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YA Tales for Halloween

There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Halloween than curling up on a chilly night with a scary book. Stop by the library to pick up one of these spooky reads.

The Name of the Star book coverThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target.

The Beast Is an AnimalThe Beast Is an Animal book ocver by Peternelle Van Arsdale

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters, twin sisters who slowly grew into something not quite human– and feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys came to a strict world where fear of the soul eaters– and of the Beast they believe guides them– rules village life. Alys longs for the freedom of the forest while hiding a talent that would brand her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys begins a journey through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside– and from within her own heart and soul.

Labyrinth LostLabyrith Lost book cover by Zoraida Cordova

Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she’s hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.

The Stranger GameThe Stranger Game book cover by Cylin Busby

When Nico Morris’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties. Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found. But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.

Camp So-and-So book coverCamp So-and-So by Mary McCoy

Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespeare, and spiking volleyballs. Each letter was signed in ink by the famed and reclusive Inge F. Yancey IV. By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed. Had any of these girls tried to visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such town and no such mountain and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So.

11 Teen Novels to Read If You Like Stranger Things

GatheringDark

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.

Taking

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?

NightSky

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.

DarkestMinds

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.

MissPeregrine

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.

DeadHouse

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.

The Night She Disappeared book cover

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
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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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Teen Novels Set in Scotland

Ostrich Boys

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

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

Forbidden

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

Explosionist

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

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The Falconer by Elizabeth May
YA MAY, E.
In 1844 Edinburgh eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron is neither an ordinary debutante, nor a murderess–she is a Falconer, a female warrior born with the gift for hunting and killing the faeries who prey on mankind and who killed her mother.

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

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

Abducted! Characters kidnapped in Teen Novels

Checkout these thrilling novels where characters have been taken away from their normal lives, whether in everyday settings or futuristic and fantastical settings.

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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.

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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.

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Chanda’s Wars by Allan Stratton
YA STRATTON, A.
Chandra Kabelo, a teenaged African girl, must save her younger siblings after they are kidnapped and forced to serve as child soldiers in General Mandiki’s rebel army.

Panic

Panic by Sharon M. Draper
YA DRAPER, S.
As rehearsals begin for the ballet version of Peter Pan, the teenaged members of an Ohio dance troupe lose their focus when one of their own goes missing.

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The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
YA MCBRIDE, K.
After Tessa’s best friend Noelle is kidnapped, Tessa becomes depressed and isolated, and even after Noelle returns two years later, neither of their lives are the same again and they struggle to rediscover their friendship.

Dead to You

Dead to You by Lisa McMann
YA MCMANN, L.
Having been abducted at age seven, abandoned, a foster child, and homeless, Ethan, now sixteen, is happy to be home until his brother’s suspicion and his own inability to remember something unspeakable from his early childhood begin to tear the family apart.

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Girl, Stolen by April Henry
YA HENRY, A.
When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.

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The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove
YA GROVE, S.
In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption–when all of the continents were flung into different time periods–thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia’s uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston’s foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.

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The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon
YA MY NIXON, J.
A teenage girl is kidnapped, but when freed, is accused of masterminding the scheme to extort money from her wealthy grandmother.

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The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
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.

NowYouSeeHer

Now You See Her by Jacquelyn Mitchard
YA MY MITCHARD, J.
Fifteen-year-old Hope describes events leading her to agree to her boyfriend’s plan to stage her abduction, and the consequences for their relationship, her family life, and her budding career as an actress.

Vindico

The Vindico by Wesley King
YA SF KING, W.
When supervillains of the Vindico realize they are getting too old to fight the League of Heroes, they kidnap and begin training five teens, but James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam will not become the next generation of evil without a fight.

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The Rule of Claw by John Brindley
YA SF BRINDLEY, J.
Ash and her friends live in a future where they are the only human teenagers left, but when Ash is kidnapped and becomes a pawn in a power struggle among the formidable Raptors who captured her, she begins to reconsider her own humanity.

