Last year we had "Teen Read Week".... this year we have TEENtober! TEENtober is a new-in-2019 nationwide celebration hosted by libraries across the country every October to celebrate teens and teen library services.
To support our local teens and share our passion for teen literature, we're bringing back our BOOKCHATS - staff recommendations of their favorite teen reads. Read on for some great ideas of what to read next!
"This TeenTober I am recommending "Thunderhead," the sequel to Neal Shusterman's “Scythe.” “Thunderhead” follows Scythe Anastasia, formerly known as Citra, fighting against a growing wave of scythes who delight in gleaning (permanent killing). This is done because in a future in which this story takes place, sickness and death can be prevented or even reversed with science and permanent death is determined by scythes. Meanwhile, her former co-apprentice Rowan has begun masquerading as Scythe Lucifer and is gleaning corrupt scythes while on the run from authorities. This novel is a must-read for fans of the first novel or anyone looking for action-packed science fiction."
~recommended by Teen Services Librarian Stuart W., from Guerneville Regional Library
"Best friends Ava and Gen are in for the hardest long-distance relationship of their life when they start college on opposite coasts. Through texts and emails, they share a semester of controversial journalism, broken hearts, and sorority dinners, with (sometimes brutal) honesty. Exploring the complexities of mental illness, sexuality, and female friendship, I Hate Everyone But You is semi-autobiographical, told by real-life best friends and comedy duo Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn."
~recommended by Children's Services Librarian Gigi G., from Petaluma Regional Library
"Calling all young adult activists... and also, everyone who cares about other humans. "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi, is an essential book for anyone interested in working towards a just and equitable society. No matter who you are or what you believe, this book will challenge your views on race. Check it out."
~recommended by Teen Services Librarian Rosalie A., from Sebastopol Regional Library
"Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian is set in New York City in 1989 at the height of the AIDS crisis. The main characters Reza, Art, and Judy navigate friendship, love, fear, death, racism, and Madonna during a critical point in LGBTQ history and activism. This book has so much heart it's nearly unbearable, but in the best way.
Amazing. Loved it. Cried. Loved it some more."
~recommended by Teen Services Librarian Terra E., from Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
It's Sci-fi meets fairy tales in this first book of the Lunar Quartet. Filled with action, dystopian twists on classic fairy tales, daring heroines and a touch of romance, you won't be able to put this book down. Beside the 4 books in the quartet, there are also two short story volumes and two graphic novels in this universe.
~recommended by Library Associate Shannon B., from Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
A retelling of The Jungle Book, Nobody Owens is an orphan child raised by ghosts and other supernatural beings. Living in the graveyard protects him from the man who killed his family, but Bod is lonely and wants more from life.
~recommended by Librarian Karen B., from Petaluma Regional Library
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow & Bone is one of my favorite YA Fantasy books! This is the first book that takes place in the Grishaverse, and it is the perfect escapist read. A Russian inspired dark fantasy, this book has it all: an engaging plot, interesting characters, robust world building, MAGIC!, romance, and some major twists and turns. Soon to be a series on Netflix!
~recommended by Librarian Melissa C., from Northwest Santa Rosa Regional Library