Award-Winning Books for Teens / Teen Reads

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

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

★★★★★ 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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"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

★★★★ 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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"Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein

'Code Name Verity' by Elizabeth Wein

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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"In Darkness" by Nick Lake

'In Darkness' by Nick Lake

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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"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

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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"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

★★★★★ 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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"The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater

'The Scorpio Races' by Maggie Stiefvater

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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"Where Things Come Back" by John Corey Whaley

'Where Things Come Back' by John Corey Whaley

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

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

This is a tense, psychological drama set in the snowy wilderness of the Arctic Circle, where a boy confronts a stranger come to take revenge on his dead father. ...

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"American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang

'American Born Chinese' by Gene Luen Yang

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

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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"Looking for Alaska" by John Green

'Looking for Alaska' by John Green

★★★★ 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 Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak

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: books. Wit ...

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"My Friend Dahmer" by Derf Backderf

'My Friend Dahmer' by Derf Backderf

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 haunting and original ...

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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

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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