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Mistaken or Assumed Identities for Teens

People don’t always need a stage and a spotlight to play a role. Whether it’s a case of mistaken identity, trying to become someone they aren’t, or maybe serving as a spy, people don't need a stage to assume new identities.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore — In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.


What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen — Seventeen-year-old Mclean begins to lose sight of who she really is after she tries to reinvent herself at each school she attends after her parents' divorce and her father moves her from town to town.


Openly straight by Bill Konigsberg — Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

Teen Books to Movies

Popular fiction that's already been - or should soon be - turned into film. 

The giver by Lois Lowry

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor

It's kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My Favorite Girls: Chapter Books

Whether you're revisiting old favorites or experiencing them for the first time, here are some great characters, beloved of one life-long reader.

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Little women by Louisa May Alcott

Ballet shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace ; illustrated by Lois Lenski

The Baby-sitter's Club. Vol. 1. Kristy's great idea by Ann M. Martin ; artist, Raina Telgemeier

Deep in the Forest

The princess bride: S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure by the "good parts" version, abridged by William Goldman

Through the woods by stories by Emily Carroll

Into the forest by Jean Hegland

Journey into Mohawk Country by as written by H.M. van den Bogaert ; with artwork by George O'Connor ; and color by Hilary Sycamore

West of the moon by Margi Preus

Time Travel

Musically "Note"able Teen Fiction

Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin — A teenaged guitarist in a rock band deals with loss and anger as he relates the events that landed him in a juvenile detention center.

Audrey, wait! by Robin Benway — California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, "Audrey, Wait!", a break-up song that's so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous! Now rabid fans are invading her school and the Internet is documenting her every move!

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan — It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City--and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

So Real You Can Taste It: Food-Themed Picture Books

Take a taste of some great picture books that put a twist on food and mealtime. They are great for sharing with a hungry young mind!

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett



Peanut Butter & Cupcake! by Terry Border



The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle



Foodie babies wear bibs by Michelle Sinclair Colman and Nathalie Dion

The best lunch by Terri Dougherty and Patrick Kouse


You are the pea, and I am the carrot by J. Theron Elkins and Pascal Lemaitre

International Mysteries

The beige man by Helene Tursten ; translation by Marlaine Delargy

 

The Rome prophecy by Sam Christer

 

The Andalucian friend: a novel by Alexander Söderberg

 

Anonymous sources by Mary Louise Kelly

 

Jar city by Arnaldur Indriason ; translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder

 

The shape of water by Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli

 

The fifth heart by Dan Simmons

Teen Time Travelers

The here and now by Ann Brashares

Time between us by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Devil's intern by Donna Hosie

Summer of yesterday by Gaby Triana

Loop by Karen Akins

Backward glass by David Lomax

Games and Toys

Curiosity by Gary Blackwood — In 1835, when his father is put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, twelve-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.


Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler — Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.


The toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt ; with illustrations by Gary Blythe — What good is a toy that will wind down? What if you could put a heart in one? A real heart. One that beat and beat and didn't stop. What couldn't you do if you could make a toy like that? From the moment Mathias becomes the owner of a mysterious piece of paper, he is in terrible danger.

Imagination and Innovation in Picture Books

It's only Stanley by Jon Agee —  Very strange noises that keep awakening the Wimbledon family one night have an even stranger source.


Rosie Revere, engineer by Andrea Beaty ; illustrated by David Roberts —  A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.


Journey by Aaron Becker —  Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.

Fiction With Fur: Teen Fiction for Animal Lovers

The summer of no regrets by Katherine Grace Bond


The nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Rover by Jackie French



The goose girl by Shannon Hale

Wisdom's Kiss: a thrilling and romantic adventure, incorporating magic, villany, and a cat by written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock



East by Edith Pattou



Cat Girl's day off by Kimberly Pauley

Michigan Mysteries

Check out these great mysteries for kids, written by authors from right here in Michigan!

Mike's mystery by created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; illustrated by Dirk Gringhuis

The baseball mystery by [Carole Marsh]


The vengeance of the witch-finder by John Bellairs ; completed by Brad Strickland ; frontispiece by Edward Gorey


Blue Bay mystery by created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; illustrated by Dirk Gringhuis


Mystery explosion! by Johnnie Tuitel and Sharon Lamson

Audie Award-Winning Audiobooks

Dog-gone Fun: Canine Fiction

Dog-lovers will enjoy these novels for kids that feature "man's best friend."

Soldier dog by Sam Angus



The incredible journey by Sheila Every Burnford ; with illustrations by Carl Burger

The amazing odorous adventures of Stinky Dog by James Howe ; illustrated by Brett Helquist

The empty city by Erin Hunter

Waiting for the magic by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Amy June Bates



Big dog decisions by Michele Jakubowski ; illustrated by Luisa Montalto

Secret Codes & Ciphers: Can You Solve It?

The black book of buried secrets by [written by Mallory Kass] ; introduction by Rick Riordan

Sly the sleuth and the code mysteries by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow ; illustrated by Heather Maione

Secrets of Greymoor by Clara Gillow Clark

Bibliotherapy for Teens

These emotionally-charged YA titles feature characters who struggle with maintaining their mental health. 

The nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

I don't want to be crazy by Samantha Schutz

Impulse [sound recording] by Ellen Hopkins

Crazy by Amy Reed

Wild awake by Hilary T. Smith

Suicide notes: a novel by Michael Thomas Ford

Cooking Up Fun: Stories With Characters Who Cook

Food lovers can enjoy these scrumptious stories featuring characters who are cooks or who just love to dabble in the kitchen.


Recipe for disaster by Laura Driscoll



Ratatouille: the junior novelization by Kitty Richards


Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles by Rupert Kingfisher ; illustrated by Sue Hellard



Going overboard! by Nancy Krulik ; illustrated by John & Wendy



Evertaster: course of legends by Adam Glendon Sidwell



Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

Go Wild: Stories that Get Up Close with Nature

The edge of the water by Elizabeth George


Lord of the flies by William Golding

Skink no surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Flesh & bone by Jonathan Maberry


Boys, bears, and a serious pair of hiking boots by Abby McDonald

Survive by Alex Morel

Shakespeare Adaptations for Kids

Brick Shakespeare: the tragedies— Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar by as told and illustrated by John McCann, Monica Sweeney, and Becky Thomas

Macbeth by a graphic novel adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds ; based on the play by William Shakespeare

The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Stratford Zoo midnight revue presents: Macbeth by written by Ian Lendler ; art by Zack Giallongo ; colors by Alisa Harris