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Young Adult Books You Want to Read

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Bookreporter.com. Throughout the year, Bookreporter.com features adult books on Teenreads.com, our site for young adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from Teenreads.com that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

October 2014

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

October 2014

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At 13, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives, wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else --- an even more unpredictable new force in her life.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

August 2014

Here is the tumultuous and heartrending true story of the Romanovs --- at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing. Using captivating photos and compelling first person accounts, award-winning author Candace Fleming deftly maneuvers between the imperial family’s extravagant lives and the plight of Russia's poor masses.

Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature by Betsy Bird

August 2014

A treasure trove of information for a student, librarian, new parent, or anyone wondering about the post-Harry Potter book biz, WILD THINGS! draws on the combined knowledge and research of three respected and popular librarian-bloggers. It chronicles some of the feuds and fights, errors and secret messages found in children’s books and brings contemporary illumination to the warm-and-fuzzy bunny world we think we know.

Amity by Micol Ostow

August 2014

Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break. But something is not right about this secluded house. Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.

I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amelie Sarn

August 2014

Eighteen-year-old Sohane and her younger sister, Djelila, have always shared everything. But now, Djelila is embracing her life as a secular teen, and Sohane is becoming more religious. Djelila is repeatedly harassed by neighborhood bullies for not following Muslim customs. In the year following Djelila’s tragic death, Sohane struggles with her feelings of loss and guilt, revealing a complex relationship between two sisters and the consequences they face for being true to themselves.

Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life by Catherine Reef

August 2014

Nontraditional, controversial, rebellious and politically volatile, the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are remembered for their provocative paintings, as well as for their deep love for each other. Their marriage was one of the most tumultuous and infamous in history --- filled with passion, pain, betrayal, revolution and, above all, art that helped define the 20th century. Catherine Reef's dual biography features numerous archival photos and full-color reproductions of both artists' work.

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

March 2014

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and she's helpless to change anything. Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

March 2014

For months Summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her --- and three other girls: Rose, Poppy and Violet. His perfect, pure flowers. His family. But flowers can't survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out...

Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook

March 2014

Childhood friends Avery and Nora have walked different paths in high school. They never interact...until Nora tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom --- but it turned out to be a cruel lie. When Avery learns that Nora overdosed, Avery decides to honor her friend by searching for her own birth mother. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics.