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This project helps teens draw the line between harmless jokes and cyberbulling.

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Bullying at School and Online: Quick Facts for Parents (Booklet from education.com)

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Bullying: Information for Parents and Teachers
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Characteristics of Children Who Are Being Bullied from Webmd

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"This web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth. Here you will find facts, figures, and detailed stories from those who have been directly impacted by online aggression." The site also has resources to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents.

How to Talk about Bullying From StopBullying.gov of the U.S. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

My Child a Bully? From Annie Fox’s blog
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Non-Fiction Books on Bullying for Teens

Bullying: The Ultimate Teen Guide by Mathangi Subramanian

How Serious a Problem is Cyberbullying? by Patricia Netzley

Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear by Carrie Goldman

Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying by Hope Vanderberg

The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk about Surviving Middle School Bullies, Brands, Body Image and More by Haley Kilpatrick

Positive: Surviving my Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to CHange the World: a Memoir by Paige Rawl

Hey, back off!: tips for stopping teen harassment by Jennie Withers with Phyllis Hendrickson.

It Gets Better: Coming out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. 

Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope by Olivia Gardner with Emily and Sarah Buder

Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy edited by Rachel Simmons

Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? by Thomas Jacobs

We Want You to Know: Kids Talk about Bullying by Deborah Ellis. 


Non-Fiction Books on Bullying for Parents/Teachers

8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools by Signe Whitson

Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear by Carrie Goldman

Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelon

Bully (DVD) (PG-13)bullydvd
This is a character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America's bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. Documentary provides an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices.

Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers and Parents to Combat the Bullying Crisis by Lee Hirsch: A companion boik to the documentary "Bully". 

Bullying in Fiction

Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen 
A wealthy, popular Ivy League-bound girl who hides an anxiety disorder learns the consequences of her social media bullying after a high-profile retaliation prompts her to team up with an outcast to regain her social standing. (SLJ gr 10+)

The Fall by James Preller 
In writing in his journal about middle school classmate Morgan Mallen's suicide from bullying, Sam explores whether he was a friend, or one of the bullies who ignored her at school and tormented her online. (SLJ gr 6 -9)

All the Rage: A Novel by Courtney Summers 
After being assaulted by the sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, Romy Grey was branded a liar and bullied by former friends, finding refuge only in the diner where she works outside of town. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing and news of him assaulting another girl gets out, Romy must decide whether to speak out again or risk having more girls hurt. (SLJ gr 9+)

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman 
Transferring to a new high school, freshman Charlotte "Charlie" Healey faces tough choices as she tries to shed her "mean girl" image. (SLJ gr 8-11)

Young Man With Camera by Emil Sher 
T-- lives in a precarious world with very few friends, abused by a trio of bullies he calls Joined at the Hip, and his main refuge is the camera which he uses to capture the unique way he sees the world--but when he photographs the boys attacking a homeless woman the images could lead to even more trouble, especially when the bullies threaten to hurt his only friend, Sean, if he trys to use the pictures against them. (SLJ gr 6+)

The Misfits by James Howe 
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names. (SLJ gr 4 - 8)

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja 
Justin spends time with Jinsen, the unusual and artistic new student whom the school bullies torment and call Buddha Boy, and ends up making choices that impact Jinsen, himself, and the entire school. (SLJ gr 7 - 10)

Bystander by James Preller 
Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution. (SLJ gr 6-9)

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies. (BLR gr 7-10)

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective. (SLJ gr 9+)

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti 
Bullied at school and neglected by her poor, self-absorbed, single mother at home, high school junior Noelle finally reaches the breaking point after a classmate commits suicide. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks
Fifteen-year-old Moo Nelson, shy, overweight, and bullied by his classmates, finds his life spinning out of control after he witnesses a car chase and a fight that results in a murder. (SLJ gr 9+)

Leverage by Joshua Cohen  
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny. (SLJ gr 9+)

Lie by Caroline Bock
Told in several voices, a group of Long Island high school seniors conspire to protect eighteen-year-old Jimmy after he brutally assaults two Salvadoran immigrants, until they begin to see the moral implications of Jimmy's actions and the consequences of being loyal to a violent bully. (SLJ gr 7+)

The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm
Tired of being bullied and picked on, three seventh-grade outcasts join forces and, using scientific methods and the power of the Internet, begin to create a new atmosphere at Parkland Middle School. ((SLJ gr 5-7)

Rotters by Daniel Kraus 
Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he has never known, and who is the town pariah. (SLJ gr 9+)

Scrawl by Mark Shulman
When eighth-grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty--staying after school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance counsellor--reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Tangerine by Edward Bloor 
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness. Slowly he begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. (SLJ gr 6-9)

This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis 
Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him. (SLJ gr 6-9)

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47 by Walter Mosley
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom. (SLJ gr. 6-10)

Abarat by Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, one day finds herself on the edge of a foreign world that is populated by strange creatures, and her life is forever changed.  (SLJ gr. 7 - 10)

The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.  (SLJ gr. 4-8)

Firestorm by David Klass
After learning that he has been sent from the future for a special purpose, eighteen-year-old Jack receives help from an unusual dog and a shape-shifting female fighter.  (SLJ gr. 8+)

Gideon the Cutpurse: Being the First Part of the Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer
Ignored by his father and sent to Derbyshire for the weekend, twelve-year-old Peter and his new friend, Kate, are accidentally transported back in time to 1763 England where they are befriended by a reformed cutpurse.  (SLJ gr. 5 - 8)

Jumpman Rule #1: Don't Touch Anything by James Valentine
When a defective time-jumping device strands Theodore, a teen from the distant future, in the twenty-first century, he is helped by two high schoolers--Jules, who is having time problems of his own, and Gen, an old friend Jules was about to ask out. (SLJ gr. 5 - 8)

London Calling by Edward Bloor
Seventh-grader Martin Conway believes that his life is monotonous and dull until the night the antique radio he uses as a night-light transports him to the bombing of London in 1940.

