In Nowhere to Goa Bhang Lassis, Rickshaws, and Holy Cows! by Doug E. Jones, Scott and Mike are 19-year-old twins. Scott has always lived by the rules, while Mike’s been a reckless free spirit charging ahead and getting by on his good looks and a nice smile. When Mike is arrested in India, Scott knows that he must once again save his twin and heads off to bring him home. The task is not as straightforward as Scott anticipated as he sets off on his brother’s trail. On the South Asian backpack trail, Scott’s eyes are opened and he wonders if perhaps there isn’t more out there than a degree from the Northwestern University and a quiet life.
In The Citadel of Lies (The Palâdnith Chronicles) by Sam J. Charlton, Seth, Eni and Val are back and traveling on a collision course with each other toward the Citadel of Lies. Val has been sent for an artifact that could change everything. Will the deadly minions of the Queen catch up with the brothers before they discover their true fate? The Citadel of Lies is the second book in The Palâdnith Chronicles.
The inhabitants of Galatia, a post-apocalyptic community, have been living underground since a nuclear attack left the world uninhabitable. When their underground bunker collapses, the Galactians are forced to the surface, some of who embrace the change. Lars Steelson is a kid who didn’t fit in the underground. On the surface, he blossoms. He’s joined by hothead Josie Albright. Can Josie and Lars work together to find a new home for their people?
In Shadowlands by Alan Steven Kessler, Steve Goldblatt has had a rough childhood. His parents are abusive and his view of trusted friends is shaped by that treatment. Shadowlands is a dark journey into the soul of an abused child.
In Fun & Games by David Michael Slater, Jonathan Schwartz is coming-of-age in the 1980s. At the crossroads of religion and his wacky family, Jonathon navigates the difficult years toward adulthood with humor. Fun & Games is a story of love, loss and skeletons in the closet.
The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren is a coming-of-age story that takes place in the 1970s and 1980s. Jason Lee Rainey’s father was a hero. The senior Rainey was a man who strongly believed in the Civil Rights movement and fought in Vietnam. He died when young Jason Lee was only eight months old. Living in Hadlee, Mississippi with his mother and uncle, Jason Lee must decide despite the anti-black sentiment that lingers if he will pursue a friendship with Samson Johnson. When he meets him at the school the first day, Samson bears the taunts and beatings from the other white children. Over time, Jason Lee learns more about his father, Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement and also that sometimes you have to work to make your world a better place.
Theodore Crane is a neglected 12-year-old who wants to be something great. He has a need to grow beyond his walls. What Theodore doesn’t realize is the epic adventure that awaits him in the unknown vastness of space and the danger posed from an enemy determined to harm him.
August Bailey is a 16-year-old living by the rules of an old-fashioned society — one where she has to wear hand-me-downs and her mother won’t let her date. When her mother slaps her face during an argument, August knows that it’s time to head into the world and make a life for herself. When August discovers that the big city isn’t quite what she thought it would be, Reese finds her. He’s sweet and handsome and wants to take care of her and build a general affection. But life on the streets isn’t all August thought it would be. Living in a society of kids who sell their bodies for enough money to live for a day, and where drugs flow like water, can she survive with them or will every day simply lead her further from home? [easyazon-link asin=”0991851013″ locale=”us”]Suicide City, a Love Story[/easyazon-link] is a Young Adult novel, but more suitable for older readers.
In Arabelle’s Shadows by Fleur Gaskin, Arabelle is a young model from New Zealand living in Thailand and at war with her shadows. Her life may look glamorous from the outside, but inside she’s falling apart.