Florida Teens Read Book List
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This program is designed to entice teens to read. In order to engage their interest and to provide a spur to critical thinking, the book selections include those that involve sensitive issues. The content of some of the titles may be more mature than younger students may have previously encountered. Please recognize that this is a voluntary reading program. Not every book selected will suit every student. In a democratic society, a variety of ideas must find a voice. As readers, teens have the choice to read more mature titles or to close the book.
The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson
A year ago, high school “it-girl” Alice Ogilvie disappeared without a trace after her break-up with her boyfriend, Steve. Now, Alice was back but she wasn't talking. She never told anyone where she had been, what had happened to her, or really why she
had left in the first place. Now, once popular, Alice is an outcast, and watches as her ex-best friend, Brooke, dates her ex-boyfriend Steve. After a party, it is reported that Brooke never made it home. She's disappeared. Has she pulled an Alice Oglivie, or is something more sinister at work?
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
All My Rage
A stunningly beautiful story told through three points of view. Misbah is Salahudin’s mother and her story is one of her immigration and life in the United States told through a series of flashbacks. Salahudin is a high school student trying to save
his family’s motel as his personal life spirals out of control, and Noor, Sal’s best friend, is working on trying to escape the small town life and her abusive uncle. A poignant story that will stick with you a long time, Sabaa Tahir creates characters that, while flawed with problems that seem insurmountable, inspire hope and belief in the power of the human spirit. A must read!
The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
The Cost of Knowing
Imagine seeing visions of the future, but not just any future, your future and the future of those around you simply by touching them or an object that belongs to them. Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus struggles with the death of his parents, visions of
his little brother Isaiah’s death, and his girlfriend Talia breaking up with him. While Alex can stop a vision once it starts, he goes through life working at Scoops, an ice cream shop, wondering if the next event will lead to completing his vision. Alex and
Isaiah live with their Aunt Mackie and often are at odds. The fear of losing Isaiah causes Alex to make some rash decisions and put both of their lives in danger.
The Getaway by Lamar Giles
Living at the biggest theme park in the world should be a dream! Karloff Country is more than an amusement park; it is a self-contained city with workers and their families living in neighborhoods surrounding the park. Jay’s life is great in Karloff Country. He has his family, friends, and an awesome job after school. Sure, the world is facing bigger and bigger problems each day, but living at Karloff Country keeps you inside a safe bubble. But when that bubble begins to pop, Jay’s dream deteriorates into a nightmare. When the richest and most powerful people in the world begin moving to Karloff Country as the
world falls apart outside, Jay and his friends begin to wonder what exactly is going on. How far will they go to figure out the truth and save the people they love? Warning: Depictions of Violence.
In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton and Michael Tougias
In Harm's Way
The sinking of the Indianapolis is a story that is secret laden. This nonfiction book is about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis at the end of World War II and the story of its survivors. While sailing in the middle of the Philippine Sea, the USS
Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The resulting chaos killed many of the men on board and the rest were left to jump overboard in the middle of the night. This is a story of determination and survival.
The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky
The Mary Shelley Club
Rachel Chavez is the victim of a home invasion that ends with a death. Since the incident, she has moved and changed schools, but is still haunted by that night. To cope, she has taken up watching horror films in the hope of overcoming her fears.
Friendless at her new school, she discovers a secret group, The Mary Shelley Club: a strange group of teens fascinated by the dark and macabre. They meet to watch Horror Films and put together elaborate Fear Tests, to scare a chosen victim. Whoever scares their victim the most wins. But, what starts out as mean spirited, but physically harmless, pranks begins to become all too real. Will Rachel be able to discover who is escalating the Fear Tests to real violence before she becomes the next victim?
Roxy by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
This unique story inspired by the opioid epidemic is the tale of 2 sets of characters: brother and sister Isaac and Ivy Ramey and the personified “gods”, lethal and seductive Roxy (Oxycontin) and smart, high-achieving Addison (Adderall). Roxy and
Addy place a wager to see who can bring their chosen mortal to “The Party” first. When Isaac fractures his ankle and Ivy needs help concentrating on her studies, Roxy and Addison are there to urge them to try some chemical relief. The siblings head
down a path to destruction. From the opening scene, we know one of them dies. The Shustermans’ personification of drug “gods” who playfully toy with mortals in this race to the bottom is a powerful cautionary tale. Which sibling will survive and
which will be lost to the Party? Warning: Depictions of Drug Use.
