Best Teen Books of 2013


Released: March 5, 2013

"Captivating introspection from a winning character. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Self-deprecating humor abounds in this debut novel that pulls no punches about the experience of depression and anxiety for its teen protagonist. Read full book review >
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Awkward, prickly teens find deep first love in 1980s Omaha. Read full book review >

Released: May 27, 2013

"An exceptionally well-written journey to make sense of the senseless. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
After one life-changing night with her secret crush Andy Cooper, Frenchie Garcia, a cigarette-smoking artist who quotes Dickinson and hangs out in a cemetery, is haunted. Read full book review >
THE WAR WITHIN THESE WALLS by Aline Sax
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

The sights, sounds and smells of the Warsaw ghetto assail readers' senses in a raw, brutal telling of the unimaginable horror of that time and that place.

When the Nazis took Warsaw in 1939, they immediately initiated their separate war against the Jews in an ever-worsening web of destruction. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 3, 2013

When you're surrounded by death, anything can look like a good opportunity.

Death is all around 17-year-old Richie Casey. Read full book review >


MIDWINTERBLOOD by Marcus Sedgwick
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite. (author's note) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Time Traveler's Wife meets Lost in this chilling exploration of love and memory. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Immensely satisfying. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Step right onto the rough streets of the New Orleans French Quarter, circa 1950… Read full book review >
WINGER by Andrew Smith
Released: May 14, 2013

"Bawdily comic but ultimately devastating, this is unforgettable. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A boarding school is the setting for life-changing experiences in this smart, wickedly funny work of realistic fiction from the author of The Marbury Lens (2010). Read full book review >