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If you like contemporary realistic fiction, don’t miss . . .

cover image - Abby Spencer Goes to BollywoodAbby Spencer Goes to Bollywood – Varsha Bajaj – teen who has never met her dad discovers that he is a Bollywood star cover image - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie – drawing cartoons and fighting racism 
book cover All the Rage – Courtney Summers – after an assault, a girl struggles to make people believe her – and to protect other girls
book coverDrama – Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel) – adventures and misadventures in friendship and romance around a high school play
cover image - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green The Fault in Our Stars – John Green – cancer plus wit   book coverHow It Went Down – Kekla Magoon – after a white police officer shoots a black teen, everyone has a different version of what really happened
book cover None of the Above – I.W. Gregorio – teen girl discovers she’s intersex – and the whole school finds out  ScarlettEpsteinScarlett Epstein Hates it Here – Anna Breslaw – teen girl learns the ins and outs of fan fiction
book cover The Tyrant’s Daughter– J. C. Carleson – a dictator is assassinated, and his family flees to the USA
everythingeverything Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon – love story between a girl who is literally allergic to everything (she can never leave her room) and the boy next door

If you like drama, don’t miss . . .

youknowmewellYou Know me Well – Nina LaCour and David Levithan – a friendship story about two friends who find each other during Pride week in San Francisco and help each other deal with mutual relationship hardships
 cover image - burn for burn by jenny hanBurn for Burn – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian – getting revenge! 
book cover Kiss Kill Vanish – Jessica Martinez – teen girl goes on the run after seeing her boyfriend murder someone on her father’s orders   cover image - the list by siobhan vivianThe List – Siobhan Vivian – how a hot/not list affects eight girls’ lives 
 book coverPointe – Brandy Colbert – four years after her best friend was kidnapped, he’s rescued – what now?    book coverThe Secrets We Keep – Trisha Leaver – identical twins get into a car accident, and the twin who survived isn’t the one she claims to be
If you like dystopias, you may already know . . .
 Cover - The Knife of Never Letting GoThe Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness – when everyone can hear each other’s thoughts, what do you do when you discover a dangerous secret?  cover image - Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent – Veronica Roth – society enforces strict divisions, but they don’t fit everyone
cover image - the hunger games by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins – reality show teen deathmatches!   cover image - matched by ally condieMatched – Ally Condie – society matches you with your ideal mate . . . or does it? 
 cover image - the maze runner by james dashnerThe Maze Runner – James Dashner – teens fight to escape a shifting maze full of deadly creatures  cover image - unwind by neal shustermanUnwind – Neal Shusterman – it’s legal to “unwind” certain teens, harvesting their organs

But you’ve just got to try . . .

thesummerprince The Summer Prince – Alaya Dawn Johnson – an artistic revolution and rebellion in futuristic Brazil
 cover image - the chaos by nalo hopkinsonThe Chaos – Nalo Hopkinson – volcanoes!
 witherWither – Lauren DeStefano – a dark futuristic world where men only live to be 25 and women only live to 20
book coverSalvage – Alexandra Duncan – a girl banished from a space merchant ship must survive on an Earth ravaged by climate change
cover image - ship breaker by paolo bacigalupi Ship Breaker – Paolo Bacigalupi – in a world with a huge gap between rich and poor, a teen tries to break out of the poorest and most dangerous life   book coverThe Young Elites – Marie Lu – after a plague, teens discover new abilities 

If you like fantasy, you may already know . . .

 cover image - eragon by christopher paoliniEragon (Inheritance cycle) – Christopher Paolini – dragons!   cover image - graceling by kristin cashoreGraceling – Kristin Cashore – some people have Graces, special powers, and most others fear them or try to use them
cover image - incarceron by catherine fisher Incarceron – Catherine Fisher – is it possible to escape the living prison Incarceron?   cover image - leviathan by scott westerfeldLeviathan – Scott Westerfeld – World War I if one side used steam-powered robots and the other genetically engineered creatures 
cover image - the lightning thief by rick riordan The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) – Rick Riordan – teen demigods!   cover image - the fellowship of the ring by j.r.r. tolkienThe Fellowship of the Ring ( Lord of the Rings trilogy) – J.R.R. Tolkien – classic swords-and-sorcery epic 

But you’ve just got to try . . .

