For Teen Boys:
- Runner by Carl Deuker...Boys really like this story which is set in Seattle. It has the character teetering on the edge between good and bad. Good wins.
- Swim the Fly by Don Calame...just about the funniest book I've ever read. Naked ladies, farts, burps, silly stuff.
- Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach...fun, spots stuff, yet a serious storyline, too.
- I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak...older teen males really like this book where a slacker guy makes good.
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner...kids who love the dystopian genre, this is the book I recommend after Hunger Games.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams...only for the students who enjoy quirky books. Some kids aren't ready for the type of humor in this book.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline...I would recommend this book more but it is always checked out.
For Teen Girls:
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green...I have yet to meet a girl who doesn't like this book.
- Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson...this book really speaks to older teen girls who are ready to leave the nest.
- The Sky is Everywhere by Mandy Nelson...girls love this touching story of grief and young love.
- Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater...actually anything by this author. I am a huge fan.
- The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting...this book is set in a near-by community. Girls who like the paranormal genre really like this whole series.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins...French culture and romance. Ah!
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers...assassin nuns. Need I say more?
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman...fantasy, dragons, half-dragons, music, adventure.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth...dystopian adventure
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews...even though there is a dying girl in the book there is lots to like and laugh about. Boys appreciate the varied writing styles used in the text. Girls sigh about the way things turn out.
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins...It is still so popular.
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore...I wasn't going to add this book because it has been out for so long, but just today a boy stopped by the circulation counter to rave about this book.