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Book List: Those Lying Liars

By , March 3, 2015


We Were Liars 
by e. lockhart

The Liars were cousins: Cadence, Johnny, Mirrem, and Gat. They spent summers together basking in the luxury of their grandfather’s private island. Last year, Cadence wasn’t able to be there, and by this year, things seem different. The Liars’  esprit de corps has wilted as they languidly hang out, secluded from the rest of the family. Cadence, suffering from terrible headaches and memory loss, cannot define what is missing. The twisted ending changes everything she believes to be true about the Liars.



Little White Lies  
by Katie Dale

Even as Lou falls hard for handsome, enigmatic Christian, she knows that he is deliberately hiding his past. This troubles Lou less than it should. After all, she has her own secrets. But some secrets are more destructive than others, and Lou finds herself in the terrible position of choosing between the truth and the one she loves.




by Justine Larbalestier

She lies all the time. But it might be that Micah is hiding something so big, so unbelievable, or so dangerous that others could never accept the truth. When Zach, Micah’s not-boyfriend, is found dead, more than one person suspects that Micah had something to do with it. But Micah can’t, or won’t, tell the truth.





Lies My Girlfriend Told Me 
by Julie Anne Peters

Swanee was the love of Alix’s life. Beautiful and charismatic, she seemed the last person likely to die suddenly. Now that she is gone, Alix seeks understanding by taking Swanee’s cell phone from her room. To her horror, Alix discovers that Swanee was involved in another relationship, one that appears as exclusive and passionate as Alix’s own. Against all good sense, Alix seeks out the mystery lover, only to find a girl that Alix herself could love.



There Will Be Lies 
by Nick Lake

For as long as she can remember, Shelby’s life has been driven by her mother’s steady, suffocating presence. When there is a crack in Mom’s vigilance, Shelby has a supernatural vision of a coyote. The coyote tells Shelby that there will be two lies in the future, and then the truth. Soon Shelby discovers that her “mother” is hiding a notorious past, and that the coyote needs Shelby in an alternate universe to save the world. As events spin ever stranger, Shelby finds it’s not so easy to recognize a lie, or the truth.



The Liar Society 
by Lisa & Laura Roecker

One year after the death of her BFF, Grace, Kate is still yearning for her company. Nevertheless, when an email from Grace lands in her inbox, Kate is less than thrilled. Grace is dead. But if the email is not from Grace, who is the sender? In the messages, they are goading Kate to uncover the truth about Grace’s death.  But in pursuing the truth, Kate finds herself in increasing danger.



The Lying Game
by Sara Shepard

After twins Emma and Sutton are separated at birth, their lives took dramatically different paths. While Emma is placed in foster homes, Sutton was adopted by a wealthy family. Emma is thrilled when she discovers that she has a long lost sister with an enviable life, although by the time Emma reaches her, Sutton is dead. Enter Emma as the replacement Sutton. Written by the author of the Pretty Little Liars book and television series,  The Lying Game is itself the first in a series.



The Truth Commission 
by Susan Juby

Normandy and her friends at Green Pastures Academy of Art and Design are all about exposing the truth. Calling themselves “The Truth Commission,” their technique is to ask people directly about their secrets, inviting the liberation of truth. But Normandy lives in a thick web of deception. Her brilliant older sister has become famous for a graphic novel series populated by gross permutations of Normandy and their parents. Normandy herself is depicted by a fish-faced girl named “Flounder.” Can Normandy set herself free from her sister’s exploitation?



Book List: 2015 Morris Award Shortlist

By , January 6, 2015

Below are the finalists for the Morris Award, given to the a debut novelist in Young Adult literature.

The Carnival at Bray by Jessica Ann Foley The Carnival at Bray
by Jessica Ann Foley

Small press Elephant Rock Books delivers this gorgeously written story of sixteen year-old Maggie, who has recently moved from Chicago to the village of Bray on the Irish Sea. Maggie is lonely, realizing that, “…being Irish-American, as she was, was quite different than actually being Irish.” She is furious with her beautiful mother for marrying one of the serial boyfriends that pass through their lives, forcing her to leave all that is familiar, including her beloved Uncle Kevin. Readers quickly see that Kevin, a charismatic musician, is just as irresponsible and promiscuous as Maggie’s mother. But he has always been kind to Maggie, and she adores him. Through Kevin, Maggie has been exposed to the cutting edge music of the late eighties and early nineties, and now, in 1993, she has the unexpected chance to see Kurt Cobain perform in Rome. The novel captures the unrivaled misery and joy of adolescence. The passage that follows is a detailed description of Maggie’s first kiss.

Paul’s mouth was eager but not hideous in the starlight, and he put two firm hands on her waist, leaned in, and jammed a cold, limp tongue into her mouth. she didn’t know what else to do, so she opened her mouth a little wider, trying to clear a breathing passage, closed her eyes tightly and concentrated on not drooling. He tongue began waving back and forth as if a tiny drunk man was weaving his way down the hallways of her throat. Then he began moving it in circles. Clockwise. Counterclockwise. …When would it be over?

