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What should you read over Winter Break?

Need some reading suggestions for Winter Break!? Checkout Teen Librarian Colleen’s recommended titles below from her list of books she read this year. And don’t forget to stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk to learn more about the Teen Winter Reading program for your chance to win!

Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

YA PIERSON, D.

Recommended to: Anyone who what’s to laugh out loud! The premise itself is hilarious: a teen boy finds out he is to be the next leader of a fantastical kingdom, only when he gets there it is literally crap.  The kingdom is mostly literal garbage and its citizens aren’t much better. What happens after he rejects his destiny..? Well, it definitely gets more weird and more funny!

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

YA SF SKOVRON, J.

Recommended to: Readers who like a spin on classic tales.  This is a modern day Frankenstein, but the main character is the son of Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein.  There are all kinds of other traditional monsters and classic literature beasts that make appearances.  The bonus is that this novel is also packed with a ton of sci-fi elements.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

YA MY CAVALLARO, B.

Recommended to: Those that love mysteries! This is a play on the Sherlock Holmes story where you have the great great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes and the great great grandson of John Watson attending the same boarding school and who happen to just become embroiled in solving a mystery.  This definitely kept me guessing and the relationship between Charlotte and Jaime is well-played!

Beware that Girl by Tess Toten

YA TOTEN, T.

Recommended to: Realistic Fiction readers.  This is a frenemy story with a psychological twist.  It can get pretty gritty but if you like drama and a story where a character or characters are struggling with psychological disorders or depression, then this book is for you.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

Recommended to: Those who love British fantasy! Seriously, this has everything that a British fantasy fan could want.  Humor, magicians, dragons, and a young woman in the middle of everything that just wants to be left alone.  Definitely something to read if you have loved Terry Pratchett’s works.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

YA HAMILTON, A.

Recommended to: Those looking for a unique read.  This novel is part Arabian fantasy and part Western.  If you love kick-butt female leads then this is also a book you should pick up!  It’s action packed and kept me turning the page!

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

YA MOLDAVSKY, G.

Recommended to: Anyone who has ever been a fangirl or who likes a quirky novel that makes you laugh.  This book is darkly funny and has a bit of mystery to it.  It is definitely a must-read!

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

Recommended to: Readers who like political thrillers.  This is a fantastic novel about a teen who lives in a fictional country called Adria where her grandfather is an ambassador and they live in an area filled with many other ambassador residences.  Her mother was murdered years ago and it is only now that she happens to come across clues as to why and follows a dangerous trail to discover her mother’s killer. Filled with many twists and turns this is an intense read!

Undead by Kristy McKay

YA MCKAY, K.

Recommended to: Those who love zombies! I have, admittedly, read as many zombie novels as I can get my hands on.  I love them! Undead was one I just wasn’t drawn to right away, but I am so glad I picked it up! It is a good mix of danger, gore, and comedy.  I also love the premise of being stuck in a ski town in Scotland, on a school ski trip, with packs of roaming undead.  It’s definitely one of the best zombie novels that I have read in awhile!

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

Recommended to: Steampunk fans! This novel takes the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker and puts them in a steampunk Victorian London to solve their first mystery together that may or may not be tied to an ancient Egyptian cult! There’s so much in this novel!  It’s an action-packed page turner with to very interesting and very tough female leads.

8 New Fantasy Novels for Teens

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Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

YA PURDIE, K.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor of Riaznin. But in a palace of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself. When threats of revolution pit Emperor Valko against his younger brother Prince Anton, Sonya must choose which brother to trust.

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Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

YA EGAN, C.

Possessing an ability to hide on the edge of perception, Julia conceals her talents in a city where magic is banned and poses as a grand lady’s housemaid alongside an eccentric band of fellow housemates who have ties to a powerful killer.

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

YA SKYE, E.

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are the only enchanters in Russia, and when the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threaten to attack, the tsar wants a powerful enchanter by his side, and as an advisor for the prince, Pasha. He initiates the Crown’s Game, a duel of magical skill, and the winner will become his Imperial Enchanter; the loser will die. For Vika and Nikolai, the game is a chance of a lifetime, but they come to realize that their growing regard for each other makes the game impossible to win. And as long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes increasingly clear to them that the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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Ruined by Amy Tintera

YA TINTERA, A.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined–completely lacking any magic–she is determined to get revenge by infiltrating the enemy’s kingdom, posing as the crown prince’s betrothed.

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

YA BRENNAN, S.

In this near-future retelling of the Dickens classic “A Tale of Two Cities,” a deadly revolution breaks out in a New York City divided by light and dark magic.

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

YA CHOKSHI, R.

Treated with scorn and fear in her father’s kingdom because of a formidable horoscope, 16-year-old Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation that is threatened by dark secrets and Otherworldly magic.

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The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

YA REDWINE, C.

In this retelling of Snow White follows the adventures of Lorelai, an exiled princess who is being pursued by a magic-wielding prince serving as the personal huntsman for evil queen Irina, who has charged him with bringing her Lorelai’s heart.

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

YA HAMILTON, A.

Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan’s army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji…and herself.

 

11 Teen Novels to Read If You Like Stranger Things

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The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

YA JOHNSON, C.

A gifted pianist discovers that she and the mysterious boy she’s falling for are part of an alternate world made from dark matter, and in a race of love against fear, she must somehow save her life without losing herself.

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The Taking by Kimberly Derting

YA DERTING, K.

The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on–her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend–but Kyra’s still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend’s kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore this growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover that there are others who have been “taken,” just like Kyra. But Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had… but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann and Melanie Brockmann

YA BROCKMANN, S.

Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid joins her best friend Cal, Dana, a girl with supernatural abilities, and Dana’s friend Milo on a quest to rescue young Sasha from the Organization that kidnapped her because, according to Dana, Sky and Sasha both have special abilities, too.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

YA BRACKEN, A.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run ‘rehabilitation camp’ for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children.

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The 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.

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The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

YA WASSERMAN, R.

After a series of suicide-killings and a deadly storm, the residents of the town of Oleander, Kansas, start acting even more strangely than would be expected. Only the 5 witnesses of the murders retain their sound minds, and must band together to save the town from whatever has come over it.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

YA RIGGS, R.

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
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The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

YA KURTAGICH, D.

Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personality or soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

YA KIERNAN, C.

After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. Itʹs there that the ghost appears, a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see whatʹs happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next, within the Grey.

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YA MY HENRY, A.
Told from various viewpoints, Gabie and Drew set out to prove that their missing co-worker Kayla is not dead, and to find her before she is, while the police search for her body and the man who abducted her.
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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.