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Timeless reads for tweens and teens

Looking for new books to inspire your tween or teen? Check out these YA works of fiction by noteworthy authors handpicked by Danielle Marshall and her team at Powell's Books.

By Danielle Marshall

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The Book Thief

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Knopf Books for Young Readers (2006), 560 pages

This is an unusual novel about the power of words. The Book Thief takes on the seemingly impossible setting of Nazi Germany and the improbability of Deathas narrator and weaves together one of the most compelling stories of the year. Winner of the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, Zusak has created what can only be called an instant classic.

Danielle Marshall is a former longtime bookseller, most notably for Powell's Books in Portland, Ore. She continues her love of all things book related by working as the marketing manager for Beyond Words Publishing, best known as the publisher of The Secret.