High School Recommended Reads


  • Bray, Libba. The Diviners. 2012. [also available on audio]

    Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts the 17-year-old and her uncle into the investigation.

  • Damico, Gina. Croak. 2012.

    A delinquent 16-year-old girl is sent to live with her uncle for the summer, only to learn that he is a Grim Reaper who wants to teach her the family business.

  • Datlow, Ellen and Terri Windling. After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia. 2012.

    This anthology of tales by well-known authors of young adult and adult literature explores the lives of teens raised after a catastrophe, either in the first few years after the change or in the distant future.

  • Doller, Trish. Something Like Normal. 2012.

    Travis, a young Marine, deals with life at home after his best friend is killed in Afghanistan.

  • Fforde, Jasper. The Last Dragonslayer. 2012.

    In the good old days, magic was indispensable — it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading, which makes it hard for Jennifer Strange, a 15-year-old foundling, to keep her employment agency for magicians up and running.

  • Fukuda, Andrew. The Hunt. 2012. [also available on audio]

    Although a human, 17-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, but just when he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in a hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.

  • Khoury, Jessica. Origin. 2012.

    Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory, raised by a team of scientists to be the start of a new immortal race. On the night of her 17th birthday, she discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home and sneaks outside for the first time in her life.

  • King, A.S. Ask the Passengers. 2012. [also available on audio]

    Astrid Jones wants to confide in someone, but since she can't trust her family, she spends hours in her backyard watching planes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, so they won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions.

  • Lange, Erin Jade. Butter. 2012.

    A lonely obese boy everyone calls Butter is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death — live on the Internet — and everyone is invited to watch.

  • Levithan, David. Every Day. 2012. [also available on audio]

    Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life. Over the years he's learned never to get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.

  • Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14. 2012.

    Six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius) and six little kids are trapped inside a chain superstore as a series of escalating disasters — beginning with a monster hailstorm — tear the outside world apart.

  • Lo, Malinda. Adaptation. 2012.

    In the aftermath of a series of deadly plane crashes, 17-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that some believe is connected to aliens and UFOs.

  • Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers. 2012.

    Jazz, who learned all about being a serial killer from "Dear Old Dad," believes his conscience will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, which is why the 17-year-old secretly helps the police catch the town's newest murderer.

  • McCormick, Patricia. Never Fall Down. 2012.

    From National Book Award finalist McCormick (Sold) comes a raw, powerful novel based on the true story of Arn Chorn Pond, a boy who survived the Cambodia's Killing Fields to become a human rights activist.

  • Shan, Darren. Zom-B. 2012.

    Told in the first person by a victim of a zombie apocalypse, this series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more.

  • Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. 2012. [also available on audio]

    In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. The survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Adult fiction

  • Brunt, Carol Rifka. Tell the Wolves I'm Home. 2012. [also available on audio]

    There's only one person who has ever truly understood 14-year-old June Elbus, and that's her uncle. When he dies, June's world is turned upside down.

  • Semple, Maria. Where'd You Go, Bernadette. 2012. [also available on audio]

    When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

  • Walker, Karen. The Age of Miracles. 2012. [also available on audio]

    Young Julia's world is changed forever when it is discovered that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.


  • My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. 2012. [364.1523 DER]

    In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, "Jeff" was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways and car rides.

  • What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? by Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn. 2012. [031.02 NEM]

    Moving, imaginative and thought-provoking goals are brought to life through original illustrations to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do before you die?" as posed by four 20-something guys known as The Buried Life.

revised May 2013