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Award-Winning Books for Teens / Teen Reads

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"We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story" by Josh Sundquist

'We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story' by Josh Sundquist

Teen Book ★★★★★ In his autobiography, Josh Sundquist asks each of the girls he "hung out with" since Middle School to see why they never went to the boyfriend/girlfriend stage. His background on each of the girls he liked, as well as his investigation is filled with humor and graphs. This book, for ages 12 and up, is an engaging book that causes one to think differently if you find your own boyfriend/girlfriend relationships aren't working out as you thou ...

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"Mortal Gods (Goddess War, #2)" by Kendare Blake

'Mortal Gods (Goddess War, #2)' by Kendare Blake

Teen Book Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She's ready to wage a war of her own, and she's never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she'll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she love ...

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"Lies We Tell Ourselves" by Robin Talley

'Lies We Tell Ourselves' by Robin Talley

Teen Book In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught ...

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"Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief, #1)" by Livia Blackburne

'Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief, #1)' by Livia Blackburne

Teen Book Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his ...

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"Boys Like You" by Juliana Stone

'Boys Like You' by Juliana Stone

Teen Book IF If I hadn't fallen asleep. If I hadn't gotten behind the wheel. If I hadn't made a mistake.For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart--leaving her empty and broken. There's a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her grandma isn't going to change that...Nathan Everets knows heartache firsthand when a car accident leaves his best friend i ...

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"Since You've Been Gone" by Morgan Matson

'Since You've Been Gone' by Morgan Matson

Teen Book It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.Dance until dawn? Sure. Why ...

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"The Inventor's Secret" by Andrea Cremer

'The Inventor's Secret' by Andrea Cremer

Teen Book New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure. In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the I ...

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"To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)" by Jenny Han

'To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)' by Jenny Han

Teen Book Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her.They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's ...

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"Don't Look Back" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

'Don't Look Back' by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Teen Book Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's c ...

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"The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1)" by Bree Despain

'The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1)' by Bree Despain

Teen Book Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reapp ...

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"The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)" by Marie Rutkoski

'The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)' by Marie Rutkoski

Teen Book Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her ...

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"My Life with the Walter Boys" by Ali Novak

'My Life with the Walter Boys' by Ali Novak

Teen Book My Life with the Walter Boys centers on the prim, proper, and always perfect Jackie Howard. When her world is turned upside down by tragedy, Jackie must learn to cut loose and be part of a family again.Jackie does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades-the perfect daughter. And then...Surprise #1: Jackie's family ...

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"The Shadow Throne" by Jennifer A. Nielsen

'The Shadow Throne' by Jennifer A. Nielsen

One war.Too many deadly battles.Can a king save his kingdom, when his own survival seems unlikely?War has come to Carthya. It knocks at every door and window in the land. And when Jaron learns that King Vargan of Avenia has kidnapped Imogen in a plot to bring Carthya to its knees, Jaron knows it is up to him to embark on a daring rescue mission. But everything that can go wrong does.His friends are flung f ...

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"Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)" by Victoria Scott

'Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)' by Victoria Scott

Time is slipping away.... Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic ...

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"Grasshopper Jungle" by Andrew Smith

'Grasshopper Jungle' by Andrew  Smith

Teen Book ★★★★★ Printz winners tend to be edgy and controversial. "Grasshopper Jungle" by Andrew Smith is no different. Set in a small Iowa town, "Grasshopper Jungle," at its simplest is the end of the world as we know it wrapped around a coming of age story, but that description just doesn't do it justice. Austin and his friend Robby break into the local second hand shop, only to discover a wealth of unusual items in the owner's office. At the same time ...

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"The Geography of You and Me" by Jennifer E. Smith

'The Geography of You and Me' by Jennifer E. Smith

Teen Book Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father ...

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"Love Letters to the Dead" by Ava Dellaira

'Love Letters to the Dead' by Ava Dellaira

Teen Book ★★★★★ When prompted by her English teacher to write a letter to a dead person, Laurel writes a letter to Kurt Cobain, who was her sister May’s favorite musician. It proves to be a therapeutic and deeply personal exercise, so Laurel decides not to turn in the assignment and continues to write letters to a variety of dead people (such as Amelia Earhart, John Keats, and Judy Garland) as she struggles to find her way at a new school during her fre ...

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"Let's Get Lost" by Adi Alsaid

'Let's Get Lost' by Adi Alsaid

Teen Book Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she disc ...

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"The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)" by Marie Lu

'The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)' by Marie Lu

Teen Book I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she i ...

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"The Bane Chronicles" by Cassandra Clare

'The Bane Chronicles' by Cassandra Clare

Teen Book Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times ...

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"I Become Shadow" by Joe Shine

'I Become Shadow' by Joe Shine

Teen Book Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen and chosen by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow: the fearless and unstoppable guardian of a future leader. Everything she held dear—her family, her home, her former life—is gone forever.   Ren survives four years of training, torture, and misery, in large part thanks to Junie, a fellow F.A.T.E. abductee who started out as lost and confused as she did. She wouldn’t admit it was po ...

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"Unhinged (Splintered, #2)" by A.G. Howard

'Unhinged (Splintered, #2)' by A.G. Howard

Teen Book Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of. That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, ...

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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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"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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"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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