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YA Abeel, Samantha My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir [Samantha Abeel couldn't tell time, remember her locker combination, or count out change at a checkout counter -- and she was in seventh grade. For a straight-A student like Samantha, problems like these made no sense. She dreaded school, and began having anxiety attacks. In her thirteenth winter, she found the courage to confront her problems -- and was diagnosed with a learning disability.]
YA Abelove, Joan Saying It Out Loud @AMAZON
YA Adams, Lenore Baby Girl [a pregnant teen searches for love and acceptance.] @AMAZON
A Adams, Douglas The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy @AMAZON
Adams, Richard Watership Down
Original Map
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YA Adoff, Jaime
[Interview]
Names Will Never Hurt You [In this gripping story, set on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of a student; four very different teens reveal their deepest feelings and fears during a day in which the hurts and struggles of high school escalate dangerously... ]
The Death of Jayson Porter [Sixteen-year-old Jayson Porter wants to believe things will get better. But the harsh realities of his life never seem to change. Living in the inland-Florida projects with his abusive mother, he tries unsuccessfully to fit in at his predominately white school, while struggling to maintain even a thread of a relationship with his drug-addicted father. As the pressure mounts, there¹s only one thing Jayson feels he has control over -- the choice of whether to live or die. This powerful, gripping novel explores the harsh reality of a teenager¹s life, giving hope even in the bleakest of hours.]
YA/A Albert, Susan Wittig The Tale of Hill Top Farm: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Hill Top Farm: The Tale of Holly How
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YA Alcott, Louisa May
More Story Illustrations
The Inheritance - previously unpublished
Little Women
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YA Alender, Katie Bad Girls Don't Die [Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger.]
YA Alexie, Sherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian [the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written. Chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.]
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Almond, David Skellig [man, bird, or angel?]
Kit's Wilderness
The Savage [see Bully section]
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YA Amnesty International Free?: Stories About Human Rights [Free? is a reminder of what a huge leap was taken when someone wrote down our rights and the world agreed. And we want children to realize that the rights most of us can take for granted were won and struggled for." — David Almond. What does it mean to be free? A boy who thinks that school is "slavery" learns the true meaning of the word when he stumbles on a secret child-labor factory. A Palestinian boy, mute from trauma, releases kites over a wall to a hilltop settlement, each bearing a message of peace. This inspiring, engaging anthology gathers an international roster of authors to explore such themes as asylum, law, education, and faith — from a riveting tale of an attempt to find drinking water after Hurricane Katrina; to a chilling look at a future where microchips track every citizen’s every move; to a hilarious police interrogation involving the London Tower, the Crown Jewels, and a Ghanaian boy with a passion for playing marbles. Features an introduction by British writer Jacqueline Wilson. With stories by: David Almond Ibtisam Barakat Malorie Blackman Theresa Breslin Eoin Colfer Roddy Doyle Ursula Dubosarsky Jamila Gavin Margaret Mahy Patricia McCormick Michael Morpurgo Sarah Mussi Meja Mwangi Rita Williams-Garcia.]
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Anonymous Go Ask Alice [This powerful real-life diary of a teenager's struggle with the seductive -- often fatal -- world of drugs and addiction tells the truth about drugs in strong and authentic voice. Tough and uncompromising, honest and disturbing -- and even more poignant today -- Go Ask Alice is page-turning and provocative reading.] @AMAZON
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Anaya, Rudolfo Bless Me, Ultima @AMAZON
YA Anderson, Laurie Halse Speak [A Freshman Must Read]
Catalyst
Wintergirls [In her most emotionally wrenching, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.]
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YA/Adult Anderson, M. T. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume 1: The Pox Party [Young Octavian is being raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers -- but it is only after he opens a forbidden door that learns the hideous nature of their experiments, and his own chilling role them. Set in Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson’s mesmerizing novel takes place at a time when Patriots battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim.]
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves [In the summer of 1775, fleeing from a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr. Trefusis, escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in British-occupied Boston. Sundered from all he knows Octavian hopes to find safe harbor. But in the midst of war, no place is safe. The city of Boston itself is under siege. What follows is a tale of skirmish and flame, flight and fury, and battle on sea and land. Seeking both the truth of his past and some hope for his future, Octavian encounters generous thieves, pious carpenters, delicate lords, noble cowherds, bedazzled scientists, and murderous rebels–as this astonishing narrative escalates to its startling climax.]
YA Andrews, V. C. My Sweet Audrina [Audrina wanted to be as good as her sister. Her sister was so special, so perfect -- and dead. Now she will come face to face with the dangerous, terrifying secret that everyone knows. Everyone except... Sweet Audrina.]
YA Angelou, Maya I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings @AMAZON
12 up Armstrong, Kelley Darkest Powers Trilogy
The Summoning (Book One) [ My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again. All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me. Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems.] (2008)
YA Arnston, Steven The Wrap-Up List [In this modern-day suburban town, one percent of all fatalities come about in the most peculiar way. Deaths—eight-foot-tall, silver-gray creatures—send a letter (“Dear So-and-So, your days are numbered”) to whomever is chosen for a departure, telling them to wrap up their lives and do the things they always wanted to do before they have to “depart.” When sixteen-year-old Gabriela receives her notice, she is, of course devastated. Will she kiss her crush Sylvester before it’s too late? Friendship, first love, and fantasy artfully mesh in this magically realistic world that ultimately celebrates life.]
YA Aronson, Marc and Charles R. Smith, Jr. Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court [An all-star team of YA authors scores spectacularly with an action-packed anthology about street basketball. It’s one steamy July day at the West 4th Street Court in NYC, otherwise known as The Cage. Hotshot ESPN is wooing the scouts, Boo is struggling to guard the weird new guy named Waco, a Spike Lee wannabe has video rolling, and virgin Irene is sizing up six-foot-eightand-a-half-inch Chester. Nine of YA literature’s top writers, including Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Adam Rapp, Joseph Bruchac, and Sharon Flake reveal how it all goes down in a searing collection of short stories, in which each one picks up where the previous one ends. Characters weave in and out of narratives, perspectives change, and emotions play out for a fluid and fast-paced ode to the game.]
YA Aronson, Sarah Head Case ["One mistake. One bad night. One too many drinks." Frank Marder is a head, paralyzed from the neck down, and it's his fault. He was drinking. He was driving. Now Frank can't walk he can't move, he can't feel his skin. He needs someone to feed him to wash him, to move his body. When you're a head, do you ever feel like a whole person? Will Frank ever get to forgive himself? @AMAZON
14 up Asher, Jay Thirteen Reasons Why [...Hannah Baker commits suicide after leaving behind tapes and a map for thirteen people detailing the circumstances that lead to her choice. Actions have consequences. Original. Emotional. Compelling. @AMAZON
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Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice [About the Book]
Emma and the Vampires (Jane Austen Undead Novel 1)[Retelling of Austen's classic Emma by Screenwriter Wayne Josephson for a modern-day audience. The Regency-era comedy of manners finds Jane Austen's beloved title character, Emma Woodhouse, attempting to arrange the affairs of the young ladies and gentleman vampires.]
YA Avi [Lesson Plans] The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Nothing But The Truth
The Fighting Ground
The Barn
Beyond the Western Sea (Book 1)
Lord Kirkle's Money (Book 2)
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11 up Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel [Ninth-grade student Philip Malloy was suspended from school for singing along to The Star-Spangled Banner in his homeroom, causing what his teacher, Margaret Narwin, called "a disturbance." But was he standing up for his patriotic ideals, only to be squelched by the school system? Was Ms. Narwin simply trying to be a good teacher? Or could it all be just a misunderstanding gone bad — very bad? What is the truth here? Can it ever be known?] Recommended for adults as well.
12+ Bagdasarian, Adam [Interview] Forgotten Fire [Lesson Plan]
First French Kiss: And Other Traumas [autobiographical]
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Baratz-Logsted, Lauren The Twin's Daughter [Lucy is stunned when her mother's identical twin sister shows up at the front door. Separated at birth, the twins have led dramatically different lives and Lucy's mother, Aliese, will do anything to make it up to Helen. But Lucy soon suspects that Helen enjoys being mistaken for her mother a bit too much. Then, on New Year's Day, Lucy finds her mother and aunt tied to chairs in the parlor. One has been brutally murdered—but which twin has died? Mystery turns to thriller.]
14 up Baskin, Nora Raleigh All We Know of Love [A boldly original tale about a girl who journeys through love and loss to find her mother — and discovers that everyone has a story to tell, including herself.] @AMAZON
YA Bauer, Marion [Teacher Resource File ] On My Honor [Read Aloud Lesson Plan] @AMAZON
YA Beam, Matt Last December [Fifteen-year-old Steven needs to explain something— everything—to his sister, Sam. She needs to know about Jenny from his new high school, and how the freckles on her arm make his synapses go crazy. She needs to know about eighteen-year old dropout Byron, all his fascinating ideas about chaos and coolness and trying to keep it together. And she definitely needs to know about what drastic measures Steven is now considering and why. He needs to get this all down, so that some day Sam'll know what happened to him—to all of them—last December.]
YA Beck, Ian Pastworld [What if all of London were really an amusement park—a whole city returned to Victorian times to entertain visitors from the twenty-first century? That's the wildly original premise of Pastworld, a high-stakes mystery set in a simulated past. Exposes the human experience of the past, of violence, of technology, and of entertainment.]
YA Bennett, Sophia The Look [Two sisters, both beautiful in different ways: Fifteen-year-old Ted has got "The Look." That's what the scout for the modeling agency tells her, and she can't believe her luck. But just as Ted's jet-setting off on her new career, Ava is diagnosed with cancer. Can Ted be a supermodel and a super-sister? Or will she have to choose between family and fame? With their worlds turned upside down, the girls have to look past appearances, look deep inside, to figure out what really matters.]
YA Berman, Steve (Editor) Magic in the Mirrorstone: Tales of Fantasy [In this anthology for teen readers, fifteen best-selling and acclaimed authors--including Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci, Cassandra Clare, Eugie Foster, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and Gregory Frost--weave all-new stories filled with magic. Comic and dark, epic and entertaining Young Adult fantasy.] @AMAZON
YA Berry, Julie Secondhand Charm [In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy's charms—no more than trinkets when worn by others—are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason's apprentice. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king's carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .]
14+ Black, Holly White Cat (Curse Workers Series #1) [Dangerous. Dark. Fantasy. Noir. Alternate America.]
Red Glove (Curse Workers Series #2) ["Magic gives you a lot of choices.... Most of them are bad."]
YA Blacker, Terence [Interview] The Angel Factory [good/evil, free-will/control, trust/betrayal] ------
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12 up Bertagna, Julie EXODUS [futuristic tale of global warming and environmental disaster/In a drowned world, can refuge be found? Less than a hundred years from now, the world as we know it has disappeared beneath the sea. Only fifteen-year-old Mara has the vision and the will to lead her people in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world. ] @AMAZON
YA Blackman, Malorie Naughts & Crosses [The premise--what would happen if societal roles were reversed. Race relations/Romance in segregated society/Friendship.] @AMAZON
YA Blank, Jessica Almost Home [Riveting, Haunting, Heart-breaking story about an unlikely band of characters who form their own dysfunctional family, complete with love and belonging, abuse and betrayal. Each will make their way home, wherever it may be.] @AMAZON
YA Block, Francesca Lia Dangerous Angels:The Weetzie Bat Books [Interview]
ECHO
The Hanged Man
The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold
Girl Goddess #9: Nine Stories
Zine Scene
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YA Bloor, Edward Tangerine [Paul Fisher (legally blind) can see what others cannot. He can see that his parents' constant praise of his brother is to cover up something that is terribly wrong. But no one listens to Paul--until his family moves to Tangerine. Paul the geek finds himself adopted into the toughest group around: the soccer team at his middle school. This new start helps Paul finally see the truth about his past--and give him the courage to face up to his terrifying older brother.
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YA Blumberg, Rhoda Full Steam Ahead: The Race to Build a Transcontinental Railroad @AMAZON
YA Blume, Judy
[Resource File]
Forever...
Here's to You, Rachel Robinson
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YA Blundell, Judy What I Saw and How I Lied [Post WWII who dunnit/coming of age/lies that change a family]. Gives good sense of life during and after WWII, including racial and religious discrimation.
The Sight (Premonitions Series)[Judy Blundell (writing as Jude Watson) takes readers on a suspenseful journey where premonitions become a matter of life and death.]
Strings Attached (2011) [As she did in her National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell traps readers in a web of love, deceit, intrigue, and murder. The result? One stunner of a novel.]
11+ Bond, Victoria and T. R. Simon Zora and Me [Racial duplicity threatens an idyllic African American community in the turn-of-the-century South.Inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston.]
14+ Booth, Coe TYRELL< ["You don't hardly get to have no kinda childhood in the hood." African American teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with his spaced-out mother and little brother in a homeless shelter. His father's in jail. His girlfriend supports him, but he doesn't feel good enough for her - and seems to be always on the verge of doing the wrong thing around her. A girl at the homeless shelter is also after him, although the desires there are complicated. Tyrell feels he needs to score some money to make things better. Will he end up following in his father's footsteps?
Kendra [High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother, with the understanding that once she was done, mother and daughter would find a place of their own. Highlights the struggles young teens face involving sex, drugs, and poverty.]
Bronxwood [Tyrell's father is just out of jail, and Tyrell doesn't know how to deal with that. It's bad enough that his brother Troy is in foster care and that his mother is no help whatsoever. Now there's another thing up in his face, just when he's trying to settle down. Tyrell's father has plans of his own, and doesn't seem to care whether or not Tyrell wants to go along with them. Tyrell can see the crash that's coming — with his dad, with the rest of his family, with the girls he's seeing — but he's not sure he can stop it. Or if he even wants to.]
YA Bowler, Tim Firmament [music/gangs/mixed genres]
River Boy (1998 Carnegie Melon Award) [gently illustrates the fear of a loved one's passing by using a river's timeless flow as a metaphor for the journey of life.]
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13 Up Bowsher, Melodie My Lost and Found Life [coming of age story will resonate with every daughter who ever took her mother for granted, and every young woman who must step out on her own and not just survive, but thrive.] @AMAZON
12 up Bradbury, Jennifer
[Interview]
SHIFT [Cross-country bike tour/Some friends fade away....Others disappear/explore the depths of loyalty, the depths of friendship, and the unknowable depths of another person.] @AMAZON
YA Bray, Libba A Great and Terrible Beauty (Book 1)
Rebel Angels (Book 2)
The Sweet Far Thing (Book 3)
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14 up Brescia, Leigh One Wish [desire to be popular/fitting in/eating disorders/find true self]. @AMAZON
YA Bridgers, Sue Ellen Notes From Another Life
Keeping Christiana
Home Before Dark
YA Brink, Carol Ryrie Buffalo Coat [love and loss] @AMAZON
YA Brockenbrough, Martha Devine Intervention [Jerome Hancock is Heidi Devine's guardian angel. Sort of. He's more of an angel trainee, in heaven's soul-rehabilitation program for wayward teens. And he's just about to get kicked out for having too many absences and for violating too many of the Ten Commandments for the Dead. Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she's taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she's heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.]
Brontë,Charlotte Jane Eyre [Everything Jane Eyre]
YA Brooks, Bruce Midnight Hour Encores
All That Remains [Three novellas]
What Hearts [Four short stories about relationships]
The Moves Make the Man [Sports metaphor]
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YA Brooks, Kevin Candy [Average Joe meets Candy,prostitute-drug addict, and experiences the turmoil and mechanics of drug addiction]
Black Rabbit Summer [explores the ways sex, love, class, and celebrity can forever change—or—end friendships.]
iBoy [Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they're having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.]
