Kristy Acevedo | CONSIDER
As if Alexandra Lucas`’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they claim is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress? Alex must consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself. To stay or to go. A decision must be made.
Sarah Ahiers | ASSASSIN’S HEART
In the Kingdom of Lovero, where families of assassins lawfully kill people for the right price, seventeen-year-old Oleander “Lea” Saldana sets out on a path of vengeance against the most powerful assassin family of all.
Sarah Alexander | THE ART OF NOT BREATHING
THE ART OF NOT BREATHING, pitched as Judith Guest’s ORDINARY PEOPLE meets E. Lockhart’s WE WERE LIARS, is about a Scottish teenager who confronts the tempestuous sea—and her family’s tragic past—as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her twin brother’s drowning five years earlier.
Ami Allen-Vath | LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US
Liars and Losers Like Us is the story of a senior in high school trying to navigate friendships, first love, and the death of a classmate during prom season.
Amy Allgeyer | DIG TOO DEEP
In Dig Too Deep, pitched as an Erin Brockovich story set in coal country, 17-year-old Liberty is sent to live with her grandmother in Kentucky after her mother is arrested during a protest. Liberty discovers that the water has turned orange and starts questioning whether the new mining process might be the cause, opening a Pandora’s box of problems.
Lily Anderson | THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN ME IS YOU
In this romantic debut based on MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, the war of Trixie Watson v. Ben West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice.
Michelle Andreani | THE WAY BACK TO YOU
A dual narrative in which two grieving teens, Cloudy and Kyle (along with a stray kitten), road trip through Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada to see the organ recipients of their deceased friend – and on the way, chart a journey of loss, hope, and love as they discover the ways she lives on even after her death.
Michele Bacon | LIFE BEFORE
Isabel Bandeira | BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER
When Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. She overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?
Jennifer Bardsley | GENESIS GIRL
Shielded from the Internet for eighteen years, Blanca’s lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she’s auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Brooks Benjamin | MY 7TH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS
Dance studios are for sell-outs. Or at least that’s what Dillon’s dance crew keeps saying. But when a chance to compete at the biggest dance academy in the state falls in his lap, he has to decide what’s more important: sticking to his crew’s rules or freestyling his way into solo greatness.
Jenn Bishop | THE DISTANCE TO HOME
The summer after her older sister Haley died, nothing feels quite right for eleven-year-old Quinnen. Her main salvation is the Bandits, the minor league baseball team in town, and for once her parents agree to host a player. But it’s still not the same as being on the field herself—pitching from the mound—something she hasn’t done since Haley’s death. Can she find a way to get back in the game, even though everything’s changed?
Cheryl Blackford | LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY
Is it ever right to keep something that doesn’t belong to you? That question haunts ten-year-old Lizzie Dewhurst, a WWII evacuee sent to live with strangers in a remote Yorkshire valley. In a dual narrative, two worlds intermingle as Lizzie befriends Elijah, a local gypsy boy, and witnesses society’s discrimination against his people. When Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby, her friendship with Elijah is tested in a world clouded by prejudice and fear.
Ashley Herring Blake | SUFFER LOVE
A modern day Romeo and Juliet, Suffer Love is a story about two teens brought together only to be torn apart by their parents’ choices. When Hadley and Sam meet, the last thing either of them wants is a messy relationship. But as their attraction deepens, so do the lies between them and both must decide if the truth is worth the cost.
Natalie Blitt | THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z
The Distance from A to Z is a YA contemporary romance about a teen named Abby who goes to a French-language intensive summer program to escape her baseball-loving family, only to meet Zeke, the baseball-playing jock who may have more in common with her than she thinks.
Anna Breslaw | SCARLETT EPSTEIN HATES IT HERE
Young Adult Contemporary
Scarlett, a teen girl who feels like an outcast at her New Jersey high school, begins writing fanfiction about the popular kids in her grade. As the fanfiction’s popularity begins spiraling out of control, and fiction and real life begin to blend, Scarlett begins to realize that nothing is as black and white, and nobody is as one-dimensional, as she thought they were.
Elizabeth Briggs | FUTURE SHOCK
A Latina teenager raised in Los Angeles’s foster care system with an eidetic memory is recruited by a tech company for a mission – a trip 30 years into the future.
Jennie K. Brown | POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY
Poppy Mayberry, The Monday is about a town where special powers are determined by the day of one’s birth and a girl (Poppy Mayberry) whose Monday telekinesis skills need a bit of work. Because of this, Poppy is sent to a remedial summer camp – Power Academy – where she is teamed up with her arch nemesis, a mind-reading Thursday Ellie Preston, to solve a mystery and combat the awful Headmistress Larriby and her equally awful sidekick Mr. Grimeley!
Andrew Brumbach | THE EYE OF MIDNIGHT
In the summer of 1929, two cousins named Maxine Campbell and William Battersea must brave the streets of New York City to recover an ancient mirror and rescue their grandfather from a cult of desert assassins.
Kathleen Burkinshaw | THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM
THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM gives a glimpse into a 12 year old girl’s daily life in Hiroshima during the last year of World War II. Shocking family secrets are revealed just as her entire world is about to ignite and become a shadow of what it had been. This historical fiction novel is based on my mother’s life in Hiroshima.
Julie Buxbaum | TELL ME THREE THINGS
What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met? Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel whose characters will come to feel like friends. Tell Me Three Things will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jennifer Niven, and E. Lockhart.
