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New in May!

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

New in March!

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

The Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons

Ready to Fall by Marcella Pixley

In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

New in February!

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

New in January!

Devils Within by S.F. Henson

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

Speak:  The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon

New in December!

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer

New in November!

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Now is Everything by Amy Giles

New in October!

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

They Both Die in the End by Aam Silvera

New in September!

What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

New in July!

We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson

New in April!

Bang by Barry Lyga

Blood Family by Anne Fine

New in March!

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zetner

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

New in February!

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

New in November!

Die For You by Amy Fellner Dominy

New in October!

Amy, Chelsea, Stacie, Dee by Mary G. Thompson

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

Wrecked: A Novel by Maria Padian

New in September!

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

New in May!

Silence is Golden by Annabel Pitcher

This is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister

New in April!

The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander

Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett

New in March!

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

New in January!

The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

New in October!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Taking Aim edited by Michael Cart

Violent Ends: a Novel in Seventeen Points of View by Seventeen different authors

New in September!

Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger

The Fall by James Preller

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

The Firebug of Balrog County by David Oppegaard

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Others Listed Alphabetically

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
A young girl uses crystal meth to escape the pain of losing her mother and grandmother in Hurricane Katrina, and then struggles to recover.

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
When Alex starts dating Cole, her tow closest friends increasingly mistrust him.

Boy 21 by Mathew Quick
Finley, the only white player on his high school's basketball team, is asked to mentor a troubled African American transfer student.

Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden
A teen considers suicide until a girl steps into his life.

Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
—This novel centers on the convergence of the lives of Sadie, a damaged girl who enjoys causing others pain, and Emerson, a boy who's trying desperately to hide the dysfunction inside his family and himself.

Dime by E.R. Frank
Thirteen-year-old Dime is a product of the foster system. She finds an escape in the books she reads, but she struggles academically because she is called on to help out with the younger foster children at home. One day she meets a girl who takes her in. Dime finds acceptance here, but is slowly groomed into becoming a prostitute.

DJ Rising by Love Maia
Marley's career as DJ Ices" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.

Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, Lucky begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War.

The Girls of No Return by Eric Saldin
A troubled girl in a wilderness school has complicated friendships with two other girls.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
In a Bronx neighborhood of the near future, it's no secret that at least one person has taken advantage of the Leteo Institute's new medical procedure that promises "cutting-edge memory-relief." Reeling from his discovery of his father in a blood-filled bathtub, there are lots of things that Aaron Soto would like to forget—the smile-shaped scar on his own wrist attests to that.

My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution.

My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco
Three boys go after the chemical plant that pollutes their town.

Recovery Road by Blake Nelson
Maddie meets Stewart in rehab, and they try to maintain their relationship when they leave.

Shine by Lauren Myracle
When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Regina, an in-crowd outcast, experiences the vicious bullying she used to inflict on others.

Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman
Shavonne, a fierce, desperate seventeen year-old in juvenile lockup, wants to turn her life around before her eighteenth birthday, but corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past make her task seem impossible.

Stay with Me by Paul Griffin
When Mack, a drop-out and genius with dogs, lands in prison, he pushes away the girl he loves.

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Anna, whose absent mother chases new husbands, starts to chase boys in the same way.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Yaqui's threats and harassment start to take  a toll on Piddy's life.