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CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
I just read Catching Fire. It is a very nice, romantic, and suspenseful book. I would especially recommend this to teens and young adults.

Review submitted by Khwaish.

UgliesUglies by Scott Westerfeld
YA WESTERFELD, S.
I really like the book Uglies. It was really interesting how in this world, everyone thinks that you have to have surgery to be pretty. If you are not pretty, then you are ugly. They are judged because of how people think they should look and everyone looks the same. It was an interesting idea. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopia fiction and if you don’t, you should give it a try!

Review submitted by Zoe.

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Divergent is the kind of book with action, romance, thrills, and parts that will make your heart stop. If you are the person who is full of different emotions and like it, then read this book.

Review submitted by James.

MatchedMatched by Ally Condie
YA CONDIE, A.
I loved the book Matched because it’s different. It’s very romantic and cool. You should read it! Cassia has to choose if she wants to marry her best friend or Ky. Read to find out more! This book should be ready by 5th graders and up.

Review submitted by Jessica.

OneThe One by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
I read The One by Kiera Cass. It is a very romantic book. America Singer went into the palace to get married to the prince. In the end Prince Maxon and America finally get married and live happily ever after.

Review submitted by Khwaish.

Wolf BrotherWolf Brother by Michelle Paver
YA PAVER, M.
When evil stalks the forest that Torak lives in, his father dies. Sworn to find a mountain that will kill the evil, Forak sets out. But when he is captured, he learns there is more to just finding the mountain. Can he pull it off before the evil destroys the forest?

Review submitted by Adam.

ToKillMockingbirdTo Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
YA LEE, H.
I read the book To Kill A Mockingbird. I liked the book because the family, the Finches, showed a lot of love and respect for each other. I would recommend this book because it’s a classic. The book at times was a little difficult to understand but it really brought you back to the 1930’s.

Review submitted by Mary.

Scorch TrialsThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner was about a boy Thomas who was put through tests without knowing where he was and what it was for. I liked the book because it was action packed. I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend it to anyone who likes futuristic stories.

Review submitted by Michael.

pointblankPoint Blank by Anthony Horowitz
YA HOROWITZ, A.
I read the book Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz. This book is about a boy named Alex who is a teenage spy and is sent on a mission to investigate the death of two billionaires. I like this book because it is very suspenseful and mysterious. I would recommend it to people who like adventure and action books.

Review submitted by Marissa.

LoveLettersDeadLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
YA DELLAIRA, A.
The book I read was Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira. The book is about a girl who loses her sister and writes letters to famous dead people to cope with her loss. I would recommend this to anyone who likes The Fault in Our Stars.

Review submitted by Clarke.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 4, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

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.

Reviews by You!

OneHandedCatchOne-Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch
YA AUCH, M.
I would read One-Handed Catch because it shows inspiration. No matter what you are going through there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Review submitted by Riley.

 

MilesFromNowhereMiles From Nowhere by Amy Clipston
YA CLIPSTON, A.
Miles from Nowhere is about a girl who gets too much into partying but has her
acting class assignment to sew costumes for the play. I liked this book because
I could not stop reading it.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

 

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
I liked the book The Running Dream. I liked it because it was interesting.
I would recommend it to whoever likes sad and dramatic book.

Review submitted by Anna.

 

PlaguePlague by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.
After all the adults have disappeared, the food runs out, and the
kids become deceived. The horrors of Perdido Beach continue
with the kids trying to survive a contagious illness. Plague is a good book
for readers who enjoy dystopian books.

Review submitted by Lizzy.

 

QuakeQuake by Patrick Carman
YA SF CARMAN, P.
It’s a very interesting book and I liked it because there’s a lot of action and the reader
never gets bored. If you like dystopian novels with psychic abilities, then this book is
for you. In fact, I recommend the entire series for you.

Review submitted by Emmanuel.

 

TwistedTwisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
This book is about a boy trying to get with the prettiest girl in the school but her dad is
the boss of his dad. Tyler’s dad becomes really mean from the pressure of his job.
I liked it because it was fast-paced and there was never a part I wanted to put the book down. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little romance and danger.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
YA SF YANCEY, R.
The 5th Wave was such a good read, it was action filled and a very good read.

Review submitted by Steven.

