Teen/Young Adult Books

Book Selections for Young Adults

Teens and young adults have started to gravitate to certain writing styles and tend to have favorite authors. We have a collection of books that have gained popularity among this age group.

Please feel free to send us your favorite books to add to this list!

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The Teacher's Corner  

Campus Life Exposed: Advice from the Inside
by Harlan Cohen
In the words of Harlan Cohen himself, "This is the book I WISH someone had given to me... so I wrote it! It's the book every parent and every student going off to college should check out. There are 168 hours in the week and only about 20 are spent inside the classroom. It's the hours outside the classroom when the real lessons are learned. From roommates to relationships to sex to no sex to loneliness to depression to drinking to drugs to sobriety--it's all here and more. This is my way of helping college students know that they are NEVER alone in their individual college journey--wherever it may lead!"

Don't Think Twice
by Ruth Pennebaker
"I am an avid reader who devours on average five books a week," an Amazon.com customer writes. "That in mind, now take into consideration this was truly one of the best books I have ever read. It is entertaining, elegantly crafted, has funny, relatable characters, a sense of realism... and above all, Anne's strong voice conveys an amazing story of self-awareness and overcoming hardships." Ruth Pennebaker's Don't Think Twice is a darkly funny, hard-hitting novel set in the late 1960s in a rural Texas home for pregnant teens.

If High School Is a Game, Here's How to Break the Rules : A Cutting Edge Guide to Becoming Yourself
by Cherie Carter-Scott, Kimberly Kirberger
"One of the most difficult things about life as a teenager is how very complicated it can be. Sometimes you feel as if you can't even figure out what is wrong, let alone do anything about fixing it. What Chérie does in this book is take the whole complicated mess and simplify it, make sense out of it." So writes Kimberly Kirberger in her introduction to Chérie Carter-Scott's collection of 10 "truths," from "Your body will change" to "Your inner world is your safety zone." Accessible and empowering, this small book for high schoolers offers sound, non preachy advice to help your teenager become the person he or she wants to be.

Major in Success : Make College Easier, Fire Up Your Dreams, & Get A Very Cool Job
by Patrick Combs, Jack Canfield
The author, Patrick Combs, is a speaker on the college circuit who has touched the lives of countless numbers of high-school and college students. Major in Success is Combs's way of helping students realize their dreams and pursue their passion. Harlan Cohen writes, "Practical tips, invaluable advice, and amazing resources serve to help college students focus on the career path that will lead them to a very HAPPY place!"

Monster
by Walter Dean Myers, Christopher A. Myers (Illustrator)
"Monster" is what the prosecutor called 16-year-old Steve Harmon for his supposed role in the fatal shooting of a convenience-store owner. But was Steve really the lookout who gave the "all clear" to the murderer or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time? In Walter Dean Myers's innovative novel, winner of the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award, the reader becomes both juror and witness during the trial of Steve's life.

Stay Strong : Simple Life Lessons for Teens
by Terrie Williams
In this sassy, street-smart addition to the growing body of self-help literature for adolescents, public relations guru Terrie Williams turns her attention to teens. Stay Strong reads like a hip-hop version of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Williams breaks down what she believes are common negative adolescent attitudes ("It's all about money," "How I talk is my business," etc.) and then challenges the reader to reassess those attitudes and turn them around. Original rap lyrics that illustrate the theme of each chapter and a down-to-earth introduction by Queen Latifah will make this work especially appealing to urban teens.


A
A Dance for Three
by Louise Plummer

A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
by Alice Childress

The Adventures of Blue Avenger
by Norma Howe

The Amber Spyglass
by Philip Pullman

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
by Louise Rennison

Another Kind of Monday
by William E. Coles Jr.

Armageddon Summer
by Jane Nolen and Bruce Coville

Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer

B
Backwater
by Joan Bauer

Baseball in April and Other Stories
by Gary Soto

Bee and Jacky
by Carolyn Coman

Behaving Bradley
by Perry Nodelman

The Best 311 Colleges: 1999 Edition
by the Princeton Review

Blood and Chocolate
by Annette Curtis Klause

The Blooding
by Patricia Windsor

Both Sides Now
by Ruth Pennebaker

Burger Wuss
by Matthew T. Anderson; illustrated by David Butler

By the Shore
by Galaxy Craze

C
Cast Two Shadows
by Ann Rinaldi

Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

Caucasia
by Danzy Senna

Cecil in Space
by Sid Hite

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teen III

Chinese Cinderella
by Adeline Yen Mah

The Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

Close-Up
by Szabinka Dudevszky

Conquering the Beast Within
by Cait Irwin

The Copper Elephant
by Adam Rapp

Cosmos Coyote and William the Nice
by Jim Heynen

Crusader
by Edward Bloor

D
Dangerous Angels
by Francesca Lia Block

Dark Matter
by Easton Royce

Demon in My View
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Downsiders
by Neal Shusterman

