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Almond, David – Clay (247 pages) – The developing relationship between teenager Davie and a mysterious new boy in town morphs into something darker and more sinister when Davie learns of the boy’s supernatural powers.
Anderson, M.T. – The Pox Party (351 pages) – Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
Bondoux, Anne-Laure – The Killer's Tears (162 pages) – A young boy, Paolo, and the man who murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.
Booth, Coe – Tyrell (310 pages) – Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who lives in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
Brooks, Kevin – The Road of the Dead (339 pages) – Two brothers, sons of an incarcerated gypsy, leave London traveling to an isolated and desolate village, in search of the brutal killer of their sister.
Budhos, Marina – Ask Me No Questions (162 pages) – Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terrors for the whole family.
Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan – Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (183 pages) – High school student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.
Cornish, D.M. – Foundling (bib#625929)(434 pages) – Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl’s name, Rossamund sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated than he previously thought.
Dessen, Sarah – Just Listen (371 pages) – Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.
Firebirds Rising: An Anthology of Original Science Fiction and Fantasy (530 pages) A collection of sixteen short science fiction and fantasy stories by award-winning authors.
Frost, Helen – The Braid (95 pages) – Two Scottish sisters, living on the western island of Barra in the 1850s, relate, in alternate voices and linked narrative poems, their experiences after their family is forcible evicted and separated with one sister accompanying their parents and younger siblings to Cape Breton, Canada, and the other staying behind with other family on the small island of Mingulay.
Gantos, Jack – The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (185 pages) – A young woman named Ivy, who made a shocking discovery in her small western Pennsylvania town when she was seven years old and learned a surprising secret nine years later, questions whether she has inherited the Rumbaugh curse of having excessive love for one's mother.
Giles, Gail – What Happened to Cass McBride? (211 pages) – After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.
Glass, Linzi Alex – The Year the Gypsies Came (260 pages) – In Johannesburg, South Africa, in the late 1960s, twelve-year-old Emily, who longs for affection from her quarreling parents, finds comfort in the stories of a Zulu servant and in her friendship with a young houseguest who has an equally troubled family.
Going, K.L. – Saint Iggy (260 pages) – Iggy Corso, who lives in city public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friends to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.
Gratz, Alan – Samurai Shortstop (280 pages) – While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on his baseball game and his relationship with his father.
Green, John – An Abundance of Katherines (227 pages) – Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
Hartnett, Sonya – Surrender (248 pages) – As he is dying, a twenty-year-old man known as Gabriel recounts his troubled childhood and his strange relationship with a dangerous counterpart named Finnigan.
Hoffman, Alice – Incantation (166 pages) – During the Spanish Inquisition, sixteen-year-old Estrella, brought up a Catholic, discovers her family's true Jewish identity, and when their secret is betrayed by Estrella's best friend, the consequences are tragic.
Jansen, Hanna – Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You (342 pages) – Jeanne and her family, who are Tutsis living in Rwanda during a time of civil war, flee their home in hopes of evading Hutu soldiers as political events threaten to overtake them.
Jaramillo, Ann – La Linea (131 pages) – When fifteen-year-old Miquel’s time finally comes to leave his poor Mexican village, cross the boarder illegally, and join his parents in California, his younger sister’s determination to join him soon imperils them both.
Johnson, Harriet McBryde – Accidents of Nature (229 pages) – Having always prided herself on blending in with “normal” people despite her cerebral palsy, seventeen-year-old Jean begins to question her role in the world while attending a summer camp for children with disabilities.
Johnson, Maureen – Devilish (263 pages) – Jane Jarvis, a senior at a Catholic girl’s school in Providence, Rhode Island, tries to save her best friend by making a pact with a demon—in the form of a cupcake-eating, very friendly teenage girl.
Knox, Elizabeth – Dreamhunter (365 pages) – in a world where select people can enter “The Place” and finds dreams of every kind to share with others for a fee, a fifteen-year-old girl is training to be a dreamhunter when her father disappears, leaving her to carry on his mysterious mission.
Krech, Bob – Rebound ((271 pages) – Determined to make the varsity basketball team, seventeen-year-old Ray finds his efforts to play both hindered and helped by the atmosphere of racism in his town.
