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Teen Picks: “By the Time You Read This I’ll be Dead” by Julie Anne Peters

By the Time You Read This I’ll be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

What’s it about?  If you are looking at reading this novel then you can get a pretty clear hint at what is to come just by glancing at the title. You guessed it, suicide. Daelyn Rice is determined to do it right this time. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Story of a Girl” by Sara Zarr

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

What’s it about? Deanna Lambert has been branded the school slut ever since she was caught in the backseat of a car with a boy four years older than her. In her nowhere town everyone knows her story. Now Deanna is struggling to escape a mistake that everyone around her can’t seem to let go of. Will Deanna and her family finally recover from an incident that happened three years ago, or will she be haunted forever by her past?

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Teen Picks: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

What is it about?
This book is about a sixteeen-year-old girl named Beatrice Prior who lives in futuristic Chicago. Her home is divided up into five groups called factions, (Abnegation, Candor, Amity, Dauntless, and Erudite,) and since she is sixteen she has to choose what faction she fits in with, and after this goes through an initiation process which will help determine if she really does ’fit in’ with her faction or not. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Watchmen” by Alan Moore

Watchmen by Alan Moore

What is it about ? Watchmen takes place in the late eighties with the recent outlawing of costumed heroes. It all starts when The Comedian (aka Eddie Blake) is thrown from his apartment window the streets by an unknown assailant, Read More..

Teen Picks: “Saving Francesca” by Melina Marchetta

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

What’s it about? Francesca’s mother, Mia, is vivacious. She is motivated. She is go, go, go. And then, one day, she isn’t. Mia is laying bed, throwing up, not eating, and not talking. NOT being her. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Such a Pretty Girl” by Laura Wiess

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

What is it about? Meredith’s father is sick. Disturbed. But according to her mother he is just confused, misunderstood, lonely, and desperate. To her mother Charles is a saint who deserves to be forgiven for his crimes. These crimes being the rape of five boys and his OWN DAUGHTER. They said that Meredith would have nine years. Nine years safe. Nine years to be with Andy, the boy she loves, who was also a victim of Charles. Except he’s back now and ready to finish what he started. And even if Meredith thinks she’s got a plan but she’s going to have to face her biggest fears soon enough.

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If You Liked “The Hunger Games”…

Still hungry for more books like The Hunger Games? Check out our updated flowchart.

The Hunger Games has been on the Lawrence Public Library’s top 10 list for months. Now that you’ve fallen in love with the trilogy, you may be wondering what to read next. The staff of the Teen Zone has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Kitchen Princess” by Miyuki Kobayashi

Kitchen Princess by Miyuki Kobayashi

What is it about?
The book is about a girl named Najika Kazami. She lost her parents when she was young and lived in an orphanage in Hokkaido, Japan. She joined Seika Academy in Tokyo to find the boy (her Flan Prince) who saved her from drowning when she was young. When she finds him, Najika plans to make him the best dessert in the world. Read More..

Teen Picks: “The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend” by Kody Keplinger

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger Read More..

2012 Kansas Notable Book: “Liar’s Moon” by Elizabeth Bunce

Each year the Kansas Center for the Book releases a list of notable books written about Kansas or by Kansans. One of the 15 books published in 2011 honored by the committee is Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth C. Bunce. This young adult historical fantasy is the sequel to Starcrossed. Elizabeth Bunce’s website describes it as “a gripping fantasy noir about a town full of liars, and a thief who knows the truth.”

After rescuing a prince and sparking a magical rebellion, Digger shouldn’t be surprised to keep tripping over nobs everywhere she goes. But back home in the city of Gerse, Digger is very surprised to discover Durrel Decath at the last place she expects to find him—in jail for his wife’s murder. Lord Durrel swears he’s innocent, and Digger vows to prove it. Armed with little more than curiosity, lock picks and her vexing ability to see illegal magic, Digger is drawn into even darker mysteries that swirl at the heart of the city. From smugglers and gunrunners to corrupt guards and scheming socialites, Digger uncovers a magical conspiracy that some people–including Digger herself–will do everything in their power to keep hidden.

In addition to being a Kansas Notable Book, it was a nominee for ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults.