Best of 2011 (Staff Picks) - For Teens

Akata Witch

By Okorafor

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Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer. Selected by multiple CRRL Staff members.

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The Absolute Value of Mike

By Kathryn Erskine

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Fourteen-year-old Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan. Selected by multiple CRRL staff members.

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