Hand, Cynthia, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. My Lady Jane. HarperTeen, 2016.
If you want to read the true story of Lady Jane Grey, cousin to the king in 16th century England, check a
history book or Wikipedia. But if you want to read a hilarious, ridiculous, and delightful story of a
reluctant bride who becomes a reluctant queen in a world where some people may or may not have the
ability to shapeshift into animals, then give this book a try. My Lady Jane is a lighthearted historical
comedy, perfect for Anglophiles who don’t take themselves too seriously or fans of The Princess Bride or
Monty Python. Caution: contains puns, ferrets, and alternate history.
Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. Viking, 2016.
Amani Al’Hiza is an expert gunslinger willing to risk everything to escape her desert nation of Miraji. With
an uncanny ability to weasel out of trouble, she finds her strength with the aid of a mythical horse and a
foreign fugitive. Nonstop action, homage to the Wild West, Hindu lore, Arabian Nights, Navajo mythology,
and steampunk combine for a wild ride into the heart of the rebellion of the reigning Sultan.
Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel, 2016.
The paths of four teenagers from different homelands converge during their escape from the violence of
WWII. Follow their journey in this rich historical fiction novel as it retells one of the greatest and least
known maritime tragedies of this time through the eyes of these diverse characters.
Turner, Pamela S. Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yishune. Charlesbridge, 2016.
Minamoto Yishune, born into a powerful samurai family, barely survives his violent childhood when his
family is torn apart by a war of his father’s making. The new ruling family sends him away to a monastery
to reduce Minamoto as a possible threat to their power. Instead, Minamoto becomes one of the most
daring and heroic samurais in Japanese history, executing unbelievable feats of bravery. This is the stuff
Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster, 2016.
Scythe is a science fiction book set in the future where the human population is immortal. The only way to
die is to be randomly killed or gleaned by professional reapers known as “scythes.” Citra and Rowan are
two teenagers who have been selected to apprentice as scythes. They must learn the art of killing and
understand the need. But, in a twist of fate, only one will be chosen to become a scythe and the winner will
have to glean the loser.
Zentner, Jeff. The Serpent King. Crown Books, 2016.
For fans of John Green and Stephen Chbosky, Jeff Zentner’s debut novel, The Serpent King, provides a
close look at the life of three friends in rural Tennessee. Dill, Travis, and Lydia are all very different, but
bound together by the strength of their friendship. Dill’s family scandal is on display for the entire town
when his father ends up in jail. His friends are his lifeline, but graduation is coming; will it set them free
from the constricts of small-town life or cause their close-knit friendship to splinter? This beautiful, funny,
yet sometimes heartbreaking book endears the characters to the heart of every reader and provides a
realistic glimpse into what it truly means to be a friend.
Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. Delacorte, 2016.
Jessie’s mom died two years ago, and now her father has eloped with a woman he met online. He is
moving Jessie across the country to LA where the new stepmom lives. She also gets a new stuck-up
stepbrother who has zero interest in helping Jessie adjust to life in her new rich-kid school. Yay. Things
seem to be falling in place for Jessie’s worst year yet when she gets an email from “Somebody/Nobody”
offering to help her navigate life in LA/her new school. Is this a joke, or an actual offer of help? S/N seems
to be helpful, and Jessie starts to wonder what it would be like to meet this mystery person.
Blake, Kendare. Three Dark Crowns. HarperTeen, 2016.
On the island of Fennbirn, every generation brings with it a set of female triplets, all equal heirs to the
throne, and each with her own magical abilities. Mirabella can spark flames or conjure up storms.
Katherine can ingest poison without fear of death. Arsinoe has control over all natural elements like plants
and animals. The three sisters must fight to prove who is most worthy of being crowned queen, so who is
the strongest and who will perish and at the hands of her own sister?