The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The award includes a statewide teen vote of 10 books. These 10 books were narrowed from over 300 by professional librarians across the state.

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The Last Dragonslayer
Jasper Fforde

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer—and Big Magic.


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Monument 14
Emmy Laybourne

Trapped inside a chain superstore by an apocalyptic sequence of natural and human disasters, six high school kids from various popular and unpopular social groups struggle for survival while protecting a group of younger children.


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Every Day
David Levithan

Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.


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Never Fall Down
Patricia McCormick

Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.


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How to Lead a Life of Crime
Kirsten Miller

A teenaged pickpocket, haunted by the ghost of his brother killed by his father, is recruited for Mandel Academy, a school for criminals where only one student survives each semester.


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The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
Susin Nielsen

After his life is shattered, Henry and his father are forced to resume their lives in a new city where in spite of Henry’s desire to remain invisible he befriends some oddball characters at school and in the apartment building.


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Revived
Cat Patrick

Having been brought back from the dead repeatedly by a top-secret government super drug called Revive, and forced to move so the public does not learn the truth, fifteen-year-old Daisy meets people worth living for and begins to question the heavy-handed government controls she has dealt with for eleven years.


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Sons of the 613
Michael Rubens

Isaac is struggling to prepare for his Bar Mitzvah when his older brother Josh, a self-proclaimed “Super Jew” and undefeated wrestler, forces him into a quest to become a man by shooting a gun, riding a motorcycle, falling in love, and more.


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Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Steve Sheinkin

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.


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Cardboard
Doug TenNapel

When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.


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