Memorial Hall Library

Five Star Books

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean we're finished benefitting from summer reading! As part of the teen summer reading program, we asked Andover teens to rate books they read from 1-5 stars. Here are some of the 5-star books chosen by Andover teens! You can also find many of these books on display in the teen room. Congratulations to the teens of Andover for reading over 1200 books and over 1500 hours this summer!


	The lines we cross
The lines we cross
by Randa Abdel-Fattah

A story about the power of choosing tolerance by the award-winning author of Does My Head Look Big in This? finds basketball enthusiast Michael attending anti-immigration rallies with his parents until a friendship with a Muslim refugee newcomer from Afghanistan compels him to question his family's politics. 

	Flame in the mist
Flame in the mist
by Renée Ahdieh

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko is targeted by bandits who wish to stop her arranged marriage, a situation that compels her to infiltrate the gang, disguised as a boy, to track down the person responsible for the target on her back.

	Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda
by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed. 

	A taxonomy of love
A taxonomy of love
by Rachael Allen

From age thirteen to nineteen, Spencer experiences an ever-changing relationship with Hope, the girl next door who helps him cope with his Tourette syndrome, but likes his Neanderthal brother, Dean. 

	The girl who drank the moon
The girl who drank the moon
by Kelly Regan Barnhill

An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.

	Ivy Aberdeen's letter to the world
Ivy Aberdeen's letter to the world
by Ashley Herring Blake

Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school. 

	The serpent's secret
The serpent's secret
by Sayantani DasGupta

When a rakkhosh demon attacks her family on the morning of her 12th birthday, Kiranmala discovers that her parents' fantastical stories about their ties to royalty are true and is whisked away by two crush-worthy princes to a parallel dimension filled with magic, winged horses, moving maps and talking birds.

	How to be a time lord : official guide
How to be a time lord : official guide
by Craig Donaghy

Shares thousands of years of Time Lord wisdom which the Doctor has improved with some notes and doodles.

	Lion Island : Cuba's warrior of words
Lion Island : Cuba's warrior of words
by Margarita Engle

A novel in verse by the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree traces the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese and Cuban descent who became a champion of civil rights during Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.

	Haikyu!! 1
Haikyu!! 1
by Haruichi Furudate

Playing for his idol's high school volleyball team, Shoyo loses his first and last match against Tobio, the King of the Court, and promises to get the best of this rival next season, but the new season brings him a surprising new teammate.

	Chaotic good
Chaotic good
by Whitney Gardner

Cameron wants only to complete her costume portfolio in peace, but when a trip to the local comic shop results in a hostile reception from a male employee, she returns disguised as a boy at her twin brother's suggestion and finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign.

	The inquisitor's tale, or, the three magical children and their holy dog : Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
The inquisitor's tale, or, the three magical children and their holy dog : Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz

Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

	Dan and Phil go outside
Dan and Phil go outside
by Dan Howell

Since uploading their first-ever videos as teenagers, Dan and Phil have become two of the world's biggest YouTube stars, and now the humorous avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight have actually gone outside! While traveling around the world on tour, they have collected hundreds of exclusive, intimate and funny photos, as well as revealing and candid side-notes, to show the behind-the-scenes story of their adventure.

	A wrinkle in time : the graphic novel
A wrinkle in time : the graphic novel
by Hope Larson

A graphic novel adaptation of the classic tale in which Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

	Legend
Legend
by Marie Lu

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

	Catwoman : Soulstealer
Catwoman : Soulstealer
by Sarah J Maas

Selina Kyle's coming-of-age-story as she claws her way to the top of Gotham City's criminal underbelly and becomes Catwoman.

	The universe is expanding and so am I
The universe is expanding and so am I
by Carolyn Mackler

 A follow-up to The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things finds 16-year-old Virginia quietly adjusting in the aftermath of her brother's date-rape charge, a temporary peace disrupted by a best friend's bad news, a promising new relationship and difficult secrets.

	Shatter me
Shatter me
by Tahereh Mafi

Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her abilities in support of the dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

	From Twinkle, with love
From Twinkle, with love
by Sandhya Menon

Leaping at a fellow movie geek's offer to direct a submission for an upcoming summer film festival, Twinkle Mehra begins receiving anonymous romantic emails and finds herself torn between her longtime crush and her film-buff new friend. By the best-selling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

	Thing explainer : complicated stuff in simple words
Thing explainer : complicated stuff in simple words
by Randall Munroe

The New York Times best-selling author of What If? and the creator of the webcomic xkcd uses line drawings and common words to provide simple explanations for how things work, including microwaves, bridges, tectonic plates, helicopters and much more. 

	Akata Warrior
Akata Warrior
by Nnedi Okorafor

 A sequel to Akata Witch finds a marginalized but increasingly powerful Sunny chosen to lead a dangerous mission to stop an apocalyptic plot by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. 

	Summer days and summer nights : twelve love stories
Summer days and summer nights : twelve love stories
by Stephanie Perkins

A collection of summertime romances includes contributions by such notable authors as Francesca Lia Block, Lev Grossman, and Veronica Roth.

	The Hammer of Thor
The Hammer of Thor
by Rick Riordan

When the god of thunder's hammer goes missing, Magnus Chase and his friends are tasked with retrieving it before an onslaught of giants attacks the mortal world.

	Wonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures
Wonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures
by Brian Selznick

Employing the form he created in his trailblazing debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the Caldecott Medal-winning author/illustrator once again takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey that tells the story of 12-year-old Ben, who leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and there meets Rose, who is also longing for something that is missing from her life.

	Scythe
Scythe
by Neal Shusterman

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.

	The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping. 

	An ember in the ashes
An ember in the ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

	New Super-Man : Equilibrium 
New Super-Man : Equilibrium 
by Gene Luen Yang

The fall of Shanghai sends a flood of super-villains to the city, and the Justice League of China rushes to take back their city and protect those that live there.

	The book thief
The book thief
by Markus Zusak

Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement.