NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley (Science Fiction)
When he was 16 and dying of cancer, Travis agreed to have his head cut off with the hope that it could be reattached to a new body in 100 years. It worked --- except it's only been five years. Travis is still 16, but everyone around him has changed --- can the new and old Travis find a way to exist together? Reviewed by Molly Horan.
GOING OVER by Beth Kephart (Historical Fiction)
It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. Ada lives in West Berlin, Stefan in East Berlin. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance for a life together lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Or will forces beyond his control stand in his way? Reviewed by Alice Dalrymple.
DESERT ANGEL by Charlie Price (Suspense)
After her mother is murdered by a lowlife named Scotty, 14-year-old Angel is left with nothing. But she must flee her desert trailer before Scotty, an expert tracker and hunter, returns to finish her off too… Reviewed by Cheritta J., Teen Board member.
EMILIE AND THE SKY WORLD by Martha Wells (Fantasy)
When Emilie and Daniel arrive in Silk Harbor, Professor Abindon, an old colleague of the Marlendes, warns them that she's observed something strange and potentially deadly in the sky. Emilie joins the expedition and finds herself deep in personal entanglements and the deadly menace that inhabits the sky world. Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board member.
THE MUSEUM OF INTANGIBLE THINGS by Wendy Wunder (Fiction)
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything --- their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college --- behind them. Katherina T., Teen Board member.
PANIC by Lauren Oliver (Fiction)
Panic --- a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher --- began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations and the possibility of first love for each of them --- and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. Reviewed by Ashley Bressingham.
THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares (Fiction)
Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love. This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time ---a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe (Mystery)
Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice. The first time, she escapes a near-fatal car accident with an addiction to Oxy. The second time, Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night. Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared. Reviewed by Molly Horan.
ASK ME by Kimberly Pauley (Fantasy)
Aria Morse is an Oracle, blessed—or cursed—with the gift of prophecy. Ask her anything, and the truth spills out immediately. When Jade Price, the closest person she has to a friend disappears, everyone around her has questions. She may be the only one who can find out what happened to Jade. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she comes to being the next target of someone else who hides in plain sight. Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe.
SWIM THAT ROCK by Jay Primiano (Fiction)
When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. In Narragansett Bay, scrabbling out a living as a quahogger isn’t easy, but with the help of some local clammers, Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time. Reviewed by Rachel B., Teen Board member.
THE KLAATU TERMINUS (Klaatu Diskos) by Pete Hautman (Fantasy)
In a far distant future, Tucker Feye and the inscrutable Lia find themselves atop a crumbling pyramid in an abandoned city. In present-day Hopewell, Tucker’s uncle Kosh faces armed resistance and painful memories as he attempts to help a terrorized woman named Emma, who is being held captive by a violent man. And on a train platform in 1997, a seventeen-year-old Kosh is given an instruction that will change his life, and the lives of others, forever. Tucker, Lia, and Kosh must evade the pursuit of maggot-like Timesweeps, battle Master Gheen’s cult of Lambs, all while they puzzle out the enigmatic Boggsians as they search for one another and the secrets of the diskos. Who built them? Who is destroying them? Where — and when — will it all end? Reviewed by Lexibex, Teen Board member.
THE DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers (Fantasy)
Sybella's duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Reviewed by Ashley L., Teen Board member.
THE LAST FOREVER by Deb Caletti (Fiction)
After Tessa's mother died, it’s all she can do to keep everything from slipping away. Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town. Her most cherished possession—a rare plant of her mother’s—is starting to wither, and with it, Tessa’s heart and her hope. Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more important, he understands her. Though secrets stand between them, each has a chance at healing…if first, Tessa can find the courage to believe in forever. Reviewed by Corinne Fox.
STOLEN SONGBIRD (Malediction Trilogy Book One) by Danielle L. Jensen (Fantasy)
When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped to a mythical troll city, she has only one thing on her mind: escape. But something unexpected happens: she begins to fall for the troll prince to whom she has been married. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-blood slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader. Reviewed by Sabrina Abballe.
NEXT by Kevin Waltman (Fiction)
In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard for Marion High, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down. But the coach thinks D-Bow needs to work on his game, his shot, and his attitude. Then Hamilton Academy wants D-Bow for the next three years. What will he choose? Reviewed by Heather Sieve.
THE CRACKS IN THE KINGDOM by Jaclyn Moriarty (Fiction)
Princess Ko's been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, desperately trying to keep the government running on her own. But if she can't get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. So under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
SALVAGE by Alexandra Duncan (Science Fiction)
Ava, 16, has spent her whole life aboard the ship Parastrata. However, a passionate mistake causes Ava’s people to turn against her, and she must run for her life. She barely escapes to Earth, where time and climate change have altered the face of the planet. India has become the heart of this future world, but life outside the country’s borders and on its social fringes is still a hardscrabble existence. Can Ava find a way to survive outside the insular world of her childhood? Is what she has been told about her own past the whole truth? Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board member.
THE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr (Fiction)
It's Ukraine 1941. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. Kalinka has lost everything but her life. Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare wild and wily Przewalski's horses that wander the preserve. Aside from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends—until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good. Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey across the frozen Ukrainian forest to save the only two surviving horses—and herself. Reviewed by Rachel B., Teen Board member.
WEST OF THE MOON by Margi Preus (Fiction)
Armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, Astri and her little sister they set off for America. With a mysterious companion in tow and the malevolent “goatman” in pursuit, the girls head over the Norwegian mountains, through field and forest, and in and out of folktales and dreams as they steadily make their way east of the sun and west of the moon. Reviewed by Lynn W., Teen Board member.
THE SUMMER I WASN'T ME by Jessica Verdi (Fiction)
Lexi would do anything to keep her broken family together. Even if it means denying who she really is. The road signs leading to New Horizons summer camp promise a new life for seventeen-year-old Lexi. Ever since her mom found out she was in love with a girl, her broken family has been pulled even further apart. But Lexi swears she can change. Denying her feelings is harder than Lexi thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother's approval for the one person who might love her no matter what. Reviewed by Charlotte L. , Teen Board member.
DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige (Fantasy)
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado --- taking you with it --- you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though --- but even that's crumbling. Kate F., Teen Board member.
THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz (Fantasy)
Magic is power, and power is magic... Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a mighty castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures. Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world's only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire. Reviewed by Carly Silver.