BOOKS FOR TEENS

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My Life: The Musical

To best friends and devoted theater fans Emily and Philip, Aurora is no ordinary Broadway musical. Their love for the hit show (whose reclusive author has never been named) is nothing short of an obsession. Thanks to a secret loan from Emily’s grandma Rose, seeing the Saturday matinee has become a weekly ritual that makes real life seem dull and drab by comparison. 

But when the theater chat rooms start buzzing with crazy rumors that Aurora might close, Emily and Philip find themselves grappling with some truly show-stopping questions. What, exactly, is the “one sure thing” in show business? How will they pay back the money they owe Grandma Rose? And why hasn’t Philip asked Emily out on a real date? As they go to hilarious lengths to indulge their passion for Aurora, Emily and Philip must face the fact that all shows close sooner or later. But first they’ll put their friendship to the ultimate test, solve Broadway’s biggest mystery—and spend one unforgettable night at the theater.

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Wood’s jangling, crescendo-building prose captures all the harmony of a hit Broadway number.
— Kirkus
Teens will enjoy the fast pace and humor in this uplifting novel.
— School Library Journal

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Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

Book 1 of 3 in the Morgan Rawlinson series

Being sent to your room is one thing. But being sent to another country? 

Morgan's boyfriend dumped her on the last day of school-it seemed the only thing to do was to hack off her hair and dye the stubble orange. Unfortunately, Morgan's parents freaked and decided a change of scenery would do her good. So they're sending her off on a bike tour of Ireland. 

But Morgan gets more than she bargained for on the Emerald Isle-including a strange journey into some crazy, once upon a time corner of the past. There, she meets fairies, weefolk, and a hunky warrior-dude named Fergus, and figures out that she's got some growing to do-and she doesn't just mean her hair.

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How I Found the Perfect Dress

Book 2 of 3 in the Morgan Rawlinson series


On a bike tour of Ireland last summer, Morgan Rawlinson fell for Colin, the hunky guide, and entered a portal that turned her into the goddess Morganne. Now she’s back to her painfully normal life and her relationship with Colin has fizzled to the occasional e-mail—until he writes saying he’s coming to Connecticut, just in time for the prom.

But when he arrives, he’s exhausted. It seems that when Morgan crossed the portal as Morganne, a spell was cast on Colin. In his dreams he’s being forced to dance till dawn with the faeries, who want to boogie with him for eternity. Somehow she has to break the spell on her date, help plan the prom, and find the perfect dress. Oh, what a night!

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Hers is a voice that is way plugged in.
— Cleveland Plain-Dealer
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What I Wore to Save The World

Book 3 of 3 in the Morgan Rawlinson series

Senior year’s coming up fast and Morgan still has no clue about college, or a career—the whole rest-of-her-life thing is basically a blank. Maybe it’s because she spent her junior year obsessing about Colin, the hot Irish guy she fell for last summer (that was right around the same time she discovered she’s a half- goddess from the days of Irish lore—okay, you had to be there). She even saved Colin from a nasty enchantment, but he doesn’t know that. Colin doesn’t believe in magic, not even a little. 

But then a mysterious message reunites her with Colin, who turns out to be caught up in the biggest faery-made disaster ever. We’re talking the end of reality, not just reality TV. To save the world, she’s going to have to tell Colin the truth about her half-goddess mojo. But if he doesn’t believe in magic, how will he ever believe in her?

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Sex Kittens & Horn Dawgs Fall in Love

Meet Felicia, 14-year-old student at the Manhattan Free Children’s School (also known as the Pound). In Felicia's world, she and her best friends, Jess and Kat, like to refer to themselves as the Sex Kittens, and the boys they know as the Horn Dawgs.

Felicia is getting tired of waiting for a Horn Dawg to notice her uniqueness, however. So she devises a project she and the object of her affection, Matthew the Science Brain, can work on together. Felicia is determined to discover the Secret of Love with Matthew while winning both Matthew’s heart and the science fair. But love has other plans. Doesn’t it always?

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An uproariously funny debut.
— Booklist
Will provide hours of laughter and empathetic nods from readers . . . squeaky clean and lots of good fun.
— School Library Journal

Irresistible
— Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Sweet and upbeat...will quickly snare admiring readers...
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Recommended
[The narrator’s] boundless energy and witty—albeit hyperactive—musings are infectious...for younger teens who enjoy Meg Cabot’s and Sue Limb’s books and are looking for pure entertainment.
— Kirkus

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The Poison Diaries

By Maryrose Wood and the Duchess of Northumberland

In the right dose, everything is a poison . . . even love.

