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2016 Teens' Top Ten Nominees

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Alive
by Chandler Baker

After finally receiving a heart transplant, seventeen-year-old Stella throws herself into her new life, but her recovery is marred with strange side effects and hallucinations. When she meets Levi Zin, a mysterious new boy at her Seattle prep school, Stella soon realizes that she and Levi have more in common than she could ever imagine.

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All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

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Black Widow : Forever Red
by Margaret Stohl

Natasha Romanov, called the Black Widow, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, rescues a young girl from Ivan, the man who once trained her as an assassin--and eight years later she is called upon to protect the teenaged Ava from a threat from the past--and possibly from S.H.I.E.L.D itself.

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Charlie, Presumed Dead
by Anne Heltzel

Told in separate voices, Lena and Aubrey, each hiding her own secrets, set off in search of the truth about Charlie, including if he is really dead, after meeting at his funeral and learning that he was dating both of them.

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Con Academy
by Joe Schreiber

Con man Will Shea may have met his match in scammer Andrea Dufresne as they make a high-stakes deal that will determine who gets to stay at Connaughton Academy, one of the most elite and privileged preparatory schools in the country, and who must leave.

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Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone

Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club.

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Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

Maddy has a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

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Hold Me Like a Breath
by Tiffany Schmidt

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold -- including body parts. She's the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants. Penelope's surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily. Penny is considered too "delicate" to handle the family business, or even to step foot outside their estate. All Penelope has ever wanted is independence -- until she's suddenly thrust into the dangerous world all alone, forced to stay one step ahead of her family's enemies.

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I am Princess X
by Cherie Priest

Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle.

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Illuminae
by Amie and Jay Kristoff Kaufman

The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

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Mark of the Thief
by Jennifer A. Nielsen

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds himself in possession of an ancient amulet filled with magic once reserved for the Gods, and becomes the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and destroy Rome.

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Mechanica
by Betsy Cornwell

Mechanica uses her wit and her mother's old engineering textbooks to try to escape her stepmother and stepsisters.

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Powerless
by Tera Lynn and Tracy Deebs Childs

Kenna feels inferior because everyone else has some talent or power, so when villains break into the lab where she interns she will not let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too, but secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life, leading her to think about good and evil, heroes and villains, and what it means to be powerful and powerless.

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Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

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Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
by Lynn Weingarten

They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather's shed, but June does not believe it was suicide. She and Delia used to be closer than anything, but one night a year ago, everything changed Now, a year later, June owes it to Delia to know if her best friend committed suicide or was murdered.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black

In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, and feel the fresh sting of betrayal.

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The Devil You Know
by Trish Doller

Exhausted and rebellious after three years of working for her father and mothering her brother, eighteen-year-old Arcadia "Cadie" Wells joins two cousins who are camping their way through Florida, soon learning that one's a murderer.

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The Game of Love and Death
by Martha Brockenbrough

In Seattle in 1937 two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.

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The Ghosts of Heaven
by Marcus Sedgwick

Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.

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The Glass Arrow
by Kristen Simmons

Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she's raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom ... if she can truly trust him.

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The Novice
by Taran Matharu

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy where must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands.

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The Summer After You & Me
by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Lucy Giordano lives on the Jersey shore and has a crush on the boy next door. Then, superstorm Sandy hits and alters Lucy's life dramatically.

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The Witch Hunter
by Virginia Boecker

Set in an alternative 16th-century England, Elizabeth Grey is the only girl in the king's elite group of witch hunters. When she's framed for being a witch herself, Elizabeth finds freedom at the hands of the world's most wanted wizard and her loyalties are tested.

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When
by Victoria Laurie

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do readings for money, but when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation.

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You and Me and Him
by Kris Dinnison

Maggie Bowers thinks she knows what to expect her junior year of high school, but when she and her out-of-the-closet best friend Nash have feelings for the same boy she wonders if winning someone's heart means losing her soulmate.

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Zeroes
by Biancotti Westerfeld

Six Californian teens have powers that aren't always welcome. Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He's got a voice inside him that'll say whatever you want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't -- like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days. When the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals.