ALA 100 Best Books for Teens
At the Best of the Best Preconference, held during the 2000 Annual Conference of the American Library Association, librarians of the Young Adult Services Division selected the one hundred titles they consider to be the best books for young adults from the last half of the twentieth century. Titles were chosen from the Best Books for Young Adults Booklists published from 1966 to 2000.
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,933,723 ratings
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2 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 639,311 ratings
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3 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 962,796 ratings
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4 Holes (Holes, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 516,403 ratings
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5 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 716,575 ratings
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6 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 748,336 ratings
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7 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 223,764 ratings
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8 Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 101,302 ratings
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9 Go Ask Alice
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 159,421 ratings
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10 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 375,183 ratings
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11 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 26,097 ratings
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12 Beauty (Folktales #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 48,419 ratings
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13 The Bell Jar
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 310,842 ratings
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14 Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale:...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 127,023 ratings
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15 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 441,106 ratings
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16 Dealing with Dragons (Encha...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 49,837 ratings
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17 Shabanu: Daughter of the Wi...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 4,883 ratings
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18 The Chosen
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 57,382 ratings
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19 Catherine, Called Birdy
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 26,028 ratings
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20 The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 9,471 ratings
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21 Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 26,992 ratings
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22 The Things They Carried
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 116,085 ratings
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23 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 175,970 ratings
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24 Jacob Have I Loved
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 19,751 ratings
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25 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 3,112,358 ratings
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25 The Outsiders
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 457,756 ratings
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27 The Crystal Cave (Arthurian...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 27,632 ratings
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28 I Am the Cheese
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 9,921 ratings
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29 Briar Rose
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,772 ratings
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30 Tomorrow, When the War Bega...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 28,360 ratings
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31 Nothing But the Truth
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 6,515 ratings
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31 Little Women (Little Women,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 992,068 ratings
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31 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 850,937 ratings
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34 Good Night, Mr. Tom
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 20,786 ratings
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34 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 321,579 ratings
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36 Flight #116 Is Down!
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,918 ratings
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37 Downriver
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,002 ratings
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38 Eva
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 1,304 ratings
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39 The Blue Sword (Damar, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 36,443 ratings
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40 The Ruby in the Smoke (Sall...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 14,546 ratings
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41 Annie on My Mind
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 19,763 ratings
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42 The Silver Kiss
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 12,834 ratings
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43 Rules of the Road (Rules of...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 3,708 ratings
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43 The Midwife's Apprentice
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 28,595 ratings
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45 Tangerine
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 17,690 ratings
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46 House of Stairs
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,496 ratings
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47 Slam!
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 3,496 ratings
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48 If You Come Softly
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2,720 ratings
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49 Ironman
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,933 ratings
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50 Kissing Doorknobs
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,887 ratings
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51 After the First Death
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 2,180 ratings
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52 A Walk to Remember
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 394,690 ratings
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53 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 405,301 ratings
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54 Z for Zachariah
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 7,445 ratings
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55 A Girl from Yamhill
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,367 ratings
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56 Alanna: The First Adventure...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 66,996 ratings
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57 Fade
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,853 ratings
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58 The Forest of Hands and Tee...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 58,479 ratings
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59 Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 9,064 ratings
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60 Lyddie
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 3,589 ratings
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61 Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 9,464 ratings
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62 Fallen Angels
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 6,219 ratings
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63 Make Lemonade (Make Lemonad...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 6,456 ratings
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64 Owl in Love
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 982 ratings
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65 Running Loose
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,135 ratings
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66 The Arizona Kid
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 209 ratings
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67 Blue Heron
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 542 ratings
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67 Woodsong
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,612 ratings
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67 The Place My Words are Look...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 55 ratings
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67 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 619,641 ratings
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67 The Hollow (The Hollow, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 15,116 ratings
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67 Arielle Immortal Seduction
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 122 ratings
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67 Secrets (The Geneva Project...
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4.89 of 5 stars 4.89 avg rating — 9 ratings
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74 Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 22,325 ratings
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74 Deathwatch
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,425 ratings
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74 Spells (Wings, #2)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 28,769 ratings
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74 Truth (The Geneva Project, #1)
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 38 ratings
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78 A Hero Ain't Nothin But a S...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 387 ratings
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78 Ender's Shadow (Ender's Sha...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 90,312 ratings
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78 The Haunted (The Hollow, #2)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 10,712 ratings
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81 On the Devil's Court
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 370 ratings
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81 Swallowing Stones
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 1,357 ratings
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81 The Dark and Hollow Places ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 16,096 ratings
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84 Bull Run
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 641 ratings
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84 The Runner (Tillerman Cycle...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,864 ratings
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84 The Dead-Tossed Waves (The ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 22,469 ratings
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87 Far North
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 880 ratings
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87 We Are Witnesses: Five Diar...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,313 ratings
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89 The Disappearance
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 26 ratings
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89 Dear America: Letters Home ...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 589 ratings
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89 The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 4,345 ratings
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92 A Time for Dancing (A Time ...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 1,526 ratings
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93 Kiss the Dust
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 375 ratings
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94 Hoops
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,664 ratings
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95 Somewhere in the Darkness
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 891 ratings
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95 Soldier's Heart: Being the ...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 2,127 ratings
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97 Earthshine
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 53 ratings
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98 Peeling the Onion
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 605 ratings
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99 Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Yo...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 2,558 ratings
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100 Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life o...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 698 ratings
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115 books · 118 voters · list created August 1st, 2009 by Laura (votes) .
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Somehow this list crept over 100 as per the list.

Does anything have to be removed?


message 2: by Laura (new)

Laura "For the love of chocolate" and "Hunger Games" shouldn't be on the list. Thanks!


message 3: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited May 22, 2010 08:26AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads On For the Love of Chocolate: the Manga one, or both?

Removed for not being on the list:

Hunger Games.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Okey-dokey, will remove both Loves of Chocolate.


message 8: by Tawny (new)

Tawny i wouldn't consider the bell jar and the things they carried teen fiction. good books, but not necessarily for that demographic...


message 9: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jun 16, 2012 11:31AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads List has grown again, I see. Or is a list of 100 books actually one of 113?


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