AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

Best Adult Fiction For Teens (And Adults!)

There are many fiction books written for adults that appeal to teens due to the subject matter or the teen protagonists in the story. The number of adults reading books for teens or featuring teens keeps getting higher as the genre becomes stronger with quality books. There are many good books that fall into this category. A few adult fiction novels featuring teens as main characters that I’ve read this year and recommend are:

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
In the midst of the Great Depression 15 year old Thea Atwell is sent to a boarding school for southern debutantes as punishment for her role in an unforgivable family tragedy. She ends up there longer than she expected, makes friends, excels at horseback riding, and learns a lot about herself as she tries to sort through being estranged from her family and being racked with guilt and feeling lost. The books is part family drama and part scandalous love story. I couldn’t put it down.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Alex is struck by a meteorite at the age of 10. He is a bookish, outcast, son of a fortune teller – so he hasn’t had the easiest life. As the story jumps forward to Alex at age 17, he befriends an cantankerous elderly neighbor Mr. Peterson and the duo bond over Kurt Vonnegut. The book opens with 17 year old Alex being pulled over at the customs border with illegal substances in the glove box and an urn of ashes in the passenger seat as he sits blaring classical music while having a seizure. There’s only one thing to do but be curious enough to read it.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Rosemary is a witty college student still coming to terms with the fact that her sister (who was raised as her twin) was removed from the house at a young age, which led to her brother running away from home, leaving Rosemary and her parents alone with what’s left of the family. What gets talked about? What doesn’t? It’s a beautifully written book based on experiments done in the 1970s regarding behaviorial psychology.

Here’s a list by School Library Journal of the top books in this category for 2013, and here’s a list of books that won the Alex Award this year – given to the top 10 books written for adults that appeal to teens. There's a bunch of good titles to put on your list!

It's All Write - All Submissions 2014

2014 submissions were accepted in the three grade categories - Middle School, Grades 9th/10th and Grades 11th/12th. The following are all the students and the work they submitted for this year's It's All Write Contest. The winning stories and finalists can be viewed here.

Middle School:

Isabelle Aguilar
"Sanctuary"
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Miguel Aldrete
"Fight to Survive"
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Noor Al-Regib
"The School"
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Jonathan Awwad
"Our Sleeping Minds"
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Jett Bailey
"Killing Them Loudly"
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Linus Banka
"On The Effects of Spontaneous Semi-Lucid Dreaming"
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Savannah Beck
"Fire"
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Tricia Becker
"Gone"
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Mallery A. Bee
"Love & Loss - The Way the World Turns"
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Elena Bernier
“The Elevator"

Katherine Bos
"Mother Goose's Magical Book of Rhymes"

Henry Branch
"The Immigrant Kid"
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Tobin Brenner
"Stuck"
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Jada Brown
“It’s the Start of the End”

Linus Brush-Mindell
"The New Kid"
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Misty Cao
“Fire”

Shelby Carlson
“Son of the Mob”

Bridget Chemberlin
"The Starcatcher"
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Samantha Chime
"The Hundred Year Loop"
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Miguel Clement
"Greystone"
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Ben Clingenpeel
“The Story of a Bride, a Groom, and a Bus”

Hannah Kathryn Cohen
"Girls Don't Wear Dog Tags"
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Lucas Cole
"Truth"
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Mary Collins
"The Gryphon Trainer"
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Emma Crisenbery
"Doors to Heaven"
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Danielle D’Alonzo
"A Very Active Imagination"
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Krishna Davis
"Text Message"
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Lindsey Dye
"Lessons of Life"
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Daria Esfahan
"Sticks and Stones"
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Isabel Espinosa
“Guitar Tales”

Carsten Finholt
"Guns, Bombs, Knives and Other Tools of Your Average Office Worker"
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Alexis Flores
"The Roanoke Sickness"
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Kate Foley
"Always"
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Kira Frahm
"Cross Country Daze"
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Lucy Fuller
"Alone"
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Samuel Galler
"Burning Souls"
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Alexa Gonzalez
“Memories”

