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Genesis Alpha

by Rune Michaels Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2011)

Josh worships his older brother, Max. They look alike, they talk alike, and they both have the same interests, including their favorite massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Genesis Alpha. But Josh...


Ghost of Spirit Bear

by Ben Mikaelsen HarperCollins (March 29, 2011)

In award-winning author Ben Mikaelsen’s riveting sequel to the acclaimed word-of-mouth bestseller Touching Spirit Bear, readers will be captivated by what Booklist calls a “hugely satisfying resolution.”...


Killer Instinct

by S.E. Green Simon Pulse (May 06, 2014)

A teen girl version of Dexter meets the high stakes danger and mystery of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in this "unique, beautifully twisted, and rich" (#1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout)...


Learning Not to Drown

by Anna Shinoda Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 01, 2014)

“Anna Shinoda’s deeply informed story is not to be missed.” --Dr. Drew Pinsky, Celebrity Rehab and Teen Mom

Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted...


Say Something: A Hate List Novella

by Jennifer Brown Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 07, 2014)

In Hate List, Jennifer Brown delivered a powerful story about grief, friendship, and forgiveness in the aftermath of a school shooting. Now, she explores an evocative new narrative while digging deeper into...


Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year

by Amy Belasen & Jacob Osborn Simon Pulse (October 27, 2009)

Hell hath no fury...

Jenny Green is a spoiled teen "princess" and the newest junior at Montreal's Molson Academy. Jenny wants a fresh start in her new school, and she's curious to see what Montreal has to offer,...


Living Dead Girl

by Elizabeth Scott Simon Pulse (September 08, 2009)

Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.

Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.

Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her...


One of the Survivors

by Susan Shaw Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 08, 2009)

Fourteen-year-old Joey Campbell knows that he is lucky to be one of the survivors of the school fire. But really, how much luck is involved when he is the lone student to stand up during a fire drill? The only...


Just Another Hero

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 23, 2009)

This group of friends has been through so much after a deadly hazing ritual left friendships broken, hearts aching, and November pregnant with Josh's baby. But senior year is going well, and when the fire alarm...


If I Grow Up

by Todd Strasser Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)

"WHEN YOU GREW UP IN THE PROJECTS, THERE WERE NO CHOICES. NO GOOD ONES, AT LEAST."

In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop...


Project Cain

by Geoffrey Girard Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2013)

Jeff discovers he's a serial killer clone--and he's got to track down others like him before it's too late in this Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, a thrilling YA companion to Cain's Blood.

This dark, literary...


Snitch

by Allison Van Diepen Simon Pulse (September 03, 2013)

Lines are clearly marked at South Bay High School. It's mixed territory for the Crips and the Bloods, which means the drama never stops.

Julia DiVino wants none of it. No colors, no C-Walks-- it's just not her...


Takedown

by Allison Van Diepen Simon Pulse (September 03, 2013)

A teen infiltrates a drug ring to settle a vendetta in this fast-paced novel from the author of Street Pharm and Snitch.

Darren took the fall for Diamond Tony, the notorious head of the city's drug cartel. Two...


Raven

by Allison Van Diepen Simon Pulse (April 23, 2013)

From the author of Street Pharm and Snitch comes an acclaimed urban fantasy that tests the limits of love and immortality.

Zin dances with fire in every step, speaks with a honey-sweet voice, and sees with eyes...


A Moment Comes

by Jennifer Bradbury Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 25, 2013)

“Historical fiction that brings its history to bloody, poignant life: rare and notable.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Before India was divided, three teens, each from wildly different backgrounds, cross...


Panic

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2013)

This gripping, chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, "by turns pulse-pounding and inspiring" (Kirkus Reviews), shows that all it takes is one bad decision for a dream...


Crash and Burn

by Michael Hassan Balzer + Bray (February 19, 2013)

Major streaming series coming soon to Hulu

Starring in the Hulu adaptation of this cult bestseller: Alex Fitzalan, Alex Wolff, Sebastian Chacon, and Camila Perez.

