Young Adult

It is 1936, and in the invented kingdom of Montmaray—which consists of a crumbling castle on a tiny island in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of England—16-year-old princess is busy recording her daily existence (in a new journal, a birthday gift), collecting eggs, beating rugs, moving chamber pots under leaky bits of ceiling, interacting with her very eccentric, but quite lovable family, and visiting her subjects—there are six on the island—who are her friends. This fictional dynasty is set against the very real politics of pre-World War II Europe. Here is a novel about murder, deception, and first love—humorously told—with a winning heroine.  --Ga

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ISBN: 9780375851544
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2011

After missing a semester because of mono, Indigo does not want to go back to school, where he knows bullies await him. But once he returns, he befriends a new kid, Tom, who has just moved to England from the U.S., and who is also targeted by the bullies. Spurred on by Indigo’s little sister, Rose, they become friends and eventually find the strength to stand up for themselves. Warm, funny, and encouraging, filled with wonderful dialogue and characters, this is a great book for middle schoolers.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9781416914037
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - January 2006

A hopeful environmental wake-up call for teens ready to act. After finding a dead bee on his doorstep, Fleischman (Newbery award-winner and local author) began extensive research into environmental challenges and changes. Eyes Wide Open is a tool kit for decoding the daily barrage of conflicting information about major issues (population, global economics, water, climate change). This book helps young people learn to look behind the headlines to examine how things got to be the way they are and what can be done about it. I recommend it to every teen, teacher, and parent eager to make the world a better place. Grades 6 & up.  --Noreen

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ISBN: 9780763675455
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 23rd, 2014

The essence of all Russian mythology is encapsulated on one gorgeous, astronomically expensive Fabergé egg, intended for the prince of Russia. If only the creatures depicted on the egg existed just in myth, things would be a whole lot easier for Cat and Elena, two girls who happen to look very similar and whose paths coincide one day when a train breaks down on its way to the winter ball in St. Petersburg. Gregory Maguire, the creator of Wicked, gives us not just adventure but a memorable coterie of mythological creatures with a whole lot of sass. Grade 6 & up.  --Tera

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ISBN: 9780763680169
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 4th, 2015

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

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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

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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

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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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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.

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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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ISBN: 9780374534981
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Published: Fsg Originals - December 2nd, 2014

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