Recommended Books for Teens

Batman. Volume 1,The Court of Owls     

The Summer of Lost Things by Chantele Sedgwick

After her dad is sentenced to prison time, seventeen-year-old Lucy Nelson and her mother move across the country to start over in the town--and farmhouse--where her mother grew up. Once settled, Lucy is determined to keep her mind off anything "real" and decides to pass the time by reading a stack of her mother's childhood books, which has sat in her grandmother's home for decades. When Lucy finds her mom's old summer bucket list shoved between the pages of a worn copy of Anne of Green Gables, she's eager to write her own list to escape her inevitable summer boredom. Feeling brave, she fills it with challenges she'd never normally do and also adds the one thing that her mother had never crossed off the original list: Visit Susan's grave. When Lucy befriends Mira and her handsome cousin, Jack, she begins to feel almost normal as they help check off her list. When she asks her mother about Susan, she refuses to talk about her. As Lucy falls for Jack, she yearns to tell him the truth about her dad and her old life but lies about everything instead. When her friends see through the lies and her mom reaches her breaking point over questions about Susan, Lucy must learn to trust her friends, try to bring peace to her mother, and to somehow find the courage to forgive her dad.

Rise by Ellen Goodlett

"Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father's throne, but their pasts continue to haunt them as their blackmailer threatens everyone and everything they hold dear"


Positively Teen: a Practical Guide to a More Positive, More Confident You by Nicola Morgan

Teaches teenagers how to approach their adolescent years with optimism and understanding, giving them the skills they need to develop long-term well-being.

Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

A fierce sequel full of sisterhood, heart pounding action, betrayal, and intrigue in the royal court in a series that "breathes new life into the feminist story of oppression and resistance" ( Publisher's Weekly ). When the new, brutal Superior banishes Nomi from Bellaqua, she finds herself powerless and headed towards her all-but-certain death. Her only hope is to find her sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi arrives, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina—polite, submissive Serina—is its leader. Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they'll have to get rid of the new Superior, and only Nomi knows how. Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place. The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart's unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury .

Stranger Things: Runaway Max by Brenna Yovanoff

Max Mayfield doesn't fit in. She isn't soft or frilly like her mom wants her to be. She never seems to say the right thing. And she'd rather spend her days at the arcade than anywhere else. At least back in California she had friends, and her dad was only bus ride away. But then Max's mom married Neil, and her stepbrother, Billy, entered the picture. Now Max and her new family live in Hawkins, Indiana. Her stepdad calls her Maxine, Billy is out of control, and her mom can't change things. Max keeps thinking she's found friends to replace those she left in California, but they all put up walls as soon as they start to feel vulnerable--until Max discovers just how serious and strange things in Hawkins really are. Soon Max finds herself the newest character in a bizarre story featuring demodogs, a dangerous Mind Flayer, and a real live Mage. Max has to make some serious choices if she's going to save Hawkins from the darkest parts of the Upside Down--assuming violent, crazy, out-of-control Billy doesn't get in the way first.