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Young Adult Books You Want to Read

As you may or may not know, our company, The Book Report Network, has a number of websites about books and authors in addition to Bookreporter.com. Throughout the year, Bookreporter.com features adult books on Teenreads.com, our site for young adult readers, that we think will have definite appeal to a teen audience. In the spirit of sharing, we are now spotlighting a selection of titles each month from Teenreads.com that we believe are great reads that you might enjoy.

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

November 2010

This stand-alone sequel to HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES tells the tall tale of 12-year-old Luka in the Nether World, a fantastical realm once visited by his brother, Haroun. Luka is on a quest to rescue his dying father from perpetual sleep and faces nine impossible challenges, all of which must be overcome if he is to steal the Fire of Life.

Grace by Elizabeth Scott

November 2010

Grace’s entire life has been in preparation for her death. She is trained to be a suicide bomber --- to strap a bomb to her leg, infiltrate the enemy, and set off the bomb, all in the name of freedom for her people. But Grace decides she doesn’t want to die. So she runs for the border. And she has nothing to lose.

I Shall Wear Midnight: A Tiffany Aching Adventure by Terry Pratchett

October 2010

After studying senior witches for years, Tiffany Aching is on her own. As the witch of Chalk, she performs the unglamorous task of caring for the needy. But when someone starts igniting fear against the witches, she discovers that “real” witchcraft isn’t always fun. Now Tiffany must find the source of evil and defeat it at its root. Because this time, the price of failure is her life, and if she falls, then so will Chalk.

Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney

October 2010

Missy and her cousin Claire can finish each other’s sentences and practically read each other’s minds. In fact, it’s kind of creepy. So when Missy can’t find the courage to question her parents, she uses a school project to uncover an explanation. But when their video gets posted on YouTube, the cousins realize they’ve opened Pandora’s Box. Not only are their identities called into question, so is the future of everyone involved.

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October 2010

The Patriot Army was shaped by the desperate circumstances at Valley Forge, where Curzon the boy becomes Curzon the young man. But as an escaped slave passing for a freedman, Curzon must face the fear of discovery along with the hardships of being a soldier. And then there’s Isabel --- who’s there against her will. Can she and Curzon sort out the tangled threads of friendship and find the path to true freedom?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

October 2010

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules and level of audience participation may change, but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

October 2010

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi Alpers finds Alexandrine Paradis’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession.

Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense and Horror by R. L. Stine

October 2010

R.L. Stine has put together a collection of short stories by some of the most celebrated authors in the business that are sure to frighten, thrill and horrify readers of all ages. The last thing you want to do is stay up late at night, in the dark, all alone, and read this book.

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

October 2010

In hopes of reinstating their family in their grandmother's will, sisters Norrie, Jane and Sassy write out confessions of their transgressions. Their letters are sometimes hilarious and at other times heartbreaking --- but always riveting.

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

October 2010

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord offers a warm-hearted, humorous and thoughtful look at what it means to belong --- and how lucky we feel when we do. TOUCH BLUE, sure as certain, will touch your heart.