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Debbie H’s Teen Picks

Citrus Picks are hand-picked and curated book suggestions from our amazing team of library staff members. Scroll through this list to read about each selection. If you’re interested in checking out any of the books or items listed below, simply click on the cover to place through our online catalog. Happy reading!

The assignment


Liza Wiemer

Standing in opposition to a class assignment to debate Hitler’s Final Solution, seniors Cade and Logan become embroiled in turmoil involving their teacher, principal, Commissioner of Education, white supremacists, and their entire community.

Lost and found

Lost and Found

Orson Scott Card

Ezekiel Blast has a superpower, or a micropower, if you will. He can find lost things. Ezekial Blast’s friend Beth thinks there must be some way to use his “micropower” for good. And so does a police detective investigating the disappearance of a little girl. When tragedy strikes, it’s up to Ezekiel to use his talent to find what matters most.

Maybe this time

Maybe This Time

Kasie West

Sophie Evans works for the local florist and party planner in her small southern town, so she attends all of the big “events,” all the time sketching and dreaming of applying to design school; but this year there is a fly-in-the-ointment of her life–Andrew Hart, son of the fancy new chef in town, who is also at all the local events, and keeps getting in her way, making her life more complicated.

The skin I'm in

The Skin I'm In

Sharon G. Flake

Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.

Best feet forward

Best Foot Forward

Joan Bauer

Between school and Al-Anon meetings, Jenna helps Mrs. Gladstone cope with escalating problems that result from the merger of Gladstone Shoes with Shoe Warehouse Corporation, while managing a new employee with a shoplifting record.

Road trip

Road Trip

Jim and Gary Paulson

A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy.

Courage for Beginners

Courage for Beginners

Karen Harrington

Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy of Texas wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fiction, she’d know how to solve her problems at school; take care of her family when her dad has to spend time in the hospital; and deal with her family’s secret: that her mother is agoraphobic and never leaves the house.

Alt Ed

Alt Ed

Catherine Atkins

Participating in a special after-school counseling class with other troubled students, including a sensitive gay classmate, helps Susan, an overweight tenth grader, develop a better sense of herself.

Rock and river

The Rock and The River

Kekla Magoon

 In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Miss Peregrines's home for peculiar children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

teen, INC.

Teen, Inc.

Stefan Petrucha

Fourteen-year-old Jaiden has been raised by NECorp. since his parents were killed when he was a baby, so when he discovers that the corporation has been lying about producing illegal levels of mercury emissions, he and his two friends decide to try to dosomething about it.

Under the banyan tree

Under the Banyan Tree

Toni De Palma

After her mother leaves, fifteen-year-old Irena runs away from home and hitchhikes to Key West where she tries to make a better life for herself.



John Corey Whaley

After dying at age sixteen, Travis Coates’ head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships.

The summer I saved the world

The Summer I Saved the World... in 65 Days

Michele Weber Hurwitz

Inspired by her late grandmother, thirteen-year-old Nina spends a summer secretly doing good deeds for her neighbors and enjoying the changes she brings about, even as she is dealing with changing friendships and family issues.

Debbie Hurley
Youth Services Librarian

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