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Book Recommendations for the 2015 Teen Reading Club
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Young Adult Fiction

Identified by YA on the spine and shelved alphabetically by author's last name in the YA Fiction section.

The Way of the Warrior
Bradford, Chris

Lexile: 860

Follow the way of the sword in the Young Samurai series!

All-American Girl
Cabot, Meg

Lexile: 880

The Awakening
Carroll, Michael Owen

Lexile: 630

Power up with the Quantum Prophecy series!

Finished this series? The story continues in the Super Human series!

Cashore, Kristin

Don't miss the rest of the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy!

Lexile: 730

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
Evans, Richard Paul

Lexile: 500

Spine-tingling adventure awaits in the Michael Vey series!


Ferraiolo, Jack D.

Lexile: 620

Grant, Michael

Lexile: 620

Hours disappear when you're reading the Gone series!

The Outsiders
Hinton, S. E.

Lexile: 750

Try the companion novel: That was Then, This is Now

Lloyd-Jones, Emily

Lyga, Barry

Lexile: 670

Lynch, Chris

Lexile: 840

Throne of Glass
Maas, Sarah J.

Lexile: 790

Celaena's story unfolds in the Throne of Glass novels!

Moore, Perry

Lexile: 880

Mister Monday
Nix, Garth

Lexile: 800

Open up a new world with the Keys to the Kingdom!

The Car
Paulsen, Gary

Lexile: 900

Trickster's Choice
Pierce, Tamora

Lexile: 790

Aly’s adventures continue in Trickster's Queen!

The Lost Hero
Riordan, Rick

Lexile: 660

Can the demigods unite to become Heroes of Olympus?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Saenz, Benjamin Alire

Lexile: 380

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
Sanderson, Brandon

Lexile: 730

Read between the lines with the Alcatraz Smedry adventures!

Wednesday Wars
Schmidt, Gary D.

Lexile: 990

The Awakening and the Struggle
Smith, L. J.

Lexile: 680

Sink your teeth into the Vampire Diaries!

Thirsty for more? Don't miss Vampire Diaries, The Return!

Heroes of the Valley
Stroud, Jonathan

Lexile: 770

Code Name Verity
Wein, Elizabeth

Lexile: 1020

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly
Wesselhoeft, Conrad

Lexile: 590

So Yesterday
Westerfeld, Scott

Lexile: 770

Zinn, Bridget

Lexile: 760

I Am the Messenger
Zusak, Markus

Lexile: 640



Identified by FICTION on the spine and shelved alphabetically by author's last name in the Fiction section (unless otherwise noted).

I, Robot
Asimov, Isaac

(Located in Science Fiction)

Pride and Prejudice
Austen, Jane

Jane Eyre
Bronte, Charlotte

Red Rising
Brown, Pierce

(Located in Science Fiction)

Join the rebellion with Golden Son!

Furies of Calderon
Butcher, Jim

Tavi's journey continues in the Codex Alera!

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Chabon, Michael

The Maid
Cutter, Kimberly

Oliver Twist
Dickens, Charles

The Universe Versus Alex Woods
Extence, Gavin

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
Goldman, William

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Haddon, Mark

Blood Red
Lackey, Mercedes

(Located in NEW Science Fiction)

Death Comes to the Village
Lloyd, Catherine

(Located in Mystery)

White Fang; And Call of the Wild
London, Jack

Life of Pi
Martel, Yann

The Things They Carried
O'Brien, Tim

The Shadow of the Wind
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos

Uncover the Cemetery of Forgotten Books with The Angel's Game and The Prisoner of Heaven!

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore
Sloan, Robin

Dear John
Sparks, Nicholas

The Discreet Hero
Vargas Llosa, Mario

(Located in NEW Fiction)

Maisie Dobbs
Winspear, Jacqueline

(Located in Mystery)

Solve the case in the Maisie Dobbs novels!

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Zevin, Gabrielle


YA Graphic Novels

Identified by YA on the spine and shelved alphabetically by title in the Young Adult Graphic Novel section (unless otherwise noted).

