Teen Picks March 2016
Best Books for Teens March 2016 Picks

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There is a flood of amazing teen books coming out right now.  If I disappear for a couple of months, you’ll know I’ve gone into hiding – or maybe just my living room to read a pile of awesome books.

I’m so super excited to read We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson.  I’m not sure how to explain the deep down draw I’m feeling towards this book.  It got outstanding reviews.  Good.  The book summary sounds intriguing.  It’s about a teen boy who has been abducted by aliens multiple times over the years.  During the most recent abduction, he’s handed a big red button with instructions to press it if he doesn’t want the Earth to explode on a certain day.  Although, all he has to do is press the button to avoid catastrophe, the boy, Henry, isn’t sure he wants the Earth to keep spinning.  He’s struggling to find meaning in his life after his boyfriend committed suicide and the people around him seem to be disintegrating.   His brother is jobless and just got someone pregnant; his grandmother has advancing Alzheimer’s, and his mom is struggling just to keep it together. 

So… intriguing, right?  I guess part of the lure may be that, from reviews, the characters seem so real and raw.  That kind of honesty and authenticity is rarely present in literature and is actually pretty scarce in real life.  I loved reading the snippets on the “Look Inside” preview on Amazon.  Henry’s voice is so sharp and funny and right on.  I want to get to know this guy, and I can’t wait to see how his life changes so that he can at least consider the possibility of a life worth living.

Another book that I’m dying to read is Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina.  It’s a realistic story set in New York in 1977.  The city is blistering with fears of the serial killer Son of Sam; it’s fighting a succession of arsons, and it suffers a massive blackout.  Amidst this roiling pulse of the populace, Nora Lopez is struggling with her family life as well.  I wonder, in this tinder box of a backdrop, what will be the spark that set Nora’s world on fire?

Next on my gotta read list is Exit, Pursued By a Bear.  The story is about a girl who was raped at a cheerleading camp.  There’s fallout in the community over blame and justice.  What I especially like about this book though, is that the main character, Hermione, doesn’t settle for being a victim.  Instead the story goes on as Hermione chooses to live her life, not as a thing to pity, but as a girl – a normal girl.

The Girl from Everywhere, Rebel of the Sands, and Lady Midnight are also beckoning for their fantastical, transporting, escape to a world of thrills and delights qualities.

Did I mention that I might disappear for a while?  Yup.  And I wouldn’t hold it against you if you did too.

See you on the other side!  laugh

 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. 

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
by E.K. Johnston
published March 15, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston’s latest brave and unforgettable heroine

Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride...READ MORE

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Thanks for the Trouble
by Tommy Wallach
published February 23, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Tommy Wallach, the New York Times bestselling author of the “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) We All Looked Up, delivers a brilliant new novel about a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to live after meeting an enigmatic girl.

“Was this story written about me?”
I shrugged.
...READ MORE

The Girl from Everywhere
by Heidi Heilig
published February 16, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal  

Heidi Heilig's debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City, to nineteenth-century Hawaii, to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father's ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The...READ MORE

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The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner
published March 8, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The Serpent King is a book you won’t be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page.” —John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner
 
Dill has had to...READ MORE

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Burn Baby Burn
by Meg Medina
published March 8, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star ImageHorn Book

While violence runs rampant throughout New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son...READ MORE

The Bitter Side of Sweet
The Bitter Side of Sweet
by Tara Sullivan
published February 23, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

For fans of Linda Sue Park and A Long Way Gone, two young boys must escape a life of slavery in modern-day Ivory Coast

Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop...READ MORE

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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices)
by Cassandra Clare
published March 8, 2016

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of...READ MORE

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Rebel of the Sands
by Alwyn Hamilton
published March 8, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“You will cheer for Amani the whole way as she escapes the bonds of oppression and finds her own power, and you will mark your calendar for the sequel.”—Rae Carson, bestselling author of the Fire & Thorns trilogy

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam...READ MORE

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The Steep and Thorny Way
by Cat Winters
published March 8, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews

A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s HamletThe Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.
 

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an...READ MORE

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We Are the Ants
by Shaun David Hutchinson
published January 19, 2016
Starred Reviews:
Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

From the “author to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or not the world is worth saving.

Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world...READ MORE

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