Featured New Teen Lit for December 2011
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman
While hiding out in a bomb shelter, Will Besting uncovers shocking secrets about nearby Fort Eden, a mysterious, remote treatment center where Will and six other fifteen-year-olds were sent for radical treatments to cure their phobias.
Tilt by Alan Cumyn
When Stan's dreams of making the JV basketball team fall through, he finds himself aware of the unexpected attention of mysterious Janine Igwash. Then Stan's father arrives on the scene with his four-year-old half brother, and things become truly tilted.
Outlaw by Stephen Davies
The children of Britain's ambassador to Burkina Faso, fifteen-year-old Jake, who loves technology and adventure, and thirteen-year-old Kas, a budding social activist, are abducted and spend time in the Sahara desert with Yakuuba Sor, who some call a terrorist but others consider a modern-day Robin Hood.
Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
Esmerine, a mermaid, grows close to her childhood playmate Alander, a winged man, when they join forces to find her sister Dosia, who has reportedly eloped with a human despite the sisters' vow to always keep the sea and its people first in their hearts.
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
After sixteen-year-old vampire Pearl Sange is stabbed through the heart by a were-unicorn, she develops non-vampire-like traits that lead her to save her high school classmates from the Vampire King of New England.
The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles #1) by John Flanagan
Skandian outcasts Hal, Stig, and others do battle at sea against the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race across icy waters where not everyone thinks of the competition as play.
The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas
After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Rose works through her grief by finding meaning in a survival kit that her mother left behind.
How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston
When popular middle schooler Kacey Simon gets glasses and braces and is rejected by her crowd, she befriends a boy who is in a punk rock band and discovers some things about friendship, relationships, and herself.
Amplified by Tara Kelly
When privileged seventeen-year-old Jasmine Kiss gets kicked out of her house by her father, she takes what is left of her meager savings and flees to Santa Cruz, California, to pursue her dream of becoming a rock musician.
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thorn.
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled brother (who has not spoken a word since he was seven) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty
In early twentieth-century New York, Sacha Kessler's ability to see witches earns him an apprenticeship to the police department's star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf, to help stop magical crime and, with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, Sacha investigates who is trying to kill Thomas Edison, whose mechanical witch detector that could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history.
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Sixteen-year-old Chelsea knows what to expect when she returns for a summer of historical reenactment at Colonial Essex Village until she learns that her ex-boyfriend is working there, too, and then meets the very attractive Dan who works at a rival historical village.
Sex: A Book For Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety by Nikol Hasler
YA 612.661 H
This honest, funny, and in-depth read features chapters on all things sex, from sexual orientation and masturbation, to foreplay, first-time concerns, birth control, and protection against diseases. It also provides answers to questions posed by real teens on things you definitely want to know but might be afraid to ask.
My Secret compiled by Frank Warren
YA 741.683 W
A never-before-seen collection of postcards with art and true confessions--powerful, intimate, funny, shocking, inspirational--from teens and college students.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
YA 817 K
Kaling shares her observations, fears, and opinions about a wide-ranging list of the topics she thinks about the most. From her favorite types of guys to life in the "The Office" writers' room, her book is full of personal stories and laugh-out-loud philosophies.
Manga and graphic novels
Gate 7, vol. 1 by CLAMP
Visiting a legendary shrine, Chikahito stumbles into the mystical world of Hana and her comrades -- and his immunity to their powers leads them to believe that he's no ordinary awkward teenager! Protecting our world from violent supernatural creatures, Hana and her team welcome the confused Chikahito -- who isn't quite sure that he wants to be caught up in the middle of their war!
Avengers vs. New Ultimates: Death of Spider Man by Mark Millar, Lenil Francis Yu, and Stephen Segovia
The two most powerful super teams in the Ultimate Universe collide in the brawl of the century! A misunderstanding has brought these two colossal teams to blows and their battle may just spell the end for the Ultimate world!