YA Bryant, Jen Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial [1925 Dayton, Tennessee/A small town is faced with astonishing, nationwide publicity: reporters, lawyers, scientists, religious leaders, and tourists. But amidst the circus-like atmosphere is a threatening sense of tension–not only in the courtroom, but among even the strongest of friends. This compelling novel in poems chronicles a controversy with a profound impact on science and culture in America–and one that continues to this day. @AMAZON
YA/A Buck, Pearl The Good Earth @AMAZON
YA Buffie, Margaret Out of Focus [teen girl becomes responsible for taking care of her siblings while her mother binges on alcohol.] @AMAZON
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Bunting, Eve Fly Away Home [homeless]
The Summer of Riley
Jumping the Nail [peer pressure]
A Sudden Silence
If I Asked You, Would You Stay?
The Presence: A Ghost Story [A brutal car accident that claimed the life of her best friend has left seventeen-year-old Catherine in a state of shock and severe depression. She longs to move forward with her life, but feels she can’t until she is somehow assured of her friend’s forgiveness.]
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YA Bunce, Elizabeth C. A Curse Dark as Gold [thoughtful retelling of Rumpelstiltskin tale] @AMAZON
YA Burgess, Melvin SMACK 1998 @AMAZON
YA Cadnum, Michael Taking It
Edge
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YA Caletti, Deb The Nature of Jade [I am not my illness. "Girl with Anxiety," "Trauma of the Week" -- no. The one thing my illness did make me realize is how necessary it is to ignore the dangers of living in order to live. And how much trouble you can get into if you can't.]
The Six Rules of Maybe (AGes 14+) [Scarlet spends most of her time worrying about other people. Some are her friends, others are practically strangers, and then there are the ones no else even notices. Trying to fix their lives comes naturally to her. And pushing her own needs to the side is part of the deal. So when her older sister comes home unexpectedly married and pregnant, Scarlet has a new person to worry about. But all of her good intentions are shattered when the unthinkable happens: she falls for her sister’s husband. For the first time in a long time, Scarlet’s not fixing a problem, she’s at the center of one. And ignoring her feelings doesn’t seem to be an option...]
A Campbell, Joseph The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work
[Create Your Own Journey]
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YA Camus, Albert The Stranger @AMAZON
YA Cameron, Ann The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods @AMAZON
14 up Cameron, Peter Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You [the pain that comes with growing up, leaving childhood, and becoming your own person] @AMAZON
YA Cameron, Sharon The Dark Unwinding [When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Steampunk/spies/intrigue/romance]
11-14 Carlson, Lori Marie (Editor0 Voices in First Person: Reflections on Latino Identity [Wanting to belong. Wanting to go home. Love. Regret. Family. Dreams. Revenge. This eclectic, gritty, and groundbreaking collection of short monologues features twenty-one of the most respected Latino authors writing today. Their fictional narratives give voice to what it's like to be a Latino teen in America.] @AMAZON
YA Carmody, Isobelle The Gathering @AMAZON
Carroll, Lewis Extensive ON LINE TEXTS - extensive
YA+ Cart, Michael (Editor) Love and Sex: 10 Stories of Truth [contains some graphic content] @AMAZON
14+ Carter, Noni Good Fortune [Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped to America, Ayanna Bahati struggles to come to terms with her new life as a slave. Rising from the cotton fields to her master's house, Anna is threatened by the increasingly dangerous world of the plantation. Risking everything, she escapes and makes her way north to freedom and an education, but can she shed the chains of her harrowing past to live the life she has longed for? Traces one girl's journey from slavery to liberation -- and how she finds her true self along the way.]
YA Carlip, Hillary Girl Power:Young Women Speak Out
Zine Scene: The Do It Yourself Guide to Zines
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10-14 Carmi, Daniella Samir and Yonatan 2000 (Life on West Bank) @AMAZON
YA Castellucci, Cecil First Day on Earth [A novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world. "We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe. Big nothings. "I know what I am." Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Yet loving the world -- or, at least, an idea of the world. Then he meets Hooper. Who says he's from another planet. And may be going home very soon.]
YA Chan, Gillian The Turning [graphic language/ father-son relationship/new start in life after death of mother] @AMAZON
13+ Chayil, Eishes HUSH [Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community. Powerful.] @AMAZON
YA Chbosky, Stephen The Perks of Being a Wallflower @AMAZON
YA Chibbaro, Julie Deadly [A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping New York. Could the city’s future rest with its most unlikely scientist? In a time when science is for men, Prudence Galewski will have to prove to the city, and to herself, that she can help solve one of the greatest medical mysteries of the twentieth century. Learn more about Irish immigrant,Mary Mallon, known as “Typhoid Mary" ”
YA Choi, Sook Nyul Year of Impossible Goodbyes
Echoes of the White Giraffe
Gathering of Pearls
14+ Christopher, Lucy Stolen [Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty--rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar--pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. Before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback. STOLEN is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare--or die trying to fight it.] [Captivity and Enlightenment/Haunting and Powerful]
YA+ Crist-Evans, Craig Amaryllis [a wrenching novel of a family whose internal battles chase one son away - into the clutches of the Vietnam war and an enemy he could never have imagined. Told both from a soldier's view and by the brother he leaves behind, Amaryllis is an ideal choice for students learning about the Vietnam era, or for any reader curious about the reality of war.] Powerful read. @AMAZON
Cisneros, Sandra Loose Woman: Poems
The House on Mango Street
My Wicked Wicked Ways
Americas Review
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories
YA Clare, Cassandra The Mortal Instruments Trilogy Boxed Set (City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass (2010)
Clockwork Angel (Book 1 The Infernal Devices)
Clockwork Prince (Book 2 The Infernal Devices) (2011)
11-15 Clements, Andrew Things Not Seen [teen's search for independence and individuality] @AMAZON
YA Cody, Robin Ricochet River @AMAZON
YA Cole, Brock [ALAN Review] The Facts Speak for Themselves
The Goats
Celine
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12 Up Coleman, Evelyn Born in Sin @AMAZON
12 up Cofer, Judith Ortiz An Island Like You [twelve lively short stories about Puerto-Rican American teenagers caught between two cultures. Tolerance.]
12 Up Colfer, Eoin [Interview] AIRMAN [1890's Irish coast/military coup/murder]
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (Book 2)
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code (Book 3)
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception (Book 4)
Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony (Book 5)
Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox (Book 6)
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YA Collier, James Lincoln and Christopher My Brother Sam is Dead
The Clock
Jump Ship to Freedom (scroll)
Library
12 up Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games (Book One) [In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.]
Catching Fire (Book Two)
Mockingjay (Final)
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YA Conly, Jane Leslie Crazy Lady @AMAZON
YA Connelly, Neil The Miracle Stealer [Andi Grant adores her 6-year-old brother Daniel, a "miracle child" who fell down a mine shaft and survived. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings (which sometimes seem to work), and Andi is horrified by his exploitation, especially when she finds signs of a stalker around their home. With the help of her once-and-maybe-future boyfriend Jeff, she comes up with a plan so audacious, so dramatic, it will stop the attention on Daniel forever: an "Anti-Miracle" that will unravel with the slightest examination of the facts, and cast doubt on Daniel's powers forever after.]
Conrad, Joseph (1857-1924) Lord Jim
Heart Of Darkness
Victory
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YA/A Conn, Peter J. Pearl S. Buck : A Cultural Biography @AMAZON
YA Cooke, Kaz Real Gorgeous: The Truth About Body and Beauty @AMAZON
YA Cooney, Caroline B. The Ransom of Mercy Carter [1704 French and Indian War]
Burning Up
What Child Is This?
Driver's Ed
The Face on the Milk Carton
Whatever Happened to Janie?
The Voice on the Radio
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Cooper, James Fenimore [Bio/plot summaries] The Last of the Mohicans [ N. C. Wyeth (Illustrator) ] 2002
James Fenimore Cooper: The Leatherstocking Tales I: The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prairie
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YA Cooper, Susan The Dark is Rising

The Dark Is Rising Sequence:
Silver on the Tree/the Grey King/Greenwitch/the Dark Is Rising/over Sea, Under Stone/Boxed

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9-12
Cormier, Robert
[1983 Biography]
Interview
Loving Goodbye
The Chocolate War
Heroes [Teacher's Guide]
Fade
Take Me Where the Good Times Are
I am the Cheese
In the Middle of the Night
We All Fall Down
Tenderness
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YA Corrigan, Eireann Accomplice [Finn and Chloe have it all figured out. Their school guidance counselor has told everyone that it's not enough to get good grades or do community service anymore - kids like that are everywhere, and colleges are bored of them. So what do you do? Chloe decides they should get attention another way. She and Finn will stage her own disappearance - and then Finn will be the only who finds and saves her. What college wouldn't want them after that kind of attention? It seems like a good plan -- until things start going very wrong....the destruction of another life.]
11 Up Coville, Bruce [editor] Half-Human [10 stories from various authors] @AMAZON
10-14 Cox, Clinton Houdini [About Houdini] @AMAZON
14 Up Coy, John Crackback [a successful high school football player discovers his teammates are using steroids--and one of them is his best friend--he's faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to win?/father/son/girl relationships]
BOX OUT (Ages 12 up) [Liam has just been bumped up to starter on the varsity basketball team, and the pressure's on. With the girls' team heading to State, the boys' team is under even greater scrutiny than usual in Liam's small midwestern town. When the team's coach starts counting on the power of prayer---and enforcing teamwide participation---Liam finds himself in a spotlight that's more nerve-racking than any trip to the free-throw line. In trying to stand up for what's right, Liam is forced to stand up for himself---against his teammates, his fellow students, and even his parents.]
Crane, Stephen Red Badge of Courage
14+ Creagh, Kelly Nevermore [At once an homage to one of America's greatest writers (Poe) and a page-turning psychological mystery that is equal parts horror, humor, and romance, NEVERMORE is the story of Varen -- a Poe-fan and goth -- and Isobel -- a cheerleader and unlikely heroine.]
10-14
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Creech, Sharon Walk Two Moons
Absolutely Normal Chaos
Replay
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YA Crew, Linda Children of the River
Fire On The Wind
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YA Crutcher, Chris [Includes Interview]
[Teacher Resource Files]
The Sledding Hill (2005) [READ IT!]
Ironman [Sports, Losing the truth, Anger Management, feelings, relationships]
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes [High school misfit]
The Crazy Horse Electric Game [Understanding and Finding Human Dignity]
Stotan! [Chaos, Team Work/Friendship]
Whale Talk [dignity and acceptance]
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YA Cushman, Karen [see also] Catherine Called Birdy
The Midwife's Apprentice
Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Matilda Bone
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14 Up Davidson, Dana Played [When one of Ian's boys dares him to sleep with plain-faced, nobody Kylie Winship, he thinks it will be a snap. If he succeeds, he'll be down with the most popular crew in his school. For him, love is just a game . . . ] Every girl should read this book. @AMAZON
YA Davis, Deborah [Interview] Not Like You [alcoholic mother/teen daughter. Loving someone else enough to stay with her through anything—and loving yourself enough to let her go.] @AMAZON
YA Dean, Claire
[Interview]
GIRLWOOD [Polly Greene has always been considered strange, a girl who can see a person's true colors, a thirteen-year-old more comfortable foraging in the woods with her eccentric grandmother than hanging out with friends. But all that is about to change when Polly's older sister, Bree, vanishes into the woods. Hope. Strength. Empowering. Real. Fanciful. @AMAZON
11-13 de Goldi, Kate The 10 PM Question [a compassionate look at a family living with mental illness.]
YA Delacre, Lulu Alicia Afterimage [Sixteen-year-old Alicia María Betancourt was killed in a car accident. Popular, happy, fun-loving Alicia daughter, sister, and friend to so many gone in an instant. How would those left behind cope with such a sudden, devastating loss? ]
12 up Dellasega, Cheryl NUGRL90 (Sadie) Bloggrls, Book One [real teens, parents divorce, new school/new friends, change, difficult decisions, anger management (boyfriend), smart choices] @AMAZON
YA Deloria, Ella Cara Waterlily [Plains Indian Dakota culture and Sioux Nation is told through the life of Waterlily] @AMAZON
YA Deuker, Carl Night Hoops
Painting the Black
Gym Candy [football/insecurity/steroids/consequences/on-field action/locker-room drama/emotion]
Payback Time [Through the eyes of a distinctly non-athletic protagonist—a fat high school journalist named Mitch—veteran sports novelist Deuker reveals the surprising truth behind a mysterious football player named Angel.]
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Dickens, Charles [Biography, Bibligography,Chronology]
[The Dickens Project of the University of California
[Brown University. Extensive collection of bibliographical, biographical and critical materials]
[Teacher Cyberguide]
Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886) See The Mouse of Amherst for young readers.
[Emily Dickinson's Letters]
[The Emily Dickinson Journal]
[Columbia University's Project Bartleby - The Complete Poems]
YA Dickinson, Peter The Ropemaker
AK
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YA Doctorow, Cory LITTLE BROTHER [Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” is a seventeen years old computer geek who figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system until his whole world changes when he and his friends are caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco and apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and mercilessly interrogated for days. When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. This is a techno-geek rebellion with an important message about civil liberties.] @AMAZON
YA Dogar, Sharon
Interview
WAVES [coming-of-age story about first love and first loss; about a family drowning in sorrow, and the remarkable son who is struggling against the tide to save them.]
Annexed [Everyone knows about Anne Frank and her life hidden in the secret annex – but what about the boy who was also trapped there with her? Dogar explores what this might have been like from Peter’s point of view. What was it like to be forced into hiding with Anne Frank, first to hate her and then to find yourself falling in love with her or know you’re being written about in Anne’s diary, day after day? What’s it like to start questioning your religion, wondering why simply being Jewish inspires such hatred and persecution? Or to just sit and wait and watch while others die, and wish you were fighting. Anne’s diary ends on August 4, 1944, but Peter’s story takes us on, beyond their betrayal and into the Nazi death camps. He details with accuracy, clarity and compassion the reality of day to day survival in Auschwitz – and ultimately the horrific fates of the Annex’s occupants.]
11-14 Doherty, Berlie The Girl Who Saw Lions [compelling and parallel stories that eventually tangle together bringing a message of hope and what it means to be a family. AIDS/adoption/Tanzania/selling children] @AMAZON
12 up Dolamore, Jaclyn Magic Under Glass [Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.] Unique debut novel. Perhaps a sequel?
YA Donnelly, Jennifer A Northern Light [Based on a 20th century murder case] @AMAZON
YA Dorfman, Joaquin Playing it Cool [mystery/romance/coming-of-age story full of red herrings and elaborate schemes.] @AMAZON
YA Dowell, Frances O'Roark Ten Miles Past Normal [Janie Gorman wants to be normal. The problem with that: she’s not. She’s smart and creative and a little bit funky. She’s also an unwilling player in her parents’ modern-hippy, let’s-live-on-a-goat-farm experiment (regretfully, instigated by a younger, much more enthusiastic Janie). This, to put it simply, is not helping Janie reach that “normal target.” Janie was going for normal, but she missed her mark by about ten miles…and we mean that as a compliment.]
YA Doyle, Malachy Georgie [orphaned boy finds sense of self/overcoming rage and anger/one person can make a difference]
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan [full text of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories and the 4 novels plus graphics]
[The Sherlock Holmes Museum]
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Eerie illustrations enhance a blood-curdling edition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most-celebrated Sherlock Holmes mystery - Candlewick 2006
YA
14 Up
Draper, Sharon
[All Study Guides]
Copper Sun [Slaves and indentured servants/1738 in the south]
Forged by Fire [young man struggling to protect his little sister from a drug-addicted mother and an abusive father.]
The Battle of Jericho [Jericho and his cousin are psyched when invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction. But as the secret initiation rites grow increasingly humiliating and force Jericho to make painful choices, he starts to question whether membership is worth it. How far will he have to go to wear the cool black silk Warriors jacket? How high a price will he have to pay to belong? The answers are devastating.]
November Blues [This sequel to The Battle of Jericho but can stand alone. When November Nelson loses her boyfriend, Josh, to a pledge stunt gone horribly wrong, she finds out she's pregnant. This is a tough look at teen pregnancy and the consequences of unprotected sex.]
