Books We’re Looking Forward To In June

Future Releases

Here’s a look at some of the books we’re looking forward to reading in June…

June 7th

The End (Enemy Series, Book 7) by Charlie Higson (June 7) — The final battle ensues between Saint George’s army of sickos and the army of London kids. Shadowman, realizing that Saint George’s army is headed toward the center of London, has raced ahead to warn the kids of the impending disaster. He knows that he has to make them understand–somehow–that they are going to have to work together.

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh (June 7) — In this sweeping prehistoric fantasy, the only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future. “[Give] this Stone Age, gender-flipped take on Pride and Prejudice to readers on the lookout for something compellingly out of the ordinary” (School Library Journal).

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Ashton Brodi and Jodi Meadows (June 7) — Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger–and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong… “Wonky, offbeat, and happily anachronistic this fantasy adventure politely tips its hat to history before joyfully punting it out of the way. An utter delight” (Booklist starred review).

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar (June 7) — A paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things–fears, memories, scars, even love–and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing. “This is a fast-paced paranormal mystery with an unusual magic system. It is not the same old make-believe and should be very welcome in most libraries” (School Library Journal).

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (June 7) — There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. “First in a planned duo, this taut creation about the nature of humanity lingers long after its disquieting finale” (Booklist starred review).

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan (June 7) — Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. “Both authors excel at writing smart, funny, and realistic dialogue. These are characters to whom readers will relate and want to get to know” (School Library Journal).

June 14th

Change Places with Me by Lois Metzger (June 14) — In this work of speculative fiction, Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. There’s no more sadness in her life; she’s bursting with happiness. But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who’s still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin. “With a simplicity that belies its profundity, this title will linger long in readers’ minds” (Booklist starred review).

Escape From Asylum by Madeleine Roux (June 14) — In this terrifying prequel novel to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, a teen is wrongfully committed to the Brookline psychiatric hospital and must find a way out—before he becomes the next victim of the evil warden’s experiments.

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash (June 14) — John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him. Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since. “[Tash] uses the hopeful voice of a young man in the throes of first love to gently poke fun at fandom while celebrating the passion and camaraderie of the community” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

How To Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler (June 14) — This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her. “This attractive mash-up of suspense, road trip, romance, and psychological drama maintains its energy and credibility right through its emotionally honest and un-fairy-tale-like ending” (Booklist).

Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry (June 14) — A summer away from the city is the beginning of everything for Brooklyn Shepard. Her theater apprenticeship at Allerdale is a chance to prove that she can carve out a niche all her own, surrounded by people who don’t know anything about her or her family of superstar performers. Brooklyn immediately hits it off with her roommate, Zoe, and soon their friendship turns into something more. “A drama-filled entry for theater fans, this should be added to coming-of-age collections” (School Library Journal).

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler (June 14) — Ashleigh Walker is a mediocre student with an assortment of friends, a sort-of boyfriend, and no plans for the future. Then a straight-from-college English teacher, Miss Murray, takes over Ash’s class and changes everything. She seems to really care about her students. About Ashleigh. For the first time, Ash feels an urge to try harder, and before she knows it, she’s in love. “With an absorbing plot and believable dialogue, this novel demonstrates respect for teens’ fears and desires, ending on a hopeful note that steers clear of unconvincing platitudes” (Kirkus starred review).

Sea Spell (Waterfire Saga, Book 4) by Jennifer Donnelly (June 14) — At the end of Dark Tide, Astrid leaves her mermaid friends to confront her ancestor, Orfeo, the evil force behind the rise of the monster Abbadon. Orfeo possesses one of the six talismans that the merls need in order to keep the monster locked up forever. But without the ability to songcast, how will Astrid be able to defeat the most powerful mage in history?

Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt (June 14) — Seventeen-year-old River doesn’t know what to do with himself when Penny, the girl he adores, breaks up with him. Soon, he stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions. He fakes his way into the meetings, and begins to connect with the other kids, especially an amazing girl. River wants to tell the truth, but he can’t stop lying, and his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how to handle the most potent drug of all: true love. “Intelligent and ironic, the narrative resounds with honesty, even as River himself is quite successful at inventing little white lies” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen (June 14) — At the dawn of a reimagined 20th century, one girl must become the reluctant symbol of a new world. The year is 1908, and seventeen-year-old Rosalind Wallace’s blissful stay in England with her best friend, Cecily de Vere, has come to an abrupt end. As a publicity stunt, her industrialist father has booked Rosalind on the maiden voyage of his fabulous Transatlantic Express, the world’s first railroad to travel under the sea. “Fantastical alternate history details blend seamlessly with multifaceted characters and tightly woven elements of intrigue, suspense, and romance to create a story, and a world, that will long linger in readers’ imaginations” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore (June 14) — An entire life can change in an instant, and for sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stoller that moment is when she collapses out of the blue. The next thing she knows, she’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of. But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room. “Reading this dramatic romance is both a painful and mesmerizing experience” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

June 21st

Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana (June 21) — For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices. “Khorana perfectly captures the excruciating pain of a high-school society divided by race and socioeconomic status, and presents a thought-provoking topic (alternate realities) within logical plot devices” (Booklist).

Never Ever by Sara Saedi (June 21) — When Wylie encounters Phinn–confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome–at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly. “A cleverly repackaged Peter Pan for teens, with characters and subplots that beg for a sequel” (School Library Journal).

Summer In The Invisible City by Juliana Romano (June 21) — Seventeen-year-old Sadie Bell has this summer all figured out: she’s going to befriend the cool girls at her school. She’s going to bond with her absentee father, a famous artist, and impress him with her photography skills. And she’s finally going to get over Noah, the swoony older guy who was her very first mistake. But Sadie wasn’t counting on meeting Sam, a funny and free-thinking boy who makes her question all of her goals. “Relationships among friends, family, and romantic partners are the heart of Sadie’s life and her story, and readers will enjoy meandering through the joys and disappointments of this quiet, reflective teen” (Publishers Weekly).

Unplugged by Donna Freitas (June 21) — Humanity is split into a dying physical world for the poor and an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy. Years ago, Skylar Cruz crossed over to the App World for a chance at a better life, and her family stayed behind in the Real World. Now Skye is a virtual teenager, surrounded by glamorous apps and expensive downloads—yet she’s never felt like she fits in, and all she wants is to see her mother and sister again. “A fast-paced series opener. An expectations-defying heroine, a world facing drastic change, and an impossible love triangle” (Publishers Weekly).

The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer Trilogy, Book 2) by Elizabeth May (June 21) — Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. “Combines vivid world-building with action-packed fight sequences. fans will eagerly await the trilogy’s conclusion” (School Library Journal).

June 28th

And I Darken by Kiersten White (June 28) — No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival — for the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. “Addictive intrigue that will send readers to history books as a balm while waiting for the sequel” (Kirkus Reviews).

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes (June 28) — Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca’s spirit to Ancient Mytica–the same book that their enemies would kill them for.

Empire of Dust (Blood of Gods and Royals series, Book 2) by Eleanor Herman (June 28) — In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust. After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands–but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat. “This middle volume offers a rising plot and ever bigger baddies; anyone who makes it this far is definitely in for Volume 3” (Kirkus Reviews).

Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch (June 28) — Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life — until she learns a girl from the park has gone missing. “This layered, satisfying read brims with spine-tingling psychological suspense and plays on themes of identity, loyalty, and loss” (Booklist).

United As One (Lorien Legacies, Book 7) by Pittacus Lore (June 28) — The seventh and final book in the bestselling I Am Number Four series. The Mogadorians have invaded Earth. Their warships loom over our most populated cities, and no country will risk taking them head on. The Garde are all that stand in the way, but they’ll need an army of their own to win this fight.



2016 Teens’ Top 10 Nominees!

The 2016 Teens’ Top Ten nominations are here! Read on to see the 26 nominated titles and download the annotated 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations (PDF).

Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books from the previous year. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.

Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online throughout August and September; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.

Members of the CA Reading Society can borrow these and other library titles for the summer; see Mr. Bateman for details!

