Books for Readers 14 and Up

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Numbers in Titles

77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College by Halley Bondy (nonfiction)

101 Puzzle Quizzes by the Grabarchuk Puzzle Family (puzzles)

100 Matchstick Puzzles by the Grabarchuk Family (puzzles)


A Match Made in High School—Kristin Walker (contemporary fiction, humor, romance, friendship)

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (historical fiction, mystery)

A Regular Guy: Growing Up with Autism by Laura Shumaker (nonfiction, memoir)

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck (historical fiction, humor)

A Taste for Rabbit by Linda Zuckerman (animals, fantasy, ethical issues)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (fictional memoir, contemporary fiction, Native Americans)

According to Kit by Eugenie Doyle (contemporary fiction, mother-daughter relationships, dance, family issues)

Adaptation by Melinda Lo (science fiction, mystery, sexual identity)

Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft (contemporary fiction, family issues, grief)

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson—Two reviews: 1 and 2 (science fiction)

Alchemy’s Daughter by Mary A. Osborne (historical fiction)

All You Get is Me by Yvonne Prinz (contemporary fiction, family issues, romance)

Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli (historical fiction, race issues)

Angel Thieves by Kathi Appelt (animals, contemporary fiction, family issues, fantasy, friendship, historical fiction, race issues)

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius (contemporary fiction, romance)

Aries Rising by Bonnie Hearn Hill (contemporary fiction, romance)

Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee (contemporary fiction, family issues, weight issues, romance)

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King (contemporary fiction, bullying, domestic abuse, alcoholism)

Awesome Plays for Teens and Tweens by Christina Hamlett (plays)


B by Sarah Kay (poetry)

Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles in Hamburg by Arne Bellstorf (graphic novel, trues tales, The Beatles)

Beautiful Dead, Book 1—Jonas by Eden Maguire (paranormal)

Beautiful Decay by Sylvia Lewis (supernatural, mystery, horror)

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman (contemporary fiction, romance)

Blank Confession by Pete Hautman (contemporary fiction, mystery)

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (adventure, fantasy)

Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney (contemporary fiction, mother-daughter relationships, depression, alcoholism)

The Bone Magician by F. E. Higgins (fantasy)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (historical fiction, World War II, Germany)

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang (historical fiction, graphic novel, China)

Boy by Roald Dahl (memoir)

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick (contemporary fiction, sports, social behaviors)

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff (contemporary fiction, adventure)

Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu (graphic novel, history, women)

Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris (historical fiction, World War II)

Bright Coin Moon by Kirsten Lopresti (contemporary fiction, ethical issues, family issues)

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne (retold classic, science fiction)

Broken by Elizabeth Pulford (contemporary fiction, family issues, graphic novels)

Brothers of the Buffalo by Joseph Brushac (historical fiction, Buffalo Soldiers, race issues)


Camilla by Madeleine L’Engle (historical fiction, family issues)

Camp by Elaine Wolf (contemporary fiction, bullying)

The Candidates by Inara Scott (fantasy, superpowers, friendship issues)

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar (contemporary fiction, humor, family issues, friendship)

Cat’s Foot by Brian Doyle (contemporary fiction, fantasy, war, family issues)

Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson (contemporary fiction, romance)

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral (contemporary fiction, romance, unique storytelling)

City of Spies by Susan Kim and Laurance Klavan (graphic novel, historical fiction, World War II)

Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls edited by Deb Loughead and Jocelyn Shipley (contemporary fiction, short stories)

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams (contemporary fiction, Family issues, religious issues/sects)

The Civil War: The Struggle That Divided America by Judy Dodge Cummings (history, true tales)

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason (steampunk, alternate history)

Close by Erika Raskin (contemporary fiction, family issues, social and mental issues)

CODA by Emma Trevayne (dystopian)

Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce (fairy tale retold)

The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa (graphic novel)

Come November by Katrin van Dam (contemporary fiction, environmental issues, families issues, religious cults)

Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance by Rhoda Belleza (nonfiction, true tales, social behaviors (bullying)

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce (science fiction, humor, friendship)

Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (dystopian)

Creepers by Joanne Dahme (mystery, supernatural)


Damselfly by Chandra Prasad (contemporary fiction, friendship, mystery)

