Great picks for teens, young adults, and the young at heart. 12+ years old.
Delightfully creepy and fast-paced. Remember, fairies were originally terrifying (and it’s easy to see why). – Maggie
A funny, frank, sneakily affecting story about a kid who’s been “out” -- and accepted -- his whole life, but moves to a new school across the country just so he can be seen as a regular kid for once. – Nick
A laugh-out-loud comedy about 3 friends trying to make music that doesn’t suck – Petia
A ballet performance with a horrifying conclusion is the linchpin of this unforgettable story featuring mystery, murder, and madness. – Maggie
I am on my knees, pleading for you to read this book! (But only if you like beautiful, moving, thrilling writing of the very best kind.) – Nick
A realistic contemporary story from the perspective of a brilliant, honest kid with Asperger’s. There’s a great, authentic voice to this book.
Incredibly thoughtful, funny, cool story about a depressed New York City kid and the week he spends in a mental hospital. An important book. – Nick
The year is 1945. Five teenagers are desperate to flee the approaching Soviet Army aboard the MV Wilhelm Gustloff. Little do they know the ship that could save their lives is doomed to be the greatest maritime tragedy in history. Told in Sepetys’s outstanding prose with precise historical detail. – Maggie
A gripping, graceful debut!
Henrietta Howell must learn to control her powers (bursting into flames) in early Victorian London. Fiery and fun! – Kurestin
A serial killer is on the hunt in small-town America. Paranoia rises, secrets are revealed and blood will be shed. Perfect for fans of Scream. – Maggie