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Summer Read 2014: Teen Book List

  • Midwinterblood

    Seven linked vignettes unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited--throughout various time periods--by Vikings, vampires, ghosts, and a curiously powerful plant.

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  • Eleanor and Park

    Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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  • The Kingdom of Little Wounds

    On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. When a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined.

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  • The Nazi Hunters

    Recounts how a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust. Winner of the YALSA Award for Nonfiction.

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  • Charm and Strange

    A lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy must either surrender his sanity to the wild wolves inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying. Winner of the Morris Award for debut authors.

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  • Sex and Violence

    Sex has always come without consequences for Evan. Until the night when all the consequences land at once, leaving him scarred inside and out.

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  • Belle Epoque

    Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison, but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.

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  • In the Shadows of Blackbirds

    In 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

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  • Uber Origami--Every Origami Project Ever!

    Illustrated instructions for 132 origami projects, including animals, myths and monsters, man and machine, seasonal objects, and dollar bill and junk mail creations, and provides a review of basic folding techniques.

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  • Boxers

    From American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang: an innovative look at China's Boxer Rebellion told from two points of view, in two companion volumes. China, 1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers - commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

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  • Saints

    From American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang, an innovative look at China's Boxer Rebellion from two points of view, in two companion volumes.China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship-and a name, Vibiana-in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie . . . and whether she is willing to die for her faith

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  • Coldest Girl in Coldtown

    When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

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  • Seraphina

    In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to develop her extraordinary musical talents.

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  • Scowler

    In the midst of a meteor shower, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys--Mr. Furrington, Jesus Christ, and Scowler--to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.

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  • First Part Last

    Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

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  • Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon

    Based on the award-winning Warner Bros. documentary Bruce Lee: In His Own Words.

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  • Adaptation

    In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese receives medical treatment at a secret government facility and becomes tangled in a conspiracy that may be connected with aliens and UFOs.

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  • All the Right Stuff

    The summer after his absentee father is killed in a random shooting, Paul works at a Harlem soup kitchen, where he learns from an elderly African American man and mentors a seventeen-year-old unwed mother who wants to make it to college on a basketball scholarship.

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  • Soul Surfer

    The teenage surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003 describes how she has coped with this life-altering event with the help of her faith, the changes in her life, and her return to the sport she loves.

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  • Burn Journals

    In this book, the author describes how he burned himself in a suicide attempt and lived to recover, physically and psychologically.

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  • Pinned

    Adonis is smart, intellectually gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend thinks.

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  • Perfect Chemistry

    When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others.

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  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

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  • Rose Under Fire

    When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.

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  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

    One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she's done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn't Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn't kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back.

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  • The Living

    After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship where he is a summer employee, high schooler Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

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  • Half Bad

    In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

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  • The Art of Tinkering: Meet 150+ Makers Working at the Intersection of Art, Science & Technology

    An unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that's part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work-and use the special conductive ink on the cover to do some tinkering yourself! Brought to you by the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio.

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  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

    A retelling of Star wars in the dramatic-verse style of Shakespeare, where a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard's greatest plays.

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  • Shadows

    Magic is illegal in Newworld, so Maggie struggles to explain the strange shadows--that only she can see--that seem to accompany her new stepfather everywhere.

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  • Out of the Easy

    Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.

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  • All the Truth That's In Me

    Judith can't speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.

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  • A Corner of White

    Madeleine of Cambridge, England, struggling to cope with poverty and her mother's illness, and Elliot of the Kingdom of Cello in a parallel world where colors are villainous and his father is missing, begin exchanging notes through a crack between their worlds and find they can be of great help to each other.

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  • Every Day

    Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until A wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.

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  • Zero Fade

    Thirteen-year-old Kevin Phifer has a lot to worry about. His uncle Paul is coming out, Tyrell the bully throws lit Black 'n' Milds at him, girls prefer his nerdy friend David, his sister Laura is suddenly ignoring him, Mama is dating, and to top it off...he's grounded.

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  • Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.

    A memoir about growing up in poverty in Los Angeles, racism in school and on the streets, and the struggle to overcome prejudice, drugs, and violence.

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  • I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot By the Taliban

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.

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  • Brick City: Global Icons to Make From Lego

    The world's favorite buildings and urban icons recreated using LEGO bricks, plus visual instructions for creating familiar objects and landmarks at home.

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  • 100 Questions You'd Never Ask Your Parents

    Straight answers to teens' questions about sex, sexuality, and health

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  • Fat Angie

    Angie overeats to cope with mean girls, her attempted suicide in front of a packed gym, and the status of her captured war-hero sister, until KC Romance comes to town and sees Angie for who she really is.

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  • Stoner and Spaz

    A troubled youth with cerebral palsy struggles toward self-acceptance with the help of a drug-addicted young woman

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  • Eat Brains Love

    New Jersey teens Jake and Amanda are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.

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  • Firecracker

    Forced to attend public school after being expelled from her elite private school, Astrid earns the enmity of her new peers as a result of her biting wit and competitive worldview until fellow misfits teach her a lesson in humility.

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  • How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (and a Prom Date) : Lousy Life Lessons from 50 Teen Movies

    Does anyone really look at what teen movies are teaching us? This hilarious read gives us synopses from 50 classic teen movies and brings to light all the brilliant (well, maybe not) advice offered up in each one.

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  • Money Boy

    Young immigrant Ray Liu is struggling to adjust to North American life. When his father discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites, the teen is kicked out of the family home. He heads to downtown Toronto, where the harsh reality of street life hits him.

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  • Boyfriends With Girlfriends

    When Lance begins to date Sergio, who is bisexual, he is not sure that it will work out, and when his best friend Allie, who has a boyfriend, meets Sergio's lesbian friend, she has unexpected feelings which she struggles to understand.

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  • The Fight

    Bella doesn't know if Dominic was gay or not, but she knows what happened to him. And she knows the adults who could have helped didn't. Now Dominic's dead, and somebody should do something, right? It's never been Bella's thing to stand up for a cause, but for some reason, this fight has become her fight.

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  • The End Games

    In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.

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  • Afterschool Charisma vol. 1

    The young clones of Wolfgang Mozart, Queen Elizabeth, Sigmund Freud, Marie Curie, Adolf Hitler, and other historic figures all attend the very exclusive St. Kleio Academy where they are encouraged to surpass the legacies of their originals.

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  • Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe

    The comic book universe is adventurous, mystifying, and filled with heroes, villains, and cosplaying Comic-Con attendees. This book by one of Wired magazine's art directors traverses the graphic world through a collection of pie charts, bar graphs, timelines, scatter plots, and more.

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