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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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Dope Sick

by Walter Dean Myers HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

The itch starts when things get too heavy for Lil J. Skin popping or stealing pain pills from his mom help him relax. But Lil J's focus is wandering because money is short, and his man Rico knows a way to make...


Draw the Line

by Laurent Linn Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 17, 2016)

After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in this “powerful debut” novel (Publishers Weekly, starred...


All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (September 29, 2015)

In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school,...


Strike

by Delilah S. Dawson Simon Pulse (April 12, 2016)

From the author of the “gritty near-future dystopian tale,” (Booklist) Hit comes the thrilling sequel about an indentured assassin fighting to survive in a world of anarchy.

The hit list was just the beginning....


The Girl Who Fell

by S.M. Parker Simon Pulse (March 01, 2016)

In this “invaluable addition to any collection” (School Library Journal, starred review) high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense and volatile relationship—by the new...


Wringer

by Jerry Spinelli HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

Newbery Honor Book * ALA Notable Children's Book

"Deeply felt. Presents a moral question with great care and sensitivity." —The New York Times

"A spellbinding story about rites of passage." —Publishers Weekly...


Jumped

by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad (October 06, 2009)

Award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia intertwines the lives of three very different teens in this fast-paced, gritty narrative about choices and the impact that even the most seemingly insignificant ones...


Mason

by Thomas Pendleton HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

Some kids say Mason Avrett is slow. What they don't know is that he also has a terrifying power that he's just beginning to understand. But that's not his worst problem: Mason lives with a sadist. His older...


Monster

by Walter Dean Myers HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

This New York Times bestselling novel from acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenage boy in juvenile detention and on trial.

Presented as a screenplay of Steve's own imagination,...


Violent Ends

by Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal Shusterman, Brendan Shusterman & Beth Revis et al. Simon Pulse (September 01, 2015)

In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, seventeen of the most recognizable YA writers—including Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal and Brendan Shusterman, and Beth Revis—come together to share the viewpoints of a group...


Drive-By

by Lynne Ewing HarperTeen (September 13, 2011)

"Jimmy always told me there were only two kinds of gangbangers: Those who were dead and those who were going to die. Joining a gang doesn't make sense to Jimmy..."

Jimmy is dead now—gunned down in front of...


Ruthless

by Carolyn Lee Adams Simon Pulse (July 14, 2015)

A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.

Ruth Carver has always competed...


Killer Within

by S.E. Green Simon Pulse (May 19, 2015)

In the heart-pounding sequel to the “zippy, gripping psychological drama” (Kirkus Reviews) Killer Instinct, teen vigilante Lane must face the secrets and unexpected consequences that arise in the wake of...


Hit

by Delilah S. Dawson Simon Pulse (April 14, 2015)

In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling “movie ready” (Kirkus Reviews) dystopian thriller.

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA...


Killing Britney

by Sean Olin Simon Pulse (May 11, 2010)

Britney is the girl everyone loves to hate.

Ever since Britney transformed herself from freak-and-geek to the most popular girl at school, her life has been touched by tragedy. First it was her mom, who drowned...


Naughts & Crosses

by Malorie Blackman Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 27, 2009)

Callum is a naught, a second-class citizen in a society run by the ruling Crosses. Sephy is a Cross, and daughter of the man slated to become prime minister. In their world, white naughts and black Crosses simply...