New Arrivals · Teen Fiction

May 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The strange fascinations of Noah Hypnotik

May 22, 2018
Arnold, David, 1981- author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2018.
410 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"This is Noah Oakman, sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend. Then Noah gets hypnotized. Now Noah sees changes--inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories--in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations"--Provided by publisher.

From Twinkle, with love

May 22, 2018
Menon, Sandhya, author.
330 pages ; 22 cm
Told through letters, aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra learns a lesson about love while directing a movie for the Midsummer Night arts festival, in which her longtime crush and his twin brother are also participating.

Yellow locust

May 22, 2018
Joschko, Justin.
289 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Selena Flood is a fighter with preternatural talent. But not even her quick fists and nimble feet could save her parents from the forces of New Canaan, the most ruthless and powerful of the despotic kingdoms populating America-That-Was. Forced to flee the tyrannical state with her younger brother Simon in tow, Selena is now the last chance for peace in a continent on the verge of complete destruction. In her pocket is a data stick, the contents of which cost her parents their lives. Selena must now ensure it reaches the Republic of California--a lone beacon of liberty shining across a vast and barren wasteland--before it's too late. Between New Canaan and California stretch the Middle Wastes: thousands of desolate miles home to murderers, thieves, and a virulent strain of grass called yellow locust that has made growing food all but impossible. So, when Selena and Simon stagger into Fallowfield, an oasis of prosperity amidst the poisoned plains, everything seems too good to be true--including the warm welcome they receive from the town's leader, a peculiar man known only as The Mayor. As Selena delves deeper into the sinister secrets of this seemingly harmless refuge, she soon learns there is a much darker side to Fallowfield and the man who runs it. Before long, she must call upon the skills she honed in the fighting pits of New Canaan to ensure not only her own survival, but that of her brother, in whom the Mayor has taken far too keen an interest. And she'd better act fast, for an all-out war inches ever closer, and New Canaan is never as far away as it seems."--Amazon website.

Fatal green

May 22, 2018
Brothers Washburn, author.
Mendota Heights, Minn. : Jolly Fish Press, [2016]
287 pages ; 22 cm
"In a desolate mining town, deep in the Mojave Desert, the struggle continues against unearthly predators straying across dimensional boundaries"-- Provided by publisher.

All the little lights

May 22, 2018
McGuire, Jamie, author.
412 pages ; 21 cm.
"Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town. Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He's a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother's mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn't forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he's determined to win back her friendship...and her heart. Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town's growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left." -- Back cover.

The girl and the grove

May 21, 2018
Smith, Eric (Eric A.), author.
Mendota Heights, Minnesota : Flux, 2018.
362 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Adopted teen Leila discovers that her connection to nature and passion for environmental activism are part of her unique and magical genetic makeup, and a grove of trees that holds a mythical secret"-- Provided by publisher.

My so-called Bollywood life

May 21, 2018
Sharma, Nisha, 1985- author.
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018.
296 pages ; 22 cm
Betrayed by Raj, who she thought she was fated to marry, seventeen-year-old Winnie Mehta teams with fellow film fan Dev to get her life back on track and find her true soul mate.

The gone away place

May 21, 2018
Barzak, Christopher, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]
295 pages ; 22 cm
After tornadoes demolish Newfoundland, Ohio, Ellie, seventeen, is haunted by ghosts of the dead, as well as survivors struggling to cope, but a chance encounter shows her how to free the lingering spirits.

Airports, exes, and other things I'm over

May 21, 2018
Petroff, Shani, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2018.
216 pages ; 22 cm
After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has different plans. Sari's stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev! Another stranded passenger suggests a connecting flight to Boston. Sari jumps at the chance-- and so does Zev. Can Sari survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart?

Girl made of stars

May 18, 2018
Blake, Ashley Herring, author.
295 pages ; 22 cm
When Mara's twin brother Owen is accused of rape by her friend Hannah, Mara is forced to confront her feelings about her family, her sense of right and wrong, a trauma from her past, and the future with her girlfriend, Charlie.

We are all that's left

May 18, 2018
Arcos, Carrie, author.
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2018]
376 pages ; 22 cm
Told in two voices, Nadja grows up in war-torn Bosnia in the 1990s and, in the present, refuses to discuss her youth with her daughter, Zara, until both are traumatized by a terrorist attack in Rhode Island.

Out of the blue

May 18, 2018
Cameron, Sophie, author.
266 pages ; 20 cm
"Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie's mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived. Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya's father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can't stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother's sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she's determined to stay out of it. When her best friend disappears and her father's mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it's at that moment something extraordinary happens: an angel lands right at Jaya's feet, and it's alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are. Set against the backdrop of the Edinburgh festival, Out of the Blue tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it's also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another." -- Provided by publisher.

Lisette's Paris notebook

May 18, 2018
Bateson, Catherine, 1960- author.
285 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
What do you wear to Paris? Ami and I discussed it for hours but I still couldn't think of anything suitable. Ami said a trench coat with nothing underneath but your best underwear. That was only if some boy was meeting you at the airport, I said...Eighteen-year-old Lisette has just arrived in Paris (France!) - the city of haute couture and all things stylish - to practise her French and see great works of art. Her clairvoyant landlady Madame Christophe forces her to attend language lessons with a bunch of international students but soon Lise discovers she's more interested in studying boys than art or verbs .....When the undeniably hot Anders jogs into her life it feels too good to be true. Things get even more complicated when she is pursued by Hugo, a charming English antiques dealer...Can she take a chance and follow her own dreams? How far into the future can Madame Christophe see? And could Lise really be falling in love - in Paris?

