Best Teen Books of 2013


BEING HENRY DAVID by Cal Armistead
Released: March 1, 2013

"This compelling, suspenseful debut, a tough-love riff on guilt, forgiveness and redemption, asks hard questions to which there are no easy answers. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
When Hank wakes up in Penn Station, the only clue to his identity is the book he's clutching, Walden, so he adopts Henry David Thoreau's name and iconic work to guide him on his journey to self-discovery. Read full book review >
CHASING SHADOWS by Swati Avasthi
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Haunting, mesmerizing and intense. (Graphic fiction hybrid. 13 & up)"
Two friends alternate narration and struggle with grief and trauma after a violent murder. Read full book review >

ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME by Julie Berry
Released: Sept. 26, 2013

"A tale of uncommon elegance, power and originality. (Historical thriller. 12 & up)"
Eighteen-year-old Judith Finch gradually reveals the horror of her two-year disappearance in a stunning historical murder mystery and romance. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2013

"Readers won't be able to look away even if they find they don't much like—or trust—Ben. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Stationed in Afghanistan, medic Ben spends a long day drafting a detailed confession about the tragedy that threw his life off course two years earlier. Read full book review >
THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"You may be ready to put a stake in vampire lit, but read this first: It's dark and dangerous, bloody and brilliant. (Horror. 14 & up)"
This eagerly anticipated novel (based on Black's short story of the same name) bears little relation to the sparkle-infused vampire tales of the last decade. Read full book review >

SORROW'S KNOT by Erin Bow
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A lovely gem, dark and quiet as the dead but glimmering with life as well. Not to be missed. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Grief beats at the heart of adolescence in this fantasy version of North America. Read full book review >
A MOMENT COMES by Jennifer Bradbury
Released: June 25, 2013

"Historical fiction that brings its history to bloody, poignant life: rare and notable. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
India, 1947: As Britain prepares to divide the country before leaving, three lives unexpectedly intersect. Read full book review >
DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT by Tony Cliff
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Fast-paced and unabashed fun, this romp will leave readers longing for additional installments. (Graphic adventure. 14 & up)"
In Cliff's swashbuckling print debut, a tea-loving Turkish janissary must choose his future path after his quiet life is turned upside down by an encounter with a brash adventuress. Read full book review >