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One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read --- and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List --- close to 400 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. Our dream is that schools will use this list to help them make their own for summer reading or, even better, suggest that students just read what they want from this list.

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# A - C  |  D - F  G - K  |  L - Q  |  R - T  |  U - Z


G - K

New! **A GAME OF THRONES: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin (Fantasy)

New! GEM & DIXIE by Sara Zarr (Fiction)

New! GEMINI by Sonya Mukherjee (Fiction)

New! THE GERMAN GIRL by Armando Lucas Correa (Historical Fiction)

GHOST WORLD by Daniel Clowes (Graphic Novel)

New! GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier (Graphic Novel)

**GIFTS by Ursula K. Le Guin (Fantasy)

New! GINNY MOON by Benjamin Ludwig (Fiction)

New! GIRL CODE: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser (Memoir)

New! THE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry (Thriller/Suspense)

New! GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow (Fiction)

New! GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT by Monica Hesse (Historical Fiction)

GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok (Fiction)

New! **THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson (Fantasy)

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier (Historical Fiction)

GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles (Fiction)

New! GIVEN TO THE SEA by Mindy McGinnis (Fantasy)

New! THE GIVER by Lois Lowry (Science Fiction)

THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons (Fiction)

THE GLASS CASTLE: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls (Memoir)

THE GLASS SENTENCE by S.E. Grove (Fiction)

New! GLITTER by Aprilynne Pike (Fantasy)


GO ASK ALICE by Anonymous (Memoir)

GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee (Fiction)

New! **THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman (Fantasy)

**GONE by Michael Grant (Science Fiction)

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn (Mystery)

**THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LARRY by Janet Tashjian (Fiction)

GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky  (Fiction)

GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andre Smith (Science Fiction)

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Fiction)

**A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray (Fiction/Literary Suspense)

GUYAHOLIC by Carolyn Mackler (Fiction)

HABIBI written and illustrated by Craig Thompson (Graphic Novel)

THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood (Science Fiction)

HARK! A Vagrant, written and illustrated by Kate Beaton (Graphic Novel)


New! THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas (Fiction)

THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers (Historical Fiction)

New! HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer (Fantasy)

THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett (Historical Fiction)

New! HERE WE ARE: Feminism for the Real World by Kelly Jensen (Non-Fiction)

New! HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley (Fiction)

New! HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera (Fiction)

**THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams (Science Fiction)

THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy)

New! HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE by Jennifer Niven (Romance)

HONOR GIRL: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash (Graphic Novel)

HOOPS by Walter Dean Myers (Fiction)


THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mystery)

THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION by Nancy Farmer (Science Fiction)

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros (Fiction)

New! HOW IT ENDS by Catherine Lo (Fiction)

HOW IT WENT DOWN by Kekla Magoon (Fiction)


New! HOW TO BREAK A BOY by Laurie Devore (Fiction)

**THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (Science Fiction/Fantasy)

HUSH by Eishes Chayil (Fiction)

I AM J by Cris Beam (Fiction)

I AM MALALA: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai, co-written by Patricia McCormick (Autobiography)

I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak (Fiction)

I LIVED ON BUTTERFLY HILL by Marjorie Agosin (Historical Fiction)

**I KILL GIANTS written by Joe Kelly, illustrated by J.M. Ken Niimura (Graphic Novel)

I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou (Autobiography)

I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman (Fiction)

**IF I STAY by Gayle Forman (Fiction)

New! IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (Fiction)

IF YOU COULD BE MINE by Sara Farizan (Fiction)

IF YOU’RE LUCKY by Yvonne Prinz (Mystery)

I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson (Fiction)

ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff (Science Fiction)

IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin (Romantic Suspense/Fantasy)

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson (Fiction)

IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote (True Crime)

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner (Historical Fiction)

INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer (Biography/Adventure)

INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer (Nonfiction)

THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd (Historical Fiction)

New! **THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa (Science Fiction)

IT by Stephen King (Horror)

IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini (Fiction)

**THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing (Fiction)

JUBA!: A NOVEL by Walter Dean Myers (Historical Fiction)

**JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman (Fiction)

KICK by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman (Fiction)

KING DORK by Frank Portman (Fiction)

THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini (Fiction)

KIT'S WILDERNESS by David Almond (Fiction) 

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