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Night Speed

by Chris Howard

An addictive new drug fuels superhuman strength and speed in this action-packed sci-fi thriller that will have fans of Scott Westerfeld and Marie Lu on the edge of their seats.

Only those young enough can survive...


Unforgivable

by Amy Reed

In this raw, gut-wrenching, and beautifully written sequel to Invincible, Marcus continues Evie’s story of their intense romance, a stunning conclusion to this contemporary duology perfect for fans of Gayle...


A Shot of Bourbon

by A. C. Land

Seventeen year old Charli Valentine didn’t expect to spend the last few weeks of summer break nursing a broken heart, icing a black eye, and watching her ex kiss another girl. Since being a good girl has gotten...


Playing for the Devil's Fire

by Phillippe Diederich

IThe bittersweet odyssey of a boy coming of age in a landscape broken by drugs, crime, and corruption.


Traffick

by Ellen Hopkins

Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank.

In her bestselling novel,...


God of Beer

by Garret Keizer

A novel of youthful protest against conformity


Placebo Junkies

by J.C. Carleson

Going Bovine meets Trainspotting in this gritty portrait of at-risk teens gaming the prescription drug trial system.

 

Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and...


Rules for Stealing Stars

by Corey Ann Haydu

In the tradition of Sharon Creech and Wendy Mass, Corey Ann Haydu's sparkling middle grade debut is a sister story with a twist of magic, a swirl of darkness, and a whole lot of hope.

Silly is used to feeling...


Finding Pony

by Kara Lucas

Kids in Bravo Hills trailer park usually have to grow up fast, and fifteen-year-old Jesse Sampson is no exception. With a meth addict for a mom and a drug dealer for a stepdad, Jesse spends most nights taking...


The Fix

by Natasha Sinel

One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open.

Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it entirely alone.

On the outside,...


The Boy Most Likely To

by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. 

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his...


Survive the Night

by Danielle Vega

Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this pulse-pounding novel from the author of The Merciless

 

Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive...


Calling Maggie May

by Anonymous

A dark and edgy first-person cautionary tale about how one girl’s seemingly minor choices quickly spiraled into a life as a sex worker in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky.

She had a normal...


Dancing with Molly

by Lena Horowitz

An edgy and intimate glimpse at what one girl will do just to be the life of the party.

Before, I was never the life of the party. I was the reliable one. The one no one had to worry about. The one no one had...


Jockey Girl

by Shelley Peterson

In her quest to find her lost mother and to save the horse she loves, Evie discovers inner courage and develops the confidence she needs to meet her goals.


Expelled

by Emmy Laybourne

"She has lost sixty pounds in just over six weeks! With no side effects."

Li Jing knows that her research, the weight-loss compound she's developed, will change millions and millions of lives. Any risk is worth...


Flesh and Bone

by William Alton

A literary novel for young adults that deals with a despairing teen uncertain about his sexual preferences who turns to drugs, alcohol, and unreliable friends for solace

 

Told in a series of images and fragments,...


When Ratboy Lived Next Door

by Chris Woodworth

From the spring day in 1962 when Willis Merrill and his pet raccoon arrive in Maywood, Indiana, they are nothing but trouble for Lydia Carson. Lydia nicknames Willis "Ratboy" and wonders why he can't be more...


Long Live The Suicide King

by Aaron Michael Ritchey

Seventeen-year-old Jim JD Dillinger knows exactly how his miserable suburban life is going to play out. At least drugs added a little chaos to his life, but after almost losing his soul, JD knows he has to quit....


Finding Mr. Brightside

by Jay Clark

Abram and Juliette know each other. They've lived down the street from each other their whole lives. But they don't really know each other—at least, not until Juliette's mom and Abram's dad have a torrid affair...