All Time Faves: Adult Fiction for Teens

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Midnight at the Dragon Cafe Midnight at the Dragon Cafe
By Bates, Judy Fong
2005-03 - Counterpoint LLC
9781582431895 Check our catalog

Winner - 2006 ALA Notable Fiction Selection
Alex Award Winner - 2006
Judy Fong Bates's fresh and engaging first novel is the story of Su-Jen Chou, a Chinese girl growing up the only daughter of an unhappy and isolated immigrant family in a small Ontario town in the 1950s. …More

Durable Goods Durable Goods
By Berg, Elizabeth
2003-05 - San Val
9781417622184 Check our catalog

With an unerring ability to capture the sweet sadness of growth, the pain of change, the barely visible vibrations that connect people, Berg's beautiful novel reminds us of how wonderful, and wounding, a deeper understanding of life can be. …More

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
By Braff, Joshua
2005-10 - Plume Books
9780452286702 Check our catalog

Set in 1977 in New Jersey, this self-assured, comic, yet piercing first novel deftly captures the struggle of an imperfect boy trying to become a suitable son. …More

Tell the Wolves I'm Home: The Adventurous Life of Captain Woodes Rogers Tell the Wolves I'm Home: The Adventurous Life of Captain Woodes Rogers
By Brunt, Carol Rifka
2012-06 - Dial Press
9780679644194 Check our catalog

2013 Alex Award Winner

In this striking literary debut, Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal in 1987 as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don't know you've lost someone until you've found them. …More

You Remind Me of Me You Remind Me of Me
By Chaon, Dan
2005-04 - Ballantine Books
9780345441409 Check our catalog

With his critically acclaimed "Among the Missing and "Fitting Ends, award-winning author Dan Chaon proved himself a master of the short story form. He is a writer, observes the "Chicago Tribune, who can "convincingly squeeze whole lives into a mere twenty pages or so." Now Chaon marshals his notable talents in his much-anticipated debut novel.
"You Remind Me of Me begins with a series of separate incidents: In 1977, a little boy is savagely attacked by his mother's pet DobermanMore

The Language of Flowers The Language of Flowers
By Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
2012-04 - Ballantine Books
9780345525550 Check our catalog

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

The God of Animals The God of Animals
By Kyle, Aryn
2008-03 - Scribner Book Company
9781416533252 Check our catalog

In her stunning debut, Kyle produces an emotionally powerful coming-of-age story that deftly and movingly captures not only the complexity of love, loss, and human relationships but also the fierce and powerful bond between horses and humans. …More

The Center of Everything The Center of Everything
By Moriarty, Laura
2003-07 - Hyperion Books
9781401300319 Check our catalog

In Moriarty's extraordinary first novel, a young girl tries to make sense of an unruly world spinning around her. Growing up with a single mother who is chronically out of work and dating a married man, ten-year old Evelyn Bucknow learns early how to fend for herself. Accelerated Reader: Reading Level 5, 18 Points. …More

When the Emperor Was Divine When the Emperor Was Divine
By Otsuka, Julie
2003-10 - Anchor Books
9780385721813 Check our catalog

Julie Otsuka's commanding debut novel paints a portrait of the Japanese internment camps unlike any we have ever seen. With crystalline intensity and precision, Otsuka uses a single family to evoke the deracination--both physical and emotional--of a generation of Japanese Americans. In five chapters, each flawlessly executed from a different point of view--the mother receiving the order to evacuate; the daughter on the long train ride to the camp; the son in the desert encampment; the family's return to their home; and the bitter release of the father after more than four years in captivity--she has created a small tour de force, a novel of unrelenting economy and suppressed emotion. …More

The Joy Luck Club The Joy Luck Club
By Tan, Amy
2006-09 - Penguin Books
9780143038092 Check our catalog

A New York Times Bestseller In 1949 four Chinese women - drawn together by the shadow of their past - begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club. Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died. When her daughter comes to take her place, she learns of her mother's lifelong wish, and the tragic way in which it has come true. …More

The Secret History The Secret History
By Tartt, Donna
2004-04 - Vintage Books
9781400031702 Check our catalog

Truly deserving of the accolade a modern classic, Donna Tartt's novel is a remarkable achievement--both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill. …More

Everything Changes Everything Changes
By Tropper, Jonathan
2005-03 - Delacorte Press
9780385338073 Check our catalog

Click here to view video and more! View Author Video ClipTropper's novel "The Book of Joe" dazzled critics and readers alike with its heartfelt blend of humor and pathos. In "Everything Changes," the author delivers a touching, wickedly funny new tale about love, loss, and the perils of a well-planned life. …More