Best of 2011 (Staff Picks) - For Teens

The Fox Inheritance

By Mary E. Pearson

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Two-hundred-sixty years after a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, sixteen-year-old Locke and seventeen-year-old Kara have been brought back to life in newly bioengineered bodies, with many questions about the world they find themselves in and more than two centuries of horrible memories of being trapped in a digital netherworld wondering what would become of them.

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Forever

By Maggie Stiefvater

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A human girl and her werewolf boyfriend must fight for their love as death comes closing in.

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Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy

By Albert Marrin

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Provides a detailed account of the disastrous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers in 1911, and examines the impact of this event on the nation's working conditions and labor laws.

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Divergent

By Veronica Roth

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In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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Delirium

By Lauren Oliver

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Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, she falls in love.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

By Laini Taylor

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Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

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Crazy Beautiful

By Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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In this contemporary retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," a teenaged boy whose hands were amputated in an explosion and a gorgeous girl whose mother has recently died form an instant connection when they meet on their first day as new students.

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Chime

By Franny Billingsley

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In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

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Can I see your I.D.?: True Stories of False Identities

By Chris Barton

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Stories of ten impostors-- many of them teenagers-- push questions of identity, deception, and gullibility to the extreme.

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Between Shades of Gray

By Ruta Sepetys

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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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