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Best Teen Fiction of 2012

Ask the Passengers
Ask the Passengers A Novel By King, A. S. (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Astrid knows there are plenty of secrets in Unity Valley, her supposedly perfect suburban town, starting with the one she can barely admit to herself.

Beneath A Meth Moon
Beneath A Meth Moon An Elegy By Woodson, Jacqueline (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Laurel is starting over after the painful loss of Mama and Grandma when she meets T-Boom and the white powder he offers takes away her sadness, but a young painter named Moses hopes she’ll recognize the spring still left inside her before it’s too late.

Bitterblue
Bitterblue By Cashore, Kristin (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Bitterblue goes undercover to learn more about her kingdom and in do so, finds the courage to rule with the heart and mind of a true queen.

The Book of Blood and Shadow
The Book of Blood and Shadow By Wasserman, Robin (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Nora never imagined that her senior year internship translating 15th century Latin would lead to her best friend’s murder and a mysterious adventure through Europe.

The Brides of Rollrock Island
The Brides of Rollrock Island By Lanagan, Margo (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Is Rollrock Island blessed or cursed? That depends on your opinion of the captive seal-wive; beautiful women who emerge from the bodies of seals and are trapped by the men who love them.

Bushman Lives!
Bushman Lives! By Pinkwater, Daniel Manus (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Harold enrolls in a drawing class, and wanders through 1950’s Chicago meeting unique characters who inspire him to improve his art.

Chopsticks
Chopsticks By Anthony, Jessica (Paperback - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:What happened before Glory disappeared? Find out about her relationship with her new neighbor Frank and how that changed her life in this utterly unique and visual novel told in photographs and created objects.

Code Name Verity
Code Name Verity By Wein, Elizabeth (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Secret agent “Verity” has been captured by the Germans and forced to confess, but not one to break under pressure she tells stories of her pilot friend with attitude and just enough information to keep the Germans coming back for more.

Croak
Croak By Damico, Gina (Paperback - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Lex is surprised to find that her Uncle Mort’s “farm,” where she is sent as punishment, is really Croak, a town where teens learn the secrets of reaping souls and sending folks on their way to the Afterlife.

The Difference Between You and Me
The Difference Between You and Me By George, Madeleine (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Every Tuesday, complete opposites Jesse and Emily share passionate and secret “private time,” but Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a school issue, keeping their relationship a secret may finally tear them apart.

The Disenchantments
The Disenchantments By LaCour, Nina (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Colby was sure he and his best friend Bev knew where they were headed after graduation—a tour with terrible band The Disenchantments and then an open-ended European adventure—until Bev throws a wrench into the plans by deciding to go to college instead.

The Diviners
The Diviners By Bray, Libba (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 73 copies

Annotation:Not long after Naughty John Hobbes is summoned through a Ouija board at a flapper party, Evie O’Neill is sent off to live in New York City where dark magic, evil, and a serial “Pentacle” killer are on the loose.

Every Day
Every Day By Levithan, David (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:It never bothers “A” to wake up in a different body each day . . . that is, until “A” wakes up in Justin’s and meets his girlfriend Rhiannon.

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars By Green, John (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Terminally ill Hazel is barely grasping onto what little life she has when she meets Augustus Waters who just may be able to prove to her that there is more to life than dying.

Graffiti Moon
Graffiti Moon By Crowley, Cath (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Lucy will do anything to find Shadow, a graffiti artist whose work electrifies her, even if it means spending the night with Ed, the worst date of her high school life.

Grave Mercy
Grave Mercy By LaFevers, Robin (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Marked by the God of Death at birth, Ismae falls in with a group of assassin nuns, but when a threat is found against the crown, she must use more than her killing skills to find the true threat.

Never Fall Down
Never Fall Down A Novel By McCormick, Patricia (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Arn is just a kid when the Khmer Rouge comes to power in Cambodia, but he has to grow up quickly and draw on all of his courage to stay alive in this turbulent, violent time.

No Crystal Stair
No Crystal Stair A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller By Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” poem describes challenges this special bookseller overcame to open a Harlem bookstore celebrating African American writers and ideas and this fictionalized biography tells his inspiring story of perseverance and change.

October Mourning
October Mourning A Song for Matthew Shepard By Newman, Lesléa (Book - 2012 ) PZ7.5.N49Oct 2012 and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Sixty-eight poems depict the imagined perspectives of people, places, and things surrounding the real-life murder of Matthew Shepard.

Personal Effects
Personal Effects By Kokie, E. M. (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Matt thought they were close, but when T.J.’s photos and letters come home from Iraq, it’s like looking at the effects of a stranger, so Matt sets out to discover the people and untold story of his brother’s past.

Pinned
Pinned By Flake, Sharon (Paperback - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Autumn, the sole female member of the Beacon Academy wrestling team, is determined to make the team captain, Adonis, her boyfriend.

The Princesses of Iowa
The Princesses of Iowa By Backes, M. Molly (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 77 copies

Annotation:Paige returns to the aftermath of the drunk driving accident that got her sent away for the summer.

Seraphina
Seraphina By Hartman, Rachel (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Caught between the tension of humans and dragons, half-breed Seraphina uses her insight and visions to find the truth behind the murder that has disrupted the plans for the court anniversary celebration.

The Shadow Society
The Shadow Society By Rutkoski, Marie (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:Darcy Jones, left outside a Chicago firehouse at age 5, knows nothing of her past and wonders if the Shadow Society under Graceland Cemetery has the answers?

Starters
Starters By Price, Lissa (Book - 2012 ) FICTION and more… Available in some locations

Annotation:A neurochip is all that separates Callie’s consciousness from that of the elderly woman renting her body to relive her youth, but what if the chip doesn’t do its job?

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Chicago Public Library recommends the following books as the very best fiction published in 2012 for teens in high school.


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