Young Adult Books

Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up



Alex Rider #1: Stormbreaker

by Anthony Horowitz
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

They told fourteen-year-old Alex Rider that his uncle died in a car accident. Alex knows that's a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle's windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing prepares him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6—Britain's top secret intelligence agency, and Alex is now being recruited to complete his final mission.

Black and White

by Paul Volponi
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Marcus and Eddie are best friends. Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past racial stereotypes and come out on top. But one night, and one wrong decision, will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship and their future?

Blade, Book 1: Playing Dead

by Tim Bowler
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

Blade is practically invisible, perfectly alone, living only by his wits; just the way he likes it. Until the day a chance encounter sends his world crashing down around him and he finds himself on the run again.

Blade, Book 2: Out of the Shadows

by Tim Bowler
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

Bleeding and dizzy, Blade wakes up to find himself in the hospital. But how did he get there? With enemies coming at him from all sides, it's hard to know who attacked him. But he knows that whoever it was will be back to finish him off. And quick. So he's gotta go. He's gotta break outta there. Not only to save his own life, but there's kindly old Mary and little Jaz to think about. Who's looking out for them? On the run, with grinks hot on his tail and gravely injured, Blade will have to gather all his strength just to survive. And with nowhere to hide, he needs to run. Because this time, if he plays dead, that's exactly how he'll end up.

Blade, Book 3: Fighting Back

by Tim Bowler
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

Blade returns to The Best, the city he ran away from years ago. The city where he grew up and where the ghosts of his past lurk around every corner. And he knows people are trying to find him. Lord H, aka Hawk—the dangerous man Blade's been running from for years—will have his vast network of thugs on the lookout. But Blade also knows The Beast is where Lord H brought little Jaz when he kidnapped her, and no matter what, he needs to rescue her.

The Boxer and the Spy

by Robert B. Parker
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

When a shy high school student's body is found washed up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town, Terry Novak doesn't know what to think. Something just doesn't add up, so he decides to do some investigating with the help of his best friend, Abby. It doesn't take long before they learn that asking questions puts them in grave danger, and surviving is going to be a fight.

Crossing Lines

by Paul Volponi
Ages 12 and up | Grades 7 and up

Adonis is a super jock and could not be more different than new kid Alan who wears lipstick and joins the fashion club. Adonis is more than happy to stay far away from Alan but when his teammates from the football team come up with a dangerous plan to humiliate Alan must decide if he wants to be a bystander or do what he thinks is right.

Dark Fusion #1: Dread Locks

by Neal Shusterman
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Fourteen-year-old Parker Bear is rich and utterly bored with life, until a new girl arrives in town. Tara's eyes are always hidden behind designer sunglasses, and her hair, blond with glimmering spirals, seems almost alive. Parker watches, fascinated, as one-by-one the students Tara chooses to befriend develop strange quirks.

Department 19

by William Hill
Ages 14+ | Grades 9+

Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century by Abraham Van Helsing and other survivors of Dracula.

Dust City

by Robert Paul Weston
Ages 12 up| Grades 7 up

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? His son, that's who. Ever since his father's arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed.

Edda

by Conor Kostick
Ages 12 up| Grades 7 up

Everyone in the virtual universe of Edda is made of pixels-except Penelope. While her body is kept alive in a hospital bed, her avatar runs free and creates deadly weapons for Edda's ruler, Lord Scanthax. When Scanthax decides he wants to invade another virtual world, Erik/Cindella from Epic and Ghost from Saga become part of the story-and soon the virtual universes are alive with fighting, alight with bombs, and brought together by three teenagers who want peace and understanding.

Epic

by Conor Kostick
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee and destroy their tyrannical rule.

Saga

by Conor Kostick
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Ghost is part of an anarcho-punk airboard gang who live to break the rules. And there's a good reason—their world, Saga, has a strict class system enforced by high-tech electronics and a corrupt monarchy. Then Ghost and her gang learn the complicated truth; Saga isn't actually a place, it's a computer game, complete with a Dark Queen trying to keep everyone trapped inside!

Fat Kid Rules the World

by K. L. Going
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy's own life, forever.

The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

Despite the 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 completely rewritten.

Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror

edited by R.L. Stine
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Turn the pages if you dare... In this collection of thirteen fabulously chilling stories from thirteen true masters of suspense, including five New York Times bestsellers and a number of Edgar Award nominees, all edited by none other than R. L. Stine, nothing is what it seems.

Five 4ths of July

By Pat Raccio Hughes
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

On July 4th, 1777, Fourteen-year old Jake Mallory wants nothing more than to get out from under the strict thumb of his father and see some adventure, but he must be careful what he wishes for. Over the course of four more 4ths, he finds himself in increasingly adventurous circumstances-from battling the British army to barely surviving on a prison ship to finally returning home, war-torn and weary, but hopeful for his and America's future.

The Final Four

by Paul Volponi
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Malcolm wants to get to the NBA ASAP. Roko wants to be the pride of his native Croatia. Crispin wants the girl of his dreams. M.J. just wants a chance. March Madness is in full swing, and there are only four teams left in the NCAA basketball championship. The heavily favored Michigan Spartans and the underdog Troy Trojans meet in the first game in the semifinals, and it's there that the fates of Malcolm, Roko, Crispin, and M.J. intertwine

Freak Show

by James St. James
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

Meet Billy Bloom, new student at the ultra-white, ultra-rich, ultra-conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy, and drag queen extraordinaire. Actually, "drag queen" does not begin to describe Billy and his fabulousness. Any way you slice it, Billy is not a typical seventeen-year-old, and he takes a stand for outcasts and underdogs everywhere.

Frozen Fire

by Tim Bowler
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

It starts with a phone call. "I'm dying," a voice tells Dusty. Who belongs to this strange voice and how has he gotten her cell number? Dusty wants no part of it, but becomes drawn in to this whirlwind mystery.

Future of Us

by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

The Great Wide Sea

by M. H. Herlong
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Ben, Dylan, and Gerry are still mourning their mother's death when their dad decides to buy a boat and take them on a year-long sailing trip. One morning, the boys wake up to discover their father has disappeared, and they are lost. What happened to him? Where are they? And what will they do with a treacherous storm looming on the horizon?

Hurricane Song

by Paul Volponi
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Miles has only lived in New Orleans with his dad, a musician, for a few months when Hurricane Katrina hits. Father and son haven't exactly been getting along. Miles is obsessed with football; his dad's passion is jazz. But when the storm strikes, they're forced to work through their differences to survive a torturous few days in the Superdome.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President

by Josh Lieb
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Oliver's a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, and he's used his great brain to make himself the third-richest person on earth! Then Oliver's father—his archnemesis—makes a crack about the upcoming middle school elections, and Oliver takes it as a personal challenge. Can this evil genius win the class presidency and keep his true identity a secret, all in time to impress his dad?

Incarceron

by Catherine Fisher
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

Sapphique

by Catherine Fisher
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Finn has escaped Incarceron only to find that he must defend his right to the throne from another challenger. His life and Claudia's hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince, even though he has his own doubts about being the true heir.

Jim Thorpe, Original All-American

by Joseph Bruchac
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. He played professional football and Major League baseball, and won Olympic gold medals in track and field. But his life wasn't always quite so easy...

John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth

by Elizabeth Partridge
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

John Lennon's turbulent childhood started in 1940 during a World War II air raid on Liverpool. From his rebellious rock and roll teen years to his celebrated career writing, recording, and performing music with the Beatles, John struggled to make sense of his life—one that had turned from youthful angst to suffocating fame in almost a split second.

Legend

by Marie Lu
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

COMING NOVEMBER 2011!


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.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

Leverage

by Joshua Cohen
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

There's an extraordinary price for victory at Anooka High. An unlikely friendship between Kurt, a talented but emotionally damaged fullback, and Danny, a promising gymnast, is at the heart of an increasingly violent, steriod-inflused power struggle. When the unthinkable happens, they must look to each other for salvation.

Losers in Space

by Michael Carroll
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

It is the year 2129... and fame is all that matters.

Susan and her friends are celebutantes. Their lives are powered by media awareness, fed by engineered meals, and underscored by cynicism. Everyone has a rating; the more viewers who ID you, the better. So Susan and her almost-boyfriend Derlock cook up a surefire plan: the nine of them will visit a Mars-bound spaceship and stow away.

