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'Season of the Witch' by Mariah Fredericks

"Season of the Witch" by Mariah Fredericks

Teen Book Like Fredericks's The Girl in the Park, here is a page-turner that perfectly captures the world of New York City private schools, as it explores the notion of power among teenage girls. Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, raves, "Fredericks again proves her gift for conveying the intensity of adolescence, while exploring the ways girls’ sexuality is used against them and asking why 'we all have to be predators and prey.'" ...

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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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'Sign Language' by Amy Ackley

"Sign Language" by Amy Ackley

Teen Book Twelve-year-old Abby North's first hint that something is really wrong with her dad is how long it's taking him to recover from what she thought was routine surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence, the boy across the street. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exh ...

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'The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker' by Louis Sachar

"The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker" by Louis Sachar

Teen Book From Louis Sachar, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Medal for HOLES, comes the young adult novel THE CARDTURNER, an exploration of the human condition. How are we supposed to be partners? He can’t see the cards and I don’t know the rules! The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best friend. He has n ...

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'Hate List' by Jennifer Brown

"Hate List" by Jennifer Brown

Teen Book ★★★★ In this harrowing and eye opening novel, we are taken inside the lives of students affected by a school shooting. The main character, Valerie, is not only recovering from a gunshot wound, but dealing with the constant struggle of being the shooter's girlfriend. Shunned even by her own family afterwards, Valerie has a lot of healing, both physically and mentally, to do. The author takes us inside what happened on the day of the school shoot ...

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'The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)' by Carrie Ryan

"The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)" by Carrie Ryan

Teen Book In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their powe ...

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'Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)' by Kirby Larson

"Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)" by Kirby Larson

Teen Book Alone in the world, teen-aged Hattie is driven to prove up on her uncle's homesteading claim.For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim near Vida, Montana. With a stubborn stick-to-itiveness, Hattie faces frost, drought and blizzards. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures ...

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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 in ex ...

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'A Northern Light' by Jennifer Donnelly

"A Northern Light" by Jennifer Donnelly

Teen Book ★★★ Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown entrusts her with the task of burning a secret bundle of letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodor ...

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'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath

"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath

Teen Book Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity. Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as access ...

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