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13 Teen Books for Jane Austen Fans

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Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
YA EULBERG, E.
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

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Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
YA SHULMAN, P.
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.

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Jane Austen: a life revealed by Catherine Reef
YA 823.7 AUS REE
A biography of Jane Austen for students that provides an overview of her personal life, writings, and influence on world literature.

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Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald
YA MCDONALD, A.
Hallie and Grace Weston have never exactly seen life eye to eye. So when their father dies and leaves everything to his new wife, forcing the girls to pack up and leave San Francisco for a relative’s house in shiny Beverly Hills, the two sisters take to their changing lot in typically different styles. Shy, responsible Grace manages to make friends with an upbeat, enterprising girl named Palmer but still yearns for her old life — and the maybe-almost-crush she left behind. Meanwhile, drama queen Hallie is throwing herself headlong into life — and love — in L.A., spending every second with gorgeous musician Dakota and warding off the attention of brooding vet Brandon. But is Hallie blinded by the stars in her eyes? And is Grace doomed to forever hug the sidelines?

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The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh
YA 823.7 AUS STR
Her life, her work, her legacy-step into the world of the incredible Jane Austen. It’s Jane like you’ve never seen! Through fun and breezy lists, discover everything there is to know about Jane Austen, the sassy literary genius we know and love. Learn her likes and dislikes, her haves and have-nots, where she traveled, how she lived, and who she knew. With a wealth of little-known and fascinating information, find out: – Her friends and her beaux- Every place she lived or visited – Books in her library – Her quirks – The last lines of everything she wrote – and much more!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
YA GRAHAME-SMITH, S.
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton–and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

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Emma by Kaori Mori; translation, Sheldon Drzka; lettering, Abigail Blackman
YA GRAPH MORI, K. V.1
Calling upon his former governess, William Jones, gentleman, is startled when his knock is answered by an uncommonly beautiful servant, the soft-spoken Emma. Throughout his visit, William’s eyes drift to the maid whenever she enters the room, and he contrives to meet Emma socially as she goes about her errands. But London society is a web of strict codes and divisions. For the son of a wealthy merchant, seeking out a working-class girl is simply not done! William’s father plans for his son to marry into the peerage and elevate the Jones family to greater heights, but although William says and does what is expected of him, he longs only for Emma’s company…

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For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
YA PETERFREUND, D.
Elliot North fights to save her family’s land and her own heart in this post-apocalyptic reimaging of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

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Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
YA LAZEBNIK, C.
In this modern take on “Pride and Prejudice,” Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood’s most famous celebrity couple.

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The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton
YA RUSHTON, R.
A celebration of friendship, sisterhood, and true love follows the Dashwood sisters–practical Ellie, drama queen Abby, and tomboy Georgie–as they share their romantic woes and mishaps.

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The Espressologist by Kristina Springer
YA SPRINGER, K.
While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

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Pride and Prejudice adapted from the original novel by Jane Austen; text adapted by Ian Edington; illustrated by Robert Deas
YA GRAPH EDGINTON, I.
In this graphic-novel adaptation, writer Ian Edginton and artist Robert Deas introduce one of the best-loved works of English literature to a new generation of readers.

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Emma story adaptation by Crystal S. Chan; English dialogue adapted by Stacy King; art by Po Tse; lettering, Morpheus Studios; lettering assist, Long Vo; original story by Jane Austen
YA GRAPH SILVERMOON, C.
The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice).

8 Teen Novels for Dog Lovers

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What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld with H.B. Gilmour
YA REISFELD, R.
Shortly after their police officer father is killed in the line of duty, thirteen-year-old Grace’s older sister decides to adopt a dog to train as a service dog for a handicapped child so that she can write about it for her college applications, but, true to form, it is the grief-stricken Grace who ends up taking responsibility for the dog.

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Alpha Dog by Jennifer Ziegler
YA ZIEGLER, J.
Before she can think it through, Katie is standing on the street with a dog rescued from the local pound. There’s just one problem: Seamus is a holy terror. Acting on advice that she should act like the alpha dog to bring him under control, nothing will ever be the same again.

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Love Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno
YA CALCAGNO, A.
Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man desperate for his self-centered father’s approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk’s father grows increasingly entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.

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Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger
YA MONNINGER, J.
In rural New Hampshire, sixteen-year-old Clair Taylor and her neighbor, eighteen-year-old Danny Stewart, fall into an unlikely relationship as they work together to save Wally, a lovable but mistreated dog kept chained in a junk-filled yard by Danny’s cruel father.

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Rotten by Michael Northrop
YA NORTHROP, M.
When troubled sixteen-year-old Jimmer “JD” Dobbs returns from a mysterious summer “upstate” he finds that his mother has adopted an abused Rottweiler that JD names Johnny Rotten, but soon his tenuous relationship with the dog is threatened.