Dare Me by Eric Devine

Dark Parties by Sara Grant

The Darlings by Cristina Alger (contemporary fiction, ethical issues, financial crisis)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (fantasy, romance)

Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (fantasy, romance)

Dear Big V by Ellen Leroe

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves edited by Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally (nonfiction, memoir)

Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe (family issues, historical fiction, Vietnam War)

Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules by Tony Cliff (adventure, graphic novel)

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff (adventure, graphic novel)

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy (family issues, supernatural, mystery)

Doggirl by Robin Brande (contemporary fiction, romance, theater)

The Domino Effect by Andrew Cotto (contemporary fiction, friendship issues

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards (art instruction)

Driver’s Ed by Caroline Cooney (contemporary fiction, risky social behaviors)


The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald (history, memoir)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (contemporary fiction, romance)

Eliza’s Journal by Caelyn AB Williams, illustrated by Kati Green

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (history, true story)

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (adventure, fantasy)

Every Crooked Pot by Renée Rosen

Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King (contemporary fiction, bullying, family issues)

Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin


Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman (fairy tales)

The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb (romance, supernatural, Russia)

Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan (contemporary fiction, friendship issues, social behaviors (addiction, alcoholism, sex)

Fly Girls by P. O’Connell Pearson (history, nonfiction, female pilots, World War II)

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith O’Brian (biography, history, nonfiction)

The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell (adventure, fairy tales/mythology)

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (contemporary fiction, bullying)

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce (art, contemporary fiction, family issues, humor)

Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle (contemporary fiction, family issues, illness)


Garbage: Follow the Path of Your Trash by Donna Latham (environmental issues, nonfiction)

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson (contemporary fiction, gender/sexuality issues)

Genius by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen (contemporary fiction, family issues, graphic novel)

Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Girlwood by Claire Dean

The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow (biography)

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King

Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli

The God of Sno Cone Blue by Marcia Coffey Turnquist

Godless by Pete Hautman (contemporary fiction, friendship issues, religious issues)

Going Over by Beth Kephart (Berlin Wall, historical fiction)

Going Solo by Roald Dahl (memoir)

Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga


Half Lives by Sara Grant

Hating Heidi Foster by Jeffrey Blount

The Healing Spell by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Heart with Joy by Steve Cushman

The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss

The Heroine’s Bookshelf by Erin Blakemore

Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World by Katherine Halligan (biography, history, nonfiction)

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy

Highlights Hidden Pictures Coloring Book for Grownup Children

How to Lose Everything by Philipp Mattheis

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

How I Made It to Eighteen by Tracy White

How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones


I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

If I’d Known Then, Women in Their 20s and 30s Write Letters to Their Younger Selves, edited by Ellyn Spragins

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy

In a Hearbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson

Invictus by L. L. Holt (historical fiction, Beethoven, parental abuse, alcoholism)

Ireland by Frank Delaney


Jane in Bloom by Deborah Lytton

Jerusalem: A Family Portrait by Boaz Yakin and Nick Bertozzi

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan


The Keening by A. LaFaye

Klickitat by Peter Rock


The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh

Letters from Home by Kristina McMorris

Lincoln In His Own Words by Milton Meltzer (biography, history, nonfiction)

Lips Touch, Three Times written by Laini Taylor, illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley

Little Fish: A Memoir by Ramsey Beyer

Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts by Leah Tinari (biography, history, nonfiction)

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Love, Meg by C. Leigh Purtill

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr


The Magician King by Lev Grossman

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Merlin’s Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton

Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce—Two reviews: 1 and 2(contemporary fiction, family issues, humor, religious issues)

Mink River by Brian Doyle (animals, contemporary fiction, fantasy, Native Americans, Pacific NW)

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales

The Mother-Daughter Cookbook by Lynette Rohrer Shirk (cookbook)

Movie Girl by Christina Hamlett

My Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Marsh (historical fiction, World War II Ukraine)


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh

Nissa’s Place by A. LaFaye

Nobody’s Secret by Michaela MacColl

Nonna’s Book of Mysteries by Mary Osborne

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley (body image, contemporary fiction, family issues, romance)


Ophelia’s Oracle by Donna DeNomme and Tina Proctor

The Other Side of Blue by Valerie O. Patterson

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy


The Pages in Between by Erin Einhorn

The Painter From Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein (historical fiction, romance)

