Teen BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN SEPTEMBER 2018
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American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
When his adored older brother returns from a tour in Iraq with devastating PTSD, a Mexican-American high school senior embarks on a road trip to visit loved ones and explore the illnesses, socioeconomic pressures and milestone anxieties that have challenged their family.
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And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness. Illus by Rovina Cai.
The best-selling author of A Monster Calls presents a twist on themes from Moby Dick in the story of a proud warrior whale pod that attacks a ship before pursuing a near-mythical adversary on a vengeful hunt that risks the worlds of both whales and humans.
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As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows
A follow-up to Before She Ignites finds Mira on the run with her friends after a fiery escape that marks her renewed efforts to halt dragon trafficking and safeguard the Fallen Isles from enemy forces. Fallen Isles No. 2
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Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower by Christian McKay Heidicker. Illus by Sam Bosma.
From the author of Cure for the Common Universe comes a monster movie-like novel that bravely challenges perceived notions of beauty, identity and modern voyeurism.
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Batman: A Lot of Li’l Gotham by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs
The creators of the Secret Heroes Society present a complete collection of the Eisner Award-nominated Batman: Li’l Gotham series that reimagines iconic superheroes and supervillains as children.
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Born Scared by Kevin Brooks
A 13-year-old shut-in who has struggled with debilitating anxiety all his life fights to hold himself together when a pharmacy mistake leaves him without medication and forces his mother to venture out in a raging snowstorm. By the award-winning author of The Bunker Diary.
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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani & Viviana Mazza
Based on interviews with young women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, this poignant novel tells the timely story of one girl who was taken from her home in Nigeria and her harrowing fight for survival. Includes an afterword by award-winning journalist Viviana Mazza.
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The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli
In the companion to her best-selling debut, the author of The Last Namsara continues the haunting fantasy as Roa agrees to help Dax raise an army to oust Firgaard, the cruel king, in exchange for making her queen, an effort that would enable Roa to reclaim her dead twin’s soul during the Relinquishing if she can destroy Firgaard. Iskari series
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Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little
Struggling with the fallout of mistaken diagnoses and disappointed hopes, a once-popular cheerleader from a small Texas community learns that she has a rare disease before reevaluating her past choices and navigating a difficult recovery. By the award-winning author of The New Normal.
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Dare You to Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch
When her FBI agent father is framed for murder, Kylene resolves to clear his name in spite of being forced to move back to their small hometown, where a boy’s cruel betrayal two years earlier is linked to dark secrets. A first young adult novel by the bestselling author of the Caged series.
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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
A dark reimagining of Shelley’s classic is told from the point of view of Elizabeth, Victor Frankenstein’s adopted sister, who as they enter adulthood is challenged to manage her brother’s dangerous temper and inclination to pursue depraved experiments. By the bestselling author of the And I Darken series.
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The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo
Born in a world where all girls are born with a special talent but their gifts feel like curses, best friends Rome, Lux and Mercy discover the collective strength of their bond while exposing disturbing truths about their community.
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Dream Country by Shannon Gibney
A riveting tale of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom, all based on historical fact, tells a nightmarish story of a spiral of death and exile connecting America and Africa, and of how one determined young dreamer tries to break free and gain control of her destiny.
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The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse
Two teen strangers wake up on the floor of an unfamiliar cold, dark room and must work together to escape only to discover that they were not locked in, but that someone or something was being locked out. By the author of Where Futures End.
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Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
A luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of madness and horror during a week-long voyage across the Atlantic that is marked by a series of disappearances and murders. By the best-selling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper. Stalking Jack the Ripper No. 3
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For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
Posing as a shadow puppeteer to hide her forbidden paranormal abilities, Jetta teams up with a young smuggler in the face of astonishing revelations and a brewing rebellion. By the author of The Girl From Everywhere.
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Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis
A misfit scholarship student at an elite academy for medicinal alchemists bonds with a new friend while experimenting with dark magic to find a cure for a deadly plague that has been sweeping through their homeland. By the best-selling author of the Across the Universe series.