On April 21, 2008, Steven "Crash" Crashinsky saved...


Dead Girl Moon

by Charlie Price Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (October 29, 2012)

As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover the body of a young woman. Afraid...


The Canyon's Edge

by Dusti Bowling Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 07, 2020)

Hatchet meets Long Way Down in this heartfelt and gripping novel in verse about a young girl's struggle for survival after a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.

One year after a random shooting...


Fault Line

by Janet Tashjian Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 03, 2006)

A hard-hitting novel that breaks open the gritty world of teen relationship abuse, by the author of The Gospel According to Larry

"Unlike Abby, I hadn't had a boyfriend since Peter last year, and even that was...


The Interrogation of Gabriel James

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 2011

by Charlie Price Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (August 16, 2010)

Winner of the Mystery Writers of America's 2011 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Fiction

American Library Association Quick Picks for Young Adults

Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List

Eyewitness to two killings,...


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes & Miles Harvey Hachette Book Group (April 17, 2018)

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better....


We All Fall Down

by Nic Sheff & Charles Carroll Hachette Book Group (April 13, 2012)

The longer I stay clean, the more the world just opens up with possibilities and hope. But it's so hard to remember that. And I guess that's the problem. So today I wanna remember. Let me tell you what happens:...


My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

by Annabel Pitcher & David Tennant Hachette Book Group (August 14, 2012)

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his dad and his teenage sister Jasmine for a "fresh new start." Five years ago, his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb....


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 16, 2018)

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better....


Light of Day

by Allison Van Diepen & Marisol Ramirez HarperCollins (November 24, 2015)

From the author of On the Edge and Snitch comes a dangerous, sexy novel perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles.

When Gabby Perez is almost drugged at a nightclub, she decides to take action. Teaming up with a mysterious...


All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely, Guy Lockard & Keith Nobbs Simon & Schuster Audio (September 29, 2015)

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.

In this New York Times bestselling novel, two teens--one black, one white--grapple...


Blended

by Sharon M. Draper Simon & Schuster Audio (October 30, 2018)

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Out of My Mind...


Give a Boy a Gun

by Todd Strasser Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 09, 2012)

Todd Strasser's acclaimed account of school violence that Kirkus Reviews calls "vivid, distressing, and all too real."

For as long as they can remember, Brendan and Gary have been mercilessly teased and harassed...


Streams of Babel

by Carol Plum-Ucci, Eddie Lopez, Paul Michael Garcia & Julia Whelan et al. Blackstone Publishing (December 20, 2010)

When Cora Holman's mother dies, she assumes the inevitable: that her mother overdosed on the painkillers she'd been taking for years. So she's shocked to learn that her mother and a neighbor both died of a brain...


Say Something

by Jennifer Brown & Ivan Martinovic Little, Brown Young Readers (January 07, 2014)

In Hate List, Jennifer Brown delivered a powerful story about grief, friendship, and forgiveness in the aftermath of a school shooting. Now, she explores an evocative new narrative while digging deeper into...


Cruise Control

by Terry Trueman HarperTeen (July 24, 2012)

How sick is this: I'm the major jock-stud in high school, but my brother has the brain of a badminton birdie and a body to match. I've got everything and he's got nothing. I'm a three-year, three-sport letterman...


The Long Night of Leo and Bree

by Ellen Wittlinger Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 10, 2012)

Nobody should have a night like this...

8:30 P.M.: It's been four years since Michelle was killed. Leo can't stand to be at home with his mom -- she's crazy with rage. He's got anger of his own and pictures of...


A Dangerous Crossing

by Jane Mitchell Little Island Books (February 23, 2017)

Ghalib doesn't want to leave his home. But Syria has become too dangerous, and his family has no choice but to flee. Together they start out on a terrible journey that leads them through dark and dangerous places....


