Staff Picks: Young Adult Books 2009

The Hunger Games
By Collins, Suzanne
Check Our Catalog 2009 Teen Buckeye Book Award- Winner
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The acclaimed author of the “New York Times”-bestselling Underland Chronicles series delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in a stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to the present.

Catching Fire
By Collins, Suzanne
Check Our Catalog New York Times bestselling author Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen, in this second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy.
The Book Thief
By Zusak, Markus
Check Our Catalog 2007 Virginia Readers’ Choice
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Set during World War II in Germany, Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich, scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Twilight
By Meyer, Stephenie
Check Our Catalog The #1 “New York Times” bestseller is available for the first time in a mass-market paperback edition, featuring a striking movie tie-in cover. Bella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.
Living Dead Girl
By Scott, Elizabeth
Check Our Catalog “Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.

Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.

Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.”

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends — her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.

Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.

This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
By Black, Holly
Editor Castellucci, Cecil
Check Our Catalog With illustrations from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O’Malley, “Geektastic” is a collection of short stories from such YA authors as M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, and Garth Nix, which covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction and theater geeks.
City of Glass
By Clare, Cassandra
Check Our Catalog In the final installment of the “New York Times”-bestselling Mortal Instruments trilogy, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters, to save her mother’s life. Never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death.
City of Bones
By Clare, Cassandra
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In New York, 15-year-old Clary Fray doesn’t expect to witness a murder–much less one committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings and brandishing bizarre weapons. Exotic and gritty, this book begins a new fantasy series about demons and a secret tribe of warriors called the Shadowhunters. Margaret K. McElderry Books
City of Ashes
By Clare, Cassandra
Check Our Catalog In this breathtaking sequel to “City of Bones,” Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.Margaret K. McElderry Books
Graceling
By Cashore, Kristin
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With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, a debut author creates a mesmerizing medieval world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will captivate readers.

Once Dead, Twice Shy
By Harrison, Kim
Check Our Catalog The “New York Times”-bestselling author of “For a Few Demons More” delivers her paranormal teen debut about a girl who straddles the line between the living and the dead, reapers and angels.
Need
By Jones, Carrie
Check Our Catalog Now fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr have a new author to devour. Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. With suspense, romance, and paranormal themes, this exciting breakout novel has all the elements to keep teens rapidly turning the pages.
Undercover
By Kephart, Beth
Check Our Catalog Elisa Cantor’s love poems are famous. They’re signed by the boys at Elisa’s high school, who seek her verses to woo their girlfriends. When Theo Moses asks for a poem to court Lila, that request sets off a chain of unexpected events for Elisa.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
By Ness, Patrick
Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title Readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in this series that follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard–and the passage into manhood embodies a horrible secret.
Evermore
By Noel, Alyson
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The first book in Nol’s exciting new Immortals series. Since the accident that claimed her family, 16-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s entire history through one touch. She’s been branded a freak at her new high school, but everything changes when Ever meets the mysterious Damen August.

Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction
By Farmer, Nancy
Author Springer, Nancy
Author Yolen, Jane
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This third anthology of 19 remarkable original stories by some of today’s finest writers of fantasy and science fiction includes contributions by such authors as Nancy Farmer, Ellen Klages, Margo Lanagan, and Jane Yolen.

Troll’s Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales
By Datlow, Ellen
Author Windling, Terri
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Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the evil villains in fairy tales, but the villains themselves beg to differ. This new anthology finally lets the fairy tale baddies have their say, with original stories by such stellar authors as Garth Nix, Holly Black, and Jane Yolen.

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