LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen). Marcus, a/k/a "w1n5t0n," is only seventeen years old, but already knows how the system works - and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.
But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco.
WILDWOOD DANCING by Juliet Marillier (Knopf Books For Young Readers). 16-year-old Jenica and her four sisters discover a mysterious portal that appears every full moon and allows them access to the Dancing Glade in the Other Kingdom.
LITTLE (GRRL) LOST by Charles de Lint (Viking Children's Books/Firebird). Fourteen-year-old T. J. has trouble finding a niche in her new school, until she meets Elizabeth Wood, a 16-year-old "Little" who is six inches tall and all punky attitude. T. J. and Elizabeth are both fascinated and sometimes disgusted by each other, and form a tight, complicated friendship that sees them through a slew of adventures in both the quotidian and magical worlds.
HELL PHONE by William Sleator (Amulet Books). Nick Gordon can't afford to be choosy when it comes to purchasing a cell phone, so he takes what the dealer at the discount store offers him: a suspiciously newer-looking model with an odd ring and no caller ID. Is it all a hoax, or does the phone's coverage extend into Hell itself?
NOBODY'S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner (Random House Books for Young Readers). She is beautiful, she is a princess, and Aphrodite is her favorite goddess, but something in the teenage Helen of Sparta - later to be known as Helen of Troy - just itches for more out of life.
THE VALLEY-WESTSIDE WAR by Harry Turtledove (Tor Teen). In an alternate-history United States, teenagers get caught up in war when one Los Angeles neighborhood invades another.
RED SCARF GIRL: A MEMOIR OF THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION by Ji-Li Jiang (HarperCollins Books For Young Readers).
A highly successful student, Ji-Li's life begins to unravel during the Cultural Revolution when her family wants her to turn down a chance to be trained by the government as a gymnast. Self-centered at first, the effects that propaganda have upon the lives of people she respects - including her own family - expand her concerns beyond her own.
THE MINSTREL'S TALE by Berit Haahr (Delacorte Books for Young Readers). Judith of Nesscliff is a talented musician in 13th-century England. She is distraught when her gluttonous stepfather announces her betrothal to the middle-aged and coarse Lord Walter. Disguising herself as a boy, she escapes and treks across England to audition to be a musician in the King's Minstrels.
TEMPING FATE by Esther Friesner (Dutton Children's Books). Ilana is relieved to get a summer job, but wonders if she's made the right choice when the Divine Relief Temp Agency sends her to Tabby Fabricant Textiles, where she meets the three unusual sisters who will be her supervisors. Soon Ilana discovers that everyone employed by the agency works for the gods or the heroes.
THE BATTLE OF NASHVILLE by Benson Bobrick (Knopf Books For Young Readers). A nonfiction book about an important Civil War battle that turned the tide against the South.
HUNGRY by Alethea Eason (HarperCollins Books for Young Readers/Eos). A humorous look at an alien girl settled in a California suburb with her parents who are here from Home World on a vital mission. Deborah, or Dbkrrrsh as she is known on her home planet, discovers that her Home World intends to invade the Earth and consume the humans as their newest food source.
BURNING ROSES by Esther Friesner (Penguin Books for Young Readers). Young Adult historical novel based on the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 young immigrant workers.
THE BORRIBLES TRILOGY by Michael de Larrabeiti (Tor Teen). Borribles are runaways who dwell in the shadows of London. Apart from their pointed ears, they look just like ordinary children. They live by their wits and a few Borrible laws: the chief one being, Don't Get Caught! The Borribles are outcasts but wouldn't have it any other way.
SILAS AND THE WINTERBOTTOMS by Stephen M. Giles (Pan/Macmillan). Three young cousins meet for the first time when they are invited to spend the summer at their ailing Uncle Silas' secluded island home. They believe he plans to decide which one of them will be his heir, but his motive is far more sinister - and dangerous - than that. The debut of an exciting new author.