Books for Teens

  • Jackaby

    by William Ritter

    Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

    Category: Teens • Ages 12+ • Grades 7+

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  • Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery

    by Winifred Conkling

    The page-turning, heart-wrenching true story of one young woman willing to risk her safety and even her life for a chance at freedom in the largest slave escape attempt in American history.

    Category: Teens • Ages 12+ • Grades 7+

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  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

    by Sara Farizan

    High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. 

    Category: Teens • Ages 14+ • Grades 9+

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  • The Art of Secrets

    by James Klise

    When Saba Khan’s apartment burns in a mysterious fire, her high school rallies around her. But then a quirky piece of art donated to a school fund-raising effort for the Khans is revealed to be worth a fortune and Saba’s life quickly turns upside down again. Greed, jealousy, and suspicion create an increasingly tangled web as adults and teens alike debate who should get the money and begin to question one another’s motives and make accusations. 

    Category: Teens • Ages 12+ • Grades 7+

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  • The Summer of Letting Go

    by Gae Polisner

    Four years ago, Francesca’s little brother, Simon, drowned, and Francesca’s the one who should have been watching. Now Francesca is about to turn sixteen, but guilt keeps her stuck in the past. Then she meets four-year-old Frankie Sky, a little boy who bears an almost eerie resemblance to Simon. Is it possible he’s Simon’s reincarnation?

    Category: Teens • Ages 12+ • Grades 7+

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  • Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood

    by James McMullan

    In a unique memoir comprising more than fifty watercolor paintings and accompanying text, award-winning artist and New York Times bestselling author James McMullan explores how his early childhood in China and wartime journeys with his mother influenced his whole life, especially his artwork. 

    Category: Teens • Ages 12+ • Grades 7+

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  • Somebody Up There Hates You

    by Hollis Seamon

    Richie is a normal seventeen-year-old—except he’s in hospice care. The end of his story is clear, but the people who love Richie want to keep him alive as long as possible. Richie wants to live as much as he can till the end. Oh, and there’s a fifteen-year-old girl named Sylvie across the hall. Somebody Up There Hates You is smart, funny, painful, and bawdy—with no holds barred.

    Category: Teens • Ages 14+ • Grades 9+

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  • If You Could Be Mine

    by Sara Farizan

    In Iran, it’s a crime punishable by death to be gay. Sex reassignment surgery is covered by the government health program, though, and regarded by many as a way to fix a “mistake.” Sahar, seventeen, has been in love with her best friend, a girl named Nasrin, since they were six. Sahar even lets herself dream that one day they might marry. But when Nasrin’s parents announce her arranged marriage will take place in a matter of months, Sahar must decide just what lengths she’ll go to for true love.

    Category: Teens • Ages 14+ • Grades 9+

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