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Take action, change your world! (49 titles)
Books for teens who want to make a difference in their world.
Banned/Challenged Teen Books (29 titles)
In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 21-27), here are the most commonly banned or challenged Teen/Young Adult novels. Most of these books have been challenged in libraries and school districts in the past few years. They have been challenged for a variety of reasons, including being explicit, for having offensive language, and for having themes that are "unsuitable" for teens. Have you read any of these books? What do you think?
Making/Hacking/Crafting Books (15 titles)
Books that offer up suggestions for being creative, sometimes around technology.
YA books about Computers, Hackers, and Hacking. (20 titles)
Like thrillers, cybercrimes, and reading about how computers could (or are) effecting your everyday life? Take a look at these!
If you liked The Fault in Our Stars... (34 titles)
If you loved The Fault in Our Stars and want to read more books like it, check out some of these!
Let the games begin! YA fiction about games and gaming. (29 titles)
Teen fiction centered around games and gaing. Everything from roleplaying games, virtual reality games, brutal dystopian games of survival, computer games, and everything in between.
I'm famous, and here's my story... (32 titles)
YA books where the rich and famous are the stars of the book.
Books written by teen authors (32 titles)
Fiction and non-fiction penned by teenagers.
Retellings With a Twist - Retold Fairy Tales for Teens (47 titles)
Love to watch "Once Upon a Time"? Take a peek at some of these retellings of classic fairy tales.
YA Books For Tomboys (21 titles)
Young adult novels featuring characters that love sports, love to get dirty, hate pink, and don't want to be "ordinary" girls.
Autobiographies for Kids and Teens (47 titles)
Books where the authors write about themselves/their lives.
If You Liked The Hunger Games... Book Display list (71 titles)
Booklist for SL's "If You Liked The Hunger Games..." book display
Caring for the Caregivers (19 titles)
When you are helping a parent, spouse or other family member with a debilitating illness, oftentimes your own needs get neglected. A list of books in how to care for yourself during trying times.
YA Arthurian Fiction (25 titles)
Fiction based on the legend of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, and other legends from Camelot. Everything from high fantasy to modern tales.
YA Books on Cutting/Self-Injury (23 titles)
Stories of cutting, self-injury, and finding the courage to stop.
Superhero Stories! (non-graphic novels) (25 titles)
Don your cape and check these stories about super heroes and heroines. These are prose stories, not graphic novels. Includes Adult Fiction and YA titles.
If you liked the Hunger Games, you'll like... (11 titles)

Obesity and Body Image in Teen Fiction (30 titles)
Books dealing with realistic portrayals of being obese in YA fiction, and books about positive body image.
What I Did On My Summer Vacation -- Teen Books (25 titles)
Teen books about summer romances, summer jobs, summer journeys, and other summer adventures. Perfect to read in between all your summer reading books!
Books for Bibliophiles (29 titles)
Books about reading, books about loving books, and books that recommend good books to read.
Memoirs on Grief, Loss, and Mourning (41 titles)
I had a patron ask me to help them find memoirs about grief the other day. I gave them a list of books that I felt was too inadequate, so I decided to create a more comprehensive list. These touching and heartfelt memoirs are wonderful for anyone who thinks they may be alone in their grief.
Teen Poetry and Novels in Verse (41 titles)
To celebrate National Poetry Month, here is a list of great poetry and novels in verse for teens.
Tales From the Afterlife: Teen Ghost Novels (41 titles)
These books focus on life after death, whether it's as a ghost, in limbo, in heaven, or any number of fates. Everything from spooky horror tales to paranormal romance!
I Spy: YA Books about Spies, Thieves, and Detectives (38 titles)
Mystery! Intrigue! Espionage! How would you like to be the next James Bond before you've even finished high school? Everything from the historical to the fantastical, this list has something to appeal to every taste.
YA Dystopia and Post-Apocolyptic Fiction Novels (64 titles)

Magical Realism Novels, old and new (53 titles)
Magical realism is when fantastical elements or scenarios appear in an otherwise realistic setting.
Can't Drive? Take a Journey With Teen Books About Road Trips (42 titles)
Everyone loves an epic road trip story. And everyone knows that the best trips don't involve airplanes or boats! Get behind the wheel and let these books take you across the country, with tales of love, sadness, humor, and discovery.
Food Microhistories: The Edible Past in Small Scale (42 titles)
What is a microhistory? It is the study of the history of a very specific subject. Microhistory have been described as 'on small incidents, insignificant in themselves, which reveal larger structures.' This list focuses on the subjects of edibles like foods, candies, spices, fish, etc.
Eating Green -- Cooking to Save the Planet (38 titles)
Books on the basics of cooking and eating sustainably.
Humorous (Non-Fiction) Science Books (36 titles)
Books for expanding your mind while tickling your funny bone!
Dating After a Divorce or a Breakup (26 titles)
A companion to my Breaking Up is Hard to Do list (http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace/mybooklists/ShowList.cfm?ListID=3061), these books are to help begin the process of dating after a bad breakup, learning to trust, and finding love.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do. (60 titles)
A list of books to help a healing heart after breakup or divorce. A little bit of everything, from humorous stories, practical advice, and learning to love being single.
Teen Zombie Novels (58 titles)
Move over, vampires! Zombies are the new It undead. Check out some new teen novels featuring these spooky (and sometimes not-so-spooky) creatures.
Zombie Romance (17 titles)
A surprising new breakout genre - romance featuring zombies are hot on the heels of vampire romance as the hottest books to be reading in 2012!
The Care and Keeping of Curly Hair (20 titles)
Books for how to care for and love your curly hair! Whether it's in soft waves or tight corkscrews or beautiful naps or long dreads, there's a book out there for every curly head! Curly hair resources on the internet: http://www.tightlycurly.com/ http://www.naturallycurly.com/ http://www.nappturality.com/ http://going-natural.com/
Crafty books for teens (50 titles)
Would you like to learn how to sew? Knit? Crochet? Get crafty with some of these books!
Vampire Romance (for adults!) (53 titles)
Love True Blood? Secretly read your copy of Twilight when no one's looking? Then this is the list for you! Everything from the dark and macabre to steamy scenes to humorous tales! A companion list for my Vampire Romance for Teens list: http://www.hclib.org/teens/myBookLists/ShowList.cfm?ListID=2331
Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense Novels by African American authors (85 titles)
Everything from classical noir to political suspense to hard-boiled detective novels to forensic thrillers!
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Spec Fic books by African American authors (53 titles)
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Speculative Fiction by African American authors. Updated!
Vampire Romance for Teens (83 titles)
Love Vampires? Need something to do until New Moon comes to the theaters? Includes popular novels and hidden gems!

theycallmeEJ's Comments    
Cover ArtThe hundred thousand kingdoms
by Jemisin, N. K.
This book is one of my favorites, I couldn't put it down!   posted Apr 1, 2010 at 2:46PM

Cover ArtThe thirteenth child
by Patricia C. Wrede
Very disappointing book. Why did the author choose to write a book that completely eliminates an entire race of people?   posted May 14, 2009 at 11:05PM

Cover ArtPowers
by Ursula K. Le Guin
This book just won the 2009 Nebula Award! I can’t wait to read it! http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=1857   posted Apr 26, 2009 at 11:14AM


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