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7 Teen Novels about Prom

PromGoers

The Prom Goer’s Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy
YA 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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Promposal by Rhonda Helms
YA HELMS, R.
Camilla hopes her secret crush, Benjamin, might ask her to prom but feels pressured into accepting the invitation of a casual acquaintance, and Joshua has worked up the courage to ask his best friend, Ethan, to be his date when Ethan asks his help in crafting the perfect “promposal” for another boy.

Tessa

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
YA FRANKLIN, E.
Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

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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.

Its Our Prom

It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters
YA PETERS, J.
Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.

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21 Proms edited by Daniel Ehrenhaft and David Levithan
YA SS TWENTY
A full spectrum of good dates, bad dates, unexpected dates, and more is covered in 21 stories from today’s best-selling and up-and-coming YA authors.

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Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
YA ASHBY, A.
After Jack Grammar’s friends, Percy and Natalie, post a personal ad in the school newspaper for him, Jack ends up with only seven days to date all the responses before asking one special girl to the prom.

Survival Stories for Teens

Survive

Survive by Alex Morel
YA MOREL, A.
A troubled girl is stranded in an arctic winter terrain after a plane crash and must fight for survival with the only other boy left alive.

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Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key
YA KEY, W.
Thirteen-year-old Cort’s father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who has been teaching his son everything he knows. But when a deadly Gulf Coast hurricane makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put his all skills–and bravery–to the test.

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Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
YA LAYBOURNE, E.
The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. It takes a horrifyingly wrong turn when the gig becomes an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu.

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Kalahari by Jessica Khoury
YA KHOURY, J.
Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret. But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own? When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide.

Adrift

Adrift by Paul Griffin
YA GRIFFIN, P.
Matt and Mike are best friends, just two working-class guys trying to earn some money in Montauk for the summer. When they meet Driana, JoJo and Stef, three friends who live a much different life of privilege, Matt and Mike find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. Worlds collide when the group ventures out to sea aboard a small boat that Stef sneaks out from her dad’s dock. As the waves rise and the fragile vessel weakens, things go horribly wrong. Adrift at sea for days, who will have what it takes to survive?

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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The Rule of Thre3 by Eric WaltersYA WALTERS, E.
Computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage. Then cell phones go down, municipal utilities are failing, and only a few computer-free cars function. As resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends, Adam will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And he will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival.

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I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand
YA STRAND, J.
Everything unathletic sixteen-year-old Henry was dreading about survival camp turns out to be true–or even worse–when armed killers arrive and survival takes on a whole new meaning for the campers.

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The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch
YA SF HIRSCH, J.
Since he was captured by the Glorious Path, a militant religion based on the teachings of a former soldier, fifteen-year-old Cal has served the Path in its brutal war with the remains of the United States government, and tried to survive and protect his younger brother, but when he kills an officer to protect a stray dog, Cal is forced take his brother and the dog and run.

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If We Survive by Andrew Klavan
YA KLAVAN, A.
When revolutionaries seize control of a country in Central America where sixteen-year-old Will is serving at a mission, he and the other volunteers find themselves in a desperate race to escape the violence and return home.

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No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz
YA LORENTZ, D.
Teens Shay, Marco, Lexi, and Ryan, quarantined in a shopping mall when a biological bomb goes off in an air duct, learn that in an emergency people change, and not always for the better, as many become sick and supplies run low.

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Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
YA LAYBOURNE, E.
Trapped inside a chain superstore by an apocalyptic sequence of natural and human disasters, six high school kids from various popular and unpopular social groups struggle for survival while protecting a group of younger children.

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The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
YA BEAUDOIN, S.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.

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Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
YA BICK, I.
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

Raft

The Raft by S. A. Bodeen
YA BODEEN, S.
Robbie’s last-minute flight to the Midway Atoll proves to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in shark-infested waters. Fighting for her life, the co-pilot Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins.

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Trapped by Michael Northrop
YA NORTHROP, M.
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.

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The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
YA HERLONG, M.
Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea.

WinterRoad

The Winter Road by Terry Hokenson
YA HOKENSON, T.
Seventeen-year-old Willa, still grieving over the death of her older brother and the neglect of her father, decides to fly a small plane to fetch her mother from Northern Ontario, but when the plane crashes she is all alone in the snowy wilderness.

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Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
YA MARSDEN, J.
When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.

Overboard

Overboard by Elizabeth Fama
YA FAMA, E.
Escaping from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws courage from his quiet but firm Islamic faith.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Love the Movie!? Read the Book!!

…or did you like the book? Then watch the movie!

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
YA ANDREWS, J.
Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

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The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
YA CABOT, M.
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan
YA DUNCAN, L.
Four teenagers who have desperately tried to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge.

