Titles I've read from the Albert Whitman Spring 2014 catalog:
Being Henry David, by Cal Armistead:
To a degree, Being Henry David is one of those frustrating stories in which the protagonist could save himself pages and pages of torment and confusion if he’d just, you know, ask someone for help. But Armistead makes Hank’s reasons for avoiding the authorities emotionally believable and logically plausible, so it’s not really an issue. It is, as evidenced by my one-sitting read, an extremely compelling book, and the Thoreau quotes are woven in quite nicely: I can easily imagine this book inspiring younger readers to go and look him up.
Titles I want to read from the same catalog:
Mafia Girl, by Deborah Blumenthal: Sounds like Son of the Mob, but with more DRAMZ. So I'm there, obvs.
Skin and Bones, by Sherry Shahan: I oftentimes avoid books about eating disorders because I they make me have lots of feels in a bad way. But this one is about a male protagonist, which is unusual. So I'll make an exception.
The Summer I Found You, by Jolene Perry: I'm always looking for new Dessen readalikes. And despite the preponderance of Somewhat Heavy Issues in the description, the cover art suggests Dessen. (Or Ockler, or Scott, or Han, etc., etc., etc.)