In the Margins Fiction and Nonfiction Recommended List 2013 & 2014

* denotes TOP TEN

*Asante, M.K. Buck: A Memoir. Spiegel & Grau. August 2013. 272p. HC $25.00. ISBN 9780812993417. A broken family and community are where he’s from; poetry and music get him to where he wants to be.

Coley, Liz. Pretty Girl 13. Katerine Tegen Books. March 2013. 352p.HC $17.99. ISBN 9780062127372. She’s 16 but she can’t remember what happened the last 3 years.

Gagnon, Michelle. Don’t Turn Around. HarperCollins. July 2013. 320p. PB $9.99 ISBN 9780062102911, HC $17.99. ISBN 9780062102904. If you run, they will find you.

Goodman, Shawn. Kindness for Weakness. Delacorte. May 2013. 272p. HC $16.99. ISBN 9780385743242. Twelve months in lockup. Weakness is not an option.

Greene, Robert and 50 Cent. 50th Law. Smarter Comics. October 2012. 80p. PB $14.95. ISBN 9781610820066. Keys to power and words of wisdom.

Henry, April. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. Henry Holt and Co. June 2013. 224p. HC $16.99 ISBN 9780805095418. A race against time to solve the mystery of who she is and why two men are trying to kill her.

Jacobs, John Hornor. The Twelve­Fingered Boy. Carolrhoda Books.February 2013. 280p. HC $17.95. ISBN 9780761390077. Jack’s hands aren’t the only things that hold secrets.

Johnson, Albert. H.N.I.C. Infamous Books. July 2013.128p. PB $11.95 ISBN 9781617752322, HC $19.95 ISBN 9781617752360. Will Black let Pappy get out alive?

*Jones, Marilyn Denise. From Crack to College and Vice Versa. Marilyn D. Jones. May 2013. 144p. PB $14.95. ISBN 9780989427401. The title says it all.

Kowalski, William. Just Gone. Raven Books. September 2013. 128p. PB $9.95 ISBN 9781459803275. Is someone or something mysterious taking care of homeless youth?

Langan, Paul. Promises to Keep. Townsend Press. January 2013. 151p. PB $5.95. ISBN 9781591943037. Keeping his promise just might save his life.

*Langan, Paul. Survivor. Townsend Press. January 2013. 138p. PB $5.95. ISBN 9781591943044. Avoiding the past is not an option.

*McKay, Sharon E. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel. Illustrated by Lafance, Daniel. Annick Press. February 2013. 176p. PB $18.95. ISBN 9781554514885. Kidnapped and forced to kill for the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa.

*McVoy, Terra Elan. Criminal. Simon Pulse. May, 2013. 288p. HC $16.99. ISBN 9781442421622. Dee was everything to her. Until he killed a man for another girl.

*Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Candlewick. March 2013. 272p. HC $16.99. ISBN 9780763658595. It’s gonna happen.

*Nussbaum, Susan. Good Kings, Bad Kings. Algonquin Books. November 2013. 320p. PB $14.95. ISBN 9781616203252. Most of them could make it on their own ­ if they could get out of lockdown.

*Rivera, Jeff. No Matter What. CreateSpace. October 2013. 112p. PB $5.38. ISBN 9781493544141. Will Jennifer wait for Dio? Will Dio get it together?

*Ryan, Darlene. Pieces of Me. Orca. September 2012. 240p. PB $12.95. ISBN 9781459800809. Maddie knows how to survive on the streets alone, but when an abandoned child comes into her care, the rules Maddie has lived by start to change.

Shantz-­Hilkes, Chloe (ed.). Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home. Annick Press. March 2013. 120p. PB $12.95. 9781554514748, HC $21.95. ISBN 9781554514755. Living with addiction can be just as painful as suffering from one.

Stella, Leslie. Permanent Record. Skyscape. March 2013. 282p. HC $17.99. ISBN 9781477816394. New School. Will Badi revert to his destructive ways?

Terry, Chris L. Zero Fade. Curbside Splendor Publishing. September 2013. 294p. PB $12.00 ISBN 9780988480438. How’s Kevin ever going to figure out his problems with girls, bullies, friends and the angst of seventh grade if his wise­assed mouth keeps getting him grounded?

Van Diepen, Allison. Takedown. Simon Pulse. September 2013. 288p. PB $9.99. ISBN 9781442463127, HC $16.99. ISBN 9781442463110. How many losses before Darren can takedown Diamond Tony’s organization?

*Young, Pamela Samuels. Anybody’s Daughter. Goldman House Publishing. October 2013. 374p. PB $16.99. ISBN 9780989293501. When Brianna gets targeted and tricked into a sex trafficking ring, Uncle Dre, using his connections as a former drug dealer fights against time to save her.

Youth Communications. Rage: True Stories by Teens About Anger. Free Spirit. July 2013. 176p. PB $11.99 ISBN 9781575424149. Manage your anger, create a life of control and a future with possibilities.

Weyer, Hannah. On the Come Up: A Novel, Based on a True Story. Nan A. Talese. July 2013. 320p. HC $25.00 ISBN 9780385537322. Big dreams come true for a teen mom.

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  • Chair: Amy Cheney, Juvenile Justice Center, Alameda County, CA
  • Administrative Assistant: Amy Wander, Lafayette Public Library, LA
  • Katie MacBride, Mill Valley Public Library & Marin County Juvenile Hall, CA
  • Dr. Virginia Loh­Hagan, Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Selenia Paz, Helen Hall Library, Galveston County, TX
  • Viola Dyas, Retired, Teen Services Librarian, Berkeley Public Library, CA
  • Dr. Julie Ann Winkelstein, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Tennessee