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Teen Book Lists


Meg & Tara's February Picks 

And the award goes to… - February 2014

In January the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books for young adults in 2013.  We loved many of the award recipients, but felt that some titles were overlooked.  Here is a mix of the ALA’s award winners and the ones that won us over.

 

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Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
by Lucy Knisley

NEW GRAPHIC YA 641.5 KNI

Memoirs of a life told in the language of FOOD.  Perfectly mouthwatering illustrations. ALEX award recipient 2014.


 

Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

YA F ROW

Young love in the 80s!  This sweet and touching tale will make you laugh, smile, cry, and celebrate!  A Printz “Honor” book of 2014.

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Sex & Violence
by Carrie Mescrobian

NEW YA F MES

Evan has always moved around— he deals with being the new guy by rushing into sex with the girls he meets.  Until one day he picks the wrong girl and the results are dire.  This debut author nominee for the 2014  Morris Award was  deemed the clear winner by us, see why!


 

The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb

NEW YA 364.151 BAS

Follow a team of undercover Israeli agents as they hunt down and abduct Adolf Eichmann. A spy story mixed with an edge-of-your-seat thriller — you won’t be able to put it down! The 2014 YALSA Nonfiction award winner.

“The President Has Been Shot!” by James Swanson

NEW YA 973.922 SWA

Recounts the events surrounding the assassination of JFK.
YALSA Nonfiction finalist.

Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

NEW YA F ROW

Deemed the critical darling of the year!  Cath defines “awkward.” Her freshman year experiences coupled with the fan fiction segments she writes will win you over.

 

Paper Valentine
By Brenna Yovanoff  

NEW YA F YOV

Hannah and her the ghost of her best friend will figure out who is attacking young girls in town.  This phenom will haunt you! It’s a “Should’ve won!”

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Fat Angie
By E. Charlton-Trujillo

NEW YA F CHA

This 2014 Stonewall Award winner (given to a book that relates to GLBT experience) is the tale of Angie– who eats to feel better, is bullied by her peers and generally miserable.  Until KC Romance comes to town and changes everything.

Branded by the Pink Triangle
By  Ken Setterington

NEW YA 940.5318 SET

This Stonewall Honor title discusses the lesser known stories of homosexual males persecuted by the Nazis and forced to wear distinguishing pink triangles in concentration camps. This book is brief, but provides great suggestions for further reading. 

Charm & Strange
By Stephanie Kuehn

NEW YA F KUE

16-year-old Win battles his demons both in and out while at a boarding school in Vermont. The 2014 Morris winner is haunting and mysterious -- worth a read!

    

Midwinterblood
By Marcus Sedgwick

YA F SED

7 linked supernatural tales all take place on a remote Scandanavian island.  This is 2014 Printz winner!

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