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October 10, 2014

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The Nobel Prize for (Young Adult) Literature

Hi Teenreaders!

Alfred Nobel was a pretty amazing guy. Not only was he a brilliant chemist who invented dynamite (!), but when he died in 1896, he bequeathed his entire fortune to establishing the Nobel Prize (a picture of the medal is above), which awards five individuals who have “conferred the greatest benefit on mankind” every year.

On Thursday, The Nobel Peace Prize was co-awarded to Malala Yousafzay for her "struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." To learn more about this amazing young woman, be sure to pick up her memoir I AM MALALA, which Teenreads intern and reviewer Rebecca Czochor called "incredible" and a book that would "inspire some activism after the final pages."

The Nobel Prize for Literature went to French novelist Patrick Modiano “for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Kind of a doozy of a sentence, but basically, the committee awarded Modiano for being able to successfully evoke the feelings, horrors, moral dilemmas, identity confusion and alienation during the Nazi occupation of France, which was a central theme in many of his approximately 30 (!) works.

All of the press about the Nobel Prize got me thinking --- what if young adult literature (or even the idea of adolescence as a life stage) existed when Nobel was alive, and he had decided to award one amazing young adult author with the ultimate literary prize every year? Who would win?

This is a tough question, as “greatest benefit on mankind” is a strong statement. In the States at least, I think the late Walter Dean Myers could have been a contender at one point (and I’m probably not alone, seeing as he was recognized with two Newbery Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Awards and a Printz award, among others). Myers wrote more than 100 books for children and teens that focused on African American characters, giving a voice to millions of kids whose experiences were often ignored in the literary world.

And then there are people like J.K. Rowling, who arguably made YA mainstream, and Judy Blume, who not only wrote about subjects like puberty, periods and crushes before her time, but is a huge anti-censorship advocate to this day. Ellen Hopkins and Laurie Halse Anderson have written about a lot of hot-button topics that speak to the sometimes dark realities of teenage life, and people like John Green, Cassandra Clare and Rainbow Rowell have benefitted the world by bringing pure joy (and often tears) to millions of teens, teens who faint at their readings because they can’t believe they’re meeting their heroes.

And then there’s the incredible R.L Stine (who I met at a Little, Brown Books for Young Readers meeting recently and almost became one of those fainting fans myself), who has been called the “Stephen King of children’s literature” and who, in 2003, was in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the bestselling children’s author at the time…learning to handle a little scare can “benefit mankind” too!

I’m glad I’m not on the hypothetical “Nobel Prize for Young Adult Literature” committee, because clearly I am not decisive enough. But I did ask my trusty team of reviewers and Teen Board members to help me out. Below, see who they think would deserve a Nobel Prize for Young Adult Literature!

Definitely Russell Freedman, for his nonfiction (historical) literature that has raised awareness of this country's history. This year he produced ANGEL ISLAND (awareness of Asian immigration) and BECAUSE THEY MARCHED (awareness of the March in Selma to support black voting rights). --- Anita Lock

I think John Green should win the award for Young Adult Literature. Through his books, John has been able to give young adults a strong voice among the world. He perfectly portrays young adults as thoughtful and mature people. --- Aliza M., Teen Board Member

Rainbow Rowell would be a perfect winner for the 2013/2014 Nobel Prize for YA Literature. She's always written books that have hit home with teens and they can easily relate to. In ELEANOR & PARK, she wrote about society’s views of interracial relationships and how teens face so many difficulties battling THEIR wants with what their parents want from them and what society wants for them. FANGIRL was an amazing story about how big changes happen while we are growing up and how hard it is for teens, and Rainbow uses the most relatable thing at this moment --- FAN FICTION. She constantly amazes teens with how much we can relate to her characters, whether it be our obsession with Doctor Who, shipping, OTPs or comic books. She truly could be a teenager herself. --- Harman K., Teen Board Member

