Adult Books for Teens

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index72A9GDWJ13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
Awad, Mona / FIC Awad
Lizzie grew up fat in the Mississauga suburbs, afraid to date, afraid of rejection, and feeling wholly unlovable. As an adult, Lizzie is thin. She is married, and her friends, family and husband all love to compliment her on her metamorphosis. But Lizzie isn’t sure she’ll see herself as anything other than a fat girl.

indexAll the Birds in the Sky
Anders, Charlie Jane / FIC Ander
Childhood friends Patricia and Laurence practice different kinds of magic – Patricia’s witchy practices stem from the time she was six and met the Parliament of Birds and the Great Tree, while Laurence is a gifted scientist, who created a time machine while in grade school. The two never thought they would see each other again after high school, but as adults they must team up to save the world.

reaperBeat the Reaper
Bazell, Josh / FIC Bazel
A hospital patient suspects that the intern assigned to care for him is a former mob hit man in the witness protection program.

worldBetween the World and Me
Coates, Ta-Nehisi / 305.800973 Coa
Framed as a letter to his adolescent son, Coates tackles America’s fraught racial history, and his fears for his son’s – and all black people’s – futures and humanity.


unknown americans

The Book of Unknown Americans: a novel
Henriquez, Cristina / FIC Henri
A story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own.

The girl with the giftsThe Girl with All the Gifts
Carey, Mike / FIC Carey
A little girl who is detained by the military, restrained in a wheelchair, and goes to school while heavily guarded doesn’t truly understand why she is special until it is up to her to save the world.

yperboleHyperbole and a Half
Brosh, Allie / 792.7028092 Brosh
A hilarious romp through various events from Allie Brosh’s life, with illustrated stories about everything from how her entire family decided she was the kid who loved hot sauce more than anything in life, to darkly funny descriptions of dealing with depression, and back to stories about her hilarious dog, and that time a goose broke into her home.

magiciansThe Magicians
Grossman, Lev / FIC Gross
Like everyone else, high school senior Quentin Coldwater doesn’t believe in magic. That is, until he finds himself admitted to a secret, exclusive college of magic in New York, where he will learn to be a sorcerer along with his fellow students. Think Harry Potter in university.



Beukes, Lauren
Four misfit artists and activists navigate a strange cyberpunk world full strange biotechnologies, literally addictive marketing, and genetically modified art.


The Radleys
Haig, Matt / FIC Haig
The Radleys are an everyday family who juggle dysfunctional lives. Except, as Peter and Helen Radley know, but their children have yet to find out, the Radleys happen to be a family of abstaining vampires. When one night Clara finds herself driven to commit a bloodthirsty act, her parents decide to explain a few things.



Ready player one'Ready Player One
Cline, Ernest / FIC Cline
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s plugged into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. The world of OASIS is full of hidden puzzles, and the ultimate solution comes with an ultimate prize – one many are willing to kill for.



stitchesStitches: a memoir
Small, David / Graphic Novels FIC Small
David Small has illustrated the genuinely terrifying tale of how he went from being a sickly kid with breathing problems, to a cancer patient at 14, (without anyone really telling him until after they’d removed a vocal cord,) and what came next.



The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
sweetnessBradley, C. Alan / FIC Bradl
Introducing Flavia de Luce, an eleven-year-old (soon-to-be) detective with a penchant for poison that she nurtured to defend herself from her nasty older sisters.  One day, while searching for ingredients, Flavia discovers a dead body in the cucumber patch.



We are pirates

We Are Pirates
Handler, Daniel / FIC Handl
Gwen is fourteen. She’s a student, a swimmer, and a best friend. But she’d like to be an adventurer and an outlaw. And so, she and her friend steal a boat, and head out into San Francisco Bay to commit mayhem and hunt for treasure.