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Year 2007: Best Books

As 2007 comes to a close, we at Teenreads.com have compiled some of our favorite books of the year for teens. Along with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, the conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s classic series featuring the bespectacled young wizard, we spotlight THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, Sherman Alexie’s first novel for young adults and a finalist for the National Book Award; ECLIPSE, the third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga that includes TWILIGHT and NEW MOON; GUYAHOLIC, a funny and poignant follow-up to VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE by Carolyn Mackler; and THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, an entirely new kind of reading experience from Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick that brings together elements of the picture book, the graphic novel and film.

This year the Traveling Pants returned for one last, glorious summer in FOREVER IN BLUE, James Patterson resumed hisMaximum Ride fantasy/adventure series with SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, and Gossip Girl came to an end in May --- although fans rejoiced when a prequel to Cecily von Ziegesar’s bestselling series released in October. Other series updates in 2007 included The Princess Diaries, The Clique, the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, The Au PairsThe Gatekeepers and Ursula K. Le Guin’s Annals of the Western Shore sequence.

We also revisit the series titles that made their debuts in 2007. Among them are THE LUXE, Anna Godbersen’s novel about five teens in 1899 Manhattan, where appearance matters more than anything else and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever; ANGELS ON SUNSET BOULEVARD by Melissa de la Cruz, a fast-paced story concerning a social networking website that started out innocently enough but has slowly turned into something much darker; and LILY DALE: AWAKENING, the start of a paranormal suspense series written by Wendy Corsi Staub, the award-winning author of over 60 books for adults and teens.

Additional standouts in 2007 included Alyson Noel’s SAVING ZOE, in which one sister's secrets save the other's life --- in more ways than one; BEFORE I DIE by Jenny Downham, a thought-provoking book about a 16-year-old girl with a terminal case of leukemia who compiles a "To Do Before I Die" list; SLAM, a witty and poignant story from debut YA novelist Nick Hornby in which a teenage boy is unexpectedly thrust into fatherhood; and Gabrielle Zevin’s MEMOIRS OF A TEENAGE AMNESIAC, a deeply moving novel concerning a young girl who loses her memory in an accident and must find a way to regain her bearings. 

We hope you enjoy our year-end feature and make new discoveries along the way, as you look forward to what lies ahead in 2008.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

In his first book for young adults --- a finalist for the National Book Award --- bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, an aspiring cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Cover-Up Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein

The Super Bowl. America's biggest sports spectacle. Over 95 million fans will be watching. But teen sportswriters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson know that what they'll be watching is a lie. They know that the entire offensive line of the California Dreams have failed their doping tests. They know the owner is trying to cover up the results. The only thing they don't know is how to prove it.

Hero by Perry Moore

High school basketball star Thom Creed is used to being on his own. His father Hal had once been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of The League --- until the Wilson Towers incident. After that, Thom's mother disappeared and his proud father became an outcast. The last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father. So Thom keeps two secrets from him: that he's gay and that he has the power to heal people.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back. But Naomi picked heads.

Now You See Her by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Hope has a life that most girls would die for: she's beautiful, talented and on the track to stardom. So what could possibly cause the girl with everything to fake her own abduction? When you think you've figured out the answer, think again! Hope will keep you guessing to the very end.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

As someone who spends his days unnoticed, Tyler Miller finds himself with more attention than he wanted after he vandalizes school property and, to pay for his crime, takes a summer job doing landscaping. The unforeseen side effect is that he returns the next school year with a brand new physique that attracts the attention of Bethany Milbury. This sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in the school, in his family and in the world.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

This is Manhattan, 1899. In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1 by Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel was the greatest alchemyst of all time --- or is he still? Would you resign yourself to death if you had discovered the elixir of life? Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find out, in an adventure they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Heart of Glass: A-List #8 by Zoey Dean

High school is officially over and that means one thing for the A-List: time to party! But the celebration is cut short for Anna and Cammie when they're caught trespassing on a celebrity's beach estate. Luckily for them, their hotshot lawyer pulls off the impossible --- instead of jail time, the unlikely pair will help plan a charity fashion show to fulfill their community service hours. But while it may seem like a dream job, Anna and Cammie are in for a challenge. Can the girls handle the pressures of the vicious fashion world?

Beautiful Stranger: A-List #9 by Zoey Dean

Anna decides to get away from her drama-filled LA life for a little while and heads to the Big Apple with her close friend Sam. Between trips to the Met and shopping at Bendel's, the girls are living the A-List life on Anna's home turf. But their trip isn't exactly a vacation. Sam is here to spy on Eduardo and decode his recent strange behavior. Will what she discovers send her hopping on the next private jet back to Beverly Hills? And who is the beautiful stranger who appears on Anna's Upper East Side doorstep?

Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin

Young Gav can remember the page of a book after seeing it once, and, inexplicably, he sometimes “remembers” things that are going to happen in the future. As a loyal slave, he must keep these powers secret, but when a terrible tragedy occurs, Gav, blinded by grief, flees the only world he has ever known. And in what becomes a treacherous journey for freedom, Gav’s greatest test of all is facing his powers so that he can come to understand himself and finally find a true home.

Maximum Ride #3: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

Max and her flock of human/bird hybrids are back for their third (and final) book of nonstop action and adventure. Once again, they find themselves up against enormous challenges, like escaping the evil scientists and saving the world. But can they survive their biggest challenge --- a disagreement that splits the flock into two separate groups on opposite sides of the planet?

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse lives in the new world formed after Tally Youngblood did away with the previous establishment. When Aya goes undercover to score a story that will make her famous, she discovers a secret that could destroy the world. The fourth book in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series is a fast-paced page-turner with numerous plot twists.

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

With ECLIPSE, Stephenie Meyer's third vampire romance (following TWILIGHT and NEW MOON), Bella and Edward's story gains added depth along with new complications, as Bella approaches high school graduation --- and the decision that will change her life forever.

Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler

Ever since V's mom left her with her grandparents, she's bounced from guy to guy. That is, until a hockey puck lands her in the lap of Sam Almond, who's different from the start. But when V makes an irreversible mistake at a party, she risks losing Sam forever. So she sets off on a cross-country road trip to visit her mom and put 2,000 miles between herself, Sam and the wreckage of that night.

The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

In this gripping sequel to the award-winning DAIRY QUEEN, D.J. Schwenk’s life takes a sharp downhill turn after the promising beginning to her junior year. But, as D.J.'s fans might predict, the linebacker tackles challenges with her trademark guts and good humor.

Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale by Holly Black

IRONSIDE is Holly Black's third dark faery tale and the second to feature Kaye, a changeling pixie who grew up thinking she was a human girl. Torn between her faery lover Roiben and the human world she knows, the book finds Kaye struggling to maintain her human identity while embracing her faerie destiny.

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