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A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
The National Book Award finalist and author of Stay finds a traumatized teen fleeing to Washington, D.C., where she becomes a reluctant activist in her effort to escape the past, in a tale that touches on such themes as gun violence, rape culture and misdirected guilt.
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Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
A powerful graphic memoir by the award-winning author of Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute traces the author’s unconventional coming of age with a drug-addict mother, an absent father and two lovingly opinionated grandparents.
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# Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu
A former junior figure skating champion and dedicated vlogger lands on his co-ed college hockey team, where he is challenged to overcome his fear of getting hit at the same time he falls desperately in love with his captain. Check, Please! No. 1
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I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
A talented fighter and dead-language enthusiast reluctantly teams up with a handsome but secretive young man who desperately wants her late father’s ancient map, which leads to the sites of ancient cultures and hints at a powerful relic. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of Wright and Wong.
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Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
A new series set in the world of the mega-best-selling Uglies finds Frey disguised as her twin sister, Rafi, being sent as collateral in a precarious deal in order to protect Rafi from their father’s enemies, but Col, the son of a rival leader, begins to suspect that all is not what it seems, with dangerous consequences.
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The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest
A sequel to The Black Witch finds Elloren navigating the Resistance’s fight against the harsh Mage Council, her feelings for Yvan, the attentions of military commander Lukas and her own latent powers that may be capable of determing the future of all Erthia. Black Witch Chronicles No. 2
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Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider
Mapping out a whirlwind trip to Paris, Serena instead finds herself in the company of a French photography student whose focus on an assignment leads to bickering, romance and the exploration of lesser-known but equally wondrous corners of the City of Lights.
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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
A lone telepathic boy in a town filled with aggressive men becomes increasingly aware that a terrible secret is being kept from him, prompting him to run away with his loyal dog before stumbling on an eerily silent, surviving girl. A first young adult novel. Chaos Walking No. 1
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The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck
An Otherworld portal watchman who made a deal with the devil 500 years earlier to prevent souls from escaping meets his match in a powerful witch who crosses into a forbidden plane, triggering a chase that spreads chaos throughout the earthly and unearthly realms. By the best-selling author of the Tiger’s Curse series.
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The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis
When orphaned Grace returns to New Harbor to live with her estranged uncle Rusty, she is forced to face all she has lost — her best friend, her boyfriend and any memory about the night that sexual assault changed her forever — as she seeks to find her truth, face her truth and speak her truth.
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Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle
A prospective veterinary student determined to support her mother and sister in the aftermath of a disabling accident is separated from her family during a hurricane evacuation and trapped on the Outer Banks with a reckless boy who once broke her heart.
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Nightingale by Amy Lukavics
A tale of psychological horror set in a 1950s asylum follows the experiences of a teen girl on the brink of adulthood who, while institutionalized for being “different,” begins to question the reality she is experiencing. By the author of The Ravenous.
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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
Reluctantly helping with her mother’s brutal black-market operation selling the body parts of supernatural beings, Nita, a girl with rare powers of her own, protests when her mother brings home a living subject, only to be sold in his place. A first novel.
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Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter
A fully revised edition of the author’s hit novel finds a fiercely individualist, apathetic Goth girl waking up in an alternate reality where everyone has turned Goth and she has become shame-facedly popular. By the best-selling author of A Mad Zombie Party.
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Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato
Waking up dead in the famous cemetery where Edgar Allan Poe is buried, Lacy learns about afterlife rules and wonders how she died before suggesting an open mic entertainment night at the cemetery, where the unsettling stories of her fellow ghosts are revealed.
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The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones. Illus by Michael Frost.
An novel in verse by the award-winning author of Stop Pretending follows the wrenching experiences of a 14-year-old girl who finds herself trapped in an abusive relationship with a family friend twice her age.
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Orphaned by Eliot Schrefer
A young gorilla living in the heart of what will eventually be known as Africa becomes the guardian of a baby sibling when her world is thrown into turmoil by a natural disaster and human predators. By the National Book Award finalist author of Endangered. Ape Quartet No. 4
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Part of Your World by Liz Braswell. Illus by the Disney Storybook Art Team.
