- The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines: Jewish girl in the USA, 1942, begins detecting the disappearance of a classmate, while hiding her activities from her father and hiding her identity from her classmates.
- Shot in the Dark by Janet Whyte: biracial boy with degenerating vision (and a great deal of anger about his condition) plays competitive goalball in Vancouver. More importantly, he makes friends.
- Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings: girl is passed from one horrible relative to another after her grandmother dies. This is the story of how she finds a best friend and a home. Set in the 1960s.
- Young Man with Camera by Emil Sher, photos by David Wynan: boy with a camera, a secret, and a very evil persecutor.
- Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson: after If You Come Softly, Micah’s grieving girlfriend, friends, and family keep on living, one day at a time, after Act III of this modern-day Romeo and Juliet.
- The Reptile Class (Family Tree series) by Marc Zabludoff: photographs! and facts! about snakes! and other reptiles! So PRETTY! Gives a basic grounding about the reptile class with tantalizing details about specific beasties that delight the reader and whet their appetite for more information.
- The Rogues of the Republic trilogy by Patrick Weekes
This really is very amazing in many different ways and more people need to read it. I mean, if you liked Six of Crows, you will love this trilogy.
- The Tribe series by Ambelin Kwaymullina
This is still being released and I don’t quite know how many books there are in the series. This presents a very unique perspective on the post-apocalyptic novel that I think fans of the genre will enjoy.
- Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt
This MG detective series has the most unique characters and is written in the most interesting way ever so I really don’t know why more people won’t read it.
- Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
Now this is a tragedy because I adored this book and the author later told me that the publisher had dropped the series due to low sales so now I might never get to know what happens next in the lives of these brilliant characters.