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9 Teen Novels Set in the 90’s

AltheaOliver

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho
YA MORACHO, C.
Althea and Oliver, who have been friends since age six and are now high school juniors, find their friendship changing because he has contracted Kleine-Levin Syndrome.

CarnivalAtBray

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
YA FOLEY, J.
It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.

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Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers
YA BROTHERS, M.
Sixteen-year-old Maria leaves her father and grandmother in Red Hill, South Carolina, to live with her mother, an artist who lives with her young boyfriend in a tiny apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

WhenLoveComestoTown

When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon
YA LENNON, T.
Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.

FutureUs

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
YA ASHER, J.
Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on — and discover their profiles on something called Facebook, fifteen years into the future.

Miseducation

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
YA DANFORTH, E.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Skyscraping

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
YA JENSEN, C.
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

TimeMiracles

A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux
YA BONDOUX, A.
In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower book cover

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA CHBOSKY, S.
A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it’s a story of what it’s like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.

Enjoying the NBA Finals? Check out these basketball themed Teen Novels!

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
YA ALEXANDER, K.
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

LastShot

Last Shot by John Feinstein
YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

ThisPartYouLaugh

This is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
YA HOFFMEISTER, P.
Rising sophomore Travis and his best friend, Creature, spend a summer in a Eugene, Oregon, trailer park dealing with cancer, basketball, first love, addiction, gang violence, and a reptilian infestation.

Double Exposure by Bridget Birdsall
YA BIRDSALL, B.
Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

True Legend by Mike Lupica
YA LUPICA, M.
Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

Swagger by Carl Deuker
YA DEUKER, C.
High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker
YA PARKER, R.
Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

Rebound

Rebound by Bob Krech
YA KRECH, B.
Determined to make the varsity basketball team, seventeen-year-old Ray finds his efforts to play both hindered and helped by the atmosphere of racism in his town.

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Boost by Kathryn Mackel
YA MACKEL, K.
Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

Game

Game by Walter Dean Myers
YA MYERS, W.
If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new–white–student threatens to take the scouts’ attention away from him.

Boy21

Boy21 by Matthew Quick
YA QUICK, M.
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

FinalFour

The Final Four by Paul Volponi
YA VOLPONI, P.
Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

PickUpGame

The Pick-Up Game by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith
YA SS PICK-UP
A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

7 Teen Novels about Prom

PromGoers

The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
YA MCCOY, C.
Minutes after eighteen-year-old Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens and Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her.

Promposal

Promposal by Rhonda Helms
YA HELMS, R.
Camilla hopes her secret crush, Benjamin, might ask her to prom but feels pressured into accepting the invitation of a casual acquaintance, and Joshua has worked up the courage to ask his best friend, Ethan, to be his date when Ethan asks his help in crafting the perfect “promposal” for another boy.

Tessa

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
YA FRANKLIN, E.
Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

PromandPrejudice

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.

Its Our Prom

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters
YA PETERS, J.
Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.

21proms

21 Proms edited by Daniel Ehrenhaft and David Levithan
YA SS TWENTY
A full spectrum of good dates, bad dates, unexpected dates, and more is covered in 21 stories from today’s best-selling and up-and-coming YA authors.

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Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
YA ASHBY, A.
After Jack Grammar’s friends, Percy and Natalie, post a personal ad in the school newspaper for him, Jack ends up with only seven days to date all the responses before asking one special girl to the prom.

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.

AlphaDog

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.

LoveLikeaDog

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.

Whippoorwill

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.

Rotten

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.

StartingFromHere

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.

Throwback: Teen Novels set in the 80’s

Eleanor and Park book cover

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
YA Sáenz, B.
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions he has never asked before about himself, his parents, and his family.

BitterMelon

Bitter Melon by Cara Chow
YA CHOW, C.
With the encouragement of one of her teachers, a Chinese American high school senior asserts herself against her demanding, old-school mother and carves out an identity for herself in late 1980s San Francisco.