Nick of Time by Ted Bell
With the help of Lord Hawke, whose children have been taken by the evil pirate Captain Billy Blood, young Nick McIver uses a time machine to rescue the two children as well as change the course of events in two time periods, the Napoleonic Wars and World War II. (SLJ gr. 6 - 9)

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman
After thirteen-year-old Tucker Feye's parents disappear, he suspects that the strange disks of shimmering air that he keeps seeing are somehow involved, and when he steps inside of one he is whisked on a time-twisting journey trailed by a shadowy sect of priests and haunted by ghostlike figures. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Thirteen-year-old Rigg has a secret ability to see the paths of others' pasts, but revelations after his father's death set him on a dangerous quest that brings new threats from those who would either control his destiny or kill him.  (SLJ gr. 7+)

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

Steel by Carrie Vaughn
When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she's magically transported to an early-eighteenth-century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean. SLJ gr. 7-10)

Stravaganza by Mary Hoffman
While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules the city. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood
On a bike trip in Ireland trying to recover from a broken heart, sixteen-year-old Morgan is transformed, not only by the others on the tour, but by her visits to the past, where she is believed to be the legendary half-goddess Morganne, sent to help end a faery curse. (

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. (SLJ gr. 5-9)

 


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Go to: World War I | World War II: Pre-WWII: 1932-1938, 1939-1945, Aftermath and The Holocaust

                   World War I  

                                         1914-1918

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My Brother’s Shadow by Monika Schröder
In 1918 Berlin, Germany, sixteen-year-old Moritz struggles to do what is right on his newspaper job, in his relationship with his mother and sister who are outspoken socialists, and with his brother, who returns from the war physically and emotionally scarred. (SLJ gr.7+) 

Private Peacefull by Michael Morpurgo
When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself. (SLJ gr 7+)

Remembrance by Theresa Breslin
The destinies of two Scottish families, one of shopkeepers and one of wealth and power, become entwined through their involvement in World War I, social causes, and love. (SLJ gr 7+)

World War II 

                                 Pre-WWII: 1932- 1938

 

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust. (SLJ gr 7+)

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War. This is the first in a trilogy that follows Sophia, her cousin, sister and brother into WWII. (SLJ gr. 7-10)

My Family for the War by Anne Voorhoeve
Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of War while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland. (SLJ gr. 7+)

1939-1945

 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Hiroshima by Laurence Yep  
Describes the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, particularly as it affects Sachi, who becomes one of the Hiroshima Maidens. (SLJ gr. 4-6)

Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

 When my name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

 

The Holocaust

Annexed by Sharon Dogar
The story of a boy who loved Anne Frank. (SLJ gr. 9+)

The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust. (SLJ gr 7+)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
In this fictionalized biography, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hubener, is imprisoned for his anti-Nazi resistance.  As he awaits his execution, he recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people. (SLJ gr 6-9)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.  (SLJ gr. 9+)

Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Orphaned "Misha" is too young and naive to understand events when the Nazis invade Poland. He joins other Jewish boys and steals food to survive in the war-torn Warsaw ghetto as the daily horrors become part of ordinary life.

My Family for the War by Anne Voorhoeve
Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of War while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Once by Morris Gleitzman
After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

Prisoner in time: A child of the Holocaust by Pamela Melnikoff
In 1942, tired of hiding from the Nazis in a Prague attic, a young Jewish man ventures out to an old cemetery, from which he travels back to the sixteenth-century and witnesses another time of trouble for Czech Jews.

Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev
Based on the true story of a nine-year-old boy who escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.

 

Aftermath

 

Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow
In 1945 Russia, those who own German shepherds are considered traitors, but thirteen-year-old Mikhail and his family are determined to keep the dog a dying man brought them, while his classmate Katia strives to learn his secret.

Tamar by Mal Peet 
In England in 1995, fifteen-year-old Tamar, grief-stricken by the puzzling death of her beloved grandfather, slowly begins to uncover the secrets of his life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family. (SLJ gr. 9+)

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   ~11th century through the late 1400s - Middle Ages~

france  France

My Guardian Angel by Sylvie Weil
In 11th century Troyes, France, Elvina, the unusual granddaughter of renowned Jewish rabbi Solomon ben Isaac, who prefers studying and writing to activities considered respectable for girls, takes a great risk by helping a young boy who has run away from a group of Christian Crusaders.

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The Legend of the King by Gerald Morris- SERIES
Sir Dinadan and his friends Sir Palomides, Sir Gaheris, Sir Terence, and other knights of the Round Table and their associates try to stop Mordred and his White Horsemen from ending King Arthur's rule of Great Britain.

Song of the Sparrowby Lisa Ann Sandell
In fifth-century Britain, nine years after the destruction of their home on the island of Shalott brings her to live with her father and brothers in the military encampments of Arthur's army, seventeen-year-old Elaine describes her changing perceptions of war and the people around her as she becomes increasingly involved in the bitter struggle against the invading Saxons.

 300px-Flag_of_Ireland_svg  Ireland

Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale byDonna Jo. Napoli
Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.

italy  Italy

The Falconer’s Knot: A Story of Friars, Flirtation and Foul Play by Mary Hoffman
Silvano and Chiara, teens sent to live in a friary and a nunnery in Renaissance Italy, are drawn to one another and dream of a future together, but when murders are committed in the friary, they must discover who is behind the crimes before they can realize their love.


