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On the Fence

By Kasie West

(Teen Fiction)

Charlie is a girl with three older brothers who treat her just like one of them. They are all athletic, play sports to win, and prank each other constantly.  Charlie can even outwit and outscore her honorary fourth brother and next-door neighbor Braden. In order to pay off a speeding ticket, Charlie takes a job at a boutique. This plunges her into another world with makeup, skirts, and dates!  Which reality will Charlie choose – or can she blend them into a happy mixture that works for her? (Available through SearchOhio). (Format: Print)




The Infects

By Sean Beaudoin

(Teen Fiction)

Everyone knows the rules to the zombie movie. But for Nero and his fellow juvenile delinquents, knowing won’t be enough as his counselors hilariously turn into flesh-eating maniacs.

(Format: Print)





Alpha Goddess

By Amalie Howard

(Teen Fiction)

While Norse and Greek mythology are mined regularly for fiction, not much recent literature features Hindu mythology.  When Sera discovers she is a Hindu goddess incarnate, she must battle between her good and evil sides in order to save the world.  (Formats: Print; e-book)





By Amanda Maciel

(Teen Fiction)

This ripped-from-the-headlines novel looks at bullying from an unexpected viewpoint: the bullies.  Sara and her friends find themselves in a sticky situation after the target of their harassment commits suicide.  It’s a complex tale with no easy answers as the teens come to grips with the consequences of their actions.  Timely and just begging to be discussed among peers.  (Format: Print)




To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

By Jenny Han

(Teen Fiction)

In this light-hearted romance perfect for summer, Lara writes love letters to the guys she has a crush on, then tucks them away in a special hat box.  One day all the letters disappear, and each guy is mailed their letter.  Chaos ensues.  (Format: Print)




Shadows on the Moon

By Zoe Marriott

(Teen Fiction)

In this magical re-telling of Cinderella set in ancient Japan, Suzume is trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving and can re-create herself in any form.  Seeking revenge, she is determined to steal the heart of a prince, no matter the cost. (Format: Print)




Super Human

By Michael Carroll

(Teen Fiction)

Thousands of years ago, the first super human walked the Earth.  Now a group of fanatics wants him back, and it’s up to a group of superpowered teens to save the world from impending doom. (Format: Print)




Two Boys Kissing

By David Levithan

(Teen Fiction)

Two boys hope to break the world’s record for the longest kiss as a chorus from the past looks on in both hope and envy. (Format: Print)




Eva Underground

By Dandi Daley Mackall

(Teen Fiction)

Chicago natives Eva and her dad move to Communist Poland in 1978, two years after Eva’s mother dies.  Her dad is a journalist working for an underground newspaper.  Through her experiences in Poland, Eva grows from self-centered American teen into a caring young woman. An American Library Association nominee for “Best Books for Young Adults”. (Format: Print)




Dorothy Must Die

By Danielle Paige

(Teen Fantasy Fiction)

In this inventive tale that returns us to Oz, Dorothy returned some years earlier only to begin a wicked and evil rule.  Enter Amy Gumm, another girl from Kansas, whisked away to Oz on another tornado and recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy and her band of evil friends.  Hilarious, action-packed, and fun for all ages. (Format: Print)




Midwinter Blood

By Marcus Sedgwick

(Teen Fiction)

Imagine a love that lasts through the centuries! Seven stories unfold, centered around the island of Blessed. The island is anything but blessed. Its past has seen terrible vengeance, war, jealousy, and murder.  But the light of its moon can ferret out brief moments of kindness and love that carry the stories forward in time.  The novel will put you under the spell of Blessed, giving you beautifully spun tales that are mysterious, horrifying, and yet elegant, bringing the reader full circle. This book received the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature from the American Library Association. (Format: Print) 




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