Just Another Hero (Conclusion) [Suppose someone showed up in YOUR classroom carrying an AK-47. You have a split second: To think. To act. To be a hero. But what is a hero?]
PANIC (Ages 14+) [this realistic novel shows that all it takes is one bad decision for everything to change.... Don't get in a car with strangers.] (rape involved)
12+ Dubarsosky, Ursula The Red Shoe [Funny, tough-minded and tender, this is the story of Matilda and her two sisters growing up in Sydney, Australia, in the early 1950s. Their father is mentally unstable and largely absent, their mother is possibly in the thrall of his brother, and a headline-making Russian spy defection is taking place next door. Punctuated by the headlines of the times, The Red Shoe depicts how the large events of the world can impinge on ordinary lives.]
The Golden Day [The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip.]
13+ Dudley, David L. Caleb's Wars [A powerful novel about growing up black on the World War II home front in the Jim Crow South. Set in a time before the civil rights movement emerged, this story traces one young man’s growing commitment to justice and to the courage needed to protect it.]
YA Duncan, Lois Killing Mr. Griffin
Summer of Fear
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14+ Durst, Sarah Beth ICE [When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairy tale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth. Now that Cassie is older, she knows the story was a nice way of saying her mother had died. On her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face-to-face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned at the ends of the earth. And he can bring her back — if Cassie will agree to be his bride.]
YA Dygard, Thomas J Game Plan @AMAZON
YA Eckert, Allan W. Incident at Hawk's Hill @AMAZON
YA Edut, Ophira Adios, Barbie: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity @AMAZON
Eliot, T.S. (1888-1965) What the Thunder Said - Site dedicated to all things T.S. Eliot - Time Line, Works and Resources
14+ Eulberg, Elizabeth The Lonely Hearts Club [Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . . . ]
Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality [taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom]
YA Ewing, Lynn Party Girl @AMAZON
YA Farmer, Nancy The House of the Scorpion [Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster -- except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.]
YA/A Faust, Drew Gilpin Mothers of Invention : Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War
Southern Stories
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YA Feelings, Tom The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo [picturebook for adults] @AMAZON
12 up Fehler, Gene Beanball [It's the last inning. Center fielder Luke "Wizard" Wallace steps up to the plate--and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever. The pivotal moment is recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices. Friendshipis. Recovery. Unusual format. Gripping subject matter. Thought-provoking. Fast paced. ] @AMAZON
YA/A Felder, Deborah The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present @AMAZON
13+ Felin, M. Sindy Touching Snow [Immigrant life/Haitian-American culture/first generation American/Abuse]
YA Ferris, Jean BAD
Of Sound Mind [ASL]
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12 up Fforde, Jasper The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam) - [An employment agency for magicians? In the good old days, magic was indispensable, but now magic is fading and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.]
YA Fields, Terri HOLDUP [a novel with nine unforgettable points of view, in four astonishing parts--will leave the reader wondering about luck and life's strange surprises.] @AMAZON
YA Fink, Mark Stepping Up [More than basketball/teen angst/consequences of peer pressure] @AMAZON
YA Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby @AMAZON
YA Flake, Sharon G. [Teacher Resource]
[Teacher Guides]
BANG! [BANG! Guns really sound like that, you know. BANG! And people bleed from everywhere, ... ] powerful read. [Lesson Plan]
The Skin I'm In [Quest for Identity Unit]
Money Hungry [CSK Award] [breaking the cycle of poverty]
Begging for Change (stand alone sequel) [mixed race/absent parents]
Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives [Lesson Plan]
You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems about Boys [In 9 stories and 13 poems, Flake gives readers insight into the minds of a diverse group, adolescent African American males.]
Pinned [Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common—they're each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school’s most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can't walk or dance. But he’s a strong reader who loves books. Autumn and Adonis are forced to see that our greatest weaknesses can turn into the assets that forever change us and those we love.]
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Fleischman, Paul Mind's Eye
By the Great Horn Spoon
Whirlygig [Lesson Plan] [Lesson Plan]
Bull Run [Lesson Plan]
Time Train [Lesson Pan]
Dateline: Troy [Lesson Plan]
Saturnalia
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YA Fleischman, Sid
[See Newbery]
The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life @AMAZON
YA Flinn, Alex
[Bio/Interview, Lesson Plans]
Breaking Point [bully, fitting in, school violence, teen social life]
Breathing Underwater [dating violence] [Teacher's Guide]
Nothing to Lose [domestic violence] [Study Guide][Discussion Guide]
Fade to Black [HIV, hate crime, bullying, family relationships. Three people, three perspectives -- one truth.] [Discussion Guide]
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11-14 Fogelin, Adrian The Big Nothing [painful transitions of adolescence/dysfunctional family/a character on the edge of life--in his home, at school, and with friends/discovering hidden talents] @AMAZON
14 up Ford, Michael Thomas Suicide Notes [Compelling, witty, and refreshingly real/darkly humorous/ examines that fuzzy line between "normal" and the rest of us/gay issues/identity] @AMAZON
YA Frank, E. R. [Interview] WRECKED [I was the driver of the "other" car. ...In one split second. Upside down and shattered. Just like that. Wrecked.] @AMAZON
YA Franklin, Kristine L. Dove Song [Bobbie Lynn's father is reported missing in action in Vietnam, she and her thirteen-year-old brother must learn to cope with their own despair, as well as their mother's breakdown.] @AMAZON
YA Frazier, Angie Everlasting [Sailing aboard her father's ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn't love in order to preseve her social standing. On her last voyage before the wedding, Camille learns the mother she has always believed dead is in fact alive and in Australia. When their Sydney-bound ship goes down in a gale, and her father dies, Camille sets out to find her mother and a map in her possession - a map believed to lead to a stone that once belonged to the legendary civilization of the immortals.]
YA
10+
Freedman, Russell Life and Death of Crazy Horse
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery [Lesson Plans +]
Lincoln: A Photobiography
Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor
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12 Up
Freymann-Weyr, Garret Stay With Me [a quest to understand a sister's suicide]
My Heartbeat [2003 Printz Honor Winner]
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13 Up Fukui, Isamu Truancy [In an alternate world, in a nameless totalitarian city, the autocratic Mayor rules the school system with an iron fist, with the help of his Educators. Fighting against the Mayor and his repressive Educators is a group of former students called the Truancy, whose goal is to take down the system by any means possible—at any cost. Insightful. High Recommended for all. Reluctant Reader.] Look for the prequel by this 17 year-old author. @AMAZON
YA-Adult Gaines, Ernest A Lesson Before Dying [Lesson Plan] @AMAZON
YA Galante, Cecilia The Patron Saint of ButterfliesThe Patron Saint of Butterflies [religion/cults from the perspective of a believer and non-believer/lesson is the importance of thinking for yourself.] (Ages 12 and up)
The Sweetness of Salt [family secrets/sisters/estranged/acceptance and understanding] (Ages 13 and up)
The Summer of May [Twelve-year-old May is living in a desolate situation with only her grandmother, who is depressed about the absence of May’s mother, and her father, who works long hours and is almost never around. Due to her circumstance and her resentment over having to live in a low-income neighborhood, May often finds herself picking fights and getting into trouble. Loss. Adolescent rage. Making amends.]
YA Gallo, Donald R. (Editor) On The Fringe
What Are You Afraid Of?: Stories About Phobias
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10+
Gantos, Jack [Includes Interview] Hole In My Life [autobiography... "the bleakest year of my life."]
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key [ADHD] (1998)
Joey Pigza Loses (2000) Control
What Would Joey Do? (2002)
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YA Garcia, Kami and Margaret Stohl Beautiful Creatures [Gothic romance. Twilight readers will enjoy this.] @AMAZON
Garcia, Marquez Gabriel One Hundred Years of Solitude @AMAZON
YA Garcia, Rita Williams Every Time a Rainbow Dies @AMAZON
YA Garden, Nancy Good Moon Rising
Annie on My Mind
Dove and Sword: a Novel of Joan of Arc
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YA Garsee, Jeannine Before, After, and Somebody In Between ["a gritty and realistic tale of a girl trying to escape her parent's poor choices and make a life for herself. " @AMAZON
YA Gaskins, Pearl Fuyo What Are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People @AMAZON
YA Gavin, Jamila Coram Boy @AMAZON
YA George, Jessica Day Princess of the Midnight Ball [George's take on the Grimms’ tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Magic, humor, romance, witchcraft and evil.]
Princess of Glass (Sequel)
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YA Giles, Gail [Interview] Playing in Traffic
Shattering Glass
What Happened to Cass McBride? (November 2006)
Dead Girls Don't Write Letters [Lesson Plan]
Right Behind You [When he was nine, Kip set another child on fire. Now, after years in a juvenile ward, he is ready for a fresh start]
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YA 14 Up Going, K.L. Saint Iggy [I am not so bad a person once you get to know me. A young man's tragic search for meaning in a world that to him makes no sense. /Reluctant Reader] @AMAZON
11-14 Golding, Julia The Diamond of Drury Lane (Book 1) Mystery, Treasure, Life on Stage.
Cat Among the Pigeons (Book 2). A mission for justice.
Den of Thieves (Bk. 3) Takes readers to Paris on a covert mission.
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YA Golding, William Lord of the Flies [Religious Imagery] [Law and Order] @AMAZON
11 up Golds, Cassandra The Museum of Mary Child [Heloise finds a mysterious doll and is forced to runaway,ending up in an orphanage. But one day, she must return to the house where the devastating secret of her past awaits. Modern fairy tale/Gothic horror/weird, fun, creepy, romance, mystery]
14 up Gonzalez, Ann Running for My Life [family/dealing with mental illness/learning to survive] @AMAZON
YA Gordon, Sheila Waiting for the Rain: A Novel of South Africa
The Middle of Somewhere: A Story of South Africa
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YA Greenberg, Jan (Editor) Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art @AMAZON
YA Greene, Bette Summer of My German Soldier
The Drowning of Stephen Jones
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YA-A Gregerson, Judy Bad Girls Club [Tackles the issue of children dealing with mentally ill and neglectful parents, childhood trauma, and dysfunctional families.] Riveting read. @AMAZON
YA Greitens, Eric The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage [In this adaptation of his best-selling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teen readers, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask the reader to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others. Readers will share in Eric’s evolution from average kid to globe-traveling humanitarian to warrior, training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world: the Navy SEALs. Along the way, they’ll be asked to consider the power of choices, of making the decision each and every day to act with courage and compassion so that they grow to be tomorrow’s heroes. Sure to inspire and motivate.]
YA Griffin, Adele
[Interview]
Where I Want to Be [a tender and spellbinding book, told in the alternating voices of two very different sisters dwelling on opposite sides of life and death, who are bravely trying to overcome the void and bring light to each other]
My Almost Epic Summer [a summer of self-discovery]
12-17 Griffin, N. The Whole Stupid Way We Are [What happens when everything you’ve got to give isn’t enough to save someone you love? Dinah's best friend won’t wear a coat. Refuses to wear a coat. It’s twelve degrees out, and he won’t wear a coat. So Dinah’s going to figure out how to help. That’s what Dinah does—she helps. But she’s too busy trying to help to notice that sometimes, she’s doing more harm than good.]
11 up Grimly, Gris (Illustrator) Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia [stories of lost love, lost ways...and lost minds. A companion to Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, this second installment of perennial Poe favorites includes The Tell-Tale Heart, The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, The Oblong Box, and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar. Pen, ink and watercolor illustrations.
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness ["The Black Cat," "The Masque of the Red Death," "Hop-Frog," and "The Fall of the House of Usher."].
YA Grindley, Sally Spilled Water [modern-day China, 11 year old girl sold as slave/culture where to be born a girl is worth nothing more than spilled water] @AMAZON
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YA Guy, Rosa The Disappearance
And I Heard a Bird Sing
Ruby
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11 Up Haddix, Margaret Peterson Uprising: Three Young Women Caught in the Fire that Changed America [Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911/beginning of the organized labor movement/teen immigrants] @AMAZON
12 up Hahn, Mary Downing Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story
Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls [Based on an actual crime in 1955, this YA novel is both a mystery and a coming-ofage story. The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of junior year in high school throws Nora into turmoil. Her certainties—friendships, religion, her prudence, her resolve to find a boyfriend taller than she is—are shaken or cast off altogether. Told from several different perspectives, including that of the murderer, this is a suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core.
11 up Hagerup, Klaus Markus + Diana [Markus is afraid of everything. But when he writes fan mail to famous people, he becomes somebody else.]
Markus + the Girls [teen angst and the next girl of his dreams.]
11 Up Hale, Shannon [Interview]
[Lesson Plan]
The Goose Girl
Enna Burning [[companion volume to The Goose Girl 2004]
River Secrets [stand-alone]
Austenland
Book of a Thousand Days [Grimms fairy tale reimagined, reset on the central Asian steppes/unique retelling with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.]
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10+
Hamilton, Virginia [author site]
[Links and Lesson Plans]
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
Plain City
Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales
M.C. Higgins the Great
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YA Hansberry, Lorraine (1930-1965) A Raisen in the Sun [Study Black Actors in American Cinema] @AMAZON
13+ Harrington, Kim Clarity [Clarity "Clare" Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It's a gift. And a curse. A teenage girl is found murdered. Clare's brother--who has supernatural gifts of his own--becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer.] Debut novel.
The Dead and Buried [A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.]
YA Hartinger, Brent
[Interview]
Geography Club
The Order of the Poison Oak
The Last Chance Texaco
Grand & Humble
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INTERVIEW
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16+ Hartman, Brett Cadillac Chronicles [Sixteen year-old Alex Riley’s top priorities in life are to find his long-absent father and a girl with a decent set of breasts. But his mother has a knack for sabotaging his plans. To advance her political career, she takes in an elderly black man named Lester Bray. Lester arrives with a vintage Cadillac and an old man's personality. It takes only a week for Alex's mother to ask Lester to leave. That makes Alex angry. On the morning of his eviction, Lester and Alex set out on a road trip, ostensibly to find the boy's father in Fort Lauderdale. But the two don't just head south. They also cross through un-navigated political, racial, and personal territory. A wild ride, Cadillac Chronicles explores what it means to—finally—find a real friend.]
YA Hartnett, Sonya The Ghost's Child [enchanting fable of a young woman and a wild boy/ haunting meditation on the nature of love and loss.]
Surrender [a mesmerizing psychological and dark thriller]
The Silver Donkey [fable of a lost soldier, heroic children, and a steadfast donkey.]
Thursday's Child [A young woman, looking back on her childhood, recounts her farm family's poverty, her father's cowardice, and her younger brother's obsession for digging tunnels and living underground.}
Butterfly [fitting in, teen angst}
The Midnight Zoo (Ages 10 up) [a magical and moving fable about war and redemption . . . and what it means to be free. WWII]
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Blood Brothers [Blood brothers/drug overdose/"Don't die, don't die, don't die. Can't you hear me? You can't die when we're doing all we can to save you./A moving and compelling read.] @AMAZON
YA Hautman, Pete Hole in the Sky [futuristic—2028]
Godless [protagonist creates his own religion as an act of rebellion]
Invisible [poignant novel about inner demons and how far one boy will go to control them]
RASH [satirical look at an antiseptic future 2070]
How To Steal A Car [A thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time.]
The Big Crunch [A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love.]
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YA-A Hawthorne,Nathaniel The Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Scarlet Letter
Bibliography, Life, Writings, Criticisms
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YA Headley, Justina Chen North of Beautiful [fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.] @AMAZON
14 up Hearn, Julie Ivy [Ivy's used to being overlooked. The youngest in a family of thieves, scoundrels, and roustabouts, the girl with the flame-colored hair and odd-colored eyes is declared useless by her father from the day she is born./Dickensian novel. Both artists are self-involved and pretentious, and the only prince is a dog… /a page-turner infused with Ivy's determination to fashion her own happily-ever-after.] @AMAZON
YA-A Hemingway, Ernest The Old Man And The Sea
A Farewell To Arms
The Sun Also Rises
For Whom the Bell Tolls
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YA Henry, Marguerite King of the Wind @AMAZON
YA Heneghan, James The Grave @AMAZON
10+ Henkes, Kevin [Teacher Resource]
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Words of Stone [overcoming fear]
Protecting Marie
Olive's Ocean (Newbery Honor) [discovering family, first love, and self]
Bird Lake Moon [Two boys experience loss: divorce/death of sibling. Quiet and delicate. Friendship.]
