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Grand Canyon Reader Award - 2010 Recommendations for Teens

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Beastly

Beastly by Alex Flinn. A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form. Teen Fiction

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks

Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. This is the story of how Frankie goes from a geeky fourteen-year-old to criminal mastermind at age sixteen. Teen Fiction

Graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore. In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. Teen Fiction

Hero

Hero by Perry Moore.  Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust. Teen Fiction.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. Teen Fiction.

I Am Scout

I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields. This biography tells the story of how Harper Lee struggled to become an author and created one of the most popular novels of the 20th century. Youth Non Fiction 92 LEE, HARPER

Litttle Brother

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right. Teen Fiction

Me, The Missing and the Dead

Me, the Missing and the Dead byJenny Valentine.  When a series of chance events leaves him in possession of an urn with ashes, sixteen-year-old Londoner, Lucas Swain, becomes convinced that its occupant, Violet Park, is communicating with him, initiating a voyage of self-discovery that forces him to finally confront the events surrounding his father's sudden disappearance.  Teen Fiction

Mexican Whiteboy

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena. Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California. Teen Fiction

My Mother the Cheerleader

My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow. Thirteen-year-old Louise uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.

Nation

Nation by Terry Pratchett. After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives. Teen Fiction

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green.  One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. Teen Fiction

Sight

Sight by Adrienne Maria Vrettos. Fifteen-year-old Dylan uses her psychic abilities to help police solve crimes against children, but keeps her extracurricular activities secret from her friends at school. Teen Fiction

Sunrise Over Falujah

Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers.  Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him. Teen Fiction

Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. One man's campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia: to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban. Adult Non Fiction 371.822 M887t

Wintergirls

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.  Teen Fiction

World War Z

World War Z:An Oral History of the Zombie Warby Max Brooks.  A decade after the great Zombie epidemic, known as World War Z, Max Brooks goes on a mission collecting the stories and experiences of those who survived the great infestation that almost spelled the end of humanity. Teen Fiction

 
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