Perdita and Honor Cargill | WAITING FOR CALLBACK
Fifteen year old Elektra lands an agent but instead of a fast track to the Oscars it’s all humiliating (and mostly unsuccessful) auditions in draughty church halls and occasional moments in weird student films – and her chance to ‘star’ in a real movie is ruined by an unfortunate and improbable case of mistaken identity.
Nicole Castroman | BLACKHEARTS
Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Young Adult Historical
Inspired by the tale of Blackbeard, BLACKHEARTS is the story of a forbidden romance between a servant girl desperate for freedom and the master’s son who dreams of a life at sea. But they are caught up in something bigger than their circumstances: a love that changes the course of history.
Pete Catalano | ARTIFACTS
ARTIFACTS, pitched as PETER PAN meets THE GOONIES, is about several middle school friends who find themselves in a race against Fairy Tale villains to gain control over a single, authentic artifact: a pen used by Jacob Grimm’s that can rewrite Fairy Tales.
Brittany Cavallaro | A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE
Erica M. Chapman | TEACH ME TO FORGET
Young Adult Contemporary
Seventeen-year-old obsessive planner Ellery tries to navigate through the guilt of losing her sister, lying to her best friend, and falling in love for the first time–all while waiting for the date she chose to die.
Traci Chee | THE READER
THE READER is a nonlinear, multi-POV fantasy perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone: When her only remaining relative is kidnapped, Sefia vows to save her—even if that means learning to read in a world where literacy is forbidden and sacrificing the boy she loves to the secret society that destroyed her family.
Roshani Chokshi | THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN
A dark Hades and Persephone style romance set in the lush fantastical realms of ancient India where a princess must overcome a sinister horoscope to find herself and rescue the one she loves.
Tricia Clasen | THE HAUNTED HOUSE PROJECT
With no food in the house and a dad who’s rarely around, twelve-year old Andie fears what will happen if people find out just how bad things are since her mom died. Inspired by a science project on paranormal behavior, she’s sure pretending to be her mother’s ghost—spraying perfume, changing TV channels, and moving pictures—is her only hope to bring her crumbling family back to reality.
Jessica Cluess | A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING
Henrietta Howel is selected to become one of Queen Victoria’s royal sorcerers, the Chosen One who will help end the twelve-year war against a ravenous army of monsters. However, battling the creatures is not her only challenge. There are those on her side who would love to be rid of her, and to make matters worse, she might not be the Chosen One after all.
Victoria J. Coe | FENWAY & HATTIE
Told from the perspective of Fenway, Hattie’s dog, the story focuses on the pair’s adjustments to changes that come with their move from the city to the suburbs.
Melanie Conklin | COUNTING THYME
The novel follows 11-year-old Thyme Owens, who moves from San Diego to New York City after her brother is accepted into a cancer drug trial. There, she discovers that hope can be found in everyday miracles: in first crushes, in budding friendships, in school plays, and in a sister’s love for her little brother.
A. E. Conran | THE LOST CELT
Gosling Press, an imprint of Goosebottom Books
March 15, 2016
Primed by their favorite video war game pitting Ancient Celts against the Romans, Mikey and Kyler are convinced that they’ve seen a real live Celtic warrior. Has the Celt time-traveled as part of a secret defense project? In tracking him down, the boys solve the biggest mystery of their lives. A contemporary middle grade adventure story, “full of taut suspense, riveting action, and…humor and heart. Not to be missed.” –Katherine Applegate
Abby Cooper | STICKS AND STONES
In STICKS AND STONES, pitched as SAVVY meets WONDER, Elyse has an extremely rare skin condition in which the names people call her appear on her body. She begins to navigate middle school and finds the things she thinks about herself showing up alongside the harsh words of others. Just as she wants to hide from the world the most, a series of anonymous notes encourage Elyse to stand up and be noticed.
Audrey Coulthurst | OF FIRE AND STARS
Princess Denna has spent most of her life preparing to marry the prince of a neighboring kingdom and to one day become queen. But as her forbidden magical gift for fire becomes harder to hide and she starts to fall in love with her fiancé’s roguish sister, Mare, she has to choose between her duty, her power, and her heart.
Tom Crosshill | THE CAT KING OF HAVANA
THE CAT KING OF HAVANA follows Rick Gutierrez, avowed nerd and self-styled Cat King of the Internet, who travels to Cuba for a summer of learning salsa and reconnecting with his mother’s roots. He’s determinedly not doing any of this to impress Ana Cabrera, his just-out-of-reach dance partner. In Cuba, however, they discover that there is a lot more to the country than they first suspected—and the greatest danger may lie where they least expect it.
Lindsey Roth Culli | THIS ABOVE ALL
When the daughter of one of the region’s most notorious ultraconservative families (think protest signs and pickets) is cast as Romeo in her high school production, drama is sure to follow.
Evangeline Denmark | CURIO
When Grey Haward defies the Chemist Council that rules her western mining town, she must flee to an enchanted cabinet where the curios have come to life. But revolution is brewing between the beautiful, cruel porcelains and the lower class clockwork people, and when Grey finds the only other human in Curio, a boy disguised as the Mad Tock, he’s fighting for the wrong side. Can she trust him to help her get home?
Jill Diamond | LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY
LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY is about two best friends with a flair for intrigue who uncover a string of mysteries in their community, set against the backdrop of Día de los Muertos.
