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Stars of 2016: Teen

    The Lie Tree

    The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge

    On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

    TEEN FICTION Hardinge, F.
    March Book 3

    March Book 3 - John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; art by Nate Powell

    Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

    GRAPHIC NOVEL Lewis, J. bk. 3
    The Passion of Dolssa

    The Passion of Dolssa - Julie Berry

    In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an "unnatural woman," and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy; Botille is a matchmaker trying to protect her sisters from being branded as gypsies or witches--but when she finds the hunted Dolssa dying on a hillside, she feels compelled to protect her, a decision that may cost her everything.

    TEEN FICTION Berry, J.    

    Scythe - Neal Shusterman

    In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.

    TEEN FICTION Shusterman, N.    
    Still Life With Tornado

    Still Life With Tornado - A.S. King

    A talented 16-year-old artist slowly discovers the history of domestic violence behind why her brother left the family years earlier and why she suddenly cannot make art.

    TEEN FICTION King, A.    

    Ashes - Laurie Halse Anderson

    As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state.

    TEEN FICTION Anderson, L.
    The Bitter Side of Sweet

    The Bitter Side of Sweet - Tara Sullivan

    Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at the camp who rekindles the urge to escape.

    TEEN FICTION Sullivan, T.
    Burn Baby Burn

    Burn Baby Burn - Meg Medina

    Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.

    TEEN FICTION Medina, M.
    Character Driven

    Character Driven - David Lubar

    In his last year of high school, seventeen-year-old virgin Cliff Sparks has to figure out what to do with his life, including how to meet new girl Jillian and how to deal with old issues with his unemployed father.

    TEEN FICTION Lubar, D.    
    Crooked Kingdom

    Crooked Kingdom - Leigh Bardugo

    Kaz and his crew find their loyalties tested after pulling off an impossible heist and are forced to fight for their lives when powerful enemies descend on Ketterdam in pursuit of knowledge about a dangerous drug.

    TEEN FICTION Bardugo, L.
    Exit, Pursued By a Bear

    Exit, Pursued By a Bear - E.K. Johnston

    At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.

    TEEN FICTION Johnston, E.
    The Female of the Species

    The Female of the Species - Mindy McGinnis

    Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn't feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

    TEEN FICTION McGinnis, M.
    Golden Boys

    Golden Boys - Sonya Hartnett

    Rex and Tabby Jenson and their sons, Colt and Bastian, arrive in Freya Kiley's Australian neighborhood with little fanfare, but their presence sends fissures throughout their modest community.

    TEEN FICTION Hartnett, S.    
    Lucy and Linh

    Lucy and Linh - Alice Pung

    In Australia, Lucy tries to balance her life at home surrounded by her Chinese immigrant family, with her life at a pretentious private school.

    The Memory of Light

    The Memory of Light - Francisco X. Stork

    When Victoria Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of a Texas hospital after her failed suicide attempt, she still has no desire to live, but as the weeks pass, and she meets Dr. Desai and three of the other patients, she begins to reflect on the reasons why she feels like a loser compared with the rest of her family, and to see a path ahead where she can make a life of her own.

    TEEN FICTION Stork, F.

    Merrow - Ananda Braxton-Smith

    Enduring whispers about her absent mother's alleged merrow origins after her father drowns, twelve-year-old Neen questions her identity as she becomes increasingly torn between the worlds of the sea and her island home.

    TEEN FICTION Braxton-Smith, A.
    My Sister Rosa

    My Sister Rosa - Justine Larbalestier

    When his father's business takes the family to New York City, a seventeen-year-old Australian boy must balance his desire to protect his ten-year-old sister, a diagnosable psychopath, from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

    TEEN FICTION Larbalestier, J.
    Rani Patel in Full Effect

    Rani Patel in Full Effect - Sonia Patel

    Rani Patel, almost seventeen and living on remote Moloka'i island, is oppressed by the cultural norms of her Gujarati immigrant parents. But when Mark, an older man, draws her into new experiences, red flags abound.

    TEEN FICTION Patel, S.
    The Raven King

    The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater

    Not believing in true love, Blue never thought the warning that she will cause her true love's death would be a problem, but as her life is entangled in the world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

    TEEN FICTION Stiefvater, M.
    The Reader

    The Reader - Traci Chee

    Set in a world where reading is unheard-of, Sefia makes use of a mysterious object to track down who kidnapped her aunt Nin and what really happened the night her father was murdered.

    The Singing Bones

    The Singing Bones - Shaun Tan

    Selection and adaptation of seventy-five Grimm's fairy tales, as translated by Jack Zipes, and newly illustrated by Shaun Tan.

    TEEN FICTION Tan, S.    
    Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

    Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories - edited by Stephanie Perkins

    The Sun is Also a Star

    The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

    Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. Im definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him wont be my story. Daniel: Ive always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in storefor both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

    TEEN FICTION Yoon, N.    
    A Tangle of Gold

    A Tangle of Gold - Jaclyn Moriarty

    In Cambridge, England, Madeleine Tully is still working to gather the Royal Family, and get them back to their parallel world--but in Cello, Elliot Baranski is being held captive, the Hostiles are working against the Royal Family, and the World Severance Unit is trying to stop all contact between Cello and the World for good.

    TEEN FICTION Moriarty, J.

    Unbecoming - Jenny Downham

    Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a "special needs" teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer's--and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.

    TEEN FICTION Downham, J.    
    Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II

    Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II - Albert Marrin

    On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

    TEEN 940.5317 M359 2016
    We Are the Ants

    We Are the Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson

    Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. Only he isn't sure he wants to. After all, life hasn't been great for Henry. His mom is a struggling waitress held together by a thin layer of cigarette smoke. His brother is a jobless dropout who just knocked someone up. His grandmother is slowly losing herself to Alzheimer's. And Henry is still dealing with the grief of his boyfriend's suicide last year. Wiping the slate clean sounds like a pretty good choice to him. But Henry is a scientist first, and facing the question thoroughly and logically, he begins to look for pros and cons: in the bully who is his perpetual one-night stand, in the best friend who betrayed him, in the brilliant and mysterious boy who walked into the wrong class. Weighing the pain and the joy that surrounds him, Henry is left with the ultimate choice: push the button and save the planet and everyone on it or let the world and his pain be destroyed forever.

    TEEN FICTION Hutchinson, S.
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