Best Books for Teens 2022

50 Books Found

  • All My Rage: A Novel

    Two Pakistani teens, Salahudin and Noor, persevere through loss, trauma, and Islamophobia in their tiny California desert town in this sweeping tale of love, family, and forgiveness that spans generations.

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  • And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems

    A collection of poetry that highlights events in the Civil Rights Movement while not shying away from the tragic reality of American history.

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  • As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow

    Caught in the crossfire of a revolution, aspiring pharmacist Salama must choose between the life of her sister-in-law and her love of country.

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  • Breathe and Count Back from Ten

    Being a mermaid is more than a myth for Verónica. It is the dream that helps her breathe through her hip dysplasia, navigate trauma, and come alive.

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  • Burn Down, Rise Up

    There's something in the subways of the Bronx. People are disappearing, and an urban legend is at the center of it all. When her mother falls victim to a mysterious illness tied to the disappearances, Raquel and her friends risk their lives to investigate.

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  • Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl

    Determined to get her boyfriend back, Monique joins with an unlikely pair to overcome her vaginismus.

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  • Crumbs

    Ray, a talented seer who dreams of being on the ruling council, falls in love with Laurie, a barista at an enchanted bakery who aspires to be a musician. Can they chase their dreams together even if that pushes them apart?

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  • Does My Body Offend You?: A Novel

    Ruby, a white aspiring activist, pushes Malena, a shy Puerto Rican girl, to fight back when their school dress code shames her for not wearing a bra.

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  • Every Variable of Us

    Alexis's basketball scholarship dreams are shot in a gang drive-by. But when she meets Aamani Chakrabarti and the new STEM team, she finds out that there is more than one way to reach her dreams.

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  • The Getaway

    Jay lives and works year-round at Karloff Country, a Disneyland-like resort where food and housing are guaranteed for staff. In this idyllic community, everything seems fine—until his friend's paranoid conspiracy theories start coming to life.

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  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

    In this Korean folktale–inspired read, Mina sacrifices herself to the Sea God to save her family and discovers a world of magic, deceit, and love.

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  • A Girl's Guide to Love and Magic

    When her aunt is possessed the morning of the annual West Indian Day Parade, it is up to Cecily and her friends to save the day. They embark on an epic scavenger hunt across Brooklyn that celebrates the colorful culture of the Caribbean.

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  • Glowing Bunnies!?: Why We're Making Hybrids, Chimeras, and Clones

    Genetic manipulation, cloning, selective breeding, resurrecting extinct species, and even mind controlling insects! This book explores not only how humans are doing this right now, but asks the often ignored question: why?

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  • Hell Followed with Us

    Trans teen Benji is on the run from the religious cult that raised him and caused the apocalypse. When Benji is saved by teens from the local LGBTQ+ youth center, he works with their leader Nick, an autistic boy with deadly aim, to fight back.

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  • The History of the Computer

    Computers have a long history that goes back thousands of years... oh, you didn't know that? The rich, diverse history of these society-defining devices is shown in this beautifully illustrated book that shines new light on the things we use every day. | Full title: The History of the Computer: People, Inventions, and Technology that Changed Our World

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  • The Honeys: A Novel

    Every year, Mars's twin sister, Caroline, attends Aspen Summer Academy, a prestigious camp buzzing with secrets. After Caroline's untimely death, Mars visits the academy and a twisted, horrifying mystery unravels.

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  • I Must Betray You

    Betray and be betrayed. In 1989 Romania, Cristian is forced to become an informer for the tyrannical dictatorship that rules the country with a vicious iron grip.

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  • I Rise

    Ayo has had enough of being an activist. But when the fight for injustice hits close to home, how much will she decide to sacrifice to stand up for what's right?

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  • The Last Session Vol. 1: Roll for Initiative

    Art by Dozerdraws | What happens when a bumbling newcomer joins the never-finished D&D campaign that brought this tight-knit friend group together all those years ago? A romping tale of adventure, magic, and the messiness of growing up—but not apart.

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  • The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School

    Yami is scared to come out after she falls for her ex-best friend. Now she's in Catholic school trying to look out for her little brother and all she can think is WWSGD, "What Would a Straight Girl Do?"

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  • The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

    Hoodie likes life in his Orthodox Jewish community. He studies scripture as much as he needs to and eats the best imported kosher Starbursts. That is, until his life is turned sideways by Anna-Marie, the shiksa daugher of his new town's mayor. Then the crimes begin.

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  • The Lost Dreamer

    In this ancient Mesoamerican fantasy, Indir, a dreamer, must fight to survive, while Saya, a seer, seeks the truth in her life.

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  • Love Radio

    Prince is the royalty of romance on the airwaves and Dani is an ambitious, reserved writer who is very skeptical of love. Prince has three chances to prove to Dani that romance can bloom when you least expect it.

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  • The Luminaries

    Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to be a part of the Luminaries, the same ancient order of nightmare hunters that shunned her family. When she sneaks into the hunter trials, she discovers dangers far more sinister than the monsters she grew up studying.

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  • M Is for Monster

    M didn't ask to be created, but here she is, literally born yesterday and pretending to be Frances's dead sister Maura while being haunted by Maura's ghost. Can M keep up this charade, or will she discover her true self?

