Today's recommendation comes from Kathleen, the Teen Librarian at the Mukilteo Library, who has probably read more books than you ever will!
" I could never pick just one favorite teen book, but some of them have been so good that they stay fresh in my mind even years after I read them. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman is one of those—and it’s the book that made me a reader of fantasies. Lyra lives in a world that seems very much like ours at first, but it’s not. Each person’s soul is embodied in an animal companion, armored bears can talk, and a mysterious Dust may have something to do with a bridge to a parallel universe. When Lyra sets out to find children kidnapped from her town, she learns more about all of these magical elements as well as her own destiny. Beautifully written, thought-provoking, a great adventure—and a hundred times better than the movie version!"
If you enjoy the creepier elements of this series, you might also enjoy our booklist Human Experimentation - Teens as Science Projects.