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Teen Classics

Teens Classics 
Written for teen readers, these classic books have real staying power.

(List from Hennepin County Library)

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Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson; L. Anderson
Call Number: Teen FIC AND
ISBN: 0374371520
Publication Date: 1999-10-22
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

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Feed - M. T. Anderson
Call Number: Science FIC AND
ISBN: 0763617261
Publication Date: 2002-09-23
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

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Tithe - Holly Black
Call Number: Teen FIC BLA
ISBN: 0689849249
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Call Number: YA FIC CHO
ISBN: 0671027344
Publication Date: 1999-02-01
Written in the form of letters to an anonymous Dear Friend, shy and introspective Charlie, a high school freshman, documents his day-to-day thoughts and feelings of some of the many struggles faced in high school.

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The Dark Is Rising - Susan Cooper; Alan Cober (Illustrator)
Call Number: Fantasy FIC COO
ISBN: 0689710879
Publication Date: 1986-11-30
Will Stanton discovers the role he must play in the struggle to overcome the powers of the Dark.

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Tenderness - Robert Cormier
Call Number: Mystery FIC COR
ISBN: 0385322860
Publication Date: 1997-03-10
A psychological thriller told from the points of view of a teenage serial killer and the runaway girl who falls in love with him.

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Annie on My Mind - Nancy Garden
Call Number: YA FIC GAR
ISBN: 0374404143
Publication Date: 1992-09-01
Liza tries to put aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at Foster Academy, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of others.

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The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
Call Number: YA FIC HIN
ISBN: 014240733X
Publication Date: 2006-04-20
Ponyboy and his brothers struggle to find their place in a difficult world after the deaths of their parents.

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The First Part Last - Angela Johnson
Call Number: Teen FIC JOH
ISBN: 0689849222
Publication Date: 2003-06-01
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

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Blood and Chocolate - Annette Curtis Klause
Call Number: Fantasy FIC KLA
ISBN: 0385323050
Publication Date: 1997-08-11
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

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A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Call Number: Fantasy FIC LEN
ISBN: 0440498058
Publication Date: 1998-05-11
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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Autobiography of My Dead Brother - Walter Dean Myers; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA FIC MYE
ISBN: 0060582928
Publication Date: 2005-08-16
Jesse uses his sketchbook and comic strips to make sense of his home in Harlem and the loss of a close friendship.

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The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
Call Number: Fantasy FIC PUL
ISBN: 0679879242
Publication Date: 1996-04-16
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from being the subjects of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

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The Bronze Bow - Elizabeth George Speare
Call Number: Historical FIC SPE
ISBN: 0395137195
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
The story of a young Jewish rebel against Rome who is attracted by the teachings of Jesus.

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Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
Call Number: YA FIC SPI
ISBN: 0679886370
Publication Date: 2000-08-08
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

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Hard Love - Ellen Wittlinger; Ethan Trask (Illustrator)
Call Number: YA FIC WIT
ISBN: 0689821344
Publication Date: 1999-06-01
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.

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If You Come Softly - Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: YA FIC WOO
ISBN: 0399231129
Publication Date: 1998-09-28
After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with peoples' reactions.


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