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March 2019

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update

March 2019

One of our most popular features on Teenreads is our Ultimate Reading List, a selection of books that are compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping; books that we would hand to someone and say, “read this!” This month, we're adding eight amazing titles you're sure to love.

Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez - Contemporary Fiction

March 5, 2019


Juan has plans to get out of El Paso on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself. His best friend JD has plans to be a filmmaker. Fabi doesn’t have a plan anymore. There are some things you just can’t plan for...Like Juan’s run-in with the police, a sprained ankle and a tanking math grade that will likely ruin his chance at a scholarship. Like JD causing the implosion of his family. Soon Juan and JD are embarking on a Thelma and Louise­-like road trip to visit Mando. Juan will finally meet his dad, JD has a perfect subject for his documentary and Fabi is desperate to stop them.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson - Memoir

March 12, 2019


Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since SPEAK was first published 20 years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. SHOUT speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice --- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis - Contemporary Fiction

March 12, 2019


When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run.The painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there. With a new circle of friends, Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue. But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

Internment by Samira Ahmed - Contemporary Fiction

March 19, 2019


Set in a horrifying near-future United States, 17-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp's Director and his guards. Heart-racing and emotional, INTERNMENT challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Beast Rider by Antony Johnston and Mari de Rhoads - Contemporary Fiction

March 19, 2019


Twelve-year-old Manuel leaves his small town in Mexico to join his older brother in Los Angeles. To cross the US border, he must become a “beast rider” --- someone who hops on a train. The first time he tries, he is stopped by the Mexican police. When he tries again, he is attacked by a Mexican gang. Just when Manuel is ready to turn back, he finds new hope. Villagers clothe and feed him, help him find work and eventually boost him back onto the train. When he finally arrives in LA and is reunited with his brother, he is elated. But the longer he’s there, the more he realizes that something isn’t right.

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta - Space Opera

March 26, 2019


When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind. No pressure.