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Books for Older Teens


Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers

By Tanya Lee Stone

(Teen Non-Fiction)

Tanya Lee Stone examines the role of African Americans in the military through the lens of the untold story of the Triple Nickles as they became America's first black paratroopers and fought a little-known World War II attack on the American West by the Japanese. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)




Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Kuklin, Susan

(Teen Non-Fiction)

Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.  (Format: Print)




The Miseducation of Cameron Post

By Susan Cokal

(Teen Fiction – for mature teens)

When the day after she kissed her best friend 12 year-old Cameron’s parents die in a car crash, she blames herself.  Isn’t God punishing her for kissing a girl? Then her aunt, a born-again Christian, moves in as her guardian, causing Cameron’s mixed feelings about her sexuality and guilt over her parent’s deaths to increase, due to her aunt’s views and their attendance at a local mega-church. Over the next few years Cameron acts out her frustrations by drinking and smoking pot, losing herself in movies, and experiencing a heavy-duty crush on a fellow classmate.  After finding out about Cameron’s homosexual activities, her aunt sends Cameron to a school whose purpose is to make her no longer gay, and to prepare her to be the perfect Christian wife. (Format: Print)




Kingdom of Little Wounds

By Susan Cokal

(Teen Fantasy Fiction – for mature teens)

On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne's heirs, and a courtier's wolfish hunger for the king's favors sets a devious plot in motion. In the palace at Skyggehave, things are seldom as they seem -- and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined. (Format: Print)




 Charm & Strange

By Stephanie Kuehn

(Teen Fiction – for mature/older Teens)

A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying. (Format: Print)




Liv, Forever

By Amy Talkington

(Teen Fiction)

Olivia Bloom is out of sync with the others at Wickham Hall. She was talented enough to receive an art scholarship to the prestigious boarding school, but now wonders if she made the right choice. Liv isn’t rich and doesn’t have a pedigree. When one of the legacy students, a fellow artist, begins to pay attention to her, LIv’s defenses start breaking down. She thinks maybe the terrible hauntings at Wickham and her own miserable life will be put behind her. Liv’s life, however, is going to take a very dark turn very soon. (Format: Print)




Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

By Lish McBride

(Teen Fiction)

A college dropout, Sam doesn’t really have much direction in life. Then he meets Douglas, an imposing man who claims that Sam is a necromancer…just like him. All of a sudden Sam’s slightly below-average life becomes very interesting. Oh, and a bit violent too. Sam isn’t sure what to make of his life, and with Douglas’ promises of more violence and death pressuring him to make some difficult decisions (a la “come to the dark side or I’ll torture and kill everyone you know”), he doesn’t have much time to figure everything out. What’s a guy with newly-found supernatural powers to do? ( Sequel: Necromancing the Stone) (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)




Marcelo in the Real World

By Francisco X. Stork

(Teen Fiction)

Seventeen year-old Marcelo is not like other teens. He has something that is very similar to high-functioning Asperger’s syndrome. When his father, a high-powered attorney, decides that Marcelo must work the summer in “the real world”, Marcelo finds himself questioning the who he is, and the changes and decisions he must make in order to live in the real world. Written in first-person, the reader is in Marcelo’s mind, experiencing his confusion and frustration. The character of Marcelo is wonderfully drawn. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)




Daughter of Smoke & Bone

By Laini Taylor

(Teen Fiction)

A human raised by chimera, Karou is a child of two worlds. She lives between the human world, where she is an art student, and the world in her foster father’s workshop, where he works with the teeth of all creatures. Her foster father sends her on mysterious errands and pays her in small wishes. Karou can’t help but wonder how she came to be part of her odd little family, but she can’t pry answers out of the chimera. While on an errand she encounters a beyond-beautiful angel who attempts to kill her. Soon she is thrust in the middle of a war between fantastical races, where Karou may finally find the answers she’s been looking for. (Sequel available: Days of Blood & Starlight). (Formats: Print; eBook; Book-on-CD)





By Neal Shusterman

(Teen Fiction)

It’s the future, but not so distant, and not so different from now. Due to medical advancements and a legal agreement (to stop a civil war) between the pro-life and pro-choice advocates, abortion is illegal, but there is still an option for unwanted children. When a child reaches the age of 13, parents can opt to have the child unwound.  Unwinding doesn’t kill the child. Each and every part of the child’s body is kept alive to be transplanted on other humans when needed. Book 1 in the Unwind series. (Format: Print)



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