By Jason Reynolds (YA Reyn)
Driven by the secrets and vengeance that mark his street culture, 15-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother.
By Kwame Alexander (YA Alex)
Seventeen-year-old Blade, who endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past to navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.
By Alan Gratz (YA Grat)
Separated by decades, Josef, a Jew living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a girl trying to escape unrest in 1994 Cuba; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence, embark on journeys in search of refuge.
By Tiffany Jackson (YA Jack)
When Mary, a teenager living in a group home, becomes pregnant, authorities take another look at the crime for which Mary was convicted when she was nine years old.
By Karen McManus (YA McMa)
When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates—including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete—are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim's latest gossip postings.
By Barry Lyga (YA Lyga)
Sebastian and Aneesa create a YouTube pizza making show. For the first time, Sebastian feels like he is in a judge free zone. Because Aneesa is new in town, she doesn't know his secret...the terrible, horrific secret that he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister ten years ago.
By Dashka Slater (YA 364.1555 Slat)
Tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, a crime that focuses on the concepts of race, class, gender, crime, and punishment.
By Jen Wang (YA Wang)
Prince Sebastian’s secret weapon is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?
By Laurie Halse Anderson (YA Ande)
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.
By Wendelin Van Draanen (YA VanD)
Fourteen year old Wren has a rude awakening one night when a policeman, with her parents' permission drags her out of bed. She ends up in the middle of the desert at a wilderness camp for troubled youth, where she has to face her inner demons in order to survive.
By Scott Westerfield (YA West)
Years after the devastation that killed her parents, scarred her sister, and destroyed her city, Addison takes a job from an eccentric collector that forces her to break her own rules of survival.
By Marieke Nijkamp (YA Nijk)
A violent student with a grudge and a gun holds his classmates and teachers hostage. Four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.
By Nic Stone (YA Ston)
Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.
By April Henry (YA Henr)
Years after surviving the attack that ended her mother's life and caused her missing father to become the prime suspect, Olivia learns that her father also died on the fateful day, a discovery that compels her to search for the killer before she becomes the next victim.
By Daniel Jose Older (YA Olde)
Sierra discovers that her heritage allows her to tap into the magic in art. Now she must use that power to stop the evil rising in her neighborhood.