The Story of Owen The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim
by E. K. Johnston

Dragon stories have been a staple of fantasy mythology for centuries. But debut novelist Johnston shows that there are still fresh stories to tell. In modern times, dragons are prolific, fed by carbon monoxide fumes. Dragon slayers are hired by manufacturing conglomerates for big bucks. leaving small towns like Trondheim, Ontario, defenseless against growing attacks. Siobhan knows Owen from school. Everyone knows Owen’s aunt, a famous dragon slayer whose exploits have been widely televised, but they don’t know that his aunt is training Owen to take on the family trade. Siobhan believes that all dragon slayers, including novices like Owen, need a bard. The job is up for grabs, and Siobhan takes it on. Dry humor, a refreshingly non-romantic friendship, and truly original world building give this novel the Something Special needed to capture the attention of the Morris Award committee. Passages like the following, which comes after an announcement by Siobhan’s mother that Siobhan will be accompanying dragon slayers on weekends, are a plus:

“It will let Owen learn how to track dragons properly, and it will keep you out of the library, where you might get into something you’re not supposed to.” “Let me get this straight,” I said, having swallowed. “You are sending me out in a minivan whose date of manufacture predates the year of my birth, so that I can watch two dragon slayers track down enormous fire-breathing animals, in an effort to prevent me from spending time in the library?”

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero Gabi, a Girl in Pieces 
by Isobel Quintero

Take a deep breath before biting into this oft-hilarious, oft-poignant slice of adolescent life. Gabi’s kaleidoscopic life swirls around the drama of a pregnant best friend, a meth addicted father, and a gay guy friend who’s been kicked out of his home. When Gabi’s mother becomes pregnant and her brother is arrested, it all it becomes part of Gabi’s “unconventional poetry.” Body image also plays a big role in Gabi’s life. She feels constantly called upon to defend her “Mexicanness,” as in, “…people don’t believe that I am any kind of Mexican.” Her skin is too White, causing her mother to worry that Gabi will become Americana. At the same time, Gabi is a girl who loves her caliente caliente chicken wings, and she has the curves to prove it. Is that so wrong? Admittedly, the cover is a little scary, but readers will come to understand how well it fits this montage of one girl’s experiences in her senior year. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the book:

My mother named me Gabriela after my grandmother who-coincidently-didn’t want to meet me when I was born because my mother was not married and was therefore living in sin. My mom has told me the story many, many, MANY times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her. BEAT HER! She was twenty-five. That story forms the basis of my sexual education.

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos The Scar Boys
by Len Vlahos

There are bullies, and then there are truly sick sadists masquerading as children. It was one of the latter that tied eight-year-old Harry to a tree. After lightening struck the tree, Harry was left with third degree burns on his face and scalp. And pain. Enough pain so that Harry was addicted to methadone before middle school. But this is not a sad story, exactly. It’s more about the way music led Harry out of his dark prison and into the spotlight. It’s about friendship, and how that feels when you click with someone musically, and how it grows when you start a band and take off on a road trip. The band, which is called “The Scar Boys,” is “…the best punk band you never heard of.” The book is set in the 80s, and packed with musical allusions from the time period. The Scar Boys play original music, except for their one cover song-These Boots Were Made for Walkin’. Try and imagine that one! Here is an excerpt describing the period of time when Harry and his future bandmate, Johnny, spent hours discovering music together.

As we lay there that day, a new record from a band called Black Flag was on the turntable. If the Sex Pistols made the Who and Led Zeppelin sound like they were singing anthems from another age, Black Flag made the Sex Pistols seem overproduced and corporate, if that’s even possible. This was a bunch of guys with a guitar, bass, and a drum set that were-or at least sounded like they were-recorded in someone’s living room. And they sounded drunk.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
by Leslye Walton

There is a dreamlike quality to Walton’s prose that allows readers to accept that, yes, a girl can be born with wings. From this occurrence, the story spirals backward to relate the other strangenesses of the Roux family,such as the curious disappearance of Ava’s great-grandfather and her grandmother’s marriages, all destined to fail. The humor is perfectly tongue-in-cheek. Once readers begin this haunting tale, it’s hard to let go.

Ava herself seems destined to echo the sadness of earlier generations. She and her twin brother lead sheltered lives, understandable because of the wings, and her early encounters with the outside world are fraught with naivete. There is love, but in this novel, love is never a simple thing.

Here is the opening paragraph:

To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth — deep down, I always did.

The winner will be announced at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards on February 2, 2015.

Book List: Who am I? A Book Cover Guessing Game

By , December 16, 2014

Click on the book cover to find the answers!



Mom has so many suitors
It’s hard to keep track.
Better to leave these shores
‘Til my dad gets back





You may know our dad
Or at least know his plan.
It’s all pretty sad
He made monster, not man.





You won’t know my name
For it”s clothed in the past
But hearing my claim
Know my bravery stands fast.





They’ll search through my trove
Of poems from my heart.
But will they know of the love
Inspiring my start?





I watch and deduce
Surprising them all.
Some call me the muse
Of criminal law.




As I peer down
At my love far below,
I laugh at his frown
And swing my hair low.



Magician or fairy,
A name means nothing.
But all must be wary
Else the death of a king.




They say that my face
Will launch many ships.
And none can erase
The fate of those trips.






Don’t ask me why
I need a son.
But my wives will die
Until I get one.




Book List: Books for Middle Grades

By , November 18, 2014

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener  
by Jonathan Auxier

Molly is a storyteller, but she’s never woven one as false as the story she tells her little brother, Kip. As they travel alone down a mysterious rural lane, Molly explains that they are only going there to work until their parents send for them in America. The gloomy truth is that their Irish parents are dead. Molly and Kip have no options other than this add for servants in a home that feels all wrong. A tree grows right into the house, seeming to dominate all that breathes. And then there are the footprints of the gardener who only works at night…. This one is for readers who love a good scare when tucked in safely at home.


El Deafo by CeCe Bell

El Deafo 
by Cece Bell

After a case of meningitis when she is four, Cece loses her hearing. Even when she gets hearing aids, everything sounds muffled. The graphic format allows readers to see what others say to Cece, as well as what she hears. Often, the two are painfully mismatched. It turns out that Cece also needs glasses. Once she sees properly, Cece feels like a superhero. Many young readers will be able to relate to Cece’s befuddlement, as she moves through childhood to the hyper-self-conscious years of early adolescence.


The Eighth Day by Dianne Salerni

The Eighth Day 
by Dianne Salerni

Thirteen year-old Jax is a Transitioner, one of the few people who experience an eighth day in the week (it’s between Wednesday and Thursday.) On these eighth day, the world is vacant except for other Transitioners. Readers who love connections with Arthurian legends will be delighted with this fast-action novel. Recommended for fans of the Percy Jackson series.



Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights  
by Steve Sheinkin

For readers that like good historical investigation, author Sheinkin provides a riveting look at a massive explosion that occurred in 1944, as sailors were loading bombs on a Navy ship. Three hundred men were killed. This dangerous job was assigned to black sailors, who received no training and were pressured to return to service immediately after the explosion. When 50 of the sailors resisted, they were charged with mutiny. Find out what happened in this never-before-told story of courageous men who stood up for the lives of many.


ReRevolution by Deborah Wilesvolution 
by Deborah Wiles

Sunny has lived in Greenwood, Mississippi for every one of her twelve years. One things she knows, white and black people each have their places. So maybe it was wrong for Sunny and her stepbrother to sneak into the pool at night, but it was so much worse for Raymond, the black kid who was in the pool that night. It’s 1964, and segregation in Mississippi was an ugly fact of life. Unknown to Sunny and Raymond, this summer will bring college students and other volunteers from all over the United States, intent on registering black citizens to vote. Wiles includes music and images of the time to create a powerful reading experience.

brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

brown girl dreaming  
by Jacqueline Woodson

In this National Book Award nominee, poet Woodson looks back lovingly at her childhood. Her viewpoint is unique, as she lived in both South Carolina and New York City, two very different environments for a young brown girl. This book, composed in free verse, speaks to girls of all places and races, with poignant recollections that are both specific and universal.





Book List: Best Dressed Covers – Teen Fiction, 2014

By , November 4, 2014

Eye-catching, creative covers that broadcast the theme and mood of the book – that’s what it takes to make it on this list of Best Dressed Covers.

Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman Being Audrey Hepburn 
by Mitchell Kriegman
Jacket design by Lisa Marie Pompilio

An easy and effective way to capture the attention of a browsing reader is to put  Audrey Hepburn on the cover. Ideally, the story will also have that Hepburn connection. Here, author Kriegman tells the story of Lisbeth, a Jersey girl who makes an appearance at an art show in New York City wearing Audrey Hepburn’s black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. From then on, it’s all about Audrey.


Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City 
by Ransom Riggs
Designed by Doogie Horner

This second volume in the “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” series continues with the surreal, mind-blowing photographs that contributed to the success of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenAs author Riggs explains in an interview with public radio’s Here & Nowthe photographs are real, collected over years from antique stores, flea markets, and private collections. At times, the photographs actually shape the direction of the story. The cover of Hollow City is a photograph used courtesy of John Van Noate, Rex USA, and the Everett Collection. It qualifies this book for the Best Dressed list because it conveys the off-kilter mood of the series, and because the condition of the girl in her surroundings mimics the title.