Jennifer DiGiovanni | MY SENIOR YEAR OF AWESOME
A girl desperately tries to avoid the boy she was voted most likely to marry by her senior classmates. To prove senior superlative votes are meaningless, she and her best friend create their own list of awesome high school achievements to be completed by graduation.
Margaret Dilloway | MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters
In this Percy Jackson-meets-Miyazaki adventure, 12-year-old Xander Miyamoto finds out he’s the heir to a legendary Japanese warrior throne, tasked with killing off the oni who cause all the world’s troubles. Only problem is, he has no idea how to use his powers. With his best friend Peyton and loyal dog in tow, Xander sets off to rescue his father and save the world.
Kurt Dinan | DON’T GET CAUGHT
Pitched as The Breakfast Club meets Ocean’s 11, DON’T GET CAUGHT is about Max Lewis, a high school nobody who also happens to be a heist film expert who’s memorized their strategies, tactics, and cons. So when he’s framed by the mysterious Chaos Club for vandalizing the town water tower, Max does what any budding mastermind with nothing to lose would do–he recruits a crew of misfits and plots payback.
Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer | THE SEASON
July 12, 2016
Megan is a college soccer star with Olympic dreams, but she’s not a girly girl. When her socialite mom secretly enters her in the 2016 Dallas debutante season, she’s furious—and has no idea what she’s in for. The Season has officially begun, but the drama is just getting started in this funny, modern re-telling of Pride & Prejudice set in the heady world of Texas debutantes.
Lindsay Eagar | HOUR OF THE BEES
Pitched as HOLES meets THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, HOUR OF THE BEES is the story of Carol, whose feelings about her aged, rambling grandfather are overturned when his tales of a healing tree, a beautiful lake, and the imminent return of bees to the desert of New Mexico start to come true.
Tobie Easton | EMERGE
Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas. Lia is supposed to be safe in Malibu’s secret community of land-dwelling Mer. Then a new girl with a deadly secret endangers the cutest boy in school. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop him from falling in love with the wrong girl.
Dana Elmendorf | SOUTH OF SUNSHINE
The complications of a lesbian teenage girl falling in love in a small southern town filled with bigotry and religion and what she’s willing to risk to gain their acceptance.
Julie Eshbaugh | IVORY AND BONE
Set in a time of woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats, Ivory and Bone is historical fiction that reads like fantasy. With a unique narrative structure, it tells the story of two star-crossed teens whose competing clans share a dark history, and who must choose between trusting—or fighting—each other.
Claire Fayers | VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH
Seeking her lost parents, twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne joins a pirate ship on a perilous adventure through ghost-infested storms and oceans teeming with man-eating penguins, all to find the magical top of world.
Carrie Firestone | THE LOOSE ENDS LIST
Maddie’s summer takes an unexpected turn when her grandmother announces she is dying and invites the entire family to join her on a secret cruise ship that caters to terminally ill patients and their families.
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn | FIRSTS
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes provides a unique service to her virgin classmates: the opportunity to get their awkward first time over with, judgment-free. But what was meant to be temporary spirals out of control, and Mercedes begins to question where her heart really belongs.
J. Keller Ford | IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING
A seventeen-year-old squire with knightly ambitions reluctantly joins forces with a sixteen-year old over-achiever to battle a dragon, save the realm, and maybe even get the girl.
Karen Fortunati | THE WEIGHT OF ZERO
The story follows Cath, a teenager with bipolar disorder who is contemplating suicide, and her march towards – and struggle to recognize – better mental health, supported by a network of family, doctors, and friends.
Emily France | SIGNS OF YOU
Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.
When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store two years after her death, she needs the help of her friends to solve the mystery. Riley sets out to find the truth–and the guy–that grief has let her see.
Everly Frost | FEAR MY MORTALITY
In a world where people are invulnerable to illness and death, with lives spanning hundreds of years, a sixteen-year-old becomes witness to the impossible – her brother’s failure to regenerate after death after which she suspects that she too may be mortal.
Mia García | EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS
The story details a whirlwind 24-hour romance in which two teens with questionable pasts fall in love just before a hurricane tears them apart.
Paula Garner | PHANTOM LIMBS
Sixteen-year-old Otis copes with grief by swimming, training to fulfill the lost Olympic dream of his tyrannical one-armed friend/self-appointed coach, Dara, but her hold on him is threatened when his first love comes back to town, forcing Otis to face the tragedy that drove them apart.
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Jeff Garvin | SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And secretly gender fluid. Riley starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home—but when the blog goes viral, an anonymous commenter threatens to out Riley to the world.
Kathleen Glasgow | GIRL IN PIECES
17-year-old Charlie Davis is a girl on the edge of losing herself: to cutting, to homelessness, to grief. Pitched as Girl, Interrupted for a new generation, this is a novel about finding your people, finding your art, and fighting your way back, one hard minute at a time.
Melissa Gorzelanczyk | ARROWS
Random House/Delacorte Press
Young Adult Myth Retelling
A cupid-in-training from Olympus shoots a dance prodigy with an arrow, realizing too late that the other arrow in his pack is useless, resulting in a tragically one-sided enchantment.
