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

CD TEEN ALEXIE

Leaving the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school, Junior struggles to find his place in his new surroundings in order to escape his destiny back on the reservation.


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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

SF CD TEEN COLLINS

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.


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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl

CD JSJ D

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his or her own way.


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The Maze Runner
James Dashner

SF CD 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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The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman

NEWBERY CD TEEN GAIMAN

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.


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Every Day
David Levithan

SF CD TEEN LEVITHAN

Waking up in the body of a different person every day and struggling to pass through each experience without raising alarm, “A” endures a lonely existence before falling in love with a girl named Rhiannon, with whom he endeavors to reunite.


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The Giver
Lois Lowry

CD TEEN LOWRY

At the age of twelve, Jonas, a young boy from a seemingly utopian, futuristic world, is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true joys and pain of life.


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Wonder
R. J. Palacio

CD J PALACIO

Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.


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The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel (Book 1)
James Patterson

CD JSYA P

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.


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Hatchet
Gary Paulsen

CD TEEN PAULSEN

Headed for Canada to visit his father for the first time since his parents’ divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only the clothes he has on and a hatchet to help him live in the wilderness.


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The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan

SF CD TEEN RIORDAN

After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
J.K. Rowling

SF CD J ROWLING

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.


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Holes
Louis Sachar

CD 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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The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition
Lemony Snicket

CD J SNICKET

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.


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Leviathan
Scott Westerfeld

SF TEEN CD WESTERFIELD

In an alternate 1914 Europe, Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from forces who are attempting to take over the globe with mechanical machinery, forms an alliance with Deryn, who is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.


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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

HIST CD TEEN ZUSAK

Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement.


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