2013 Summer Reading at KDL list for teens

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Ten Things I Hate About Me
Randa Abdel-Fattah

TEEN ABDEL-FATTAH

Lebanese-Australian Jamilah, known in school as Jamie, hides her heritage from her classmates and tries to pass by dyeing her hair blonde and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses until her conflicted feelings become too much for her to bear.


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What I Saw And How I Lied
Judy Blundell

TEEN BLUNDELL

In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.


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Shakespeare's Secret
Elise Broach

MYS TEEN BROACH

Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.


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Just Listen
Sarah Dessen

TEEN DESSEN

Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.


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Escape from Memory (Golden Duck Awards. Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades (Awards))
Margaret Peterson Haddix

TEEN HADDIX

Allowing herself to be hynotized, fifteen-year-old Kira reveals memories of another time and place that may eventually cost her and her mother their lives.


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Identical
Ellen Hopkins

TEEN HOPKINS

Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.


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Try Not to Breathe
Jennifer Hubbard

TEEN HUBBARD

The summer Ryan is released from a mental hospital following his suicide attempt, he meets Nicki, who gets him to share his darkest secrets while hiding secrets of her own.


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The Opposite of Hallelujah
Anna Jarzab

TEEN JARZAB

For eight of her sixteen years Carolina Mitchell’s older sister Hannah has been a nun in a convent, almost completely out of touch with her family. So when she suddenly abandons her vocation and comes home, nobody knows quite how to handle the situation or guesses what explosive secrets she is hiding.


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The Disenchantments
Nina LaCour

TEEN LACOUR

Colby’s post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Beth would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe, but when she announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.


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Wait for Me
An Na

TEEN NA

As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother’s impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.


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Twenty Boy Summer
Sarah Ockler

TEEN OCKLER

While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.


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Dirty Little Secrets
C. J. Omololu

TEEN OMOLOLU

When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother’s compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.


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The Miles Between
Mary E. Pearson

TEEN PEARSON

Seventeen-year-old Destiny keeps a painful childhood secret all to herself until she and three classmates from her exclusive boarding school take off on an unauthorized road trip in search of “one fair day.”


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In Mike We Trust
P. E. Ryan

TEEN RYAN

As fifteen-year-old Garth is wrestling with the promise he made his mother to wait a while before coming out, his somewhat secretive uncle shows up unexpectedly for an extended visit.


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Double
Jenny Valentine

MYS TEEN VALENTINE

When sixteen-year-old Chap is mistaken for a missing boy, he leaves the home where he has been living temporarily and takes on this new identity, not knowing that it is as dangerous and uncertain as the life he has left behind.


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Double Helix
Nancy Werlin

MYS TEEN WERLIN

Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering.


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