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The Latest, Greatest Young-Adult Fiction

Offerings from Emily M. Danforth, Julianna Baggott, Julie Cross, and more

Chopsticks
Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral
In this coffee-table-book-cum-novel, Anthony and Corral turn a rather generic romance between two artistic teens into a multimedia visual treat through stunning photos, paintings, and digital art. Check out the app version! B+

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Emily M. Danforth
At 470 pages, this promising debut about a teenage lesbian's search for sexual identity in rural Montana runs long, but for LGBT youth and outsiders everywhere, Cameron's story will take on epic resonance. B+

Pure
Julianna Baggott
In this grim post-apocalyptic tale, a catastrophic nuclear event has divided humanity into two castes: the unscarred Pures living under a protective dome and the maimed wretches fending for themselves in an ash-filled wilderness. Baggott spends so much time detailing the misery of this world that she forgets to sweep you up in it. B-

Tempest
Julie Cross
Aside from his time-travel abilities, Jackson Meyer is your typical carefree 19-year-old. But when Holly, the love of his life, is murdered before his eyes, he must jump two years into the past to prevent her murder, which he discovers was part of an elaborate conspiracy. This fast-paced spy thriller/romance packs a surprising emotional punch that leaves you wanting to leap into the future to devour the upcoming sequel. A-

Wonder
R.J. Palacio
Born with a severe facial deformity, 10-year-old Auggie Pullman leaves the comforts of homeschooling and braves mainstream Beecher Prep, where he encounters both relentless bullying and real kindness. In a wonder of a debut, Palacio has written a crackling page-turner filled with characters you can't help but root for. A-

Originally posted Feb 10, 2012 Published in issue #1194 Feb 17, 2012 Order article reprints
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