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08/25/2016 - 11:32am
If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid (for Teens)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship. (catalog summary)
 

If you're looking for a title similar title to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but for teens and not kids, look no further! Check out this list of humorous, young adult titles.

 

 


Boys Don't Knit (In Public) by Tom Easton
After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 


House Arrest by K.A. Holt
Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

08/25/2016 - 12:05am
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

"We've come because of the baby," she said. "We've come to help."

The Nest appeared soon after Steve's baby brother came home from the hospital, hanging from the eaves of the roof. Steve did not know exactly what was wrong with his new sibling, but he overheard his parents use words like "poor prognosis" and "degenerative." It was not long until Steve saw the wasps in his yard . . . and in his dreams.

08/22/2016 - 12:07pm
If you like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley is rightly considered a prophetic genius and one of the most important literary and philosophical voices of the 20th Century, and Brave New World is his masterpiece. From the author of The Doors of Perception, Island, and countless other works of fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, and poetry, comes this powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations. Brave New World remains absolutely relevant to this day as both a cautionary dystopian tale in the vein of the George Orwell classic 1984, and as thought-provoking, thoroughly satisfying entertainment. (catalog summary)

 

If you like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

 

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
After his youthful adventures of raping and pillaging, Alex finds himself in prison. When he volunteers for an experiment, his sentence is commuted to two weeks. The experiment leaves him physically incapable of doing wrong and releases him back into the world. However, when he repeatedly runs into people he has wronged in the past, his real suffering begins. (catalog summary)
 

 

 

08/22/2016 - 11:31am
If you like Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. (catalog summary)
 

If you like Dairy Queen, here are the other two books in the series:
 


 

Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock 
During her junior year basketball season, D.J. faces the dual challenges of college recruiting and romance. (catalog summary)
 


 

 

 

The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
High school junior D.J. staggers under the weight of caring for her badly injured brother, her responsibilities on the dairy farm, a changing relationship with her friend Brian, and her own athletic aspirations. (catalog summary)


 

 

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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke-about-town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous-though utterly romantic-results. But will she ever see him again? Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes. (catalog summary)


 

08/22/2016 - 10:46am
If you like Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Eldest of three sisters, in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared Wizard Howl. (catalog summary)

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Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
Derk, an unconventional wizard, and his magical family become involved in a plan to put a stop to the devastating tours of their world arranged by the tyrannical Mr. Chesney. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 


Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
Cimorene is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish, smart...and bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon and finds the family and excitement she's been looking for. (catalog summary)

 

 

08/23/2016 - 3:32pm
Cover to Cart and Cwidder by Diana Wynne Jones

In the Kingdom of Dalemark, three kings have died without an heir. The kingdom has been in chaos for generations as earl after earl vies for the throne. Bloody battles have only produced a stalemate, and now the free North and the repressive South tensely await their next war.

Enter the family of Clennen the Singer. As licensed entertainers, they travel undisturbed from the North to the South, passing news and singing songs of old battles. Clennen's children—fiery Brida, bookish Dagner, and day-dreaming Moril—travel with their parents in a cheerfully painted pink and gold cart. They may argue, as families will, but they all agree how much they detest the snobby boy Kialan who has paid to accompany them.

08/19/2016 - 10:20am
If you like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. (catalog summary)

 

If you enjoy The Fault in Our Stars, you may enjoy these other Adult and Teen titles too: 

 

100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi
What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? So begins the last hundred days of Lucio's life, as he attempts to care for his family, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasn't felt in years. From helping his hopelessly romantic, widowed father-in-law find love, discovering comfort in enduring friendships, and finding new ones, Lucio becomes, at last, the man he's always meant to be. In 100 epigrammatic chapters, one for each of Lucio's remaining days on earth, it is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. (catalog summary)

 


Alice & Oliver
by Charles Bock
Alice Culvert is a force: passionate, independent, smart, and gorgeous, she--to her delight--attracts attention wherever she goes, even amid the buzz of mid-90s New York. In knee-high boots, with her newborn daughter, Doe, strapped to her chest, Alice is one of those people who just seem so vividly alive, which makes her cancer diagnosis feel almost incongruous. How could such a being not go on? But all at once, Alice's existence, and that of her husband Oliver, is reduced to a single purpose: survival. As they combat the disease, the couple must also face off against the serpentine healthcare system, the good intentions of loved ones, and the deep, dangerous stressors that threaten to push the two of them apart. (catalog summary)

 

08/18/2016 - 10:16am
If you like The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This is the tale of family, memory, love, and living told by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is already in heaven. Through the voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and builds out of her family's grief a hopeful and joyful story. (catalog summary)

 

If you liked The Lovely Bones, then you may like these titles and authors:


The Almost Moon
by Alice Sebold
For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and now grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page. (catalog summary)

 



Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger
When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of developing relationships a crisis develops that could pull the twins apart. (catalog summary)
 


 

08/18/2016 - 9:42am
If you like Painting Acrylic

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Acrylic Innovation: Styles + Techniques Featuring 64 Visionary Artists by Nancy Reyner
Acrylic is often used as a substitute for oil paint or watercolor, but the real gold mine is in allowing the medium freedom to do what it does best. This book shows how today's artists are doing exactly that. It's loaded with original artwork and valuable insight from 64 artists, incredibly diverse in styles and subjects, each using acrylic in unique ways to create expressive and personal art. (catalog summary)
 



Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-for Budding Artists of All Ages
by Susan Schwake
Presents art lessons for art projects of varying styles including drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. (catalog summary)

 



Complete Painting and Drawing Handbook

Aimed at the novice artist, the book is organized around simple guidelines, which help the reader to progress in a structured manner and achieve satisfying results. The book is structured into four sections - drawing, watercolor, acrylics and oils. (catalog summary)

 

 

08/17/2016 - 3:47pm
If you like Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Alienated by Melissa Landers
High school senior Cara Sweeney gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to participate in earth's first intergalactic high school exchange program. (catalog summary)
Other books in the series: Invaded

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Dangerous by Shannon Hale
When aspiring astronaut Maisie Danger Brown, who was born without a right hand, and the other space camp students get the opportunity to do something amazing in space, Maisie must prove how dangerous she can be and how far she is willing to go to protect everything she has ever loved. (catalog summary)
 


 

 

 

Into the Dim by Janet Taylor
Sixteen-year-old Hope Walton travels back in time to help rescue her mother, a member of the secret society of time travelers, who is trapped in twelfth-century England in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine. (catalog summary)
 

 


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