ALA Best of Lists
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!
Hunter Warden just wants to watch unboxing videos and be lulled to sleep by the monotone voices and smooth talking YouTube hosts. He wants his parents to either totally leave him alone or be around for once. After a few beers, Hunter decides to go for a run in Falter Kingdom. When you run the gauntlet at Falter Kingdom, a tunnel next to a park on the outskirts of suburbia, one of two things can happen --- nothing or you catch a demon. The cold spots, locked doors, scratches on the wall and disappearing laptop immediately alert Hunter to the fact that a demon is haunting him. Hunter knows that he should get rid of it, but he can't help but enjoy the company of "H," despite this demon's sinister intentions.
Shauna, Kitty and Jess must band together to unearth the truth about Mary's death, to put her soul to rest for good. Their search leads them back to where it all began --- Solomon's Folly, a place as dangerous as the ghost who died there a century and a half ago. Quicksand, hidden traps and a phantom fog are the least of their worries. To stop Mary, they need to follow a dark string of clues and piece together a gruesome mystery that spans generations.
In a futuristic version of Earth where society is mostly controlled by a company that produces an addictive virtual reality game called Chimera, Miguel Anderson is sick and dying --- unless he can win a biometric heart by reaching Level 25 and picking any prize he wants. When the game runners announce a global competition, Miguel enters and becomes a team leader, which is new for him. The game becomes a delicate power play between unexpected players.
Leah Lobermier dreams of becoming a doctor, but it’s hard to stay focused on getting good grades when boys make oinking sounds at her in school. Leah’s skinny and popular "friends," Kristy and Corinne, aren’t much better. When the girls convince a handsome older man to buy them beer, Leah takes his phone number and calls him, pretending to be Kristy --- coy and confident --- and they develop a relationship, talking and texting day after day. But as the lie she created grows beyond her control, can Leah put a stop to things before she --- or Kristy --- is seriously hurt?
With good speed and good hands, wide receiver Brock Ripley should be a natural for the varsity team, but he shies away from physical contact. He also avoids provoking the star quarterback, Hunter Gates, well known for his bullying tactics. Hunter struggles on the field, causing him to act even more like the bully he is, lashing out at not only Brock but also Brock’s friend, the quiet Richie Fang. Brock wants to stand up for Fang, but he is younger and smaller. But when the bullying goes too far, will Brock be able to face his fears and prove to himself that he is brave enough?
LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. It seems as if her only friend is her older brother, Alex. After a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were...anything but black. And then a higher power answers her prayer, and suddenly Toya is white, blonde and popular. Now what?
Merritt Wenner has been selfdestructing ever since the deaths of her grandmother and her horse. Her parents, looking for a quick fix, ship her off to an equine-assisted therapy program. Merritt meets Red: a failed racehorse and a terror in the barn. Soon they’re sneaking rides after curfew. Red’s owner, recognizing their potential, funds their launch into the hunter/jumper circuit. Merritt finds herself attracted to both Red’s groom, Beatrice, and Carvin, a rival rider. But in Red’s mind, Merritt belongs to him alone. And Merritt can’t imagine the lengths Red will go to keep her to himself.
Luke Grayson’s life might as well be over when he’s sent to live with his Baptist pastor father in rural Tennessee after getting kicked out of his DC private school. His bad-boy status has made him an easy target for Grant Parker, the local golden boy with a violent streak. But things change when, after a freak accident, Luke replaces Grant at the top of the pyramid and becomes a hero. But Luke’s newfound fame comes with a price. Nobody knows the truth about what happened to Grant Parker except for Luke, and the longer he keeps living the lie, the more like Grant he becomes.
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes forever.