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The Death of Jayson Porter
Jaime Adoff

TEEN ADOFF

In the Florida projects, sixteen-year-old Jayson struggles with the harsh realities of his life which include an abusive mother, a drug-addicted father, and not fitting in at his predominately white school, and bring him to the brink of suicide.


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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie

TEEN ALEXIE

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


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Counterfeit Son
Elaine Marie Alphin

TEEN ALPHIN

When serial killer Hank Miller is killed in a shoot-out with police, his abused son Cameron adopts the identity of one of his father’s victims in order to find a better life.


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Rat Life
Tedd Arnold

TEEN ARNOLD

After developing an unusual friendship with a young Vietnam War veteran in 1972, fourteen-year-old Todd discovers his writing talent and solves a murder mystery.


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Nothing But The Truth
Avi

TEEN AVI

A ninth-grader’s suspension for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during homeroom becomes a national news story.


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Tangerine
Edward Bloor

TEEN BLOOR

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.


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Bone Volume 1: Out From Boneville
Jeff Smith

GRAPHIC TEEN BONE

Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of their home, Boneville, and become separated in the wilds, but better fortune begins the three cousins reunite at a farmstead in a deep forested valley, where Fone meets a young girl named Thorn.


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Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card

SF TEEN CARD

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive


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Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colfer

SF TEEN COLFER

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.


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The Maze Runner
James Dashner

TEEN DASHNER

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.


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Forged by Fire
Sharon M. Draper

TEEN DRAPER

Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.


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Ice Claw
David Gilman

TEEN GILMAN

High in the French Pyrenees, fifteen-year-old Max Gordon’s race to win an extreme sports challenge becomes a race to survive when he is accused of causing the death of a mysterious Basque monk who has predicted a cataclysmic ecological disaster.


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The Wild
Christopher Golden,Tim Lebbon

TEEN GOLDEN

Seventeen-year-old Jack London makes the arduous journey to the Yukon’s gold fields in 1893, becoming increasingly uneasy about supernatural forces in the wilderness that seem to have taken a special interest in him.


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Playing with Fire
Bruce Hale

J HALE

Reluctant orphan-turned-spy Max Segredo discovers intrigue at the Merry Sunshine Orphanage and must confront an international group bent on world domination, while uncovering mysteries from his past.


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Remote Control
Jack Heath

TEEN HEATH

Teenage agent Six of Hearts is suspected of being a double agent, which has him on the run from his fellow agents at the Deck while also trying to track down his brother’s kidnappers.


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Suckerpunch
David Hernandez

TEEN HERNANDEZ

Shy, seventeen-year-old Marcus and his sixteen-year-old brother, Enrique, accompanied by two friends, drive from their home in southern California to Monterey to confront the abusive father who walked out a year earlier, and who now wants to return home.


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The Dead
Charlie Higson

TEEN HIGSON

As a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers head to London. Ed, Jack, Bam and the other students at Rowhurst School learn more about the Disaster, and meet an adult who seems to be immune to the disease.


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The Enemy
Charlie Higson

TEEN HIGSON

After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.


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Stormbreaker
Anthony Horowitz

TEEN HOROWITZ

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.


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Search and Destroy
Dean Hughes

TEEN HUGHES

Recent high school graduate Rick Ward, undecided about his future and eager to escape his unhappy home life, joins the army and experiences the horrors of the war in Vietnam.


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Soldier Boys
Dean Hughes

HIST TEEN HUGHES

Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.


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Invincible: The Ultimate Collection
Robert Kirkman,Cory Walker

GRAPHIC TEEN INVINCIBLE

This massive hardcover collects the first 13 issues of Robert Kirkman’s Eisner-Nominated super-hero, along with all the extras from the first three trade paperback volumes.


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You Don't Know Me
David Klass

TEEN KLASS

Fourteen-year-old John creates alternative realities in his mind as he tries to deal with his mother’s abusive boyfriend, his crush on a beautiful, but shallow classmate and other problems at school.


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Born to Rock
Gordon Korman

TEEN KORMAN

High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.


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No More Dead Dogs
Gordon Korman

TEEN KORMAN

Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.


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Schooled
Gordon Korman

TEEN KORMAN

Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.


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Son of the Mob
Gordon Korman

TEEN KORMAN

Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.


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Venomous
Christopher Krovatin

TEEN KROVATIN

Since age eight, New York City high school junior Locke Vinetti has experienced bouts of overpowering anger but now that he has friends who accept him and a true girlfriend, the venom threatens to destroy all that he loves.


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Invasion: A C.H.A.O.S. Novel
Jon S. Lewis

SF TEEN LEWIS

After his parents are killed in an automobile accident, sixteen-year-old Colt McAllister moves to Arizona where he is recruited by a secret organization to join the battle against malevolent, supernatural creatures from another world.


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Heat
Mike Lupica

TEEN LUPICA

Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.


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How I Found the Strong
Margaret McMullan

HIST TEEN MCMULLAN

Frank Russell, known as Shanks, wishes he could have gone with his father and brother to fight for Mississippi and the Confederacy, but his experiences with the war and his changing relationship with the family slave, Buck, change his thinking.


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Touching Spirit Bear
Ben Mikaelsen

TEEN MIKAELSEN

After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.


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Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo

HIST TEEN MORPURGO

When Thomas Peaceful’s older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.


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Eragon
Christopher Paolini

SF TEEN PAOLINI

In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.


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Hatchet
Gary Paulsen

TEEN PAULSEN

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.


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Mr. Tucket
Gary Paulsen

WES TEEN PAULSEN

In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild.


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Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal
Mal Peet

HIST TEEN PEET

In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.


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The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
Rick Riordan,Robert Venditti

GRAPHIC J PERCY

After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.


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The Last Book In The Universe
Rodman Philbrick

SF TEEN PHILBRICK

A thousand years in the future, an earthquake destroys much of the planet, and an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to Earth.


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The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan

SF TEEN RIORDAN

Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids,” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.


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The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan

SF J RIORDAN

After their father’s research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe—a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.


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Over the Wall
John H. Ritter

TEEN RITTER

Thirteen-year-old Tyler, who has trouble controlling his anger, spends an important summer with his cousins in New York City, playing baseball and sorting out how he feels about violence, war, and in particular the Vietnamese conflict that took his grandfather’s life.


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Holes
Louis Sachar

TEEN SACHAR

As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.


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Peak
Roland Smith

TEEN SMITH

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest


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Rocket Boys: A Memoir
Homer Hickam

BIOGRAPHY HICKAM

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother’s love and a father’s fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space.


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Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
Andrea Warren

HISTORY TEEN WAR or HISTORY MILITARY WW2 JNF WAR

Award-winning author Andrea Warren has crafted an unforgettable true story of a boy becoming a man in the shadow of the Third Reich.


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