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Poisoned apples : poems for you, my pretty

Heppermann, Christine.

TEEN 811.6 HEPPERM

Christine Heppermann's powerful collection of free verse poems explore how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies, their friends--as consumers, as objects, as competitors. Based on classic fairy tale characters and fairy tale tropes, the poems range from contemporary retellings to first person accounts set within the original stories. From Snow White's cottage and Rapunzel's tower to health class and the prom, these poems are a moving depiction of young women, society, and our expectations. Poisoned Apples is a dark, clever, witty, beautiful, and important book for teenage girls, their sisters, their mothers, and their best friends.

Suggested by Robyn @ the Darrington Library


The porcupine of truth

Konigsberg, Bill, author.

TEEN KONIGSB

Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives.

Suggested by Robyn @ the Darrington Library


An ember in the ashes : a novel

Tahir, Sabaa, author.

TEEN TAHIR

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Suggested by Robyn @ the Darrington Library


Everything, everything

Yoon, Nicola.

TEEN CD FIC YOON

The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

Suggested by Robyn @ the Darrington Library


All the bright places

Niven, Jennifer, author.

TEEN NIVEN

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

Suggested by Robyn @ the Darrington Library


Six of crows

Bardugo, Leigh, author.

TEEN BARDUGO

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

Suggested by Robyn @ the Darrington Library


X : a novel

Shabazz, Ilyasah, author.

TEEN SHABAZZ

Co-written by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

Suggested by Robyn @ the Darrington Library


Pink

Wilkinson, Lili, 1981-

TEEN WILKINS

Sixteen-year-old Ava does not know who she is or where she belongs, but when she tries out a new personality--and sexual orientation--at a different school, her edgy girlfriend, potential boyfriend, and others are hurt by her lack of honesty.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Cat's cradle

Vonnegut, Kurt.

FIC VONNEGU

Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of the twentieth century's most important works--and Vonnegut at his very best.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Etiquette & espionage

Carriger, Gail.

TEEN CARRIGE

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Why people believe weird things : pseudoscience, superstition, and other confusions of our time

Shermer, Michael.

133 SHERMER

In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, Why People Believe Weird Things debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing. Why People Believe Strange Things is an eye-opening resource for the most gullible among us and those who want to protect them.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Life of Pi : a novel

Martel, Yann.

FIC MARTEL

Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Pretending to be Erica

Painchaud, Michelle, author.

TEEN PAINCHA

Violet has been preparing her entire life to step into the shoes of the missing heiress Erica Silverman, in order to pull off the biggest inside job in Las Vegas history. She doesn't count on having a conscience.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Street craft : guerrilla gardening / yarnbombing / light graffiti / street sculpture / and more

Kuittinen, Riikka, author.

751.73 KUITTIN

One of the richest movements in street art has been the development of an alternative, crafts-based, three-dimensional movement, broadly identified as Street Craft. This new generation of artists is creating uncommissioned, site-specific works employing a range of art and craft techniques, including weaving, crocheting, sculpting, painting, gardening, light installation, and more.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel

Quick, Matthew, 1973-

TEEN QUICK

A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


The unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Vol. 1, Squirrel power

North, Ryan, 1980- author.

TEEN NORTH

Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There's one hero that's beaten them all-and now she's got her own ongoing series! (Not that she's bragging.) That's right, you asked for it, you got it, it's Squirrel Girl! (She's also starting college this semester.) It's the start of a brand-new set of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!

Suggested by Abby @ the Arlington Library


Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Vol. 1, BFF

Montclare, Brandon, author.

TEEN MONTCLA

Lunella Lafayette is an inhuman preteen genius who wants to change the world! THAT JOB would be a lot easier if she wasn't living in mortal fear of her latent inhuman gene. There's no telling what she'll turn into -- but Luna's got a plan. All she needs is an Omni-Wave Projector. Easy, right? That is, until a red-scaled beast is teleported from the prehistoric past to a far-flung future we call...today! Together they're the most Marvelous Team-Up of all -- the Inhuman Moon Girl and time-tossed Devil Dinosaur! But will they be BFFs forever, or just until DD's dinner time? And Lunella soon learns that there are other problems with having a titanic T. Rex as a pet in the modern-day Marvel Universe. School, for one. Monster hunters are another -- especially when they're the Totally Awesome Hulk! Then there's the fact that everyone's favorite dino didn't journey through time alone. Beware the prehistoric savages known as the Killer-Folk -- New York City's deadliest tourists! Can Lunella handle all this turmoil...and keep herself from transforming into an inhuman monster?

Suggested by Marta @ the Marysville Library


Shutter

Alameda, Courtney, author.

TEEN ALAMEDA

Seventeen-year-old Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat -- a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever. When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before... or die trying.

Suggested by Marta @ the Marysville Library


The Second Wave

Reynolds, Tom

Tom Reynolds presents the second installment of his Meta Superhero Novel series.

Suggested by Marta @ the Marysville Library


Sea of shadows

Armstrong, Kelley, author.

eAUDIO OVERDRI

Twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must embark on a a dangerous journey when the spirits they're charged with protecting turn vengeful.

Suggested by Marta @ the Marysville Library


Challenger deep

Shusterman, Neal, author.

TEEN SHUSTER

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


I will always write back : how one letter changed two lives

Alifirenka, Caitlin, author.

TEEN 305.235 ALIFIRE

The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


The silver blade

Gardner, Sally.

TEEN GARDNER

As the Revolution descends into the ferocious Reign of Terror, Yann, now an extraordinary practitioner of magic, uses his skills to confound his enemies and help spirit refugees out of France, but the question of his true identity and the kidnapping of his true love, Sido, expose him to dangers that threaten to destroy him.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


The waters & the wild

Block, Francesca Lia.

TEEN BLOCK

Thirteen-year-old Bee realizes that she is a fairy who has been switched at birth with another girl who now wants her life back.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


Wicked lovely

Marr, Melissa.

TEEN MARR

Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and the Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.

Suggested by Lindsey @ the Coupeville Library


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