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September Teen Board Question
It’s back-to-school season here at Teenreads, so we decided to ask our new Teen Board Members about the best book they were assigned to read during a recent school year. As a bonus, we also asked what fall release each member was most excited to read outside of school and their methods for juggling assigned reading with personal reading. Click here to check out their answers!
London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by herwork, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man. Evelyn wanted to be locked away from the world like he is. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred, who does not recoil from her, and who understands her pain. When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper's dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity's worst nightmares.
Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect. But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in LA --- and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.
Upbeat --- that's Kat, the girl in the family who everyone turns to when things get difficult. Especially now, when her beloved younger brother Beep is in his second leukemia relapse, and a bone marrow transplant from Kat may be his only chance. But Kat's worried that she and her bone marrow may not be up to the job: She can't even complete homework, and she's facing other rejection --- lost friendships, a lost spot on the soccer team, and lots of heartache from her crush on her former best friend, Evan. Kat doesn't know if her bone marrow will save Beep, or whether she can save herself, let alone keep her promise to Beep that she'll enjoy life and always eat dessert first.
When 11-year-old Dylan Anderson is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovering of 15-year-old Ethan Jorgensen, who had gone missing four years earlier. Dylan’s older sister, Caroline, can’t help but wonder what happened to her brother, who has nonverbal autism and isn’t adjusting well to life back home. There’s only one person who knows the truth: Ethan. But Ethan isn’t sure how he can help Caroline when he’s fighting traumatic memories of his own captivity.
Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, Otis has become the unlikely protégé of Dara, who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind.
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers. Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients. But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city --- and the one she loves?
Meira will do anything to save her world, and she desperately needs to learn to control her magic. So when the leader of a mysterious Order offers to help her, Meira jumps at the chance. Mather will do anything to save his queen, but with a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war and protecting Meira slips farther and farther out of reach. Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. So when she’s freed from her prison by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, she knows must take action to save her true love and her kingdom.
Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Colin, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Colin may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten and doesn't care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Colin. When Caitlin approaches Colin with another girl, she completely loses it. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead-and she has killed him. But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each a possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella, a fierce elemental, Katharine, a poisoner, and Arinsoe, a naturalist, must fight each other to the death. The night the sisters turn 16, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
Pretty, popular Jasmine de los Santos receives a national scholar award invitation that compels her Filipino immigrant parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal, meaning no scholarships, maybe no college at all, and the very real threat of deportation. For the first time, Jasmine rebels, and her life is turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman.
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter with a life of wealth and privileges. But between the social teas and dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets --- each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he's powerless in the face of her fragile mental health.