March is Small Press Month, where we celebrate the books put out by small presses. There are many small presses that publish awesome teen books. Here's a small sampling:
Tillmon County Fire by Pamela Ehrenberg. This is a novel in short stories, with each story told by a different teen. We know that someone set the fire, but who? And why? Published by Eerdman's Books for Young Readers.
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif. School and boys and friendship drama and oppressive parents and trying to fit in with two cultures is hard enough. It's harder when you're starving from sun up to sun down. At least fasting will shed a few pounds? Maybe? Published by Flux, and imprint of Llewellyn Books.
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain. David will do anything for Zelda's green eyes-- including believing in her mission and helping execute it. The mission? Zelda's a space alien, tasked with kidnapping Johnny Depp and taking him back to her home planet. Easy! Published by Chronicle Books.
Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac. When his dad (a former government agent) goes missing, Luke knows who took him, and is off to rescue him. Luckily, the fact he's just discovered he's a werewolf should help with this. Unluckily, his Russian mafia classmates may have also clued into the werewolf thing. It's an action/thriller/spy type novel, but paranormal abilities mean you don't need as many gadgets. Published by Tu Books, the teen sci fi/fantasy imprint of Lee and Low Books.
Troy High by Shana Norris. When Elena, the Spartan's cheerleading captain transfers to Troy High, well, it's all out war on the football field. You've never heard The Illiad like this. Published by Amulet, an imprint of Abrams.
Double Crossing by Eve Tal. In 1905, life is becoming almost unbearable for Russia's Jews. Raizel and her father flee to America, where they'll establish themselves and then send for the rest of the family. It's a long, hard, and dangerous journey across Europe, and a long, hard, and dangerous Atlantic crossing. Once at Ellis Island, the unthinkable happens and they're sent back. What will they do now? Published by Cinco Puntos Press. Be sure to read the sequel, Cursing Columbus.
Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin. Set during the Jazz Age, Garnet is spending the summer at Excelsior, a summer resort in Minnesota. She quickly gets bored and talks her guardian into letting her have a job. She then meets and falls in love with Isabella, a dancer at the forbidden dance hall. Published by Milkweed.
Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno. Brian is in love with is best friend, but when he finally works up the nerve to ask her out, he's rejected and their friendship is over. Published for adults, this is a book with high teen appeal. Published by Akashic Books.
Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji. In 1972, Idi Amin announces that all Indians must leave Uganda. Sabine doesn't understand how she can be kicked out of the only country she's ever known. Her father thinks it doesn't apply to them-- they're Ugandan citizens, but as the situation worsens, is it too late to go? Published by Second Story Press.
What are your favorite small presses?
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