Summer Reading Suggestions for Teens

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The Colossus Rises
by Peter Lerangis
Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis' power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities
The Surface Breaks
by Louise O'Niell
A young mermaid dreams of freedom away from her controlling father before she is offered the chance to join the human world in exchange for her voice.
Sweet Black Waves
by Kristina Pérez
When she unwittingly saves the life of an enemy, lady-in-waiting Branwen awakens an ancient healing magic within herself, warming her heart to her enemy's cause and setting herself at odds with her best friend, the princess.
Dark Life
by Kat Falls
When fifteen-year-old Ty, who has always lived on the ocean floor,  joins Topside girl Gemma in the frontier's underworld to seek and stop outlaws who threaten his home, they learn that the government may pose an even greater threat.
Lalani of the Distant Sea
by Erin Entrada Kelly
A young girl embarking on a quest normally reserved for boys in the hope of saving her village from life-threatening hazards, including a deadly plague affecting her mother. 
A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin
A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard
The Thing About Jellyfish
by Ali Benjamin
Twelve-year-old Suzy wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.
Plasticus Maritimus : An Invasive Species
by Ana Pego
Inspired by biologist Ana Pêgo's life's work, and filled with engaging science and colorful photographs, this foundational look at plastic pollution in the ocean explains why it is such an urgent contemporary issue. 
A Song Below Water
by Bethany C. Morrow
Follows a Black teen siren and her haunted best friend who find themselves targeted by violence when they are unable to hide their supernatural identities.
Mera : Tidebreaker
by Danielle Paige
Mera, the teen heir to the throne of Xebel, seeking to free her people and seize control of her destiny by plotting the assassination of Atlantis prince Arthur Curry, an effort that is complicated when the pair fall unexpectedly in love.
In the Waves : My Quest to Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine
by Rachel Lance
An inventive woman scientist recounts the 1864 sinking of the Confederate submarine, H.L. Hunley, recounting her efforts to uncover what actually happened when the sub was discovered 131 years later with its hull and victims still intact. Illustrations.
The Last  True Poets of the Sea
by Julia Drake
Teenaged Violet is shipped off to Maine after her brother's hospitalization, where she searches for the lost shipwreck that her great-great grandmother survived and for answers about her family's long struggle with mental illness, all while falling in love
The Whydah : A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found
by Martin W Sandler
Describes what happened when a slave ship that was captured by pirates in 1717, packed with plunder, was sunk by a brutal storm, the 1984 expedition to locate the wreck, and what was uncovered.
Isle of Swords
by Wayne Thomas Batson
A young man awakens on an island, alone and seriously injured, with no memory, and as he searches for his identity he finds himself caught between two notorious pirates battling for a legendary treasure reportedly hidden by monks
Atlas of Adventures : A Collection of Natural Wonders, Exciting Experiences and Fun Festivities from the Four Corners of the Globe
by Rachel Williams
Presents information about some of the greatest places around the world, from the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef
Torpedoed : The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"
by Deborah Heiligman
An account of the attack and sinking of the World War II passenger ship SS City of Benares describes how it joined a convoy heading toward the safety of Canada before it was torpedoed by a German submarine.
Beyond the Bright Sea
by Lauren Wolk
Set adrift on the ocean in a small skiff as a newborn, twelve-year-old Crow embarks on a quest to find the missing pieces of her history
Ocean Anatomy : The Curious Parts & Pieces of the World Under the Sea
by Julia Rothman
The acclaimed illustrator and creator of the best-selling Anatomy series dives into the depths of the ocean to explore the hows and whys of the watery universe.
One Piece: Romance Dawn
by Eiichiro Oda
When Monkey D. Luffy accidentally gains the power to stretch like rubber at the cost of never being able to swim again, he and his crew of pirate wannabes set off in search of the "One Piece," the greatest treasure in the world
Hostage Three
by Nick Lake
Anticipating a peaceful vacation, Amy is horrified when pirates seize their yacht and take her family hostage as part of a highly sophisticated operation that leads to surprising revelations. 
Salt to the Sea : A Novel
by Ruta Sepetys
Frantically racing to freedom with thousands of other refugees as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia, Joana, Emilia and Florian meet aboard the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff and are forced to trust each other in order to survive.
The Raft
by S.A. Bodeen
When her last-minute cargo flight to the Pacific Islands Midway Atoll is brought down by a catastrophic storm, lone passenger Robie finds herself drifting in the middle of the ocean on a raft with the co-pilot, Max, with whom she struggles to survive without supplies. 
Part of Your World : A Twisted Tale
by Liz Braswell
In an alternate take on the classic fairy tale, Ariel, the voiceless queen of Atlantica, must return to the human world and face Ursula, who runs Eric's kingdom on land and is plotting to obliterate both land and sea
Beauty Queens
by Libba Bray
When the 50 contestants of the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crash on a desert island, the young beauty queens struggle between survival efforts and denial while hoping for rescue and encountering a band of handsome pirates. 
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe
by Allyson Braithwaite Condie
A teen captain of her Outpost's last mining ship targets a band of thieving river raiders before  an unknown traitor make her question how far she is willing to go for revenge. 
The Living
by Matt de la Peña
Taking a summer job on a luxury cruise liner to help his struggling family, Shy anticipates a season of lucrative tips and pretty girlfriends only to have everything radically transformed by a massive California earthquake that jeopardizes the survival of everyone he knows.
The Rest of the Story
by Sarah Dessen
Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother's estranged relatives at North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother's working-class relatives and her father's wealthier associates. 
Dark Shores
by Danielle L. Jensen
Teriana, a sea captain's daughter, and Marcus, a soldier, are compelled by Celendor's tyrannical new ruler to undertake the conquest of the West. 
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Disguising herself as a male pirate, Flora follows a strict survival code that is challenged by her unexpected feelings for a noblewoman on her way to a dreaded arranged marriage. 
Challenger Deep
by Neal Shusterman
A brilliant but troubled high school student pretends to engage in sports activities and uses his artistic talents to document his voyage to the world's most southern point while his friends observe his increasingly unbalanced behavior.