Jessamine Luxton has lived all her sixteen years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle with her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary. His pride and obsession, a poison garden, contains exotic and local specimens of the most dangerous plants in the world. But Jessamine is absolutely forbidden to enter.

Her life changes forever the day a traveler brings a stranger to their cottage, claiming that the young man has special gifts that Thomas might value. Jessamine is intrigued by the young man, who goes by the name of Weed. He has an intense sensitivity to growing things, and an even rarer and more specialized knowledge about plants than Thomas does. As Jessamine falls in love with Weed, she learns his extraordinary secret—and is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined. . . .

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…page-turning enthrallment…
— Kirkus
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The Poison Diaries: Nightshade

By Maryrose Wood and the Duchess of Northumberland

Sixteen-year-old Jessamine Luxton is heartbroken. Her true love, Weed, the strange but intriguing young man who came into her life so suddenly, has disappeared. How could he have left her with no farewell, and no word since?

Jessamine may not know why Weed vanished, but she does suspect that her own father, Thomas, may have had something to do with it. Thomas, who was so obsessed with Weed’s secret knowledge of dangerous plants that he would do anything to learn it. This suspicion—and her experiences with poisons—has changed Jessamine. She is no longer innocent, and now she has her own intimate knowledge of the power of the plants.

So when Jessamine learns that Weed is alive, she will do whatever it takes to be reunited with him.

After all, she is her father’s daughter. . . .

Jessamine, now darkly wielding both the power to heal and kill, is faced with the question of whether anything is justifiable for love.…Twilight fans will like the mix of dramatic love story and the supernatural. Gr 8 Up.
— School Library Journal

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Starry-Eyed: 16 Stories that Steal the Spotlight

Edited by Ted Michael and Josh Pultz, with an introduction by Clay Aiken

No light is as unforgiving as the spotlight, but to be in it while being a teenager is just plain brutal. This collection of fictional short stories highlight the struggles, hopes, failures, and triumphs of young aspiring singers, dancers, actors, actresses, and performers. While these characters may feel out of place during their everyday lives, they are able to find a home onstage and in rehearsals. Woven throughout the anthology are personal anecdotes from several of today's most celebrated performers of stage, screen, and television.

Whether hilarious or romantic or devastating or suspenseful, these diverse coming-of-age stories are perfect for anyone who is reaching for the stars.

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For any teen who has dreamed of being a star, this will serve as both encouragement and a reality check….Complex and focused on far more than art as a high-school extracurricular, this breaks a leg in the finest sense of the word.
— Booklist
Under the hubbub of the theater world are themes that deal with common teenage issues such as insecurity, jealousy, the fear of coming out and young love. Definitely worthy of applause.
— Kirkus
...especially appealing to teens with a personal interest in the performance arts, and those who enjoy stories of teen romance, which are prominent in the collection.
— VOYA

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Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories

Edited by Megan Kelley Hall, Carrie Jones
 

Today's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection. Lauren Oliver, R. L. Stine, Ellen Hopkins, Carolyn Mackler, Kiersten White, Mo Willems, Jon Scieszka, Lauren Kate, Maryrose Wood and many more contributed 70 heartfelt and empathetic stories from each corner of the schoolyard. In addition, Dear Bully includes resources for teens, educators, and parents, and suggestions for further reading.


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…provides empathetic and heartfelt stories from each corner of the schoolyard…a welcome palliative or a wise pre-emptive defense against the trials of adolescent social dynamics.
— The New York Times
… a powerful addition to the growing collection of materials that deal with this pervasive issue. Young adult and children’s authors have stepped up and shared their own experiences…. Gr 9 and up.
— School Library Journal

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Recycle This Book: 100 Top Children’s Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green

Edited by Dan Gutman

With essays from renowned children’s book authors such as Ann Brashares, Jeanne DuPrau, Caroline B. Cooney, Laurie Halse Anderson, Bruce Coville, Gennifer Choldenko, Maryrose Wood and over 100 others, each piece is an informative and inspiring call to kids of all ages to understand what’s happening to the environment, and to take action in saving our world.

Helpful tips and facts are interspersed throughout. This book will be a great classroom tool to teach young readers how they can help to make the Earth a greener place.
 

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This lively collection of brief essays (and a poem) by 100 outstanding children’s and young adult authors teaches through example. Each selection highlights a small step (or steps) taken by the writer toward a greener Earth…. Highly useful for classroom and family discussions and science-project ideas. Grade 5–9.
— School Library Journal