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Inland

By Kat Rosenfield

(Teen Fiction)

Cassie struggles with the last memories of her mother, who was floating in the Pacific one minute and gone the next.  Cassie’s father moved them inland, away from the lure of the ocean, following his wife’s death.  The climate seems to dry Cassie right out and saddle her with ongoing illness.  Years later, he cautiously takes a job on the Florida coast.  Much to her surprise, Cassie seems to blossom and wheezing, sickly Cassie is gone.  She can be a normal teenager at last.  But what will be the ultimate price for living near the water?  As the water begins to beckon, Cassie will be faced with family secrets that ultimately demand a difficult choice.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Jellicoe Road

By Melina Marchetta

(Teen Fiction)

Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.  (Formats: Print; Playaway)

 

 

 

Dark Sons

By Nikki Giovanni

(Teen Fiction)

A guy whose father ripped his heart out too. Me and you, Ishmael, we're brothers, two dark sons. Betrayed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boys---modern-day Sam and biblical Ishmael---unite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness.  A novel in verse. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

After the Snow 

By S. D. Crockett

(Teen Fiction)

Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Grave Mercy

By Robin Lafevers

(Teen Fiction)

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny. Book 1 in the His Fair Assassin series. (Formats: Print; e-book; e-audiobook)

 

 

 

September Girls

By Bennett Madison

(Teen Fiction)

Sam’s dad takes him and his brother to a beach in the Carolinas for the entire summer after Sam’s mom walks out on them.  Sam quickly notices that there are beautiful blond girls everywhere, and they all seem inexplicably drawn to him.  One of them, DeeDee, seems a little different from her “sisters”.  As Sam and DeeDee start to get close, it’s apparent that there is something odd about this Outer Banks community.  This novel is magical, romantic and intoxicating. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Noggin

By John Corey Whaley

(Teen Fiction)

Travis Coates has a good head. On someone else's shoulders. Listen: Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn't. Now he's alive again. Simple as that. The in-between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy's body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he's still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)

 

 

 

Firebug

By Lish McBride

(Teen Fiction)

Teen girl assassin Ava can start fires with her mind, decides to turn against her vampire boss and save her family of other people with special “talents”. (Format: Print)

 

 

  

Dorothy Must Die

By Danielle Paige

(Teen Fiction)

There’s a new girl in Oz and she is on a mission. When Amy’s trailer is picked up by a tornado, she ends up in Oz – just like that other girl from Kansas. Oz isn’t the same as it seems in the movie or the storybooks. Dorothy returned, and, thanks to her desire for magic and power, Oz has turned into the stuff of nightmares. It’s up to Amy and a crew of wicked witches to save Oz from Dorothy and her gang.  To do that, Dorothy must die. This is the first in a series of books. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Cinder

By Marissa Meyer

(Teen Fiction)

On a futuristic Earth, cinder is a cyborg – part human, part machine – who can’t remember her past.  Treated as a servant by most of her stepfamily, she doesn’t expect her life to make a dramatic change.  After an encounter with the handsome Prince Kai, she finds her life turned upside down – and that her mysterious past might be more important than anyone could have imagined.  This is the first book in The Lunar Chronicles.    (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)

 

 

 

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