New Arrivals · Teen Fiction

June 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Stanley & Hazel

June 22, 2018
Schaffer, Jo, author.
314 pages ; 22 cm
A great depression grips the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsie, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante-in-waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes. When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice. But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem undesirable. They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will. As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.

Black bottle man

June 22, 2018
Russell, Craig, 1956 June 18-
Winnipeg : Great Plains Teen Fiction, [2010]
176 p. ; 22 cm.
Forced to move every twelve days, what would happen to your life? 1927. Rembrandt is the only child in the tiny community of Three Farms. Soon his two aunts grow desperate for babies of their own. A man wearing a black top-coat and a 'glad-ta-meet-ya' smile arrives with a magic bottle and a deadly deal is made. Determined to undo the wager, Rembrandt, Pa, and Uncle Thompson embark on the journey of their lives, for if they stay in one place for more than twelve days terrible things happen. But where and when will they find a champion capable of defeating the Black Bottle Man? Time tickes. Lives change. Every twelve days ...

Dive smack

June 21, 2018
Brodsky, Demetra, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018.
336 pages ; 22 cm
Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that burned his life down: he lit the match. Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo's mind, for good reason. Maybe it's better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow diving team, with straight As and solid friends, he's only one semester away from securing a scholarship and leaving his past behind. But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make Theo question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anything - including his own mind.

Save the date

June 21, 2018
Matson, Morgan, author.
viii, 417 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Illustrators Eleanor Grant and Eric Sailer shown on inside jacket and colophon respectively.
"Charlie's sister is getting married. Everyone is coming home--all her older siblings. It'll be just like it used to be. One last weekend together before her parents sell the house. Charlie doesn't want to think about college next year, or things changing, she just wants to make this a perfect weekend. What could go wrong? Well. First the wedding planner quits. Then the house alarm won't stop going off. Charlie's biggest crush shows up unannounced. There's a missing tuxedo, an unexpected dog, and a neighbor bent on destruction. Not to mention the event planner's assistant, who is surprisingly, distractingly... cute. And that's before things get really crazy. In all the chaos, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she'll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future."--Page [2] of cover.

Almost impossible

June 20, 2018
Williams, Nicole (Nicole A.), author.
New York : Crown, [2018]
242 pages ; 21 cm.
After globetrotting with her rock musician mother, seventeen-year-old Jade spends her first American summer in California, and soon finds herself falling for her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor, Quentin, who is hiding a secret.

Chemistry lessons

June 20, 2018
Goldstein, Meredith, author.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
245 pages ; 22 cm
High school senior Maya, soon to be an MIT student, continues her deceased mother's work on pheromones and attraction, using a stranger, a platonic friend, and her ex-boyfriend as subjects.

The unbinding of Mary Reade

June 20, 2018
McNamara, Miriam, author.
New York : Sky Pony Press, [2018]
267 pages ; 22 cm
In 1719, seventeen-year-old Mary Reade, who has spent most of her life disguised as a boy, decides to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

Thief of happy endings

June 20, 2018
Chandler, Kristen, author.
404 pages ; 22 cm
"The first rule of riding horses is, when you fall off, you get back on. Cassidy Carrigan has literally and figuratively fallen off the horse in her life, and she's using everything in her power to not get back on. After her parents separate and her best friend deserts her, Cassidy reluctantly agrees to attend summer camp at a remote ranch in Wyoming, She figures that the change of scenery may help her face her escalating fears. But she didn't figure on how huge that change would be--the forever-wide Wyoming skies, the wild mustangs that capture her heart, and the cowboy who ends up stealing it. She also didn't realize that being brave could feel so good and cause so much trouble. Set in the wild, beautiful west, here is a story that tells the unvarnished truth about falling in love when the odds are against you. Alternatingly heart-stopping and heartbreaking, Thief of Happy Endings is a story that will stay with you, like a summer you'll never forget."--Page [2] of cover.

Game of secrets

June 20, 2018
Foster, Kimberley, 1972- author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
356 pages ; 22 cm
In Victorian London, sixteen-year-old Felicity Cole is awaiting execution when she is rescued and taken to a secret spy school for the Tainted--those born with special physical and mental abilities.


