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2010's Best Teen Books

These books were favorites of teens in 2010, or are up for an award!


Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing
Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing

From her conservative upbringing in small town Texas to rock star legend, Joplin's short life is chronicled here via photographs and quotes from her relatives and friends.


Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement
Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement

The shocking story of the state of Mississippi's 1956 creation of The Sovereignty Commission, with the mission to spread propaganda. It morphed into a spy network, bent on destroying integration and the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Documents from the commission and photographs describe how white politicians organized and paid blacks to infiltrate organizations like the NAACP and more.


They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The birth of an American Terrorist Group
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The birth of an American Terrorist Group

Documents the history and origin of the Ku Klux Klan from its beginning in Pulaski, Tennessee, and provides personal accounts, congressional documents, diaries, and more.


Twelfth Grade Kills
Twelfth Grade Kills

The Council of Elders, having been informed that Tomas still lives, puts off Vlad's execution, providing Vlad the opportunity to try to set some things right.


Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what they will find.


Mockingjay
Mockingjay

Katniss is still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and it is up to her to accept responsibility for countless lives and to change the course of the future of Panem.


The Body Finder
The Body Finder

High school junior Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murder victims to try to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing her town. Although her best friend and would-be boyfriend promises to keep her safe, she soon becomes a target herself.


Holidaze
Holidaze

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, yet Jayd is just not feeling the love this year, what with dealing with the recent loss of her friend, Tre, and her nemesis Misty watching her every move. Will Jayd find the love she needs to make it through?


Incarceron
Incarceron

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.


Torment: A Fallen Novel
Torment: A Fallen Novel

It took Luce and her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts, immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.


Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates
Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates

By looking closely at four of the most significant hominins ever discovered, the authors explain how Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman have influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae.


Shiver
Shiver

In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.


Cracked Up to Be
Cracked Up to Be

High school senior Parker Fadley has quit the cheerleading squad, broken up with her popular boyfriend, and is in danger of not graduating with her class, but she refuses to tell anyone what has precipitated this sudden change in her attitude and behavior, insisting that she only wants to be left alone.