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Adventure & Survival

The Fixer
The Fixer
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Notorious Pagan Jones
The Notorious Pagan Jones
Nina Berry
The Raft
The Raft
S.A. Bodeen
Not if I Save You First
Not if I Save You First
Ally Carter
The Living
The Living
Matt De La Peña 
The Love Interest
The Love Interest
Cale Dietrich

The Killer in Me
Margot Harrison

Safekeeping
Safekeeping
Karen Hesse
The Distance Between Lost and Found
The Distance Between Lost and Found
Kathryn Holmes
What Goes Up
What Goes Up
Katie Kennedy
In Darkness
In Darkness
Nick Lake
when I am through with you
When I Am Through with You
Stephanie Kuehn
Outrun the Moon
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Under a Painted Sky
Under a Painted Sky
Stacey Lee
After the End by Amy Plum
After the End
Amy Plum
Shadow Wave
Shadow Wave
Robert Muchamore
The Call
The Call
 
Peadar Ó Guilin 
The Lifeboat Clique
The Lifeboat Clique
Kathy Parks
Plague Land
Plague Land
Alex Scarrow
Threatened
Threatened
Eliot Schrefer
The Bitter Side of Sweet
The Bitter Side of Sweet
Tara Sullivan
Desert Dark
Desert Dark
Sonja Stone
A Map for Wrecked Girls
A Map for Wrecked Girls
Jessica Taylor

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Classics

Speak
Laurie Halse Anderson
Feed
M.T. Anderson
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Ann Brashares
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Whale Talk
Chris Crutcher
A Northern Light
Jennifer Donnelly
Copper Sun
Sharon M. Draper
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
Nancy Farmer
The First Part Last
Angela Johnson
Every Day
David Levithan
Jellicoe Road
Melina Marchetta
Sold
Patricia McCormick
Monster
Walter Dean Myers
The Golden Compass
Philip Pullman
In My Father's House
Ann Rinaldi
Esperenza Rising
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Skim
Mariko Tamaki
The Spectacular Now
Tim Tharp
The Thief
Megan Whalen Turner
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

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Dystopian

After : nineteen stories of apocalypse and dystopia
After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
Edited by: Ellen Datlow
Horde by Ann Aguirre
Horde
Ann Aguirre
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Flawed
Cecelia Ahern
Tool of War by Paolo Bacigalupi
Tool of War
Paolo Bacigalupi
Season of Glory by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Season of Glory
Lisa Tawn Bergren
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
5 to 1: A Novel
Holly Bodger

The Darkest Legacy
Alexandra Bracken

Diverse Energies
Diverse Energies
Edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Ink and Bone
Rachel Caine
The Knowing by Sharon Cameron
The Knowing
Sharon Cameron
Golden by Melissa De La Cruz
Golden
Melissa De La Cruz
Evolution by Stephanie Diaz
Evolution
Stephanie Diaz
The marrow thieves by Cherie Dimaline
The Marrow Thieves
Cherie Dimaline
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
Children of Eden
Joey Graceffa
Elite by Mercedes Lackey
Elite
Mercedes Lackey
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill
Replica by Lauren Oliver
Replica
Lauren Oliver
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
The Sandcastle Empire
Kayla Olson
Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp
Decelerate Blue
Adam Rapp
Burning Nation by Trent Reedy
Burning Nation
Trent Reedy
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
Lizard Radio
Pat Schmatz

Rabbit & Robot
Andrew Smith

Velocity by Chris Wooding
Velocity
Chris Wooding

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Fantasy

Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi
The Hazel Wood
Melissa Albert
The Candle and the Flame
Nafiza Azad
The Belles
Dhonielle Clayton
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
Julie C. Dao
Wicked Saints
Emily A. Duncan
The Axe of Sundering
Mark Forman
Caraval
Stephanie Garber
Strange Grace
Tessa Gratton
Descendant of the Crane
Joan He
Everless
Sara Holland
The Afterward
E.K. Johnston
A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Brigid Kemmerer
Furyborn
Claire Legrand
Reign of the Fallen
Sarah Glenn Marsh
 
Nocturna
Maya Motayne

Beasts Made of Night
Tochi Onyebuchi

The Blood Spell
C.J. Redwine
The Queen's Rising
Rebecca Ross
Song of the Current
Sarah Tolcser

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Gentle Reads

Of Poseidon
Anna Banks
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Rae Carson
The Moon and More
Sarah Dessen
The Golden Braid
Melanie Dickerson
Unclaimed Baggage
Jen Doll
Ten Miles Past Normal
Frances O'Roark Dowell
The Sierra Jensen Collection
Robin Jones Gunn
Dangerous
Shannon Hale
Forest Born
Shannon Hale
Shug
Jenny Han
There You'll Find Me
Jenny B. Jones
Anomaly
Krista McGee
Mark of the Thief
Jennifer Nielsen
Life Just Got Real
Sadie Robertson
The Wednesday Wars
Gary D. Schmidt
Dauntless
Dina L. Sleiman
Field Notes on Love
Jennifer E. Smith
Love À la Mode
Stephanie Kate Strohm
Listen to Your Heart
Kasie West
Love & Luck
Jenna Evans Welch

