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Now that school is almost out it's time to do some serious reading for fun. Here's a few suggestions to get you started.


Click for availability and more information Arclight, by Josin L. McQuein
 
The Arclight is the last refuge in a post-apocalyptic world consumed by terrifying monsters called the Fade. No one crosses the wall of light that keeps the last human survivors safe. There's nothing else left and nowhere to go. Or so they thought, until Marina, a lone teenage girl, stumbles out of the Dark. Marina doesn't remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. And the Fade want her back. When one of them infiltrates the compound and recognizes Marina, she begins to unlock secrets she didn't even know she had. Marina knows she's an outsider in the Arclight, but she'll do anything to protect those who saved her. Whether they want her help or not. A harrowing sci-fi thriller for fans of Veronica Roth, Stephen King, and Justin Cronin. The first in a new series.


Click for availability and more information Criminal, by Terra Elan McVoy
 
Nikki's life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can't imagine herself without him. He's hot, he's dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There's nothing Nikki wouldn't do for Dee. Absolutely nothing. So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime--a crime that ends in murder--Nikki tells herself that it's all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him. But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about? Nikki's love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional...but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers. The Bookalicious blog calls this "a challenging, wrenching, stunningly done book." 


Click for availability and more information Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets, by Evan Roskos
 
A teenager's attempt to save himself by writing poems, hugging trees, and figuring out what it takes to be a good brother. James experiences the highs and lows of teenage depression while he tries to figure out how it's possible to survive, even when parents and teachers do everything they can to make a kid feel crazy. If you're curious, here the author talks about the novel in an interview published in a recent issue of School Library Journal. 


Click for availability and more information Fox Forever : a Jenna Fox chronicles novel , by Mary E. Pearson
 
Locke Jenkins has some catching up to do. After spending 260 years as a disembodied mind in a little black box, he has a perfect new body. But before he can move on with his unexpected new life, he'll have to return the Favor he accepted from the shadowy resistance group known as the Network. Watch the book trailer here.

Locke must infiltrate the home of a government official by gaining the trust of his daughter, seventeen-year-old Raine, and he soon finds himself pulled deep into the world of the resistance--and into Raine's life. Mary E. Pearson brings the story she began in The Adoration of Jenna Fox and continued in The Fox Inheritance to a breathtaking conclusion as Locke discovers that being truly human requires much more than flesh and blood. 


Click for availability and more information In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters
 
In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she's forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love, a boy who died in battle, returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her? This received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. 


Click for availability and more information Linked, by Imogen Howson
 
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. Now, all she has is nightmarish visions and unexplained bruises. Finally, she's promised a cure, and a surgery is scheduled. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the truth behind her visions: She's seeing the world through another girl's eyes. A world filled with pain and wires and weird machines. Elissa follows her visions, only to find a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl--Lin--who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. A twin she never knew existed. Elissa helps Lin evade the government agents who are ruthlessly tracking her down, but they're struggling to avoid capture, and soon Elissa is forced to turn to the only person who can help: Cadan, her brother's infuriating, arrogant best friend, and new graduate of the SFI space flight academy. Cadan is their one chance at safety. But Lin is too valuable to let go, and Elissa has knowledge that is too dangerous. The government will stop at nothing to get them back. Here's a short interview with the author from the Lucky13s blog.


Click for availability and more information One + One = Blue, by MJ Auch
 
Twelve year-old Basil knows he's special--he's been associating numbers with colors since he was a kid. His gift (or curse) has turned him into somewhat of a loner, but his world begins to change when he meets Tenzie, the new girl in school who has similar freakisms. She, too, has synesthesia (a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another). At first, Basil is somewhat annoyed with Tenzie's pushiness, but after Basil's estranged mother returns, his life is turned upside down... and Tenzie may be the only person to help him put it back together again. 


Click for availability and more information The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, by Karen Finneyfrock
 
Celia Door enters her freshman year of high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year. But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest, darkest secret. When Celia's quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she's forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship. Recommended perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Will Grayson, Will Grayson


Click for availability and more information This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith
 
Perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet online when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig, Wilbur. The two 17-year-olds strike up an e-mail relationship from opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names. What's more, Ellie doesn't know Graham is a famous actor, and Graham doesn't know about the big secret in Ellie's family tree. When the relationship goes from online to in-person, they find out whether their relationship can be the real thing. 


