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).

Books We’re Looking Forward To In April

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

Burning by Danielle Rollins (April 5) — Tucked away, deep in the woods, Brunesfield Correctional Facility’s cold walls and empty hallways keep dangerous girls away from the world…girls like Angela Davis, whose fate was determined by one bad decision. “With its subtle yet timely commentary on police brutality, interracial dating, and LGBT rights, the novel addresses contemporary issues without didacticism. A wildly fulfilling and frightening read” (Kirkus starred review).

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas (April 19) — For fans of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, this is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become. “Expertly plotted with plenty of twists and turns—never mind a truly shocking conclusion—this gritty thriller is sure to find a wide audience among teens and adults alike” (Booklist starred review).

Daughters of Ruin by K.D. Castner (April 5) — Game of Thrones meets Graceling in a thrilling debut that follows the four fierce princesses of enemy kingdoms as their worlds collide in the throes of war. “Strong female characters, jewelry as weaponry, political double crosses, and surprise twists. What’s not to love?” (School Library Journal starred review).

The End Of Fun by Sean McGinty (April 5) — Seventeen-year-old Aaron is hooked on FUN, a new augmented reality experience that is as addictive as it is FUN. But when he sets off on a treasure hunt, left by his late grandfather, Aaron must navigate the real world and discover what it means to connect–after the game is over. “Perfectly pitched to a teen audience that has grown up being targeted by media in increasingly specific and sophisticated ways, is intimately familiar with virtual friends (and enemies), and knows firsthand what it’s like to be addicted to a device” (Booklist starred review).

Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti (April 5) — Sometimes people want to be lost. Madison—Mads to everyone who knows her—is trying her best to escape herself during one last summer away from a mother who needs more from her than she can give, and from a future that has been decided by everyone but her. “A clear-eyed story about love and loss, mental illness, and taking charge of one’s own fate” (Kirkus starred review).

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms) by Cinda Williams Chima (April 19) — Set in the world of the bestselling Seven Realms series, a generation later, this is a breathtaking story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. “A welcome return for loyal fans and a splendid jumping-on point for new ones. Both will be panting for the next installment” (Kirkus starred review).

Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (April 5) — In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke–a ‘finder’ of black market goods–is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl. “Hesse’s pacing infuses her story with thriller suspense, enriching the narrative with dramatic surprises both small and large” (Booklist starred review).

Great Falls by Steve Watkins (April 26) — Shane has always worshiped his big brother, Jeremy. But three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken their toll, and the easy-go-lucky brother Shane knew has been replaced by a surly drunk who carries his loaded 9mm with him everywhere and lives in the basement because he can’t face life with his wife and two small children. “A gripping, moving, disturbing tale of homecoming” (Kirkus starred review).

The Haters by Jesse Andrews (April 5) — Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band. “Effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable, and, given the years since Andrews’ fantastic debut (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2012), well worth the wait” (Booklist starred review).

The Incident on the Bridge by Laura McNeal (April 26) — When Thisbe Locke is last seen standing on the edge of the Coronado Bridge, it looks like there is only one thing to call it. But her sister Ted is not convinced. Despite the witnesses and the police reports and the divers and the fact that she was heartbroken about the way things ended with Clay and how she humiliated herself at that party, Thisbe isn’t the type of person to end up just an “incident”. “While what happens to Thisbe is revealed almost immediately, McNeal writes with a mature hand, expert pacing, and an immediacy that ensures readers will be engrossed” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian (April 26) — What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together? While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. “The book examines many forms of loss and illustrates how rebuilding can be even harder than seeing what is loved destroyed” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin (April 19) — Super 8 meets Friday Night Lights in this smart and action-packed coming-of-age novel. Benji’s lived his whole life in the same sleepy midwestern town, but yearns for a Moment—the Moment that will redeem and transform his ordinary life. Then one night, the Moment happens: Benji and his tight group of friends accidentally shoot down a flying saucer in the local quarry. “Campy but haunting, and about ray-gun-shooting monsters as much as it is about bittersweet broken dreams” (Booklist starred review).

Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (April 19) — Introvert Frankie Neumann hates his life, and understandably so–he’s just the guy who makes pizza at Pizza Vendetta. Though he has secret artistic aspirations of his own, his over-the-top family makes him want to stay in the background. But Frankie’s life is about to change–becoming way more interesting, even a little dangerous, but definitely cool. “Cronn-Mills (Beautiful Music for Ugly Children) tackles guerilla art, gender norms, and sibling rivalry in a whirlwind of a novel, aided by comics panels from E. Eero Johnson (The Outliers)” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry (April 12) — Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas. When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. “An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction, Berry’s latest is a must for middle and high school libraries” (School Library Journal starred review).

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) by Maggie Stiefvater (April 26) — All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. “This is a series that is destined for greatness and The Raven King is a crowning achievement” (School Library Journal starred review).

Rescued by Eliot Schrefer (April 26) — The third entry in the taut, heart-wrenching Ape Quartet that made Schrefer a two-time National Book Award finalist introduces us to an orangutan named Raja, held captive in suburban America. “Schrefer paints a powerful picture of the cost of exploiting nature, the demands of agriculture, and the complexities of globalization, and the portrayal of Raja as an intelligent, complex individual is gripping and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki (April 19) — Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren’t for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects. “Subtle, compassionate, and full of character, Tamaki’s empowering story of personal insight—not to mention lovably flawed Monty herself—has ample, surprising depth” (Booklist starred review).

Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw (April 19) — Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her pot-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor. “A sparkling, unabashedly feminist debut” (Kirkus starred review).

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (April 26) — Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. “A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons” (School Library Journal starred review).

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (April 5) — Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help? “[Buxbaum] maintains suspense until the very end, and even if readers think they know who Somebody/Nobody is, the desire to find out whether Jessie’s real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep them turning the pages as quickly as possible” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

This Is the Story of You by Beth Kephart (April 1) — On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira’s mother and brother on the mainland, nothing will ever be the same. “This beautifully written book works on many levels and is rich in its characterization, emotion, language, and hint of mystery” (School Library Journal starred review).

This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne (April 12) — Osborne explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue. “This exceptional work explores the history of American immigration from the early colonization of the continent to the contemporary discussions involving undocumented aliens” (School Library Journal starred review).

When We Collided by Emery Lord (April 5) — Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town. “An absolute tearjerker romance with a powerful message about weightier topics of grief and mental illness” (School Library Journal starred review).