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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Ever since Jacob’s childhood, Grandpa Portman has thrilled him with tales of a beautiful island that provided a safe haven  during World War II. On the island was a home for children, populated by a mix of kids with strange abilities. There were even photos to corroborate these fantastical stories – bizarre pictures of a levitating girl, an invisible boy (so all you see is a floating suit), a boy who is a living beehive to a swarm of bees inside of him, and so on. But as he grew older, Jacob came to see these stories as only foolish fairy tales, and asked Grandpa Portman to stop telling them in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Now Jacob is sixteen, and a terrible family tragedy has mired him in a miasma of depression and uncontrollable fear. To try and reverse his disintegrating mental state, he decides to look for his grandfather’s mythical island, and travels with his father to a remote island off of the coast of Wales. There he finds the decaying ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – and a lot more that he didn’t anticipate: friendship, danger, love, and the pain of making irrevocable decisions.

If you like Who Am I Without Him: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake

Who Am I Without Him: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by S

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Who Am I Without Him: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives by Sharon Flake
In the game of love, young men and women weigh,what they need from the opposite sex against what,they need to find in themselves. This popular,short story collection, including two never-before,published entries, gives teens a chance to witness,the outcomes of 12 unique trysts. As relationships,go either right or wrong, with surprising, often,funny, always on-point results, mindful readers,will appreciate the warning signs and perhaps save,themselves from the same fate as these fictional,protagonists.

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Begging For Change by Sharon Flake
Begging For Change
by Sharon Flake
Teenaged Raspberry Hill tries to sort out her confused feelings of disgust, shame, and love for her homeless, drug addicted father and worries that she may have inherited his lying and stealing ways.

 

 

Indigo Summer by Monica Mckayhan
Indigo Summer
by Monica Mckayhan
When fifteen-year-old Indigo's perfect world falls apart she turns to her neighbor, sixteen-year-old Marcus Carter, for help but now that she has realized what a great guy he is, so does someone else. (Indigo Summer series)

 


Lost and Found by Anne Schraff
Lost and Found
by Anne Schraff
Darcy Wills is in big trouble. And she does not know where to turn for help. First there was the mysterious stranger who started following her. Then there was the threatening note left on her desk at Bluford High School. And now her sister has disappeared. Forced into a desperate race against time, Darcy must take action to save her sister--and her fragile family--before it is too late. (Bluford series)

 

Sixteen Going on Twenty-one by Darrien Lee
Sixteen Going on Twenty-one
by Darrien Lee
Meet sixteen-year old Denim Mitchell. She is very smart and has a great head on her shoulders. This all comes from the guidance that she gets from her family unit. But Miss Denim has a serious crush on a childhood friend and neighbor, Andre Patterson. Andre aka Dre' is the star on the basketball team. He is what you think if as the big man on campus. Dre's family life is the total opposite of Denim's. His family is involved with some illegal activity. (Denim Diaries)

The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian

The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian

The Gospel According to Larry, by Janet Tashjian, is the story of what happens when anti-commercialism meets the world of blogging. Josh Swensen is a nature-loving, hyperactive, slightly ingenious seventeen-year-old boy who spends most of his time avoiding his classmates. Josh only has one friend, Beth, a young feminist in the making. The two have been friends since they were in elementary school.

Recently, Josh and Beth have been spending a lot of time following an anti-commercialism, semi-evangelistic blog by an unknown person with a code name of Larry. Larry is against the widespread commercialism that targets everyone, especially teenagers. He only has seventy-five possessions, which he photographs periodically to show his fans. He does this in order to show his lack of attachment to material goods. Larry sends out sermons that primarily target the faults of big-business marketing schemes.

Empire State by Jason Shiga

Empire State by Jason Shiga

Most love stories don't end with a snowball to the face. Then again, this is no love story.

Empire State, by Jason Shiga, actually starts in the Golden State: Oakland, California. Jimmy works in a library and runs his own Web site. He finds inner peace through repairing books and geeking out over sci-fi movies. As he leaves work one day, we meet his friend Sara, who greets him...with an unprovoked punch in the arm.

Sara's sarcastic and unsatisfied world view is a million miles from Jimmy's acceptance of his uncomplicated life. Still, they both find some comfort and security in each other's presence. Unfortunately for Jimmy, Sara has a yearning to leave Oakland and enter New York City's publishing industry. When she receives an internship, the call is too powerful to resist.

Friday Book Flick: Seth 's Review of I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Seth, a Drew Middle School Cafe Book teen, reviews I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

 In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

If you like Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

This readalike is in response to a patron's Book Match request. Interested in your own personalized reading  recommendations from our librarians? Then, fill out the Request a Book Match form, and one of our librarians will send you an email with hand-picked  titles. See more Book Matches!

Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.

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Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Going Bovine
by Libba Bray
Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital, in an attempt to find a cure. 


 

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska
by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. 

 



The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love, until a repressed secret from his past threatens to destroy his newfound happiness. 

 

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
by A.S. King
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name. 

 

Cafe Book A. G. Wright Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2012

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Here are the Top Teen Picks and Other Favorites selected by 7th and 8th grade Cafe Book teens at A. G. Wright Middle School:

Top Picks:

Girl, Stolen by April Henry
When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.


Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

 


A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz 
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.
 

 

 

Other Favorites:

Akata WitchBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysThe End of the Line by Angela CerritoThe False Princess by Ellis O'Neal

A Long Wak to WaterLost in the River of GrassHuman.4 by Mike LancasterTrapped by Michael Northrop


Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

The End of the Line by Angela Cerrito

The False Princess by Ellis O'Neal

Human.4 by Mike Lancaster

Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Trapped by Michael Northrop