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YA Hertenstein, Jane Beyond Paradise @AMAZON
14 up Herrick, Steven Cold Skin [historical fictio/fathers and sons/murder/courage/revenge] @AMAZON
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Hesse, Karen [See also Newbery Award] Phoenix Rising
Witness: A Novel [Vermont 1924 - KKK moves in]
A Time of Angels (Paperback 2008) [Sick with influenza during the 1918 epidemic and separated from her two sisters, a young Jewish girl living in Boston relies on the help of an old German man, and her visions of angels, to get better and to reunite herself with her family
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YA Hesser, Terry Spencer Kissing Doorknobs [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder] @AMAZON
13 up High, Linda Oatman Planet Pregnancy [sexual activity, the challenge to a pro-life upbringing, the meaning of motherhood, and the role of the teen father.]
12 up Hijuelos, Oscar Dark Dude [He didn't say good-bye. He didn't leave a phone number. And he didn't plan on coming back - ever. In Wisconsin, Rico could blend in. His light hair and lighter skin wouldn't make him the "dark dude" or the punching bag for the whole neighborhood. The Midwest is the land of milk and honey, but for Rico Fuentes, it's really a last resort. Trading Harlem for Wisconsin, though, means giving up on a big part of his identity. A journey of identity, misidentity, and all that we take with us when we run away.]
YA Hillman, Laura I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor @AMAZON
YA Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders [Lesson Plans] @AMAZON
YA Hirsch, Jeff The Eleventh Plague [In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving. In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade for food and other items essential for survival.]
YA Hobbs, Valerie Tender [overcoming fears]
Letting Go of Bobby James: Or How I Found My Self of Steam
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Hobbs, Will [Author Site with extensive lesson plans] The Big Wander
Down the Yukon
Far North
River Thunder
The Maze
Changes in Latitudes
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Hoffman, Alice Green Angel [search for healing]
Green Witch [Sequel. life, love, and loss in a post-disaster world]
Indigo [coming of age] [Discussion Guide]
Aquamarine [Discussion Guide]
Incantation [journey of loss and rebirth inspired by historical fact (Spanish Inquisition)]
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YA Hoffman, Mary Stravaganza: City of Masks [First of Trilogy][traveling between two worlds]
Stravaganza: City of Stars (Book 2)
Stravaganza: City of Flowers (Book 3)
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11 Up Hokenson, Terry The Winter Road [mourning loss of brother and approval of father/plane crash/gritty survival-adventure narrative/ @AMAZON
YA-A Holland, Barbara Bingo Night at the Fire Hall: The Care for Cows, Orchards, Fairs and Bake Sales @AMAZON
YA Holman, Felice Slake's Limbo @AMAZON
YA Holt, Kimberly Willis Keeper of the Night [mother commits suicide/daughter is holding the family together/breakdown of communications/determination to keep on going facing overwhelming loss and responsibilities] @AMAZON
YA Honeyman, Kay The Fire Horse Girl [Jade Moon is a Fire Horse -- the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, willful, and far too imaginative. But while her family despairs of marrying her off, she has a passionate heart and powerful dreams, and wants only to find a way to make them come true. Historical fiction/love story/different twist on Chinese immigrants]
YA Hooper, Mary Newes from the Dead [WRONGED. HANGED. ALIVE? (AND TRUE!)
Fallen Grace [Dickensian social commentary, as well as malicious fraud, mysterious secrets, and a riveting read.]
14+ Hopkins, Ellen Crank, Glass, Identical, Fallout, Impulse, Perfect
YA Hornbacher, Marya Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia @AMAZON
YA Horvath, Polly The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane [four characters deal with loss in different ways/rich and complicated story about loss and the possibility— and impossibility—of beginning again.] @AMAZON
YA House, Silas Eli the Good [The summer of 1976 is the one that threatened to tear Eli's family apart. There is his distant mother; his traumatized Vietnam vet dad; his wild sister; his former warprotester aunt; and his tough yet troubled best friend, Edie, the only person with whom he can be himself. As tempers flare and his father’s nightmares rage, Eli watches from the sidelines, but soon even he cannot escape the current of conflict.]
YA Howe, James (Editor) The Color of Absence: 12 Stories about Loss and Hope @AMAZON
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YA Susan Hughes Virginia [Fourteen-year-old Ivy is flabbergasted when her childhood friend Virginia claims that she has been visited by an angel who has asked her to bear the child of God. Ivy uncovers apocalyptic plot being devised by Virginia's weird brother, Paul. Ivy suspects Paul's activities must connect in some way to Virginia's claim but she's uncertain how. Ivy finds herself caught up in a chain of events she has no control over.]
YA Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils [Civil War, Coming of Age]
Up A Road Slowly - Newbery
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YA Hurwin, Davida Wills A Time for Dancing [Upcoming movie] @AMAZON
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World @AMAZON
YA Ingold, Jeanette HITCH [Moss Trawnley is in desperate need of work, and heads out west as a member of Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps to help protect Montana’s wildlife from devastating erosion and wildfires. Despite the grueling work, he rediscovers what he almost lost in the Great Depression: himself. @AMAZON
Jarrell, Randall The Animal Family
The Bat Poet
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12 Up Jinks, Catherine Evil Genius [engrossing thriller with darkness and humor, freaks and geeks. Explores the fine line between good and evil in a strange world of manipulations and subterfuge where nothing is as it seems.]
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YA Johnson, Angela The First Part Last [male side of teen pregnancy] powerful/teen and parent read] [Teachers Guide]
Heaven [adoption/turning pain into joy]
Sweet, Hereafter [poignant tale of discovering where—and with whom—you belong]
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12-16 Johnson, J. J. This Girl Is Different [Evie, home-schooled by her counter culture mom, decides to see what high school is like for the first time for her senior year. Culture shock. Rebellion. Blogging. Abuse of authority. Boundaries.]
12 up Johnson, Maureen Suite Scarlett [hilarious, thought-provoking, and fun/the value of family] @AMAZON
YA Johnson, Varian My Life as a Rhombus [Choices. Unlikely friendships. Tough decisions. Unplanned pregnancy. Not preachy. No advice. Excellent.] @AMAZON
12 up Jones, Carrie Need - Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.
Captivate (Book Two) - There's a new king in town. A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.
YA Jones, Diana Wynne Castle in the Air
Dogsbody
Hexwood
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Year of the Griffin
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Standing Against the Wind [excerpt] [a girl with grit she never knew she had, and a boy so inspired by her that he begins to take pride in his own abilities.] @AMAZON
YA Jones, Patrick Things Change [abusive father/teen love/abusive relationships/self-medicating depression with alcohol]
Nailed ["The nail that sticks out the farthest gets hammered hardest." For any teen who feels that standing out is harder than just conforming. Nailed is about the high price of hiding one’s true self. ]
Chasing Tail Lights ["difficult-to-read,difficult-to-put-down novel of drugs, poverty, and violence."]
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YA Kacvinsky, Katie Awaken [Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. People don’t venture out of their homes. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her. Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.]
Middle Ground (Awaken) [In this provocative cautionary tale for teens, the sequel to Awaken, seventeen-year-old Maddie’s rebellion against the digital-only life grows dangerous. Maddie is in Los Angeles, trying to stay out of trouble. But one night, a seemingly small act of defiance lands her in the place she fears the most: a detention center. Here, patients are reprogrammed to accept a digital existence. Maddie is now fighting for her mind, her soul, and her very life. A disturbing picture of our increasingly technology-based society.]
12 up Kadohata, Cynthia [see Newbery] Outside Beauty ["My mother had four daughters by four different men." Finding beauty in unexpected places/bonds of sisterhood/family and love/the difference between beauty and perfection/families come in different packages/don't mess with what works.] @AMAZON
YA Karp, Jesse What We Become [Two years ago, teenagers Mal and Laura destroyed a corporate empire intent on controlling human thinking through technology. For a while, life was good. But now a new force has arisen: the Old Man. He’s hungry for power and he knows who holds the key to getting it: Mal. Mal needs his beloved Laura’s help to defeat the Old Man, but is he willing to risk her life in another battle to save humanity? What We Become combines mind-bending thrills with the hot immediacy of corporate greed.]
YA Kass, Pnina Moed Real Time [Sixteen-year-old is on a mission: to find out what his grandfather, a Nazi officer, did during World War II./work on a kibbutz/terrorist attack/minute-by-minute account of a catastrophic incident/deadly cycle of sacrifice and destruction/chilling, suspenseful, and frighteningly real]. @AMAZON
10-14 Kaye, Marilyn Gifted: Nine teens, nine secrets
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Better Late Than Never
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Finders Keepers
YA Keizer, Garret God of Beer [Beer Rebellion or SUDS: Students Undermining a Drunk Society @AMAZON
12 Up Kelleher, Victor DOGBOY [He is born on a bare hillside near the end of the Dry Time. Abandoned by his mother, cared for and suckled only by a dog, he becomes a creature of the wilds. He proves to be a survivor. Against the odds, and despite his savage upbringing, he grows into a “special” child—someone destined to change the lives of all who cross his path. @AMAZON
12 up Kephart, Beth Undercover [Like a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghostwrites love notes for the boys in her school.] @AMAZON
YA Kerr, M. E. Slap Your Sides [WWII conscientious objector/ religion, war, and morality.]
Books of Fell
Hello, I Lied: A Novel
Gentlehands
Night Kites
Deliver Us From Evie
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YA Keyes, Daniel Flowers for Algernon [Review and Analysis] @AMAZON
11 up Keaney, Brian The Hollow People- Book 1 The Promises of Dr. Sigmundus trilogy [On the island of Tarnagar there is an asylum where dreaming will get you locked up and branded a lunatic, a danger to society and to all who know you. In this doomed and repressive place, two teens that were never meant to meet or share their dreams, cross paths and set in motion that which rips them from the lives they were meant to lead. Together they join forces with a ragtag group of rebel forces bent on breaking the grip of lies and illusions their countrymen have accepted without question.]
YA Klass, David [Interview] Home of the Braves [soccer/bullies]
Wresting With Honor
Danger Zone [basketball/acceptance]
Screen Test [making choices]
California Blue [teen's battle between environmentalists and the timber industry.]
You Don't Know Me [portrait of an angst-ridden adolescent.]
Dark Angel [biochemical, societal, and religious theories regarding the roots of evil.] Powerful!
Firestorm: The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 1
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YA Klause, Annette Curtis Alien Secrets
The Silver Kiss
Blood and Chocolate
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13+ Klein, Lisa Ophelia [In this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting. She catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, and their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and ultimately, Ophelia must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret, she is pregnant with Hamlet’s child. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.]
Lady Macbeth's Daughter [The daughter Macbeth might have had, if Shakespeare had thought to create her… Albia has grown up with no knowledge of her mother of her father, the powerful Macbeth. Instead she knows the dark lure of the Wychelm Wood and the moors, where she’s been raised by three strange sisters. It’s only when the ambitious Macbeth seeks out the sisters to foretell his fate that Albia’s life becomes tangled with the man who leaves nothing but bloodshed in his wake. She even falls in love with Fleance, Macbeth’s rival for the throne. Yet when Albia learns that she has the second sight, she must decide whether to ignore the terrible future she foresees—or to change it.
YA Knobbe, D. E. Runaway Series
Runaway Storm (Book One) [Wilderness Adventure. Nate stole the kayak . . . sort of. His parents don't know where he is. He's made it to the chain of sparsely populated islands off the coast of Vancouver. He hadn't counted on meeting a goth runaway, or cops chasing him into a wild and deadly storm, or planned to shipwreck on a deserted island, or to have a run-in with a crazed drug smuggler.
13+ Knowles, Jo Jumping Off Swings [One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this poignant, sensitively written YA novel. Dysfunctional families/lost innocence/choices/change. Told alternately from each characters point of view.]
YA Koertge, Ron Stoner & Spaz [A troubled youth with cerebral palsy struggles toward self-acceptance with the help of a drug-addicted young woman.] (Ages 14+)
Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II [Beautiful but troubled Colleen Minou is the only girl who ever looked at Ben Bancroft as more than just a spaz — more than that kid with cerebral palsy. But the more time Ben spends with Colleen, the more glaring their differences appear, which makes him wonder if what he feels for her is actual affection or if it’s just gratitude. In this sharp, darkly humorous follow-up to the acclaimed Stoner & Spaz, Ben tries to come to terms with his relationship with Colleen, who is sometimes out of it, sometimes into him, and always exhilarating.] (Ages 14+)
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: A Novel
Margaux with an X
YA Koja, Kathe Buddha Boy [new student whom the school bullies torment and call Buddha Boy]
The Blue Mirror
Going Under [Through the alternating voices of sister and brother,Hilly and Ivan, and drawing on the myths of Persephone and Narcissus, Kathe Koja explores the souls of two teenagers caught in a world where love takes you deeper than you ever dreamed you’d go.]
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YA Kontis, Alethen Enchanted [fantasy/ an artful reworking of classic fairy tales (Princess and the Pea, Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, and others), cleverly retold. The Seven siblings of the Woodcutter Family are all named for the days of the week, with a starred performance by Sunday, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. Yes, there is a Prince.]
YA Korman, Gordon Don't Care High
Losing Joe's Place
Son of the Mob [Sopranos without violence and foul language]
Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle
The Juvie Three [three boys serving time in juvenile detention get second chance in experimental half way house]
Hideout (Swindle) [...a place to escape detection, especially when being chased by someone determined to have revenge. . .]
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13 up Krech, Bob REBOUND [Prejudice can be defined in many ways as Ray finds out when he crosses the line as a white Polish-American boy who wants to play on his high school's black basketball team.] Reluctant Reader.
YA Krisher, Trudy FALLOUT [Set against the background of the cold war, Senator McCarthy’s anticommunist crusade, and one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, this historical novel portrays a community battling nature and social change through the eyes of an unusually observant young woman.]
YA Kuklin, Susan Trial: The Inside Story [Kidnapping] @AMAZON
YA Lanagan, Margo
Interview
White Time
Black Juice [10 fantasy short stories/strange, terrifying, intriguing, shocking, delightful, powerful/ the dark side of civilization and the beauty of the human spirit]
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12 up Landman, Tanya I am Apache [A young woman seeks to avenge her brother's death by becoming an Apache warrior — and learns a startling truth about her own identity. Draws on historical accounts to imagine the Black Mountain Apache as a tribe in a fight for survival against the devastating progress of nations.] @AMAZON
14+ Larbalestier, Justine LIAR [A compulsive liar becomes a suspect in her boyfriend's murder. Takes listeners deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them — and herself — that she’s finally come clean. A bone-chilling thriller that will have listeners seesawing between truths and lies right up to the end.]
YA Laird, Elizabeth The Betrayal of Maggie Blair [In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.] Courage and survial are celebrated in this book.
YA Lasky, Kathryn Blood Secret [child abandonment/religious persecution during the Spanish inquisition] [Lesson Plan]
Beyond the Burning Time [see also "The Crucible " - Teaching with the Movie]
Hannah (Daughters Of The Sea) Bk. 1 - [Daughters of the Sea tells the story of 3 mermaid sisters who are separated at birth by a storm and go on to lead three very different lives. Book 1 is about Hannah, who spent her early days in an orphanage and is now a scullery maid in the house of rich, powerful family. She is irresistibly drawn to the sea and through a series of accidents and encounters discovers her true identity. Hannah relizes that she must keep the truth a secret but she also knows that soon she will have to make the choice - to be a creature of the land or the sea.]
