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Teen Read Week book blog

We ♥ reading for fun, and we know you do too! That’s why every year we bring back YALSA’s Teen Read Week.

For an entire week in October (Oct. 18th- 24th), libraries across the country promote reading for the fun of it. As in, not for homework, not for a book report, not for school—just fun, period!

Check out our gallery of fab fall picks to get the fun started and don’t forget to visit to vote for you fave read from the list of nominees.

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BONUS! During Teen Read Week (Oct. 18th- 24th) you’ll also have the chance to snag a copy of each book in this section. That means seven more chances to win! We’ll be picking a winner each day that week, so be sure to come back daily to see if you’ve won.

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CLICK HERE to check out how you (and your school!) can get involved in Teen Read Week this year. 
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    ♥ marks the spot! The Boy Books
    by e. lockhart
    Delacorte Press
    Meet Ruby Oliver! In the past 10 days, she’s lost her best friend her boyfriend, and has done something suspicious with another boy. But don’t worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists; read them all!


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    The Day of the Pelican
    by Katherine Paterson
    Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Fiction (Contemporary)

    Meli Lleshi is certain that her drawing of her teacher’s pelican nose started it all. The Lleshis are Albanians living in Kosovo, and then suddenly they are homeless refugees. Soon, their courage is tested by hunger, illness and danger. This dramatic story of a family’s journey to freedom is a powerful novel by a master storyteller.


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    by Lisi Harrison
    Fiction (Young Adult)

    Dying to know the Pretty Committee’s juiciest gossip? Curious what people mean when they call you an LBR? Want tips on how to go from a six-point-ew to a 10? 

    Ah-bviously! This cute-times-a-million gift book contains the Clique’s best comebacks, favorite expressions and silliest secrets. One hundred Gossip Points if you can guess Massie’s first lip-kiss…


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    Charmed and Dangerous: The Rise of the Pretty Committee
    The Clique Prequel
    by Lisi Harrison
    Fiction (Young Adult)

    Once upon a time, in Westchester and Orlando, there were four betas just waiting for their alpha. It took a miracle to bring the Pretty Committee together—or rather, a New Years Yves party. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it just cliques.


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    Prophecy Of The Sisters
    by Michelle Zink • Little, Brown and Company • Fiction (Teen Mystery/ Thriller)

    Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become fierce enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in an age-old battle that could have consequences of epic proportions.


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    Ghostgirl: Homecoming
    by Tonya Hurley
    Little, Brown and Company
    Fiction (Teen Humor/Romance)

    Get an afterlife! In the follow-up to the New York Times best seller, ghostgirl, Charlotte Usher discovers that the afterlife isn’t quite what she pictured when she’s forced to intern at a hotline for troubled teens. But when duty calls, Charlotte finds herself with the opportunity of a lifetime.


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    Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
    by Beth Fantaskey
    Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Fiction (Fantasy)

    Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica’s senior year “get a life” plan. But when an incredibly gorgeous exchange student shows up claiming to be her long-lost vampire fiancé, Jessica must decide if she will make the dramatic transition from average American teen to glam European vampire princess.


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    Dead Is So Last Year
    by Marlene Perez
    Graphia/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Fiction (Teen)

    Something very strange is happening in Nightshade. People are starting to see double, and local football players are growing enormous overnight. Between summer jobs, sugar rushes and beach parties, the Giordano sisters must get to the bottom of these mysteries and many more.

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    Goth Girl Rising
    by Barry Lyga
    Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Fiction (Teen)

    After six months in a mental health unit, Kyra Sellers, aka Goth Girl, is going home. Kyra is back, feeling good and ready to make up with the only person who’s ever appreciated her. But then she sees him. Fanboy. And the anger and memories come rushing back.


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    Once Was Lost
    by Sara Zarr
    Little, Brown and Company
    Fiction (Teen/Drama)

    Samara Taylor used to believe in miracles.
    She used to believe in a lot of things…

    National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr examines a teen girl's feelings of abandonment in the face of her parents’ separation and her obsession with a local girl who has gone missing.


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    Once a Witch
    by Carolyn MacCullough
    Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Fiction (Teen Fantasy)

    Tamsin comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most talented among them. But Tamsin’s magic never arrives—or so she thinks.

    But when a stranger sends her on a treasure hunt through time, she unlocks the truth about her talent and unleashes a vengeful power she must learn to control.


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    Front and Center
    by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Fiction (Teen)

    D.J. Schwenk is back for the final book in the Dairy Queen trilogy. Just when she hopes to fade from the spotlight, she discovers that her coach, college scouts and boys have other plans in mind. This season, D.J. steps behind the free-throw line to face the perils of love and life.

    Meet Catherine on Facebook on October 19th! Become a Catherine Gilbert Murdock friend today for more details.


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    The Van Alen Legacy (A Blue Bloods Novel)
    by Melissa de la Cruz
    Hyperion Teen
    Fiction (Fantasy)

    Young, fabulous and fanged. In this highly anticipated fourth installment of the Blue Bloods saga, love and drama continue to dominate life for the elite teens of the Upper East Side—who also happen to be vampires.

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    The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks
    by E. Lockhart
    Hyperion Teen
    Fiction (Teen)

    Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Her father’s “bunny rabbit.” Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. Frankie Landau-Banks at age 16: Quite possibly a criminal mastermind.


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    Devil’s Kiss
    by Sarwat Chadda
    Hyperion Teen
    Fiction (Fantasy)

    She might look like your average teenage girl, but as the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal is far from average. When she encounters an enemy bent on killing all of London’s firstborn, she’ll need to prove just how extraordinary she is.

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    Ratha’s Courage: The Fifth Book of the Named
    by Clare Bell
    Imaginator Press
    Fiction (Fantasy)

    Discover a prehistoric world through the eyes of a big cat, as she leads her clan through a dangerous conflict with a strange culture, and finds that love takes as much courage as war. Other books include Ratha’s Creature, Clan Ground, Ratha and Thistle-Chaser, and Ratha’s Challenge.


9/8/2009 7:00:00 AM
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