Books for Young Readers & Young Adults

Here's a list of our best recommendations for young people and the young at heart.

 

From our Spring 2014 Reviews Newsletter:

Book List

Grasshopper Jungle (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780525426035
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Dutton Juvenile, 2/2014

This is one of the most unusual and craziest books I have ever read, and I mean that in a good way. It’s hilarious, sexy, weird, unexpected, and poignant. This sci-fi/coming-of-age story centers around sixteen-year-old Austin, who is obsessed with chronicling everything that’s happening to him, and there is a lot happening to him. He lives in Ealing, Iowa, the city known for the most decapitations, where he hangs out with his best friend, Robby Brees, and his girlfriend, Shann. Austin spends a great deal of the story struggling with who he loves most. This is in addition to saving the world from the Unstoppable Soldiers which are basically six-foot-tall grasshoppers who are horny and extremely hungry. This story certainly isn’t for everyone; there is plenty of cursing and sex. But for those who are ready for two-headed babies and genetically-modified corn, this is a brave and painfully honest book.

– Sarah


Alienated (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781423170280
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Disney-Hyperion, 2/2014

First contact occurred two years ago. Cara Sweeney is grateful for the L’eihr technology that came with the alien encounter. Her mother’s cancer was cured. Now Cara and her family will be hosting a L’eihr exchange student. She envisions her future as bright and shiny, with her blog going through the roof and colleges vying for her attention. Still, she will have to share her home (and bathroom) with an alien.
When Aelyx shows up, she’s confused about her feelings. Sure, he’s the cutest guy she’s ever seen, human or alien, but he’s also cold and annoyingly smart. Soon the town, along with Cara’s classmates, begins an anti-L’eihr campaign, threatening violence toward Aelyx, Cara and her family. Cara and Aelyx are drawn to each other and soon find themselves falling in love. But a plot to have the earth-alien alliance fail threatens not only Cara and her family, but also the future of the entire planet. It’s up to Cara to figure out how to save mankind and the L’eihr’s future too.
Appealing to science fiction and YA readers, a plot with a forbidden love theme involving intergalactic exchange students allows Landers to discuss important issues such as teen romance, peer pressure, trust and acceptance of those a little bit different from ourselves.

– Linda


Half Bad (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780670016785
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Viking Juvenile, 3/2014

In an alternate United Kingdom, White Witches and Black Witches live in a world otherwise populated by “fains,” those of us who are not magical in any way. Nathan is known as a Half Code because his mother is a White Witch and his father is a Black Witch. And not any Black Witch, Nathan’s father Marcus is the most renowned, hated, and dangerous of the Black Witches.

Nathan’s life is controlled by the Council of White Witches (of England, Scotland and Wales) … and he does his best to make their lives miserable and evade their decrees … but they are capable of doing much worse things to him, as he learns in this first book in an amazing trilogy from debut author, Sally Green. Nathan’s mother is dead and his father is completely unknown to him, but it increasingly seems that the answers to his current dilemmas and to his ultimate understanding of his gifts and his role in the world must come from his father … if he can find him. There is plenty of action in this inspired debut and nothing is as black and white as it first seems!

Half Bad has already been sold into 42 countries, the film rights sold to FOX, and the buzz has been going strong since the bidding war at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in March 2013. It is our YA Fantastic First Pick for March. Don’t miss this one.

– Terry

 

 

 

From our January 2014 Newsletter:


control (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803739048
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Dial, 12/2013

In 2150 genetic manipulation has been forbidden and kids who show genetic “mistakes” are turned over to the government. When Zelia’s chemist father is killed, she and her sister find themselves under scrutiny from some very scary strangers. Zel escapes and finds her way to a safehouse, while her sister Dylia is held captive and used as a human guinea pig for experimentation with sensory weapons. Zel is determined to rescue her sister, with or without the help of her outcast mutant pals. Zel is a great character, a super-smart science geek with fierce determination who will stop at nothing to save her sister. Control is a smart, fast-paced dystopian adventure with love, betrayal, mutants, auditory ecstasy drugs, science geeks, scary technology and one kick-ass heroine.

