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Good Reads for Older Readers

Not sure what you're looking for? Maybe one of these great books for older readers (grades 9 and up) will hit the spot.


Twisted
Twisted

High school senior Tyler thought he was finally getting somewhere socially after pulling off the prank of the year. But an abusive father and meddling brother aren't all that get in the way of Tyler finally hooking up with his dream girl.


The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation: Vol. I, The Pox Party
The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation: Vol. I, The Pox Party

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experience of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.


A little piece of sky
A little piece of sky

Song Byrd has spent her life in impoverished North Philadelphia, never feeling good enough. Her mother locks her in the bathroom where the skylight lets in a little piece of sky, and Song has to let it be enough to get her by.


Being
Being

Robert learns that his body is not his own, rather it is made up of plastic and metal parts. Robert has to run away to find out who and what he is.


The perks of being a wallflower
The perks of being a wallflower

Charlie is a freshman in high school and life is awful. His best friend committed suicide, his aunt died in a car crash, and he has to struggle through his days at the public high school. The letters Charlie writes to an anonymous person illustrate his journey to the edge of depression and how he makes it back.


Another kind of Monday
Another kind of Monday

After mark finds a mysterious clue in a library book, he teams up with Zeena, an African-American classmate. They embark on a treasure hunt through Pittsburgh and its historical site in search of an unnamed reward.


Angels on Sunset Boulevard
Angels on Sunset Boulevard

A cult that involves fame, drugs, disappearance, and rock -- and it's all on the internet. Rick's a newcomer to TAP, and as he tries to solve the mysteries surround the disappearances of TAP users online, he gets deeper into a fight for good and evil than he ever anticipated.


Grease monkey
Grease monkey

In a future world where mysterious aliens have advanced the intelligence of simians, young Robin Plotnik, apprenticed to a cranky gorilla supervisor, works on an Earth defense station and becomes entangled in a scandal over a bet about the planet's top fighter squadrons.


Alphabet of dreams
Alphabet of dreams

Mitra gets caught up with the Three Wise Men, and the adventure that ensues is one that will change history. An exotic and interesting twist on the classic coming of age tale.


Saint Iggy
Saint Iggy

Iggy Coros, who lives in public housing, is caught physically and spiritually between good and bad when he is kicked out of high school, goes searching for his missing mother, and causes his friend to get involved with the same dangerous drug dealer who deals to his parents.


Water for elephants : a novel
Water for elephants : a novel

Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant who gave them hope.


Devilish
Devilish

The eternal battle of good vs. evil gets a Catholic school twist. This thriller will make you laugh, shiver and wonder what the main character, rebellious Jane, will choose: good and evil -- if she can decipher one from the other.


Koyal dark, mango sweet
Koyal dark, mango sweet

Jeeta feels out of place in her Indian family because she doesn't believe in the traditions her mother hoists upon her. Jeeta works hard to be more independent than the Indian women who came before her.


Boy girl boy
Boy girl boy

Lifelong friends and high school seniors Elliot, Larry, and Teresa all agree to blow their tiny town after graduation. But then each friend begins to have second thoughts about moving to California, and all three wonder if it's possible to grow up without growing apart.


Time's memory
Time's memory

An African spirit possesses a Virginian slave, and has the chance to witness the lead up to the Civil War.


You & you & you
You & you & you

Three random life paths cross in this Swedish tale. Anon is a 12-year-old boy who refused to remove his galoshes, Zarah is a 17-year-old girl with an abusive boyfriend, and Nils is a 21-year-old obsessed with death. How will they affect each other's lives?


Wintersmith
Wintersmith

The spirit of Winter assists an aspiring witch who's gotten in over her head with the Seasons. She has to call on other supernatural beings to get her back on the right track.


Broken China
Broken China

China Cup Cameron must become a coat check girl for a strip club in order to pay for the funeral of her daughter. At 14, China must suffer abuse and harassment from the customers. Nothing is easy for China, but in the end she might just learn how to grow up without growing cold.


American born Chinese
American born Chinese

Anyone who's been alienated can relate to this story of Jin Wang, who gets picked on all the time. Will Jin learn to accept himself for who he is, or will he succumb to the pressure to change in order to fit in?


Pay the piper
Pay the piper

When Callie interviews the band Brass Rat for her school newspaper, her feeling are ambivalent -- but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, she knows where the dangerous search must begin.


Forbidden
Forbidden

Elinor has lived in the "True Cause" cult her whole life. But when she meets a boy who questions her beliefs, Elinor begins to wonder if maybe her true cause isn't in this limited community.


Storm thief
Storm thief

Rail and Moa traverse the horrific city of Orokos, where 'probability storms' can turn lefties into righties and people into cats. Discovering the secret of these storms might help Rail and Moa relieve their people of the oppressive government.