Teen Fiction: 6/7 & 7/8

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Librarian’s recommended fiction books listed below are in alphabetical order by author’s last name. The summary for each book is from the Library of Congress or publisher.

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The Crossover

Written by Kwame Alexander

(Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, 237 p.)

Summary: “Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.” Novel in verse.

 

Booked

Written by Kwame Alexander

(Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 314 p.)

Summary: Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.”

 

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

Written by Sherman Alexie

(2007, Little Brown, 240 p.)

Summary: “Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.”

 

Hope Was Here

Written by Joan Bauer

(Putnam, 2000, 186 p.)

Summary: “When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner’s political campaign to oust the town’s corrupt mayor.”

 

Rules of the Road

Written by Joan Bauer

(G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1998, 201 p.)

Summary: “Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.”

 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable

Written by John Boyne

(Fickling Books, 2008, 224 p.)

Summary: “Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.”

 

Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection

Written by Matt Dembicki

(Fulcrum Publishing, 2010, 231 p.)

Summary: A “collaborative effort by more than 40 writers and artists presents 21 Native American trickster tales in graphic-novel format.”

 

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Written by Margarita Engle

(Atheneum. 2015, 208 p.)

 Summary: “Offers an account of the first fourteen years of the author’s life in poems, telling of her time spent between her mother’s native Cuba and her home in Los Angeles, until the revolution in Cuba dramatically alters relations between the two countries she loves.”

 

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War: A Graphic Novel

Written by Matt Faulkner

(2014, Disney Hyperion Books, 144 p.)

Summary: “After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, a thirteen-year-old California boy who is half Japanese is sent to an internment camp. Story based on the history of the author’s great-aunt.”

 

Once, Then, Now books

Written by Morris Gleitzman

(Henry Holt)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Once  (2010, 163 p.)

Summary: “After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.”

Then  (2010, 198 p.)

Summary: “In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.”

Now  (2012, 184 p.)

Summary: “While her physician-parents are working in Africa, eleven-year-old Zelda is living with her grandfather, eighty-year-old Holocaust-survivor Felix Salinger, in Australia, when a disaster leads them both to deal with unresolved feelings about the first Zelda, Felix’s childhood friend.”

 

The Fault in Our Stars

Written by John Greene

(Dutton Books, 2012, 318 p.)

Summary:Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with Augustus Waters at a cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.”

 

Books of Bayern series

Written by Shannon Hale

(Bloomsbury)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

The Goose Girl  (2003, 388 p.)

Summary: “On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.”

Enna Burning  (2004, 317 p.)

Summary: “Enna hopes that her new knowledge of how to wield fire will help protect her good friend Isi–the Princess Anidori–and all of Bayern against their enemies, but the need to burn is uncontrollable and puts Enna and her loved ones in grave danger.”

River Secrets  (2006, 304 p.)

Summary: “Young Razo travels from Bayern to Tira at war’s end as part of a diplomatic corps, but mysterious events in the Tiran capital fuel simmering suspicions and anger, and Razo must spy out who is responsible before it is too late and he becomes trapped in an enemy land.”

Forest Born  (2009, 400 p.)

Summary: “When her beloved forest no longer gives her comfort and her brother Razo invites Rinna to the city to be one of Queen Ani’s waiting women, she happily accepts, only to discover her own strength comes from places both expected and unexpected.

 

The Girl from Everywhere

Written by Heidi Hellig

(2016, Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 464 p.)

Summary: “Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s pirate ship, but when he gambles with her very existence, it all may come to an end.”

 

Blackbird Fly

Written by Erin Estrada Kelly

(2015, Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 304 p.)

Summary: “Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.”

 

Outrun the Moon

Written by Stacy Lee

(2016, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 400 p.)

Summary: “On the eve of the San Fransisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong–daughter of Chinese immigrants–is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare’s School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive.”

 

Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue

Written by Julius Lester

(2005, Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, 177 p.)

Summary: “Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances’s mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave “assets”, possibly including Emma.”

 

March books

Written by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

(Top Shelf Productions)

Graphic novel format

Titles and summaries of individual books:

March: Book One   (2013, 121 p.)

Summary: “. . . A vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”

March: Book Two  (2015, 192 p.)

Summary: “After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, John Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence — but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before.”

 

Lunar Chronicles series

Written by Marissa Meyer

(Feiwel and Friends)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Cinder  (2012, 390 p.)

Summary: “As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.”

Scarlet  (2013, 454 p.)

Summary: “Scarlet Benoit and Wolf, a street fighter who may have information about her missing grandmother, join forces with Cinder as they try to stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana in this story inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.”

Cress  (2014, 552 p.)

Summary: “Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.”

Fairest: Levana’s Story  (2015, 222 p.)

Summary: “Queen Levana is a ruler who uses her ‘glamour’ to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.”

Stars Above: A Lunars Chronicles Collection  (2016, 369 p.)

Summary: “Meyer complements her Lunar Chronicles series with Stars Above, a collection of nine short stories, including five new tales (as well as four stories previously released online). This variety of short pieces enriches the series, using several different approaches to add to Meyer s fantasy world and its fascinating characters.” (VOYA, Vol. 39, No. 1)

 

Chaos Walking series

Written by Patrick Ness

(Candlewick Press)

 Titles and summaries of individual books:

The Knife of Never Letting Go  (2008, 479 p.)

Summary: “Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee, whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not, stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden.”

The Ask and the Answer: A Novel  (2009, 519 p.)

Summary: “Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor’s oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other’s thoughts.”

Monsters of Men  (2010, 603 p.)

Summary: “As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions, questioning all they have ever known as they try to step back from the darkness and find the best way to achieve peace.”

