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2012
Where the Streets had a Name
Click to search this book in our catalog   Abel-Fattah, Randa

Book list Since her Palestinian family lost their home, times have been hard for Hayaat, 13, who lives in Bet...More

2012
Enclave
Click to search this book in our catalog   Aguirre, Ann

Publishers Weekly In this skilled though violent postapocalyptic thriller, Deuce has newly earned the rank o...More

2012
My Name is Mina
Click to search this book in our catalog   Almond, David

Publishers Weekly This intimate prequel to Skellig is built around Mina McKee, the curious and brilliant hom...More

 
2012
Dreamland Social Club
 Altebrando, Tara

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-When Jane and her brother inherit their late mother's childhood home in C...More

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2012
Close to Famous
 Bauer, Joan

Publishers Weekly Bauer (Peeled) tweaks a familiar recipe in this heartwarming novel about a determined girl...More

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2012
I am J
 Beam, Chris

Book list *Starred Review* Who is J? Though born a girl, he has known since early childhood that he is really...More

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2012
Chime
Click to search this book in our catalog   Billingsley, Franny

Publishers Weekly After too long of an absence, Billingsley (The Folk Keeper) returns with the quirky but ri...More

2012
Red Glove
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2012
Anna Dressed in Blood
Click to search this book in our catalog   Blake, Kendare

Publishers Weekly Effectively blending horror and romance, Blake (Sleepwalk Society) delivers an exciting an...More

 
2012
Strings Attached
 Blundell, Judy

Book list Blundell, a National Book Award winner for What I Saw and How I Lied (2008), returns to themes of l...More

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2012
A Time of Miracles
 Bondoux, Anne-Laure

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-Blaise Fortune has gone by the name Koumail for most of his life with Gloria ...More

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2012
Bronxwood
 Booth, Coe

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In Tyrell (Scholastic, 2006), the teen dumped the girl who lied to him and le...More

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2012
Beauty Queens
Click to search this book in our catalog   Bray, Libba

Publishers Weekly Bray follows her Printz Award-winner, Going Bovine, with an only slightly less absurd prem...More

2012
Brooklyn, Burning
Click to search this book in our catalog   Brezenoff, Steve

School Library Journal Gr 10 Up-It's a summer of love for Kid and Scout, two runaway teenagers living in...More

2012
Queen of Hearts
Click to search this book in our catalog   Brooks, Martha

School Library Journal Gr 7-10-It is 1940, and Canada, along with the rest of the world, is at war. Marie-Cl...More

 
2012
Bitter End
 Brown, Jennifer

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Alex is looking for something real-more real than her distant father, who nev...More

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2012
Liar's Moon
 Bunce, Elizabeth C

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Durrel and Raffin from Starcrossed (Scholastic, 2010) are back. Pickpocket Di...More

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2012
Stay
 Caletti, Deb

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Interweaving a young woman's past and present experiences in alternating ...More

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2012
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Click to search this book in our catalog   Carson, Rae
2012
The Beginning of After
Click to search this book in our catalog   Castle, Jennifer

School Library Journal Gr 7-10-Laurel is home doing her French homework while her parents and brother go out...More

2012
Hush
Click to search this book in our catalog   Chayil, Eishes

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-After six long years, Gittel is still haunted by her friend's suicide. No...More

 
2012
Bitter Melon
 Chow, Cara

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-While this novel will tend to resonate most with Asian-Americans, many teens ...More

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2012
Texas Gothic
 Clement-Moore, Rosemary
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2012
Leverage
 Cohen, Joshua C.
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2012
The FitzOsbornes in Exile
Click to search this book in our catalog   Cooper, Michelle

Book list Cooper's follow-up to A Brief History of Montmaray (2009) has the surviving members (all five o...More

2012
Where I Belong
Click to search this book in our catalog   Cross, Gillian
2012
I Will Save You
Click to search this book in our catalog   de la Pena, Matt

Book list After running away from a group home, 17-year-old Kidd Ellison sets up camp at a beach, where he is...More

 
2012
What Happened to Goodbye
 Dessen, Sarah

Publishers Weekly Dessen's 10th novel is another smoothly written journey of self-discovery. Mclean Swee...More

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2012
Wither
 DeStefano, Lauren

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In the near future, genetic engineering has given a single generation freedom...More

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2012
Payback Time
 Deuker, Carl

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Senior Daniel True is short, pale, and round, hence his nickname the Michelin...More

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2012
Entwined
Click to search this book in our catalog   Dixon, Heather

Book list *Starred Review* In the half-magical world of Eathesbury, Azalea is the oldest of 12 daughters and ...More

