For Young Adults

New Young Adult Books

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Best Fiction for 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking): Hayley’s life is finally settled in one place — except with dad’s PTSD, life is nothing close to being “settled.”

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott (Harlequin Teen): Emma’s mom is dead but being kept alive for the sake of her baby. Emma’s grieving, angry at her stepfather, and then she meets a boy.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Balzer + Bray): A new twist on the classic Beauty & The Beast.

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy (Arthur A. Levine): When Danny, a soldier, accidentally shoots off his gun at a protest, he and his fellow combat men are wanted by the president.

Defy by Sara B. Larson (Scholastic): To serve in the king’s army, Alex must disguise herself as a boy. Then she’s taken captive.

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore (Point): Pitched as Downton Abbey for teens.

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher (Chicken House): Emily’s PTSD-suffering dad is accused of killing Ashlee. But she knows he’s innocent. Can she clear his name and find the truth?

 

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Fun & Useful Websites

Schmoop

Learn about literature, economics, civics, digital literacy, U.S. history, and the other key school subjects. Biology, pre-algebra and algebra, Shakespeare, and poetry.

Teen Ink

This is a magazine by teens for teens.  You can write stories, share work, and rate the work of others.  They can use the free resources online.

Habitat for Humanity International

This is probably one of the best known volunteer agencies around.  But their youth programming is stellar, and teens can really stand out by becoming youth leaders.  Their program “Youth United” provides leadership opportunities for kids age 5-25.  Kids can start their own local chapter and host events to raise money and awareness about global housing conditions.

ScenariosUSA

This website for teenagers encourages teens to create and post films that deal with social issues.  The films are pretty impressive, too.  Topics include a full range of hot topics including drugs abuse, teenage pregnancy, and STDs.

Budding Writers Network

Share their writing and get critiques from other teen writers.  While the site is just a discussion board, the activity rate is high and teens seem to be sharing some pretty neat stuff.  Teens offer encouragement to one another, and drafts can be resubmitted for review.

Channel One News

ChannelOne.com is by far the most comprehensive and informative site for teens. Not only does it keep them up with the latest world news, Channel One offers homework help, fun quizzes, music videos and movie reviews.

Cyberteens

Find community, games, news and shopping. There is a link called “creativity” where teens can share their poems, stories, photos and artwork.

Teen Stars Online

For Hollywood gossip and news featuring teen stars, this site has everything.

TeensHealth

Covers anything health related that has to do with teens. It approaches teen health in a non clinical way incorporating physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Fun Sites Shopping Mall

Teenagers love to shop and Fun Sites has it all. Though not brick and mortar, this site has all the great stores that are in your favorite mall.

 

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