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Great Reads for Teens - Staff Favorites

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All titles can be found in the Teen Corner alphabetically by the author’s last name unless otherwise indicated.

Chopsticks
by Jessica Anthony                               
In a love story told in photographs and drawings, Glory, a brilliant piano prodigy, is drawn to Frank, an artistic new boy, and the farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness until the only song she is able to play is "Chopsticks.

Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo                                           
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protégé́ of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

Anna Dressed in Blood
by Kendare Blake                                 
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

Beauty Queens                     
by Libba Bray                         
When a plane full of teenaged beauty queens crashes on a deserted island hilarity ensues as the surviving girls use their pageant skills to try and survive and get rescued.

Etiquette and Espionage
by Gail Carriger                       
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson                                   
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

The Testing                              
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.

Entwined
by Heather Dixon                                 
Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who is trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

Beautiful Chaos                      
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
In the third installment of the Caster Chronicles swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand and control the impact of Lena's claiming.

Beautiful Redemption            
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
When Ethan wakes after the chilling events of Beautiful Chaos, his one goal is to return to Lena and his loved ones, while back in Gatlin, Lena vows to do whatever it takes to bring Ethan home--even trusting old enemies and risking the lives of those Ethan left to protect.

Unbreakable  
by Kami Garcia                       
Seventeen-year-old Kennedy Waters discovers she is a member of an ancient secret society formed to protect the world from a powerful demon determined to find a way out of his dimension and into ours. She joins the Legion on a mission to find a weapon that can defeat the demon.

Emerald Green            
by Kerstin Geir                                     
Since learning she is a member of the Circle of Twelve, nothing has gone right for Gwen and she holds suspicions about both Count Saint-German and Gideon, but as she uncovers the Circle's secrets she finally learns her own destiny.

The Fault in our Stars             
by John Green             
Teen terminal cancer patient, Hazel reexamines her life after meeting and falling in love with Augustus in a cancer support group.

Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler                                
Why We Broke Up is a funny story about heartbreak and a relationship that was destined to fail from the beginning, written as a letter from Min to her ex-boyfriend.

Openly Straight
by Bill Konigsberg                 
Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

Enchanted
by Alethea Kontis                   
When Sunday Woodcutter, the youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week, kisses an enchanted frog, he transforms back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland--a man Sunday’s family despises.

Dark Triumph
by Robin LaFevers                               
Sybella's duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love, romance, history, vengeance and salvation converge in this sequel to Grave Mercy.

Grave Mercy             
by Robin LaFevers       
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, 17-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts.

Legend                                     
by Marie Lu                             
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, Day, a famous criminal, and military prodigy June, discover that they have a common enemy.

Prodigy                                    
by Marie Lu                             
June and Day make their way to Las Vegas where they join the rebel Patriot group and become involved in an assassination plot against the Elector in hopes of saving the Republic.

Necromancing the Stone
by Lish McBride                                   
Six weeks after escaping from the necromancer Douglas, Sam LaCroix is under the protection of the Blackthorn pack of werewolves and fey hounds and unsure if his necromancer rival is dead.

Cinder                                    
by Marissa Meyer                             
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Scarlet                         
by Marissa Meyer                             
Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.

A Corner of White                  
by Jacqueline Moriarty
Madeleine of England, struggling to cope with poverty and her mother's illness, and Elliot of the Kingdom of Cello in a parallel world where colors are villainous and his father is missing, begin exchanging notes through a crack between their worlds.

Delirium                                 
by Lauren Oliver                     
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

This Dark Endeavor 
by Kenneth Oppel                   
When his twin brother falls ill, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Mastiff                       
by Tamora Pierce                   
Beka, having just lost her fiancé in a slaver's raid, is able to distract herself by going with her team on an important hunt at the queen's request, unaware that the throne of Tortall depends on their success.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
This truly unique blend of horror, fantasy and mystery defies easy description. Suffice it to say that 16-year-old Jacob sees his grandfather murdered by a monster no one else can see. His psychiatrist sends him to a Welsh island where only Jacob can see a number of strange children, each of whom has a talent for the supernatural. The historical photographs of freaks and spooky photo manipulation add to the tension and overall weirdness.

Eleanor and Park      
by Rainbow Rowell     
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe                         
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.

Winger                                               
by Andrew Smith                                 
Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

Born Wicked             
by Jessica Spotswood             
In an alternate New England of 1900, where the Brotherhood dominates and controls society, sixteen-year-old Cate Cahill has struggled since her mother's death to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches.

Star Cursed                             
by Jessica Spotswood             
Cate Cahill goes into an asylum in order to meet her godmother and another oracle as she continues to try to learn about the prophecy and protect her sisters from the oppressive Brotherhood in an alternate New England of 1900.

The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater             
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.      

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor             
Karou is an art student by day and by night she runs errands for the chimaera Brimstone. It is on one of these errands that she is attacked by the beautiful angel Akiva. Karou escapes but finds she cannot forget Akiva. Akiva is drawn to seek Karou out and soon the two are engaged in a star-crossed romance that extends beyond the human world.

Days of Blood and Starlight
by Laini Taylor             
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand-new canvas.

Where Things Come Back
by John Corey Whaley             
The small town of Lily, Arkansas and 17-year-old Cullen’s world is turned upside down one summer when a believed to be extinct woodpecker reappears and Cullen’s younger brother Gabriel goes missing.

Boxers (YA 741.5973)
by Gene Luen Yang     
In 1898 China, Little Bao has had enough of foreign missionaries and soldiers robbing peasants, and he recruits an army of Boxers to fight to free China from its oppressors.

Saints (YA 741.5973)
by Gene Luen Yang     
Vibiana, an unwanted fourth child, finds her name and identity in Christianity, but with the Boxer Rebellion in full swing and Chinese Christians facing death, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her religion or her country.

Emmy & Oliver
by: Robin Benway
Sheltered 17-year old Emmy’s childhood best friend Oliver reappears after disappearing with his father 10 years ago.

Need
by Joelle Charbonneau
Nottawa, Wisconsin's teenagers join the hottest new social networking site which promises to grant all their needs in exchange for completing minor tasks, but as the demands the site makes on its users escalates, the body count rises.

If You Could Be Mine
by Sara Farizan
In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution.

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

See You at Harry’s
by Jo Knowles
Fern feels invisible in her family, where Sarah is working at the family restaurant, Holden is struggling with bullies, and Charlie is the center of attention, and when tragedy strikes, the bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas
Dragged off to a treacherous magical land as retribution for killing a wolf, huntress Feyre learns that her captor is one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
by Isabel Quintero
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
Losing her leg in a car accident and fitted with a prosthetic that challenges her athletic ambitions, Jessica finds herself alienated from former friends and is tutored by a misfit girl she previously avoided.

Carter Finally Gets It (DOWNLOADABLE)
by Brent Crawford
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.

Ten Miles Past Normal (available in Black Gold)
by Frances O’Roark Dowell
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.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

There Is No Dog
by Meg Rosoff
Possessing omnipotent powers through which he created the earth, Bob inadvertently triggers natural disasters every time he falls in love and is attended by his beleaguered assistant, Mr. B., who fears the worst when the irresistible Lucy enters Bob's life.

Star Girl
by Jerry Spinelli
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

All These Things I’ve Done
by Gabrielle Zevin
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are rationed, Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.