80px-Flag_of_Palaeologus_Dynasty_svg  Roman Empire- Constantinople

Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett
In the eleventh century the teenage princess Anna Comnena fights for her birthright, the throne to the Byzantine Empire, which she fears will be taken from her by her younger brother John because he is a boy.

wales  Wales

Warrior Princess by Frewin Jones- SERIES
It takes just a moment for fifteen-year-old Branwen's life to change forever. In the blink of an eye the Saxons attack and her brother is killed. Almost as quickly, she is sent away from her home to a neighboring stronghold where she'll be safe from harm. Now Branwen lives as a princess should, surrounded by exquisite things and lavish quarters. But deep down remains the soul of a warrior. Just when Branwen is sure she has been pushed to her limits, a chance encounter with a mystical woman in white forces her to question everything, and everyone, around her. With no time to lose, Branwen must make a choice: continue in the path her parents intended for her or step into the role of true Warrior Princess.

The Wicked and the Just by Jillian Anderson Coats
In medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress

~ Late 15th century through the 17th century – Renaissance ~

engalnd_1  England

Beware Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer      
After the death of her father, King Henry VIII, in 1547, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth must endure the political intrigues and dangers of the reigns of her half-brother Edward and her half-sister Mary before finally becoming Queen of England eleven years later.

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer  
Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid sixteenth century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.

Treason by Berlie Doherty
Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII. As the King's favorite, Will gains many enemies in Court. When his enemies convince the King that Will's father has committed treason and he is thrown into Newgate Prison, Will flees Hampton Court and goes into hiding in the back streets of London. Lost and in mortal danger, he is rescued by a poor boy, Nick Drew. Together they must brave imprisonment and death as they embark on a great adventure to set Will's father free.

france  France

Grave Mercy  by Robin LaFevers
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny.

Wolving timeby Patrick Jennings
In France during a time of witch-hunts, in a village with a corrupt priest, thirteen-year-old Lazlo longs to be able to turn into a wolf as his parents can, but also desires the friendship of a village girl.

italy  Italy

The Smile
by Donna Jo Napoli
In Renaissance Italy, Elisabetta longs for romance, and when Leonardo da Vinci introduces her to Guiliano de Medici, whose family rules Florence but is about to be deposed, she has no inkling of the romance--and sorrow--that will ensue.

Stravaganza: City of Ships by Mary Hoffman
Feeling inferior to her talented twin brother, teenaged Isabel is transported to a parallel world that resembles the Italian Renaissance city-state of Ravenna, where she tries to save the city from attack by the fierce Gate people.

200px-Flag_of_Spain_Civil_svg  Spain

Blood Secret by Kathryn Lasky
Fourteen-year-old Jerry Luna, mute since her mother's disappearance, is sent to her great-great aunt Constanza's house, where she discovers a trunk that draws her into the world of her ancestors during the Spanish Inquisition.

Isabel I by Carolyn Meyer
While waiting anxiously for others to choose a husband for her, Isabella, the future Queen of Spain, keeps a diary account of her life as a member of the royal family.

~ 18th century- Age of Enlightenment ~

engalnd_1 England

The Smugglers  by Iain Lawrence
In eighteenth-century England, after his father buys a schooner called the Dragon, sixteen-year-old John sets out to sail it from Kent to London and becomes involved in a dangerous smuggling scheme 

france  France

Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin
Exiled French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's life on St. Helena is brightened by the presence of young Betsy Balcombe.

300px-Flag_of_Ireland_svg  Ireland

Anson’s Way by Gary D. Schmidt
While serving as a British Fencible to maintain the peace in eighteenth-century Ireland, Anson finds that his sympathy for a hedge master, a teacher devoted to teaching Irish children their forbidden language and culture, places him in conflict with the law of King George II.

~ 19th century- Victorian Era ~

engalnd_1  England

 In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Dunlap
Sixteen-year-old Molly Fraser works as a nurse with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War to earn a salary to help her family survive in nineteenth-century England.

Montmorency’s Revengeby Eleanor Updale
As Queen Victoria lies dying and with her family in danger, a group of friends races to track down the anarchists responsible for George's death, even as Montmorency seeks to teach a new generation to forgive.

A Spy in the House
by Y.S. Lee
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, 17-year-old orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called the Agency in order to infiltrate a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.

france  France


The Count of Monte Cristoby Alexandre Dumas
Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmond Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Château d'If. Having endured years of incarceration, he stages a daring and dramatic escape and sets out to discover the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo, and to catch up with his enemies.

My bonny light horseman by L.A. Meyer
The infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew. Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she's secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets, all to save her dear friends. 

250px-Flag_of_Scotland_svg  Scotland

The Braid by Helen Frost
Two Scottish sisters, living on the western island of Barra in the 1850s, relate, in alternate voices and linked narrative poems, their experiences after their family is forcible evicted and separated with one sister accompanying their parents and younger siblings to Cape Breton, Canada, and the other staying behind with other family on the small island of Mingulay.

~ 20th century ~ 

engalnd_1  England

 The Wild Man by Mark Barratt

In Victorian England, Joe Rat has escaped the clutches of the criminal mastermind, Mother, and is trying to make an honest living in a better part of London, but when a rich philanthropist tracks down a man claiming to be Joe's missing father--a British army deserter--he must determine where his loyalties lie.

Asia 

~ Asuka period- 538–710  ~


 225px-Flag_of_Japan_svg  Japan

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner- SERIES
In ancient Japan, Himiko, the privileged daughter of her clan's leader, fights the constraints and expectations imposed on young women and finds her own path, which includes secret shaman lessons.

