Whats New Category: Inspirational

Reviews by You!

the Running Dream book coverThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
The reason why I liked The Running Dream is because it showed you that even though you might be different, you can still make a good friend. Also, it shows children and adults to never give up even if it’s hard. The book is about a girl that gets in a bad accident and has her leg cut off. She overcame the struggles in her everyday life. I would recommend this to people in grades 5th-8th.

Review submitted by Claire.

LikeItNeverHappenedLike It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
YA ADRIAN, E.
The book, Like It Never Happened, is about Rebecca and her four besties, including her boyfriend. She takes a ride home after acting class with her acting teacher and someone tells on her for riding home with her acting teacher a few times.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

The Scorch Trialsthe Scorch Trials book cover by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
I read the book The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It is the second book in the Maze Runner series.  The book is mostly about the Glaciers getting across a giant desert to get a cure for the flare. I liked it because it was really suspenseful and exciting. I would recommend it to my friends because they would enjoy a fast-paced book too.

Review submitted by Theresa.

Catching FireCatching Fire book cover by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Catching Fire is like a fire getting bigger and noticeable. But the only thing that is different is that you are wanting to go on to continue the adventure.

Review submitted by James.

Serpent_ShadowThe Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Serpent’s Shadow is about two siblings who have to fight a giant snake named Apophis. I liked it because it was about mythology. I would recommend it to people who like mythology.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

sherlock holmes Death Cloud book coverDeath Cloud by Andy Lane
YA MY LANE, A.
The book that I read was called Death Cloud. It is about young Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery about a cloud of death. I liked it because it was exciting and a fun mystery. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, and action.

Review submitted by Panagiotis.

 

Biggie by Derek E. Sullivanbiggie book cover
YA SULLIVAN, D.
Biggie is a book about an obese teenager who throws a perfect wiffle ball game to get a girl. So he starts working out and losing weight. I like this book because it is a comeback story. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little bit of love and who understands obesity.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

Small Steps: The Year I got Poliosmall steps: the year I got polio book cover by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
The book Small Steps: The Year I got Polio is a great book because from the first page you get hooked on the suspense. You learn about how treatments for polio were found and you can also see pictures of what treatments looked like. I like this book because it was interesting to learn about polio and read about it from a different point of view.  I would recommend this to people who are interested in learning about polio.

Review submitted by Cydaney.

 

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I read The Fault In Our Stars. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 10. The book is really sad because Hazel has thyroid cancer.

Review submitted by Thorri.

 

downsiders book coverDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
The book I read was called Downsiders. It was an awesome book because it had a girl and a boy as the main characters. The book uses interesting language and I would recommend it to tweens like me.

Review submitted by Whitney.

Reviews by You!

OneHandedCatchOne-Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch
YA AUCH, M.
I would read One-Handed Catch because it shows inspiration. No matter what you are going through there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Review submitted by Riley.

 

MilesFromNowhereMiles From Nowhere by Amy Clipston
YA CLIPSTON, A.
Miles from Nowhere is about a girl who gets too much into partying but has her
acting class assignment to sew costumes for the play. I liked this book because
I could not stop reading it.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

 

The Running Dream by Wendeling Van Draanenthe Running Dream book cover
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
I liked the book The Running Dream. I liked it because it was interesting.
I would recommend it to whoever likes sad and dramatic book.

Review submitted by Anna.

 

PlaguePlague by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.
After all the adults have disappeared, the food runs out, and the
kids become deceived. The horrors of Perdido Beach continue
with the kids trying to survive a contagious illness. Plague is a good book
for readers who enjoy dystopian books.

Review submitted by Lizzy.

 

QuakeQuake by Patrick Carman
YA SF CARMAN, P.
It’s a very interesting book and I liked it because there’s a lot of action and the reader
never gets bored. If you like dystopian novels with psychic abilities, then this book is
for you. In fact, I recommend the entire series for you.

Review submitted by Emmanuel.

 

TwistedTwisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
This book is about a boy trying to get with the prettiest girl in the school but her dad is
the boss of his dad. Tyler’s dad becomes really mean from the pressure of his job.
I liked it because it was fast-paced and there was never a part I wanted to put the book down. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little romance and danger.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

the 5th Wave book coverThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
YA SF YANCEY, R.
The 5th Wave was such a good read, it was action filled and a very good read.

Review submitted by Steven.

 

false prince book coverThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.
The False Prince is about a kid who has to pretend to be a prince. I liked it because
it had action, humor, and other topics that I like. I would recommend it to kids aged
10-16 but most ages can read it.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

LeviathanLeviathan book cover by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.
Leviathan is a fiction book that is an alternate version of the War of 1812. I like the book because of the concepts of animals vs. machinery. I would recommend it to people who like history and sci-fi.

Review submitted by Pax.

