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Best Teen Literature

A guide by Faith Powers

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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)

Think of the perfect world. Then, think of its opposite. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is set in the latter. With an amazing plot, believable characters, and a grab-you-by-the-collar writing style, the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy is quite simply amazing.


Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)

More magnificence. The second book in The Hunger Games series answers the question: What happens after the Hunger Games end?


Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)

A surprising conclusion to a series that will continue to live in the minds and hearts of readers for generations to come.


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1)

Cassandra Clare has the rare ability to pepper a story with fascinating details without losing the propulsion that a great novel requires. City of Bones, the first novel in The Mortal Instruments series is brilliant from start to finish. Just as with J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter books, the reader is left wondering, how does Ms. Clare come up with this stuff?


City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)

The follow-up to city of Bones, City of Ashes does more than status quo. In fact, it takes the series to the next level. There is nothing missing from this romp through the world of the Nephilim and their malicious counterparts, the Downworlders.


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, Book 3)

The third novel in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Glass introduces new characters, ties up loose ends, and sets readers to wanting even more of Clary, Jace, and their supernatural friends. If there is a fantastical character Ms. Clare does not mention or tie into her books, the reader won't notice. Brilliant and touching, City of Ashes is a must-read for any connoisseur of teen literature.


City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)

The fourth in the series, City of Fallen Angels is clearly a kick-off to another three-book story arc that just might drive the reader past the point of patience when plowing through the volume, wondering what can possibly happen next.


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

The first in The Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Angel explores the world of the Downworlders and Nephilim during the Victorian era. If you ever wondered what the ancestors of Jace and Clary got up to, this book is for you. Teeming with Cassandra Clare's signature detail and rich world-building, Clockwork Angel will leave you chomping at the bit for the next book in The Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Prince, which is to be released in December of 2011.


Graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore is unique, mesmerizing, and impossible to put-down. The world is rich, the characters enticing, and the difficulties nearly insurmountable. Can a girl and her deadly talent change the face of a world in desperate need of positive intervention? Read at your own peril. Once you start, you won't want to stop.


Fire (A Companion to Graceling)

The second book in the Graceling series, Fire is not a tradition prequel or sequel. Instead, it is a book that is set in the same world, but populated with a different set of characters. Well-written and intriguing, Fire is a great read.


Divergent

Another great dystopian novel. Despite significant differences in plot, this is a book for devotees of The Hunger Games who are looking for another book that has the spark that keeps the pages turning.


Bumped

Megan McCafferty's Bumped explores the world of teen pregnancy in a society where turning eighteen is a death sentence to a person's fertility. What might teenage girls do when the existence of future generations is in their hands? Bumped answers these questions and more. Ms. McCafferty is currently working on the second book in the series. Plus, if you enjoy this book, be sure to check out her Jessica Darling series, which could just as easily have been sold as an a cross-over teen book.


Twilight (Twilight Series Book #1)(Hardcover)

Is it possible to read teen literature without coming across Twilight by Stepehenie Meyer? The answer is no and for good reason. Twilight is an addictive series for reasons most can't quite put their fingers on. Whether the interest is due to Edward's sparkle or Bella's incredulity, readers find, more often than not, it is impossible to leave Forks once they've arrived.


New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2) [Hardcover]

The second book in the Twilight series, New Moon, puts Bella and Edward to the test while more is revealed about the world of vegeterian vampires and the humans who love them.


Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3) [Hardcover]

Eclipse, the third book in The Twilight Saga, defines what it means to love two people more than life itself, knowing you can only ever be with one for eternity. Bella must choose between her lovable friend and her heart-melting soul mate while fighting to stay alive in the world of creatures fairy tales are made of.


BREAKING DAWN ( TWILIGHT SAGA (HARDCOVER)

Breaking Dawn, the final installment in The Twilight Saga, details the ramifications of the choices Bella, Edward, and Jacob made in the first three books. No choice comes without a consequence. Some decisions carry a higher price tag than others. Can three people whose loyalties have been tested in nearly every way imaginable find a way to fight the forces intent on ending them all for good? Read and find out. Then, as most have been forced to do, immediately read the entire series again.


Uglies

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is the thrilling beginning to a four book series revolving around a dystopian society built upon the notion conformity is the key to survival. At sixteen, people are transformed from their natural, ugly selves into pretties by procedures which might be affecting more than just their appearances. The actions of a few recalcitrants threaten the main character's ability to cross over from the world of the damned to the world of the improved. What is Tally Youngblood willing to do to ensure that she, too, can go under the knife in order to emerge on the other side beautiful, happy, and carefree? Uglies reveals this and so much more.


Pretties (Uglies)

The second book in the Uglies series, Pretties, shows what happens when a young woman wakes up from a dream, all too aware that what was supposed to make everything better might have only made it worse - much worse.


Specials (Uglies)

In Specials, the third volume in the Uglies series, Tally is torn between forever being a one among them and becoming a person that is part of a unique us. As she struggles with internal demons, mindlessness and mindfulness collide, leaving both destruction and salvation in their wakes. Will the world of the free-willed be too hard for Tally to resist? Or will she sacrifice choice in favor of the promised peaceful oblivion that consumes the rest of those inhabiting the world she grew up in?


Extras (Uglies)

In Extras, the fourth volume in the Uglies series, the world is at war. The showdown between those whose choices make them who they are and those who remain threatened by the complications that arise from free-will comes to an ugly head. Devotees of Tally Youngblood will not be disappointed by the expanded cast of characters nor will they want for action and adventure. From Tally's choice comes the need for others to decide, what must be altered and what is beautiful just as it is.


Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, is at once as haunting as it is real. Those left behind in the wake of a successful suicide are forced to examine the role they played in the events that lead up to a young woman's death. Entirely plausible and completely, the story will change how you view almost every decision you make.

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