Books for Teens
Any Given Number: the Ultimate Sports Debate: Who Wore it Best, from 00 to 99
By Bill Syken
Perfect for any sports fan, Any Given Number offers one of the great debates: which athlete who wore that number, from a variety of sports, was the best. Includes anecdotes such as why the number was chosen, and plenty of fabulous photographs. (Format: Print).
The Impossible Knife of Memory
By Laurie Hals Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson’s books are rare objects: well-written, important, and popular. Her latest is no exception. This harrowing novel follows Hayley and her veteran father as they move back to their hometown. Hayley hopes this will allow the ‘normal’ life she raves, but her dad’s experience in the war threatens to destroy their best intentions. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD).
Mary: the Summoning
By Hillary Monahan
After a long drought, proper horror finally returns to teen fiction! Summoning Bloody Mary requires research and precision, and the four girls have done everything right. But as they continue to summon her, Mary slips through the glass – and dire consequences begin piling up. (Format: Print).
We Were Liars
By E. Lockhart
Cadence spends the summers on her family’s private island with her cousins and a boy named Gat. An accident, a revolution, a secret, the truth, and lies upon lies make this the twistiest novel you’ll ever read. A great read for the older teens in your family. ( Formats: Print; e-book; Book-on-CD).
By Alexander Kwame
(Teen / Juvenile Fiction)
Told in verse, this novel focuses on the lives of fourteen-year-old basketball stars Josh and Jordan as they navigate both the court and middle school. Although verse novels are popular, the mash-up of poetry, hip-hop, and jazz makes this one standout from the pack. Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor Award; Newbery Medal Award. (Format: Print)
This Star Won’t Go Out: the Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
By Esther Earl
This emotional memoir tells the story of the late Esther Earl, the young Nerdfighter who helped inspire John Green to write The Fault in Our Stars and to whom he dedicated the novel. Through inspiring journals, fiction, letters, and sketches, we see her battle with thyroid cancer that ultimately claimed her life. A definite must-read, but bring the tissues. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)
By Erica O’ Rourke
Each time a decision is made, a parallel universe is spun off with the other possibility. Del, a Walker, navigates between worlds to keep them in harmony. When training goes horribly wrong and she is forbidden from Walking, she continues to do so anyway and becomes intrigued by a guy named Simon Lane. (Formats: Print; ebook)
By Brandy Colbert
Four years ago, her best friend Donovan disappeared. Theo is better now: eating, and dancing, well on her way to becoming a member of the ballet elite. When Donovan returns, everything she’s worked so hard for is in jeopardy once more. (Format: Print)
Love and Other Unknown Variables
By Shannon Alexander
Charlie, math genius, thinks he’s got life all figured out. He’s headed to MIT and a bright future figuring out the universe’s biggest questions. But then Charlotte enters his life, and all bets are off. Give this to your teen who loves The Fault in Our Stars. (Format: Print)
The Distance Between Lost and Found
By Kathryn Holmes
Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallie Calhoun has been silent. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. On a church group hike, the relentless bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie and two other teens become separated from the group while hiking, the trio turns out to be lost. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together. (Format: Print)
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