Christine Carlson

The End of the World? New Fiction and Classics for Teens

1989. 2000. 2012. It’s not just lately that certain years and dates have struck fear into the heart of humankind. Pretty much every year in recorded history has been predicted by someone to be the date of the end of the world. The Apocalypse. Armageddon. Our fascination with our own end can be humorous or depressing, but either way, we can’t stop dreaming, writing, and talking about it. And teens, like many of us, love reading about it.

Hear Me Roar - a booklist about strong girls!

Even if you've never heard the song, "I Am Woman (Hear Me Roar)," which topped the charts in 1972 and became an anthem of sorts for the women's lib movement (oh, and won a Grammy), you will enjoy these stories featuring heroines who grapple with the big challenges and mysteries of life. Ranging from hilarious to heart-breaking, there's something for everyone.

If you like Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time by Lisa Yee

Here are some books to get you started (after you finish the rest of her books, of course!):

If you like The Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld

If you like The Midinghters by Scott Westerfeld, you may like these titles. If you haven’t read the rest of the books in the trilogy, you’ll definitely want to start there (Touching Darkness is #2 and Blue Noon is #3). Here are some other books with magical aspects and teens doing cool things:

If you liked Angels Watching Over me

You were looking for historical fiction, for teens but also possibly for adults. Since Angels Watching Over Me is also a Christian fiction title, I included a few YA books in that category as well.

Historical fiction:

If you like mysteries

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

 

If you like H.I.V.E.:Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden

H.I.V.E.:Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. See our other Book Matches.

H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden: "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." (Book Description)

If you like H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education, you may also like these titles:

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive. You will love this evil-doer! Read all of the books in this series!

 

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester.
The perfect companion to H.I.V.E., except a little less evil. This is one of my favorites! When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.

 

If you like The Sight by David Clement-Davies

Here are similar titles to The Sight, by David Clement-Davies.

 

Wolf-Speaker, by Tamora Pierce.

 

If you like "The New Kid at School"...

Thanks again for your Book Match request. You told us that you liked The New Kid at School, by Kate McMullan. I assume you have read, “Revenge of the Dragon Lady,” which is book 2, and Class Trip to the Cave of Doom, book 3. If not – check these out first! If you like the fantasy and adventure of these stories, or just like dragons, try these books!-

Knights of the Kitchen Table, by Jon Scieszka.

If you liked "The Girlfriend" by R.L. Stine...

If you like The Girlfriend, by R.L. Stine for its horror, suspense, and descriptive writing, you may like these books:

A Ghost In The Family,by Betty Ren Wright.
While visiting his friend Jeannie's eccentric Aunt Rosebud in a boarding house that may be haunted, ten-year-old Chad comes across a mystery involving a missing diamond bracelet.