Location

Author

Title

Year

YA AND

Anderson, M.T.

Burger Wuss

2005

It looked to be a love story for the ages. They first met as she was handing over his order of a Big O sandwich, six-piece nuggets, small fries, and a medium chocolate shake. He had exact change. They spent a magical night together with a gang of young rebels, traipsing through town on a mission to correct grammatical errors in street signs and graffiti ("Drive Slowly"). But just when it seemed things couldn't be better, tragedy struck.

YA Graphic YOT

Azuma, Kiyohiko

Yotsuba & !

2005

Yotsuba is an orphan living with her adoptive father. She is extremely naive and literal. Also, she is a perpetual optimist and blatantly honest. That makes every experience new and wonderful. The people around her go out of their way to humor and care for her.

YA BAU

Bauer, Joan

Thwonk

2005

A Cupid named Jonathan has offered help in the romance department to teenager Allison Jean McCreary, and hilarious fun results when Allison cannot resist the idea of having local hunk Peter Tarris fall for her.

 

YA CAB

Cabot, Meg

All-American Girl

2003

Sam Madison never knew life could change overnight. But that's exactly what happens when she saves the life of the President of the United States as she's bunking off art class one night. Now an instant (if highly reluctant and very unlikely) celebrity, not to mention teen ambassador to the United Nations, Sam finds herself not only hanging out at the White House, but trying to stop herself falling for David, the President's son...

YA FER

Ferris, Jean

Love Among the Walnuts: Or, How I Saved My Family from Being Poisoned

1998

Sandy Huntington-Ackerman's life becomes increasingly complicated when his bungling, moneygrubbing uncles try to shanghai the family fortune by poisoning a birthday cake. Luckily, those conniving uncles prove yet again that they can't do anything right. Instead of bumping off the whole family, they put Sandy's mom and dad and their pet chicken into mysterious comas. Sandy joins forces with his loyal butler and a wise and wacky nurse to save his parents and squelch his uncles' felonious high jinks.

YA GAI

Gaiman, Neil and Pratchett, Sir Terry

Good Omens: Being the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

2006

The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems--the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.

YA GOL

Goldschmidt, Judy

The Secret Blog of Raisin Rodriguez

2006

Twelve-year-old Raisin Rodriguez has been uprooted from her life in California and plopped down in Philadelphia with her mother, sister, step-father, step-sister Samantha, and Samantha's cross-dressing poodle Countess. The only way Raisin can survive the painful transition is by recording every detail in a secret blog she keeps for her best friends from home.   Raisin shares her latest musings and spills about every humiliating incident that prevents her new friendships from taking off. She even describes the arrival of her dreaded period, just after her thirteenth birthday. But humiliation doesn't begin to cover what Raisin experiences when someone at her new school discovers her blog and prints it out for the world to see.

YA Graphic SIM

Groening, Matt

The Simpsons Comics Madness

2005

The master of mayhem, Matt Groening, will drive you berserk with this crazy collection of crackpot comics. Find out what bizarre secrets lie in the bowels of the Kwik-E-Mart, but beware the effects of the Squishie brain freeze. Witness the outrageous events that take place when Bart manages to have all the teachers deported at Springfield Elementary and they are replaced by substitutes -- Lisa and Martin.

YA Series Mates Dates

Hopkins, Cathy

Mates, Dates Series

2001-2009

A turning point is exactly what Lucy Loverling does NOT want. Everything is changing around her, and suddenly she has to make all sorts of decisions. Everyone else knows who and what she wants to be except her. Izzie has become friends with the glamorous Nesta, and Lucy isn't certain she likes a threesome. Nesta and Izzie look sixteen, but Lucy, at fourteen, can still pass for a twelve-year-old. But then one day Lucy sees the most wonderful boy crossing the street, and things do start to change -- in all areas of her life...

[Series includes: Mates, Dates and Saving the Planet; Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras; Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses; Mates, Dates and Portobello Princesses; Mates, Dates, and Designer Divas; Mates, Dates, and Sleepover Secrets; Mates, Dates, and Sequin Smiles; Mates, Dates, and Sole Survivors; Mates, Dates, and Mad Mistakes; Mates, Dates, and Tempting Trouble; Mates, Dates, and Great Escapes; Mates, Dates, and Chocolate Cheats; Mates, Dates, and Diamond Destiny; Mates, Dates, and Sizzling Summers; Mates, Dates & Flirting.]

YA JUB

Juby, Susan

Miss Smithers

2005

No longer homeschooled and socially isolated, Alice McLeod has: 1. a female friend, George; 2. a male friend, Goose; 3. a $400 clothing allowance to dress herself for the Miss Smithers pageant.

YA KOR

Korman, Gordon

Son of the Mob/Son of the Mob 2: Hollywood Hustle

2006/2007

Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

YA LAR

LaRochelle, David

Absolutely, Positively Not

2005

Steven's a 16-year-old boy with two obsessions: sex and getting his driving license. The problem is, Steven's not thinking girls when he's thinking sex. Could he be -- don't say it -- gay? Steven sets out to get in touch with his inner he-man with Healthy Heterosexual Strategies such as "Start Hanging Out with the Guys," and "Begin Intensive Dating." But are Steven's tactics going to straighten him out, or leave him all twisted up?