Richard Guan
"Obviously Wrong Answers"
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Megan He
"Gossip"
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Heidi Hepler
"Why the Opossum has a Pouch: A Retelling of the Native American Myth"
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Laura Hicken
"The Christmas Tree"
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Graeme Horton
"Glow of the City"
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Eric Hughes
“Untitled”

Jane Hughes
"She Sees Through Them"
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Chioma Ilozor
“Close to a winter less year”

Ifechi Ilozor
"Trek at Nightfall"
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Aniyah Jackson
"The Ties That Bind"
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Delace Jia
"Parallel Universe"
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Moka Johns
"The Prisoner"
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Zane Jones
"Peeled Paint"
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Joanathan Kang
"Non Reality"
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Ashley Keeler
“What Happened Last Tuesday”

Celia Kessler
"Paper"
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Zoe Kincaid-Beal
“Hello Darkness”

Erik Kirakosyan
"Coming Back to Earth"
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Casey Klobucar
"Clandestinely Confound"
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Ryan Klooster
"Ice"
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Ananya Krishnan
"Road to Recovery"
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Matthew Krivan
"2,000 Miles"
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Sofia Kwok
"Erase"
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Emily Lancaster
"Nukasāna"
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David Lee
“A Very Serious Dystopia”

Marielle Lenehan
"The Elm Tree"
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Avi Lessure
"Shadowbeasts"
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Ruoqi “Rosie” Li
"A Haunted House"
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Kara Lindstrom
"The Noble Type"
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Michelle Livernois
"Flashback"
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Leo Lofy
"Usurper"
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Jocelyn Longaza
"Worst Nightmare"
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Hope Lowery
"Taking Peer Pressure with Pride!"
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Zoe Lubetkin
"Jumping For The Young and Rash"
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Mara Lynch
"After"
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Kayleigh Manchester
"The Were-ling"
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Ariana Martin
"The Wind that Whispers"
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Katie Matthews
“Almost”

Hannah Mayer
"My Husband of a Moa "
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Julian Mayes-Burnett
"Spring Stags Fighting"
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Cameron D.O. McCarthy
"Rise of the Long Ago Race"
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Zev Miklethun
"Meta"
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Abby Mills
"Jump!"
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Sarah Neam
"The Third Limb"
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Nyaila Newbold
"Plane Ride"
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Kaia Newman
"A Thousand Lovely Faces"
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Anna Nicklas
"Buffy the Rabbit and His Magical Adventure"
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Anna Marie Freya Nikolić
"The Fall of Daphne Daisy"
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Sydney Melissa Orton
"No More Tears"

Celeste Pan
"Perfekte Fehl"
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Alaina Pellar-Kosbar
"Best Buddy"
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William Polen
"Unwelcome News"
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Brandon Quach
"The Search for the Football"
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Abigail Kate Rahman
"The Red Dress"
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Sarah Read
"Fiery Ash"

Bridget Roberts
"Snowman for Sam"
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Emma Roth
"Jailbird"
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Manal Sayyed
"Gretchen's Life"
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Dana Schwalbe
"The Virus"
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Mei Semones
"The Girl that is Half of the Last Puzzle Piece"
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Saki Semones
"V-I-V-I-A-N"
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Jake Shapiro
"The Fairies"
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Vivek Sharma
"A Traumatized Hero"
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Zion Smith
"Déjà vu"

