Young Readers

We have a robust list of young adult and middle grade novels as well as a growing list of picture books. Our authors in this category have won Newbery Medals and have been nominated for National Book Awards, among others. We are continuing to look for new voices and stories to add to our list. Some of our favorite stories are those that reflect the real lives, inner imaginings, and important issues of today's young readers.

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Kris Dinnison

You and Me and Him

HMH Books for Young Readers

“Do not ignore a call from me when you know I am feeling neurotic about a boy. That is Best Friend 101.”  Maggie and Nash are outsiders. She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel—with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references—sings a song of love and forgiveness.

Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

Zooborns

Simon & Schuster

From aardvarks to zebras, ZooBorns showcases the newest and cutest animal babies from accredited zoos and aquariums around the world. Featuring fascinating animal facts and background stories on each pictured baby, ZooBorns illustrates the connections between zoo births and conservation initiatives in the wild for animal lovers of all ages.  The series has sold more than 100,000 copies. 

Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places

Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House

Jennifer Niven’s critically acclaimed first novel for young adults has sold in 39 languages, has been optioned for film with Elle Fanning attached to star, and has garnered glowing Kirkus and Booklist reviews. When Violet and Finch meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. 

H.A. Swain

Hungry

Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan

In seventeen-year-old Thalia’s world, there is no more food and no need for food, as mega-corporation One World has altered human DNA so that they no longer experience any pesky hunger pangs.  One World also supplies all nutrition through a  substance called Synthamil. Thalia's mother is the brilliant scientist who developed Sythamil, and their family lives a life of privilege as a result..until Thalia begins to suffer unexplainable spasms in her abdomen.  She resists being shipped off to a "specialist," and teams up with a non-"privy," Basil, who leads her further into the resistance movement than she would have thought possible. 

Carrie Arcos

Out of Reach

Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

Carrie Arcos's debut novel, which has been nominated for a National Book Award and a California Book Award, asks the question: how do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home. With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, she and her best friend Tyler begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

Karen Cushman

Catherine, Called Birdy

HarperCollins

Newbery Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ABC Children's Booksellers Choice Award and Booklist Editors' Choice, Catherine, Called Birdy features a clever young maiden who uses her smarts and trickery to avoid being married off by her father to a rich suitor. In addition to rave reviews by Kirkus, this novel was one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year and made the International Board on Books for Young People Honor List.