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Books for Teens


This Star Won’t Go Out: the Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

By Esther Earl

(Teen Biography)

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

(Teen Fiction)

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

(Teen Fiction)

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

(Teen Fiction)

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

(Teen Fiction)

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)




I’ll Give You the Sun

By Jandy Nelson

(Teen Fiction)

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah. (Format: Print)




Scorpio Races

By Maggie Stiefvater

(Teen Fiction)

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD; e-audiobook)





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)




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