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 — 2,661,351 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 — 605,108 ratings
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3 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 825,822 ratings
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4 Holes (Holes, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 452,611 ratings
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5 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 671,091 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 — 692,222 ratings
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7 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 208,972 ratings
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8 Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 92,382 ratings
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9 Go Ask Alice
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 140,512 ratings
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10 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 345,347 ratings
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11 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 24,891 ratings
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12 Beauty (Folktales #1)
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 45,143 ratings
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13 The Bell Jar
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 289,700 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 — 115,773 ratings
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15 The Joy Luck Club
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 417,536 ratings
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16 Dealing with Dragons (Encha...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 42,997 ratings
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17 Shabanu: Daughter of the Wi...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 4,490 ratings
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18 The Chosen
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 54,288 ratings
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19 Catherine, Called Birdy
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 24,187 ratings
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20 Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 25,339 ratings
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21 The Things They Carried
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 106,373 ratings
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22 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 155,498 ratings
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23 Jacob Have I Loved
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 18,158 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 — 8,653 ratings
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25 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 2,745,428 ratings
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26 The Crystal Cave (Arthurian...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 26,303 ratings
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27 I Am the Cheese
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 9,409 ratings
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28 Briar Rose
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,276 ratings
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29 Tomorrow, When the War Bega...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 25,055 ratings
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30 The Outsiders
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 425,946 ratings
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31 Nothing But the Truth
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 6,026 ratings
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31 Little Women (Little Women,...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 936,153 ratings
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31 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 741,955 ratings
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34 Good Night, Mr. Tom
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 19,078 ratings
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34 Uglies (Uglies, #1)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 288,815 ratings
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36 Flight #116 Is Down!
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,817 ratings
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37 Downriver
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 926 ratings
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38 Eva
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 1,199 ratings
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39 The Blue Sword (Damar, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 35,145 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 — 13,780 ratings
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41 Annie on My Mind
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 17,365 ratings
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42 The Silver Kiss
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 11,712 ratings
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43 Rules of the Road (Rules of...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 3,480 ratings
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43 The Midwife's Apprentice
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 26,800 ratings
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45 Tangerine
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 16,359 ratings
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46 House of Stairs
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,283 ratings
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47 Slam!
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 3,119 ratings
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48 If You Come Softly
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2,467 ratings
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49 Ironman
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,797 ratings
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50 Kissing Doorknobs
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,709 ratings
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51 After the First Death
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,006 ratings
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52 A Walk to Remember
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 351,177 ratings
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53 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 378,606 ratings
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54 Z for Zachariah
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 6,842 ratings
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55 A Girl from Yamhill
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,267 ratings
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56 Alanna: The First Adventure...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 63,296 ratings
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57 Fade
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,727 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 — 55,510 ratings
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59 Swallowing Stones
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 1,217 ratings
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60 Woodsong
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,484 ratings
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61 Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,323 ratings
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62 Dear America: Letters Home ...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 523 ratings
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62 We Are Witnesses: Five Diar...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,120 ratings
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64 Lyddie
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 3,286 ratings
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64 The Place My Words are Look...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 51 ratings
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66 Fallen Angels
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 5,757 ratings
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67 Make Lemonade (Make Lemonad...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 5,636 ratings
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68 Owl in Love
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 899 ratings
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69 Running Loose
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,039 ratings
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70 The Arizona Kid
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 177 ratings
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71 Blue Heron
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 502 ratings
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71 The Host (The Host, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 558,443 ratings
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71 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 24,891 ratings
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71 The Hollow (The Hollow, #1)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 13,733 ratings
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71 Arielle Immortal Seduction ...
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 89 ratings
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76 Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 20,545 ratings
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76 Deathwatch
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 1,274 ratings
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76 Spells (Wings, #2)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 26,956 ratings
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76 Arielle: Immortal Seduction...
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 89 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 — 363 ratings
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80 Ender's Shadow (Ender's Sha...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 83,892 ratings
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80 The Haunted (The Hollow, #2)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 9,588 ratings
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83 On the Devil's Court
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 330 ratings
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83 The Dark and Hollow Places ...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 14,945 ratings
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85 Bull Run
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 574 ratings
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85 The Runner (Tillerman Cycle...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,734 ratings
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85 The Dead-Tossed Waves (The ...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 21,033 ratings
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88 Far North
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 790 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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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 3,713 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 — 1,411 ratings
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92 Kiss the Dust
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 335 ratings
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93 Hoops
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,411 ratings
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93 Soldier's Heart: Being the ...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,928 ratings
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95 Somewhere in the Darkness
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 787 ratings
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96 Earthshine
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 51 ratings
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97 Peeling the Onion
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 532 ratings
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98 Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Yo...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 2,217 ratings
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99 Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life o...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 615 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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