June Young Adult Picks

Summer Reading is just getting started! Check out these great Young Adult books to keep you reading:

Frozen Frozen
by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, sixteen-year-old Nat yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, the Blue.


Body Finder The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting

Violet has two secrets dominating her junior year: her ability to sense echoes from murder victims and her growing crush on childhood friend Jay. Can she keep it together as Jay helps her hunt for a serial killer? For those who like a bit of romance mixed in with their suspense novels, this is the book for you. The first in a series.

Talon Talon
by Julie Kagawa

The dragons of Talon have been hiding in human forms to save themselves from being hunted. Ember and Dante Hill are the only brother and sister dragons. Ember wants to experience being a teen before fulfilling her destiny in Talon; however, she is being pursued by Garret St. James, whose task is to destroy all dragons but only when he is certain about his prey. And he is not quite certain about Ember.

Read Between the Lines Read Between the Lines
by Jo Knowles

Does anyone ever see us for who we really are? Jo Knowles’s revelatory novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.

Liars Inc. Liars Inc.
by Paula Stokes

Max forms a professional lying service with his friend Preston and girlfriend Parvati to make extra cash. But when Preston disappears the police see Max as the prime suspect. Can he escape his web of lies?

March Young Adult Picks

Spring into these Young Adult Favorites!

The Naturals The Naturals
by Jennifer Barnes


Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins a team of criminal-profiling teens at the FBI investigating cold cases. The plot starts off a bit slow but builds to an exciting conclusion. First in a series.

Skinny Skinny
by Donna Cooner


Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.

Body in the Woods Body in the Woods
by April Henry


While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.

Skink No Surrender Skink No Surrender
by Carl Hiaasen


Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

All the Bright Places All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven


Violet and Finch meet atop a tower on the campus of their high school, both contemplating suicide. They form an unlikely friendship as Violet is dealing with the death of her sister and best friend and Finch is considered a “freak” by his classmates. A great read dealing with loss, friendship, depression, recovery and survival.

American Born Chinese American Born Chinese
by Gene Yang


This book alternates interrelated stories about three characters: a Chinese American trying to fit into popular culture, a Chinese folk hero attempting to be worshipped as a god; and a teenager ashamed by his Chinese cousin’s behavior. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.

February Young Adult Picks

Here are some more of those great YA books you’re looking for!

Obsidian Obsidian
by Jennifer Armentrout


Katy notices strange things in the WV town where she has recently moved. How does the hot neighbor who hates her move so fast and why is he always trying to talk to her, especially when he has forbidden her quite rudely to stay away from his twin sister?

Mango A Mango-shaped Space
by Wendy Maas


Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she’s keeping a big secret—sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.

Obsidian The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson


Lennon “Lennie” Walker’s older sister/best friend dies very suddenly. This is a beautifully written story of grief, love, family, forgiveness and finding the courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other and learning to laugh and live again. Jandy Nelson is my favorite YA author!

Seconds Seconds
by Bryan Lee O’Malley


Katie is a chef who uses magic mushrooms to fix her mistakes and escape the consequences of her actions. Unfortunately all of her second chances lead to increasingly undesirable outcomes in O’Malley’s great followup to the “Scott Pilgrim” series.

January Young Adult Picks

Ring in the new year with some fantastic young adult books!

Girl from the Well The Girl From the Well
by Rin Chupeco


Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Shelter Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1)
by Harlan Coben


Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he’s met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn’t who she claimed to be.

The Young Elites The Young Elites
by Marie Lu


Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.

Wake Wake (Dream Catcher #1)
by Lisa McMann


Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

Confessions Confessions: The Paris Mysteries
by James Patterson


After investigating multiple homicides and her family’s decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her?

December Young Adult Picks

Use your upcoming vacation time to curl up with these great young adult books!

The Siren The Siren
by Kiera Cass


“‘You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans.”

Poison Princess Poison Princess
by Kresley Cole


In the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, sixteen-year-old Evie, from a well-to-do Louisiana family, learns that her terrible visions are actually prophecies and that there are others like herself–embodiments of Tarot cards destined to engage in an epic battle.

The Iron King The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa


Meghan Chase is wanting to be a normal teenager who is turning sixteen but she is not and her journey will show that she is the daughter of a faery king and she has a destiny.

Acceleration Acceleration
by Graham McNamee


Duncan’s summer job is working at the lost and found for the Toronto Transit Authority. To pass the time he searches through left behind books and stumbles upon a hand written diary of a potential serial killer. Should he turn it in to the police or investigate on his own?

I'll Give You the Sun I’ll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson


Noah and Jude are twins who, until the age of 13, think of themselves and NoahandJude. This book is beautifully written and I have put it on my “must be read again” list!


