Award-Winning Books for Teens / Teen Reads

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"The Kingdom of Little Wounds" by Susann Cokal

'The Kingdom of Little Wounds' by Susann Cokal

Teen Book ★★★★★ Susan Cokal's "Kingdom of Little Wounds" is not for the faint of heart. Some reviewers have proclaimed that this is not a book for teens, in spite of its Printz Award. The book charts the course of the imaginary Scandinavian kingdom of Skyggehaven beginning with the oldest living daughter's wedding to seal a treaty. At the wedding feast, the queen rips the bodice of her gown and the newest seamstress is ordered to sew it up. Instead of men ...

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"Navigating Early" by Clare Vanderpool

'Navigating Early' by Clare Vanderpool

Teen Book At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother’s death and placed in a boy’s boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains.Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can’t help being drawn to Early, who won’t believe what everyon ...

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"The White Bicycle" by Beverley Brenna

'The White Bicycle' by Beverley Brenna

Teen Book The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane's travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family. Including flashbacks into Taylor's earliest memories, along with immediate scenes in Lourmarin, a picturesque village in the Luberon Valley, The White Bicycle results in a journey for independen ...

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"Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)" by Rachel Hartman

'Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)' by Rachel Hartman

Teen Book ★★★★★ Seraphina’s journey into the secrets and mystery that surround her identity are interwoven with the unrest and mistrust between dragons and humans in the kingdom where she finds herself. In Goredd it’s difficult to identify dragons from humans since dragons are able to transform into human form. A smart and talented musician, Seraphina uncovers a plot to violate the Peace Treaty, experiences her first love and eventually learns to ...

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"My Friend Dahmer" by Derf Backderf

'My Friend Dahmer' by Derf Backderf

Teen Book You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In My Friend Dahmer, a haunt ...

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"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe' by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Teen Book ★★★★ The story is told from the point-of-view of Ari (Aristotle), a teenager growing up in El Paso, Texas. He is a bit of a loner, struggling from "only child syndrome" due to twin sisters and an incarcerated brother, all several years older than he. Ari meets Dante at the local swimming pool and their bond is almost immediate. While Ari struggles to express his thoughts and feelings to anyone (especially his father), Dante is uncomplicated ...

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"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

Teen Book ★★★★★ John Green is a master storyteller. He manages to tell the story of a misfit group of teenage cancer patients without pity or sappiness. What emerges instead is a real portrayal of teenagers who happen to have cancer and all of the highs and lows that come with life, death and adolescence. The characters are amazingly written. I found myself wanting to re-read this book, just to spend more time with Augustus and Hazel. ...

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"Dodger" by Terry Pratchett

'Dodger' by Terry Pratchett

Teen Book A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger.Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happ ...

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"Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon" by Steve Sheinkin

'Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon' by Steve Sheinkin

Children's Book In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert ...

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"Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell

'Eleanor & Park' by Rainbow Rowell

Teen Book ★★★★★ Eleanor and Park are both high school outsiders in 1986 Omaha. Eleanor is the new girl in town with an unstable and threatening family life. Park is half-Korean in a white-dominated town who struggles to fit in not only at school but with his own family. When the two outlanders sit on the school bus together, they find an acceptance in each other and create a bond that cannot be broken. Even though the book is classified as young adult ...

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"Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)" by Elizabeth Wein

'Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)' by Elizabeth Wein

Teen Book Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission o ...

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"Maggot Moon" by Sally Gardner

'Maggot Moon' by Sally Gardner

Teen Book A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor BookIn Sally Gardner’s stunning novel, set in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing.What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell — who has ...

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"In Darkness" by Nick Lake

'In Darkness' by Nick Lake

Teen Book In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. 'Shorty' is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand ...

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"Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)" by Elizabeth Wein

'Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)' by Elizabeth Wein

Teen Book I have two weeks. You'll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.That's what you do to enemy agents. It's what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine - and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.He has said t ...

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"The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater

'The Scorpio Races' by Maggie Stiefvater

Teen Book It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But ...

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"Midwinterblood" by Marcus Sedgwick

'Midwinterblood' by Marcus Sedgwick

Teen Book Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar, even though you've never been there before, or felt that you know someone well, even though you are meeting them for the first time? It happens. In 2073 on the remote and secretive island of Blessed, where rumour has it that no one ages and no children are born, a visiting journalist, Eric Seven, and a young local woman known as Me ...

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"Where Things Come Back" by John Corey Whaley

'Where Things Come Back' by John Corey Whaley

Teen Book Just when seventeen-year-old Cullen Witter thinks he understands everything about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town, it all disappears. . . . In the summer before Cullen's senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. ...

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"Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)" by Paolo Bacigalupi

'Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)' by Paolo Bacigalupi

Teen Book In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a bea ...

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"Revolver" by Marcus Sedgwick

'Revolver' by Marcus Sedgwick

Teen Book Razor-sharp, psychological thriller set in a snowy Arctic wilderness.“They say that dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong. Even the dead tell stories.”It's 1910. In a cabin north of the Arctic Circle, in a place murderously cold and desolate, Sig Andersson is alone. Except for the corpse of his father, frozen to death that morning when he fell through the ice on the lake.The cabin is silent, so silent, and then t ...

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"Going Bovine" by Libba Bray

'Going Bovine' by Libba Bray

Teen Book Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s ...

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"American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang

'American Born Chinese' by Gene Luen Yang

Teen Book All Jin Wang wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he's the only Chinese American student at his school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl...Born to rule over all the monkeys in the world, the story of the Monkey King is one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables. Adored by his ...

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"On the Jellicoe Road" by Melina Marchetta

'On the Jellicoe Road' by Melina Marchetta

Teen Book I'm dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe Sc ...

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"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak

Teen Book It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist ...

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"Looking for Alaska" by John Green

'Looking for Alaska' by John Green

Teen Book ★★★★ This story follows the main character, Miles, a.k.a. “Pudge “ as he leaves his public school in Florida and travels to Culver Creek, a boarding school in Alabama. He is on a quest to seek his “Great Perhaps,” or his greatest journey that could be if only he just tries. He is paired with the roommate, who goes by “The Colonel,” and between the two of them and a beautiful, yet complicated girl named Alaska, their adventures i ...

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"The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)" by Nancy Farmer

'The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)' by Nancy Farmer

Teen Book Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested with the DNA from El Patron, lord of a country called Opium. Can a boy who was bred to guarantee another’s survival find his own purpose in life? And can he ever be free? ...

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