No Heroes

by Anna Seidl Little Island Books (March 17, 2016)

Miriam is an ordinary schoolgirl with a carefree bunch of friends, and she's just embarked on her first relationship with her sweet and loving boyfriend Toby. She lives with her dad and she has a good relationship...


This Ain't No Video Game, Kid!

by Kevin Stevens Little Island Books (March 03, 2010)

Jack Klements lives in Seattle, Washington, with his parents and is doing just fine. But when his swaggering Irish cousin Finn turns up, Jack can tell this is not going to be a good summer. Finn is obsessed...


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 17, 2018)

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better....


Dead Children Can't Read: Classrooms of Compassion

by Darleen Claire Wodzenski, Hayden Kara & Dr. Kathy A. Thomas Orchard Human Services, Inc. (May 19, 2017)

Learn the meaning behind "Dead Children Can't Read" as you explore the philosophy of "Classrooms of Compassion" that promote child mental health and development. Darleen Claire Wodzenski, MS ESE, MA CMHC, QPPE,...


As You Lay Sleeping

by Katlyn Duncan HQ Digital (February 22, 2017)

‘Gripping. Thrilling. On the edge of your seat exciting. I absolutely loved it.’ - Red’s Midnight Readers I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows...


Wanted

by Heidi Ayarbe Balzer + Bray (May 01, 2012)

Sanctuary.

A one-word text message: That's all Michal "Mike" Garcia needs to gather a crowd. Mike is a seventeen-year-old bookie, and Sanctuary is where she takes bets for anyone at Carson City High with enough...


Junebug in Trouble

by Alice Mead Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (March 21, 2002)

Junebug hasn't seen his friend Robert since the family moved from their housing project in May. It's Labor Day weekend, reunion time, and Mama, Tasha, Harriet, and Junebug are off to the beach. Robert is there,...


Nothing to Lose

by Alex Flinn HarperTeen (March 13, 2012)

I shouldn't have come back to Miami . . . I've been escaping cops' notice for a year now. I'm no longer Michael Daye, high school athlete with a promising future. Now I look like someone whit no future.

When...


Fade to Black

by Alex Flinn HarperTeen (March 13, 2012)

Three perspectives -- one truth

The victim: After his windshield was shattered with a baseball bat, HIV-positive Alex Crusan ducked under the steering wheel. But he knows what he saw. Now he must decide what...


Junebug

by Alice Mead Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (May 25, 2009)

Some of the stuff that goes on in the Auburn Street Projects, I'm never gonna do. These projects are like some kind of never-never land, like they never got put on a regular map. Nobody comes around here on...


The Deviants

by C.J. Skuse MIRA Ink (September 22, 2016)

‘A tale of revenge, righteousness and recovery with a heart-stopping twist – The Guardian Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves

THEN

Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane.

The Fearless Five,...


The Watcher

by James Howe Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2012)

A mysterious girl, dubbed The Watcher, spins tales of rescue from her lonely perch above the beach. She closely observes the actions of two people she has never met: a fourteen-year-old boy whose family seems...


Choker

by Elizabeth Woods Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 04, 2011)

What are best friends for? Murder, maybe.

Zoe and Cara were as close as friends could be--until Zoe moved away in fourth grade. Miserable without Zoe, Cara grew into an unhappy sixteen-year-old, tormented by...


Angry Young Man

by Chris Lynch Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 08, 2011)

Delve into the mind of a teen whose journey of self-discovery leads to the unthinkable in this tense and terse novel from award-wining author Chris Lynch.

Alexander, who wants to be called Xan, is a misfit. He...


Slice of Cherry

by Dia Reeves Simon Pulse (January 04, 2011)

"Brutally beautiful -- not like anything else you'll read this year, or any other." - Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Clockwork Angel

Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind:...


Blank Confession

by Pete Hautman Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 15, 2011)

Shayne Blank is the new kid in town--but that doesn't stop him from getting into a lot of trouble, very quickly. The other kids don't understand him. He's not afraid of anything. He seems too smart. His background...