Coming of Age

Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Fourteen and Older

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All the Right Stuff Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061960871
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Published: Amistad Press - April 24th, 2012

The summer after his junior year, Paul works in a soup kitchen in Harlem run by an older man who talks about life and the “social contract.” (14-17)


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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442408920
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 21st, 2012

Two Latino teens forge an uncommon friendship and come to terms with family secrets, homosexuality, and what it means to love and be loved. (14-18)


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Bushman Lives! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547385396
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 9th, 2012

One year from high school graduation, Harold and his best friend, Geets, are turned onto art and adventure in this zany Chicago-based tale. (14-16)


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Crazy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442413474
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Published: Simon Pulse - June 12th, 2012

Teen counselors Connor and Izzy’s friendship is threatened by Izzy’s increasingly alarming e-mails indicating mental illness. (15-17)


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Emily's Dress and Other Missing Things Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596437364
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 2nd, 2012

Can new friends and Emily Dickinson’s poetry help eighteen-year-old Claire overcome the pain of the traumatic death of her mother and disappearance of her best friend? (14-18)


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Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442423886
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 3rd, 2012

A fifteen-year-old attracted to an evangelical Christian girl explores his religious and fundamental beliefs about the world, his family, and himself. (14-16)


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Freaks Like Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781599908724
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - September 4th, 2012

When his friend disappears, how can Jason, severely mentally ill, convince people to let him help find her? (14-17)


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A Girl Named Digit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547668529
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 5th, 2012

High School senior Farrah, a math genius, learns to respect her abilities when she uncovers a terrorist plot and romantically connects with a government agent. (14-17)


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Gone, Gone, Gone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442453128
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Published: Simon Pulse - April 17th, 2012

In the wake of 9/11 and the DC sniper attacks, Craig must reconcile unresolved feelings for his ex-boyfriend with his growing attraction to cute, wounded Lio. (14-17)


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Graffiti Moon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375869532
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

Lucy doesn’t realize it, but her dreams of meeting Shadow, an elusive graffiti artist, have already come true — with surprising consequences for them both. (14-17)


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Have a Nice Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312606602
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 16th, 2012

After depressed teenager Anna Bloom spends three weeks in a mental hospital, she adjusts her views of life, family and friends. Sequel to Get Well Soon. (14-17) Mature content


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Hummingbird Heart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781554693900
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - April 1st, 2012

Sixteen-year-old Dylan has never met her father. When he turns up, it leads to some difficult revelations. (14-17)


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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419701764
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Published: Amulet Books - March 1st, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Greg uses humor and his films to deal with his social awkwardness and the harsh realities of life. (14-17)


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Miracle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442417069
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Published: Simon Pulse - June 5th, 2012

Megan, the only survivor of a horrific plane crash, must deal with those memories as well as the reactions of family and friends. (15-18)


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Miss Fortune Cookie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805089516
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 13th, 2012

Erin, a non-Chinese high school senior living in San Francisco’s Chinatown, gives advice on her blog, but who will help her with her problems of independence, identity, friendship, and a possible romance? (13-16)


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37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805094657
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 22nd, 2012

Will fifteen-year-old Ellis ever be able to let go of her hope that her critically injured father will recover? (15-17) Mature content


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The Little Words Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781459800663
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - January 1st, 2012

Sixteen-year-old Sid, raised by foster parents, learns that he has a troubled half-brother who has run away and then embarks on a journey to help find him. (13-16)


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True Blue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780986949531
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Published: Pajama Press - March 1st, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Jess struggles to reconcile her desire for popularity with her feelings of loyalty when her best friend is accused of murder. (14-16)


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The Year of the Beasts Cover Image
By Cecil Castellucci, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596436862
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 22nd, 2012

Fifteen -year-old Tessa is jealous of her younger sister until a sudden tragedy separates them. Alternate chapters are in enigmatic but gripping graphic novel format. Black-and-white illustrations. (13-15)