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With characters as true and memorable as those in Eleanor and Park, I am Princess X is my favorite teen book of the year. It’s an unusual mystery that keeps you guessing, though it never departs from the offbeat realism of life in contemporary Seattle (think coffee shops, graffiti, hackers). May’s best friend, Libby, died in a car crash with her mother three years ago. Supposedly. But May has been haunted ever since by the idea that Libby might not be dead. Now 16, May sees a sticker plastered to a derelict shop window. It’s Princess X—an idea created by May and Libby years ago—a heroine who fights for truth. May is shy; she doesn’t see herself as a heroine, but she’ll do whatever it takes to find the source…and if Libby is alive, to rescue her, too. —Tera

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ISBN: 9780545620857
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 26th, 2015

Early on in A.S. King’s brilliant, surreal new novel, I surrendered: I stopped trying to figure out whether a scene or character was real, imagined, or something in between. So it goes with the four teenagers in I Crawl Through It as they struggle through trauma and stress by using their imagination, their emotional shields, and each other. King boldly disregards the rules of reality, balancing just on the edge of what we understand, so that when the friends fly away in an invisible helicopter or turn inside out (literally), it hardly feels far-fetched. It feels like shame, confusion, anxiety, and real emotion, and commands complete attention until the last page is turned.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780316334099
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

Featured in our 2015 Winter Newsletter.

Malcolm X’s daughters, Ilyasa Shabazz and Kekla Magoon, do a remarkable job generating atmosphere, balancing family love in the face of dire circumstances against the pulsating energy of a self-assured young man swaggering through Harlem streets in a fine zoot suit and a conk….The story of a reckless young man finding himself, X: A Novel is historical fiction at its best—an artistic exploration of a part of a renowned person’s life, one that stays true to his time and place. —Huffington Post

X: A Novel has received six starred reviews.

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ISBN: 9780763669676
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - January 6th, 2015

Marcelo Sandoval, 17, is comfortable with his job caring for the ponies at Patterson, the expensive special education school he’s attended since first grade, comfortable with conversations with his mother’s friend, a down-to-earth woman rabbi, with whom he explores his obsession with religious writing and philosophy, comfortable living apart from (but close to) his family in what is essentially a luxury treehouse. Arturo, his father and a high-powered lawyer, wants Marcelo to move beyond his comfort zone into the “real world” by working a summer job in the mail room of his corporate law office. Marcelo, he promises, could then decide, himself, where to attend his senior year—a mainstream high school (which Arturo wants), or Patterson. Marcelo reluctantly agrees. Maneuvering his careful way around unfamiliar places, beginning an important relationship with his boss—a competent and beautiful young woman—questioning the ethics of his father’s most important client (and understanding that this will have financial and emotional fallout), Marcelo proves himself to be capable of enormous insight and growth. And essential goodness. It is a very great pleasure to have met Marcelo.  --Ga

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ISBN: 9780545056908
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - February 1st, 2011

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 1st, 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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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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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 1st, 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

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