unRequired Reading Blog
All of these books are from our young adult collection.
The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
After the death of his guardian uncle, Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency. The first book in the series is Stormbreaker and there are now six titles in the series.
Framed! By Malcolm Rose.
Part of the Traces series, about a couple of teen forensic
investigators, this one is set in a computer-controlled future world.
Luke and his sidekick investigate a series of school murders.
Acceleration by Graham McNamee.
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.
Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin.
Convinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide,
sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious
student activities at her boarding school.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. If you like this title, then there is a sequel called Rebel Angels.
Here are some other vampire and werewolf titles that you may enjoy, too.
In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.
Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when,as a human, she died and was transformed against her will. There is a sequel to this called Demon in my View. Atwater-Rhodes has written a number of other really good vampire and vampire hunter titles.
Here are some humorous romance titles from our Young Adult Fiction collection that I hope you will enjoy reading.
Thwonk by Joan Bauer.
A cupid doll comes to life and offers romantic assistance to A.J., a
teenage photographer suffering from unrequited love.
Princess in Love by Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries, v. 3).
In a series of humorous diary entries, a New York City ninth grader
agonizes over her love life, final exams, and future role as the
princess of Genovia.
The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu.
After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil. The world of Greek Mythology comes to life (or death)!
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli.
Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating
chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters.
Hopefully you will enjoy some these titles, all of which feature a smart female sleuth!
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer.
Enola, the niece of Sherlock Holmes, is drawn into two mysteries, both surrounding missing persons.
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a
precious Vermeer painting disappears, Petra and Calder combine their
talents to solve an international art scandal.
Owl in Love also has a bit of fantasy, so I wondered if that is another element that you might like, so I included a few of those. I also included a few light reads, since you mentioned liking that as well. Here are some titles I hope you'll enjoy:
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.