The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson
The Weight of Blood
Did you know that segregated proms were still held in the United States as late as mid 2000’s? Decades after the end of segregation in schools, segregated proms were still a thing in America. Tiffany D. Jackson’s latest book explores what that is
like in the year 2014. The fact that segregation is happening in the 21st century (and justified) is surreal, add to that the homage to Stephen King’s classic Carrie and you have yourself a truly scary tale. Maddie’s struggles in high school are all too
familiar and if you have ever wondered if you fit in at school, in your community, even in your family; Maddie will become an instant friend. Warning: Depictions of Violence.
Ain't Burned All The Bright by Jason Reynolds
Ain't Burned All The Bright
This book is a must read. It is a gripping narrative that combines the power held within a few sentences with beautiful and moving images. The story follows a young boy whose family is impacted by Covid 19 and the social justice issues that brought stories of violence and inequality into the spotlight during the lockdown. It can be read in a single sitting, but readers will want to go back again and again to explore the artwork and savor the words.
Black Out by Danielle Clayton, et. al.
What are six award winning authors to do during COVID-19 lockdown? Well, write a book together of course! Nic Stone, Dhonielle Clayton, Nicola Yoon, Tiffany D. Jackson, and Ashley Woodfolk are amazing on their own; together they are FIRE! This is the story of six couples that get stuck in the middle of a blackout in New York. Will these couples still be couples after the blackout? Will they all still be friends? The breakdown of civilization, no matter how temporary, can bring the best or the worst out of people. After you read Blackout you feel like these couples are your friends, siblings, frenemies or maybe even yourself.
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
Defy the Night
The kingdom of Kandala struggles under the curse of a deadly fever. For the rich in the Royal Sector, the moonflower elixir is readily available, but for peasants living outside the luxury of the castle walls in the Wilds, survival is in the hands of Tessa
Cade and Weston Lark. As the duo distributes the cure nightly, they dodge the dangers of the sentries and the King’s Justice, Prince Corrick. Capture means certain death, but so does the fever. Can Tessa and Weston defy the royal guards and save their
people, or will King Harristan and Prince Corrick destroy the pair, along with everyone else in the Wilds? As the royal brothers hoard the moonflower petals for the royal sector, one can’t help but wonder if there is perhaps more to the story.
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
I Must Betray You
Cristian Florescu lives in the Romanian dictatorship in 1989. His dream is to become a writer and he hides his thoughts in a notebook so that he won’t get caught. He must be careful because there are spies all around willing to turn you in to get ahead.
His dreams come crashing down when he is told he must become an informant for the secret police to spy on an American diplomat that his mother cleans houses for. Will he risk lying to his family and possibly losing them, or will he stand up to the regime and help fight to free himself and others so they can follow their dreams?
Live, Laugh, Kidnap by Gabby Noone
Live, Laugh, Kidnap
Genesis, Holly, and Zoe are three teens from Violet, Montana with almost nothing in common, except for their place of residence and their connection to Hope Harvest Ministries. Their experiences with Hope Harvest ministries have caused them to rethink their lives in Montana because of the effects on their families. The girls only see one solution and that is to beat the gimmicky scammers at their own game in order to protect their families. Kidnapping, blackmail, and the Reaps’ fortune should do the trick if things go as planned.
Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams
A set of twins were separated at birth. The twins were born to a Black mother and white father who were killed because of their biracial relationship in the Jim Crowe south. One of the sisters, Magnolia, has skin light enough to appear white, while the other, Charlie, is perceived as Black. Charlie was raised in Harlem and is a civil rights activist, while Magnolia was raised to inherit the family plantation in Georgia. When the declining health of their grandmother brings them back together for the
first time, they must find a way to break the family curse. This story hauntingly entwines historical fiction with terror and suspense.
We Weren't Looking to be Found by Stephanie Kuehn
We Weren't Looking to be Found
Addiction. Despair. Depression. Self-sabotage. Self-harm. This is what causes the lives of Dani and Cams to intersect at Peach Tree Hills, a residential treatment facility for teen girls where they are assigned as roommates. The facility’s mental health
professionals hope to bring each of the girls from their lowest of lows to a place of healing and peace. However, their paths to recovery are paved in trials and heartache. Their differences and initial dislike for one another give way to a shared fascination
when they uncover a mystery about a former resident. Will the girls be able to overcome their addictions and habits of self-destruction? Warning: Depictions of Mental Health Struggles.