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Shock Point, by April Henry
Cassie finds out disturbing information about her step-father's involvement in an experimental drug trial — and he convinces her mom to send her to a school for trouble teens in Mexico to keep her quiet. This is no school, and no one believes them. Cassie must figure out how to escape, expose the school and expose her step father…

The Blue Girl, by Charles De Lint
Nothing about this book is what you might think — fairies are trying to kill her and the high school ghost comes to her aid and yet it truly feels like you are reading a realistic fiction book about a very cool girl…

Life as we Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer
When a meteor hits the moon, the earth is plagued with natural disaster and Miranda keeps a journal of her family's experience trapped inside their house fighing to survive and running out of food…

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
All that is left of our time is the Rusty Ruins and in the now perfect society, everyone has the privilege of getting an operation on their 16th birthday to turn — pretty. Tally discovers that some kids are escaping before the turn… and the operation may not be everything she dreamed…

The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
Matt is a young clone living in a future where clones are despised . . . and "as [he] struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister, grasping cast of characters," making this a gripping adventure for sci–fi and non–sci–fi fans alike.

America, by E.R. Frank
Teenage America, a not–black, not–white, not–anything boy who has spent many years in institutions for disturbed, antisocial behavior, tries to piece his life together.

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
A witty and enlightening true story memoir of an Iranian childhood told in a graphic format.

Crooked, by Laura and Tom McNeal
Two ninth graders, Clara and Amos, suddenly find their lives turned upside down by their families, by each other, and by two juvenile delinquints brothers.

A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly
In 1906, Mattie is working at an Inn in upstate New York for rich out of towners when she discovers the truth about the death of a guest — murder.

Maximum Ride: An Angel Experiment, by James Patterson
They thought they were finally safe — and then one of them is kidnapped. She must be saved, and they must finally discover the purpose of the genetic experiment that made them all part bird.

I am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier
Enter the mind of Adam Farmer on this psychological adventure where the more we find out about Adam's past the more we fear for his life.

Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
This is a fairy tale…and so much more. Shannon Hale draws you deep into the story and the world of this Princess betrayed who must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity.

If You Come Softly, by Jacqueline Woodson
One white girl and one black boy meet and fall in love…and find out it isn't as easy as it should be…

Read and Loved by Amy Kaplan, YA Librarian


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