Auckland Libraries: Top 10 for teens

Top 10 for teens

​The top 10 books for teens, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

Burn

Patrick Ness

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On a cold evening in 1957, Sarah waits with her father at the local petrol station for the dragon he's hired to help on the farm. Sarah is curious about this dragon, an animal who supposedly doesn't have a soul but is intent on keeping her safe.

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You should see me in a crown

Leah Johnson

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Liz has always tried to avoid the spotlight in her small, rich high school. Her family is black and poor and she concentrates on her studies, hoping to win a university scholarship. Everything changes when she gets plunged into a social media drama.

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The left-handed booksellers of London

Garth Nix

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Eighteen-year-old Susan Arkshaw arrives in London in search of her father, and soon meets the very attractive Merlin, a member of a secret society of booksellers with magical powers. Is Susan's father a bookseller, or something more mysterious?

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Aspiring

Damien Wilkins

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Fifteen-year-old Ricky lives in Aspiring, a town that's growing rapidly. Ricky's growing stronger and taller every day. But he's stuck in a loop: student, basketballer, and son, burdened by his family's sadness. How can he make sense of everything?

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One of us is next

Karen M. McManus

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Welcome back to Bayview High. Someone has started playing a lethal game of Truth or Dare. The truth may reveal your secrets, the dare could be dangerous, even deadly. The Bayview teens must work together to find the culprit, before it's too late.

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How It All Blew Up

Arvin Ahmadi

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Amir is a closeted 18-year-old who is being blackmailed for thousands of dollars by a bully in his school who's threatening to out him to his parents. When the bully threatens to do the deed during their prizegiving, Amir flees, heading for Rome.

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All the stars and teeth

Adalyn Grace

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As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer-the master of souls. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy's dangerous soul magic.

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Punching the air

Ibi Aanu Zoboi

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A novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. Amal is an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated. Then one night, an altercation turns into tragedy for all involved.

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This book is anti-racist

Tiffany Jewell

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This book is for young people who don't know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. It will give them the language and ability to understand racism, and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone because racism is everywhere.

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