Books We’re Looking Forward To In September

Future ReleasesWelcome back to another great school year! Here’s a look at some of the books you’ll find in the library’s New Book section in September!

NOTE: Dates listed are release dates, not when the book will be available in the library.

September 1

Naked ’76 by Kevin Brooks (September 1) — London, 1976: A summer of creation, destruction, and blistering heat. Lili Garcia stands at the edge of London’s growing punk scene, playing bass with one of the city’s wildest bands. “Readers will be swept up in Brooks’ adrenaline-fueled story of music and rebellion, wherein acts against authority are grounded in more familiar teenage experiences” (Booklist starred review).

September 6

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (September 6) — When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets, too — the questions that Silla can’t ignore. “Kurtagich’s horror imagery is satisfying and affecting — her descriptions of the day-to-day decay the girls face are as rich and scary as the monstrous man who scuttles around on all fours and the teeming mud pits that are waiting in the woods” (School Library Journal starred review).

As I Descended by Robin Talley (September 6) — Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—but one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. Golden child Delilah is a legend at exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. But Delilah doesn’t know that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to unseat Delilah for the scholarship. “Talley’s intense reimagining [of Shakespeare’s Macbeth] seamlessly weaves the contemporary motivations of a diverse teen cast together with classic guilt and mistrust in a devastating marriage of the stunningly unexpected with the maddeningly inevitable” (Kirkus starred review).

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (September 6, 2016) — All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not, and show respect for her parents and loyalty to her friends. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. “Books starring queer girls are still relatively few, so this is a fantastic addition to a steadily growing collection of strong YA narratives for queer youth” (Booklist).

The Graces by Laure Eve (September 6) — When a glamorous family of teenage witches brings a mysterious new girl into their fold, they unwittingly nurture a powerful black magic that could destroy them all. And the first rule of witchcraft says that if you want something badly enough, you can get it…matter who has to pay. “Though the facts may be slippery, the prose never is; it’s precise, vivid, and immediate. Powerful” (Kirkus starred review).

Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung (September 6) — Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school, and a ticket out of her broken-down suburb. Linh is blunt, strong-willed, and fearless–everything Lucy once loved about herself. She is also Lucy’s last solid link to her life before private school. As Lucy floats further away from the world she once knew, her connection to Linh–and to her old life–threatens to snap. “Against the vividly painted backdrops of two very different communities, [Pung] traces Lucy’s struggle to form a new identity without compromising the values she holds closest to her heart” (Publishers Weekly).

September 13

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron (September 13) — Seventeen-year-old Nadia lives in Canaan, a quiet city in an idyllic world, hemmed in by high walls. Every twelve years, the people of Canaan undergo a collective Forgetting, in the days before which the town devolves into a chaos of bloody violence, and after which the people are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, their lives. But Nadia has never forgotten. “Cameron creates a world filled with chilling dystopian constructs while maintaining a sense that it is as solid and convincing as our own” (School Library Journal starred review).

The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely (September 13) — From the critically acclaimed author of The Gospel of Winter and the coauthor of All American Boys comes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer nights and the classic teen love story as two teens embark on a cross-country journey of the heart and soul from Los Angeles to upstate New York. “A good fit for new adults, graduates of Joan Bauer’s Rules of the Road, or those who enjoyed John Green’s Looking for Alaska” (Booklist).

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner (September 13) — How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, sixteen-year-old Otis must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it. “Readers will find Otis relatable and endearing in his first-person perspective of first love and heartbreak, as well as his unwavering loyalty to his friends” (School Library Journal starred review).

Radical by E.M. Kokie (September 13) — Preppers. Survivalists. Bex prefers to think of herself as a realist who plans to survive, but regardless of labels, they’re all sure of the same thing: a crisis is coming. Determined to survive, Bex is at a loss when her world collapses in the one way she hasn’t planned for. “A complex recipe of volatile ingredients that Kokie uses to deliver an unsettling story that’s both timely and necessary” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, Book One) by Traci Chee (September 13) — Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. “With evocative language, fascinating world building, multifaceted characters, and a compelling plot, this is a series fantasy lovers will want to sink their teeth into” (Booklist starred review).

Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (September 13) — In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas-Mexico border in 1915, Joaquin and Dulcena attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. “Pura Belpré winner McCall delivers an ambitious, sardonically relevant historical novel—a must-read, complex twist on a political Shakespearean tragedy” (Kirkus starred review).