 

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.
The False Prince is about a kid who has to pretend to be a prince. I liked it because
it had action, humor, and other topics that I like. I would recommend it to kids aged
10-16 but most ages can read it.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

LeviathanLeviathan by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.
Leviathan is a fiction book that is an alternate version of the War of 1812. I like the book because of the concepts of animals vs. machinery. I would recommend it to people who like history and sci-fi.

Review submitted by Pax.

 

TempestRisingTempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
YA DEEBS, T.
Tempest Rising is a story about a girl whose mother is a mermaid and eventually she turns into one herself. I like it because it was exciting and filled with exciting twists and turns. I would recommend it to people who like fantasy and adventure.

Review submitted by Alexandra.

 

New Teen Reads Perfect for the Beach!

StitchingSnowStitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

YA NEW SF LEWIS, R.

A futuristic retelling of Snow White in which seventeen-year-old Essie, a master at repairing robots and drones on the frozen mining planet Thanda, is pulled into a war by handsome and mysterious Dane after his shuttle crash-lands near her home.

DeadToMeDead to Me by Mary McCoy

YA NEW MY MCCOY, M.

In 1948 Hollywood, a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets, sixteen-year-old Alice tries to find a young runaway who is the sole witness to a beating that put her sister, Annie, in a coma.

ElenaVanishingElana Vanishing: a memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

NEW YA 362.1968 DUN

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

RockinTheBoatRockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Rebels and Revolutionaries by Jeff Fleischer

YA NEW YA 920.02 FLE

We love to root for the underdog, and that’s part of why we’re drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin’ the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.

GirlDefectiveGirl Defective by Simmone Howell

YA NEW HOWELL, S.

Friendship, love, and a mystery fill the life-changing summer of fifteen-year-old Sky, who lives with her unconventional family in a run-down record store in St. Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

redqueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

YA NEW AVEYARD, V.

In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard –a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

NoParkingNo Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

UtopiaIowaUtopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky

YA NEW YANSKY, B.

For the most part, aspiring screenwriter Jack Bell is just your typical Midwestern kid. He’s got a crush on his hot best friend, Ash. He’s coping with a sudden frostiness between his once crazy-in-love parents. He’s debating where to go to college next year – or whether to go at all. But then there’s his gift (or curse): Jack can see dead people, just like the kid in The Sixth Sense. Lately, the ghosts are more distracting than usual, demanding that Jack get to the bottom of their mysterious deaths — all while avoiding the straitlaced Detective Bloodsmith, who doesn’t believe in gifts or curses and can’t help wondering why Jack keeps turning up at crime scenes. Is there a happily-ever-after in Jack’s future, or is that only the stuff of movies?

DaughterDeepSilenceDaughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

YA NEW RYAN, C.

At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.

GothamAcademyGotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy written by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher ; art by Karl Kerschl

YA GRAPH CLOONAN, B.

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

NimonaNimona by Noelle Stevenson

YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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

High Fantasy Reads for Teens

High Fantasy fiction is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction and is usually defined as stories that have an epic quality about them, have tons of action and adventure, and are set in a made up world that may also have fantastical creatures.  If this sounds like your kind of book, then check out some of our suggestions below!

 

AmuletSamarkandThe Amulet of Samarkand by Brian Stroud

YA STROUD, J.

Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

SabrielSabriel by Garth Nix

YA NIX, G.

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore

YA CASHORE, K.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

EragonEragon by Christopher Paolini

YA PAOLINI, C.

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves and monsters.

GirlofFireThornsThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

YA CARSON, R.

A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

ThroneGlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

SeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

YA HARTMAN, R.

In a world of the kingdom of Goredd, where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

FinnikinFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

YA MARCHETTA, M.

Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

shadowandboneShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

YA BARDUGO, L.

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

DemonKingThe Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

YA CHIMA, C.

Relates the intertwining fates of former street gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court.

TerrierTerrier by Tamora Pierce

YA PIERCE, T.

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy” to a pair of “Dogs,” as the Provost’s Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City.

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

FallingKingdomsFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

YA RHODES, M.

After centuries of peace, the three kingdoms of Mytica stand on the brink of war. As rulers struggle for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed and four key players find their fates forever intertwined amidst betrayal, murder, secret alliances, and even unforseen love.

