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Books for Teens


Dorothy Must Die

By Danielle Paige

(Teen Fantasy Fiction)

In this inventive tale that returns us to Oz, Dorothy returned some years earlier only to begin a wicked and evil rule.  Enter Amy Gumm, another girl from Kansas, whisked away to Oz on another tornado and recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy and her band of evil friends.  Hilarious, action-packed, and fun for all ages. (Format: Print)




Midwinter Blood

By Marcus Sedgwick

(Teen Fiction)

Imagine a love that lasts through the centuries! Seven stories unfold, centered around the island of Blessed. The island is anything but blessed. Its past has seen terrible vengeance, war, jealousy, and murder.  But the light of its moon can ferret out brief moments of kindness and love that carry the stories forward in time.  The novel will put you under the spell of Blessed, giving you beautifully spun tales that are mysterious, horrifying, and yet elegant, bringing the reader full circle. This book received the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature from the American Library Association. (Format: Print) 




Long Lankin

By Lindsey Barraclough

(Teen Fiction)

Two young sisters are sent to stay with an elderly aunt in a village far from their London home. Although the aunt is very strict, the two still manage to befriend a couple of boys. As a series of odd events unfold, the children realize they can’t ignore the warnings and whispers about Long Lankin.  They are determined to solve the mystery of the evil surrounding the village before it is too late. This story is told with the right amount of creepiness to keep it exciting without causing too many nightmares. (Format: Print)






By Jessica Anthony

(Teen Fiction)

Piano prodigy Glory Fleming is missing.  After her mother’s death, Glory’s life focused on sold-out performances around the world.  When an artistic teenaged boy moves next door, friendship forms and love blooms.  As their relationship grows, Glory begins to spiral into madness, eventually only playing “Chopsticks” on the piano.  The story unfolds trough a scrapbook-style graphic novel that leaves the reader wondering – What is reality and what is imagination – or is it all madness? (Format: Print)




 Please Ignore Vera Dietz 

By A. S. King

(Teen Fiction)

Viera Dietz and Charlie Kahn were the best of friends since they were preschoolers.  Just when their relationship was going to the next level, Charlie’s new friends – a crowd of students most often found in detention – come between them.  Even when Charlie acts out against Vera, believing the lies of the Detention head’s queen bee, Vera keeps his dark secrets.  Then Charlie dies under mysterious circumstances.  Now Vera is haunted by her former best friend, while she attempts to come to terms with his death, her possible part in it, and how she can expose the truth. (Formats: Print; eBook)




No One Else Can Have You 

By Kathleen Hale

(Teen Fiction)

Murder in a small town is upsetting.  Murder in a Wisconsin town named Friendship is especially tragic.  High school student Kippy Bushman’s best friend Ruth is strung up in a cornfield like a scarecrow.  Everyone in Friendship (population 689 – make that 688 now) is so kind, and well, friendly!  Who could have done it?  Kippy decides she will use Ruth’s private diary to track down the killer.  But Kippy may learn more than she wanted about her friendship with Ruth. (Format: Print)




Tiger Lily

By Jodi Lynn Anderson

(Teen Fiction/Fantasy)

We all know the story of Peter Pan & Wendy, but what about the girl who came first?  Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but when she meets her tribe’s most dangerous enemy, she falls in love. (Format: Print)




Ship Breaker

By Paolo Bacigalupi

(Teen Fiction)

In a not-too-distant future, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, on the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast.  But when he finds a beached ship with a girl in the wreckage, will he strip it for his only chance at fortune, or rescue the beautiful girl inside? (Formats: Print; e-Book)




Tales of the Madman Underground: (an historical romance 1973)

By John Barnes

(Teen Fiction)

Karl Shoemaker has a big plan for his final year of high school.  To act normal enough to get out of attending group therapy – for the first time in many years.  There’s a few flaws with his plan, though, like his inability to abandon his friends – the other Madmen Underground (as the therapy kids call themselves), and dealing with his alcoholic, “free spirit” mother who keeps stealing his hidden cash, the many cats who live in their house, and working all five – yes, five – of his jobs.  Karl doesn’t really want much.  He just wants to get through his senior year of high school as a “normal” kid and then join the army, leaving his small Ohio town behind forever.  There’s a chance that it may happen, but first he needs to survive the beginning of the school year. (Format: Print)




How to Say Goodbye in Robot

By Natalie Standiford

(Teen Fiction)

After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in yet another new high school, senior Beatrice makes a new friend with a passion for a quirky AM radio show.  Hijinks and self-discoveries ensue.  (Format: Print)




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