A new spin on the classic smart-girl-and-bad-boy setup, this witty contemporary romance shows how easily a friendship - even one built on an elaborate lie - can become so much more.
Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A's and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever. It's amazing how quickly a lie can grow -- especially when you really, really want it to be the truth.
With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he's always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that TV shows and movies have always promised. Through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are "just friends." But that might be the biggest lie of all.
Debut author Tiffany Pitcock delivers a spot-on depiction of first love and the high school rumor mill in Just Friends, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.
Praise for Just Friends from the Swoon Reads community:
"The story is great. It caught my attention and kept it. In fact, I stayed up all night to finish it!" -- KFox, reader on SwoonReads.com
"I really loved this book. The characters were lovable and I found myself attached to them almost instantly. The dialogue was snappy, witty, and most importantly, believable." -- C. Thomas, reader on SwoonReads.com
"What truly in my opinion sets this apart from other best friends turn to lovers plots is that their entire relationship started with a lie and made it work through high school. Definitely something I will read, and read again." -- Xanthia Strohl, reader on SwoonReads.com
"OMG, I read this book from start to finish non stop! I fell absolutely in love with Chance and Jenny. This book had me feeling every single emotion and I just could not get it enough of it! I wanted more, and more, AND MORE!!" -- Twila James, reader on SwoonReads.com
Girl on the Verge
By Dunn, Pintip
From the author of The Darkest Lie comes a compelling, provocative story for fans of I Was Here and Vanishing Girls, about a high school senior straddling two worlds, unsure how she fits in either - and the journey of self-discovery that leads her to surprising truths.
In her small Kansas town, at her predominantly white school, Kanchana doesn't look like anyone else. But at home, her Thai grandmother chides her for being too westernized. Only through the clothing Kan designs in secret can she find a way to fuse both cultures into something distinctly her own.
When her mother agrees to provide a home for a teenage girl named Shelly, Kan sees a chance to prove herself useful. Making Shelly feel comfortable is easy at first - her new friend is eager to please, embraces the family's Thai traditions, and clearly looks up to Kan. Perhaps too much. Shelly seems to want everything Kanchana has, even the blond, blue-eyed boy she has a crush on. As Kan's growing discomfort compels her to investigate Shelly's past, she's shocked to find how it much intersects with her own - and just how far Shelly will go to belong ...
Praise for The Darkest Lie
"Heartbreaking and heroic. You won't be able to turn the pages fast enough!" --Romily Bernard, author of the Find Me trilogy
"Atwisty, fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing to the end." - Shannon Grogan, author of From Where I Watch You
"This one will tug your heart and leave you breathless!" --Natalie D. Richards, author of Six Months Later
"A headlong rush into the shadows of secrets that should not be kept." -Michelle Zink, author of Prophecyof the Sisters
By Russell, Romina
New York Times bestselling author Romina Russell's epic sci-fi fantasy series ZODIAC reaches its breathtaking conclusion with THIRTEEN RISING, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel.
The master has been unmasked. Rho's world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?
Lucky in Love
By West, Kasie
Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --
In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?
With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
Say You'll Remember Me
By Mcgarry, Katie
When Drix was convicted of a crime - one he didn't commit - he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while. Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means. When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.
Track & Field
By Luke, Andrew
Worlds Fastest Human. That is the title bestowed on the man with the best time in the 100 meter dash. This event is the centerpiece of track and field, the collective name for events that are based on running, jumping and throwing. Who is the fastest? Who can jump the highest? Who can throw the farthest? These are the questions men have been challenging each other to answer for centuries. The Worlds Fastest Human was Jamaicas Usain Bolt in 2015, but for nearly 100 years, women have taken up the challenge as well. Female stars like Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Yelena Isinbayeva have inspired little girls to dream of running faster and jumping higher over the decades. Those girls have grown into the stars of today, like Alyson Felix, Genzebe Dibaba and Barbora potkov.
The Date to Save
By Strohm, Stephanie Kate
The word is out...
BROOKS MANDEVILLE, quarterback: Friday is the homecoming game and dance. It is a very big deal.
NATALIE WAGNER, marching band clarinet: Our band's halftime show performances are legendary, even if our football team isn't.
CINTHIA ALVAREZ, Academic Battle team member: Our Academic Battle team has won five years in a row. This Friday, it'll be six.
TANNER ERICKSEN, sophomore class candidate for vice president: Holly has to win the election for class president this Friday!
HOLLY CARPENTER, cheerleader, Academic Battle team member, class president candidate: Friday? Everything is on Friday? How can I be in three places at once?
COLIN VON KOHORN, editor-in-chief of the Prepster: This kind of scheduling incompetence could only have come straight from the top.