book coverAn Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir – a slave and a soldier join forces, risking death to fight the iron-fisted empire cover image - Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison GoodmanEon: Dragoneye Reborn – Alison Goodman – girl warrior must pass as a boy to gain the title of Dragoneye
book coverGilded – Christina Farley – teen girl realizes her family is cursed, and a Korean god is about to claim her soul thewrathandthedawnThe Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh– One Thousand and One Nights
turned YA revenge story
book coverThe Paladin Prophecy – Mark Frost – teen boy discovers strange abilities – and is caught in a struggle that’s been going on for millenia ThroneofGlassThrone of Glass – Sarah J. Maas –A girl assassin, a Hunger Games type fighting match, an evil King, and lots of magic; what else do you need?
book coverSnow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch – teen survivors from the annihilated Kingdom of Winter fight against the conquering Kingdom of Spring   TheThiefThe Thief (The Queen’s Thief series) – Megan Whalen Turner – a thief is sprung from the dungeons to steal a particular precious item 
 cover image - toads and diamonds by heather tomlinson Toads and Diamonds – Heather Tomlinson – retelling of the “Toads and Diamonds” fairy tale in a world based on ancient India    cover image - white cat by holly blackWhite Cat (Curse Workers series) – Holly Black – some people can do magic, but it’s a secret and most work for crime families 

If you like historical fiction, don’t miss . . .

  cover image - the book thief by marcus zusakThe Book Thief – Markus Zusak – a Holocaust story narrated by Death!  cover image - code name verity by elizabeth wein Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein – prisoner in WWII Nazi-occupied France tells her story while keeping secret all she can  
cover image - the luxe by anna godberson A Death-Struck Year – Makiia Lucier – teen volunteers to help during the 1918 Spanish Influenza outbreak wolfhollow  Wolf Hollow – Lauren Wolk – A To Kill A Mockingbird type story about a girl who stands up to her bully and who fights for what she knows to be right.
  cover image - the astonishing life of octavian nothing by M.T. AndersonThe Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing series) – M. T. Anderson – the life of a very unusual young boy, before and after his escape from slavery cover image - war of the rats by david l. robbinsWar of the Rats – David L. Robbins – almost-completely-true story of a duel between the Russians’ top sniper and the Nazis’ top sniper across burned-out Stalingrad 
cover image - what i saw and how i lied by judy blundellWhat I Saw and How I Lied – Judy Blundell – 1920s, family secrets and maybe murder 

If you like horror, don’t miss . . .

MissPeregrineMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs– Creepy photographs mixed in with a little historical fiction and a family mystery
cover image - brain camp by susan kim Brain Camp – Susan Kim (graphic novel) – “smart camp” can kill you!   
book cover The Girl from the Well – Rin Chupeco – ancient Japanese ghost of a murdered girl takes grisly revenge on people who kill children  cover image - The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey The Monstrumologist – Rick Yancey – apprentice monster-hunter plus seriously creepy man-eating monsters  
 cover image - pemba's song by tonya hegamin Pemba’s Song – Tonya Hegamin – ghosts!   cover image - rot and ruin by jonathan maberry Rot & Ruin – Jonathan Maberry – zombies
book coverTen – Gretchen McNeil – teens partying on a secluded island start getting murdered

If you like humor, don’t miss . . .

book cover  Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison – humorous journal of a British teen book cover Animals Talking in All Caps – Justin Valmassoi – photos of animals with hilarious captions
cover image - beauty queens by libba bray  Beauty Queens – Libba Bray – supermodels stranded on an island  cover image - chomp by carl hiaasenChomp – Carl Hiaasen – reality TV star disappears in the Everglades, and kids go after him  
book coverFat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders – Geoff Herbach – when the cheerleaders take over the profits from a school soda machine that usually go to the band, an overweight band geek declares war book coverGrasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith – two teens may have accidentally caused the apocalypse via an army of giant, unstoppable bugs
book cover
The History of the World According to Facebook
– Wylie Overstreet – clever, wacky fake Facebook posts from historical figures
myladyjaneMy Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ahston, and Jodi Meadows–a fictional Princess Bride type story of the real Lady Jane Grey.
cover image - son of the mob by gordon kormanSon of the Mob – Gordon Korman – teenaged son of a mobster starts dating daughter of an FBI agent  cover image - swim the fly by don calameSwim the Fly – Don Calame – two boys vow to impress the hot new girl on the swim team 

If you like mystery, don’t miss . . .

jackabyJackaby – Willam Ritter – A supernatural Sherlock Holmes kind of story
theagencyA Spy in the House (The Agency #1) – Y.S. Lee – a secret ladies spy network in Victorian England
book coverFake ID – Lamar Giles – teen boy in the Witness Protection Program is supposed to be laying low, but when a friend is murdered, he wants answers astudyincharlotteA Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro– Girl Sherlock Holmes!
cover image - i hunt killers by barry lygaI Hunt Killers – Barry Lyga – son of the world’s most infamous serial killer uses insider knowledge to hunt a murderer  book coverScarlett Undercover – Jennifer Latham – teenaged private detective finds her own family secrets may be tied to her current case
cover image - the sweetness at the bottom of the pie by alan bradleyThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley – genius young girl obsessed with poisons solves murders 

If you like nonfiction, don’t miss . . .

book coverBringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions – Ben Mezric – how six young math geniuses worked the system at Vegas casinos and pocketed millions – without breaking the law BombBomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon – Steve Sheinkin – the story of the atomic bomb
cover image - the letter Q edited by sarah moonThe Letter Q – edited by Sarah Moon – queer authors write letters to their teenaged selves  book coverThe Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi – Neal Bascomb – how a team of undercover Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann and brought him to trial
cover image - outliers by malcolm gladwellOutliers:  the Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell – what makes the outrageously successful, outrageously successful cover image - Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary RoachStiff:  the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach – uses of dead bodies, from plastic surgery practice to crash dummies 
book coverThis Star Won’t Go Out – Esther Earl – the journal of the real teen on whose life The Fault in Our Stars is based book coverYour Food is Fooling You: How Your Brain is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt – David A. Kessler – how processed foods affect you and what to do about it
If you like paranormal romance, you may already know . . .
cover image - city of bones by cassandra clareCity of Bones (Mortal Instruments series) – Cassandra Clare – demons and hot demon hunters!  cover image - marked by p.c. castMarked (House of Night series) – P.C. Cast – hot vampires! 
cover image - twilight by stephanie meyerTwilight – Stephanie Meyer – more vampires!  cover image - vampire academy by richelle meadVampire Academy – Richelle Mead – vampires again! 
 But you’ve just got to try . . .
book coverBorn at Midnight – C. C. Hunter – teen is sent to a summer camp for supernatural creatures everneathEverneath – Brodi Ashton – A dark, romantic retelling of Persephone from Greek mythology
book coverMagic Under Glass – Jaclyn Dolamore – steampunk love story between a dancer and an enchanted automaton book coverManifest – Artist Arthur – teen who can speak to ghosts meets one who’s totally crushworthy
thebodyfinderThe Body Finder – Kimberly Derting – The main character has a secret ability to find dead bodies
book coverRaised by Wolves – Jennifer Lynn Barnes – werewolves! 
book coverThe Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater – ghosts and psychics and beautiful writing, oh my! book coverThe Stars Never Rise – Rachel Vincent – to save her sister, girl must join forces with rogue exorcists

If you like romance, don’t miss . . .

book coverAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz – an angry teen and a sweet know-it-all become friends, then more book coverBreathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally – to honor her dead boyfriend and work through her grief, Annie trains for a marathon – with a guy who might help her love again
book coverEleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell – two misfit teens, one unforgettable romance book coverThe Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith – two teens are stuck in an elevator during a blackout – what happens when the doors open? 
book coverIsla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins – traveling between Manhattan and Paris, a girl finds herself finally dating her longtime crush cover image - my life next door by huntley fitzpatrickMy Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick – senator’s daughter envies the carefree family next door, then falls for one of the boys there 
cover image - perfect chemistry by simone elkelesPerfect Chemistry – Simone Elkeles – rich girl and gangbanger guy are paired up in chem class; romance follows book coverSaint Anything – Sarah Dessen – overshadowed by her charismatic brother, Sydney’s always felt invisible, until she meets a boy who really sees her
book coverTell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel – Sara Farizan – being Persian already makes Leila different, and she can’t imagine if people found out she was gay, too – until she meets a girl who might be worth coming out for

If you like science fiction, don’t miss . . .

