Hey, it’s James’s birthday today! Don’t worry about getting him a gift—his gift is knowing that you’ll check out some of these new arrivals in the teen section. And really, isn’t that the gift that keeps on giving?
(Editor’s Note: That, and Steam gift cards. -James)
Aftermath, by Kelley Armstrong.
Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018.
“In the aftermath of violence, someone always pays.
“Three years after losing her brother, Luka, in a school shooting, Sky Gilchrist is moving home. There’s no sympathy for Skye and her family, though, because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter.
“Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend—Skye.
“When Jesse and Skye reunite, they can’t resist reopening the mysteries of the past. But can wounds that deep ever truly heal? Skye can’t outrun her brother’s shame. And despite being a victim, Jesse’s Bengali American family will always be a target.
“But when Skye uncovers evidence that could clear Luka’s name, it becomes obvious that someone wants the truth to stay buried. What happened that fateful day? Skye and Jesse are dying to know. And they just might pay that price.” From the publisher.
The Language of Thorns, by Leigh Bardugo.
“Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
“Inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tale, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
“Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.” From the publisher.
Summer Skin, Kirsty Eagar.
Feiwel and Friends, 2018.
“Jess Gordon is out for revenge.
“Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a handpicked college girl gang are going to get even.
“The lesson: Don’t mess with Unity College girls.
“The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold… and smart enough to keep up with Jess.
“A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig—sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable?
“Kristy Eagar expertly handles a searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex in today’s hook-up culture.” From the publisher.
How We Roll, by Natasha Friend.
Farrar Straus Giraux, 2018.
“For Quinn McAvoy, losing her hair the summer before eighth grade was the beginning of the end. Suddenly she was Pluto: a has-been planet, too dwarflike and unimportant to hang with the other celestial bodies.
“But Quinn gets a second chance when her family moves across the country a week before her freshman year. No one in Gull’s Head, Massachusetts, knows that Quinn has alopecia, the autoimmune disorder that took the hair she had never really thought about—until it was gone. No one knows that the wig she’s wearing isn’t her real hair.
“All Quinn wants is to blend in with the crowd. When the popular girls mistake her for one of their own, Quinn plays along until a boy in a wheelchair who’s been hurt even more than she has turns Quinn’s carefully constructed world on its head.” From the publisher.
Give Me Some Truth, by Eric Gansworth.
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2018.
“Carson Mastick is entering his senior year of high school and desperate to make his mark, on the reservation and off. A rock band—and winning the local Battle of the Bands, with its first prize of a trip to New York City—is his best chance. But things keep getting in the way. Small matters like the lack of an actual band, or the fact that his brother just got shot in the butt confronting the racist owner of a local restaurant.
“Maggi Bokoni has just moved back to the reservation from the city with her family. She’s dying to stop making the same Traditional artwork her family sells to tourists (conceptual stuff is cooler), stop feeling out of place in her new (old) home, and stop being treated like a child. She might like to fall in love for the first time too.
“Carson and Maggi—along with their friend Lewis—will navigate loud protests, even louder music, and first love in this stirring novel about coming together in a world defined by difference, from the acclaimed author of If I Ever Get Out of Here.” From the publisher.
Monday’s Not Coming, by Tiffany D. Jackson.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.
“Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice.
“Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia starts to worry. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or the second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. With her grades on the line, Claudia needs her best—and only—friend now more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.
“As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?
“In her dark, thrilling, and timely sophomore novel, acclaimed author Tiffany D. Jackson unravels a complex mystery and explores the traumatic effects of the truth.” From the publisher.
Every Shiny Thing, by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison.
Amulet Books, 2018.
“Lauren has always been a good sister. Sierra has always taken care of her mom.
“Both girls feel lost when the person they love most isn’t with them anymore.
“Lauren’s brother Ryan goes to a therapeutic boarding school for autistic teens, and Sierra has to leave her mom to live in foster care in Lauren’s wealthy neighborhood. Both girls feel a little less lost when they become friends.
