Teen Picks January 2016
January 2016 Teen Picks

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

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All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven
published January 6, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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"A do not miss for fans of Eleanor and Park and The Fault in Our Stars, and basically anyone who can breathe."--Justine Magazine

New York Times bestseller

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!

 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But...READ MORE

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The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black
published January 13, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives....

 

Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Tourists drive in...READ MORE

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Mosquitoland
by David Arnold
published March 3, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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“Top-notch” —USA Today
“Illuminating” —Washington Post
“A breath of fresh air” —Entertainment Weekly
“Memorable” —People 

I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it...READ MORE

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Carry On
by Rainbow Rowell
published October 6, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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#1 New York Times best seller!
Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015 - Youth!
Named a "Best Book of 2015" by Time Magazine, School Library Journal, Barnes & Noble, NPR, PopSugar, The Millions, and The News & Observer!

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz,...READ MORE

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Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman,
by Jay Kristoff
published October 20, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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For fans of Marie Lu comes the first book in an epic series that bends the sci-fi genre into a new dimension.
 
 “A truly beautiful novel that redefines the form." —Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of Red Queen

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d...READ MORE

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Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
by M.T. Anderson
published September 22, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony.

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most...READ MORE

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Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby
published March 3, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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“Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.”—School Library Journal

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.

So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped...READ MORE

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
published September 29, 2015
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A #1 New York Times bestseller

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he...READ MORE

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Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon
published September 1, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller


If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the...READ MORE

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The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn Book 1)
by Renée Ahdieh
published May 12, 2015
Starred Reviews:
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Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does...READ MORE

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