Serena Smith
"Miracle"
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Logan Stafford
"Dragon Myth"
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Lydia Stevens
"Just a Few Folds"
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Joseph Surdutovich
"The Woman with the Yellow Eyes"
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Megan Taylor
"Stains"
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Emma Thomas
"What If I Died?"
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Ayla Tighe
"The Lament of the Sea: Ten Sorrowful Centuries for the Lord of the Water"
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Gabi Valderrama
"Again"
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Lena von Moltke
"Trial and Airror"
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Ian Wait
"New World"
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Katie Wakevainen
"Forget Me Not"
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Megan Walsh
"The Tree of Life"
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Vicky Wang
"The Adventures of Sammy Monroe"
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Anna White
"Running Out of Time"
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Garrett Willacker
"The Click"
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Jesse Yost
"In a Time"
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Christopher Zou
"Gentlemen Love Money"
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High School 9th/10th Grade:

Karen Ahn
"Family Portrait"
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Jamer Anderson
"Sky of Pallid Azure"
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Aleyah Austin
"Lonely Landscapes"
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Angela Baker
"The Tragedy of Anastasia Whitmore"
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Caitlin Baratti
"Stones"
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Orion Biedrzycki
"Nothing Is Gold"
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Aaron Bonsu
"The_Black_Wedding"
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Dominic Bourassa
"Aika"
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Lydia Brattin
"Old Blue Eyes Meets New Brown Eyes"
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Hadassah Brenner
"Kora"
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Will Brighton
"All That I Can See"
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Hugo Cabrera-Reyes
"TROPICO"
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Brianna Cannistraro
"The_Aftermath"
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Kate Cohee
"Can I Climb Them?"
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Lynn Costello
"5150"
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Kariamu Cross
"Take In Not Taken"
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Sarah DeMont
"With Clouds Above Me"
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Leah Erben
"Superior"
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Abel Fernandez
"Scam"
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Gillian Foley
"Black With One Sugar"
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Madelaine Formica
"Ever_After"
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Courtney Fulcher
"Inora_at_Ten"
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Alana Galloway
"The Obscurities of Life"
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Catherine Garton
"When I Fall"
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Breia Gore
"Wine Redder Than My Blood"
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Claire Gottsman
"A Single Sun"
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Katelynn Groenewold
“The Door Nailed Shut”

Emily Gunderson
"The Strength of Nature"
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Carina Hahn
"The_Cocoon"
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Chastity Hale
“Recovery Room”

Jackson Hassell
“The Daedalus Network”

Sanelma Heinonen
“Not Our Paradise”

Elise Hoffman
"Stronger Than Love"
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Kai Hoffman
"Correspondence and Contrition"
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Thalia Ignatoff
"The Tree the Bench and the Marble"
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Jenessa Islas-Parker
"The Fallen"
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Noah Johnson
"The Response"
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Artur Kalandarov
"The Objects"
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Haylee Kazen
"The Executioner"
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Sahar Khalil
"Halloween Night"
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Sabeen Khan
"Giving Up"
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Alicia Kim
“Great Expectations”

Barbora Kocnarova
"End Of World (As We Don't Know It)"
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Karsen LaRue
"Ben's Timer"
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Elizabeth Lasley
"Run"
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Noah Lorey
"Requiem for Saint George"
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Maariya Mahmood
"A Sightless World"
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Emma Martin-Hilker
"Thin Air"
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Zhamoyani McMillan
"Majestic Blue"
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Emily McNeiece
"A Road, a Fence, and a Man"
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Seamus McWilliams
"The Detective"
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A.J. Middaugh
"The Guardian of Words"
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Sarah Mughal
“Pandora’s Burden”

Yomna Nassar
"Subject Matters"
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Katherine Nichols
"Woods Holding Secrets"
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John Nicklas
"Grandmother's House"
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Emerald Norman
"Lumina"
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Dani Ochoa
"Leaves Amongst Skin"
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Emily O’Neal
"Volatilis Hericius"
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Katherine Pan
"The Place We Call Home"
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Maria Pereyra
"Unexpected Skip"
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Aliahna Porter
"The Face of Fear"
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Carly Riegger
"Revenge"
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Elizabeth Amy Santoso
"Josephine, Steve, and Gnomes"
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Maria Scharrer
"A Bumpy Road"
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Heather Shafer
"Moonlit Field"
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Eric Shannon
"Juliet and Romeo"
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Ana Sheldon
"Tailor Shop"
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Cecilia Shoopmann
“Angels”

