DW – New Teen Books

The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin

Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Pena

Tap Out by Eric Devine

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

Rotten by Michael Northrop

This is How I Find Her by Sara Polasky

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

How Not to Find A Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff


  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler.
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  • It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long–up until November, when everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh’s family gets an America Online CD-ROM in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto Facebook…but Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. Josh and Emma are looking at their profiles fifteen years in the future. Their spouses, careers, homes, and status updates–it’s all there. But it’s not what they expected. And everytime they refresh their pages, their futures change. As they grapple with the ups and downs of what their lives hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right–and wrong–in the present.

  • A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin.
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  • Justin was just having fun–a lot of fun–when his dad found him and a girl in a compromising position. Add that fallout to his parents’ divorce, a handful of Tylenol, and a pumped stomach, and it’s clear that Justin is at rock bottom.

    Emmy never felt like part of the family. She was adopted from China, and her parents and sister look like a Ralph Lauren catalog. Emmy definitely doesn’t. After a naked photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens to remove the man-parts of the boy who shared it all on Facebook.

    Enrolled at Heartland Academy–a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues–Justin and Emmy join a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. Their goal–to bust out of the school for a night of epic fun and in the end, they might just call each other friends.

  • Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña.
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  • Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong.

    But Sticky can Ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out…if he can only realize he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.

  • Tap Out by Eric Devine.
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  • No apologies. No excuses. And no easy way out. In Pleasant Meadows, seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch has learned that survival comes down to one simple formula: keep your head down and your mouth shut.

    But with a mother who serves as a punching bag for her boyfriends and a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits, Tony finds himself in deep without knowing exactly how he got there. Mixed Martial Arts classes provide an escape but may not be all that he needs to break a seemingly endless and hopleless cycle. Tony has the blood and guts, but is it enough to give him the glory of living his own life freely?

  • Twerp by Mark Goldblatt.
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  • It’s not like I meant for Danley to get hurt… Julian Twerski isn’t a bad kid. He’s just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance, and so begins his account of life in sixth grade–blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he’s still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can’t bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.

  • The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee. (Book 1 of the Mary Quinn Mysteries.
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  • Sentenced as a thief at the age of tweleve, Mary Quinn is rescued from the gallows and taken to Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. There, Mary acquires a singular education, fine manners, and a surprising opportunity. The school is the cover for the Agency–a top secret corps of female investivators with a reputation for results–and at seventeen, Mary’s about to join their ranks. She must work in the guise of a lady’s compainion to infiltrate a rich merchant’s home with hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the Thorold household is full of dangerous secrets, and people are not what they seem–least of all Mary.

  • Rotten by Michael Northrop.
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  • A troubled teen. A rescued rottweiler. An unlikely friendship. Jimmer “JD” Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer “upstate.” No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it’s pretty clear that he has something to hide. It’s also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away–a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny’s powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.

  • This is How I Find Her by Sarah Polsky.
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  • “Your mother is going to be fine,” the nurse says. I breathe more easily but the world settles into my stomach. Fine. Was she fine before?

    Sophie has always lived in the shadow of her mother’s mental illness. She checks her mom’s meds and makes sure the rent’s paid. She rushes home after school and makes dinner every night. She keeps it all a secret.

    Then one day everything changes. After a desperate phone call and an intervention, Sophie finds herself living with family she barely knows–and apart from Mom. In someways, it means she’s alone. In other ways it means she’s free. But when the crisis is over, will she have to go back to being the old Sophie?

  • Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton.
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  • I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending. Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions…she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

    They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace beings to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

  • How Not to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine.
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  • Nora Fulbright is the most talented new cheerleader on the Riverbend High cheerleading squad. Never mind that she used to be a friendless overachiever with a penchant for chess–this year, Nora is determined to leave all of that behind and transform from brainiac social larva to full-blown butterfly, even if it means dumbing herself down.

    But when Adam moves to town and steals Nora’s heart with his ultra-smarts and incredibly cute dimple, Nora has a problem. How can she prove to him that she’s not really the airhead she’s made herself out to be

    Nora devises a seemingly simple plan to wow Adam with her intellect. Yet soon after setting things in motion, Nora qucikly loses control of her strategy and struggles to keep her image in check. Will she be able to prove that she can be both a butterfly and a nerd?

  • Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff.
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  • They needed the perfect assassin. Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enoughfor someone in his new friend’s family to die–of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

    But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who might just want those things badly enough to sabatoge The Program’s mission.

Have you read any of these books?

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