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Our goal each month is to inspire you to read --- and to keep reading! With that in mind, we created the Ultimate Reading List --- a list of almost 480 titles that we think make perfect pleasure reading for teens. Our criteria: We looked for books that were compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping; books that we would hand to someone and say, “read this!” We hope that you will use the Ultimate Reading List when selecting books for independent reading, and that schools will consult it when making suggestions for their students for summer reading.

Each year, we go through the list with fresh eyes, culling some titles and adding others. The latest edition is from May 2017 and features titles through April 2017 --- please find it below, and enjoy!

First, though, a few things to note:

1)    If you see a double asterisk (**) before a title, you will know that it is the first book in a series. We try not to include any sequels. However, we hope that if you like the first book, you will explore those that follow!

2)   There are a lot of authors on this list who have written many great books, but we couldn’t include everyone’s complete battery of work. We hope that if you find a book you like, you will explore the authors’ other works, as well.

Click here to download a printable PDF of the complete list with all the latest additions noted.

Click here to to download a printable PDF of the list with ISBNs and book descriptions.


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