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Shine (Lauren Myracle)
When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate
crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it.
Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit
Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against
everyone you know in the name of justice.
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and
intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a
deeply intelligent mystery.
Ashes (Ilsa J. Bick)
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky,
destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead
parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after
the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and
Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.
For this improvised family and the others who are spared,
it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
Bitter End (Jennifer Brown)
When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole --
a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her -- she can't believe she's finally
found her soul mate . . . someone who truly loves and understands her.
At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a
little jealous of her relationship with her close friend Zack, but what guy
would want his girlfriend spending all her time with another boy? As the months
pass, though, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put-downs, pinches, or
increasingly violent threats.
As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend
she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose "love" she no longer
recognizes, she is forced to choose -- between her "true love" and
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on
doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in
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.
Meet 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.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes
his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and
starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of
a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
Everybody Sees the Ants (A.S. King)
Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his
grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father
who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their
dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader
McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.
But Lucky has a secret--one that helps him wade through the
daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the
war-ridden jungles of Laos--the prison his grandfather couldn't escape--where
Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's dangerous and wild,
and it's a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can
Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?
I’ll Be There (Holly Goldberg Sloan)
Emily Bell believes in destiny. To her, being forced to sing
a solo in the church choir--despite her average voice--is fate: because it's
while she's singing that she first sees Sam. At first sight, they are
Sam Border wishes he could escape, but there's nowhere for
him to run. He and his little brother, Riddle, have spent their entire lives
constantly uprooted by their unstable father. That is, until Sam sees Emily.
That's when everything changes.
As Sam and Riddle are welcomed into the Bells' lives, they
witness the warmth and protection of a family for the first time. But when
tragedy strikes, they're left fighting for survival in the desolate wilderness,
and wondering if they'll ever find a place where they can belong.
Delirium (Lauren Oliver)
In an alternative present dystopia, travel is highly restricted
between cities which escaped past bombings.
The totalitarian government believes love is a disease called the "delirium,”
and mandates all citizens 18 and over must receive a treatment to eradicate it
from their system.
Lena has looked forward to the cure for many years, however she
falls in love with an Invalid—a person over 18 who has not taken the cure—named
Alex. Lena and Alex plan to escape,
however their plans run afoul of the government which tries to prevent them
Divergent (Veronica Roth)
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is
divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular
virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave),
Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of
every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will
devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying
with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes
a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows,
Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to
live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical
tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating
consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her
friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating,
sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a
secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can
mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to
unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might
help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
It’s prom night—and Perry just wants to stick to his own
plan and finally play a much-anticipated gig with his band in the Big Apple. But
when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, geeky Lithuanian
exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school
guy life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and
Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through
Manhattan’s concrete grid with a trained assassin in Dad’s red Jag.
All These Things I’ve Done (Gabrielle Zevin)
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find,
water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty.
And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most
notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going
to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to
avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser
ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her
family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds
herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most
importantly, within her mafia family.
Between Shades of Gray
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in
1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when
Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable
life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty
train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north,
crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia.
Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for
their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great
risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way
to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long
and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is
through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.
Shelter (Harlan Coben)
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.
The Probability of Miracles (Wendy Wunder)
Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the
last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the
short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine - a place
known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it's undeniable that
strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions;
flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a
mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies.
As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe - in love,
in herself, and even in miracles.
Ashfall (Mike Mullin)
Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that
the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying
supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite.
And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.
For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the
freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle
from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his
hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a
harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel
partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills
to survive and outlast an epic disaster.
Anna Dressed in Blood (Kendare Blake)
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a
ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly
athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their
spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to
keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and
friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals
call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary:
move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage,
a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the
day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping
blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to
step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.