High school can be awful.

everybodyseeEverybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
High school can be awful. But it’s slightly less awful when you have a team of sarcastic ants who trash-talk your bullies and provide you with sardonic encouragement at your most difficult moments. If that sounds weird, that’s because it is—but trust me, by the end of this book you’ll be wishing for an ant entourage of your very own. Odd, but very heartfelt, and unexpectedly vivid and real. –Kat, Bookshop Santa Cruz

False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

I give this

The False PrinceWith a murdered royal family and a country on the brink of civil war, Connor, regent of the crown, has a treasonous plot to train one of four orphans in order to pass him off as the long-lost prince. From the start, it’s impossible not to become attached to the orphan, Sage. Embroiled in deceit and duplicity, the cocky street-thief may or may not survive his bid to become the false prince. A heart-racing fantasy full of twists and turns for the audience of Megan Whalen Turner and Suzanne Collins. —Kids Department


Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave MercyLaFevers is an artful storyteller who has created a strong lead character. Even though the protagonist is female, she is an interesting and powerful heroine that both genders can relate to. Ismae is an assassin; she is passionate and violent at times, but also intelligent and quirky, making readers feel at ease with her and drawn to her, creating a champion for whom to root, even when she is dispensing with her next target. The tale is one of scheming nobles, political subterfuge, murder, and romance—all of the best aspects of a good read. —Voice of Youth Advocates