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Friends with Boys

Author/Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks Publisher: First Second Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction Special Attractions: Female Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters Synopsis: Being homeschooled and raised with three brothers had its problems, but Maggie’s life is about to get a lot more complicated as she faces her greatest trial yet – entering public school for the first time! New York Times review Kirkus review Author’s site

A Journey into the Human Body

Author/Illustrator: Soo Oh, Seok Yun, Kakao Han Publisher: Ykids Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 Subject: Science Special attractions: Teen lead characters Titles in this series: A Journey into the Human Body: One quiet night in the Abracadabra School of Magic, two senior student wizards are heard running towards the junior quarters in the dormitory. The dean has fallen sick and the principal has summoned three junior student wizards, who are always in some sort of mischief, to his office. The principal told the junior wizards that random magic coursing through the school has created a little monster who is now wreaking havoc […] Read More

Vamplets series

Author/Illustrator: Gayle Middleton, Dave Dwonch, & Amanda Coronado Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Fantasy, Horror Special Attractions: Adaptation, Female Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters Synopsis: Teenager Destiny Harper is at a crossroad in her life. Graduation is coming, and she has zero prospects for the future. Answering an ad for ‘The Night Care Nursery’ seems like a great idea, until she is magically transported to Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of ‘The Nightmare Nursery’ and return home? […] Read More

Three Thieves series

Author/Illustrator: Scott Chantler Publisher: Kids Can Press Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Special Attractions: Teen Lead Characters Synopsis: As an acrobat in a traveling circus, 14-year-old orphan Dessa Redd flies through the air with ease. Still, she is weighed down by troubling memories. But when her ragtag circus troupe pulls into the city of Kingsbridge, Dessa feels a tickle of hope. Maybe here in the royal city she will finally find her twin brother — or the mysterious man who snatched him away when they were just children. Meanwhile, Topper, the circus juggler, recruits Dessa and the circus strongman, Fisk, for the job […] Read More

Hopeless Maine

Author/Illustrator: Tom and Nimue Brown Publisher: http://www.hopelessmaine.com Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Adventure Special Attractions: Female Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters, Multicultural Lead Characters Synopsis: Being Hopeless isn’t just a state of mind. Trapped on an island off the coast of Maine, the people of Hopeless find life a little darker and more dangerous with every day that passes. The number of orphans rises continually, but who can say what happens to their parents? Plenty of the bodies are never found. This is not the stuff of happy, careless childhoods, it is instead fertile ground for personal demons. In Hopeless, […] Read More

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Author/Illustrator: Luke Pearson Publisher: Nobrow Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Mythology and Folktales Special Attractions: Female Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters Synopsis: Hilda finds her world turned upside down as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the hum of the megalopolis. Her mother, an architect, has been offered a prestigious position in the bustling metropolis that she would find hard to reject. Besides, the tiny elven creatures making a daily habit of bombarding them with threats isn’t making Hilda’s case any better. As she seeks ways to stall her mother’s decision, Hilda rushes to befriend the […] Read More

Teen Titans Go! Series

Author: Merrill Hagan, Sholly Fisch, J Torres Illustrator: Jorge Corona, Lea Hernandez, Ben Bates, Todd Nauck, Larry Stucker Publisher: DC Comics Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Superhero, Humor Special Attractions: Teen Lead Characters, Multicultural Lead Characters, Social Issues Synopsis: Based on the hit new TV show, feast your eyes on this all-new, all-ages comic book series! Join Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven as they display their unique brand of hijinks, mayhem and justice! But giant pizza monsters aren’t the only dastardly and delicious villains on the menu…so dig in, Titans! Titles in this series: • The first incarnation of Teen Titans Go! ran for 55 issues, […] Read More

Teen Boat

Author/Illustrator: Dave Roman, John Green Publisher: Clarion Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Humor Special Attractions: Teen Lead Characters, Social Issues Synopsis: High school can be a time of terrible angst, Fs on tests, bullying jerks, broken hearts, and late-stage puberty are just some of the potential issues that all teen boys face. But what about the issues facing a Teen Boat? In this hilarious send-up of teen story tropes, the best-selling author Dave Roman and the cartoonist John Green deliver high school and high seas drama with a boatload of laughs. Books YA Love review In the Next Room review School […] Read More

The Thief of Always

Author/Illustrator: Clive Barker, Kris Oprisko, Gabriel Hernandez Publisher: IDW Publishing Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12 Genre: Horror Special Attractions: Adaptation, Child Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters, For adults too Synopsis: Mr. Hood’s Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied… for a price! A graphic adaptation of Clive Barker’s hit novel, featuring full color art by Gabriel Hernandez. Publishers Weekly review Author’s book page Publisher’s book page  

The Reasons for Dragons

Author/Illustrator: Chris Northrop & Jeff Stokely Publisher: Archaia Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12 Genres: Fantasy, Adventure Special Attractions: Teen Lead Characters Synopsis: The Reason for Dragons, by Chris Northrop and Jeff Stokely (Fraggle Rock), tells the story of Wendell, a high school outcast who lives a lonely, suburban existence, losing himself in books in order to avoid his distant, motorcycle-riding stepfather, Ted. When the school bullies convince Wendell to venture into the forest around their neighborhood and explore the long-abandoned Renaissance Faire grounds they all believe to be haunted, Wendell is surprised to find a man living in the barn—and even more surprised by the […] Read More