Great Teen Reads

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White Cat
Holly Black

TEEN BLACK

Cassel is the only one without a talent in a family full of curse workers. While his other family members illegally cast charms and manipulate memories for the right price, Cassel perfects his skills as a con artist to fit in as a “normal guy” at school. It’s the nightmares about a white cat resembling a murdered girl and bouts of sleepwalking that remind Cassel that he’s anything but normal.


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Zombies vs. Unicorns
edited by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

SF TEEN ZOMBIES

In this collection of short stories, various authors including Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, and Maureen Johnson battle it out to see which is better; unicorns or zombies. Are unicorns arbiters of justice or do they merely fart rainbows? Are zombies truly terrifying or are they merely carriers of diseases?


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Beat the Band
Don Calame

TEEN CALAME

Being paired with the school’s most hated girl for a project threatens to socially destroy Coop, so he decides the only way to save his reputation is to win Battle of the Bands. The only problem: he and his band mates have absolutely no talent. But that won’t stop Coop from going to hilarious lengths to get what he wants.


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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

ROM TEEN COHN

Dash finds a notebook stashed between some books at the used bookstore urging him to follow a set of clues. Intrigued, he leaves his own clues for the notebook owner, Lily, hopeful she will reciprocate. The clues lead both teens on an exploration of New York City during the holidays. Can Dash & Lily transfer what they discovered about each other in the notebook when they meet face to face?


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The Search for WondLa
Tony DiTerlizzi

SF J DITERLIZZI

Eva Nine survives in a bunker with her robot companion and teacher, Muthr. But nothing that she’s learned from Muthr prepares Eva for the destruction of her bunker and what she finds in the outside world. Accompanied by a colorful cast of characters, Eva embarks on a quest to find help. Is she the only surviving human left?


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Revolution
Jennifer Donnelly

TEEN DONNELLY

Andi, a gifted musician, struggles with depression brought on by the belief that she is responsible for her younger brother’s death. When her mother is institutionalized, Andi’s father takes her to Paris so that she can concentrate on her studies. Andi finds a diary that sweeps her back in time to the French Revolution. In an attempt to save the dauphin, Andi learns acceptance and the power of forgiveness.


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Ostrich Boys
Keith Gray

TEEN GRAY

After their best friend Ross dies in an accident, three teen boys take matters into their own hands. The bumbling and hypocritical efforts of the community to mourn and remember their friend inspire the boys to steal Ross’ ashes and take them on a road trip to remember. A wild journey follows, including lost money and train tickets, bungee jumping, hitchhiking and finally figuring out what really happened to Ross.


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Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green & David Levithan

TEEN GREEN

Under a bizarre set of circumstances, Will Grayson meets another teenage boy with the same name who has travelled to the city on a blind date to meet his online boyfriend. Their name might be the only thing these two teens have in common. But Will Grayson’s best friend named Tiny Cooper, a gay football player who writes, produces, and performs musicals and is anything but tiny, might force both Wills to reexamine their own identities.


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Please Ignore Vera Dietz
A.S. King

TEEN KING

Vera Dietz, pizza delivery technician, is a high school senior who’s just trying to stay off the radar of evil Jenny and her loser friends. But ever since Charlie, her ex-best friend and neighbor died, she’s been haunted by visions of him begging her to clear his name around his suspicious death. Will Vera be able to stand up to Jenny and tell the truth about the night that Charlie died?


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Lost for Words
Alice Kuipers

TEEN KUIPERS

Sophie’s older sister Emily died during summer vacation. When she eventually returns to her London school, sixteen-year-old Sophie feels isolated from her old friends and distant with her mother. Finally taking the advice of her counselor and with the encouragement of Rosa-Leigh, the new girl at school, Sophie begins trying to express the emotions and guilt that have absorbed her life.


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Party
Tom Leveen

TEEN LEVEEN

It’s Saturday night and the big end of the school year party is going down. Focusing on eleven different teens at the party, each chapter is written from one teen’s points of view. Their stories merge and intersect as we read about their problems, fears and dreams.


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Finnikin of the Rock
Melina Marchetta

SF TEEN MARCHETTA

The kingdom of Lumatere has been overpowered by an imposter and then cursed, an act which has closed the walls and left homeless those citizens who had escaped. Finnikin is the son of the head of the King’s Guard of Lumatere who grew up with the royal children, but now ten years later his life is spent traveling the neighboring countries trying to record the fate of his people. When he is introduced to Evanjelin, a mysterious girl who claims to know the location of Prince Balthazar, his childhood friend and heir to Lumatere, Finnikin and his companions face a perilous journey back to their homeland.


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Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess
George O'Connor

GRAPHIC TEEN OLYMPIANS

After being born out of the head of her father Zeus fully grown, Athena becomes the goddess of warfare and of civilization. In this graphic novel the Three Fates tell tales of the Greek goddess Athena as she outsmarts humans and gods alike.


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Before I Fall
Lauren Oliver

TEEN OLIVER

When pretty, popular Samantha Kingston wakes up on Cupid Day, the last thing she expects is to die in a car crash that night. But she does. And when she dies in the crash, the last thing she expects is to wake up on Cupid Day again. But she does. Will another chance make a difference?


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Dirty Little Secrets
C. J. Omololu

TEEN OMOLOLU

Sixteen-year-old Lucy can’t wait to escape to college like her older siblings and put her embarrassment in her mother’s secret compulsive hording behind her. Upon returning home one night, she discovers her mother has unexpectedly died within the massive piles of accumulated stuff. What can she do to prevent this secret from being exposed to her friends, neighbors, and potential boyfriend?


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Anna and the French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins

ROM TEEN PERKINS

Boarding school in France was not how Anna had planned to spend her senior year. But after meeting Etienne St. Clair, the school hottie, things seem to be looking up. Too bad St. Clair has a girlfriend.


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Sorta Like a Rock Star
Matthew Quick

TEEN QUICK

Even though she and her alcoholic mother have been secretly living in an old school bus, Amber stays positive. She teaches English to Korean women using Motown music, entertains the population of a local nursing home, and organizes a group of misfit teenage boys. But when tragedy strikes Amber, it knocks her down hard, so hard that she may not be able to get back up. It is time for the people whose lives Amber has touched to return the gift.


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After Ever After
Jordan Sonnenblick

TEEN SONNENBLICK

Cancer survivor Jeffrey is trying to get through the eighth grade like any other “normal” kid. The effects of his leukemia treatment have left him with a pronounced limp and difficulty processing information, particularly math. Jeff’s best friend, wheelchair-bound Tad, offers to help him pass the state test. In return, Jeff will get Tad in shape so he can walk across the stage at graduation.


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Ghostopolis
Doug TenNapel

GRAPHIC TEEN GHOSTOPOLIS

Bungling ghost wrangler Frank Gallows accidentally zaps Garth into the afterlife, and recruits his ex-girlfriend to help rescue the boy. Meanwhile, Garth and his skeleton horse must navigate Ghostopolis, a world filled with giant bugs, ruthless villains, special powers, and surprising friendships. Will Garth and his rescuers ever make it back to the land of the living?


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Not That Kind of Girl
Siobhan Vivian

TEEN VIVIAN

Natalie is a straight-laced and ambitious senior and class president hopeful who has never had the time or patience for boys, parties, football games, or fun. That all changes when Natalie meets the rebellious and daring freshman Spencer, falls into an unexpected relationship with a popular jock, and realizes that her best friend is slipping away. Now Natalie is forced to reconsider her rigid views on sex, love, friendship, and life.


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