Grave mercyGrave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

YA LAFEVERS, R.

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

EonEon: Dragoneye Reborn by Allison Goodman

YA GOODMAN, A.

Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

EmberAshesAn Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

YA TAHIR, S.

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

WeeFreeMenThe Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

YA PRATCHETT, T.

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

ThiefThe Thief by Megan Whelan Turner

YA TURNER, M.

Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

NamingThe Naming by Alison Croggon

YA CROGGON, A.

A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world.

LastDragonslayerThe Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer–and Big Magic.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 10, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Staff Pics

Summer Book Talk Read-a-Likes!

Hearing some interesting book talks at your school?  Check out these read-a-likes for all the titles we are talking about this year. Chances are these hot books will all be checked out so you have even more options with these read-a-likes!

 

FatBoyvCheerleadersFat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

AuRevoirFat kidStupid Fast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read-a-Likes

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

YA SCHREIBER, J.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

YA GOING, K.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

 

ConspiracyofUsThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

YA HALL, M.

SecretSocietyBookBloodShdadowchangeling

Read-a-Likes

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

YA DOLBY, T.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

YA WASSERMAN, R.

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

YA GREGORY, P.

 

 

SoundLettingGoThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

YA KEHOE, S.

LivvieOwenThis song will save your lifeDJ Rising

Read-a-Likes

Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley

YA DOOLEY, S.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

YA SALES, L.

DJ Rising by Love Maia

YA MAIA, L.

 

OutNowhereOut of Nowhere by Maria Padian

YA PADIAN, M.

NowTimeRunningGoodBraiderKick

Read-a-Likes

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

YA WILLIAMS, M.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

YA FARISH, T.

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

YA MYERS, W.

 

KidneyHypotheticalThe Kidney Hypothetical, or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee

YA YEE, L.

CurveballPersonalEffectsAfterEli

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Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

YA RUPP, R.

 

BlackDoveBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

Code NameCallMeByNameSummerofKings

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley

YA BRADLEY, J.

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan

YA NOLAN, H.

 

ZeroboxerZeroboxer by Fonda Lee

YA SF LEE, F.

Blood Red RoadWhyIFightSoulbound

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young

YA YOUNG, M.

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks

YA OAKS, J.

Soulbound by Heather Brewer

YA BREWER, H.

 

ChallengerDeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

NightIDisappearedMeMyselfIkeKingPygmies

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The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver

YA DEAVER, J.

Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman

YA DENMAN, K.

King of the Pygmies by Jonathon Scott Fuqua

YA FUQUA, S.

 

EndangeredEndangered by Lamar Giles

YA MY GILES, L.

Wish you were deadMorgue and MePicturePerfect

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Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

YA STRASSER, T.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford

YA MY FORD, J.

Picture Perfect by Elaine Marie Alphin

YA ALPHIN, E.

 

EmberAshesAn Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

YA TAHIR, S.

ThroneGlassOrphanQueenFalsePrince

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

YA MEADOWS, J.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

 

GameLoveDeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

YA BROCKENBROUGH, M.

 

OtherSideDarkRiverBetweenUsRuined

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The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

YA SMITH, S.

The River Between Us by Richard Peck

YA PECK, R.

Ruined by Paula Morris

YA MORRIS, P.

 

UndertowUndertow by Michael Buckley

YA BUCKLEY, M.

 

ViciousDeepTempestRisingTeam Human

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The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova

YA CORDOVA, Z.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

YA DEEBS, T.

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

YA LARBALESTIER, J.

 

KillerEnemiesKiller of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

YA SF BRUCHAC, J.

RotRuinenclaveEveryOtherDay

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

YA MABERRY, J.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

YA BARNES, J.

 

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

InsigniaFor the Winz

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Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

Z by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

 

ShelterShelter by Harlan Coben

YA MY COBEN, H.

BodyWoodsWhereverNinaLiesRealityCheck

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The Body in the Woods by April Henry

YA MY HENRY, A.

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

YA WEINGARTEN, L.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

YA ABRAHAMS, P.

 

FinisherFinisher by David Baldacci

YA BALDACCI, D.

SabrielRecklessHalfWorld

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Sabriel by Garth Nix

YA NIX, G.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

YA FUNKE, C.

