• TEEN

    IN DARKNESS

    JAN. 17, 2012

TEEN

IN DARKNESS

by Nick Lake

A dark journey well worth taking—engrossing, disturbing, illuminating. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    A MILLION SUNS

    JAN. 10, 2012

TEEN

A MILLION SUNS

by Beth Revis

Setting and plot are the heart and soul of this ripping space thriller, and they’re unforgettable. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

    JAN. 2, 2012

TEEN

THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

by Jennifer E. Smith

Yes, many teens face more compelling problems than those of a smart, attractive daughter of affluent and loving, if... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

    FEB. 7, 2012

TEEN

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

by emily m. danforth

Rich with detail and emotion, a sophisticated read for teens and adults alike. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    GIRL MEETS BOY

    JAN. 1, 2012

TEEN

GIRL MEETS BOY

edited by Kelly Millner Halls

A superb offering—and therefore a shame that its cover design of a boy and girl in a clinch makes it look like a run-of-the... Full review >

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  • TEEN

    NO CRYSTAL STAIR

    FEB. 1, 2012

TEEN

NO CRYSTAL STAIR

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson & illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

A stirring and thought-provoking account of an unsung figure in 20th-century American history. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    BENEATH A METH MOON

    FEB. 2, 2012

  • TEEN

    BOY21

    MARCH 5, 2012

TEEN

BOY21

by Matthew Quick

A story that, like Finley, expresses a lot in relatively few words. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    <i>TITANIC</i>

    MARCH 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

<i>TITANIC</i>

by Deborah Hopkinson

A thorough and absorbing recreation of the ill-fated voyage. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    PANDEMONIUM

    MARCH 6, 2012

TEEN

PANDEMONIUM

by Lauren Oliver

From the grief-stricken shell of her former self to a nascent refugee and finally to a full-fledged resistance fighter,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME

    MARCH 1, 2012

TEEN

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME

by Madeleine George

While in the end there are some plotlines left untied in slice-of-life fashion, the bittersweet resolution of the main... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

    MARCH 1, 2012

TEEN

ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

by Jesse Andrews

Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2012), it stands on its own... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

    JAN. 10, 2012

TEEN

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

by John Green

Green seamlessly bridges the gap between the present and the existential, and readers will need more than one box of tissues... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    RADIANT DAYS

    APRIL 2, 2012

TEEN

RADIANT DAYS

by Elizabeth Hand

An impressive blend of biography and magical realism. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BLACK HEART

    APRIL 3, 2012

TEEN

BLACK HEART

by Holly Black

If you haven’t discovered this series yet, get going; if you’re already a fan, why are you even reading this review? (Urban... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ABOVE

    APRIL 1, 2012

TEEN

ABOVE

by Leah Bobet

While readers who long for concrete answers may be frustrated, those willing to go along with this captivating exploration... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FROI OF THE EXILES

    MARCH 13, 2012

TEEN

FROI OF THE EXILES

by Melina Marchetta

This epic has everything readers can ask for: great characters and a truly spectacular plot filled with romance, suspense,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE WICKED AND THE JUST

    APRIL 17, 2012

TEEN

THE WICKED AND THE JUST

by J. Anderson Coats

Brilliant: a vision of history before the victors wrote it. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE LIST

    APRIL 1, 2012

TEEN

THE LIST

by Siobhan Vivian

The issue is seldom front and center in books for teens, but Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE OBSIDIAN BLADE

    APRIL 1, 2012

TEEN

THE OBSIDIAN BLADE

by Pete Hautman

Part science fiction, part adventure, part mystery, but every bit engrossing; be sure to start the hold list for the sequel Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    MASTER OF DECEIT

    APRIL 1, 2012

TEEN

MASTER OF DECEIT

by Marc Aronson

Written with the authority of a fine writer with an inquiring mind, this dramatic story is history writing at its best. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    FRIENDS WITH BOYS

    FEB. 28, 2012

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

FRIENDS WITH BOYS

by Faith Erin Hicks & illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Readers will definitely want to have, know or be Maggie’s brothers—but she herself proves to be no slouch when it comes to... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE CHAOS

    APRIL 12, 2012

TEEN

THE CHAOS

by Nalo Hopkinson

Rich in voice, humor and dazzling imagery, studded with edgy ideas and wildly original, this multicultural mashup—like its... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE HERO'S GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR KINGDOM

    MAY 1, 2012

  • TEEN

    A CONFUSION OF PRINCES

    MAY 15, 2012

TEEN

A CONFUSION OF PRINCES

by Garth Nix

Space battles! Political intrigue! Engineered warriors! Techno-wizardry! Assassins! Pirates! Rebels! Duels! Secrets, lies,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ENCHANTED

    MAY 8, 2012

TEEN

ENCHANTED

by Alethea Kontis

Absolutely delectable; if it has more fripperies and furbelows than are strictly speaking necessary, it makes up for that in... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SEE YOU AT HARRY'S

    MAY 1, 2012

TEEN

SEE YOU AT HARRY'S

by Jo Knowles

Prescient writing, fully developed characters and completely, tragically believable situations elevate this sad, gripping... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    CODE NAME VERITY