~ Heian period-794-1185 ~


225px-Flag_of_Japan_svg  Japan
       

Sisters of the Sword
by Maya Snow- SERIES
Two aristocratic sisters in ancient Japan disguise themselves as samurai warriors to take revenge on the uncle who betrayed their family.

~ 18th century ~

225px-Flag_of_India_svg  India

Anila’s Journey
by Mary Finn
In late eighteenth-century Calcutta, half-Indian half-Irish Anila Tandy finds herself alone with nothing but her artistic talent to rely on, searching for her father who is presumed dead.

~ Tokugawa period- 1700-1868 ~

225px-Flag_of_Japan_svg  Japan

Heart of a Samurai: Based on a True Story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus- SERIES
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. 

Young Samurai: The Way of the Sword by Chris Bradford
English orphan Jack Fletcher continues his difficult training at Niten Ichi Ryu Samurai School, while also trying to get back the rutter, his father's navigational logbook, that an evil ninja wants to possess. 

~ 20th century ~

225px-Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China_svg  China

Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society by Adeline Yen Mah
During the Japanese occupation of parts of China, twelve-year-old Ye Xian is thrown out of her father’s and stepmother’s home, joins a martial arts group and tries to help her aunt and the Americans against the struggle of the Japanese invaders.

Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll- SERIES
The posthumous papers of Rebecca MacKenzie document her adventures, along with her brother Doug, in 1920s China as the teenaged siblings are sent to live aboard their uncle's ship where they become involved in the dangerous activities of a mysterious secret society called the Honourable Guild of Specialists.

Revolution is not a dinner party: A novel by Ying Chang Compestine
Starting in 1972 when she is nine years old, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter.

225px-Flag_of_India_svg  India

Homeless Bird
by Gloria Whelan
Like many girls her age in India, thirteen–year–old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony, she discovers she's been horribly misled; her life has been sold for a dowry. In prose both graceful and unflinching, this powerful novel relays the story of a rare young woman, who even when cast out into a brutal current of time–worn tradition, sets out to forge her own remarkable future. Inspired by a newspaper article about the real thirteen–year–old widows in India today, this universally acclaimed best–selling novel, characterized by spare, lyrical language and remarkable detail, transports readers into the heart of a gripping tale of hope. 

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
When a mysterious threat reenters the lives of twins Ben and Sheere, separated as babies and reunited as teenagers in 1930s Calcutta, the siblings must confront an unspeakable terror, with the help of their secret society of fellow orphans. 

Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis
Sold to be the eighth wife of a rich and cruel merchant, Safia, also called Raka, tries to escape her fate by telling stories of Farhad the thief, his companion Nitish the white tiger, and their travels across India to retrieve a famous jewel that will save a kidnapped princess from becoming the bride of a demon king.

225px-Flag_of_Thailand_svg  Thailand

Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
In 1982 twelve-year-old Vonlai, his parents, and sister Dalah, escape from Laos to a Thai refugee camp where they spend four long years struggling to survive in hopes of one day reaching America.

 
Middle East

~ Crusades 1189-1192 ~

 

Blood Red Horse by K.M. Grant
A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's armies during the Third Crusades.

  ~19th century ~

263px-Flag_of_Iran_svg  Iran

Anahita’s Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

A nomad in nineteenth-century Iran takes fate into her own hands when her father promises her in marriage to a man she dislikes. Anahita convinces her father to let her hold a contest in which potential suitors must correctly answer the riddle she has woven into her wedding carpet. A diplomat, a schoolteacher, a shepherd, and a prince compete in Anahita's battle of wits for the heart of this extraordinary girl.

 Dawn & Dusk by Alice Mead 
As thirteen-year-old Azad tries desperately to cling to the life he has known, the political situation in Iran during the war with Iraq finally forces his family to flee their home and seek safety elsewhere.

~ 20th century ~

225px-Flag_of_Afghanistan_svg  Afghanistan

The Breadwinner
 by Deborah Ellis
Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

 

Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis- Sequel to The Breadwinner
In Parvana’s Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana’s father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy. She soon meets other children who are victims of war — an infant boy in a bombed-out village, a nine-year-old girl who thinks she has magic powers over landmines, and a boy with one leg. The children travel together, forging a kind of family out of sheer need.

 

~ 21st century ~

 225px-Flag_of_Afghanistan_svg Afghanistan

Thunder over Kandahar by Sharon McKay
A powerful novel of enduring friendship set amid the terror and chaos of present-day Afghanistan.

206px-Flag_of_Israel_svg  Israel

Real Time by Pnina Moed Kass
Sixteen-year-old Tomas Wanninger persuades his mother to let him leave Germany to volunteer at a kibbutz in Israel, where he experiences a violent political attack and finds answers about his own past.

 
Africa

~ Ancient Times ~

120px-Flag_of_Egypt_1922_svg  Egypt

Lily of the Nile: a Novel of Cleopatra’s Daughter by Stephanie Dray
Heiress of one empire and prisoner of another, it is up to the daughter of Cleopatra to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers. 

Sphinx’s Queen by Esther Friesner- SERIES
Chased after by the prince and his soldiers for a crime she did not commit, Nefertiti finds temporary refuge in the wild hills along the Nile's west bank before returning to the royal court to plead her case to the Pharaoh.

~19th century~

aquarius-zodiac-sign  The Congo River

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness exposes the tenuous fabric that holds "civilization" together and the brutal horror at the center of European colonialism. Conrad's crowning achievement recounts Marlow's physical and psychological journey deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz.

