The Hits: Murder, Mystery, Homecoming
Ellery is a crime obsessed teen sent to live in her mother's haunted hometown for four months with her brother Ezra. Tragedy strikes on the first night. When threatening messages begin appearing all over town, Ellery tries to hunt down the killer.
Top 2018 Read
The Hits: Fantasy, Faerie World, Monarchy
Jude is a human living in the faery realm. Unlike her half fae sister Taryn, Jude wants to stay and earn her place among the high court. She must prove herself worthy and withstand the cruel treatment of prince Cardan and his friends.
2018 Top Read
The Hits: Urban, Activism, Teen Murder
Star leads two lives. There is the Star that attends a nearly all white private school and the Star that works at her dad's grocery store in Garden Heights. When she witnesses her childhood friend gets shot and killed by a police officer, her worlds collide as she stands up for what is right.
2018 Top Read
The Hits: Rape, Activism
Chessy Prout's memoir is the survival story of a fourteen-year-old that was raped by a senior at her boarding school. Chessy talks about life before and after the assault. Now college bound, Chessy works as an activist for survivors all over the country.
The Hits: Suicide, Anxiety, Deception
An unlikely turn of events places Evan Hansen in the center of a family's grief after their son commits suicide. When Evan tries to comfort them, his lies spiral out of control.
The Hits: Angles & Demons, Supernatural Powers, Combat
The war in heaven has made its way to Earth, and humans are caught in the crossfire. Many have been infected with demon or angle powers, including children. Brie's powers have been dormant, thanks to the angels that allowed her to have a normal childhood. Now that she's eighteen, her powers are about to be activated.
The Hits: Relationships, LGBTQ, New York
After a chance meeting in New York, Ben and Arthur can't stop thinking about each other. The odds of being reunited seem impossible. When they finally reconnect, they only have a few weeks to make the most of it.
The Hits: Magic, Nigeria, Monarchy
This fantasy takes you on an adventure following Zelie, a magi (one who has magic). She is on a mission to restore magic with her brother and the princess of Orisha. The only thing that stands in their way is the prince, heir to Orisha, who has vowed to destroy magic.
The Hits: Diving, Premonitions, Psychology
It's been a year since Theo's dad died in a car accident and three years since his mom never made it out of their burning house. Despite his losses, Theo is a top diver and scholar. When Theo begins recovering memories from childhood and the night of the fire, everything changes. He can't dive and doesn't know who to trust.
The Hits: Sudden Life Changes, Mental Illness, Relocation
When Tiffany's mom dies everything changes. She moves across the country to live with the father she never knew existed and struggles to adjust to her new family, new school and father's strict rules. All the time wondering if the man that knocked on her door a few days ago is her real father.
The Hits: Royalty, Scotland, Fame
When Daisy's sister becomes engaged to the heir to the Scottish thrown, she is pulled into the world of royalty and paparazzi. Sent to Scotland for the summer, she quickly becomes the subject of royal gossip after being photographed with the younger prince who just happens to be the most eligible seventeen-year-old in Scotland.
The Hits: Fame, Music, Depression
Roxie has been on the road with her superstar boyfriend for two years. He is about to start his second tour when she starts seeing drastic changes in him. Then he disappears.
The Hits: Space Exploration, Environment, Competition
Dystopia scifi set in a future where Earth's environment is killing off the population. Twenty-four teens from countries all over the world have been chosen to compete for 1 of 6 spots on a mission to Europa. The survival of the human race depends on choosing the right candidates.
The Hits: Romance, Suicide, Twins
Mackenzie's life is turned upside down when her identical twin sister commits suicide days after moving to a new town. Her brother is sent away and parents barely look at her. Her only comfort is Ryan, the boy she met the day Willow died.
The Hits: Space Travel, Alien Encounters, Camaraderie
Definitely a read for hard core Sci-fi lovers. The plot of this story is completely unique—pairing a human with a giant celestial being/spaceship. Together they travel the universe and bond in unique ways.
The Hits: Murder Mystery, Girls Prep School, LGBTQ
Kay has a lot of great things going for her. She's at the top of the popularity food chain, and college scouts are watching all her soccer games. When Kay and her friends find fellow Bates student Jessica Lang dead, Kay's well kept secrets come crashing down on her.
Working in a library, I'm surrounded by books. Choosing what to read next can be overwhelming at times. Here are some tips.
Make Lists: Make a list and put it in your phone. Honestly we all know that's the only way to make sure it doesn't go missing. No matter where, how, or who you get your recommendation from, save them all in one place.
Use an Author You Like: Someone out there has already done the hard part, you just have to find their website! Try Literature Map. Oh this is so fun! Type in an author's name and voila! It's all about proximity. The closer the name is to the center, the better match.
Award Winners: Usually you can count on these books to be good reads. Hey, maybe you just want to try something new. YALSA'S Book Awards is loaded with winners. I know the website is very 'busy' and not much fun. If you want to cut to the chase, try the 2018 Alex Award Current Winners.
Teen Read Week 2018 Top 10.
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus.
- Warcross by Marie Lu. G. P.
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez.
- Paper Hearts by Ali Novak.
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
- Once and For All by Sarah Dessen.
Top 2017 Read
The Hits: Scifi, Fates, Combat
Two nations living on one planet come to a head when the fates of their children are revealed. Akos and his brother Elijah are taken by the Shotet king as he attempts to avoid his own fate. Akos befriends Cyra, sister to the king and vows to find a way to escape and bring his brother home.
