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It’s All About Us (All About Us, Book 1) by Shelley Adina

Being accepted by the popular girls at posh Spencer Academy boarding school in San Francisco is turning out to be harder than Lissa Mansfield thought. And then there’s her loudmouth roommate, Gillian Chang, who’s not just happy to be a Christian herself – she’s determined to out Lissa, too! If Lissa can just keep it under wraps long enough to hook Callum McCloud, she’ll be golden. But when Callum pressures her to go all the way with him, Lissa has to decide how far is too far. How can she see that line when he’s so gorgeous and popular and she’s so dazzled? (M, S)

The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson

When his family moves to Colorado to care for his ailing grandfather, Aidan thinks his life is ruined until he discovers three ancient scrolls in the basement. They tell of a world where the knights of Alleble fight to keep the warriors of Paragory from gaining dominion over the Realm. Soon Aidan finds himself swept into this strange land, where his role is to become the 12th knight of the King’s Elder Guard. (M)

Becoming Me (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin, Book 1) by Melody Carlson

In her diary, sixteen-year-old Caitlin O’Conner reveals the inner workings of a girl caught between childhood and womanhood…an empty life without Christ and a meaningful one with Him. Through Caitlin’s candid journal entries we see her grapple with such universal teen issues as peer pressure, loyalty, conflict with parents, the longing for a boyfriend, and her own spirituality. (M, S)

My Name is Chloe (Diary of a Teenage Girl: Chloe, Book 1) by Melody Carlson

Chloe is a free spirit with funky clothes and dramatic hair. She struggles with her own identity, classmates, parents, boys, and—her biggest question—whether or not God is for real. Refusing to change her image to fit into the “stereotypical Christian preppy mold,” Chloe expresses God’s love and grace through the girl band she forms, Redemption. (M, S)

Bad Connection (The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, Book 1) by Melody Carlson

She seems like your average teen, but Samantha is unusually gifted. God gives her visions and dreams that offer unconventional glimpses into other people’s lives and problems. It’s a powerful gift with a lot of responsibility… (M, S)

Mixed Bags (Carter House Girls, Book 1) by Melody Carlson

When her mom died, DJ had to move in with her grandmother, internationally famous fashion model Katherine Carter. Now Mrs. Carter’s opened a boarding home for young ladies, and DJ is just sure they’ll all be unbearable fashion snobs. But as the girls arrive, they begin to get to know each other and form friendships. DJ may not turn into the perfect little lady her grandmother has in mind, but with all these new “sisters,” her life will never be the same! (M, S)

Beyond the Reflection’s Edge by Bryan Davis

After sixteen-year-old Nathan Shepherd’s parents are murdered during a corporate investigation, he teams up with a friend to solve the case, discovering mirrors that reflect events from the past and future, a camera that photographs people who aren’t there, and a violin that echoes unseen voices. (M, S)

The Miracle Girls (Miracle Girls, Book 1) by Anne Dayton

Everything changed when Ana Dominguez’ dad moved the family to Half Moon Bay, California. Her parents think she’s settling into her new school nicely, but she has them fooled. Popular Riley has picked Ana as enemy #1, and Tyler, Ana’s crush, doesn’t even know Ana exists. But when Ana ends up in detention with Riley, her life suddenly changes. When Ana, Riley, Christine, and Zoe share their essays on “The Day My Life Changed,” it turns out they have more in common than they ever would have imagined. Now as Ana lives out her faith, she and Zoe are determined to befriend Riley and Christine. But the drama of high school life has only just begun… (M, S)

Chosen by Ted Dekker

The land of the Forest Dwellers has been decimated by the Horde under the watchful eye of the vilest of all creatures, Teeleh, and the Forest Guard is forced to lower the recruitment age from 18 to 16. Four young recruits are chosen and sent on a quest, but their mission takes a dramatic turn when they are intercepted, sworn to secrecy, and redirected to a different endgame. Now they must find the seven lost Books of History, books with power of the past that are sought by the Dark One. (M, S)

Trion Rising (Shadowside Trilogy, Book 1) by Robert Elmer

Those who live in lush comfort on the bright side of the small planet Corista have plundered the water resources of Shadowside for centuries, ignoring the existence of Shadowside’s inhabitants, who are nothing more than animals. Or so the Brightsiders have been taught. It will take a special young woman to expose the truth—and to help avert the war that is sure to follow. (M, S)

Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn

It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she’ll fit in. A new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christy’s high school years with laughter and tears. Follow Christy as she draws closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments. (M, S)

Sierra Jenson series by Robin Jones Gunn

After coming home from a summer missions trip, Sierra Jensen is faced with moving to a place she has never even seen before – Portland,Oregon. Now she faces rough choices in this new city as she makes new friends. And what about Paul, the cute guy she met in the airport on the way home? Will Sierra ever make it in this new city and, will she trust on God? (M, S)