~ 20th century ~

MH900326944  East Africa

The Baboon King by Anton Quintana
Son of a Kikuyu mother and a Masai herdsman father, Morengaru the hunter lives on the edges of tribal society until an actual banishment forces him to make a life for himself among a troop of baboons. 

 

MH900326944  South Africa



300px-Flag_of_Nigeria_svg  Nigeria


Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.

 
250px-Flag_of_Rwanda_svg  Rwanda

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You by Hanna Jansen
Before one fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She fought with her little sister, went to school, and teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Jeanne's family, all Tutsis, fled their home and tried desperately to reach safety. They--along with nearly 1 million others--did not survive. The only survivor of her family's massacre, Jeanne witnessed unspeakable acts. But through courage, wits, and sheer force of will, she survived. Based on a true story, this haunting novel by Jeanne's adoptive mother makes unforgettably real the events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide as one family experienced it. 

Australia, the Arctic and the Seven Seas

~ 17th century ~

MH900338156  Seven Seas

Voyage of Plunder by Michele Torrey
Fourteen-year-old Daniel's life is turned upside down when his father's merchant ship is plundered by pirates in 1696 and Daniel is forced to stay aboard the pirate ship as a hostage. 

~ 18th century ~


300px-Flag_of_Australia_svg  Australia

Escape from Botany Bay by Gerald Hausman
In 1791, after being transported to Australia in the first shipment of convicts, Mary Bryant, her husband, two children, and seven other convicts, unable to endure the terrible conditions of the penal colony, organize a daring escape in an open boat.

 ~ 19th century ~

MH900014642  Arctic

Voyage of Ice: Chronicles of Courage by Michele Torrey
In 1849, fifteen-year-old Nick and his older brother, longing to be whalers, sign on as hands on the whaling ship Sea Hawk, and find that the journey is full of hardship and unexpected dangers.

300px-Flag_of_Australia_svg Australia

The Convicts by Iain Lawrence
His efforts to avenge his father's unjust imprisonment force thirteen-year-old Tom Tin into the streets of nineteenth-century London, but after he is convicted of murder, Tom is eventually sent to Australia where he has a surprise reunion.

MH900338156  Seven Seas

The Price of Freedom by A.C. Crispin- SERIES
Jack Sparrow is a merchant seaman for the East India Trading Company. His ship is attacked by pirates and he is suddenly in command. He then is made commander of the ship the Wicked Wench, by Cutler Beckett who sends Jack on a voyage to an island called Zerzura to find treasure.

Tom Cringle: Battle on the High Seas by Gerald Hausman
During the War of 1812, a thirteen-year-old officer in the British navy records in his logbook his capture by pirates off the coast of Jamaica.

~ 20th century ~ 

300px-Flag_of_Australia_svg  Australia

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible. 

Under Dogs: Three Novels by Markus Zusak       
Presents three novels in which two brothers, Ruben and Cameron Wolfe, strive to overcome the limitations of their family's poverty, taking jobs as fighters, and Cameron, the younger brother, tries to find love with his brother's ex-girlfriend.

 

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-The Color of Absence: 12 Stories about Loss and Hope / ed. James Howe
A collection of stories dealing with different kinds of loss experienced by young people.

- Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories / ed. Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd / ed. Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci    A collection of short stories about geeks.

-Guys Read: Thriller / ed. John Scieszka
A collection of short fiction mysteries and thrillers, with selections by Gennifer Choldenko, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matt de la Pena, and others.

-I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion / ed. Marilyn Singer
Stories for teenagers exploring the topics of religion, belief, and spirituality by award-winning authors, including M.E. Kerr, Kyoko Mori, and Virginia Euwer Wolff.

-Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love / ed. Trisha Telep
A collection of short stories combining dark seduction and modern romance presents a variety of tales featuring the romantic lives of humans and werewolves, ghosts, fallen angels, zombies, and shape-shifters.

-My Dad's a Punk: 12 stories About Boys and Their Fathers / ed. Tony Bradman                                   
Stories from the U.S., Great Britain and Australia.  The title story is written from the point of view of an teen whose divorced dad plays with a band, "Bucket of Snot," and is seldom there for his son, a theme that runs through all of the stories.

-Not Like I'm Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book / ed. Marissa Walsh
Thirteen writers share their visions of jealousy in short stories, essays, and a poem.

-Steampunk: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories / ed.  Kelly Link and Gavin Grant                         
A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.

-The Umbrella Man and Other Stories / Roald Dahl
Thirteen stories for teenagers from Dahl's adult writings.

-Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories / ed. Holly Thompson
"One year after the tsunami, this benefit fiction anthology helps teens learn about Japan and contribute to long-term relief efforts"--

-Truth & Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness / ed. Liz Miles
A collection of twenty short stories about the trials of high school, featuring tales from Saundra Mitchell, Jennifer R. Hubbard, and Liz Miles.

-Welcome to Bordertown: New Stories and Poems of the Borderlands / ed.  Holly Black and Ellen Kushner                  
Stories and poems set in the urban land of Bordertown, a city on the edge of the faerie and human world, populated by human and elfin runaways." --

-Zombies vs. Unicorns  / ed.  Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier                                   
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories.

Non-Fiction - Poetry - Selected Fiction


 

Non-Fiction

Bausum, Ann. Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement
The historic journey Lewis and Zwerg shared as Freedom Riders through the Deep South changed not only their own lives but our nation's history.

Boyd, Herbert. We Shall Overcome: A Living History of the Civil rights Struggle Told in Words, Pictures and the Voices of the Participants
Two audio CDs included contain material such as speeches from Martin Luther King, interviews with sit-in protestors, and sound from the March on Washington, introduced by actors Ossie Davis and Rubie Dee.