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Four Secrets by Margaret Willey
YA WILLEY, M.
Through journal entries required by their social worker at a juvenile detention center, middle-schoolers Katie, Nate, and Renata relate how they came to kidnap their tormentor, Chase, a star athlete from the town’s most prominent family, who surprisingly became their willing victim.

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The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
YA MAHONEY, K.
Seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood is considered a freak, cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her alchemist parents, but when vicious wood elves abduct her best friend Navin, Donna must betray all her parents fought for and join the battle between the humans and the fey.

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The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
YA PATTERSON, J.
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “bird kids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

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The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
YA SF 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.

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The Taking by Kimberly Derting
YA DERTING, L.
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.

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
YA RUBY, L.
Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Ruthless

Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
YA ADAMS, C.
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become this serial-killer’s next trophy. After she’s able to escape, her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.

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Stolen by Lucy Christopher
YA CHRISTOPHER, L.
British city-dweller Gemma is abducted while on vacation and taken to the Australian outback, where she realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Pointe

Pointe by Brandy Colbert
YA COLBERT, B.
Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

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Broken Moon by Kim Antieau
YA ANTIEAU, K.
When her little brother is kidnapped and taken from Pakistan to race camels in the desert, eighteen-year-old Nadira overcomes her own past abuse and, dressed as a boy and armed with knowledge of the powerful storytelling of the legendary Scheherazade, is determined to find and rescue him.

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Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
YA DOLLER, T.
Abducted at age five, Callie, now seventeen, has spent her life on the run but when her mother is finally arrested and she is returned to her father in small-town Florida, Callie must find a way to leave her past behind, become part of a family again, and learn that love is more than just a possibility.

Detour

The Detour by S.A. Bodeen
YA BODEEN, S.
Seventeen-year-old Livvy Flynn, a bestselling author of YA fiction, is kidnapped by a woman and her apparently manic daughter who have no intention of letting her go.

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Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
YA BENWAY, R.
Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever. Then ten years ago Oliver’s father kidnapped him, and they’ve been on the run ever since. Discovered and returned to his old hometown, having a new identity– his heart is racing, and his thoughts swirling. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars– or is it another a victim of Oliver’s father’s crime?

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The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
YA BROOKS, K.
Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems, a street person since leaving his wealthy father’s home, is kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker where he’s soon joined by five others, ranging in age from nine to seventy, who are alternately cared for and tortured by their unseen captor.

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See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne
YA JAYNE, H.
Riley Spencer never thought twice about keeping secrets from her parents, but when she finds a birth certificate with the name Jane O’Callahan hidden in her baby book, she must consider that her parents are lying to her.

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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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The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer
YA MAZER, N.
In Mallory, New York, as five sisters, aged eleven to seventeen, deal with assorted problems, conflicts, fears, and yearnings, a mysterious middle-aged man watches them, fascinated, deciding which one he likes the best.

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Period 8 by Chris Crutcher
YA CRUTCHER, C.
Period 8 has always been a safe haven and high school senior Paulie “The Bomb” Baum a constant attendee, but as Paulie, Hannah, their friends, and a sympathetic teacher try to unravel the mystery of a missing classmate, the ultimate bully takes aim at the school.

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Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
YA TROMLY, S.
After her parents’ divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl which may be related to the disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago.

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Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern
YA HALPERN, J.
Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

Horror Reads for Teens: Demons

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The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
YA BRENNAN, S.
Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick’s determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret.

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Demon Chick by Marilyn Kaye
YA KAYE, M.
Sixteen-year-old Jessica discovers that her mother, a charismatic presidential candidate, sold Jessica’s soul to the devil in exchange for political power.

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Lord Loss by Darren Shan
YA SHAN, D.
Presumably the only witness to the horrific and bloody murder of his entire family, a teenage boy must outwit not only the mental health professionals determined to cure his delusion, but also the demonic forces only he can see.

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The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer
YA BEYER, K.
After surviving being possessed by a demon, sixteen-year-old Mia leaves her family in New York to stay with cousins in Milan, Italy, where she must study her family’s heritage of demon catching in order to stay alive.

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Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudson<
YA KNUDSON, M.
He is young. He is hot. He is also evil. He is ……. the librarian.