Blind by Rachel DeWoskin

by Rachel DeWoskin
Jacket design by Danielle Calotta

This simple cover design by Danielle Calotta is a marvelous example of an artist’s interpretation of story. The main character in the book, Emma, lost her vision after a freak accident when she was fourteen years-old. Now, Emma has a year of grief and painstaking therapy behind her, and is ready to go back to school. While the stark black of the cover represents Emma’s new visual landscape, the Braille translation of the title is a splash of color. This is indeed the way Emma learns to see again, through new skills like Braille that grant her access to the world around her.


Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets by J. A. Buckle

Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets 
by J. A. Buckle
Jacket design unattributed

Here is a good example of coordination between cover and title. The division of the cover in half echoes the odd combination of elements in the title. Neither of them make much sense, which attracts a reader looking for the absurd. This book succeeds in that it enters the confused mind of Josh Walker, ferret owner and  heavy metal enthusiast, most kindly described as a nerd. As the title indicates, Josh is making his tentative entry into the world of social media. But this is bigger than Facebook; this is about the nuances of interactions with friends, family, and even…girls. The cover photographs are credited to Eric Isselee (ferret) and Vladimir Gorokhov (mohawk,) completing the discordant motif.

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

 The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone 
by Adele Griffin
Jacket design by Christian Fuenfhausen

The striking negative image of a beautiful girl, covered with a bold red rejection mark, is perfectly in tandem with the themes of this book. Author Griffin presents the story of Addison Stone, a brilliant artist whose tragic descent into madness is documented by accounts from family and friends. Photographs of the enigmatic, edgy Addison, as well as images of her artwork, accompany the text. The cover shows Addison’s dark side, with an X signifying the harsh elimination of her artistic vision, and ultimately, her life.


Amity by Micol Ostow

by Micol Ostow

As Divergent fans all know, the word “amity” signifies friendship, and at first glance the house on this cover has the bright eyed-look of a friendly home. But the eerie light shining through the clouds shows a roof dripping with blood, the door is blackened by two foreboding orbs, and that cheery lamplight seems a bit ghostly. “Amity” also calls to mind The Amityville Horrora book written by Jay Anson, based on a true mass murder in Amityville, New York. The series of movies based on Anson’s book perpetuated the illusion that his fictionalized account is the true story. Here, Ostow has written yet another novel based on the 1975 murders.


Girl Defective by Simmone Hall

Girl Defective  
by Simmone Howell
Jacket design by Debra Sfetsios-Conover

So many great tropes come together in this cover, and in the novel itself. Take the girl detective, er…defective, Skyklark. She’s a big fan of vinyl, inherited from her now alcoholic dad who owns “Bill’s Wishing Well,” a record store in Saint Kilda, Australia. Skylark is kind of in love with Nancy, who gets it that, “everything old was good.” But she’s also kind of in love with Luke. Skylark’s younger brother is Super Agent Gully, wearing his pig snout mask to better sniff out danger. This kaleidoscope of emotion and music and nostalgia and self-discovery is beautifully captured by the inventive cover.


100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith 100 Sideways Miles  
by Andrew Smith
Jacket designed by Lucy Ruth Cummins

It’s hard to resist a second glance at this incomprehensible cover, graced with an equally baffling title. Yet it all makes sense by page thirteen. Finn, our narrator, has a way of measuring time by distance, as in: It took around four seconds for the horse to fall off the bridge and land on Finn’s mother. Calculating the movement of the Earth, the horse fell 100 sideways miles. (If that doesn’t make sense, get the book. Finn explains it better.) Like Smith’s previous works, 100 Sideways Miles is both poignant and hilarious. Like brilliant tones on the cover, Smith creates a story that is richer than truth, setting ordinary life on its head.  Bonus points for Smith’s acknowledgement of the cover designer, Lucy Ruth Cummins, writing that she, “makes books look so beautiful.”

Diane Colson

Book List: Free Verse Novels for Teens

By , October 21, 2014


Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover 
by Kwame Alexander

Twins Josh (aka Filthy McNasty) and Jordan Bell play basketball. As Josh says:
See, when I play ball,
I’m on fire.
When I shoot,
I inspire.
The hoops for sale,
and I’m the buyer.

But things are about to change for the Bell family in major ways.


Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal 
by Margarita Engle

They came from the Caribbean, from Europe, and from all over the Americas. Their jobs were dangerous in the attempt to dig a canal out of the mud. And politics played its own role, as demonstrated by this moving account.



And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

 And We Stay
by Jenny Hubbard

After Emily breaks up with him, her boyfriend steals a gun and tracks her down in the school library. When it’s all over, the only death is his, but it sends Emily in such an emotional tailspin that her parents send her away to boarding school in Amherst. There, in Emily Dickinson’s hometown, Emily reaches for the beauty of poetry to express her grief.




Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

by Ellen Hopkins

Popular author Hopkins turns out another gripping story in her trademark free verse style. After his brother committed suicide,  Matthew angrily turns away from God and the comfort of religion.





