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Teen Reads

Looking for something new to read? See below for some must reads for 2017. You can also discover great teen books via YALSA’s book finder

Did you know that you can also create a tagged list in Encore to share your reads with others? Talk to a Teen Services Librarian or contact us to let us know if you've created a tagged list that you'd like to share.

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Spotlight Awards
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing. Congratulations to this years winners. Check out the 2017 Alex Award Winners here.

2017 Alex Award Winners

•The Queen of Blood,” by Sarah Beth Durst.
Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.
•“The Regional Office is Under Attack!”, by Manuel Gonzales.
Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic story of revenge explores what happens to a group of woman hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.
•“In the Country We Love: My Family Divided” by Diane Guerrero.
After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.
•“Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded,” by Hannah Hart.
Candid and thoughtful, Hart’s memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to internet fame.
•“Arena,” by Holly Jennings.
Virtual gaming: Kali's team is competing to win, not to die.
•“Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire.
Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better ending than others.
•“Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure,” by Ryan North.
Take the lead in this choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you’ve ever experienced. Romance isn’t dead and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren’t either.
•“Die Young with Me: A Memoir,” by Rob Rufus.
A story of punk rock, first love, cancer and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.
•“The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar” by Matt Simon.
Simon explores the benefits of evolution, in these odd yet compelling stories that range from creatures adapting to find food to having sex.
•“The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko,” by Scott Stambach.
He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children’s hospital and the only ones who understand, and they take “star-crossed lovers” to a whole new level.

For Teachers

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