Melissa Smajevic
"White Sheets and Red Curtains"
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Taniya Spolia
"I Woke Up Sweating"
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Samantha Stark
“Keep It Shut”

Zoe Stephan
"New Town, New Chance"
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Marlee Stollar
“Running”

Maurici Tergau
"The Exchange"
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Kayla Thornberry
“The Door”

Mya Torres
"The House of Horrors"
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Kelsey Towne
"Aspartame"
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Xitlalitl Trivett
"The Orthodogtist"
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Isaac Weiss
"Underground"
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Ngawati Wharemate
"Recovery"
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Krista Williams
"The Gingerbread House"
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Neely Woodroffe
"The Silver Thief"
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Sharon Ye
"First Date"
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Brian Yell
"One Life to Live"
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Krystle Zachary
"Every Living Thing"
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Avis Zane
“Saint Simone Against the Fear”

Kenny Zheng
"Rift"
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High School 11th/12th Grade:

Ashley Adams
"I Drink to You"
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Dalia Ahmed
"Saving the Well"
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Ryan Akridge
"Learning To Live"
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Sofia Aljure
"The Double"
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Benediktus Giovanito Antaputra
"A Second Chance"
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Emma Arango
"Kila"
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Stephany Arenas
"The Glacial Shot"

Joshua Ashkinaze
"Sometimes We Know Best"
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Zachariah Barry
"Stranded"
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Hanel Baveja
"Kelani"

Matthew Bilmes
"Ego"
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Max Bonilla
"The Last Light"
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Courtney Botteron
"Comfortably_Numb"
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Rachel Brumenschenkel
"Dream #622: The Woods of the Water Sprites"

Katelyn Burke
"Rise and Fall"
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Ann Chen
"The Curse"
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Matthew Chervin
"A Man about Town"
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Rachel Ciarkowski
"A Rule With No Rules"
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Edmond Clark
"Scratching the Paint"
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Olivia Cratty
"Real Love"
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Gabirel David Rompf Dagua
"Gehenna Lost"
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Christina Daniels
"Returning to the Music"
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Aspen Daniels
"Coffee on the House"
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Rachel Davis
"Dream Come True"
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Maria Jose de Francisco
"Simple Sound"
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Amy DeBellis
"The More Things Change"
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Brian Ducas
"Overdose"
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Lydia Kibler Evans­­
"The Bird Girl"
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Serafima Fedorova
"To Be Blessed in a Foreign Language"
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Alessandra Fernandez
"I Am"
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Natalia Fragozo
"Eden City"

Sofia Gambini
"Remembering Ben"
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Bailey Gambrell
"Harmonic Sanctums"
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Annie Gao
"The Baby Maker"

Rachel Girard
"The Deadly Needle"
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Erin Gonyeau
"How to Lose at Life"
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Chris Grayson
"Frederick's Lesson in Human Cannibalism"
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Irene Gu
"Red"
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Messiah Hagood-Barnes
"The Nearness of He and She"

Em Hammett
"BK"

Sarah Harder
"Winter Tea"
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Caitlyn Hennessey
"The Broken Heart"
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Natalia Hermida G.
"Nocturne"
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Katherine Hernandez
"Ammunition"
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Sean Anderson Jacobi
"The Void"
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Katheryne Johnston
"The Last Piece"

Sofia Kromis
"106 Billion"
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Brianna Laskey
"Goals and Objectives"
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Sharon Li
"Welcome to Sector 53"
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Cathy Liu
"Rotten Apple"
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Eveline Liu
"a lonely hunter"
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Chonn Look
"The Fallen Hero King"
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Keegan Mackin
"Another Version of Little Red Riding Hood"
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Zach Maloof
"The Wentworth Family Reunion"
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Michelle Manganelo
"Simply Not Enough"
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Nadia Marrero-Silva
"She Who Rides Upon Pale Horse"
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Julia McCammon
"More than I Can Chew"