May (Daughters of the Sea) Bk. 2 [May learns what freedom feels like-the thrill of exploring both the vast ocean and the previously forbidden books. She even catches the eye of Hugh, an astronomy student who, unlike the townspeople, finds May anything but strange. But not everyone is pleased with May's transformation. Rudd decides that if can't have May, no one will.]
YA Lee, Harper [Bio #2] To Kill a Mockingbird [Lesson Plan]
[Plot and Characterization] [Pre-reading assignment] [Test]
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To Be a Slave
And All Our Wounds Forgiven
Othello, A Novel
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YA Levitin, Sonia Escape from Egypt
The Return
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Lisle, Janet Taylor Afternoon of the Elves
The Crying Rocks [ethnic identity and heritage/facing past and present]
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YA Le Guin, Ursula A Wizard of Earthsea [Review and Analysis] [Trilogy Review]
The Tombs of Atuan
The Left Hand of Darkness
Voices [haunting/gripping coming-of-age story/violence, intolerance, magic]
Gifts [young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking"—a violent talent shared by members of his family—he upsets the balance of power among rival, feuding families, each having a deadly talent of their own.]
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YA Lewis, Jon S. INVASION (Book One) (C.H.A.O.S. Series) [Colt McAllister is drawn into a war against things he thought only existed in comic books. Colt is recruited by a secret organization called the Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural. But the battle isn't just against an out-of-control giant corporation. A gateway to another world is opening, and the invasion has already begun.]
YA Lipsyte, Robert The Contender
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The Brave
The Chief
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YA Lloyd, Saci The Carbon Diaries 2015 [It's the year 2015, a time when global warming has begun to ravage the environment. In response, the United Kingdom becomes the first country to mandate carbon rationing-a well-intentioned plan that goes tragically awry. When her carbon debit card arrives in the mail, sixteen-year-old Laura is just trying to pass her exams, manage her ecopunk band, and catch the attention of her gorgeous classmate Ravi. But as multiple natural disasters strike and Laura's parents head toward divorce, her world spirals out of control. A severe drought sparks fires and deadly riots; then the highest-category hurricane in recent history strikes London. With the death toll in the thousands and climbing, Laura and her family face the unimaginable as her older sister clings to life.]
12 up Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks [more than a coming-of-age story, it's a "fresh approach to gender politics"]
The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon--and me, Ruby Oliver [Ruby struggles to secure some sort of mental health, to understand what constitutes a real friendship, and to find true love—if such a thing exists.]
11 up Lord, Gabrielle Conspiracy 365 Series - A fast-moving world of mystery, intrigue and danger. From the opening sentence, this monthly book series written as serial drama draws readers into the life of Callum Ormond, a 15-year-old whose year unfolds with daily dangers and challenges. Book One opens just as his ordinary teen life spins out of control - with a world that seems to be against him and puts his very survival at stake.
Conspiracy 365 January
Conspiracy 365 February
Conspiracy 365 March
Conspiracy 365 April
Conspiracy 365 May
Conspiracy 365 June
Conspiracy 365 July
Conspiracy 365 August
Conspiracy 365 September
Conspiracy 365 October
Conspiracy 365 November
Conspiracy 365 December
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Lowry, Lois Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye
A Summer to Die
The Giver (Newbery Medal 1994)
Gathering Blue (A companion to The Giver)
Messenger (A companion to The Giver)
Son (Conclusion to The Giver) (2012)

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Lynch, Chris Gold Dust [1975/baseball/racial tension/busing]
Freewill
Slot Machine
Extreme Elvin
Iceman
Gypsy Davey
Shadow Boxer
Blue-Eyed Son Trilogy
All the Old Haunts [10 stories][some graphic content]
Angry Young Man [misfit who becomes a terrorist. Turns the spotlight from the individual to society]

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10-14 Lynch, Chris I Pledge Allegiance (Vietnam Series #1) [Four best friends. Four ways to serve their country. Morris, Rudi, Ivan, and Beck are best friends for life. So when one of the teens is drafted into the Vietnam War, the others sign up, too. Although they each serve in a different branch, they are fighting the war together--and they pledge to do all they can to come home together. Haunted by dreams of violence and death, Morris makes it his personal mission to watch over his friends--and the best place to do that is in the US Navy. Stationed off the coast of Vietnam on the USS Boston, Morris and his fellow sailors provide crucial support to the troops on the ground. But the Boston itself isn't safe from attack. And as Morris finds his courage and resolve tested like never before, he keeps coming back to a single thought. He made a pledge. He must keep them safe.]
Vietnam #2: Sharpshooter [Some things are worth fighting for. Of all his friends, Ivan is the only one looking forward to war. That's because Ivan has never backed down from a fight--especially when it comes to fighting for what's right. He has protected his friends from bullies for years. And now, as war erupts in Vietnam, Ivan wants nothing more than to fight for his country, just as his father did in World War II. Enlisting in the United States Army, Ivan is trained to be a sniper. And he's good at it. Very good. But Vietnam is not the war he was expecting. Somehow the glory and heroism of his father's war stories do not come so easily in the jungle. Now, for the first time, Ivan is forced to question what he's really fighting for . . . and whether it's a fight he can hope to win.
YA Lynch, Janel Nichols Messed Up [A fifteen-year-old Mexican American has experienced a series of tough breaks before finding himself completely on his own. He decides to try to keep his lack of a home a secret from his school while working hard and staying out of trouble.]
YA Lyon, George Ella With a Hammer for My Heart: A Novel
Where I'm From (Writers' & Young Writers' Series #2)
Gina.Jamie.Father.Bear.
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YA Lyons, Mary E. Keeping Secrets The Girlhood Diaries of Seven Women Writers
Sorrow's Kitchen: The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston
Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs
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YA Lundgren, Mary Beth Love, Sara [Incest, foster child, friendship, teen pregnancy, teen suicide... email exchange and journals] @AMAZON
YA MacColl, Michaela Prisoners in the Palace: How Princess Victoria became Queen with the Help of Her Maid, a Reporter, and a Scoundrel [London, 1838. Sixteen-year-old Liza's dreams of her society debut are dashed when her parents are killed in an accident. Penniless, she accepts the position of lady's maid to young Princess Victoria and steps unwittingly into the gossipy intrigue of the servant's world below-stairs as well as the trickery above. Is it possible that her changing circumstances may offer Liza the chance to determine her own fate, find true love, and secure the throne for her future queen? Meticulously based on newly discovered information, this riveting novel is rich in historical detail.]
15 up MacLeod, J. E. Waiting to Score [learning to fit in and survive/bullying/anger/hormones/more than spors/hockey] Reluctant reader. @AMAZON
11-13 Macphail, Catherine Dark Waters [family loyalty vs. truth/reluctant readers] @AMAZON
YA Mahy, Margaret 24 HOURS [teen drinking/reckless driving/24 hours in a teen's life] [Mahy Interview]
Memory [grief/loss]
The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance
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YA Mandabach, Brian
[2007 Interview]
...OR NOT? [Feeling completely misunderstood, Cassie dedicates herself to recording the most trying year of her life in her journal and looking for answers in the writing of Hemingway, Tolkien, Kurt Cobain, and others. She discovers, though, that the answer will have to be her own creation—if there is an answer at all. Or Not isn't simply the story of girl discovering who she wants to be; it's an intimate, hilarious, poignant portrait of a girl as she decides whether she wants to be at all. Or not. @AMAZON
YA Manzano, Sonia The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano [New York's El Barrio in 1969. There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her Mami and Papo? her true feelings about growing up in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude about Abuela, her sassy grandmother who's come from Puerto Rico to live with them. Then, like an urgent ticking clock, events erupt that change everything. The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group, dump garbage in the street and set it on fire, igniting a powerful protest. When Abuela steps in to take charge, Evelyn is thrust into the action. Tempers flare, loyalties are tested. Through it all, Evelyn learns important truths about her Latino heritage and the history makers who shaped a nation. Infused with actual news accounts from the time period, Sonia Manzano ( 'Maria' on Sesame Street) has crafted a gripping work of fiction based on her own life growing up during a fiery, unforgettable time in America, when young Latinos took control of their destinies.]
YA Marcus, Leonard (Compiled by) The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy @AMAZON
YA Mariott, Zoe The Swan Kingdom [Inspired Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans, this is the entrancing tale of a girl with powerful healing gifts —- and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom.]
YA Marsden, John Letters from the Inside
Tomorrow When the War Began
Hamlet [retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy.... In this dark, erotically charged, beautifully crafted novel, John Marsden brings one of Shakespeare’s most riveting characters to full-blooded life in a narrative of intense psychological complexity.] Bravo!
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14+ Martinez, Jessica Virtuosity [Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better? Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall.... Mother/daughter relationships/choices/virtue/virtuosity]
YA Martini, Clem The Trilogy Feather and Bone: The Crow Chronicles [Book descriptions, Teacher Resources and Interview]
The Mob: Book 1 (2004)
The Plaque: Book 2 (2005)
The Judgment: Book 3 (2006)

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YA Mathis, Sharon Bell Listen for the Fig Tree @AMAZON
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Mazer,Norma Fox [Interview] After the Rain
D, My Name is Danita [Lesson Plan]
When She Was Good
Out of Control
Shhhh! [Resource File]
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10-14 Mead, Alice Girl of Kosovo [Serbian-Albanian conflict] @AMAZON
YA McCaffrey, Anne Black Horses for the King
The Ship Who Sang Series
The Dragonriders of Pern Series
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YA McCaffrey, Laura Williams Water Shaper [Margot is the daughter of a king, but she is beloved by neither his court nor his kingdom. She has "water in her blood," a trait associated with magic and looked upon with distaste and suspicion.]. @AMAZON
YA McCormick, Patricia
[Interview]
My Brother's Keeper [self-destructive behavior/drugs/absent father] [Lesson Plan]
Cut [teen "cutting"/finding help in residential treatment facility//need for friendship]
SOLD [Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel chronicles the story of one girl's struggle to maintain her sense of self against all odds—sexual slavery ] [Discussion Guide]
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12 Up McDonald, Janet Spellbound [teens having babies - getting out of ghetto]
Chill Wind [Afraid that she will have no where to go when her welfare checks are stopped, nineteen-year-old high school dropout Aisha tries to figure out how she can support herself and her two young children.]
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YA McDonald, Joyce Swallowing Stones
Comfort Creek
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YA McNeil, J. D. The Last Codfish [Debut novel/moving story of friendship, loss, and survival] @AMAZON
YA McGuigan, Mary Ann Where You Belong: A Novel
Morning in a Different Place [sturggle of doing what's right vs. being popular. Tackels uncomfortable social issues. Circa JFK era]
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14 up McKenzie, C. Lee Sliding on the Edge [desperate teen/cutting/second chance for a normal life] @AMAZON
YA McKillip, Patricia The Riddle Master of Hed
Book of Atrix Wolfe
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YA McKinley, Robin Rose Daughter
Deerskin
The Hero and the Crown
A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories
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13+ McKissack, Jr., Frederick Shooting Star [football/steroids/gritty/smart read/profanity] @AMAZON
YA McKissack, Patricia & Frederick A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter @AMAZON
9-12 McKissack, Patricia C. Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural @AMAZON
10-14 McMullan, Margaret [Interview] When I Crossed No-Bob [Reader's Guide] [Life as an O'Donnell is all twelve-year-old Addy knows, and life as an O'Donnell means trouble. Tucked away in a gray patch of woods called No-Bob, the O'Donnell clan has nothing but a bad reputation. So when Addy's mama abandons her on the afternoon of Mr. Frank Russell's wedding celebration, nobody is very surprised. A reluctant Mr. Frank and his new wife take Addy in, and Addy does everything she can to prove that at least one O'Donnell has promise. But one day, Addy witnesses a terrible event that brings her old world crashing into the new. As she finds herself being pulled back into No-Bob and the grips of her O'Donnell kin, Addy is faced with the biggest decision of her life. Can she somehow find the courage to do what's right, even if it means betraying one of her own?]
Cashay (Ages 12 and up) [In her fourteen years living in a Chicago housing project, Cashay has never ridden in a taxi cab, seen the city lit up at night, or set foot in a museum. She’s not pretty, or graceful, or bubbly like her little sister, Sashay. She gets her family by on a couple of dollars and food stamps every week. No, Cashay has never felt much like a treasure. “Your name doesn’t signify who you are,” Cashay tells her sister. But that was before Sashay was killed. Before her mother started using again. Before her mentor, Allison, showed Cashay a bigger piece of the world, and encouraged her to finally, finally step into it.
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12 up Meyer, Stephenie The Twilight Saga - vampires, werewolfs, love, romance, suspense. HARDCOVER BOXED SET (October 2008) [This stunning set, complete with all four hardcover books as well as four collectible prints, makes the perfect gift for fans of the bestselling vampire love story.]
Twilight (Book 1), New Moon (Book 2), Eclipse (Book 3), Breaking Dawn (Book 4)
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Mikaelsen, Ben Touching Spirit Bear [For more Bully Books][Reluctant Reader]
Red Midnight [survival, fear, courage, Military massacres, Central America 1980s]
Tree Girl [based on a true story told to the author by the real Tree Girl about the unspeakable massacre and the ravages of guerrilla warfare in Guatemala.
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YA Milford, Kate The Boneshaker [When a traveling medicine show arrives in Natalie’s small Missouri town, she feels in her gut that something about this caravan of healers is a bit off. Her uneasiness leads her to investigate the intricate maze of the medicine show, where she discovers a horrible truth and realizes that only she has the power to set things right. Set in 1914,this is a gripping, richly textured novel about family, community, courage, and looking evil directly in the face in order to conquer it.]
The Broken Lands (Prequel to The Bonshaker)(2012) [A crossroads can be a place of great power. This deliciously spine-tingling prequel, is set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridge’s construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card sharp, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before it’s too late? Here is a richly textured, slow-burning thriller about friendship, courage, and the age-old fight between good and evil.]
Miller, Arthur The Crucible [The Crucible Project Resources] @AMAZON
12 Up Miller, Sarah [Interview] Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
The Lost Crown (14+) [the last months of the Romanovs told from the perspectives of the four grand duchesses. Tracks this loving cluster of sisters from the decks of their yacht to the prison walls of their final home. As conditions worsen and the provisional government loses power to the Bolsheviks, the girls huddle together to make sense of what is happening. At the same time hopeful and hopeless, naive and wise, their voices become a chorus singing the final song of Imperial Russia. Impeccably researched and utterly fascinating.]
YA Minchin, Adele The Beat Goes On [HIV/careless mistake/unprotected sex/awareness/non graphic or explicit/well written/fast paced] @AMAZON
14+ Mitchell, Todd The Secret to Lying [Teen social and mental health issues/importance of being yourself and being okay with it]
YA Monninger, Joseph BABY [An abandoned teeen in the foster system is faced with two options: juvenile detention or making a new life for herself.] @AMAZON
YA Moran, Katy Bloodline (Bk. 1) [Warring kingdoms, bloody feuds, and a boy’s battle for survival. Step back into the Dark Ages] @AMAZON
12-16 Morgan, Nicola Highwayman's Footsteps ["I felt cold metal on the side of my skull before I heard the voice. I knew at once what it was. A pistol. Resting on the bone just behind my ear. The favorite place for murderers, robbers, highwaymen — because, by angling the pistol slightly inward, they could be sure to blow a man’s brains out before he might have time to scream." Inspired by "The Highwayman," the famous poem by Alfred Noyes.] @AMAZON
YA Morgenroth, Kate Jude [traces a young man's quest for acceptance and his incredible capacity for hope and resilience.] @AMAZON
YA Mori, Kyoko Shizuko's Daughter [Teacher Resource]
One Bird
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YA Moriarty, Jaclyn
[Interview]
Feeling Sorry for Celia [written in letters and regriferator notes... finding out who you are] @AMAZON
YA Morris, Paula RUINED: A Ghost Story [real horror and the delicious flavor of New Orleans]
YA Up Morrison, Toni The Bluest Eyes @AMAZON
YA Mosher, Richard Zazoo [WWII, Vietnam, Intergenerational, Adoption, forgiveness] @AMAZON
14+ Moskowitz, Hannah Teeth [Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life. Teeth is a gritty, romantic modern fairy tale.]