Half World by Hiromi Goto

YA GOTO, H.

 

WhiteSpaceWhite Space by Isla Bick

YA BICK, I.

SecretHourGatheringDarkDaughterSmokeBone

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The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

YA JOHNSON, C.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

YA TAYLOR, L.

 

falconerThe Falconer by Elizabeth May

YA MAY, E.

clockwork scarabgreatterriblebeautygirlsteelcorset

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The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

YA CROSS, K.

 

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

YA WESTERFELD, S.

FangirlOtherNormalsSerendiptyMarket

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

YA VIZZINI, N.

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh

YA BLUBAUGH, P.

 

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

YA SF SHEPHERD, M.

ThisDarkEndeavorOriginDrFranklin

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This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

YA OPPEL, K.

Origin by Jessica Khoury

YA KHOURY, J.

Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam

YA SF HALAM, A.

 

WildflowerWildflower by Alicia Whitaker

YA WHITAKER, A.

SomebodyEverybodyOpenRoadSummerRockStarSuperstar

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Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee

YA SUPPLEE, S.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

YA LORD, E.

Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson

YA NELSON, B.

 

GoodSisterThe Good Sister by Jaime Kain

YA KAIN, J.

13 Reasons WhyPleaseIgnoreSummerLettingGo

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

YA POLISNER, G.

 

StoryofOwenThe Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

YA JOHNSTON, E.

SlayersLastDragonslayerFirstKill

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Slayers by C.J. Hill

YA HILL, C.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

First Kill by Heather Brewer

YA BREWER, H.

 

DontTouchDon’t Touch by Rachel Wilson

YA WILSON, R.

saywhatyouwillUnlikelyHeroWaitingForYou

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Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

YA MCGOVERN, C.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten

YA TOTEN, T.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

YA COLASANTI, S.

 

IllusionsFateIllusions of Fate by Keirsten White

YA WHITE, K.

EvernightLegacyDeadBeautiful

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Evernight by Claudia Gray

YA GRAY, C.

Legacy by Molly Cochran

YA COCHRAN, M.

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

YA WOON, Y.

 

IllGiveYouSunI’ll Give You the Sun by Allison Jandy

YA JANDY, A.

WillGraysonNoParkingBeatleMeets

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

YA GREEN, J.

No Parking At the End Times by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams

YA WILLIAMS, G.

 

WhatsLeftWhat’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

YA SF ZHANG, K.

HostStartersSoulprint

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

YA MEYER, S.

Starters by Lissa Price

YA SF PRICE, L.

Soulprint by Megan Miranda

YA SF MIRANDA, M.

 

PreyThe Prey by Tom Isbell

YA ISBELL, T.

AshesPulse5th Wave

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Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

YA BICK, I.

Pulse by Patrick Carman

YA SF CARMAN, P.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

YA SF YANCEY, R.

 

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.

Consumed by Basketball?

Are you enjoying March Madness? Want to find a novel that centers on basketball? Check out our list below!

TrueLegendTrue Legend by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

 

SwaggerSwagger by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

 

PickUpGameThe Pick-Up Game: a full day of full court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr.

YA SS PICK-UP

A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

 

ThrowingStonesThrowing Stones by Kristi Collier

YA COLLIER, K.

In 1923, in Pierre, Indiana, fourteen-year-old Andy realizes a dream when he makes the high school basketball team, but when an accident keeps him from playing, he ventures into journalism and begins to understand the meaning of sportsmanship.

 

BoxOutBox Out by John Coy

YA COY, J.

High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation.

DoubleExposureDouble Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

YA BIRDSALL, B.

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

 

BoostBoost by Kathryn Mackel

YA MACKEL, K.

Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

 

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

Seventeen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

 

 

EdenvilleOwlsEdenville Owls by Robert B. Parker

YA PARKER, R.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

 

 

BallDontLieBall Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers–including his own past–that threaten his dream of playing professionally.

 

 

Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

 

 

FinalFourThe Final Four by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

 

LearningtheGameLearning the Game by Kevin Waltman

YA WALTMAN, K.

When he and his high-school basketball teammates steal from a fraternity house in their small Indiana town, Nate contends with his guilt, his loyalty to his friends, and his desire to help his older brother who comes under suspicion for the crime.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 23, 2015 Categories: Drama, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction