Must Read Books

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Tell Me Three Things
Julie Buxbaum

It has barely been two years since Jessie's mom died, and all of a sudden she's stuck moving across the country to live with her new surprise stepfamily.  Jessie doesn't fit in at her fancy private school full of rich kids, but then she starts getting mysterious emails from "Somebody Nobody" offering to show her the ropes.  Jessie still misses Chicago, but she makes a few friends and starts really confiding in SN.  She's falling for him, but how can she fall for him when she doesn't even know who he is?

Nov 13, 2016
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Holding Up The Universe
Jennifer Niven

Libby was once known as "America's Fattest Teen".  She's starting public school again after being homebound and homeschooled for years.

Jack is popular, confident, and more than a little cocky.  He's also hiding a secret - he can't recognize or remember people's faces.

Libby and Jack are thrown together during a cruel game and end up having to do community service together.  During that time they discover aspects of each other that most people miss.

A unique book that will definitely give you plenty to think about.

Oct 26, 2016
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The Hired Girl
Laura Amy Schlitz

Joan is a fourteen year old girl who works on her controlling father's farm, while dreaming of a better life with education and adventure.  She keeps a secret diary where she details her escape from the farm and quest to become a hired girl in a city, cooking and cleaning for $6 per week.

If you liked Anne of Green Gables or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will love this book.  Joan is spirited, ambitious, and a very relatable character.

Sep 28, 2016
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The Impossible Knife of Memory
Laurie Halse Anderson

Hayley is in a normal school for the first time in years, after spending most of her teen years traveling with her father, an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD.  Hayley has her own painful memories that she's avoiding as well, and her dad's PTSD just keeps getting worse.

This is Hayley's chance at a "normal" life, but is that even possible for her?  Or will terrible memories push her over the edge?

Compelling and impossible to put down.

Jan 16, 2014
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Two Boys Kissing
David Levithan

Harry and Craig are two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record. Their kiss becomes a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with long-term relationships, coming out, gender identity, and gay hookup sites.

This is all narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS. It sounds kind of bizarre (morbid?  sentimental?) but New York Times bestselling author David Levithan makes it work.  This is a beautiful story with complex and well-developed characters.

Oct 2, 2013
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Monument 14
Emmy Laybourne

Who hasn't fantasized about being locked in a superstore, mall, or other retail emporium?

For 14 kids in Monument, Colorado, this dream has become reality.  It's not all looting the electronics department and building a fantastic new wardrobe, though.  Their school bus crashed into the store during a hailstorm and now they are holed up, hiding from a dangerous chemical spill, while the world outside falls apart.

Sep 11, 2013
The Diviners
Libba Bray

Libba Bray has already proven herself with smart and funny teen lit.  With The Diviners, she begins another series that pulls you in and makes you anxious for the next release.  Evie is 17 and comes from Ohio to live with her uncle, curator for The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, in 1926 New York City for the summer.  When several murders with occult overtones start occurring, Evie and her uncle get deeply involved in the investigation.

Jul 10, 2013
Maggot Moon
Sally Gardner

This isn't just another dystopian adventure story.  We have enough of those.  Set in a future Nazi-like world, Standish Treadwell lives with his grandfather on one of the only streets not completely bombed out.  They are under the control of the ruthless regime known as The Motherland.  The Motherland is determined to win the space race and be the first country to reach the moon, proving their superiority over all other nations.  Standish, along with his grandfather and friends, get caught up in The Motherlands objective and are forced to make some huge sacrifices.   

May 6, 2013
Cory Doctorow

This sequel to Little Brother follows Marcus once again bravely taking on politics and government in order to defend our civil rights.  Instead of terrorism, Marcus now gets caught up in a Wikileaks type predicament when he is given a thumbdrive containing tons and tons of documents proving corporate and government corruption.  As with Little Brother, Homeland is fast paced and heavy handed with the messages.  Doctorow also continues to educate teens to the newest cutting edge technologies.

Apr 7, 2013
Janie Face to Face
Caroline B. Cooney

All Janie Johnson/Jennie Spring wants is to live a normal life of anonymity.  Being the "face on the milk carton" has determined all of her relationships.  She is now a college student when her family and friends receive letters from a famous crime writer who wants to write a book but more from the perspective of the kidnapper.  Can Janie have the life and true love she really wants or will the kidnapping and kidnapper always be out there waiting?

Mar 2, 2013

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