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 — 2,825,563 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 — 625,925 ratings
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3 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 908,857 ratings
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4 Holes (Holes, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 497,456 ratings
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5 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 698,455 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 — 726,857 ratings
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7 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 217,843 ratings
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8 Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 97,521 ratings
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9 Go Ask Alice
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 154,804 ratings
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10 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 362,915 ratings
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11 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 25,702 ratings
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12 Beauty (Folktales #1)
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 47,448 ratings
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13 The Bell Jar
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 302,455 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 — 122,670 ratings
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15 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 433,503 ratings
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16 Dealing with Dragons (Encha...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 48,449 ratings
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17 Shabanu: Daughter of the Wi...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 4,775 ratings
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18 The Chosen
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 56,353 ratings
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19 Catherine, Called Birdy
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 25,343 ratings
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20 Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 26,466 ratings
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21 The Things They Carried
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 111,860 ratings
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22 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 168,483 ratings
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23 Jacob Have I Loved
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 19,189 ratings
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24 The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 9,179 ratings
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25 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 2,972,012 ratings
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26 The Crystal Cave (Arthurian...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 27,049 ratings
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27 I Am the Cheese
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 9,687 ratings
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28 Briar Rose
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,573 ratings
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29 Tomorrow, When the War Bega...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 27,243 ratings
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30 The Outsiders
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 448,137 ratings
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31 Nothing But the Truth
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 6,342 ratings
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31 Little Women (Little Women,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 970,468 ratings
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31 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 810,329 ratings
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34 Good Night, Mr. Tom
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 20,038 ratings
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34 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 309,317 ratings
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36 Flight #116 Is Down!
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,878 ratings
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37 Downriver
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 975 ratings
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38 Eva
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 1,279 ratings
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39 The Blue Sword (Damar, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 35,721 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 — 14,221 ratings
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41 Annie on My Mind
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 18,873 ratings
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42 The Silver Kiss
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 12,566 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 — 3,622 ratings
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43 The Midwife's Apprentice
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 28,212 ratings
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45 Tangerine
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 17,189 ratings
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46 House of Stairs
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 2,427 ratings
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47 Slam!
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,401 ratings
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48 If You Come Softly
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2,636 ratings
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49 Ironman
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,899 ratings
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50 Kissing Doorknobs
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,843 ratings
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51 After the First Death
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 2,116 ratings
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52 A Walk to Remember
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 379,813 ratings
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53 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 394,619 ratings
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54 Z for Zachariah
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 7,238 ratings
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55 A Girl from Yamhill
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,328 ratings
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56 Alanna: The First Adventure...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 65,320 ratings
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57 Fade
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,803 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 — 57,591 ratings
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59 Swallowing Stones
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 1,325 ratings
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60 Woodsong
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,566 ratings
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61 Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,818 ratings
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62 Dear America: Letters Home ...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 575 ratings
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62 We Are Witnesses: Five Diar...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,262 ratings
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64 Lyddie
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 3,483 ratings
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64 The Place My Words are Look...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 54 ratings
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66 Fallen Angels
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 6,034 ratings
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67 Make Lemonade (Make Lemonad...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 6,224 ratings
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68 Owl in Love
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 965 ratings
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69 Running Loose
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,101 ratings
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70 The Arizona Kid
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 203 ratings
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71 Blue Heron
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 530 ratings
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71 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 597,582 ratings
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71 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 25,702 ratings
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71 The Hollow (The Hollow, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 14,780 ratings
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71 Arielle Immortal Seduction ...
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4.65 of 5 stars 4.65 avg rating — 99 ratings
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71 Secrets (The Geneva Project...
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings
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77 Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 21,775 ratings
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77 Deathwatch
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,390 ratings
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77 Spells (Wings, #2)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 27,966 ratings
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77 Arielle: Immortal Seduction...
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4.65 of 5 stars 4.65 avg rating — 99 ratings
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77 Truth (The Geneva Project, #1)
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 35 ratings
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82 A Hero Ain't Nothin But a S...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 378 ratings
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82 Ender's Shadow (Ender's Sha...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 87,581 ratings
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82 The Haunted (The Hollow, #2)
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 10,442 ratings
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85 On the Devil's Court
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 359 ratings
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85 The Dark and Hollow Places ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 15,675 ratings
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87 Bull Run
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 616 ratings
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87 The Runner (Tillerman Cycle...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,832 ratings
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87 The Dead-Tossed Waves (The ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 21,936 ratings
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90 Far North
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 852 ratings
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91 The Disappearance
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 25 ratings
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91 The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 4,189 ratings
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93 A Time for Dancing (A Time ...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 1,491 ratings
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94 Kiss the Dust
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 363 ratings
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95 Hoops
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,603 ratings
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95 Soldier's Heart: Being the ...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 2,075 ratings
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97 Somewhere in the Darkness
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 858 ratings
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98 Earthshine
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 53 ratings
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99 Peeling the Onion
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 580 ratings
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100 Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Yo...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 2,479 ratings
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117 books · 117 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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