I think J.K. Rowling should be given the award for her imagination, her ability to give children a place to escape and for tackling important issues in a fantastical world. --- Brianna Robinson

I am proud to imaginarily confer this imaginary award to Markus Zusak, because his THE BOOK THIEF is powerful and heartwrenching and oh-so-important. It's about the power of words. About death. About war, and an accordion, and really, truly, about life. That --- that isn't imaginary. --- Mary McC, Teen Board member

I think that Jennifer Brown should win! Her books don't sugar coat so-called "tricky" topics (mental disorders, sexting, etc...) and are both addictive and good ways to get awareness out. --- LexiBex V., Teen Board Member

I would say Amy Zhang. I remember absolutely adoring FALLING INTO PLACE because it was written from such a strange perspective and timeline, which really worked well with the disoriented feel of the book. It was wonderfully crafted and covered the heavy topic of suicide very well.

I'm not sure if Ellen Hopkins' writing can be categorized under Young Adult Fiction, but I know that many young adults read her work and my school library also has many of her books available. Anyway, I feel that Ellen Hopkins should win a 2013-2014 Nobel Prize for Young Adult Literature as she has covered a wide array of topics, from supportive and unstable families, extreme drug use, young adult behavior and responsibilities, innocence, destructive relationships, pregnancy and much more. She places her characters in impossible situations that are all too real, and throughout her work in novels such as CRANK, GLASS, IMPULSE, PERFECT, FALLOUT, IDENTICAL, BURNED, and TRICKS, she has proved time and time again that she can translate unimaginable experiences into readable novels for an unaware audience. I believe she has truly transformed the genre and made it her own in a serious yet engaging way. --- Sara J., Teen Board Member

I would nominate Tanuja Desai Hidier (author of BOMBAY BLUES and BORN CONFUSED) for her innovative writing style. Her ability to tell stories with such vivid imagery is inspiring and beautiful. --- Cheyenne C., Teen Board Member

I think Tahereh Mafi, author of the Shatter Me series, should win a 2013/2014 Nobel Prize for Young Adult Literature, if there was such an award. I think she should be the recipient because she has introduced a new, unique style of writing to YA readers. Her novels are almost poetic in the way they are written, and she uses visual aids, such as the crossing out of lines, to show Juliette's internal struggle throughout the series. Her novels are very thought-provoking, as well. --- Kate F., Teen Board Member

Tamora Pierce for creating inspiring, go-getter YA heroines before it was the norm --- Carly Silver

Carl Hiaasen definitely deserves a Novel Prize for Young Adult Literature. He opened my eyes to many current-day issues, especially with issues concerning the environment, like habitat destruction. His writing is fun and addicting, however he is also able to tie in an important message to kids. I believe this is a topic that needs to be discussed more and I'm thankful I was exposed to the current issue at such a young age. --- Lynn W., Teen Board Member

I think that Ellen Hopkins should win the Nobel Prize for young adult literature. She is an amazing and unique writer. She also writes about very real and heavy subjects that most writers try to stay away from. --- Christa O, Teen Board Member

Catherine Reef should win the Nobel Prize for Young Adult Literature for writing numerous books about unsung heroes. If no one wrote about these amazing people and their stories in such a clear and intriguing way, (with a fantastic full bibliography), they would be sure to be forgotten. --- Maya B., Teen Board Member

To me, if there really was a 2013/2014 Nobel Prize for Young Adult Literature, John Green would win it by far. His novels have enthralled readers of all ages and changed the way teenagers today see society in a positive and healthy way. --- Rachel D., Teen Board Member

Who do you think deserves this imaginary award? Be sure to let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or email! Thanks, and enjoy the rest of the newsletter --- it’s filled with Halloween-y, spooktacular features (including a Thrills and Chills contest and Beyond the Grave bookshelf), as well as some amazing reviews of everything from THE GRAVEYARD BOOK GRAPHIC NOVEL: Volume 2 by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by P. Craig Russell to I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson.