Mike Grosso | I AM DRUMS
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books
Middle Grade Contemporary
September 6, 2016
While other kids dream about cars, sports, and fashion, all Samantha Morris dreams about is playing the drums. But it’s hard to make her dreams come true when her parents are against it, she bangs on dictionaries because she can’t afford a real kit, and her middle school is planning to cut its music program. Sam’s only hope is to find a private teacher and pay for lessons herself, all without her parents finding out.
Alwyn Hamilton | REBEL OF THE SANDS
Sixteen year old sharpshooter Amani Al’Hiza just wants to get out of the miserable one horse town where she was born. But when a shooting contest goes wrong she winds up running for her life instead, crossing a desert full of ruthless bandits, dangerous ghuls and powerful djinni, with nothing but a dwindling supply of bullets and a rakish foreigner wanted for treason.
Julie Hammerle | A PLACE FOR US
Young Adult Contemporary
Kiki Nichols, who is more in tune with her internet friends and the characters on her favorite cult TV show than anyone in her “real” life, finds friendship, love, and acceptance at a pre-college summer opera program.
Harriet Reuter Hapgood | THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER
Seventeen-year-old physics prodigy Gottie H. Oppenheimer navigates a summer of grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave | THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS (UK title), THE CARTOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER (US title)
Scholastic/Chicken House (UK), Random House/Knopf (US)
Middle Grade Action/Adventure
5th May, 2016 (UK), July 2016 (US)
When her closest friend disappears into her island’s Forgotten Territories, Isabella Riosse volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart. But beneath the smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.
Margot Harrison | THE KILLER IN ME
Seventeen-year-old Nina has a mysterious connection to a serial killer who’s flying way under the cops’ radar. She hunts him down, only to find herself face-to-face with a charming family man who makes her doubt everything she thought she knew.
Karen Hattrup |FRANNIE AND TRU
When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets.
Christian McKay Heidicker | CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE
CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE is about a sixteen-year-old named Jaxon who scores the first date of his life only to be promptly committed to video game rehab. He now has four days to earn a million points in real-life skills so he can make back to his date in time.
Heidi Heilig | THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE
Nix has grown up time-traveling on her father’s ship, Navigating from one map to another—including those of history, myth, and legend. But then her father finds a map of 1868 Honolulu. Determined to travel there to save her mother’s life, he pulls Nix into a political intrigue involving sugar barons, opium dealers, and a plot against the last King of Hawaii, but they both know changing history risks erasing Nix’s very existence.
K.C. Held | HOLDING COURT
Young Adult Mystery
March 1, 2016
When a sixteen year-old girl with an embarrassing psychic gift she can’t control takes a job at a castle-turned-dinner theater, all she wants is the chance to wear a fancy gown and ogle her crush from afar, but when she stumbles over a dead body that promptly disappears, she must prove she didn’t hallucinate a dead girl before the killer strikes again.
Kat Helgeson | GENA/FINN
Gena and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.
Emily Henry | THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD
Young Adult Speculative
January 26, 2016
Pitched as the heady romance and nostalgia of “Friday Night Lights” meets the world-bending mystery of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Guided by the enigmatic apparition she calls Grandmother, an adopted teenager must find her place in the world by navigating a cosmic phenomenon that allows her to see different versions and eras of her small Kentucky town; the stakes are raised when she falls in love with a beautiful but elusive boy.
Bridget Hodder | THE RAT PRINCE
August 23, 2016
The dashing Prince of the Rats–who’s in love with Cinderella–is turned into her coachman by the Fairy Godmother on the night of the big ball. And he’s about to turn the legend (and the evening) upside down on his way to a most unexpected happy ending!
Peter Brown Hoffmeister | THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH
Young Adult Contemporary
May 17th, 2016
Travis is a teenager in a trailer park in Eugene, Oregon. This is how he plans to spend the summer:
- Working on his basketball game with his friend, Creature.
- Reading excerpts from Creature’s novel-in-progress: The Pervert’s Guide to Russian Princesses.
- Canoeing the lake, trying to catch a glimpse of the girl who just moved in.
- Not going back to juvie . . .
- Searching the homeless camps for his mother.
Gordon Jack | THE BOOMERANG EFFECT
A YA Jeeves and Wooster story about a floundering stoner and a Spock-like exchange student who must unmask a mysterious school vandal to clear their names.
Ava Jae | BEYOND THE RED
A feud on a distant, crimson planet with established nanite technology creates a violent uprising that threatens the reign of a teenage queen and forces her to turn to her rebel half-blood bodyguard for help, before the planet’s human population is destroyed at the hands of her power-hungry twin brother.
Janet Sumner Johnson | THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY
When her best friend’s house is threatened with foreclosure, ten-year-old Annie Jenkins is full of ideas to save it: selling her appendix on e-bay, winning the lottery, finding a hidden treasure . . . But when her plans go awry, Annie discovers there are worse things than her best friend moving.
Rahul Kanakia | ENTER TITLE HERE
Pitched as Gossip Girl meets House of Cards, the novel takes the form of an unpublished manuscript written by over-achiever Reshma Kapoor as she launches a Machiavellian campaign to reclaim her valedictorian status after being caught plagiarizing.
Lucy Keating | DREAMOLOGY
A girl has wild, fantastical dreams of the same boy her entire life, only to walk into a new school and discover he is real.
Katie Kennedy | LEARNING TO SWEAR IN AMERICA
With an asteroid approaching, NASA calls in seventeen-year-old Russian physics prodigy Yuri Strelnikov. While he’s trying to save the world, Yuri meets Dovie, and catches a glimpse of what it means to live a life worth saving.
