At the end of every year, we like to feature some of our favorite books that released in the last twelve months in our yearly catalog. In 2012, there were twelve teen books that really caught our buyer’s eye.
Code Name Verity
By Elizabeth Wein
This superb World War II novel will keep readers on the edges of their seats from the first page to the last with a harrowing and intricately plotted tale of espionage, captivity, and survival that takes two girls behind enemy lines and tests the capacity of their courage and the power of their friendship.
By Libba Bray
Using her secret supernatural gifts and the resources within her Uncle Will’s museum of the occult, spitfire Evie O’Neill pits herself against a demon serial killer in a dazzling Jazz Age horror story that’s not for the faint of heart.
By David Levithan
A, a 16 year old who wakes up every day in a new body and a new life, grapples with the complex emotional and ethical implications of this unique existence in a riveting exploration of identity and the nature of the human soul.
Lovely, Dark, and Deep
By Amy McNamara
In poetic prose that’s truly lovely, dark, and deep, this haunting and emotionally layered novel draws readers into the frozen vortex of one girl’s grief, guilt, and isolation as all her thoughts of the future crumble under the fear of facing the pain in her past.
The Brides of Rollrock Island
By Margo Lanagan
Under the island witch’s vengeful gaze, the captive seal brides of Rollrock yearn for their lost freedom while their spellbound husbands forget everything they once held dear. Wild and evocative, this lyrical reimagining of the selkie legends resonates with the cold loneliness and untamed beauty of the sea.
By Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
Although the emotions of others elude him, consummate observer Colin Fischer doesn’t miss many other details. So when an innocent boy is expelled from school, this singularly logical sleuth sets out to uncover the truth in this quirky and thoroughly enjoyable mystery.
By Maggie Stiefvater
A group of unusual boys sets out to find an enchanted king of old with the help of a girl destined to kill one amongst them. A must-read for its brilliant cast of characters alone, this exhilarating fantasy defies easy description in the best possible way.
By Jodi Lynn Anderson
Beneath the leafy green canopy of Neverland, this lush and romantic tale pulses with the bold impetuosity of youth, the bravery that comes of invincibility, and the tangled emotions lurking beneath a wistful dream to never grow up.
By Nina LaCour
On the cusp of new lives, Colby, his best friend Bev, and her (pretty bad) girl band hit the road for post-graduation adventure. But an unplanned hiccup forces Colby to re-evaluate his future in this excellent novel about love and music, big dreams and unexpected choices.
A Confusion of Princes
By Garth Nix
Centered around the adventures of a naively arrogant but irresistibly likable Prince and filled with space pirates, assassins, and tons of high tech space gadgetry, Garth Nix’s grand space opera is, quite simply, a whole lot of sci-fi fun!
By Lois Lowry
In this provocative and profoundly meaningful novel about a mother’s love for her son, the legendary Lois Lowry returns us to the menacingly sterile world of The Giver with a narrative that truly stands on its own even as it offers a stunning conclusion to a story that’s been twenty years in the making.
What’s Left of Me
By Kat Zhang
Addie and Eva share a secret in this intriguing and suspenseful dystopian thriller. Twinned souls within a single body, the sisters’ lives depend on hiding the truth at all costs–the dangerous truth that, legally, one of them isn’t supposed to exist at all.