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Maxiumum Ride: The Angel Experiment
Max, 14, and her adopted family-Fang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6-were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The youngsters are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. (School Library Journal Review)
If you liked James Patterson's Maximum Ride series, you might try one of these fast-paced books:
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong. (Book one in a series)
Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman
Aidan and Meg Falconer are their parents' only hope. The Falconers are facing life in prison -- unless Aidan and Meg can follow a trail of clues to prove their innocence. The problem? Right now they're trapped in a juvenile detention center. Until they escape one night -- and find themselves on the run, both from the authorities and from a sinister attacker t who has his own reason to stop them. The Falconers must use their wits to make it across the country ... with plenty of tests along the way. (Book one in a series)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. (Book one in a series)
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Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl's harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful -- and as timely -- today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.
If you like Go Ask Alice and Ellen Hopkins books, then you may like:
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins (her latest book)
Written in free verse, explores how three teenagers try to cope with the consequences of their mother's addiction to crystal meth and its effects on their lives.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.
I'd particularly recommend The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray and A Great and Terrible Beauty.
A Nightmare's Dozen: Stories From the Dark illustrated by Michael Hussar edited by Michael Sterns.
Frightening tales from a multitude of authors promise to keep you awake at night.
Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan.
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an
encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make
Here are some other books that I hope you will like. Like
Sandry's Book, all of these are stories have magic and friendship in
If you haven't read the three books by Tamora Pierce that come after
Sandry's Book, I'd definitely recommend the rest of the Circle of Magic quartet:
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey.
Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart.
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Brian Jacques is hard to beat for a rousing war-like fantasy, but here
are a few titles that you might want to try. All of these books have
sequels or are part of a series.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune
by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight
back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer.
If you haven't read the sequels to Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging,
you should give those a try:
On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further
Confessions of Georgia Nicholson.
Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia
Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants: Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Away Laughing on a Fast Camel: Even More Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Here are some other books that have danger, intrigue and some romance (or at
H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden.
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto,
a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer
specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds
and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.
Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole.
If you like the Gossip Girl series, you
might want to try some of these:
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to
pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the
right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach.
Au Pairs: a Novel by Melissa de la Cruz.
If you liked the passion between Edward and Bella in New Moon you might
try one of these. The first three are horror or fantasy, and the last
two are just good love stories!
The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause.
A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoe come to terms
with her mother's terminal illness.
Haunted: A Tale of the Mediator by Meg Cabot.