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Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
The reason why I liked The Running Dream is because it showed you that even though you might be different, you can still make a good friend. Also, it shows children and adults to never give up even if it’s hard. The book is about a girl that gets in a bad accident and has her leg cut off. She overcame the struggles in her everyday life. I would recommend this to people in grades 5th-8th.

Review submitted by Claire.

LikeItNeverHappenedLike It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
YA ADRIAN, E.
The book, Like It Never Happened, is about Rebecca and her four besties, including her boyfriend. She takes a ride home after acting class with her acting teacher and someone tells on her for riding home with her acting teacher a few times.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

Scorch TrialsThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
I read the book The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It is the second book in the Maze Runner series.  The book is mostly about the Glaciers getting across a giant desert to get a cure for the flare. I liked it because it was really suspenseful and exciting. I would recommend it to my friends because they would enjoy a fast-paced book too.

Review submitted by Theresa.

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Catching Fire is like a fire getting bigger and noticeable. But the only thing that is different is that you are wanting to go on to continue the adventure.

Review submitted by James.

Serpent_ShadowThe Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Serpent’s Shadow is about two siblings who have to fight a giant snake named Apophis. I liked it because it was about mythology. I would recommend it to people who like mythology.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

Death CloudDeath Cloud by Andy Lane
YA MY LANE, A.
The book that I read was called Death Cloud. It is about young Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery about a cloud of death. I liked it because it was exciting and a fun mystery. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, and action.

Review submitted by Panagiotis.

 

BiggieBiggie by Derek E. Sullivan
YA SULLIVAN, D.
Biggie is a book about an obese teenager who throws a perfect wiffle ball game to get a girl. So he starts working out and losing weight. I like this book because it is a comeback story. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little bit of love and who understands obesity.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

smallstepsNFSmall Steps: The Year I got Polio by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
The book Small Steps: The Year I got Polio is a great book because from the first page you get hooked on the suspense. You learn about how treatments for polio were found and you can also see pictures of what treatments looked like. I like this book because it was interesting to learn about polio and read about it from a different point of view.  I would recommend this to people who are interested in learning about polio.

Review submitted by Cydaney.

 

fault in our starsThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I read The Fault In Our Stars. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 10. The book is really sad because Hazel has thyroid cancer.

Review submitted by Thorri.

 

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
The book I read was called Downsiders. It was an awesome book because it had a girl and a boy as the main characters. The book uses interesting language and I would recommend it to tweens like me.

Review submitted by Whitney.

Realistic Fiction for Teen Readers

Looking for a good read that deals with real world problems?  Check out this list below for some excellent realistic fiction novels for teen readers!

impossibleknifeThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

eleanor and parkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

13 Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

fault in our starsThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

absolutelytruestoryThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

YA ALEXIE, S.

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.

monsterMonster by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

okay for nowOkay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

AskPassengersAsk the Passengers by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

Imagining that she is sending love to passengers in airplanes flying overhead, Astrid Jones, a teen from a small town torn by gossip and narrow-mindedness, struggles with her family’s dysfunction and hides her love for another girl.

PerksThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

YA CHBOSKY, S.

A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

HateListHate List by Jennifer Brown

YA BROWN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

TruthAbtForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

LoveLettersDeadLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

YA DELLAIRA, A.

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

WhatWeSawAtNightWhat We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

YA MITCHARD, J.

After glimpsing an older man in a room with a dead girl, sixteen-year-old Allie, who has a life-threatening allergy to sunlight, discovers she is the lone key to stopping a serial killer.

Somebody PleaseSomebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

When I Was The GreatestWhen I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

YA REYNOLDS, J.

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

CurveballCurveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

Swim the FlySwim the Fly by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

WingerWinger by Andrew Smith

YA SMITH, A.

Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

jkt_9780545334747.inddTake a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts high school in New York City, preparing for the senior recital and feeling the pressure to perform well and take the next step in their careers and their lives–whether they want to or not.

ThirteenLittleBlueEnvelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

YA JOHNSON, M.

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 18, 2015 Categories: Bullying, Drama, Fiction, Funny, GLBTQ, Guys Reads, High School, Inspirational, Issues, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

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.

Permanent Record by Leslie Stella

permanent recordPermanent Record

by Leslie Stella

Badi Hessamizadeh has just voluntarily left his public high school because his solution to ending the everyday, intense bullying he experienced was to blow up a toilet. Badi’s reputation as a terrorist after the toilet explosion, has made the bullying against him unbearable. So, Badi’s father changed his name– now Badi is known as Bud Hess– and transferred Badi to a private academy. Can life be different for Badi, now Bud, at his new school or will he face the same prejudices as before?

Permanent Record is a pretty compelling read, not only because it deals with the issue of racial profiling and bullying, but also because Badi is a flawed character.  He doesn’t make the right decisions, and while at first it is hard to understand Badi’s reasoning for acting out, as you continue reading you get to know Badi.  You understand that he is struggling with anxiety and depression, and the bullying that he has to endure at school is horrible.  Added to all of his struggles is that Badi has as Iranian-American is a post-911 world.  I was surprised at how much this book moved me, and also how much I got to know the character of Badi and his struggles.  By the end of the novel, I didn’t expect it to end the way that it did, but now I can think of no way that I would have rather it ended.  If you are in the mood for a realistic and thought-provoking read, you should definitely pick up Permanent Record.  Click here to find it in the Library!

permanent record event

Permanent Record is also this year’s Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel.  To learn more about the Suburban Mosaic Reading program, which “seeks to confront issues of racial and social justice and promote cross-cultural understanding through literature”, then click here to be directed to the website.  To celebrate the selection of Permanent Record as the 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel, the Library will be hosting An Evening with Leslie Stella on Monday, September 15.  Leslie Stella will talk about her novel, writing, and there will also be a book signing.  Click here to register for the program and find out more information.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 9, 2014 Categories: Award Winning, Bullying, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Issues, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Cold Calls by Charles Benoit

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Cold Calls by Charles Benoit.  Three teens are being blackmailed to carry out very specific types of  bullying against their classmates.  If they don’t go along with the mysterious caller’s demands, the horrible secrets they have been hiding will be revealed.  However, when Shelly, Eric, and Fatima all figure out that they are being blackmailed in the same way, they decide to band together to try and figure out who is blackmailing them and to try and stop them.  Click here to find Cold Calls in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 11, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, Mystery

Book Trailer of the Week– This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This week’s book trailer of the week is for This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.  Elise has always been an outcast, no matter how hard she tries to fit it.  On one particular bad day, where she just feels like there is no hope, she attempts suicide.  Realizing that she is not serious about trying to end her life, Elise just keeps on going through the motions until she discovers and hidden dance club.  It is there that something sparks inside of her.  Always having a love of music, Elise discovers new friends and even a love interest.  Things are easy navigating this new scene, but Elise slowly becomes more comfortable in herself who she wants to be.  Click here to find This Song Will Save Your Life in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 20, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, Issues, Music, Realistic Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina.  Piddy just changed schools and, only a few weeks into the new school year, she is told that Yaqui Delgado is going to kick her ass.  Piddy has no idea why Yaqui has a grudge against her; she doesn’t even know the girl.  As the bullying increases Piddy does not know what to do to make it stop or even why it started.  All she knows is that she has to avoid Yaqui Delagado at all costs, because no one is going to help her out.  Click here to find Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 23, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, High School, Realistic Fiction