The 2016 Nominees

Linked titles are already available in the CA Library collection; the rest will be added soon! Follow the link to connect to the catalog, see additional details and to check availability. You can also download an annotated list (PDF) of the 26 nominees.

Baker, Chandler. Alive (Disney/Hyperion) — After receiving a heart transplant, seventeen-year-old Stella throws herself into her new life, but her recovery is marred with strange side effects and hallucinations. When she meets Levi Zin, a mysterious new boy at her Seattle prep school, Stella soon realizes that she and Levi have more in common than she could ever imagine.

Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows (Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co.) — Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction–if they don’t kill each other first.

Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest (Little, Brown & Co.) — In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, feel the fresh sting of betrayal, and to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king.

Boecker, Virginia. The Witch Hunter (Little, Brown & Co.) — Set in an alternative 16th-century England, Elizabeth Grey is the only girl in the king’s elite group of witch hunters. When she’s framed for being a witch herself, Elizabeth finds freedom at the hands of the world’s most wanted wizard and her loyalties are tested.

Brockenbrough, Martha. The Game of Love and Death (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books) — In Seattle in 1937 two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.

Childs, Tera Lynn, and Tracy Deebs. Powerless (Sourcebooks Fire) — Kenna feels inferior because everyone else has some talent or power, so when villains break into the lab where she interns, she will not let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary, too. But secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life, leading her to think about good and evil, heroes and villains, and what it means to be powerful and powerless.

Cornwell, Betsy. Mechanica (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt /Clarion Books) — A retelling of Cinderella about an indomitable inventor-mechanic who finds her prince but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all

Dinnison, Kris. You and Me and Him (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books) — Maggie Bowers thinks she knows what to expect her junior year of high school, but when she and her out-of-the-closet best friend Nash have feelings for the same boy she wonders if winning someone’s heart means losing her soul mate.

Doktorski, Jennifer Salvato. The Summer After You + Me (Sourcebooks Fire) — A year after Superstorm Sandy, Lucy’s life is returning to normal at the Jersey Shore, where she has grown up surfing with her twin brother, crabbing and long-boarding with friends, and working at Surf Taco, but the torch she holds for summer resident Connor, the center of The Big Mistake, still burns.

Doller, Trish. The Devil You Know (Bloomsbury) — Exhausted and rebellious after three years of working for her father and mothering her brother, eighteen-year-old Arcadia “Cadie” Wells joins two cousins who are camping their way through Florida, soon learning that one is a murderer.

Heltzel, Anne. Charlie, Presumed Dead (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) — Told in separate voices, Lena and Aubrey, each hiding their own secrets, set off in search of the truth about Charlie, including if he is really dead, after meeting at his funeral and learning that he was dating both of them.

Kaufman Amie, and Jay Kristoff. Illuminae (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf) — The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

Laurie, Victoria. When (Disney/Hyperion) — Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do readings for money, but when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation.

Matharu, Taran. The Novice: Summoner: Book One (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends) — When Fletcher, a blacksmith’s apprentice, learns he can summon demons, he travels with his demon to an academy for adepts where he is to train as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the orcs, but he discovers that all is not as it seems.

Nielsen, Jennifer A. Mark of the Thief (Scholastic/Scholastic Press) — When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds himself in possession of an ancient amulet filled with magic once reserved for the Gods, and becomes the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and destroy Rome.

Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf) — Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another.

Priest, Cherie. Illustrated by Kali Ciesemier. I Am Princess X (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine) — Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.

Schmidt, Tiffany. Hold Me Like a Breath (Bloomsbury) — Penny Landlow, seventeen, the overprotected daughter of a powerful crime family, has rarely left the family estate due to a blood disorder but when tragedy strikes and she is left alone in New York City, she must prove she is not as fragile as everyone believes.

Schreiber, Joe. Con Academy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) — Con man Will Shea may have met his match in scammer Andrea Dufresne as they make a high-stakes deal that will determine who gets to stay at Connaughton Academy, one of the most elite and privileged preparatory schools in the country, and who must leave.

