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The Ooze

by Tash McAdam
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: alien contact, thrillers & suspense, lgbt

Bran's taking the recycling down to the basement when the lights go out and the elevator stalls.

Bran's phone's dead, he can hear screaming, but he can't get out. Eventually, he manages to pry the doors open to find that something's very wrong. His own mother can't remember his name, there is this black slime dripping out of her ear and then she kil …

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Grave Message

by Mary Jennifer Payne
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: paranormal, occult & supernatural, death & dying, law & crime

Jaylin is studying for a stressful English exam when she receives a text message from her best friend, Fatima.

The thing is, Fatima died a year ago in a terrible traffic accident. At first, Jaylin thinks someone is playing a horrible prank, but as the texts become more detailed, containing secrets that just the two of them shared, Jaylin realizes sh …

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Depth of Field

by Natasha Deen
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, emotions & feelings, crime

When Josh Biswas found out his girlfriend, Lian, was cheating on him, it didn’t only break his heart, it threatened his GPA.

Lian calls him boring and turns in their joint photography project in as her own, leaving Josh to come up with something alone or risk a failing grade. Determined to prove her wrong, Josh decides to head to the foothills of …

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One Last Job

by Sean Rodman
edition: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: law & crime, multigenerational

Michael has been getting into trouble lately.

As a consequence, his mom is making him look after his grandfather for the summer. The thing is, Gramps isn’t your average senior citizen: he’s a retired burglar with a lifetime of criminal knowledge. When a thief breaks into Gramps' apartment and steals a necklace with great sentimental value, the u …

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Face the Music

by Lesley Choyce
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: runaways, peer pressure, self-esteem & self-reliance, crime

Tyler and Mason dream of escaping to the big city and getting started on their lives.

One night, Mason convinces Tyler to help him steal a car and they are soon having the adventure of a lifetime. Until they run out of gas. Stranded on the side of the highway, Mason blames Tyler, Tyler blames Mason and their argument turns physical. Their fight is b …

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Trapped

by Sigmund Brouwer
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: thrillers & suspense, orphans & foster homes, survival stories

Matt is counting down the days until he turns sixteen.

He's been living with his foster parents in Yukon River valley in their isolated cabin. His plan is to leave and never come back. He is done with the harsh lifestyle and helping his abusive foster dad, Dan, run the traplines so he can make money selling animal furs. He can't wait to start a new …

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Bruised

by Tanya Boteju
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: lgbt, self-esteem & self-reliance, death & dying

“A searing portrait of self-discovery; soulful and captivating.” —Kirkus Reviews
Whip It meets We Are Okay in this vibrant coming-of-age story about a teen girl navigating first love, identity, and grief as she immerses herself in the colorful, brutal, beautiful world of roller derby—from the acclaimed author of Kings, Queens, and In-Betwee …

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