Teen Books October 17, 2022

Posted: October 17, 2022


The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosan by Isaac Blum.   Blum’s immersive debut follows Orthodox Jewish 15-year-old Yehuda “Hoodie” Rosen as he wrestles with forbidden first love in his increasingly hostile, mostly non-Jewish town.

Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke.  Struggling to define herself for her scholarship essays, high school junior Michie must decide how much of her heart she is willing to share with a boy who helps her realize who she wants to become.

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson.   A powerful story about rage, secrets, and all the spectrums that make up a person—and the sweetness that can still live alongside the bitterest truth.

Zyla and Kai by Kristina Forest.  This star-crossed love story follows Zyla, a cynic about love, and Kai, a hopeless romantic, as they run away together while on a school trip, leaving their friends and family confused.

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong.  As a series of murders cause unrest in Shanghai, Rosalind, aka Fortune, must team up with a spy–who has his own agenda–and attempt to unravel a conspiracy that is more horrifying than they could have ever imagined.

Star Wars: the high republic: path of deceit by Tessa Gratton.  Meet mysterious cult members, daring explorers, Jedi peacekeepers and more!

Valiant Ladies by Melissa Grey.  Inspired by real-life 17th-century heroines.  Teenagers Eustaquia “Kiki” de Sonza and Ana Lezama de Urinza are rich young ladies of Potosí by day, vigilantes for justice by night.

Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry.  When a snowstorm strands her acting troupe in a creepy motel, Nell and her friends meet a group of strangers from another high school who insist they play the game “Two Truths and a Lie,” which turns into a matter of life and death.

Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill.  Rivals turn to lovers while baking and soapboxing

Break This House by Candice Iloh.  16-year-old Yaminah “Minah” Okar,  has decided to separate her new life living in Brooklyn with her father from the life and family she left behind in Michigan.

Rust in the Root by Justina Ireland.  In this fantastical steampunk take on the  Great Depression, in  which the  U.S. rebuilds after a magical blight throws the  country into disarray. In  1937, Black 17-year-old Laura Ann Langston, a powerful queer mage hailing from small-town Shrinesville, Pa., goes to New York City seeking a grand future beyond her family’s humble farm.

The Honeys by La Sala.  After his twin sister Caroline dies under horrific circumstances, Mars takes her place at the elite Aspen Conservancy Summer Academy where he finds himself hunted by something toying with his mind that leads him to the Honeys, a group of beautiful–and terrifying–girls.

Meet Me in the Middle by Alex Light.  When a tragic accident tears Truman and Eden apart, setting them on different paths, grief-stricken Eden must decide whether or not to let Truman back into her life when he returns home.

Fireworks by Alice Lin.  When her childhood friend, K-pop star Kite Xu, returns home from South Korea, 17-year-old Lulu Li finds herself falling for him, but fame and friendship soon complicate matters of the heart.

How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta.  Two sisters escape their toxic home lives and go on to have markedly different experiences.

Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers.   Spanning generations, Rogers  recounts the past, present, and future trials and tribulations of one Cherokee family in this spine-tingling horror collection.

Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe.  Two teens’ summer romance gets complicated by a long-kept family secret.  Jupiter  Moon Ray Evans’ parents were in a car accident the day she was born—her father died, and her mom suddenly became both a widow and a mother.

Secrets so Deep by Ginny Myers Sain.  A teen returns to the site of her mother’s drowning looking for clues and memories.

The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera.  On the eve of the historic launch of a death-predicting corporation, two queer teens make the most of the time they have left together in Silvera’s heart-wrenching standalone prequel to They Both Die at the End.

Those Summer Nights by Laura Silverman.  When her boss at Bonanza, the local entertainment multiplex, announces a staff competition, bringing her past Olympic nightmares back to the present, Hannah must find a way to discover a new self in the midst of her old life.

I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers.  When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis finds the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James outside the gates of an exclusive resort, she teams up with Ashley’s older sister Nora to find the killer.

Talk Santa to Me by Linda Urban.  Fifteen-year-old Frankincense (Frankie) Wood tries to pull off the Christmas of her dreams as she juggles trying to keep in touch with her best friend, family dynamics at the family’s Holiday shop, and recovering from the world’s worst first kiss.

Never Coming Home by Kate Williams.  Ten teen influencers arrive on Unknown Island expecting to find a tropical paradise, but instead they discover a deserted resort, poisonous snakes, and secrets worth killing for.



What the Fact? Finding truth in all the noise by Seema Yasmin.

Save the People! Halting human extinction by Stacy McAnulty.

Buzzkill: fighting insect extinction from the ground up by Brenna Maloney.

Islands Apart: becoming Dominican American by Jasminne Mendez.

Call Him Jack: the story of Jackie Robinson, black freedom fighter by Yohuru Williams


Graphic Novels

Demon in the Wood: a shadow and bone graphic novel by Leigh Bardugo..

Neverlander by Tom Taylor.


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