Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Teens Fighting Terrorists

In light of the death announcement of terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, I have compiled a list of YA fiction where everyday teens encounter (and even battle) terrorism.

Runner (Carl Deuker) 
Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.
Black and White (Malorie Blackmon) 
The forbidden love between Callum, who is a member of the second class citizens the naughts, and Sephy, who belongs to the ruling elite called the cross, is tested when Sephy and her mother are nearly caught in a terrorist bombing and Callum's father is the prime suspect. Previously titled: Naughts & crosses.

Borderline (Allan Stratton) 
Despite the strained relationship between them, teenaged Sami Sabiri risks his life to uncover the truth when his father is implicated in a terrorist plot.

Bog Child (Siobhan Dowd) 
In 1981, the height of Ireland's "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.
Crocodile Tears (Anthony Horowitz) 
Alex Rider's desire to return to life as a normal high school student must be put aside when he is asked to face his greatest adversary yet, a con man who plans to use genetically modified wheat to release a deadly virus that will kill millions of innocent people. 

The Explosionist (Jenny Davidson) 
In Scotland in the 1930s, fifteen-year-old Sophie, her friend Mikael, and her great-aunt Tabitha are caught up in a murder mystery involving terrorists and suicide-bombers whose plans have world-shaping consequences.

Fire Will Fall (Carol Plum-Ucci) 
Sequel to: Streams of Babel. Moved to a mansion in the South Jersey Pine Barrens, four teenagers, trying to recover from being poisoned by terrorists, struggle with health issues, personal demons, and supernatural events, as operatives try to track down the terror cell.

First Strike (Jack Higgins) 
British twins Rich and Jade are once again thrown into danger as they try to help their spy father, John Chance, save the president of the United States from a radical group holding the White House hostage and attempting to steal the nation's nuclear launch codes.

Fixed (Beth Goobie) 
Nellie, an Advanced Cadet in the Black Core Program at the Detta training center--the sinister agency dedicated to violence and terrorism--is conflicted when she is forced to face her long-forgotten twin sister in combat. 
Little Brother (Cory Doctorow) 
Interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus is released into what is now a police state, and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

Memento, Nora (Carl Deuker) 
Nora, Winter, and Micah, friends in a near future world in which terrorism is common and a single pill can wipe out disturbing memories, work together to create an underground comic for them and their classmates to share experiences they want to remember.
Payback (Andy McNab) 
As teenage suicide bombers terrorize England, seventeen-year-old Danny tries to help his grandfather, an ex-SAS explosives expert falsely accused of being a traitorous spy by the government's intelligence agencies.
 Scorpia (Anthony Horowitz) 
After being told that his father was an assassin for a criminal organization, fourteen-year-old Alex goes to Italy to find out more and becomes involved in a plan to kill thousands of English school children. 
Saving Sky (Diane Stanley) 
Sky Brightman, living happily off the grid on sixty acres in New Mexico, with no television or Internet to bring her news of the war going on in the United States, is forced to face reality when her friend Kareem is unjustly arrested.
Sharp Shot (Jack Higgins) 
British twins Rich and Jade Chance are back for a third adventure with their spy father as they try to save the Middle East and the President of the United States from a terrorist government coup.

The Split Second (John Hulme) 
Becker Drane, a fixer, is sent into the Department of Time after a bomb exploded, but the damage is so great that Becker begins to question his abilities, as well as his faith in The Seems--the company responsible for building the world. 

Streams of Babel (Carol Plum-Ucci) 
Six teens face a bioterrorist attack on American soil as four are infected with a mysterious disease affecting their small New Jersey neighborhood and two others, both brilliant computer hackers, assist the United States Intelligence Coalition in tracking the perpetrators.
Torched (April Henry)
In order to save her parents from going to jail for possession of marijuana, sixteen-year-old Ellie must help the FBI uncover the intentions of a radical environmental group by going undercover.

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