Crowe, Chris. Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

Eskridge, Anne E. Slave Uprisings and Runaways: Fighting for Freedom and the Underground Railroad

Fradin, Judith Bloom and Dennis Brindell Fradin. The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine
Born in a small town in rural Arkansas, Daisy Bates was a journalist and activist who became of the foremost civil rights leaders in America. In 1957 she mentored the nine black students who were integrated into Central High School in Little Rock, Ak.

Hansen, Joyce. Bury Me Not in a Land of Slaves: African-Americans in the Time of Reconstruction

Hoose, Phillip M. Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
Nine months before Rosa Parks was arrested on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat to a white passenger and was arrested and sent to jail in Montgomery. Though Colvin was not chosen to be the “face’ of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, she did become a plaintiff in the court case that led to the integration of Montgomery’s transportation system. This won the 2010 National Book Award and a Newbery Honor award.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary Partridge chronicles the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark 1965 march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery.

Sturm, James.  Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow     Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete.

Poetry

I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African-American Poetry
Clinton, Catherine
Teen Zone Nonfiction: 811.008 C

American Smooth: Poems (2004)
Dove, Rita
Adult Nonfiction: 811.54 D

Invisible Man
Ellison, Ralph
Teen Zone Paperback: E

Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking At The Harlem Renaissance Through Poems
Giovanni, Nikki
Teen Zone Nonfiction: 811 G

The Dream Keeper and Other Poems
Hughes, Langston.
Youth Nonfiction: J811.52 H

The Other Side: Shorter Poems
Johnson, Angela
Teen Zone Nonfiction: 811.54 J

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices (2004)
Myers, Walter Dean
Teen Zone Nonfiction: 811.54 M

Fortune’s bones: the Manumission Requiem (2004)
Nelson, Marilyn
Teen Zone Nonfiction: 811.54 N

Quiet Storm
Okutoro, Lydia Omolola
Teen Zone Nonfiction: 811 Q

 

Contemporary Fiction

North by night: a story of the Underground Railroad
Ayres, Katherine
Presents the journal of a sixteen-year-old girl whose family operates a stop on the Underground Railroad.

McKendree
Belton, Sandra
In 1948, while spending the summer with her aunt in West Virginia to find her family roots, Tilara begins visiting the "colored" old folks' home called McKendree, makes new friends, and learns to love herself.


Stealing Freedom
Carbone, Elisa Lynn
A novel based on the events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, including being separated from her family, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.

Kendra
Booth, Coe. 
High schooler Kendra longs to live with her mother who, unprepared for motherhood at age fourteen, left Kendra in the care of her grandmother.

Tyrell
Booth, Coe
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

The Marvelous Effect
Cle, Troy.  
Strange things are happening on Earth, and twelve-year-old Louis Proof discovers that he is one of the few people able to see--and combat--the responsible beings, who came from Midlandia, the planet at the center of the universe, to continue a battle that rages there

Born in Sin
Coleman, Evelyn
Despite serious obstacles and setbacks, fourteen-year-old Keisha pursues her dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer and medical doctor.

Bucking the Sarge
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963
Curtis, Christopher Paul.   
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Jason & Kyra (2004)
Davidson, Dana
Handsome and popular Jason tries to come to terms with his irascible, often absent father and his growing attraction to the quiet, studious Kyra.

Mare's War
Davis, Tanita S.
Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.

Battle of Jericho (2003)
Draper, Sharon M.
A high school junior and his cousin suffer the ramifications of joining what seems to be a "reputable" school club.

Copper Sun  
Draper, Sharon.   
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

Double Dutch  
Draper, Sharon M.        
Three eighth-grade friends, preparing for the International Double Dutch Championship jump rope competition in their home town of Cincinnati, Ohio, cope with Randy's missing father, Delia's inability to read, and Yo Yo's encounter with the class bullies.

Just Another Hero 
Draper, Sharon M.  
As Kofi, Arielle, Dana, November, and Jericho face personal challenges during their last year of high school, a misunderstood student brings a gun to class and demands to be taken seriously.

The Skin I'm In
Flake, Sharon
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.

Who am I without Him: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives 
Flake, Sharon.      

Standing Against the Wind 
Jones, Traci L.
As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.

Jazmin's Notebook   
Grimes, Nikki.      
Jazmin, an Afro-American teenager who lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment in the 1960s, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a record of the events in her sometimes difficult life.

First Part Last
Johnson, Angela
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

Heaven: A Novel  
Johnson, Angela.  
Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.

Looking for Red  
Johnson, Angela.      
A thirteen-year-old girl struggles to cope with the loss of her beloved older brother, who disappeared four months earlier off the coast of Cape Cod.

Guardian
Lester, Julius.
In a rural southern town in 1946, a white man and his son witness the lynching of an innocent black man. Includes historical note on lynching.

Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
Julius Lester.
Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.

Unsigned Hype: A Novel 
Mattison, Booker T.  
Fifteen-year-old Tory Tyson dreams of producing hip hop records, and as he rapidly begins to experience success doing just that, he finds that he must make choices between the way he has been raised by his single, God-fearing mother and the folks he meets in the music world.

Harlem Hustle
McDonald, Janet. 
Eric "Hustle" Samson, a smart and street-wise seventeen-year-old dropout from Harlem, aspires to rap stardom, a dream he naively believes is about to come true.

Twists and Turns
McDonald, Janet
With the help of a couple of successful friends, eighteen- and nineteen-year-old Teesha and Keeba try to capitalize on their talents by opening a hair salon in the run-down Brooklyn housing project where they live.

Shooting Star
Mckissack, Jr., Fredrick.
Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.

