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What should you read over Winter Break?

Need some reading suggestions for Winter Break!? Checkout Teen Librarian Colleen’s recommended titles below from her list of books she read this year. And don’t forget to stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk to learn more about the Teen Winter Reading program for your chance to win!

Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

YA PIERSON, D.

Recommended to: Anyone who what’s to laugh out loud! The premise itself is hilarious: a teen boy finds out he is to be the next leader of a fantastical kingdom, only when he gets there it is literally crap.  The kingdom is mostly literal garbage and its citizens aren’t much better. What happens after he rejects his destiny..? Well, it definitely gets more weird and more funny!

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

YA SF SKOVRON, J.

Recommended to: Readers who like a spin on classic tales.  This is a modern day Frankenstein, but the main character is the son of Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein.  There are all kinds of other traditional monsters and classic literature beasts that make appearances.  The bonus is that this novel is also packed with a ton of sci-fi elements.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

YA MY CAVALLARO, B.

Recommended to: Those that love mysteries! This is a play on the Sherlock Holmes story where you have the great great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes and the great great grandson of John Watson attending the same boarding school and who happen to just become embroiled in solving a mystery.  This definitely kept me guessing and the relationship between Charlotte and Jaime is well-played!

Beware that Girl by Tess Toten

YA TOTEN, T.

Recommended to: Realistic Fiction readers.  This is a frenemy story with a psychological twist.  It can get pretty gritty but if you like drama and a story where a character or characters are struggling with psychological disorders or depression, then this book is for you.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

Recommended to: Those who love British fantasy! Seriously, this has everything that a British fantasy fan could want.  Humor, magicians, dragons, and a young woman in the middle of everything that just wants to be left alone.  Definitely something to read if you have loved Terry Pratchett’s works.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

YA HAMILTON, A.

Recommended to: Those looking for a unique read.  This novel is part Arabian fantasy and part Western.  If you love kick-butt female leads then this is also a book you should pick up!  It’s action packed and kept me turning the page!

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

YA MOLDAVSKY, G.

Recommended to: Anyone who has ever been a fangirl or who likes a quirky novel that makes you laugh.  This book is darkly funny and has a bit of mystery to it.  It is definitely a must-read!

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

Recommended to: Readers who like political thrillers.  This is a fantastic novel about a teen who lives in a fictional country called Adria where her grandfather is an ambassador and they live in an area filled with many other ambassador residences.  Her mother was murdered years ago and it is only now that she happens to come across clues as to why and follows a dangerous trail to discover her mother’s killer. Filled with many twists and turns this is an intense read!

Undead by Kristy McKay

YA MCKAY, K.

Recommended to: Those who love zombies! I have, admittedly, read as many zombie novels as I can get my hands on.  I love them! Undead was one I just wasn’t drawn to right away, but I am so glad I picked it up! It is a good mix of danger, gore, and comedy.  I also love the premise of being stuck in a ski town in Scotland, on a school ski trip, with packs of roaming undead.  It’s definitely one of the best zombie novels that I have read in awhile!

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

Recommended to: Steampunk fans! This novel takes the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker and puts them in a steampunk Victorian London to solve their first mystery together that may or may not be tied to an ancient Egyptian cult! There’s so much in this novel!  It’s an action-packed page turner with to very interesting and very tough female leads.

4 Novels With Teen Characters Who Overcome Bullying

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YA THOMAS, L.
Ollie, who has seizures when near electricity, lives in a backwoods cabin with his mother and rarely sees other people, and Moritz, born with no eyes and a heart defect that requires a pacemaker, is bullied at his high school, but when a physician who knows both suggests they begin corresponding, they form a strong bond that may get them through dark times.
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Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
YA SUMMERS, C.
Regina, a high school senior in the popular – and feared – crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.
YA MY MILLER, A.
A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime.
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YA KROSSING, K.
Small, shy Calvin becomes the Yo-Yo Prophet when his street tricks get the attention of a bully named Rozelle.

9 Teen Novels Set in the 90’s

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Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

YA MORACHO, C.

Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome.

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The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

YA FOLEY, J.

It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.

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Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers

YA BROTHERS, M.

Sixteen-year-old Maria leaves her father and grandmother in Red Hill, South Carolina, to live with her mother, an artist who lives with her young boyfriend in a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

WhenLoveComestoTown

When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

YA LENNON, T.

Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.

FutureUs

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

YA ASHER, J.

Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on — and discover their profiles on something called Facebook, fifteen years into the future.

Miseducation

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

YA DANFORTH, E.

In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Skyscraping

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

YA JENSEN, C.

In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

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A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux

YA BONDOUX, A.

In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

Perks

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

YA CHBOSKY, S.

A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it’s a story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.

5 New Teen Novels for Back to School

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

YA BUXBAUM, J.

Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother’s death, must move from Chicago to “The Valley,” with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters.

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Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski

YA OSTROVSKI, E.

Youths infected with the fatal Peter Pan Virus are sent to Westing Academy where Noah Falls pins his affections on a boy who does not reciprocate, and soon tarnishes his other relationships and increases his feelings of self-loathing.

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The New Guy (and other senior year distractions) by Amy Spalding

YA SPALDING, A.

Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.

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This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

YA STROHMEYER, S.

Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend. After months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula. But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?

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Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

YA DINAN, K.

To his great surprise, uncool eleventh-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.

Last Days of Summer… Check Out These Teen Novels Set In Summer

BoysSummer
YA BRODY, J.
Welcome to Winlock Harbor. Where the weather is always sunny, the water is the perfect temperature, and the boardwalk boasts the best food around. Where best friends Grayson, Mike, and Ian first met as kids, building a sand castle on a cloudless beach day. And where this summer, the loyalties of a lifelong friendship will begin to unravel.
SquareRootSummer
YA REUTER HAPGOOD, H.
Gottie Oppenheimer, a seventeen-year-old physics prodigy, navigates grief, love, and disruptions in the space-time continuum in one very eventful summer.
BurnBabyBurn
YA MEDINA, M.
Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.
ThisPartYouLaugh
YA HOFFMEISTER, P.
Rising sophomore Travis and his best friend, Creature, spend a summer in a Eugene, Oregon, trailer park dealing with cancer, basketball, first love, addiction, gang violence, and a reptilian infestation.
LookBothWays
YA CHERRY, A.
The story of a girl who apprentices at a summer theater festival hoping she’s finally found a place to belong only to learn that neither talent nor love is as straightforward as she thinks.
YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.
Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.
YA BUCKLEY-ARCHER, L.
When seventeen-year-old Spark takes a summer job working at a secluded house in England, organizing journals that span centuries and all written in the same hand, she discovers her true connection to the people who live there and the trait that makes them unique.
SummerStateMind
YA CALONITA, J.
Spoiled, yet lovable fifteen-year-old Harper McCallister is sent to sleepaway camp where she is an outcast at first but eventually finds a way to make her mark, gaining new perspectives on friendship and life in general.