New Books
Gone, Michael Grant
When everyone age 15 and up vanishes -- goes "poof" without warning in the middle of a school day -- the kids in the town of Perdido Beach, California, quickly realize that no one's in charge and no one's coming to their rescue. Even stranger things are happening, too, like weird animal mutations and kids' developing supernatural powers. The first book in a trilogy, Gone is followed by Hunger and Lies.
Check the library catalog for these books by Michael Grant. They'll make great summer reading.
For ages 12+.
Flash Burnout, L.K. Madigan
Fifteen-year-old Blake has his first girlfriend, Shannon, and he's so happy at first. But Shannon's not happy about Blake's friendship with Marissa, who shares his love of photography. When Marissa's life starts to fall apart, Blake is forced to make difficult choices about who to spend his time with.
Check the library catalog for Flash Burnout.
For ages 15+.
Living Dead Girl, Elizabeth Scott
If you like books like Ellen Hopkins' Crank or other books for mature teens, this story is one that will stay with you for a long time. Alice tells the story...how she lives with a man who is not her father, who abducted her when she was 10 and keeps her through threats to harm her family. But Alice is 15 now, and getting too old for the man. He wants her to help him find a new girl to take her place. A chilling story of abuse.
Check the library catalog for Living Dead Girl.
For ages 15+.
Eighth Grade Bites, Heather Brewer
Vladimir Tod is an eighth grader who gets picked on for being goth, even though he's not. What he is, is a vampire. He's able to keep his fangs hidden and gets his blood supply from a hospital with the help of his adoptive aunt, Nelly, who has taken care of him since his parents' mysterious death three years ago. Otherwise, the only one who knows Vlad's secret is his best friend Henry. Except for maybe the new substitute teacher, who seems to be keeping some secrets, himself...First in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. Followed by Ninth Grade Slays, Tenth Grade Bleeds, and Eleventh Grade Burns.
Check the library catalog for books by Heather Brewer.
For ages 12+.
The Warrior Heir, Cinda Williams Chima
Jack grew up in a small town where he knew everyone and everyone knew him. But Jack didn't know the truth about himself. Now that he's 16, a secret wizarding world is trying to claim as a warrior for their side, when all Jack had been concentrating on was making the soccer team with his friends. His dangerous destiny is a matter of life and death, not just for Jack, but for his family and friends. The trilogy continues with The Wizard Heir and The Dragon Heir.
Check the library catalog for The Warrior Heir.
For ages 12+.
Geek Magnet, Kieran Scott
KJ Miller, nice girl, is stage manager for her high school's 
production of Grease. Things are going well. Popular Tara Gold  
wants to be her friend and jock star Cameron Richardson is 
(unbelievably!) paying attention to her, but can he get past the 
circle of geeks KJ attracts without even trying? KJ is ready to ditch 
her dorky friends, when a crisis makes her realize who her true 
friends really are.
Check the library catalog for Geek Magnet.
For ages 14+.
Sucks To Be Me, Kimberly Pauley
The subtitle of this funny story: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe), says it all. Mina is the teenage human daughter of vampire parents who has to decide within a few weeks whether she should become a vampire or stay human...all this with chemistry tests, boys, and senior prom to worry about. The sequel to this book is called Still Sucks To Be Me.
Check the library catalog for these books.
For ages 14+.
Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles
When Mrs. Peterson pairs up high school golden girl Brittany Ellis, co-captain of the pom-pom squad, with Alex Fuentes, leading member of the Latino Bloods on the other side of town, lab partners Brittany and Alex find themselves fighting each other in class and fighting  against a different kind of chemistry outside of class.
Check the library catalog for Perfect Chemistry.
For ages 14+.
Good Enough, Paula Yoo
Patti Yoon is in her senior year of high school and her parents are putting the pressure on for her to get admitted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, or preferably, all three. She gets distracted by a cute trumpet player and her violin practice and SAT practice test scores start to slip. She wonders how to be herself and also a good Korean daughter.
Check the library catalog for Good Enough.
For ages 12+.
City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
When Clary Fray follows a sexy, blue-haired boy in an all-ages club, she finds out she sees things differently from her friend Simon, and enters a New York City populated with vampires, faeries, witches and werewolves. If you're a teen looking for a book that will take the place of an eighth Harry Potter installment, try this one. Book One of The Mortal Instruments sequence, followed by City of Ashes and City of Glass.
Check the library catalog for books in the Mortal Instruments sequence, as well as the new prequel by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel.
For ages 12+.
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Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead
If you're looking for an average high school drama, then this is not the book for you. Oh sure, you have your cliques and dating problems, but at St. Vladimir's Academy the student body itself is different. Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir (half human/half vampire) is a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa. Did I mention Lissa is a vampire? Rose and Lissa have been on the run from St. Vlad's, but now that they've been caught and returned, they both have to learn to fit in again. But Lissa and Rose have a secret, and keeping that secret while dealing with forbidden romance, the treacherous social scene, and horrible nighttime rituals may be more than they can handle.
Followed by Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, and Last Sacrifice.
Check the library catalog for books in the Vampire Academy series.
Zen and the Art of Faking It, Jordon Sonnenblick
It's a good thing San Lee has a good sense of humor about himself, because his story of how he starts out at a new school is mostly one embarrassing thing after another, especially once he starts pretending to be a Zen Buddhist to impress a certain girl.
For ages 12+.
Born to Rock, Gordon Korman
President of the Young Republicans and a straight-A student, Leo was set to go to Harvard on a full scholarship. But he slips up doing a favor for childhood friend Melinda and is caught talking during a test. When it looks like he's going to lose his scholarship, he decides it's time to get to know his real father, a big-time punk rocker known as King Maggot. Funny!
For ages 14+.
Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr
Aislinn ("Ash" for short) has always been able to see faeries, and not the tiny, sweet kind, but the ones that like to cause trouble for humans. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Ash has to be careful not to let on that she sees more than other humans, but when a certain faery king takes a special interest in her, she has to be more careful than ever.
If you like urban fantasy, try this book.
For ages 16+.
Tattoo, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Bailey, Annabelle, Zo, and Delia, buy some temporary tattoos and some other accessories at the mall at a stall manned by a saleslady with the bluest eyes Bailey has ever seen. When Bailey starts hearing strange voices in her head telling her mystical things, her friends notice the tattoos have changed them, too. As they investigate the tattoos' symbols, the girls realize that the fate of the world is in their hands.
For ages 12+.
Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson
The latest book from the author of Speak. Tyler sees himself as "a zit on the butt of the student body" going into his senior year of high school. He's always been a victim before, but that seems to be changing, and beautiful Bethany Milbury is interested.
For ages 15+.
Raven's Gate, Anthony Horowitz
From the author of the popular Alex Rider spy series comes a frightening tale of dark magic. The first time Matt sees the words "Raven's Gate", they are scrawled on a wall by a dying man. One after another, violent deaths follow Matt's attempts to escape the powers of evil that have him trapped.
For ages 12+.
American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
The only Chinese-American in his new school, Jin Wang is stereotyped, humiliated, or ignored until he doesn't care whom he hurts as long as he fits in. A graphic novel that ties in legends of the Monkey King with Jin Wang's journey to self-acceptance, this funny and touching book won the 2007 Printz Award for the best young adult book of 2006.
For ages 12+.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, Rick Yancey
Alfred Kropp would probably be voted Most Unlikely to Save the World in his high school yearbook, but when his uncle gets involved in some shady dealings with mysterious knights over a sword, Alfred finds out he has some pretty special qualities straight out of the legends of King Arthur .
For ages 12+.
An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
Colin Singleton didn't mean for it to happen, but somehow he has only dated girls named Katherine, and when Katherine #19 dumps him, he decides to figure out the formula for love so everyone can decide where they fit on the Dumper/Dumpee scale.
For ages 13+.
The Blood Confession, Alisa M. Libby
Your mother's insane and locked up in an isolated wing of the castle. Your father, a handsome count, ignores you except when he's talking about marrying you off to some old rich guy for political reasons. Your youth and beauty are your only source of power. To what lengths will you go to keep that power?
Inspired by the legend of a real 16th-century countess who bathed in the blood of virgins, this book puts you right inside the head of the imprisoned Erzebet as she writes out her confession.
For ages 13+.
Runaways, Brian K. Vaughan
Six California teenagers see each other only once a year when their parents get together for an annual meeting of what the bored kids think is a charity fundraising organization. Until the year that they spy on their parents’ meeting and see a ritual human sacrifice. That’s when they also discover their own hidden powers. This book collects the complete Runaways series of comics in one volume.
For ages 13+.
Pretty Little Devils, Nancy Holder
Hazel Stone is thrilled to be noticed by Sylvia, the queen bee of the Pretty Little Devils (the PLDs), the popular bad-girl group of Brookhaven High. But when really bad things start happening, just like they do in the horror movies Sylvia likes, Hazel starts to wonder if she has made a fatal mistake.
For ages 14+.
Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List, Janette Rallison
Jessica will do almost anything to make sure the high school play goes on. When she realizes the new student is the son of a famous Hollywood hunk, she decides that he's the key to getting the drama club funded. Jessica gets herself into a hilarious mess.
For ages 12+.
Inexcusable, Chris Lynch
Despite his nickname, high school senior Keir "Killer" Sarafian knows he's a good guy. He is. Anyone around school will tell you that. So why is his friend Gina crying and screaming at him? To do what she said he did would be inexcusable. So, he couldn’t have done it...Could he?
Mature themes. For ages 16+.

