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December 2007

Librarians’ Choice 2007 · Books for Teens

cover of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
Picked on by just about everyone, Junior has decided to leave the reservation on which he grew up.Now he is attending a new school where he’s the only Native American student.

cover of Twisted Twisted
Laurie Halse Anderson
Tyler Miller used to be the socially invisible nerd who faded into the background. But things are different as he enters his senior year. He’s got a new body, new reputation, and endless twists that will change him and his family.

cover of Thirteen Reasons Why Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher
Clay Jenson is surprised when he is one of 13 people to receive a package of 13 tapes from his former classmate, Hannah Baker, who recently committed suicide. Tyler is about to find out what role he may have had in her decision to end her life.

cover of No Quarter: A Matty Graves Novel No Quarter: A Matty Graves Novel
Broos Campbell
Matty Graves, a midshipman on the USS Rattle-Snake in the year 1799, has to deal with sea battles, obnoxious British allies, a potentially traitorous lieutenant, and bloodthirsty pirates. To make matters worse, he also has to put up with the embarrassment of his drunken cousin, Billy, who just happens to be the ship’s commander.

cover of Deadline Deadline
Chris Crutcher
Just before his senior year, Ben Wolf is diagnosed with an aggresive form of leukemia and given only a year to live. He decides to live life to the fullest and not tell anyone—including his family. As his illness weakens him, he discovers this final deception may be too much to bear alone.

cover of Fire from the Rock Fire from the Rock
Sharon Draper
In 1957, Sylvia Patterson’s life—that of a normal African American teenager—is disrupted when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School.

cover of Quaking Quaking
Kathryn Erskine
Matt is sick of being bullied by teachers and classmates. Will she ever find peace?

cover of Right Behind You Right Behind You
Gail Giles
After spending years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana under a different name. Will he now be able to deal with the problems from his childhood?

cover of I’m Exploding Now I’m Exploding Now
Sid Hite
The summer he turns seventeen, Max Whooten is feeling off his game with no job and nothing to do. After hanging out in Manhattan, thinking about life, writing down his thoughts, and visiting his aunt in Woodstock, he develops a personal philosophy called “coolism” which seems to help turn things around.

cover of Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
Wendy Mass
When Tessa is hit in the head during a game of dodgeball, she wakes up in Heaven (which looks a lot like her local mall!). Floating in and out of consciousness, she must look back over her life and what she made of it.

cover of Genesis Alpha Genesis Alpha
Rune Michaels
When thirteen-year-old Josh’s beloved older brother, Max, is arrested for murder, the victim’s sister leads Josh to evidence of Max’s guilt—and her own—hidden in Genesis Alpha, their favorite online role-playing game.

cover of Eye of the Crow Eye of the Crow
Shane Peacock
Thirteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes finds himself caught up in the investigation of a gruesome murder near his home. This series explores some of the mysteries behind the life of the legendary detective including why so little is said about Holmes’ parents or background and how he comes to learn about the dark criminal underworld of London.

cover of The Chaos Code The Chaos Code
Justin Richards
Matt and his friend Robin try to find and decipher an ancient code that may have been responsible for the destruction of Atlantis. Can they succeed before the code falls into the hands of a madman who is bent on ruling the modern world?

cover of Love, Stargirl Love, Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
In a new town, meeting new people, and once again changing lives, Stargirl struggles to overcome her first love.

cover of Spanking Shakespeare Spanking Shakespeare
Jake Wizner
Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.

cover of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Gabrielle Zevin
Naomi’s life changes forever with one simple flip of a coin. Now she can’t remember anything that happened to her since she was in sixth grade.