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The adventures of Harry Potter,
the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School
of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their
craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his
In the ruins of a future North
America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and
travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage
Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her
deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel
from author Harper Lee explores racial tensions in the fictional "tired
old town" of Maycomb, Ala., through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch.
As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape,
Scout and her friends learn about the unjust treatment of
African-Americans — and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.
Despite the tumor-shrinking
medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never
been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.
But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at
the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable,
well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day
the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure
from which he may never return.
With the author's death, the
classic novel about young Holden Caulfield's disillusionment with the
adult world and its "phoniness" will only rise in popularity — and
controversy, since it is a favorite target of censors, who often cite
profanity and sexual references in their efforts to ban the book.
Tolkien's seminal three-volume
epic chronicles the War of the Ring, in which Frodo the hobbit and his
companions set out to destroy the evil Ring of Power and restore peace
to Middle-earth. The beloved trilogy still casts a long shadow, having
established some of the most familiar and enduring tropes in fantasy
In a far future world, television
dominates, and books are outlawed. The totalitarian regime has ordered
all books to be burned by "firemen," whose job is to start the fires
rather than stop them. But one fireman begins to see the value of the
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first
year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends
and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life
and death after a fatal car crash.
Trying to make sense of the
horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young
German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain
her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their
In the future, society has
eliminated discord, converting everyone to "Sameness." In three linked
stories, Jonas, destined to hold memories of the time before Sameness;
Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg; and healer Matty must discover the
truth about their society and restore emotion, meaning and balance to
In this collection of novels,
Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by
an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction, and embarks on a
series of amazing adventures, from the mattress swamps of Sqornshellous
Zeta to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
S.E. Hinton was just 16 years old
when she wrote this novel about kids getting caught up in class
struggles. Ponyboy is a greaser, from the wrong side of the tracks; he
runs afoul of the upper-class Socs, leading to an epic rumble between
the two gangs.
In this collection of eight
novels by Lucy Maude Montgomery, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a rather
prim and elderly brother and sister pair, send away for an orphan boy to
help them run their farm on Canada's Prince Edward Island. But when the
orphan arrives, he's not a he, he's a she — the loquacious and dreamy red-haired Anne-with-an-E Shirley — who quickly takes up a central place in their hearts.
In this hit series, young Lyra
Belacqua tries to prevent kidnapped children from becoming the subject
of gruesome experiments; helps Will Parry — a boy from another world —
search for his father; and finds that she and Will are caught in a
battle between the angelic forces of the Authority and those gathered by
her rebel uncle, Lord Asriel.
In a thought-provoking,
coming-of-age novel, teenager Charlie struggles to cope with the complex
world of high school. He deals with the confusions of sex and love, the
temptations of drugs and the pain of losing a close friend and favorite
This tale of a handsome farm boy
who, aided by a drunken swordsman and a gentle giant, rescues a
beautiful princess named Buttercup comes with a slyly humorous,
metafictional edge: Goldman claims to have merely abridged an earlier
text by one "S. Morgenstern" (actually a pseudonym) and peppers his text
with clever commentary.
The classic study of human nature
depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert
island. Ralph, Piggy, Simon and their fellow castaways attempt to
develop their own society — and fail disastrously.
In a future Chicago, 16-year-old
Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define
her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult
when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one
group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
One month before graduating from
his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the
predictable boringness of his life, until the beautiful and exciting
Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a
midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
Able to see demons and those who
hunt them, Clary Fray is drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters when
her mother slips into a coma and travels to the City of Glass, the
capital of their secretive country, where she uncovers important truths
about her family's past.
Always being dumped by girls
named Katherine, Colin Singleton, a washed-up child prodigy with a Judge
Judy-obsessed best friend, embarks on a quest to prove The Theorem of
Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will affect all of his future
relationships and change his life.
When brain surgery makes a mouse
into a genius, dull-witted Charlie Gordon wonders if it might also work
for him. It does ... but then the mouse begins to regress.
When high school student Clay
Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing 13 cassette tapes recorded
by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering
and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's
voice recount the events leading up to her death.
Despite his overwhelming fear of
interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically gifted, autistic
boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers
secrets about his mother.
After being raped at a party,
teenage Melinda is unable to tell angry partygoers why she called the
police — and eventually stops speaking all together. Speak follows Melinda as she overcomes her past, and finds her voice.
When 17-year-old Bella Swan
leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Wash., she meets
Edward, an exquisitely handsome boy at school, for whom she feels an
overwhelming attraction, and who she comes to realize is not wholly
human. Bella must choose between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob,
while avoiding the attentions of less friendly vampires.
Scott Westerfeld's four-part
series follows teenage Tally as she uncovers the truth about her future
world, where a mandatory operation at age 16 converts natural "Uglies"
into conformist "Pretties."
Tessa Gray's search for her
missing brother leads her into Victorian London's supernatural
underworld, where she must learn to trust the demon-killing
Shadowhunters if she wants to learn to control her powers and find her
The Tuck family is confronted
with an agonizing situation when it discovers that a 10-year-old girl
and a malicious stranger now share their secret, about a spring of
magical water that prevents the drinker from ever growing any older.
Sherman Alexie's humorous,
semiautobiographical novel, illustrated by Ellen Forney, follows
14-year-old Junior — poor, skinny and with a freakishly big head — as he
leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation for a mostly white
school in a nearby town. Alexie captures the pain and awkwardness of
adolescence while also meditating on the devastation that poverty,
racism and alcoholism have wreaked on Native American communities.
During their first summer break
spent apart, longtime friends Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget each
embark on adventures that they share with each other through a pair of
jeans that they have decided will be worn by all, and so will absorb all
of their stories.
Jack London's classic novel
presents the adventures of an unusual dog, part Saint Bernard and part
Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields, where he
eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
When two teens, one gay and one
straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name,
their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best
friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
Originally sold as the real diary of an actual teenager, Go Ask Alice
is the faux-memoir of a 15-year-old girl whose life is dominated by her
drug problems, following her experiences from her indoctrination into
the world of drugs to just before her death from an overdose.
The eldest of three sisters in a
land where being the eldest is considered a misfortune, Sophie is
resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice — until a witch turns her
into an old woman, and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly
feared wizard Howl.
Mica Area High School has never
seen anything like Susan "Stargirl" Caraway, a classic Manic Pixie Dream
Girl who wears Native American buckskins, plays the ukulele and cheers
for both teams at sporting events. A story about the perils of
popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love.
Introverted, intellectual Gene
and his daredevil best friend, Phineas, are roommates at a posh New
England boarding school just before World War II, but a conflict of
loyalties leads them to tragedy.
Two years after a horrible
incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her
guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir's
Academy, where one girl focuses on mastering magic, the other on
physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip,
cliques, gruesome pranks and sinister plots.
In the Old Kingdom, magic is real
and the dead walk — and sometimes, they walk right across the magical
Wall and into the New Kingdom. The series follows skilled necromancer
Sabriel and her companions as they fight to send the dead back into the
realm of Death.
Paul Atreides, the son of a
betrayed duke, is given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and
adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most
In a remote corner of Terry
Pratchett's Discworld, a young witch-to-be named Tiffany Aching teams up
with the Wee Free Men, a clan of rowdy, 6-inch-high blue men, to rescue
her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.
Conceived to provide a bone
marrow match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Anna begins to
question her moral obligations in light of countless medical procedures,
and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about her own
Five novels steeped in British
and Welsh mythology follow the story of 11-year old Will Stanton,
seventh son of a seventh son and last of the Old Ones, in his quest to
vanquish the powers of the Dark.
In the Graceling realms, rare
people are Graced with a special skill — cooking, fighting, singing,
building, lying — and all the Graced are marked with eyes of two
different colors. Katsa, niece of the tyrannical king, is graced with
fighting — or so she thinks.
Katherine and Michael, along with
various friends and acquaintances in suburban New Jersey, discover the
possibilities and limitations of love and personal commitment — and some
interesting names for body parts.
Yearning for knowledge and power,
Sparrowhawk, a young student at the School for Wizards, becomes
overanxious and tries his dangerous powers too soon, unleashing a
terrible evil throughout the land, as he prepares for his destiny as the
greatest sorcerer in the history of Earthsea.
The series that began with Eragon
follows poor farm boy Eragon as he grows into a master swordsman who
fights alongside his dragon, Saphira, to help save the Empire from evil
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is
trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is
shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small
European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the
Eleven-year-old Alanna wants to
be a knight. Her brother Thom wants to be a wizard. So she disguises
herself as a boy and the two switch places, leading Alanna to a lifetime
of adventure as the Kingdom of Tortall's first Lady Knight.
While going through the
possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, an innkeeper and
her son find a treasure map that leads them across the Spanish Main to a
notorious pirate's treasure. This classic novel introduced the world
to the dreaded Long John Silver.
