Book Lust: Young Adult Fiction Reading List 5


On the outside, fourteen-year-old Syd Johansen is a typical teen – busy delivering papers in the neighborhood and training with her high school track team. Under the surface, though, things are less than perfect. Syd’s family life leaves a lot to be desired, and she can’t quite manage to shake her fascination with the highly publicized abductions and murders of two local girls. Syd’s obsession becomes a frightening reality when she realizes that she herself is being stalked on her paper route. Tense and fast-paced Girl #3 is a story about how being a girl is more dangerous these days than it has ever been, and how, in your darkest hour, you might just find a friend in the most unlikely of places.


Nichole McGill is an Ottawa-based writer and editor. She is the author of 13: Cautionary Tales, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals. Girl #3 is her first novel for young adults.


Maggie Quinn was expecting to find plenty of trouble with D and D Lisa over sprig break. Destination: South Padre Island! And they planned to enjoy every bit of it – just like nice, normal college freshmen. Fire, brimstone, and demonic sorority girls: these ladies are officially off the clock. But Maggie doesn’t have to go looking for trouble. Trouble as started looking for her. One dead cow and a punctured gas tank later, she and Lisa are stuck in Dulcina, Texas, a town so small that it has an owner. And – you guessed it – lately life in  this particular town hasn’t been all that peaceful. An eerie predator is stalking the ranch-land. Cattle are dying mysteriously, with strange bite marks on their hides. And judging by the rising body count, whatever’s doing the killing is just getting bolder by the day. Everyone in town has a theory, but not even Maggie’s psychic mojo can provide any answers. And the longer the girls are stranded, the more obvious it becomes that something is seriously wrong. Only no one – not even Maggie’s closest ally – wants to admit that they could have been forced on a detour down the highway to hell. It looks like fighting evil isn’t a job with vacation time.


Rosemary Clement-Moore loves ancient and modern history, Jane Autsen and Madeleine L’ Engle, the Food Network, the SciFi Channel and Guitar Hero. She used to live on a South Texas ranch with horses, cows, coyotes, skunks, and mosquitoes of hellish origin. Since moving back to civilization with her husband and dogs, she is most grateful that there is a Starbucks within walking distance and she no longer has to shoot rattlesnakes from her front porch. Highway to Hell is her third book featuring Maggie Queen. You can visit Rosemary at http://www.rosemaryclementmoore.com


GNAPHALIUM. “Life everlasting.” Aslaug can only dream of living her isolated life – until her mother dies a mysterious death. Is Aslaug desperately sad or desperate to flee?

WINDFLOWER. “Where a tear has dropped, a windflower blows.” When Aslaug disappears shortly after her mother’s death, is she like the windflower, blown by circumstances beyond her control? Or does she escape?

SOLOMON’S SEAL. To cast away demons. When Aslaug finds herself isolated again – in a world of religious devotion, controversial ideas, and shocking revelations – will she be able to escape the demons of her own past…and her mother’s? Or are the demons of Aslaug’s own making?

MADAPPLE: The apple of knowledge, but of good or evil? No Aslaug is on trial for double murder. Will the truth condemn her, or will she finally be free?


Christina Meldrum received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan. After working in grassroots development in Africa, she earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She has worked for the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a litigator at the law firm of Shearman and Sterling. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and is on the advisory board of Women of the World Investments. About writing Madapple, Christina says, “I wanted to write about subject matter I love and believe is important, specifically, the correlation between nature, science, religion, and mythology.” Madapple is Christina’s first novel , and it received outstanding reviews and accolades.



She dreams of moving to Paris and becoming an existentialist. But here she is, trapped in Brooklyn with a new agey mom, an out-of-work dad and a chess champion brother who dreams of becoming a rock star. Dieu merci for Lotus’s best friend, Joni shares her love of all things Francais. Together, they decided to found a high school French club. At the very first meeting, Lotus and Joni are stunned when the cutest boy in the world walks in. His name is Sean, and yes, he’s actually there to join the club.

Lotus thinks Sean is the best thing to happen to her in years. He’s smart, cultured, and adorable, unfortunately, Joni feels the same way. And having an existentialist view of love, Sean sees nothing wrong with enjoying both girls’ affections.

Things come to head when all three depart from Montreal with their teacher, Ms. G, on the French club’s first official field trip. Will Sean choose Joni or Lotus? Will Lotus and Joni’s friendship recover? These questions – and more, bien sur – are answered in this hilarious, utterly original novel.


Libbby Chmais is the author of the adult novels the Perfect Elizabeth: A Tale of Two Sisters and The Essential Charlotte. The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein is her first novel for young readers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Veronica is a freak. She creates a playlist to match her every mood. She spends her nights planning one of her mega popular parties instead of sleeping. She instant-messages her friends during class when she should be taking notes. She checks her e-mail religiously. She flirts compulsively, but prefers having a virtual boyfriend to a real boyfriend. Very is a freak. And proud of it. That is, until the perfect virtual world Very has constructed starts to unravel. Faced with losing everything, she has no choice: It’s off to ESCAPE, Emergency Services for Computer-Addicted Persons Everywhere, for twenty-eight days without any of her beloved technological distractions. Can she survive without her cell phone, iPod, computer, TV, and high-speed Internet connection? Could you?


Rachel Cohn is the author of several novels, including The Gingerbread, Shrimp, and Cupcake series (although she doesn’t recommend you try eating these all at once). And with David Levithan, she is the co-author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. She lives in New York City, except when she doesn’t. And is way too emotionally attached to her iPhone. Visit her on the web at rachelcohn.com

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