Best Teen Books of 2018


Author
Anderson, Carole
Call Number
YA 323.1196 AND
Summary
From the end of the Civil War to the tumultuous issues in America today, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.
Author
Sutton, Patricia
Call Number
YA 917.731 SUT
Summary
Details the events leading up to the fateful day of the SS Eastland disaster, including a nail-biting, minute-by-minute account of the ship's capsizing.
Author
Partridge, Elizabeth
Call Number
YA 959.7043 PAR
Summary
In over a decade of fighting, the Vietnam War claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers. Decades after America left Vietnam the war remains controversial and divisive both in the U.S. and abroad.
Author
Hendrix, John
Call Number
YA BIO BONHOEFF
Summary
Struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party’s evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible.
Author
Rosenberg, Liz
Call Number
YA BIO MONTGOME
Summary
An affecting portrait of the author of Anne of Green Gables is a first biography for young readers that shares revelations about Montgomery's final days as well as the complexities of her brilliant but often troubled life.
Author
Judge, Lita
Call Number
YA BIO SHELLEY
Summary
A free verse biography of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, featuring over 300 pages of black-and-white watercolor illustrations.
Author
Stevenson, Bryan
Call Number
YA BIO STEVENSO
Summary
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Title
Illegal
Author
Colfer, Eoin
Call Number
YA COMICS COLFER
Summary
Resolved to join the siblings who left months earlier, 12-year-old Ebo ventures through the Sahara and the dangerous streets of Tripoli before embarking on a hazardous voyage from Ghana to a safe haven in Europe.
Author
Maurel, Carole
Call Number
YA COMICS MAUREL
Summary
At 32, Luisa encounters her 15-year-old self in this sentimental and bold story about self-acceptance and sexuality.
Title
Sheets
Author
Thummler, Brenna
Call Number
YA COMICS THUMMLER
Summary
When Marjorie encounters Wendell, a ghost seeking purpose in the forbidden human world, the pair must find a solution to Wendell's hauntings that are causing chaos in Marjorie's life.
Author
Wang, Jen
Call Number
YA COMICS WANG
Summary
Prince Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. Frances dreams of greatness, but must remain secret. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?
Author
Acevedo, Elizabeth
Call Number
YA F ACEVEDO
Summary
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood, but she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
Author
Adeyemi, Tomi
Call Number
YA F ADEYEMI
Summary
Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king's guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zelie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities.
Author
Albertalli, Becky
Call Number
YA F ALVERTAL
Summary
Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.
Author
Choi, Mary H.K.
Call Number
YA F CHOI
Summary
After a chance encounter, Penny and Sam become each other’s emergency contacts and find themselves falling in love digitally, without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
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