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Escape into these awesome books over Spring Break!

It’s Spring Break, and I know that my first instinct is to find somewhere far away to escape and forget my life for a few days. Sometimes that’s not possible, and even if it is, I want to have options! Here are a few great books that will take you somewhere you’ve probably never been.

 

Venture to sunny Southern California in Pasadena by Sherri Smith. Jude is convinced that it wasn’t an accident that led to her best friend floating dead in a swimming pool. Now everyone’s a suspect, and Jude is making so many waves that she might drown.

 

 

Or get away to 16th Century England, but better. In My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, history gets a little help by mixing in shape-shifters with its romance, palace intrigue, and assassination attempts. This alternate history is as hilarious as it is exciting.

 

 

You could also escape the hustle and bustle in small town Henrietta, Virginia in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. You can enjoy its picturesque hills, peaceful countryside, and quaint private school, Aglionby Academy. There’s also a house full of psychics, an ancient buried king, prophesies of kisses and death, murderous teachers, and a magical forest with trees that speak Latin. Maybe not as tranquil as it first seems…

(Note: This is one of the best audiobooks. If you’re an audiobook skeptic, this will probably convert you.)

 

Of course, staying firmly planted in the every-day is always an option. In If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a pretty big secret. When she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

 

 

 

And if even staying in the present is too dull for you, take a trip back tothe ’80s in the graphic novel Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan. Four 12-year-old girls, earning extra cash at early-morning newspaper delivery, end up embroiled in the middle of an inter-dimensional war. Futuristic weapons and unintelligible languages and dinosaurs all mash together in this exciting and original comic that will help get you through between seasons of Stranger Things.

Teen Novels to Read If You Like Star Wars

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

YA SF MEYER, M.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

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Starflight by Melissa Landers

YA SF LANDERS, M.

Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia– and take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It’s a nest of vipers– and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans.

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Railhead by Philip Reeve

YA SF REEVE, P.

In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Sponner

YA KAUFMAN, A.

Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

YA SF REVIS, B.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet 300 years in the future, but 50 years before the ship’s scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber. Someone tried to kill her. The Godspeed is controlled by the tyrannical Eldest and Elder, his teenage heir, who is fascinated by Amy and eager to discover if he has what it takes to lead. Uncertain whether or not she can trust Elder, Amy does know that she and Elder must unlock the Godspeed’s secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

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Avalon by Mindee Arnett

YA SF ARNETT, M.

Seventeen-year-old Jeth Seagrave, the leader of a ragtag team of teenage mercenaries, skirts the line between honor and the law in an attempt to win freedom for his sister and himself in the form of their parents’ old spaceship, Avalon.

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Tin Star by Cecil Castelucci

YA SF CASTELUCCI, C.

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

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Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

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Illuminae by Amt Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

YA SF KAUFMAN, A.

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

YA SF CARD, O.

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

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Shade’s Children by Garth Nix

YA SF NIX,G.

In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

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The 100 by Kass Morgan

YA SF MORGAN, K.

When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

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Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

YA SF DUNCAN, A.

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. How will she build a future on an Earth ravaged by climate change?

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.

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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.

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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.

11 Teen Novels to Read If You Like Stranger Things

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The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

YA JOHNSON, C.

A gifted pianist discovers that she and the mysterious boy she’s falling for are part of an alternate world made from dark matter, and in a race of love against fear, she must somehow save her life without losing herself.

Taking

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

YA DERTING, K.

The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on–her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend–but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend’s kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had… but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

YA BROCKMANN, S.

Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid joins her best friend Cal, Dana, a girl with supernatural abilities, and Dana’s friend Milo on a quest to rescue young Sasha from the Organization that kidnapped her because, according to Dana, Sky and Sasha both have special abilities, too.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

YA BRACKEN, A.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

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The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.

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The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

YA WASSERMAN, R.

After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the 5 witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

YA RIGGS, R.

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
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The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

YA KURTAGICH, D.

Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

YA KIERNAN, C.

After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. Itʹs there that the ghost appears, a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see whatʹs happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next, within the Grey.

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YA MY HENRY, A.
Told from various viewpoints, Gabie and Drew set out to prove that their missing co-worker Kayla is not dead, and to find her before she is, while the police search for her body and the man who abducted her.
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YA BRAY, L.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.