So many good books to choose from! Many of our favorites!
Check out this great list from the Denver Public Library.
by Gennifer Albin
Gifted with the unusual ability to embroider the very fabric of life, sixteen-year-old Adelice is summoned by Manipulation Services to become a Spinster, a move that will separate her from her beloved family and home forever.
by Julianna Baggott
In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll’s head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a “Pure” dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm.
EVERY OTHER DAY
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Every other day, sixteen-year-old high school student Kali transforms into an invincible demon hunter, but when she sees that a popular fellow-student is marked for death in the next twenty-four hours, unfortunately it is the wrong day for Kali.
INTO THE WILD
by Sarah Beth Durst
Having escaped from the Wild and the preordained fairy tale plots it imposes, Rapunzel, along with her daughter Julie Marchen, tries to live a fairly normal life, but when the Wild breaks free and takes over their town, it is Julie who has to prevent everyone from being trapped in the events of a story.
by Esther Friesner
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will be called queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world.
by Neil Gaiman
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents and the souls of three others.
by A.C. Gaughen
Will Scarlet shadows Robin Hood, with an unerring eye for finding treasures to steal and throwing daggers with deadly accuracy, but when Gisbourne, a ruthless bounty hunter, is hired by the sheriff to capture Robin and his band of thieves, Robin must become Will’s protector risking his own life in the process.
by William Gibson
Cayce Pollard, a design consultant, is on the trail of the creator of Internet videos that have attained a worldwide cult following. As she draws closer to the truth, Cayce’s life is threatened by those who will stop at nothing to protect the secret of the videos.
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Bethany’s parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming’s proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.
BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS
by Shannon Hale
Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren’s years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.
by Shannon Hale
Enna hopes that her new knowledge of how to wield fire will help protect her good friend Isi - the Princess Anidori - and all of Bayern against their enemies, but the need to burn is uncontrollable and puts Enna and her loved ones in grave danger.
SECRET LIFE OF SPARROW DELANEY
by Suzanne Harper
In Lily Dale, New York, a community dedicated to the religion of Spiritualism, tenth-grader Sparrow Delaney, the youngest daughter in an eccentric family of psychics, agonizes over whether or not to reveal her special abilities in order to help a friend.
by Rachel Hartman
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
by Joanne Harris
Maddy Smith, who bears the mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse mythology and play a role in the fate of the world.
FIRE AND HEMLOCK
by Diana Wynne Jones
At nineteen, Polly has two sets of sometimes overlapping, sometimes conflicting memories, the real-life ones of school days and her parents’ divorce, and the heroic adventure ones that began the day she accidentally gate-crashed a funeral and met the cellist Thomas Lynn.
TIME OF THE EAGLE
by Sherryl Jordan
Avala, the daughter of Gabriel Eshban Vala, dreams of becoming a healer like her mother, but she is instead destined to bring about the Time of the Eagle, in which tribes hunted by the Navoran director will unite and win their freedom.
by Malinda Lo
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, seventeen-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese’s friend, Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.
by Malinda Lo
Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.
by Tim Lott
In the future, girls labeled “juvies” or “mindcrips” are taken from their families and sent to the prison-like City Community Faith School, but LIttle Fearless decides to break out, and embarks on a dangerous mission to try to free the girls from their miserable captivity.
by Gemma Malley
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient “Surplus” training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.
by Ari Marmell
Once she was Adrienne Sati, an orphan with a rags-to-riches story until a conspiracy of human and other forces stole it all away in a flurry of blood and murder. Now she is Widdershins, a thief with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and help from the mystical god Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshippers but Widdenshins. But now something horrid, something dark, is reaching out for her, a past that refuses to let her go.
THE HERO AND THE CROWN
by Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.
by Nnedi Okorafor
Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.
THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX
by Mary E. Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
by Tara Bray Smith
Three alienated teenagers are drawn to a strange outdoor concert in the woods outside of Seattle, where they discover that they possess magical powers and that their destinies are intertwined.
by Vivian Vande Velde
A young woman gets trapped in a flawed virtual reality game that will kill her if she doesn’t beat it soon.
BOOK ONE: ENCLAVE
by Ann Aguirre
In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong – and dangerous.
GEMMA DOYLE TRILOGY
BOOK ONE: A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY
by Libba Bray
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world
MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES SERIES
BOOK ONE: GLASS HOUSES
by Rachel Caine
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.