Click for availability and more information The Whole Stupid Way We Are , by N. Griffin
 
Another starred review from Publisher's Weekly. Here's what they have to say: "When readers meet 14-year-old Dinah, she's plotting to get her best friend Skint out of detention, which is Dinah all over: she's a loving worrier, loyal even to the people and things she's ambivalent about, like the Girls' Friendly Society, a service group whose members have dwindled to three older women, Dinah, and the technically ineligible Skint. The Girls' Friendly tries to help people in its small Maine town, but never in the way Dinah and Skint wish. And the truth is, Skint, whose father has early-onset dementia, could use some help himself, not that he'd take it. First-time author Griffin is good at depicting a small town where the many interconnections make it hard to know what to overlook and when to intervene, and she is equally tuned into the different ways people, adults and teens both, fail each other. It's impossible not to like clumsy, warm-hearted Dinah, even as her best intentions turn Skint's family upside down; Griffin's portrayal of Dinah and Skint's sense of injustice, frustration, and rage is wrenching and difficult to forget."

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Here's a dozen titles that we think teens will love. But there's much more to be had in Teen Central.


Click for availability and more information Burn for Burn, by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
 
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes--and three girls secretly plotting revenge. Kat is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend. Lillia has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she's going to put a stop to it. Mary is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who's responsible has yet to get what's coming to him. None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together...anything is possible. With an unlikely alliance in place, there will be no more "I wish I'd said..." or "If I could go back and do things differently..." These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together. 



Click for availability and more information Cadillac Chronicles, by Brett Hartman
 
Sixteen year-old Alex Riley's top priority in life is to find his long-absent father. But his mother has a knack for sabotaging his plans. To advance her political career, she takes in an elderly black man named Lester Bray. Lester arrives with a vintage Cadillac and an old man's personality. It takes only a week for Alex's mother to ask Lester to leave. That makes Alex angry. On the morning of his eviction, Lester and Alex set out on a road trip, ostensibly to find the boy's father in Fort Lauderdale. But the two don't just head south. They also cross through un-navigated political, racial, and personal territory. 


Click for availability and more information Come August, Come Freedom: the bellows, the gallows, and the black general Gabriel, by Gigi Amateau
 
In a time of post-Revolutionary fervor in Richmond, Virginia, an imposing twenty-four-year-old slave named Gabriel, known for his courage and intellect, plotted a rebellion involving thousands of African- American freedom seekers armed with refashioned pitchforks and other implements of Gabriel's blacksmith trade. The revolt would be thwarted by a confluence of fierce weather and human betrayal, but Gabriel retained his dignity to the end. History knows little of Gabriel's early life. But here, author Gigi Amateau imagines a childhood shaped by a mother's devotion, a father's passion for liberation, and a friendship with a white master's son who later proved cowardly and cruel. She gives vibrant life to Gabriel's love for his wife-to-be, Nanny, a slave woman whose freedom he worked tirelessly, and futilely, to buy. Interwoven with original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in history.


Click for availability and more information The Diviners, by Libba Bray
 
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is  thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies." When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first. 


Click for availability and more information Entice: a Violet Eden chapters novel , by Jessica Shirvington
 
Protecting humans from the vengeance of exiled angels, 17-year-old half-angel Violet Eden discovers that her Grigori reinforcements, including Lincoln, are hiding potentially dangerous secrets that may tilt the balance of power during a battle against the forces of Phoenix. This is the much anticipated follow-up to Embrace


Click for availability and more information The Opposite of Hallelujah, by Anna Jarzab
 
Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child--and she likes it that way. After all, her much older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, and Caro barely remembers her. So when Caro's parents drop the bombshell news that Hannah is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. To her, Hannah's a total stranger, someone who haunts their home with her meek and withdrawn presence, and who refuses to talk about her life and why she went away. Caro can't understand why her parents cut Hannah so much slack, and why they're not pushing for answers. Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate her new boyfriend, friends, and put her on the outs with her parents, Caro seeks solace from an unexpected source. And as she unearths a clue from Hannah's past--one that could save Hannah from the dark secret that possesses her--Caro begins to see her sister in a whole new light. 


Click for availability and more information Reached: a Matched novel , by Ally Condie
 
In the long-anticipated conclusion to the #1 New York Times best-selling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life that is too confining, seeking a freedom that she never dreamed possible and honoring a love she cannot live without. 


Click for availability and more information Regine's book: a teen girl's last words , by Regine Stokke
 
Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Regine's stated purpose with her posts was to give people a sense of "what it's like to live with" such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic. It was first adapted into book form in 2010, and became a best seller in Norway.


