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Recommendations for Teens

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Best of 2017

  • Cover image for Dear Martin

    Dear Martin

    Nic Stone

    Dear Martin

    Nic Stone

    Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

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  • Cover image for Far from the Tree

    Far from the Tree

    Robin Benway

    Far from the Tree

    Robin Benway

    Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

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  • Cover image for We Are Okay

    We Are Okay

    Nina LaCour

    We Are Okay

    Nina LaCour

    From the award-winning author of Hold Still comes an achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship.

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  • Cover image for The 57 Bus

    The 57 Bus

    Dashka Slater

    The 57 Bus

    Dashka Slater

    This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, C

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  • Cover image for The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    Angie Thomas

    The Hate U Give

    Angie Thomas

    Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, hea

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  • Cover image for Long Way Down

    Long Way Down

    Jason Reynolds

    Long Way Down

    Jason Reynolds

    As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

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  • Cover image for One of Us Is Lying

    One of Us Is Lying

    Karen M. McManus

    One of Us Is Lying

    Karen M. McManus

    "When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case"--

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  • Cover image for There's Someone Inside Your House

    There's Someone Inside Your House

    Stephanie Perkins

    There's Someone Inside Your House

    Stephanie Perkins

    A New York Times bestseller! "There's Someone Inside Your House is equal parts heart-stopping horror and steamy romance.

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  • Cover image for Turtles All the Way Down

    Turtles All the Way Down

    John Green

    Turtles All the Way Down

    John Green

    Aza Holmes, a high school student with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire.

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  • Cover image for The Serpent King

    The Serpent King

    Jeff Zentner

    The Serpent King

    Jeff Zentner

    The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without lettin

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If you Like John Green

  • Cover image for Winter Town

    Winter Town

    Winter Town

    Looking forward to an annual visit from the best friend who moved away when her parents divorced, straight-laced, Ivy-League contender Evan is shocked by the changes in his friend, who has dyed her

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  • Cover image for Why We Broke Up

    Why We Broke Up

    Daniel Handler

    Why We Broke Up

    Daniel Handler

    Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, for

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  • Cover image for The Big Crunch

    The Big Crunch

    Pete Hautman

    The Big Crunch

    Pete Hautman

    June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to

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  • Cover image for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    Sherman Alexie

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    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.

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  • Cover image for Please Ignore Vera Dietz

    Please Ignore Vera Dietz

    A. S. King

    Please Ignore Vera Dietz

    A. S. King

    When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name.

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  • Cover image for It's Kind of a Funny Story

    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    Ned Vizzini

    It's Kind of a Funny Story

    Ned Vizzini

    Like many ambitious New York City teenagers, Craig Gilner sees entry into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School as the ticket to his future.

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  • Cover image for Every Day

    Every Day

    David Levithan

    Every Day

    David Levithan

    Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with J

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  • Cover image for Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park

    Rainbow Rowell

    Eleanor & Park

    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"--

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  • Cover image for A Complicated Kindness

    A Complicated Kindness

    Miriam Toews

    A Complicated Kindness

    Miriam Toews

    Doomed to work at the Happy Family Farm, a chicken slaughterhouse in a town run by religious fundamentalists, sixteen-year-old Nomi Nickel nevertheless manages to bear witness to the dissolution of

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  • Cover image for Forever Changes

    Forever Changes

    Brendan Halpin

    Forever Changes

    Brendan Halpin

    Although encouraged to apply to colleges, Brianna Pelletier, a mathematically-gifted high school senior with cystic fibrosis, dwells on her mortality and the unfairness of life.

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If you Like Divergent

  • Cover image for Pawn

    Pawn

    Aimée Carter

    Pawn

    Aimée Carter

    Desperate to escape a life of marginalization and misery, Kitty Doe joins the most powerful family in the country, a choice that requires her to assume the identity of the Prime Minister's niece an

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  • Cover image for Partials

    Partials

    Dan Wells

    Partials

    Dan Wells

    "In a post-apocalyptic eastern seaboard ravaged by disease and war with a manmade race of people called Partials, the chance at a future rests in the hands of Kira Walker, a sixteen-year-old medic

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  • Cover image for Legend

    Legend

    Marie Lu

    Legend

    Marie Lu

    In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they h

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  • Cover image for Enclave

    Enclave

    Ann Aguirre

    Enclave

    Ann Aguirre

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's.

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  • Cover image for Delirium

    Delirium

    Lauren Oliver

    Delirium

    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 right before her eighteenth birthday and her

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  • Cover image for Control

    Control

    Lydia Kang

    Control

    Lydia Kang

    In 2150, when genetic manipulation has been outlawed, seventeen-year-old Zelia must rescue her kidnapped sister with the help of a band of outcasts with mutated genes.

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  • Cover image for Brilliance

    Brilliance

    Marcus Sakey

    Brilliance

    Marcus Sakey

    Federal agent Nick Cooper draws on his supernatural ability to eliminate terrorists to hunt down a dangerous man who committed a horrific massacre on Wall Street that left hundreds dead and injured

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  • Cover image for Birthmarked

    Birthmarked

    Caragh M. O'Brien

    Birthmarked

    Caragh M. O'Brien

    IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future. Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month.

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  • Cover image for Article 5

    Article 5

    Kristen Simmons

    Article 5

    Kristen Simmons

    New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned. The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes. There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers.

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