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Young Adult Books You Want to Read

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Bookreporter.com. Throughout the year, Bookreporter.com features adult books on Teenreads.com, our site for young adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from Teenreads.com that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

April 2010

Multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper tackles disability and prejudice in OUT OF MY MIND, a deeply personal, moving story full of heartache and hope inspired by Draper’s own family experiences. Eleven-year-old Melody is a girl whose voice readers will never forget.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

April 2010

Freedom and loyalty are commonly discussed in histories of the American Revolution. In CHAINS, a finalist for this year’s National Book Award, Laurie Halse Anderson examines the very different implications of these notions for one often-overlooked group: slaves.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

April 2010

In this affecting and original page-turner, 17-year-old Samantha Kingston dies. But that's not the end of her story. Instead, she relives her last day over and over again, seven times. Can Sam figure out why she's getting these extra chances…and what she needs to do to find redemption?

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

April 2010

Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the Order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. Soon though, she must say good-bye to Dr. Crumb --- nearly the only person she’s ever known --- to assist archaeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own, and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are.

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

April 2010

Death surrounds Pancho. His father, in an accident. His sister, murdered. His own plans to find her killer. And D.Q. --- a guy Pancho’s age who’s dying of cancer. That is, if he’ll ever shut up. D.Q. is writing “The Death Warrior’s Manifesto,” a guide to living out his last days fully. He needs just one more thing: the love of the beautiful Marisol. But as Pancho tracks down his sister’s murderer, he finds himself falling for Marisol as well….

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

March 2010

Ellen Hopkins’s sixth novel in verse is a blistering account of five very different young people’s descent into the desperate, dangerous world of teenage prostitution. These moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story --- a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down and growing up.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

March 2010

Lia's estranged best friend Cassie is found dead in a motel room. What Lia hasn't told anyone is that Cassie called her 33 times the evening she died; Lia didn't answer the phone. She also hasn't mentioned that she and Cassie once made a pact to see who could become the skinniest. At 99 pounds Lia is winning. Haunted by Cassie's ghost, Lia must choose between the exquisite control of anorexia and the sustenance she needs to live.

The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

March 2010

Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends, Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero. But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.

Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

March 2010

Nora Raleigh Baskin shows readers the world through the unique perspective of an autistic 12-year-old boy in ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL, a moving portrayal of family, love and bravery.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

March 2010

Incarceron is a self-sustaining prison with a mind of its own. One prisoner, 17-year-old Finn, doesn’t believe he belongs. As Finn navigates the dangerous world of Incarceron, he finds help in the most unsuspecting person --- the daughter of the Warden. Escape seems impossible, however, because Incarceron is always watching!