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Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Alfred Kropp: The Thirteenth Skull (Alfred Kropp series, Book 3) by Rick Yancey

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl series, Book 7) by Eoin Colfer

Ash Princess (Ash Princess series, Book 1) by Laura Sebastian

The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice series, Book 4) by John Flanagan

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Book 4) by Rick Riordan

Crocodile Tears (Alex Rider series, Book 8) by Anthony Horowitz

A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

Divine Madness (Cherub series, Book 5) by Robert Muchamore

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger's Apprentice series, Book 10) by John Flanagan

Erak's Ransom (Ranger's Apprentice series, Book 7) by John Flanagan

Halt's Peril (Ranger's Apprentice series, Book 9) by John Flanagan

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Hero by Mike Lupica

The Icebound Land (Ranger's Apprentice series, Book 3) by John Flanagan

I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld

The Iron Trial (Magisterium series, Book 1) by Holly Black

The Kings of Clonmel (Ranger's Apprentice Series, Book 8) by John Flanagan

Masterminds (Masterminds, Book 1) by Gordon Korman

My Friend the Enemy by Dan Smith

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz (Book 9 in the Alex Rider series)

The Siege of Macindaw (Ranger's Apprentice series, Book 6) by John Flanagan

Snakehead (Alex Rider series, Book 7) by Anthony Horowitz

The Sorcerer of the North (Ranger's Apprentice series, Book 5) by John Flanagan

Storm Runners by Roland Smith

The Sword by Da Chen

The Testing (Testing series, Book 1) by Joelle Charbonneau

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Trash by Andy Mulligan

True Talents (sequel to Hidden Talents) by David Lubar

Uncommon Criminals (sequel to Heist Society) by Ally Carter

The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford


Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl series, Book 7) by Eoin Colfer

Backtracked by Pedro de Alcantara

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Book 4) by Rick Riordan

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

The Book of Dreams by O. R. Melling

The Burning Bridge (Ranger's Apprentice series, Book 2) by John Flanagan

Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Dormia by Jake Halpern

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

Fire (prequel to Graceling) by Kristin Cashore

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials series, Book 1) by Philip Pullman

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Inheritance (Eragon series, Book 4) by Christopher Paolini

Into the Wild by Sara Beth Durst

The Islands of the Blessed (third in the Sea of Trolls trilogy) by Nancy Farmer

Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow by Ridley Pearson

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom series, Book 5) by Garth Nix

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2) by C.S. Lewis

Matched by Ally Condie

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by Siobhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay

Nightbooks by J,A. White

No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Brett Helquist

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

Sapphique (sequel to Incarceron) by Catherine Fisher

Starclimber (Airborn series, Book 3) by Kenneth Oppel

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Book 3) by Rick Riordan

The Traitor’s Game (Traitor’s Game series, Book 1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Wind Singer by William Nicholson

Wish by Alexandra Bullen


Graphic Novels

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Illegal by Eoin Colfer

Laika by Nick Abadzis

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Historical Fiction


90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

A Faraway Island by Annika Thor

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Annexed by Sharon Dogar

Auslander by Paul Dowswell

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua

Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

The Desperado Who Stole Baseball by John H. Ritter

The Extra by Kathryn Lasky

The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman

Fire From the Rock by Sharon Draper

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham

Leonardo's Shadow by Christopher Grey

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Skrypuch

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Elizabeth Miller

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Odette’s Secret by Maryann MacDonald

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garciaå

The Other Half of Life by Kim Ablon Whitney

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango

Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells

Refugees by Alan Gratz

Riot by Walter Dean Myers

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Saving Zasha by Randi G. Barrow

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Smile by Donna Jo Napolia

A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg

The War Outside by Monica Hesse

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix


Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Half-Minute Horrors edited by Susan Rich

Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by Siobhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay

Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry

Thriller edited by Jon Scieszka


A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger (sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda)

The Desperado Who Stole Baseball by John H. Ritter

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

Goblins! An UnderEarth Adventure by Royce Buckingham

Heck: Where The Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

I Totally Funniest by James Patterson

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

The Million Dollar Putt by Dan Gutman

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen

Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

Ungifted by Gordon Korman


All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

The Calder Game by Blue Balliett

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer

Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein

Diamonds in the Shadows by Caroline B. Cooney

The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant series, Book 3) by Derek Landy

The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz

Framed (Framed novel, Book 1) by James Ponti

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Into the Dark: an Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams

The Man With the Red Bag by Eve Bunting

Masterpiece by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

My Father's Son by Terri Fields

Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein

They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney

Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney

Traitor's Gate by Avi

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Uncommon Criminals (sequel to Heist Society) by Ally Carter

