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Seventeen-year-old Mercedes provides a unique service to her virgin classmates: the opportunity to get their awkward first time over with, judgment-free. But what was meant to be temporary spirals out of control, and Mercedes begins to question where her heart really belongs.
In the aftermath of a deadly high school shooting, 17-year-old Morgan is an agoraphobic trapped in the apartment she shares with her mother and brother; when surfer boy Evan moves in next door, she has to face the life she’s been missing.
Playlist Track: “Carry On” by Fun
A high school senior mistakes her boyfriend’s physical and mental manipulations for devotion, only to discover the truth when it may be too late.
Playlist Track: “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga
Sixteen year-old Hope Walton must travel back in time to a brutal, medieval twelfth-century–during the English reign of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine–to rescue her mother. Along the way, she becomes entangled with a secret society of time travelers and a mysterious boy who may be the key to setting her mother free.
Playlist Track: “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac
A girl desperately tries to avoid the boy she was voted most likely to marry by her senior classmates. To prove senior superlative votes are meaningless, she and her best friend create their own list of awesome high school achievements to be completed by graduation.
Playlist Track: “Brave” by Sarah Bareilles
After being kidnapped as a child and raised to be a North Korean spy, eighteen-year-old Jocelyn Steely escapes with plans of revenge. Plans she’ll only be able to enact if she can win over the same U.S. agents she has spent her life fighting against.
Playlist Track: “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic
Seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre discovers her boyfriend and best friend’s ultimate betrayal just before leaving to spend the summer in Hawaii; while nursing a broken heart, she meets a boy who is equally troubled, but just might be the key to learning how to forgive — and live.
Playlist Track: “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift
A modern day Romeo and Juliet, Suffer Love is a story about two teens brought together only to be torn apart by their parents’ choices. When Hadley and Sam meet, the last thing either of them wants is a messy relationship. But as their attraction deepens, so do the lies between them and both must decide if the truth is worth the cost.
Playlist Track: “Like Real People Do” by Hozier
THE WAY BACK TO YOU by Michelle Andreani
(co-written by Mindi Scott)
HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books
May 3, 2016
A dual narrative in which two grieving teens, Cloudy and Kyle (along with a stray kitten), road trip through Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada to see the organ recipients of their deceased friend – and on the way, chart a journey of loss, hope, and love as they discover the ways she lives on even after her death.
Playlist Track: “Breakable” by Ingrid Michaelson
As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that the truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a rare planetary alignment, she is forced to tackle her worst astrological fear – The Fifth House of Relationships and Love. But Wil must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her mother’s legacy, when she falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the chart.
Playlist Track: “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine
IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING
by J. Keller Ford
Georgia McBride Media Group/Month9Books
May 31, 2016
A seventeen-year-old squire with knightly ambitions reluctantly joins forces with a sixteen-year old over-achiever to battle a dragon, save the realm, and maybe even get the girl.
Playlist Track: “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy
For Jessie, high school always felt like something she had to survive, until Annie came along. But when Annie befriends the girls who tormented Jessie throughout middle school, their friendship is put to the test. Told through the girls’ alternating points of view, the story tells what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.
Playlist Track: “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
Shielded from the Internet for eighteen years, Blanca’s lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she’s auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Playlist Track: “This Girl is in Fire” by Alicia Keys
GEMINI is a coming-of-age story about 17-year-old conjoined twins at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin needs to untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be herself.
Playlist Track: “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons
POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY
by Jennie K. Brown
September 13, 2016
Poppy Mayberry, The Monday is about a town where special powers are determined by the day of one’s birth and a girl (Poppy Mayberry) whose Monday telekinesis skills need a bit of work. Because of this, Poppy is sent to a remedial summer camp – Power Academy – where she is teamed up with her arch nemesis, a mind-reading Thursday Ellie Preston, to solve a mystery and combat the awful Headmistress Larriby and her equally awful sidekick Mr. Grimeley!
Playlist Track: TBA
In 1913, a teen girl knows there’s something sinister in the waters around her Isle of Man home. Together with the mysterious boy who washes ashore, Bridey must face her fear–and the danger–before the ocean claims everyone she loves.
Playlist Track: “You Brought Me Up,” by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha.