Title: Meet Me Here
Author: Bryan Bliss
Call Number: Teen FIC BLI
Thomas has one night to decide his future. Will he or won’t he ship out with the Army in the morning? If he does, will he come home suffering from PTSD like his brother? Unexpectedly, that same night becomes an opportunity to fix mistakes of the past and build on new relationships with family and friends. As the long night comes to an end, Thomas learns what courage is and is able to move forward.
Similar Titles: The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt and The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Title: Love and Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Call #: Teen Fic WEL
Lina arrives in Italy to fulfill her mother’s dying wish; get to know the father she never knew she had. As she counts down the days to returning home to the states, Lina meets Ren. With the help of her mom’s journal and Ren, Lina experiences the Italy her mom fell in love with. As Lina follows in her mom’s footsteps, she discovers that everything isn’t as it seems, and that love can be found in Italy.
Simialr Titles: The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Title: The Matched Series
Author: Ally Condie
Call #: Teen Fic CON
For those who love the Divergent series, the Matched series offers a similar story. The series is told through the alternating viewpoints of Cassia, Xander, and Ky. The trio work together to find freedom from a society that no longer offers the choice to choose. The twists and turns will keep you guessing and reaching for the next book.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth and Nil Series by Lynne Matson
Title: Dangerous Lies
Author: Becky Fitzpatrick
Call Number: Teen FIC FIT
Estella’s life takes an unwilling turn after witnessing a murder. Forced into witness protection until she testifies, she is moved from urban Pittsburgh to farm country Nebraska. Stella is forced to look at her life in a new way. She no longer only answers to herself, and slowly she finds that having people care about her isn’t so bad. Unfortunately, danger follows her wherever she goes and Stella will have to choose between her new life and protecting those she loves.
Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Don’t look back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Title: Boys of Summer
Author: Jessica Brody
Call Number: Teen FIC BRO
Ian, Grayson, and Mike have been best friends since they were six years old, and have always spent summers on the island together. They wish for another ‘Epic’ summer, one that will erase the trauma they have they experienced during the past year that they don’t want to share with their friends. Affected by loss, heartbreak, and a life-changing injury, the boys make decisions that cause conflict and mistrust within the group. It’s not until one is pushed to the breaking point that they discover that friendship means more than just hanging out.
Boys of Summer was a quick read that delved right into the middle of friendship, romance, and trust.
Similar Titles: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland and Just One Day by Gayle Foreman
Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbuam
Call Number: Teen FIC BUX
After already reeling from the loss of her mother; Jessie’s father meets someone online, marries a woman behind Jessie’s back, and forces Jessie to move from urban Chicago to sunny California. Jessie feels like she doesn’t fit in at her new school and her confidence drops. Just as she is about to run back to Chicago on her own, Jessie begins getting messages from the mysterious SN.
Jessie starts to confide in SN, while he is giving her advice on people at school. Slowly, Jessie finds her place and learns to embrace her new environment. But will she ever discover who it was helping her all long?
Tell Me Three Things is a great story for those who want a story about overcoming loss, a story about friendship, finding out who you are, and a love story that will keep you guessing. This book will have you both laughing and in tears at the same time.
This is what happy looks like by Jennifer E. Smith
Hung Up by Kirsten Tracy
Title: Exit, Pursued by Bear
Author: E.K. Johnston
Call Number: TEEN FIC JOH
Palermo High School is known for two things: First, their competition cheer team; Second, that every class has one student who dies and one that ends up pregnant. Since Hermione’s grade school friend died in a horrific accident when they were younger, she dares her class to not fulfill the pregnancy prophecy. Sadly, Hermione becomes a victim herself, and navigates what life means when the unthinkable happens. As she deals with the aftermath of rape, Hermione shows that while she can’t control the past, she can have a say in her future.
The way I used to be by Amber Smith
After the Woods by Kim Savage
Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Call Number: TEEN FIC SAB
A fast-paced fantasy plot, the dual narrative tells the story of life under the oppressive Martials from the alternating points of view of Laia and Elias. Scholars live in poverty serving the Martials as slaves. They aren't allowed to read or write for the punishment is death. To maintain such order, the Empire has special warriors with deadly weapons to keep the Scholars in their place. If a Martials' child is accepted into the Blackcliff academy, they train to become these deadly warriors known as The Masks. Laia is a Scholar and Elias is a highborn Mask in training. After Laia's brother Darin is taken away by Martials, the rest of her family murdered, Laia goes undercover at the Mask academy in an effort to get Darin back at any cost. Elias is a highborn student at Blackcliff, training to be a Mask. But he wants no part of it and plans to desert only to be pulled back in by the Trials. Elias starts to have conflicting feelings for the slave girl Laia. With a lot of twists and turns, the story is filled with tension, excitement, and non-stop action.