YA Mosley, Walter 47 [Walter Mosley weaves historical and speculative fiction into a powerful narrative about the nature of freedom. 47 is a young slave boy living under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed until he meets a mysterious runaway slave, Tall John.] @AMAZON
12 up Moses, Shelia P. Joseph [Life is tough. Tough because of Mama's addiction to drugs and alcohol. Tough because Daddy is away with the army fighting in Iraq. Tough because it looks like there's no way out once you're living in a homeless shelter in a North Carolina ghetto neighborhood. And tough because Joseph is enrolled in yet another new school where he doesn't know anyone and has to keep what's going on in his life a secret. Can a boy who's only fifteen years old win his daily battle to survive?] @AMAZON
13+ Mourlevat, Jean-Claude Winter's End [dystopian novel/four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices — and reemerging hope. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind. Fleeing from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced to participate in a barbaric game for the amusement of the masses — further proof of the government’s horrible brutality.
14+ Mullin, Mike ASHFALL [Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away. Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait--to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano. A mesmerizing story.]
11-14 Mussi, Sarah The Door of No Return [Zac Baxter's grandfather has always told him that he's the descendant of African kings, whose treasure was stolen when his ancestors were sold into slavery. Of course, Zac brushes this off as a tall tale -- until his grandfather is murdered and their apartment is completely ransacked. Clearly somebody is after something. Heeding his grandfather's dying words, Zac is off to Ghana to track down his family's history. But what did his grandfather mean when he said that Zac had the map to the treasure? Following every clue he can find, Zac begins to suspect that the treasure is real, and hidden in one of Ghana's old slave forts.] @AMAZON
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Myers, Walter Dean Handbook for Boys: A Novel
The Greatest Muhammad Ali
Fallen Angels [Finding virtue in the Viet Nam War]
Hoops [basketball/bad grades/drugs]
Monster [a sixteen year old wrestles with his conscience while on trial for felony murder]
Bad Boy: A Memoir [Growing up in Harlem and everyday struggles]
145th Street: Short Stories
A Time To Love: Stories From the Old Testament (2003)
Autobiography of My Dead Brother [surviving the violence, drive-by shootings, drugs, "fronting cool," and hopelessness rooted in gangs, inner-cities] (2005)
The Beast [The Beast-Drugs/addiction]
Sunrise Over Fallujah [Teens/young men and women/WAR/soldiers soon find their definition of "winning" ever more elusive and their good intentions being replaced by terms like "survival" and "despair. "Caught in the crossfire, Myers' richly rendered characters are just beginning to understand the meaning of war in this powerful, realistic novel of our times.]

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YA Nadol, Jen The Mark [“Am I Cassie Renfield, descendant of the gods, or just a girl at the end of a long line of crazy people?” Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.] Thought-provoking/unique/grief/isolation.
YA Naidoo, Beverly The Other Side of Truth
Web of Lies (Sequel to The Other Side of Truth) [racism, gangs, savage bullying]
Chain of Fire
No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa
Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope [50 years of apartheid/includes timeline]
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Napoli, Donna Jo Stones in the Water
The Magic Circle
Zel
Song of the Magdalene
Bound [Chinese/Cinderella/Stepmother/Footbinding]
Alligator Bayou [based on true story/1899 Reconstruction/lynching of 5 Italian immigrants]
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14+ Nayeri, Daniel and Dina Another Faust [This contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.]
Another Pan - Sequel to Another Faust
14+ Nelson, Blake Recovery Road [the story of girl meets boy...in rehab. Madeline is sent away to Spring Meadows to help with a drinking and rage problem she has. It's a pretty intense place, but there is the weekly movie night in town--where Madeline meets Stewart, who's at another rehab place nearby. They fall for each other during a really crazy time in their lives. Madeline gets out and tries to get back on her feet, waiting for Stewart to join her. When he does, though, it's not the ideal recovery world Madeline dreamed of. Both of them still have serious problems. And Stewart's are only getting worse....]
YA Nelson, R.A. Days of Little Texas [What happens when you summon more than just the Holy Spirit? Explores the boundaries between the real world and the spiritual world.]
YA Neri, G. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty [Eleven-year old Roger is trying to make sense of his classmate Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's death, but first he has to make sense of Yummy's life. Yummy could be as tough as a pit bull sometimes. Other times he was as sweet as the sugary treats he loved to eat. Was Yummy some sort of monster, or just another kid? As Roger searches for the truth, he finds more and more questions. How did Yummy end up in so much trouble? Did he really kill someone? And why do all the answers seem to lead back to a gang-the same gang to which Roger's older brother belongs? A compelling graphic dramatization based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994, this gritty exploration of youth gang life will force readers to question their own understandings of good and bad, right and wrong.]
Ghetto Cowboy [a street-smart tale about a displaced teen who learns to defend what’s right— the Cowboy Way.]
14+ Ness, Patrick The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, Book One) [A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard — and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret.]
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, Book Two)
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, Book Three - Conclusion) [a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world.]
More Than This [A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? ]
13+ Nichols, Lee Deception (Haunting Emma Series) [When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England. Ghosts. Romance. Shocker.]
YA Nitz, Kristin Wolden Suspect [Seventeen-year-old Jen is scheduled to spend the summer helping Grandma Kay run the Shoenhaus, a Victorian bed and breakfast. But Grandma Kay s plans include a lot more than housekeeping; she intends to solve a real mystery from the past involving the disappearance of a young woman. And the victim was Jen's own mother.]
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Nix, Garth Shade's Children
Sabriel (Book 1 Abhorsen Trilogy)
Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (Book 2 Abhorsen Trilogy)
Abhorsen (Book 3 Abhorsen Trilogy)
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YA Nixon, Jean Lowery
[Author of over 110 books, best known for her mysteries- only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery]
[Died June 28, 2003]
The Stalker
Spirit Seeker
Orphan Train Adventures [Lesson Plan and Activities]
Ellis Island Stories
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YA Nolan, Han Born Blue [Reactive Attachment Disorder]
Dancing on The Edge [Book Review]
Send Me Down A Miracle
A Face in Every Window
Crazy [living in a dysfunctional family]
Pregnant Pause - 16 year-old pregant/choices/marriage/options.
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15+ Northrop, Michael Gentlemen [Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks--they're from the wrong side of everything. Except for Mr. Haberman, their remedial English teacher, no one at their high school takes them seriously. Haberman calls them "gentlemen," but everyone else ignores them--or, in Bones's case, is dead afraid of them. When one of their close-knit group goes missing, the clues all seem to point in one direction: to Mr. Haberman. Gritty, fast-paced, and brutally real, this debut takes an unflinching look at what binds friends together--and what can tear them apart.]
YA Nye, Naomi Shihab See Special Book Section
YA Oaks, J. Adams Why I Fight [Since he turned twelve and a half, Wyatt Reaves' been living with his uncle, a traveling salesman of mysterious agenda and questionable intent. Soon, Uncle Spade sees the potential in "kiddo" to earn cash. And that's enough to keep the boy around for nearly six years. But what life does Wyatt deserve? Alcohol? Drugs? Bare-fisted fights? Tattoos? No friends? No role models? Living in a car? It's not a pretty road Wyatt has traveled, but growing up rarely is.] Violence/coming of age/reluctant readers.
YA O'Brien, Robert Z for Zachariah [gripping, thought-provoking story about life after a nuclear holocaust,] @AMAZON
YA Okutoro, Lydia Quiet Storm: Voices from Young Black Poets @AMAZON
YA Omololu, C. J. Dirty Little Secrets [Everyone has a secret. But Lucy’s is bigger and dirtier than most. It’s one she’s been hiding for years—that her mom’s out-of-control hoarding has turned their lives into a world of garbage and shame. When her mom dies suddenly in their home, Lucy hesitates to call 911 because revealing their way of life would make her future unbearable. This is an hour-by-hour account of Lucy’s desperate attempt at normalcy and to set her life right.]
YA Oppel, Kenneth Half Brother [For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan -- an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben's father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills. Ben's parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. It isn't long before Ben is Zan's favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. To him, Zan is only a specimen, no more, no less. And this is going to have consequences. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true -- between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate. Half Brother is about the way families are made, the way humanity is judged, the way easy choices become hard ones, and how you can't always do right by the people and animals you love.]
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YA Paton, Alan Cry, The Beloved Country @AMAZON
YA Paterson, Katherine Jacob Have I Loved [Lesson Plan]
Preacher's Boy
The Great Gilly Hopkins
Lyddie
JIP: His Story
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11-14 Park, Linda Sue When My Name Was Keoko: A Novel of Korea in World War II
A Single Shard
A Long Walk to Water (2011)[Sudan. This mesmerizing dual narrative follows two threads—one unfolding in 2008 and one in 1985—with one hopeful message: that even in a troubled country, determined survivors may find the future they are hoping for.]
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11 up Parkkola, Seita The School of Possibilities [a haunting mixture of reality and fantasy... and follows the (mis)adventures of Storm Steele, a kid whom everyone dismisses as "impossible." Storm is being forced to attend the School of Possibilities for troubled youth. But Storm notices that something strange is going on at his new school. The students are not...normal.]
YA Parrish, Anne Floating Island @AMAZON
YA Paulsen, Gary
[Author Site]
Soldier's Heart
Hatchet
The Cookcamp,The Monument
Nightjohn,Sisters/Hermanas
The Crossing
The Tent
The Rifle
Winterdance
My Life in Dog Years
Schernoff Discovery
YA Pearson, Mary E. A Room on Lorelei Street [Zoe is struggling to shed the suffocating responsibility of alcoholic mother/controlling guilt of grandmother/grabbing for control of her own future. @AMAZON
YA Peck, Richard Are You in the House Alone?
Remembering the Good Times
The Last Safe Place on Earth [hate groups and censorship]
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YA Peck, Robert Newton A Day No Pigs Would Die
A Part of the Sky
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YA Peet, Mal Keeper [story of a poor and gawky kid who mysteriously becomes the world's greatest goalkeeper — a seamless blend of magic realism and exhilarating soccer action.]
The Penalty (companion to 2005 The Keeper] [San Juan's teenage soccer prodigy, El Brujito, vanishes without a trace -- right after he misses a penalty kick and loses a big game for his team. Paul Faustino, South America’s top sports reporter, is reluctantly drawn into the mystery of the athlete’s disappearance. As a story of corruption and murder unfolds, Faustino is forced to confront the bitter history of slavery and the power of the occult.]
Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal [When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century before. His story is one of passionate love, jealousy, and tragedy set against the daily fear and casual horror of the Second World War — and unraveling it is about to transform Tamar’s life forever.]
Exposure [A searing look at the world of soccer and pop-celebrity culture — and the lives of three street kids caught in its glare. Inspired by Shakespeare's OTHELLO, this modern tragedy of desire and betrayal, incisively and compassionately told, is a truly enthralling work of crossover fiction. ]
YA Perkins, Mitali Bamboo People [Chiko isn't a fighter by nature. He's a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. Tu Reh, on the other hand, wants to fight for freedom after watching Burmese soldiers destroy his Karenni family's home and bamboo fields. Timidity becomes courage and anger becomes compassion as each boy is changed by unlikely friendships formed under extreme circumstances.] Author's notes provide background information on Burmese history and the military regime's repression of minorities.
YA Perl, Lila and Marion Blumenthal Lazan Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story @AMAZON
YA Pfeffer, Susan Beth Life as We Knew It (The Last Survivors Book One)[It's almost the end of Miranda's sophomore year in high school, and her journal reflects the busy life of a typical teenager: conversations with friends, fights with mom, and fervent hopes for a driver's license. When Miranda first begins hearing the reports of a meteor on a collision course with the moon, it hardly seems worth a mention in her diary. But after the meteor hits, pushing the moon off its axis and causing worldwide earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, all the things Miranda used to take for granted begin to disappear. Food and gas shortages, along with extreme weather changes, come to her small Pennsylvania town; and Miranda's voice is by turns petulant, angry, and finally resigned, as her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options. Yet even as suspicious neighbors stockpile food in anticipation of a looming winter without heat or electricity, Miranda knows that that her future is still hers to decide even if life as she knew it is over.]
The Dead and the Gone (The Last Survivors Book Two) [Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.]
This World We Live In (The Last Survivors Book Three) [It's been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth's climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce.]
YA Phelan, Matt The Storm in the Barn [Tall tale. Thriller. Gripping historical fiction. Artful, sparely told graphic novel — a tale of a boy in Dust Bowl America, Kansas 1937]
12+ Philbrick, Rodmam Freak the Mighty @AMAZON
YA Pierce, Tamora The Immortals: Wild Magic Book I
The Immortals: Wolf-Speaker Book II
The Immortals: Emperor Mage Book III
The Immortals: The Realms of the Gods Book IV
Songs of the Lioness Quartet: Alanna: The First Adventure Book I
Songs of the Lioness Quartet: In the Hand of the Goddess Book II
Songs of the Lioness Quartet: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man Book III
Songs of the Lioness Quartet: Lioness Rampant Book IV
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YA Pixley, Marcella FREAKS [This riveting first novel introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine, an outsider who dares to confront the rigid conformity of junior high, and in the process manages not only to save herself but to inspire and transform others./Bullying] @AMAZON
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YA Porter, Sarah Lost Voices (Lost Voices Trilogy Book 1)[When fourteen-year-old Luce is assaulted on the cliffs near an Alaskan village, she expects to die when she tumbles into the icy water below. Instead, she transforms into a mermaid. Luce is thrilled with her new life—until she discovers the catch.]
YA Powell, Randy Run If You Dare [Father/son relationship/aspirations]
Three Clams and an Oyster [succeeding, maturity, male adolescent relationships, character]
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13-17 Powers, J. L. This Thing Called the Future [Set in modern South Africa in which 14-year-old Khosi lives, along with witches, trial customs and wisdom, modern classrooms and poverty. A compelling portrait of a struggling country where old beliefs and rituals still have power, but can't erase the problems of the present (AIDS). This is Khosi's struggle for a better future.]
That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone: An Anthology of Essays from Around the Globe (Ages 16 up) [What's it like to grow up during war? To be a victim of violence or exiled from your homeland, culture, family, and even your own memories? Children and teenagers are often the forgotten part of the war stories. This collection of personal and narrative essays explores both the universal and particular experiences of children and teenagers who came of age during a time of war.]
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The Wee Free Men [Discworld]
A Hat Full of Sky [Discworld]
Wintersmith [Discworld Three]
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12 Up Prose, Francine After [loss of freedom/rights after school shooting]
Bullyville [what happens when school bullying goes too far/grief, rage and violence]
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YA Pullman, Philip The Tin Princess
A Ruby in the Smoke
The Broken Bridge
The White Mercedes

The His Dark Materials Series

The Golden Compass (Book 1)
The Subtle Knife (Book 2)
The Amber Spyglass (Book 3)
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14+ Porter, Bobbie THE RING [Plagued by slipping grades and a budding criminal record, at 15, Mardie's heading down a path of self-destruction she can't seem to avoid. Unlike her perfect older brother Michael, who does everything right according to their father, Mardie can't measure up. But when she discovers a girls' boxing club at the gym, Mardie's drawn in by the fighters' fearlessness and strength. Having already lost her parents' trust, and shunned by her boyfriend and friends, the ring is the only place left where no one judges Mardie. Angry and hurt, Mardie can't wait to start throwing punches. But Kitty, her wise and patient trainer, a former boxer who's coached her share of troubled girls, shows Mardie that boxing isn't just about fighting--it's also about strategy and mental discipline--the things that make a fighter into a winner.]
