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The Magician's Bird: A Tuckernuck Mystery, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Funny tween-sleuths mystery more complex than first.
By Emily Fairlie
(2013)
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The Initiation: Lock and Key, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Suspenseful intro to a modern-day young Sherlock Holmes.
By Ridley Pearson
(2016)
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The Downward Spiral: Lock and Key, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 9+
Moodier young Sherlock sequel is chock-full of secrets.
By Ridley Pearson
(2017)
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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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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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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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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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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 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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The Pigman Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Teens grasp impact of their hurtfulness in emotional novel.
By Paul Zindel
(1968)
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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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Catch Rider Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Riveting story of determined teen who can ride any horse.
By Jennifer H. Lyne
(2013)
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Sweet Valley High Series Book Poster Image
age 12+
Classic series about twin teens is shallow but satisfying.
By Francine Pascal
(1984)
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Love and Other Foreign Words Book Poster Image
age 12+
Gifted teen girl discovers meaning of love in cute novel.
By Erin McCahan
(2014)
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Buzz Kill Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Teen murder mystery is fun, flighty, formulaic.
By Beth Fantaskey
(2014)
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The Kidney Hypothetical: Or How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days Book Poster Image
age 12+
Rapid-fire story of boy's horrible final week of school.
By Lisa Yee
(2015)
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The Third Twin Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Gripping thriller skimps on character development.
By CJ Omololu
(2015)
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The Princess Diaries Book Poster Image
age 12+
U.S. teen learns she's a Euro princess in fun series start.
By Meg Cabot
(2000)
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Ink and Ashes Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Strong, smart heroine in absorbing, gently paced mystery.
By Valynne E. Maetani
(2015)
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The Boy in the Black Suit Book Poster Image
age 12+
Soul-gripping story of teen's grief and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2015)
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