Best of 2014 Lists
This is the time of year when “Best Of” lists are everywhere. Although we at Teenreads.com don’t have a “Best Of” list of our own, we’ve compiled a number of them for you here. See which of your top picks appear on these lists and which titles you feel should've been included but weren't. Perhaps you’ll even find some books to add to your reading list as we head into the new year!
Thankfulness, Literary Style
Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors --- YA Titles
Two panels of booksellers chose the seven best YA titles written by debut authors coming out in the next season. Check them out here, and be sure to add them to your TBR list!
YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence --- but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before.
Jake Lukin just turned 18. He's decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he's also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there's a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown.
Got goals? This empowering guide shows how to tackle your to-dos with confidence and enthusiasm so that you can transform anxiety into accomplishment.
In 1848, Emily Edmonson, thirteen, along with five siblings and seventy other enslaved people, boarded the Pearl in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., in a bid to reach freedom. Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the six Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold. Emily and Mary were saved from the even crueler conditions when the threat of yellow fever forced their return to Virginia. They were eventually ransomed with the help of their parents and abolitionists, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, who later used them as models for characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both girls went to Oberlin College, where Mary died of tuberculosis. Emily graduated and became a teacher at the first school in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the education of African American girls and young women--an idea so controversial that even Frederick Douglass advised against it. Emily also worked on behalf of abolition for the rest of her life.
Ally and Sydney couldn't be more different --- one shy, the other popular and outgoing --- and when a new boy moves in next door, tensions between the sisters escalate. Graham is attractive, peculiar, and perhaps a little dangerous, and both girls are drawn to him in ways they can't quite explain. As each girl's relationship with Graham unfolds, the more complicated the truth becomes --- until a shocking encounter turns their sleepy coastal town upside down and questions everything the sisters thought they knew about themselves and each other.
They are there in prehistory, when a girl picks up a charred stick and makes the first written signs; there tens of centuries later, hiding in the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who people call a witch; there in the halls of a Long Island hospital at the beginning of the 20th century, where a mad poet watches the oceans and knows the horrors it hides; and there in the far future, as an astronaut faces his destiny on the first spaceship sent from earth to colonize another world. Each of the characters in these mysterious linked stories embarks on a journey of discovery and survival; carried forward through the spiral of time, none will return to the same place.
Shortly after 12-year-old Flavia de Luce arrives at Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy boarding school, a charred and mummified body tumbles out of a bedroom chimney. Now, while attending classes, making friends (and enemies), and assessing the school’s stern headmistress and faculty (one of whom is an acquitted murderess), Flavia is on the hunt for the victim’s identity and time of death, as well as suspects, motives and means.
Darrow, a leader among the elite and a favorite of the masses, is nothing but a fake. Born into the lowest class of society, physically altered to infiltrate the upper echelon and bring about the fall of society, he’s now having doubts about his mission. It’s the memory of his dead wife that keeps him going, the same memory that might also bring about society’s downfall --- if he can stay alive long enough to see it.
Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming dress shop appears quite ordinary to passersby. But with just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires. Etta’s dearest wish is to work her magic on her granddaughter. Before she knows it, she has set in motion a series of astonishing events that will transform Cora’s life in extraordinary and unexpected ways.
Jeremy's friend, Mackie Spence, seems different. She doesn't act like the same person he's grown up with all his life. In the last year, he's paid close attention, as that funny little girl suddenly turned into a knockout. He didn't see much of Mackie during the summer that followed her near-drowning incident. But it's September, she's back at school, and Jeremy can't explain the changes in her. When Jeremy, who's falling hard for Mackie, starts to feel protective of her, keeping an eye on her as she makes her way through the woods and coves of the small Puget Sound island where both of them grew up, he sees things he finds hard to believe. Mackie is still Mackie, but she's also someone beyond normal human experience. So who is she? Or...what is she? To save the girl he loves, Jeremy must solve puzzles that will not only change his future, but the way he understands life, forever.
A LIST OF THINGS THAT DIDN'T KILL ME is a funny, disturbing memoir full of brutal insights and unexpected wit that explores the question: How do you find your moral center in a world that doesn't seem to have one?
HOLD TIGHT, DON’T LET GO follows the vivid story of two teenage cousins, raised as sisters, who survive the devastating 2010 earthquake in
Four young thieves, one simple mission: Steal a black-leather box from the daughter of a murdered scientist without anyone noticing. But WatchWorld controls London now, and the organization knows everything. But staying hidden is what Nimmo, Scope, Manikin, and FX do best. Using the city’s blind spots, they navigate the criminal underworld until they’re caught in a rat run of murder and deceit that might not let them out alive.