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High School Life

The Closest I've Come
Fred Aceves
We'll Fly Away
Bryan Bliss
The Meaning of Birds
Jaye Robin Brown
Someone to Love
Melissa de la Cruz
Heretics Anonymous
Katie Henry
We Contain Multitudes
Sarah Henstra
 
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight
Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
We Regret to Inform You
A.E. Kaplan
That's Not What Happened
Kody Keplinger
You Know Me Well
Nina LaCour and David Levithan
This Is Not a Love Scene
S.C. Megale
Famous in a Small Town
Emma Mills
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
Ben Philippe
A List of Cages
Robin Roe
Deposing Nathan
Zack Smedley
Hearts Unbroken
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Two Roads from Here
Teddy Steinkellner
Odd One Out
Nic Stone
Watch Us Rise
Renée Watson
The Art of Being Normal
Lisa Williamson

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Historical Fiction

Yvain, the Knight of the Lion
Yvain, the Knight of the Lion
M.T. Anderson
We Are All That's Left
We Are All That's Left
Carrie Arcos
The Passion of Dolssa
The Passion of Dolssa: A Novel
Julie Berry
Chasing Secrets
Chasing Secrets
Gennifer Choldenko
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
Melanie Crowder
Mare's War
Mare's War
Tanita S. Davis
Alex & Eliza
Alex & Eliza: A Love Story
Melissa de la Cruz
Speak Easy, Speak Love
Speak Easy, Speak Love
​McKelle George
Dream Country
Dream Country
Shannon Gibney
Four-Four-Two
Four-Four-Two
Dean Hughes
Soldier Boy
Soldier Boy
Keely Hutton
Going Over
Going Over
Beth Kephart
Dreamland Burning
Dreamland Burning
Jennifer Latham
Under a Painted Sky
Under a Painted Sky
Stacey Lee
Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Mackenzi Lee
Blood Water Paint
Blood Water Paint
Joy McCullough
Every Hidden Thing
Every Hidden Thing
Kenneth Oppel
X: A Novel
X: A Novel
Ilyasah Shabazz
Climbing the Stairs
Climbing the Stairs
Padma Venkatraman

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Horror & Paranormal

Alone
Alone
Cyn Balog
The Cemetery Boys
The Cemetery Boys
Heather Brewer
The Good Demon
The Good Demon
Jimmy Cajoleas
Five Nights at Freddy's
Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes
Scott Cawthon
These Shallow Graves
These Shallow Graves
Jennifer Donnelly
The Wicked Deep
The Wicked Deep
Shea Ernshaw
Skinful of Shadows
A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
Dread Nation
Dread Nation
Justina Ireland
And the Trees Crept In
And the Trees Crept In
Dawn Kurtagich
How to Hang a Witch
How to Hang a Witch
Adriana Mather
There's Someone Inside Your House
There's Someone Inside Your House
Stephanie Perkins
The Agony House
The Agony House

Jonathan Maberry
Scream Site
Scream Site
Justina Ireland
The Shadow Cabinet
The Shadow Cabinet
Maureen Johnson
A Taste for Monsters
A Taste for Monsters
Matthew Kirby
One Was Lost
One Was Lost
Natalie D. Richards
City of Ghosts
City of Ghosts
Victoria Schwab
Harmony House
Harmony House
Nic Sheff
The Walls Around Us
The Walls Around Us
Nova Ren Suma
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Kiersten White

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Love & Romance

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Heist Society
Ally Carter
Jason & Kyra by Dana Davidson
Jason & Kyra
Dana Davidson
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
The Truth About Forever
Sarah Dessen
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
My Life Next Door
Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley
The Seer and the Sword
Victoria Hanley
The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
The Ordinary Princess
M.M. Kaye
The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
The Chapel Wars
Lindsey Leavitt
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Stitching Snow
R.C. Lewis
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
Let the Sky Fall
Shannon Messenger
Cruel Summer by Alyson Noel
Cruel Summer
Alyson Noel
Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund
Academy 7
Anne Osterlund
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins
Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Just One Wish
Janette Rallison
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl
Rainbow Rowell
Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Past Perfect
Leila Sales
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith

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Magical Realism

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
David Arnold
The Deepest Roots
Miranda Asebedo
Last Bus to Everland
Sophie Cameron
Storm-Wake
Lucy Christopher
Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Moïra Fowley-Doyle
We Are the Ants
Shaun David Hutchinson
Dig
A.S. King

