Young Adult

Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite Young Adult author, and one of my favorite authors, period. The Scorpio Races takes place on a small island (probably near Ireland). Every fall, fierce, demonic horses rise from the sea and the men of the island capture and race them. One year everything changes when a girl named Puck, orphaned by the horses, decides to risk everything to save her family’s home, and enters the race riding her own pony. Under the tutelage of seasoned racer Sean Kendrick, Puck learns about a whole other side of her island, and herself. Stiefavter is a master wordsmith; I read her books repeatedly because the beauty of her sentences has me in awe every time. This book, in particular, is stunning. If you have a teen, this is the perfect fall book for them. I hold a deep, unconditional love for The Scorpio Races. Ages 8+

--Flannery

$9.99
ISBN: 9780545224918
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 2013

If you have a teen who’s interested in horror but isn’t ready for Stephen King, give them anything by Brennea Yovanoff. She definitely knows how to balance creepy with romance and wit, making her books perfect for any teen interested in the genre. The Replacement takes place in Gentry, where every few years a child is stolen and replaced. Mackie is one such replacement, and when circumstances pull him into the world he originally came from, Mackie could be the one to change everything. This is a great, creepy book filled with humor and music. I loved it. Ages 12+
P.S. If they are ready for Stephen King, I highly recommend Pet Semetary. Even King thinks that it’s his creepiest book!

--Flannery

$8.99
ISBN: 9781595143815
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Published: Razorbill - September 6th, 2011

“Dazzling, big-hearted…. As riveting as the action is, it’s the nuanced portraits of characters, human and ape, that makes the story so deeply affecting.” —The New York Times Book Review

A National Book Award Finalist
Winner of the Green Earth Book Award
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Choice

$9.99
ISBN: 9780545165778
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 7th, 2014

Like The Book Thief, this is a novel for both adult and young adult readers, and also like The Book Thief, it is almost perfect. The Minnow juxtaposes terse, clear, brief prose with an achingly lovely, lyrical, nonlinear narrative. I found it almost unbearable to finish the book and leave Tom’s company until I realized I probably never would. Tom would understand that and approve.

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G?
$9.95
ISBN: 9781922182012
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Published: Text Publishing Company - April 14th, 2015

Quintero’s debut has all the noise, emotion, and joy of a big family fiesta. Saddled with fears of becoming “Hispanic Teen Mom #3,789,258,” 17-year-old Gabi’s first-person journal nevertheless illuminates a girl who will not identified by ethnicity, class, weight, or lifestyle.

$11.95
ISBN: 9781935955955
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - October 14th, 2014

The true story of 4 undocumented Mexican American teenagers from an under-funded, under-supported Phoenix high school are challenged by their brave teachers to enter a national, collegiate level robotics competition--and they win. (Don't worry, I'm not giving anything away; it wouldn't now be a Hollywood-produced movie if they'd lost.) Joshua Davis is a master storyteller who is interested in more than just the shiny success story of these amazing students. What does it mean when this kind of potential is squandered, even deported? Spare Parts is entertaining, inspiring, and funny, without a doubt--but it's also a thought-provoking look at the modern "American Dream" and the institutions and prejudices that decide who gets to have a chance at it.

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Julia
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374534981
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - December 2nd, 2014

I absolutely love this book. The story of a girl in a magical land who harbors a secret heritage that could either ruin her life or save a kingdom, this lyrical book is filled with music, courtly intrigue, and plenty of adventure. Seraphina is perfect for anyone who loves a good book about a strong young woman finding herself. (And dragons. Lots of dragons.) 

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Flannery
$10.99
ISBN: 9780375866227
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Published: Ember - December 23rd, 2014

Things get weird after Glory and her friend drink the petrified bat. Glory, struggling with her upcoming graduation and concerns about her future, starts seeing visions of people’s futures—and what she sees is brutal. Not only is this book a roar of feminist-teen awesomeness, but I adored photograph-obsessed Glory, and loved watching her become a strong, assertive woman.

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Flannery
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316222723
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 14th, 2014

I am so overjoyed that this book exists. Not only does it feature characters who are Mexican-American (YES) and gay (HELL YES); it's beautifully written, painfully true, and unforgettably touching. It's an absolutely spot-on portrayal of friendship blossoming awkwardly and inexorably into love.

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Andrea
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

This book is the equivalent of that warm-crazy-high feeling you get when you're in a car during a storm with your best friend who you have feelings for and you don't know whether or not you're going to kiss them. And I didn't know how to put that feeling into words until I read that very beautiful scene. It's one of the most honest and amazing literary portrayals of coming to terms with your sexuality and identity.

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Andrea
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

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