In a dystopian near future
America, the government has classified love as a disease. All citizens,
once they turn 18, receive a government operation to cure the unwanted
emotion. Lena looks forward to her operation and a safe, predictable and
happy life — until, just a few months before her 18th birthday, she
meets the mysterious Alex and falls in love.
When Anna's romance-novelist
father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her
senior year of high school, she goes reluctantly — and meets the amazing
Etienne St. Clair. Will their year of near-misses lead to love?
In the first volume of the "Hush,
Hush" saga, high school sophomore Nora Grey must deal with her feelings
for Patch, a classmate — and biology partner — who turns out to be a
When 17-year-old Ginny receives a
bequest — a packet of mysterious envelopes — from her favorite aunt
Peg, she leaves New Jersey to crisscross Europe on a whirlwind tour and
scavenger hunt that transforms her life.
An ambitious new student at
Manhattan's prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig
Gilner suddenly discovers that he has become an average kid among a
group of brilliant students, a discovery that leads to increasing
anxiety and a battle with clinical depression, during which he
encounters a motley crew of fellow patients battling their own problems.
After the suspicious death of her
mother in 1895, 16-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years
in India, to attend a finishing school. There, she becomes aware of her
magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. But what will
she find in that strange world?
After a family tragedy, Jacob
feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the
coast of Wales, discovering that the children once kept there —
including his own grandfather — may have been dangerous, and may be
For Esperanza, a young girl
growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless
landscape of concrete and rundown tenements. She tells her story in a
series of vignettes, as she tries to rise above the hopelessness of her
surroundings and come into her own power.
When a sinister carnival comes to
town just before Halloween, two boys unearth the terrifying and
horrible secrets that lurk within Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow
Show — and learn the consequences of wishes, as an evil force is at
work in Green Town, Ill.
The world of Trinity School is
turned upside down when freshman Jerry Renault refuses to sell
chocolates for the school's annual fundraiser. Jerry becomes a
nonconformist hero for some — and a target of hatred for others.
Suddenly unpopular 16-year-old
Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for
music help her to face what really happened at the end-of-the-year party
that changed her life.
Struggling to confront her
grandfather's impending death, 16-year-old Vicky Austin finds herself
the center of attention for three young men, one of whom is a dolphin
researcher. When the inevitable crisis comes, she must rely on the love
of others — both human and dolphin — to overcome her grief.
The summer after her father's
death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy
boyfriend to return from camp; instead, she goes to work at a catering
business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.
In an alternate London, where
magic is real and the Crystal Palace never burned down, magician's
apprentice Nathaniel summons the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus — but
summoning and controlling are two different things.
When alchemist Sydney is ordered
into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the
last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm
Springs, Calif. There, amid the wealthy students, Sydney and Jill must
attempt to pass as normal.
Luce ends up at reform school
after her boyfriend dies in a mysterious fire. While there, she finds
herself drawn to Daniel — feeling almost as if she'd met him before.
That feeling turns out to be true: Luce and the supernatural Daniel are
doomed lovers, fated to lose each other in lifetime after lifetime.
Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is
Marked as a fledging vampyre and joins the House of Night school, where
she will train to become an adult vampyre — if she makes it through the
Change. And even for Changed vampyres, the House of Night can be a
Mortmain lives with her older sister, blocked-writer father and bohemian
stepmother in a crumbling English castle. Then, a well-to-do American
family buys the castle, becoming the Mortmains' landlords. Cassandra
uses a diary to record the tumultuous months that follow.
High school student Nick O'Leary,
member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks
her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his
ex-sweetheart. That fateful five minutes leads to an all-night quest to
find their favorite band's secret show.
Popular, thoughtless Samantha
dies in a fiery car crash — but wakes up the next morning, and ends up
living out her last day alive seven times in a row, until she finally
unravels the mystery of her death.
In a future world where those
between the ages of 13 and 18 can have their lives "unwound" and their
body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme
lengths to survive until they turn 18.
The last unicorn leaves the
protection of her enchanted lavender forest to search for her own kind,
with the assistance of Schmedrick, the only occasionally successful
magician, and dreamer Molly Grue.
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up
in the middle of a maze, with no memory, and realizes he must work with
the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. But once he
escapes, he discovers the outside world is a new and dangerous place.
Seventeen-year-old Mia is in a
coma after a terrible car accident that killed her parents. Awakening,
she has no memory of the accident, and must put her life back together
piece by piece — and decide what to do with it.
Harry Crewe's boring life in the
remote orange-growing province of Daria is disrupted when she's
kidnapped by a native king. She discovers power within herself and
becomes the heroic Harimad-sol, King's Rider and heir to a magical
Kristina Snow is the perfect
daughter, until she meets a boy who introduces her to drugs. She becomes
a very different person, struggling to control her life and her mind,
as she grows up and has children of her own.