March Toward the Thunder

by Joseph Bruchac
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Louis Nolette is a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian from Canada who is recruited to fight in the northern Irish Brigade in the War Between the States. But war is never what you expect, and as Louis fights his way through battle after battle, he encounters prejudice and acceptance, courage and cowardice, and strong and weak leadership in the most unexpected places.

Marching for Freedom

by Elizabeth Partridge
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge leads you straight into the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Focusing on the courageous children who faced terrifying violence in order to march alongside King, this is an inspiring look at their fight for the vote.

My Most Excellent Year

by Steve Kluger
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Best friends and unofficial brothers since they were six, ninth-graders T.C. and Augie have got the world figured out, but that all changes when both friends fall in love for the first time. T.C. falls hard for Alé while Augie realizes that he's got a crush on a boy. It's not so clear to him, but to his family and friends, it's totally obvious!

The Orange Houses

by Paul Griffin
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

In the West Bronx, three outcasts—a homeless vet, a hearing impaired girl, and a teenage refugee—become unlikely friends, but events beyond their control hurtle them towards a dangerous and potentially deadly end, breaking open their close-knit community and changing the lives of those living in the Orange Houses in explosive and unexpected ways.

Out of the Pocket

by Bill Konigsberg
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

Star quarterback Bobby Framingham, one of the most talented high school football players in California, thinks of his teammates as brothers. But they don't know that Bobby is gay. When he's outed against his will by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates' trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult, than he'd hoped.

The Outsiders

by S. E. Hinton
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

In Ponyboy's world there are two types of people. There are the Socs, the rich society kids who get away with anything and there are the greasers, like Ponyboy, who aren't so lucky. Trouble with the Socs, whose idea of a good time is beating up greasers like Ponyboy, is expected, but one night things go even further than that...

Paper Towns

by John Green
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.

Paranoid Park

by Blake Nelson
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

It was an accident. He didn't mean to kill the security guard with his skateboard—it was self-defense. But there's no one to back up his story. No one even knows he was at Paranoid Park. Should he confess, or can he get away with it? It's an ethical question no one should have to answer.

Peeps

by Scott Westerfeld
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he's infected the girlfriends he's had since he dated the mysterious Morgan. All of have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. And Cal must hunt them all down.

Playground

by 50 Cent
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Thirteen-year-old Butterball doesn't have much going for him. He's teased mercilessly about his weight. He hates the Long Island suburb his mom moved them to and wishes he still lived with his dad in the city. And now he's stuck talking to a totally out-of-touch therapist named Liz.

Liz tries to uncover what happened that day on the playground - a day that landed one kid in the hospital and Butterball in detention. Butterball refuses to let her in on the truth, and while he evades her questions, he takes readers on a journey through the moments that made him into the playground bully he is today.

The Last Days

by Scott Westerfeld
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

A mysterious epidemic holds the city in its thrall and the chaos is contagious?black oil spews from fire hydrants, rats have taken over brooklyn, and every day, more people disappear. but all that matters to pearl, Moz, and Zahler is their new band. they ignore the madness around them and join forces with a vampire lead singer and a drummer whose fractured mind can glimpse the coming darkness. will their music stave off the end of the world... or summon it?

Set against the gritty apocalypse that began in Peeps, The Last Days is about five teenagers who find themselves creating the soundtrack for the end of the world.

Rat Life

by Tedd Arnold
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

The dead body found in the river has nothing to do with Todd. Then he meets Rat, who offers Todd a gig at the drive-in theater. But hanging out with Rat leads to a host of perplexing questions. That corpse from the river is on Todd's mind, and no matter how he shifts the pieces around, Rat is always part of the puzzle.

Relic Master: The Dark City

by Catherine Fisher
Ages 12 and up | Grades 7 and up

Welcome to Anara, a world where relics emit technologically advanced powers, members of the old Order are hunted by the governing Watch yet revered by the people, and the great energy that connects all seems to also be destroying all. The only hope for the world lies in Galen, a man of the old Order and a Keeper of relics, and his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Raffi. They know of a secret relic with great power that has been hidden for centuries. As they search for it, they will be tested beyond their limits when faced with monsters-some human, some not-that also want the relic's power and will stop at nothing to get it.