I Crawl Through It
A.S. King

The Secret of a Heart Note
Stacey Lee
You Must not Miss
Katrina Leno
Blanca & Roja
Anna-Marie McLemore
When the Moon Was Ours
Anna-Marie McLemore
Wild Beauty
Anna-Marie McLemore
The Art of Starving
Sam J. Miller
The Disappearances
Emily Bain Murphy
The Astonishing Color of After
Emily X.R. Pan
All the Crooked Saints
Maggie Stiefvater
A Room Away from the Wolves
Nova Ren Suma
 
The Walls Around Us
Nova Ren Suma
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Krystal Sutherland

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Middle School Life

Posted by John David Anderson
Posted
John David Anderson
Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger
Fuzzy
Tom Angleberger
Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher
Sidetracked
Diana Harmon Asher
Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin
Where the Watermelons Grow
Cindy Baldwin
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
The Thing About Jellyfish
Ali Benjamin
So Done by Paula Chase
So Done
Paula Chase
The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
The Pants Project
Cat Clarke
Nothing but Trouble by Jacqueline Davies
Nothing but Trouble 
Jacqueline Davies
Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee
Halfway Normal
Barbara Dee
Lights, Camera, Disaster by Erin Dionne
Lights, Camera, Disaster 
Erin Dionne
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Lily and Dunkin
Donna Gephart
11 before 12 by Lisa Greenwald
11 before 12
Lisa Greenwald
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
All's Faire in Middle School
Victoria Jamieson
Checked by Cynthia Kadohata
Checked
Cynthia Kadohata
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
You Go First
Erin Entrada Kelly
OCDaniel by Wesley King
OCDaniel
Wesley King
Restart by Gordon Korman
Restart
Gordon Korman
Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes
Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes
Mary E. Lambert
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Some Kind of Happiness
Claire Legrand
The Grimm Legacy Polly Shulman
Things That Surprise You
Jennifer Maschari
Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno
Just Under the Clouds
Melissa Sarno
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
Save Me a Seat
Sarah Weeks
Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge
Karma Khullar's Mustache
Kristi Wientge
The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
The Way to Bea
Kat Yeh

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Mystery & Thriller

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison
Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator
Jennifer Allison
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Naturals
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The White Cat by Holly Black
The White Cat
Holly Black
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Unspoken
Sarah Rees Brennan
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
Payback Time
Carl Deuker
The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
The Rules for Disappearing
Ashley Elston
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
Burning Blue
Paul Griffin
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Deadly Cool
Gemma Halliday
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Clarity
Kim Harrington
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Name of the Star
Maureen Johnson
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
Icefall
Matthew J. Kirby
The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan
The Last Thing I Remember
Andrew Klavan
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant
Derek Landy
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Silence of Murder
Dandi Daley Mackall
Dark Souls by Paula Morris
Dark Souls
Paula Morris
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Forgotten
Cat Patrick
Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
Confessions of a Murder Suspect
James Patterson
Virals by Kathy Reichs
Virals
Kathy Reichs
Jackaby by William Ritter
Jackaby
William Ritter
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Far From You
Tess Sharpe
Sekret by Lindsay Smith
Sekret
Lindsay Smith
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
Liar & Spy
Rebecca Stead
Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
Wish You Were Dead
Todd Strasser
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Code Name Verity
Elizabeth Wein
Variant by Robison Wells
Variant
Robison Wells

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Quick Reads

The Poet X
The Poet X
Elizabeth Acvedo
Swing
Swing
Kwame Alexander
Learning Seventeen
Learning Seventeen
Brooke Carter
One
One
Sarah Crossan
See No Color
See No Color
Shannon Gibney
People Kill People
People Kill People
Ellen Hopkins
Hide and Shriek
Hide and Shriek
Alison Hughes
The lost marble notebook
The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy
Marie Jaskulka
A Certain October
A Certain October
Angela Johnson
The Way Back from Broken
The Way Back from Broken
Amber Keyser
kiss of glass
Kiss of Broken Glass
Madeleine Kuderick
Faerie
Faerie
Eisha Marjara
Blood Water Paint
Blood Water Paint
Joy McCullough
What I Leave Behind
What I Leave Behind
Alison McGhee
Firewall
Firewall
Sean Rodman
Orbiting Jupiter
Orbiting Jupiter
Gary D. Schmidt
Impossible
Impossible
Jocelyn Shipley
Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave
Alex Van Tol

Beneath a Meth Moon
Jacqueline Woodson

 

 

 

 

