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11 Teen Novels to Read If You Like Stranger Things

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Youth Media Awards–Teen Titles

The Youth Media Awards were announced this morning! The awards are presented by the American Library Association and they highlight all the best things that happened in 2015 in Children’s and Young Adult literature.  Read below for the highlights of the Teen related awards!

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Michael L. Printz Award, for excellence in literature written for young adults

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner.

Two Printz Honor Books were also named:

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Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

William C. Morris Award, for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is the 2016 Morris Award winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2016 Excellence winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain

Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults

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David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner. His books include: The Realm of Possibility; Boy Meets Boy; Love is the Higher Law; How They Met, and Other Stories; Wide Awake; and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Alex Awards, for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

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All Involved by Ryan Gattis

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

Girl at War by Sara Nović

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Schneider Family Book Award, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

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The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

Three King Author Honor Books were selected and all three were teen titles:

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Pura Belpré (Author) Award

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle, is the Belpré Author Award winner

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, for most distinguished informational book for children

Two teen titles were named Sibert Honor Books:

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award 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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A teen novel was selected as an honor book: Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

Going Green! How-To Reads for Teens

GaiaWarriorsGaia Warriors: Urgent, the Fight is On! by Nicola Davies

YA 363.7387 DAV

Examines the causes and effects of global warming and offers opinions from leading scientists about what can be done to help the Earth.

47ThingsEnviron47 Things You Can Do for the Environment by Lexi Petronis

YA 363.7 PET

Identifies numerous everyday practices that can be employed to protect and clean up the earth, counseling teens on such options as eating less meat, shopping for vintage clothing, and organizing an environmental task force at school.

Green CareersGreen Career$: You Can Make Money and Save the Planet by Jennifer Power Scott

YA 363.7002 POW

Looks at successful professionals in the diverse environmental career field, how they contribute to the well-being of the planet, and how they are making respectable amounts of money in the process.

wildonesWild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem

YA 333.9541 MOO

Tracks the dynamic relevance of America’s animals throughout history to illuminate current extinction threats, tracing the author’s tour of environmental regions with his young daughter to examine the conservation efforts for such species as the polar bear and the whooping crane.

GoingBlueGoing Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands by Cathryn Kaye

YA 333.9116 KAY

Discusses the issues surrounding fresh water resources, including pollution, water as commodity vs. water as human right, and desalination as a solution to fresh water shortages.

NextEcoWarriorsThe Next Eco-Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who are Saving the Planet by Emily Hunter

YA 333.7209 NEX

Emily Hunter, daughter of Robert and Bobbie Hunter, Greenpeace co-founders, introduces us to this feisty and diverse global community of young people that are tackling issues of energy use, over consumption, over fishing, waste management, the disappearance of indigenous cultures and rainforest, and other desperately urgent environmental/social concerns with a sense of possibility and passion.

GirlsGoneGreenGirls Gone Green by Lynn Hirshfield

YA 333.72 HIR

Provides stories of how everyday girls are striving to conquer global warming and describes the efforts of such young female celebrities as Mischa Barton and Ellen Page to promote environmentally responsible products.

HeroesEnvironmentHeroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who are Helping to Protect Our Planet by Harriet Rohmer

YA 333.7209 ROH

This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people, most of them teenagers or younger adults, from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs. Plenty of photographs and illustrations bring each compelling story vividly to life.

Young Adult Fiction Universe: Great Site to find a Good Read!

yafu-logoVisit Young Adult Fiction Universe, a review site created by Chicago area teen – Anastasia. There are over sixty detailed reviews on the site with more added each month. The site focuses on lesser known titles and includes books from different genres. Another cool feature is the “star” rating system given to each book. Check out Anastasia’s site and come away with great  reading ideas!

In Celebration of National Poetry Month!

During an April visit to  Lincoln Middle School,  students created spine poems in celebration of National Poetry Month. Their poems were really cool and even inspirational. Students had a lot of fun making the poems and reading their poems to the class. Click here and prepare to be amazed, as you watch a video of students sharing their awesome poems. Can’t get enough, then how about these photo examples with the verses included. Thanks to everyone who made this a great visit. especially the students who were amazing. This was a lot of fun and I do recommend you try this at home!

stack of books book poetryThe summer I saved the world in 65 days chasing shadows. Going over the strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar in the mystic city.

 

 

stack of books book poetryGoing over broken hearts, fences and other things.  To mend the fault line the summer I saved the world in 65 days. Chasing shadows hypnotize me.

 

 

 

when i wasWhen I was the greatest and gorgeous radio girl, all roads lead to Austen.  And the burning sky crashed into you.

 

 

 

 

 

stack of books book poetryScarlet love letters to the dead altered what we saw in the dark.

 

 

 

fat boyFat boy! Defy the carpet people before my eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

a gril called fearlessA girl called fearless swam that rock across a war tossed sea.

 

 

stack of books book poetrySwim that rock across a war-tossed sea.  Don’t look back! There will come a time caged warrior.

If you like The Fault in Our Stars

the fault in our stars book coverWere you as impressed as we were by the release of the first movie trailer for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green?  Are you looking for something to read that is similar to TFIOS?   Of course, you can go on and read Green’s other fabulous works–and you should–but if you want to read a novel similar to TFIOS that deals themes like young people struggling with terminal illness, check out these titles:

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Somebody Up There

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Before I Die

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

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The F-It List by Julie Halpern

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First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

First Love

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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Poster Boy by Dede Crane

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You may also want to check out Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  Both were published this year and John Green had a lot of great things to say about both her novels.

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