Cassia has always trusted the
Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears
on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate —
until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades
Cammie Morgan can speak 14
different languages, hack CIA computer codes and kill a man seven
different ways. She and her friends are students at the elite Gallagher
Academy for Exceptional Young Women, where martial arts and chemical
warfare are on the curriculum, and the real mission is training spies.
On her way to marry a prince
she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her
lady-in-waiting, and must become a goose girl to survive until she can
reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
Alianne, the teenage daughter of
Alanna, the first lady knight in Tortall, is kidnapped and sold into
slavery, forced to serve an exiled royal family in the remote Copper
Islands, where she is immersed in a world of murder, intrigue and
The dull and drab life of Ed, an
underage cab driver with a coffee-addicted dog, takes an unexpected turn
when he accidentally stops a bank robbery and finds himself being
placed in charge of watching out for the entire town.
Thirteen-year-old Daine's magic
allows her to speak to animals, hear their thoughts, and shift into
their forms. She uses her powers to help battle an invasion of terrible
immortal creatures and prevent the overthrow of her king.
Princess Cimorene of Lindenwall
decides she's had enough of being a princess, and hires herself out to
cook for the dragon Kazul. This boxed set follows her adventures, and
those of her son Daystar.
On a "New World" where all men
can hear each other's thoughts — but women remain private — Todd and
Viola are pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron as
they search for answers about their colony's true past, and seek a way
to warn a ship bringing settlers from the Old World.
Having been sent to Winding
Circle Temple, Daja, Briar, Tris and Sandry begin to feel that they have
finally found a place where their magical gifts are respected. As they
learn and grow in their skills, they must face down everything from
pirates to strange diseases.
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a
lovely, enigmatic art student living in Prague, has a necklace of
wish-granting beads and a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters —
the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
In the future, most people will
have a Feed chip implanted in their heads that connects everyone to an
evolved version of the Internet — at the cost of even basic privacy.
During spring break on the moon, Titus and Violet meet and build a
relationship when their Feeds are hacked.
Five novels of life in a magical
modern Los Angeles, where Weetzie Bat and her friends and family — Dirk,
Duck, My Secret Agent Lover Man and baby Cherokee — interact with
ghosts from their past and with each other as they search for love,
connection and acceptance.
When Auden goes to stay with her
father, stepmother and new baby sister the summer before she starts
college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she
is making new friends and learning that there's more to life than
schoolwork and perfectionism.
The lives and loves of British
teenager Georgia Nicolson and her friends in the "Ace Gang," and also
Georgia's mad cat Angus. Can Georgia choose between hunky Robbie,
Italian stallion Masimo and close friend Dave? And can she keep Angus
out of trouble?
It's 1914 and Europe is on the
precipice of war — the German Clankers and British Darwinists are armed
with futuristic weaponry and biotechnology; in the midst of the chaos,
Alek, a royal and potential threat to the throne, and Deryn, a common
Darwinist, meet on the run and forge an uneasy alliance that will
dramatically change the course of the Great War and their lives.
In a future where humans despise
clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the
142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and
the United States. Escape is his only chance to survive — but even that
may not save him.
Christopher Chant is a young boy
who struggles with even the most basic spells — but when a wizard tests
him, he discovers he's actually a powerful enchanter with nine lives,
destined to become the next Chrestomanci, a government official in
charge of supervising magic.
Remy, a girl who always knows how
to end a relationship before it becomes emotional, meets her match in
Dexter, a musician who embodies everything that she despises and reminds
her of the father who abandoned her. Remy finds herself unable to dump
Dexter — and learns to follow her heart.
When everyone over the age of 14
suddenly disappears from a California town, a battle erupts between the
remaining residents and the students from a local school, as well as
those who have "The Power" and those who do not.
Grace has been visited each
winter by a yellow-eyed wolf — a werewolf, it turns out, who becomes her
boyfriend in his human form as Sam. Grace and Sam must fight to stay
together, while fellow werewolf Cole wrestles with his attraction for
rich girl Isabel.
Aerin, with the guidance of the
wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword Gonturan, wins the
birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman
of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
Estranged best friends Lia and
Cassie both struggle with anorexia and bulimia. When Cassie dies, Lia
must find a way to hold on to hope, and eventually to recover.
The classic Betsy-Tacy series
follows Minnesota girl Betsy Ray and her friends Tacy and Tib as they
grow from making piano-box playhouses to traveling the world and getting