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Native Son Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Gritty novel of violence and race best for older teens.
By Richard Wright
(1940)
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Last Night I Sang to the Monster Book Poster Image
age 16+
Teen faces addiction and abuse in powerful, poetic novel.
By Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(2009)
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The House of the Spirits Book Poster Image
age 16+
Magical novel explores personal, political passions.
By Isabel Allende
(1985)
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Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury Book Poster Image
age 16+
Tribute collection will please Bradbury fans, new readers.
By Sam Weller, Mort Castle
(2012)
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Kim Book Poster Image
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Kim
age 16+
Classic about complex Indian cultures best for older teens.
By Rudyard Kipling
(1901)
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The Kite Runner Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Brilliant, violent Afghanistan novel will enlighten teens.
By Khaled Hosseini
(2003)
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The Round House Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Complex adult book explores rape survival, reservation life.
By Louise Erdrich
(2012)
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The Dangerous Art of Blending In Book Poster Image
age 16+
Courageous love story told by teen suffering abuse.
By Angelo Surmelis
(2018)
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I Stop Somewhere Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Haunting, heartbreaking tale of teen rape and murder.
By TE Carter
(2018)
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Ninth House Book Poster Image
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age 16+
YA author's adult fantasy has lots of drugs, sex, violence.
By Leigh Bardugo
(2019)
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Sadie Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Raw thriller about a brutal crime and teen seeking justice.
By Courtney Summers
(2018)
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What Happens Next Book Poster Image
age 16+
Intense novel explores feelings of date-rape survivor.
By Colleen Clayton
(2012)
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Impulse Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Edgy sequel to Jumper is best for older teens.
By Steven Gould
(2013)
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American Street Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Raw and gritty immigrant story best for mature teens.
By Ibi Zoboi
(2017)
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Book Poster Image
age 16+
Moving tale of young boy grieving loss of dad on 9/11.
By Jonathan Safran Foer
(2018)
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Home After Dark Book Poster Image
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age 16+
Powerful graphic novel explores issues of abandonment.
By David Small
(2018)
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The Nowhere Girls Book Poster Image
age 16+
Teens aim to end school's rape culture in empowering tale.
By Amy Reed
(2017)
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Stitches: A Memoir Book Poster Image
age 16+
Powerful look at abusive childhood for mature readers only.
By David Small
(2009)
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The Electric Heir: Feverwake, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 16+
Intense, romantic sci-fi tackles mature issues.
By Victoria Lee
(2020)
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Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything Book Poster Image
age 16+
Compelling coming-of-ager blends sci-fi and folklore.
By Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
(2020)
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