    MAY 15, 2012

TEEN

CODE NAME VERITY

by Elizabeth Wein

A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    A BREATH OF EYRE

    APRIL 1, 2012

  • TEEN

    DEVINE INTERVENTION

    JUNE 1, 2012

TEEN

DEVINE INTERVENTION

by Martha Brockenbrough

As the clock ticks down on Heidi's soul, readers will be rooting for both Jerome and Heidi with all their hearts. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BITTERBLUE

    MAY 1, 2012

TEEN

BITTERBLUE

by Kristin Cashore

Devastating and heartbreaking, this will be a disappointment for readers looking for a conventional happy ending. But those... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    DUST GIRL

    JUNE 26, 2012

TEEN

DUST GIRL

by Sarah Zettel

This cracking good mixture of magic and place will leave readers eagerly awaiting the sequel Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    KEEPING THE CASTLE

    JUNE 14, 2012

TEEN

KEEPING THE CASTLE

by Patrice Kindl

While the happy ending comes as no surprise, the path to it is funny as well as satisfying, with many nods to Jane Austen... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    A TROUBLESOME BOY

    MAY 15, 2012

TEEN

A TROUBLESOME BOY

by Paul Vasey

A vivid, disturbing and all-too-real topical story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    STREET DREAMS

    MARCH 13, 2012

TEEN

STREET DREAMS

by Tama Wise

No simple coming-out story, this many-layered effort is gritty, warm and ultimately hopeful. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR

    JUNE 1, 2012

  • TEEN

    LIA'S GUIDE TO WINNING THE LOTTERY

    MAY 1, 2012

TEEN

LIA'S GUIDE TO WINNING THE LOTTERY

by Keren David

Tart, funny and fast-moving, with a touch of rueful realism and a lot of heart. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THRONE OF GLASS

    AUG. 7, 2012

TEEN

THRONE OF GLASS

by Sarah J. Maas

This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BEYOND COURAGE

    SEPT. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

BEYOND COURAGE

by Doreen Rappaport

Thorough, deeply researched and stylistically clear, this is a necessary, exemplary book. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

    FEB. 21, 2012

TEEN

ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    MISTER DEATH'S BLUE-EYED GIRLS

    APRIL 17, 2012

TEEN

MISTER DEATH'S BLUE-EYED GIRLS

by Mary Downing Hahn

An engrossing exploration of how a murder affects a community. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    INVINCIBLE MICROBE

    JULY 10, 2012

CHILDREN'S

INVINCIBLE MICROBE

by Jim Murphy & Alison Blank

Who knew the biography of a germ could be so fascinating? (acknowledgments, picture credits, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction.... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    TEAM HUMAN

    JULY 3, 2012

TEEN

TEAM HUMAN

by Justine Larbalestier ; Sarah Rees Brennan

Laugh-out-loud funny, heart-wrenchingly sad and fist-pump-in-the-air triumphant, this sparkling gem proves that vampires,... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    TIGER LILY

    JULY 3, 2012

TEEN

TIGER LILY

by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Working with the darker threads of Barrie’s bittersweet classic, Anderson weaves an enchanting tale. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SERAPHINA

    JULY 10, 2012

TEEN

SERAPHINA

by Rachel Hartman

Dragon books are common enough, but this one is head and talons above the rest. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS

    JULY 19, 2012

TEEN

THE GIRL WITH BORROWED WINGS

by Rinsai Rossetti

Infused with an urgent hope, this glimmering love story exhilarates and refreshes. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE GIRL IS TROUBLE

    JULY 3, 2012

  • TEEN

    THE WARRIOR'S HEART

    OCT. 9, 2012

TEEN

THE WARRIOR'S HEART

by Eric Greitens

An uncommon (to say the least) coming-of-age, retraced with well-deserved pride but not self-aggrandizement, and as... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BURN MARK

    JUNE 19, 2012

TEEN

BURN MARK

by Laura Powell

This smart, stylish series opener raises the bar for paranormal fiction, leaving readers impatient for the next installment. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    MARATHON

    JUNE 19, 2012

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

MARATHON

by Boaz Yakin & illustrated by Joe Infurnari

Among the most historically and culturally significant battles ever fought, Marathon gets righteous due—and so does its... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    EVERY DAY

    AUG. 28, 2012

TEEN

EVERY DAY

by David Levithan

An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    MOONBIRD

    JULY 17, 2012

CHILDREN'S

MOONBIRD

by Phillip Hoose

B95 is a 4-ounce, robin-sized shorebird, a red knot of the subspecies rufa. Each February he joins a flock that lifts off... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BETWEEN YOU & ME

    AUG. 7, 2012

TEEN

BETWEEN YOU & ME

by Marisa Calin

Though hamstrung by a depressingly chick-lit-y cover, this total-immersion emotional experience is one readers will both... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE DEMON CATCHERS OF MILAN

    AUG. 28, 2012

  • TEEN

    FIRE IN THE STREETS

    AUG. 28, 2012

TEEN

FIRE IN THE STREETS

by Kekla Magoon

A well-written, compelling trip to a past not often portrayed in children's literature. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    A CERTAIN OCTOBER