June 20, 2018
Ellen, Tom, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
357 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published as Freshers by Chicken House, London, in 2018."
Phoebe sees college as freedom: no curfew; she'll be totally different: cooler, prettier, smarter, And the only person from her high school also going to York is her longtime crush, Luke. Once on campus, Luke dumps his long-term long-distance girlfriend, and that's the first of many changes. Things start looking up-- and Phoebe and Luke start hooking up. But then rumors swirl about the Wall of Shame, a secret text chain run by Luke's soccer team, filled with compromising photos of girls. Luke and Phoebe begin to wonder how they'll ever make it through freshman year.

The high climber of Dark Water Bay

June 20, 2018
Arden, Caroline (Writer of young adult fiction), author.
219 pages ; 23 cm
Orphaned in 1929 Lizzie, twelve, is sent to a Vancouver logging camp where the camp boss, a scoundrel, gives her a perilous job while seeking ransom from her absent uncle.


June 19, 2018
Hartley, A. J. (Andrew James), author.
317 pages ; 24 cm.
Anglet Sutonga must clear the name of a friend falsely accused of murder while avoiding a deadly illness and a fanatical politician.

Phoebe will destroy you

June 18, 2018
Nelson, Blake, 1965- author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2018.
246 pages ; 22 cm
To avoid his alcoholic mother's problems, Nick, seventeen, stays with his aunt's family near the Oregon coast, where he works at his uncle's car wash and falls into a complicated relationship.

A flicker in the clarity

June 15, 2018
McNamara, Amy, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
423 pages ; 22 cm
Evie and Emma are inseparable friends. They balance each other-- until Evie makes a flip decision that gets Emma in serious trouble. When Emma freezes Evie out, Evie is full of regret, and-- for the first time in her life-- entirely alone. Until she meets Theo, a boy who offers her a view of the world through a different lens. Just as she lets herself fall for Theo, Emma resurfaces, but her erratic behavior, drunken mishaps, and panicked phone calls leave Evie afraid there's something deeper going on. Can you help someone who doesn't want to be saved?


June 15, 2018
Steiger, A. J., author.
429 pages ; 20 cm
Sequel to: Mindwalker.
"Who can you trust when you can't trust your memories?"--Cover.
When Lain Fisher wakes up in a hospital bed, she can't remember anything from the past few months. It's no ordinary amnesia. As a trained Mindwalker, Lain knows all about wiping memories, she just never thought it would happen to her. When two young men break in and take her away, she's not sure if she's being rescued or kidnapped. One of them, Ian, she knows. The other, Steven, is a stranger to her ... but he claims they were friends. More than friends. Outside, the world has changed beyond recognition. Right is wrong, enemies are allies, and Lain's erased past may be the key to fighting a totalitarian state with the power to manipulate the human mind. The only thing she knows for certain is that she needs her memories back. Her life depends on it.

Crossing the line

June 15, 2018
Elkeles, Simone.
New York : HarperTeen, c2018.
340 pages ; 22 cm
"To escape his abusive stepdad, bad boy Ryan Hess runs from his tiny Texas border town to Mexico. But his plans to keep his head down and stay out of trouble are shattered the minute he meets the beautiful and totally out of his league Dalila Sandoval. Dalila Sandoval shouldn't even know someone like Ryan Hess. The daughter of one of the wealthiest lawyers in Mexico, Dalila is focused on studying and planning for her bright future. Ryan is only a distraction from her dreams, but she's never felt more alive than when she's by his side. Ryan and Dalila are wrong for each other in every way. And yet they can't resist the sparks that fly when they're together. But their love is like a flame burning too close to the fuse. Something is going to explode. Will their love be strong enough to survive? Or will it burn them both?" -- Amazon.

Tell me no lies

June 15, 2018
Griffin, Adele, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin, 2018.
344 pages ; 22 cm
In 1980s Philadelphia, Lizzy, a studious high school senior, befriends a new girl in her class and is introduced to a life of clubs, street life and art scene, and a new life filled with doubts and deceptions.