 

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
YA DEEBS, T.
Tempest Rising is a story about a girl whose mother is a mermaid and eventually she turns into one herself. I like it because it was exciting and filled with exciting twists and turns. I would recommend it to people who like fantasy and adventure.

Review submitted by Alexandra.

 

Realistic Fiction for Teen Readers

Looking for a good read that deals with real world problems?  Check out this list below for some excellent realistic fiction novels for teen readers!

The Impossible Knife of Memorythe impossible knife of memory book cover by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

Eleanor and Park book coverEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Thirteen Reasons Why13 Reasons Why book cover by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen 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 recounting the events leading up to her death.

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

absolutelytruestoryThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

YA ALEXIE, S.

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

monsterMonster by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

okay for now book coverOkay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

AskPassengersAsk the Passengers by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

Imagining that she is sending love to passengers in airplanes flying overhead, Astrid Jones, a teen from a small town torn by gossip and narrow-mindedness, struggles with her family’s dysfunction and hides her love for another girl.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower book cover by Stephen Chbosky

YA CHBOSKY, S.

A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

HateListHate List by Jennifer Brown

YA BROWN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

TruthAbtForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

LoveLettersDeadLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

YA DELLAIRA, A.

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

WhatWeSawAtNightWhat We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

YA MITCHARD, J.

After glimpsing an older man in a room with a dead girl, sixteen-year-old Allie, who has a life-threatening allergy to sunlight, discovers she is the lone key to stopping a serial killer.

Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

YA REYNOLDS, J.

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Gripcurveball the year I lost my grip book cover by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

Swim the FlySwim the Fly book cover by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

Winger book coverWinger by Andrew Smith

YA SMITH, A.

Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

jkt_9780545334747.inddTake a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts high school in New York City, preparing for the senior recital and feeling the pressure to perform well and take the next step in their careers and their lives–whether they want to or not.

13 Little Blue Envelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes book cover by Maureen Johnson

YA JOHNSON, M.

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

 

Summer Book Talk Read-a-Likes!

Hearing some interesting book talks at your school?  Check out these read-a-likes for all the titles we are talking about this year. Chances are these hot books will all be checked out so you have even more options with these read-a-likes!

Fat Boy vs. the CheerleadersFat Boy vs the Cheerleaders book cover by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.

Au Revoir crazy European chick book coverfat kit rules the world book coverStupid Fast book cover

 

 

 

 

 

Read-a-Likes

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
YA SCHREIBER, J.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
YA GOING, K.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.

 

ConspiracyofUsThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
YA HALL, M.

SecretSocietyBookBloodShdadowchangeling

Read-a-Likes

Secret Society by Tom Dolby
YA DOLBY, T.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
YA WASSERMAN, R.

Changeling by Philippa Gregory
YA GREGORY, P.

 

the sound of letting go book coverThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
YA KEHOE, S.

LivvieOwenDJ rising book cover

Read-a-Likes

Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley
YA DOOLEY, S.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
YA SALES, L.

DJ Rising by Love Maia
YA MAIA, L.

 

Out of Nowhere by Maria PadianOut of Nowhere book cover
YA PADIAN, M.

Now is the Time for Running book coverthe good braider book coverkick book cover

Read-a-Likes

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
YA WILLIAMS, M.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish
YA FARISH, T.

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
YA MYERS, W.

 

KidneyHypotheticalThe Kidney Hypothetical, or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee
YA YEE, L.

curveball the year I lost my grip book coverpersonal effects book coverAfterEli

Read-a-Likes

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
YA SONNENBLICK, J.

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie
YA KOKIE, E.

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp
YA RUPP, R.

 

BlackDoveBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
YA WEIN, E.

Code Name Verity book coverCall Me By My Name book covera Summer of Kings book cover

Read-a-Likes

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
YA WEIN, E.

Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley
YA BRADLEY, J.

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan
YA NOLAN, H.

 

ZeroboxerZeroboxer by Fonda Lee
YA SF LEE, F.

WhyIFightSoulbound

Read-a-Likes

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
YA YOUNG, M.

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks
YA OAKS, J.

Soulbound by Heather Brewer
YA BREWER, H.

 

ChallengerDeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

NightIDisappearedMeMyselfIkeKingPygmies

Read-a-Likes

The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver
YA DEAVER, J.

Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman
YA DENMAN, K.

King of the Pygmies by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
YA FUQUA, S.

 

EndangeredEndangered by Lamar Giles
YA MY GILES, L.

Wish you were deadmorgue and me book coverPicturePerfect

Read-a-Likes

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford
YA MY FORD, J.

Picture Perfect by Elaine Marie Alphin
YA ALPHIN, E.

 

An Ember in Ashes by Sabaa TahirAn Ember in the Ashes book cover
YA TAHIR, S.

