I Am J, by Cris Beam. Y Beam.
J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.
Roses & Bones, by Francesca Lia Block. Y Block.
What happens when a girl finds herself at the crossroads between worlds–where the angels and ghosts, gods and demons, and beauties and beasts of myth are real? What does she do and who does she become? This captures the best Francesca Lia Block has to offer: extravagantly imaginative tales, dark landscapes, fierce poetry, and storytelling that is nothing short of magical.
Draw the Dark, by Ilsa Bick. Y Bick.
Seventeen-year-old Christian Cage lives with his uncle in Winter, Wisconsin, where his nightmares, visions, and strange paintings draw him into a mystery involving German prisoners of war, a mysterious corpse, and Winter’s last surviving Jew.
Dark Goddess (Devil’s Kiss, Book Two), by Sarwat Chadda. Y Chadda.
Billi SanGreal, a teenaged member of the Knights Templar, must prevent a young girl, who is being hunted by werewolves because of the dangerous powers she possesses, from falling into the hands of the ancient Russian witch, Baba Yaga.
Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro. Y Chibbaro.
In the early nineteen-hundreds, sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski leaves school to take a job assisting the head epidemiologist at New York’s Department of Health and Sanitation, investigating the intriguing case of “Typhoid Mary,” a seemingly healthy woman who is infecting others with typhoid fever. Includes a historical note by the author.
Night School: The Weirn Books Book 4, by Svetlana Chmakova. Y Chmakova.
Alex finds herself caught in the middle with the Sohrem rising and the hunters on the move, but she worries that her real enemy may be the one inside her. Graphic novel.
Night School: The Weirn Books Book 3, by Svetlana Chmakova. Y Chmakova.
Alex is determined to get to the bottom of her sister’s disappearance, but is she prepared for what she might find? Graphic novel.
Night School: The Weirn Books Book 2, by Svetlana Chmakova. Y Chmakova.
When Alex’s sister, Sarah, vanishes and all memory and evidence of her existence is erased, Alex is determined to get to the bottom of her sister’s disappearance. What better place to start her investigations than the Nightschool itself? Graphic novel.
Night School: The Weirn Books Book 1, by Svetlana Chmakova. Y Chmakova.
Normal schools may close for the night, but the Nightschool offers an education for a very different crowd–vampires, demons, and weirns, a special breed of witches. When Alex, a young weirn, enrolls to learn what has become of her sister, will she be prepared for what she finds there? Graphic novel.
Leverage, by Joshua Cohen. Y Cohen.
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.
The Education of Hailey Kendrick, by Eileen Cook. Y Cook.
Dating a popular boy and adhering to every rule ever written, a high school senior at an elite Vermont boarding school begins to shed her good girl identity after an angry incident with her distant father.
Haven, by Kristi Cook. Y Cook.
Violet McKenna’s life started falling apart when a premonition of her father’s murder came true, but at a new school, Winterhaven, she finds friends with psychic gifts and an alluring boy whose destiny is entwined with hers in a critical–and deadly–way.
Desires of the Dead (sequel to The Body Finder), by Kimberly Derting. Y Derting.
Sixteen-year-old Violet Ambrose’s ability to find murder victims and their killers draws the attention of the FBI just as her relationship with Jay, her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, heats up.