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Read this month: Top Teen Book List

Youth of today speak out

Published: 22 November 2018

Stuck for reading inspiration? Check out our monthly list of top picks from Auckland Libraries’ collections, hand-selected by our own librarians.

With exam season underway and the summer holidays ahead, Auckland Libraries are thinking about Auckland’s youth and teens this month. Hear from young people around the world about their journeys, struggles and victories in this book collection. 

  1. #NeverAgain: a new generation draws the line

From two survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting comes a declaration for our times and an in-depth look at the making of the #NeverAgain movement. This book is their statement of purpose and the story of their lives.

  1. Hope nation: YA authors share personal moments of inspiration

The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, while facing an increasingly turbulent society. Explore this collection of essays and stories from some of the most influential young adult authors to find comfort in today’s world and discover that hope is a decision we all can make.

  1. TBH: 51 true story collabs

Hunter March, best known as the face of AwesomenessTV, brings his signature interview skills to TBH: A True Story Collab. Today's most popular creators join him to share never-before-told stories about family, friendship, love, heartbreak and more. Because to be honest, growing up is tough and sometimes you need a little help from your friends

  1. Yassmin's story: who do you think I am?

Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air – and hope. At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. Find out how she got there and how she wants the world to change.

  1. Trans mission: my quest to a beard

Being a teenager is difficult enough, but having to go through puberty whilst realising you’re in the wrong body means dealing with a whole new set of problems. Alex shares his experiences and his personal advice to other trans teens.

  1. How I resist: activism and hope for a new generation

For anyone feeling adrift and in need of guidance – this collection offers hope and support from voices of young people who are at turns personal, funny and instructive.

  1. How to be happy: a memoir of love, sex and teenage confusion

A funny, sad and serious memoir, How to Be Happy is David Burton's story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Explore this brave and honest account of one young man's search for a happy, true and meaningful life that will resonate with readers young and old.

  1. Americanized: rebel without a green card

At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Follow Sara through the hilarious and moving trials of teenhood, from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one without a date to the prom. 

  1. Rad girls can: stories of bold, brave, and brilliant young women

Discover this collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls, who have all made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20. Whether it’s excelling in male-dominated sports or speaking out against injustice, be inspired and entertained by this diverse group of contemporary and historical women who are living rad lives.

  1. I have the right to: a high school survivor's story of sexual assault, justice, and hope

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul's School, when a senior boy assaulted her as part of a ritualised game of conquest. Be inspired by this story of survival, advocacy and hope in the face of unspeakable trauma.

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