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Read these books before your child to make sure they are appropriate, but pre-teens around the country are in love with these gritty YA stories.
 
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Divergent
Series: Divergent, Book #1
by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).

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One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

Eleven-year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father and Big Ma will send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to stay with Cecile for the summer.

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The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games, Book #1
by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.

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Operation Red Jericho
by Joshua Mowll

A sister and brother's search for their missing parents uncovers a mysterious secret society in an action-filled sea-and-land saga centered in 1920s Shanghai.

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Ender's Game
Series: Ender , Book #1
by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers.

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Wintergirls
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss — her life — and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her.

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The Raven Boys
Series: Raven Cycle, Book #1
by Maggie Stiefvater

"'There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve,' Neeve said. 'Either you're his true love...or you killed him.'"

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

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Matched
by Ally Condie

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe.

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Cinder
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, Book #1
by Marissa Meyer , Melissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg.

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The Maze Runner
Series: Maze Runner, Book #1
by James Dashner

Welcome to the Glade... Can You Get Out?

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