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The Roaring 20’s in Teen Lit

Do you ever get focused on a certain period of time and want to read books only set during that time period?  Well, here’s a spotlight on teen novels set in the 1920’s, also known as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties.  It was a time when Flappers were popular, silent  films were being replaced by Talkies, jazz music was all the rage, the Harlem Renaissance inspired many writers and artists, and the Prohibition Law had a huge impact on American society.

DivinersThe Diviner’s by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

WitnessWitness by Karen Hesse 

YA HESSE, K.

A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920’s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

VixenVixen by Jillian Larkin

YA LARKIN, J.

In 1923 Chicago, seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody rebels against her upcoming society wedding by visiting a speakeasy, while her Pennsylvania cousin, Clara, hides similar tastes and her best friend, Lorraine, makes plans of her own.

BlackDuckBlack Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle

YA LISLE, J.

Years afterwards, Ruben Hart tells the story of how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his family and his best friend’s family were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade.

Frozen1Frozen by Mary Casanova

YA CASANOVA, M.

Unable to speak or remember the events surrounding her mother’s mysterious death eleven years earlier, sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, the foster child of a corrupt senator in 1920’s northern Minnesota, struggles to regain her voice, memory, and identity.

BrightYoungTHingsBright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

YA GODBERSEN, A.

In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.

SilhouetteSparrowSilhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

YA GRIFFIN, M.

During the summer of 1926 in the lake resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Garnet, who dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology, is resigned to marrying a nice boy and settling into middle-class homemaking until she takes a liberating job in a hat shop and begins an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper.

ReluctantHeiressThe Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson

YA IBBOTSON, E.

In 1920’s Austria, no one in the Viennese opera company knows that their wardrobe mistress Tessa is really a princess. But when the dashing self-made millionaire Guy Farne arrives at the opera, Tessa realizes that there may be more to life–and love–than just music.

HowItHappenedHow It Happened in Peach Hill by Marthe Jocelyn

YA JOCELYN, M.

When fifteen-year-old Annie Grey and her “clairvoyant” mother arrive in Peach Hill, New York, in 1924, each finds a reason for wanting to finally settle down, but to reach their goals they will have to do some serious lying and Annie will have to stand up for herself.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 13, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

If you are big into baseball, check out some of these teen novels where baseball plays an important part in the story:

CatchThe Catch by Rick Jasper

YA JASPER, R.

When Danny makes a catch that ends up on SportsCenter’s Top Plays, he is approached by a sports-gear executive with an offer too tempting to pass up.

 

PitcherThe Pitcher by William Hazelgrove

YA HAZELGROVE, W.

The pitcher, is a classic story of baseball, the price of dreams, and the lessons of life. A mythic baseball story about a broken down World Series Pitcher is mourning over the death of his wife and an under-priveledged Mexican-American boy who lives across the street and wants to learn to pitch. This is a mainstream contemporary novel about dreams lost and found.

 

BigFieldThe Big Field by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.

 

BiggieBiggie by Derek E. Sullivan

YA SULLIVAN, D.

Henry “Biggie” Abbott has hidden behind his weight for years, and although he is the son and stepson of two of Finch, Minnesota’s most famous athletes, he prefers academic success until the girl of his dreams suggests he join the baseball team, and, with his stepbrother’s help, he discovers he is a great pitcher.

 

ProspectThe Prospect by Jason Glaser

YA GLASER, J.

Nick Cosimo is a star pitcher on his high school team and always puts his team first, but when a scout appears in the stands he has to decide if he is going to change his game to make an impression on the scout.

 

BatboyThe Batboy by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year-old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father. There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop–once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father.

 

highheatHigh Heat by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

When sophomore Shane Hunter’s father is arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher’s life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart.

 

samuraishortstopSamurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz

YA GRATZ, A.

While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.

 

ShakespeareBatsShakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ronald Koertge

YA KOERTGE, R.

When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

 

center fieldCenter Field by Robert Lipsyte

YA LIPSYTE, R.

Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.

 

UnderBaseballMoonUnder the Baseball Moon by John H. Ritter

YA RITTER, J.

Andy and Glory, two fifteen-year-olds from Ocean Beach, California, pursue their respective dreams of becoming a famous musician and a professional softball player.

 

Mexican White BoyMexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

 

7Days7 Days at the Hot Corner by Terry Trueman

YA TRUEMAN, T.

Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 6, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

YALSA Announces Teens’ Top Ten Nominees!

