Invictus by Ryan GraudinScience Fiction. Born outside of time and rejected from the Corps of Central Time Travelers, 17-year-old Farway "Far" Gaius McCarthy has his work cut out for him as captain of the Invictus, traveling back in time to steal antiquities from history. Told in the alternating voices of Far's diverse crew, this "rollicking, bombshell-laden adventure" (Kirkus Reviews) is sure to hook fans of quirky, Doctor Who-style science fiction.
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. JohnstonScience Fiction. In a near-future world built from an alternate version of the British Empire, multiethnic Crown Princess Victoria-Margaret arrives in Toronto for a summer of incognito freedom. Margaret knows it's her duty to marry a DNA-compatible spouse, but that doesn't prevent her from falling for commoner Helena…who's already engaged. Complex, thoughtful, and inclusive, That Inevitable Victorian Thing offers an appealing blend of romance and speculative fiction.
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie PerkinsHorror. Fans of author Stephanie Perkins' romances know that her books typically feature relatable characters, poignant emotions, and swoon-worthy love interests. This latest book, starring high school senior Makani, has all of those -- plus shady secrets and grisly serial murders. If you love slasher flicks, you don't want to miss this thrilling new direction from a popular author.
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka SlaterNonfiction. These are the facts: on November 4, 2013, Sasha (a white, agender, middle-class teen) and Richard (a disadvantaged black teen) were riding a public bus in Oakland, California, when Richard set Sasha's skirt on fire. In The 57 Bus, journalist Dashka Slater takes you beyond those bare facts, presenting an up-close look at the two teens' lives before and after the crime and inviting you to consider complicated questions of privilege, empathy, and justice.
Dear Martin by Nic StoneFiction. Justyce McAllister is 17, Ivy League-bound, and one of the few black students at his prep school. Following a disturbing incident of police profiling, Justyce doesn't know how to cope with his anger and frustration -- so he pours them into letters to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. If this powerful debut novel about a black teen facing violent racism resonates with you, be sure to also check out Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give.
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann HayduRealistic Fiction. When Bea meets Beck, he's having a panic attack at a school dance. They end up kissing, which makes things awkward when they meet again in group therapy. Beck has OCD, and while Bea claims she only has a few "little anxieties," her issues are much deeper. Can Bea and Beck's love survive if they see each other for how they really are? Find out in this unflinching yet disarmingly hopeful romance.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessFantasy. Mikey's small town is plagued by vampires, ghosts, and zombie deer, but the paranormal drama only targets kids with "unusual names and capital-D Destinies." As for Mikey, he just wants to deal with his OCD, survive his messed-up family, and graduate high school without becoming collateral damage in yet another looming apocalypse. Combining emotional depth with wry in-jokes, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a great pick for seen-it-all fantasy fans.
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland StoneFiction. As one of the popular (and hyper-judgmental) queen bees at her school, 16-year-old Sam is careful to conceal her uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts. The strain of hiding is intense, however, and when Sam finds new friends among the members of a secret poetry group, she hopes it might finally be safe to open up. A steamy romance and an unexpected twist add spice to this sensitive, absorbing read.
OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy VaughnFiction. Awkward, sarcastic high school senior Danielle is a social misfit who compulsively color-codes her collection of hats and Chuck Taylors. When eccentric new friends (and the philosophy of The Big Lebowski) challenge her to adjust her attitude, Danielle reluctantly starts to unravel the trauma of her past. For another flawed, complicated heroine coping with a troubled history, try Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.
Don't Touch by Rachel WilsonFiction. Anxiety isn't anything new for Caddie, but ever since her father left, she's convinced that she can bring him back if she can only keep from touching anyone. But while gloves and self-control are one thing, preventing herself from falling for classmate Peter is another. Even as she struggles, you'll be rooting for the sympathetic protagonist in this candid insider's view of OCD.
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