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

Non Fiction

Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner

The Black Book of Colors by Menena Cottin and Rosana Faria

Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" by Michael O. Tunnell

Cleopatra Rules! The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Alvear Shecter

Colo's Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla by Nancy Roe Pimm

The Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul Janeczko

Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford by Don Mitchell

Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley

Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed by Sally M. Walker

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple

Iceberg, Right Ahead! The Tragedy of the Titanic by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

If Stones Could Speak: Unlocking the Secrets of Stonehenge by Marc Aronson

I'll Pass For Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Anita Silvey

It’s Trevor Noah by Trevor Noah

Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery, photos by Nic Bishop

Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman

Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided With the British During the American Revolution by Margaret Whitman Blair

Marching to the Mountaintop by Ann Bausam

The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin

Oil Spill! Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico by Elaine Landau

The Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story by Peter Lane Taylor with Christos Nichola

Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering by Martin W. Sandler

Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network That Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Superman Vs. The Ku Klux Klan by Rick Bowers

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 On the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman

Truce by Jim Murphy

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland

Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman

Poetry / Novels in Verse

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Caminar by Skila Brown

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in Poems by Mel Glenn

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words by Margarita Engle

Odette’s Secret by Maryann MacDonald

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

Pieces of Georgia by Jennifer Bryant

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Serendipity & Me by Judith L. Roth

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

Realistic Fiction

The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Carlos is Gonna Get It by Kevin Emerson

Chicks With Sticks (It's a Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Compound by S.A. Bodeen

The Cruisers by Walter Dean Myers

Crunch (ebook) by Leslie Connor

Deadline (ebook) by Chris Crutcher

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis

Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem

Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret

Fallout by Todd Strasser

Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi

Life, After by Sarah Littman

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

The Melting of Maggie Bean by Tricia Rayburn

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm

Nature Girl by Jane Kelley

Notes From the Dog by Gary Paulsen

Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

Now Is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

One-Handed Catch by MJ Auch

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Schooled by Gordon Korman

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Slob by Ellen Potter

Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli

Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff

Twisted (ebook & book) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiana

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What I Believe by Norma Fox Mazer

Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy


Accidental Love by Gary Soto

Crush by Gary Paulsen

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin

Eclipse (Twilight series, Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas

Science Fiction

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

Behemoth (Sequel to Leviathan) by Scott Westerfeld

Bunker 10 by J.A. Henderson

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games series, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer

The Dark Planet (Atherton series, Book 3) by Patrick Carman

The Dead and the Gone (companion book to Life As We Knew It) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Epic by Conor Kostick

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs

House of Power (Atherton series, Book 1) by Patrick Carman

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Legend by Marie Lu

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Lockdown (Escape From Furnace series, Book 1) by Alexander Gordon Smith

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Max (Maximum Ride series, Book 5) by James Patterson

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games series, Book 3) by Suzanne Collins

Rivers of Fire (Atherton series, Book 2) by Patrick Carman

The Scorch Trials (sequel to The Maze Runner) by James Dashner

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Six by Mark Alpert

Starters by Lissa Price

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Zenith by Julie Bertagna

Short Stories

Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories That Cover All the Bases by Nancy E. Mercado

Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde

Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival by Marcel Prins

Lay-ups and Long Shots an Anthology of Short Stories (ebook) by Joseph Bruchac

Paintings From the Cave by Gary Paulsen

Sports Shorts: An Anthology of Short Stories by Joseph Bruchac

Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

True Stories Introduction by Jon Scieszka


The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

Boost by Kathy Mackel

The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings by Alan Gratz

Crackback by John Coy

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane

Home Run by Tim Green

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp

Lost Boy (eBook) by Tim Green

The Last Man Out by Mike Lupica

New Kid by Tim Green

Nikki on the Line by Barbara Carroll Roberts

One-Handed Catch by MJ Auch

Perfect Season by Tim Green

Pop by Gordon Korman

The Prodigy by John Feinstein

Rivals by Tim Green

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Rush For the Gold by John Feinstein

Soar by Joan Bauer

The Sports Pages edited by Jon Scieszka

The Underdogs by Mike Lupica


Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

Search and Destroy by Dean Hughes

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Soldier Dog by Sam Angus

A Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers

Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The White Rose by Kip Wilson

Perrot Library Young Critics Club Favorites

Mrs. Chew's Favorites

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Refugees by Alan Gratz

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Legend (series) by Marie Lu

Eragon (series) by Christopher Paolini

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

Divergent (series) by Veronica Roth

The Berlin Boxing Club by Rob Sharenow

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld 

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott