Read this critically-acclaimed, intense love story about an unlikely pair of misfit teens in the 1980s who find each other on the school bus.
The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin (Atheneum, $16.99)
Read this heartwrenching, beautifully-written story of a life-altering friendship in one intensely cold winter. (Look for our author interview with N. Griffin on the bookstore blog.)
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (Speak, $8.99)
Read this fun, energetic, coming-of-age road trip story about a less-than-talented girl band and their artistically talented boy friend, Colby.
Parched by Melanie Crowder (Harcourt, $15.99)
Read this lyrical, sparse book about a girl, boy and dog all struggling to survive in a land without water. (Look for our author interview with Melanie Crowder on the bookstore blog.)
Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Nancy Paulson Books, $16.99)
Read this sensitive portrayal of a girl with undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome who imagines herself as a superhero, and befriends a boy who has secrets of his own. (Look for our recent author interview with Lyn Miller-Lachmann on the bookstore blog.)
Cordelia Jensen, June 2013