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My Top Ten of 2014 - Amy B. (Teen Book Picks)

100 Sideways MilesYou may remember Amy B. of RCL - Maplewood from her earlier Top 10 list.  She's back!  And this time, her list is all about those teens!

100 Sideways Miles Smith, Andrew
I am an Andrew Smith junkie. He has a voice that really resonates for me, and 100 Sideways Miles has the snark, the wit, the strangeness that I love and that keeps me coming back for more tales of identity and confusion in teendom.

Brown Girl Dreaming Woodson, Jacqueline
Winner of the National Book Award, Jacqueline Woodson has written a complicated and layered story about growing up in the United States in the 60s and 70s. The format, the voice, the mutiplicity of what race and gender and religion mean for us now make this a story everyone should read.The Crossover

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Meyer, Marissa
Cress, the third in the Lunar Chronicles series, gives us even more clever girls. Meyer continues to subvert the fairy tale paradigm, taking old stories and reminding us that our heroines can save their own butts, thank you very much.

The Crossover Alexander, Kwame
"Josh Bell is my name, but Filthy McNasty is my claim to fame. Folks call me that 'cause my game's acclaimed, so downright dirty it'll put you to shame. My hair is long, my height's tall. See, I'm the next Kevin Durant, LeBron, and Chris Paul." Read it out loud.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3) Taylor, Laini
The final book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is a lush and dangerous concoction. Romance, life or death, betrayal and adventure. A perfect read for a fantasy fanatic.Enchanted

(Woodcutter Sisters #1) Kontis, Alethea
Last year was all about alternate history spy girls, 2014 is spunky fairy tale recreations. Enchanted (first in a series) mixes in all your favorite tropes, but centers them around the 7 children..you know "Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace." Sunday Woodcutter is blythe and bonny, but she also kisses a frog and sets the whole family on a spiral.

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War Faulkner, Matt A personal narrative that details one of our many complicated stories of race in the United Stated, Gaijin retells a story gleaned from author Matt Faulkner's family history about Japanese internment during WWII. This is by far Faulkner's best work so far.Tell Me Again How  a Crush Should Feel

Takio Bendis, Brian Michael
A fast paced, plot driven, graphic novel about a super powered thirteen year-old girl and her super powered 7 year-old sister. Written by one of the current masters of the comics industry, what is not to love?

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Farizan, Sara
There are never enough stories about love.

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir Prince, Liz
Becoming comfortable in your own skin is difficult. Society has very specific rules for gender, and Tomboy explores the ups and downs of not conforming to expected norms.

We Were Liars Lockhart, E.
Family tragedy and childhood tradition form the backdrop of Cadence's story, told through her hazy recollections of her 15th summer.


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