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Paper Towns by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
YA BRASHARES, A.
During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
YA CHBOSKY, S.
A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

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Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright
YA CARTWRIGHT, S.
When Valerie learns that her sister has been killed by the legendary creature, she finds herself at the center of a dark mystery, one that has plagued her village for generations. It is revealed that the werewolf lives among them, and everyone in the village immediately becomes a suspect. As the men in the village hunt for the beast, Valerie turns to her grandmother for help. She gives Valerie a handmade red riding cloak, and guides her through the web of lies and deception that has held her town together for so long. Will Valerie discover the werewolf’s identity before the town is ripped apart?

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman
YA FORMAN, G.
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

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Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
YA HOROWITZ, A.
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.

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The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger
YA KEPLINGER, K.
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper starts sleeping with Wesley Rush, a notorious womanizer who disgusts her, in order to distract her from her personal problems, and to her surprise, the two of them find they have a lot in common and are able to help each other find more productive ways to deal with their difficulties.

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
YA SF LORE, P.
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
YA MARION, I.
R is having a no-life crisis–he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization. And then he meets a girl. First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl–although she looks delicious–he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
YA MEAD, R.
Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

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Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
YA RENNISON, L.
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

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The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
YA THARP, T.
In the last months of high school, charismatic eighteen-year-old Sutter Keely lives in the present, staying drunk or high most of the time, but that could change when starts working to boost the self-confidence of a classmate, Aimee.

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Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
YA 797.3209 HAM
Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany’s life as a young surfer, her recovery in the wake of the shark attack, the adjustments she’s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows that the body is no more essential to surfing-perhaps even less so-than the soul. The amazing story of the thirteen-year-old surfer girl who lost her arm in a shark attack but never lost her faith — and of her triumphant return to competitive surfing.

Horror Reads for Teens: Zombies

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The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
YA BEAUDOIN, S.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.

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Undeadby Kirsty McKay
YA MCKAY, KIRSTY
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.

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Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
YA SHOWALTER, G.
Alice Bell must learn to fight the undead to avenge her family and learn to trust Cole Holland who has secrets of his own.

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
YA MABERRY, J.
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

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Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
YA HARRIS, C.
Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school’s football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
YA MARION, I.
A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human, in this original debut novel. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

Ashes

Ashes by Isla J. Bick
YA BICK, I.
Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

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Zom-B by Darren Shan
YA SHAN, D.
When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.

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Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
YA LACKEY, M.
In 1867 Texas, Jett, a girl passing as a boy while seeking her long-lost twin brother, joins forces with Honoraria Gibbons, an inventor, and White Fox, a young Army scout, to investigate a zombie army that is terrorizing the West.

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Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
YA HABEL, L.
In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.

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Sick by Tom Leveen
YA LEVEEN, T.
Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd at Phoenix Metro High School. They’re the misfits, the troublemakers–the ones who jump their high school’s electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

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This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
YA SUMMERS, C.
Barricaded in Cortege High with five other teens while zombies try to get in, Sloane Price observes her fellow captives become more unpredictable and violent as time passes although they each have much more reason to live than she has.

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Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
YA ASHBY, A.
While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

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Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalastier
YA SS ZOMBIES
Twelve short stories by a variety of authors seek to answer the question of whether zombies are better than unicorns.

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Z by Michael Thomas Ford
YA SF FORD, M.
In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
YA GRAHAME-SMITH, S.
As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

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The Enemy by Charles Higson
YA HIGSON, C.
After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

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You Are so Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
YA JAY, S.
Megan Berry, a Carol, Arkansas, high school student who can communicate with the Undead, must team up with her childhood friend Ethan to save homecoming from an army of flesh-hungry zombies.

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Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
YA KENYON, S.
Fourteen-year-old sarcastic, street-savvy Nick is drawn into the world of the Dark-Hunters, but must hide his participation in the battle against werewolves, vampires, and zombies from his mother and high school principal.

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I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer
YA SELZER, A.
Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
YA RYAN, C.
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

Back to School Novels for Teen Readers

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
YA ALEXIE, S.
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

EducationBet

The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
YA BARATZ-LOGSTED, L.
Denied an education because of both her gender and background, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth cuts her hair and alters suits belonging to Will, her wealthy patron’s grandnephew, to take his place at school while Will pursues a military career in nineteenth-century England.

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The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
YA MY BERK, J.
When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

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Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
YA CRAWFORD, B.
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

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Queen of Secrets by Jenny Meyeroff
YA MEYERHOFF, J.
Fifteen-year-old Essie Green, an orphan who has been raised by her secular Jewish grandparents in Michigan, experiences conflicting loyalties and confusing emotions when her aunt, uncle, and cousin move back from New York, and her very religious cousin tries to fit in with the other football players at Essie’s high school, one of whom is Essie’s popular new boyfriend.

