Staff Favorites: Teen fiction our library staff loves

Etiquette & EspionageMomo, or The Curious Story about the Time Thieves and the Child Who Returned the People's Stolen TimeMore than ThisHaroun and the Sea of Stories

Prep School ConfidentialDaughter of Smoke & Bone

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Reading Gail Carriger is like eating a favorite pastry and discovering an unusual filling: light, decadent, funny, paranormal steampunk adventure—this time for teens! Sophronia is a young lady who’d rather climb the side of a building than the social ladder. Fortunately for her, she’s been sent to the right finishing school. Delightful hijinks and dangerous mysteries ensue. If you like Terry Pratchett or Jasper Fforde, this is a series to investigate. — Jenny, Central

Momo, or the Curious Story about the Time Thieves and the Child Who Returned the People’s Stolen Time by Michael Ende
Written over 70 years ago, Ende’s fantasy novel tells the story of a village of unwitting townspeople convinced by mysterious grey men to give up their friends and live more efficiently, and the young orphan girl who reminds them where their hearts truly lie. An oldie but goodie, and prophetic in its portrayal of the modern conception of time, this newly translated and gorgeously illustrated 40th anniversary edition is a treasure for readers of all ages. — Amanda, Northgate

More Than This by Patrick Ness
Seth woke up in hell. How else could he describe the dusty landscape, the desolation, the utter emptiness? And after all, he deserves it, doesn’t he – after what he’s done? Patrick Ness has written a beautiful story of guilt, friendship and self-actualization that leaves you with more questions than answers. Not your typical young adult novel, this dystopian future will leave you wanting more—in a good way. — Jessica, Northeast

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
An adventure originally written by Salman Rushdie for his son, who had chastised his father for not writing more books for youth, Haroun and the Sea of Stories takes place in a land of visual surprises and talking animals, and is comparable to the whimsy, fantastic creatures and sly wit of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl. — Peggy, Capitol Hill

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor
Twin Peaks meets Revenge,” says the publisher– and that’s pretty accurate. After Anne is expelled from a Manhattan academy, her dad buys her a spot at an exclusive boarding school. A murder on campus, an administration that buries secrets, a couple of red herrings and steam tunnels (all campuses should have steam tunnels!) add up to a well-plotted mystery. Try it if you’re hooked on Ally Carter’s Heist Society series. — Linda, Central

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou is an art student with blue hair and tattoos of an eye on each palm. She’s artistically talented and she collects languages. But who is she really? Karou struggles to discover more about herself and her role in a dangerous battle. She has one friend, as well as a mysterious father figure, and there’s another character who appears and creates havoc. Taylor reveals Karou’s world bit by bit, leaving you hungering for more. — Kris, Magnolia

See our Winter Staff Favorites brochure online or at your local branch for suggestions for children, teens and adults.

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