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Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters The Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? Retelling of: Sense and Sensibility


Pink by Lili Wilkinson Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality--and sexual orientation--at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty. Retelling of: Emma

Want to Go Private?

Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman Insecure about the changes high school brings, Abby ignores advice from her parents and her only friend to "make an effort" and, instead, withdraws from everyone but with Luke, who she met online.

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski Sixteen-year-old April, a high school junior, and her friend Vi, a senior, get a crash course in reality as the list of things they should not do becomes a list of things they did while living parent-free in Westport, Connecticut, for the semester.


Clean by Amy Reed A group of teens in a Seattle-area rehabilitation center form an unlikely friendship as they begin to focus less on their own problems with drugs and alcohol by reaching out to help a new member, who seems to have even deeper issues to resolve.

Madison Avery

Madison Avery Series by Kim Harrison Spunky teen Madison, though technically dead, uses a stolen amulet to retain the illusion of a body and help her in the struggle between Light and Dark reapers. Read the entire series: Once Dead, Twice Shy Early to Death, Early to Rise Something Deadly This Way Comes

Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens by Fred Van Lente 1873. Arizona. An era when all a man could count on was his horse and his six-gun, and Indians fought a losing battle with European settlers.Until somebody else entered the fight—an invader who saw all humans as slaves, and was determined to conquer our world.

Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.


Shine by Lauren Myracle When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.


Goon by Eric Powell An insane priest is building himself an army of the undead, and there's only one man who can put them in their place: the man they call Goon. Goon series: Goon 0: Rough Stuff Nothin' But Misery My Murderous Childhood (and Other Grievous Yarns Heaps of Ruination Virtue and the Grim Consequences Thereof Wicked Inclinations Chinatown and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker A Place of Heartache and Grief Those that is Damned Calamity of Conscience Death's Greedy Comeuppance

Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 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.


Crank by Ellen Hopkins Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul, her life. Read the entire series: Crank Glass Fallout


Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice n early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters. Includes explanatory notes throughout the text, an introduction discussing the author and the background of the story, and a study guide. Movies: Pride and Prejudice


Beastly by Alex Flinn A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form. Movie: Beastly Retelling of: Beauty and the Beast

Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton The teenage surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003 describes how she has coped with this life-altering event with the help of her faith, the changes in her life, and her return to the sport she loves.

Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim by Brian O'Malley Scott Pilgrim's life is fantastic. He's 23 years old, in a rock band, between jobs, and dating a cute high school girl. Everything's awesome until a seriously mind-blowing delivery girl named Ramona Flowers enters his life. Scott Pilgrim series: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour Movie: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Mystery Society

Mystery Society by Steve Niles Nick Hammond and Anastasia Collins are the Mystery Society. Stealthily avoiding the authorities, this skulduggery duo spend their time and money righting wrongs committed in the world's underbellies. More to come...

Spell Checkers

Spell Checkers by Jamie S. Rich When Jesse, Kimmie, and Cynthia found an old spellbook, they made themselves witches, and now that they are in high school they use their powers to avoid studying and to bully the other students. Spell Checkers series: Spell Checkers Son of a Preacher Man (September 2011)

Need Series

Need Series by Carrie Jones Depressed after the death of her stepfather, high school junior Zara goes to live with her grandmother in a small Maine town, where new friends tell Zara the strange man she keeps seeing may be a pixie king, and that only "were" creatures can stop him from taking souls. Read the entire series: Need Captivate Entice

Living Dead Girl

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared. Once upon a time, my name was not Alice. Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was. When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends: her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her. This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

You Know Where to Find Me

You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn In the wake of her cousin's suicide, overweight and introverted seventeen-year-old Miles experiences significant changes in her relationships with her mother and father, her best friend Jamal and his family, and her cousin's father, while gaining insights about herself, both positive and negative.

Because I am Furniture

Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte When a penniless governess falls in love with the brooding master of Thornfield, she is unaware of the tragic events that will follow. Movies: Jane Eyre

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love, until a repressed secret from his past threatens to destroy his newfound happiness.

The Dark Hunters

The Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon It's just another night on the prowl for vampires for Kyrian of Thrace when he meets the most frightening thing imaginable. An accountant. But Amanda Deveraux is much more than she seems. Hunted by one of the deadliest of vampires, Amanda is the key to our survival. Read the entire series: Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol. 4

Story of a Girl

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.


Halo series by Alexandra Adornetto When three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town of Venus Cove against the gathering forces of darkness, their mission is threatened as the youngest angel, Bethany, enrolls in high school and falls in love with another student. Read the entire series: Halo Hades

The Ghost and the Goth

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade After being hit by a bus and killed, a high school homecoming queen gets stuck in the land of the living, with only a loser classmate--who happens to be able to see and hear ghosts--to help her. Read the entire series: The Ghost and the Goth The Queen of the Dead

The Immortals

The Immortal series by Alyson Noel Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people's thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries. Read the entire series: Evermore Blue Moon Shadowland Dark Flame Night Star Everlasting Be sure to check out the Riley Bloom series: Radiance Shimmer Dreamland Whisper (Spring 2012)

The Wolves of Mercy Falls

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity. Read the entire series: Shiver Linger Forever

Falling for Hamlet

Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is set in the modern world of computers, cell phones, and paparazzi, and on a popular television talk show it is revealed that Ophelia has not died. Retelling of: Hamlet

Locke and Key

Locke and Key by Joe Hill Keyhouse is an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature. Read the entire series: Welcome to Lovecraft Head Games Crown of Shadows Keys to the Kingdom

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots. Read the entire series: Vampire Academy Frostbite Shadow Kiss Blood Promise Spirit Bound Last Sacrifice Check out the companion series: Bloodlines !

Vladimir Tod

Vladimir Tod Series by Heather Brewer For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' deaths, than he could have guessed. Read the entire series: Eighth Grade Bites Ninth Grade Slays Tenth Grade Bleeds Eleventh Grade Burns Twelfth Grade Kills

Fat Vampire

Fat Vampire by Adam Rex After being bitten by a vampire, not only is fifteen-year-old Doug doomed eternally to be fat, but now he must also save himself from the desperate host of a public-access-cable vampire-hunting television show that is on the verge of cancellation.

Sucks to be Me

Sucks to be Me Series by Kimberly Pauley When sixteen-year-old Mina is forced to take a class to help her decide whether or not to become a vampire like her parents, she also faces a choice between her life-long best friend and the boy she has a crush on versus new friends and possible boyfriends in her mandatory "vampire lessons." Read the entire series: Sucks to be Me Still Sucks to be Me

Blood Coven Vampires

Blood Coven Vampires by Mari Mancusi Bitten by a vampire after being mistaken for her Goth twin sister, Rayne, sixteen-year-old Sunny is in a race against time as she tries to prevent herself from becoming a vampire permanently. Read the entire series: Boys That Bite Stake That Girls That Growl Bad Blood Night School Blood Ties


Vamps by Nancy A. Collins At an elite vampire prep school in Manhattan, sixteen-year-old vampire socialite Lilith seeks revenge against Cally, a new student and "New Blood" Lilith holds responsible for the death of her close friend during a dispute that attracted heavily-armed Van Helsings. Read the entire series: Vamps Night Life After Dark


Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Read the entire series: Twilight New Moon Eclipse Breaking Dawn Companion - The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Morning Glories

Morning Glories Series by Nick Spencer Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country... but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. When six gifted, but troubled, students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves! Read the entire series: Vol. 1 Vol. 2 (September 2011)