Fat girl on a plane : a novel

June 14, 2018
Devos, Kelly, author.
376 pages ; 22 cm
High school senior Cookie Vonn's post graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn't help that she's constantly compared to her supermodel mother and named after a dessert. Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to New York to pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship but her plans are put on standby when she's declared too fat to fly. Forced to turn to her BFF for cash, Cookie buys a second seat on the plane. She arrives in the city to find that she's been replaced by the boss's daughter, a girl who's everything she's not: ultrathin and super rich. Bowing to society's pressure, she vows to lose weight, get out of the friend zone with her crush and put her life on track .

Summer of salt

June 14, 2018
Leno, Katrina, author.
256 pages ; 22 cm
No one on the island of By-the-Sea would call the Fernweh women what they are, but if you need the odd bit of help, such as a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight, they are the ones to ask. Georgina Fernweh waits for the tingle of magic in her fingers-- magic that has already touched her twin sister, Mary. But with her eighteenth birthday looming at the end of her last summer on the island, Georgina fears her gift will never come. She meets and falls in love with Prue Lowry, a visitor to the island. When a three-hundred-year-old bird, Annabella is found violently murdered, suddenly the island doesn't seem so magical. Georgina turns to the Ouija board to discover the dark secrets of Annabella's death.

Dark Lord : the headmaster of doom

June 14, 2018
Thomson, Jamie, 1958- author.
251 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Be afraid, pitiful underling! I am the Dark Lord. You may call me Master. An old enemy has got hold of my Essence of Evil, and seized the Iron Tower of Despair. The nerve! Clearly I'm needed by my minions once more, to return life in the Darklands to its usual state of pain and misery. First step: the school fundraiser!

Final draft

June 14, 2018
Redgate, Riley, author.
262 pages ; 22 cm
Eighteen-year-old Laila Piedra is a biracial aspiring author whose creative writing teacher always told her she has a special talent, so when he suddenly dies and is replaced by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman's approval and is led to believe she must choose between perfection and sanity, but rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive.

Dear Rachel Maddow

June 14, 2018
Kisner, Adrienne, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2018.
265 pages ; 22 cm
Brynn Haper's life has one steadying force--Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project--and actually getting a response--Brynn starts drafting e-mails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about how she's stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out. Then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma. One student representative will be allowed to have a voice among the administration in the selection of a new school superintendent. Brynn's archnemesis, Adam, and ex-girlfriend, Sarah, believe only Honors students are worthy of the selection committee seat. Brynn feels all students deserve a voice. When she runs for the position, the knives are out. So she begins to ask herself: What Would Rachel Maddow Do?

The button war : a tale of the Great War

June 13, 2018
Avi, 1937-
Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick Press, 2018.
229 pages ; 21 cm
Patryk and Jurek are as much friends as rivals in the small Russian-occupied Polish village where they live. When, in August 1914, Patryk finds an old button on the forest floor, Jurek becomes wildly jealous. Not long after, World War I comes to Poland, bringing one invading army after another to the village. Jurek devises an exciting dare among the seven boys in their pack: whoever steals the best military button will be Button King. The boys agree. The contest is on. The competition escalates from stealing uniform buttons on a wash line to looting the bodies of dead soldiers to setting up an ambush. Leading the charge is Jurek, who will do anything to be Button King. It's only Patryk who tries to stop Jurek's increasingly dangerous game before it leads to deadly consequences.

The legend of Greg

June 13, 2018
Rylander, Chris, author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
337 pages ; 22 cm.
"Greg Belmont learns he's anything but ordinary when he discovers he's a real, live, fantastical dwarf and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime"-- Provided by publisher.

Ballad for a mad girl

June 13, 2018
Wakefield, Vikki, author.
309 pages ; 20 cm
Everyone knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a bit mad. She's a prankster and a risk-taker, and she's not afraid of anything except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe. That night she experiences something she can't explain. The funny girl isn't laughing anymore. She's haunted by voices and visions - but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf. As she's drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can no longer tell what's real or imagined - all she knows is the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price. Everything about her is changing - her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don't understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?

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