2012
Ten Miles Past Normal
Click to search this book in our catalog   Dowell, Frances O'Roark

Book list Moving up to a big new high school can throw anyone off her game. For Janie it hardly helps her coo...More

2012
You Against Me
Click to search this book in our catalog   Downham, Jenny

Book list *Starred Review* Mikey's 15-year-old sister, Karyn, is holed up in the family's apartment, ...More

 
2012
My Name is Not Easy
 Edwardson, Debby Dahl
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2012
The Dark City
 Fisher, Catherine

Publishers Weekly In this postapocalyptic tale, the scattered remnants of the Order struggle to keep ancient...More

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2012
Where She Went
 Forman, Gayle

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Three years after the tragic accident that killed the family of his former gi...More

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2012
The Survival Kit
Click to search this book in our catalog   Freitas, Donna
2012
Threads and Flames
Click to search this book in our catalog   Friesner, Esther

School Library Journal Gr 6-9-Raisa, a 13-year-old Jewish girl, leaves a Polish shtetl to journey to America...More

2012
Dead End in Norvelt
Click to search this book in our catalog   Gantos, Jack

Book list Looks like a bummer of a summer for 11-year-old Jack (with a same-name protagonist, it's tempti...More

 
2012
Ruby Red
 Gier, Kerstin

Book list *Starred Review* It is supposed to be Charlotte. Sixteen-year-old Gwen has always known that her co...More

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2012
I'll Be There
 Goldberg Sloan, Holly

Book list A naturally gifted musician, Sam and his younger, possibly autistic brother, Riddle, have been rais...More

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2012
Something Like Hope
 Goodman, Shawn

Book list *Starred Review* Smart, angry, and desperate, Shavonne, 17, is in juvenile detention again, and in ...More

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2012
Why We Broke Up
Click to search this book in our catalog   Handler, Daniel

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-A romance gone wrong, a wannabe director drama queen, and a quirky assortment...More

2012
The Big Crunch
Click to search this book in our catalog   Hautman, Pete

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-June has attended six schools in the last four years and is once again the ne...More

2012
Stupid Fast
Click to search this book in our catalog   Herback, Geoff

Publishers Weekly Adult author Herbach (The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg) delivers an alternately fascinati...More

 
2012
The Last Little Blue Envelope
 Johnson, Maureen

School Library Journal Gr 6 Up-In 13 Little Blue Envelopes (HarperCollins, 2005), Ginny Blackstone followed ...More

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2012
The Name of the Star
 Johnson, Maureen

Book list Flip-flop-wearing. Chee. Whiz-eating 18-year-old Rory has left her Louisiana home to spend her se...More

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2012
Everybody Sees the Ants
 King, A.S.

Book list *Starred Review* Fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman doesn't feel lucky. After creating an ill-con...More

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2012
Icefall
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kirby, Matthew J.

Publishers Weekly Kirby follows The Clockwork Three with a tense mystery that blends history and Norse myth....More

2012
The Iron Thorn
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kittredge, Caitlin

Book list Steampunk fans will delight in this first title in the sure-to-be-popular Iron Codex series, featur...More

2012
Pearl
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2012
Sean Griswold's Head
 Leavitt, Lindsey

School Library Journal Gr 6-9-When 15-year-old Payton Gritas gives her family the silent treatment for withh...More

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2012
Huntress
 Lo, Malinda

Publishers Weekly Two teenage girls-Taisin, a sage who has visions, and Kaede, a brave fighter from a powerf...More

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2012
Legend
 Lu, Marie

Book list *Starred Review* All right, it has a plague. And, yes, it's set in some semblance of America in...More

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2012
The Piper's Son
Click to search this book in our catalog   Marchetta, Melina

Book list Australian author Marchetta follows her Printz Award-winning Jellicoe Road (2008) and the high-fant...More

2012
Exposed
Click to search this book in our catalog   Marcus, Kimberly
2012
Virtuosity
Click to search this book in our catalog   Martinez, Jessica

School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-In this riveting novel, 17-year-old violin prodigy Carmen Bianchi is forced t...More

 
2012
Under the Mesquite
 McCall, Guadalupe Garcia

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-This stunning debut novel in verse chronicles the teenage years of Lupita, a ...More

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2012
Cryer's Cross
 McMann, Lisa

Book list Kendall is a senior in a one-room high school where last spring Tiffany, a freshman, disappeared. N...More

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2012
The Apothecary
 Meloy, Maile

Book list Janie, 14, has been living happily with her screenwriter parents in Hollywood. But it's 1952, a...More

