Adult Books for Teens

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City of Thieves: A Novel
David Benioff

BENIOFF

Documenting his grandparents’ experiences during the siege of Leningrad, a young writer learns how a military deserter tried to secure pardons by gathering hard-to-find ingredients for a powerful colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake.


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The Alexandria Link: A Novel
Steve Berry

BERRY

Too bad former secret agent Cotton Malone knows how to unearth the lost contents of the Library of Alexandria; now his bookstore has been ransacked and his son kidnapped.


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The Book of Jonas
Stephen Dau

DAU

When his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in the Middle East, fifteen-year-old Jonas is sent to live with a foster family in America and struggles to adapt before revealing the heroics of a missing soldier who saved his life.


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Finding Nouf: A Novel
Zoe Ferraris

MYS FERRARIS

Stumbling upon the drowned body of Nouf, the teenage daughter of a prominent, wealthy Saudi Arabian family, Nayir, a desert guide hired by her family to search for her, feels compelled to discover what really happened to her.


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Girlchild: A Novel
Tupelo Hassman

HASSMAN

Obsessively following the edicts of the Girl Scouts Handbook in spite of her lack of a troop, young Rory longs to escape the Reno trailer park where she lives with her bartender mother.


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A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel
Joshilyn Jackson

JACKSON

Three generations of the Slocumb family must deal with a traumatizing family secret after Mosey finds a small grave in their backyard.


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Mudbound
Hillary Jordan

JORDAN

In 1946, Laura McAllan tries to adjust after moving with her husband and two children to an isolated cotton farm in the Mississipi Delta.


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The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver

KINGSOLVER

In 1959, Nathan Price, who has taken his wife and four daughters on a mission to the Belgian Congo, finds that their traditions are no longer secure in this very different world, in a powerful story set against the backdrop of the Congo’s battle for independence from Belgium.


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Edge of Dark Water
Joe R. Lansdale

LANSDALE

Trying to escape her worthless life leads to disastrous consequences when Sue Ellen steals money and a raft and embarks on a journey to dig up her best friend’s body, burn it, and sprinkle the ashes in Hollywood.


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Life of Pi
Yann Martel

MARTEL

Possessing unusual intelligence, zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.


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So Far Away: A Novel
Meg Mitchell Moore

MOORE

Desperate to escape her parents’ ugly divorce and a former best friend’s vicious cyber-bullying, thirteen-year-old Natalie bonds with widowed librarian Kathleen over the diary of an early twentieth-century Boston maid.


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The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield

SETTERFIELD

When her health begins failing, the mysterious author Vida Winter decides to let biographer Margaret Lea write the truth about her life, but Margaret needs to verify the facts since Vida has a history of telling outlandish tales.


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Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story
Leonie Swann

MYS SWANN

In a cozy Irish village, when their beloved shepherd, George, is found struck down by a spade, his flock of clever sheep, led by Miss Maple, the smartest sheep in Glennkill, launches its own investigation to find George’s killer among the local village inhabitants.


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The Age of Miracles: A Novel
Karen Thompson Walker

WALKER

Imagines the coming-of-age story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.


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Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
Alan Eisenstock

ART PERFORM EIS

Recounts the seven-year-long effort of two Mississippi boys, aged eleven and twelve, to produce a scene-for-scene remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark, complete with natives in grass skirts and a giant fiberglass boulder.


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Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows to Stealing Thunder: The World's Strangest True Weather Stories
Randy Cerveny

SCIENCE WEATHER CER

A treasury of unusual weather tales reports such oddities as tornadoes that have plucked chickens of their feathers, lightning that has stripped victims of their clothing, and hailstorms that have ended wars.


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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Barbara Ehrenreich

SOCSCI EHR

In an attempt to understand the lives of Americans earning near-minimum wages, Ehrenreich works as a waitress in Florida, a cleaning woman in Maine, and a sales clerk in Minnesota.


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Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell

SOCSCI GLA

Identifies the qualities of successful people, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.


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Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town
Bryan Mealer

SPORTS FOOTBALL MEA

Traces the stories of an orphaned quarterback, a celebrated football coach, and an aspiring medical student whose prospects were collectively shaped by the formidable challenges, shameful history, and football enthusiasm of their hometown in the Florida Everglades.


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Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
Ben Mezrich

TCRIME MEZ

Recounts the story of how a notorious gang of MIT blackjack savants devised and received backing for a system for winning at the world’s most sophisticated casinos, an endeavor that earned them more than three million dollars.


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