YA LIM

Limb, Sue

Girl, 15, Charming but Insane

2007-2010

Like any self-respecting girl her age, Jess wants to be devastatingly gorgeous, popular, and intelligent. But unfortunately, her best friend, Flora, has beaten her to it. Now Jess needs a new focus. The stunningly gorgeous Ben Jones seems the obvious choice. But can Ben Jones focus on anything that takes longer than a free kick?

[Also in this series: Girl, Barely 15: Flirting for England; Girl, (Nearly) 16: Absolute Torture; Girl, Going on 17: Pants on Fire; Girl, 16, Five Star Fiasco]

YA LOC

Lockhart, E.

The Boyfriend List

2005-2010

Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it's unusual, but give her a break—she's had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she: lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list), lost her best friend (Kim), lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket), became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch), and had graffiti written about her in the girls' bathroom (who knows what was in the boys'!?!). But don't worry - Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.

[Also in this series: The Boy Book; The Treasure Map of Boys; Real Live Boyfriends]

YA MIL Miller, Barnabas Rock God: The legend of B.J. Levine 2012

Meet B.J. Levine, a Jewish boy from Cleveland, Ohio. After moving to Greenwich Village in New York City, B.J decides to turn his boring life around and do something truly different, something he'll be loved and remembered for. He decides to create a band and become an all-powerful god of rock. And not just a musician, not even a famous performance artist, but "a full-on, fire-breathing MEGALORD OF RRRRROCK". Yes, he's aware that it won't be easy, considering his total lack of musical talent what-so-ever, and the simple fact that he doesn't have any idea where to begin.

 

 

YA OCO

O’Connell, Tyne

Pulling Princes

2004

Calypso, an LA teenager with movie-industry parents, attends a posh British boarding school. Having no title and no landed-gentry relatives, she has a hard time fitting in. So when she pretends that her mother's gay personal assistant is her new boyfriend, her popularity improves. Not only do the other girls make a fuss over her new guy, but the teen also gains self-confidence and the prince's attention during a fencing match. He starts calling her cell phone and they begin a budding romance. One big problem–Honey, one of the most popular girls in school, also has her eye on him, and she starts to make life truly miserable for Calypso.

YA PRA Pratchett, Terry Dodger 2012

Dodger is a tosher - a member of Victorian London's underworld (quite literally), who roams the sewers, scavenging for coins, jewelry, and other items of value. He might not exactly be a member of respectable society, but he lives by a certain code. One stormy night he hears a young lady's cries for help, and emerges from the sewers in time to drive off her attackers. She won't give her name, but once she's at a safehouse, she becomes the focus of attention of some very powerful people - a journalist known as Mr. Charlie Dickens, for one. Dodger's more used to picking the pockets of people like these than attending dinner parties with them, but if the young lady is going to be safe for real, it's going to take a monumental effort, and all of Dodger's varied - if slightly disreputable and unsavory - skills.

 

YA REN

Rennison, Louise

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging

1999-2009

She has a precocious 3-year-old sister who tends to leave wet nappies at the foot of her bed, an insane cat who is prone to leg-shredding "Call of the Wild" episodes, and embarrassing parents who make her want to escape to Stonehenge and dance with the Druids. No wonder 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson laments, "Honestly, what is the point?"

[Also in this series: It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers; Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas; Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants; Away Laughing on a Fast Camel; Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers; Startled by His Furry Shorts; Love Is a Many Trousered Thing; Stop in the Name of Pants!; Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?]

YA SHU

Shusterman, Neal

The Schwa Was Here

2006

They say his clothes blend into the background, no matter where he stands. They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing’s for sure: no one ever noticed him. Except me. My name is Antsy Bonano—and I was the one who realized the Schwa was "functionally invisible" and used him to make some big bucks. But I was also the one who caused him more grief than a friend should.

YA Graphic BON

Smith, Jeff

Bone: Out From Boneville

1995-2004

After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.

[Also in this series: The Great Cow Race; Eyes of the Storm; The Dragonslayer; Rock Jaw Master of the Eastern Border; Old Man's Cave; Ghost Circles; Treasure Hunters; Crown of Horns ]

YA VIZ

Vizzini, Ned

Be More Chill

2005

This is one boy's exploration of what it takes to be "cool", how to get a girl and what (not) to do when you've got one. What do you do if you're not cool? If girls are just an impossible (wet) dream? Simple. Take a pill containing a supercomputer that travels to your brain and tells you how to be cool - all the time! In the voice of your choice! Then, it's goodbye porn and geekdom, and hello hot chicks, parties and a whole new perspective on life.

YA VIZ

Vizzini, Ned

The Other Normals 2012

Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine "Perry" Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin. But that isn't happening—not if his parents have anything to do with it. Concerned their son lacks social skills, they ship him off to summer camp to become a man.

Everything changes, however, when Perry gets to camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals. There he meets Mortin Enaw, one of the creators of C&C, and other mythical creatures from the game, including the alluring Ada Ember, whom Perry finds more beautiful than any human girl he's ever met. Perry's new otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence.

 

Last Updated: 12/18/2012