Westchester’s Choice – 2009

Our Favorite Books for Teens

Westchester’s Choice 2009 : FICTION

Unraveling.  Baldini, Michelle and Lynn Bierderman.
When Amanda faces major life changes, she thinks her controlling mother is the last person who will ever understand.

Kendra.  Booth, Coe.
High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mom who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother.

Crazy Diamond.  Chotjewitz, David.
Chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of a young pop music star in Germany and the relationships she builds and destroys along the way.

Mexican WhiteBoy. De La Pena, Matt. 
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amid the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white during a summer with his cousin and new friends in Southern California.

The Big Splash.  Ferraiolo, Jack.

Matt’s knack for solving crimes is challenged when he uncovers a mystery while working a mafia-like syndicate run by seventh-grader Vincent “Mr. Biggs” Biggio.

Paper Towns.  Green, John.
Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

Forever Changes.  Halpin, Brendan.
Encouraged  to apply to colleges, Brianna Pelletier, a  gifted high school senior with cystic fibrosis, dwells instead the unfairness of life.

Last Exit to Normal. Harmon, Michael.

Forced to move to a small Montana town to live with his father and his father’s boyfriend, Ben is angry and resentful about the changed circumstances of his life.

Suite Scarlett. Johnson, Maureen. 
Scarlett is working for the summer at her quirky family’s historic hotel when she takes on an intriguing and challenging writing project.

My Most Excellent Year : A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and FenwayPark. Kluger, Steve.
Three Boston teens experience a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own.

Headlong. Koja, Kathe.
High school sophomore Lily opens herself to new possibilities when she becomes friends with “ghetto girl” Hazel.

Swindle.  Korman, Gordon.
Griffen Bing plots with his friends to steal back a million dollar baseball card that he sold for almost nothing.

Venomous. Krovatin, Christopher.
Since age eight, Locke has experienced bouts of overpowering anger that now threaten to destroy his new relationships.

Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.  Lockhart, E. The
From competitive student to possible criminal mastermind, Francie’s freshman year of boarding school is unlike any other.

Jellicoe Road.  Marchetta, Melina.
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high schooler Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and her past.

Cures for Heartbreak.  Rabb, Margo.
During her freshman year of new friends and love, Mia must deal with her mother’s recent death and her father’s illness.

How to Build a House. Reinhardt, Dana.
Harper Evans hopes to escape the effects of her parent’s divorce by volunteering in a small Tennessee town devastated by a tornado.

Black Box. Schumacher, Julie.
When her sister is hospitalized for depression and her parents want to keep it a secret, Elena struggles with her own anxiety and feelings.

Hot Scots, Castles, and Kilts. Swoish, Tammy.
In Scotland for a month, Sami and her mom fix up an old farm as a tourist destination and uncover stories of ghosts and ancient feuds.

Westchester’s Choice 2009 : Future Fiction & Fantasy

Life Sucks. Abel, Jessica, and Gabriel Soria (illus by Warren Pleece). 
Dave’s in love with a girl who doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he can’t go out in daylight without starting to charbroil.

Rogue’s Home.  Bell, Hilari.

Michael, an anachronistic knight errant, and his street-wise squire Fisk, investigate a series of suspicious fires and a case of blackmail.

The Good Neighbors, Book One : Kin. Black, Holly
Rue, 16, believes she is going crazy until she learns her strange visions are real, and that she is part of the faerie world.

Graceling. Cashore, Kristin.
In a world where some are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles with her own horrifying Grace of killing.

The Hunger Games. Collins, Suzanne.
Teens from each of 13 districts are chosen to fight to the death in the ultimate reality show of the future.

Lamplighter (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 2). Cornish, D.M.
As Rosamund starts his life as a lamplighter on the Wormway, he continues his fight against monsters, making friends and enemies along the way.

Little Brother. Doctorow, Cory.
A group of friends are caught by the Department of Homeland Security after a terrorist attack; upon their release they fight to expose the truth.

The Graveyard Book. Gaiman, Neil.
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other residents of the graveyard.

Golden Cord  (The Iron Dragon Trilogy Book 1). Genesse, Paul.
Drake Bloodstone must choose between protecting his own people and a perilous quest against the dragons.

Gone. Grant, Michael.
When everyone older than fourteen suddenly disappears from a small coastal town, conflicts arise between those who remain.

Runemarks. Harris, Joanne.
Maddy Smith, bearing the mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns her destiny is to join the Norse gods and play a role in the fate of the world.

Night Road. Jenkins, A. M.
Cole, an extraordinarily conscientious vampire, and Sandor, his impulsive acquaintance, try to train a young man who recently joined their ranks.

Tender Morsels. Lanagan, Margo.

A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted refuge from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in an alternate reality.

Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2). Landy, Derek.
When the evil Baron Vengeous escapes from prison, Skulduggery has just two days to recapture him before the Faceless Ones are summoned.