Peculiar Treasures (Katie Weldon Series, Book 1) by Robin Jones Gunn

Christy Miller’s best friend Katie Weldon is just finishing her junior year at Bible College. As she juggles finals, maid-of-honor duties at her friend Christy’s wedding, work and an almost-romance with her boss, she finds herself contemplating other big questions, such as whether to take a resident advisor position her senior year, and what to do about her undeclared major. (M, S)

In Between (A Katie Parker Production, Book 1) by Jenny B. Jones

With a mother in jail and a missing-in-action dad, Katie Parker has never known what it’s like to truly be loved, and now she’s been shipped off to a foster home. In the midst of a dark situation, Katie finds light in the most unexpected places: through her new friendship with an eccentric senior and the commitment of her foster family. And as she inches closer to acceptance and forgiveness, she finds that God has been there all along. (M, S)

Miss Match by Erynn Mangum

Lauren Holbrook has decided to add a side career to her regular job as a photographer: matchmaking for the romantically challenged.  After successfully hitching up her sister, Lauren decides to set out to match everyone up.  However, Lauren finds that certain combinations of people result in explosions, rather than sparks, and her foolproof plan begins to unravel. (S)

My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay

Cori signs up to take a mission trip to Indonesia during the summer after her senior year of high school.  But when she arrives, a religious conflict that’s been simmering for years flames to life with deadly results.  Within days, the church building the team had constructed is in ashes, its pastor and fifty villagers are dead, and the six terrified teenagers are stranded in the mountainous jungle with only the pastor’s teenage son to guide them to safety. (S)

Ripple Effect (Time Thriller Trilogy, Book 1) by Paul McCusker

After Elizabeth almost drowns when her bathtub fills with muddy water, she emerges to find that her world, and everyone in it, has changed. Elizabeth has dropped into another girl’s existence. Is she dreaming, or is she an amnesiac as everyone suspects? Will she find the faith to uncover the truth and make her way back to her own reality? (M, S)

Staying Pure by Stephanie Perry Moore

Not only is Payton Skky popular, but she is also dating the best looking guy at her high school. While he is pressuring her to sleep with him, Payton is content to wait, convinced that he is the one she will marry. As the pressure increases Payton starts to wonder if waiting is really worth it, especially since she believes that their love will last forever. If she gives in, will they always be together? (M, S)

Knuckle Sandwich: Sometimes Rock N Roll Hits Back by Adam Palmer

Bass player Jeremiah Springfield was born to rock. The son of a musician, Jeremiah was raised on a steady diet of his father’s classic rock albums. When Jeremiah meets enigmatic singer/songwriter Matt Ripke and Liz Bennett, a beautiful and talented drummer, it’s a match made in Christian rock heaven. Soon the group is tearing up the youth group scene and making quite the name for themselves. But when they move from the small towns to a national tour, they learn quickly that fame isn’t everything. (S)

Hangman’s Curse by Frank Peretti

Trouble is brewing in Baker, Washington. Three popular athletes have been stricken with a mysterious ailment that leaves them incoherent, paranoid, and eventually comatose. Cue teen twins Elisha and Elijah and their parents. As members of a top-secret presidential investigative team, the Veritas Project, the family must be prepared to go undercover at any moment. Soon they are deeply embroiled in a deadly mystery that involves witchcraft, bullying, the ghost of a boy who hanged himself long ago, and a most diabolical weapon. (M, S)

Too Many Secrets (Jennie McGrady Mysteries, Book 1) by Patricia Rushford

Jeannie McGrady loves to read mysteries, drive her mom’s Mustang, and think about boy-next-door Ryan Johnson. Her summer seems perfect until her globetrotting grandmother disappears with a million dollars in stolen diamonds. When Jennie enlists Ryan’s help in finding Gram, a dangerous search looms ahead. (M, S)

Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Sampson

Scotty Dawn has all the freedom a fifteen-year-old girl could want. As she and her mom, Charley, travel to movie sets for Charley’s work, Scotty’s allowed to go anywhere and be anything. But there are costs to such a life. Scotty doesn’t know who she is, where she comes from, or who to trust.  As Scotty writes in her Hollywood Nobody blog, the answers she finds are darker than she had expected. Will she discover who she can trust and finally make sense of her world? (M, S)

No Shame, No Fear by Ann Turnbull

In England in 1662, a time of religious persecution, fifteen-year-old Susanna, a poor country girl and a Quaker, and seventeen-year-old William, a wealthy Anglican, meet and fall in love against all odds. (M, S)

The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons, Book 1) by Debbie Viguie

Candy Thompson hates her job at The Zone amusement park, where she’s required to set aside her whole social life for the privilege of standing out in the hot sun selling cotton candy. Still, there are perks—particularly the mysterious hunk in the Lone Ranger costume! (M, S)


Grade Level Interest
M Middle School (defined as grades 6-8).
S Senior High (defined as grades 9-12).
A/YA Adult-marketed book recommended for teens.

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