Give Me Some Truthby Eric GansworthWelcome to: the Tuscarora Reservation, 1980, home to 17-year-old aspiring rock star Carson and 15-year-old artist Maggi.
What happens: Carson, Maggi, and their friend Lewis (from Eric Gansworth's earlier book, If I Ever Get Out of Here) join forces to enter Battle of the Bands and protest a racist restaurant near the Rez.
Look for: the author's playlist and paintings, which round out this up-close look at the intersecting lives of two Native teens.
Monday's Not Comingby Tiffany D. JacksonWhat it's about: When Claudia's best friend Monday doesn't show up for the first day of school -- or any of the days that follow -- Claudia knows that something is seriously wrong. Why does Monday's family give conflicting reasons for her absence? And why does no one else care that a girl has disappeared?
Why you might like it: Intense, suspenseful, and poignant, Monday's Not Coming will keep you guessing and stay with you long after the final page.
What it is: a series of letters from 16-year-old Twinkle Mehra to her favorite female filmmakers, in which she spills about her crush on dream guy Neil, her documentary film project with Neil's awkward brother Sahil, her mysterious secret admirer, and her best friend's sudden popularity.
Reviewers say: "A sweet, smart gem" (School Library Journal).
You might also like: Nisha Sharma's My So-Called Bollywood Life, another romantic comedy about an Indian American girl with cinematic aspirations.
Anger Is a Giftby Mark OshiroStarring: Moss Jeffries, who's black, gay, prone to panic attacks, and completely fed up with how West Oakland High's so-called security policies result in violence toward innocent students.
For fans of: unflinching realistic fiction about diverse characters who organize and take action in the face of injustice.
About the author: You might recognize Mark Oshiro from his "Mark Does Stuff" blogs, where he reviews popular books and TV series.
Neverworld Wakeby Marisha PesslWhat it's about: A car accident leaves Bee and her four estranged best friends trapped between life and death in Neverworld Wake, where they're doomed to repeat the same day until they can agree on which one of them gets to live.
Why you might like it: Bee's suspicions that her friends might have been involved in her boyfriend's death a year earlier add a layer of mystery to this unsettling and unpredictable tale.
Focus On: Thrillers and Suspense
The Special Onesby Em BaileyWhat it's about: He is always watching. He keeps Esther and the other Special Ones on an isolated farm, where they provide online spiritual guidance to his cult followers -- and those who don't play along risk being "renewed" and never seen again.
Who it's for: Oozing with claustrophobic dread, this tale of brainwashing and survival is a must-read for fans of provocative thrillers such as Stephanie Oakes' The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly or Kevin Brooks' The Bunker Diaries.
Panicby Lauren OliverWhat it's about: Every year, high school seniors in impoverished Carp, New York, participate in Panic, a secret survival game designed to push players to the physical and psychological brink.
Featuring: Heather, who's playing for a shot at a better future; and Dodge, who's playing purely for revenge.
Reviewers say: Blending bleak, gripping suspense with moments of hope, Panic is a "compulsively readable tale of friendship, loyalty, survival, and courage" (Booklist).
The Darkest Cornersby Kara ThomasWhat it's about: Returning to the town where her life came apart when she was nine-years-old, Tessa is forced to face her role in putting a serial killer on death row--a serial killer who may be getting a new trial when long buried secrets come to light
You might also like: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins or Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart.
Wink Poppy Midnightby April Genevieve TucholkeFeaturing: Wink, a bookish, freckle-faced outsider; Poppy, an alluring, unrepentant bully; Midnight, a neighbor boy who's drawn to them both; and an eerie mansion in the woods, where the tension between the three teens reaches a devastating breaking point.
Further reading: If you love this creepy, captivating thriller told through multiple -- but possibly unreliable -- perspectives, you might also enjoy Nova Ren Suma's The Walls Around Us.
Contact your librarian for more great books for age 14 and up!