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Twenty Great Books to Read AND Discuss

Thinking of starting a book club? Here are some compelling volumes that will get the conversations rolling.

There Once Was a Time When Women Were Equal...Ten Generations Ago

This dystopian novel where women are sold like slaves has "suspenseful pacing, [an] endearing protagonist...and [an] ardent message of equality"

Go Behind the Clothes in This Entertaining Look at Fashion History

Click here to win a copy of WHY'D THEY WEAR THAT and learn the history and sociology of togas, hoop skirts and panama hats.

Rochester from JANE EYRE or S.E. Hinton?

Joelle Charbonneau, Jennifer Mathieu and more reveal which authors and characters make them swoon

Go Behind the Scenes with Top Picture Book Illustrators

See the eye-popping shared workspace of Sophie Blackall, Brian Floca, Edward Hemingway, John Maricano and Sergio Ruzzier!

The Night Quin Takes the Oath to Become a Seeker, Everything Changes

Check out our Special Feature for this great new dystopian fantasy, which includes comments and feedback from early readers!

Features and Contests

National Readathon Day

What were you doing on Saturday, January 24th, from noon to 4pm? Well, if you were like some of our Teen Board members, you were participating in the first National Readathon Day, and reading for four hours in a row! Readers could join teams and raise money for the National Book Foundation's programs (they raised more than $100,000 in total!) or could simply carve out "time to read" to show the importance of incorporating books into our everyday lives. Click here to read what some of our Teen Board members have to say about participating in this fun event!

 

February Teen Board Question

It's February, so Teenreads has Valentine's Day on the mind! On that note, we asked our Teen Board, "What book characters do you think would make a great couple?" whether from the same book or across novels. See what they came up with, here!
 
 

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! 

Cool & New

Our March roundup includes SHADOW SCALE, the much anticipated sequel to SERAPHINA,  and THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS by David Almond, coming-of-age tale about a boy from northern England.

 

Side by Side

 

Read our Space Travel Side by Side, featuring Beck Nichols (LIFER) and Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (THIS SHATTERED WORLD).

Latest Reviews

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale. Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury - Young Adult Fantasy/Romance

Although 17 year old Twylla is engaged to the prince, she isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla kills anyone she touches. Although the prince's royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla's touch, he avoids her company. But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his swordsmanship. Yet Twylla's been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the  queen, who has a plan to destroy her enemies that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom?

Dreamfire: A Novel by Kit Alloway - Young Adult Paranormal

Unlike most 17-year-olds, Joshlyn Weaver has a sacred duty.  She's the celebrated daughter of the dream walkers, a secret society whose members enter the Dream universe and battle nightmares.  If they fail, the emotional turmoil in the Dream could release nightmares into the World. Despite Josh's reputation as a prodigy, she's haunted by her mistakes. Now she's been assigned an apprentice, and she's almost as afraid of getting close to him as she is of getting him killed. But when strangers with impossible powers begin appearing in the Dream, it isn't just Will that Josh has to protect --- it's the whole World.

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen - Youth Fantasy Fiction

Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.

Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22 and stays off the government’s radar. Then her mother is arrested. The only way to save her siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider. Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom:  that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble...

Breakout by Kevin Emerson - Young Adult

Anthony Castillo needs a new life.  His teachers are clueless autocrats except for Mr. Darren, who’s in charge of the rock band program. The girls at school are either shallow cutebots or out of his league. And his parents mean well, but they just make things worse. Fed up, pissed off, and feeling trapped, Anthony writes his first song for his rock band, the Rusty Soles. His only problem: Arts Night. If he exercises his right to free speech and sings his original lyrics --- where his own bombs will drop --- he and his band will be through.

Princess Decomposia is overworked and underappreciated.
 
This princess of the underworld has plenty of her own work to do but always seems to find herself doing her layabout father's job, as well. The king doesn't feel quite well, you see. Ever. So the princess is left scurrying through the halls, dodging her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, always running behind and always buried under a ton of paperwork. Oh, and her father just fired the chef, so now she has to hire a new cook as well.

As a young adult in wartime Vienna, Georg Rauch helped his mother hide dozens of Jews from the Gestapo behind false walls in their top-floor apartment and arrange for their safe transport out of the country. His family was among the few who worked underground to resist Nazi rule. Then came the day he was drafted into Hitler's army and shipped out to fight on the Eastern front as part of the German infantry—in spite of his having confessed his own Jewish ancestry. Thus begins the incredible journey of a nineteen year old thrust unwillingly into an unjust war, who must use his smarts, skills, and bare-knuckled determination to stay alive in the trenches, avoid starvation and exposure during the brutal Russian winter, survive more than one Soviet labor camp, and somehow find his way back home. Unlikely Warrior is Rauch's true account of this extraordinary adventure.  

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - Young Adult Fantasy

Mare's world is divided by blood --- those with Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his sons. As Mare is drawn into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her position to help the Scarlet Guard --- a Red rebellion --- even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Sophomore Hallie Calhoun has just endured the most excruciating six months of her life. Once the rumors about her and the preacher's son, Luke, made their way around school, her friends abandoned her, and Hallie has completely withdrawn.

Soulprint by Megan Miranda - Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Alina Chase has spent her entire life imprisoned on a secluded island --- not for a crime she committed in this lifetime, but one done by her past self. Aided by three teens with their own ulterior motives, Alina manages to escape. Although she’s not sure she can trust any of them, she soon finds herself drawn to one. But when she uncovers clues from her past life, secrets begin to unravel and Alina must figure out whether she’s more than the soul she inherited, or if she’s fated to repeat history.

Jerusalem, year zero.

Flea belongs to a gang of teenage vagrants living in the shadow of the Temple, with no family and no home, living on their wits and what they can beg or steal. The city is crowded with visitors for Passover and governed by an uneasy alliance between the Temple priests and the occupying Roman army, bringing talk of miracles and revolution. Flea and his comrades latch onto the newcomer in the hope that he'll offer them a secure home. As events accumulate and powerful forces gather around the Magician, Flea notices rumblings of discontent among his followers, and finds himself torn between one of them—the protective Jude, who employs Flea to run errands—and a brutal Roman spy determined to uncover the Magician's plans.

When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment.

Juliet Newman has it all. A perfect family; a loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard, and live happily ever after. But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning everything. And to make matters even more complicated there's Declan, the boy who makes her feel alive --- and who's totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it's cracked up to be?