Hotlanta
Millner, Denene & Mitzi Miller.
Living a privileged life in Atlanta, wealthy and beautiful African American twin sisters, Sydney and Lauren, must deal with family secrets and scandal when their father is released from prison.

Legend of Buddy Bush (2004)
Moses, Shiela P.
In 1947, twelve-year-old Pattie Mae is sustained by her dreams of escaping Rich Square, North Carolina, and moving to Harlem when her Uncle Buddy is arrest for attempted rape of a white woman and her grandfather is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother
Myers, Walter Dean.
Jesse pours his heart and soul into his sketchbook to make sense of life in his troubled Harlem neighborhood and the loss of a close friend.

Dope Sick
Myers Walter Dean.
Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J's life when he could have made better choices.

The Glory Field
Myers, Walter Dean
Follows a family's two hundred forty-one year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.

Monster
Myers, Walter Dean.
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Riot
Myers2Btc','true')">, Walter Dean.
In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.

What They Found: Love on 145th Street
Myers, Walter Dean.
Fifteen interrelated stories explore different aspects of love, such as a dying father's determination to help start a family business--a beauty salon--and the relationship of two teens who plan to remain celibate until they marry.

Nightjohn
Paulsen, Gary
Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.

Caucasia
Senna, Danzy
A sensitive coming-of-age bestseller about two sisters divided by politics and race at the beginning of the 1970s.

The Hoopster
Sitomer. Alan Lawrence.
Andre Anderson is a black teenager who loves to play basketball, When he is viciously attacked, it calls his whole world into question--even his deadly jumpshot.  Followed by Hip-Hop High School   494788 and Homeboyz  494789

Flygirl
Smith, Sherri L.
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Another Way to Dance
Southgate, Martha.
While spending the summer at the School of American Ballet in New York City, fourteen-year-old Vicki Harris must come to terms with the reality of her parents' divorce, her crush on Mikhail Baryshnikov, and the impact of being an African American on her future as a dancer.

The Land
Taylor, Mildred D.
After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own. . Prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  
Taylor, Mildred D.
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.  Winner of the Newbery Medal

Hollywood & Maine
Whittenberg, Allison. 
In 1976 Pennsylvania, middle-schooler Charmaine Upshaw contemplates a career as a model or actress while coping with boyfriend problems and the return of her uncle, a fugitive who cost her family $1,000 in bail money a year earlier.
 
Broken China
Williams, Lori Aurelia.       
China Cup Cameron, a fourteen-year-old single mother with only her paralyzed Uncle Simon for support, takes on tremendous personal debt in hopes of a beautiful funeral after her daughter dies.

Like Sisters on the Homefront
Williams-Garcia, Rita
Troubled 14-yr. old Gail is sent down South to live with her uncle & aunt, where her life begins to change as she experiences the healing power of family.

No Laughter Here
Williams-Garcia, Rita.
In Queens, New York, ten-year-old Akilah is determined to find out why her closest friend, Victoria, is silent and withdrawn after returning from a trip to her homeland, Nigeria.

Acting
Winston, Sherri
Longing to escape from her small Michigan town, sixteen-year-old Eve, an aspiring actress, is forced to confront both her family's and her own expectations when her twin sister announces her pregnancy.

Emako Blue
Woods, Brenda
Monterey, Savannah, Jamal, and Eddie have never had much to do with each other until Emako Blue shows up at chorus practice, but just as the lives of the five Los Angeles high school students become intertwined, tragedy tears them apart.

After Tupac & D Foster
Woodson, Jacqueline.
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

Hush
Woodson, Jacqueline
Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.

I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This
Woodson, Jacqueline.
Marie, the only black girl in the eighth grade willing to befriend her white classmate Lena, discovers that Lena's father is doing horrible things to her in private.

Lena
Woodson, Jacqueline.
Thirteen-year-old Lena and her younger sister Dion mourn the death of their mother as they hitchhike from Ohio to Kentucky while running away from their abusive father.

Miracle’s Boys
Woodson, Jacqueline
Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.

When the Black Girl Sings
Wright, Bil.
Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive Connecticut girls' school where she is the only black student, fourteen-year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an outcast, particularly when her parents separate, but after attending a local church where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice.

Au Revoir Crazy European ChickenAu Revoir Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
Perry's parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father's precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.

The Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul B. Janeczko          
From clothesline codes to surveillance satellites and cyber espionage, Janeczko uncovers two centuries' worth of true spy stories in U.S. history. (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter   
Cammie Morgan is a CIA legacy and attends the premier school in the world...for spies. The school hosts some mysterious guests with the code name Blackthorne. When Cammie is blamed for a security breach that threatens to expose the school's top secret status, she and her friends face danger to clear Cammie's name and learn the truth about Blackthorne. (SLJ gr. 7-10)

For Freedom : The Story of a French Spy  by  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 
Despite the horrors of World War II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she gains information about what the Nazis are doing--information that the French Resistance needs. (SLJ gr. 6-8) 

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade   
In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild. (SLJ gr. 6-10)
 

The Lab by Jack Heath      
When Agent Six, a member of The Deck, a group fighting against their corrupt society, discovers that he is the product of an illegal experiment by the evil Lab, he takes dangerous steps to discover the truth about himself. (SLJ gr 6+)

Live and Let Shop by Michael P. Spradlin    
Beverly Hills teenager Rachel Buchanan gets in trouble with the law and winds up at mysterious Blackthorn Academy in Pennsylvania, where she uncovers secrets about the school and becomes entangled in a case of international espionage. (SLJ gr. 7-10)

