Best Teen Fiction of 2011
Annotation:Alex plans to enjoy a solitary weekend when a super volcano erupts under Yellowstone National Park leaving him to survive in a new world and find his way across the ash- and snow-covered terrain to be reunited with his family.
Annotation:Taken in by a German family after his parents die in the Soviet invasion of Poland, Peter attempts to assimilate to his new culture but is very soon thrust into a gripping race to freedom and safety with a pretty classmate.
Annotation:Can the Miss Teen Dream contestants survive a plane crash, a deserted island, reality show pirates and an evil corporate plot, and still be ready to put their best face forward for the pageant judges?
Annotation:Readers will be deeply moved by the harrowing tale of Lina, a 15 year-old Lithuanian artist, and the imprisonment of her family and fellow countrymen in Russia under Stalin’s brutal reign.
Annotation:Briony struggles with her guilt over her stepmother’s death and her twin sister’s infirmity as she fights off not only the Old Ones in the Swampsea, but also her feelings for the strange new man in her town.
Annotation:Raised by Chimeara, human-born Karou never questions her “family” until she meets a mysteriously familiar Seraph who helps her to uncover the mystery of her past . . . but at what cost?
Annotation:Divided into categories including “Survival,” “Regret” and “It Gets Better,” this collection features essays, poetry, comics and letters by popular authors who have been affected by bullying.
Annotation:Lena is only ninety-five days from her eighteenth birthday, when she’ll be “cured” of the disease deliria (or, love), when she meets Alex and her careful, well-planned future is turned upside down.
Annotation:In a future Chicago, 16 year-olds must choose among five factions to determine their identity, but when Beatrice finds out that she is a “divergent” it sets in motion a series of events that test not only her physical and mental strength, but her entire world.
Annotation:Life for Eddie in rural Illinois was easy until World War II “hits home” and his older brother and friends go off to fight, leaving him to navigate through friendship, love and betrayal on his own.
Annotation:After being falsely accused of terrorist activity while on a family trip to Pakistan, British teen Khalid Ahmed is captured, tortured and imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay shortly after the events of 9/11.
Annotation:Taisin, a powerful sage, foresees that her upcoming journey will involve dangerous encounters and falling in love with the Chancellor’s daughter, but she still isn’t fully prepared for what she discovers on her quest to understand the mysteries of the unchanging seasons.
Annotation:Sam and Riddle have never known stability until being welcomed into the home and hearts of the Bell family, but when their criminal paranoid father discovers where they’re living everything falls apart again.
Annotation:June is being groomed to join the highest ranks of the Republic of America, but when she meets Day, who is perceived to be a threat to the plague-ridden Republic, sparks fly.
Annotation:The rivalry between football and boy's gymnastics at a sports-obsessed high school leads to a brutal steroid-induced attack, which is heightened by an unlikely friendship between some members of the teams.
Annotation:After her estranged friend is brutally beaten in an apparent hate crime, Cat is compelled to uncover the mystery behind the assault and learn more about her own tragic past.
Annotation:When Lucifer’s daughter Daphne leaves the heat of Pandemonium to track down her beloved brother Obie on Earth, she finds out that humans and demons have a lot more in common than she ever imagined.
Annotation:Adam is still reeling from Mia’s virtual disappearance three years ago when an accidental meeting brings them together for one night to work through their mutual grief and rediscover the love they lost.
Annotation:A quiet English seaside village hides a horrid history, which is uncovered when two lonely and troubled girls experiment with the bounds of good, evil and the afterlife.
Annotation:Film-obsessed Min crafts a falling-out-of-love letter comprised of memories and mementos in an attempt to explain to Ed what happened in, and to, their relationship.
Annotation:In a future where girls only live to 20 and boys to 25, 16 year-old Rhine is kidnapped and sold into a life of luxury, but unlike her other “sister wives” her only desire is to gain freedom and return to life with her brother.
Annotation:The brother of a date rape victim and the sister of the accused must struggle to deal with the aftermath of the crime and the development of their own new relationship.