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The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford
YA STANDIFORD, N.
It is 1982 and nineteen-year-old Laura Reid is spending a semester in Leningrad studying Russian, but when she meets Alyosha she discovers the dissident Russia–a world of wild parties, underground books and music, love, and constant danger.

GoingOver

Going Over by Beth Kephart
YA KEPHART, B.
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall–Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

Karma

Karma by Cathy Ostlere
YA OSTLERE, C.
In 1984, following her mother’s suicide, 15-year-old Maya and her Sikh father travel to New Delhi from Canada to place her mother’s ashes in their final resting place. On the night of their arrival, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated, Maya and her father are separated when the city erupts in chaos, and Maya must rely on Sandeep, a boy she has just met, for survival.

Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
YA BUSHNELL, C.
Tells the story of Manhattan columnist Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, her relationships with her peers, and how she became a writer.

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Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett
YA HARTNETT, S.
In 1980s Australia, nearly fourteen-year-old Ariella “Plum” Coyle fears the disapproval of her friends, feels inferior to her older brothers, and hates her awkward, adolescent body but when her glamorous neighbor befriends her, Plum starts to become what she wants to be–until she discovers her neighbor’s ulterior motive.

PaperCoversRock

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
YA HUBBARD, J.
In 1982 Buncombe County, North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Alex Stromm writes of the aftermath of the accidental drowning of a friend, as his English teacher reaches out to him while he and a fellow boarding school student try to cover things up.

SummerILearnedFly

The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
YA REINHARDT, D.
Thirteen-year-old Drew starts the summer of 1986 helping in her mother’s cheese shop and dreaming about co-worker Nick, but when her widowed mother begins dating, Drew’s father’s book of lists, her pet rat, and Emmett, a boy on a quest, help her cope.

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The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
YA VLAHOS, L.
Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.

ScreamingDivas

Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata
YA KAMATA, S.
A teenage girl band in 1980s South Carolina becomes a local sensation, but just as its members are about to achieve their rock girl dreams, tragedy strikes.

RevengeNotPrettyGrl

Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe
YA BLYTHE, C.
Fourteen-year-old Faye, an African American living in 1984 Brooklyn, New York, copes with her mother’s abuse by stealing with her friends, but when robbing an elderly woman almost turns to murder, she gains an opportunity to learn new truths about life.

SummerYesterday

Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana
YA TRIANA, G.
As she struggles with her parents’ divorce, seventeen-year-old Haley is mysteriously transported to a theme park in the past where she finds love and meets her teenaged mother and father.

November is Transgender Awareness Month

Check out some of the great nonfiction and fiction reads if you want to learn more, or read about characters who are transgender.

Nonfiction

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
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Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

TransgenderLives

Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
YA 306.768 CRO
Meet Katie, Hayden, Dean, Brooke, David, Julia, and Natasha. Each is transgender, and in this book, they share their personal stories. Through their narratives, you’ll get to know and love each person for their humor, intelligence, perseverance, and passion. You’ll learn how they each came to better understand, accept, and express their gender identities, and you’ll follow them through the sorrows and successes of their personal journeys.

SomeAssemblyRequired

Some Assembly Required: the Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews
YA 306.768 AND
Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning teen memoir.

RethinkingNormal

Rethinking Normal: a Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill
YA 306.768 HIL
In this young adult memoir, a transgender girl shares her personal journey of growing up as a boy and then undergoing gender reassignment during her teens.

ThisBookGay

This Book is Gay by James Dawson
YA 306.766 DAW
Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder.

Fiction

BeautifulMusic

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
YA CRONN-MILLS, K.
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl’s body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents–all while trying to come out as transgender. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.

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Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
YA KATCHER, B.
With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

CrossingLines

Crossing Lines by Paul Volponi
YA VOLPONI, P.
High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgender.

Freakboy

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
YA CLARK, K.
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

JumpstartWorld

Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
YA HYDE, C.
Sixteen-year-old Elle falls in love with Frank, the neighbor who helps her adjust to being on her own in a big city, but learning that he is transgender turns her world upside-down.

HappyFamilies

Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis
YA DAVIS, T.
In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father’s decision to dress as a woman.

Teen Road Trip Novels!

road trip book cover by Jim and Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, J.

A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy.

This One Time with Julia book coverThis One Time With Julia by David Lampson

YA LAMPSON, D.

Joe’s twin brother has disappeared, and his brother’s girlfriend, Julia, takes eighteen-year-old Joe on a road trip that changes his life.

Kissing In America book coverKissing in America by Margo Rabb

YA RABB, M.

When she falls for a boy who moves to California without any warning, sixteen-year-old Eva and her best friend, Annie, set off on a road trip to the West Coast to see him again, confronting the complex truth about love along the way.

16things#16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler

YA GURTLER, J.

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, she takes a road trip with her friends to find her real dad.

DamagedDamaged by Amy Reed

YA REED, A.

Numb after the death of her best friend, Camille, Kinsey starts to shut down but Hunter, Camille’s mysterious boyfriend, has other ideas and whisks Kinsey off on a multi-state road trip to forget the ghosts of their pasts and their own fears.

Man Made Boy book coverMan Made Boy by Jon Skovron

YA SF SKOVRON, J.

Tired of being sheltered from humans, seventeen-year-old Boy, son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride of Frankenstein, runs away from home and embarks on a wild road trip that takes him across the country and deep into the heart of America.

 

 

HoneyBabySweetheartHoney, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

YA CALETTI, D.

In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about “the real ties that bind” people to one another.

 

HittheRoadHit the Road by Caroline B. Cooney

YA COONEY, C.

Sixteen-year-old Brittany acts as chauffeur for her grandmother and three other eighty-plus-year-old women going to what is supposedly their college reunion, on a long drive that involves lies, theft, and kidnappings.

 

 

CarTroubleCar Trouble by Jeanne DuPrau

YA DUPRAU, J.

Early one August morning, seventeen-year-old computer “nerd” Duff Pringle leaves Richmond, Virginia, in a newly-acquired used car and begins an unexpectedly convoluted journey to San Jose, California, and the job that awaits him there.

 

 

InSearchMockingbirdIn Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth

YA ELLSWORTH, L.

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Erin receives her long-dead mother’s diary, which reveals that she too revered Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” and wanted to be a writer, and Erin impulsively decides to take the Greyhound bus from St. Paul, Minnesota to Monroeville, Alabama, to visit the reclusive author.

 

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines book cover by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

 

BecomingChloeBecoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde

YA HYDE, C.

A gay teenage boy and a fragile teenage girl meet while living on the streets of New York City and eventually decide to take a road trip across America to discover whether or not the world is a beautiful place.

HowtoBeBadHow to be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle

YA LOCKHART, E.

Told in alternating voices, Jesse, Vicks, and Mel, hoping to leave all their worries and woes behind, escape their small town by taking a road trip to Miami.

 

ZigZagZigZag by Ellen Wittlinger

YA WITTLINGER, E.

A high-school junior makes a trip with her aunt and two cousins, discovering places she did not know existed and strengths she did not know she had.

 

 

Realistic Fiction for Teen Readers

Looking for a good read that deals with real world problems?  Check out this list below for some excellent realistic fiction novels for teen readers!

The Impossible Knife of Memorythe impossible knife of memory book cover by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

Eleanor and Park book coverEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Thirteen Reasons Why13 Reasons Why book cover by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

absolutelytruestoryThe 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.

monsterMonster by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

okay for now book coverOkay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

AskPassengersAsk the Passengers by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

Imagining that she is sending love to passengers in airplanes flying overhead, Astrid Jones, a teen from a small town torn by gossip and narrow-mindedness, struggles with her family’s dysfunction and hides her love for another girl.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower book cover by Stephen Chbosky

YA CHBOSKY, S.

A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

HateListHate List by Jennifer Brown

YA BROWN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

TruthAbtForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

LoveLettersDeadLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

YA DELLAIRA, A.

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

WhatWeSawAtNightWhat We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

YA MITCHARD, J.

After glimpsing an older man in a room with a dead girl, sixteen-year-old Allie, who has a life-threatening allergy to sunlight, discovers she is the lone key to stopping a serial killer.

Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

YA REYNOLDS, J.

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Gripcurveball the year I lost my grip book cover by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

Swim the FlySwim the Fly book cover by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

Wingerwinger book cover by Andrew Smith

YA SMITH, A.

Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

jkt_9780545334747.inddTake a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts high school in New York City, preparing for the senior recital and feeling the pressure to perform well and take the next step in their careers and their lives–whether they want to or not.

13 Little Blue Envelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes book cover by Maureen Johnson

YA JOHNSON, M.

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

 

Summer Book Talk Read-a-Likes!

Hearing some interesting book talks at your school?  Check out these read-a-likes for all the titles we are talking about this year. Chances are these hot books will all be checked out so you have even more options with these read-a-likes!

Fat Boy vs. the CheerleadersFat Boy vs the Cheerleaders book cover by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
YA SCHREIBER, J.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
YA GOING, K.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.

 

ConspiracyofUsThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
YA HALL, M.

SecretSocietyBookBloodShdadowchangeling

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Secret Society by Tom Dolby
YA DOLBY, T.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
YA WASSERMAN, R.

Changeling by Philippa Gregory
YA GREGORY, P.

 

the sound of letting go book coverThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
YA KEHOE, S.

LivvieOwenDJ rising book cover

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Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley
YA DOOLEY, S.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
YA SALES, L.

DJ Rising by Love Maia
YA MAIA, L.

 

Out of Nowhere by Maria PadianOut of Nowhere book cover
YA PADIAN, M.

Now is the Time for Running book coverthe good braider book coverkick book cover

Read-a-Likes

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
YA WILLIAMS, M.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish
YA FARISH, T.

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
YA MYERS, W.

 

KidneyHypotheticalThe Kidney Hypothetical, or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee
YA YEE, L.

curveball the year I lost my grip book coverpersonal effects book coverAfterEli

Read-a-Likes

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
YA SONNENBLICK, J.

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
YA KOKIE, E.

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp
YA RUPP, R.

 

BlackDoveBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
YA WEIN, E.

Code Name Verity book coverCall Me By My Name book covera Summer of Kings book cover

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
YA WEIN, E.

Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley
YA BRADLEY, J.

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan
YA NOLAN, H.

 

ZeroboxerZeroboxer by Fonda Lee
YA SF LEE, F.

WhyIFightSoulbound

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young
YA YOUNG, M.

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks
YA OAKS, J.

Soulbound by Heather Brewer
YA BREWER, H.

 

ChallengerDeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

NightIDisappearedMeMyselfIkeKingPygmies

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The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver
YA DEAVER, J.

Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman
YA DENMAN, K.

King of the Pygmies by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
YA FUQUA, S.

 

EndangeredEndangered by Lamar Giles
YA MY GILES, L.

Wish you were deadmorgue and me book coverPicturePerfect

Read-a-Likes

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford
YA MY FORD, J.

Picture Perfect by Elaine Marie Alphin
YA ALPHIN, E.

 

An Ember in Ashes by Sabaa TahirAn Ember in the Ashes book cover
YA TAHIR, S.

Throne of Glass book coverOrphanQueenfalse prince book cover

Read-a-Likes

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
YA MAAS, S.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
YA MEADOWS, J.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.

 

GameLoveDeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
YA BROCKENBROUGH, M.

the Other Side of Dark book coverRiverBetweenUsRuined book cover

Read-a-Likes

The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
YA SMITH, S.

The River Between Us by Richard Peck
YA PECK, R.

Ruined by Paula Morris
YA MORRIS, P.

 

UndertowUndertow by Michael Buckley
YA BUCKLEY, M.

ViciousDeepTempestRisingTeam Human book cover

Read-a-Likes

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
YA CORDOVA, Z.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
YA DEEBS, T.

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier
YA LARBALESTIER, J.

 

KillerEnemiesKiller of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
YA SF BRUCHAC, J.

enclaveEveryOtherDay

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
YA MABERRY, J.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
YA AGUIRRE, A.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
YA BARNES, J.

