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The Outsiders Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Story of ostracized kid a timeless fave of teens, preteens.
By S. E. Hinton
(1967)
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Double Love: Sweet Valley High, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.
By Francine Pascal
(2008)
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Bloodhound: Beka Cooper, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Second book in fantasy series is more mature than first.
By Tamora Pierce
(2009)
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Mastiff: Beka Cooper, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Uneven finish to exciting but violent crime/fantasy trilogy.
By Tamora Pierce
(2011)
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Dragonswood Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Teen girl's bold adventure among dragons, fairies, princes.
By Janet Lee Carey
(2012)
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The Girl of Fire and Thorns: Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Plus-size princess turns leader in spiritually tinged tale.
By Rae Carson
(2011)
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Under the Mesquite Book Poster Image
age 12+
Latina teen faces mom's cancer in award-winning verse novel.
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(2011)
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Struck Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Intense sci-fi romance in post-big-earthquake L.A.
By Jennifer Bosworth
(2012)
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The Edge of Nowhere Book Poster Image
age 12+
Decent start to girl-who-hears-others'-thoughts series.
By Elizabeth George
(2012)
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Summer & Bird Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Wildly imaginative quest to find parents in mythic world.
By Katherine Catmull
(2012)
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Seconds Away Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Teen thriller sequel lacks punch of previous volume.
By Harlan Coben
(2012)
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Shadowfell Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Girl who talks to fairies vs. evil king in complex fantasy.
By Juliet Marillier
(2012)
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The Dark Unwinding Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thrilling steampunk mystery, romance in Victorian England.
By Sharon Cameron
(2012)
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The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Talky but funny fantasy takes a while to get going.
By Jasper Fforde
(2012)
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The Shadow Society Book Poster Image
age 12+
Affecting alternate-world fantasy promotes tolerance.
By Marie Rutkoski
(2012)
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The Madness Underneath: Shades of London, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Cool main character holds together 2nd London mystery.
By Maureen Johnson
(2013)
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The Cadet of Tildor Book Poster Image
age 12+
Girl trains as elite soldier in sword-slashing fantasy.
By Alex Lidell
(2013)
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The Tragedy Paper Book Poster Image
age 12+
Thoughtful story about a tragedy teen boy brings on himself.
By Elizabeth LaBan
(2013)
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Boy21 Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Gripping, heartfelt coming-of-age tale sure to hook teens.
By Matthew Quick
(2012)
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Nine Days Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Gripping search for missing dad, based on a true story.
By Fred Hiatt
(2013)
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