Recommended Reads for Teens

Kirkus, which is one of those review sites that us library folks are always interested in, has released its Best Teen Books of 2011. There are a lot of books on here that I’ve loved, and a lot that are still on my list to check out. They’ve separated the books into themes, but since there’s a lot of overlap, I’m going to share the full list below.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Black & White by Larry Dane Brimner

Blink and Caution  by Tim Wynne-Jones

Bootleg by Karen Blumenthal

Brooklyn Burning by Steve Brezenoff

Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando

Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger

The Fitzosbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

I Am J by Cris Beam

If I Could Fly by Judith Ortiz Cofer

I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place, and Purpose by Jill Rubalcaba

Island’s End by Padma Venkatraman

The Isle of Bloodby Rick Yancey

Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

Mangaman by Barry Lyga

Misfit by Jon Skovron

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten

Stay With Me by Paul Griffin

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

This Thing Called the Future by J.L. Powers

Tighter by Adele Griffin

Tilt by Alan Cumyn

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

 

 

 

– Heather Botelho, South Branch Library

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