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December 2006

Librarians’ Choice 2006 · Books for Teens

Fiction

cover of Avalon High Avalon High
Meg Cabot
Elaine knows a lot about King Arthur, mostly because her parents are scholars of medieval history. When Elaine starts at a new school, she notices that a lot of things about her new friends and their love lives are just like the Arthurian legends. Is it possible that she and her friends are reincarnations of Arthur and his court?

cover of What Happened to Cass McBride? What Happened to Cass McBride?
Gail Giles
Kyle Kirby’s younger brother is dead, and someone is going to pay. That someone is the most popular girl in school, Cass McBride. Convinced that Cass drove his brother to commit suicide, Kyle cooks up a horrific plan to exact his revenge. For older teens.

cover of An Abundance of Katherines An Abundance of Katherines
John Green
Former child prodigy Colin Singleton has just been dumped by yet another Katherine—number nineteen in a long line of failed relationships with girls named Katherine. Convinced that a road trip is the best medicine for Colin’s broken heart, his best friend, Hassan, takes them on a trip to Gutshot, Tennessee. There Colin meets Lindsey Lee Wells, the girl who just might break his streak.

cover of Born to Rock Born to Rock
Gordon Korman
High school senior Leo is good guy with solid values. He’s a member of the Young Republicans and has earned a scholarship to attend Harvard University. But a good deed gone bad results in Leo’s being accused of stealing—good-bye scholarship! Leo’s search for much-needed tuition money leads to the truth about his biological father: none other than punk rock star and serious bad-boy King Maggot.

cover of King Dork King Dork
Frank Portman
How does fourteen-year-old Tom Henderson cope with being so unpopular that he recently made the cool girls’ “dud list” at his high school? He and his best (well, only) friend make up a new band several times a day, complete with song titles and CD cover art. So what that neither of them owns a guitar? But Tom’s rockstar daydreams are interrupted when he discovers clues to his dad’s mysterious death in an old copy of Catcher in the Rye.

cover of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life
Diane Reinhardt
Sixteen-year-old Simone has always known she was adopted. She has never wanted to know more about her birth parents until her birth mother makes contact with her out of the blue. As if meeting her birth mom isn’t enough to handle, Simone discovers the tragic circumstances behind the life of her birth mom and the reason for the sudden contact. For older teens.

cover of Startled by His Furry Shorts:  Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Startled by His Furry Shorts: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Louise Rennison
In her seventh book, Georgia Nicolson is once again in the midst of several problems, most having to do with her love life. Her original boyfriend is so out of the picture that Georgia won’t even say his name. Massimo, the gorgeous Italian guy she’s been after, is playing hard to get. But most disturbing of all, she’s having very weird feelings about her long-time buddy, “Dave the Laugh.” Has the impossible happened? Does Georgia have a crush on Dave?!

cover of Everlost Everlost
Neal Shusterman
After being involved in a fatal car accident, Nick and Allie get lost as they travel to the next life and end up stranded together in Everlost, a strange parallel universe full of children and teen spirits unable to move on. Determined that there must be some way to escape this strange reality, Allie and Nick make their way back to the site of the accident. Along the way, they discover that Everlost is also inhabited by strange, evil beings that want to do them harm.

cover of Hip-Hop High School Hip-Hop High School
Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Teachers love to remind high school senior Theresa Anderson that she has big shoes to fill. Her brother made it through the difficult, sometimes violent, neighborhood and is now a journalism student at Stanford University. Theresa’s smart, too, but she can’t seem to get motivated to succeed quite like her brother. Then she meets Devon Hampton and everything changes. This is the second book in a planned trilogy that started with The Hoopster.

cover of Endymion Spring Endymion Spring
Matthew Skelton
When Blake Winters finds an ancient book on the shelves of the Oxford University Library, he’s stunned to realize that it’s full of words only he can see. The magical book has been waiting quietly for hundreds of years to find someone worthy of the secrets it contains. But the book’s powerful secrets come with a steep price.

cover of Specials Specials
Scott Westerfeld
In this final installment of the trilogy that began with Uglies, former “pretty” Tally Youngblood has been transformed yet again. This time she is a Cutter, a “special” designed to be the perfect fighting machine. Beautiful to look at but deadly when she needs to be, Tally and her crew are charged with keeping the pretties ignorant and the uglies in their place. Will Tally finally learn to play by the rules?

cover of Storm Thief Storm Thief
Chris Wooding
One minute you’re fine. Then a probability storm strikes, and you can’t breathe. Welcome to life in Orokos. Forced to wear a respirator for the rest of his life because of one probability storm, teenage thief Rail is a ghetto dweller with no hope. He lives in constant terror of the “Storm Thief,” the force that changes reality every time it strikes. Then he meets Moa, and the two discover something that may defeat the Storm Thief forever.

cover of Elsewhere Elsewhere
Gabrielle Zevin
One minute Liz Hall is looking forward to all the benefits that come with turning sixteen and growing up, including prom, driving, going to college and being in love. The next she is on a deck of a strange cruise ship full of senior citizens, all of whom have recently died. Liz is certain there must be a mistake—she belongs back in the middle of her young life, not stranded in the “Elsewhere!”

cover of The Book Thief The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Liesel Meminger is a young girl in Nazi Germany with a potentially deadly secret. Having recently lost her brother and living with a foster family, Liesel spends her days reading the books she has stolen from Nazi book burnings. Her story, and the secret of what is hidden in her basement, is related by the most unlikely of narrators: Death himself.

Nonfiction

cover of Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?:  the Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?: the Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics
Mark Todd
Zines are handmade mini-comics or magazines that cover just about every imaginable topic. Do-it-yourself teens interested in producing their own zine will find helpful tips for writing, producing, editing and printing one. Advice from twenty-one zine producers offers plenty for both amateurs looking to start a zine and old pros searching for new ideas.

cover of Teens Cook Dessert Teens Cook Dessert
Megan Carle
This easy to follow cookbook offers detailed instructions, preparation tips, cooking calculations and ingredient advice for making lots of sweet, tasty treats, including great cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, and more.

cover of The Ultimate Unauthorized Eragon Guide: The Hidden Facts Behind the World of Alagaesia The Ultimate Unauthorized Eragon Guide: The Hidden Facts Behind the World of Alagaesia
Lois H. Gresh
Explore the myths and folklore behind the best-selling Inheritance series in this guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the magical world of Alagaesia. Is Eragon and Saphira’s magic based on any scientific principles? What’s the best recipe for attracting fairies? Find out the answers to these questions and more, along with tips on how to write your own fantasy novel.