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The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch
YA SF HIRSCH, J.
Since he was captured by the Glorious Path, a militant religion based on the teachings of a former soldier, fifteen-year-old Cal has served the Path in its brutal war with the remains of the United States government, and tried to survive and protect his younger brother, but when he kills an officer to protect a stray dog, Cal is forced take his brother and the dog and run.

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Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
YA BIGELOW, L.
Sixteen-year-old Colby is barely hanging on with her mother dead, her long-haul trucker father often away, her almost-girlfriend dumping her for a boy, and her failing grades, when a stray dog appears and helps her find hope.

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Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean
YA MACLEAN, J.
More skilled at woodworking than communicating, Nix Humbolt seeks the words to deal with high school expectations, his extroverted sister, and his neighbor’s neglected dog.

19 Teen Novels to read to Celebrate Black History Month

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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
YA GRIMES, N.
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

Roll of Thunder

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
YA TAYLOR, M.
A Black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t understand.

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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

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Mare’s War by Tanita Davis
YA DAVIS, T.
Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

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Good Fortune by Noni Carter
YA CARTER, N.
Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped to America, a young girl struggles to come to terms with her new life as a slave, gradually rising from working in the fields to the master’s house, secretly learning to read and write, until, risking everything, she escapes to seek freedom in the North.

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After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
YA WOODSON, J.
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

Witness

Witness by Karen Hesse
YA HESSE, K.
A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

Mississippi Trial, 1955

Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe
YA CROWE, C.
In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen year old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen year old African American from Chicago.

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Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
YA BRADLEY, K.
A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson’s life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.

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Cy In Chains by David L. Dudley
YA DUDLEY, D.
In the post-Civil War South, a seventeen-year-old African American boy, accused of a crime, is living in a labor camp where brutality, near starvation, humiliation, and rape are commonplace.

Willow

Willow by Tonya Hegamin
YA HEGAMIN, T.
In 1848 Willow, a fifteen-year-old educated slave girl, faces an inconceivable choice — between bondage and freedom, family and love — as free born, seventeen-year-old Cato, a black man, takes it upon himself to sneak as many fugitive slaves to freedom as he can on the Mason-Dixon Line.

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The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
YA MAGOON, K.
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Riot

Riot by Walter Dean Myers
YA MYERS, W.
In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy “swells” of New York City.

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The Return of Buddy Bush by Shelia Moses
YA MOSES, S.
Following her grandfather’s death in rural North Carolina in 1947, twelve-year-old Pattie Mae learns more about her family after reading her grandmother’s collection of obituaries and traveling to Harlem, New York, to find her uncle who has escaped from the Ku Klux Klan.

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No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
YA NELSON, V.
In this work of historical fiction, Nelson tells the story of a man with a passion for knowledge and of a bookstore whose influence has become legendary.

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Hang A Thousand Tress With Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi
YA RINALDI, A.
A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important black American poet.

Flygirl

Flygirl by Sherri. L. Smith
YA SMITH, S.
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl “passes” for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

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Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi
YA VOLPONI, P.
Twelve-year-old Miles Shaw goes to live with his father, a jazz musician, in New Orleans, and together they survive the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the Superdome, learning about each other and growing closer through their painful experiences.

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Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole B. Weatherford
YA WEATHERFORD, C.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse.

7 Teen Novels Set in Scotland

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Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
YA GRAY, K.
After their best friend Ross dies, English teenagers Blake, Kenny, and Sim plan a proper memorial by taking his ashes to Ross, Scotland, an adventure-filled journey that tests their loyalty to each other and forces them to question what friendship means.

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Undead by  Kirsty McKay
YA MCKAY, K.
On a school trip to snowbound Scotland, several students become infected and turn into hungry zombies, leaving a small band of survivors to take refuge in the school bus.

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Forbidden by Eve Bunting
YA BUNTING, E.
Orphaned Josie is sent to live with an aunt and uncle on the rocky, stormy northwest coast of Scotland. Everything and everyone in her new surroundings, including her relatives, is sinister, threatening, and mysterious. She’s told that Eli, the young man she’s attracted to, is forbidden to her, but not why. Determined to learn the village’s secrets, Josie discovers evil fueled by heartless greed, as well as a ghostly presence eager for revenge. Some shipwrecks aren’t accidents.

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The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson
YA DAVIDSON, J.
In Scotland in the 1930s, fifteen-year-old Sophie, her friend Mikael, and her great-aunt Tabitha are caught up in a murder mystery involving terrorists and suicide-bombers whose plans have world-shaping consequences.

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The 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.

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Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein
YA KLEIN, L.
In alternating chapters, ambitious Lady Macbeth tries to bear a son and win the throne of Scotland for her husband, and Albia, their daughter who was banished at birth and raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny in this tale based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

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The Prince and the Snowgirl by Simon Cheshire
YA CHESHIRE, S.
Tom Miller has been performing as a look-alike of Prince George of England for several years, but he finally decides to change his appearance and try to figure out who he really is when the real prince makes a surprise appearance while Tom is competing at the UK Inter-Schools Ski Championships in Scotland.