In a reimagining of what would have happened if Ariel had never defeated Ursula, 5 years have elapsed and Ariel is now the voiceless queen of Atlantica while Ursula runs Prince Eric’s kingdom on land, but when Ariel discovers that her father, King Triton, might still be alive, she finds herself returning to a world — and a prince — she never imagined she would see again. A Twisted Tale series
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People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
A #1 New York Times best-selling author tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel about six people who come into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions — someone will fire a gun and someone will die.
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Pride by Ibi Zoboi
A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice traces the experiences of a proud Brooklyn woman from a large, underprivileged family of sisters who clashes with a wealthy, arrogant newcomer.
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Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith
Sent to stay on his father’s moon-orbiting lunar-cruise ship, Cager is horrified when a war-torn Earth burns to ash before his eyes, trapping him on the ship with a cadre of insane robot cannibals. By the award-winning author of Grasshopper Jungle.
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Reborn by Alex Scarrow
Surviving two hard winters after a deadly alien virus wipes out most of the population, Leon and Freya emerge from hiding when they receive news of a rescue ship, only to discover that the virus has mutated and is implementing a next stage of attack. Plague Land No. 2
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The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington
A 14-year-old Nazi concentration camp prisoner is forced to work in a group of emaciated seamstresses, including a courageous new friend, sewing couture dresses for female SS officers and the wives of their overseers, who threaten their lives over any imperfection.
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Rule by Ellen Goodlett
Summoned by a dying king who informs them that they are his illegitimate daughters and that one of them will succeed him, three girls find themselves blackmailed by a mysterious adversary who knows their dangerous secrets. A first novel.
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Sadie by Courtney Summers
Resolving to bring her sister’s killer to justice, an orphaned teen goes missing while investigating meager clues, before a radio personality learns her story and becomes obsessed with finding her before it is too late. By the author of What Goes Around.
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Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
In an atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies and sacrifice, Mairwen, Rhun and Arthur will each have a role to play when the Slaughter Moon rises and the devil demands a body to fill the bargain made long ago by villagers to ensure their prosperity.
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The Tomb by S. A. Bodeen
Discovering that her life in ancient Alexandria was, in fact, an illusion of virtual reality, Kiva awakens in a sleep chamber in deep space and joins her best friend, Seth, on a desperate mission to fix their ship despite their inability to locate other human planets.
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Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
While Queen Katharine navigates the growing dissent that threatens her new reign, her surviving sisters are visited by the ghost of a fabled queen and a disguised Jules considers assuming the role of a cursed rebel army leader. By the best-selling author of Anna Dressed in Blood. Three Dark Crowns No. 3
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Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens by Marieke Nijkamp, ed.
Edited by the best-selling author of This Is Where It Ends, an inspirational anthology of stories featuring disabled and neurodiverse teen main characters includes contributions by such leading authors as Kody Keplinger, Katherine Locke and Fox Benwell.
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Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
A first young adult novel by the author of Save the Date finds three teens at a lost-luggage summer job forging an unexpected bond that helps them find healing from their own private burdens and life challenges.
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Unstoppable Moses by Tyler James Smith
An Ivy League hopeful faces criminal charges and the loss of his future unless he can prove to the authorities that he is worthy of a second chance by volunteering for a week as a camp counselor.
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When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer
Resolving to live as carefully as possible in the hope of avoiding the schizophrenia that has dangerously impacted her family, a high school senior risks everything to save the life of a three-week-old elephant calf.
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Wildcard by Marie Lu
The thrilling sequel to Warcross by the #1 New York Times bestselling author finds Emika Chen learning the truth about Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm and banding together with the Phoenix Riders to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, only to find herself caught in a web of betrayal that forces her to turn to Zero and his ruthless crew, the Blackcoats, to take down the man she loves. Warcross No. 2
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Witch Born by Nicholas Bowling
When her mother is cruelly burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft, Alyce receives help from an innkeeper and a boy with his own troubles when she is targeted by a witch hunter at the same time her fledgling powers ensnare her in a web of secrets, lies and dark magic. A first novel.
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