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Bright We Burn: And I Darken, Book 3 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Mature, bloody trilogy meets an absorbing, satisfying end.
By Kiersten White
(2018)
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Now I Rise: And I Darken, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Bloodier, sexier, and more absorbing than the first.
By Kiersten White
(2017)
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The Underground Railroad Book Poster Image
age 15+
Riveting, thought-provoking, brutal runaway slave story.
By Colson Whitehead
(2016)
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The Things They Carried Book Poster Image
age 15+
Vet's stunning, devastating Vietnam War stories; a classic.
By Tim O'Brien
(1990)
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Out of Darkness Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Beautifully written look at racism and love in 1930s Texas.
By Ashley Hope Pérez
(2015)
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Lair of Dreams: The Diviners, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 15+
Engrossing sequel in supernatural series set in '20s NYC.
By Libba Bray
(2015)
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age 15+
Teen Ark stowaway tale rife with sexual tension, ape sex.
By Donna Jo Napoli
(2014)
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Code Name Verity Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Plot-twisting, heart-wrenching, unforgettable WWII story.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2012)
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Never Fall Down Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Harrowing true story of boy in Cambodia's Killing Fields.
By Patricia McCormick
(2012)
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The Grapes of Wrath Book Poster Image
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Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2002)
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Guardian Book Poster Image
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Powerful book about lynching, rape; older teens only.
By Julius Lester
(2008)
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Copper Sun Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Raw, well-researched story of young slave girl.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2006)
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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Book Poster Image
age 15+
Slavery-themed award-winner is a challenging teen read.
By M.T. Anderson
(2006)
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This Vast Land: A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Book Poster Image
age 15+
Fascinating historical fiction with graphic sex, violence.
By Stephen E. Ambrose
(2003)
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Go Ask Alice Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Authentic, tragic tale of teen drug addiction -- a classic.
By Beatrice Sparks
(1971)
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Fallen Angels Book Poster Image
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age 15+
A violent but unvarnished portrayal of the war in Vietnam.
By Walter Dean Myers
(1988)
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