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It’s True – These Books Are The Best

Today the American Library Association awarded the top young adult books published last year. Have you read these nonfiction winners? If not, be sure to check them out!

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction was awarded to Deborah Helligman for her book Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers.

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend―Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.

 

Be sure to read these finalists too!

 

#NotYourPrincess edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale.

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.

 

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos.

Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation’s most important struggle―the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa, Taro, and their friend Chim took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the action to news magazines. They brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan, and, always, more and more refugees―people driven from their homes by bombs, guns, and planes.

 

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changes Their Lives by Dashka Slater

One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

 

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found by Martin W. Sandler

The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty — but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.

If You Like…

The best and worst part of any great book is the end. If it’s a good ending, you get that satisfied feeling… that lasts until you realize that it’s OVER. Now what are you supposed to read?

Never fear, your trusty Teen Services Librarians are here with some great books to pair with that last one you loved!

Cover image: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 

If you liked An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir…

 

…try Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk.

 

 

 

 

Cover image: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

If you liked We Were Liars by E. Lockhart…

 

…try When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn.

 

 

For more great pairings, come see us at the Fiction / AV / Teen desk!

 

Road Trip!

Whether you’re taking a road trip this summer or just wishing you were, find inspiration from these novels, and check out our display next to the Teen Space on the second floor…

 

Perfect Escape
by Jennifer BrownKendra thinks a road trip with her brother might be the perfect cure for his OCD and her disastrous mistake at school. At the very least she intends to reunite with their best friend Zoe, if she can find her. But will the journey free them, or make everything worse?
Paper Towns
by Susan LucciIn the humid heat of Florida,17 year old Quentin Jacobsen takes a roadtrip with his next door neighbor, Margo, who is also the girl he has an enormous crush on. But when she runs away it’s up to Quentin to follow the clues, revealing a reality that is much different than the fantasy he’s created in his mind.

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Kathy GriffinThe last thing Amy wants to do after the death of her father in a car accident is drive her mother’s car across the country to help her move. And worse than that is the fact that her driving companion is a old family friend named Roger, who she definitely does not want to spend the next several days with. But after reconnecting with Roger, Amy finds she just might enjoy this road trip more than she was expecting – a lot more!
Open Road Summer
by Ross MathewsReagan decides the best way to heal her broken heart is to go on the road with her best friend, country rock superstar, Lilah. Lilah’s moving on from a bad relationship too, and both girls decide to keep the summer boy free and drama free. There may be a slight glitch in the plans however, when Reagan finds herself falling for the sweet and cute singer from the opening act.
Road Trip
by Jim and Gary PaulsenBen’s dad hopes their family road trip to pick up a rescue dog will bring them closer, because it seems they’ve grown apart from each other. But Ben doesn’t want to take a boring car ride with his dad, so he invites his mischievous and troublesome buddy to come with and spice things up. But none of them know what’s really in store on the open road, as they encounter a series of misadventures, additional passengers they weren’t planning on and the possibility that they are being pursued along they way. As an added bonus, every other chapter is told from the perspective of the family dog, Atticus.

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Teen Novels to Read If You Like Star Wars

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

YA SF MEYER, M.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

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Starflight by Melissa Landers

YA SF LANDERS, M.

Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter. Raised side by side, Nemesis would give her life for Sidonia– and take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons her to the Galactic court to serve as a hostage. Nemesis must become Sidonia to save her. It’s a nest of vipers– and Nemesis finds within herself a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans.

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Railhead by Philip Reeve

YA SF REEVE, P.

In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Sponner

YA KAUFMAN, A.

Two star-crossed lovers must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.

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Across the Universe by Beth Revis

YA SF REVIS, B.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet 300 years in the future, but 50 years before the ship’s scheduled landing, Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber. Someone tried to kill her. The Godspeed is controlled by the tyrannical Eldest and Elder, his teenage heir, who is fascinated by Amy and eager to discover if he has what it takes to lead. Uncertain whether or not she can trust Elder, Amy does know that she and Elder must unlock the Godspeed’s secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.

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Avalon by Mindee Arnett

YA SF ARNETT, M.

Seventeen-year-old Jeth Seagrave, the leader of a ragtag team of teenage mercenaries, skirts the line between honor and the law in an attempt to win freedom for his sister and himself in the form of their parents’ old spaceship, Avalon.

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Tin Star by Cecil Castelucci

YA SF CASTELUCCI, C.

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

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Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

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Illuminae by Amt Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

YA SF KAUFMAN, A.

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

YA SF CARD, O.

Child-hero Ender Wiggin must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

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Shade’s Children by Garth Nix

YA SF NIX,G.

In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

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The 100 by Kass Morgan

YA SF MORGAN, K.

When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

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Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

YA SF DUNCAN, A.

Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. How will she build a future on an Earth ravaged by climate change?

7 Teen Novels for Election Day

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The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White

YA WHITE, E.

Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers’ happy life in Massachusetts changes drastically when her mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, becomes the front-runner in the race for United States President.

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Wide Awake by David Levithan

YA LEVITHAN, D.

In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world.

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Homeland by Cory Doctorow

YA DOCTOROW, C.

When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer’s election campaign, are all endangered.

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

YA THORN, J.

After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kate Quinn meets the father she did not know she had, joins his presidential campaign, falls for a rebellious boy, and when what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, Kate must decide what is best.
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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

YA LIEB, J.

In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

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Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

YA BAUER, J.

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner’s political campaign to oust the town’s corrupt mayor.

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First Boy by Gary Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

Dragged into the political turmoil of a presidential election year, fourteen-year-old Cooper Jewett, who runs a New Hampshire dairy farm since his grandfather’s death, stands up for himself and makes it clear whose first boy he really is.