Staff Picks For Teens

Race the Night By: Kirsten Hubbard Is this a post-apocalypse dystopia?  Or is it a story about a cult? I was indecisive; it looked like a combination of...

Darkest Part of the Forest By: Holly Black Although this book is labeled as a romance, do not let it fool you. Holly Black’s “Darkest Part...

Chains By: Laurie Anderson If an entire nation could gain its freedom, why can’t a 13 yr. old girl. Chains is the first book in a...

We Are All Made of Molecules By: Susin Nielson Nerds unite!  Stewart is one of my favorite Settlers of Catan loving, Doctor Who watching, 13 year old...

The Green Glass Sea By: Ellen Klages Moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico during WWII means eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan will live with her mathematician father on...

My Sister Rosa By: Justine Larbalestier Che Taylor has just moved to New York City with his parents and younger sister, Rosa. They have moved around...

HEPL Staff's Best Reads of 2016 As 2016 comes to an end, we've decided to share a list of our staff's favorite books they've read this...

The Inker's Shadow By: Allen Say The famous author and illustrator of the Caldecott Medal winner, Grandfather’s Journey, writes of his journey from Japan to a...

Fake ID By: Lamar Giles His name is Nick now and his family just moved to Virginia but don’t ask from where.  He won’t answer...

Life After Juliet By: Shannon Lee Alexander How can one handle the "real world" when the one "real thing" in their life is ripped away...

Behind the Curtain: An Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams Soccer star, budding actress and Sherlock Holmes lover, Ingrid Levin-Hill, is back in this second installment...

A Girl Named Zippy By: Haven Kimmel So funny and entertaining that I read it in one weekend!  Haven Kimmel was born in Mooreland, Indiana, a very small...

The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines Fifteen-year-old Iris Anderson is dealing with a lot of life changing events. It is 1942 in New...

The Graveyard Book Volume 1 By: Neil Gaiman This is the first volume of a two-volume graphic novel edition of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times...

Illuminae By: Amie Kaufman This is a book that you'll either love or hate. It's told entirely in emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports and...

The Mystery of Hollow Places By: Rebecca Podos When Imogene Scott was only two, her mother left and never came back. All “Immy” knows is what...

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series, Book 1) By: Anthony Horowitz Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider lives with his Uncle Ian, who has raised him since the death of his...

The Naturals By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes Are you a fan of CSI? What about the TV show Scorpion? If so, than you should check out this...

Wolf by Wolf By: Ryan Graudin This book begins with two big "what ifs". What if Germany and Japan won WW2? What if the horrible experiments...

Through the Woods By: Emily Carroll I have read a lot of comic books growing up, this is my first ever Graphic novel and I...

Boston Jane: An Adventure By: Jennifer L. Holm Jane Peck has been raised by her father, a doctor, in 1850’s Philadelphia. She has been allowed to...

ICECORE: A Carl Hobbes Thriller By: Matt Whyman Carl Hobbes is a seventeen-year-old British techno geek that hacked into the security systems of Fort Knox. Suddenly...

An Ember in the Ashes By: Sabaa Tahir If you don't like cliffhangers, don't read this book! The sequel is coming this August. If you're...

Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling By: Tony Cliff She's back and better than ever! The swashbuckling, uber-adventurer Delilah Dirk returns in the 2nd installment of...

Lilac Girls By: Martha Hall Kelly Lilac Girls is an amazing book that will draw you in immediately. It focuses on three women, Caroline, Herta and Kasia, during...

It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, Get Going! By: Chelsea Clinton Chelsea Clinton, daughter of the former U.S.  President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State...

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters By: Natalie Standiford This delightful book tells the story of the three Sullivan Sisters and their quirky and obnoxiously rich family....

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B By: Teresa Toten Adam, or Batman as his friends from his therapy group call him, is a 14 year old...

The Forest of Hands and Teeth By: Carrie Ryan The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a New York Times best-selling post-apocalyptic zombie novel by Carrie...

What I Saw and How I Lied By: Judy Blundell Evie is excited when her stepfather, Joe, returns home from World War II.  It is 1947...

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 By: Richard Paul Evans Michael Vey is a scrawny 14-year-old with Tourette’s syndrome who gets bullied mercilessly. But Michael...

Cinder By: Marissa Meyer Cinder didn't ask to be different.  She didn't ask for metal cyborg parts or the adopted family that could barely stand her....

Life As We Knew It By: Susan Beth Pfeffer Life As We Knew It is the first book in a science fiction trilogy for teens. In the...

Selection By: Kiera Cass I like the fact that the first book in this series has the same titles at the series.  There are a total...

