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Action-Adventure Books for Teens / Teen Reads

Books for teens categorized for your consideration by library staff!

'The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2)' by Melissa Grey

"The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2)" by Melissa Grey

Teen Book ★★★★★ This follow up to "The Girl at Midnight" did not disappoint! Echo and her diverse crew may have survived their quest to discover the firebird, but the promised peace is a distant promise at best. Hidden away in a London safe house, they’ve escaped the detection of the two warring races (the Avicen and Drakharin) who covet the firebird and consider them traitors. They cannot stay concealed indefinitely, and Echo’s unease regarding a pos ...

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'Batman: Earth One, Volume 1' by Geoff Johns

"Batman: Earth One, Volume 1" by Geoff Johns

Teen Book ★★★★★ "Batman: Earth One" goes back the beginning of the Batman saga, revisiting and recasting the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents and his eventual development into Batman. While the story remains basically unchanged, the brilliance here is in the details. Writer, Geoff Johns, creates a Gotham riddled with crime and hamstrung by political corruption on all levels. Bruce Wayne's father is in the midst of a mayoral race, but still takes the time t ...

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

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

Teen Book 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 ...

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

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

Teen Book There are alternate cover editions for this ASIN here and here.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 memori ...

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

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

Teen Book In the wake of a devastating disease, everyone sixteen and older is either dead or a decomposing, brainless creature with a ravenous appetite for flesh. Teens have barricaded themselves in buildings throughout London and venture outside only when they need to scavenge for food. The group of kids living a Waitrose supermarket is beginning to run out of options. When a mysterious traveler arrives and offers them safe haven at Buckingham Palace, the ...

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'What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures' by Malcolm Gladwell

"What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures" by Malcolm Gladwell

Adult Book ★★★ This book is from the same author of "The Tipping Point" and "Outliers", books I very much enjoyed. In "What the Dog Saw", Gladwell provides a collection of his writings from the "New York Times". The chapters provide overviews of newsworthy topics and issues, in essence their "back story". He examines the facts, history and interesting details of a wide range of topics, e.g. from a discussion of whether pit bulls reputation as fierce kill ...

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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

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

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

Teen Book 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. L ...

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

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

Teen Book 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

Teen Book 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 — or destroy it. ...

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

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

Teen Book 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

Teen Book They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle's windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn't know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. Th ...

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

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

Teen Book 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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