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Booked for Teens - December 5, 2017


Booked for Teens

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Booked for Teens is a monthly booklist of new and/or great YA titles, and highlists programs and events for teens.  View more Booked for Teens: Blog View | Archived Newsletter View | All insider newsletters



This month is all about food. So here's a sampling of delicious YA titles to help you keep your eye on the prize. Of deliciousness.

If you're ever looking for recommendations, drop into the library, or email me at I LOVE to talk books!


All These Things I've Done
by Gabrielle Zevin

In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important NYC crime family. Terrific, under-the-radar series. Lots of chocolate content.

American Street
by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

When Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own. This book isn't about food per se, but has a truly wonderful, funny, and moving Thanksgiving cooking scene that speaks to the isolation of being an recent immigrant, as well as the opportunities for connection. 

by Sarah Ockler

Hudson Avery gave up a promising competetive ice skating career after her parents divorced when she was fourteen years old. She now spends her time baking cupcakes and helping out in her mother's upstate New York diner, but when she gets a chance at a scholarship and starts coaching the boys' hockey team, she realized that she is not through with ice skating after all. (This is the publisher's description and for some reason leaves out the SWOONY romance between her and a hockey player.) 

Flavor of the Week
by Tucker Shaw

Cyril, and overweight boy who is friends with a girl named Rose, but wishes he could be more, helps his friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself creates. Includes recipes from the story. 

Hope Was Here
by Joan Bauer

Wisconsin + Pie. What more could you ask for? When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn, NY to Mulhoney, WI to work as a waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor. Small town fun.

North of Happy
by Adi Alsaid

A wealthy dual citizen of Mexico and the United States rebels against his family's strict plans for his future, and secures a job with his favorite celebrity chef. Then he falls for his boss's daughter. 

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
by Lucy Knisley

Cute, funny, moving, and delicious-- this graphic memoir by the daughter of a chef and a gormet takes us through the author's life in food. Recipes included!

From Where I Watch You
by Shannon Grogan

Sixteen-year-old Kara McKinley's life imploded after the death of her mean-spirited older sister, but she finds solace in baking and the hope of winning a culinary school scholarship until a stalker targets her, leading her to piece together events from her past even as she fears for her future.