Surface tension

May 18, 2018
Mullin, Mike, author.
Indianapolis, IN : Tanglewood, [2018]
420 pages ; 23 cm
After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism, Jake experiences memory loss and is targeted by the terrorist leader's teenage daughter, bullied by an FBI agent, doubted by his mother, but aided by his girlfriend, Laurissa, through it all.

The game can't love you back

May 18, 2018
Cozzo, Karole, author.
312 pages ; 22 cm
Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's learned to focus on one thing and one thing only--being the best pitcher she can be. But when a freak accident forces her school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher--especially to a girl. As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played? -- netgalley.

ISAN : International Sensory Assassin Network

May 18, 2018
Ting, Mary, author.
317 pages ; 22 cm
"Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants...governed by The Remnant Council. Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life-with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network. While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior-and time is running out"--Back cover.

The Harper effect

May 18, 2018
Bashford, Taryn, author.
401 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published by Pan Macmillan Australia in 2017.
Sixteen-year-old Harper acquires a new tennis coach who immediately partners her with the moody Cole, but between Cole's secrets and her love for sister's ex-boyfriend, can Harper make her tennis dreams come true?

The accidental bad girl

May 17, 2018
Kaplan, Maxine, author.
New York : Amulet Books, 2018.
375 pages ; 22 cm
Preparatory school senior Kendall finds more than her reputation in danger when her online identity is hacked, getting her involved with drug dealers, detectives, and others who are not who they appear to be.

Four-letter word

May 17, 2018
Desir, Christa, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2018.
410 pages ; 22 cm
Eight friends. One game. A dozen regrets. And a night that will ruin them all.... Chloe Sanders is tired of watching her best friend Eve turn away from her for the more interesting and popular Holly Reed, and tired of living with her grandparents while her parents volunteer overseas. She's crushing on a Mateo, being ignored by Eve and Holly, and wishing the cornfields of Iowa weren't so incredibly lonely. Then Chloe Donnelly transfers to their school, and introduces a girls vs. guys challenge that only has one rule: obtain information by any means necessary. When the game turns nasty, how much will the truth cost them?

The queen underneath

May 17, 2018
Filak, Stacey, author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Company, 2018.
279 pages ; 22 cm
"Yigris is a world divided--where aristocrats in Above rule from grand palaces, and thieves, sex workers, and assassins reign in the shadowy tunnels of Under. When the leaders of Above and Under are both murdered on the same night, the fissure between the two opposite worlds grows and suspicion threatens to break the tenuous peace. Gemma, a former orphan-thief and new queen of Under, and Tollan, heir to the Above throne, must salvage a truce to rescue the city. But they soon discover that the conflict is far bigger than two murders, as the city falls into an enchanted sleep and a cage of deadly brambles slowly ensnares the streets, buildings, and tunnels of both districts. With the fate of Yigris at stake, only Gemma and Tollan have the power to prevent another civil war from tearing their world apart forever"-- Provided by publisher.

The way you make me feel

May 17, 2018
Goo, Maurene, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2018.
323 pages ; 22 cm
A Junior Library Guild selection.
Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad's business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

What I leave behind

May 17, 2018
McGhee, Alison, 1960- author.
New York : Atheneum, 2018.
202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book."
Since his father's suicide, Will tries to overcome his own misery by secretly helping the people around him-- and trying to replicate his late father's famous cornbread recipe. When Will learns his friend Playa was raped at a party, he believes he could have stopped the worst from happening if he hadn't left early, he's determined do some good in the world. Will acts of kindness help Will push past his own trauma and truly begin to live his life again? Oh, and discover the truth about that cornbread.


May 17, 2018
Crossan, Sarah, author.
383 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain in September 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc." -- Title page verso.
With little money or support, Joe Moon, seventeen, travels to Texas to help the older brother he barely knows through his last few weeks before being executed for murder.

The handsome girl & her beautiful boy

May 17, 2018
Gottfred, B. T., author.
420 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Everyone, including Zee's classmates, gym buddies, and even her so-called best friend assume that she is a lesbian. Everyone who takes a look at Art's nice clothes and pretty face assume that he is gay. But there is more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they've been told are strange. As they explore their own complex relationships to gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other, and learn about love and living authentically.

Brought to you by the color drab

May 17, 2018
Lutz, Norma Jean, author.
293 pages ; 22 cm
"In this riveting teen novel [set in 2001], Race Paloma's world violently turns upside-down after his older brother, Vince, is murdered in a drive-by. Without Vince's strong leadership, their once-powerful, hood-ruling pack unravels at the speed of light. The Deuce Dragons threaten takeover in their Cincinnati Over-The-Rhine hood. As life closes in, Race has nowhere to turn. Vince's tight homie and joint-leader of their pack, Wynn, is sent off to juvie; the Deuce Dragons pressure Race to be jumped in; his mother drowns her grief over Vince's death in extended drunken bouts; then Race is caught shoplifting and comes face-to-face with the slammer. Could his world get any worse? Vince used to say: "My entire life, every freaking part of it, has been brought to you by the color drab. And I do mean the drabbiest." Race's new employer, a blind piano tuner named Stan, says: "...The truth of the matter is, each man colors his own world." Who's right? What voice will Race listen to?"--adapted from

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