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One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read --- and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List --- close to 400 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. Our dream is that schools will use this list to help them make their own for summer reading or, even better, suggest that students just read what they want from this list.

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry (Plays)

**THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater (Paranormal)

READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi (Memoir)

REALITY BOY by A. S. King (Fiction)

REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier (Horror)

RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight (Mystery)

RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard (Fantasy)

THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant (Fiction/Religion & Spirituality)

THE REST OF HER LIFE by Laura Moriarty (Fiction)

REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly (Fiction)

REVOLVER by Marcus Sedgwick (Suspense/Historical Mystery)

THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz (Fiction)

THE RISE OF AURORA WEST by Paul Pope (Graphic Novel/Science Fiction)

THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy (Fiction)

ROGUE WAVE by Jennifer Donnelly (Fantasy)

ROOM by Emma Donoghue (Psychological Suspense)

THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdich (Historical Fiction)

THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE by Philip Pullman (Thriller)

THE RULE OF THOUGHTS by James Dashner (Science Fiction)

RUMBLE by Ellen Hopkins (Fiction)

THE RUNNING DREAM by Wendelin Van Draanen (Fiction)

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Augusten Burroughs (Memoir)

**SABRIEL by Garth Nix (Fantasy)

SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING, Book One written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Steve R. Bissette and John Totleben

New! SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen (Fiction)

New! SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys (Historical Fiction)

New! SAME BUT DIFFERENT: Teen Life on the Autism Express by Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete, RJ Peete (Nonfiction)

THE SAME SKY by Amanda Eyre Ward (Fiction)

SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT by Beth Hoffman (Fiction)

SAY WHAT YOU WILL by Cammie McGovern (Fiction)

SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater (Fantasy)

SECONDS by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Graphic Novel)

THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt (Thriller)

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES by Sue Monk Kidd (Historical Fiction)

THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH by Christopher Scotton (Fiction)

SECOND IMPACT by David Klass and Perri Klass (Fiction/Sports)

New! THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS by Luanne Rice (Fiction)

SEIGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)

A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles (Fiction)

**SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman (Fantasy)

New! THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner (Fiction)

**SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo (Fiction)

SHADOW DIVERS by Robert Kurson (Nonfiction/Adventure)

THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang, illus, by Sonny Liew (Graphic Novel)

THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Fiction)

**SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi (Science Fiction)

SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi (Futuristic Fiction)

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater (Fiction)

THE SHORT AND TRAGIC WIFE OF ROBERT PEACE by Jeff Hobbs (Nonfiction)SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane (Thriller)

SHUTTER ISLAND by Dennis Lehane (Thriller)

THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS by Mark Long and Nate Powell (Graphic Novel)

New! SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli (Fiction)

THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury (Fantasy)


New! SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo (Thriller)

SKELLIG by David Almond (Fiction/Religion & Spirituality)

SKUNK GIRL by Sheba Karim (Fiction)

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson (Thriller)


SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers (Fiction)

SOMEBODY, PLEASE TELL ME WHO I AM by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis (Social Issues)

SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Sarah Dessen (Fiction)

THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar (Fiction)

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson (Fiction)

STARDUST by Neil Gaiman (Fantasy/Romance)

**STARGIRL by Jerry Spinelli (Romance)

STAYING FAT FOR SARAH BYRNES by Chris Crutcher (Fiction)

New! A STEP TOWARD FALLING by Cammie McGovern (Fiction)

STOLEN by Lucy Christopher (Fiction)

STORIES OF MY LIFE by Katherine Paterson (Memoir)

THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL GIRL by Rachel Simon (Fiction)


**STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST: Book One, by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag (Graphic Novel)

New! A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavarallo (Mystery)

THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by Alan Bradley (Mystery)

THE SUMMER I LEARNED TO FLY by Dana Reinhardt (Fiction)

**TANDEM: The Many-Worlds Trilogy, Book 1 by Anna Jarzab (Fantasy)

TANGLED by Carolyn Mackler (Fiction)

**TEARDROP by Lauren Kate (Fantasy)

**TEEN TITANS: Earth One, Vol. 1, by Jeff Lemire, Rachael Dodson and Terry Dodson (Graphic Novel)

TELL ME AGAIN HOW A CRUSH SHOULD FEEL by Sara Farizan (Fiction/Romance)

THAT NIGHT by Chevy Stevens (Fiction)

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston (Fiction)

**THESE BROKEN STARS (Starbound Book 1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Science Fiction)

THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt (Fiction)

THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe (Fiction/Classic)

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O'Brien (Fiction/Short Stories)

THIRSTY by M.T. Anderson (Horror)

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher (Fiction)

New! THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp (Fiction)

THIS ONE SUMMER by Jillian Tamaki; illus. by Mariko Tamaki (Graphic Novel)

THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales (Fiction)

THIS STAR WON’T GO OUT: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, Wayne Earl, John Green (Memoir)

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini (Fiction)

THREATENED by Eliot Schafer (Fiction)

**THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas (Fantasy)

New! THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS by David Almond by David Almond (Historical Fiction)

A TIME TO KILL by John Grisham (Legal Thriller)

THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger (Fiction)

**TITHE: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black (Fantasy)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee (Historical Fiction)

TO TIMBUKTU: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story by Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg (Graphic Novel/Memoir)

New! TRAFFICK by Ellen Hopkins (Fiction)

A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN by Betty Smith (Historical Fiction)

THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu (Fiction)

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom (Memoir)

**TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer (Horror/Romance)

TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan (Fiction/Romance)

THE TYRANT’S DAUGHTER by J. C. Carleson (Fiction)

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