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Best Bets for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Encourage your reluctant middle-school reader with these addictive titles.
 

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666: The Number of the Beast by Various Authors
A spine-tingling collection of 18 horror stories from authors such as Robin Wasserman, Christopher Pike, and Peter Abrahams.

Airhead by Meg Cabot
Supernatural events and struggles with self-image plague tomboy Emma after a freak accident lands her the body of supermodel Nikki.

The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz
A 14-year-old secret agent infiltrates an exclusive school in this gripping tale of international espionage. Learn more.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home by J. Michael Straczynski
Share this graphic novel with your comic-book fan.

Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The third book in a series that includes Among the Hidden and Among the Imposters, these tales about illegal "third children" in a futuristic society are wrought with suspense.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Sneak a peek at the humor—and angst-ridden diary—of British teen Georgia Nicolson.

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Eighteen students discover the power of self-expression in this moving and poetic novel.Learn more.

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Steven struggles with his brother's illness, keeping it a secret from his friends, and coping with his parents' neglect.

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers
This enthralling biography explores Ali's life as a heavyweight champion, legendary showman, and courageous individual. Learn more.

The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss
Told from altering points of view, this novel about the social power of cliques will captivate your teen.

How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman
A teenage girl tries to break out of her boring image by stealing cars--and she doesn't even have a license yet!

I Will Survive by Kristen Kemp
A teen plots sweet revenge on an unfaithful boyfriend, while negotiating her own family dynamics.

Midnight Magic by Avi
Mix mystery, fantasy, and history with great storytelling and you'll conjure up this page-turner. Learn more.

Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty by Joy Masoff
Gross-outs your fan of all things delightfully disgusting will relish.

Simpsons Comics Unchained by Matt Groening, et al.
Laugh through a comprehensive collection of one of the wackiest comics around. Learn more.

Snail Mail No More by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
Two friends survive 8th grade by emailing each other everything.

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Your older middle- or high-schooler will love this tale of a reluctant Mafia prince and his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Jamie keeps her family life secret from her friends and her school life secret from her father, but will her secrets threaten to explode?

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht
Reality TV fans will be captivated by this guide's fascinating advice.

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