Smart Heroines for Smart Teens
I am making a master list of fiction with teen protagonists who are clever, complicated, and intellectually stimulating. Books can be YA or simply have a female teen protagonist. They can come from ANY GENRE, from mainstream to Fantasy/SF to contemporary teen romance -- you name it. The only crucial factor is that the female protagonist has BRAINS and USES THEM.
1 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 3,097,009 ratings
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2 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,480,781 ratings
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3 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,361,209 ratings
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4 Vampire Academy (Vampire Ac...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 309,751 ratings
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5 Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academ...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 190,887 ratings
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6 Blood Promise (Vampire Acad...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 179,314 ratings
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7 Frostbite (Vampire Academy,...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 200,862 ratings
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8 Spirit Bound (Vampire Acade...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 185,082 ratings
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9 Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 788 ratings
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10 Torment (Bloodlines, #2)
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 290 ratings
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11 Revelations (Bloodlines, #3)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 229 ratings
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12 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,922,229 ratings
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13 Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 89,932 ratings
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14 Starlet's Run (The Starlet,...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 74 ratings
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15 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 404,041 ratings
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16 Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 264,867 ratings
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17 Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 100,933 ratings
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18 Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 1,213,223 ratings
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19 Ella Enchanted
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 258,296 ratings
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20 Just Listen
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 155,715 ratings
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21 Gone (Gone, #1)
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 107,815 ratings
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22 Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 239,493 ratings
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23 Intermix Nation
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 100 ratings
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23 Why Not-World
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25 Cassidy Jones and the Secre...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 687 ratings
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26 Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 33,307 ratings
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27 Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 45,510 ratings
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28 Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's ...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 360 ratings
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29 The Disreputable History of...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 25,733 ratings
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30 The Girl with the Dragon Ta...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,262,517 ratings
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31 The Girl Who Played with Fi...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 454,848 ratings
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32 Inkspell (Inkworld, #2)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 66,196 ratings
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33 Bound (The Guardians, #1)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 59 ratings
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34 Lirael (Abhorsen, #2)
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 60,916 ratings
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34 A Rose for the ANZAC Boys
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36 Trickster's Choice (Daughte...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 32,264 ratings
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37 Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy,...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 64,785 ratings
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38 The Princess Diaries (The P...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 143,100 ratings
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39 Marked (House of Night #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 281,818 ratings
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40 North of Beautiful
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 25,989 ratings
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40 A Great and Terrible Beauty...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 150,377 ratings
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42 Bloodhound (Beka Cooper, #2)
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 23,577 ratings
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43 Personal Demons (Personal D...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 7,759 ratings
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43 Sonora, and the Eye of the ...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 135 ratings
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43 Deep Green
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 50 ratings
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43 Double Digit (Digit, #2)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 597 ratings
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47 Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 ...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 95 ratings
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48 Cassidy Jones and the Secre...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 687 ratings
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49 The Scorpio Races
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 48,846 ratings
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50 Cybele's Secret (Wildwood, #2)
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 7,351 ratings
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51 Speak
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52 Evernight (Evernight, #1)
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 54,100 ratings
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53 Trickster's Choice (Daughte...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 32,264 ratings
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54 Blood Red Road (Dust Lands,...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 37,908 ratings
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55 The Looking Glass Wars (The...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 28,989 ratings
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55 The Ask and the Answer (Cha...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 31,915 ratings
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57 The Ruby in the Smoke (Sall...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 14,505 ratings
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58 Tuck Everlasting
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 135,428 ratings
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58 Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 589,617 ratings
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60 The Blue Sword (Damar, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 36,369 ratings
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61 A Walk to Remember
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 393,265 ratings
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62 The Nature of Jade
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 8,903 ratings
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63 Daughter of Smoke & Bone (D...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 128,313 ratings
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64 Tantalize (Tantalize, #1)
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3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 10,035 ratings
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64 The Girl Who Kicked the Hor...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 373,898 ratings
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66 Something Witchy This Way C...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 471 ratings
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67 Fireworks on the 4th (McSwa...
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 15 ratings
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68 Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's ...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 360 ratings
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69 Plain Kate
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 3,807 ratings
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70 Leaving Paradise (Leaving P...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 30,961 ratings
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71 Crown Duel (Crown & Court #...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 15,549 ratings
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72 Glass Houses (The Morganvil...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 67,118 ratings
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73 Where the Heart Is
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 166,388 ratings
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73 The Fault in Our Stars
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 1,223,984 ratings
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75 Starlet's Web (The Starlet,...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 117 ratings
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76 Sense and Sensibility
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 593,676 ratings
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77 Everlost (Skinjacker, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 19,266 ratings
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78 Ada: Legend of a Healer
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 118 ratings
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78 Blue Thread
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 77 ratings
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78 Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam
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78 I Thirst
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78 Poseidon’s Children (The Le...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 199 ratings
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78 Dream Boy
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 378 ratings
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78 Realm of the Goddess
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85 Waving at the Moon
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 14 ratings
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85 Mara, Daughter of the Nile
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 5,399 ratings
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85 Cinema of Shadows (Harmony,...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 147 ratings
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88 Illuminated
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 1,185 ratings
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88 Vanity Fair
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 72,138 ratings
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90 Harmonic Feedback
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 2,105 ratings
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90 Spook House (Harmony, India...
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92 I Capture the Castle
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 44,338 ratings
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92 We Have Always Lived in the...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 21,845 ratings
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94 Sundial (Light Bringer, #1)
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 190 ratings
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94 Graffiti Moon
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 11,451 ratings
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96 Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 31,082 ratings
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96 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 70,355 ratings
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98 The Silver Kiss
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 12,809 ratings
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98 Boy Proof
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 2,194 ratings
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100 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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219 books · 231 voters · list created August 10th, 2010 by AudryT (votes) .
Tags: teen, ya, young-adult
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Therealbadkitty WHY IS MARKED ON THIS LIST???????!!!!!!!


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Removed Isn't It Pretty To Think So?. Spam. Male hero. Not teen literature.


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