P.S: If you’re wondering about that photo on the right, it’s from our recent belated celebration of Rosh Hashanah --- the Jewish New Year --- at the office. You see noodle kugel, brisket and multiple kinds of homemade challah…best lunch I’ve had in a long time!

--- Shara Zaval (


Get in the Mood for Halloween with our Thrills and Chills Contest! is celebrating the season of ghouls and ghosts with our new feature, Thrills and Chills! Between now and Monday, November 3rd at noon ET, you can enter to win a bag perfect for trick-or-treating, filled with a few special sweet treats and some spooky reads that will help make the scariest season of them all last well beyond Halloween.

This year's featured Thrills and Chills titles include:


Click here to enter the contest!

Contest and Special Feature --- POSITIVE: A Memoir by Paige Rawl, the TODAY Show's Latest Book Club Selection

Paige Rawl has been HIV positive since birth, but growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. One day in middle school, she disclosed to a friend her HIV-positive status --- and within hours the bullying began. At 15 she found herself facing a bottle of pills, but pulled herself back up and has become a motivation for teens. You can learn more about Paige's inspiring story in our special feature, which includes a review (Teen Board member Cassandra H. said POSITIVE "ignites a compassion-fueled, indignant spark to reach out to those who are hurting "), an excerpt and an interview with Paige. You can also win a copy of POSITIVE --- just enter our contest by Monday, October 20th at noon EST!

We're also thrilled to share that POSITIVE was recently chosen as the TODAY Show Book Club selection, and Paige was interviewed on the TODAY show! Note that we extended our contest after hearing the wonderful Today Show news! Click here to watch the video.

Click here to read the excerpt of POSITIVE.
Click here to read the review of POSITIVE.
Click here to read Paige Rawl's guest blog.
Click here to read our interview with Paige Rawl.


Click here to read the special feature and enter the contest!

Special Feature: NIGHT SKY by Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann

Although Suzanne Brockmann’s latest novel, NIGHT SKY, takes place in the same world as her adult book BORN TO DARKNESS --- a darkly futuristic one where girls are devalued --- it was a very unique writing experience. Not only was it Suzanne’s first foray into YA --- and she’s written 55 books! --- but it’s also the first book she wrote together with her 15-year-old daughter, Melanie.

In our Special Feature, Suzanne talks about what it was like to write as part of a mother-daughter team, the inspiration for some of the main characters and powers featured in NIGHT SKY, and what readers can expect from the sequel, WILD SKY.

Click here to read the excerpt of NIGHT SKY.
Click here to read the review of NIGHT SKY.
Click here to read the interview with Suzanne Brockmann.
Click here to read the special feature!

Beyond the Grave Bookshelf
What was that sound? Did it suddenly get a little bit cold in here? I swear I didn't leave all of the cabinet doors open when I left the house.

With Halloween just around the corner, things are starting to get a little bit spooky, and Teenreads is no exception. To celebrate the holiday, we've curated some of our favorite books that feature people, creatures or demons from "beyond the grave." Whether they're narrated by a ghost, take place in a cemetery or feature some unexpected person-spirit interactions, these books are sure to prepare you for the eeriest holiday of the year...and maybe leave you scrambling for a nightlight.
Click here to check out the bookshelf!

REAL TALK Publishing --- Meet Them All!

We are so excited to have shared six REAL TALK Publishing interviews with fascinating people from all corners of the book world:

  • Sarah Harrison Smith: Children's Book Editor for the New York Times
  • Chip Kidd: Associate Art Director at Alfred A. Knopf
  • Barbara Marcus: President and Publisher of Random House Children's Division
  • Walter Mayes: School Librarian
  • Annie Philbrick: Bookstore Owner
  • May Wuthrich: Audiobook Producer and Director

Click here to check out the feature, discover the people behind the books and get a sneak peek inside the publishing industry.


