Thomas E. Sniegoski
Released last fall, Legacy is an excellent young adult novel about handling the cards fate deals out. Sniegoski takes something that should be an awesome turn in your life - going from a trailer park to a mansion overnight - under the 'reality' light. Lucas is a typical teenaged boy in many ways: he's loyal to the mother who raised him, angry at the father who abandoned him but curious about his fathers dual life, and kind of stoked about the whole 'superhero' thing. When Lucas finds out that evil takes all forms and must deal with his mother's brutal murder, he grows up quickly. This is a lesson that many of our teens have to deal with much sooner than we'd like them to.
I'm one of the very lucky people on this planet who has parents who really are superheros - they've been married for almost 40 years and they still flirt (gag) with each other. They dedicated their lives to making sure I had the best life I could have and I'm so thankful for them. But for those who haven't been so blessed, this book is a great example of becoming all that you can be despite your parents mistakes.