High School Recommended Reads

  • Alsaid, Adi. Let's Get Lost. 2014.

    During her cross-country adventures following the tragic death of her family, Leila touches the lives of four strangers— Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia. While forever changing the lives of these four, Leila also discovers an important truth about herself.

  • Anderson, Laurie Halse. The Impossible Knife of Memory. 2014. [also available on audio]

    Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a "normal" life, but the horrors her father saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

  • Blankman, Anne. Prisoner of Night and Fog. 2014. [also available on audio]

    In 1930s Munich, the favorite niece of rising political leader Adolph Hitler is torn between duty and love after meeting a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Conaghan, Brian. When Mr. Dog Bites. 2014.

    All 17-year-old Dylan wants is to keep his Tourette's in check and live as a normal teen, but during a routine hospital visit he overhears that he is going to die, and in an attempt to claim the life he has always wanted, he makes a "cool" things to do list and sets out to have some fun.

  • Frank, Lucy. Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling. 2014.

    In this novel in verse, two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn's disease.

  • Green, Sally. Half Bad. 2014.

    In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Hattemer, Kate. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy. 2014.

    When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan's arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down.

  • LaMarche, Una. Like No Other. 2014.

    Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together.

  • Laureano, C.E. Oath of the Brotherhood. 2014.

    Conor Mac Nir is a gifted harpist who is hopeless with a sword, but as an ancient evil engulfs the isle of Seare, a reclusive warrior brotherhood thinks he may be the answer to an ancient prophecy, if he can be trained to fight.

  • Lloyd-Jones, Emily. Illusive. 2014.

    After a vaccine accidentally creates superpowers in a portion of the population, 17-year-old Ciere, an illusionist, teams up with other high-class, super-powered thieves to steal the vaccine's formula while staying one step ahead of mobsters and deadly government agents.

  • Mathieu, Jennifer. The Truth About Alice. 2014.

    When ugly rumors and lies about Alice Franklin start after one of the guys she allegedly slept with at a party dies in a car accident, questions about truth arise in her small town.

  • Mlynowski, Sarah. Don't Even Think About It. 2014. [also available on audio]

    This is what happens when a group of Tribeca high school kids go in for flu shots, and end up being able to read each other's minds.

  • Nelson, Jandy. I'll Give You the Sun. 2014.

    A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan and Rainbow Rowell. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Oliver, Lauren. Panic. 2014. [also available on audio]

    In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly, challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000— enough money to start a new life. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Paige, Danielle. Dorothy Must Die. 2014.

    Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head— so now no one is safe!

  • Parker, Natalie C. Beware the Wild. 2014.

    When her brother runs into the locally feared town swamp after an argument and is replaced by the sundress-wearing Lenora May, Sterling realizes that she is the only person in town who remembers that her brother ever existed.

  • Wolitzer, Meg. Belzhar. 2014.

    If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She certainly wouldn't be at a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate. But life isn't fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Graphic novels

  • Carroll, Emily. Through the Woods. 2014.

    Enjoy this collection of five spine-chilling tales.

  • Tamaki, Mariko. This One Summer. 2014.

    Rose's latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows and the dangerous activities of older teens.

revised January 2015