Side by Side: Frosty Reads
The leaves may be just starting to turn in most parts of the country and some of us are still stubbornly clinging on to our t-shirts and shorts, but in the YA book world, things are a whole lot chillier --- by about 50 or 60 degrees.

For this Side by Side, we’re taking the polar plunge and exploring two particularly “frosty reads”: WINTERKILL by Kate A. Boorman and THE WINTER PEOPLE by Rebekah L. Purdy. In WINTERKILL, Emmeline and her community are trapped in their freezing, isolated village because the enemy who killed half of her people lives in the woods just outside. When her dreams urge her into the forest, however, she can’t help but follow. In THE WINTER PEOPLE, Salome has been desperately afraid of winter since she fell into a frozen pond as a child, but when her grandparents leave her in charge of their estate, she learns about an entirely other world --- and an evil that swirls in the snowy backdrop.

Read our Side by Side interviews with Kate and Rebekah to learn the coolest thing they discovered when researching their books and their favorite high school winter memory.

Click here to read the Side by Side feature!

Teen Board Question and Reviews

--- Our October Teen Board Question: It's October, meaning it's time for one of the best holidays of the year: Halloween! There's candy, haunted houses, and, most importantly, awesome costumes. We asked our Teen Board: What book character do you think would make the best (or funniest, spookiest or most clever) Halloween costume, and why? Christa O. said Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles series, Sydney L. said she'd want to be Scout from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (as she puts it, "Who doesn't want to be a walking ham?"), and Pranshu A. said Eric from DIVERGENT. Click here to read everyone's full answers.

--- Reviews: We had lots of teen reviews this month! Katherina T. recommends PLAY ME BACKWARDS, saying it is a book "like no other" and that "readers will genuinely appreciate its hilarious and sanguine moments." Josh D. calls UNMARKED "a suspenseful paranormal adventure that is definitely worth reading." Lexibex V. praises THE ONLY THING TO FEAR for being "no ordinary dystopian novel."

Click here to read the full reviews and many more!


On the Teenreads Blog!
Guest Post by John Feinstein, Author of THE WALK ON --- In this blog post, John Feinstein talks about the influences that helped him build his protagonist of his latest novel.

Guest Post by Christine Heppermann, Author of POISONED APPLES --- Christine Heppermann, author of poetry book POISONED APPLES, explains why she thinks people are a bit afraid of poetry...and why they shouldn't be.

Click here to read our blog!

Now in Stores: UNDIVIDED by Neal Shusterman

UNDIVIDED by Neal Shusterman (Dystopian Fiction)

Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.
Click here to learn more about the book!

Books on Screen
It's October, the spookiest month of the year for movies! If you're feeling daring, check out Dracula Untold, which offers a unique twist on the most classic horror story there is, the tale of Dracula. See if you can keep your eyes open the whole time.

Or if you've spilled your pumpkin spice latte, can't figure out your Halloween costume and are just having a terrible time, make sure to go see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and watch Alexander and his family have the worst day ever. It's sure to cheer up a lousy day.

So grab a handful of pumpkin shaped Halloween candy and head out to see some books on screen!


Click here to read books on screen!

October's Cool and New Roundup

Our October roundup includes BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater, the third installment of The Raven Cycle series; LAUGHING AT MY NIGHTMARE by Shane Burcaw, the hilarious memoir of a 21-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy; and THE PERFECTIONISTS, the first in a new series by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard.

Among the paperback titles released this month, we have THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB by Colleen Gleason, the latest Stoker & Holmes mystery; THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED by Jessica Verday, a suspenseful companion novel to the Hollow trilogy; and GABI, A GIRL IN PIECES by Isabel Quintero, the fictional diary of Gabi’s last year in high school.

Click here to see October's Cool and New roundup!

Check Out Our Latest Reviews!

NEW! THE DIAMOND THIEF by Sharon Gosling (Fiction)

No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Remy Brunel. But Remy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world's most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots. Reviewed by Mary M., Teen Board Member.

