Los Angeles.
she’s being brought from Moldova to Los Angeles to become a nanny for a
Russian family. But her American dream quickly spirals into a nightmare.
The Platonovs force Hannah to work sixteen-hour days, won’t let her
leave the house, and seem to have a lot of secrets—from Hannah and from
Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no
money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah must find a way to save
herself from her new status as a modern-day slave or risk losing the one
thing she has left: her life
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
Around the world, black
handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged
strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be
real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks
many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?
Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.
he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for
Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has
witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's
point of view.
And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.
an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new
serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father
than anyone knows?
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Your mother hollers
that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the
street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t
thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you
launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.
if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to
wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.
Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.