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11/28/2016 - 12:42pm
Private by Kate Brian

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Private by Kate Brian
Fifteen-year-old Reed Brennan wins a scholarship to Easton Academy—the golden ticket away from her pill-popping mother and run-of-the-mill suburban life. But when she arrives on the beautiful, tradition-steeped campus of Easton, everyone is just a bit more sophisticated, a bit more gorgeous, and a lot wealthier than she ever thought possible. Reed realizes that even though she has been accepted to Easton, Easton has not accepted her. She feels like she's on the outside, looking in. Until she meets the Billings Girls. They are the most beautiful, intelligent, and intensely confident girls on campus. And they know it. They hold all the power in a world where power is fleeting but means everything. Reed vows to do whatever it takes to be accepted into their inner circle. Reed uses every part of herself—the good, the bad, the beautiful—to get closer to the Billings Girls. She quickly discovers that inside their secret parties and mountains of attitude, hanging in their designer clothing-packed closets the Billings Girls have skeletons. And they'll do anything to keep their secrets private. (catalog summary)

Since you like Kate Brian's Private series, here are some other books filled with school drama and the lives of the "in-crowds:"
 



Adored: An It Girl Novel
by Cecily Von Ziegesar
As Waverly Academy gets ready for Christmas, Brett Messerschmidt wants a successful holiday party and a kiss from crush Sebastian Valenti, Tinsley Carmichael wants to unwrap her new boyfriend but instead finds out a secret about him, and Jenny Humphrey lands on Tinsley's hit list—again. (catalog summary)

 

 


 

The A-List by Zoey Dean
Sixteen-year-old Jojo Milford suddenly discovers that her birth parents are Hollywood stars who are also famous for adopting children from other countries, and when she leaves Sacramento to meet them, she is thrown into a world she has previously only read about in gossip magazines. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

11/29/2016 - 10:09am
Cover to Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books

Block was born in Los Angeles, sometimes known as "Shangri-L.A.," other times "Hell-A," depending on how the day is going. The daughter of a poet and painter, she attended the University of California at Berkeley. Francesca was a riot grrrl before the term was coined. She read the novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez while at college; his magical realism became a major influence. Block's work is grounded in urban realities, though she sees pixies and genies in that "jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city." She missed Los Angeles and wrote her first novel to cure homesickness. That novel was Weetzie Bat, and it made a big, wet splash in young adult literature.

11/28/2016 - 2:36am
Cover to Monkey Island by Paula Fox

A year ago, Clay Garrity lived with his parents in a comfortable apartment. His dad had a good job as an art director at a magazine. But his dad lost his job, and he lost his hope. One day, he lost his family. He just didn’t come home.

Five days ago, Clay’s mother went out and didn’t come home. She left him some food, including a can of soup, a little over 20 dollars, and not a word about not coming back—although he had to admit she was acting strangely. Clay has been waiting. He doesn’t want to open the soup. Because then he will have to accept she isn’t coming back. If he can just wait a little longer…

11/22/2016 - 3:20pm
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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If you're looking for gritty mysteries for teens, check out these titles:

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
When her father dies, Tessa is pulled back to the small Pennsylvania town where her life came apart when her father was sent to prison, her mother went to pieces, and her beloved older sister ran away, and where her testimony and that of her now-estranged friend Callie sent a serial killer to death row—a serial killer who may be getting a new trial as long buried secrets come to light. (catalog summary)
 



Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
High-schooler Willa has just moved to California with her mother and film director stepfather, and she will be attending a private school--but her real problem is that she keeps seeing things that are not really there, like a dead body in the swimming pool, and her visions may be connected to a serial killer that is stalking young girls in Hollywood. (catalog summary)

 


 

11/22/2016 - 12:33pm
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent, it's a story of what it's like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends. (catalog summary)
 

If you enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower, here are three titles I hope you might enjoy.

 

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
Nanette O'Hare, a star student and athlete, is given a mysterious out-of-print cult classic novel by her beloved teacher that sparks the rebel within her, but as she befriends the reclusive author and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price. (catalog summary)

 


 

 

11/22/2016 - 10:48am
Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

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Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
Sir Damian Cray is a philanthropist, peace activist, and the world's most famouspop star. But still it's not enough. He needs more if he is to save the world. Trouble is, only Alex Rider recognizes that it's the world that needs saving from Sir Damian Cray. Underneath the luster of glamour and fame lies a twisted mind, ready to sacrifice the world for his beliefs. But in the past, Alex has always had the backing of the government. This time, he's on his own. Can one teenager convince the world that the most popular man on earth is a madman bent on destruction-before time runs out? (catalog summary)



If you like the action and adventure of Eagle Strike, check out these titles:



The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond
My current mission: Track down and interrogate a Nazi traitor about a weapon that threatens to wipe out all of Western Europe. Then find and dismantle the weapon before Hitler detonates it. But the deeper I investigate, the more danger I'm in. Because the fate of the free world hangs in the balance, and trusting the wrong person could cause millions of lives to be lost. Including my own. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/22/2016 - 10:20am
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and the Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance. (catalog summary)

If you like the magic of Wicked Lovely, check out these other titles:

 

 


The Call by Peadar Ô Guilin
For the last twenty-five years every teenager in Ireland has been subject to "the call" which takes them away to the land of the Sídhe, where they are hunted for twenty four hours (though only three minutes pass in this world)—handicapped by her twisted legs, Nessa Doherty knows that very few return alive, but she is determined to be one of them. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/18/2016 - 12:01pm
Angus, Thong, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

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Angus, Thong, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. (catalog summary)
 
If you like the humor of Georgia Nicholson's narration, try these titles too:

 

Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle
Chronicles a teenage boy's humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, "Playboy" pinup-displaying heterosexual.
 

 

 

11/18/2016 - 11:33am
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. (catalog summary)
 

If you liked Inkheart, check out these other titles:



Defy by Sara B. Larson
Seventeen-year-old Alexa's parents were killed by a sorcerer during a raid, so she has disguised herself as a boy, joined Antion's army, and earned a place on Prince Damian's guard—but Antion is ruled by an evil king, and "Alex" must find a way to defeat him and protect her prince. (catalog summary)

 

11/18/2016 - 2:27am
If you like Short Stories (for Teens)

This readalike is in response to a customer'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. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

A few selections on short stories for teens (multiple genres):

The Anatomy of Curiosity
In an unassuming corner of Brooklyn, a young woman learns to be ladylike, to love context, and to speak her mind from a very curious sort of tutor. In a faraway land convulsed by war, a young soldier hears the desert's curious hum as he disarms bombs with the person he doesn't know how to love. In a place so shriveled by drought that any drowning is a curiosity, a young writer tries again and again to tread water beneath the surface of a vast and unusual sea. Three new stories complete with commentary on the creative process from three acclaimed young adult authors working at the height of their powers. (catalog summary)


 

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell The Tales
A collection of stories based on illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. (catalog summary)

 


 




The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories

An anthology of darkly paranormal stories, with comments by the authors on their writing process. (catalog summary)

 


 

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