Natalie Marie Mendolia
"The End: The Legend of Alcohol and the Myth of Lucius"
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Mari Milkie
"Ache"
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Hope Montag
"Long Live the Crown"
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Sofia Montalvo
"Living"
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Rhiannon Ng
"Barefoot on Vincent Street"
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Simon Nguyen
"Fortune's Fool"

David Nolan
"Salvation"
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Jacqueline Ose
"Under the City"
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Deanna Pellegrino
"Secrets Don't Make Friends"
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Jonah Pollens-Dempsey
"The Royals Across the River"

Natalie Quiles
"An End to the Beginning"
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Catalina Llano Raffo
"Nativity"
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Essica Rahman
"The Plan"
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Ben Ratner
"A Different Woman"
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Emma Roalsvig
"Who She Was"
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Gabriel Rogan
"Inevitable Death"
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Joshua Rubin
"Beauty"
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Jamie Samson
"Father Figure"
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Carolina Sanchez
"Violet"
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Isabel Sandweiss
"Flurries"
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Ellen Sauer
"Recapitulation"
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Cassandra Schambach
"Skinny Love"
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Andrew Schmidt
"Canvas"
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Shayla Shoeneberger
"Lack of Remembrance"
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Steven Schulte
"Armbands and Manacles"
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Angelica Serrano
"Mixed Signals"

Rutheanne Shackelford
"Cheer Up, Buttercup"
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Nina Shallman
"At the Pond"

Brendan Shannon
"The Final Pogrom"
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Xin Shu
"Chairs"
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Tamara Snelson
"The House"
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Amy Solov
"Haunted"

Benjamin Sonnenberg
"Alvin's Swing"
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Erin Tichenor
"Stefan, Extraterrestrials, and the Third Reich"
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Christina Panagoulia Triantafillopoulos
"The Girl in the Mirror"
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Coleen Truong
"The Lost Child"
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Felipe Valdes
"Little Timothy and The Land of Darkness"

Catherine Valdez
"Track"
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Kassie Vanderhelm
"True Love?"
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Bethany Velazquez
"The Scenario"
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Khyra Walcott
"Orenda"
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Zaria Ware
"Smiles"
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Justin Weltz
"Only Hindsight is 20/20"
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Kelsey Wilson
"The Weeping Willow"
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Alex Wood
"Judgment Call"
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Beemnet Workeneh
"North"
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Minna Wybrecht
"Apocalypse"
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Julia Yacaman
"The Play"

Lucas Zambrano
"Soft Spring Breeze"
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Cody Zeisler
"Heist"
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Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

Summer and no school is just around the corner, and this giant book is full of ways to keep you busy with a variety of subjects. While the book features "serious fun," it's written more on the funny side. It has a great cover and great illustrations, which totally nudge me to like certain books more.

Unbored gives you big ideas and how to start them, including how to grow a science garden, make your own games, zines, and LED graffiti You can also learn how to perform kitchen experiments, blog, fix your bike, and lots more.

The book also features some fun lists! Including a list of banned books you should read, secret history of young adult novels, best ever sports movies, best ever stop-action movies, best ever animal movies, best ever DIY fiction, and the best ever clean hip hop songs.

There’s also informational bits thrown into the book. Learn some weird facts about condiments, or browse a list of kitchen cures, and learn how to train your grownup to be a ninja.

UNBORED! That’s what you’ll be at the end of the book. Be sure to check out the book preview to see examples of what's inside. And check out the awesome website for the book! There is a TON of great stuff to look at.

Join us for Chesstastic this Sunday at Traverwood!

Whether you are already a talented chess player or you barely know the rules of the game, whether you're retired or still in elementary school, the Chesstastic program is a great way to hone your chess skills, learn more about the game, and meet new people of all ages.

This Sunday will be our last Chesstastic event before the summer (don't worry; they'll resume again in September) so it's a great opportunity to come see what it's all about. Chesstastic goes from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Traverwood branch on Sunday, May 18th, and you can feel free to come for all or any part of the program. Chess sets, as well as refreshments, are provided for the players.

"It's All Write!" 2014 FINAL RESULTS

If you weren't able to attend the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, the official list of the 2014 Winners of the "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest is now posted! Finalists and winners that were absent from the ceremony will receive their awards in the mail.

Thank you to all who participated and those who support the writers of Ann Arbor and beyond!

Looking for cool writing events to attend now that the school year is almost over? Check out the upcoming Emerging Writers Workshops with Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang on May 15 and June 5!

Happy writing!

Claymation Puppet Workshop for Teens with Animator Brad Pattullo

Saturday July 5, 2014: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Teens in Grades 6-12

Clay animator Brad Pattullo guides you through the process of fabricating a clay puppet for animation at this popular workshop. From character design to the assembly of a posable aluminum wire armature and sculpting with plasticine clay, you can make a fully-realized, stop-motion puppet for animation or display. This is a five-hour, hands-on session—plan to use the entire time to complete your project. If time allows, equipment is available to make short animated films. Lunch is served at 12:30 pm.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Tonight!: Hike @ Barton Nature Area

The first of our nature walks this season will be this tonight, May 8 at 7:00pm at Barton Nature area! The nature walks that AADL hosts throughout the summer are made possible by our partnership with Natural Area Preservation and are lead by a representative from NAP.

Barton Nature Area is a 102-acre park in northwest Ann Arbor. The part that we will be hiking in is known as the oxbow, and connects to Argo Nature Area. There is a lovely smaller part of Barton Nature Area as well, the Foster area, which is only accessible by boat via crossing Barton Pond. On our hike we will see lots of beautiful spring vegetation as well as a variety of landscapes. The oxbow area, where we will hike, includes wet meadow and shrubland, prairie and old field, mesic forest and emergent marsh.

We will meet at the parking lot off Huron Drive just north of the intersection with Bird Road. Make sure to dress for walking and bring water if needed! Arrive a few minutes early to make sure you don't miss the beginning of the hike. It's a beautiful warm day out, so come join us!

Meet the "It's All Write!" Guest Speaker: K.A. Barson!

Kelly ‘K.A.’ Barson published her first novel, 45 Pounds (More or Less) in July 2013. She has always loved reading and writing, and even teaches writing at Spring Arbor University. According to Me, My Shelf, and I, Barson loves spearmint Chapstick, wears sweatpants while writing, and likes to dye her hair all different colors. She is also a local author hailing from Jackson, MI!

If you’re near the Downtown branch this Saturday, May 10, be sure to stop by the “It’s All Write!” Teen Short Story Contest Awards Ceremony! Barson will discuss her thoughts on writing, sign copies of her book, and award the top nine writers of the contest!

To learn more about K.A. Barson, check out her website and blog.

Stay tuned to find out the Winners of the “It’s All Write!” Teen Short Story Contest!

Writing Workshop with Sara Ryan, queer author of YA novels and comics!

Monday June 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Teens in Grades 6-12 and Adults

Sara will lead a few short writing exercises and answer questions about her books, publishing, and being an out queer author. Sara Ryan grew up in Ann Arbor. She's the author of the Lambda Literary Award finalist novel Empress of the World, the Oregon Book Award-winning novel The Rules for Hearts, and most recently of Bad Houses with Carla Speed McNeil, a TIME Magazine and USA Today Top Graphic Novel of 2013. Find her online at sararyan.com or @ryansara on Twitter. Literati Bookstore will be selling Sara's books and Sara will do a book signing.

Chesstastic

Sunday September 21, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult.

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities! Chess sets are provided. Challenge old friends and meet new ones.

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