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  • Man Made Monsters

    Illustrated by Jeff Edwards | Encounter monsters—human and not—in this haunting short-story anthology following the teens in one Cherokee family from 1839 to the near future.

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  • Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American

    Laura Gao paints a breathtaking visual love letter to her first home—Wuhan, China—as she discovers her own different layers.

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  • Mirror Girls

    Magnolia and Charlie were born twins, but the death of their parents left Magnolia being raised a white Southern heiress and Charlie a Black activist in Harlem. When they learn about each other, their ancestors speak to them through mirrors to demand they fix what's broken.

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  • Murder Among Friends

    In 1920s Chicago, two wealthy teens murdered a young boy from their neighborhood. Why did they do it, what led to their capture, and how has the criminal justice system changed and stayed the same in the century since their trial? | Full title: Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime

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  • Our Crooked Hearts: A Novel

    In this intergenerational story of crackling, raw witchcraft, Ivy slowly peels back the mysteries of her mother's youth to reveal startling discoveries about her own life.

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  • Queen of the Tiles

    T-R-E-A-S-O-N. A year after the mysterious death of her best friend, Najwa returns to the Scrabble tournament where she died. But someone doesn't want her to succeed, someone who will do anything to win. Maybe even commit regicide.

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  • Queer Ducks (and Other Animals)

    Illustrated by Jules Zuckerberg | This humorous and educational dive into diverse queer behavior in the animal world demonstrates that there is nothing unnatural about being queer. | Full title: Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality

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  • Respect the Mic

    Written by current and former members of a Chicagoland high-school spoken-word club, these poems run the gamut on the grittiness of the everyday. This stunning anthology will stop you in your tracks and leave you asking for your breath back. | Full title: Respect the Mic: Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School

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  • Run On Your New Legs, Vol. 1

    After a mysterious accident takes Kikuzato's leg, he's offered a new lease on his athletic life by an eccentric prosthetics maker. Will his new leg reignite his spark?

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  • Rust in the Root

    In this alternate history of the Great Depression, Laura is a mage trying to make a name for herself in NYC. When she is pulled into a dangerous mission, dark secrets about America's history are revealed that threaten the lives of Black mages everywhere.

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  • The Silence that Binds Us

    In the aftermath of her brother's suicide, Maybelline Chen's family is shattered. But when racist accusations are lobbed at her parents for putting too much "pressure" on him, May has to decide: keep her head down or speak out?

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  • So This Is Ever After

    So, you've fulfilled the prophecy and defeated the Vile One... now what? Accidentally tie yourself to a throne you are incredibly ill-prepared for, complete with a magically backed marry-or-die curse! Can your best friend/crush help with that?

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  • Squire

    Being a Squire is Aiza's dream: she not only gains citizenship but the opportunity for adventure, fame, and glory. Her dream comes true at a cost. Aiza must hide her Ornu background and give up her past to be accepted by her peers. Can she be true to her heart and to the empire?

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  • Summer's Edge

    Six friends spent every summer together at the lake house—until it burned to the ground with one of them inside. Now, one year later, the remaining five return and strange events lead to the chilling realization that last year's tragedy was not an accident.

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  • The Sunbearer Trials

    The Sunbearer Trials decide who will give their life to save the world. Jade semidioses are supposed to be safe from competing, but when two are chosen, Teo must find a way to keep them both alive.

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  • Survive the Dome

    An aspiring journalist, an activist, and an AWOL recruit come together to battle the newest scientific experiment of police brutality: the Dome.

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  • TJ Powar Has Something to Prove

    Body hair: it is completely natural and Tejindar Powar is tired of pretending otherwise.

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  • Unequal: A Story of America

    Unequal recounts the stories of both the known and unsung civil rights heroes of today and yesterday, and explores ways to make change through the power of history.

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  • Unretouchable

    In a world dominated by influencers and impossible beauty standards, Olive's internship makes her question her morals and the authenticity of everything around her.

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  • Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice

    At the 1968 Olympics, gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their hands on the podium in the Black Power salute. Why was this so controversial? What festering injustices brought them to this moment, and what was the cost to their future?

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  • Wandance, Vol. 1

    Kabu has always flown under the radar because of his stutter... but when he sees carefree classmate Wanda dance, he's inspired to try this new way to express himself. Together, who knows how high they'll fly.

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  • The Weight of Blood

    It all started with the rain. When Maddy is revealed to be biracial, her school becomes notorious for a string of racist incidents leading the school to host their first, yet ill-fated, integrated prom. What happened that night? All anyone can agree on is that Maddy did it.

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  • What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise

    What is a "fact"? Is TikTok a reliable source? How do you win that argument with your uncle about if the moon landing was real? Do you really know what you think you do? Discover all the answers in this fascinating guide.

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  • When the Angels Left the Old Country

    A whimsical read full of Yiddish folklore, gender exploration, and heartfelt tales of immigration, family, and love. This world welcomes you into all of its busy streets and quiet corners.

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  • Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend

    Art by Jacquelin de Leon | Zatanna Starr is not your average NYC teen. She lives in Coney Island's Luna Park, with a giant pet bunny and a world-famous magician for a dad. But after a magic show goes wrong, she gets entangled in a dangerous rivalry.

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