If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (Arthur A. Levine)
Book description: Seventh grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975. What he’s not used to is white kids being nice to him–especially white kids like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys become friends, Lewis finds he has to lie more and more to hide the real circumstances of his life from George; and together they confront the bully Evan Reininger, who makes Lewis the special target of his wrath. But when everyone else is on Evan’s side, how can he be defeated? And if George finds out the truth about Lewis’s home–will he still be his friend?
Since You Asked… by Maurene Goo (Scholastic)
“Goo debuts with a drily funny account of a teenager who feels like an outsider in her high school, family, and society in general. … Goo capably demonstrates the pressures and expectations Holly is under, and that a sense of humor is valuable for dealing with both.”
— Publishers Weekly
Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes (Berkley Trade)
Book description: Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.
When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.
“It’s a rare treat to find a teen novel with both heart and humor in such great and equal quantities.” — Booklist
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu (Simon Pulse)
“Debut novelist Haydu doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties of OCD or reduce her characters to a symptom list…to build a relationship with someone who’s seen them as they really are, to move past shame into intimacy, makes the story that much more touching.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong by L. Tam Holland (Simon & Schuster)
“While characters with mixed heritages are increasingly visible in teen literature, their experience in a rapidly shifting cultural landscape is seldom explored in depth. This first-rate debut does exactly that.” — Kirkus
Star Power by Kelli London (KTeen Dafina)
Book description: Charly St. James is on top, and she’s determined to keep it that way. That’s why she and the producers have come up with a plan to take The Extreme Dream Team to the next level–by turning loners into VIPs. After all, how can you enjoy your new digs if your life is jacked up?
But when Charly meets her first makeover, Nia, she knows she’ll have to do more than dress her up and boost her self-esteem. Nia is living in the shade of her twin sister, who is luxuriating in a major case of pretty girl syndrome. And the more Charly tries to get Nia to shine, the more her twin sabotages her mission. Good thing Charly loves a challenge, ‘cause these twins’ troubles are more than skin deep…