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Beneath a Meth Moon

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson After losing her mother and grandmother to Hurricane Katrina, Laurel Daneau begins a new life in a new town, but when her boyfriend T-Boom introduces her to meth, her future begins to look as bleak as her past.

This One Time With Julia

This One Time With Julia by David Lampson After his parents die and his twin brother Alvin disappears, Joe falls in love with Julia, but being so blinded by her seductive, dysfunctional family, Joe can't see the truth about his brother's disappearance--until he accidentally stumbles upon Alvin's killer

The Survivors

The Survivors by Will Weaver Sixteen-year-old Miles, thirteen-year-old Sarah, and their parents find themselves changing in many ways as they struggle to survive winter in a remote cabin, while keeping anyone in the nearby town from learning they are living there illegally after thedevastation of volcanic eruptions drove them from their Minneapolis home. Sequel to Memory Boy

Batman and Robin

Batman and Robin by Grant Morrison The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who's been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? The newest era of The Dark Knight begins here! - from the publisher Read the entire series: Reborn Batman vs. Robin Batman and Robin Must Die Dark Knight vs. White Knight


Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne In a near future in which the diminishing oil supply has led to mass rioting, sixteen-year-old Faye is sent to an educational facility for "delinquents and crazies," where she is tormented by strange visions of a being sent to destroy the earth in order to save it.

There is No Dog

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of this assistant, Mr. B who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.


Fallen by Lauren Kate Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her. Read the entire series: Fallen Torment Passion Rapture Companion book: Fallen in Love

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan

My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan by Seth Rudetsky Chubby, Jewish, and gay high school sophomore Justin Goldblatt plans to become popular by the end of the year, but instead of dating the star quarterback he catches the eye of Becky, the quarterback's girlfriend, while his best friend, Spencer, stops speaking to him.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and illustrated by Eric Powell The classic novel by celebrated American author Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, tells of a teenage misfit accompanied by an escaping slave, Jim, as the two float down the Mississippi River by raft. As their journey unfolds, Huck and Jim encounter adventure, danger, and a deftly scribed cast of characters that are by turns both menacing and hilarious. This special edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is illustrated by comics industry star Eric Powell (The Goon, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters), and presents the material as Twain intended. - from the publisher

The Pregnancy Project

The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines. 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.In The Pregnancy Project, Gaby details how she was

Pink Smog

Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block When Weetzie Bat is a thirteen-year-old junior high school outcast mourning the life her family lost when their cottage in the Los Angeles hills burned down, her father leaves her alcoholic mother without telling either of them where he is going and Weetzie learns how to stand up for herself and to find beauty in even the most difficult situations. Prequel to Weetzie Bat

Daughter of the Centaurs

Daughter of the Centaurs by K. K. Ross Alone after her village is destroyed by Leatherwings, young Melora and her father's horse, Sky, survive on their own with a herd of wild horses until she finds a new home with a civilization of centaurs.

Alex Awards 2012

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

In Darkness

In Darkness by Nick Lake In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.

The Tempest

The Tempest by Julie Cross After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.


Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani Having just moved from India to Los Angeles for two years, sixteen-year-old Shalini struggles to fit in at school and to keep house for her clinically-depressed mother, but the real challenge comes when she begins falling in love with an American boy despite being engaged since the age of three.

Getting Somewhere

Getting Somewhere by Beth Neff Four teenaged girls participating in a progressive juvenile detention facility on a farm have their lives changed by the experience.

Try Not to Breathe

Try Not To Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard The summer Ryan is released from a mental hospital following his suicide attempt, he meets Nicki, who gets him to share his darkest secrets while hiding secrets of her own.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Despite the medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, but when Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be rewritten.

Across the Universe

Across the Universe by Beth Revis Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her. Read the entire series: Across the Universe A Million Suns

Ditched: A Love Story

Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom When high school student Justina ends up in a ditch in the middle of the night after prom, she stumbles to a nearby 7-Eleven where she tries to recall exactly how she got there.

The Darlings

The Darlings by Melissa Kantor Best friends Jane, Victoria, and Natalya, who call themselves the Darlings, find their relationship tested when they start their freshman year at three very different high schools. Read the entire series: The Darlings are Forever The Darlings in Love

Jessica and the Dark Side

Jessica and the Dark Side Series by Beth 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. Read the entire series: Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side Jessica 1.5 Jessica Rules the Dark Side

May B.

May B . by Caroline Starr Rose When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse

Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss A fifteen-year-old high school student becomes involved with an evangelical Christian girl in spite of his father's adamant atheism and his own confusion about life.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.


Cracked by K.M. Walton When Bull Mastrick and Victor Konig wind up in the same psychiatric ward at age sixteen, each recalls and relates in group therapy the bullying relationship they have had since kindergarten, but also facts about themselves and their families that reveal they have much in common.

Black Boy/White School

Black Boy/White School by Brian F. Walker. When fourteen-year-old Anthony "Ant" Jones from the ghetto of East Cleveland, Ohio, gets a scholarship to a prep school in Maine, he finds that he must change his image and adapt to a world that never fully accepts him, but when he goes home he discoversthat he no longer truly belongs there either.


Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler Hudson Avery gave up a promising competetive ice skating career after her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old and now spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother's upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys' hockey team, she realizes that she is not through with ice skating after all.

Amazing Agent Jennifer

Amazing Agent Jennifer by Nunzio DeFilippis Gifted college student Jennifer Kaijwara is approached by a secret government organization to become a field agent, and must face the grueling training process as well as the disapproval from her family. Read the entire series: Vol. 1 Vol. 2

Unraveling Isobel

Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook Forced to relocate to the gothic mansion of a new stepfather that her mother met only three months earlier, Isobel fights a taboo infatuation for her stepbrother, remembers her mentally ill late father and fears for her sanity when she begins to see things that do not exist.

Addison Blakely : Confessions of a PK

Addison Blakely : Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant Sixteen-year-old Addison Blakely has tireless played the role of preacher's kid her entire life. But after Wes Keegan revs his motorcycle into town and into her heart, Addison begins to wonder how much of her faith is her own and how much has been handed to her. She isn't so sure she wants to be the good girl anymore. Join Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence. - from the publisher


Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey In 1192 A.D. on Wilde Island, Tess, the daughter of a cruel blacksmith, is accused of witchcraft and must flee, but when she meets a handsome and enigmatic warden of Dragonswood who offers her shelter, she does not realize that he too harbors a secret that may finally bring about peace among the races of dragon, human, and fairy.


Karma by Cathy Ostlere In 1984, following her mother's suicide, 15-year-old Maya and her Sikh father travel to New Delhi from Canada to place her mother's ashes in their final resting place. On the night of their arrival, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated, Maya and her father are separated when the city erupts in chaos, and Maya must rely on Sandeep, a boy she has just met, for survival.

Love? Maybe.

Love? Maybe. by Heather Hepler Wary of romance following her mother's second divorce and resistering her friends' attempts to fix her up with the hottest guy in school, Piper's life gets complicated when she receives a series of Valentines from a secret admirer.

The Jerk Magnet

The Jerk Magnet by Melody Carlson When sixteen-year-old Chelsea Martin's future stepmother gives her a total makeover, she attracts all of the wrong boys and drives away many girls, but her friend Janelle keeps telling Chelsea to be true to herself, while helping her find a way to catch the eye of Nicholas, the one "non-jerk" at school.

The Queen of Kentucky

The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker Fourteen-year-old Ricki Jo, a Kentucky farm girl, learns that popularity is not all she hoped it would be when the huge changes she makes in her personality and style seem to do more to drive away old friends than to win new ones.