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Staff Picks -Teen Books that Adults will Love

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The Endurance : Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (919.8904 S524)
by Caroline Alexander
The true and amazing story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the daring, charismatic Antarctic explorer who fell short of his goal of crossing Antarctica but accomplished a far greater feat by bringing every member of his crew back alive.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (TEEN FICTION ALEXIE)
by Sherman Alexie
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. Winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (TEEN FICTION ALLENDE)
by Isabel Allende
16-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his grandmother, a writer for a geography magazine, to the remote Forbidden Kingdom in the Himalayas to help locate a sacred statue of a golden dragon before it is stolen by a greedy outsider.

Hope Was Here (J FICTION BAUER)
by Hope Bauer
When 16-year-old Hope & the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Wisconsin to work as waitress & cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor. Marvelous characters.

Tangerine (TEEN FICTION BLOOR)
by Edward Bloor
12-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness & slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Beauty Queens (TEEN FICTION BRAY)
by Libba Bray
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

The Testing (TEEN FICTION CHARBONNEAU)
by Joelle Charbonneau
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (TEEN FICTION CHBOSKY)
by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.

Whale Talk (TEEN FICTION CRUTCHER)
by Chris Crutcher
Intellectually & athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports & the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team & recruits some of the school's less popular students. This is a favorite author for many teen males. 

The Hunger Games (TEEN FICTION COLLINS)
by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the 12 districts against one another, 16-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

A Northern Light (TEEN FICTION DONNELLY)
by Jennifer Donnelly
In 1906, 16-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college & be a writer against the wishes of her father & fiancé, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a fascinating true story.

When I Was Older (TEEN FICTION FREYMANN-WEYR)
by Garret Freymann-Weyr
A new friendship with a boy who is both attractive & intelligent helps 15-year-old Sophie sort out her feelings about her younger brother Erhard, who died 3 years earlier, her self-centered older sister, & her distant father. Sophie is a wonderful narrator.

A Countess Below Stairs (TEEN FICTION IBBOTSON)
by Ibbotson, Eva.
After the Russian Revolution turns her world upside down, Anna, a young Russian countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background & takes a job as a servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family. Anna is overwhelmed by her new duties & her instant attraction to Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. A very romantic tale.

Skulduggery Pleasant (TEEN FICTION LANDY)
by Derek Landy
When 12-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless One. An enjoyable book for those who like a touch of the supernatural.

The Giver (J FICTION LOWRY)
by Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the Receiver of memories shared by only one other person in his community & discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. This Newbery Award winner sparks passionate discussion about its mysterious ending. What do you think happens to Jonas?

Legend (TEEN FICTION LU)
by Marie Lu
Raised in an elite military family in a war-torn nation that was once the Western United States, 15-year-old June embarks on a revelatory cat-and-mouse manhunt for criminal youth Day, who is declared a prime suspect in the murder of June's brother.

Wicked Lovely (TEEN FICTION MARR)
by Melissa Marr
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

Bone Gap (TEEN FICTION RUBY)
by Laura Ruby
Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (TEEN FICTION SAENZ)
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Unwind (TEEN FICTION SHUSTERMAN)
by Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of 13 & 18 can have their lives "unwound" & their body parts harvested for use by others, 3 teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--&, perhaps, save their own lives.

Winger (TEEN FICTION SMITH)
by Andrew Smith
Younger than his classmates at a boarding school, Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team.

Shiver (TEEN FICTION STIEFVATER)
by Maggie Stiefvater
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been  particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

The Book Thief (TEEN FICTION ZUSAK)
by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing & story-telling talents help sustain her family & the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors in this wonderful book.