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Teen Read Week, the third week in October, is designed to encourage young adults ages 12-18 to enjoy some of the best and most popular books for young readers.  Here are ten among teens’ favorite books of the last year.

In The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks, fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them--until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

Rebecca Stead won the 2010 Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me.  As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid”, a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork has Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, facing new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Sally M. Walker reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s in Written in Bone: buried lives in Jamestown and Colonial Maryland.

In stunning graphic memoir format, Caldecott-winning artist David Small tells the story of his difficult childhood and his journey into adolescence and adulthood in Stitches.

Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie stars young miss Flavia de Luce, who is delighted with the discovery of a dead snipe on her doorstep and considers it a bonus when a human body is found in her cucumber patch.

In The Clearing, Heather Davis tells a haunting tale of Amy, new girl in town trying to forget unpleasant memories in Seattle, and Henry, the boy she meets in the clearing behind the house,  living—and reliving—the summer of 1944.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the autobiography of William Kamkwamba who taught himself to build a windmill from scrap in order to bring electricity to his impoverished village in Malawi.  This is an inspiring testament to the power of a single person filled with curiosity and determination to effect great improvements for a people, in spite of poverty and limited education.

In Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Cameron knew there was something wrong when he started seeing pillars of fire and angels, but he never imagined he had mad cow disease.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is about Grace, who has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her Minnesota house, ever since being saved by a wolf as a child. She has been particularly drawn to one – a yellow-eyed wolf who, in turn has been watching her intensely.  But the wolves are becoming restless and need Grace's help to save them. One of the wolves takes human form and falls in love with Grace — but as the weather grows colder, he’ll turn back into a wolf, likely forever. Soon, he must make a life or death decision to stay with the one he loves.

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