Aditi Khorana | MIRROR IN THE SKY
Young Adult Contemporary
June 21st, 2016
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.
Kerry Kletter | THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED
After being committed to a mental hospital for something she claims she didn’t do, Cassie O’Malley turns eighteen, signs herself out against medical advice, and heads to college in the hopes of shedding her past and finally having a normal life. But things take a turn when her estranged mother reenters the picture and throws everything Cassie believes about herself into question.
Lindsey Klingele | THE MARKED GIRL
Cedric West is your typical medieval teen, into sword fighting, hunting, and chilling in his castle. That is, until he and some friends get transported to modern-day Los Angeles. Suddenly he has a whole new set of challenges, and only a fast-talking, street smart film buff named Liv can help him navigate this new world — and hopefully find his way home.
Scarlett Kol | MIDWINTER
The day Avery Belmont was born her father disappeared. Now after seventeen years, Avery returns to her hometown and awakens the dark family secrets he left behind. Secrets that probably should have stayed buried.
Lisa A. Koosis | RESURRECTING SUNSHINE
Albert Whitman & Co./AW Teen
Young Adult Science Fiction
A grieving young musician must make an impossible choice about cloning the girl he loved, in this novel about memory and identity, love and loss.
S.A. Larsen | MOTLEY EDUCATION: THE URD SAGA
Leap Books, Seek
Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure
October 10, 2016
In Motley Education, a class assignment sends misfit medium Ebony Charmed and her legless lizard totting best friend on a ghostly journey for their lives battling creatures from Norse mythology to find a relic that is vital to saving both the spirit world and themselves. But when things go terribly wrong, Ebony must dig deep to find the true meaning of her quest, which has been inside her all along.
Meg Leder | THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK
Curated by sixteen-going-on-seventeen Penelope Marx, the Museum of Heartbreak (MoH) is dedicated to the documentation and study of the devastating, lonely-making, ass-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Featuring a spectrum of artifacts that chronicle the lives of the curator, her best friends, her first boyfriend, and some dinosaurs, the MoH explores the giddy confusion, inevitable sadness, and sheer joy of growing up and falling in love.
Julie Leung | MICE OF THE ROUND TABLE: A TAIL OF CAMELOT
Middle Grade Fantasy
November 8, 2016
The series retells the Camelot story from the point of view of the court’s humblest creatures, who must save the realm while the human knights of the Round Table are off on foreign adventures.
Catherine Lo | HOW IT ENDS
For Jessie, high school always felt like something she had to survive, until Annie came along. But when Annie befriends the girls who tormented Jessie throughout middle school, their friendship is put to the test. Told through the girls’ alternating points of view, the story tells what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.
Kenneth Logan | TRUE LETTERS FROM A FICTIONAL LIFE
A seventeen-year-old boy meets and falls for his first boyfriend. As their relationship deepens, he must decide whether to stay in the closet and remain quiet, safe, and sad, or find the courage to admit who he truly is to his rural hometown and to himself.
Casey Lyall | HOWARD WALLACE, P.I.
In HOWARD WALLACE, P.I., a lonely middle-school gumshoe reluctantly takes on the new girl in town as his assistant as they hunt down the stolen student council treasury and foil a would-be blackmailer.
Samantha Mabry | A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON
Kathy MacMillan | SWORD AND VERSE
Young Adult Fantasy
Lee Gjertsen Malone | THE LAST BOY AT ST. EDITH’S
The last boy at an all-girls school that failed in an attempt to go coed tries to get himself kicked out through a series of pranks, but faces unforeseen consequences to himself, his friends and his family.
Kerri Maniscalco | STALKING JACK THE RIPPER
Little, Brown/JIMMY Patterson Books
Young Adult Gothic Thriller
September 20, 2016
Inspired by the Ripper murders, it’s about a Victorian-era lord’s daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London’s East End.
Jenny Manzer | SAVE ME, KURT COBAIN
What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father? Nicola Cavan was four when her mother vanished from their West Coast home. Now 15, Nico is determined to find her beautiful, music-obsessed mother. After glimpsing “Cobain” on a ferry from Seattle, Nico follows the man with the blazing blue eyes to a remote Vancouver Island cabin—and her life will never be the same.
Emily Martin | THE YEAR WE FELL APART
A year ago, Harper made the biggest mistake of her life: destroying her relationship with her best friend – and first love – Declan. Now, Declan’s home from boarding school for the summer, and Harper has three months to fix the past or finally let go.
Sarah Glenn Marsh | FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP
In 1913, a teen girl knows there’s something sinister in the waters around her Isle of Man home. Together with the mysterious boy who washes ashore, Bridey must face her fear–and the danger–before the ocean claims everyone she loves.
Jennifer Maschari | THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE
A young boy struggling in the wake of his mother’s death follows his sister into a magical world identical to their own with one key difference – Mom is alive. But this idealized other world holds terrifying secrets, and he’ll have to defeat monsters both real and imagined or risk losing himself, his sister, and the true memory of his mother forever.
Jennifer Mason-Black | DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD
A teenage girl meets a devil at her town crossroads and exchanges her voice for a pair of magical boots and six months to save her runaway sister’s soul.
