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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...


My Best Everything

by Sarah Tomp

An Appalachian summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating in this debut novel about first loves, broken hearts, and moonshine.

Luisa "Lulu" Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in...


Heartbeat

by Elizabeth Scott

Does life go on when your heart is broken?  

Since her mother's sudden death, Emma has existed in a fog of grief, unable to let go, unable to move forward—because her mother is, in a way, still there. She's...


The Truth About Twinkie Pie--FREE PREVIEW (First 15 Chapters)

by Kat Yeh

Take two sisters making it on their own: brainy twelve-year-old GiGi (short for Galileo Galilei, a name she never says out loud) and junior-high-dropout-turned-hairstylist DiDi (short for Delta Dawn). Add a...


Bleed Like Me

by C. Desir

From the author of Fault Line comes an edgy and heartbreaking novel about two self-destructive teens in a Sid and Nancy–like romance full of passion, chaos, and dyed hair.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon (just...


Love Is the Drug

by Alaya Dawn Johnson

From the author of THE SUMMER PRINCE, a novel that's John Grisham's THE PELICAN BRIEF meets Michael Crichton's THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN set at an elite Washington D.C. prep school. Emily Bird was raised not to ask...


Rock Angel: A Novel

by Jeanne Bogino

Shan is young, beautiful, talented, and addicted to heroin inRock Angel, a novel that follows her meteoric rise to guitar goddess stardom in the 90s. She is discovered in New York by a handsome, arrogant musical...


Janice

by Jean Goulbourne

"A moving moral tale for our times." Maggie Harris, winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014

Born and raised by her single mother in a Jamaican ghetto in Kingston, Janice is glad she is moving away to...


Rewind to You

by Laura Johnston

"A rapturous, beautiful debut with a romance that seeps into you like a sizzling Georgia summer." -Amber Hart, author of Before You

Wish You Were Here

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is...


Head of the River

by Pip Harry

Nine rowers, 2,000 grueling yards, and one chance for glory

 

Tall, naturally talented, and the offspring of Olympians, superstar siblings Leni and Cristian Popescu are set to row Harley Grammar to victory...


Chorus

by Emma Trevayne

Eight years after Alpha was exposed to her first and only addictive, encoded musical track from the Corp, she finds that she cannot run away from the haunting dreams or desire to taste the emotional high again....


The Gospel of Winter

by Brendan Kiely

“In a lyrical and hard-hitting exploration of betrayal and healing, the son of a Connecticut socialite comes to terms with his abuse at the hands of a beloved priest” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

As...


When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds & Michael Frost

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an...


Leap of Faith

by Jamie Blair

Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief and redemption in this gripping, “compulsively readable” (School Library Journal) romantic read that Kirkus Reviews calls a “marvelous debut,...


Street Pharm

by Allison van Diepen

Ty Johnson knows survival. Since inheriting his pop’s business at sixteen, Ty’s developed smarts, skills, and mad discipline. The supply game’s in his blood. And life is pretty sweet when you’re on top....


Takedown

by Allison van Diepen

A teen infiltrates a drug ring to settle a vendetta in this fast-paced novel from the author of Street Pharm and Snitch.

Darren took the fall for Diamond Tony, the notorious head of the city’s drug cartel....


Sure Signs of Crazy

by Karen Harrington

Love can be a trouble word for some people. Crazy is also a trouble word.

I should know.

You've never met anyone exactly like twelve-year-old Sarah Nelson. While most of her friends obsess over Harry Potter, she...