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Best Young Adult Book Lists   Tags: books, literature, reading  

Our teen librarians work very hard all year long to compile these young adult book lists. The titles range from award winning young adult books, highly popular teen fiction and adult books that we think that teens will enjoy.
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Fang : a Maximum Ride novel - James Patterson
Call Number: YA FIC PATTERSON, J.
When Max and the Flock discover an unscrupulous scientist who is experimenting on humans in an effort to "improve" the human race, they decide that they must try to stop him, in spite of Angel's prediction about Fang dying.

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How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
Call Number: YA FIC ROSOFF, M.
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

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The Mark - Marilyn Bunderson
Call Number: YA FIC BUNDERSON, M.
Four gifted teenagers learn that they were stolen as infants from a hidden civilization and must find their way back home.

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Half World - Hiromi Goto
Call Number: YA FIC GOTO, H.
"Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. She is unpopular at school. At home, where she and her loving but neglectful mother live in poverty, she has had to learn to take care of herself. Melanie is just barely coping. Everything changes on the day she returns home to find her mother is missing, lured back to Half World by a nightmare creature calling himself Mr. Glueskin. Soon Melanie has embarked on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to Half World to save her mother. What she does not yet realize is that the state of the universe is at stake..."--P. [4] of cover.

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As easy as falling off the face of the earth - Lynne Rae Perkins
Call Number: YA FIC PERKINS, L.
A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

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The Midnight Charter - David Whitley
Call Number: YA FIC WHITLEY, D.
A special document and the lives of Lily and Mark, two children who know its secrets, are at the center of a dangerous adventure upon which the fate of Agora, the materialistic world in which they live, rests.

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The wake of the Lorelei Lee : being an account of the adventures of Jacky Faber on her way to Botany Bay - L. A. Meyer
Call Number: YA FIC MEYER, L.
Now rich, Jacky Faber has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic, and believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, she docks in London, where she is arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia.

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Stolen - Lucy Christopher
Call Number: YA FIC CHRISTOPHER, L.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

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Young samurai : the way of the warrior - Chris Bradford
Call Number: YA FIC BRADFORD, C.
Orphaned by a ninja pirate attack off the coast of Japan in 1611, twelve-year-old English lad Jack Fletcher is determined to prove himself, despite the bullying of fellow students, when the legendary sword master who rescued him begins training him as a samurai warrior.

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The Wreckers - Iain Lawrence
Call Number: FIC LAWRENCE, I.
Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.

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Sure Fire - Jack Higgins with Justin Richards
Call Number: YA FIC HIGGINS, J.
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find they have more complicated problems when their father is kidnapped and their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international plot to control the world's oil.

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Wild Man Island - Will Hobbs
Call Number: YA FIC HOBBS, W.
ISBN: 0688174736
After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.

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Bloodline - Katy Moran
Call Number: YA FIC MORAN, K.
While traveling through early seventh-century Britain trying to stop an impending war, Essa, who bears the blood of native British tribes and of the invading Anglish, makes discoveries that divide his loyalties.

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