 

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.

Insignia book coverfor the win book coverz book cover

Read-a-Likes

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
YA SF KINCAID, S.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow
YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

Z by Michael Thomas Ford
YA SF FORD, M.

 

ShelterShelter by Harlan Coben
YA MY COBEN, H.

BodyWoodsWhereverNinaLiesRealityCheck

Read-a-Likes

The Body in the Woods by April Henry
YA MY HENRY, A.

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
YA WEINGARTEN, L.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
YA ABRAHAMS, P.

 

FinisherFinisher by David Baldacci
YA BALDACCI, D.

SabrielRecklessHalfWorld

Read-a-Likes

Sabriel by Garth Nix
YA NIX, G.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke
YA FUNKE, C.

Half World by Hiromi Goto
YA GOTO, H.

 

WhiteSpaceWhite Space by Isla Bick
YA BICK, I.

the Secret Hour book coverthe Gathering Dark book coverdaughter of smoke and bone book cover

Read-a-Likes

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson
YA JOHNSON, C.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
YA TAYLOR, L.

 

The Falconerthe falconer book cover by Elizabeth May
YA MAY, E.

the clockwork scarab book covera great and terrible beauty book coverthe girl in the steel corset book cover

Read-a-Likes

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
YA BRAY, L.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
YA CROSS, K.

 

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
YA WESTERFELD, S.

Fangirl book coverOtherNormalsSerendiptyMarket

Read-a-Likes

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
YA VIZZINI, N.

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh
YA BLUBAUGH, P.

 

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
YA SF SHEPHERD, M.

This Dark Endeavor book coverOrigin book coverDr. Franklin's Island book cover

Read-a-Likes

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.

Origin by Jessica Khoury
YA KHOURY, J.

Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
YA SF HALAM, A.

 

WildflowerWildflower by Alicia Whitaker
YA WHITAKER, A.

SomebodyEverybodyopen road summer book coverRockStarSuperstar

Read-a-Likes

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee
YA SUPPLEE, S.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
YA LORD, E.

Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson
YA NELSON, B.

 

GoodSisterThe Good Sister by Jaime Kain
YA KAIN, J.

13 Reasons Why book coverPleaseIgnoreSummerLettingGo

Read-a-Likes

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
YA ASHER, J.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
YA KING, A.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner
YA POLISNER, G.

 

The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheimthe Story of Owen book cover by E.K. Johnston
YA JOHNSTON, E.

SlayersThe Last Dragonslayer book coverFirstKill

Read-a-Likes

Slayers by C.J. Hill
YA HILL, C.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
YA FFORDE, J.

First Kill by Heather Brewer
YA BREWER, H.

 

DontTouchDon’t Touch by Rachel Wilson
YA WILSON, R.

say what you will book coverthe Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B book coverWaitingForYou

Read-a-Likes

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten
YA TOTEN, T.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
YA COLASANTI, S.

 

IllusionsFateIllusions of Fate by Keirsten White
YA WHITE, K.

EvernightLegacyDeadBeautiful

Read-a-Likes

Evernight by Claudia Gray
YA GRAY, C.

Legacy by Molly Cochran
YA COCHRAN, M.

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
YA WOON, Y.

 

I'll Give You the Sun book coverI’ll Give You the Sun by Allison Jandy
YA JANDY, A.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson book coverNo Parking at the End Times book coverBeatle Meets Destiny book cover

Read-a-Likes

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
YA GREEN, J.

No Parking At the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B.

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.

 

WhatsLeftWhat’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
YA SF ZHANG, K.

the Host book coverStartersSoulprint

Read-a-Likes

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.

Starters by Lissa Price
YA SF PRICE, L.

Soulprint by Megan Miranda
YA SF MIRANDA, M.

 

PreyThe Prey by Tom Isbell
YA ISBELL, T.

Ashes book coverPulsethe 5th Wave book cover

Read-a-Likes

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
YA BICK, I.

Pulse by Patrick Carman
YA SF CARMAN, P.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
YA SF YANCEY, R.