High School Recommended Reads


  • Albertalli, Becky. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. 2015.

    Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity— and that of his pen pal— will be revealed. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Carson, Rae. Walk on Earth a Stranger. 2015. [also available on audio]

    Lee, who has the magical ability to sense gold, must flee her home to avoid people who would abuse her powers. When her best friend heads out across Gold Rush-era America to stake his claim, she disguises herself as a boy and sets out to join him. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Cosimano, Elle. Holding Smoke. 2016.

    John "Smoke" Conlan uses his supernatural ability to travel outside the walls of a juvenile detention center to try and clear his name and help his fellow inmates find redemption.

  • Dennard, Susan. Truthwitch. 2016. [also available on audio]

    In a continent on the edge of war, some, like Safiya and Iseult, are born with a distinct magical skill. Pursued by enemies, the pair will stop at nothing to keep Safi, a rare Truthwitch, safe.

  • Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Quinn, an aspiring screenwriter, copes with his sister's death, while his best friend forces him back out into the world to face his reality.

  • Grant, Michael. Front Lines. 2016.

    It's WWII and a court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for military service. Three young women join the fight, but not one expects to see the front lines. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Amani is counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape the dead-end town of Dustwalk. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji...and herself.

  • Hesse, Monica. Girl in the Blue Coat. 2016. [also available on audio]

    During WWII, Hanneke, a "finder" of black market goods, is tasked with finding a Jewish girl who seems to have vanished into thin air.

  • Hutchinson, Shaun David. We Are the Ants. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Henry's life isn't easy and things only get more complicated when the aliens who regularly abduct him tell him the world will end in 144 days unless he decides humanity is worth saving.

  • Johnston, E.K. Exit, Pursued by a Bear. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team and senior year is going to make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink and it all goes black.

  • Khoury, Jessica. The Forbidden Wish. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Forced to hide her true identity, Zahra, a genie, finds her chance for freedom challenged by her love for her master, Aladdin.

  • Longo, Jennifer. Up to This Pointe. 2016.

    Devastated when her dream of becoming a professional ballerina falls through, 17-year-old Harper takes a job as a research assistant in Antarctica.

  • Mills, Wendy. All We Have Left. 2016.

    The interwoven stories of two 16-year-old girls tell of the efforts of coping with 9/11's ramifications.

  • Nelson, Jandy. I'll Give You the Sun. 2014. [also available on audio]

    From different points in time, artist Jude and her twin brother, Noah, relate a story of first love, loss and betrayal. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Polisner, Gae. The Memory of Things. 2016.

    Two teenagers find friendship, comfort and love in the days following 9/11.

  • Reynolds, Jason. All American Boys. 2015. [also available on audio]

    When Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be his best friend's older brother.

  • Schlitz, Laura. The Hired Girl. 2015.

    Over the summer of 1911, 14-year-old Joan Skraggs seeks a better life— because maybe a hired girl who cleans and cooks for a living can become a woman with a future.

  • Vande Velde, Vivian. 23 Minutes. 2016.

    Using her secret ability to travel back in time, 15-year-old Zoe tries to help stop a deadly bank robbery.

  • Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior. 2016. [also available on audio]

    Agoraphobic Soloman hasn't left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that— and write a scholarship-winning essay on the results.


revised December 2016