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Fourteen and Up, 2013 List

Jesse
Andrews
Amulet
9781419701764
$16.95
2012

When Greg’s mother insists he provide support to fellow teen Rachel, who is dying of cancer, he can no longer maintain his desired low profile at school. He recruits his best friend Earl to help with Rachel; hilarity and awkwardness ensue.

 

J Edgar Hoover
Marc
Aronson
Candlewick
9780763650254
$25.99
2012

Superb research, a balanced historical perspective, archival photographs, and supporting backmatter make up this insightful study of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover’s maneuvering outside legal parameters had repercussions for many unwitting Americans.

 

The Drowned Cities
Paolo
Bacigalupi
Little, Brown
9780316056243
$17.99
2012

A boy, girl, and fierce half-man struggle against child soldiers in this companion to Shipbreaker featuring political chaos and the repercussions of global warming. Their hellish war-torn jungle surrounds former Washington, DC.

 

My Friend Dahmer
Derf
Backderf
Abrams
9781419702167
$24.95
2012

Backderf knew serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer as a weird high-school friend who behaved bizarrely for their amusement. The carefully-crafted illustrations in this graphic novel reveal Dahmer’s seriousness in contrast to his classmates’ disregard and Backderf’s belief that early intervention and treatment might have stopped Dahmer’s violence.

 

Libba
Bray
Little, Brown
9780316126113
$19.99
2012

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Kristin
Cashore
Dial
9780803734739
$19.99
2012

In the companion to Graceling and Fire, Queen Bitterblue discovers even more about her father’s brutality against her people. This knowledge makes helping her kingdom heal from his treatment especially difficult in a thrilling and harrowing fantasy.

 

WICKED AND JUST
J. Anderson
Coats
Harcourt
9780547688374
$16.99
2012

English teenager Cecily, angry at having to move to Caernarvon, Wales, in 1293, treats her Welsh maid, Gwenhwyfar, disdainfully; Gwenhwyfar, in turn, resents Cecily. The girls reveal the opposing Welsh and British views in this increasingly tense tale leading to a shocking conclusion.

 

Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily
Danforth
Balzer + Bray
9780062020567
$17.99
2012

In this coming-of-age novel set in a small Montana town, a recently-orphaned and spirited young woman, Cameron, discovers her homosexuality. When her aunt discovers Cam’s “problem,” she sends Cam to a camp that will “fix” it. Cam’s experiences offer an honest look at a teen’s developing sexual awareness.

 

Sharon G.
Flake
Scholastic
9780545057189
$17.99
2012

Ninth-grader Adonis, an overachiever born without legs, resists friendship with Autumn, a superb wrestler but failing student. Her infectious spirit and obvious interest in him slowly chip away at his reluctance in this superb present-tense tale with alternate voices examining a “brains” versus “heart” conflict.