NEW! PLAY ME BACKWARDS by Adam Selzer (Fiction)

Leon Harris isn’t exceptional and he isn’t popular. He’s the kind of guy that peaked in middle school, when once upon a time he was in the “gifted” program and on the fast track to Ivy League glory. Now, a high school senior, he’s a complete slacker who spends his time hanging out in a third-rate ice cream parlor with his best friend, Stan, a guy who (jokingly, Leon thinks) claims to be Satan. Leon panics when he finds out that Anna, his middle school girlfriend, might be moving back to town. Reviewed by Katherina T., Teen Board Member.

NEW! BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer (Fiction)

If life were fair, Jam would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet boyfriend, Reeve. She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont. But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead. Until Jam finds Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss. Reviewed by Rebecca Munro.

NEW! THE SECRET SKY by Atia Abawi (Fiction)

Fatima is a Hazara girl, raised to be obedient and dutiful. Samiullah is a Pashtun boy raised to defend the traditions of his tribe. They were not meant to fall in love. But they do. And the story that follows shows both the beauty and the violence in current-day Afghanistan as Fatima and Samiullah fight their families, their cultures and the Taliban to stay together. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

NEW! INSIDE CHARLIE'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation by Lucy Mangan (Nonfiction)

INSIDE CHARLIE'S CHOCOLATE FACTORY explores the unique appeal and lasting cultural impact of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic. This non-fiction book looks at the development of the original story and characters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations. With never-before-seen material from the archives, full-color photos and illustrations throughout, and quotes from Roald Dahl enthusiasts this gorgeously produced gift book is a great way for fans to celebrate Charlie, Wonka and Roald Dahl! Reviewed by Rebecca Czochor.

NEW! THE GRAVEYARD BOOK GRAPHIC NOVEL VOLUME 2 written by Neil Gaiman illustrated by P. Craig Russell (Youth Graphic Novel)

Inventive, chilling and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton and David Lafuente lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

NEW! I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson (Fiction)

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At 13, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else --- an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world. Reviewed by Brianna Robinson.

NEW! THE PERFECTIONISTS by Sarah Shepard (Fiction)

Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie and Parker are all driven to be perfect --- no matter the cost. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they discover that they all hate the same person: handsome womanizer Nolan Hotchkiss, who's done things to hurt each of them. They come up with the perfect plan to murder Nolan --- jokingly, of course. They'd never actually go through with it. But when Nolan turns up dead in the exact way they'd discussed, the girls suddenly become prime suspects in his murder. Only, they didn't do it. So who did? Unless they find the real killer, and soon, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

NEW! UNMARKED (The Legion) by Kami Garcia (Supernatural)

Kennedy Waters lives in a world where vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets and a demon walks among us-a demon she accidentally set free. Now Kennedy and the other Legion members --- Alara, Priest, Lukas and Jared --- have to hunt him down. As they learn more about the history of the Legion and the Illuminati, Kennedy realizes that the greatest mystery of all does not belong to any secret order, but to her own family. Reviewed by Josh D., Teen Board Member.

NEW! LOVE IS THE DRUG by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Science Fiction Thriller)

Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night. Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus --- something about her parents' top secret scientific work --- something she shouldn't know. Reviewed by Charles Payseur.

NEW! THE ONLY THING TO FEAR by Caroline Tung Richmond (Dystopian Thriller)

It's been nearly 80 years since the Allies lost WWII in a crushing defeat against Hitler's genetically engineered super soldiers. America has been carved up by the victors, and 16-year-old Zara lives a life of oppression in the Eastern America Territories. Under the iron rule of the Nazis, the government strives to maintain a master race, controlling everything from jobs to genetics. Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board Member.

NEW! SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Katie Rain Hill (Autobiography)

We’ve all felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some point, and we’ve all been told that “it’s just a part of growing up.” But for Arin Andrews, it wasn’t a phase that would pass. He had been born in the body of a girl and there seemed to be no relief in sight. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required. Reviewed by Rachel D., Teen Board Member.

