Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley -- Printz Winner and William C. Morris Award Winner- Seventeen year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.
The Great Migration by Eloise Greenfield -- Corretta Scott King Honor- Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.
Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson -- Corretta Scott King Winner- A simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper -- Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner- Over sea, under stone -- The dark is rising -- Greenwitch -- The grey king -- Silver on the tree.
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey -- Printz Honor- In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater -- Printz Honor- Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler -- Printz Honor- Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.
The Returning by Christine Hinwood -- Printz Honor- When the six-year war between the Uplanders and Downlanders is over and Cam returns home to his village, questions dog him, from how he lost an arm to why he was the only one of his fellow soldiers to survive, such that he must leave until his own suspicions are resolved.
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen -- Schneider Family Book Award-
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer -- Schneider Family Book Award-
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson -- William C. Morris Finalist- A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys -- William C. Morris Finalist- In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard -- William C. Morris Finalist- In 1982 Buncombe County, North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall -- William C. Morris Finalist- Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.
Music was IT by Susan Goldman Rubin -- Yalsa Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist- Biography of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.
Wheels of Change by Sue Macy -- Yalsa Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist- Explore the role the bicycle played in the women's liberation movement.
Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson -- Yalsa Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist- Sugar has left a bloody trail through human history. Cane--not cotton or tobacco--drove the bloody Atlantic slave trade and took the lives of countless Africans who toiled on vast sugar plantations under cruel overseers. And yet the very popularity of sugar gave abolitionists in England the one tool that could finally end the slave trade. This book traces the history of sugar from its origins in New Guinea around 7000 B.C. to its use in the 21st century to produce ethanol.
Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal -- Yalsa Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist- The little sheppard -- Hot and cold water -- Home destroyers and defenders -- A nation divides -- War! -- Dry! -- Milk and moonshine -- Snorky and Scarface -- Wet, again -- Epilogue: success or failure?
The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin -- Yalsa Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner- An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.