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Escape into these awesome books over Spring Break!

It’s Spring Break, and I know that my first instinct is to find somewhere far away to escape and forget my life for a few days. Sometimes that’s not possible, and even if it is, I want to have options! Here are a few great books that will take you somewhere you’ve probably never been.

 

Venture to sunny Southern California in Pasadena by Sherri Smith. Jude is convinced that it wasn’t an accident that led to her best friend floating dead in a swimming pool. Now everyone’s a suspect, and Jude is making so many waves that she might drown.

 

 

Or get away to 16th Century England, but better. In My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, history gets a little help by mixing in shape-shifters with its romance, palace intrigue, and assassination attempts. This alternate history is as hilarious as it is exciting.

 

 

You could also escape the hustle and bustle in small town Henrietta, Virginia in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. You can enjoy its picturesque hills, peaceful countryside, and quaint private school, Aglionby Academy. There’s also a house full of psychics, an ancient buried king, prophesies of kisses and death, murderous teachers, and a magical forest with trees that speak Latin. Maybe not as tranquil as it first seems…

(Note: This is one of the best audiobooks. If you’re an audiobook skeptic, this will probably convert you.)

 

Of course, staying firmly planted in the every-day is always an option. In If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a pretty big secret. When she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

 

 

 

And if even staying in the present is too dull for you, take a trip back tothe ’80s in the graphic novel Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan. Four 12-year-old girls, earning extra cash at early-morning newspaper delivery, end up embroiled in the middle of an inter-dimensional war. Futuristic weapons and unintelligible languages and dinosaurs all mash together in this exciting and original comic that will help get you through between seasons of Stranger Things.

7 Teen Novels for Election Day

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The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White

YA WHITE, E.

Sixteen-year-old Meghan Powers’ happy life in Massachusetts changes drastically when her mother, one of the most prestigious senators in the country, becomes the front-runner in the race for United States President.

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Wide Awake by David Levithan

YA LEVITHAN, D.

In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world.

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Homeland by Cory Doctorow

YA DOCTOROW, C.

When Marcus, once called M1k3y, receives a thumbdrive containing evidence of corporate and governmental treachery, his job, fame, family, and well-being, as well as his reform-minded employer’s election campaign, are all endangered.

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

YA THORN, J.

After her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Kate Quinn meets the father she did not know she had, joins his presidential campaign, falls for a rebellious boy, and when what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, Kate must decide what is best.
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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

YA LIEB, J.

In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

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Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

YA BAUER, J.

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner’s political campaign to oust the town’s corrupt mayor.

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First Boy by Gary Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

Dragged into the political turmoil of a presidential election year, fourteen-year-old Cooper Jewett, who runs a New Hampshire dairy farm since his grandfather’s death, stands up for himself and makes it clear whose first boy he really is.

4 Novels With Teen Characters Who Overcome Bullying

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YA THOMAS, L.
Ollie, who has seizures when near electricity, lives in a backwoods cabin with his mother and rarely sees other people, and Moritz, born with no eyes and a heart defect that requires a pacemaker, is bullied at his high school, but when a physician who knows both suggests they begin corresponding, they form a strong bond that may get them through dark times.
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Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
YA SUMMERS, C.
Regina, a high school senior in the popular – and feared – crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.
YA MY MILLER, A.
A boy with autism teams up with the high school bully to get to the bottom of a cafeteria crime.
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YA KROSSING, K.
Small, shy Calvin becomes the Yo-Yo Prophet when his street tricks get the attention of a bully named Rozelle.

5 New Teen Novels for Back to School

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

YA BUXBAUM, J.

Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother’s death, must move from Chicago to “The Valley,” with a new stepfamily but no new friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school’s treacherous social waters.

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Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski

YA OSTROVSKI, E.

Youths infected with the fatal Peter Pan Virus are sent to Westing Academy where Noah Falls pins his affections on a boy who does not reciprocate, and soon tarnishes his other relationships and increases his feelings of self-loathing.

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The New Guy (and other senior year distractions) by Amy Spalding

YA SPALDING, A.

Juggling the pressures of college applications and friendships, neurotic overachiever Jules’s plans for her senior year are thrown off track when she starts dating the new guy at school and finds herself at the center of a rivalry between her high school’s newspaper and its just-launched TV news show.

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This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

YA STROHMEYER, S.

Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend. After months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula. But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?

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Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

YA DINAN, K.

To his great surprise, uncool eleventh-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.

Last Days of Summer… Check Out These Teen Novels Set In Summer

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YA BRODY, J.
Welcome to Winlock Harbor. Where the weather is always sunny, the water is the perfect temperature, and the boardwalk boasts the best food around. Where best friends Grayson, Mike, and Ian first met as kids, building a sand castle on a cloudless beach day. And where this summer, the loyalties of a lifelong friendship will begin to unravel.
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YA REUTER HAPGOOD, H.
Gottie Oppenheimer, a seventeen-year-old physics prodigy, navigates grief, love, and disruptions in the space-time continuum in one very eventful summer.
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YA MEDINA, M.
Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.
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YA HOFFMEISTER, P.
Rising sophomore Travis and his best friend, Creature, spend a summer in a Eugene, Oregon, trailer park dealing with cancer, basketball, first love, addiction, gang violence, and a reptilian infestation.
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YA CHERRY, A.
The story of a girl who apprentices at a summer theater festival hoping she’s finally found a place to belong only to learn that neither talent nor love is as straightforward as she thinks.
YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.
Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.
YA BUCKLEY-ARCHER, L.
When seventeen-year-old Spark takes a summer job working at a secluded house in England, organizing journals that span centuries and all written in the same hand, she discovers her true connection to the people who live there and the trait that makes them unique.
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YA CALONITA, J.
Spoiled, yet lovable fifteen-year-old Harper McCallister is sent to sleepaway camp where she is an outcast at first but eventually finds a way to make her mark, gaining new perspectives on friendship and life in general.

Summer Games Fever!? Checkout these teen books!

Gearing up for the 2016 Summer Games!? Check out these teen books:

Fiction

RushForGold

Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein

YA FEINSTEIN, J.

Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.

Tumbling

Tumbling by Caela Carter

YA CARTER, C.

They sacrificed their childhoods to compete in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials. Grace lives and breathes gymnastics– but can never be perfect enough. Leigh has a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life… and a secret that could ruin everything. Camille wants to please her mom and her boyfriend… but most of all she wants to walk away. Wilhelmina was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she wont let anything stop her this time… anything. Monica is terrified: nobody believes in her– and why should they? Some will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever….

Goldfish

Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema

YA Luurtsema, N.

Lou Brown is a fast individual medley swimmer, training for the Olympics. But when she tanks the time trials, she starts over and goes back to school. It’s hard to fit in with the existing social groups. But then, she begins to coach boys in a different type of swimming activity, for a different type of competition.

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Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams

YA WILLIAMS, C.

In 1972, while her idol, Mark Spitz, is in Germany competing in the Olympics, fifteen-year-old Winston, her Nanny, and her crush, Steve, head to Las Vegas in Steve’s parents’ motorhome to reconnect with Winston’s mother, who left ten years before to become a star.

Graphic Novel

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An Olympic Dream: the story of Samia Yusuf Omar by Reinhard Kleist; translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger

YA GRAPH 796.4209 OMAR, S.

The image of Samia Yusuf Omar running for last place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forever be imprinted in the minds of all who saw it: The lean Somalian, wearing knee-length leggings and a baggy T-shirt, came in seconds behind her competitors. What the cheering crowd couldn’t know then was what it took to get there. An Olympic Dream follows Omar’s second attempt to represent her country at the Olympics, this time in London. Reinhard Kleist pictures the athlete training in one of the most dangerous cities in the world; her passage through Sudan and into Libya; and her fateful attempt to reach Europe. By telling the story of one remarkable woman, Kleist gives voice to the thousands of migrants who risk their lives daily for a better future.

Nonfiction

Matchless Six

The Matchless Six: the story of Canada’s first women’s Olympic team by Ron Hotchkiss

YA 796.4808 HOT

It is July 1928, and Canada’s first women’s Olympic team — “The Matchless Six” — is heading to Amsterdam, the site of the ninth Olympiad of the modern era. Canada’s finest female track-and-field athletes, having survived rigorous training and the grueling selection process at the Olympic Trials, were determined to take their big talent and big dreams to the top. Meet Jane Bell, Myrtle Cook, Bobbie Rosenfeld, and Ethel Smith, the “Flying Four” who comprised Canada’s first relay team; Ethel Catherwood, the “Saskatoon Lily,” who became the champion high-jumper and the most photographed female athlete at the Olympic Games; and Jean Thompson, the youngest member of the team at seventeen, who became one of the world’s most outstanding middle-distance runners.

Boys of Winter

The Boys of Winter: the untold story of a coach, a dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team by Wayne Coffey

YA 796.962 COF

Explores the victory of the U.S. hockey team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980 and the paths of the players and coaches since 1980.