The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
Title: A Death Struck Year
Author: Makiia Lucier
Call Number: TEEN FICTION LUC
A Death-Struck Year will take you back to the early twentieth century to a time when life was hard and death was everywhere.
Cleo Berry had already lost her parents when she is told to find safely in the quarantined boarding school, however, after seeing first-hand what the Spanish influenza outbreak of 1917-1918 is, she can’t not offer to help. Instead of hiding, and with the help of her new friends, Cleo learns as much as she can to help others. As Cleo puts those suffering from the epidemic before herself, she grows from a girl who has let the loss of her parents’ control her life, into a young woman who learns that while loss shapes who you are, it doesn’t define you.
Similar stories to consider are:
Rose under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Authors: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Call Number: TEEN FICTION COR
Doon is an adaptation from the book and musical Brigadoon written by Alan Jay Lerner. Authors Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon retell the story of two high school friend’s journey from their vacation spot in Scotland to a mystical magical land called Doon. Told in the alternating viewpoints, Veronica and Mackenna explain their individual stories; one is looking for love and acceptance, even if it means staying in Doon forever; the other will do anything to return home to her fulfill her own dreams. The authors create a believable fantasy world, one with morals and values anchored in the medieval era, but that allows some modern day benefits as well. For example, pizza and indoor plumbing are readily available, but cell phones and the internet didn’t pass the council vote.
Throughout the story, both girls become involved in romantic relationships, and again handle them in opposite ways. The lead is based on the Byronic Hero; a brooding royal figure. The latter is happy and always takes the girls side. The authors allude to other literary couples in YA books such as Withering Heights and Twilight. Avid YA readers will recognize some character traits from other stories they may be familiar with. The theme of friendship and loyalty are strong aspects to this book, as each character puts others needs before their own.
The land of Doon is magical and well developed. The story itself has enough plot twist to keep readers turning the pages while the cliffhanger ending will leave readers waiting for the second book. Doon would make a good edition to any library looking for more books for early teens.
Similar stories to consider are:
The Mortal Instruments seriesby Cassandra Clare
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Title: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
Author: Ian Doescher
Call Number: TEEN FICTION DOE
By merging the canonical past with Lucas’s futuristic world, author Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope is a fun read suitable for those in grades 9 and up. This tale provides a comic commentary on two works that many of us are familiar with, but in a vastly different form. Keeping with Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter the story of Luke and Leia, along with their band of cohorts, is told as a six scene and multiple act play. Each character stays true to George Lucas’s world by uttering familiar lines, albeit in Shakespearean verse, as the tale of the dis-inherited prince and princess is told. The combination of the formal verse adds a second layer of humor, especially when C-3PO or R2-D2 speaks. For instance, when R2-D2 is playing a game against Chewbacca in Act III Scene V, C-3PO warns him, “Pray, R2, caution show,” in which R2 answers, “Beep, whistle, squeak, beep, meep, hoo whistle.”
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Relish, My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Author: Megan Miranda
Call Number: TEEN FICTION MIR
Fracture intertwines the neuroscience and the supernatural together. The story begins as Delany and Decker’s friendship is shown to be on the brink of something more, and escalates when Decker rescues and resuscitates her dead body after she falls through a frozen lake. However, Delany wakes up with special powers. As she tries to cope with what is going on inside her head, Delany becomes friends with Troy, a boy with a similar condition.
This book will appeal to many readers that like the thriller and supernatural genre. Through Delany’s trials, she changes herself and becomes more focused on others. The relationships between characters are realistic and many issues are touched upon that teens can relate to, such as Delany’s relationship with her parents and life at school. The book also alludes to other literary works, such as Les Miserables that most teens will be familiar with. The informal writing style and easy language will make this a good choice for reluctant readers as well. The story is fast paced, keeping the readers interest throughout the novel.
The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Title: The Great American Documents Vol. 1
Author: Ruth Ashby
Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL 973 ASH
This non-fiction graphic novel tells the story of early American history through Uncle Sam’s voice while focusing on the documents that helped shape the American nation. Sections of the original wording of each document, beginning with The Mayflower Compact and ending with The Indian Removal Act, are presented while reading the narrative story; allowing for a greater understanding of how these pieces of history played a part in the formation of American society.
The illustrated drawings and text feature everything from the early Puritans compromise with the “strangers” aboard the Mayflower, to the sealed room of the Continental Congress, to Scott Key witnessing the Stars and Stripes flying over Fort McHenry and recording his emotions into song, and finally ending with the tragic words that made over 70,000 Native American relocate from their Ancestral lands to government formed reservations. This is an excellent book that allows students to read American history in a new format, making and understanding new connections through Uncle Sam’s explanations of how each event affected American Society, and how we are still striving today to become the “one nation” that our forefathers sought to achieve.
Darwin, A Graphic Biography by Eugene Byrne
Battle Lines by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm