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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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L - Q


**LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova (Fantasy)

New! A LAND OF PERMANENT GOODBYES by Atia Abawi (Contemporary Fiction)

THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian (Fiction)

THE LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (Memoir)

New! LEARNING TO BREATHE by Janice Lynn Mather (Contemporary Fiction)

**LEGEND by Marie Lu (Dystopian)

LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid (Fiction)

New! LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE by Claire Kann (Contemporary Romance/LGBT)

New! LIFE INSIDE MY MIND: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles Edited by Jessica Burkhart (Anthology)

LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel (Fiction/Adventure)

LIKE NO OTHER by Una LaMarche (Romance)

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel (Fiction/Romance)

LILAC GIRLS by Martha Hall Kelly (Historical Fiction)


LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave (Fiction)

New! LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert (Fiction)

**THE LIVING by Matt de la Pena (Adventure)

THE LONG EARTH by Terry Pratchett (Fantasy)

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green (Fiction)

LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding (Fiction)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy)

New! LOVE & OTHER CARNIVOROUS PLANTS by Florence Gonsalves (Fiction)

New! LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed (Contemporary Romance)

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Gael Garcia Marquez (Fiction)

THE LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold (Fiction)

THE LOVELY RECKLESS by Kami Garcia (Fiction)

LUMBERJANES by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Brooke A Allen (Illustrator) (Graphic Novel)

A MADNESS SO DISCREET by Mindy McGinnis (Historical Fiction)

MAGGOT MOON by Sally Gardner (Dystopian Fiction)

MARBLE SEASON by Gilbert Hernandez (Graphic Novel)

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork (Fiction)

**MARCH by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Graphic Novel/Memoir)

**MARLEY & ME by John Grogan (Memoir)

THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick (Historical Fiction)

**MATCHED by Ally Condie (Dystopian Romance)

**MAUS, written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel)

**MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT by James Patterson (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)

**THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner (Post-Apocalyptic Thriller)

ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris (Memoir)

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Historical Fiction)

THE MEMORY OF LIGHT by Francisco X. Stork (Fiction)

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Nicholas Sparks (Romance)


New! MILES MORALES (Spider-Man) by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Kadir Nelson (Action/Adventure)

MOCKINGBIRD by Kathryn Erskine (Fiction)

THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney (Fiction)

MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers (Fiction)

New! MOONRISE by Sarah Crossan (Novel-in-Verse)

MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera (Fiction)

New! MOXIE by Jennifer Mathieu (Fiction)

**MS. MARVEL, VOL. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona  (Graphic Novel)

MY FRIEND DAHMER by Derf Backderf (Graphic Novel)

MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (Romance)

MY LIFE AFTER NOW by Jessica Verdi (Social Issues)

MY NAME IS MINA by David Almond (Fiction)

MY SISTER'S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult (Fiction)

MYSTIC RIVER by Dennis Lehane (Thriller)

NATIVE SON by Richard Wright (Fiction)


**NEXT by Kevin Waltman (Fiction)

NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Fiction)

NIGHT by Elie Wiesel (Memoir)

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (Fiction)

NIGHT ROAD by Kristin Hannah (Fiction)

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah (Fiction)

NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson (Graphic Novel)

NINETEEN MINUTES by Jodi Picoult (Fiction)

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley (Fiction)

A NORTHERN LIGHT by Jennifer Donnelly (Historical Fiction)

THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks (Romance)

NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic Novel)

New! NOW IS EVERYTHING by Amy Giles (Fiction)

New! OBSESSED: A Memoir of My Life with OCD by Allison Britz (Memoir)

OCD LOVE STORY by Corey Ann Haydu (Fiction)

ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac (Fiction/Classic)

ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr (Fiction)

ONE by Sarah Crossan (Fiction)

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Fiction)

ORBITING JUPITER by Gary D. Schmidt (Youth Fiction/Social Issues)

ORDINARY GRACE by William Kent Krueger (Fiction)

OUT OF THE EASY by Ruta Sepetys (Historical Fiction)

**THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight (Science Fiction)

THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton (Fiction)

A PAINTED HOUSE by John Grisham (Fiction)

PANIC by Lauren Oliver (Fiction)

PAPER GIRLS, VOLUME 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (Graphic Novel)

THE PASSION OF DOLSSA by Julie Berry (Historical Fiction)

PAPER TOWNS by John Green (Fiction)

THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL by Nadia Hashimi (Fiction)


**PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles (Romance)

THE PERFECT STORM by Sebastian Junger (Nonfiction/Adventure)

PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY by Carrie Mesrobian (Fiction)

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky (Fiction)

**PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi (Graphic Novel)

PICTURE ME GONE by Meg Rosoff (Mystery)

THE PIGMAN by Paul Zindel (Fiction)


New! THE POET X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Poetry)

PORT CHICAGO 50 by Steve Sheinkin (History)

POSITIVE: A Memoir by Paige Rawl (Memoir)

THE PREGNANCY PROJECT: A Memoir, by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer (Memoir)

**PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by Sara Shepard (Thriller/Suspense)

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen (Fiction)

THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman (Fiction)

**THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot (Fiction)

THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Fiction)

**PURE by Julianna Baggott (Dystopian)

**PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry (Romance)

**THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen (Fantasy)

QUICKSAND by Malin Persson Giolito (Fiction)

New! A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by Sara Barnard (Contemporary Romance)


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