    AUG. 28, 2012

TEEN

A CERTAIN OCTOBER

by Angela Johnson

A wonderfully crafted and deeply satisfying novel, full of detail that provides texture and meaning. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SUCH WICKED INTENT

    AUG. 21, 2012

  • TEEN

    GIRL OF NIGHTMARES

    AUG. 7, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    AFTER ELI

    AUG. 14, 2012

CHILDREN'S

AFTER ELI

by Rebecca Rupp

Far more than a summer romance, this is a tribute to those left behind. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    BE MY ENEMY

    SEPT. 4, 2012

  • TEEN

    SHADOWFELL

    SEPT. 11, 2012

TEEN

SHADOWFELL

by Juliet Marillier

Proper fantasy, balanced between epic and personal; this promises to be an engrossing series, with intimations of bigger... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    VESSEL

    SEPT. 11, 2012

TEEN

VESSEL

by Sarah Beth Durst

From the gripping first line, a fast-paced, thought-provoking and stirring story of sacrifice. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    CALL THE SHOTS

    SEPT. 11, 2012

TEEN

CALL THE SHOTS

by Don Calame

Fearlessly foul, this consistently comical series should be required reading for all teenage boys and anyone else with a... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FOURMILE

    SEPT. 18, 2012

CHILDREN'S

FOURMILE

by Watt Key

Deeply moving and fast-paced, this life-affirming effort is a worthy addition to the bookshelves of sturdy readers. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    SONS OF THE 613

    SEPT. 11, 2012

TEEN

SONS OF THE 613

by Michael Rubens

This book won't make readers proud to be Jewish. It will make them proud to be a pool player in a porkpie hat, a tattooed... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    DON'T TURN AROUND

    SEPT. 11, 2012

TEEN

DON'T TURN AROUND

by Michelle Gagnon

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for preteens and teens, a surefire hit. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    STORMDANCER

    SEPT. 18, 2012

FICTION

STORMDANCER

by Jay Kristoff

Soars higher than the arashitora Kristoff writes about; superb. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE DIVINERS

    SEPT. 18, 2012

TEEN

THE DIVINERS

by Libba Bray

Not for the faint of heart due to both subject and length, but the intricate plot and magnificently imagined details of... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    ASK THE PASSENGERS

    OCT. 23, 2012

TEEN

ASK THE PASSENGERS

by A.S. King

Astrid's parents moved both her and her sister away from their New York City home years ago to a small town symbolically... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE RAVEN BOYS

    SEPT. 18, 2012

TEEN

THE RAVEN BOYS

by Maggie Stiefvater

The magic is entirely pragmatic; the impossible, extraordinarily true. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    HAVE A NICE DAY

    OCT. 16, 2012

TEEN

HAVE A NICE DAY

by Julie Halpern

Aside from the too-anxious-to-eat valorization, fresh as a daisy and sharp as a tack. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH FAIRYLAND AND LED THE REVELS THERE

    OCT. 2, 2012

TEEN

THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH FAIRYLAND AND LED THE REVELS THERE

by Catherynne M. Valente & illustrated by Ana Juan

Heartless September sprouts a heart during this remarkable, awesome journey. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WRAPPED UP IN YOU

    OCT. 1, 2012

TEEN

WRAPPED UP IN YOU

by Dan Jolley & illustrated by Natalie Nourigat

True to this series' winning formula, an enjoyable mix of terror, comedy and romance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    PASSENGER

    OCT. 2, 2012

  • TEEN

    PINNED

    OCT. 1, 2012

TEEN

PINNED

by Sharon G. Flake

An uplifting story that convincingly celebrates the power of perseverance. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE BRONTË SISTERS

    OCT. 23, 2012

TEEN

THE BRONTË SISTERS

by Catherine Reef

A solid and captivating look at these remarkable pioneers of modern fiction. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THIS IS NOT FORGIVENESS

    OCT. 16, 2012

TEEN

THIS IS NOT FORGIVENESS

by Celia Rees

Though the portrayal of Rob’s deteriorating mental state is raw and often uncomfortable, in the end, the honest, uncensored... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    THE FITZOSBORNES AT WAR

    OCT. 9, 2012

  • CHILDREN'S

    MY NAME IS PARVANA

    OCT. 1, 2012

CHILDREN'S

MY NAME IS PARVANA

by Deborah Ellis

Readers will learn much about the war in Afghanistan even as they cheer on this feisty protagonist. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    PASSION BLUE

    NOV. 6, 2012

TEEN

PASSION BLUE

by Victoria Strauss

A rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    DODGER

    SEPT. 25, 2012

TEEN

DODGER

by Terry Pratchett

Unexpected, drily funny and full of the pathos and wonder of life: Don't miss it. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS

    DEC. 11, 2012

TEEN

LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS

by Laura Buzo

The exactly right conclusion eschews easy resolution, though there’s plenty of hope as they flounder into the future. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • TEEN

    WONDER SHOW

    MARCH 20, 2012

TEEN

WONDER SHOW

by Hannah Barnaby

Infused with nostalgia and affection, this celebration of the deliberately constructed self will hold readers in its spell... Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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