Everything, Everything By: Nicola Yoon There's been a lot of buzz about Everything, Everything. It's even been rumored that it will be turned into a motion...

These Shallow Graves By: Jennifer Donnelly In 1890, Jo (Josephine) Montfort is a student at Miss Sparkwell’s School for Young Ladies. Like all wealthy young...

Party Games By: R.L. Stine All of her friends were saying the same thing, "Don't go to this party!" But, Rachel Martin's crush on Brendan...

Beauty Queens By: Libba Bray This book begins with a plane crash. That may sound very depressing and cliched, but fear not! The crash is the...

The 5th Wave By: Rick Yancey I did not expect to like The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. In fact, I moved it to the...

Maximum Ride By: James Patterson James Patterson's graphic novel Maximum Ride is a compelling story about Maximum, a fourteen-year-old genetically altered teenager with amazing flying abilities.  With...

The Witch Hunter By: Virginia Boecker Elizabeth hunts witches.  She's one of the best hunters that her king employs despite being a petite, blonde sixteen year old....

Rot and Ruin By: Jonathan Maberry Fifteen year old, Benny Imura, lives in a small, fenced-in community where 15 year olds must be employed or face...

Girl, Stolen By: April Henry Sixteen year old Cheyenne Wilder is very sick with pneumonia. She convinces her step-mother to let her stay in the car...

Anna and the French Kiss By: Stephanie Perkins [blockquote text='"Boys turn girls into such idiots!"' text_color='#8dc63f' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='no' quote_icon_color=''] This delightful story is about...

Hidden By: Helen Frost A 2013-14 Young Hoosier Award. A very believeable and riveting story about two young girls Wren and Darra.   The girls alternate telling their...

The Kiss of Deception By: Mary E. Pearson Princess Lia's life has been planned out for her from the day she was born.  As the first...

Beneath By: Roland Smith Pat O'Toole always looked up to his older brother, Coop. Coop is very...

Finding Audrey By: Sophie Kinsella Audrey is a fourteen year old  British teen who has suffered a traumatic experience that has left her with a severe...

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass By: Meg Medina The first day in a new school, sixteen year old Piedad (“Piddy”) Sanchez is told that...

I Am Her Revenge By: Meredith Moore "I thought I was a weapon with skill and agency, but I'm something more insidious than that. I'm an...

What Waits in the Woods By: Kieran Scott "Don't look back! Don't look back!" Four friends set out on a camping trip. The day is beautiful -...

Since You've Been Gone By: Morgan Matson This book is a 2015 nominee for YALSA's Teen Top Ten award. Sloane and Emily are an unlikely pair of...

Monument 14 By: Emmy Laybourne Set in Monument, Colorado, Monument 14 is suspenseful story of survival. 14 kids are on their way to school when a...

The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion By: Chris McCoy [blockquote text='“I can’t believe anything, but then again, there’s also nothing I wouldn’t believe anymore, because of...

Dark Lord: The Early Years By: Jaime Thomson [blockquote text='"Only by reading my tale will you learn the truth behind the cataclysmic defeat that left me...

Time Between Us By: Tamara Ireland Stone Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Evanston, IL and he lives in 2012...

A Wrinkle in Time By: Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time is an intriguing story about a high school girl named Meg Murry. When Meg discovers...

The Impossible Knife of Memory By: Laurie Halse Anderson [blockquote text='“For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road,...

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart [blockquote text='"No one is a criminal. No one is an addict. No one is a failure."' text_color='#8dc63f' width='' line_height='undefined'...

Saint Anything By: Sarah Dessen Peyton, Sydney's very popular older brother, is not only the star of the family, but also the star of his school...

If We Survive By: Andrew Klavan [blockquote text='"What do you do when a mission trip suddenly leaves you caught in the middle of a revolution?"' text_color='#8dc63f'...

Love and Other Unknown Variables By: Shannon Lee Alexander What if the equation for love doesn't quite compute? Charlie Hanson has his future all planned out. He's...

The Red Umbrella By: Christina Diaz Gonzalez Lucia Alvarez and her family are being watched. It is two years since Fidel Castro’s Revolution and more and...

Echo By: Pam Munoz Ryan If you are looking for an imaginative story with strong, likable characters, then look no further.  Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan...

The Cemetery Boys By: Heather Brewer There's more to this town than you think...

Au Revoir Crazy European Chick By: Joe Schreiber Meet Perry, a normal high school student who happens to have a very unusual foreign exchange student living...

Dead To Me By: Mary McCoy Los Angeles, 1948: “Don’t believe anything they say” were the last words that Alice’s older sister, Annie, said the day...

In Real Life By: Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang In Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang’s illustrated novel, Anda has just started at a new school in...