Books for Older Teens
Ask the Passengers
By A.S. King
Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl. As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better. In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything --and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love. (Formats: print; book on CD)
By Ursula Dubosarsky
The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Who was the mysterious poet they had met in the Garden? What actually happened in the seaside cave that day? And most important--who can they tell about it? (Print format)
Ender’s Game (Bk. 1, Ender Saga)
By Orson Scott Card
(Teen Science Fiction)
Ender Wiggin is a very bright young boy with a powerful skill. One of a group of children bred to be military geniuses and save Earth from an inevitable attack by aliens, known here as "buggers," Ender becomes unbeatable in war games and seems poised to lead Earth to triumph over the buggers. Meanwhile, his brother and sister plot to wrest power from Ender. Read the book before the movie! (Formats : print book; book-on-cd)
By Veronica Roth
Beatrice Pryor lives in a dystopian Chicago, which is divided into five factions devoted to different virtues. On a set day every year, sixteen-year-olds must select which faction they will devote the rest of their lives to. Beatrice must choose between staying with her family and being who she really is. Beatrice also has a secret, one she has been warned can mean death if exposed. Now, Beatrice will be forced to make tough choices that can determine the course of her future. Read the book before the movie!
The Siege and Storm(Book 2, Grisha Trilogy)
By Leigh Bardugo
(Teen Fantasy Fiction)
Darkness never dies. Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her - or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.
The Subtle Knife (Book 2, His Dark Materials series)
By Phillip Pullman
(Adult / Teen Fantasy)
Lyra Silvertongue finds herself in another world, where she meets with Will Parry, a young boy searching for his father. As they embark on an incredible journey to find their fathers, Lyra's friends in her own world build alliances that will allow them to both find her and defend themselves against the Magisterium, which seeks their death. (Book 1: The Golden Compass; Book 3: The Amber Spyglass)
5 Centimeters per Second
By Makoto Shinkai; art by Yukiko Seike
(Teen Graphic Novel)
This beautiful anime-to-book adaptation tells a different sort of love story about those individuals you can never quite forget. When Takaki Tohno and Akari Shinohara meet in grade school, they immediately form a special bond. As time goes on, they inevitably drift apart, but still try to stay in touch. This manga is perfect for the otaku in your life.
Out of the Easy
By Ruta Sepetys
It's 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test. With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.
The Name of the Star ( Shades of London series #1)
By Maureen Johnson
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888. Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police now believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
Eleanor and Park
By Rainbow Rowell
This is a story about first love. Two misfit teens, Eleanor and Park, find themselves sitting together on the bus, and over the course of time overcome their shyness to find bittersweet romance.
No Safety in Numbers
By Dayna Lorentz
A bio-toxin bomb has gone off in a mall, and we learn the story of what’s going on through the voices of four teens who are among the thousands trapped inside. Information is scarce, but the pages will keep turning as the claustrophobia and desperation grow. Perfect for the reluctant reader who prefers a good thriller.