Check out the video below to see the nominees and then click on a title to find it in our collection.  The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week for their favorites and the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

Book Trailer of the Week– The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Click here to find The Madman’s Daughter in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 10, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Finisher by David Baldacci

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 27, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery

Book Trailer of the Week– The Prey by Tom Isbell

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 20, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction

Happy St. Patrick’s Day–Pick up an Irish-themed teen read!

artemisfowlArtemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

YA COLFER, E.

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.

whyIletmyhairgrowoutWhy I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood

YA WOOD, M.

On a bike trip in Ireland trying to recover from a broken heart, sixteen-year-old Morgan is transformed, not only by the others on the tour, but by her visits to the past, where she is believed to be the legendary half-goddess Morganne, sent to help end a faery curse.

carrierofthemarkCarrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

YA FALLON, L.

Instantly drawn to a mysterious, alluring boy in her class, teenaged Megan, an American living in Ireland, discovers that they are linked by a supernatural destiny that gives them powers Megan never knew she possessed.

CreatureNightCreature of the Night by Kate Thompson

YA THOMPSON, K.

Bobby lives a reckless life smoking, drinking, and stealing cars in Dublin. So his mother moves the family to the country. But Bobby suspects their cottage might not be as quaint as it seems. And spooky details of the history of their little cottage gradually turn Bobby into a detective of night creatures real and imagined.

SwiftPureCryA Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

YA DOWD, S.

Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets and Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their mother and with the absence of their father, is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on the wrong person.

New PolicemanThe New Policeman by Kate Thompson

YA THOMPSON, K.

Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tir na nOg, the land of the fairies, and when he attempts to stop the leak he finds out a lot about his family history, the music that he loves, and a crime his great-grandfather may or may not have committed.

CarnivalAtBrayThe 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.

WhenLoveComestoTownWhen 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.

HuntersMoonThe Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling

YA MELLING, O.

Two teenage cousins, one Irish, the other from the United States, set out to find a magic doorway to the Faraway Country, where humans must bow to the little people.

LighthouseLandThe Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty

YA SF MCKINTY, A.

Thirteen-year-old Jamie is overjoyed when a bequest sends him and his mother to live on an Irish island, where he and his newfound friend Ramsay travel back in time to help a young girl save her people from certain death.

GreyhoundGirlA Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

YA DOYLE, R.

Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky twelve-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Gran, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure.

HushHush by Donna Jo Napoli

YA NAPOLI, D.

Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.

intothegreyInto 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.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 17, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, GLBTQ, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Click here to find The Girl in the Steel Corset in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 13, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fashion, Steampunk

Teen Novels Set in Chicago

CarnivalAtBrayThe 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.

off yearAn Off Year by Claire Zulkey

YA ZULKEY, C.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

esspressologistThe Espressologist by Kristina Springer

YA SPRINGER, K.

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

comebackseasonThe Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

YA SMITH, J.

High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on opening day, and their blossoming relationship becomes difficult for Ryan when she discovers that Nick is seriously ill and she again feels the pain of losing her father five years earlier.

rock and the riverThe Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

YA MAGOON, K.

It’s 1968, and Chicago teen Sam is torn. He’s always looked up to his father, a civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence. His older brother Stick, however, has left home to join the revolutionary Black Panther Party. At first Sam is skeptical of the Panthers’ militant approach to ending racial injustice, but after one of his friends is brutally beaten by the police, Sam starts to question his father’s nonviolent beliefs.

virtuosityVirtuosity by Jessica Martinez

YA MARTINEZ, J.

Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

CharlysEpicFiascosCharly’s Epic Fiascos by Kelli London

YA LONDON, K.

Sixteen-year-old aspiring actress Charly St. James, who works as a waitress to help support her dysfunctional mother and younger sister, leaves a Chicago suburb for New York to live with her aunt and audition for a reality television show.

art of secretsThe Art of Secrets by James Klise

YA KLISE, J.

When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family, victims of a possible hate crime, is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous outsider artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, adults and teenagers alike debate who should get the money and begin to question each other’s motivations.

world awayA World Away by Nancy Grossman

YA GROSSMAN, N.

Sixteen-year-old Eliza, an Amish girl, goes to work for an “English” family as a nanny to two young children in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, and must then choose between two entirely different ways of life.

WillGraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
YA GREEN, J.

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

LoveLikeaDogLove Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno

YA CALCAGNO, A.

Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man desperate for his self-centered father’s approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk’s father grows increasingly entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.

ColdFuryCold Fury by T. M. Goeglein

YA GOEGLEIN, T.

Sixteen-year-old Chicago preparatory school student Sara Jane Rispoli must unravel a web of complex mysteries after her family goes missing and she is pursued by unknown enemies.

SadStoriesSad Stories of the Death of Kings by Barry Gifford

YA GIFFORD, B.

Collects stories centering on a boy named Roy and the people he encounters growing up without a father in postwar Chicago.

angelinmypocketAn Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper

YA COOPER, I.

When seventh-grader Bette finds an angel coin she puts it in her pocket and forgets it but soon the mysterious and kind Gabby moves into her building and helps her face her major losses, and then the coin connects her with three classmates who all find new ways to believe in themselves.

PullPull by B. A. Binns

YA BINNS, B.

After his father kills his mother, seventeen-year-old David struggles to take care of his two sisters–and himself–while dealing with his grief, guilt, and trying to fit in at a tough new school while hiding his past.

StoreBoughtBabyStore-Bought Baby by Sandra Belton

YA BELTON, S.

The death of Leah’s beloved older brother, and her parents’ reactions to the tragedy, raise questions for Leah about the meaning of family and about her place in her own.

CatGirlsDayOffCat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

YA PAULEY, K.

High schooler Natalie Ng has always kept secret her talent for talking with cats, but when she learns– from a cat– that a celebrity has been replace by an imposter, she and her friends investigate, becoming movie extras to get the scoop.

permanent recordPermanent Record by Leslie Stella

YA STELLA, L.

Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things “easier,” his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the editor begin to appear in Magnificat’s newspaper, hinting that some tragedy will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to uncover the real culprit and clear Bud’s name.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 12, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Getting Revenge

In the mood to read about justice being served?  Check out these teens novels centered on characters getting revenge in some way or another.

Alice in ZombielandAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

YA SHOWALTER, G.

To avenge the death of her parents and sister Ali must learn to fight the undead, and to survive she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has his own secrets, which might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

tenTen by Gretchen McNeil

YA MCNEIL, G.

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one.

sharptimeThe Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell

YA O’CONNELL, M.

In the week following her mother’s death in a freak accident, eighteen-year-old Sandanista Jones finds small measures of happiness even as she fantasizes about an act of revenge against an abusive teacher at her high school.

furyFury by Elizabeth Miles

YA MILES, E.

When high school junior Emily hooks up with her best friend’s boyfriend and football quarterback Chase’s life spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies–paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women–come to town to make sure that Emily and Chase get what they deserve.

falconerThe Falconer by Elizabeth May

YA MAY, E.

In 1844 Edinburgh eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron is neither an ordinary debutante, nor a murderess–she is a Falconer, a female warrior born with the gift for hunting and killing the faeries who prey on mankind and who killed her mother.

burn4burnBurn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

YA HAN, J.

Three teenaged girls living on Jar Island band together to enact revenge on the people that have hurt them.

whathappenedcassWhat Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

YA GILES, G.

After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.

SeasonoftheWitchSeason of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICK, M.

A girl who is bullied experiments with witchcraft in order to get revenge on her attackers.

KarmaClubThe Karma Club by Jessica Brody

YA BRODY, J.

When high school senior Maddy catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she devises a complicated plan to get revenge.

tempestuousTempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

YA ASKEW, K.

When a bad snow storm leaves workers stranded at the mall, former “it girl” Miranda decides it is the perfect time to seek revenge against the catty clique that abandoned her.

PoisonApplesThe Poison Apples by Lily Archer

YA ARCHER, L.

At an elite Massachusetts boarding school, three fifteen-year-old girls of very different backgrounds discover a common bond and form a club to plot revenge against their evil stepmothers.

ExtremitiesExtremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge by David Lubar

YA SS LUBAR, D.

“A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge.

mortaldangerMortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

Agreeing to join the mysterious Kian’s magical faction to exact revenge on a group of bullies who have tormented her, Edie transforms into a beautiful girl and begins to sabotage the bullies’ inner circle only to discover dark truths about Kian’s world.

ThousandPiecesofYouA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

YA SF GRAY, C.

When eighteen-year-old Marguerite Caine’s father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father’s killer and avenge his murder.

truancyTruancy by Isamu Fukui

YA SF FUKUI, I.

In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor’s goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.