Yellow Mini by Lori Weber

Yellow Mini 
by Lori Weber

Five teens – one car. Everybody’s best buddy, Mark, is the owner, but he’s not always about hanging with a crowd. His girlfriend, Stacey, uses Mark’s cool car as her entry into the cool crowd, while her friend Annabelle, feels left behind. Christopher likes Annabelle, but he’s not going to remake himself for her. All these voices, and more, seek a place in the world (if not the car.)




HiHideous Love by Stephanie deous Love  
by Stephanie Hemphill

Nineteen year-old Mary Shelley wrote of a terrible monster, formed from pieces of dead bodies by the evil Dr. Frankenstein. How was this young woman inspired to composed such a terrible story? The answer may be gleaned from her life, presented here in short, poetic glimpses.





Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses 
by Ron Koertge

Dark. Disturbing. The tales you remember from childhood, except a bit more…twisted. Reads more like a picture book, with illustrations by Andrea Dezso, but don’t plan to read it at bedtime!





Compiled by Diane

Manga Book List: Back to School

By , September 2, 2014


Devils and Realists by Madoka Takadono

Devils and Realist  
by Mandoka Takadono

Devils and Realist is an all-new supernatural manga series that pits a young, suave nobleman against Hell’s princely demons. FACE YOUR DEMONS! nbsp; After the failure of his uncle’s business, the brilliant realist William Twining finds himself penniless. To make matters worse, demons appear before him, insisting he has the power to appoint the next King of Hell! The demons offer to pay his school tuition in exchange for his help. While his principles as a staunch realist prevent him from believing in them, how can William resist such a generous offer?



The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan, vol. 5  
by Nagaru Tanigawa

Yuki- that is, the “Yuki Nagato” from before her accident-has recovered. Before she awakens, however, she is able to meet the Yuki who had taken her place while she slept. Her other self found the courage to tell Kyon her feelings directly. Now that she’s back to normal, is it time for this Yuki to do the same…?




Nisekoi = False Love by Naoshi Komi

Nisekoi = False Love Vol. 1  
by  Naoshi Komi

It’s hate at first sight… Rather, a knee-to-the-head at first sight when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match with their rival’s daughter – who just so happens to be Chitoge! However, Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, with a pendant around his neck as a memento, but he can’t even remember her name or face!




Cactus's Secret Vol. 1 by Nana Haruta Cactus’s Secret v. 1
by Nana Haruta

Falling in love with a clueless boy would turn any girl into a cactus! R to L (Japanese Style). Falling in love with a clueless boy would turn any girl into a cactus! Miku decides to try telling Kyohei her feelings by giving him chocolates for Valentine’s Day. But Kyohei, unaware that he’s the object of her affection, offers himself up as a practice partner for her love confession. Can Miku get through to him that he’s the one she loves?




Natsume's Book of Friends Vol. 8 by Yuki Midorikawa Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol.8  
by Yuki Midorikawa

Most books just describe the supernatural. This one brings it! Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he’s a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just the Sight from the mysterious Reiko. Nyanko Sensei is recovering after being wounded in the last yokai incident, so Takashi is on his own when he accidentally releases a yokai right before the school festival. With new friends and his ever-strengthening relationship with the Fujiwaras, Takashi has more reasons than ever to keep the supernatural at bay. But does he stand a chance without Nyanko Sensei’s power to back him up.


Diane Colson

Book list: Sexting and Other Twenty-first Century Midadventures

By , August 19, 2014


He said She Said by Kwame Alexander

He Said She Said  
by Kwame Alexander

Meet Brooklyn transplant Omar “T-Diddy” Smalls: West Charleston High’s football god and full-blown playa. He’s got a ton of Twitter followers, is U Miami bound, and cannot wait to hit South Beach . . . and hit on every shorty in a bikini. Then there’s Claudia Clarke: Harvard bound, straight-A student, school newspaper editor, and all-around goody-two-shoes. She cares more about the staggering teen pregnancy rate than about hooking up with so-called fly homies and posting her biz on Facebook. Omar and Claudia are thrown together when they unexpectedly lead (with a little help from Facebook and Twitter) the biggest social protest this side of the Mississippi.

Awkward by Marni BatesAwkward  

by Marni Bates

Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she’s the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous-not to mention unwelcome-attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that’s when life gets really interesting…

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

A Thousand Words 
by Jennifer Brown

Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he’ll forget about her while he’s away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh’s friends suggest she text him a picture of herself — sans swimsuit — to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits “send.” But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media.

Overexposed by Susan Korman

by Susan Korman

Send me a pic? Daisy Garcia’s not afraid of putting on a show. So when her boyfriend Simon asks Daisy for some sexy pictures, she sends him a couple. But when Daisy and Simon have a bad breakup, Simon forwards the pictures to the phones of everyone at Southside High. How will Daisy handle it when her private life goes public?



#scandal by sarah ocklier

by Sarah Ockler

When Cole surprises her at the after-party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of…and the biggest BFF dealbreaker ever. But before they get the chance to ‘fess up to Ellie, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising photos of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral. By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal, just weeks before graduation.

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

Wish You Were Dead 
by Todd Strasser

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared. As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic. Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing?

Going Underground by Susan Vaught

Going Underground 
by Susan Vaught

Del is a good kid who’s been caught in horrible circumstances. At seventeen, he’s trying to put his life together after an incident in his past that made him a social outcast-and a felon. As a result, he can’t get into college; the only job he can find is digging graves; and when he finally meets a girl he might fall in love with, there’s a sea of complications that threatens to bring the world crashing down around him again. But what has Del done? In flashbacks to Del’s fourteenth year, we slowly learn the truth: his girlfriend texted him a revealing photo of herself, a teacher confiscated his phone, and soon the police were involved.




50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer

By , July 27, 2014

In the summer of 1964, around one thousand young people, mostly college students, mostly white, headed to Mississippi. Their goals seemed simple. Help black people to register to vote. Start community schools, libraries, and centers. They knew it would be tough. Mississippi law was not on their side.

Check out the full movie: Freedom Summer from Nashville Public Library


Freedom Summer by Susan Goldman Rubin

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi 
by Susan Goldman Rubin

The disappearance of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner forms the backbone of this thoroughly researched book. Rubin conducted interviews with many of the students and leaders present in Mississippi during that summer, interweaving their stories with news accounts and other primary source documentation. The real treasures of the book, however, are the photographs. From frightening scenes of violence to the peaceful setting of children reading in a library, readers are able to viscerally connect with that long-ago summer.

Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

The Freedom Summer Murders  
by Don Mitchell

Who were those three young men who were shot in a dark, secluded Mississippi woods? Their names and faces mobilized the first real government interference in Mississippi’s racist political system, but they did not set out to be heroes. Mitchell traces the early years of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, as well as the reactions of their families to their disappearance at the onset of Freedom Summer.


Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

Freedom Summer  
by Deborah Wiles
illustrated by John Lagarrigue

John Henry swims better than anyone I know. He crawls like a catfish, blows bubbles like a swamp monster, but he doesn’t swim in the town pool with me. He’s not allowed. Joe and John Henry are a lot alike. They both like shooting marbles, they both want to be firemen, and they both love to swim. But there’s one important way they’re different: Joe is white and John Henry is black and in the South in 1964, that means John Henry isn’t allowed to do everything his best friend is. Then a law is passed that forbids segregation and opens the town pool to everyone. Joe and John Henry are so excited they race each other there…only to discover that it takes more than a new law to change people’s hearts.

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Glory Be  
by Augusta Scattergood

A Mississippi town in 1964 gets riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool. As much as Gloriana June Hemphill, or Glory as everyone knows her, wants to turn twelve, there are times when Glory wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Jesslyn, her sister and former confidante, no longer has the time of day for her now that she’ll be entering high school. Then there’s her best friend, Frankie. Things have always been so easy with Frankie, and now suddenly they aren’t. Maybe it’s the new girl from the North that’s got everyone out of sorts. Or maybe it’s the debate about whether or not the town should keep the segregated public pool open.

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

by Deborah Wiles

Sunny is twelve-years-old as the summer of 1964 begins to bake her home in Greenwood, Mississippi. She’s already feeling overwhelmed by her new stepmother and her two kids, and now there’s talk of white people coming to stir up trouble for everyone. And sure enough, right away three Freedom Summer workers disappear. Violence hangs like a thundercloud over Greenwood, while Sunny frantically tries to understand who is right.


Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson

Like a Holy Crusade by Nicolaus Mills

Like a Holy Crusade: Mississippi 1964 – The Turning of the Civil Rights Movement in America  
by Nicolaus Mills

We remember the Kennedy men of the 1960s as “the best and the brightest”; we celebrate the Mercury astronauts for having “the right stuff.” But, Mills writes, if anyone in the 1960s earned the right to be called heroes it was the men and women who risked their lives to carry out the Mississippi Summer Project. That summer took a terrible toll on staff, volunteers, and, above all, those black families who opened their homes to the movement. In the face of danger, courage was everywhere.


Freshwater Road by Denise Nichols

Freshwater Road  
by Denise Nichols

Nineteen-year-old Celeste Tyree leaves Ann Arbor to go to Pineyville, Mississippi, in the summer of 1964 to help found a voter registration project as part of Freedom Summer. As the summer unfolds, she confronts not only the political realities of race and poverty in this tiny town, but also deep truths about her family and herself.



Mississippi Burning (movie) Mississippi Burning (DVD)

Two FBI agents investigate the deaths of civil rights workers in a Mississippi town. Tension is caused by the discovery of a local coverup.

Directed by Alan Parker. With Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, and Brad Dourif.