– Linda


The Naturals (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781423168232
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Miramax, 11/2013

From our December Newsletter

This compulsive read has it all: teens with innate abilities of interest to the FBI, many mysteries to solve, teen angst, and a little bit of romance. Cassie is a 17-year-old with a natural ability to read people, a skill she honed via intense training from her mother, who was a psychic in her own right. Unfortunately, Cassie’s mother disappeared five years ago and is presumed dead. Her military father dropped her off at her grandmother’s house after her mother disappeared, and hasn’t been seen since. Under these circumstances, Cassie is ripe for recruitment into a special DC-based unit of the FBI. This group of “naturals” collectively has special talents for solving cold serial murder cases. But readers also know there is a murderer close by, and that Cassie is likely to be in the middle of it. The pacing is perfect though the subject may be too gritty from some young adult readers. In the end, it is the perfect start to a new series.

–Terry


Leap of Faith (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442447134
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9/2013

Leah Curtis is a struggling teenage mother who has uprooted herself in order to provide a better life for her baby girl, Addy. Everything seems to be going great; she rents a room in a beautiful home where a cute boy named Chris happens to live. For the first time, Leah feels safe and loved. There’s only one thing: her entire life is a lie. She isn’t Leah Curtis, but Faith Kurtz, daughter of an addict mother, and Addy isn’t her baby. Leah does everything she can to shield the truth from Chris and his family, but it’s only a matter of time before her past catches up with her. Can love prevail even if it’s built on lies? This is a heartwarming suspenseful read that will have you rooting for Leah despite her flaws and mistakes.

– Sarah


Six Months Later (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781402285516
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Sourcebooks Fire, 10/2013

Chloe believed she was an average, but not exceptional high school junior, with a lifelong best friend, an inaccessible crush, and mostly supportive parents. Now she’s a high school senior with outstanding academics, dating Mr. Super Popular, and her BFF’s not on speaking terms with her any more. The only time she can remember anything about the period in between is when she’s in contact with local bad boy Adam. One of my favorite things about this contemporary YA thriller was the value Chloe places on mending her relationship with Maggie, as she tries to discover what’s happened and why. Recommended.

– Maryelizabeth


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781595146854
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Razorbill, 11/2013

This inventive middle-grade book is pure fun, from its glow-in-the-dark cover to its wild and wooly look behind the scenes at the otherworldly inventors behind the gadgets at the mysterious DENKi-3000 factory. It’s Willy Wonka meets Jim Henson with a significant dose of bodily-function jokes. The book is produced by the team-up of an award-winning author and an acclaimed visual effects studio – with perhaps just a touch of intangible essences? Be sure to check out the Department’s website! thecreaturedepartment.com  

– Maryelizabeth


Broken (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781402285455
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Sourcebooks Fire, 11/2013

Being the new girl in school can be a challenge under any circumstances. Being the new girl who starts three weeks late, has not attended public school before, must carry a portable defibrillator with her, and whose stepmom is the hovering school nurse would be a challenge for the most stout-hearted, let along Scarlet Killian, whose heart is literally broken. All Scarlet wants is to be able to enjoy as normal a life as possible – makefriends, take classes, etc. But can she survive, even with the help of her peer support group? Or will high school be the death of her? Readers will enjoy spending time with Scarlet, who is observant with an appropriately dark sense of humor.

–Maryelizabeth

 


Unbreakable (Hardcover)

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780316210171
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2013

Kennedy Waters’ awareness of the paranormal goes from zero to full immersion in the span of a few weeks in Kami’s first novel of The Legion, a secret society devoted to ghostbusting and demon-exorcising. A month after her single mother’s untimely death, Kennedy experiences two ghost encounters, and meets the members of the Legion, who believe she has the special abilities to become one of them, especially as her mother was a member. Kennedy has totry to learn more about the Legion ( including attractive male twins) and her role in it, and her mother’s secrets, as she and her team race to confront a particularly dangerous demon.

–Maryelizabeth