This view shows all of the books in this age group that have been selected in years past and nominated for the current year (but not yet selected). The nominations are marked by a "Nomination(not yet selected):" label.
Tim is a 17 year old albino, who is a senior year transfer to a co-ed prep school. He meets the school's "it" girl Vanessa on his travels to this school, setting up a love triangle with the school's alpha male. Tim is doomed to be an outsider because of his appearance, but this relationship only makes things harder for him. 14 and Up. Kathie Weinberg
After Eric's brother Duane dies, his parents and Eric agree to organ donation. Duane would have wanted that. Now Eric wants to meet some of these organ recipients. Three agree to meet him. Now their lives become intertwined in different ways. Chris Lynch knows how to portray boys, especially those going through the tough stage of teenagehood. His language is exquisit with a touch of humor in the mix. Captivating. Ages 14+ Maria E. Gentle
Josie has grown up in New Orleans, the daughter of a prostitute who could not care less about her. But Josie is smart and intent on making something of herself. Just as she starts dreaming of applying to Smith College, her world turns upside down. A man she met briefly in the bookstore where she works is found dead, her mother takes off with a low life criminal, and Josie is left to make sense of it all. This is a great portrait of the shady underbelly of 1950 New Orleans and a young girl who wants more than anything to put it in her past. Fourteen and Up. Joan Kindig
Scarlet is the second installment Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, which began with last year's Cinder. Though a sequel and part of a planned quartet, Scarlet is able to stand on its own. The narrative in Scarlet alternates between the title story of Scarlet's search for her missing grandmother and her entanglement with Wolf and Cinder's story, which picks up from where it left off in the first book. Though Scarlet continues and builds on the previous book's story line, Meyer provides enough background information to allow readers who haven't read Cinder to easily jump right into the action. Though the two threads are at first separate, they slowly move towards each other before converging in a thrilling climax. Not to be confused with a work of fine literature, Scarlet is all about the story: the characters, the mystery and the suspense. Clocking in at 464 pages, it is a page turner that will keep readers glued to their books. Fourteen and Up. Alicia Blowers
Set in 1986 and filled with references to new wave and punk music, Eleanor & Park is the quintessential tale of first love. Told in alternating third person perspective, what makes this book stand out, are the voices of Eleanor and Park and the exquisite language. Instead of jumping right into romance, their friendship and eventual romance takes time to evolve, and is worth every page. The simple act of holding hands for the first time is world-changing event: "Holding Eleanor's hand was like holding a butterfly or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete and completely alive" (p. 71). The scene leading up to their first kiss is also memorable for its dialog and execution (p. 166-167). Eleanor’s sarcastic demeanor almost never lets up and provides for exchanges like Park: “I just…we’re alone.” Eleanor: “Sort of.” Park: “So we should be doing alone things.” Eleanor: “You sound so creepy right now.” These are just a few of the many tender, realistic and humorous moments that make the novel unforgettable and un-put-down-able. As with almost all first loves, Eleanor and Park go there separate ways (not a spoiler, you know this from the first page), but the way that it happens is both heartbreakingly sad and even suspenseful. Readers will find themselves hoping until the last word (and beyond!) that Eleanor and Park are able to find their way back to each other against all odds. Fourteen and Up. Alicia Blowers
Two connected souls are part of each of seven stories starting in the year 2073 and working backwards until “time unknown.” These stories are expertly crafted and woven together for a singular reading experience. Fourteen and up. Michelle Miller
Backderf knew serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer as a weird high-school friend who behaved bizarrely for their amusement. The carefully-crafted illustrations in this graphic novel reveal Dahmer’s seriousness in contrast to his classmates’ disregard and Backderf’s belief that early intervention and treatment might have stopped Dahmer’s violence.
This well-researched and documented assembly of inspiring and incredible stories of individuals and small groups who valiantly fought against the Nazi regime offers a look at people who decided that, regardless of the consequences, they would focus on survival for themselves and others in need. Archival photographs and thorough backmatter complement the text.
In the companion to Graceling and Fire, Queen Bitterblue discovers even more about her father’s brutality against her people. This knowledge makes helping her kingdom heal from his treatment especially difficult in a thrilling and harrowing fantasy.
Blue, a clairvoyant teen, avoids the boys of Aglionby Academy until three youths on a mysterious quest visit her home for a psychic reading. This series’ opener offers unique magical elements, convincing characters, surprises, and action. In the fine audio, narrator Will Patton creates a distinct voice for each character that brings the story to life.