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What super natural power would you choose?

If you are a big fan of superheroes, check out some of these teen novels where the characters have super powers.  And then you can daydream about which super power you would choose!

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

YA SF SANDERSON, B.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

VindicoThe 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.

greatterriblebeauty 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.

AwakeningThe Awakening by Michael Carroll

YA SF CARROLL, M.

Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans–both heroes and villains–thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.

ThingsNotSeenThings Not Seen by Andrew Clements

YA SF CLEMENTS, A.

When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.

Daniel XDangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

YA SF PATTERSON, J.

Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents’ footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake.

GiftsGifts by Ursula K. Le Guin

YA LE GUIN, U.

When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of “unmaking”–a violent talent shared by members of his family–he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.

Gone by Michael GrantGone book cover

YA GRANT, M.

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore

YA CASHORE, K.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

HeroHero by Perry Moore

YA MOORE, P.

Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust.

Hex HallHex 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.

naturalsThe Naturals by Jennifer Barnes

YA BARNES, J.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins an elite group of criminal profilers at the FBI in order to help solve cold cases.

the shadowland mediator book coverThe Shadowland Mediator by Meg Cabot

YA CABOT, M.

After moving from New York to California with her newly married mother, 16-year-old Susannah has to cope not only with her new stepbrothers, but also with the handsome ghost sitting in her new bedroom and the angry girl ghost haunting her new school.

the Midnight Twins book coverThe Midnight Twins by Jacqueline 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.

the Secret Hour book coverMidnighters 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.

wakeWake by Lisa McMann

YA MCMANN, L.

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvaterthe raven boys book cover

YA STIEFVATER, M.

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

donteventhinkaboutitDon’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

YA MLYNOWSKI, S.

A group of Tribeca high school kids go in for flu shots and end up being able to hear what everyone is thinking.

invisibilityInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

YA CREMER, A.

To break his curse of invisibility, a boy is helped by a girl, who is the only one who can see him.

gorgeousGorgeous by Paul Rudnick

YA RUDNICK, P.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince–but soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self.

Fated1Fated by Alyson Noel

YA NOEL, A.

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met, but who recognizes the visions for what they truly are-the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker-one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

TempestTempest by Julie Cross

YA SF CROSS, J.

After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.

numbersNumbers by Rachel Ward

YA WARD, R.

Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.

strangeangelsStrange Angels by Lili St. Crow

YA ST. CROW, L.

Sixteen-year-old Dru’s psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures of the “Real World,” but now she must rely on herself, a “werwulf”-bitten friend, and a half-human vampire hunter to learn who murdered her parents, and why.

Reviews by You!

Almost PerfectAlmost Perfect by Brian Katcher

YA KATCHER, B.

This is about Logan, a guy who just broke up with his girlfriend of three years. He meets Sage, who is actually a boy. But he didn’t know at the time, so he gets scared because he likes her. As the reader, you want to keep reading so you can understand Sage’s situation. Even though this is kind of a big book, it is a page turner.

Review by Emily

UntilIDieUntil I Die by Amy Plum

YA PLUM, A.

A very intriguing and suspenseful book.

Review by Kayla

Catching Fire book coverCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins

YA COLLINS, S.

An amazing sequel to The Hunger Games. I couldn’t stop reading this book and the cliffhanger is urging me to read Mockingjay.

Review by Noah

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

YA RICHARDS, N.

Six Months Later is a book that wants you to keep reading and keep you on the edge of your seat. Chloe can’t seem to remember the six months of her life missing and the boyfriend of her dreams is like a bad nightmare!

Review by Destiny

sorceressThe Sorceress by Michael Scott

YA SCOTT, M.

5 stars! An awesome series filled with alchemy, gods, magic, warlocks, sorceresses, and prophecy! The Sorceress is one out of six amazing books in this series!

Review by Natalie

Divergent book coverDivergent by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

I think it was really good. I think everyone should read it because it makes you think of what kind of person you are. It is the best book I ever read.

Review by Jasmine

AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

YA COELHO, P.

This book was full of metaphors. It was all about following your personal legends (what you really want to do in life) and following the omens. Overall, I would give this book an 8 out of 10.

Review by Ravi

echo book coverEcho by Alyson Noël

YA NOEL, A.

This is actually the second book of the Soul Seekers series. You should read the first book which is Fated. The series is about Daire Santos who discovers that she is a seeker. There isn’t anything she can do about it. There are four books in this series.

Review by Emily

TwilightTwilight by Stephenie Meyer

YA MEYER, S.

