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Teen Fiction

Books can mirror our lives, and we see ourselves in the characters and their experiences. They can be windows into lives that we don't know or understand. Books can also open doors that would otherwise remain closed. Check out the recommendations for books with diverse characters, science fiction, and fantasy. If these don't grab your interest, search the catalog or stop by to check out what else is on the library shelves.


The Spirit Bares Its Teeth

by Andrew Joseph White

"Mors vincit omnia. Death conquers all.

London, 1883. The Veil between the living and dead has thinned. Violet-eyed mediums commune with spirits under the watchful eye of the Royal Speaker Society, and sixteen-year-old trans, autistic Silas Bell would rather rip out his violet eyes than become an obedient Speaker wife.

After a failed attempt to escape an arranged marriage, Silas is diagnosed with Veil sickness—a mysterious disease sending violet-eyed women into madness—and shipped away to Braxton’s Finishing School and Sanitorium. When the ghosts of missing students start begging Silas for help, he decides to reach into Braxton’s innards and expose its guts to the world—so long as the school doesn’t break him first.

Featuring an autistic trans protagonist in a historical setting, Andrew Joseph White’s much-anticipated sophomore novel does not back down from exposing the violence of the patriarchy and the harm inflicted on trans youth who are forced into conformity."

--From Publisher's website

Spirit Bears Its Teeth


  • A Stonewall Honor Book in Young Adult Literature

  • A Chicago Public Library ‘Best of the Best’ Book

  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year

  • A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book!

  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice

  • A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year!

  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year


The collection of books represents stories from diverse groups (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled). The stories are written by authors from those groups, not an outsider. These books offer the chance for all teens to see characters like themselves on the pages of books. And they offer the rest of the world a more authentic view of cultures different than their own. Click the image for more details.

Escape from Reality

Open a new book. Look at the pages and see new worlds and alternate realities. This collection of fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian novels offers stories about magic, mythology, space, and more. These books also relate to the Perceptions and Reality English class. Click the image for more details.

Mystery and Horror

Crack open a spine-tingling ghost story or a nail-biting mystery. Check out these books for a suspenseful escape from reality. Hopefully, they're not too scary or mind-boggling for you.

War Stories

History is full of wars. In this collection of war stories, the stories of the winners, the losers, the forgotten, the broken, and the brave give glimpses into the war experience. The collection will complement the ELA War Stories class, but anyone can check these out.