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The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
YA OLIVER, J.
In 2018 Atlanta, Georgia, after a demon threatens seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne’s life and murders her father, a legendary demon trapper to whom she was apprenticed, her father’s partner, Beck, steps in to care for her, knowing she hates him.

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Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowan
YA ROWAN, M.
In small-town Canada after her mother’s fourth marriage, sixteen-year-old Nikki learns that her long-lost father is king of the demons, a fact that threatens to destroy her newfound popularity and sense of belonging.

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The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven
YA ENTHOVEN, S.
When his best friend, Charlie, is possessed by an ancient demon, fourteen-year-old Jack, accompanied by a girl with superhuman powers, battles all over London and into Hell to save him.

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The Dark World by Cara Lynn Schultz
YA SCHULTZ, C.
Paige Kelly (who also talks to the dead) finds herself smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself with the help of a practiced demon slayer Logan Bradley.

Unbreakable

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
YA GARCIA, K.
Seventeen-year-old Kennedy Waters discovers she is a member of an ancient secret society formed to protect the world from a powerful demon determined to find a way out of his dimension and into ours. She joins the Legion on a mission to find a weapon that can defeat the demon.

Prophecy

Prophecy by Ellen Oh
YA OH, E.
A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King’s army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King’s prophecy and save her kingdom.

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Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
YA BARNES, J.
Every other day, sixteen-year-old high school student Kali transforms into an invincible demon hunter, but when she sees that a popular fellow-student is marked for death in the next twenty-four hours, unfortunately it is the wrong day for Kali.

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Soul Enchilada by David McGinnis Gill
YA GILL, D.
When, after a demon appears to repossess her car, she discovers that both the car and her soul were given as collateral in a deal made with the Devil by her irascible grandfather, eighteen-year-old Bug Smoot, given two-days’ grace, tries to find ways to outsmart the Devil and his minions.

Devilish

Devilish by Maureen Johnson
YA JOHNSON, M.
Jane Jarvis, a senior at a Catholic girl’s school in Providence, Rhode Island, tries to save her best friend by making a pact with a demon–in the form of a cupcake-eating, very friendly teenage girl.

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Dark Star by Bethany Frenette
YA FRENETTE, B.
Audrey, the sixteen-year-old daughter of a superhero, must access powers she never knew she had to defend Minneapolis from terrifying demons that have emerged from Beneath.

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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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The Stars Never Rise by Rachel VincentYA VINCENT, R.
In a world ruled by the brutally puritanical Church and its army of black-robed exorcists, sixteen-year-old Nina tries to save her pregnant younger sister from the Church’s wrath and discovers that not only is the Church run by demons but that Nina herself is one of the very few who can genuinely exorcise them.

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Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
YA ALENDER, K.
When fifteen-year-old Lexi’s younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.

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Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
YA GIER, K.
Liv Silver, fifteen, has lived in six countries in eight years and she and her sister yearn for a real home and normalcy, but soon after moving in with her mother’s boyfriend in London, Liv’s dreams turn bizarre, filled with talking stone statues, mysterious corridors, and strange rituals conducted by four boys who happen to be her new classmates.

Horror Reads for Teens: Witches

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Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Life is uneventful for sixteen-year-old Morgan Rowlands in her upstate New York town, until her best friend Bree drags her to a Wiccan circle led by newcomer Cal Blaire, and Morgan begins to experience things she never had before.

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Witch Child by Celia Rees
YA REES, C.
In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.

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Witch Dreams by Vivian Vande Velde
YA VANDE VELDE, V.
Sixteen-year-old Nyssa uses her ability to see into people’s dreams to discover who murdered her parents six years ago.

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Weather Witch by Shannon Delaney
YA DELANEY, S.
Accused of being a Weather Witch in an alternate nineteenth-century Philadelphia, seventeen-year-old Jordan Astraea is taken from her family and near-boyfriend, Rowen, and sentenced to be enslaved as a living battery for an airship.

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The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
YA MAHONEY, K.
Seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood is considered a freak, cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her alchemist parents, but when vicious wood elves abduct her best friend Navin, Donna must betray all her parents fought for and join the battle between the humans and the fey.

