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September Teen Board Question
It’s back-to-school season here at Teenreads, so we decided to ask our new Teen Board Members about the best book they were assigned to read during a recent school year. As a bonus, we also asked what fall release each member was most excited to read outside of school and their methods for juggling assigned reading with personal reading. Click here to check out their answers!
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each a possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella, a fierce elemental, Katharine, a poisoner, and Arinsoe, a naturalist, must fight each other to the death. The night the sisters turn 16, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
Pretty, popular Jasmine de los Santos receives a national scholar award invitation that compels her Filipino immigrant parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal, meaning no scholarships, maybe no college at all, and the very real threat of deportation. For the first time, Jasmine rebels, and her life is turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman.
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter with a life of wealth and privileges. But between the social teas and dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets --- each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he's powerless in the face of her fragile mental health.
Destiny doesn’t factor into 17-year-old adoptee Maddie’s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can’t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales and a worn-out copy of MOBY DICK all collide to heal and save them both.
After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened --- Vivian creates a list of safe crushes --- determined to protect her heart. But nerd-hot Dallas --- the sweet new guy in town --- sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been, but everyone seems to think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy --- and that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth --- that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them.
Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up with her cold, distant father, her closest friend is her cousin, Margaret. When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears, Lucy finds herself alone. Margaret claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background --- but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior or both.