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Broken Worlds

by Anitha Robinson

When a brutal attack leaves her barely conscious, Kalli thinks that the young man carrying her away is an angel sent to ferry her to Heaven. After all of the abuse and months of homelessness, Kalli welcomes...


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...


Inexcusable

by Chris Lynch

"I am a good guy. Good guys don't do bad things. Good guys understand that no means no, and so I could not have done this because I understand."

Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented...


Daddy's Girl

by Elizabeth Margaret

I know I'm a rotten kid. I fight. I argue. I am disobedient. But really - what is a kid growing up wild in a country town in the sixties supposed to do? Not get up to mischief? Ha! Just watch me! But now I am...


Living Dead Girl

by Elizabeth Scott

Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.

Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.

Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her...


Fault Line

by C. Desir

In a single night, Ani’s life was torn to shreds—and Ben struggles with the weight of trying to fix the unfixable in this heartbreaking and edgy debut novel.

Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has...


Everything Beautiful in the World

by Lisa Levchuk

Lately I feel like an astronaut out on a space walk – constantly praying the tube attaching me to the ship doesn't snap and send me flying into outer darkness.

The only good thing about having a mother with...


The Blue-Haired Boy

by Courtney C. Stevens

Set before the events of Courtney C. Stevens's debut novel, Faking Normal, this digital short story focuses on Bodee Lennox, otherwise known as the Kool-Aid Kid.

Bodee Lennox has secrets. About where he got the...


Faking Normal

by Courtney C. Stevens

An edgy, realistic debut novel praised by the New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys, as “a beautiful reminder that amid our broken pieces we can truly find ourselves.”...


Where People Like Us Live

by Patricia Cumbie

I want to shake Rita. She thinks all the screwed-up things in the world are happening somewhere else. But bad things are happening right here.

It's a routine Libby's used to by now: pack up, move, start over,...


Exposed

by Kimberly Marcus

In the dim light of the darkroom, I'm alone, but not for long.

As white turns to gray, Kate is with me.

The background of the dance studio blurred, so the focus is all on her

legs extended in a perfect soaring...


Drummer Girl

by Karen Bass

Sid desperately wants to play drums in her school's most popular band, The Fourth Down. But how far is she willing to compromise herself to achieve her goal?


My Book of Life by Angel

by Martine Leavitt

When sixteen-year-old Angel meets Call at the mall, he buys her meals and says he loves her, and he gives her some candy that makes her feel like she can fly. Pretty soon she's addicted to his candy, and she...


Holding On to Zoe

by George Ella Lyon

After sixteen-year-old Jules has her baby, Zoe, it doesn't matter anymore that her mother thinks she's a drama queen, or that her father left them years ago, or even that Zoe's father is gone, too. She and her...


Nicholas Dane

by Melvin Burgess

When fourteen-year-old Nicholas Dane's mother dies, social services sends him to a home for boys where intimidation and violence keep order. After a number of fights and brutal punishments, Nick thinks that...


This Gorgeous Game

by Donna Freitas

A CHILLING NOVEL ABOUT THE ISOLATION OF BEING STALKED AND THE ABUSE OF POWER.

Olivia Peters is over the moon when her literary idol, the celebrated novelist and muchadored local priest Mark D. Brendan, offers...


Tilt

by Ellen Hopkins

Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting standalone novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their...


Counterfeit Son

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 2001

by Elaine Marie Alphin

Cameron Miller is pretending to be someone he isn't. When he began presenting himself as Neil Lacey, it was the only way he could think of to distance himself from what Pop had done, to finally climb out of...


Boy Toy

by Barry Lyga

Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is.

   Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand....


The File on Angelyn Stark

by Catherine Atkins

Angelyn Stark has a secret.

One day, her neighbor and friend, Nathan, saw something happen. Something between Angelyn and her stepfather. Then he told his grandmother, who was always looking out for Angelyn,...