YA Raab, Margo Cures for Heartbreak ["With almost unbearable poignancy, Mia talks about how to grow up, survive loss and family history, and heal her heart: 'If grief had a permanence, then didn't also love?' Readers will cherish this powerful debut."] @AMAZON
YA Rabin, Staton The Curse of the Romanovs [a movingly authentic look at royalty and revolution in the days of the tsars.] @AMAZON
YA Randle, Kristen D. Breaking Rank [non-violent/traditional gang] @AMAZON
YA Rapp, Adam Missing the Piano [Making the best of a bad situation]
The Copper Elephant [Futuristic - children are defective]
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YA Reef, Catherine Jane Austen: A Life Revealed [Jane Austen’s popularity never seems to fade. She has hordes of devoted fans, and there have been numerous adaptations of her life and work. But who was Jane Austen? The writer herself has long remained a mystery. And despite the resonance her work continues to have for teens, there has never been a young adult trade biography on Austen.]
The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne (Ages 12-16) [The Brontë sisters are among the most beloved writers of all time, best known for their classic nineteenth-century novels Jane Eyre (Charlotte), Wuthering Heights (Emily), and Agnes Grey (Anne). In this sometimes heartbreaking young adult biography, Catherine Reef explores the turbulent lives of these literary siblings and the oppressive times in which they lived. Brontë fans will also revel in the insights into their favorite novels, the plethora of poetry, and the outstanding collection of more than sixty black-and-white archival images. A powerful testimony to the life of the mind. (Endnotes, bibliography, index.)]
11-14 Rees, Celia Witch Child [Welcome to the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary’s startling story begins in 1659, the year herbeloved grandmother is hanged in the public square as a witch. Mary narrowly escapes a similar fate, only to face intolerance and new danger among the Puritans in the New World. ]
Sorceress (Sequel) [400 years later] (Ages 12/13 up).
13+ Reeve, Philip Fever Crumb [Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order. Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb-nearly the only person she's ever known-to assist archeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. Fever has also been singled out by city-dwellers who declare her part Scriven. The Scriveners, not human, ruled the city some years ago but were hunted down and killed in a victorious uprising by the people. If there are any remaining Scriven, they are to be eliminated. All Fever knows is what she's been told: that she is an orphan. Is Fever a Scriven? Whose memories does she hold?]
Fever Crumb: A Web of Air (Bk. 2) Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London in a traveling theater. Now, she arrives in the extraordinary city of Mayda, where buildings ascend the cliffs on funicular rails, and a mysterious recluse is building a machine that can fly. Fever is the engineer he needs - but ruthless enemies will kill to possess their secrets.
YA Reiss, Johanna The Upstairs Room @AMAZON
Remarque, Erich Marie (1898-1970) All Quiet On The Western Front @AMAZON
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Time Enough For Drums
Wolf By Ears
The Last Silk Dress
Acquaintance with Darkness
In My Father's House
The Secret of Sarah Revere
Hang a Thousand Trees With Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley [First Black Poet]
Finishing Becca: A Story About Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold
The Second Bend in the River
A Break With Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials
Quilt Trilogy
The Last Full Measure (Gettysburg)
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14-17 Rodriguez, Gaby The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir [The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines. It started as a school project, but turned into so much more.] Stereotypes/Teen Pregnancy
YA Rosenberg, Liz Light-Gathering Poems @AMAZON
YA Rostkowski, Margaret I. After the Dancing Days
Moon Dancer
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YA Rottman, S. L. Shadow of a Doubt [family dynamics/runaway/second chances] @AMAZON
YA Ruby, Lois Steal Away Home
Skin Deep
Arriving At a Place You've Never Been
Miriam's Well
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13+ Ryan, Amy Kathleen Zen and Xander Undone [Zen and Xander are sisters surviving fine since their mother’s death. Except Zen keeps getting into fights and Xander is spiraling into a vortex of dangerous parties. They discover a mystery about their mother’s past. Sharing its secrets will be the bond that holds them together. Drugs/alcohol/finding themselves/sister bond]
YA Rylant, Cynthia [see also] A Fine White Dust
Soda Jerk
Missing May
I Had Seen Castles
Something Permanent [Great Depression despair/courage. Poetry]
I Had Seen Castles [coming of age/love story/anti-war message]
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YA Saenz, Benjamin Alire He Forgot to Say Goodbye ["I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one."] @AMAZON
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YA Scarrow, Alex Time Riders [Maddy should have died in a plane crash. Liam should have died at sea when the Titanic sank. Sal should have died in a tragic fire. But a mysterious man whisked them away to safety. This adventure that shifts readers back in time to Nazi Germany and then forward into an ever-changing present.]
YA Schmatz, Pat Bluefish [Thirteen-year-old Travis has a secret: he can’t read. But a shrewd teacher and a sassy girl are about to change everything in this witty and deeply moving novel.]
YA Schmidt, Gary D. Mara's Stories [Tales from the concentration camps] @AMAZON
YA Schrefer, Eliot ENDANGERED [The compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos--and herself--from a violent coup. Schrefer asks readers what safety means, how one sacrifices to help others, and what it means to be human. Republic of Congo.]
14+ Schreiber, Joe Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick [ Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita in this funny, action-packed young adult novel. It’s prom night—and Perry just wants to stick to his own plan and finally play a muchanticipated gig with his band in the Big Apple. But when his mother makes him take Gobija Zaksauskas—their quiet, geeky Lithuanian exchange student—to the prom, he never expects that his ordinary high school guy life will soon turn on its head. Perry finds that Gobi is on a mission, and Perry has no other choice but to go along for a reckless ride through Manhattan’s concrete grid with a trained assassin in Dad’s red Jag. Infused with capers, car chases, heists, hits, henchmen, and even a bear fight, this story mixes romance, comedy, and tragedy in a true teen coming-of-age adventure—and it’s not over until it’s “au revoir.”] Debut novel. (Reluctant Reader).
YA Schutz, Samantha I Don't Want to be Crazy [This is a true story of growing up, breaking down, and coming to grips with a psychological disorder (anxiety attacks). The hard road of discovery and coping, powerfully rendered in this poetry memoir.] @AMAZON
12 up Scott, Elizabeth Stealing Heaven ["My name is Danielle. I'm eighteen. I've been stealing things for as long as I can remember." Breaking family ties/Dani must question where her loyalties lie: with the life she's always known—or the one she's always wanted.] (Ages 12 and up)
Living Dead Girl [When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her. This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget. Dark and disturbing.] Ages 16 and up)
14+ Scott, Mindi FREEFALL [Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time when Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn't wake up. Convinced that his own actions led to his friend's death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.
12 up Scott, Michael The Alchemyst (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) [The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.] @AMAZON
YA Sebestyen, Ouida Words By Heart (learning forgiveness)
Out of Nowhere
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YA Shandler, Sara Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self @AMAZON
11 up Shaw, Susan One of the Survivors [Fourteen-year-old Joey Campbell knows that he is lucky to be one of the survivors of the school fire. But really, how much luck is involved when he is the lone student to stand up during a fire drill? The only one who insists on getting out of the classroom? Joey’s best friend, Maureen, thankfully decides to follow, but the remaining twenty-four people in Room E201 are swallowed in the mysterious blaze that engulfs their school. Survivor's Guilt. Suspense.
14+ Sheehan, Anna A Long Long Sleep [A futuristic Sleeping Beauty story. "This book came about when I realized that the world didn't stop when Sleeping Beauty was put to sleep. What would have happened while she slept? She would have had to come to terms with a whole new world the moment she opened her eyes. Once I had that concept, this particular book just fell out of me, almost whole."--Anna Sheehan
10 up Sheinkin, Steve Lincoln's Grave Robbers [A true crime thriller about the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body! The action begins in October of 1775, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln's tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.]
11-13 Sheinmel, Courtney Positively [Since the day Emerson Pressman and her mother were diagnosed as HIV positive, nothing has been the same. When her mother dies of AIDS, Emmy has to go live with the father and stepmother she barely knows, and she feels more alone than ever. Now she has to take pills by herself, and there is no one left who understands what it's like to be afraid every time she has a cold. But when her father decides to send her to Camp Positive, a camp for HIV-positive children, Emmy begins to realize that she's not alone after all, and that sometimes, opening up to other people can make all the difference in the world.]
YA Sheth, Kashmira Keeping Corner [a heartfelt and evocative portrait of a child turned widow in Gandhi-era India.] @AMAZON
YA/A Shiraz, Yasmin Retaliation: A Novel [What would you do if.... Violence runs rampant on the streets of Washington, DC, and on one seemingly quiet day, the Odom family finds its world destroyed when seventeen-year-old Tashera is brutally attacked by a group of high school girls. Retaliation exposes the corrupting existence of violence in our communities and the retaliatory measures families go through to protect themselves and their children.] Reluctant Reader. @AMAZON
YA Shusterman, Neal EVERLOST [It begins with an accident. Nick and Allie don't survive the crash, and now their souls are stuck halfway between life and death in a sort of limbo called Everlost. It's a magical yet dangerous place, where bands of lost souls run wild and anyone who stands in the same spot too long sinks to the center of the Earth.]
UNWIND [In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them. Readers' ideas are challenged about life -- not just where life begins, and where it ends, but what it truly means to be alive.]
Bruiser [novel about the power of unconditional friendship, the complex gear workings of a family, and the sacrifices we endure for the people we love.]
YA Sinclair, Upton The Jungle @AMAZON
YA Singer, Marilyn Stay True: Short Stories for Girls @AMAZON
YA Singer, Nicky Gem X [futuristic thriller about the disastrous results of genetic engineering] @AMAZON
YA Sitomer, Alan Lawrence HOMEBOYZ [When Teddy Anderson's little sister Tina is gunned down randomly in a drive-by shooting, the gangstas who rule the streets in the Anderson family's rapidly deteriorating neighborhood dismiss the incident as just another case of RP, RT—wrong place, wrong time. According to gangsta logic, Tina doesn't even count as a statistic.] Reluctant Readers.
The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez [Sonia Rodriguez was born in the United States, but her parents are Mexican immigrants who came to California before she was born. Her father has three Social Security numbers, her mother is pregnant (again), and neither of them speaks English. Choices: Family/school/both?]
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12 up Smith,Jr., Charles R. Chameleon   [Shooting the breeze with his boys. Tightening his D on the court. Doing a color check (no gang colors). Summer. Shawn is headed to high school. Making decisions/freedom/friendship/shifting moods/coming of age/first love.] @AMAZON
YA Smith, Sarah The Other Side of Dark [From the other side of dark they come, the ghosts of the violently dead. George Perkins, a mentally challenged boy who has been put in charge of a bloodsoaked treasure. Katie Mullens’s father who died in the Middle East. And the Others… Law Walker, son of a famous African American professor, had a crush on Katie before she went crazy. Before her mother died. She was always a talented artist, but now her drawings have gone crazy too. They’re dark, they’re bloody—and they’re real. Katie draws what she sees. Dead people. Ghosts.]
YA Sones, Sonya
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Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy
What My Mother Doesn't Know
What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know
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Sonnenblick, Jordon Zen And The Art Of Faking It [New town/new school/a plan to be totally different.]
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie [Steven has a totally normal life until his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia. Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece.] Great for reluctant readers.
After Ever After (2010) [Jeffrey isn't a little boy with cancer anymore. He's a teen who's in remission, but life still feels fragile. The aftereffects of treatment have left Jeffrey with an inability to be a great student or to walk without limping. His parents still worry about him. His older brother, Steven, lost it and took off to Africa to be in a drumming circle and "find himself." Jeffrey has a little soul searching to do, too, which begins with his escalating anger at Steven, an old friend who is keeping something secret, and a girl who is way out of his league but who thinks he's cute.] Stand-alone novel, but would recommend reading Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie for the pleasure of it.
Notes From The Midnight Driver [mother on a first date/Alex gets drunk, steals her car/drives to his father's home for revenge/Result:damaged car, decapitated gnome, drunk driving charge, community service.]
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Soto, Gary Baseball in April
Summer on Wheels
Local News
Living Up the Street
Jesse
Snapshots from the Wedding
Buried Onions [Eddie's father, two uncles, and best friend are all dead, and it's a struggle for him not to end up the same way.]
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13+ Standiford, Natalie How To Say Goodbye In Robot [After moving to Baltimore and enrolling in a private school, high school senior Beatrice befriends a quiet loner with a troubled family history.] Kid on the fringe/no happy ending/purposeful not-love story.
Confessions Of The Sullivan Sisters [The Sullivan sisters have a big problem. On Christmas Day their rich and imperious grandmother (Almighty) gathers the family and announces that she will soon die . . .and has cut the entire family out of her will because someone in the family has offended her deeply. If that person comes forward with a confession of her (or his) crime, submitted in writing to her lawyer by New Year's Day, she will reinstate the family in her will. Or at least consider it. And so the confessions begin.... (and it's a shame there aren't more of them)]
YA Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shiva's Fire
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Haveli
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YA-A Steinbeck, John (1902-1968) Cannery Row
The Pearl
Of Mice And Men
The Grapes of Wrath
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13+ Stiefvater, Maggie Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 1) [For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2) [In Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold.]
Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3 Conclusion) [In SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.]
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The Scorpio Races [Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.] (2011)
The Raven Boys (Book 1 Raven Cycle)["There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve," Neeve said. "Either you're his true love . . . or you killed him." Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he's looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys.] (2012)
YA Strasser, Todd Give A Boy A Gun [documentary novel/America's gun culture
Can't Get There From Here [downward spiral of street teens/graphic, not vulgar]
BOOT CAMP horrifying violence and injustices experienced by teens sent to a disciplinary boot camp at the request of their parents.]
If I Grow Up ["WHEN YOU GREW UP IN THE PROJECTS, THERE WERE NO CHOICES. NO GOOD ONES, AT LEAST." In the Frederick Douglass Project where DeShawn lives, daily life is ruled by drugs and gang violence. Many teenagers drop out of school and join gangs, and every kid knows someone who died. Gunshots ring out on a regular basis. DeShawn is smart enough to know he should stay in school and keep away from the gangs. But while his friends have drug money to buy fancy sneakers and big-screen TVs, DeShawn's family can barely afford food for the month. How can he stick to his principles when his family is hungry? Here is a window into the life of a teenager struggling with right and wrong under the ever-present shadow of gangs.] 12 and up. Drugs/Gangs/Teen Pregancy.
FallOutt (Ages 10 up) [What if the bomb had actually been dropped? What if your family was the only one with a shelter? In the summer of 1962, the possibility of nuclear war is all anyone talks about. But Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who actually prepares for the worst.]
12 up Steele, J. M. The Market [Kate Winthrop stumbles upon the Millbank Social Stock Market (the MSSM) horrified to discover that out of the 140 girls in her class, she’s ranked a bleak 71/"stock" rise/moral descent/losing herself and friends/obsession with fitting-in and cool] @AMAZON
14+ Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo In The Real World [Marcelo Sandoval hears music no one else can hear--part of the autism-like impairment no doctor has been able to identify--and he's always attended a special school where his differences have been protected. But the summer after his junior year, his father demands that Marcelo work in his law firm's mailroom in order to experience "the real world." He learns about competition and jealousy, anger, desire, suffering, injustice. This is a love story, a legal drama, and a celebration of the music each of us hears inside.]
The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors [When Pancho arrives at St. Anthony's Home, he knows his time there will be short: If his plans succeed, he'll soon be arrested for the murder of his sister's killer. But then he's assigned to help D.Q., whose brain cancer has slowed neither his spirit nor his mouth. D.Q. tells Pancho all about his "Death Warrior's Manifesto." A candid novel about finding authentic faith and choosing higher love.]
YA Stuber, Barbara Crossing the Tracks [Fifteen-year-old Iris Baldwin discovers what makes a true family. Surrogate family. Safe Haven. Expressing Emotions. Coming of Age.]
YA Sturman, Jennifer And Then Everything Unraveled [Delia Truesdale's mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she's dead - excpet Delia, who knows T.K.'s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia's still sent to New York to live with her two aunts - a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen. As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.'s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy...and that some secrets - especially the dangerous ones - were never meant to be unraveled.]