Neshoba (movie)

 Neshoba: The Price of Freedom (DVD)

The story of a Mississippi town forty years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, an event dramatized in the Oscar-winning film Mississippi Burning. No one was held accountable until 2005, when the State indicted preacher Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old notorious racist and mastermind of the murders.

Directed by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano


The Nashville Room at the Nashville Public Library’s Main Branch has many resources on the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these books are unique and hard to find. Below is a list of books available in the Nashville Room. These books cannot be checked out.

Letters from Mississippi

Letters from Mississippi: Reports from the Civil Rights Volunteers and Freedom School Poetry of the 1964 Freedom Summer  
ed. by Elizabeth Martinez

800 students gathered for a week-long orientation session at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, in June, 1964, before leaving for Mississippi. They were mostly white and young, with an average age of 21. Letters from Mississippi is a collection of moving, personal letters written by volunteers of the summer.

And Gently He Shall Lead Them

And Gently He Shall Lead Them: Robert Parris Moses and Civil Rights in Mississippi  
by Eric Burner

Moses spent almost three years in Mississippi trying to awaken the state”s black citizens to their moral and legal rights before the fateful summer of 1964 would thrust him and the Freedom Summer movement into the national spotlight. This first biography, a primer in the life of a unique American, sheds significant light on the intellectual and philosophical worldview of a man who is rarely seen but whose work is always in evidence.

Freedom Summer - Belfrage

Freedom Summer 
by Sally Belfrage

Published in 1965, Belfrage recounts her time participating in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s summer project in Mississippi in 1964. The text covers one intense summer from the basic training session in June to the Democratic Convention in August.
Faces of Freedom SummerFaces of Freedom Summer
text by Bobs M. Tusa
photographs by Herbert Randall

These rare photographs re-create the exhilaration and danger of Freedom Summer in 1964 Mississippi.

Welcome, Adrienne!

By , July 15, 2014

Adrienne Strock is the new Teen Center Coordinator at Nashville Public Libraries. Her job includes overseeing both Teen Services and the new Studio Space at the Main Library. Adrienne comes to us by way of Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia. She’s smart, funny, and brings some dazzling skills to NPL.

Naturally we all want to know: Adrienne, what are your favorite books? Turns out, Adrienne does have a few favorites, as listed below.

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Does My Head Look Big in This? 
by Randa Abdel-Fattah

When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth… Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full- time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else. Can she handle the taunts of “towel head,” the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school?

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down  
by Richard Adams

Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why 
by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

The Compound 
by S.A. Bodeen

Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone. Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can’t get out. He won’t let them.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone .

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

by Lucy Christopher

A stunning debut novel with an intriguing literary hook: written in part as a letter from a victim to her abductor. Sensitive, sharp, captivating! Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty–rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar–pays for Gemma’s drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what’s happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback.

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
by Chris Crutcher

Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends for years. When they were children, his fat and her terrible scars made them both outcasts. Later, although swimming slimmed Eric, she stayed his closest friend. Now Sarah Byrnes — the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known — sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she’s hiding, before its dark currents pull them both under.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly A Northern Light 
by Jennifer Donnelly

Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has a word for everything, and big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. She collects words, stores them up as a way of fending off the hard truths of her life, the truths that she can’t write down in stories.The fresh pain of her mother’s death. The burden of raising her sisters while her father struggles over his brokeback farm. The mad welter of feelings Mattie has for handsome but dull Royal Loomis, who says he wants to marry her. And the secret dreams that keep her going–visions of finishing high school, going to college in New York City, becoming a writer.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 Big Moose Lake, Mattie discovers that the letters could reveal the grim truth behind a murder.Set in 1906 in the Adirondack Mountains, against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, this Printz Honor-winning coming-of-age novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.  

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Breathing Underwater 
by Alex Flinn

To his friends, popular and handsome sixteen-year-old Nick Andreas has led a charmed life. But the guys in Nick’s anger management class know differently. So does his ex-girlfriend Caitlin. Now it looks like the only person who doesn’t realize how far from perfect Nick’s life has become is Nick himself.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

by Rachel Hartman

The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being. When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive–and dashing–Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz  
by A.S. King

Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone–the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

by Justine Larbalestier

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing?

When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

When Love Comes to Town 
by Tom Lennon

The year is 1990, and in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, Neil Byrne plays rugby, keeps up with the in-crowd at his school, and is just a regular guy. A guy who’s gay. It’s a secret he keeps from the wider world as he explores the city at night and struggles to figure out how to reveal his real self–and to whom.


Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by e. lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by e. lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club. Her father’s “bunny rabbit.” A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school. Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston. Frankie Landau-Banks. No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them. When she knows Matthew’s lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done. Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: Possibly a criminal mastermind. This is the story of how she got that way.

