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Award-Winning Books for Teens / Teen Reads

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'Humans of New York: Stories' by Brandon Stanton

"Humans of New York: Stories" by Brandon Stanton

Adult Book In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. In the first three years, his audience steadily grew from a few hundred to over one million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Time ...

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'Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits' by David Wong

"Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits" by David Wong

Teen Book Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements.An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move.Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes.A young woman from the trailer park.And her very smelly cat.Together, they will decide the future of mankind.Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop ...

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'Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War' by Steve Sheinkin

"Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War" by Steve Sheinkin

Teen Book From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Bomb comes a tense, exciting exploration of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose the government's deceit. On June 13, 1971, the front page of the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of do ...

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'Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad' by M.T. Anderson

"Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad" by M.T. Anderson

Teen Book National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers an account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony.In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More ...

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'The Weight of Feathers' by Anna-Marie McLemore

"The Weight of Feathers" by Anna-Marie McLemore

Teen Book ★★★★★ This is a story of feuding families, superstition, love, and a hint of magic. While it may strike familiar chords, this is a beautifully written story not to be missed. The Corbeau family, descendants of tight-rope walkers, has a traveling act that showcases their balancing skills as they artfully jump from one slender branch to another in the tallest trees they can find, imitating flight with their hand-constructed wings. The Paloma famil ...

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'Out of Darkness' by Ashley Hope Pérez

"Out of Darkness" by Ashley Hope Pérez

Teen Book “This is East Texas, and there’s lines. Lines you cross, lines you don’t cross. That clear?”New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them.“No Negroes, Mexicans, or dogs.”They know the people who enforce them.“They all decided they’d ride out in their sheets and pay Blue a ...

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'George' by Alex Gino

"George" by Alex Gino

Teen Book The middle-grade debut by Alex Gino, George, tells the story of a girl whom the world identifies as a boy.When Gino’s heroine is not cast in the lead role for a fourth-grade production of Charlotte’s Web, she decides to reveal her true identity. George is set for fall 2015. ...

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'Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans' by Don  Brown

"Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans" by Don Brown

Teen Book On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, ...

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'Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League' by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

"Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League" by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Teen Book An undocumented immigrant’s journey from a New York City homeless shelter to the top of his Princeton classDan-el Padilla Peralta has lived the American dream. As a boy, he came here legally with his family. Together they left Santo Domingo behind, but life in New York City was harder than they imagined. Their visas lapsed, and Dan-el’s father returned home. But Dan-el’s courageous mother was determined to make a better l ...

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'Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU' by Cory Silverberg

"Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU" by Cory Silverberg

Teen Book A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identies, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the "facts of life" or “the birds and the bees," Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults ...

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'Sacred Heart' by Liz Suburbia

"Sacred Heart" by Liz Suburbia

Teen Book There’s an absence of authority in the town of Alexandria, and the teens are trying to keep their makeshift society together until their parents return. But students keep dying mysteriously, local band The Crotchmen rock the nights away, freshmen palm readers and seers have lines out the door, and Ben Schiller has had it up to HERE with her sister Empathy’s disappearing act. It’s a punk summer vacation that might not make it to fall. ...

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'The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly' by Stephanie Oakes

"The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly" by Stephanie Oakes

Teen Book ★★★★★ When the reader first meets Minnow Bly, she is being arrested for beating a homeless man. From that moment on, we are swept into the world of Minnow Bly. When Minnow was young, her family joined a the Cult of Kevin. Being a Kevinian meant believing the stories that the Prophet told about God and the outside world, including the fact that the those on the outside are waiting to kill any member of the cult. Minnow, who prowls the woods, happ ...

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'Because You'll Never Meet Me' by Leah Thomas

"Because You'll Never Meet Me" by Leah Thomas

Teen Book Finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Award An Indie Next List selectionIn a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker ...

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'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Adult Book ★★★★★ In this letter to his adolescent son, Coates reflects upon what it means to grow up and live in the United States while inhabiting a black body. It is a combination of history, social commentary, and memoir as Coates explains to his son the complexities of his own journey to adulthood and explores the larger context of the history of race in the United States. It is expertly crafted, insightful, and moving. If you appreciate books that all ...

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'The Porcupine of Truth' by Bill Konigsberg

"The Porcupine of Truth" by Bill Konigsberg

Teen Book The author of OPENLY STRAIGHT returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the Porcupine of Truth. Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, ...

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'Conviction' by Kelly Loy Gilbert

"Conviction" by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Teen Book Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared.But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Bra ...

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'Girl at War' by Sara Nović

"Girl at War" by Sara Nović

Teen Book ★★★★★ Ana passes as a typical college student in New York City, where her friends do not know that her American parents are adoptive parents or that English is not her native tongue. In reality, she is a survivor of the Yugoslav civil war of the early 1990s who fled the country at the age of ten. After she testifies before a UN committee on children in combat, her long-suppressed memories and nightmares return. Shifting between past and present, ...

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'The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club' by Phillip M. Hoose

"The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club" by Phillip M. Hoose

Teen Book At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boy ...

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'First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race' by Tim Grove

"First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race" by Tim Grove

Teen Book A 2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist In 1924 the U.S. Army sent eight young men on a bold attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe by flight. Men from five other countries—Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina—had the same goal. The race was on!First Flight Around the World documents the exciting journey of four American planes—the ...

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'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda' by Becky Albertalli

"Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli

Teen Book Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. ...

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'The Unraveling of Mercy Louis' by Keija Parssinen

"The Unraveling of Mercy Louis" by Keija Parssinen

Teen Book In Port Sabine, the air is thick with oil, superstition reigns, and dreams hang on making a winning play. All eyes are on Mercy Louis, the star of the championship girls’ basketball team. Mercy seems destined for greatness, but the road out of town is riddled with obstacles. There is her grandmother Evelia, a strict evangelical who has visions of an imminent Rapture and sees herself as the keeper of Mercy’s virtue. And then there are the cryp ...

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'Bone Gap' by Laura Ruby

"Bone Gap" by Laura Ruby

Teen Book Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how thing ...

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'This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon' by Nancy Plain

"This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon" by Nancy Plain

Teen Book Birds were “the objects of my greatest delight,” wrote John James Audubon (1785–1851), founder of modern ornithology and one of the world’s greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, The Birds of America depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image—lifelike and life size—rendered in vibrant color. Audubon was also an explorer, a woodsman, a hunter, an entertaining and prolific writer, and an energetic self- ...

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'Bones & All' by Camille DeAngelis

"Bones & All" by Camille DeAngelis

Teen Book Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them. Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call "an issue" with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 16, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds more than she bargained for along the way. Faced with love, fellow eaters, and enemie ...

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'Fish In A Tree' by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

"Fish In A Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Teen Book The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Ever ...

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