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Best Books for Teens
Midyear Round-Up

Incarceron (Incarceron Series #1)by Catherine FisherCatherine Fisher (Hardcover)

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Book Cover Image. Title: Incarceron (Incarceron Series #1), Author: by Catherine Fisher, Catherine Fisher

Inmates of Incarceron are supposed to have no memories of a life "outside," but Finn remembers once having lived somewhere else. Destined to marry a man she detests, the warden's daughter Claudia lives in the outside world, a joyless "utopia" frozen in feudal pre-technology. When Finn and Claudia discover each other's existence, they dare to hope for an escape from their respective prisons. Original, imaginative, and elegantly crafted, Catherine Fisher's brilliant dystopian novel positively begs for a sequel. Teens will be happy to learn it's coming next year!

The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4)by Michael ScottMichael Scott (Hardcover)

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Book Cover Image. Title: The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4), Author: by Michael Scott, Michael Scott
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With each book in his excellent fantasy series, Michael Scott adds another layer of intrigue, delving deeper into the annals of mythology and history to resurrect more heroes and villains to play their part in the quest for the Codex. The Necromancer brings the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl and the Titan god Prometheus into the fray, as the Flamels and Dr.Dee vie for the allegiance of the Newman twins, whose powerful magic will either save the world or bring about its destruction.

Will Grayson, Will Graysonby John GreenJohn GreenDavid Levithan (Hardcover)

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Book Cover Image. Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Author: by John Green, John Green, David Levithan

The eponymous Wills of this tale are two Chicago teens who share the same name and a bleak history of romantic strikeouts, but not much more. One Will Grayson is a morose, closeted gay misanthrope; the other is the put-upon best friend of Tiny Cooper, a lovable, flamboyant giant and the real star of the story. A chance encounter between the two Wills throws them into Tiny's powerful orbit, forever changing the trajectory of both lives. This deft collaboration between John Green (Looking for Alaska) and David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy) may just be the sleeper of the year.

The Enemy (Enemy Series #1)by Charlie HigsonCharlie Higson (Hardcover)

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    Book Cover Image. Title: The Enemy (Enemy Series #1), Author: by Charlie Higson, Charlie Higson
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    In a compelling thriller Publishers Weekly describes as "Lord of the Flies meets 28 Days Later," a terrible disease has turned the adult population of London into ravenous, flesh-eating monsters who prey on children for food. Struggling to stay alive, a small band of kids journeys across London to Buckingham Palace -- the last safe haven and their only hope. With its chilling premise and graphic descriptions, The Enemy is not for the faint of heart; but an immensely appealing cast of characters and lots of unpredictable twists and turns make Charlie Higson's post-apocalyptic novel one of the year's best reads.

    The Short Second Life of Bree Tannerby Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer (Hardcover)

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    Book Cover Image. Title: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner:  An Eclipse Novella, Author: by Stephenie Meyer, Stephenie Meyer
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    Stephenie Meyer defied expectations with this taut, suspenseful novella that takes a minor character from her bestselling Twilight Saga and burnishes her to star status. Briefly introduced in Eclipse, Bree Tanner is one of the newly minted vampires in the army created by Victoria to destroy the Cullens. Meyer provides a poignant back story for Bree, limning her former life as a poor, hungry teen vagabond; but the novella is most successful in providing a fresh new perspective on the showdown in Seattle. What more could a red-blooded Twi-hard want?

    Happyfaceby Stephen EmondStephen Emond (Hardcover)

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      Book Cover Image. Title: Happyface, Author: by Stephen Emond, Stephen Emond
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      Stephen Emond gives us a glimpse into the soul of a certain kind of adolescent male with this tale of a shy, artistic introvert who moves to a new town and tries to bury his painful past by reinventing himself as perpetually cheerful and upbeat. Predictably, the charade takes him only so far; but how the teen called Happyface comes to realize who he is and what he wants from life makes for a powerful story. Handwritten journal entries and artwork that includes sketches, cartoons, and doodles set this novel apart from other coming-of-age tales.

      Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materialsby Rosalind WisemanRosalind Wiseman (Hardcover)

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        Book Cover Image. Title: Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials, Author: by Rosalind Wiseman, Rosalind Wiseman

        An expert on the complex issues facing teenage girls, Queen Bees & Wannabes author Rosalind Wiseman explores some of those same themes in her fiction debut, a spirited and entertaining novel about a likable high school freshman who discovers that girls don't have a monopoly on meanness. When her best friend Will gets caught up in the school's cruel and dangerous hazing tradition, Charlie Healy has to decide if she's willing to take a stand. From cliques and crushes to bullying and power plays, Wiseman explores the real stuff of adolescence with humor, zest, and authoritative insight. Teens will eat this up!

        Heist Society (Heist Society Series #1)by Ally CarterAlly Carter (Hardcover)

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          Book Cover Image. Title: Heist Society (Heist Society Series #1), Author: by Ally Carter, Ally Carter
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          Breakneck pacing, an appealing teen heroine, and intriguing tidbits of wartime art history make Ally Carter's delightful crime caper a real winner. Young Kat Bishop is the daughter of international art thieves; but despite her best efforts, she just can't seem to get away from the family business. When her father is falsely accused of stealing a mobster's art collection, she leads a crew of teenage co-conspirators on a globe-trotting excursion to retrieve the stolen artworks. Teen fans of Carter's Gallagher Girls series will love the nonstop action of Heist -- which, unsurprisingly, has been optioned for the movies.

          Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series #2)by Simone ElkelesSimone Elkeles (Hardcover)

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          Book Cover Image. Title: Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series #2), Author: by Simone Elkeles, Simone Elkeles
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          No one does bad boys better than Simone Elkeles, whose bestseller Perfect Chemistry featured a tough-but-tender roughneck named Alex Fuentes. This sweetly satisfying sequel stars Alex's younger brother Carlos, a troubled teen struggling to break with his gangbanger past. Carlos meets his romantic match in spirited Kiara Westford, whose family offers him a home and a last chance to clean up his act. Plenty compelling as a standalone, this appealing story will gain even more traction with fans of Elkeles's previous work.

          Before I Fallby Lauren OliverLauren Oliver (Hardcover)

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          Book Cover Image. Title: Before I Fall, Author: by Lauren Oliver, Lauren Oliver
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          Lauren Oliver's stunning debut novel examines the last day in the life of a superficial, self-absorbed, and mean-spirited queen bee whose death becomes the ultimate wake-up call. After she's killed in a car crash on Valentine's Day, Samantha Kingston relives her final 24 hours -- not just once but seven times. Each "rerun" brings startling epiphanies about choices and their consequences, and as Sam experiences her life several times over, she undergoes a miraculous transformation. Simultaneously hopeful and heartbreaking, Before I Fall represents imaginative storytelling at its best.