Need something to do besides re-watch Hocus Pocus for the 100th time? We’ve got an answer: Enjoy a spellbinding book featuring teen witches in all their magical glory.
Magical baking witches? Check. Mystery solving witches? Check. Futuristic witches? Check. Magical kingdom witch rivals? Check. Use the list below to choose your coven carefully!
Teen Witches in Fiction
The Okay Witch
Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she's about to discover that witches … More
Sanja gets taken by Lelek, a witch, and they find themselves on an adventure to discover the truth … More
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Book One, The Crucible
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroad… More
Walker, Suzanne (Suzanne Wakeen)
Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmother's… More
These Witches Don’t Burn
When evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, Massachusetts, Elemental Witch Hannah … More
Undead Girl Gang
Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens… More
The Babysitters Coven
After new student Cassandra Heaven joins seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl's babysitters club, the… More
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the re… More
Witches Steeped in Gold
Two enemy witches must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a tyrant who threatens both their … More
Ray, a young seer struggling with her powers, discovers first love and friendship in her town'… More
Blood Like Magic
After failing to come into her powers, sixteen-year-old Voya–a Black witch living in near-future T… More
Anxiety-prone Iris, secretly a witch, is surprised to be welcomed by a coven at her new high school… More
Our Crooked Hearts
Told in alternating voices, years after it began, seventeen-year-old Ivy and her mom Dana's sh… More
The Midnight Girls
In a snow-cloaked kingdom, two rival servants–one who desperately wants to win the approval of the… More
A Wicked Magic
When their feelings for the same boy, Johnny, cause a rift in their friendship, Liss and Daniela, w… More
All Our Hidden Gifts
When her friend mysteriously vanishes after drawing an unsettling tarot card called The Housekeeper… More
The Witch King
Edgmon, H. E.
In Asalin, fae rule and witches don't. Wyatt's betrothal to his best friend, fae prince E… More
Over My Dead Body
One day, everything was exactly as it was supposed to be. And the next, the closest thing Abby ever… More
All of Us Villains
Every generation, seven families select a champion to compete in a tournament to the death for cont… More
Bad Witch Burning
Clients pay Katrell to talk to their deceased loved ones, but it is not enough to support her unemp… More
When We Were Magic
When Alexis accidentally kills a classmate on prom night using magic, her best friends Roya, Iris, … More
A Rush of Wings
Weymouth, Laura E.
Rowenna Winthrop has always known there's magic within her. But though she hears voices on the… More
Cast in Firelight
Adraa and Jatin are royal heirs of their respective kingdoms, masterful with magic, and their arran… More
As an undocumented immigrant on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manuela Azul… More
National Poetry Month: Staff Favorites from the Young Adult Collection
Collections of poetry, free form, or novels-in-verse: we’ve got all your tastes covered! Celebrate National Poetry Month this April by reading lyrical, beautiful poetry from our Young Adult collection. Browse our curated lists below or pick up a staff favorite.
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
A beautiful and hopeful free-verse novel about a girl who tries to adjust to a new home after she emigrates from Syria with her mother while also worrying about her father and brother still in Syria. Jude’s emotions ring clear though the verse and catch the reader. I highly recommend the audio version as well!
-Abby, Teen Librarian
Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds & illustrated by Jason Griffin
This stunning and unique book is a blend of art and text in a journal-like format that captures the frustration and anxiety of a Black boy overwhelmed by the onslaught of bad news — COVID, racism, police brutality, and more — and the way he finds solace and hope in the embrace of his family.
-Andrea, Teen Librarian
Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
What a unique read! Grimes creates one-of-a-kind poems from the words of little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance. The poems are enhanced by incredibly beautiful full-page illustrations. A glorious and refreshing celebration of women creators!
-Al, Readers’ Advisor
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
The book is an eye opening look at grief, gang violence, and family. The verse is melodic and intense yet very approachable! Heartbreaking yet oddly hopeful. A must read!
-Denise, Readers’ Advisor
You Don’t Have to be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves by Diana Whitney
Featuring a diverse tapestry of poets such as Amanda Gorman, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Mary Oliver, this compilation of poetry speaks to the emotional experiences of growing up. Interwoven between some of the more intimate or tough parts of growing are the joys and highs of life, ultimately leaving a message of hope behind.
“If you cannot believe that things will soften, trust that I believe for you.”
-Jenny, Program Librarian-Supervisor
March Madness in the Teen Space: And the Winner is…
Sixteen titles went head-to-head in a bracket-style, four-round tournament of champions voted on by MPPL teens. Only one was crowned the coveted 2022 Favorite Teen Read Winner.
And the winner is…
by Adam Silvera
Loved the top four bracket finishers? Want more reads like those? Here are our suggestions for readalikes!
If you liked They Both Die at the End,
try The Cost of Knowing.
If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing,
If you liked The Cruel Prince,
try Six Crimson Cranes.
If you liked Dress Coded,
Calling All Mystery & Puzzle-Loving Teens!
Did you successfully crack the codes of our recent Teen Escape Rooms? Do you have a talent for guessing the culprit in any mystery you are reading or watching? If so, we have the reads for you! Experience a puzzle or locked-room mystery between the pages of our favorite keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat whodunits. Try to solve the mystery before the final pages reveal the answer.
In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund
Who: A motley crew of prep school kids
Where: Snowed in a remote house in Maine
Mystery: Who killed the headmaster?
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Who: Avery Grambs who inherits billionaire Tobias Hawthorne’s entire fortune
Where: Secret passage-filled Hawthorne House
Mystery: Why did Avery inherit the fortune? She must solve puzzles, riddles, and clues to find out.
You’re So Dead by Ash Parsons
Who: Plum, Sofia and Marlowe, three online influencers
Where: An art-and-music festival for influencers on a private Caribbean island
Mystery: Who is killing off people at the festival one by one?
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Who: Devon and Chiamanka, Senior Class Prefects
Where: Niveus Private Academy
Mystery: Who is sending anonymous texts to the entire school about the prefects’ deepest, darkest secrets?
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Who: A group of five high school students who have all been featured on a school gossip blog
Mystery: Why did the creator of the school’s gossip blog die?
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
Who: A random group of high school students
Where: A fancy scholarship dinner
Mystery: Who locked everyone in a room together with threats of death?
March Madness in the Teen Space
Participate in a little friendly competition this month with our book-style version of March Madness in the Teen Space! Each round features a head-to-head matchup of currently popular titles chosen by teens in Teen Think Tank. Which read will prevail? Cast your vote for each round at the Fiction-AV-Teen desk; watch the Teen Space wall for the latest advancers! The winner will be revealed at the end of the month. Which read are you rooting for?
Curious about any of the books chosen for the bracket, or just want to re-read your favorites? Click on each title below to find it at the library.