Click for availability and more information Rootless, by Chris Howard
 
17-year-old Banyan is a tree builder. Using salvaged scrap metal, he creates forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve from the desolate landscape. Although Banyan's never seen a real tree--they were destroyed more than a century ago--his missing father used to tell him stories about the Old World. Everything changes when Banyan meets a mysterious woman with a strange tattoo, a map to the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a wasteland from which few return. Those who make it past the pirates and poachers can't escape the locusts . . . the locusts that now feed on human flesh. But Banyan isn't the only one looking for the trees, and he's running out of time. Unsure of whom to trust, he's forced to make an alliance with Alpha, a beautiful, dangerous pirate with an agenda of her own. As they race towards a promised land that might only be a myth, Banyan makes shocking discoveries about his family, his past, and how far people will go to bring back the trees. 


Click for availability and more information Safekeeping, by Karen Hesse
 
Coming back from volunteering abroad, Radley just wants to get home to Vermont, and the comfort and safety of her parents. Travel restrictions and delays are worse than ever, and by the time Radley's plane lands in New Hampshire, she's been traveling for over twenty-four hours. Exhausted, she heads outside to find her parents--who always come, day or night, no matter when or where she lands--aren't there. Her cell phone is dead, her credit cards are worthless, and she doesn't have the proper travel papers to cross state lines. Out of money and options, Radley starts walking. . . . 


Click for availability and more information Sumo, by Thien Pham
 
Scott is a washed-up football player who never made it, and whose girlfriend abandoned him along with his dreams of playing pro football. But things have a way of working out, in this sweet, poetic tale--and a new chapter in Scott's life begins as the old one ends. Offered a position in a Japanese sumo training "stable," Scott abandons his old life, his old name, and even his old hair color, and becomes an aspiring sumo wrestler. And in so doing, he begins to find some kind of center in himself...a center that had seemed lost for good. This graphic novel is an unusual and beautiful book. It's nearly a contradiction in terms: a delicate, deft, tender tale about...sumo wrestling. 


Click for availability and more information Unstoppable, by Tim Green
 
A tale inspired by interviews with real-life cancer survivors and the author's experiences as a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons traces the challenges faced by foster kid and aspiring NFL athlete Harrison, who received a devastating diagnosis after a routine sports injury. 



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Below are some new and noteworthy young adult titles that have just hit our shelves.




Click for availability and more information The Dark Unwinding, by Sharon Cameron
 
In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family's estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurences soon have her doubting her own sanity.


Click for availability and more information The Demon Catchers of Milan, by Kat Beyer
 
Mia's ordinary life is disrupted for good in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and saved only by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins, the charming and gorgeous Emilio and stern, elderly Giuliano, say the only way to keep Mia safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the ancient lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever. A debut installment in a planned trilogy.


Click for availability and more information Erasing Time, by C.J. Hill
 
After being transported 400 years into a future world marked by domed cities, no animals and a virtually indecipherable version of the English language, twins Sheridan and Taylor are targeted by a weapons-hungry government and a mob boss who force them to put their safety into the hands of a young man with secrets of his own.


Click for availability and more information Every day, by David Levithan
 
Every morning, A wakes in a different person's body, a different person's life. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It's all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with--day in, day out, day after day.


Click for availability and more information The Iron Legends : Winter's Passage\Summer's Crossing\Iron's Prophecy, by Julie Kagawa
 
Enter the world of the internationally bestselling Iron Fey series. Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of the Iron Fey plus the Guide to the Iron Fey with exclusive information about Julie Kagawa's unforgettable world of Faery.

Winter's Passage Never make a promise to a faery. They always come to collect. Now Meghan Chase must fulfill her promise to Prince Ash of the Winter Court and embark upon a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory?while being pursued by a relentless new foe and guarding her own foolish heart.

Summer's Crossing What can turn enemies into reluctant allies? A call from the Exile Queen, Leanansidhe, ties legendary prankster Puck to his archenemy, Prince Ash, on a journey that may end in betrayal and will set them both on an irreversible path.

Iron's Prophecy Before she ever knew what she might become, Iron Queen Meghan Chase was warned by the oracle that her firstborn child would bring nothing but grief. And even as Meghan and Ash celebrate their long-awaited union, the prophecy stirs.? Three Iron Fey novellas for the first time in print!


Click for availability and more information Speechless, by Hannah Harrington
 
Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can't keep a secret...until now, because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast--and nearly got someone killed; so now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence and if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

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