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Teen Picks: June 2008

The end of the school year is here. (At least, it is for many traditional American schools.) Now that classes and finals are over, students can tackled "unassigned" reading. Here's a list of books that these surveyed teens can't wait to read.

I Am America and So Can You! by Stephen Colbert
- Grace S., 14

I am really excited for when I go to the library tomorrow. I have Suite Scarlett, Wake, Austenland, and Airhead. I know have to choose which one to read, but I know I can start the next book right afterwards. I love summer. I am excited for Breaking Dawn and a few other books that come over the summer.
- Sarah, 16

Alive & Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab - June
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert - July
Undone by Brooke Taylor - July
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer - August
- Paige M., finishing 8th grade.

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Magic or Madness trilogy by Justine Larbalestier
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
...and tons of manga and some stuff for school
- Mirabelle, 17

Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin
Hero - Perry Moore
Ithaka - Adele Geras
Born Confused - Tanuja Desai Hidier
- Sarah N., 14

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, though that's not out yet
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
- Gabrielle M., 14

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Pendragon: Raven Rise by D.J. MacHale
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
The Vampire Beach series by Alex Duval
- Myles, 16

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Clique Summer Collection by Lisi Harrison
Prom Crashers by Erin Downing
I also can't wait for the 3rd Gallagher Girls book by Ally Carter, which is coming out next summer, next year.
- Angela, 16

I'm reading Romeo and Juliet right now.
I also want to read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, but I'm just too darn busy now.
I can't wait to read Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.
I cannot wait for the 3rd Gallagher Girls book by Ally Carter to come out!!! Can't wait for a title!!!
- Kennedy H, 13.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
- Alexia, 17

I can't wait to read Lord of the Silent, The Golden One, Children of the Storm, The Serpent on the Crown, and Tomb of the Golden Bird, all by Elizabeth Peters (the amazing Amelia Peabody series), as well as The Host and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, and I want to finish reading the complete works of William Shakespeare.
- Siena, age 18

(in no particular order)
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philipa Gregory
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (This doesn't really count 'cause I just finished it, but it was not for my English class)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins
Emma by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
The History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Rumors by Anna Godbersen
- Jackie J., finishing up her sophomore year

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen!!!
- Taylor, 17

Definitely the new Twilight book by Stephenie Meyer. I can't wait. I can't believe it's almost been a year since Eclipse came out, but yeah, definitely Breaking Dawn - can't wait for it.
I've been busy with work, so I can't wait to get some free time and finish the recent Maximum Ride book by James Patterson.
- Andrew, 18

I'd have to say that my favorite books are by Tamora Pierce:
The Song of the Lioness series: 1) Alanna: The First Adventure 2) In the Hand of the Goddess 3) The Woman Who Rides Like a Man 4) Lioness Rampant
The Immortals series: 1) Wild Magic 2) Wolf-speaker 3) Emperor Mage 4) The Realms of the Gods
The Protector of the Small series: 1) First Test 2) Page 3) Squire 4) Lady Knight
Trickster's Choice & Trickster's Queen
Beka Cooper: Terrier
- Maggie K., 8th grade

Either Stephenie Meyer's The Host or the comic novelization for Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
- Rachel, age unlisted

Here's what's on my to-read stack at the moment:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty, a re-read
Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder
- Erin M., 17

A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A bunch of Jane Austen
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
- Madeleine W., 17

No novels. Japanese textbooks instead.
- Jake F., 16

Additional input from elsewhere:

I have seen more of my students carrying around their own personal copies of The Host than I ever remember seeing any book in students' hands (this signifies that not only do they want to read it, they want to OWN it, and they want to carry it around with them.)
Also popular lately (with a different but slightly overlapping group as those reading The Host), the Drama High series.
- Laurie, middle school librarian

Additional input from me:

Breaking Dawn seems to be a favorite, not only among those surveyed, but among my teen and female customers in general.

Many of the surveyed teens asked me, "Is it okay to list classics?" I told them a thousand times, yes!

As far as summer releases go, I'm most excited about Poison Ink by Christopher Golden. I had the chance to read it early, and I drank up every drop! Poison Ink is a YA novel/thriller about five best friends who plan to get matching tattoos, and what happens when one of them backs out - and the others start acting strangely after getting inked. I can't wait to get this book into the hands of readers when it comes out in July!

This piece ran in the June 2008 issue of The Edge of the Forest, a children's literature monthly. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.
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