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September 2016 : New Teen Fiction
New Teen Fiction
Alexander, Kwame Booked Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.
Arnold, David Kids Of Appetite Teens Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco sit in separate police interrogation rooms telling about the misfits who brought them together and their journey sparked by a message in an urn.
Bardugo, Leigh Crooked Kingdom Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets–a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world. —
Bardugo, Leigh Six Of Crows “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”–
Chee, Traci The Reader : Sea Of Ink And Gold “Set in a world where reading is unheard-of, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the night her father was murdered”–
Cordova, Zoraida Labyrinth Lost “Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she’s hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back”–
Dashner, James The Fever Code Reveals how Thomas and WICKED built the Maze against the backdrop of an apocalyptic world.
Destefano, Lauren The Peculiar Night Of The Blue Heart Lionel, a wild boy, and Marybeth, a good girl, are best friends at the orphanage, and when a mysterious spirit possesses Marybeth they will do anything to stop it.
Engle, Margarita Lion Island : Cubas Warrior Of Words A biographical novel about Antonio Chuffat, a Chinese-African-Cuban messenger boy in 1870s Cuba who became a translator and documented the freedom struggle of indentured Chinese laborers in his country.
Glasgow, Kathleen Girl In Pieces As she struggles to recover and survive, seventeen-year-old homeless Charlotte “Charlie” Davis cuts herself to dull the pain of abandonment and abuse.
Grove, S E The Crimson Skew In a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption–when all of the continents were flung into different time periods, Sophia Tims journeys home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo, but he has been conscripted to fight in the Western War, Prime Minister Broadgirldle’s twisted vision of Manifest Destiny.
Henry, April The Girl I Used To Be “Olivia’s parents were killed fourteen years ago. Now, new evidence reopens the case . . . and she finds herself involved”–
Kennedy, Katie Learning To Swear In America Brought over from Russia to help NASA prevent an asteroid from colliding with Earth, seventeen-year-old physics genius Yuri feels awkward and alone until he meets free-spirited Dovie.
Maas, Sarah J Empire Of Storms “The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world”–
Medina, Meg Burn Baby Burn Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Media transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.
Mills, Wendy All We Have Left In interweaving stories of sixteen-year-olds, modern-day Jesse tries to cope with the ramifications of her brother’s death on 9/11, while in 2001, Alia, a Muslim, gets trapped in one of the Twin Towers and meets a boy who changes everything for her as flames rage around them.
Moss, Miriam Girl On A Plane “This is a fictionalized story based on the amazing real life experiences of Miriam Moss, a fifteen year old English school girl who was held hostage on a plane hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1970”–
Patterson, James Cradle And All Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, is hired by the Archdiocese of Boston to investigate two immaculate conceptions as terrifying forces of light and darkness gather.
Pearson, Ridley Kingdom Keepers Iii : Disney In Shadow With the adventures set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney In Shadow follows the five teens, Finn, Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck as they search to find Wayne, their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone missing. Concerned Wayne has been abducted by the Overtakers. Disney villains, who along with other Disney characters, take over the parks when the turnstiles stop spinning, and want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place. Then five of the kids pick up a major clue from a close friend, Jez, whose dreams (nightmares, really) often accurately predict the future.
Peck, Richard The Best Man “Archer has four important role models in his life–his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer’s sixth-grade year becomes one he’ll never forget”–
Pennypacker, Sara Pax “After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back”–
Polisner, Gae The Memory Of Things On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down, then while fleeing home to safety, he finds a girl covered in ash who has no memory.
Reynolds, Jason Ghost Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school’s track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violent father.
Riggs, Ransom Tales Of The Peculiar Presents an illustrated edition of the fantastical book featured in the Miss Peregrine series that includes unusual fairy tales about wealthy cannibals, a fork-tongued princess, and the origins of the first ymbryne.
Riordan, Rick The Hammer Of Thor “Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high. Magnus Chase, a homeless boy living in Boston, finds out he is the son of a Norse god.”–
New Teen Science Fiction
Collins, Suzanne Catching Fire By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.
Westerfeld, Scott Swarm As they celebrate the opening of their underground nightclub, the Zeroes, six teenagers with unique abilities, learn about the sinister power of Swarm, who uses a crowd’s rage to kill–and who loves killing Zeroes.
Westerfeld, Scott Zeroes 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.