CROSSING MIDNIGHT SERIES
BOOK ONE: CUT HERE
by Mike Carey and Jim Fern
A fantasy/horror series set in the heart of present-dayNagakaki, Japan, Crossing Midnight begins when a set of extraordinary twinsare born - one just before midnight and the other just after. They discover the huge impact this small difference has on their destinieswhen the after-midnight twin is inducted into a world of supernaturalbeings and events that intersects with our own world. Together, they will desperately try to stay one step ahead of their terrifying fates while they learn how far the curse afflicting them really stretches.
THE PARASOL PROTECTORATE SERIES
BOOK ONE: SOULLESS
by Gail Carriger
Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. *The audio edition of this book is amazing.*
THE FIRE AND THORNS TRILOGY
BOOK ONE: THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS
by Rae Carson
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.
GRACELING REALM SERIES
BOOK ONE: 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.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES
BOOK ONE: CITY OF BONES
by Cassandra Clare
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.
THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES
BOOK ONE: THE HUNGER GAMES
by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’ skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.
HIS FAIR ASSASSIN SERIES
BOOK ONE: GRAVE MERCY
by Robin LaFevers
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny.
BOOK ONE: LEGEND
by Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
WICKED LOVELY SERIES
BOOK ONE: WICKED LOVELY
by Melissa Marr
Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and the Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.
THE LUNAR CHRONICLES
BOOK ONE: CINDER
by Marissa Meyer
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
KIKI STRIKE SERIES
BOOK ONE: INSIDE THE SHADOW CITY
by Kirsten Miller
Life becomes more interesting for Ananka Fishbein when, at the age of twelve, she discovers an underground room in the park across from her New York City apartment and meets a mysterious girl called Kiki Strike who claims that she, too, wants to explore the subterranean world.
BOOK TWO: COURTNEY CRUMRIN AND THE COVEN OF MYSTICS
by Ted Naifeh
Courtney and her less-than-brilliant parents move in to old Uncle Aloysius’ manor to take care of him. Courtney soon finds that taking care of him is the least of her worries.
BOOK ONE: SABRIEL
by Garth Nix
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
DRAGON KING TRILOGY
BOOK ONE: PROPHECY
by Ellen Oh
A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King’s army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King’s prophecy and save her kingdom.
PROTECTOR OF THE SMALL QUARTET
BOOK ONE: FIRST TEST
by Tamora Pierce
Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.
BEKA COOPER SERIES
BOOK ONE: TERRIER
by Tamora Pierce
When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy” to a pair of “Dogs,” as the Provost’s Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City.
DAUGHTER OF THE LIONESS SERIES
BOOK ONE: TRICKSTER’S CHOICE
by Tamora Pierce
Alianne must call forth her mother’s courage and her father’s wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.
*Really, anything by Tamora Pierce is going to be amazing! You can’t go wrong with her!*
WINTERSMITH: BOOK 3 IN THE THE TIFFANY ACHING ADVENTURES SERIES, AND BOOK 35 IN THE DISCWORLD SERIES
by Terry Pratchett
When witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance of the Seasons and awakens the interest of the elemental spirit of Winter, she requires the help of the six-inch-high, sword-wielding, sheep-stealing Wee Free Men to put the seasons aright.
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TRILOGY
BOOK ONE: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
by Beth Revis
Teenage Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.
BOOK ONE: DIVERGENT
by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD SERIES
BOOK ONE: KINO NO TABI
by Keiichi Shigusawa
An eleven-year-old girl escapes the fate of being surgically transformed into an adult, adopts the name of the man who saved her - Kino - and escapes from her village. Kino and her talking motorcycle, Hermes, travel from country to country, observing both the beautiful and the ugly things in the world.
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE SERIES
BOOK ONE: DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE
by Laini Taylor
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters—the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known. *The audio edition of this book is amazing.*
BOOK ONE: SKINNED
by Robin Wasserman
To save her from dying in a horrible accident, Lia’s wealthy parents transplant her brain into a mechanical body.
BOOK ONE: UGLIES
by Scott Westerfeld
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8
BOOK ONE: THE LONG WAY HOME
by Joss Whedon
Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers - newly legion - have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything’s fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the “Buffy” decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own.
BOOK ONE: FOILED
by Jane Yolen
Aliera is a star at fencing, but at school no one notices her – until her new lab partner Avery begins flirting with her. Aliera’s mother just bought her a foil from a garage sale, and it has a strange jewel attached to the hilt. Will Aliera’s first date be ruined when magical creatures try to steal her foil?