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Season of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks
YA FREDERICKS, M.
A girl who is bullied experiments with witchcraft in order to get revenge on her attackers.

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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
YA BOECKER, V.
Set in an alternative 16th-century England, Elizabeth Grey is the only girl in the king’s elite group of witch hunters. When she’s framed for being a witch herself, Elizabeth finds freedom at the hands of the world’s most wanted wizard and her loyalties are tested.

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Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
YA HEMPHILL, S.
A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692–Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.

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Bewitching by Alex Flynn
YA FLYNN, A.
Tells the story of Kendra, a witch, and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the Titanic disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister.

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Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
YA STOLARZ, F.
Sixteen-year-old hereditary witch Stacey Brown has nightmares of her roommate being murdered and hopes that her magic will be enough to protect Drea–unlike the last person whose death Stacey dreamed.

BlackSpring

Black Spring by Alison Croggon
YA CROGGON, A.
Lina is enchanting, vibrant but willful. And her eyes betray her for what she truly is – a witch. With her childhood companion, Damek, she has grown up privileged and spoiled and the pair are devoted to each other to the point of obsession. But times are changing. Vendetta is coming. And tragedy is stalking the halls of the Red House.

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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.

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Drift & Dagger by Kendall Kulper
YA KULPER, K.
As a boy in the late nineteenth century, Mal’s only friend was Essie, daughter of the Roe witch, and it was she who discovered that he is a “blank,” not affected by magic, setting him on a career as a con artist, traveling the globe in search of a legendary magical dagger that can steal a witch’s power.

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House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
YA WHIPPLE, N.
Seventeen-year-old Josephine Hemlock has spent her life hiding the fact that she’s a witch–but when the mysterious Curse that killed her mother returns, she might not be able to keep her magical and normal lives separate.

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Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
YA LARBALESTIER, J.
From the Sydney, Australia home of a grandmother she believes is a witch, fifteen-year-old Reason Cansino is magically transported to New York City, where she discovers that friends and foes can be hard to distinguish.

Witchlanders

Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
YA COAKLEY, L.
After the prediction of Ryder’s mother, once a great prophet and powerful witch, comes true and their village is destroyed by a deadly assassin, Ryder embarks on a quest that takes him into the mountains in search of the destroyer.

UnderMyHat

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan
YA SS UNDER
An anthology of short fiction about witches.

BornWicked

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
YA SPOTSWOOD, J.
In an alternate New England of 1900, where the Brotherhood dominates and controls society, sixteen-year-old Cate Cahill has struggled since her mother’s death to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches, but when a governess arrives from the Sisterhood, everything changes.

Immortal

Immortal by Gillian Shields
YA SHIELDS, G.
Falling in love with the mysterious Sebastian, Evie Johnson, a scholarship student at the Wyldcliffe Abby School, is haunted by a sister-like figure that seems to be sending her a warning.

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Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
YA PATTERSON, J.
Torn from their parents in a society increasingly controlled by the government, 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, are incarcerated in a totalitarian prison where they discover they have incredible supernatural powers.

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Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
YA MACCULLOUGH, C.
Born into a family of witches, seventeen-year-old Tamsin is raised believing that she alone lacks a magical “Talent,” but when her beautiful and powerful sister is taken by an age-old rival of the family in an attempt to change the balance of power, Tamsin discovers her true destiny.

Hexed

Hexed by Michelle Krys
YA KRYS, M.
Popular cheerleader Indigo Blackwood, sixteen, finds her perfect life threatened when Bishop, a tattooed, leather-clad stranger, tells her the family Bible just stolen from the attic of her mother’s occult shop could mean the end to all witches, including, he says, Indigo herself.

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Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
YA HAWKINS, R.
When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

Half Bad

Half Bad by Sally Green
YA GREEN, S.
In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

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Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
YA GRAY, C.
Descended from witches, high school senior Nadia can tell as soon as her family moves to Captive’s Sound that the town is under a dark and powerful spell. Then she meets Mateo, the teenage local whose cursed dreams predict the future, and they must work together to prevent an impending disaster that threatens the entire town.