Young Adult

True story: when I finished this book, I was crying so hard that my cat jumped onto my bed and started licking the tears from my face. So, you know, fair warning. But don’t be afraid. Only John Green could take the story of two teenagers battling cancer and falling in love and turn it into such a stunning, joyful and believable novel. And if you don’t believe me, ask just about anyone else on staff.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

“It’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck,” says Hazel, the singular voice of John Green’s newest and greatest young adult novel. The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, true, but it’s more than a love story. It’s a book that will shake you to the foundations and you will like it. The characters settle in on your living room couch, playing bloodthirsty videogames, arguing over literature, asking you why and what for is this life given or taken away, and you will be glad you opened this impossible genius of a book and will never entirely shut it again—I promise you. Grades 9–12.
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Tera
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ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

In this enthralling new world where dragons and humans coexist under an uneasy truce, Seraphina is an oddity: a talented girl musician with a cranky, elusive mentor—an orphan who doesn’t know her parentage—and the carrier of a secret that lies literally embedded in her skin. When the crown prince is killed, Seraphina is pulled into the treacherous hunt for the true murderer and into the chaos that ensues when two vastly different intelligent beings question each other’s right to exist. The best fantasy debut of the year. Grades 8–12.
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Tera
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780375866562
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2012

A gritty, high-octane survival story unfolds against an eerily believable postapocalyptic America.
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ISBN: 9780316056243
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 2012

Fantasy rarely has such rich and complex characters as this feverish page-turner of political intrigue. (Grades 9–12, Candlewick Press)
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ISBN: 9780763662608
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 12th, 2013

This book will scare the heck out of you. It will make you want to delete your facebook account. And I don’t say this as a luddite—I have a smartphone, though I mostly use it to take pictures of puppies—but as someone who was genuinely shaken by this book’s eerily prescient description of technology literally taking over human bodies. There is so much to talk about in this book—our roles as consumers, the inescapability of the internet, and how technology alters our lives and what it forces us to give up. Harsh but not gloomy, with crackling dialogue and subtle, precise world-building.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780763662622
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - July 17th, 2012

I know that book groups might be hesitant to read a book that falls into the Young Adult genre, but truly I think any story that can depict childhood and coming of age in a way that can immerse both young and adult readers, is a story that is well worth discussion. In When Things Come Back 17 year-old Cullen narrates what happens when his small town suddenly becomes a hotspot after what was thought to be extinct woodpecker is spotted. Cullen is both impressed and mortified by his town's transformation—suddenly his peers are sporting woodpecker inspired haircuts and bird-watching becomes an ideal date. But then when his 15-year-old brother goes missing amidst the chaos, Cullen’s surprise turns to something more vigilant and shadowed. The gift of this YA novel (which was the winner of the coveted Michael Printz award) is the way that regret, surprise, and humor are all interweaved. Layered and remarkably unique, this novel calls to mind how ordinary and extraordinary are only a coin’s throw apart.

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ISBN: 9781442413337
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Published: Atheneum Books - May 3rd, 2011

Faye has always known she was different, but it isn’t until she ends up at Holbrook Academy that she finds out just how different she is. Mysterious forces are at work at Holbrook, and as Faye delves into the mystery, she finds herself struggling against dangerous circumstances, dark visions, and her own self-doubt. This mesmerizing tale moves swiftly to climactic finish as Faye discovers who she is and where her destiny lies.
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780399256684
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Published: Putnam Juvenile - February 2nd, 2012

“In this wildly hilarious novel, contestants from the Miss Teen Dream Beauty Pageant crash on a remote tropical island, where danger and wild adventures abound!” —Booklist

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780439895989
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 2012

I read this book in one sitting, having picked it up rather carelessly and then found myself quickly immersed in a voice I didn’t expect and a story I didn’t want to leave. Set in a small town that suddenly becomes a hot spot after a woodpecker that was thought to be extinct is spotted, 17-year-old Cullen is both impressed and mortified to watch his town transform. Suddenly his peers are sporting woodpecker-inspired haircuts and bird-watching becomes an ideal date. Cullen is startled at how suddenly change comes without warning, but when his 15-year-old brother goes missing amidst the chaos, his surprise turns to something more vigilant and shadowed. This YA novel (which won the coveted Michael Printz Award) is layered with regret, surprise, and humor, and it calls to mind how ordinary and extraordinary are only a coin’s throw apart—how the intersection between grief and hope are so related, and how believing in second chances is ultimately an act of bravery like no other.

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S.M.C.
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$11.99
ISBN: 9781442413344
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 24th, 2012

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