Recommended Read-Alikes


A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libbra Bray
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Longbourn by Jo Baker
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows
Unspeakable by Caroline Pignat

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
We were Liars by E. Lockhart
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Black and White by Eric Walters
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Game Face by Sylvia Gunnery
The Final Four by Paul Volponi

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Say What you Will by Cammie McGovern
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen

Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Storm Thief by Chris Wooding
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare 

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Paper Towns by John Green
Shattered by Eric Walters
Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold
The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Wounded by Eric Walters

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brogosol
Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson 
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan   
Saints by Gene Luen Yang
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
I was here by Gayle Forman
Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Nimona: Chapter One

Book Trailer for The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Nicola Yoon Discusses Debut Novel, Everything, Everything


“All The Bright Places” Trailer

Message from Laurie Halse Anderson author of The Impossible Knife of Memory

AndersonDear Ms. Allen,

Thank you so much for the exciting news about the nomination of The Impossible Knife of Memory! Thank you so much for the opportunity to share a few things with your readers!

As I watched soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq – many of them struggling with PTSD – I couldn’t stop thinking about their children. My father developed PTSD as a result of his experience in World War II. His depression and alcoholism nearly destroyed our family.

I wrote The Impossible Knife of Memory to show the incredible challenges faced by teens whose parents are dealing with substance abuse and mental illness. I borrowed a lot from my own life; the terror I felt when my dad was suicidal, my confusion about his mood swings, my anger when he passed out drunk, and my constant prayer that he would get better. There is a lot of sadness in this book, but there’s also friendship, humor, and the kind of love that gives you the strength and hope you need when times are tough. I hope your readers like it.

Very truly yours,
Laurie Halse Anderson

“The Thing About Jellyfish” Trailer – Fanmade

Josh Sundquist author of We Should Hang Out Sometime

Message from Meg Wolitzer author of Belzhar


I’m really happy that Belzhar was nominated for a Teen Reader’s Choice Award.  I tried to write the kind of book that I would have wanted to read when I was a teenager.  The novel takes place at a boarding school for “emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers.”  I liked the idea of setting it there, because it meant that the characters would be far away from their families and friends, and off in a new situation where anything could happen.  Fantasy ripples very lightly through the book, and I don’t want to say too much, but I will say that the ending is something that a lot of people seem to want to know about, asking me, “Did you always know it would end that way?” The answer is, “Not exactly.”  Every book has to find its own story, and the writer has to struggle to tell it.  I tried to do that, and along the way I loved being in the world of my characters.  I still miss them.

All the best,


“The Impossible Knife of Memory” Trailer


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