It’s almost Teen Read Week and OverDrive is stocked with plenty of dramatic, dystopian, and paranormal reads, including award winners. And of course, plenty of lighter teen titles as well, as not all teen fiction is dark. Here are a few of the highlights (and the darklights?):
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King – Vera and Charlie are best friends. When Charlie dies under suspicious circumstances, Vera must overcome his betrayal in order to clear his name in this edgy, smart, and witty dark comedy. Selected as a 2011 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book for literary excellence in young adult literature.
- Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher – Logan and Sage were hitting it off until Sage reveals that she is actually a boy and Logan lashes out. Once Logan comes to terms with the situation, the two attempt to pick up the pieces and form a friendship. Winner of the 2011 Stonewall Book Award for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.
- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok – Kimberley and her mother move from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, where living in poverty, Kimberley must lead two lives, one as an exceptional school girl during the day and then as a sweatshop worker at night. Winner of a 2011 Alex Award for a book written for adults that has a special appeal to teens.
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride – Sam was an average fast-food-working teenager until he met Douglas, a necromancer who is in it for the money. When Sam discovers that he too can raise the dead, he must decide if he and Douglas will join forces in this paranormal comedy. Named as a 2011 William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
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Karen Donovan is a collection development associate at OverDrive.