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Pick up a book for Teen Read Week

The Young Adult Library Services Association has declared this Teen Read Week with the theme Bite @ Your Library. If you've already read all the Potters and finished that vampire saga set in Forks, Wash., here are some great YA titles to check out:

* "Before I Die" by Jenny Downham. Tessa is dying of cancer and racing to fulfill the list of 10 things she wants to do before she dies.

* "Paper Towns" by John Green. The author of "Losing Alaska" and "An Abundance of Katherines" scores again. A month before graduation, Quentin is recruited by his next-door neighbor (and crush) Margo for a night of vandalism and payback. Then Margo disappears, and Quentin makes it his mission to find her.

* "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party" by M.T. Anderson won the 2006 National Book Award and just came out in paperback; the sequel "Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation: Kingdom on the Waves" is equally enthralling with its novel take on the American Revolution. (Read M.T. Anderson's "Feed" if you haven't yet.)

* "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Teen contestants battle to the death on live television in this smart, well-crafted first novel in a planned trilogy. You won't be able to put it down.

* "The Absolutely True Diary of a Parttime Indian" by "Smoke Signals" screenwriter Sherman Alexie won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and is based on his experience attending high school off the reservation.

* "Little Brother" by Cory Doctorow. Seventeen-year-old Marcus Yallow uses technology to reclaim the Bill of Rights after a terrorist attack on San Francisco.


Teens ages 12 to 18 can vote on their favorite books from a list selected by members of teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country. Cast your vote online at by midnight Saturday. (Winners will be announced Monday.)

These authors rarely disappoint: Nancy Farmer, Pete Hautman, Adele Griffin, Deborah Wiles, Scott Westerfield, Chris Lynch, Walter Dean Myers, Tonya Bolden, Shelia P. Moses, Polly Horvath, Richard Peck, Jordan Sonnenblick, Gabrielle Zevin, Jacqueline Woodson, Markus Zusak.

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