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Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

By teen lib   |  April 19, 2013

"There are two kinds of people in this world--those who have had a cavity search and those who haven't. This is the story of how I wound up in the wrong category.”

What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

By teen lib   |  April 19, 2013

Buried alive. . . That's the stuff of nightmares. But Cass McBride is living her worst nightmare.

Dead Connection by Charlie Price

By teen lib   |  April 19, 2013

Murray talks to the dead. And they talk back to him.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. The Pox Party: Taken from Accounts by [Octavius Nothing's] O

By teen lib   |  April 19, 2013

Octavian grows up in an unusual household of radical philosophers in Boston in the eighteenth century. But as he grows older, he realizes something isn't right...

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

By teen lib   |  April 19, 2013

What do a young boy, the Monkey King, and the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype have in common? Find out in this award-winning graphic novel.

Surrender by Sonya Hartnett

By teen lib   |  April 19, 2013

Gabriel has only two friends, his dog, Surrender, and Finnigan, a boy with a volatile nature that is the only one who really seems to understand him.

The Sorcerer of the North by John Flanagan

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

A few years have passed since Will’s last adventures as an apprentice Ranger working with his mentor, Halt, and the Skandians to bring about peace between the two countries.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Air raid sirens pierced the air early that afternoon, signaling a terrorist attack on San Francisco. The "voice of God," according to Marcus, orders them to take shelter...

Double or Die: A James Bond Adventure by Charlie Higson

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

A professor is kidnapped at gunpoint. But not just any professor, Alexis Fairburn, the professor, just happens to be the one in charge of the crossword-puzzle club at Eton.

White Cat by Holly Black

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Cassel, while dreaming of a white cat, has somehow ended up on the roof of his dorm in the middle of the night...

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

As you may know from Life As We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone, Alex and Julie Morales, and Miranda and her family continue to struggle for survival in

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Incarceron is a prison so vast that no one really knows the extent of it. Designed as a grand experiment, Incarceron was created with cutting-edge technology to house all the undesirables in the world...

Epitaph Road by David Patneaude

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

The world of 2097 is completely changed from today’s society. Women rule the world. All wars have ceased. Crime rates are nearly nonexistent, and prisons are a thing of the past...

Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Billi SanGreal is not your ordinary teen. As the only female member of a much reduced secret order of the Knights Templar, Billi has been schooled to fight and kill anything Unholy.

Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Erak's Ransom actually backtracks and takes place in the timeline before Will becomes a full-fledged ranger...

Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Troy reflects back over the past summer trying to figure out where things went wrong and understand why those boys had to die...

The Fold by An Na

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

A winning lottery ticket! Wow! Wouldn’t that be great? Well, that is exactly what happens to Joyce’s aunt, Gomo...

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

The child that the man Jack is trying to find to kill is Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod. He is a normal, ordinary child, or he would be if he didn't live in a graveyard...

Science Fair: A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, And a Very Nervous Frog by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Toby is in deep, deep trouble. He decided to sell a piece of his dad’s priceless Star Wars memorabilia, an original Star Wars blaster, on Ebay, so that he could come up with the money to purchase a new laptop...

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Taylor Markham keeps getting deserted. Now Taylor, 17, has been ditched by Hannah, a nearby resident. Taylor tries to make sense of Hannah's disappearance, and the manuscript she left behind.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Things are finally getting back to normal for Evie after World War II ends. Her step-father, Joe, has come back to her and her mother safe and sound. But after just a few weeks at home, Evie realizes that all is not the same as before the war...

Flygirl by Sherri Smith

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

All Ida Mae ever wanted to do was fly, so she feels like her life has started anew upon discovering a newspaper article announcing a Women's Airforce Service Pilots program...

Seer of Shadows by Avi

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Horace Carpetine has unintentionally unleashed an angry ghost on the Von Macht household...

The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Every theater in London in the 1790s needs a cat, but the Theater Royal on Drury Lane has a different sort of cat, Cat Royal, a streetwise orphan that was taken in by the owner of the theater, Mr. Sheridan...

If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

The Fountain children’s lives read like the very worst kind of soap opera...

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

By teen lib   |  April 8, 2013

Cody Laredo is on top of the world at the end of his sophomore year. He managed to pass all of his classes, squeaking by with a passing grade even in English, which means that he will be the quarterback of his school's football team. But a lot can happen in one summer...

Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

By teen lib   |  March 22, 2013

"A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret." And that is the house that Max and his family have just moved into leaving the capital where they used to live...

Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

By teen lib   |  March 22, 2013

Shayne walks into the police station and confesses to murder. But Detective Rawls can’t quite believe that this quiet, new kid in town could kill someone...

Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan

By teen lib   |  March 22, 2013

They had such a good plan. It was going to bring them so much attention that colleges couldn't help but take notice of them...

Beat the Band by Don Calame

By teen lib   |  March 22, 2013

Cooper has plans for his sophomore year in high school...they just don't include working on a semester-long project with Hot Dog Helen.

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