Teen Picks

Over the years we've had younger readers, student interns, family members, and Student Book Clup members fill out a "Staff Pick" card for their latest book obsession. Here's where you can find all those non-employee teens' picks!

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

TEEN PICK!
Student: Rosemary
Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Comments:
This West African-inspired fantasy follows a young woman, Zelie Adebola, and her companions on an accidental quest to restore the magic that once flowed through her home and her people. Zelie and her friends have witnessed first hand the cruelty and destruction caused by the monarchy that has ruled ever since magic disappeared, and they will risk everything for the only chance to bring back magic and restore peace to the land.


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All the Bright Places Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385755917
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - September 13th, 2016

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Student: Mary Howe
Title: All the Bright Places

Comments:
I LOVED this book! It was sad, happy, and funny all in one. It was about a boy, Finch, who always thinks about death, who is hilarious, rough around the edges, and "asleep." Then he meets a girl, Violet, on top of a bell tower (because she wanted to see what it was like) who wakes him up. When they partner up on a history project to look at cool destinations around Indiana, they change each other's lives.
This book is very intense but the author finds a way to put humor in it.


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Heir Apparent Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780152051259
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2004

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Student: Abbie Catalano
Title: Heir Apparent

Comments:
I really liked how in the book they make the video game seem real but also subtly remind you that it's a game. I like that they give the characters personalities and give you enough information about them that you get attached to them.
I kept forgetting while I was reading that the game wasn't real. I also liked when they gave the updates on the game damage and the solutions. I was also trying to think of things that she could do instead, but sometimes the opposite of what I thought would happen.
I would definitely recommend the book to my friends.


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The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142401200
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - April 12th, 2004

TEEN PICK!
Student: Mary Howe
Title: The Westing Game

Comments:
I loved this book! It's kind of set up like the game CLUE, full of mystery, suspense, laughter, and skepticism. It's about these 16 people who come together to solve one big mystery: who killed Samuel Westing?!
And if you enjoy unpredictable books then this is the book for you because it keeps you guessing until the end.


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Uglies Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442419810
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon Pulse - May 3rd, 2011

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Student: Trista Dearstyne 
Title: Uglies

Comments:
From the first sentence to the last you won't stop wanting more. In less than two weeks my friends and I were ready to start the sequel. With every chapter the main character Tally faces a new conflict, decision, or meets a new character. The book is on self-image in a dystopian futuristic setting that makes you question, "What makes someone pretty?" Once you start it, you won't stop.


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The Rithmatist Cover Image
By Brandon Sanderson, Ben McSweeney (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780765338440
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Teen - May 13th, 2014

TEEN PICK!
Student: Abbie Catalano
Title: The Rithmatist

Comments:
If you like magic/fantasy books, you will love this book. Rithmatists are people who draw with chalk and it "comes to life." Joel always wanted to be a Rithmatist but wasn't chosen. The school he goes to is one of the best in the Isles - all of the U.S. has been flooded to keel the chalklings away. After a new professor comes to the campus kids start to disappear. Joel tries to find out who is responsible.
This is a great book. I recommend it to anyone. It is one of my favorites.