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Ride of his life

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life

Title: The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
By: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Salvador Silva has always thought that he knows where he fits into the world. Growing up in El Paso, Texas with his gay adoptive father and spending time with his best friend Samantha, his life has seemed fairly straightforward. But at the start of Sal’s senior year in high school, ... [Read more]

teen fiction


The Diviners

Title: The Diviners
By: Libba Bray

New York City, 1926 After inadvertently causing a scandal back home in Ohio, Evie O’Neill is sent to New York to stay with her Uncle Will, who runs the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult. While Evie is excited about coming to New York, seeing an old friend, ... [Read more]

teen fiction

A hilarious journey into first love

I believe in a thing called love

Title: I believe in a thing called love
By: Maureen Goo

Desi Lee has never had a boyfriend. She reasons that this is probably because she has been so busy with school and extracurricular activities. Desi’s friends, however, know that it’s because during times of pressure, she tends to crack. Her friends call these moments flailures. After one particularly spectacular flailure ... [Read more]

teen fiction

History is complicated

Dreamland Burning

Title: Dreamland Burning
By: Jennifer Latham

Rowan Chase lives with her parents in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When her parents decide to do some renovations on their house, they run into a problem—construction workers find a skeleton buried in the backyard. When it’s discovered that the body has probably been there since the early 1920s and it’s that ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

Badass girls

A tyranny of pettitcoats: 15 stories of belles, bank robbers & other badass girls

Title: A tyranny of pettitcoats: 15 stories of belles, bank robbers & other badass girls
By: Jennifer Spottswood (ed.)

A tour through history narrated by fifteen young women give us a glimpse of what their lives were like during important moments in American history. From pirates in the British colonies, the Yukon Territory, Deadwood South Dakota, and finally to 1968 Chicago, these stories show readers that girls can be ... [Read more]


Gold sense

Walk on Earth a Stranger

Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger
By: Rae Carson

Leah Westfall, better known as Lee, knows about hard work and how to take care of herself. She’s grown up with her parents in a small town, not far from the 1829 gold rush that took place in northern Georgia. Now, gold has been found in faraway California, and seemingly ... [Read more]

teen fiction

Fun with history

My Lady Jane

Title: My Lady Jane
By: Cynthia Hand

1553 turns out to be a very interesting year in England. King Edward VI has been poisoned and apparently is dying. Soon, his cousin Lady Jane Grey will take the throne—but for only nine days. You see, there is also the issue of the Edians, who can change from a ... [Read more]

teen fiction

Surviving it all

Outrun the moon

Title: Outrun the moon
By: Stacey Lee

Mercy Wong lives with her family in the Chinatown section of San Francisco in 1906. Frustrated that the local Oriental Public School only goes up to the eighth grade, she makes a deal with the head of St. Clare’s School for Girls, which is open only to upper class white ... [Read more]

teen fiction

Will to survive

Salt to the Sea

Title: Salt to the Sea
By: Ruta Sepetys

Near the end of World War II in Europe, many people have begun fleeing their homes to escape the Nazis. The Russians are destroying whole towns, and people are escaping with what they can carry. Joana, Emilia, Florian and Alfred have all left home for different reasons. Joana is a ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

Better than perfect


Title: Dumplin'
By: Julie Murphy

Clover City, Texas, is known for its annual Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant. Willowdean Dickson, known as Will or Dumplin’, is perfectly happy in her own skin, much to the chagrin of her former pageant queen mother. Will isn’t one of the skinny pageant girls, and wouldn’t have it any ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction


Saint Anything

Title: Saint Anything
By: Sarah Dessen

Sydney Stanford has always lived in the shadow of her older brother, Peyton. Over the last few years, Peyton has been making poor choices, culminating in a prison sentence after hitting a boy with his car. Sydney decides to start over at a new school where nobody knows about her ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

More questions than answers

Vivian Apple at the end of the world

Title: Vivian Apple at the end of the world
By: Katie Coyle

The Church of America has been warning of the rapture for a long time, all the while taking over the country. Vivian Apple doesn’t believe in the church, even though her parents are believers. On the morning after the rapture was supposed to take place, Vivian comes home to find ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

Survival at any cost?


