Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King. New York: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2016. 384 p. (Gr. 9 and up). Dill, Lydia and Travis are best friends who have a common trait of being outcasts from the small town prejudice of rural Tennessee. Senior year is fast drawing to a close and they are all yearning for and fearing the changes that loom ahead. But none of them can predict or prepare for the tragedy that will define their friendship forever.
Yoon, Nicola. The Sun Is Also a Star. Delacorte Press, 2016. 348 p. (Gr 8 and up). Natasha likes science and facts. She’s not the type to fall in love with a boy in the middle of New York City, especially when her family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Enter Daniel and The Universe. Daniel has always been the “good son” who works hard to live up to his parents’ high expectations. When they meet on the street, a million futures lie before them. Which one will come true?
Winters, Cat. The Steep & Thorny Way. New York: Amulet Books, 2016. 335 p. (Gr. 9 and up). Hanalee Denney is a mixed raced daughter whose black father has been killed in an Oregon small town that is riddled with hatred and prejudice. When she discovers that her father might have been murdered, the racial intolerance of her community makes it difficult to solve the mystery. But through perseverance and grit, Hanalee is determined to uncover the horrible truth.
White, Kiersten. And I Darken. New York: Delacorte Press, 2016. 496 p. (Grades 7 and up).
“So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?” Lada, a ruthless princess and her gentle brother Radu are taken by their father from their home in Wallachia and given to be raised in the Ottoman Empire. Lada knows that being ruthless is the only way to survive. She despises the Ottomans and plans her vengeance while Radu grows to feel he is at home. Mehmed, heir to the Ottoman throne, Lada and Radu form a noxious triangle that tests love and loyalty. This story is based on the life of Vlad the Impaler if he had been female.
Whaley, John C. Highly Illogical Behavior. New York: Dial, 2016. 256 p. (Grades 9 and up). Lisa, wanting to be accepted into a prestigious college psychology program, needs a topic for her entrance essay. She decides to cure and then write about an old classmate, 16-year-old agoraphobic Simon.
Reichardt, Marisa. Underwater. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016. 282 p. (Gr 8 and up).
Morgan can’t move on from that horrible day. She can’t even get past the front door of her apartment. She feels like she is constantly underwater. Just when it seems she can’t catch her breath, a new boy moves in next door. Evan helps Morgan remember the rush she used to get from swimming. Will his friendship be what it takes to get outside and back in the water? Will he be able to convince her to move on from that deadly day?
Holding Up the Universe
After “America’s Teen” loses nearly half of her body weight, Libby begins public school and meets Jack, a boy who suffers from facial blindness.
The Female of the Species
by Mindy McGinnis
Three years after Alex avenged her sister’s murder, her isolated life is invaded by two classmates, unleashing life-changing events.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison
by Samantha Mabry
While spending the summer in Puerto Rico, Lucas is suspected of murder and turns to a legendary poison-cursed girl for help.
March: Book Three
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Graphic novel chronicling first-hand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement, as told by US Congressman John Lewis.
Still Life with Tornado
by A.S. King
After losing her ability to draw, Sarah encounters past and future versions of herself, leading her to face her family’s dysfunctional ways.
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
by Kenneth Davis
Tells the stories of five enslaved people “owned” by American presidents Washington, Jefferson, Madision, and Jackson.
The Smell of Other People’s Houses
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
As the lives of four teens intertwin, they experience love, tragedy, and wild luck while trying to save each other in alaska’s wild frontier.
The Reader by Traci Chee
Orphaned in a brutal, illiterate society, Sefia Must decipher a book left to her by her murdered father, rescure her kidnapped aunt, and take revenge.