This book really kept me at the edge of my seat. There was lots of detail and elaboration. This made me feel like I was actually at the scene. I was surprised when it turned out that Edward was a vampire.

Review by Lester

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

YA RIORDAN, R.

This series just gets better and better. It’s action-packed and lures you to keep reading. I love the characters and the actions that they make. This book took me on a journey through a maze of friendship, trust, hard work, and loyalty. This is one of the best books by Riordan.

Review by Jill

Reviews by You!

invisibilityInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

YA CREMER, A.

When I got this book, I only looked at the cover and assumed it was going to be about an invisible boy falling in love with a visible girl. Then I actually started reading it… this book had me reading! Stephen is an invisible boy who is cursed by his curse-caster grandfather. Maxwell Arbus is the wicked curse-caster who is invisible as well but when he is around, it gets crazy. Elizabeth is an ordinary visible girl who can see curses but hasn’t really figured that out YET.

Review by Elizabeth

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Speak is about a girl named Melinda who is entering high school with a bad reputation. She was at a summer party and got raped and didn’t know what to do so she called the cops. At school now Melinda has no friends but throughout her year she finds herself with the help of a tree.

Review by Valerie

DJ RisingDJ Rising by Love Maia

YA MAIA, L.

This is the first book in a long time that I’ve read and truly didn’t want someone to tell me how it ends. It started a little slow, but after that it took off! After reading DJ Rising, my love of music has grown even more than before! Definitely recommend this book!

Review by Susanna

Tessa Masterson Will Go to PromTessa Masterson will go to prom book cover by Emily Franklin

YA FRANKLIN, E.

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom is about a girl who is lesbian and gos to prom with another girl in a tux. Prom is cancelled and there is some major controversy.

Review by Bianca

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

This book kept me at the edge of my seat from the very first word. I kept wondering what would happen to Thomas. He is thrown into this world and no one is giving him answers. I cannot wait until the movie comes out!

Review by Emily

NightNight by Elie Wiesel

940.548 WIE

Night was a sad book about Elie’s experience in the concentration camps. I would tell everyone I know to read this sad but moving story.

Review by Olivia

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

YA SF SANDERSON, B.

It was a great read. The book is good for kids just entering their teen years. It was so intense. I like David for his determination. I like this book because the author made it seem so real.

Review by Emmanuel

RithmatistThe Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

YA SANDERSON, B.

The Rithmatist is an amazing book about a non-rithmatist (Joel) discovers a crime happening in Armedius. His dream is to become a rithmatist but he is not meant to be one. Instead, he works with his rithmatist friend (Melody). This book has a great unexpected ending. This is now my favorite book.

Review by Sofia

ThingsFallApartThings Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

YA ACHEBE, C.

Good book relating to Ibo culture and language. It talked about his life falling apart due to his attachment to the clan. I would recommend this bok to 6th-12th graders.

Review by Sara

The Clockwork Scarabthe clockwork scarab book cover by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

This book is about two girls (both having famous families that deal with investigation) discovering why girls have been murdered. The murders are related to an Egyptian statue. Along the way of their investigation, they meet a boy (Dylan) from 2016. Miss Holmes, Miss Stoker, and Dylan help discover the reason for the killings.

Review by Sofia

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced today!

Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day!  In honor of this awesome day the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released the nominees for Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about what goes into selecting the Teens’ Top Ten titles, click here.  The Top Ten will be announced the week after Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014).  If you want to try and read all 25 nominees before the Top Ten are announced, check out the list below!

nightmare affairof tritonsiege and stormlove in the time of global warming book cover

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Of Triton by Anna Banks
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Love In The Time Of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

TestingEye of Mindsearth girlthe clockwork scarab book cover

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Maybe I WillGirl who was supopsed to dieSplinteredTeardrop

Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

openly straightsky on firesix months laterEleanor and Park book cover

 Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
 Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This song will save your lifeSteelheartRithmatistThis is what happy looks like book cover

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

WingerMidsummer night screamBetween the devil and the deep blue seain the shadow of blackbirds book coverthe 5th Wave book cover

Winger by Andrew Smith
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke
In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book Trailer of the Week– Grasshopper Jungle: a history by Andrew Smith

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Grasshopper Jungle: a history by Andrew Smith.  This novel, narrated by sixteen-year-old Austin, is pretty much about every weird thing you can imagine.  Austin is chronicling the end of the world, after he and his friend Robby accidentally released a plague of six-foot-tall praying mantises.  As he is relaying the account of the end, you also learn about his growing love for both his girlfriend Shann and also his best friend Robby.  He is confused, and so in the midst of all the destruction Austin is also just trying to figure out life.  Click here to find Grasshopper Jungle: a history in the Library!