One ClickMooresville Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of OneClickdigital, an online service that allows patrons to check out eAudiobooks, including bestsellers, Recorded Books exclusives, classics, selections for children and young adults, and much more.

Patrons have free access to eAudio at home, in the library, or on the go. Titles are multi-access, so multiple users can check out a given title at the same time, eliminating holds. OneClickdigital is compatible with all popular listening devices, and mobile apps are available for the iPhone®, Android™, and Kindle Fire. OneClickdigital features an easy-to-use interface with streamlined navigation, fast downloads, and automatic software updates.

The library also offers several other sources of free downloadable audiobooks, music, and video including North Carolina Digital Library, Hoopla, and Zinio. Links to these services can be found on the library’s webpage: MooresvilleLibrary.org.

October Young Adult Picks

Do you love young adult books and need some recommendations? You’re in luck!

Zac and Mia Zac and Mia
by A.J. Betts


This is a young adult novel about teens with life-threatening illnesses and how they cope with it. I thought it was going to be another “The Fault in Our Stars” but it wasn’t! Two teens with totally different prognoses handle it quite differently.

We Were Liars We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart


The story of how a young girl and her privileged family handle a life-changing tragedy. The story has many twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the last page as we see how one family copes with the unimaginable. An fast, engaging read for older teens as well as adults.

Blood of My Blood Blood of My Blood
by Barry Lyga


Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. Exciting conclusion to the “I Hunt Killers” trilogy.

Throne of glass Throne of glass
by Sarah J. Maas


After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

August Young Adult Picks

We picked out some books to start the school year off right!

Witch Song Witch Song
by Amber Argyle


A unique take on witches , magic, and spell-casting that I’ve not seen before. I look forward to reading more from Amber Argyle!

Reality Boy Reality Boy
by A.S. King


An emotionally damaged 17-year-old boy in Pennsylvania who was once an infamous reality television show star meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell.

Mystery Boxes Explorer: The Mystery Boxes
by Kazu Kibuishi


This anthology of short graphic works by such artists as Kazu Kibuishi, Dave Roman, and Raina Telgemeier center on the theme of a mysterious box and the marvels, or mayhem, inside.

Proxy Room
by Alex London


Privileged teenager Knox has a proxy who receives punishment for Knox’s wrongdoings, but when Knox kills a friend in a car crash, it is Syd who is sentenced to death.

Truth about Alice The Truth About Alice
by Jennifer Mathieu


When rumors and lies about Alice Franklin begin after one of the guys she allegedly slept with at a party dies in a car accident, questions about truth arise in her small town.

The 100 The 100
by Kass Morgan


Significantly different from the television series, but very well-written and a fast-paced read!

Hollow City Hollow City
by Ransom Riggs


Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

July Young Adult Picks

The Summer Reading program continues: earn some coins for your school by reading some of these staff picks!

Don't Look Back Don’t Look Back
by Jennifer Armentrout


Seventeen-year-old Sam seems to have everything until she and her best friend, Cassie, disappear one night and now Sam has returned with amnesia, striving to be a much better person and aware that her not remembering may be the only thing keeping Cassie alive.

Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer


In this graphic novel adaptation, a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold. But the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a nasty troll.

Wake Wake
by Amanda Hocking


In the quiet seaside town of Capri, sixteen-year-old Gemma enjoys a close bond with her sister Harper and a growing attraction to next-door neighbor with Alex, but everything changes when, after partying with newcomers Penn, Lexi, and Thea, Gemma discovers she has powers that will force a terrible choice.

These Broken Stars These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner


Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.

Alienated Alienated
by Melissa Landers


High school senior Cara Sweeney gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to participate in earth’s first intergalactic high school exchange program.

Legend Legend
by Marie Lu


In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, 15-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover they have a common enemy. Book #1 in a series.

Confessions Confessions: The Private School Murders
by James Patterson


Teenage detective Tandy Angel attempts to exonerate her famous brother of murder charges, track down a New York City killer, and figure out what happened to her lost love. Book #2 in a series.

Lying The Lying Game
by Sara Shepard


Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.

Teen Summer Reading

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

It’s June at last! School’s out, so you will (hopefully) have plenty of time to read books of your own choice. It’s a perfect time for it, because the library’s Summer Reading program starts Friday, June 14th, and runs through August. We have all kinds of programs at the library for teens:

Saturday 6/14 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
KICK-OFF DAY! Free Pizza and Game Truck!

Monday 6/23 2–3 p.m.
Fire Marshall Tim Warren: Spark a Reaction!

Wednesdays 6/25 – 8/13 2:30-4 p.m.
Game Night

Monday 6/30 2 – 3 p.m.
Fire Marshall Tim Warren: Spark a Reaction!

