Teen & Young Adult
Discover the best teen books.
Nobody has an easy time with depression, and Emma Middleton is no exception. Between her older brother’s sickness, a persistent bully, and an upcoming graduation, Emma is at her wit’s end. Will she be able to graduate with the rest of her class? Will the doctors be able to find out what’s wrong with James?
Luckily, Emma’s not alone. She finds help in the form of an unexpected friend named Elijah, who helps her to see that life isn’t so bad, after all. Through the ups and downs of teen life, they lift each other up and grow closer together than either of them thought possible.
Brave Heart: Malcolm’s Quest follows 16 yr. old Malcolm Bronner, whom has had a hard life. Dealing with a broken home, hunger, and lack of sleep makes him miserable. When Danny, his sometimes friend, presents an opportunity to make quick cash he jumps at it. But when it goes bad, he finds himself in a world of trouble that only God can deliver him from.
‘Growing up in a distressed family, having an unsettled schooling, Deon found himself not understood by the people around and often succumbed to his imaginary world of adventure. As a child Deon loved spending time in Nature and one day aspired to find a treasure, however he didn’t know what that treasure would be.
He finds a job at a departmental store and moves out of his troubled home but nothing much changes in his life. He feels drained and lost in the daily fight for survival in the everyday life of earning and spending.
One day being in his 20s his frustration leads him to make a life changing decision; to begin a quest for a deeper meaning of his life. Deon decides to take a trip to Glastonbury and his life is never going to be the same.
In his daring quest Deon accidentally enters a magical portal where he is faced with trials and spell binding encounters that leads him to find the treasure that he was always looking for.
‘In My World’ is a stirring fiction book that takes the readers on a breathtaking journey of discovering a secret world of infinite possibilities and the fascinating reality of life that is available to each one of them, despite the everyday challenges.
Amika Fernandez’s life is nothing out of the ordinary…until she meets Rhayne Welkins. Soon captivated by his very presence, Amika finds herself wrapped up in this mysterious intruder into her world―and the secrets he’s brought with him. In a world where nothing is as it seems, and stories once believed to be mere myth are anything but, an ordinary teenage girl must decide between the life she knows, and the life she might have―if she can handle the truth about the world in which she lives.
Amika Fernandez’s life is nothing out of the ordinary…until she meets Rhayne Welkins. Soon captivated by his very presence, Amika finds herself wrapped up in this mysterious intruder into her world—and the secrets he’s brought with him. In a world where nothing is as it seems, and stories once believed to be mere myth are anything but, an ordinary teenage girl must decide between the life she knows, and the life she might have—if she can handle the truth about the world in which she lives.
To friends and family Jane seemed like a normal teen… until one day she didn’t.
Jane Flynn – a self-proclaimed “plain Jane” – finds her life taking a dramatic detour junior year of high school when she undergoes her first bipolar episode. This gripping novel takes us on a wild ride through Janes rise into out-of-control mania and descent into dark depression as she juggles school, first love, friendship and a dark family secret.
All first editions will include ten black and white interior illustrations and a new short story!
Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is a Shadowhunters novel.
What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided Wizarding World.
This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the Wizarding World, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.
“‘There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.'”
Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
Morgan Merryweather,was to all intents and purposes, a normal girl who spent her days posting on her media account,creating vegan recipes and hanging out with her friends. That is, until she met a tall, dark, curly haired guy who showed her who she really was. She discovered she was a witch who was destined to fight the dark forces that threatened to destroy her world.
Her mother had given her a magical cloak which enabled her to fight dark angels and monsters. Morgan found life was not the same with mr.Rubin de Silva in it. Along with making vegan recipes she found she was catapulted into a world of angels ,demons and all things magical and did battle with dark forces. She found out she was strong and powerful and was ready to save her world.
Sixteen-year-old Degsy is roughing it on the snowy streets of London with no one for company but Sadface, the three-legged dog he saved from the bins. He’s spent his whole life in and out of jail, rising to power as the gaffer, dealing, cracking skulls, but he always looks after his own and those who can’t look after themselves. He learnt that from Gladys – the little old lady whose life he saved when he was a kid – and from his violent, drug-addicted mum, who showed him exactly what it feels like to be powerless and alone.
He was cut from her belly, kicking and screaming, in a prison cell and spent his first four years there in hell. It was tough – he has the scars to prove it – but he has no idea how tough until he finds her diary: The Devil’s Book. Her cheerful boasts of violence, humiliation and torture leave him breathless. Then her evil scrawl gets darker still, and sexual, and just as he is about to discover the full horror of his childhood, he finds that the pages he needs to read are missing.
But he must look forward now. He’s determined to keep his nose clean. He can’t go back to prison, not again. He wants to make a better life for himself. And he wants to help others, too: kids in gangs, like he was, the homeless, the elderly, like Gladys – he can’t bear the thought of them getting beaten up or feeling like prisoners in their own homes. He has a vision. He wants to turn an abandoned school and hospital into a housing project for young people – Unit 16-21. It will cost millions of pounds, and he can’t even afford a bag of crisps, but it’s a dream that keeps him warm at night (along with hooch, weed and the pills that the vet gave him for Sadface’s injuries).
He wants to change the world … but the world has other ideas. See, he takes on a final job to score a little cash – dumping a scooter for the TWC, a gang with a reputation for violence and connections to a mysterious crime lord with eyes, ears and guns on every corner: MR-K. It turns out the scooter was used to mow down a copper, and members of the TWC take photos of him dumping it. Now he’s just waiting to be arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.