Adriana Mather | HOW TO HANG A WITCH
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir meets The Craft. When heroine Samantha Mather moves to modern-day Salem, Mass., the crimes of her ancestors—who were involved in hanging witches in the town 300 years ago—come back to haunt her. Samantha is ostracized by the witch descendants at school, confronted by an enigmatic ghost, and forced to trust her only friend and, ultimately, herself, as she unravels the lost secrets of the hangings and her family.
Janet McNally | GIRLS IN THE MOON
Phoebe and Luna Ferris haven’t grown up in the spotlight, but that’s only because their mother, Meg, quit her famous band when the girls were small. She hasn’t said much about it since. Now, Luna has a band of her own, and their still-famous dad hasn’t called in three years. The summer Phoebe turns seventeen, she goes to visit Luna in New York, determined to discover the truth about her family—and herself.
Heather Smith Meloche | RIPPLE
High school students Tessa and Jack navigate their way through their all-too-adult lives as they wrestle with their own uniquely destructive compulsions and struggle to find each other as well as themselves.
Bryan Methods | MASTER DIPLEXITO AND MR. SCANT: THE THIEF’S APPRENTICE
Middle Grade Historical Adventure
When timid Oliver Diplexito finds out the family butler Mr. Scant has a secret life as a notorious thief, he fears for his family’s safety. But the truth is that the infamous Ruminating Claw is only breaking into museums to return stolen masterpieces, and what’s more, he needs Oliver’s help.
Anna Michels | 26 KISSES
Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
May 24, 2016
Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. So she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, to move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss twenty-six boys with twenty-six different names—one for each letter of the alphabet.
Jenny Moyer | FLASHFALL
Pitched as Red Rising for teens, FLASHFALL tells the story of a girl who, with her people, is forced to mine terrifying tunnels for precious metal in return for freedom, only to realize that they’ve been betrayed but that she still carries a powerful secret that could change their world.
Sonya Mukherjee | GEMINI
GEMINI is a coming-of-age story about 17-year-old conjoined twins at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin needs to untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be herself.
Jenn P. Nguyen | THE WAY TO GAME THE WALK OF SHAME
After getting drunk at a party and waking up next to (a fully clothed) bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, Taylor Simmons needs to salvage her reputation by pretending they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.
Marieke Nijkamp | THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is told from the perspective of four teens in a high school held hostage who all have their own reasons to fear the boy with the gun.
Shannon M. Parker | THE GIRL WHO FELL
A high school senior mistakes her boyfriend’s physical and mental manipulations for devotion, only to discover the truth when it may be too late.
Parker Peevyhouse | WHERE FUTURES END
Penguin/Kathy Dawson Books
Young Adult Science Fiction
February 9, 2016
Where Futures End is a collection of five time-spanning, interconnected novellas that weave a subtly science-fictional web that stretches out from the present into the future, narrating an eerily plausible end of the world.
Lygia Peñaflor | UNSCRIPTED JOSS BYRD
Unscripted Joss Byrd is the story of America’s most sought-after young actress—billed as the Tatum O’Neal of her generation—navigating the pressure of working on a new film. Shooting on location in Montauk, NY, Joss struggles with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and an ambitious director’s edgy script.
Erin Petti | THE PECULIAR HAUNTING OF THELMA BEE
Thelma Bee is a fantastical adventure-mystery, where science and magic intertwine. Aspiring scientist/explorer/cryptozoologist Thelma must embark on a mission to save her dad. But when the journey brings them deep into the New England woods she realizes it might be harder than she thought—there’s someone wielding dark magic, and Thelma is pretty sure they’re coming after her next.
Randi Pink | INTO WHITE
Sixteen-year-old Latoya Williams, who is black, attends a mostly white high school in the Bible Belt. In a moment of desperation, she prays for the power to change her race and wakes up white.
Rebecca Podos | THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES
Imogene Scott, the daughter of a bestselling mystery writer, was raised on stories of troubled detectives whose only super power was their tireless search for the truth. When her father goes missing, she sets out to find him using the skills she’s learned from his books. Along the way, Immy uncovers truths about the mother who left her years before, and about the loneliness that’s marked the family for generations.
Kathryn Purdie | BURNING GLASS
After the dowager empress’s murder and a tragic accident, Sonya is hauled off to the palace to guard a charming-yet-volatile new ruler with her gift for absorbing other people’s feelings. But Sonya’s power is reckless and unwieldy. She’s often carried away by the intense passions of others. And when a growing rebellion forces Sonya to side with either the emperor who trusts her or his mysterious brother, the crown prince, Sonya realizes she may be the key to saving the empire—or its greatest threat.
Riley Redgate | SEVEN WAYS WE LIE
Young Adult Contemporary
March 8, 2016
When a scandal at Paloma High School bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, their seven ordinary-seeming lives result in extraordinary change. SEVEN WAYS WE LIE is told from each of their perspectives—one for each of the seven deadly sins.
Cynthia Reeg | FROM THE GRAVE
Jolly Fish Press
October 18, 2016
Middle Grade Fantasy
Monster is as monster does, but Frankenstein Frightface Gordon is more concerned with keeping his pants neat than scaring the pants off his victims. When he must decide whether to follow the rules or follow his calling, he makes a surprising choice that most likely will seal his doom—or perhaps prove he is truly monster enough.
Marisa Reichardt | UNDERWATER
Macmillan/Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
January 12, 2016
Young Adult Contemporary
In the aftermath of a deadly high school shooting, 17-year-old Morgan is an agoraphobe trapped in the apartment she shares with her mother and brother; when surfer boy Evan moves in next door, she has to face the life she’s been missing.
