THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"How long until Book 3? (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The second installment of Stiefvater's Raven Cycle is as mind-blowingly spectacular as the first. Read full book review >
GOLDEN BOY by Tara  Sullivan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2013

"A riveting fictional snapshot of one Tanzanian boy who makes himself matter. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Some call Habo a zeruzeru—a zero-zero—nothing. Others willingly pursue the riches his albino body parts will bring on the black market in Sullivan's intense debut.

With his white skin, shaky, blue, unfocused eyes and yellow hair, 13-year-old Habo fits nowhere in his chocolate-brown Tanzanian family—not with his brothers who shun him, nor even with his mother, who avoids his touch. Did this bad-luck child even cause his father to abandon him at his birth? Only Habo's sister, Asu, protects and nurtures him. Poverty forces the family from their rural home near Arusha to Mwanza, hundreds of miles away, to stay with relatives. After their bus fare runs out, they hitch a ride across the Serengeti with an ivory poacher who sees opportunity in Habo. Forced to flee for his life, the boy eventually becomes an apprentice to Kweli, a wise, blind carver in urban Dar es Salaam. The stark contrasts Habo experiences on his physical journey to safety and his emotional journey to self-awareness bring his growth into sharp relief while informing readers of a social ill still prevalent in East Africa. Thankfully for readers as well as Habo, the blind man's appreciation challenges Habo to prove that he is worth more alive than dead. His present-tense narration is keenly perceptive and eschews self-pity. Read full book review >

SOME QUIET PLACE by Kelsey Sutton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 8, 2013

"Chills and goose bumps of the very best kind accompany this haunting, memorable achievement. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Haunting, chilling and achingly romantic, Sutton's debut novel for teens will keep readers up until the wee hours, unable to tear themselves away from this strange and beautifully crafted story. Read full book review >
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Powerful emotional relationships and tight plotting in this debut mark Terrill as an author to watch. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Time travel done right. Read full book review >
ZERO FADE by Chris L. Terry
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Kevin Phifer, 13, a black seventh-grader in 1990s Richmond, Va., and hero of this sparkling debut, belongs in the front ranks of fiction's hormone-addled, angst-ridden adolescents, from Holden Caulfield to the teenage Harry Potter. Read full book review >

ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Rich in detail, from the small kindnesses of fellow prisoners to harrowing scenes of escape and the Nazi Doctors' Trial in Nuremburg, at the core of this novel is the resilience of human nature and the power of friendship and hope. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
After a daring attempt to intercept a flying bomb, a young American pilot ferrying planes during World War II is captured by the Nazis in this companion to Printz Honor-winning Code Name Verity (2012).Read full book review >
BLACK HELICOPTERS by Blythe Woolston
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 12, 2013

A chilling exploration of the life, motivations and strategies of a young American suicide bomber.

Valkyrie (née Valley) White is on a mission to wake up everyone. Her statement of purpose recorded and media-ready, she departs the survivalist camp where she and her brother Bo live, but when her driver detonates their truck bomb too early, Valkyrie sets off on her own to complete the mission. Through brief chapters alternating between the past and present, readers learn about Valley and Bo's childhood in Montana's backwoods, where their Da trained them to be self-sufficient and deeply wary of the world outside their land. After Valley and Bo's mother, Mabby, dies in what they believe was a black-helicopter attack authorized by Those People in the government, Da insists that the children learn paramilitary and bomb-building skills along with chess and how to read. In the present, Valkyrie uses Da's lessons to manipulate a teenage boy into driving to an opportune place for her to detonate her vest. Woolston's slow, tense revelation of the full horror of what the adults in Valkyrie's life have wrought in and through her is breathtaking. Readers who may have previously associated suicide bombers with religious fanaticism will be fascinated by Valkyrie's totally secular but equally single-minded devotion to anti-government rhetoric and revenge.

Harrowing and unforgettable. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
BOXERS & SAINTS by Gene Luen Yang
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"This tour de force fearlessly asks big questions about culture, faith, and identity and refuses to offer simple answers. (bibliography) (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Printz Award winner Yang's ambitious two-volume graphic novel follows the intertwined lives of two young people on opposite sides of the turn-of-the-20th-century Boxer Rebellion. Read full book review >