Proxy by Alex London

by Alex London

Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want-the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own. Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid. A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship-just as moving as it is exhilarating.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock
by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps. In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of manhood, is compelled to join forces with an arrogant and enigmatic young novice named Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will lead the exiles to a surviving royal child and a way to pierce the cursed barrier and regain the land of Lumatere. But Evanjalin’s unpredictable behavior suggests that she is not what she seems — and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her, but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

Purple Heart 
by Patricia McCormick

When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital in Iraq, he’s honored with a Purple Heart. But he doesn’t feel like a hero. There’s a memory that haunts him: an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can’t shake the feeling that he was somehow involved in his death. But because of a head injury he sustained just moments after the boy was shot, Matt can’t quite put all the pieces together. Eventually Matt is sent back into combat with his squad-Justin, Wolf, and Charlene-the soldiers who have become his family during his time in Iraq. He just wants to go back to being the soldier he once was. But he sees potential threats everywhere and lives in fear of not being able to pull the trigger when the time comes. In combat there is no black-and-white, and Matt soon discovers that the notion of who is guilty is very complicated indeed.

Acceleration by Graham McNamee

by Graham McNamee

It’s a hot, hot summer, and in the depths of the Toronto Transit Authority’s Lost and Found, 17-year-old Duncan is cataloging lost things and sifting through accumulated junk. And between Jacob, the cranky old man who runs the place, and the endless dusty boxes overflowing with stuff no one will ever claim, Duncan’s just about had enough. Then he finds a little leather book. It’s a diary filled with the dark and dirty secrets of a twisted mind, a serial killer stalking his prey in the subway. And Duncan can’t make himself stop reading. What would you do with a book like that? How far would you go to catch a madman? And what if time was running out. . . .

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Fallen Angels 
by Walter Dean Myers

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren’t the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is even there at all.
Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 
by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Scott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rockband, he’s “”between jobs,”” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothingcould possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerouslyfashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruisingthrough his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life getturned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends inbattle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1:Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

by Terry Pratchett

Seventeen-year-old Dodger is content as a sewer scavenger. But he enters a new world when he rescues a young girl from a beating, and her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd, to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock 
by Matthew Quick

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was–that I couldn’t stick around–and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault. Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack.

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Withering Tights
by Louise Rennison

Wow. This is it. This is me growing up. On my own, going to Performing Arts College. This is good-bye, Tallulah, you long, gangly thing, and hellooooo, Lullah, star of stage. Tallulah Casey is ready to find her inner artist. And some new mates. And maybe a boy or two or three. The ticket to achieving these lofty goals? Enrolling in a summer performing arts program, of course. She’s bound for the wilds of Yorkshire Dales–eerily similar to the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights. Tallulah expects new friends, less parental interference, and lots of drama. Acting? Tights? Moors? Check, check, check. What she doesn’t expect is feeling like a tiny bat’s barging around in her mouth when she has her first snog. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone.

The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel

The Kid Table
by Andrea Seigel

Ingrid Bell and her five teenage cousins are such a close-knit group that they don’t really mind sitting at the kid table–even if they have to share it with a four-year-old. But then Brianne, the oldest cousin, lands a seat at the adult table and leaves her cousins shocked and confused. What does it take to graduate from the kid table? Over the course of five family events, Ingrid chronicles the coming-of-age of her generation. Her cousins each grapple with growing pains, but it is Ingrid who truly struggles as she considers what it means to grow up. When first love comes in the form of first betrayal (he’s Brianne’s boyfriend), Ingrid is forced to question her own personality and how she fits into her family. The cousins each take their own path toward graduating into adulthood–only to realize that maybe the kid table was where they wanted to be all along.

Out of the Easy by Ruth Sepetys

 Out of the Easy
by Ruth Sepetys

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

by Neal Shusterman

In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would “unwind” them Connor’s parents want to be rid of him because he’s a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev’s unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family’s strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until their eighteenth birthday, they can’t be harmed — but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919…Their daughter Francie and their son Neely knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city’s poor. Primarily this is Francie’s book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child.


Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

Stuck in Neutral 
by Terry Trueman

Shawn McDaniel’s life is not what it may seem to anyone looking at him. He is glued to his wheelchair, unable to voluntarily move a muscle–he can’t even move his eyes. For all Shawn’s father knows, his son may be suffering. Shawn may want a release. And as long as he is unable to communicate his true feelings to his father, Shawn’s life is in danger. To the world, Shawn’s senses seem dead. Within these pages, however, we meet a side of him that no one else has seen–a spirit that is rich beyond imagining, breathing life.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind of a Funny Story 
by Ned Vizzini

The author of Be More Chill takes a poignant look at teenage depression in this remarkably moving and authentic picture of the physicality, despair, and even hilarity of the illness.


The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney The Mockingbirds
by Daisy Whitney

Some schools have honor codes. Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds. Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way-the Themis way. So when Alex Patrick is date-raped during her junior year, she has two options: Stay silent and hope someone helps, or enlist the aid of the Mockingbirds-a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of the student body.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist-books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


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