11-14 Sturtevant, Katherine At the Sign of the Star
A True and Faithful Narrative [Sequel]
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YA Sweeney, Joyce Shadow: A Novel
Piano Man
The Tiger Orchard
Free Fall
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YA Taylor, Mildred [Resouce File] The Land (Prequel to Roll of Thunder)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry [See Newbery]
Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Mississippi Bridge
The Road to Memphis
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YA Tashjian, Janet The Gospel According To Larry @AMAZON
YA Temple, Frances Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti
Grab Hands and Run
The Ramsay Scallop
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YA Thomas, Joyce Carol When the Nightingale Sings [Gospel music takes center stage/African American Cinderella story
Marked By Fire - 25th Anniversary Edition [restoring faith in God and Self.]
Joyce Carol Thomas: Collected Novels for Teens [In these four acclaimed novels, Thomas evocatively captures the triumph and struggles of teens as they come of age, and break and bond with their families.]
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The Trials of Molly Sheldon
Gypsyworld
Grounding of Group 6
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12 up Todd, Pamela The Blind Faith Hotel [portrait of a girl looking for her own true self and a place she can call home.] @AMAZON
YA Tolan, Stephanie S. Ordinary Miracles [genetic engineering/Science/God/ tampering with God's creation/everyday ordinary miracles] @AMAZON
YA Treggiari, Jo Ashes, Ashes (Book 1) [A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares. Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.]
13 up Trent, Tiffany HALLOWMERE - Historical fantast series for girls
In the Serpent’s Coils (Bk. 1) [Ever since her parents died in the Civil War, Corrine's dreams have been filled with fairies warning her of impending peril. When she's sent to live at Falston Manor, she thinks she's escaped the danger stalking her. Instead the dreams grow stronger, just as girls begin disappearing from school.]
By Venom’s Sweet Sting (Bk. 2) [Following the destruction of Falston, Corrine and her schoolmates embark for Scotland to chase Rory and the stolen rathstone. On the moors of Kenmore, tensions mount between the friends as a new love interest comes into Corrine's life. In the layers of lies and secrets, who can she trust?]
Between Golden Jaws (Bk. 3) [Corrine and her friends race to London, in the hopes of finding a rathstone that will help them end this terrible war with the Fey. The girls search the Victorian city only to find that their plan has led to more danger than ever before. With the girls' lives on the line, the Fey Prince offers Corrine a deal: become his consort and her friends can go in peace. Will Corrine fall into the Prince's arms to save her friends? Or can she find another way?]
12 Up Trueman, Terry Stuck in Neutral @AMAZON
YA Turner, Ann Learning to Swim: A Memoir [shame of sexual molestation] @AMAZON
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[The Mark Twain Papers and Project, The Bancroft Library U.C. Berkeley]
Mark Twain: Four Complete Novels: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and his Autobiography.

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12 up Vail, Rachel Lucky [Lucky begins a powerful sisterhood trilogy, comprised of one book for each of the three fascinating Avery sisters, with all their secrets laid bare during the year that completely changes their lives. Phoebe is the youngest; her story combines first love and flip-flops, friendship and sisterhood, humor and tears. Breezy, witty, and poignant.] @AMAZON
YA van Cleave, Ryan G. Unlocked [How teens deal with the now constant threat of school violence. Provides a unique, emotional perspective on how it feels to be the one who can prevent a tragedy. Bullying. Gun violence.]
14 Up van Diepen, Allison
[Interview]
Street Pharm [If a brother wanna get ahead, he gotta use every minute to better himself. Everything I did made me better -- tougher, stronger, richer, smarter -- or I didn't do it.
Take high school. A waste of time. Nobody there taught me what I needed to survive on the streets....

SNITCH [In a school run by gangs, staying out was harder than joining. We knew who our friends were, and were careful what we said. If people thought we were haters, it would only be a matter of time....]
9-12 Verne, Jules
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YA Velde, Vivian Vande Being Dead [Short Stories]
Companions of the Night
Magic Can Be Murder
There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around
Never Trust a Dead Man
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YA Vivian, Siobhan Same Difference [Emily is ready for a change. She's been in the same town with the same friends for a long time...and none of them really understand her art. But when she goes to Philadelphia for a summer art institute, she suddenly finds like-minded people. One in particular, Fiona, intrigues and challenges her. But there are some things Emily is going to have to find out for herself -- like what the balance is between life and art, and which is more important when push comes to shove.]
The List [An intense look at the rules of high school attraction -- and the price that's paid for them. Trying to fit in. List of the prettiest and the ugliest. Who makes the list? Damage is done the instant the list goes up. This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.]
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Elske
The Vandemark Mummy
Jackaroo
It's Not Easy Being Bad
Dicey's Song [Teaching, Learning, and Archetypes] [Classroom Guide]
The Homecoming
Come A Stranger
The Runner
A Solitary Blue
Izzy Willy-nilly
Wings of a Falcon
Orfe
When She Hollers
Bad Girls
Bad, Badder, Baddest
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YA Volponi, Paul The Hand You're Dealt [A coming-of-age story set at a card table. Grief. Family. Poker.] Reluctant reader. @AMAZON
YA-A Vonnegut, Kurt
[Everything Vonnegut]
YA Vrettos, Adrienne Maria SKIN [This powerful story is about Donnie, who, from his funny and painfully honest point of view, describes a harrowing year that leaves both him and his family forever changed./the family side of eating disorders.] @AMAZON
YA Walker, Paul Robert Hoop Dreams
Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente
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12 up Walsh, Marissa, Editor Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? [Fourteen authors/anthology/Fat, Ugly, Skinny, Round, Stacked or Flat, Bad or Good? We're all surrounded by weight and discussion of weight. In this collection, YA writers sound off on body image., self-esteem, diets, eating disorders, boys, fashion magazines, and why trying on jeans is a bad experience for everyone. Includes: Relevant books, movies, songs and Web sites. @AMAZON
YA Walter, Virginia Making Up Megaboy @AMAZON
YA Waltman, Kevin Learning the Game [poor decisions and left to struggle with the consequences.] @AMAZON
4=14+ Walton, K.M. Empty [A girl tumbles into a downward spiral when a romantic encounter turns violent. Overeating/Bullying]
13+ Warman, Jessica
[Interview]
Breathless [A semi-autobiographical novel of love, secrets, and the ties that cut and bind. Breathless is a stunning debut that explores illness and health, love and lust, friends and enemies, and the moneyed world of prep school with a deft, expert hand.]
Where the Truth Lies [This companion novel to Warman's critically acclaimed Breathless proves that sometimes the biggest lies are told to the people you love the most.]
Between [a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.]
YA Wasserman, Robin SKINNED [Lia Kahn was perfect: rich, beautiful, popular -- until the accident that nearly killed her. Now she has been downloaded into a new body that only looks human. Questions who we really are inside] @AMAZON
13+ Watkins, Steve What Comes After [rising above the hand you're dealt]
YA Werlin, Nancy Are You Alone on Purpose @AMAZON
YA Wersba, Barbara Carnival in My Mind
Whistle Me Home
The Wings of Courage
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YA Westall, Robert Demons and Shadows: The Ghostly Best Stories of Robert Westall @AMAZON
YA Westerfeld, Scott Leviathan (Book One)[All the European powers are arming up for World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet. Aleksandar Ferdinand is an Austro-Hungarian prince on the run. Deryn Sharp is a commoner. Their paths cross in the most unexpected way.]
Behemoth (Book Two) [The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
GOLIATH (Book Three, Conclusion) [Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies. The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.]
Wharton, Edith Novels, Novellas, Short Stories, Fiction, Poetry
YA Whelan, Gloria
[a conversation]
Homeless Bird @AMAZON
YA White, Amy Brecount Forget-Her-Nots [Something—some power—is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping her friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love. Laurel suspects her newfound ability has something to do with an ancient family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day?
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Weeping Willow
Belle Prater's Boy
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The Once and Future King
The Book of Merlyn: The Unpublished Conclusion to the Once and Future King
The Sword in the Stone
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14+ White, Tracy How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story [How do you know if you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown? For seventeen-year-old Stacy Black, it all begins with the smashing of a window. After putting her fist through the glass, she checks into a mental hospital. Stacy hates it there but despite herself slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. Based on the author’s experiences, this is a frank portrait of what it’s like to struggle with self-esteem, body image issues, drug addiction, and anxiety.]
14+ Whitman, Sylvia The Milk of Birds [moving story of a friendship between two girls: one an American teen, one a victim of the crisis in Darfur.]
Whitman, Walt Biography, Works, Letters, Manuscripts, Reviews
14Up Whyman, Matt Boy Kills Man [In the South American town of Medellín, where drug dealers rule and hope is scarce, young assassins are in large supply. Take Shorty and Alberto: two hardened best friends from poor homes whose biggest dream is to see a live soccer match. These boys understand that the one true power they will ever possess comes in the form of a fully loaded Smith & Wesson. Pulling the trigger may not be a way out . . . but it's the only way to the top.] Haunting and real. @AMAZON
14Up Wild, Margaret JINX [novel in verse/graphic content/family dynamics/from the depths of despair] @AMAZON
12 Up Wilhelm, Doug Raising the Shades [a son's confrontation with alcoholic father] @AMAZON
YA Willey, Margaret The Bigger Book of Lydia
Saving Lenny
The Melinda Zone
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Like Sisters on the Homefront
Blue Tights
Fast Talk on a Slow Track
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10 Up Wilson, Nancy Hope Mountain Pose [child and spousal abuse/forgiveness] @AMAZON
12 Up Wittlinger, Ellen Blind Faith [grief, love, and faith have no easy answers] [Lesson Plan] @AMAZON
13+ Wolf, Allan Zane's Trace [Zane Guesswind has just killed his grandfather, or so he believes. So he steals the 1969 Plymouth Barracuda his father left behind and takes off on a manic trip to his mother’s grave to kill himself. Armed with a six-pack of Mountain Dew, a jumbo pack of Sharpies, and a loaded gun in the trunk, he’s headed to Zanesville, Ohio, with no rearview mirror and no more worries. On the way, he meets Libba, a young hitchhiker who shares his destination, and other mystic and mysterious characters. With each encounter and every mile marker, Zane gets farther from the life he knows —but closer to figuring out who he really is.] Glimpse into the world of depression.
YA Wolff, Virginia Euwer Probably Still Nick Swansen
Make Lemonade [Bk.1 of Trilogy]
True Believer [Bk. 2][Adolescents coming of age]
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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This
The House You Pass on the Way
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YA Wrede, Patricia Dealing With Dragons Book 1
Searching for Dragons Book 2
Callling on Dragons Book 3
Talking To Dragons Book 4
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YA Yates, Eleanor Amos Fortune, Free Man @AMAZON
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Child of the Owl
Ribbons
The Case of the Goblin Pearls
Thief of Hearts
The Star Fisher
When the Circus Came to Town
Sea Glass: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1970
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YA Yolen, Jane
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Armageddon is Here
The Dragon's Boy: A Tale of Young King Arthur (The Dragon's Trilogy)
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14 up Vincent, Erin Grief Girl: My True Story [Coming of age story/loss of both parents in car accident/nature of grief and the grief process/no quick fixes] @AMAZON
YA-A Voight, Cynthia The Kingdom Series [Medieval]
Jackaroo
On Fortune's Wheel
The Wings of a Falcon
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YA Ward, Rachel NUMBERS [Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today's number. Today's date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem's world is about to explode!]
The Chaos (Numbers) [Adam has inherited a gift that no one would want: Like his mother, he can see the date of some one's death and feel the intense pain of his or her demise. Since the death of his friend Jem, he has lived quietly in the British seaside with his great-grandmother, but now the rise of floodwaters have forced them to retreat to far more populous London, where he cannot avoid prophetic evidence of an impending calamity.]
Numbers Book 3: Infinity [The mind-blowing conclusion to the chilling NUMBERS trilogy: Because everyone wants to live forever. No matter what it takes, Sarah's desperate to escape from the numbers. Always numbers. Sarah loves Adam, but can't bear the thought that every time he looks in her eyes, he can see her dying; can see her last day. It's 2029. Two years since the Chaos. Sarah and Adam are struggling to survive. She knows he always envisioned them together "'til death do us part." But will a child come between them? The child she loves. The child he saved.]
YA Weaver, Will DEFECT [Maybe it was bad karma. Maybe it was just bad luck. Whatever the reason, fifteen-year-old David was born defective. His bug eyes, pinched face, and hearing aids are obvious, but there is a secret David keeps from everyone, even his foster parents. Because of a thin layer of skin hidden under each arm, David can fly—well, glide is more like it. Terrified of doctors, wary of letting down his guard, David is determined to hide his secret at any cost. But then David meets Cheetah, a girl whose own defect doesn’t diminish her spirit, and suddenly his life begins to take wing.] [conformity/self-acceptance/differences/tolerance] @AMAZON
10 up Wenberg, Michael Seattle Blues [When Maya finds a trombone in the attic, she's mesmerized. She learns to play as her grandmother gradually unravels details of her past: Maya's grandfather was a famous jazz trombone player who died in a car crash, and her grandmother was once a top jazz singer—who now only sings in church. After saving an elderly man from a riot, Maya adjusts to the prospect of life without her father (MIA in Vietnam), helps to mend her mom's relationship with her grandmother, and takes the first steps to becoming an accomplished musician.]
Yancey, Rick The Monstrumologist (Bk. 1)[These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me...and the one who cursed me. So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War throp, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.
The Curse of the Wendigo (Monstrumologist Bk. 2)
YA Yee, Lisa Absolutely Maybe [Meet Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut, named for two Miss Americas and her mother Chessy's favorite brand of mascara. Chessy teaches the students in her charm school her Seven Select Rules for Young Ladies, but she won't tell Maybe who her real father is -- or protect her from her latest scuzzball boyfriend. So Maybe grabs a ride to California with her friends Hollywood and Thammasat Tantipinichwong Schneider (aka Ted) -- and what she finds there is funny, sad, true, and inspiring .
YA Zevin, Gabrielle Elsewhere [the afterlife/humorous/fascinating/provacative]
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac [complexity of memory and identity/love/family/sensitive/excellent read]
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The Gadget
Pardon Me, You're Stepping on My Eyeball [overcoming fear]
The Pigman
The Pigman and Me
David & Della
The Doom Stone
Loch
Raptor
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YA Zink, Michelle Prophecy of the Sisters (Book 1 of Trilogy) [Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.]
14 Up Zubli, Rita De Clercq Disguised: A Wartime Memoir [With the Japanese army poised to invade their Indonesian island in 1942, Rita la Fontaine’s family knew that they and the other Dutch and Dutch-Indonesian residents would soon become prisoners of war. Fearing that twelve-year-old Rita would be forced to act as a "comfort woman" for the Japanese soldiers, the family launched a desperate plan to turn Rita into "Rick," cutting her hair short and dressing her in boy’s clothes. Rita’s aptitude for languages earned her a position as translator for the commandant of the prisoner camp, and for the next three years she played a dangerous game of disguise while advocating against poor conditions, injustice, and torture. Sixty-five years later, Rita describes a war experience like no other -- a remarkable tale of integrity, fortitude, and honor.]
YA Zuckerman, Linda A Taste for Rabbit [a ferocious look at siblings, friendship, the price of honor, and what it means to be . . . human.] @AMAZON
YA Zusak, Markus Fighting Ruben Wolfe [sibling relationships, family dynamics]
Under Dogs Before The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of novels about the Wolfe Brothers: THE UNDERDOG, FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE, and GETTING THE GIRL. Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are champions at getting into fights, coming up with half-baked schemes, and generally disappointing girls, their parents, and their much more motivated older siblings. They're intensely loyal to each other, brothers at their best and at their very worst. But when Cameron falls head over heels for Ruben's girlfriend, the strength of their bond is tested to its breaking point.
Here are all three titles in one book - Underdogs (2011)