Watase, Yuu

Avengers. Rage of Ultron
Remender, Rick

(Located in Graphic Novel)

Assemble the Avengers!

Snyder, Scott

(Located in Graphic Novel)

It's a whole new universe in DC's New 52!

Dawn of the Arcana
Toma, Rei

The Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years

(Located in Graphic Novel)

Yolen, Jane

Lexile: 460

The Heroes of Olympus. The Lost Hero

Riordan, Rick

See how it all began with Percy Jackson & The Olympians graphic novels!

Johnny Hiro: (Half Asian, All Hero)
Chao, Fred

(Located in Graphic Novel)

Kamisama Kiss
Suzuki, Julietta

Card, Orson Scott

Lexile: 440

Yakin, Boaz

Lexile: 700

Star Wars Adventures: Boba Fett and the Ship of Fear
Barlow, Jeremy

Lexile: 550

Superman: Earth One
Straczynski, J. Michael

(Located in Graphic Novel)

Like this title? Journey to Gotham for Batman: Earth One!

Teen Titans: Earth One
Lemire, Jeff

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
Bendis, Brian Michael

Witch & Wizard: the Manga
Patterson, James

X-Men. Days of Future Past
Claremont, Chris



Titles with a J before the call number are located in the Juvenile Non-Fiction section. Titles without a J are located in the Adult Non-Fiction section.

158 [NEW]

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Rowling, J. K.


The Everything Classical Mythology Book: from the Heights of Mount Olympus to the Depths of the Underworld
Conner, Nancy


The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School
Robbins, Alexandra

323.4 P252 [Biography]

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Theoharis, Jeanne


Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They are Committed to Saving
Scardina, Julie

It’s checked out? Try The Next Eco-Warriors!


Secrets of the Ninja
Kim, Ashida

371.822 Y82 [Biography]

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
Yousafzai, Malala

509.22 [Biography]

The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors
Gribbin, John

510.92 T938 [Biography]

Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book that Inspired the Film The Imitation Game
Hodges, Andrew

530.092 E35 [Biography]

Einstein A to Z
Fox, Karen C.

616.0277 L141

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Skloot, Rebecca

629.13 S949

Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters
Sullenberger, Chesley

629.45 R544 [Biography]

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space
Sherr, Lynn

J 629.454 M681 [Biography]

Earthrise: My Adventures As an Apollo 14 Astronaut
Mitchell, Edgar D.


My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope
Laks, Ellie

636.7 [NEW]

Man's Best Hero: True Stories of Great American Dogs
Collins, Ace

Looking for more courageous canines? We recommend Thunder Dog!


Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success
Segall, Ken


How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
Lee, Stan

796.092 [Biography]

Companions in Courage: Triumphant Tales of Heroic Athletes

Like this book? Check out The Hard Way: Writing by the Rebels who Changed Sports!

796.092 B792

Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead
Boyle, Brian

J 796.323 J82 [Biography]

Michael Jordan: A Life Above the Rim
Lipsyte, Robert

796.334 [Biography]

The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How it Changed the World Longman, Jere

796.42 O97

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
Schaap, Jeremy

820.9 N146 [Biography]

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Nafisi, Azar

920.72 [Biography]

American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country
Hutchison, Kay Bailey

940.5472 Z26 [Biography]

Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey From Airman to Castaway to Captive
Hillenbrand, Laura

940.5475 [NEW]

Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific
Farrell, Mary Cronk

J 940.5315

Rescue: The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust
Meltzer, Milton

J 944.026 J62 [Biography]

Joan of Arc: Religious and Military Leader
Hubbard-Brown, Janet

Learn more about Women of Achievement!

951.9042 [NEW]

Sgt. Reckless : America's War Horse
Hutton, Robin L.

966.404 B365 [Biography]

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Beah, Ishmael

J 968.065 M271 [Biography]

Nelson Mandela and Apartheid in World History
Gaines, Ann

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