Pretty Monsters : Stories. Link, Kelly.
Short stories of magic, fate and whimsy.

Lonely Werewolf Girl. Millar, Martin.

Kalix MacRinnalch is a mess but also happens to be the most powerful werewolf in her clan and the key to deciding its future.

Princess Ben. Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.
A graceless girl is transformed into Crown Princess Benevolence just as her country faces war with Drachensbett – and its dragon.

Madapple. Meldrum, Christina.
Raised in isolation, Madapple is thrown into a twisted web of family secrets and religious fundamentalism when her mother dies.

The Glass Word (The Dark Reflections Trilogy). Meyer, Kai.
There is something very wrong in Egypt – it is freezing cold, and everything is covered in snow as Winter looks for his lost love, Summer.

Outcast (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #4). Paver, Michelle.
Cast out of the Raven clan, Torak journeys to Lake Axehead, where he is hunted by the hidden people and must battle an ancient evil.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Pearson, Mary.
When science has made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, Jenna, recovering from a serious accident, learns a startling secret about her life.

Streams of Babel. Plum-Uccu, Carol.
After a bioterrorist attack, four friends are infected with a mysterious disease and two others assist the Intelligence Coalition in tracking the perpetrators.

Nation. Pratchett, Terry.
After a devastating tsunami, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

The Magician(Book Two: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel). Scott, Michael.
Sophie and Josh continue their magical training in Paris with Nicholas Flamel, Scatty, and the Comte de Sant Germaine, pursued by Doctor Dee and the immortal Niccolo Machiavelli.

Lily Dale: Believing. Staub, Wendy Corsi.
After realizing that she shares her grandmother’s psychic abilities, Calla decides to remain in Lily Dale, the spiritualist community where her mother grew up, even though her visions seem to be leading her toward danger.

Deadly Little Secret. Stolarz, Laurie Faria.
Camelia is inexplicably drawn to suspected stalker Ben, whose last girlfriend was murdered.

Westchester’s Choice 2009 : Historical Fiction

.  Anderson, Laurie Halse.

Sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels and longs for freedom during the Revolutionary War.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor To The Nation, Vol II : The Kingdom on the Waves. Anderson, M.T.
Runaway slave Octavian joins the British “Ethiopian Regiment,” believing he will earn his freedom if he fights against the colonists.

What I Saw and How I Lied. Blundell, Judy.
When Evie’s father returns from the war her family is caught in a complicated and devastating web of lies that will changer her life.

Debbie Harry Sings in French.  Brothers, Meagan.
When he finishes rehab, Johnny goes to live with family in North Carolina, and gains a better understanding of his family and himself.

Crossing to Paradise.  Crossley-Holland, Kevin.
When Gatty, an illiterate field-girl who sings beautifully, is selected for a pilgrimage, her journey to Jerusalem changes her life.

Bog Child. Dowd, Siobhan.
In 1981, during the strife in Northren Ireland, Fergus dreams of a murdered girl whose centuries-old body he discovered in a bog.

Ten Cents a Dance.  Fletcher, Christine.
While trying to stay true to herself, Ruby works as a dance hall girl to keep her family out of poverty.

Newes from the Dead.  Hooper, Mary.
In 1650, Anne Green was hanged for murder and was lying on the dissection table when she awoke!  Based on a true story.

The Dragonfly Pool.  Ibbotson, Eva.
When Karil’s father is assassinated, it is up to Tally and her friends to help Karil escape the Nazis and his bleak future.

Babylonne.  Jinks, Catherine.
In violent thirteenth-century Languedoc, Babylonne disguises herself as a boy and flees her home with a family friend she cannot trust.
Westchester’s Choice 2009 : Non-Fiction

Planets, Stars and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe.  Aguliar, David.
Are we alone? How will the universe end?  Everything you need to know about what’s out there (and beyond!).

War Is… : Soldiers, Survivors and Storytellers Talk About War.  Aronson, Marc and Patty Campbell.
Is war inevitable among humans or is it possible to live without the horror and brutality of armed conflict?

What the World Eats.  D’Aluisio, Faith.

Portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries  surrounded by a week’s worth of food.

The Bible Illuminated: The Book. Forlaget Illuminated Sweden.
A provocative illumination of the New Testament.

The United States Constitution:  A Graphic Adaptation. Hennessey, Jonathan, (illus. by Aaron McConnell)
A comprehensive and coherent exploration of the U.S. Constitution in graphic novel format.

The Freedom Business: Including A Narrative of the Life & Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa.  Nelson, Marilyn.
Poems and illustrations accompany the original narrative of Venture Smith telling of his capture in Africa and his enslavement in the U.S.

Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan.  Steinberger, Aimee Major.
A six-foot-tall cos-playing fangirl visits Japan, land of everything she loves.

Becoming Billie Holiday. Weatherford, Carole Boston.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in memoir written in verse.

Selected by the Teen Librarians of Westchester

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