Top 2017 Read
The Hits: Non Fiction, LGBTQ+, Hate Crime
Every story has two sides. On November 4, 2013, two teens rode home on the 57 bus like any other day. It was a prank, a cruel prank that went horribly wrong, showing us that there is a bigger problem here, and it's killing our youth.
The Hits: 1960's, Folklore, Miracles
Maggie Stiefvater does it again! She is so brilliant. A beautiful tale with heroic characters that reads like a folk story. Thom Rivera truly brings these characters to a proper light with his incredible narration.
The Hits: Adventure, Courage, Fantasy
Malcolm's home town is being overtaken by religious radicals when a storm like no other strikes. Malcolm and his fierce companion Alice must use his canoe to save Lyra, an infant at the center of it all.
The Hits: Relationships, Sisters, Family
This books is so hip! From the cookie dough mason jars to finding the perfect emoji, Becky Albertalli knows whats up. This is totally a day in the life of a teen and a very enjoyable read from a perspective authors don't write enough about.
The Hits: Illness, Family, 1970's
The story of one family's struggle through a mother's illness in the late 1970's and how it nearly destroys them all. Great book club book!
The Hits: Realistic Fiction, Friendship, Child Abuse, Loss of Loved Ones
During Adam's senior year he reconnects with his freshman foster brother who he hasn't seen in five years. All is not well with Julien who needs Adam more than ever.
Hits: Mystery, Germany, Friendship
Pepper and Molly team up to find out who killed Ava Dreyman, a cold war teen martyr. They rely on her published diary and their internet sleuthing skills to solve the mystery.
The Hits: Romance, Fantasy, Music
Wintersong is a love story filled with music of the violin and piano. It has goblins and a mysterious underworld. Wintersong is the first book in a series.
The Hits: Mystery, Magic, Thriller
Caraval is a game that Scarlett has been waiting her entire life to play, but it is nothing like she imagined. Her sister is being kept captive by the Legend, the game maker. With the help of sailor, Scarlett must compete to find her sister before it's too late.
The Hits: Mental Illness, Friendship, Present Day
Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic and hasn't left his home in years. Lisa is trying to earn a scholarship to one of the best psychology programs in the country. She needs to write an essay about her personal experience with mental illness. Now all she has to do is befriend Solomon and cure him.
The Hits: Prejudice, Basketball, Friendship
Rashad is wrongfully accused and arrested for theft when a woman trips over him a gas station. While Rashad recovers, his classmates takes sides, dividing friendships, and forcing everyone to examine the big picture.
The Hits: Anxiety, Romance, Family
After a case of extreme bullying, Audrey is left crippled by anxiety and shut away in her home. With the help of a new friend, she begins to take steps toward recovery and cope with the affects of her illness.
The Hits: Native Americans, Reservation, Adversity
Junior tries to break free of reservation life by attending an all white school. Based on the author's real life experience.
The Hits: Boarding School, Mischief, Love
Miles begins boarding school during his Junior year and must learn the social order. He meets the Colonel and Alaska, who show him the ropes and introduce him to a slew of unhealthy habits.
The Hits: Crime, Gangs, Heist
Fantasy novel about a teen gang attempting a deadly heist. Each brings their own unique abilities and baggage on a journey that takes them to an impenetrable castle. If they succeed, they can buy their freedom and fulfill their dreams.
The Hits: Dystopia, Special Abilities, Romance
Juliette can kill people with just one touch. After being locked away for nearly a year, Juliette is released by a military sector that has plans to use her gifts for their own gain. Her only hope for escape is Adam, a schoolmate she hasn't seen in years.
The Hits: Assassins, Sword Fights, Magic
Calaena Sardothien is a deadly assassin imprisoned for her crimes. The prince of Adarlan offers Calaenan her freedom if she can win a contest of champions and serve as his father's assassin.
The Hits: Combat, Zombies, Apocalypse
In a post apocalyptic New York, tribes of kids live underground in the remains of subway system. They fight the freaks that roam the tunnels in order to catch their food for their survival. Deuce is fifteen and has just been made a huntress, but her world is about to change. As freaks become smarter, her enclave must adapt or die.
The Hits: Paranormal, Forbidden Love, Friendship
The Raven Cycle is a four book series set in Virginia. Four teens set out to find a King hidden within their town.
The Hits: Sci-fi, War
In a time far in the future, genius kids are recruited to the military for the upcoming space war against the buggers. Ender has been chosen as Earth's last hope. Recruited at the age of six, Ender begins a journey that will make him the best commander Earth has ever seen.
The Hits: 1960's, Gangs, Friendship
Two rival gangs brawl, ending the life of one teen and sending two others on the run.
The Hits: Dystopia, Adolescence, Friendship
Future society where children are given an occupation on their twelfth birthday. Jonas is assigned the most important placement in the community, receiver of memories.
The Hits: Sisters, Love Triangle, Friendship
Lara Jean has written five love letters that she never intends on sending. When the letters get out, she pretends to be dating the cutest boy in school so her real crush will think she's moved on.
The Hits: Video Games, 1980's, Virtual Reality
The future is bleak and logging into the OASIS is not just an escape for seventeen year old Wade, its and obsession. After he cracks the first clue in the game's billion dollar contest, his entire life changes.