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The Queen Geek Social Club by Laura Preble
YA PREBLE, L.
Seeking more of their own kind and wanting to shake things up at school, fifteen-year-old Shelby and her new best friend, Becca, start a club, but geek solidarity may not solve their problems with weird single parents, guys, or popularity.

SchoolDangerousGirls

The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer
YA SCHREFER, E.
Sent to a remote, run-down reform school in Colorado, fifteen-year-old Angela is placed with the better girls, but upon learning that her “dangerous” friends are being isolated and left to live as animals, she takes radical steps to join them and help them escape.

HowToSayGoodbye

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
YA STANDIFORD, N.
After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in a private school, high school senior Beatrice befriends a quiet loner with a troubled family history.

Viola

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
YA TRIGIANI, A.
When fourteen-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade, she overcomes her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a short film–her first.

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Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
YA ZADOFF, A.
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

HowNotToBePopular

How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
YA ZIEGLER, J.
Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to “supreme dorkdom.”

ReadBetweenLines

Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles
YA KNOWLES, J.
A collection of interrelated stories follow nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day, with uncertainties, traumas, heartbreak, and revenge.

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Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
Chloe didn’t think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her. What happened to her? And why can’t she remember?

Wildlife

Wildlife by Fiona Wood
YA WOOD, Fiona
Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university–one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.

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Sick by Tom Leveen
YA LEVEEN, T.
Brian and his friends are not part of the cool crowd at Phoenix Metro High School. They’re the misfits, the troublemakers–the ones who jump their high school’s electrified fence to skip school regularly. So when the virus breaks out, they’re the only ones with a chance of surviving.

DownsideCharlie

The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez
YA SANCHEZ, J.
Struggling through a senior year of high school marked by bulimia, a dysfunctional family, and his unpopularity, Charlie wonders about his crush while finding comfort in a talent he hopes will help him escape his misery.

Summer Book Talk Read-a-Likes!

Hearing some interesting book talks at your school?  Check out these read-a-likes for all the titles we are talking about this year. Chances are these hot books will all be checked out so you have even more options with these read-a-likes!

Fat Boy vs. the CheerleadersFat Boy vs the Cheerleaders book cover by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
YA SCHREIBER, J.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
YA GOING, K.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.

 

ConspiracyofUsThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
YA HALL, M.

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Secret Society by Tom Dolby
YA DOLBY, T.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
YA WASSERMAN, R.

Changeling by Philippa Gregory
YA GREGORY, P.

 

the sound of letting go book coverThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
YA KEHOE, S.

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Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley
YA DOOLEY, S.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
YA SALES, L.

DJ Rising by Love Maia
YA MAIA, L.

 

Out of Nowhere by Maria PadianOut of Nowhere book cover
YA PADIAN, M.

Now is the Time for Running book coverthe good braider book coverkick book cover

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Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
YA WILLIAMS, M.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish
YA FARISH, T.

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
YA MYERS, W.

 

KidneyHypotheticalThe Kidney Hypothetical, or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee
YA YEE, L.

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Read-a-Likes

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
YA SONNENBLICK, J.

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
YA KOKIE, E.

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp
YA RUPP, R.

 

BlackDoveBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
YA WEIN, E.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
YA WEIN, E.

Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley
YA BRADLEY, J.

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan
YA NOLAN, H.

 

ZeroboxerZeroboxer by Fonda Lee
YA SF LEE, F.

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young
YA YOUNG, M.

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks
YA OAKS, J.

Soulbound by Heather Brewer
YA BREWER, H.

 

ChallengerDeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

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The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver
YA DEAVER, J.

Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman
YA DENMAN, K.

King of the Pygmies by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
YA FUQUA, S.

 

EndangeredEndangered by Lamar Giles
YA MY GILES, L.

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Read-a-Likes

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford
YA MY FORD, J.

Picture Perfect by Elaine Marie Alphin
YA ALPHIN, E.

 

An Ember in Ashes by Sabaa TahirAn Ember in the Ashes book cover
YA TAHIR, S.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
YA MAAS, S.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
YA MEADOWS, J.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.

 

GameLoveDeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
YA BROCKENBROUGH, M.

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Read-a-Likes

The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
YA SMITH, S.

The River Between Us by Richard Peck
YA PECK, R.

Ruined by Paula Morris
YA MORRIS, P.

 

UndertowUndertow by Michael Buckley
YA BUCKLEY, M.

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Read-a-Likes

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
YA CORDOVA, Z.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
YA DEEBS, T.