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2012
Ashfall
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mullin, Mike

Book list Alex, 15, is alone at home in Cedar Falls, Iowa, when his house collapses, as thick black ash falls...More

2012
Shine
Click to search this book in our catalog   Myracle, Lauren
2012
Recovery Road
Click to search this book in our catalog   Nelson, Blake

Book list Madeline is starting junior year in rehab. She hates the losers surrounding her all except Trish. S...More

 
2012
A Monster Calls
 Ness, Patrick

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Conor O'Malley, 13, is having a difficult time. At school, he copes with ...More

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2012
The Floating Islands
 Neumeier, Rachel

School Library Journal Gr 6 Up-Tragically losing his family in Tolounn and then turned away by his Tolounnes...More

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2012
Prized
 O'Brien, Caragh

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-O'Brien's follow-up to Birthmarked (Roaring Brook, 2010) begins with ...More

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2012
The False Princess
Click to search this book in our catalog   O'Neal, Eilis

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-One day after her 16th birthday, Nalia, the Princess of Thorvaldor, learns th...More

2012
Fixing Delilah
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ockler, Sarah

Publishers Weekly Delilah Hannaford's grandmother was estranged from her daughters for eight years, but ...More

2012
Akata Witch
Click to search this book in our catalog   Okorafor, Nnedi

Publishers Weekly Okorafor (The Shadow Speaker) returns with another successful tale of African magic. Altho...More

 
2012
Delirium
 Oliver, Lauren

Book list Oliver's follow-up to her smash debut, Before I Fall (2010), is another deft blend of realism a...More

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2012
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
 Oppel, Kenneth

Book list That Victor Frankenstein must've been a handful as a teen, eh? The latest entry in the why-hasn...More

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2012
Karma, A Novel in Verse
 Ostlere, Cathy

Publishers Weekly This epic novel, written in free verse poems in a diary format, straddles two countries an...More

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2012
Guantanamo Boy
Click to search this book in our catalog   Perera, Anna

Book list *Starred Review* Is torture ever justified? Can a confession given under torture be considered the ...More

2012
What Can't Wait
Click to search this book in our catalog   Perez, Ashley Hope

School Library Journal Gr 10 Up-Marisa Moreno, a Houston high school senior, is the goody-goody younger sist...More

2012
Anna and the French Kiss
Click to search this book in our catalog   Perkins, Stephanie

Book list Anna is not happy about spending senior year at a Paris boarding school, away from her Atlanta home...More

 
2012
Lola and the Boy Next Door
 Perkins, Stephanie

Book list Lola, 17, is committed to her older musician boyfriend, Max, who is 22. And Max seems committed to ...More

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2012
Lark
 Porter, Tracey

Publishers Weekly Neither character-driven nor plot-driven, middle-grade author Porter's first YA novel ...More

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2012
This Thing Called the Future
 Powers, J. L.

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Khosi, a 14-year-old living in post-apartheid South Africa, is torn between h...More

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2012
Desert Angel
Click to search this book in our catalog   Price, Charlie

Publishers Weekly Price (The Interrogation of Gabriel James) delivers a visceral thriller that starts with t...More

2012
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Click to search this book in our catalog   Riggs, Ransom

Publishers Weekly Riggs's atmospheric first novel concerns 16-year-old Jacob, a tightly wound but otherw...More

2012
Words in the Dust
Click to search this book in our catalog   Reedy, Trent

Book list Born with a cleft lip, Zulaikha struggles to feel worth in a society that values women by their mar...More

 
2012
A Web of Air
 Reeve, Philip

Book list Two years have passed since Fever fled London at the end of Fever Crumb (2010), set centuries befor...More

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2012
Queen of Water
 Resau, Laura and Maria Virginia Farinango

Book list *Starred Review* In a desperately poor Andean village in Ecuador, 7-year-old Virginia is sold off b...More

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2012
The Lost Hero
 Riordan, Rick

Book list Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish in the first novel of the Heroe...More

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2012
Divergent
Click to search this book in our catalog   Roth, Veronica

School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-In a futuristic Chicago, the populace is divided into distinct factions, each...More

2012
Past Perfect
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sales, Leila

School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Chelsea Glaser, 16, is finally old enough to get a job at the mall where norm...More

2012
Okay for Now
Click to search this book in our catalog   Schmidt, Gary

School Library Journal Gr 6-9-When his blowhard dad loses his job, Doug Swieteck has to say so long to his f...More

 
2012
White Crow
 Sedgwick, Marcus

Book list Using three wildly different voices and two time periods separated by more than 200 years, Sedgwick...More

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