Summer Reading - Ages 14 and Up

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ISBN: 9781481418775
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

Four teenagers in different circumstances find themselves bound together when Ardor, a massive asteroid on a 66.6% chance collision course to Earth, appears as a blue dot in the night sky. What follows in the next–the final?–two months is the total breakdown of society and simultaneous destruction of the labels that kept these teens apart. Unexpected relationships appear against the backdrop of riots, crime, desperation, subversive art, tenuous family bonds, and more. An engrossing, philosophical read that’s also a darkly humorous page-turner.

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ISBN: 9781442458734
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

The premise is crazy: a boy who died of cancer when he was sixteen is brought back to life five years later when his head is attached to a donor body. Travis’ new life looks a lot different than his old one: his best friend is back in the closet, his girlfriend is engaged to another man, and his parents have secrets he’d never dreamed of. The dark humor of this unique coming-of-age story sets off the absurdity of the setup and takes the story to a new level.

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ISBN: 9780316133999
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2012

Karou, the enigmatic and blue-haired heroine of this novel, is an art student by day and runs errands for her chimera guardian by night. Traveling all over the world through magical portals, she is lost when they all suddenly close one day, marked by fiery handprints. Looking for answers, Karou meets dangerous and beautiful seraph Akiva, and a millennia-long war between angels and chimera takes center stage. Beautiful and detailed world-building hurls the reader into the story, and damaged, smart, complex characters keep them there. Look for the rest of the trilogy, [2] DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT and [3] DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS.

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ISBN: 9781616203726
Availability: Backordered
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

Two girls, one a Juilliard-bound ballet dancer and the other a convicted killer, tell their stories in this dark, creepy, masterful novel. In alternating chapters, both girls focus on the most important things in their very different worlds: one identifying as part of an incarcerated group, the other deeply self-absorbed. As each girl reveals her deepest secrets and desires, their connection comes to light and the tragedy of both lives takes center stage.

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ISBN: 9781590517079
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Published: Other Press - May 26th, 2015

Who is the real author of THE BLACK INSIGNIA, a wildly popular young adult series? The cover suggests H.R. Sanders, but Hélène knows it to be her Uncle Daniel, who disappears on exotic travels for months at a time and regales family parties with stories of his latest close shave with death. When she and Guillaume–her friend and a BLACK INSIGNIA super fan–go searching for answers, they uncover a shocking family secret that leads them to meditate on war, authorship, escapism, and family. Translated from French.

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ISBN: 9780062216380
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 21st, 2015

Molly has to survive 99 days back in her hometown, where everyone hates her, before she can go to college and get a fresh start. But until then, she has to deal with the fallout of her romantic involvement with two brothers, Patrick and Gabe, with whom she’s been like family since they were kids. Flashbacks fill in the gaps of their past, and each day of the summer gets its own chapter. This is not a typical love triangle book: it’s about restoring trust and friendship, the love and relationships of youth, and being empowered to stand up for yourself and your values.

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ISBN: 9781595148032
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

Political intrigue and the life of a secret resistance fighter take center stage in this epic novel, loosely inspired by Arabic tradition. Laia goes undercover as a slave to the Commandant of the Blackcliff Military Academy after her grandparents are killed and her brother captured by Masks, the soldiers of the Martial Empire. She is a Scholar, a member of the oppressed group that has lived under Martial rule for hundreds of years. This book is original through and through, sure to be a major hit!

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ISBN: 9781606845660
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Published: Carolrhoda Lab (R) - April 7th, 2015

Harry was badly scarred as a child, so the genuine friendship Johnny offers him in middle school is necessary to his survival. The two become inseparable and, later, form a punk band called The Scar Boys. As high school draws to a close, both boys’ motivations in the friendship become more clear, and the truth will either tear them apart or bond them forever. Written as Harry’s extended college entrance exam, the characters and poignant introspection of this novel make it really special.

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ISBN: 9780147511461
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Published: Speak - January 13th, 2015

Nathan is a Half Code, or a child of a good witch and a bad witch. His father, the Black Witch Marcus, is the most evil of all evil witches, which makes Nathan both a target and a weapon for the Council in their attempts to stop him. Nathan is imprisoned by the Council, but manages to escape in the hopes of finding his father and receiving the three gifts that will save his life. Green builds a unique witch mythology and counters the intricacy of its politics with the interpersonal struggles of her characters. Check out the sequel, [2] HALF WILD.

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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

Wade Watts is one of millions competing in the virtual reality competition for James Halliday’s enormous estate. His competitors are shady bands of video game mercenaries and corporately sponsored teams who will stop at nothing to get the prize. Equal parts action and retro eighties references, this book is perfect for John Hughes enthusiasts, fans of dystopian fiction, and video game nuts alike.

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