Relic Master: The Lost Heiress

by Catherine Fisher
Ages 12 and up | Grades 7 and up

Even though Tasceron and its Emperor have fallen, there is a rumor that the heiress to the throne still lives. If so, her life is in grave danger, especially from the Watch. Galen and Raffi must race to find and protect her.

Relic Master: The Hidden Coronet

by Catherine Fisher
Ages 12 and up | Grades 7 and up

The coronet, a potent ancient relic, might be the only way to defeat the power that is destroying Anara. But it has been lost for centuries, and only legend tells of its whereabouts. Will Galen and Raffi be able to find it before the Watch does?

Relic Master: The Margrave

by Catherine Fisher
Ages 12 and up | Grades 7 and up

Galen and Raffi's quest has brought them to the Pits of Maar. There, below the surface of the world, in the deepest darkness, a most evil thing is waiting for them to come.

Response

by Paul Volponi
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Noah and his friends go to a predominantly white neighborhood with a plan: steal a car, sell it to a chop shop, and make some fast cash, but that never happens. Instead, Noah, a teen father, is the victim of a vicious beating that leaves him with a fractured skull. Was the attacker just protecting his turf, or was this a terrible hate crime?

Rikers High

by Paul Volponi
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Martin was sitting on the front stoop of his apartment building minding his own business when he was arrested for something he didn't even mean to do. Five months later, he's still locked up on Rikers Island, in a New York City jail. Just when it seems things couldn't get much worse, Martin is caught between two warring prisoners, and his face is slashed. Now he'll be forever marked with a prison scar. One good thing comes from the attack: Martin is transferred to a different part of Rikers where inmates are required to attend high school. If Martin opens up to a teacher who really seems to care, perhaps he'll learn a lesson more valuable than any taught in class.

Teen Thrillers


Ripper

by Stefan Petrucha
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Carver 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.

The Robot

by Paul E. Watson
Ages 12 and up | Grades 7 and up

When Gabe's parents leave town for the weekend, he lets his best, and only friend Dover convince him to break into his father's basement laboratory. Once inside, the boys make a shocking discovery, one that will turn a boring weekend into a hilarious madcap adventure: a smoking hot robot who, before the day is over, she'll expose a traitorous plot, catapult two geeky freshmen to high school fame, and try to assassinate Dr. Phil!

Rucker Park Setup

by Paul Volponi
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Rucker Park is a place where basketball's greatest pro players go up against street legends. Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball tournament here, but when the day of an important game arrives, J.R. is fatally stabbed. Now Mackey has a score to settle, but the killer is watching his every move.

The Rules of Survival

by Nancy Werlin
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

For Matt and his sisters, life with their cruel, vicious mother is a day-to-day struggle for survival. But when the admirable Murdoch begins dating Matt's mother, life is suddenly almost good. But the relief lasts only a short time. When Murdoch inevitably breaks up with their mother, Matt knows he needs to take action. Can he call upon his hero? Or must he take measures into his own hands?

Rush

by Jonathan Freisen
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Equal parts romance and heart-pounding action, this novel will leave you absolutely breathless. Join teen Jake King, an adrenaline junkie turned hotshot firefighter, as he struggles with the one risk he cannot take: losing his best friend and secret love, the beautiful Salome Lee. But to Jake, firefighting is like breathing pure adrenaline. And if he doesn't stop soon, they could all get burned....

The Shadow Club

by Neal Shusterman
Ages 12-16 | Grades 6-11

The Shadow Club starts simply enough: the kids who are tired of being second-best get together and, for the first time, talk about how they feel. But soon the members decide to play practical jokes on the first-place winners they envy, and things begin to spin dangerously out of control.

The Shadow Club Rising

by Neal Shusterman
Ages 12-16 | Grades 6-11

The Shadow Club doesn't exist anymore, but Jared and the ex-members are having a hard time shaking their reputation. When the new golden boy at school is the victim of a series of nasty pranks, everyone's convinced Jared is to blame. Determined to prove his innocence, Jared soon becomes wrapped up in a nightmare worse than anything the Shadow Club ever caused.

Shelter

by Harlan Coben
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

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. Then Ashley vanishes without a trace. 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.

