1. The Beatles Were Fab (and they were funny) by Kathleen Krull: Chronicles the legendary band’s rise to prominence and highlights the humor of each member.
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth: In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
5. Legend by Marie Lu: In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
6. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix: In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm.
7. Pure by Julianna Baggot: In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll’s head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a “Pure” dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm.
8. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner: The first in a new series, Dashner introduces us to a world of hyper-advanced technology, cyber terrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams…or nightmares.
9. Blackout by Robison Wells: A mysterious virus is spreading through America, infecting teens with incredible powers–and a group of four teens are about to find their lives entwined in a web of danger and catastrophic destruction.
10. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier: Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust.