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Throwback: Teen Novels set in the 60’s

Sekret

Sekret by Lindsay Smith
YA SMITH, L.
A group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB.

Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
YA SCHMIDT, G.
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom, where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

I'm Glad I Did

I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil
YA WEIL, C.
In 1963 sixteen-year-old JJ Green, a songwriter interning at New York City’s famous Brill Building, finds herself a writing partner in Luke Silver, a boy who seems to connect instantly with her music, and they start cutting their first demo with Dulcie Brown, a legend who’s fallen on hard times, with a secret past.

LookingJackKerouac

Looking for Jack Kerouac by Barbara Shoup
YA SHOUP, B.
In 1964, Paul Carpetti discovers Jack Kerouac’s On the Road while on a school trip to New York and begins to question the life he faces after high school. Then he meets a volatile, charismatic Kerouac devotee determined to hit the road himself. When the boys learn that Kerouac is living in St. Petersburg, Florida, they go looking for answers.

WhatWeHide

What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
YA JOCELYN, M.
Told from multiple viewpoints, high school Junior Jenny of Philadelphia spends a semester at a Quaker boarding school in Sheffield, England, near where her brother is avoiding the Vietnam draft, and where everyone carries close-held secrets.

TightropeWalkers

The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond
YA ALMOND, D.
Coming of age in the shadow of northern England’s shipyards, young Dominic is torn between the extremes of his shipbuilder family’s lifestyle, a complex bully to whom he finds himself irresistibly drawn, and the tightrope-walking girl he loves.

Bliss

Bliss by Lauren Myracle
YA MYRACLE, L.
Having grown up in a California commune, Bliss sees her aloof grandmother’s Atlanta world as a foreign country, but she is determined to be nice as a freshman at an elite high school, which makes her the perfect target for Sandy, a girl obsessed with the occult.

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Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
YA MY SILVEY, C.
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

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Life: an Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
YA PEET, M.
In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.

SammyJuliana

Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
YA SAENZ, B.
As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of “gringo” racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, barrio violence, and poverty.

MyNameNotEasy

My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
YA EDWARDSON, D.
Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home.

BeforeWeWereFree

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
YA ALVAREZ, J.
In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.

DeathComingUpHill

Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe
YA CROWE, C.
Douglas Ashe keeps a weekly record of historical and personal events in 1968, the year he turns seventeen, including the escalating war in Vietnam, assassinations, rampant racism, and rioting; his first girlfriend, his parents’ separation, and a longed-for sister.

NotoriousPaganJones

The Notorious Pagan Jones by Nina Berry
YA BERRY, N.
Pagan Jones went from America’s sweetheart to fallen angel in one fateful night in 1960: the night a car accident killed her whole family. Pagan was behind the wheel and driving drunk. Nine months later, she’s stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls and tortured by her guilt-not to mention the sadistic Miss Edwards, who takes special delight in humiliating the once-great Pagan Jones.

SummerofKings

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan
YA NOLAN, H.
Over the course of the summer of 1963, fourteen-year-old Esther Young discovers the passion within her when eighteen-year-old King-Roy Johnson, accused of murdering a white man in Alabama, comes to live with her family.

TellMeLies

Tell Me Lies by Patrick Cooper
YA COOPER, P.
In England in 1969, nineteen-year-old Stephen leaves his conservative home, where he is haunted by a troubled past and dread of the future, and is drawn by an old friend to a commune, whose charismatic leader speaks of finding freedom to live in the moment.

MyOwnRevolution

My Own Revolution by Carolyn Marsden
YA MARSDEN, C.
In 1960s Czechoslovakia, Patrik participates in and rebels against the communist regime, knowing that anyone could become an enemy in the blink of an eye.

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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.

Teen Novels Set in France

LittleinLove

A Little in Love by Susan E. Fletcher
YA FLETCHER, S.
Eponine, the street girl from Les Misérables, tells the story of her life and her unrequited love for Marius, which ultimately leads to her death on the barricades during the short-lived rebellion of June 1832.

Romancing

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
YA JACOBUS, A.
A troubled American teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other–dark, dangerous, and attractive–urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.

Rook

Rook by Sharon Cameron
YA CAMERON, S.
In the Sunken City that was once Paris the guillotine rules again, while Sophia Bellamy from the Commonwealth across the Channel Sea tries to rescue as many of the revolution’s victims as she can smuggle out, and some prisoners disappear from their cells, with a red-tipped rook feather left in their place–but who is the mysterious Red Rook and where does Sophia’s wealthy fiance,́ René Hasard, fit in?

IslaHappily

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
YA PERKINS, S.
Isla has had a crush on classmate Josh since their freshman year at the School of America in Paris, but after a chance encounter over the summer in Manhattan they return to France for their senior year where they are forced to confront challenges every young couple in love must face.

BeautifulCursed

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
YA MORGAN, P.
Residing in a desolate abbey protected by gargoyles, two beautiful teenaged sisters in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Paris discover deadly and otherworldly truths as they search for their missing brother.

Belle Epoque

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
YA ROSS, E.
Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.

GadgetGirl

Gadget Girl by Suzanne Kamata
YA KAMATA, S.
Aiko Cassidy, a fourteen-year-old with cerebral palsy, tired of posing for the sculptures that have made her mother famous, dreams of going to Japan to meet her father and become a great manga artist, but takes a life-changing trip to Paris, instead.

MarieAntoinette

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
YA ALENDER, K.
While in Paris, France on a class trip, Colette Iselin enlists the help of her charming French tour guide to help uncover a possible connection between Marie Antoinette, a series of gruesome murders, and perhaps her own family history, and he also gives her insights into herself.

StarryNights

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
YA WHITNEY, D.
Seventeen-year-old Julien falls in love with the muse, Clio, as he tries to save her and the Musée D’Orsay’s collection of Impressionist art after learning the paintings are reacting to a curse set by Renoir that trapped Clio in his painting.

Grave mercy

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
YA LAFEVERS, R.
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

DieForMe

Die for Me by Amy Plum
YA PLUM, A.
After their parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year-old Kate Mercier and her older sister Georgia, each grieving in her own way, move to Paris to live with their grandparents and Kate finds herself powerfully drawn to the handsome but elusive Vincent who seems to harbor a mysterious and dangerous secret.

Revolution

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
YA DONNELLY, J.
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy.

NoandMe

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan ; translated from the French by George Miller
YA VIGAN, D.
Precocious thirteen-year-old Lou meets a homeless eighteen-year-old girl on the streets of Paris and Lou’s life is forever changed.

BeautifulAmericans

Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag
YA SILAG, L.
Four high school students on a study abroad program in Paris hide secrets, party, and revel in the glamor of the city, until one of them disappears.

PaleAssassin

The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliott
YA ELLOITT, P.
In early 1790s’ Paris, as the Revolution gains momentum, young and sheltered Eugenie de Boncoeur finds it difficult to tell friend from foe as she and the royalist brother she relies on become the focus of “le Fantome,” the sinister spymaster with a long-held grudge against their family.

Sovay

Sovay by Celia Rees
YA REES, C.
In 1794 England, the rich and beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father’s arrest for treason, and soon her newly-awakened political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution.

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The Revolution of Sabine by Beth Levine Ain
YA AIN, B.
During Benjamin Franklin’s visit to Paris in 1776, sixteen-year-old Sabine Durand rails against the strict rules of society and her social-climbing mother by rejecting her arranged marriage and spending more time with servants and others who accept Franklin’s political ideals and those she read in Voltaire’s Candide while having her portrait painted by the renowned artist, Fragonard.

BlueFlame

Blue Flame by K. M. Grant
YA GRANT, K.
In 1242 in the restive Languedoc region of France, Parsifal, having been charged as a child to guard an important religious relic, has lived in hiding for much of his life until he befriends a young couple on opposite sides of the escalating conflict between the Catholics and the Cathars.

Life As It Comes

Life as it Comes by Anne-Laure Bondoux; translated from the French by Y. Maudet
YA BONDOUX, A.
After their parents are killed in a car accident, sisters Mado, fifteen, and Patty, twenty, try to cope, but when the irresponsible and impulsive Patty gets pregnant and expects Mado to take charge of everything, life becomes increasingly difficult.

Two of a Kind– Twins in Teen Novels

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Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
YA ZINK, M.
Soon after their father dies under mysterious circumstances, orphaned twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe discover that an ancient prophecy has pitted them against one another in a mystical battle between good and evil. One of them will save the world – if she can prevent the other from bringing about its end. But which one is which? Set in a small town in upstate New York in the 19th century and written with a distinct Victorian air, this haunting novel features richly drawn characters, psychological nuances, spells, fallen angels, and murder most foul.

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young
YA YOUNG, M.
In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.

AllTheseLives

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
YA WYLIE, S.
Convinced that she has nine lives after cheating death twice as a child, sixteen-year-old Dani tries to forfeit her remaining lives in hopes of saving her twin sister, Jena, whose leukemia is consuming their family.

13thChild

Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
YA WREDE, P.
Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures that threaten settlements on the western frontier.

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Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.
When superstitious eighteen-year-old John “Beatle” Lennon, who is dating the best friend of his twin sister, meets Destiny McCartney, their instant rapport and shared quirkiness make it seem that their fate is written in the stars.

BeautifulLies

Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
YA WARMAN, J.
Eighteen-year-old identical twins Alice and Rachel have always shared a very special bond, so when one is abducted the other uses their connection to try to locate her.

ChaliceWind

A Chalice of Wind by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Separated since birth, seventeen-year-old twins Thais and Clio unexpectedly meet in New Orleans where they seem to be pursued by a coven of witches who want to harness the twins’ magical powers for its own ends.

Kindred

Kindred by Tammar Stein
YA STEIN, T.
Spiritual warfare breaks out when the Archangel Raphael and the Devil deliver assignments to eighteen-year-old fraternal twins Miriam and Moses.

Bruiser

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
Inexplicable events occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

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The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.

