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Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins.

Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins. | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit-more sparkly, more fun, more wild-the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood.When Cricket-a gifted inventor-steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

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So Shelly, by Ty Roth.

So Shelly, by Ty Roth. | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.

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How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr.

How to Save a Life, by Sara Zarr. | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Critically acclaimed author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr delivers a heart-wrenching story, told from dual perspectives, about what it means to be a family and the many roads we can take to become one.

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The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, by Melissa Jensen.

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, by Melissa Jensen. | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her.  She’s got her friends – the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art – and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating?
And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

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The Power of Six, by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six, by Pittacus Lore | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Three are dead and now the last six are being hunted, regardless of their numbers. They must now find each other to fight the Mogadorians together. Marina (also know as ‘Seven’) is amongst one of the nine Garde members who were sent from their planet, Lorien, to Earth, when war broke out. These nine Lorien children were each accompanied by a Cépan (a guardian) and told to separate and live on Earth like humans to hide from the Mogadorians, who are hunting them.

Sequel to I am Number Four - just as good!

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The Secret of Spruce Knoll, by Heather McCorkle

The Secret of Spruce Knoll, by Heather McCorkle | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

In her new young adult fantasy novel The Secret of Spruce Knoll (published by Abbott Press), Heather McCorkle tells the tale of two teens with supernatural gifts who are drawn into a web of secrets and lies when they attempt to discover the truth about their parents' suspicious deaths. As if being orphaned and forced to live with an aunt she’s never met wasn’t bad enough, now Eren has to deal with moving to a small town in the middle of nowhere. What she doesn’t know is that the tiny Colorado town of Spruce Knoll is populated solely by channelers, people with a special connection to the Earth that allows them to channel energy and who had been driven from their homelands hundreds of years ago.

Not long after arriving Eren meets Aiden, a boy who’s unlike any she’s ever known – and not just because Aiden is a channeler. Both Aiden and Eren keep a dark secret close to their hearts; both of their parents’ untimely deaths shrouded in mystery.

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Shelter, by Harlan Coben

Shelter, by Harlan Coben | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, but, luckily for Mickey Bolitar, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is finally improving, until Ashley vanishes without a trace. This book is the YA debut from #1 New York Times best-selling author, Harlan Coben.

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Writers Reflect On Childhood Torment In 'Dear Bully' : NPR

Writers Reflect On Childhood Torment In 'Dear Bully' : NPR | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it
Children who are bullied often carry those memories with them for years. In the anthology Dear Bully, young adult fiction writers reflect on the experience of being bullied.
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How to be Bad, by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mylnowski, and E. Lockhart - eBook

How to be Bad, by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mylnowski, and E. Lockhart - eBook | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

From three critically acclaimed and bestselling authors comes one story - equal parts charming, hilarious, and emotional - of a road trip that proves that sometimes it doesn't matter where you're going, since getting there is half the fun. Three girls who couldn't be more different have one goal in mind: to get the heck out of Dodge. Well, Niceville, Florida, actually. But it might as well be called Nowheresville. Vicks is the wild-child fry cook whose boyfriend left for college and isn't returning any of her calls; Mel, the good girl in expensive jeans who just wants everyone to like her; and Jesse, the trailer-dwelling human morality meter who's discovered a life-altering secret - Each has her own reason for climbing into Jesse's mom's beat-up station wagon and hitting the highway for a weekend trip, whether she knows it or not. Armed only with Vicks's ancient, battered copy of a guidebook called Fantastical Florida, a map Jesse picked up with her dwindling funds, and Mel's mom's credit card, they're Miami bound. Hearts will be broken, friendships will be tested, and a ridiculously hot stranger could change the course of everything. And if they don't kill each other first, Vicks, Mel and Jesse will not only have a road trip to remember, they'll have friends for life.

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

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Enchantment by Charlotte Abel

Enchantment by Charlotte Abel | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Channie Kerns is a 16 year-old girl, bound by a chastity curse that inflicts unbearable pain upon any boy that desires her.

Josh Abrim is a BMX racer with Olympic dreams.

