Staff Picks - Teen

Created on April 23, 2021, 12:19 pm

Last Updated May 31, 2021, 9:19 am

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Future filmmaker Twinkle writes to her favorite female directors, but it's the only place she speaks up. Until Sahil, the twin brother of her crush, asks her to direct a short film. Now she has a spotlight & a megaphone, but will she use her new-found voice for good? - Nico P
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Nadia Pym has escaped the Red Room and made it to America, where she's assembling a super team of the smartest girls she can find. With the irrepressible energy and joy familiar to fans of Squirrel Girl, Unstoppable Wasp is a fun addition to the Marvel lineup. - Jennie R
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They said the deadly Thread would never return to Pern. They said fire lizards didn’t exist. They said a mere girl couldn’t be a Harper. But Thread fell and dragons flew. And Menolly ran toward a future she was told could never exist. - Rachel H
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Everything changes when 16-year-old Starr witnesses the police shooting of her best friend, Khalil. Her two worlds begin to collide: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy prep school she attends. - Cindy M
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Jess is in love with her friend Angie, but Angie is in love with Margot. It’s an emotional mess that ends in murder. This book is dark and twisty—you’ll have a hard time putting it down. - Michelle M
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Genie's not the first girl who has to balance school, family, and friends with saving the world, but her biting humor and strong voice make her a stand out in this fantastic tale of the Monkey King in modern-day California. - Jennie R
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Lola has it all together--hot boyfriend, great parents, fun friends, and the beginning of a career in fashion and costume. But what happens when the boy next door comes back and Lola can no longer ignore how she feels? - Megan B
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With no one to confide in, Astrid tells her secrets to the passengers of passing planes. The problem with her confidants not knowing she's there is that there's no one to advise Astrid about navigating her increasingly complex relationships, including a secret romance. - Megan B
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What would you do if a building collapsed around you? The five teens in this story barely escape with their lives, but their ordeal is just beginning. Is it true that their parents are trying to kill them all? And how can they work together to save themselves? - Kate O
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A harrowing and riveting look at what happened when San Francisco got the plague, and politics and science collided. - Jennie R
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Lady Janies volume 2
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What if Jane Grey didn't lose her head after nine days as queen? Three authors retell history as they think it should have gone. Mix British history with a little magic and a lot of romance and you have a delicious romp for fans of ʺThe Princess Bride.ʺ - Nico P.
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12) Croak
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Croak trilogy volume 1
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16-year-old Lex's family is fed up with her and send her to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer. What Lex doesn’t expect is Mort teaching her the family business and turning her into the Grim Reaper. - Megan B
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Heard of the Trojan Horse? Gideon’s torches and trumpets? Navajo codebreakers? Deception in warfare is as old as the hills. Whether via camouflage observation posts or trick tank maneuvers Paul Janeckzko uncovers military secrets that have helped win wars for centuries. - Anne W.
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Do you have what it takes to become a Secret Service agent? You might have mundane days guarding a birthday cake for a head of state. Or more exciting days scanning crowds, ready to defend the President with your life. - Anne W.
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Fleming’s in-depth look at Russia’s last Tzar and his family excels at placing the revolution in context, comparing life inside the palace to the experience of the majority of Russians. - Jennifer R.
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When Sandra was 10, her refugee camp was attacked. She survived the massacre, but 166 people, including her little sister didn't. A moving and powerful memoir of a young woman recovering from trauma and becoming an activist for other refugees and survivors. - Jennifer R.
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A must read for anyone into fandom and webcomics, or who finds online life and friendships more comfortable than in person. - Katelyn A.
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Juliet Milagros Palente, a self-described “brown baby dyke from the Bronx,” arrives in Portland for a summer internship. Her hilarious plunge into the mind-boggling new-age, hippie, lesbian nirvana is mixed with issues of race, acceptance, and loyalty. - -Lisa C.
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When Isaac West takes the rap for a violent crime he didn’t commit he ends up in juvie. There he has to decide who to trust, how much to share with his therapy group, how to protect his sister, and how to be truly free. - Lisa C.
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A wonderful story told both before and after Adam becomes Amanda. Suspenseful, insightful, honest, and inspiring; a great book about differences, acceptance, empathy, and keeping secrets. - Michael N.
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