Mature Young Adult

 

Books in this category are recommended for ages 14 and up.

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Partials (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062071040
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Published: Balzer + Bray, 2/2012

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials -- engineered organic beings identical to humans -- has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them -- connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

A thrilling post-apocalyptic novel that will have you racing to turn the pages.

A Joanne pick 


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 1/2012

Only John Green could write a novel this powerful and sad and at the same time funny and engaging.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel knows she's terminal and she's trying to get her parents to accept it. Then Hazel meets the gorgeous Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor with one leg. They exchange favorite books and go on outings and before long they're heading for Amsterdam together on a last-wish trip.

Supremely intelligent writing.

A Joanne pick

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Try Not to Breathe (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780670013906
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 1/2012

A dark and provocative novel from the author of The Secret Year.

Ryan spends most of his time alone at the local waterfall because it's the only thing that makes him feel alive. He's sixteen, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out what to do with himself after a stint in a mental hospital. Then Nicki barges into his world, brimming with life and energy, and asking questions about Ryan's depression that no one else has ever been brave enough - or cared enough - to ask. Ryan isn't sure why he trusts Nicki with his darkest secrets, but that trust turns out to be the catalyst that he desperately needs to start living again. Jennifer R. Hubbard has created a riveting story about a difficult but important subject.

This powerful novel should stand side-by-side with 13 REASONS WHY

A Joanne pick 


Irises (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545151351
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books, 1/2012
An Ann Marie Pick

Cracked (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442429161
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Published: Simon Pulse, 3/2012

IT'S HERE! The riveting debut from West Chester author K.M. Walton!

Victor hates his life. He’s relentlessly bullied at school and his parents constantly ridicule him at home.

Bull is angry. He’s sick of his grandfather’s drunken beatings. And he likes to take out his rage on Victor.

Determined to end it all, Victor takes a bottle of his mother’s sleeping pills—only to be disappointed when he wakes up in the psych ward. And his roommate? None other than Bull, whose loaded-gun effort at self-defense has been labeled as a suicide attempt.

Things go from bad to worse—until the boys discover they might just have something in common: a reason to live.  

A Joanne pick.

  


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780316129282
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2011

This book blew me away.

Bullied by a classmate, Lucky Linderman tries to get through each day, escaping at night into dreams of his long-lost POW grandfather. A powerful novel about bullying that also brings to light the suffering of families who never had closure from the Vietnam War.  

And what do the ants have to do with it?  Plenty.  The ants are Lucky's personal cheering squad.  Is he insane?  Or does everybody see the ants?

This stunning novel will stay with you long after you finish reading it.   

A Joanne pick 

 


You Against Me (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385751605
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Published: David Fickling Books, 9/2011
An Ann Marie and Cindy Pick.

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780316134026
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2011

Richly imagined and detailed, this is gorgeous writing.

Karou, an art student in Prague, has been raised by Brimstone and other chimaera. She runs errands for them, but she's never known exactly WHO she is. Until she meets Akiva, a warrior angel, sent with other seraphim to stop the chimaera.

Romantic, terrifying and beautiful!

A Joanne pick


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780525423287
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 9/2011
An Ann Marie Pick

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781594744761
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Published: Quirk Books, 6/2011
Watch the author's own book trailer:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a fresh and original young adult novel illustrated with vintage, quirky photographs. Set in the rugged Welsh countryside, an unusual story unfolds combining adventure, romance and time travel. With a realistic protagonist, this novel helps fill the dearth of good young adult novels for boys.

A Mariga Pick