• Nervous Conditions (Nervous Conditions #1)

    Set in 1960s Rhodesia, this superb coming-of-age novel follows two cousins, Tambu and Nyasha, as they struggle with identity. Perfect for: • Lovers of post-colonial, feminist, African literature. • Anyone looking for a coming-of-age story of two cousins. • Fans of stories that investigate the deep scars caused when one...


  • Family Life

    An Indian family moves to the States. Tragedy (and some hilarity) ensues. Read more here. Perfect for: Lovers of immigrant fiction centred on an Indian family. Fans of books with a troubled teen as protagonist. Readers of lyrical, page-turning fiction that is accessible-yet-complex.


  • The Serpent King

    Book Dumpling Recommends For: Readers looking for the story of small-town bullies and outcasts. Lovers of artistic teens. Anyone interested in a public fall from grace.


  • Tiger Lily

    Peter Pan and Tiger Lily are in love. Until Wendy Darling gets there. You know the story, but not this story. Perfect for:  Readers of fairy-tale retellings. Lovers of YA, paranormal fiction. Fans of Peter Pan.


  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    Claudia Kincaid and her brother, Jamie, run away to New York City and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They must evade their parents (and the police), but need to figure out how to live in a museum. Oh, and the siblings also get drawn into a mystery...


  • Flipped

    Neighbours, Juli and Bryce, take turns narrating this playful teen romance. At first, Juli crushes on Bryce until 7th grade. In 8th grade, Bryce starts to notice Juli. Only problem? She’s no longer convinced. Perfect for: Anyone looking for a solid teen romance. Learning about the same relationship from each...


  • Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)

    Time: somewhere in the distant future. Place: Planet Arrakis. The players: Young Paul Artredies and his family. And they’re in trouble. The issue: The fight over melange, a powerful and valuable spice, creates stress and drama in the interstellar world. Why should I care? As politics, ecology, and technology intersect,...


  • Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom

    Violet is not pleased with her father’s new life: she’s infuriated by his move to L.A and his decision to marry an actress named, of all things, Jennica. Her younger sister, Rosie, isn’t adjusting so well either - she’s started to wet the bed. Even worse, Violet’s mother only dates...


  • The Wild Girls

    In the early 1970s, 12-year old Joan has recently moved from California to Connecticut. There, she meets Sarah (“Fox”) who lives with her motorcycle-riding Dad. As Joan morphs into ‘Newt,’ a new identity, the two girls forge a close friendship. When they both get into a writing workshop at Berkeley,...


  • A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)

    Diana Bishop has been in denial about her magical abilities: she is the last in a long line of witches, but wants – no, needs –  to believe that she’s come as far as she has as a scholar because of her intellect, not because of her magical legacy. When...


  • Paper Towns

    Quentin “Q” Jacobsen has been crushing on the adventurous Margo Roth Spiegleman ever since they shared a terrifying experience as young children. When she cracks open his bedroom window shortly before graduation, and climbs back into his life, dressed as a ninja and calling upon him and his driving skills...


  • 11 Birthdays

    Best friends, Amanda and Leo, were born on the same day, and celebrate all their birthdays together – at least until last year, when something happened between them. On their eleventh birthday, Amanda can’t wait for the day, and her dismal party, to be over – Leo’s party is rumoured...


  • The Inquisitor’s Apprentice (Inquisitor’s Apprentice #1)

    Sacha Kessler can see witches. And so, he becomes a reluctant apprentice to the New York Police Department’s eccentric, yet very effective inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. Together with Wolf and fellow apprentice, Lily Astral, Sacha learns how to stop magical crimes. And it only gets better. Perfect for: Readers of alternative...


  • Sisters

    Raina Telgemeier again mines her own childhood to describe her tumultuous relationship with her younger sister, Amara, with whom she competes for attention, recognition, and, well, space (they live in a TINY apartment). The story is mostly related through the remembrance of a road-trip they took with their brother and...


  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1)

    Her father is away at war, her mother is exhausted by her job, and September is bored by the sameness of Nebraska and the teacups she has to wash day after day so, when she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, she quickly accepts. It...


  • Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1)

    Summer, 1950: at the once grand, but now rather shabby mansion of Buckshaw, eleven-year-old, Flavia de Luce, is an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It’s good she has a hobby: her father is distracted, her mother is dead, and her sisters ignore her at best, and antagonize her...


  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

    A popular and appealing read, specifically amongst teens, this offbeat murder mystery is told from the perspective of 15-year old, Christopher Boone, an adolescent with autism and savant skills. When he is accused of killing his neighbour’s poodle, Christopher channels Sherlock Holmes to find the true perpetrator. He excels at...


  • Eleanor & Park

    The year: 1986. The plot: Two, quirky teens meet on a bus. The result: a wonderfully funny, gratifying excursion through one couple’s year of first love. Perfect for: Fans of John Green's A Fault in our Stars.  Readers of quirky romances following misfit teens. The cover.


  • Lullabies for Little Criminals

    Baby is about to turn 12 years old: her mother is dead and her father’s a junkie. She comes of age on the streets of Montreal in a neighbourhood replete with poverty, prostitution and drugs. With a colourful cast of characters, this book will simultaneously entertain and break your heart....


  • Wool (Silo #1A)

    In this, the first of Howey’s popular, post-apocalyptic series chronicling people confined to a giant underground silo due to toxic waste, dystopian worlds and compelling characters unite to survive in the best possible way. Perfect for: Addictive, dystopian fiction to die for. Readers looking to immerse themselves in a post-apocalyptic experience....


  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story

    In this funny-yet-disturbing book, teen Craig Gilner has a nice family and home. He’s also been accepted into a prestigious high school; however, when his overwhelming need to succeed takes over his life, he experiences a paralyzing depression. After checking into a psychiatric hospital, Craig gains some perspective, and meets...


  • Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow #1)

    Ellie and her friends have just been camping in the Australian outback when they return to find their families gone and their country invaded. Enough said: addictive stuff.Perfect for: Readers looking for the next, awesome, YA dystopian series.Lovers of Aussie teens. They’re pretty badass.YA sci-fi lovers of all ages.


  • Night School

    Allie Sheridan is teenager with problems: when she is sent away to a strict boarding school after having been arrested, she is sure that this school will be no different than any of the others that she has been kicked out of. But Allie soon finds that not everything at...


  • The Scorpio Races

    Every November, riders catch and tame wild water horses to ride in the Scorpio races: Sean Kendrick is the fearless and talented returning champion, while Puck Connolly, who never wanted to ride, needs the prize money to keep her family together. Told through the alternating perspectives of both Sean and...


  • Arrows of the Queen

    Talia’s life has always been controlled: due to her family’s strict rules, her only future is to marry. But Talia dreams of other things; of magic, and heroes, and enchanted white horses that will carry her away to her destiny. When she meets one of these horses, which she had...


  • Eye of the Crow

    How did Sherlock Holmes become the king of great detectives? Peacock explores the 13-year-old Holmes’ first case – a murder, no less. Through the young detective’s eyes, we travel through a London filled with few friends and many enemies, where we meet his family, his methods of deduction, and his evolving...


  • Department 19

    Jamie Carpenter always believed that his father was a traitor, a rogue agent who was shot and killed when he tried to sell state secrets to terrorists. But when mysterious creatures kidnap his mother, Jamie is forced into a world that very few people know exist. Fighting alongside humans and...


  • Paper Daughter

    When Maggie Chen loses her father in a hit-and-run, all she wants to do is move on. An aspiring journalist, she accepts a summer internship at a newspaper; however, her work forces her to confront some difficult (and potentially dangerous) truths about her father, and herself.Perfect forTeens who love good...


  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    Neil Gaiman is doing his Neil Gaiman-y thing in this magical, scary, and bittersweet fable in which a grown man returns to his home for a funeral and recalls long-forgotten memories of impossible events from his childhood. The result is a dark but lovely story that lingers long after the...


  • The Stone Child

    When Eddie Fennicks moves to Gateswood – the former town of his favourite mystery writer, Nathaniel Olmstead – he is sure that heaven exists. When Olmstead’s frightening characters start appearing in real life, however, Eddie, along with his new friends, need to crack the puzzle of the mysteriously disappeared author’s...