Dustborn by Erin BowmanWhat it's about: In the punishing heat of the dry, barren Wastes, 17-year-old Delta sets out on a risky journey to rescue her loved ones from the raiders who kidnapped them while searching for her -- and the priceless map that's branded on her back.
Read it for: the grittiness of an old-school Western combined with the intrigue of a post-apocalyptic dystopian story.
Try this next: Joseph Bruchac's Killer of Enemies series or Moira Young's Dustlands trilogy.
Luck of the Titanic by Stacey LeeThe set-up: In 1912 England, British Chinese Valora Luck sneaks onto a luxury passenger ship bound for America, hoping to reunite with her beloved twin Jamie and convince a famous circus owner to hire them as acrobats.
The twist: the ship they're on is the ill-fated Titanic.
Why you might like it: Val is a clever, adventurous heroine, and the details of her shipboard escapades will keep you fascinated, even as you wait for the inevitable tragedy to strike.
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly QuindlenWhat it's about: Basketball player Scottie usually tries to avoid mean, beautiful cheerleading captain Irene. But if bribing Irene into posing as her girlfriend will help Scottie get revenge on the ex who broke her heart, then Scottie's willing to put up with the annoyance.
Why you might like it: This hating-to-dating romance features an inclusive cast of characters and a hopeful, banter-filled tone that's sure to hook fans of rom-com movies.
Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir by Tyler FederWhat it is: an illustrated memoir of 19-year-old Tyler Feder's grief after she was unexpectedly ushered into the "Dead Moms Club," and a loving portrait of a parent not as a perfect angel or suffering cancer patient, but a real, complex person.
Art alert: Feder's loose, pink-tinged art is consistent throughout the book, from descriptions of grief and pain to the awkwardness of combining a birthday party with sitting shiva.
Winner of: the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Jewish literature.
This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. GregorioWhat it's about: the sweet and complicated summer romance between ambitious Jocelyn Wu and student journalist Will Domenici as they try to revive Jocelyn's family's failing Chinese restaurant.
Why you might like it: Jocelyn and Will's relationship is threatened not by their own doing, but by challenges on all sides: money worries, the stress of family expectations, Will's acute anxiety, and Jocelyn's growing depression.
Winner of: the Schneider Family Book Award for books about disability experiences.
Every Body Looking by Candice IlohStarring: thoughtful Ada, whose first year of college offers freedom from her stifling parents, as well as space to deal with childhood trauma, explore a relationship with a female classmate, and discover the liberating self-expression of dance.
Who it's for: readers who love moving novels-in-verse that offer deep insight into how a character thinks, what she feels, how she survives, and who she might become.
Winner of: Printz Award and National Book Award honors.
Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib KhorramWhat it's about: Everything seems to be going right for Iranian American geek Darius: he made varsity soccer, he's managing his depression, his grandmothers are visiting, he's got a best friend and a boyfriend and a dream internship. So why does he still feel so confused?
Series alert: You don't need to have read Darius the Great Is Not Okay to enjoy this honest and compelling sequel.
Winner of: a Stonewall Book Award honor for books about the LGBTQIA+ community.
Furia by Yamile Saied MéndezWelcome to: Rosario, Argentina, where Camila plays the dutiful daughter to her restrictive, abusive parents while hiding her other life as La Furia, a fiercely skillful futbolera. When her fútbol team makes a big tournament, however, Camila has to decide if pursuing her passion is worth defying her family.
Read it for: breathless sports action and an empowering, emotional story.
Winner of: the Pura Belpré Award for books that celebrate Latino culture.
Contact your librarian for more great books for ages 14 and up!