cover image - across the universe by beth revisAcross the Universe – Beth Revis – attempted murder on a spaceship!  cover image - adaptation by malinda loAdaptation – Malinda Lo – secret labs and government cover-ups! 
IlluminaeIlluminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Told in emails, lists, and secret security footage, this is an action-packed thriller in space
cover image - ender's game by orson scott cardEnder’s Game – Orson Scott Card – aliens and child warriors trained on video games! 
cover image - insignia by s.j. kincaidInsignia – S.J. Kincaid – teen virtual reality genius trains to control drones in World War III  cover image - ready player one by ernest clineReady Player One – Ernest Cline – world-wide video game world with a very real prize 
cover image - uglies by scott westerfeldUglies – Scott Westerfeld – everyone over age sixteen is made “perfect” with plastic surgery, but that might not be all the surgery does  thesebrokenstarsThese Broken Stars – Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – A sci fi survival story/romance
If you like shojo manga, don’t miss . . .
cover image - dawn of the arcana by rei tomaDawn of the Arcana – Rei Toma – prince and princess of fantasy kingdoms, married against their will, start to fall in love  cover image - the earl and the fairy by ayukoThe Earl and the Fairy – Ayuko – human girl who can see fairies is asked to help save the fairy world 
cover image - kamisama kiss by juliette suzukiKamisama Kiss – Julietta Suzuki – schoolgirl accidentally becomes a shrine goddess, hijinks ensue  cover image - ouran high school host club by bisco hatoriOuran High School Host Club – Bisco Hatori – cross-dressing and hilarity! 

If you like shonen manga, don’t miss . . .

cover image - black butler by yana tobosoBlack Butler – Yana Toboso – a demon serves a wealthy family . . . for a price  cover image - blue exorcist by kazue katoBlue Exorcist – Kazue Kato – two brothers fight demons, even though one is half-demon himself  
cover image - death note by tsugumi obaDeath Note – Tsugumi Oba – if you write a person’s name in this notebook, that person dies cover image - naruto by masashi kishimoto Naruto – Masashi Kishimoto – ninja in training! 
cover image - nura: rise of the yokai clan by hiroshi shiibashiNura:  Rise of the Yokai Clan – Hiroshi Shiibashi – more fighting of demons!  Yeah!  cover image - pandora hearts by jun mochizukiPandora Hearts – Jun Mochizuki – wealthy families bound to creepy creatures from an underworld called the Abyss 
If you like superhero stories, don’t miss . . .
book coverThe Adventures of Superhero Girl – Faith Erin Hicks – funny graphic novel about a young superheroine’s day-to-day life MsMarvelMs. Marvel – G. Willow Wilson (graphic novel) – teen superhero fan becomes a real superhero
cover image - runaways by brian k. vaughanRunaways – Brian K. Vaughan (graphic novel) – teens discover their parents are supervillains, run away from home  cover image - soon i will be invincible by austin grossmanSoon I Will Be Invincible – Austin Grossman – washed-up supervillain plots his biggest eeevil plan ever while new young superheroine finds her place on a big-name superteam 
cover - steelheartSteelheart – Brandon Sanderson – normal people band together to fight superpowered evildoers
cover image - watchmen by alan mooreWatchmen – Alan Moore – all-too-human heroes race to find a killer
If you like suspense, don’t miss . . .
cover image - gone by michael grantGone – Michael Grant – everyone over age fourteen disappears  cover image - life as we knew it by sarah beth pfefferLife as We Knew It – Sarah Beth Pfeffer – the moon is knocked closer to the Earth; tidal waves, volcanic eruptions, and more ensue 
cover image - the lying game by sara shepardThe Lying Game – Sara Shepard – twins switch places, discover secrets  cover image - monument 14 by emmy laybourneMonument 14 – Emmy Laybourne – teens are trapped in a chain superstore while an apocalypse of human and natural events occurs 
cover image - no safety in numbers by dayna lorentzNo Safety in Numbers – Dayna Lorentz – four teens are among those quarantined in a shopping mall when a biological bomb goes off inside and people start to change  cover image - pretty little liars by sara shepardPretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard – group of girls gets scary, manipulative messages that seem to come from a former friend . . . who’s dead 
cover image - the raft by s.a. bodeenThe Raft – S.A. Bodeen – plane crash leaves two adrift at sea, no supplies; just add sharks thenaturalsThe Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes – The F.B.I recruits this main character for her natural ability to read people
cover image - trapped by michael northropTrapped – Michael Northrop – seven teens trapped in their high school by a huge snowstorm 
Watched the show?  Now read the book!
CityofBonesCity of Bones – Cassandra Clare
(Shadowhunters tv show)
thecarriediaresThe Carrie Diaries – Candace Bushnell
the100The 100 – Kass Morgan cover image - pretty little liars by sara shepardPretty Little Liars series – Sara Shepard
themagiciansThe Magicians – Lev Grossman cover image - the vampire diaries by l.j. smithVampire Diaries series – L.J. Smith