ANGELICA HUTCHERSON, reporter-at-large: I talked to everyone and my article is going to crack this story wide open...
This is what happens on the wildest day in the history of high school!
Toward a Secret Sky
By Maclean, Heather
Toward a Secret Sky by New York Times bestselling author Heather Maclean is a new breed of YA novel: an intelligent adventure-quest crossed with a sweeping, forbidden love story. A mix of reality and possibility, this fast-paced thriller will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer and Dan Brown as it leads the reader on a breathless flight through the highlands of Scotland, the secret city under London, and history itself.
Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she's never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that's now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she'll continue her parents' fight or stay behind to save her friends.
With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she's not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn't as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.
Trusting You & Other Lies
By Williams, Nicole
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.
Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years - do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum - the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he's impossible to figure out - and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?
"What elevates this novel ... is the witty and realistic dialogue and excellent character development." -SLJ
Crown Books for Young Readers
By Sutton, Kelsey
Kelsey Sutton, winner of a Best Teen Book Award from Kirkus, pens a suspenseful, heartfelt young adult novel, perfect for the readership of Rachel Ward and Kimberly Derting. "Absolutely captivating. Sutton is a magical storyteller and I was under this book's spell from page one." -- Natalie D. Richards, author of Six Months Later Seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson has one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds to live. Thoughtful and brooding, Ivy has been harboring a secret her entire life -- she can see countdown clocks over everyone's heads, watching their life grow closer and closer to the end with each passing second. She can't do anything about anyone else's clock, nor can she do anything about her own, approaching a zero hour before she even graduates high school.
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Mask of Shadows
By Miller, Linsey
"I love every aspect of this amazing book -- a genderfluid hero, a deadly contest, and vicious courtly intrigue. Get! Read! Now!" -- Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author
I Needed to Win. They Needed to Die.
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class -- and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand -- the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears -- Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
More Praise for Mask of Shadows: A Bustle Most Anticipated YA of 2017!
"Compelling and relatable characters, a fascinating world with dangerous magic, and a dash of political intrigue: Mask of Shadows completely delivered. Fantasy fans will love this book." -- Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Lady Jane
"An intriguing world and a fantastically compelling main character make for a can't-miss debut. Miller's Mask of Shadows will make you glad you're not an assassin -- and even gladder Sal is." -- Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken and Now I Rise
Brave New Girl
By Vincent, Rachel
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Winner Take All
By Devore, Laurie
For Nell Becker, life is a competition she needs to win.For Jackson Hart, everyone is a pawn in his own game.They both have everything to lose.Nell wants to succeed at everything -- school, sports, life. And victory is sweeter when it means beating Jackson Hart, the rich, privileged, undisputed king of Cedar Woods Prep Academy. Yet no matter how hard she tries, Jackson is somehow one step ahead. They're a match made in hell, but opposites do attract.Drawn to each other by their rivalry, Nell and Jackson fall into a whirlwind romance that consumes everything in their lives. But when a devastating secret exposes their relationship as just another game, how far will Nell go to win?Visceral and whip-smart, Laurie Devore's Winner Take All paints an unflinching portrait of obsessive love, toxic competition, and the drive for perfection.
Power of Patterns
By Anderson, Rane
Coding offers an exciting nonfiction reader that builds critical reading skills while students are immersed in engaging subject area content. This text is purposefully leveled to increase comprehension with different learner types. Coding features complex and rigorous content appropriate for middle school students. Aligned with Common Core State Standards, this text connects with McREL, WIDA/TESOL standards and prepares students for college and career readiness.
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The Heartbeats of Wing Jones
By Webber, Katherine
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights in this sweeping, warm, arrestingly original novel about family, poverty, and hope.
Wing Jones, like everyone else in her town, has worshipped her older brother, Marcus, for as long as she can remember. Good-looking, popular, and the star of the football team, Marcus is everything his sister is not.
Until the night everything changes when Marcus, drunk at the wheel after a party, kills two people and barely survives himself. With Marcus now in a coma, Wing is crushed, confused, and angry. She is tormented at school for Marcus's mistake, haunted at home by her mother and grandmothers' grief. In addition to all this, Wing is scared that the bank is going to repossess her home because her family can't afford Marcus's mounting medical bills.
Every night, unable to sleep, Wing finds herself sneaking out to go to the school's empty track. When Aaron, Marcus's best friend, sees her running one night, he recognizes that her speed, skill, and agility could get her spot on the track team. And better still, an opportunity at a coveted sponsorship from a major athletic gear company. Wing can't pass up the opportunity to train with her longtime crush and to help her struggling family, but can she handle being thrust out of Marcus's shadow and into the spotlight?