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10/5/2021: Adult books for teens who are ready to read beyond the YA shelf.

Great lists of adult books for teens who are ready to read beyond the YA shelf, with reviews and so much more!, from The Washington Post, here.

Including a great intro from librarians, with wise words, including some surprising thoughts about adult vs. young adult titles... amounts/levels of sex and violence... not necessairly what you would expect, and all very interesting.

The first part of our list below is from said librarians. An excellent list it is.
The second part of our list is from teen recommendations. An equally excellent list.

Another really great source of recommendations is the American Library Association’s Alex Awards, which are given annually to 10 books “written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12-18.”
This year's list is the third part of our list below.

Link to all kinds of great infromation about The Alex Awards, current and previous. So many great books. Here.

We have so many of these books in the store, and the ones we don't are just a few days away... order here, or come in to choose your book!

Books: 
The Beekeeper's Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen (A Mary Russell Mystery #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250055705
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador - May 27th, 2014

Staff recommended!


Blanche on the Lam: A Blanche White Mystery Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781941298381
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cutting Edge Publishing - August 13th, 2014

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525582199
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Published: Yearling - April 7th, 2020

Dial A for Aunties Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593333037
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Published: Berkley - April 27th, 2021

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781400082773
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Published: Crown - August 10th, 2004

Dreams from My Father (Adapted for Young Adults): A Story of Race and Inheritance Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780385738729
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Published: Delacorte Press - October 5th, 2021

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250773012
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - April 27th, 2021

Staff recommended!


Ender's Game (The Ender Saga #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250773029
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - May 4th, 2021

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
Availability: Backordered
Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

Staff recommended!


The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky Cover Image
$49.99
ISBN: 9780316527194
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

Staff recommended!


Gaudy Night: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery with Harriet Vane Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062196538
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 16th, 2012

Moon of the Crusted Snow Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781770414006
Availability: Backordered
Published: ECW Press - October 2nd, 2018

Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780441007462
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000

Staff recommended!


Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Cover Image
By Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy (Adapted by), John Jennings (Illustrator), Hopkinson Nalo (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419754050
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - July 6th, 2021

Ready Player One: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

Staff recommended!


A Spy in the Struggle: A Riveting Must-Read Novel of Suspense Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496728593
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Published: Dafina - December 29th, 2020

Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins--and WWII Heroes Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780806540382
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Published: Citadel - February 23rd, 2021

The Widows of Malabar Hill (A Perveen Mistry Novel #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616959760
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Published: Soho Crime - November 20th, 2018

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

Beach Read Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806734
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

Teen recommendation.


Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

Teen recommendation.

Staff recommended!


The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Teen recommendation.


Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

Teen recommendation.


The Kite Runner Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594631931
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

Teen recommendation.

Staff recommended!


Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Teen recommendation.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

Teen recommendation.


Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534437685
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 29th, 2021

2021 Alex Award.


The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

2021 Alex Award.

Staff recommended!


The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice—Crossing Antarctica Alone Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982133122
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - January 19th, 2021

2021 Alex Award.


Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419734847
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - September 8th, 2020

2021 Alex Award.


The Kids Are Gonna Ask Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780778308744
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Published: Park Row - July 28th, 2020

2021 Alex Award.


The Only Good Indians: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

2021 Alex Award.


Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062942869
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 5th, 2021

2021 Alex Award.

Staff recommended!


Riot Baby Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250214751
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Published: Tordotcom - January 21st, 2020

2021 Alex Award.


Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

2021 Alex Award.


We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525565437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

2021 Alex Award.