Teen Picks June 2016
Best Books for Teens June 2016 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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Steeplejack: A Novel
by A. J. Hartley
published June 14, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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Thoughtfully imaginative and action-packed, Steeplejack is New York Times bestselling A. J. Hartley's YA debut set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher...READ MORE

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My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand,
by Brodi Ashton,
by Jodi Meadows
published June 7, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane,coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance...READ MORE

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The First Time She Drowned
by Kerry Kletter
published March 15, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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The beautiful struggle of a girl desperate for the one relationship that has caused her the most pain

Cassie O'Malley has spent the past two and a half years in a mental institution--dumped there by her mother, against her will. Now, at 18, Cassie emancipates herself, determined to start...READ MORE

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You Know Me Well: A Novel
by David Levithan,
by Nina LaCour
published June 7, 2016

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed....READ MORE

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And I Darken
by Kiersten White
published June 28, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters. Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE...READ MORE

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American Girls: A Novel
by Alison Umminger
published June 7, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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She was looking for a place to land.

Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she's had it with her life at home. So Anna "borrows" her stepmom's credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous...READ MORE

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Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen
by Jazz Jennings
published June 7, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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“Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest champions of transgender equality.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“A role model for teens everywhere.” —Seventeen.com on Jazz Jennings
Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings—named one of “The 25 Most Influential Teens” of the year by Time—shares her very public transgender journey, as...READ MORE

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Rocks Fall Everyone Dies
by Lindsay Ribar
published June 7, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family's secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.

Aspen Quick has never really worried...READ MORE

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The Smell of Other People's Houses
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
published February 23, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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“Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s Alaska is beautiful and wholly unfamiliar…. A thrilling, arresting debut.” —Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Was Here
“[A] singular debut. . . .  [Hitchcock] weav[es] the alternating voices of four young people into a seamless and continually surprising story of risk, love, redemption, catastrophe,...READ MORE

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Lucky Few
by Kathryn Ormsbee
published June 7, 2016
Starred Reviews:
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In the tradition of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a hilarious, madcap, and quirky debut novel about a group of oddball teens struggling to find themselves when facing their own mortality.

The life of homeschooler Stevie Hart gets all shook up when she meets a strange boy, Max,...READ MORE

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