Teen Books

Far Far Away

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Book Cover.
Tom McNeal

Jeremy Johnson Johnson has a secret: he can communicate with the dead. And one ghost in particular, Jacob Grimm of Grimm Brothers fame, has chosen to stay close to Jeremy to protect him from the growing evil invading the town of Never Better. Aided by Grimm’s ghost and best friend Ginger, Jeremy might be the only one who can defeat the monster hiding in the town’s midst.

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Book Cover.
Ransom Riggs

In his debut novel for teens, author and filmmaker Ransom Riggs mixes vintage photographs with fiction to create a fantasy story both unique and mesmerizing.  Jacob loves to look at the old photographs and listen to his grandfather’s strange stories of orphaned children who lived on a mysterious island. Through magic or fate Jacob discovers the island and its’ odd inhabitants.

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An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green Book Cover.
John Green

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time, all by girls named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend, Hassan, to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his nineteen failed relationships.

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Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1)

Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles Book I) by Colin Meloy Book Cover.
Colin Meloy

This is the first book of the Wildwood trilogy.  Prue McKeel's life is ordinary until her baby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense, tangled forest on the edge of Portland. No one's ever gone in—or at least returned to tell of it. But Prue and her friend Curtis dare to enter and uncover a world of warring creatures, peaceable mystics and dark figures.

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Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang Book Cover
Gene Luen Yang

In this two book set, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang tells the compelling story of the Boxer Revolution from two very different perspectives. In Boxers, Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy, begins the rebellion with inspiration from Chinese gods in order to rid the Chinese people of oppressive westerners. In Saints, Vibiana, a Chinese girl taken in by Christian missionaries, tries her best to protect the only people who have shown her kindness when the rebellion turns violent.

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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1)

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger book cover.
Gail Carriger

The first book in the Finishing School series, Etiquette & Espionage is set in an alternate England of 1851. Spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. Fans of mysteries, historical fiction, and steampunk won’t want to miss this one!

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The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1)

The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1) by Eoin Colfer book cover.
Eoin Colfer

Readers mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl series can take heart: this first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series is an all-out blast. And its stars-17-year-old Chevie Savano, a quasi-disgraced FBI agent (of sorts), and Riley, the reluctant young assassin of the title, are every bit as dynamic as Artemis and Holly. After a bungled mission, Chevie has been sent to London where she is "babysitting a metal capsule," which she learns is one end of a wormhole to the year 1898.

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Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls

Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn book cover.
Mary Downing Hahn

Tragedy changes Elmgrove with the murder of two teenage girls. This Baltimore suburb in which the book is set, believes Cheryl's ex, a ne'er do well named Buddy was the killer, but Nora, who is friends with the victims, has her doubts. This story is closely based on true events that happened in the author’s neighborhood in 1956.

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