If you need help in your quest to find your next good read you've come to the right place.
This page offers a compilation of the "staff favorites" that are posted regularly on the teen page. They are arranged by the date of recommendation and include links to the SPL catalog so you can easily locate the titles that look good to you.
Have you read Skate by Michael Harm
Skate takes place in Spokane and is about the troubles of a teenager named Ian. His mother has her own troubles and is never home, so Ian is left to take care of his little brother. It all becomes too much and eventually Ian gets into trouble at school. He decides to run away to find his father who left them when they were young. He has an address in Walla Walla and that's all he knows about his dad, but it's his only chance at a normal life. So he and Sammy skate out of town to Walla Walla. After a long and tiresome journey they finally make it to Walla Walla to find out that the address they have is the State Penitentiary. Does his father live there?
In the end Ian learns that he has to face his problems to make his life better. "Skating" away isn't going to work. He has to face his problems head-on.
Have you read A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt?
Simone's parents encourage her to get to know her biological mother who is losing a battle with cancer. Along the way, Simone learns about life, love, and, best of all, herself.
July 25, 2006
Have you read East by Edith Pattou?
Rose, a Norwegian girl, is compelled to rescue the enchanted white bear that she loves in this Nordic fantasy that was named an ALA Notable Book. This is a retelling of the classic tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon”. If you enjoy Robin McKinley and Gail Carson Levine, this one should be on your list!
December 6, 2005
Have you read Godless by Pete Hautman?
Winner of the National Book Award. Imagine worshiping a water tower? Fed up with his parents' boring religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god and recruits an unlikely group of worshipers. He soon realizes that inventing a religion is a lot easier than controlling it.
October 7, 2005
Have you read The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler?
Virginia Shreves is having a bad year. Her best friend just moved, her older siblings are not only slim but also brilliant, and to make matters worse, her mother is an adolescent psychologist with very definite ideas about who Virginia ought to be. Virginia’s world is shaken when her older brother is sent home from college after being accused of date rape. Maybe her perfect family is not quite so perfect after all.
September 14, 2005
Have you read Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan?
Kit is starting school at Blackwood, a very exclusive boarding school in an old mansion, while her mother and step-father take a long honey moon. She is very surprised to find that she is one of only four students. Her suspicions raise as she wonders why each of them was chosen as a student and what exactly the headmistress wants of them. Is the mansion haunted? Are her letters to her mother and friends being sent? Why does it seem like they are being cut off from the outside world? Find out with Kit what is Down a Dark Hall.
August 26, 2005
Have you read The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman?
Calvin Schwa is so incredibly nondescript he blends into the scenery and simply disappears. Anthony Bonano couldn't be more intrigued. The two boys become fast friends and concoct a money-making scheme based on Calvin's "gift." Trouble follows. The boys find themselves walking dogs to pay a debt and battling for the affections of a spirited blind girl. The duo also undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of Calvin's long lost mom. This inventive novel is a good choice if you feel the need to disappear for a while.
July 18, 2005
Have you read Sabriel by Garth Nix?
Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. Now her father, the Necromancer Abhorsen, is missing, and Sabriel must enter the Old Kingdom and cross over into death itself -- to find her father and confront her own hidden destiny.
The story continues in Lirael, Daughter of the Clayr and concludes with Abhorsen.
July 5, 2005
Have you read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares?
The movie is good -- but the book is even better!
And if you find you just can't get enough of Bridget, Lena, Carmen, Tibby and those magical jeans that seem to make things happen, the saga continues in The Second Summer of the Sisterhood and Girls in Pants Rosoff pens a novel of Daisy, a 15 year-old New Yorker, and how she lives after being shipped off to stay with relatives in rural England. Shortly after her arrival, terrorists invade and occupy the country. Daisy finds herself struggling first to survive and later to reunite with her cousin Edmond, whom she has come to love. The story is both funny and frightening, providing an intelligent yet sobering look at possibilities.
Winner of the 2005 Printz Award.
May 17, 2005
Have you read Airborn by Kenneth Oppell?
If you like a swashbuckling adventure here is a tale of airships, pirates, imaginary creatures, and an endearingly clever and resourceful cabin-boy. Oppell received a 2005 Printz Honor citation for this fantasy set in an alternative reality that is recognizable but not quite the world we live in.
Oppell is also the author of the Silverwing Trilogy:
Silverwing, Sunwing, and Firewing.
Have you read Prom by Laure Halse Anderson
The last thing on Ashley Hannigan's mind is the Senior Prom. She's got detentions to serve, a pregnant mother to help out, little brothers to look after, a part time job at Cheese-E-Cheese and a loser boyfriend she would really like to lose. But when the math teacher embezzles the prom funds and her best friend needshelp putting together a new prom plan on the cheap -- Ashley finds she can get pretty caught up in a school dance after