YA Fiction

High school is hard enough having already known your classmates since grade school, but when you’re thrown back in after years of being home schooled in an 18-wheeler, it’s just a little bit harder to kind your place amongst the freaks & zombies – but for our main character Hayley, in Laurie Halse Anderson’s new novel The Impossible Knife of Memory, it’s even more so.  Hayley is under significantly more pressure and stress because her father is severely suffering from PTSD, and she’s struggling to keep both of their lives together.

Anderson will be at Oblong Books Monday evening January 20th at 6PM in Rhinebeck NY.  

Ruta Sepetys debut novel, Between Shades of Gray, took the literary world by storm winning dozens of awards and landing at the top of the ‘Best of’ lists, as she followed a 15 year old girl struggling to stay alive at a work camp in Siberia during World War II. 

Now in her much anticipated second novel, Out of the Easy, Sepetys brings us to 1950’s New Orleans, and a young girl trying to break free from the web of secrets that tie her to the French Quarter.

Holly Goldberg Sloan has taken the literary world by storm with her novel Counting By 7s. As the characters defy the labels they’ve been branded with, the reader embarks on a humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking, journey of reflection and hope. We also learn, like with many things in life and our main character’s last name, it all comes down to Chance.

In time when most authors are writing about the end of the world, zombies and vampires, Sarah Dessen has remained true to her roots - and with wild success. For almost two decades, Dessen has delighted young adult readers with her stories of friendship, love, family and growing up. Her newest novel, The Moon and More is no exception. We’re brought back to Colby, North Carolina where we explore what constitutes as a family, and the fine balance between locals and vacationers.

For over twenty years Mary Pope Osborne has entertained and educated her readers with brother-sister team Jack and Annie as they explore the world in the Magic Tree House series. Each book is a new adventure for everyone as they meet people like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, explore the moon, and experience the Great Depression firsthand.

Kate Messner’s new novel, Wake Up Missing, has all the qualities you want in a thriller: deceit, science taken to the extreme, and characters that you root for – especially when it looks like there is no hope. Messner has taken two very prominent issues ripped from the headlines, and combined them into a fast paced cranial feast as she explores concussions and gene therapy.

David Levithan’s new novel, Two Boys Kissing will make you laugh and cry, but best of all, it will make you relive those perfect innocuous moments of finding and then being with your first love. Levithan also takes it several steps further by having the lost generation of AIDS victims tell the story as they see it unfolding.

In Sara Farizan’s debut novel, If You Could Be Mine, she articulately weaves a tale of secret love, self-actualization, and most of all hope for a better tomorrow. Set in current day Iran, Farizan writes about being gay in a society that punishes homosexuality and tries to fix them by offering transgender surgery, while also capturing the multitude of emotions that love infects in everyone.

In Michael Hassan’s debut novel Crash & Burn, we’re told a story that people are all too familiar with in today’s headlines - a school shooting. In the weeks and months after his school was taken hostage at gunpoint by his ex-best friend Burn, Crash re-hashes his role in saving the school and the events that led the two childhood friends take two very different paths. This page-turning fictional story has the grit of real teenage life, and stresses out the reader in ways that makes you crave more.

Jeff Probst has become a household name. As the host of the reality TV show Survivor, Probst has brought viewers to remote locations for 26 seasons, as marooned strangers duke it out to be the sole survivor and win the million dollar prize. But that’s not all Probst does; he wrapped-up his daytime talk show in February, has directed two feature films, and now he’s co-writing a tween series, Stranded, of which the second book, Trial by Fire is out now.