Top Teen Picks 2008 Book List

The Entertainer and the Dybbuk

By Sid Fleischman

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A struggling American ventriloquist in post-World War II Europe is possessed by the mischievous spirit of a young Jewish boy killed in the Holocaust. 

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H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education

By Mark Walden

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Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E. 

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Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Tales

By Neal Shusterman

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A walk on the dark side with this classic collection of masterfully creepy stories. 

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Beauty Shop for Rent

By Laura Bowers

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Raised by a great-grandmother and a bunch of beauty shop buddies, fourteen-year-old Abbey resolves to overcome her unhappy childhood and disillusionment with the mother who deserted her. 

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

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When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. 

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Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam

By Cynthia Kadohata

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Cracker’s first owner used to feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed, but now she’s a combat dog trained to sniff out bombs and booby-traps in Vietnam.

 

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Skulduggery Pleasant

By Derek Landy

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When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

 

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