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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

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

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.

Love Gone Wrong in Teen Fiction

Is all the love in the air just too much for you this week?  Need a break from all the love stories?  Check out some of  these teen novels where love goes wrong:

AbundanceKatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

AudreyWaitAudrey Wait! by Robin Benway

YA BENWAY, R.

While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.

BoyfriendListThe Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

YA LOCKHART, E.

A Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, tensions between her performance-artist mother and her father, and more.

breakup bibleThe Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor

YA KANTOR, M.

Jennifer thinks she and Max are the perfect couple, until he decides he just wants to be friends.

brokenheartsBroken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

YA FINN, K.

Devastated after a painful breakup, Gemma faces a Hamptons summer near a former best friend she wronged years earlier, a risk that compels her to assume a different identity and pursue a relationship with her former friend’s brother.

DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver

YA OLIVER, L.

Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until right before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Field Guide for HeartbreakersA Field Guide for Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy

YA TRACY, K.

When seventeen-year-old high school students Veronica and Dessy go to Prague to attend a summer writer’s program for college students, they experience romance, conflicts, and, ultimately, the strengthening of their friendship.

FlashBurnoutFlash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

YA MADIGAN, L.

After he takes a photograph of a woman who is living on the streets and discovers it to be the meth-addicted mother of his closest friend Marissa, Blake finds himself spending more time with Marissa than with his girlfriend.

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.

Going VintageGoing Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

YA LEAVITT, L.

When sixteen-year-old Mallory learns that her boyfriend, Jeremy, is cheating on her with his cyber “wife,” she rebels against technology by following her grandmother’s list of goals from 1962, with help from her younger sister, Ginnie.

HeartbreakersThe Heartbreakers by Pamela Wells

YA WELLS, P.

When three high school friends experience breakups on the same night, a fourth writes “The Break up Code,” which all agree to follow as they try to get over the bad relationships and get back in touch with themselves and one another.

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.

MatchedMatched by Ally Condie

YA CONDIE, A.

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well?

Naomi and Elys No Kiss ListNaomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

YA COHN, R.

Although they have been friends and neighbors all their lives, straight Naomi and gay Ely find their relationship severely strained during their freshman year at New York University.

NaughtListThe Naughty List by Suzanne Young

YA YOUNG, S.

Head cheerleader Tessa runs the ultra-secret SOS, or Society of Smitten Kittens, that spies on her fellow-students’ cheating boyfriends, until her own boyfriend is implicated.

OpheliaOphelia by Lisa M. Klein

YA KLEIN, L.

In a story based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.

Secret SisterhoodThe Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten

YA WEINGARTEN, L.

When her boyfriend ends their relationship, high school sophomore Lucy thinks she will never recover from the heartbreak until she meets three magical girls who say they can heal her, but at a cost.

secretyearThe Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

YA HUBBARD, J.

Reading the journal of the high-society girl he was secretly involved with for a year helps high school senior Colt cope with her death and come closer to understanding why she needed him while continuing to be the girlfriend of a wealthy classmate.

StolenCarStolen Car by Patrick Jones

YA JONES, P.

Fifteen-year-old Danielle desperately wants to escape life with her mother and a series of “Dad-wannabes,” so when best friends Ashley and Evan help her see that bad-boy Reid is lying and using her, Danny steals Reid’s car and takes Ashley on a road trip.

thwonkThwonk by Joan Bauer

YA BAUER, J.

A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 11, 2015 Categories: Drama, Fiction, High School, Realistic Fiction, Romance

What super natural power would you choose?

If you are a big fan of superheroes, check out some of these teen novels where the characters have super powers.  And then you can daydream about which super power you would choose!

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

YA SF SANDERSON, B.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

VindicoThe Vindico by Wesley King

YA SF KING, W.

When supervillains of the Vindico realize they are getting too old to fight the League of Heroes, they kidnap and begin training five teens, but James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam will not become the next generation of evil without a fight.

greatterriblebeauty A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

AwakeningThe Awakening by Michael Carroll

YA SF CARROLL, M.

Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans–both heroes and villains–thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.

ThingsNotSeenThings Not Seen by Andrew Clements

YA SF CLEMENTS, A.

When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.

Daniel XDangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

YA SF PATTERSON, J.

Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents’ footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake.

GiftsGifts by Ursula K. Le Guin

YA LE GUIN, U.

When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of “unmaking”–a violent talent shared by members of his family–he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.

GoneGone by Michael Grant

YA GRANT, M.

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

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.

HeroHero by Perry Moore

YA MOORE, P.

Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust.

Hex HallHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

YA HAWKINS, R.

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

naturalsThe Naturals by Jennifer Barnes

YA BARNES, J.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins an elite group of criminal profilers at the FBI in order to help solve cold cases.

ShadowlandShadowland by Meg Cabot

YA CABOT, M.

After moving from New York to California with her newly married mother, 16-year-old Susannah has to cope not only with her new stepbrothers, but also with the handsome ghost sitting in her new bedroom and the angry girl ghost haunting her new school.

MidnightTwinsThe Midnight Twins by Jacqueline Mitchard

YA MITCHARD, J.

Identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn have always shared one another’s thoughts, even as they dream, but their connection diminishes as they approach their thirteenth birthday, and one begins to see the future, the other the past, leading them to discover that a high school student they know is doing horrible things that place the twins, and others, in grave danger.

SecretHourThe Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

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

wakeWake by  Lisa McMann

YA MCMANN, L.

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

ravenboysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

YA STIEFVATER, M.

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

donteventhinkaboutitDon’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

YA MLYNOWSKI, S.

A group of Tribeca high school kids go in for flu shots and end up being able to hear what everyone is thinking.

invisibilityInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

YA CREMER, A.

To break his curse of invisibility, a boy is helped by a girl, who is the only one who can see him.

gorgeousGorgeous by Paul Rudnick

YA RUDNICK, P.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince–but soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self.

Fated1Fated by Alyson Noel

YA NOEL, A.

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met, but who recognizes the visions for what they truly are-the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker-one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

TempestTempest by Julie Cross

YA SF CROSS, J.

After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.

numbersNumbers by Rachel Ward

YA WARD, R.

Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.

strangeangelsStrange Angels by Lili St. Crow

YA ST. CROW, L.

Sixteen-year-old Dru’s psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures of the “Real World,” but now she must rely on herself, a “werwulf”-bitten friend, and a half-human vampire hunter to learn who murdered her parents, and why.

Book Trailer of the Week– Truancy by Isamu Fukui

Click here to find Truancy in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 7, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, High School, Science Fiction

2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced!

YALSA announed the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles today!  Check out the video below to see the announcement.

Click on the title to find the any of the Teens’ Top Ten Titles in the Library:

1.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2.  Splintered by A.G. Howard
3.  The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
4.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
5.  Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
6.  Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
7.  The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
8.  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
9.  Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
10.  The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (more…)

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 20, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Award Winning, Drama, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction

Achieving Dreams–Inspirational Teen Reads

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

YA VAN DRAANEN, W.

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

StargirlStargirl by Jerry Spinelli

YA SPINELLI, J.
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

CardturnerThe Cardturner by Lois Sachar

YA SACHAR, L.

When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.

DairyQueenDairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

YA MURDOCK, C.

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

deadlineDeadline by Chris Crutcher

YA CRUTCHER, C.

Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life’s purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as “Hey-Soos.”

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.

SharkGirlShark Girl by Kelly Bingham

YA BINGHAM, K.

After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

saywhatyouwillSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern

YA MCGOVERN, C.
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

LockKeyLock and Key by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

When she is abandoned by her alcoholic mother, high school senior Ruby winds up living with Cora, the sister she has not seen for ten years, and learns about Cora’s new life, what makes a family, how to allow people to help her when she needs it, and that she too has something to offer others.

hatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 15, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, High School, Inspirational, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

It’s Teen Read Week!–Turn Dreams into Reality!

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This week is Teen Read Week!! It’s a nationally celebrated week where we celebrate all things teen and reading (click here to read more about Teen Read Week).  This year’s theme is Turn Dreams into Reality @ your Library!

So… how can you turn dreams into reality @ the Library?

Library programs and events

Attend some of our programs! We offer Open Creations where you can create almost anything you can think of and learn new skills for creating.  You can learn to knit or crochet at our Teen Knitting/Crocheting club.  Some upcoming programs include our Open Drawing Session in December and we will have the author Mike Mullin visiting the Library on November, 4.  Maybe one of your dreams is to meet a famous author!?

The MPPL Teen Advisory Board

If you dream is to make a difference in your community, be sure to check out our Teen Advisory Board.  Our TAB does volunteer projects that help our community, as well as make a difference with the teen community at our Library.  Our next meeting is October 27, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  If you interested, just stop by and try it out!

Online tools

Our Library’s extensive web resources can also help you achieve your dreams!

Tutor-com

Tutor.com is live homework help where you get one-on-one help from a tutor, 2 – 9 p.m., or you can use the Skills Center, 24/7.

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Lynda.com helps you learn software, technology, creative, and business skills through video tutorials.

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Want to learn a new language? Mango helps you learn over 50 languages, including ESL.

How-to Books

You can also check out some of our nonfiction books to help you achieve whatever your dream may be right now:

Secrets of Top StudentsThe Secrets of Top Students by Stefanie Weisman

YA 371.3028 WEI

Offers strategies for studying, learning, and staying motivated in high school and college, featuring advice on managing time, writing essays, taking tests, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

RockinInTheNewWorldRockin’ In the New World by Bob Tulipan

YA 780.68 TUL
Part field guide, part artistic coaching session, this book explains the ins and outs of the music industry. Bob Tulipan shares his expertise to help musicians protect their art and their interests. Filled with anecdotes, interviews, sample templates for budgets and contracts, it addresses the hurdles every band faces.

YesYouCanYes You Can: Your Guide to Becoming an Activist by Jane Drake

YA 361.2083 DRA

Guides readers through nine steps to social change and discusses strategies on running an effective meeting, writing a petition, and lobbying governments.

ThisIsNotWritingManualThis is Not a Writing Manual by Kerri Majors

YA 808.3 MAJ

Focuses on the skills and techniques necessary for good writing and combines inspirational anecdotes and writing prompts with practical writing guidance on how to develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block.

SoComicArtistSo You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist? by Philip Amara

YA 741.51 AMA

Presents a step-by-step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books, including developing compelling characters, approaching publishers, and adapting storylines for video games and movies.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 14, 2014 Categories: Events, High School, Nonfiction, Staff Pics, Trending