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TEEN BOOKS PICKS (GRADES 9-12+)

Everless Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062653659
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Published: HarperTeen - January 2nd, 2018

In this intriguing fantasy adventure, blood is the currency allowing the wealthy to live forever as the poor sell their time to survive one more hour. As a means to save her father's life, Jules journeys back to the treacherous estate in Everless only to discover her life has been nothing but secrets. This is a fantastic start to a new series that is sure to keep you wondering what will be revealed next! -Amanda


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For Every One Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781481486248
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 10th, 2018

I envy those people that can make you feel understood even when they've never met you by putting just the right string of words together. It's books like these that show how even when the world is divided there are certain feelings and drives that can hold us together. This is a book that is, as it claims to be, for everyone; for all ages, and for anyone creative or not. I believe that everyone can find at least one sentence that will speak directly to them. Whether it helps you for a moment or maybe sets you out on a new life path, this book is absolutely worth reading and rereading as often as necessary. -Kaitlyn


Mercy Rule Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781510726987
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Published: Sky Pony - February 20th, 2018

This is a must read for now for right now. When you're done with it, hand it to a parent (yours, your friend's, your aunt etc.) or hand it to a teacher, a coach, an adult of some sort. Tom Leveen swallows you up into a high school scene that you probably know. The characters could be the kids you know sitting on the steps waiting for the bell to ring. The adults in their lives are all too familiar. These characters won't just get into your head or your heart, they will dive into your innards. What they have to say needs to be heard and maybe their stories will give you the courage to speak too. -Julie


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Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549786
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

I'm not a huge fan of Batman. And teenage Batman, Bruce Wayne? I can taste the angst from a mile away. But wait, the villain Madeline Wallace . . . now here is a villain not to miss. She is a cold-blooded murderer, disturbed teenager, sentenced to Arkham Asylum for a few lifetimes. Madeline is also extremely intelligent, plays the violin, builds computers, and her favorite pastime (due to being stuck bored in a jail cell) is playing mind games with Bruce while he is at Arkham working off community service hours. They even become acquaintances of a sort. Oh, is this a Batman book then? I suppose so. Marie Lu wrote it so it's an automatic yes for me. I looked at the title only after. -Leah


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The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

A beautifully illustrated, touchingly told story about friendship and being yourself. I read through this tale in a single sitting before bed, and instantly wished for more. -Amy


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The Poet X Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

“. . . So many of the poems we heard tonight felt a little like our own stories, like we saw and were seen, and how crazy would it be if I did that for someone else?” After attending her first poetry slam, fifteen year-old Xiomara realizes that the worlds of words that fill her mind and her journals do have a place, and a powerful mission she will no longer doubt. Her story is young and hopeful, as youth is meant to be! Additionally, listening to THE POET X as an audio-book (find it at our partner for site, Libro.Fm), read by the National Slam champion author herself, was the crowning delight of this powerful debut that burns passionately with love of language and self-expression. -Claudia


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The Book of Pearl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763691264
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Published: Candlewick - February 6th, 2018

This book is . . . magic. From the very first page it completely transported me. I have read very few books that so beautifully capture the bitter sweetness that comes with living life. I found myself crying one moment reading about the impact of death and loss, and the next I was exclaiming in joy for the triumph of life and hope. This book takes you back and forth from fantasy to real life, as it should. I feel more often then not, we as humans are caught between the tug of what feels impossible or 'fantasy like', and then what we deem to be more realistic. This book is honest, and I would highly recommend it for anyone who is in the mood for contemplating how one could live between what seems impossible to attain, and what actually is. -Ryan


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A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780399546600
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Published: Speak - September 4th, 2018

This book looks at a variety of mental illnesses, displaying an array of characters struggling with everything from phobias to suicidal tendencies. With the clever use of humor and the occasional emotional breakthrough, this story dares to show readers that though the demons they face might be vicious, there is still hope. Read this book if you are in need of the affirmation that you can overcome, because you can. -Ryan


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A Very Large Expanse of Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866561
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Published: HarperCollins - October 16th, 2018

I love books that make me challenge what I think I know, and this was one of those books. It made me realize I have no idea what it is like to be bullied for who I am or by what I wear compared to Shirin. It is a year after 9/11 and Shirin is the new girl at her high school. She loves to breakdance and wears a hijab. You will want to protect this fierce young girl from the array of bigots and racist comments flung at her at every moment, and you can't. What you can do is sit down and listen. Listen and read her story. You've read The Hate U Give and Long Way Down, now prepare to humble yourself once again as you pick up this beautiful book and are changed for the better. -Leah


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Tales from the Inner City Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781338298406
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 25th, 2018

Where do you shelve a work as imaginative as this? The paintings are worthy of the Art section (that cover!). Many of the passages read like poetry. The imagery is lyrical. Tuck it away in Short Stories? That they are, and lovingly written. But maybe Nature is where this book really belongs. All the narratives are, after all, about animals. Some are pure fantasy and others read like beautiful little memoirs. Of course, the author's other works are often found in Graphic Novels. So many possibilities. And maybe that's how it has ended up in Teen. An odd choice in my mind, but which of its other potential homes would I pick? A teen will find this book captivating, I am sure. But pick it up, leaf through the pages. Read a story or two. Then you tell me where this book should be housed. Maybe, like me, you will simply decide that it belongs best right there on your bedside table at home. -Walt


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The Afterlife of Holly Chase Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062318510
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Published: HarperTeen - November 6th, 2018

Here's the best thing about Cynthia Hand: she's a total fangirl for her source material. She layers in tongue-in-cheek parallels to the original, yet makes the story unique enough to be enjoyable--even if you're over A Christmas Carol and all assorted adaptations. I particularly appreciated Holly's snark as the narrator and her determination to avoid unnecessary heroism. What redemption does come isn't a bit easy or trite. So, if you need a touch of escapism at any time of year, this book is an excellent choice. -Sarah C. 


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Mirage: A Novel (Mirage Series #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250126429
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 28th, 2018

What to say? This is a charming read. If you need a book to make you smile, this is it. There are a lot of tough women who take no shit, and this story is told in a variety of their viewpoints: Jane, who once was someone else, very young; Jane's very Jewish mother (who's not overbearing at all), and a kid who's too wise for her age. Young Jane Young is an unforgettable modern-thinking story that echos The Scarlet Letter and pushes all those double standards into the past where they belong. -Leah


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And The Ocean Was Our Sky Cover Image
By Patrick Ness, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062860729
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Published: HarperTeen - September 4th, 2018

This is the best collection of short stories I've ever read. (Really. I promise.) I initially picked it up to read "Stories of Your Life", the basis for the movie Arrival. I ended up reading and loving all of them. There isn't even an "eh" story; each one is a tiny masterpiece. While all contain roots of science fiction, the tone and prose varies. A few stories are super-techy futuristic and others lean toward the contemporary. All are philosophical to some degree; no crazy action or explosions within these pages. Right now this is Ted Chiang's only piece of work and I dearly hope he continues to write more! I can only read this collection so many times. (That's a lie, I can read this over endlessly.)
-Leah


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