 

Tiffany Aching series

Written by Terry Pratchett

(HarperCollinsPublishers)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

The Wee Free Men  (2003, 272 p.)

Summary: “A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.”

A Hat Full of Sky  (2004, 288 p.)

Summary:Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, learns about magic and responsibility as she battles a disembodied monster with the assistance of the six-inch-high Wee Free Men and Mistress Weatherwax, the greatest witch in the world.”

Wintersmith: A Story of Discworld  (2006, 400 p.)

Summary: When witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance of the Seasons and awakens the interest of the elemental spirit of Winter, she requires the help of the six-inch-high, sword-wielding, sheep-stealing Wee Free Men to put the seasons aright.”

 

Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series

Written by Ransom Riggs

(Quirk Books)

Title and summaries of individual books:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children  (2011, 234 p.)

Summary: “A horrific family tragedy sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of an old orphanage that was home to children who were more than just peculiar, but possibly dangerous–and who may still be alive. Illustrated with vintage found photographs.”

Hollow City  (2014, 399 p.)

Summary: “Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London (circa 1940), the “peculiar” capital of the world.”

Library of Souls  (2015, 458 p.)

Summary: “Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be?”

 

Anna and the Swallow Man

Written by Gavriel Savit

(Alfred A. Knopf, 2016, 240 p.)

Summary: “When her university professor father is sent by the Gestapo to a concentration camp, seven-year-old Anna travels the Polish countryside with the mysterious Swallow Man during World War II.”

 

Salt to the Sea: A Novel

Written by Ruta Sepetys

(Philomel Books, 2016, 400 p.)

Summary: “World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide . . . The refugees try to escape the war’s final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull . . . Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.”

 

Bruiser 

Written by Neal Shusterman

(Findaway World, 2011, 328 p.)

Summary: “Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bront e befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.”

 

The Goodbye Stranger

Written by Rebecca Stead

(Wendy Lamb/Random. 2015, 304 p.)

Summary:As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend–or more than friend–Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose?”

 

Lumberjanes books

Written by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen

(BOOM! Box a division of Boom Entertainment)

Graphic novel format

Titles and summaries of individual titles:

Lumberjanes: Vol. 1, Beware the Kitten Holy  (2015, 127 p.)

Summary:Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.”

Lumberjanes: Vol. 2, Friendship to the Max  (2015)

Summary: “Five girls become instant best friends when they go to camp and discover there is a lot more to the summer than learning to how to paddle a canoe. Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is not your average summer camp and Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers. Between the river monsters, magic, and myths, this summer is only just beginning!”

Lumberjanes: Vol. 3, A Terrible Plan  (2016)

Lumberjanes: Vol. 4, Out of Time  (2016)

Lumberjanes: Vol. 5, Band Together  (2016)

Lumberjanes: Vol. 6, Sink or Swim  (coming in 2017)

 

Nimona 

Written by Noelle Stevenson

(HarperTeen an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015, 272 p.)

Graphic novel format

Summary: “Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.”

 

Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy books

Written by Maggie Stiefvater

(Findaway World LLC)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Shiver  (2009, 400 p.)

Summary: “In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.”

Linger  (2010, 368 p.)

Summary: “As Grace hides the vast depth of her love for Sam from her parents and Sam struggles to release his werewolf past and claim a human future, a new wolf named Cole wins Isabel’s heart but his own past threatens to destroy the whole pack.”

Forever  (2011, 390 p.)

Summary: “A human girl and her werewolf boyfriend must fight for their love as death comes closing in.”

 

Raven Cycle series

Written by Maggie Stiefvater

(Scholastic Press)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

The Raven Boys  (2012, 409 p.)

Summary: “Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own — and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.”

The Dream Thieves  (2014, 439 p.)

Summary: “Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven Boys, and Ronan Lynch’s ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control, but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.”

 

A Time to Dance

Written by Padma Venkatrman

(Nancy Paulsen Books an imprint of Penguin Group, 2015, 307 p.)

Summary: “Losing her leg after an injury, Indian dancer Veda begins retraining on her prosthetic leg before falling in love with a young man who approaches dance from a spiritual perspective and helps Veda understand herself and the world.”

 

Sixties trilogy series

Written by Deborah Wiles

(Scholastic Press)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

(Note: Ellen recommends reading Revolution before Countdown.)

Countdown  (2010,  400 p.)

Summary: The fearful events of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis are witnessed by eleven-year-old Franny, who finds her life and perspectives changing throughout the course of a week that is also marked by difficult family issues.

Revolution  (2014, 544 p.)

Summary: It’s 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny’s town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn’t much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.

 

Leviathan trilogy books

Written by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson

(Simon Pulse)

Titles and summaries of individual books:

Leviathan  (2009, 440 p.)

Summary: “In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.”

Behemoth  (c2010, 485 p.)

Summary: “Continues the story of Austrian Prince Alek who, in an alternate 1914 Europe, eludes the Germans by traveling in the Leviathan to Constantinople, where he faces a whole new kind of genetically-engineered warships.”

Goliath  (2011, 560 p.)

Summary: “Alek and Deryn encounter obstacles on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love.”

 

Highly Illogical Behavior

Written by John Corey Whaley

(Dial Books, 2016, 249 p.)

Summary: “Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that–and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.”

 

Now is the Time for Running

Written by Michael Williams

(Little, Brown, 2011, 233 p.)

Summary: “When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.”

 

The Book Thief

Written by Marcus Zuzak

(Alfred A. Knopf, 2006, 552 p.)

Summary: “Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.”

 

I Am the Messenger

Written by Marcus Zuzak

(Alfred A. Knopf, 2005, 368 p.)

Summary: “After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.”