“But when Lauren recruits Sierra to help with a Robin Hood scheme to raise money for those in need, Sierra has a lot to lose if the plan goes wrong. Lauren and Sierra have good intentions, but that might not matter as much as they think. How far will they go to do what they think is right?” From the publisher.
What You Left Me, by Bridget Morrissey.
“What if your first chance with someone was also your last?
“Today, Martin McGee is graduating. And tonight he is having a party. And he really wants Petra McGowan to come. Because even though he just met her, he knows this could be something special.
“Today, Petra McGowan is almost graduating. She’ll get to walk across that stage, but she won’t really be done with high school until she takes the final she’s been putting off ever since that horrible moment last year. But she doesn’t want to think about that right now. She wants to think about Martin and how she just might go to his party tonight.
“Then a car accident changes everything. Martin’s life hangs in the balance, and even though Petra’s only known him for one day, she’s left picking up the pieces. Using friends, family, and shared dreams, she keeps their connection going while Martin lies unconscious, trapped in the prison of his own mind.
“Together they must unlock the truth of his situation, and with time running out, their bond becomes Martin’s best shot at waking up to the life he’s left behind.” From the publisher.
The Astonishing Color of After, by Emily X. R. Pan.
Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
“Leigh Chen is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
“Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.
“Alternating between reality and magic, past and present, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, bravery, and love.” From the publisher.
Not the Girls You’re Looking For, by Aminah Mae Safi.
Feiwel and Friends, 2018.
“Lulu Saad doesn’t need you advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends, and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world—or at least junior year at her Texas prep school. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at last week’s house party, but he was totally faking it. True, it was also a little harsh when she told one of those best friends to stop dating a scumbag. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan.
“It’s all under control. Ish.
“Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of his mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.
“In this gorgeously written coming-of-age novel, debut author Aminah Mae Safi tells a fresh, funny, and real story of angry, messy teenage girls, complex relationships, and how easy it can be to hurt those around you, even if—especially if—you love them.” From the publisher.
Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, by Mayim Bialik.
Philomel Books, 2017.
“Growing up as a girl in today’s world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interest and school… sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is a little information.
“Want to know why your stomach does a flip-flop when you run into your crush in the hallway? Or how the food you put in your body now will affect you in the future? What about the best ways to stop freaking out about your next math test?
“Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes and wisdom gained from the world around us, Mayim Bialik, the star of The Big Bang Theory, shares what she learned from her life and her PhD in neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically, and sociologically.
“Want to be strong? Want to be smart? Want to be spectacular? You can! Start by reading this book.” From the publisher.
Giant Days, vol. 4, by John Allison.
Boom! Box, 2017.
“It’s springtime at Sheffield University—the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and fast-pals Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue to survive their freshman year of college. Susan is barely dealing with her recent breakup with McGraw, Esther is considering dropping out of school, and Daisy is trying to keep everyone and everything from falling apart. Combined with house hunting, indie film festivals, and online dating, can the girls make it to their second year?” From the publisher.
Paper Girls, vol. 4, by Brian K. Vaughan.
Image Comics, 2018.
“It’s the girls’ biggest, strangest adventure yet, as Tiffany and her fellow newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and KJ are launched from prehistoric times into the year 2000, where they finally get some answers about what the hell is happening.
“In this harrowing version of our past, Y2K was even more of a cataclysm than experts feared, and the only person who can save the future is a 12-year-old girl from 1988.” From the publisher.
Lumberjanes: A Bird’s-Eye View, by Shannon Watters.
Boom! Box, 2017.
“Wing it on!
“The high council is coming to camp and Counselor Jen is determined to make everything perfect, even though a storm is brewing and kittens from the boys’ camp are manifesting magical powers. It’s every Lumberjane on deck as the girls do their best to prep the grounds for inspection… but there are some storms no one can prepare for.
“This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award-winning series is a story of friendship, hardcore lady-types, and kicking a lot of butt. Don’t miss out on the continued adventures of the Lumberjanes written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leah (SUPER CAKES) and illustrated by Carey Pietsch (ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT) and newcomer Ayme Sotuyo.” From the publisher.