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Action-Adventure Books for Teens / Teen Reads

Books for teens categorized for your consideration by library staff!

"Variant (Variant, #1)" by Robison Wells

'Variant (Variant, #1)' by Robison Wells

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.He was wrong.Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.Where breaking the rules equals death.But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playin ...

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"The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)" by James Dashner

'The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)' by James Dashner

"If you ain't scared, you ain't human." When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone.Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive.Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. ...

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"The Enemy (The Enemy, #1)" by Charlie Higson

'The Enemy (The Enemy, #1)' by Charlie Higson

They'll chase you.They'll rip you open.They'll feed on you . . .When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician — every adult — fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry.Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive.Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city — down alleyways, in deserte ...

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"The Roar (The Roar, #1)" by Emma Clayton

'The Roar (The Roar, #1)' by Emma Clayton

Mika and Ellie live in a future behind a wall: Solid concrete topped with high-voltage razor wire and guarded by a battalion of Ghengis Borgs, it was built to keep out the animals, because animals carry the plague. At least that's what Ellie, who was kidnapped as a child, has always been taught. But when she comes to suspect the truth behind her captivity, she's ready to risk exposure to the elements and answer the call of the wild. Listen. Can y ...

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"The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)" by Patrick Ness

'The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)' by Patrick Ness

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and ...

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"Tunnels (Tunnels, #1)" by Roderick Gordon

'Tunnels (Tunnels, #1)' by Roderick Gordon

14-year-old Will Burrows has little in common with his strange, dysfunctional family. In fact, the only bond he shares with his eccentric father is a passion for archaeological excavation. So when his dad mysteriously vanishes, Will is compelled to dig up the truth behind his disappearance. He unearths the unbelievable: a subterranean society that time forgot. "The Colony" has existed unchanged for a century, but it's no benign time capsule of a ...

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"The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)" by James Patterson

'The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)' by James Patterson

From the bestselling author James Patterson comes the stunning, breathtaking start to the blockbuster series! Six unforgettable kids—with no families, no homes—are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that's just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they are different from all other humans... and if they're meant to save mankind ...

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"Evil Genius (Genius, #1)" by Catherine Jinks

'Evil Genius (Genius, #1)' by Catherine Jinks

Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he's fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, misinformation, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he's a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and b ...

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"Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)" by Anthony Horowitz

'Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)' by Anthony Horowitz

Soon to be the focus of a major motion picture, the New York Times bestselling Alex Rider series follows the adventures of a teenage secret agent. Now is the chance to see the story visualized in a new format with bold, edgy, manga-like illustrations that bring Alex to life. ...

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"Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)" by John Marsden

'Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tomorrow, #1)' by John Marsden

When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong — their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision — run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back. ...

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