Sedgwick, Marcus. The Ghosts of Heaven (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press) — Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.

Simmons, Kristen. The Glass Arrow (Tor Teen) — Living in hiding with other ragtag girls in a world where women are hunted and sold for breeding, Aya is caught by a group of businessmen who test her survival skills.

Stohl, Margaret. Black Widow Forever Red (Disney/Marvel Press) — Natasha Romanov, called the Black Widow, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, rescues a young girl from Ivan, the man who once trained her as an assassin–and eight years later she is called upon to protect the teenage Ava from a threat from the past–and possibly from S.H.I.E.L.D itself.

Stone, Tamara Ireland. Every Last Word (Disney/Hyperion) — Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club.

Westerfeld, Scott, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti. Zeroes (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse) — Told from separate viewpoints, teens Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie, all born in the year 2000 and living in Cambria, California, have superhuman abilities that give them interesting but not heroic lives until they must work as a community to respond to a high stakes crisis.

Weingarten, Lynn. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse) — They say Delia burned burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed, but June does not believe it was suicide because she and Delia used to be closer than anything, but one night a year ago, everything changed when they and June’s boyfriend Ryan let their good time get out of hand, and now, a year later, June owes it to Delia to know if her best friend committed suicide or was murdered.

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything (Random House/Delacorte Press) — The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

Books We’re Looking Forward To In May

Future ReleasesHere’s a look at some of the books we’re looking forward to reading in May…

Ask Me How I Got Here
by Christine Heppermann (May 3) — Addie has always known what she was running toward, whether in cross country, in her all-girls Catholic school, or in love. Until she and her boyfriend are careless one night and she gets pregnant. Addie makes the difficult choice to have an abortion. And after that—even though she knows it was the right decision for her—nothing is the same. “Teens mature enough to appreciate Heppermann’s subtlety will welcome this fresh, relatable novel that is bold enough to venture into relatively unexplored territory” (School Library Journal starred review).

The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer (May 3) — Growing up, Adrien and his sister, Grace, competed viciously for everything. It wasn’t easy being the adopted sibling, but Adrien tried to get along. When their scientist parents died in a terrible lab fire, there was nothing left to hold them together. Now, after years apart, Adrien and Grace are forced to reunite at the elite boarding school where their parents were teachers. “Brewer weaves sexuality and identity into the story but does not make them the engine for it; the result is a rich, authentic read” (Kirkus starred review).

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (May 17) — Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. With the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Russian tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side, so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter — the defeated is sentenced to death. “Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top” (Kirkus starred review).

Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black (May 17) — Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice–inherited from her musically gifted mother–in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass. “First-time novelist Mason-Black delivers a subtle, delicate tale reminiscent of the work of Charles de Lint, a magical realist journey of self-discovery and hidden depths, with fascinating characters and a captivating narrative” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Draw The Line by Laurent Linn (May 17) — 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 stunning debut novel exquisitely illustrated by the author. “Linn’s compelling story doesn’t let go of the reader. While it’s ingeniously plotted, its best aspect is its characterization, especially its multidimensional treatment of Adrian and his friends; they come alive and drive the narrative to its satisfying conclusion” (Booklist starred review).

Everland by Wendy Spinale (May 10) — London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer. Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. “This is a magical, wondrous treat, with a conclusion that’s nothing less than epic” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (May 10) — Nanette O’Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper–a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic–the rebel within Nanette awakens. “Filled with literary allusions to Greek tragedies and The Catcher in the Rye, this work will be a hit with fans of Natalie Standiford’s How to Say Goodbye in Robot” (School Library Journal starred review).

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes (May 10) — Willa Parker, 646th and least-popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life. Did she choose this life? No, because that would be too easy—and nothing in Willa’s life is easy. It’s her famous genius mother’s idea to send her to ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Pembroke Prep, and Willa has no intention of fitting in. “[Willa’s] first-person narration is self-deprecating, deeply thoughtful, and thoroughly funny, with a sometimes-chiding direct address that pulls readers into her confidence” (Kirkus starred review).

