The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir

Gr. 7-10. Chace Porter, Oyster Bay Prep’s soccer star and leading man, is found dead, and the only clue in this whodunit is a picture in his pocket of him with a girl no one knew was close to him. His girlfriend, Lana Rivera, is both devastated by his death and furious at her ex-roomie,…

Look Past by Eric Devine

Grades 9-12.  Life is hard for Avery, a transgender teen boy living in a town where a large fundamentalist congregation resides. When his once best friend and first love, Mary—the preacher’s daughter—is found brutally slain, Avery is driven to find her killer. However, the few chilling clues doled out by the murderer point to Avery…

Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino

Grades 5-8.  Giacomo is a 12-year-old orphan who lives in the sewers of Renaissance-inspired Virenzia. His prized possession is a sketchbook, though drawing is risky as the Supreme Creator, or dictator, has outlawed art. When his personal Genius—a birdlike creature that enhances artistic abilities—finds him, he is dangerously marked as an artist. This debut novel…

Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

Grades. 9-12.  As water grows scarce in faraway Aredann, it is slated to be shut down and all its slaves (a caste called the Closest) left to die, while the more powerful Avowed are relocated to the central kingdom. Jae, a Closest-born and Aredann’s groundskeeper, discovers that she possesses a forgotten magic that can replenish…

Die for You by Amy Fellner Dominy

Grades 9-12. Emma Lorde knows she’s a lucky girl because her hunky boyfriend, popular Dillon Hobbs, loves her without question. That’s the only thing right in her life after her parents’ messy divorce and her subsequent move halfway across Arizona with her father. But big problems face Emma as her senior year slides into its…