New Young Adult Fiction

  • Guitar Boy by Mary Jane Auch: After his mother is severely injured in an accident and his father kicks him out of the house, thirteen-year-old Travis attempts to survive on his own until he meets a guitar maker and some musicians who take him in and help him regain his confidence so that he can try to patch his family back together.
  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown: Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.
  • Fever by Lauren DeStefano: In a future where genetic engineering has cured humanity of all diseases and defects but has also produced a virus that kills all females by age twenty and all males by the age twenty-five, teenaged Rhine escapes her forced marriage and journeys back to New York to find her twin brother.
  • Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum: As part of an art class assignment, high school junior Kate unwittingly sketches a wanted murderer, propelling her into instant celebrity and extreme danger while her parents fret and police provide constant protection.
  • Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass: After an accident in gym class puts sixteen-year-old Tessa into a coma, she re-evaluates her life by visiting the mall stores where significant events in her life took place.
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson: In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
  • The Cardturner by Louis Sachar: When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative.
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen: When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
  • Choker by Elizabeth Emma Woods: Sixteen-year-old Cara has trouble fitting in when she moves away from her best and only friend, Zoe, and after a humiliating experience in the school cafeteria, Cara earns a new nickname from her peers, but when Zoe makes surprise return into her life, Cara’s popularity begins to rise, until a girl goes missing and Zoe begins to act strangely.
  • Girl, Stolen by April Henry: When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.
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