The Boyfriend List, E. Lockhart
Ruby Oliver is fifteen and is seeing a shrink. Her mother is making her see a shrink because she had five panic attacks in ten days. Ten crucial days in which she lost both her boyfriend and her best friend, and became a social leper at Tate Prep, which she had been attending since kindergarten. Ruby will make you laugh and cringe while she outlines the story of her romantic life from boyfriend #1 “Adam (but he doesn’t count)” to #15 “Cabbie (but I’m undecided)”.
For ages 14+.

Check out these other books for teens, too...

Fiction
Shattering Glass , Gail Giles
Simon Glass was easy to hate. I never knew exactly why, there was too much to pick from. I guess, really, we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn't realize it until the day we killed him.
When four senior boys start helping Simon - the kid that everyone in their high school loves to hate - become popular, things quickly get out of hand.
For mature readers, grades 9 and up.
Fiction The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things , Carolyn Mackler
Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves thinks she's:
1) fat
2) talentless, and
3) unattractive. 
Especially compared to the rest of her brilliant, skinny, good-looking family. But when her brother comes home from college in disgrace, Virginia  finds out that things are not always as they seem.
For grades 7-10. 
Fiction Things Not Seen, Andrew Clements
Ever felt like you're invisible? Well, fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up one day and really IS invisible. His parents keep him out of school to keep the whole problem a secret. Bobby is upset to be stuck in the house, but then decides to go out anyway, invisible or not. He meets a girl he likes.
Think of the possibilities...
For grades 6-8. 
Fiction

The First Part Last , Angela Johnson
Winner of the 2004 Michael J. Printz Award
for Best Fiction for Young Adults 
What is it like to be a father at age sixteen? This short, powerful story alternates between Bobby's present life with a newborn baby daughter who is  totally dependent on him, and flashbacks to what his life was like before he found out his girlfriend was pregnant.
For grades 8 and up.

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