Watched by Marina Budhos (September 13) — Naeem is far from the “model teen”.  Moving fast in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens is the only way he can outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents and their gossipy neighbors. Even worse, they’re not the only ones watching. With cameras on poles and mosques infiltrated, everyone knows to be careful what you say and who you say it to. Because anyone might be a watcher. “Highly recommended because of its very timely subject matter; this would be a great choice for a book club or classroom discussion” (School Library Journal starred review).

When They Fade by Jeyn Roberts (September 13) — Tatum is the only person at school who knew the truth about the affair her best friend, Claudette, has been having with their married teacher. And at the time, confiding in an adult seemed like the right thing to do. But now, everyone in town has turned against Tatum, painting her as a liar and a rat. As the bullying from her classmates escalates, it seems that nowhere is safe for her anymore. “A satisfying read that tackles heavy issues and is never weighed down by them” (Kirkus starred review).

September 20

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One) by Jessica Cluess (September 20) – In this spellbinding fantasy set in Victorian London, Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers. “Cluess gamely turns the chosen-one trope upside down in this smashing dark fantasy” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu (September 20) — When eleven-year-old Dylan Anderson is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of fifteen-year-old Ethan Jorgensen, who had gone on a bike ride four years earlier and had never been seen again. “In a social networking world where debates about abuse and victimization are widespread, this is an important addition to any YA collection” (School Library Journal starred review).

Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick (September 20) — When writer Arthur Ransome leaves his unhappy marriage in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist, he has little idea of the violent revolution about to erupt. Unwittingly, he finds himself at its center, tapped by the British to report back on the Bolsheviks even as he becomes dangerously, romantically entangled with Trotsky’s personal secretary. “[Sedgwick’s] spy-novel-like narrative and fictionalized account of a key historical moment will thrillingly bring WWI and Russian history to life for readers bored by the usual textbook accounts of the period” (Booklist starred review).

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (September 20) — Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was raped and murdered, and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. “An unflinching look at rape culture and its repercussions” (Kirkus starred review).

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold (September 20) — Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father, and ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. “Arnold writes with a Hinton-esque depth and rawness, building Mad and Vic’s stories with practiced patience” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies (September 20) — A bolt of lightning inspires an incredible journey in this charming, magical realism adventure that takes four teens on an all-night journey through the streets of New York City. “In third-person chapters that flip between her characters’ past and present, Davies acutely expresses their innermost feelings, hopes, and vulnerabilities” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Swan Riders (Prisoners Of Peace, Book 2) by Eric Bow (September 20) -Treacherous twists await Greta Stuart as the stakes get even higher in this stunning follow-up to the The Scorpion Rules. Greta has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints, new receptors have transformed her vision, and the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. Greta is ready to rule the world — but the new technology is also killing her. “Weighty subject matter and heavy questions about what is best versus what is right are tempered with humor and Greta’s wry first-person narration” (Kirkus starred review).

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (September 20) — Fans of Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. “The magic is fierce and the plot intensely twisted, but at this novel’s dark heart beats a story about sisterhood, the unbreakable bonds of family, and ties that bind enough to kill” (Booklist starred review).

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter (September 20) – A modern retelling of the Russian folktale “Vassilissa the Beautiful”. In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived – but not in Vassa’s working-class neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters. One might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. “A refreshing read, and elements of traditional horror blend well with high-concept fantasy in this surprising and engaging tale. A must-have for YA urban fantasy collections” (School Library Journal starred review).

September 27

A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby (September 27) — London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory, takes a new position as a maid to the Elephant Man. In Joseph Merrick, she finds a gentle kindred, who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain. But when the murders begin, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead. “Evelyn is a complex and engaging character, the slums and slang of Victorian-era London are carefully delineated, and the eventual revelation of [the killer’s] identity and fate will leave readers gasping” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box, edited by Leonard Marcus (September 27) — Respected anthologist Leonard S. Marcus turns his literary microscope to the world of comics, which has lately morphed and matured at a furious pace. Powerful influences from manga to the movies to underground comix have influenced the thirteen artists and writers interviewed in these pages to create their own word-and-picture narratives. “This is an engaging volume for the format’s fans to learn more about the creators behind popular works and might serve as a good bridge from graphic novels into more prose-based selections” (School Library Journal starred review).

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick (September 27) — Claire’s life is a joke…but she’s not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she’s dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there’s a boy, Ryder, who’s just as bad, if not worse. Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic — while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. “With humor, grace, and an ear for middle school nuance, Sonnenblick navigates the tricky waters of eighth grade and manages to convey the heartbreak of a major tragedy alongside the more mundane, but no less horrifying, problems” (Kirkus starred review).

 

 

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.