Sarah S. Reida | MONSTERVILLE: A LISSA BLACK PRODUCTION
MONSTERVILLE is JUMANJI meets GOONIES, a fast-paced adventure where board games come alive and winning your life depends on applying monster movie rules of survival. 12-year-old film-obsessed Lissa discovers a shape-shifting monster in her woods and decides to film the greatest horror movie of all time…until her little sister is kidnapped to the monster homeland of Down Below and she needs her star’s help to rescue her.
Robin Reul | MY KIND OF CRAZY
Pitched as Freaks and Geeks meets The Spectacular Now. After his promposal goes up in flames (literally), down-on-his-luck Hank strikes up an unusual friendship with a budding pyromaniac, who is struggling with her own darkness and thinks he may be a kindred spirit.
Caleb Roehrig | LAST SEEN LEAVING
Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends
YA Thriller (contemporary)
October 4, 2016
THIRTEEN REASONS WHY meets GONE GIRL in this YA thriller about fifteen-year-old Flynn Doherty. His girlfriend, January, is missing, the cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn – he must know something…right? But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.
Meghan Rogers | CROSSING THE LINE
Young Adult Spy/Thriller
CROSSING THE LINE stars 18-year-old Jocelyn, who, after being kidnapped as a child and trained as a North Korean spy, escapes with plans of revenge that she’ll only be able to enact if she can win over the same U.S. agents she has spent most of her life fighting against.
Dee Romito | THE BFF BUCKET LIST
Two best friends set out to complete a summer bucket list before they go to high school. But if they’re not careful, their friendship might be one of the things crossed off the list.
Patrick Samphire | SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB
The year is 1816, the place is Mars, home of pterodactyls, spies, and clockwork butlers. All 12-year-old Edward Sullivan wants is to read his favorite magazine, Thrilling Martian Tales, in peace. But when a villainous archeologist kidnaps his parents, Edward and his sisters must brave the Martian wilderness to save them.
Kim Savage | AFTER THE WOODS
Erin L. Schneider | SUMMER OF SLOANE
Seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre discovers her boyfriend and best friend’s ultimate betrayal just before leaving to spend the summer in Hawaii; while nursing a broken heart, she meets a boy who is equally troubled, but just might be the key to learning how to forgive — and live.
Stephanie Scott | ALTERATIONS
Young Adult Contemporary
Influenced by the movie Sabrina and set in Miami, ALTERATIONS tells the story of a shy, hopeful fashion designer caught between her lifelong crush and his awkward, nerdy brother.
Lois Sepahban | PAPER WISHES
Manami and her family are forced to leave their island home and sent to a Japanese internment camp in 1942. While there, it is up to Manami to find the strength to keep her family together.
Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas | THESE VICIOUS MASKS
England; 1882: Evelyn Wyndham’s perfectly boring life is turned upside down when her beloved sister is kidnapped and she’s forced to join forces with her mysterious new neighbor, Sebastian Braddock, whose strange tales of “special powers” are soon proven true.
Judy Sheehan | I WOKE UP DEAD AT THE MALL
Last night, Sarah was a bridesmaid, dressed in hideous mango chiffon. Today, she woke up dead at the Mall of America, where she must work through the unfinished business of her unfinishable life. But Sarah is tied to life and the living in ways that surprise her, especially when she learns that the one person she loves back on Earth is in grave (yes grave) danger.
Laura Shovan | THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY
When fifth graders learn that their school will be torn down and replaced by a supermarket, they take their teacher’s 1960s political teachings to heart and fight to save it.
Mia Siegert | JERKBAIT
Tristan isn’t close to his identical twin Robbie at all – until Robbie tries to kill himself. After being forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from future attempts, Tristan realizes that Robbie is gay and struggling with the repercussions of coming out in the professional sports world. With their shrinking world, the twins are forced to reconcile their differences and make a decision that could put their lives and innocence in jeopardy.
Tara Sim | TIMEKEEPER
In an alternate Victorian era, every city in the world is run by a clock tower. Clock mechanic Danny wants to free his father from a city trapped in time, but to do so, he’ll need to stop a series of bombings taking down towers around London. Easier said than done when Danny falls for a boy who lives in one of the clock towers—and who becomes a target for the bombings.
Emily Skrutskie | THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US
Seventeen-year-old Cas Leung has spent her whole life training sea monsters to defend ships from pirates. When pirates kidnap her and force her to rear a beast of their own, Cas must decide whether taking vengeance on her captors is worth becoming even more monstrous than the pup she’s raising.
Evelyn Skye | THE CROWN’S GAME
Pitched as DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE meets THE NIGHT CIRCUS, in which star-crossed lovers battle in a lush, magical version of tsarist Russia in 1825.
Amber Smith | THE WAY I USED TO BE
Eden was always good at being good. Band geek. Book nerd. Starting high school didn’t change that. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s whole world capsizes. She knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened. But she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.
Destiny Soria | IRON CAST
YA Historical Fantasy
This historical fantasy follows two best friends and illusionists who live and work in a Prohibition-era nightclub and con the city’s elite, only to find themselves entangled with mobsters when a con goes awry.