NEW! RETHINKING NORMAL: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill (Autobiography)

Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers’ bullying and the mounting pressure to be “normal,” Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that “Katie” --- the girl trapped within her --- was determined to live. Reviewed by Anita Lock.

NEW! IN REAL LIFE by Cory Doctorow, illus. by Jen Wang (Young Adult Graphic Novel)

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing. Reviewed by Charles Payseur.

NEW! THE CURE FOR DREAMING by Cat Winters (Young Adult Historical Fiction)

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl --- a suffragist --- in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. Reviewed by Cheyenne C., Teen Board Member.

NEW! PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY by Carrie Mesrobian (Young Adult Fiction)

Sean's pretty sure he's seen his future and its "possibilities," and they all look disposable. Like the rental his family moved into when his dad left. Like all the unwanted filthy old clothes he stuffs into the rag baler at his thrift store job. Like everything good he's ever known. The only hopeful possibilities in Sean's life are the Marine Corps, where no one expected he'd go, and Neecie Albertson, whom he never expected to care about. Reviewed by Rebecca Munro.

NEW! LAILAH: The Styclar Saga by Nikki Kelly (Young Adult Supernatural Fiction)

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams --- a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel. Reviewed by Sheena Troyanki.

NEW! BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick (Young Adult Thriller)

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants --- but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member.

NEW! WILDLIFE by Fiona Wood (Young Adult Fiction)

During a semester in the wilderness, Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and an unexpected romance? That will take some navigating. New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can't help but be drawn back into the land of the living. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

NEW! STRAY by Elissa Sussman (Young Adult Fantasy)

STRAY tells the story of Aislynn, a princess who misbehaves and must give up her royal trappings and enter a life of service as a fairy godmother. Will Aislynn remain true to her vows and her royal family, and turn away from everything she longs for? Or will she stray from The Path and discover her own way? Reviewed by Aspen R., Teen Board Member.

NEW! ENDGAME by James Frey (Young Adult Dystopian)

Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in ENDGAME, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. ENDGAME has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win. Reviewed by Cassandra H., Teen Board Member.

NEW! H2O by Virginia Bergin (Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Fiction)

Against all odds, Ruby has survived the catastrophic onset of the killer rain. Two weeks after the radio started broadcasting the warning, "It's in the rain. It's fatal and there's no cure," the drinkable water is running out. Ruby's left with two options: persevere on her own, or embark on a treacherous journey across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive. Reviewed by Charles Payseur.

NEW! DEATH COMING UP THE HILL by Chris Crowe (Young Adult Historical Fiction)

It’s 1968, and war is not foreign to 17-year-old Ashe. His dogmatic, racist father married his passionate peace-activist mother when she became pregnant with him, and ever since, the couple, like the situation in Vietnam, has been engaged in a “senseless war that could have been prevented.” When his high school history teacher dares to teach the political realities of the war, Ashe grows to better understand the situation in Vietnam, his family and the wider world around him. But when a new crisis hits his parents’ marriage, Ashe finds himself trapped, with no options before him but to enter the fray. Reviewed by Cheyenne C., Teen Board Member.

NEW! TABULA RASA by Kristen Lippert-Martin (Young Adult Thriller)

Sarah starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when a procedure to eliminate her memory goes awry and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her destruction? Reviewed by Trevor P., Teen Board Member.

Vote in Our Poll!

October is here, and that means Halloween is just around the corner. Bring on the spooks and scares! What’s your favorite kind of horror story?

  • Good old-fashioned ghost stories --- Hopefully told around a campfire...good luck sleeping!
  • Stories that feature vampires, werewolves and zombies --- Creepy creatures always spice things up.
  • Tall Tales and Urban legends --- These definitely can’t be real...can they?
  • Stories with haunted houses --- Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.
  • Spirit/Demon/Exorcism/Possession stories --- Nothing's more terrifying than being taken over from the inside.
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