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book imageEvery few months, Calvert Library librarians get together and share all the great books they've recently read. Here are our top choices for Young Adult Summer 2013...

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer
The hero of the book is invisible and the only one who can see him is a girl who wishes she could be invisible.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Witches circa 1896. Strong female characters.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Fractured fairytale with a Sci-Fi twist.  Highly recommended for girls & guys who enjoyed Divergent.

Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
The main character needs to confide in someone.  She speaks to passengers that she imagines on the planes she watches above. Recommended by Linda and her daughter.

Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
It’s time to apply to college and the main character only applies to MIT.  She doesn’t get in. A tragedy occurs that puts everything into perspective.

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Newberry Winner for teens. Martha is on a journey of self-discovery after a school mate dies in a bicycle accident. 

The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Mystery about unexplained deaths at a medical research community on Vancouver Island.

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
A girl decides to de-modernize after she discovers that her boyfriend “cyber-cheated” on her.  Like a John Hughes movie.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Fairly standard supernatural/paranormal YA book about humans & fallen angels.  A slightly edgier Twilight with angels instead of vampires. Recommended by a teen as a “must read.”

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Greene and David Levithan
 About two boys in the same town with the same name.  They meet in Chicago.  Highly Recommended.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Female secret agent in WWII Great Britain is captured. 2 strong female characters.  Some violence.

Dark Triumph by Robin LeFevers
2nd in a trilogy but stands alone pretty well. Historical Fantasy 15th century Brittany. Some adult content.

Round House by Louise Erdrich
ALEX Award Winner.  Realistic Fiction about a man looking back to when he was 13 on a reservation.  His mother was beaten.  Well written, sad, dark story.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
For older teens and adults.  A sweet story about a first romance between teens from very different backgrounds.  Some adult material.

Best American Comics by Ann Elizabeth Moore
High quality writing and art.

Ruby Red (Trilogy) by Kerstin Gier
Audience: Girls

The Selection by  Kiera Cass
Audience: Girls

A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont
Audience: Girls

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor 
Audience: Boys & Girls

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman 
Audience: Boys & Girls