Captive in Truth

By Gume Laurel III

“In Truth, all is black or white. There is no room for color nor gray; no indecision here.” And so goes the rule of an organized religion known as Truth. Yet Castor, an ardent believer and follower of this religious community, will discover that there...

Flashpoint Stentorville 2003

A concert, a fire and a clash
By Helmut and J.E.H. Roth

Flashpoint Stentorville 2003 by Helmut and J.E.H. Roth has the makings of a YA icon. It's about two young teens, Bart and Ollie, whose lives intersect later, but whose stories are told separately at first. Bart hops a train out of town and goes east,...

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Valiance

Adversity Means Nothing in the Face of His Tenacity
By Vanessa Caraveo

Valiance by Vanessa Caraveo is a young adult story that will inspire and educate people of all ages and creeds. Diego Herrera was born deaf and mute and his parents are illegal immigrants from Mexico. All these things mean that life is not easy for...

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Reinventing Hannah

By Jack A. Ori

Hannah is the Vice President of her school's Students Against Destructive Decisions club. She gets good grades and is called Mouse by her close friends because she often doesn’t make decisions for herself and lets others make them for her. She gives in to her...

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The Dorks

By Timothy Imhoff

The Dorks by Timothy Imhoff is a light-hearted look at coming-of-age. Jason Davis has spent the bulk of his young life living with his grandparents in Sarasota, Florida after his mother was tragically killed in a car accident when he was eight. Unable to cope...

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Rocket Queen

By Julianna Morgan

Rocket Queen by Julianna Morgan is a mesmerizing coming-of-age YA novel that follows sixteen-year-old Wren Evans as she deals with depression and seeks deeper levels of connection with herself. She forgets dates, often feeling moody and lonely. But her depression becomes stronger when she is...

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Haskell Himself

By Gary Seigel

Haskell Himself is an LGBTQ coming-of-age novel written by Gary Seigel. It was 1966, and Haskell considered his life to be as optimal as it could get. Granted, his single mom worked all hours of the day and night, so they never really did get...

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A Road to Redemption

America's Second Revolution
By Mark F. Geatches

A Road to Redemption: America's Second Revolution by Mark F. Geatches narrates the story of three young characters on the journey to redeeming America from tyranny and apathy. After two decades of destruction and pillaging have decimated the United States, Joseph Stoner, a ruthless dictator,...

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The Real Education of TJ Crowley

By Grant Overstake

The year 1968 was a difficult one for Timothy James Crowley. It began with his father separating from his mother and moving far away. Unable to deal with their mother's declining mental health and cruel behavior, TJ’s brother Ronnie joins the army and is sent...

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Playing with #Fire

By Micky O'Brady

Playing with #Fire by Micky O'Brady is a YA coming of age novel with something different. The unique premise of this story focuses on bullying, teenage life, and the dark side of social media, but uses a fresh vehicle--pro wrestling--to drive the story. Meet Everly,...

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