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Science Fiction

The Islands at the End of the World
The Islands at the End of the World
Austin Aslan
H2O
H2O
Virginia Bergin
The Here and Now
The Here and Now 
Ann Brashares
Jupiter Winds
Jupiter Winds 
C. J. Darlington
Extraction
Extraction
Stephanie Diaz
On the Edge of Gone
On the Edge of Gone 
Corinne Duyvis

Earth Girl

Earth Girl
Janet Edwards

A Thousand Pieces of You
A Thousand Pieces of You 
Claudia Gray
Illuminae
Illuminae
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
These Broken Stars Amie Kaufman
These Broken Stars

Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Zeroboxer
Zeroboxer
Fonda Lee
Spinning Starlight
Spinning Starlight 
R. C. Lewis
In the After
In the After 
Demitria Lunetta
Breaking Sky
Breaking Sky 
Cori McCarthy
Only Every Yours Louise O'Neill
Only Ever Yours

Louise O'Neill
The Adoration of Jenna Fox Mary E. Pearson
The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Mary E. Pearson
Acid Emma Pass
Acid

Emma Pass
Across the Universe Beth Revis
Across the Universe

Beth Revis
Zodiac Romina Russell
Zodiac

Romina Russell
Glow Amy Kathleen Ryan
Glow

Amy Kathleen Ryan
A Long, Long Sleep Anna Sheehan
A Long, Long Sleep

Anna Sheehan
Zeroes Scott Westerfeld
Zeroes

Scott Westerfeld
Captives Jill Williamson
Captives

Jill Williamson
The 5th Wave Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey

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Sports

Rebound
Kwame Alexander

Running on Empty
Sonya Spreen Bates

Shiny Broken Pieces
Sona Charaipotra

Gutless
Carl Deuker

Here to Stay
Sara Farizan

Backfield Boys
John Feinstein

Broken Beautiful Hearts
Kami Garcia

See No Color
Shannon Gibney

After the Game
Abbi Glines
Under the Lights
Abbi Glines

Hooper
Geoff Herbach

The Flip Side
Shawn Johnson

Checked
Cynthia Kadohata
The Wizenard Series: Training Camp
Wesley King
Lone Stars
Mike Lupica

Heroine
Mindy McGinnis

After the Shot Drops
Randy Ribay

No More No Name
Tim Tingle
Check Please!
Ngozi Ukazu
Top Prospect
Paul Volponi

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Steampunk

Ivey and the Airship
Ivey and the Airship
Cheryl Ammeter
Etiquette & Espionage
Etiquette & Espionage
Gail Carriger
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Angel 
Cassandra Clare
Airman
Airman
Eoin Colfer
 
Mechanica
Mechanica
Betsy Cornwell
The Inventor's Secret
The Inventor's Secret 
Andrea Cremer
 
The Girl in the Steel Corset
The Girl in the Steel Corset 
Kady Cross
Something Strange and Deadly
Something Strange and Deadly 
Susan Dennard
Incarceron
Incarceron
Catherine Fisher
The Clockwork Scarab: a Stoker & Holmes Novel
The Clockwork Scarab: a Stoker & Holmes Novel 
Colleen Gleason
Dearly, Departed
Dearly, Departed
Lia Habel
The Iron Thorn
The Iron Thorn
Caitlin Kittredge
The Friday Society
The Friday Society
Adrienne Kress
The Falconer
The Falconer 
Elizabeth May
Planesrunner
Planesrunner
Ian McDonald
The Peculiars
The Peculiars 
Maureen McQuerry
Railsea
Railsea
China Mieville
 
Starclimber
Starclimber 
Kenneth Oppel
Fever Crumb
Fever Crumb
Philip Reeve
 
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret 
Brian Selznick
The Hunchback Assignments
The Hunchback Assignments 
Arthur Slade
Ashes of Twilight
Ashes of Twilight
Kassy Tayler
The Unnaturalists
The Unnaturalists 
Tiffany Trent
Leviathan
Leviathan
Scott Westerfeld
 

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Urban Fiction

Playground
50 Cent
Crazy Love
Amir Abrams
Tap Out
Eric Devine
Girls Like Us
Gail Giles
Fake ID
Lamar R. Giles
Spin
Lamar R. Giles
I'm Just Me
M.G. Higgins
Monday's Not Coming
Tiffany D. Jackson
 Bridge
Patrick Jones
How It Went Down
Kekla Magoon
DJ Rising
Love Maia
Darius & Twig
Walter Dean Myers
Anger Is a Gift
Mark Oshiro
We Were Here
Matt de la Peña
When I Was the Greatest
Jason Reynolds
All American Boys
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
On the Come Up
Angie Thomas
This Side of Home
Renée Watson
American Street
Ibi Zoboi
Pride
Ibi Zoboi

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Staff Favorites

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Finally, here is a link to the Marion Library Teen Staff's older YA recommendations (PDF).