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Top 10 Best Books for Teens in 2009

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It's Complicated: The American Teenager

It's Complicated: The American Teenager

by Robin Bowman

Robin Bowman's five-year journey into the heart of teenage America created a series of 414 "collaborative portraits," wherein she shares her discoveries of a generation now coming of age. In searing and intimate photographs, presented alongside the young people's voices of passion, pride, embarrassment, lust, pain, bewilderment, anxiety, joy, uncertainty, and rage, the book charts the coming of age of the largest generation in America - 77 million strong - in every region of the country and every socioeconomic group: from a Texas debutante to teenage gang members in New York City, from a drag queen in Georgia to a coal miner in West Virginia.

Waiting for Normal

Waiting for Normal

by Leslie Conner

Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way. All or nothing never adds up to normal. All or nothing can't bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day. In spite of life's twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she'll find normal.

Mexican White Boy

Mexican White Boy

by Matt de la Pena

Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he's not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. But at his private school, they don't expect much else from him. Danny's half-Mexican brown and growing up in San Diego they've got him pegged - before they find out he can't speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes. Danny's convinced it's his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico and why he's spending the summer with his dad's family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.

Bog Child

Bog Child

by Siobhan Dowd

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she's been murdered.

As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him - his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck, blackmailed into acting as courier to God knows what - a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before...

Ten Cents a Dance

Ten Cents a Dance

by Christine Fletcher

With her mother ill, it's up to fifteen-year-old Ruby Jacinski to support her family. But in the 1940s, the only opportunities open to a Polish-American girl from Chicago's poor Yards is a job in one of the meat-packing plants.

Through a chance meeting with a local tough, Ruby lands a job as a taxi dancer - a girl paid ten cents to dance with any man - and soon becomes an expert in the art of "fishing" as she works her patrons for meals, clothes, even jewelry. Drawn ever deeper into the world of dance halls, jazz, and the mob, Ruby gradually realizes that the only one who can save her is herself.

Baby

Baby

by Joseph Monninger

Fifteen-year-old Baby's last chance at foster care is with the Potters. She likes them and takes naturally to racing their sled dogs. Still, she feels she should go back on the streets with her boyfriend, Bobby, if she cannot find the mother who has deserted her again.

Life with Bobby goes bad, and Baby has to make some hard decisions.

Nation

Nation

by Terry Pratchett

When a giant wave destroys his village, Mau is the only one left. Daphne - a traveler from the other side of the globe - is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Separated by language and customs, the two are united by catastrophe. Slowly, they are joined by other refugees. And as they struggle to protect the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.

Skim

Skim

by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

The time is the early 1990s, the setting a girls' academy in Toronto. Enter "Skim," aka Kimberly Keiko Cameron, a not-slim, would-be Wiccan goth. When her classmate Katie Matthews is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. It's a weird time to fall in love, but Skim does just that after secret meetings with her neo-hippie English teacher, Ms. Archer.

When Ms. Archer abruptly leaves the school, Skim has to cope with her confusion and isolation, as her best friend, Lisa, tries to pull her into "real" life by setting up a hilarious double date for the school's semi-formal. Skim finds an unexpected ally in Katie.

The Brothers Torres

The Brothers Torres

by Coert Voorhees

Frankie Towers has always looked up to his older brother, Steve. Steve is a popular senior who gets whatever he wants: girls, a soccer scholarship, and lately - street cred. When Frankie gets into a fistfight with a longtime nemesis of Steve's, Dalton, Steve takes Frankie under his wing. But after another incident with Dalton, Steve is bent on retaliating. Frankie starts to think that his brother is taking this respect thing too far. Soon he'll have to make a choice between respecting his brother and respecting himself.

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