Flannery by Lisa Moore (May 10) — Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school. When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship class project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. “Smart, bold, heartbreaking–sophisticated teen readers will be wowed” (Kirkus starred review).

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout (May 3) — The game: get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary. Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. The stakes: higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. “Readers will be caught up in the brilliance of the three characters and be surprised at the many twists and turns that they must confront. A gripping must-have” (School Library Journal starred review).

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (May 10) — Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there? “Chapters alternate between Sol’s and Lisa’s third-person narrations and brim over with warm, witty, authentic dialogue. Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters” (Kirkus starred review).

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (May 10) — Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy–a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries. “Hardinge…melds a haunting historical mystery with a sharp observation on the dangers of suppressing the thirst for knowledge” (School Library Journal starred review).

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude (May 3) — Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night. Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. When her best friend Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them. “An assured debut suffused with Gothic tension and atmosphere” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss (May 31) — In a single night — graduation night — Thomas has to decide: do what everyone has always expected of him, or forge an entirely new path. Bryan Bliss’s absorbing examination of one boy struggling with expectations and realities will appeal to readers of Sara Zarr and Chris Crutcher. “Thoughtful, empathetic, and deeply stirring” (Booklist starred review).

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee (May 24) — San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong–until disaster strikes. “Full of beautiful turns of phrase, lessons in Chinese customs and superstitions, and a refreshing protagonist representing intersectional diversity, this is a must-read for followers of historical fiction” (Kirkus starred review).

Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid (May 1) — Andrea Faraday is junior class valedictorian at the exclusive Woodruff School, where she was voted Most Likely to Do Everything Right. But looks can be deceiving. When her parents disappear, her life and her Perfect Girl charade begins to crumble, and her scheme to put things right just takes the situation from bad to so much worse. “Gripping, suspenseful, and refreshingly diverse” (Kirkus starred review).

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff (May 17) — Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her seemingly perfect life. Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights, gets stoned in the park, and is at risk of not graduating. But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom–and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. “A tightly woven, luminously written novel that captures the uncertain nature of high school and the difficult path of self-discovery” (Booklist starred review).

The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda (May 24) — Kelsey has lived most of her life in a shadow of fear, raised to see danger everywhere. Her mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in seventeen years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her–Kelsey. “The breathless cat-and-mouse game between Kelsey and her shadowy pursuers makes this a fast-paced, suspenseful treat” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Silence Is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher (May 17) — Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. At first, she’s just too shocked to speak. And who wouldn’t be? Discovering your whole life has been a lie because your dad isn’t your real father is a pretty big deal. Terrified of the truth, Tess retreats into silence. “Pitcher delivers a story of betrayal and miscues among family and friends with a realistic blend of humor and gravity as Tess slides toward mental instability. An unflinchingly honest portrayal of anguish” (Kirkus starred review).

The Square Root Of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (May 3) — Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past. “[Hapgood takes a] sophisticated and believable approach to integrating space/time anomalies into the story line. An emotional roller-coaster ride worth taking” (School Library Journal starred review).

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins (May 17) — Twelve bestselling young adult writers contributed the stories for this collection that will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses — you have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love. “This star-studded lineup doesn’t disappoint. An intelligent beach read with heart, soul, and sizzle” (Kirkus starred review).

This Is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister (May 17) — Fans of Andrew Smith and Matt de la Pena will be captivated by this summer-in-the-life of a teenage guy growing up in a trailer park in Eugene, Oregon, an unforgettable account of growing up, making mistakes, and growing out of the shadow of drug abuse. “A raw, offbeat novel with an abundance of honesty and heart” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman (May 3) — A romantic and exhilarating historical adventure about a girl who must unlock the secrets within Paradise Lost to save her father—perfect for fans of Revolution and Code Name Verity—from acclaimed author Anne Blankman, whose debut novel, Prisoner of Night and Fog, was a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens in 2015. “Blankman does a masterful job of wrapping fiction around historical facts and making barely possible details seem plausible and real” (Kirkus starred review).

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (May 3) — From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. “Matson’s fans will enjoy sinking into this immersive summer read” (Publishers Weekly).