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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.

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano

August 2015

Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on "Sesame Street" for an astounding 44 years, plunges us into the daily lives of a Latino family that is loving --- and troubled. This is Sonia's own story rendered with an unforgettable narrative power. Spiced with culture, heartache and humor, BECOMING MARIA paints a lasting portrait of Sonia's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

August 2015

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under 20 feet of water; property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion; and 1,833 people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism and courage --- and also of incompetence, racism and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

The Next Big Thing: A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World by Richard Faulk

August 2015

We are always hearing about the Next Big Thing. Whether it is a new iPhone or the New World, the freshest and newest inventions, discoveries and fads loom large in the public mind. The impact that everyone thinks these "next big things" will have is often more important than the actual impact it generates. After all, if it fails, it will be almost immediately forgotten. THE NEXT BIG THING searches through 3,000 years of Western culture to find the colorful and key steps (and missteps) that led us to where we are today.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

July 2015

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend, Ryan, were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this --- things would never be the same again. And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

Naked by Stacey Trombley

July 2015

Anna could never fit in to the life her parents demanded. By the time she was 13, she ran away to New York City...and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. But now,  for the first time, she has a chance to start over. Still, the rumors follow her everywhere. The only hope she can see is in Jackson, the boy next door. She lies to protect him from her past, but it's just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed.

What We Knew by Barbara Stewart

July 2015

When Tracy and her best friend, Lisa, were kids, stories about a man --- a creep who exposes himself to little girls --- kept them out of the woods and in their own backyards. But Tracy and Lisa aren't so little anymore, and the man in the woods is nothing but a silly story. Right? But someone is in the woods. Someone is watching. And he knows all their secrets, secrets they can't tell anyone --- not even each other.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

June 2015

Samantha McAllister has a secret that her friends would never understand: She has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. When Sam's friend, Caroline, introduces her to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by their school at large, she slowly begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd...until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

June 2015

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from 17-year-old Minnow. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too. Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something --- but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of --- if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

Make It Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life by Marcus Samuelsson

June 2015

In this inspirational autobiography, world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. Based on his highly praised adult memoir, YES, CHEF, this young adult edition includes an eight-page black-and-white family photo insert.

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult

May 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. It’s a miracle that seems perfect at first --- but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down.