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 — 2,713,206 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 — 612,194 ratings
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3 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 847,923 ratings
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4 Holes (Holes, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 471,761 ratings
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5 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 679,993 ratings
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6 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 703,613 ratings
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7 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 211,866 ratings
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8 Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 94,107 ratings
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9 Go Ask Alice
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 150,110 ratings
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10 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 351,652 ratings
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11 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 25,139 ratings
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12 Beauty (Folktales #1)
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 46,228 ratings
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13 The Bell Jar
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 294,477 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 — 118,359 ratings
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15 The Joy Luck Club
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 422,931 ratings
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16 Dealing with Dragons (Encha...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 46,765 ratings
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17 Shabanu: Daughter of the Wi...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 4,702 ratings
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18 The Chosen
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 55,113 ratings
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19 Catherine, Called Birdy
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 24,694 ratings
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20 Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 25,986 ratings
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21 The Things They Carried
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 108,698 ratings
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22 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 160,853 ratings
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23 Jacob Have I Loved
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 18,735 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 — 8,992 ratings
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25 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 2,817,297 ratings
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26 The Crystal Cave (Arthurian...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 26,540 ratings
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27 I Am the Cheese
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 9,498 ratings
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28 Briar Rose
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,438 ratings
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29 Tomorrow, When the War Bega...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 25,864 ratings
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30 The Outsiders
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 434,078 ratings
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31 Nothing But the Truth
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 6,184 ratings
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31 Little Women (Little Women,...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 947,503 ratings
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31 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 761,673 ratings
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34 Good Night, Mr. Tom
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 19,412 ratings
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34 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 295,916 ratings
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36 Flight #116 Is Down!
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,839 ratings
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37 Downriver
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 948 ratings
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38 Eva
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 1,243 ratings
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39 The Blue Sword (Damar, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 35,297 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 — 13,941 ratings
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41 Annie on My Mind
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 17,847 ratings
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42 The Silver Kiss
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 12,317 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 — 3,536 ratings
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43 The Midwife's Apprentice
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 27,812 ratings
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45 Tangerine
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 16,606 ratings
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46 House of Stairs
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 2,347 ratings
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47 Slam!
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 3,230 ratings
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48 If You Come Softly
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2,542 ratings
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49 Ironman
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,859 ratings
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50 Kissing Doorknobs
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,798 ratings
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51 After the First Death
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,057 ratings
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52 A Walk to Remember
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 361,415 ratings
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53 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 383,943 ratings
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54 Z for Zachariah
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 7,054 ratings
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55 A Girl from Yamhill
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,298 ratings
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56 Alanna: The First Adventure...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 63,979 ratings
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57 Fade
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,771 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 — 56,244 ratings
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59 Swallowing Stones
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 1,293 ratings
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60 Woodsong
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,516 ratings
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61 Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,598 ratings
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62 Dear America: Letters Home ...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 550 ratings
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62 We Are Witnesses: Five Diar...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,184 ratings
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64 Lyddie
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 3,400 ratings
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64 The Place My Words are Look...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 52 ratings
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66 Fallen Angels
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 5,859 ratings
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67 Make Lemonade (Make Lemonad...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 6,051 ratings
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68 Owl in Love
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 947 ratings
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69 Running Loose
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,068 ratings
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70 The Arizona Kid
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 194 ratings
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71 Blue Heron
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 514 ratings
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71 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 574,502 ratings
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71 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 25,139 ratings
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71 The Hollow (The Hollow, #1)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 14,451 ratings
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71 Arielle Immortal Seduction ...
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4.71 of 5 stars 4.71 avg rating — 97 ratings
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76 Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 21,221 ratings
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76 Deathwatch
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,353 ratings
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76 Spells (Wings, #2)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 27,331 ratings
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76 Arielle: Immortal Seduction...
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4.71 of 5 stars 4.71 avg rating — 97 ratings
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80 A Hero Ain't Nothin But a S...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 369 ratings
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80 Ender's Shadow (Ender's Sha...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 85,119 ratings
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80 The Haunted (The Hollow, #2)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 10,177 ratings
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83 On the Devil's Court
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 339 ratings
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83 The Dark and Hollow Places ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 15,330 ratings
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85 Bull Run
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 596 ratings
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85 The Runner (Tillerman Cycle...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,799 ratings
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85 The Dead-Tossed Waves (The ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 21,462 ratings
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88 Far North
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 823 ratings
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89 The Disappearance
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 24 ratings
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89 The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking ...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 4,015 ratings
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91 A Time for Dancing (A Time ...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 1,457 ratings
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92 Kiss the Dust
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 350 ratings
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93 Hoops
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,492 ratings
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93 Soldier's Heart: Being the ...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 2,003 ratings
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95 Somewhere in the Darkness
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 818 ratings
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96 Earthshine
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 52 ratings
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97 Peeling the Onion
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 567 ratings
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98 Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Yo...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 2,409 ratings
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99 Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life o...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 650 ratings
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100 Sixteen: Short Stories by O...
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3.13 of 5 stars 3.13 avg rating — 46 ratings
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115 books · 116 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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