Yo, Marsala, I’m happy for you, I’ma let you finish — but Eggplant is the real Color of the Year. At least according to this entire shelf of purple-jacketed books.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman High School Viking 272 pp. 1/15 978-0-451-47147-5 $18.99 g Meg Garcia is brilliant and passionate — a standout in her dead-end Washington State hometown and a constant in best friend Cody’s unstable life. But just months after escaping to college on a prestigious scholarship, Meg checks into a motel […]
Conspiracy theory or everyday life? These new YA novels — three thrillers and one dark comedy — star teen protagonists finding their places in worlds manipulated by not-so-scrupulous corporations. Walter Dean Myers‘s posthumously published On a Clear Day takes place in 2035. The Central Eight (C-8) companies rule everything, enriching themselves while the rest of […]
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King High School Little, Brown 309 pp. 10/14 978-0-316-22272-3 $18.00 e-book ed. 978-0-316-22274-7 $9.99 Still haunted by her mother’s suicide years ago, seventeen-year-old Glory is certain she’ll die young, too, and can envision no future for herself. Until, that is, she ingests dessicated bat remains and […]
Katniss, they feel your pain. The following protagonists have the weight of the world on their shoulders — and, in at least one case, it’s just as the world may be ending. Katie Coyle’s Vivian Apple at the End of the World takes place in a near-future America where the cultish Church of America has […]
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black High School Little, Brown 323 pp. 1/15 978-0-316-21307-3 $18.00 g e-book ed. 978-0-316-21305-9 $9.99 The people of Fairfold live beside the fairy folk with scant worry and not a little smugness. After all, only foolish tourists, lured to town by legend and the beautiful horned prince […]
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer High School Dutton 264 pp. 9/14 978-0-525-42305-8 $17.99 g After her boyfriend Reeve’s death, Jam Gallahue is shipped off to The Wooden Barn, a boarding school for “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent” teens. There she’s placed in a widely coveted, extremely selective course called Special Topics in English, one of just five […]
Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive by Laura Hillenbrand; adapted by the author Middle School, High School Delacorte 292 pp. 11/14 978-0-385-74251-1 $19.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-99062-5 $22.99 g e-book ed. 978-0-307-97565-2 $10.99 With media attention focused on the July 2014 death of Louis Zamperini, and Angelina Jolie’s upcoming movie detailing his […]