Lanagan, Margo – White Time (216 pages) – Presents ten short stories, both dark and hopeful, that journeys into the past, the future, and altered versions of the present.
Lisle, Janet Taylor – Black Duck (252 pages) – Years afterward, Ruben Hart tells the story of how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his family and his best friend’s family were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade.
McCormick, Patricia – Sold (263 pages) – Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.
Miller, Kirsten – Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City (387 pages) – Life becomes more interesting for Ananka Fishbein when, at the age of twelve, she discovers an underground room in the park across from her New York City apartment and meets a mysterious girl named Kiki Strike who claims that she, too, wants to explore the subterranean world.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert – Dairy Queen (275 pages) – After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
Myers, Walter Dean – Street Love (134 pages) – this story told in free verse is set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem in which seventeen-year-old African American Damien takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love will not be separated.
Na, An – Wait for Me (169 pages) – As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.
Pfeffer, Susan Beth – Life as We Knew It (337 pages) – Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggles to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
Pierce, Tamora – Terrier (581 pages) – When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy” to a pair of “Dogs,” as the Provost’s Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City.
Portman, Frank – King Dork (344 pages) – High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that “The Catcher in the Rye” may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.
Price, Charlie – Dead Connection (225 pages) – A loner who communes with the dead in the town cemetery hears the voice of a murdered cheerleader and tries to convince the adults that he knows what happened to her.
Reinhardt, Dana – A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life (228 pages) – Sixteen-year-old atheist Simone Turner-Bloom's life changes in unexpected ways when her parents convince her to make contact with her biological mother, an agnostic from a Jewish family who is losing her battle with cancer.
Rosoff, Meg – Just in Case (246 pages) – Convinced that fate is out to get him, fifteen-year-old David Case assumes a new identity in the hope of avoiding what he believes is certain doom.
Sedgwick, Marcus – The Foreshadowing (293 pages) – Having always been able to know when someone is going to die, Alexandra poses as a nurse to go to France during World War I to locate her brother and to try to save him from the fate she has foreseen for him.
Selvadurai, Shyam – Swimming in the Monsoon Sea (274 pages) – Although life for Amrith in 1980 Sri Lanka seems rather uneventful and orderly, things change in a hurry when his male cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith finds himself completely enamored with his new visitor.
Stahler, David, Jr. – Doppelganger (258 pages) – When a sixteen-year-old member of a race of shape-shifting killers called doppelgangers assumes the life of a troubled teen, he becomes unexpectedly embroiled in human life--and it is nothing like what he has seen on television.
Stassen, Jean-Philippe – Deogratias, a Tale of Rwanda (79 pages) – Deogratias is just a teenager when he experiences genocide in Rwanda with the tale unfolding only before and after the massacre revealing the madness and horror of one young boy and his country.
Tharp, Tim – Knights of the Hill Country (233 pages) – In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.
Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Artwork (259 pages) – Presents nine drawings by a single illustrator, each of which has been translated into a story by two different authors writing about what they imagine is going on in the picture.
Vaught, Susan – Trigger (292 pages) – Teenager Jersey Hatch must work through his extensive brain damage to figure out why he decided to shoot himself.
Vizzini, Ned – It's Kind of a Funny Story (444 pages) – A humorous account of a New York City’s teenager’s battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
Volponi, Paul – Rooftop (199 pages) – Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.
Vrettos, Adrienne Maria – Skin (227 pages) – When his parents decide to separate, eighth-grader Donnie watches with horror as the physical condition of his sixteen-year-old sister, Karen, deteriorates due to an eating disorder.
Werlin, Nancy – The Rules of Survival (259 pages) – Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.
Wittlinger, Ellen – Blind Faith (280 pages) – While coping with her grandmother's sudden death and her mother's resulting depression and fascination with a spiritualist church, whose ministers claim to communicate with the dead, fifteen-year-old Liz finds herself falling for a new neighbor whose mother is dying of cancer.
Wooding, Chris – Storm Thief (310 pages) – With the help of a golem, two teenaged thieves try to survive on the city island of Orokos, where unpredictable probability storms continually change both the landscape and the inhabitants.
Yang, Gene Luen – American Born Chinese (233 pages) – Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.
Zusak, Markus – The Book Thief (552 pages) – Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Adapted from the Young Adult Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults List 2007 for Glendale Public Library