New and Recently Released YA Books:

Inventor's Secret The Inventor’s Secret
by Andrea Cremer

It’s 1816 in America, and though the British won the Revolutionary War, the rebellion continues. Charlotte and her fellow teenage resistance fighters live in the wilderness just outside the Floating City of New York, where they dodge fearsome Imperial machines and shelter refugees. One refugee, a mysterious boy with no memories, inspires Charlotte to abandon their hiding place and brazenly infiltrate the enemy stronghold in search of answers. Steampunk technology and a tantalizing love triangle add intrigue to this imaginative, alternate-history series opener from the author of the bestselling Nightshade books.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
by Jenny Han

The letters were never supposed to be sent. For awkward 16-year-old Lara Jean, writing secret love letters to help herself get over her crushes was just another hobby, like knitting or scrapbooking. So when the letters are accidentally mailed, Lara Jean freaks out. Embarrassed by her letter to her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh, Lara Jean denies her feelings for him by pretending to date Peter, one of her other former crushes. Things only get messier from there. With relatable characters and realistically complicated relationships (especially among Lara Jean’s tight-knit Korean-American family) this charming romance is a perfect fit for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Sarah Dessen.

We Were Liars We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

Cadence “Cady” Sinclair is one of the Sinclairs, a powerful, privileged New England family. Every year, Cady looks forward to summer, when she reunites with her cousins Mirren and Johnny and their friend, Gat, on the family’s private island. But during their 15th summer, something happens — something so shattering that Cady can’t remember it, and her family won’t talk about it. A richly atmospheric setting combines with Cady’s captivating narration to create a simmering, steadily increasing suspense that will keep you turning pages right up to the ending, which — well, we won’t spoil it, but it will definitely get people talking. We Were Liars is stylish, provocative, and unforgettable.

She is not invisible She Is Not Invisible
by Marcus Sedgwick

Some people claim that there’s no such thing as a coincidence, but Laureth isn’t so sure. Without coincidence, she’d never have gotten the email telling her that her father (who is writing a book about coincidences) might be in trouble in New York City. Determined to find him, Laureth impulsively flies from London to NYC, taking her seven-year-old brother Benjamin with her; since she’s blind, she needs his help to get around the unfamiliar city. Written without any visual descriptions, She Is Not Invisible offers “brilliantly lifelike characters” (Booklist) and a twisty, thought-provoking mystery. For another well-crafted thriller starring a blind teen, try April Henry’s Girl, Stolen.

If You Liked: The Fault in Our Stars
The movie adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars hits theaters this month. Check out this list for more touching books about teens struggling with mortality, first love, and life’s big questions.

If I Stay If I Stay
by Gayle Forman

Gifted cellist Mia awaits the verdict on her Juilliard audition and is brooding about the ways that leaving Oregon to pursue a career in music would complicate her life (for one, she’d be leaving her rocker boyfriend, Adam, behind). Then, when a peaceful drive with her family ends in a tragic accident, Mia is rushed to the hospital, comatose, and all of the choices she might make are distilled into one: whether to live or die. Told from Mia’s perspective (while she is unconscious), this heartbreakingly beautiful story has all the drama and poignancy of The Fault in Our Stars, and will more than satisfy fans of full-blooded characters and masterful writing.

Vera Dietz Please Ignore Vera Dietz
by A. S. King

“Is it okay to hate a dead kid? Even if I loved him once?” In dark, cutting prose that’s also drily funny, high-school senior and “pizza delivery technician” Vera Dietz tells of her struggles to cope with her best friend Charlie’s scandalous death — and to deal with his ghost, who’s begging Vera to clear his name. Here’s the kicker: five months before Charlie died, he effectively ruined Vera’s life, so she isn’t at all sure she wants to help him. Sex, lies, vices, and secrets litter the pages of this edgy, compelling read that fans of strong characterizations, complex relationships, and raw emotion will love.

Sky is Everywhere The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson

Lennie, 17, was perfectly content living in her vibrant older sister Bailey’s shadow, but now Bailey is dead. Devastated by her loss, Lennie tries to carry on, all the while feeling guilty for the smallest moments of happiness — particularly the ones that she shares with Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend. When a new boy in town, gifted musician Joe Fontaine, shows an interest in Lennie, she thinks that he might be “the one”…but can she trust herself not to screw it up? Brimming with emotional intensity, this honest and romantic story is one that fans of tearjerkers won’t want to miss.

Eleanor and Park Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park didn’t plan to fall in love. Eleanor is the new girl at school, big and red-haired, with a weird clothes and a horrible stepfather. Park’s love for comic books and New Wave music sets him apart from his friends and his half-Korean family. For weeks, the two social misfits sit silently next to each other on the school bus — until Park discovers Eleanor reading his comic books over his shoulder and their love story begins. Similar to Hazel and Gus in The Fault in Our Stars, Eleanor and Park will draw readers into the exhilaration and vulnerability of first love.

Young Adult Coordinator