Throne of Glass book coverOrphanQueenfalse prince book cover

Read-a-Likes

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
YA MAAS, S.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
YA MEADOWS, J.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.

 

UndertowUndertow by Michael Buckley
YA BUCKLEY, M.

ViciousDeepTempestRisingTeam Human book cover

Read-a-Likes

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova
YA CORDOVA, Z.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
YA DEEBS, T.

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier
YA LARBALESTIER, J.

 

KillerEnemiesKiller of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
YA SF BRUCHAC, J.

enclaveEveryOtherDay

Read-a-Likes

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
YA MABERRY, J.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
YA AGUIRRE, A.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
YA BARNES, J.

 

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.

Insignia book coverfor the win book coverz book cover

Read-a-Likes

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
YA SF KINCAID, S.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow
YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

Z by Michael Thomas Ford
YA SF FORD, M.

 

ShelterShelter by Harlan Coben
YA MY COBEN, H.

BodyWoodsWhereverNinaLiesRealityCheck

Read-a-Likes

The Body in the Woods by April Henry
YA MY HENRY, A.

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
YA WEINGARTEN, L.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
YA ABRAHAMS, P.

 

FinisherFinisher by David Baldacci
YA BALDACCI, D.

SabrielRecklessHalfWorld

Read-a-Likes

Sabriel by Garth Nix
YA NIX, G.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke
YA FUNKE, C.

Half World by Hiromi Goto
YA GOTO, H.

 

WhiteSpaceWhite Space by Isla Bick
YA BICK, I.

the Secret Hour book coverthe Gathering Dark book coverdaughter of smoke and bone book cover

Read-a-Likes

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson
YA JOHNSON, C.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
YA TAYLOR, L.

 

The Falconerthe falconer book cover by Elizabeth May
YA MAY, E.

the clockwork scarab book covera great and terrible beauty book coverthe girl in the steel corset book cover

Read-a-Likes

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
YA MY GLEASON, C.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
YA BRAY, L.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
YA CROSS, K.

 

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
YA WESTERFELD, S.

Fangirl book coverOtherNormalsSerendiptyMarket

Read-a-Likes

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
YA VIZZINI, N.

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh
YA BLUBAUGH, P.

 

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
YA SF SHEPHERD, M.

This Dark Endeavor book coverOrigin book coverDr. Franklin's Island book cover

Read-a-Likes

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.

Origin by Jessica Khoury
YA KHOURY, J.

Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
YA SF HALAM, A.

 

WildflowerWildflower by Alicia Whitaker
YA WHITAKER, A.

SomebodyEverybodyopen road summer book coverRockStarSuperstar

Read-a-Likes

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee
YA SUPPLEE, S.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
YA LORD, E.

Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson
YA NELSON, B.

 

GoodSisterThe Good Sister by Jaime Kain
YA KAIN, J.

13 Reasons Why book coverPleaseIgnoreSummerLettingGo

Read-a-Likes

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
YA ASHER, J.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
YA KING, A.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner
YA POLISNER, G.

 

The Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheimthe Story of Owen book cover by E.K. Johnston
YA JOHNSTON, E.

SlayersThe Last Dragonslayer book coverFirstKill

Read-a-Likes

Slayers by C.J. Hill
YA HILL, C.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
YA FFORDE, J.

First Kill by Heather Brewer
YA BREWER, H.

 

DontTouchDon’t Touch by Rachel Wilson
YA WILSON, R.

say what you will book coverThe unlikely hero of room 13 B book coverWaitingForYou

Read-a-Likes

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten
YA TOTEN, T.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti
YA COLASANTI, S.

 

IllusionsFateIllusions of Fate by Keirsten White
YA WHITE, K.

EvernightLegacyDeadBeautiful

Read-a-Likes

Evernight by Claudia Gray
YA GRAY, C.

Legacy by Molly Cochran
YA COCHRAN, M.

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
YA WOON, Y.

 

I'll Give You the Sun book coverI’ll Give You the Sun by Allison Jandy
YA JANDY, A.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson book coverNo Parking at the End Times book coverBeatle Meets Destiny book cover

Read-a-Likes

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
YA GREEN, J.

No Parking At the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B.

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.

 

WhatsLeftWhat’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
YA SF ZHANG, K.

The Host book coverStartersSoulprint

Read-a-Likes

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.

Starters by Lissa Price
YA SF PRICE, L.

Soulprint by Megan Miranda
YA SF MIRANDA, M.

 

PreyThe Prey by Tom Isbell
YA ISBELL, T.

Ashes book coverPulsethe 5th Wave book cover

Read-a-Likes

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
YA BICK, I.

Pulse by Patrick Carman
YA SF CARMAN, P.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
YA SF YANCEY, R.