Linked

Linked by Imogen Howson
YA SF HOWSON, I.
When Elissa’s nightmarish visions and inexplicable bruises lead to the discovery of a battered twin sister on the run from government agents, Elissa enlists the help of an arrogant new graduate from the space academy.

ErasingTime

Erasing Time by C.J. Hill
YA SF HILL, C.
Eighteen-year-old twins Taylor and Sheridan are pulled into the future and must find a way to stop the evil government from using the time machine again.

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Dualed by Elsie Chapman
YA SF CHAPMAN, E.
West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.

Alchemyst

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
YA SCOTT, M.
Having discovered the secret to eternal youth, 14th-century alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife are alive and well in present-day San Francisco, California. But they won’t stay well if 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman don’t fulfill their prophesied role of either saving or destroying the world, starting by getting back an ancient text stolen from Flamel’s bookstore.

GeminiBites

Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
YA RYAN, P.
Twins Kyle – who is gay – and Judy – who claims to be religious to get closer to a boy who runs a bible study group – are both attracted to Garret, a classmate who is finishing the school year with their family, and who says he is a vampire.

ThisDarkEndeavor

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.
When his twin brother falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Envy

Envy by Gregg Olsen
YA MY OLSEN, G.
Fifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as “Empty Coffin” because of a local legend, investigate a former friend’s Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.

MidnightTwins

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
YA MITCHARD, J.
Identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn have always shared one another’s thoughts, even as they dream, but their connection diminishes as they approach their thirteenth birthday, and one begins to see the future, the other the past, leading them to discover that a high school student they know is doing horrible things that place the twins, and others, in grave danger.

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No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B.
Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

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The Prey by Tom Isbell
YA ISBELL, T.
After the apocalyptic Omega, a group of orphaned teen boys learn of their dark fate and escape, joining forces with twin girls who have been imprisoned for the ‘good of the republic.’ In their plight for freedom, these young heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

MillionMilesAway

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
YA AVERY, L.
Shortly after her boyfriend, Peter, is deployed to Afghanistan, high school senior Michelle dies in a car crash and when her bereft twin, Kelsey, connects with Peter she is unable to tell him the truth as, through their separate woes, they support each other and begin to fall in love.

DeadlyDesign

Deadly Design by Debra Dockter
YA DOCKTER, D.
Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Connor was born first, and he was the best at everything– valedictorian, star quarterback… everything. Kyle never thought he’d be able to live up, so he didn’t even try. But when Connor suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also died on their eighteenth birthdays. Now Kyle is motivated– to save his own life.

Untwine

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
YA DANTICAT, E.
Identical twin teenagers Giselle and Isabelle Boyer have always been inseparable, and expected to stay that way even though their Haitian American parents are separating–but when the entire family is caught in a car crash, everyone’s world is shattered forever.

TripleMoon

Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz
YA DE LA CRUZ, M.
Twin witches (and Norse goddesses) Molly and Mardi Overbrook are sent to North Hampton for the summer where they must learn to control their powers before the White Council exiles them to Limbo.

SecretsWeKeep

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
YA LEAVER, T.
When her identical twin sister Maddy is killed in a car accident, seventeen-year-old Ella assumes Maddy’s life, only to discover that it was filled with dark secrets.

SeaShadows

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
YA ARMSTRONG, K.
Twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must embark on a a dangerous journey when the spirits they’re charged with protecting turn vengeful.

Nightfall

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski<
YA HALPERN, J.
On the island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours–it comes every twenty-eight years. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long; the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night. Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are bizarre but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way. When one of their friends goes missing just as the ships are about to sail, the twins know the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling….

ThereWillComeTime

There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos
YA ARCOS, C.
Overwhelmed by grief and guilt after his twin sister Grace’s accidental death, seventeen-year-old Mark Santos is persuaded by his best friend to complete the “bucket list” from Grace’s journal.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
YA KIERNAN, C.
In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.

IllGiveYouSun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
YA NELSON, J.
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

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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.

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

BrotherBrother

Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael
YA CARMICHAEL, C.
After his grandmother’s death, seventeen-year-old Brother sets out, with the abandoned son of a friend, on a 200-mile trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to find his twin brother, of whose existence he just learned.

ThisOneTimeJulia

This 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.

Chime

Chime by Franny Billingsley
YA BILLINGSLEY, F.
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Bumped

Bumped by Megan McCafferty
YA MCCAFFERTY, M.
In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

BewitchingSeason

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
YA DOYLE, M.
In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

Identical

Identical by Ellen Hopkins
YA HOPKINS, E.
Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.

SureFire

Sure Fire by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards
YA HIGGINS, J.
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find they have more complicated problems when their father is kidnapped and their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international plot to control the world’s oil.

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.

Enthusiasm

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!

PridePrejudiceZombies

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…

ForDarkness

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.

EpicFail

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.

DashwoodSisters

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).

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.

JeffersonsSons

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.

CyInChain

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.

NoCrystalStair

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.

HandThousandRibbons

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.

HurricaneSong

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.

BecomingBillieHoliday

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.