E
Elske
by Cynthia Voight

F
Fade Far Away
by Francess Lantz

The Fall: The Seventh Tower No. 1
by Garth Nix

The Folk Keeper
by Franny Billingsley

Forever
by Judy Blume

Frenchtown Summer
by Robert Cormier

G
Girl in Landscape
by Jonathan Lethem

Girl, Interrupted
by Susanna Kaysen

Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out
by Hillary Carlip

The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman

Gone From Home
by Angela Johnson

H
Hard Love
by Ellen Wittlinger

Harley Like a Person
by Cat Bauer

Heroes
by Robert Cormier

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Holes
by Louis Sachar

Howlers
by Everett Owens

I
I Miss You, I Miss You!
by Kinna Gieth and Peter Pohl

I Was a Teenage Fairy (Ages 12 and older)
by Francesca Lia Block

If You Come Softly
by Jacqueline Woodson

In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer
by Irene Gut Opdyke

J
Jade Green: A Ghost Story
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Just Ella
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

K
Katie.com
by Katherine Tarbox

Kissing Doorknobs
by Terry Spencer Hesser

L
Letters to a Young Poet
by Rainer Maria Rilke

Life Happens
by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman

Life Is Funny
by E.R. Frank

Life Strategies for Teens
by Jay McGraw

The Likes of Me
by Randall Beth Platt

Lirael : Daughter of the Clayr
by Garth Nix

Little Jordan
by Marly Youmans

Locked Inside
by Nancy Werlin

Looking for Alibrandi
by Melina Marchetta

Lost and Found: Award-Winning Authors Sharing Real-Life Experiences Through Fiction
edited by M. Jerry and Helen S. Weiss

M
Margaret Bourke-White: Her Pictures Were Her Life
by Susan Goldman Rubin

Mary, Bloody Mary
by Carolyn Meyer

The Maze
by Will Hobbs

Mind's Eye
by Paul Fleischman

Monster
by Walter Dean Myers

Mummy
by Caroline Cooney

The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys
by Marvin Heiferman and Carole Kismaric

N
Name Me Nobody
by Lois-Ann Yamanaka

No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa
by Tim McKee and Anne Blackshaw

O
The Odd Sea
by Frederick Reiken

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
by Dr. Seuss

On the Edge: Stories at the Brink
edited by Lois Duncan

Ophelia Speaks
by Sara Shandler

Outrageous
by US magazine

P
Party Girl
by Lynne Ewing

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Pharaoh's Daughter: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
by Julius Lester

Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers
edited by Judy Blume

Q
The Queen of Attolia
by Megan Whalen Turner

R
Reef of Death
by Paul Zindel

The Revelation of Saint Bruce by Tres Seymour

Rundown
by Michael Cadnum

S
145th Street: Short Stories
by Walter Dean Myers

The Sacrifice (Ages 12 to 15)
by Diane Matcheck

Sang Spell
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Seen and Heard: Teenagers Talk About Their Lives
by Mary Motley Kalergis

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
by Sean Covey

The Science of the X-Files
by Jeanne Cavelos

Shiva's Fire
by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Skin
by Ben Mezrich

Skin and Other Stories
by Roald Dahl

Smack
by Melvin Burgess

Soldier's Heart (Ages 12 to 15)
by Gary Paulsen

Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Spindle's End
by Robin McKinley

Spinners
by Donna Jo Napoli

Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli

Star Wars: Episode I, Incredible Cross-Sections
by David West Reynolds and Richard Chasemore

Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
by Terry Brooks

Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace the Illustrated Screenplay
by George Lucas

Stay True: Short Stories for Girls
edited by Marilyn Singer

Stephen Fair
by Tim Wynne-Jones

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self
by Lori Gottlieb

The Stones Are Hatching
by Geraldine McCaughrean

Stop Pretending : What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
by Sonya Sones

Stuck in Neutral
by Terry Trueman

Summer Sisters
by Judy Blume

T
10 Real SATs
by the College Board

Thirsty
by M.T. Anderson

Trapped! Cages of Mind and Body
by Lois Duncan, Editor

V
Vanishing
by Bruce Brooks

Violet & Claire
by Francesca Lia Block

W
We've Got Spirit: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Cheerleading Team
by James T. McElroy

Whale Talk
by Chris Crutcher

What Are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People
by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins

What Became of Her
by M.E. Kerr

What Janie Found
by Caroline B. Cooney

When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune
by Lori Aurelia Williams

When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
by Bev Cobain

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
by Kimberly Willis Holt

The White Horse
by Cynthia D. Grant

Within Reach: My Everest Story
by Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin

Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing
by Patricia T. O'Conner

Z
Zack
by William Bell

Zebra and Other Stories (Ages 12 and older)
by Chaim Potok

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