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Books for Older Teens

 

Unwind

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)

 

 

 

Five Flavors of Dumb

By Antony John

(Teen Fiction)

Because of her big mouth, Piper ends up becoming the manager for the new “it” band at high school. If she can get them a paying gig by the end of the month, she can stay on as a paid member.  The catch?  Piper’s deaf.  And she has no idea if the band is any good at all.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

The Selection

By Kiera Cass

(Teen Fiction)

In future post-World War III United Sates, America Singer is bound for a life of servitude until she is chosen for the Selection, an intense contest through which Prince Maxon will choose his princess.  Perfect for those Hunger Games fans who also love a good romance.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Anna Dressed in Blood

By Kendare Blake

(Teen Fiction)

Cas has inherited a gift from his father. He can kill the dead. Traveling around the continent with his mother, a witch, he sends spirits to their final resting place. Cas and his mother go to Thunder Bay, Canada to learn more about a deadly and disturbing spirit named Anna Dressed in Blood. Killed as a teenager several decades prior, Anna appears in the dress she wore the night she died.  Once a white dress, it is now mostly red, dripping in blood.  No one who sees Anna survives to tell about their experiences, as she rips their bodies apart. Except for Cas. Something about him makes Anna want to fight the urge she has to tear his body to pieces. Working together, and with Cas’ new friends, they attempt to break the curse left upon Anna when she was brutally murdered.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe

By Benjamin Alire Saenz

(Teen Fiction)

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.  (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)

 

 

 

Coldest Girl in Coldtown

By Holly Black

(Teen Fiction)

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 Ask the Passengers

By A.S. King

(Teen Fiction)

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl. As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better. In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything --and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love. (Formats: print; book on CD)

 

 

 

Golden Day

By Ursula Dubosarsky

(Teen Fiction)

The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Who was the mysterious poet they had met in the Garden? What actually happened in the seaside cave that day? And most important--who can they tell about it? (Print format)

 

 

 

Ender’s Game (Bk. 1, Ender Saga)

By Orson Scott Card

(Teen Science Fiction)

Ender Wiggin is a very bright young boy with a powerful skill. One of a group of children bred to be military geniuses and save Earth from an inevitable attack by aliens, known here as "buggers," Ender becomes unbeatable in war games and seems poised to lead Earth to triumph over the buggers. Meanwhile, his brother and sister plot to wrest power from Ender. Read the book before the movie! (Formats : print book; book-on-cd)

 

 

 

Divergent

By Veronica Roth

(Teen Fiction)

Beatrice Pryor lives in a dystopian Chicago, which is divided into five factions devoted to different virtues. On a set day every year, sixteen-year-olds must select which faction they will devote the rest of their lives to. Beatrice must choose between staying with her family and being who she really is. Beatrice also has a secret, one she has been warned can mean death if exposed. Now, Beatrice will be forced to make tough choices that can determine the course of her future.   Read the book before the movie!

 

 

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