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier
YA LARBALESTIER, J.

 

KillerEnemiesKiller of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
YA SF BRUCHAC, J.

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
YA MABERRY, J.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
YA AGUIRRE, A.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
YA BARNES, J.

 

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.

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Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
YA SF KINCAID, S.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow
YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

Z by Michael Thomas Ford
YA SF FORD, M.

 

ShelterShelter by Harlan Coben
YA MY COBEN, H.

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The Body in the Woods by April Henry
YA MY HENRY, A.

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
YA WEINGARTEN, L.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
YA ABRAHAMS, P.

 

FinisherFinisher by David Baldacci
YA BALDACCI, D.

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Read-a-Likes

Sabriel by Garth Nix
YA NIX, G.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke
YA FUNKE, C.

Half World by Hiromi Goto
YA GOTO, H.

 

WhiteSpaceWhite Space by Isla Bick
YA BICK, I.

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The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson
YA JOHNSON, C.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
YA TAYLOR, L.

 

The Falconerthe falconer book cover by Elizabeth May
YA MAY, E.

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The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
YA BRAY, L.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
YA CROSS, K.

 

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
YA WESTERFELD, S.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
YA VIZZINI, N.

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh
YA BLUBAUGH, P.

 

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
YA SF SHEPHERD, M.

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This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.

Origin by Jessica Khoury
YA KHOURY, J.

Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
YA SF HALAM, A.

 

WildflowerWildflower by Alicia Whitaker
YA WHITAKER, A.

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Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee
YA SUPPLEE, S.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
YA LORD, E.

Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson
YA NELSON, B.

 

GoodSisterThe Good Sister by Jaime Kain
YA KAIN, J.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
YA ASHER, J.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
YA KING, A.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner
YA POLISNER, G.

 

The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheimthe Story of Owen book cover by E.K. Johnston
YA JOHNSTON, E.

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Read-a-Likes

Slayers by C.J. Hill
YA HILL, C.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
YA FFORDE, J.

First Kill by Heather Brewer
YA BREWER, H.

 

DontTouchDon’t Touch by Rachel Wilson
YA WILSON, R.

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Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten
YA TOTEN, T.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
YA COLASANTI, S.

 

IllusionsFateIllusions of Fate by Keirsten White
YA WHITE, K.

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Evernight by Claudia Gray
YA GRAY, C.

Legacy by Molly Cochran
YA COCHRAN, M.

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
YA WOON, Y.

 

I'll Give You the Sun book coverI’ll Give You the Sun by Allison Jandy
YA JANDY, A.

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
YA GREEN, J.

No Parking At the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B.

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.

 

WhatsLeftWhat’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
YA SF ZHANG, K.

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Read-a-Likes

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.

Starters by Lissa Price
YA SF PRICE, L.

Soulprint by Megan Miranda
YA SF MIRANDA, M.

 

PreyThe Prey by Tom Isbell
YA ISBELL, T.

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Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
YA BICK, I.

Pulse by Patrick Carman
YA SF CARMAN, P.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
YA SF YANCEY, R.

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

TigerLilyWendy

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

CurseDarkGold

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

TenderMorsels
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

Novels for Teen Gamers

EpicEpic by Conor Kostick

YA SF KOSTICK, C.

On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.

GamerGirlGamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

YA MANCUSI, M.

Struggling to fit in after her parents’ divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother’s house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.

DontTurnAroundDon’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

YA GAGNON, M.

After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret.

For the WinFor the Win by Cory Doctorow

YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

Ready Player One by Ernest Clineready player one book cover

YA CLINE, E.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Insignia by S.J. KincaidInsignia book cover

YA SF KINCAID, S.

Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.

HeirApparentHeir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

YA SF VANDE VELDE, V.

While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.

HeadGames2Head Games by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICKS, M.

Two teenagers connect online in a role-playing game which leads them into their own face-to-face, half-acknowledged courtship.

Feed by M.T. AndersonFeed book cover

YA SF ANDERSON, M.

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

evilgeniusEvil Genius by Catherine Jinks

YA SF JINKS, C.

Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

RushRush by Eve Silver

YA SF SILVER, E.

Rochester, New York, high schooler Miki Jones is pulled into a sort of a game in which she and other teens battle real-life aliens and the consequences of each battle could be deadly.

CodaCoda by Emma Trevayne

YA SF TREVAYNE, E.

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem — the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid. Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

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YA SF MILLER, L.

In a near-future world where everyone is controlled by their smartphones, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn suddenly begins listening to the voice within–which kids are taught to ignore–and discovers a terrible plot at the heart of the corporation that makes the devices.

zZ by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.