Wendy Spinale | EVERLAND
Young Adult Steampunk
In a world powered by steam and run by pirates, Gwen must battle Hook and the rest of his Marauders to save her abducted sister and search for the cure to the Horologia virus. With the help of the only survivors of the war, Pete and the Everland orphans, Gwen will learn that growing up takes more than faith, trust, and pixie dust.
Laura Stampler | LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES
Simon & Schuster / Simon Pulse
July 19, 2016
When Harper Anderson scores the summer internship of a lifetime, she moves to New York City to work as a dating blogger at the hottest teen magazine in the country. There’s just one problem: She’s not exactly the dating expert she claimed to be.
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Nanci Turner Steveson | SWING SIDEWAYS
Realistic Middle Grade
May 3, 2016
A heartfelt story in the tradition of Walk Two Moons and Bridge to Terabithia about two girls from opposite sides of the country who meet and discover the truth about friendship and loss during one unforgettable summer.
Erin Summerill | EVER THE HUNTED
17-year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. When her father, a legendary bounty hunter, is murdered, the stakes are fatal if she doesn’t find his killer. But the accused that she must hunt is none other than her father’s apprentice–the only boy she’s ever loved.
Krystal Sutherland | OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS
Young adult contemporary
October 4, 2016
OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS tells the story of Henry Page, hopeless romantic, and Grace Town, the girl who walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and changes everything. Grace is not who Henry pictured as his dream girl – she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. It’s obvious there’s something broken about her, but that seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again.
Elly Swartz | FINDING PERFECT
When twelve-year-old Molly’s mom, aka The Juice Lady, leaves the family to take a job in Canada, Molly tries to deal with her out of control world by organizing, counting, and ultimately, winning her middle school’s slam poetry competition.
Janet B. Taylor | INTO THE DIM
Sixteen year-old Hope Walton must travel back in time to a brutal, medieval twelfth-century–during the English reign of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine–to rescue her mother. Along the way, she becomes entangled with a secret society of time travelers and a mysterious boy who may be the key to setting her mother free.
Jessica Taylor | WANDERING WILD
Tal is a Wanderer—a grifter whose life is built around the sound of wheels on the road and the artful scams that keep her and her brother, Wen, fed. When a boy shows up, ready to make good on a nearly-forgotten arranged marriage to Tal, Tal and Wen make a pact: No matter the cost, they will use their limitless skills of grift to buy back her future.
Erin Teagan | THE FRIENDSHIP EXPERIMENT
Standard Operating Procedures is about Madeline Little, genius scientist in the making, who keeps her life in control by creating SOP’s like “How to Fake the Bubonic Plague to get out of a Party.” But when her life flip-flops at the start of middle school, and the SOPs no longer do the trick, it’s up to Madeline to discover a new cure for her newly messed up life.
Monica Tesler | BOUNDERS
BOUNDERS is the first book in the series about the Earth Force academy for quantum space travel and its inaugural class of cadets, a group of neurodiverse kids who always felt different but never suspected they held the key to saving the galaxy from an alien threat kept secret since before they were born.
Laura Tims | PLEASE DON’T TELL
Young Adult Contemporary Thriller
May 24th, 2016
Joy always said she’d kill for her twin sister, but she can’t remember what happened the night that the boy they hated was murdered. But someone else does – and unless Joy uncovers the blackmailer’s identity in time, she’ll be forced to make a terrible choice.
Elaine Vickers | LIKE MAGIC
LIKE MAGIC is the story of three girls whose stories weave together as they take turns checking out a hollowed-out book box from the library over the course of the biggest summer of their lives.
Kali Wallace | SHALLOW GRAVES
A murdered teenage girl is resurrected as an undead creature with dangerous powers, and she must find a way to reconcile memories of her old, normal life with the magical underworld to which she now belongs, a world populated by monsters from international folklore as well as the people who hunt them.
Hannah West | KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS
Young Adult Fantasy
When Bristal becomes a powerful, immortal elicromancer, she meets the only remaining two of her kind–one of whom hides dark plans to tyrannize the mortals they are meant to serve. Bristal must use her gifts to protect a cursed princess, pose as a soldier, and forge royal alliances in hopes of unifying the realm’s armies–before the traitor brings supernatural war down on the three kingdoms of Nissera.
Wade Albert White | THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES
Set in a world where fantasy meets science fiction and a subversive narrator lurks behind every page, intrepid heroine Anne must triumph over time, destiny, and heretofore unknown levels of bureaucracy to uncover the truth of her quest.
Darcy Woods | SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS
Young Adult Contemporary Romance
When zodiac-obsessed teen, Wilamena Carlisle, discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—Relationships and Love. But when her heart defies the heavens by falling for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the chart, Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth shunning her mother’s legacy—and the very system in which she places a lifetime of unfailing belief.
Robin Yardi | THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ
When Mateo Martinez spots a pair of skunks stealing his little sister’s tricycle—a tricycle that used to belong to him—he’s not sure he believes his eyes. But he sets out to investigate and discovers the skunks are real, they’re raiding the neighborhood, and they can talk! Fortunately, Mateo and his friend Ashwin are aspiring knights, and they’re prepared for a quest to retrieve the trike and win a stinky midnight war.
Jeff Zentner | THE SERPENT KING
Three outcasts-–the son of an imprisoned Pentecostal snakehandling minister; a sweet-natured, blue-collar fantasy fan; and a well-known teen fashion blogger–-try to make it through their final year of high school in rural Tennessee with their spirits and senses of self intact.