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Happy St. Patrick’s Day–Pick up an Irish-themed teen read!

artemisfowlArtemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

YA COLFER, E.

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

whyIletmyhairgrowoutWhy I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood

YA WOOD, M.

On a bike trip in Ireland trying to recover from a broken heart, sixteen-year-old Morgan is transformed, not only by the others on the tour, but by her visits to the past, where she is believed to be the legendary half-goddess Morganne, sent to help end a faery curse.

carrierofthemarkCarrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

YA FALLON, L.

Instantly drawn to a mysterious, alluring boy in her class, teenaged Megan, an American living in Ireland, discovers that they are linked by a supernatural destiny that gives them powers Megan never knew she possessed.

CreatureNightCreature of the Night by Kate Thompson

YA THOMPSON, K.

Bobby lives a reckless life smoking, drinking, and stealing cars in Dublin. So his mother moves the family to the country. But Bobby suspects their cottage might not be as quaint as it seems. And spooky details of the history of their little cottage gradually turn Bobby into a detective of night creatures real and imagined.

SwiftPureCryA Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

YA DOWD, S.

Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets and Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their mother and with the absence of their father, is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on the wrong person.

The New Policemanthe New Policeman book cover by Kate Thompson

YA THOMPSON, K.

Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tir na nOg, the land of the fairies, and when he attempts to stop the leak he finds out a lot about his family history, the music that he loves, and a crime his great-grandfather may or may not have committed.

The Carnival at BrayThe Carnival At Bray book cover by Jessie Ann Foley

YA FOLEY, J.

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

WhenLoveComestoTownWhen Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

YA LENNON, T.

Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.

HuntersMoonThe Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling

YA MELLING, O.

Two teenage cousins, one Irish, the other from the United States, set out to find a magic doorway to the Faraway Country, where humans must bow to the little people.

LighthouseLandThe Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty

YA SF MCKINTY, A.

Thirteen-year-old Jamie is overjoyed when a bequest sends him and his mother to live on an Irish island, where he and his newfound friend Ramsay travel back in time to help a young girl save her people from certain death.

A Greyhound of a GirlGreyhound Girl book cover by Roddy Doyle

YA DOYLE, R.

Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky twelve-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Gran, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure.

HushHush book cover by Donna Jo Napoli

YA NAPOLI, D.

Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.

Into the Greyinto the grey book cover 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.

Award Winning Teen Books!

Yesterday morning the Youth Media Awards were held at the American Library’s Association‘s Midwinter Conference.  These awards are held annually and recognize some of the best books written for the year for kids and teens.  Check out the recording of the awards ceremony and then take a look at the winning Teen books below!

 

The Michael L. Printz Award

Given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Winner:

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

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And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer also was named a Caldecott Honor Book: the Randolph Caldecott Medal is for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

 

William C. Morris Award

Given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

Winner:

Gabi

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

 

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner:

Popular

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov was also named a Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, for most distinguished informational book for children and teens:

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

 

2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA)

These books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both quality literature and appeal to teens, while comprising a wide range of genres, styles and subjects. Click here to find the full list!

Top Ten list from the final selections:

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Vango by Timothee de Fombelle
The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim by  E.K. Johnston
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
We Were Liars by e. lockhart
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jackaby by William Ritter
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

 

Coretta Scott King Honor Book:  The Coretta Scott Kind Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

HowitWentDown

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

 

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: The John Steptoe New Talent Award recognizes new talent and is determined by the Coretta Scott King Task Force:

When I Was the Greatest written by Jason Reynolds

 

Schneider Family Book Award’s Teen Selection: for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

GirlsLikeUs

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

 

Stonewall Honor Books:  given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Fairytales Retold

Looking for an interesting spin on a classic fairytale?  Check out some of these novels in the Teen collection!

Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Splintered by A.G. Howard

Bluebeard

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Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Cinderella

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Ash by Malinda Lo
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Beauty and the Beast

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Beastly by Alex Flinn
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hedge

The Frog Prince

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Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Enchanted by Althea Kontis

The Little Mermaid

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Fathomless by Jackson Pearce
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
September Girls by Bennett Madison

Peter Pan

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Wendy by Karen Wallace

Rapunzel

Towering

Towering by Alex Flinn

Red Riding Hood

Sisters-Red

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Robin Hood

Scarlet

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Rumpelstiltskin

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A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Sleeping Beauty

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Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susan Cokal
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Princess of Thorns by Stacy Jay

Snow White

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Nameless by Lili St. Crow
Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Tracy Lynn

Snow White and Rose Red

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Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

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Entwined by Heather Dixon

Various Fairytales Retold

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Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Grim edited by Christine Johnson
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
The Poison Apples by Lily Archer
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Twisted Fairy Tales: 20 Classic Stories With a Dark and Dangerous Heart by Maura McHugh and illustrated by Jane Laurie

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

echoEcho 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