Week 1 Clue: Mix equal parts Lord of the Flies with the Miss America Pageant. Stir in a healthy dose of snark and satire. Sprinkle with sassy protagonists who learn to love themselves without apology.
Week 1 Answer: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Week 2 Clue: This book introduces us to the alternative history of World War I, in which Clankers and Darwinists fight it out against a steampunk backdrop.
Week 2 Answer: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Week 3 Clue: Considered one of the first Young Adult novels, this book explores the tensions between groups of teens from different social classes in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You might say that nothing gold can stay.
Week 3 Answer: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Week 4 Clue: Taking place in Paris, this story follows the reluctant protagonist as she adjusts to a year away from home. Her homesickness is soon chased away by French cinema and a handsome boy named Étienne.
Week 4 Answer: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Week 5 Clue: Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this book looks at the life of an American Indian boy who leaves the reservation in order to attend public high school. Many people are drawn to this novel!
Week 5 Answer: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Week 6 Clue: Listen here—you’re a phony, I’m a phony, we’re all phonies. Well, at least according to the protagonist in this classic YA novel.
Week 6 Answer: The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Week 7 Clue: Are you Team Will or Team Jem? Or perhaps Team Magnus Bane? Find out if you are vindicated (or heartbroken) in the final installment of this popular Steampunk fantasy series.
Week 7 Answer: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Week 8 Clue: The only thing you’ll be looking for after reading this novel is something to sob into. But maybe, after the tears have dried, it will inspire you to seek your own Great Perhaps.