Title: Legend
By: Marie Lu

June and Day live in Los Angeles, which is part of the Republic, in the western half of the former United States. The Republic is at war with the Colonies, formerly the eastern half of the United States. The Republic is run as a military state, and June is its ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

Left behind

Torn Away

Title: Torn Away
By: Jennifer Brown

Life can change in an instant. Growing up in Elizabeth, Missouri, Jersey Cameron is used to frequent tornado warnings. When a tornado rips through her hometown, destroying her house and killing her mother and sister, Jersey is left with nothing. Before long, her stepfather sends her to live with her ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

A surplus of suspects

Buzz kill

Title: Buzz kill
By: Beth Fantaskey

Who wanted to kill head football coach Hollerin’ Hank Killdare? Well, apparently lots of people wanted him dead. But there’s only one person high school journalist Millie Ostermeyer is worried about the murder getting pinned on—her father, the assistant football coach. Millie begins her own investigation and gets help from ... [Read more]

teen fiction


Letters from camp

Title: Letters from camp
By: Kate Klise

When three sets of brothers and sisters set foot at Camp Happy Harmony in Missouri, little do they realize that there’s more going on there than meets the eye. The camp is run by six siblings who, at one point, were a famous singing group— The Harmony Family Singers. At ... [Read more]

fiction, kids fiction

A friend to wish for

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

Title: Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief
By: Wendelin Van Draanen

What would you do if you were stuck in your grandmother’s apartment for the day? People watch, of course. This is exactly what Sammy Keyes is doing when she spots a man taking money out of someone’s room at the Heavenly Hotel. Sammy knows she should call the police, but ... [Read more]

fiction, kids fiction

Unexpected strength


Title: Fangirl
By: Rainbow Rowell

Cath would rather be anywhere else except college, especially since her twin sister Wren doesn’t want to them to be roommates. The one place she feels safe is in the world of Simon Snow, where she writes fan fiction on Internet forums. Even so, Cath doesn’t know if she can ... [Read more]

teen fiction
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A real person in a magical world


Title: Graceling
By: Kristin Cashore

Throughout the seven kingdoms, there are some people who are born with a special skill, called a Grace, who are known by their different colored eyes. Anyone with a Grace is both sought-after and feared. Katsa is notorious throughout the Middluns for her Grace, which is killing. Since Katsa was ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

Family is all

The Lost Crown

Title: The Lost Crown
By: Sarah Miller

The Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia Romanov are the daughters of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. The girl’s lives are immersed in privilege until the onset of World War I, when the war effort quickly turns to revolution across Russia. The Bolshevik party has risen quickly, ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

She's got a secret


Title: Breathless
By: Jessica Warman

Katie Kitrell is a swimming prodigy with a secret. Katie’s parents send her to Woodsdale Academy so that she can escape the trouble her brother Will’s growing mental illness has caused her family. But instead of being honest with her new friends, she tells them her brother is dead. For ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

Second chances

Second Chance Summer

Title: Second Chance Summer
By: Morgan Matson

This is a story about how one event can change your life, and how everyone deserves to have a second chance. Returning to Lake Phoenix is not how Taylor Edwards wanted to spend her summer. She’s wanted to forget how she hurt her best friend and first crush there five ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction

False Promise?

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Title: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
By: Emily M. Danforth

When Cameron Post’s parents die in a car accident, she’s relieved that they’ll never find out that she had been kissing her best friend Irene. Now her grandmother and Aunt Ruth have come to live with Cameron in her small ranching town of Miles City, Montana. Aunt Ruth is a ... [Read more]

fiction, teen fiction
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