Slam

by Nick Hornby
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Sam's girlfriend Alicia drops a bombshell. Make that ex-girlfriend—because by the time she tells him she's pregnant, they've already called it quits. Sam does not want to be a teenage dad, so he turns to his hero, skating legend Tony Hawk, because Sam believes the answers to life's hurdles can be found in Hawk's autobiography. But even Tony Hawk isn't offering answers this time—or is he?

The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill

by Heather Brewer
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is sinking its fangs into readers every day. Now, Heather Brewer brings us the other side of the story, from the perspective of Vlads former friend turned mortal enemy: campire slayer Joss Macmillan.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

by David Lubar
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Starting high school is never easy. Scott decides high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for his soon-to-be-born sibling. In the process, Scott manages to become involved in nearly everything the school has to offer. He has a hard time finding his place in the confusing world of high school AND keeping his sanity.

So Yesterday

by Scott Westerfeld
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Ever wonder who was the first kid to keep a wallet on a big chunky chain, or wear way-too-big pants on purpose? What about the mythical first guy who wore his baseball cap backwards? These are the Innovators, the people on the very cusp of cool. Seventeen-year-old Hunter Braque's job is finding them for the retail market.

But when a big-money client disappears, Hunter must use all his cool-hunting talents to find her. Along the way he's drawn into a web of brand-name intrigue-a missing cargo of the coolest shoes he's ever seen, ads for products that don't exist, and a shadowy group dedicated to the downfall of consumerism as we know it.

Something Rotten

by Alan M. Gratz
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

The smell of Denmark, Tennessee, hits Horatio Wilkes the moment he pulls into town to visit his best friend, Hamilton Prince. And it's not just the paper plant and the polluted river that's stinking up Denmark: Hamilton's father has been poisoned and the killer is still at large. Horatio and Hamilton need to find the killer, but it seems like everyone in Denmark is a suspect.

Something Wicked

by Alan M. Gratz
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Horatio Wilkes has come to the Scottish Highland Festival with his childhood friend Mac but before the Celtic festivities can get under way, Mac's grandfather and founder of the games, Duncan MacRae, is brutally murdered. All signs point to Duncan's son, Malcolm, as the killer, but Horatio has his doubts.

Spud

by John van de Ruit
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

John "Spud" Milton takes his first hilarious steps towards manhood in this delicious, laugh-out-loud boarding school romp, full of midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave all readers in hysterics and thirsty for more!

Spud: The Madness Continues...

by John van de Ruit
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

It's 1991, and John "Spud" Milton's journey to manhood is still creeping along at a snail's pace. Nearly fifteen, Spud's starting his second year at boarding school and—to his utter mortification—he's still a spud and life at school's about to get a whole lot worse.

Subject Seven

by James A. Moore
Ages 14+ | Grades 9+

Years ago, scientists began developing the ultimate military weapon: deadly sleeper assassins housed within the bodies of teenagers. Now Subject Seven, the dangerous alter-ego living inside a 16-year-old boy, has escaped the lab and is on a mission. His objective? To seek out others like him and build an army capable of destroying their creators.

Super Human

by Michael Carroll
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Four thousand years ago the world's first super human walked the earth. Possessing the strength of one hundred men, skin impervious to attack, and the ability to read minds, this immortal being used his power to conquer and enslave nations. Now plans are in motion that will transport this super human to the present, where he'll usher in a new age of tyranny unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Tales of the Madman Underground

by John Barnes
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

For years, Karl been part of what he calls “the Madman Underground”—a group of kids forced (for no apparent reason) to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl has decided that senior year is going to be different. He is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is going to act—and be—Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative when you have five after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother and a huge attitude.

Ten Mile River

by Paul Griffin
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Best friends Ray and Jose have escaped foster care and juvenile detention centers and now live on their own in an abandoned building located near Ten Mile River. They are closer than brothers until tension creeps into their relationship, and Ray must struggle to find an identity separate from Jose and try to envision a future for himself beyond Jose and Ten Mile River.

Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Bake, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Twisted

by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background, but since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. A string of events and changes have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family, and in the world.

The Vast Fields of Ordinary

by Nick Burd
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

It's Dade's last summer at home and college is a shining beacon of possibility keeping him afloat. Then he meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid, and falls in love for the first time. But just when true happiness has set in, tragedy shatters the dreamy curtain of summer.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

by John Green and David Levithan
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens-both named Will Grayson-are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most fabulous high school musical.