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani (fantasy, graphic novel, multicultural)

Picture the Dead written by Adele Griffin, illustrated by Lisa Brown

Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick

Piper Perish by Kayla Kagan

Poetry Speaks Who I Am edited by Elise Paschen (poetry)

The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen (nonfiction, charitable giving)

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (horror)

The Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner (graphic novel, historical fiction)

The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist

Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria Became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel by Michaela MacColl (historical fiction)

Project Jackalope by Emily Eckton (adventure, friendship issues, humor, science fiction)

Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan


The Queen’s Daughter by Susan Coventry

The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker


Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales, edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Red: The Next Generation of American Writers edited by Amy Goldwasser

Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang  (Chinese Cultural Revolution, history, memoir)

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (cooking, graphic novel, memoir)

Remember Me to Harold Square by Paula Danziger (adventure, contemporary fiction, friendship issues)

Resistance, Book 1 by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis

Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony

Return to Me by Justina Chen

The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt

Ringside 1925 by Jen Bryant

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman

Ruined by Paula Morris

Runaround by Helen Hemphill


Saints by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel, historical fiction, China)

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (historical fiction, Occupied France, World War II)

Savvy by Ingrid Law (fantasy, friendship issues)

Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson (contemporary fiction, romance)

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos (bullying, contemporary fiction, family issues)

Science Comics: The Brain by Tory Woollcott (graphic novel, nonfiction, science)

Screenwriting for Teens by Christina Hamlett (screenwriting)

Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsay Leavitt

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (classic, historical fiction, family issues, friendship issues)

Secret Garden: Artist’s Edition by Johanna Basford (coloring book)

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 9contemporary fiction, family issues, race issues)

The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball by Risa Green

Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl (historical fiction, mystery)

The Shattering by Karen Healey

Shock Point by April Henry

Silence by Deborah Lytton

The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos and Nate Powell (graphic novel, historical fiction)

Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan

Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight by Marthe Jocelyn

Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson—Two reviews: 1 and 2

Solomon’s Thieves by Jordan Mechner

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin

The Soul Taker by Celia Rees

The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams

The Space Race by Matthew Brenden Wood (history, nonfiction)

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, graphic novel, sexual assault)

The Speed of Life by J. M. Kelly

Spinning Out by David Zahler Jr.

The Spiritglass Charade: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason

Spoils by Tammar Stein

Spud by Jon van de Ruit

Stalker Girl by Rosemary Graham

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Starters by Lissa Price

Still Life with Chickens by Catherine Goldhammer

Stolen Voices edited by Zlata Filipovic and Melanie Challenger

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski


Templar, written by Jordan Mechner, illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland (graphic novel, historical fiction, Knights Templar)

That Night by Amy Giles (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff

This is the Story of You by Beth Kephart

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky

Tomboy by Liz Prince

The Traitor’s Wife by Kathleen Kent

The Truth About Faking by Leigh Talbert Moore

The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme

Torched by April Henry

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

The Turning: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis

The Turnip Princess by Franz Xaver Von Schönwerth

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Two Across by Jeff Bartsch

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The Ultimate Teen Book Guide edited by Daniel Hahn and Leonie Flynn

The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Uncharted by Erin Cashman (mythology, fantasy, mystery)

Undecided. Navigating Life and Learning After High School by Genevieve Morgan

Under the Green Hill by Laura L. Sullivan

Under Shifting Glass by Nicky Singer

Unforgettable by Loretta Ellsworth

Unraveling by Lynn Biederman and Michelle Baldini


The Vietnam War by Barbara Diggs (history, nonfiction)


The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire

Water Steps by A. LaFaye

We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni

West with the Night by Beryl Markham

What Every Girl Should Know by J. Albert Mann (family issues, historical fiction, Margaret Sanger)

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship, graphic novel, sexual assault)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges

What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding On To, and Letting Go of Their Daughters, edited by Andrea N. Richesin

Why? Answers to Everyday Scientific Questions by Joel Levy (nonfiction, science)

Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages

Wildwing by Emily Whitman

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Witch Dreams by Vivian Vande Velde

Women Making America by Heidi Hemming and Julie Hemming Savage

The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson


The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy

The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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