Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews YA FIC ANDREWS
17-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends. His life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he knew in Hebrew school, who has leukemia.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi YA FIC BACIGALUPI, YA CDBK FIC BACIGALUPI, eAudio
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers to survive. When he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
Tyrell by Coe Booth YA FIC BOOTH
15-year-old Tyrell, living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky YA FIC CHBOSKY, YA CDBK FIC CHBOSKY
Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner YA FIC DASHNER, YA CDBK FIC DASHNER
Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secrets out.
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos YA FIC GANTOS, YA CDBK FIC GANTOS, eAudio
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, 12-year-old Jack Gantos is grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
Gone (series) by Michael Grant YA SERIES GONE, eBook
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of 14 suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green YA FIC GREEN, eBook
After he is dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to find a new direction in life, while trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
The Enemy (series) by Charles Higson YA FIC HIGSON, eBook
When the sickness came, every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died-the others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under 14 remain, and they're fighting to survive.
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (series) by Anthony Horowitz YA SERIES ALEX, YA CDBK FIC HOROWITZ, eBook, eAudio
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, 14-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.
Rangers Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan (series) by John Flanagan YA SERIES RANGER, YA CDBK FIC RANGER, eBook
When 15-year-old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
Reality Boy by A.S. King YA FIC KING
An emotionally damaged 17-year-old boy in Pennsylvania who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell.
Ungifted by Gordon Korman YA FIC KORMAN
Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special school for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.
Epic by Conor Kostick YA FIC KOSTICK
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, 14-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne YA FIC LAYBOURNE
Six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves. Outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, is tearing the world apart.
Proxy by Alex London YA FIC LONDON
Born into one of the City's wealthiest families and paired with a Proxy named Syd, who endures punishments for Knox's misdeeds, Knox discovers that he has more in common with Syd than either of them realized when his father's manipulations force the boys to save each other.
QB1 by Mike Lupica YA FIC LUPICA
Jake Cullen, 14, lives in the shadows of his father and older brother until he becomes the starting quarterback for the high school football team and gets his chance to shine.
Center Field by Robert Lipsyte YA FIC LIPSYTE
Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.
I Hunt Killers (series) by Barry Lyga YA FIC LYGA, YA CDBK FIC LYGA
17-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad." Believing he has a conscience that will right some of his father's wrongs, he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist" and discovers that he may have more in common with his father than he thought.
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick YA FIC QUICK
Finley, the only white player on his high school's basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town ruled by the Irish mob. When his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American transfer student, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their different backgrounds.
Au Revior Crazy European Chickby Joe Schreiber YA FIC SCHREIBER, YA CDBK FIC SCHREIBER
Perry's parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student to senior prom. After an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father's precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick YA FIC SEDGWICK, YA CDBK FIC SEDGWICK
In an isolated cabin, 14-year-old Sig is alone with his father’s corpse when a stranger arrives claiming that Sig’s father owes him a share of stolen gold. Sig’s only protection is a loaded Colt revolver hidden in the cabin’s storeroom, if he can reach it and is willing to use it.
Zom-B (series) by Darren Shan YA SERIES ZOM-B
When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's father thinks it's a hoax until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, doing whatever it takes to survive.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick YA FIC SONNENBLICK, YA CDBK FIC SONNENBLICK
After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather.
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp YA FIC THARP, YA CDBK FIC THARP
In the last months of high school, charismatic 18-year-old Sutter Keely lives in the present, staying drunk or high most of the time. That could change when he tries to boost the self-confidence of a classmate, Aimee.
When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes YA FIC TAKOUDES
Francisco Ortiz, a straight-A student and gifted basketball player from the barrio, wins a full scholarship to an elite boarding school, but his new classmates assume the worst of him. He doesn’t fit in at home anymore, either. Attempting to help one of his homies, Francisco makes a terrible decision and becomes what he fought so hard to rise above.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini YA FIC VIZZINI, eBook
A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey YA FIC YANCEY, YA CDBK FIC YANCEY, eBook
It's the dawn of the 5th wave. Most of humanity is gone. Cassie runs from beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death.
Compiled by Michele Cayea, November 2013