Beautiful Blue World, by Suzanne LaFleur.
Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food
shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and
her best friend, Megs, are together, they'll be all right.
the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their
service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs
hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might
separate them forever.
This touching and suspenseful novel is a
brilliant reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and
children have the power to see what adults cannot.
Children of Exile, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Rosi must decide what she's willing to risk to save her family—and maybe
even all of humanity—in the thrilling first novel of a brand-new
trilogy from New York Times bestselling author, Margaret Peterson Haddix.
the past twelve years, adults called "Freds" have raised Rosi, her
younger brother Bobo, and the other children of their town, saying it is
too dangerous for them to stay with their parents, but now they are all
being sent back. Since Rosi is the oldest, all the younger kids are
looking to her with questions she doesn't have the answers to. She'd
always trusted the Freds completely, but now she's not so sure.
their home is nothing like she'd expected, like nothing the Freds had
prepared them for. Will Rosi and the other kids be able to adjust to
their new reality?
Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier.
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California
because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving
her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will
benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the
girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There
are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat
wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite
with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside
her fears for her sister's sake - and her own.
The Last True Love Story, by Brendan Kiely.
From the critically acclaimed author of The Gospel of Winter and the coauthor of All American Boys comes
a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer nights and the classic teen
love story as two teens embark on a cross-country journey of the heart
The point of living is learning how to love.
what Gpa says. To Hendrix and Corrina, both seventeen but otherwise
alike only in their loneliness, that sounds like another line from a pop
song that tries to promise kids that life doesn't actually suck. Okay,
so: love. Sure.
The thing about Corrina—her adoptive parents are
suffocating, trying to mold her into someone acceptable, predictable,
like them. She's a musician, itching for any chance to escape, become
the person she really wants to be. Whoever that is.
he's cool. Kind of a poet. But also kind of lost. His dad is dead and
his mom is married to her job. Gpa is his only real family, but he's
fading fast from Alzheimer's. Looking for any way to help the man who
raised him, Hendrix has made Gpa an impossible promise—that he'll get
him back east to the hill where he first kissed his wife, before his
illness wipes away all memory of her.
One hot July night,
Hendrix and Corrina decide to risk everything. They steal a car, spring
Gpa from his assisted living facility, stuff Old Humper the dog into the
back seat, and take off on a cross-country odyssey from LA to NY. With
their parents, Gpa's doctors, and the police all hot on their heels,
Hendrix and Corrina set off to discover for themselves if what Gpa says
is true—that the only stories that last are love stories.
The Littlest Bigfoot, by Jennifer Weiner.
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a
laugh-out-loud funny and painstakingly real tale of friendship, furry
creatures, and finding the place where you belong.
twelve years old, slips through the world unseen and unnoticed. Ignored
by her family and shipped off to her eighth boarding school, Alice would
like a friend. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a
lake one day, she finds one.
But Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a
clan who dwells deep in the woods. Most Bigfoots believe that
people—NoFurs, as they call them—are dangerous, yet Millie is fascinated
with the No-Fur world. She is convinced that humans will appreciate all
the things about her that her Bigfoot tribe does not: her fearless
nature, her lovely singing voice, and her desire to be a star.
swears to protect Millie's secret. But a league of Bigfoot hunters is
on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. And in order to
survive, Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other—and have
faith in themselves—above all else.
The Poet's Dog, by Patricia MacLachlan.
From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story
about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another
survive loss and recapture love.
Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a
cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read
aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy
understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of
people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children.
one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and
Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them
home—and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling
wind, but not of Teddy's words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods,
where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is
As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is
flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends
go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?
The Reader, by Traci Chee. (Also available in audio.)
A stunning debut set in a world where reading is forbidden, perfect for fans of Inkheart and Shadow and Bone.
knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered,
she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to
hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia
completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover
where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue to both
her aunt's disappearance and her father's murder is the odd rectangular
object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a
book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society.
With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with
dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out
what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people
With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, The Reader is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent.
Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick.
A realistic contemporary story of two girls, both named Naomi, whose
divorced parents begin to date—perfect for fans of Lisa Graff, Sara
Pennypacker, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
Other than their first
names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common,
and they wouldn't mind keeping it that way.
Naomi Marie starts
clubs at the library and adores being a big sister. Naomi Edith loves
quiet Saturdays and hanging with her best friend in her backyard. And
while Naomi Marie's father lives a few blocks away, Naomi Edith wonders
how she's supposed to get through each day a whole country apart from
When Naomi Marie's mom and Naomi Edith's dad get
serious about dating, each girl tries to cling to the life she knows and
loves. Then their parents push them into attending a class together,
where they might just have to find a way to work with each other—and
maybe even join forces to find new ways to define family.
(All descriptions from OverDrive.)