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Celebrate Classical Music Month with These Teen Novels!

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The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap
YA DUNLAP, S.
Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy’s court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing, and the only clue to his death a strange gold pendant around his neck. Then her father’s mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, helps her through a difficult time by making her his copyist and giving her insight into her father’s secret life. It’s there that Theresa begins to uncover a trail of blackmail and extortion, even as she discovers honor, and the possibility of a first, tentative love. Thrumming with the weeping strains of violins, as well as danger and deception, this is an engrossing tale of murder, romance, and music that readers will find hard to forget.

HiddenVoices

Hidden Voices: the Orphan Musicians of Venice by Pat Lowery Collins
YA COLLINS, P.
Anetta, Rosalba, and Luisa, find their lives taking unexpected paths while growing up in eighteenth century Venice at the orphanage Ospedale della Pieta, where concerts are given to support the orphanage as well as expose the girls to potential suitors.

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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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In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story by Carolyn Meyer
YA MEYER, C.
In eighteenth-century Europe, Anna “Nanner” Mozart, a musician whose talent and dedication is overshadowed by that of her gifted younger brother, Wolfgang, struggles to win the notice of her father and patrons who might further her career, despite her gender.

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Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
YA MARTINEZ, J.
Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

Lament

Lament: the Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater
YA STIEFVATER, M.
On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world.

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The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
YA ZARR, S.
Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her ten-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman
YA FORMAN, G.
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Book Playlist for Paper Towns by John Green

Paper TownsPaper Towns by John Green
YA GREEN, J.

 

 

 

 

1. “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift
2. “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift
3. “Uma Thurman” by Fall Out Boy
4. “Party In The U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus
5. “All of Me” by John Legend
6. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
7. “Chains” by Nick Jonas
8. “Come & Get It” by Selena Gomez
9. “Geronimo” by Sheppard
10. “Heroes” by Alesso

Listen to the Playlist:

Playlist submitted by Paige.

Back to School Novels for Teen Readers

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The 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.

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The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
YA BARATZ-LOGSTED, L.
Denied an education because of both her gender and background, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth cuts her hair and alters suits belonging to Will, her wealthy patron’s grandnephew, to take his place at school while Will pursues a military career in nineteenth-century England.

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The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
YA MY BERK, J.
When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

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Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
YA CRAWFORD, B.
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

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Queen of Secrets by Jenny Meyeroff
YA MEYERHOFF, J.
Fifteen-year-old Essie Green, an orphan who has been raised by her secular Jewish grandparents in Michigan, experiences conflicting loyalties and confusing emotions when her aunt, uncle, and cousin move back from New York, and her very religious cousin tries to fit in with the other football players at Essie’s high school, one of whom is Essie’s popular new boyfriend.

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The Queen Geek Social Club by Laura Preble
YA PREBLE, L.
Seeking more of their own kind and wanting to shake things up at school, fifteen-year-old Shelby and her new best friend, Becca, start a club, but geek solidarity may not solve their problems with weird single parents, guys, or popularity.

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The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer
YA SCHREFER, E.
Sent to a remote, run-down reform school in Colorado, fifteen-year-old Angela is placed with the better girls, but upon learning that her “dangerous” friends are being isolated and left to live as animals, she takes radical steps to join them and help them escape.

HowToSayGoodbye

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
YA STANDIFORD, N.
After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in a private school, high school senior Beatrice befriends a quiet loner with a troubled family history.

Viola

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
YA TRIGIANI, A.
When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade, she overcomes her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a short film–her first.

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Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
YA ZADOFF, A.
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

HowNotToBePopular

How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
YA ZIEGLER, J.
Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to “supreme dorkdom.”

ReadBetweenLines

Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles
YA KNOWLES, J.
A collection of interrelated stories follow nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day, with uncertainties, traumas, heartbreak, and revenge.

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Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
Chloe didn’t think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her. What happened to her? And why can’t she remember?

Wildlife

Wildlife by Fiona Wood
YA WOOD, Fiona
Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university–one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.

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Sick by Tom Leveen
YA LEVEEN, T.
Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd at Phoenix Metro High School. They’re the misfits, the troublemakers–the ones who jump their high school’s electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

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The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez
YA SANCHEZ, J.
Struggling through a senior year of high school marked by bulimia, a dysfunctional family, and his unpopularity, Charlie wonders about his crush while finding comfort in a talent he hopes will help him escape his misery.

Book Playlist for Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

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Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
YA GILES, G.

 

 

 

1. “Popular” by Wicked Original Broadway Cast Recording
2. “Baby” by Justin Bieber
3. “Carry On” by Fun
4. “I Just Wanna Run” by The Downtown Fiction
5. “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons
6. “Hall of Fame” by The Script ft. Will I Am
7. “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera
8. “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk
9. “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars
10. “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon

Listen to the Playlist:

Playlist submitted by Danielle.

Coming of Age Graphic Novels for Teens

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Chiggers by Hope Larson
YA GRAPH LARSON, H.
When Abby returns to the same summer camp she always goes to, she is dismayed to find that her old friends have changed, and the only person who wants to be her friend is the strange new girl, Shasta.

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
YA GRAPH BROSGOL, V.
Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.

AmericanBornChinese

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
YA GRAPH YANG, G.
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format.

Foiled

Foiled by Jane Yolen
YA GRAPH YOLEN, J.
Aliera is a star at fencing, but at school no one notices her–until her new lab partner Avery begins flirting with her. Aliera’s mother just bought her a foil from a garage sale, and it has a strange jewel attached to the hilt. Will Aliera’s first date be ruined when magical creatures try to steal her foil?

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Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
YA GRAPH HICKS, F.
After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.

Freshman

Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense by Corrine Mucha
YA GRAPH MUCHA, C.
Follows Annie’s first year of high school, chronicling her crushes, failures, and successes.

Nothing

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
YA GRAPH SHEN, P.
Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and they retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. At stake is funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms– but not both. Bad sportsmanship? Sure. Chainsaws? Why not. Running away from home on Thanksgiving? Nothing can possibly go wrong.

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Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
YA GRAPH GULLEDGE, L.
When Paige Turner and her family move to New York City from rural Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, and it helps bring her true personality into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.

ThisOneSummer

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
YA GRAPH TAMAKI, M.
Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It’s her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It’s a summer of secrets and heartache, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes. Volume 1, Beware the Kitten by Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.
Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

Wolverine

Wolverine: Worst Day Ever by Barry Lyga
YA GRAPH LYGA, B.
He’s Marvel’s most popular mutant … and the best there is at what he does. Now, for the first time ever, experience the storied saga of everybody’s favorite feral X-Man in his own words–fully illustrated with archival images from more than 30 years’ worth of comic-book appearances!