When they fall in love, she turns to dark and forbidden magic, hoping to break the curse keeping them apart, and unleashes a malevolent force with the power to destroy everything they love … including each other.

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This Dark Endeavor Book Trailer

When 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein learns that his twin brother, Konrad, is dying he embarks on a treacherous quest in search of the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn...


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Review: Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff

Review: Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it
Isle of Night was a fantastic start to a new series that was a ton of fun to read. With it's fast paced action, I could scarcely put it down. Wolff balanced all the elements needed to great a perfectly epic story.

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Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins.

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins. | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Anna Oliphant, is sent to a Paris boarding school for her senior year of high school. Initially distressed by the news, all it takes to win her over is a gorgeous guy names Etienne St. Clair. Suited to older teens with its sexual content and language, this debut novel is a fun romance that not only transports readers into Parisian culture, but also transports them into the thrill of first love.

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Silence, by Becca Fitzpatrick

The third installment in the international best selling Hush Hush series. Together Patch and Nora have overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past, bridged two irreconcilable worlds and faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust... and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for - and their love - forever.

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THE NAME OF THE STAR, by Maureen Johnson

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

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A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness.

The story opens in England with Conor O’Malley, 13, a boy whose recurring dream always ends in terror: his mother slips from his grasp, lost forever. His waking life isn’t much better. He’s a piñata for bullies, an object of scrutiny for his bossy grandmother and mostly ignored by his father who lives in America with a new wife and baby. Meanwhile, Conor’s mother is dying, and everyone at school knows it. Classmates give him a wide berth. Teachers address him in voices dripping with pity. So when a monster — a wild, elemental beast with the limbs of a yew tree — summons Conor from his bedroom window one night, the boy is nonplused. “Shout all you want,” he replies, shrugging. “I’ve seen worse.”

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Hunting Lila, by Sarah Alderson

Hunting Lila, by Sarah Alderson | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Seventeen-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.

After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust – her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila
becomes a pawn in a dangerous game.  Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone – there are others out there just like her – people with special powers -and her mother’s
killer is one of them…

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The Sanction Chronicles YA Book Series

Sanction is a monthly YA serial novel that readers can follow. It runs in real time with the books, blog, social media, updated daily.
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The Fox Inheritance, by Mary E. Pearson

The Fox Inheritance, by Mary E. Pearson | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Two hundred sixty years after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, sixteen-year-old Locke and seventeen-year-old Kara have been brought back to life in newly bioengineered bodies. The two must grapple with many questions about the world they find themselves in, and more than two centuries of horrible memories of being trapped in a digital netherworld wondering what would become of them. If you're a fan of science fiction, make sure to check out this sequel to the popular novel The Adoration of Jenna Fox.

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Demonglass, by Rachel Hawkins

Demonglass, by Rachel Hawkins | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s ademon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaningsomeoneis raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

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Uncommon Criminals, by Ally Carter

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she's simply been known as the girl w...
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Book Trailer - Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel by Harlan Coben

First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's latest adult novel, Live Wire, Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his Uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about. With this new series, Coben introduces an entirely new generation of fans to the masterful plotting and wry humor that have made him an award-winning, internationally best-selling, and beloved author.

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Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it

High school student Tyler Miller strives to break the cycle of aggression in Laurie Halse Anderson's "Twisted," a realistic young adult fiction novel.

Tyler Miller struggles through high school just like millions of other teen boys, but when his problems combine and then escalate following his summer of community service, Tyler hits bottom. His physical development unleashes aggression. His infatuation with the queen bee results in accusations. His reputation leads to unfair detention, and his power struggles with his father result in violence. Ultimately, Tyler must find the strength to take control, or continue in the dysfunctional patterns that have threatened to become his life.

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Book extract - Soul Beach by Kate Harrison

Book extract - Soul Beach by Kate Harrison | Young Adult Fiction | Scoop.it
An email from her murdered sister sets Alice Forster on a chilling path - to solve the mystery of Megan's death, and the even greater mystery of her life AFTER death... Read the first chapter of this spine-chilling new thriller from YA author Kate Harrison

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