And then there’re the kids to worry about: more and more missing kid posters are pasted all over London, and when his mate, Dipper, goes missing, he knows that it’s a problem he can’t ignore.
As Degsy searches for the truth about his past, the whereabouts of the missing children and a better way of life, losing the game of cat and mouse with street predators and the police, he is slowly drawn back into a world of trouble that he will be lucky to escape with his life intact. But Degsy’s is a story of transformation and redemption, of strength and hope, of holding onto an impossible dream and watching it become a reality … no matter what the cost.
In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, Love, Simon—we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.
She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.
It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
Most life stories have people overcoming their demons. I’d just like to escape mine.
My name is Jay Richard Peters. I was born on the 24th of March 1967. In less than two weeks I’ll turn seventeen, and I’ll finally be moving out of my home… or maybe I should say my hell, and into a place of my own.
For as long as I can remember, a dark cloud, my father, has hung over my existence. An inescapable, unpredictable force, worse than the devil itself. He’s made running away impossible. But I’m not planning to run away. I’m planning to move out. That’s what you do when you grow up, you move out.
But first, I want to make a record of my life up to this point. Then, my first night in my own place, I’ll hold a ceremonial burning. Burning the past to cleanse the future, as Taylora would say. Not that everything in my past was bad… to tell the story right, I guess I’ll want to talk about that too.
No, not want. Need. I need to talk about the good. I need to remember the bits of my life worth living. If I’m going to get through this… I have to talk about those bits too. The bits that kept me going. The bits that pulled me through. But… uh… I guess I should stop rambling and actually get started…
Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power–regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender–even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.
The story begins…
Set high on the northern moors Outlayer’s survive for three generations in near total isolation. Odd and different they have started to develop paranormal powers
Eli Brown lives in the Outlayer village called Smarsett Scar. He is a new breed of human and is ready leave the village and make his mark and, once he does, nothing will ever be the same….
A dystopian story set in the near future.
Emma discovers at an early age that she’s been gifted with the ability to see and speak to her departed ancestors. If you’ve ever wished you could ask your great-grandparent to clear up an old mystery, you will love meeting someone who gets to study the old family stories and explain the way things really happened. Of course, it’s never as easy as simply asking–Emma has to work on it, often while dealing with those who refuse to believe in her abilities and ridicule her for it.
Discover the origin story of one of the realm’s most powerful mages in the first book in the Numair Chronicles.
Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram realizes that one day–soon–he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
“I take more comfort from and as great a pleasure in Tamora Pierce’s Tortall novels as I do from Game of Thrones.”
–The Washington Post
A powerful novel of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria, masterfully told by a journalist who witnessed the crisis firsthand.
In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future. Tareq’s family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.
While this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of the heartbreaking consequences of all wars, all tragedy, narrated by Destiny itself. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.
An award-winning author and journalist—and a refugee herself—Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.
“[A] heartbreaking and to-the-minute timely story of the Syrian refugee crisis. Abawi gives even more humanity, depth, and understanding to the headlines.”—Bustle
★ “From award-winning journalist Abawi comes an unforgettable novel that brings readers face to face with the global refugee crisis . . . A heartbreaking, haunting, and necessary story that offers hope while laying bare the bleakness of the world.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Abawi skillfully places humanity enmeshed in war into two sides: the ‘hunters’ who feed on the suffering and the ‘helpers’ who lend a hand. An inspiring, timely, and must-have account about the Syrian refugee disaster and the perils of all wars.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “[A] gripping and heartrending novel . . . [and an] upsetting yet beautifully rendered portrayal of an ongoing humanitarian crisis.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“As author Atia Abawi artfully illustrates, refugees are created by circumstances that can happen anywhere. A perfect companion novel to Alan Gratz’s Refugee, this humanizing, often harrowing and sometimes transcendent novel fosters compassion and understanding.”—BookPage, Top Teen Pick
“[T]his could be paired with Sepetys’ book . . . Salt to the Sea, for a multi-era look at the casualties of war.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This is a harrowing and vitally important novel about an ongoing crisis. Tareq’s story will linger with readers long after they’ve turned the final page.”—Bookish
“A Land of Permanent Goodbyes is an engrossing, heartbreaking story of survival, giving readers an authentic glimpse of the suffering and destruction in Syria.”—Voice of Youth Advocates
“A well-written, well-researched book.”—School Library Connection
“This touching read will stir empathy and compassion about the harrowing plight of refugees. Abawi . . . helps give perspective on how religion can be used to help create a world where the most basic human rights are violated.”—Booklist
The Shadows Hide Many Secrets…
Seventeen-year-old Eve’s world is about to come crashing down.
When the mysterious Kateri enters her life, Eve is introduced to the hidden realm of the Shayds; an army of warriors who protect the world of light from the forces of evil.
With Kateri’s help, Eve will discover how much of a difference one person can make, and that there are more things in the shadows than we know, but this knowledge will come at a terrible price.
Sometimes described as a childhood version of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Visitors is funny, mildly shocking, immersive, and tragic. At its outset, three children on the outside end up at the hospital after various small disasters, and blend in with an established population of kids that are… well, kids. Group therapy starts slow and builds to a crescendo. Free time is noisy and rambunctious. The girls have girl-talk at the picnic table outside. One of them quietly suffers through the whole thing and, eventually, finds she can’t contain it anymore.