The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan    
A young English thief stumbles on, and subsequently is recruited for, a super-secret operation that trains teenagers in remote viewing and astral projection techniques in order to engage in spying. (SLJ gr. 7+)

SilverFin : a James Bond Adventure by Charlie Higson  
This prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, introduces us to the young James when he's just started boarding school in England and is about to become involved in his first adventure. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

Spy!  by Anna Myers         
In 1774, twelve-year-old Jonah becomes a pupil of Nathan Hale, who inspires him to question his beliefs about the impending revolution, and two years later, Jonah makes a decision that leads to Nathan's execution. (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Spy High Mission One by A.J. Butcher    As students at a special high school that trains them to be secret agents, six teenagers struggle to complete the training exercises as a team before being sent out into the field to sink or swim. (SLJ gr. 9+)

STORM: The Infinity Code  by E.L. Young    In London, the teenaged geniuses of STORM, a secret organization dedicated to eliminating the world's misery through science and technology, uncover plans for a deadly weapon and race to find and dismantle it, then confront the corrupt scientist behind the scheme. (SLJ gr. 7-10)

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz    
After being told that his father was an assassin for a criminal organization, fourteen-year-old Alex goes to Italy to find out more and becomes involved in a plan to kill thousands of English schoolchildren. (SLJ gr 5-9)

Traitor by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby    
A boy who believes his grandfather to be a traitor, a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, tracks down his grandfather and finds out the truth. (SLJ gr. 6-10)

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
Seventeen-year-old Agnes Wilkins dreams of being an Egyptologist and what it would be like to arrive in Cairo on the back of a camel to study Egyptian mummies, but she is stuck in 1817 London at the beginning of her debut season as a debutant. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Narrative non-fiction presents a TRUE story written in a style more closely associated with fiction. The writer pays close attention to elements of plot structure, character development and themes to make the story as compelling as possible."

Europe – Middle Ages -20th century

Behind the Mask: The life of Queen Elizabeth I / by Jane Resh Thomas. (SLJ gr 8+)
Beyond the Myth: The story of Joan of Arc / Polly Schoyer Brooks.
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845 – 1850 / Susan Campbell Bartoletti (SLJ gr. 6-10)
The Longitude Prize / Joan Dash. (SLJ gr. 6+)
Outbreak : Plagues that Changed History / Bryn Barnard (SLJ gr 5-8)
The Road to There: Mapmakers and their Stories / Val Ross (Gr. 6+)
The War to End All Wars: World War I / Russell Freedman (SLJ gr 7+)
When Plague Strikes: the Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS / by James Cross Giblin  (SLJ gr 7+)
The World of King Arthur and his Court: People, Places, Legend, and Lore / Kevin Crossley-Holland (SLJ gr. 5+)
The War to End All Wars: World War I / Russell Freedman (WWI) -  From the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 to the controversial Treaty of Versailles in 1919.  Elegantly written and filled with powerful photographs about the world's first "total war that set the stage for fascism in Germany.

United States History

The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History / Adam Selzer (SLJ gr 8+)
Sweat and Blood: A History of U.S. Labor Unions / Gloria Skurzynski (SLJ gr 6+)
A Young People's History of the United States / Howard Zinn ; adapted by Rebecca Stefoff  (SLJ gr 6-10)

The Early Days of the Republic

Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider / Jean Fritz  (slj GR 6-9)
An American Plague: the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 / Jim Murphy (SLJ gr 6-10) A great companion piece to Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever 1793
In Defense of Liberty: the story of America's Bill of Rights / Russell Freedman (SLJ gr 5+)
George Washington: An Illustrated Biography / David A. Adler (SLJ gr 5-10)
George Washington, Spymaster: How America Outspied the British and won the Revolutionary War / Thomas B. Allen (SLJ gr 6-9)
John Winthrop, Oliver Cromwell and the Land of Promise / Marc Aronson (SLJ gr 7+)
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery / Steve Sheinkin (SLJ gr 7+)
Our Stories Remember: American Indian history, Culture, & Values Through Storytelling / Joseph Bruchac.
The Real Benedict Arnold / Jim Murphy (SLJ gr 7+)
The Real Revolution: The Global Story of the American Revolution/ Marc Aronson  (SLJ gr 7+)
Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson  (SLJ gr 7+)
A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as experienced by one boy / Jim Murphy (SLJ gr 6+)
Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials / Marc Aronson (SLJ gr 9+)

Slavery and the Civil War

African Americans During the Civil War / Deborah H. DeFord (SLJ gr 6+)
Bury Me Not in a Land of Slaves: African-Americans in the Time of Reconstruction
/ Joyce Hansen
An account of African-American life in the period of Reconstruction following the Civil War, based on first-person narratives, contemporary documents, and other historical sources.
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer / James L. Swanson - Reads like a thriller; based on adult book, Manhunt  (SLJ gr. 5+)
Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth / James Cross Giblin.
Grierson's Raid: A Daring Cavalry Strike Through the Heart of the Confederacy / Tom Lalicki ; original maps by David Cain.
Harlem stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance / Laban Carrick Hill.
The Long Road to Gettysburg / Jim Murphy. 
Race: A History Beyond Black and White / Marc Aronson
Reluctant Witnesses: Children's voices from the Civil War / Emmy E. Werner
A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom / Jim Murphy

19th Century America

Blizzard! The storm that changed America / Jim Murphy
The Great Fire / Jim Murphy
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nat Philbrick
Inside the Alamo / Jim Murphy
Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering / Martin W. Sandler
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy

WWII and the Holocaust

Anne Frank in the world, 1929-1945 / compiled by the Anne Frank House
Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II
by James Tobin
The Hidden Children
/ by Howard Greenfeld
Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued from the Holocaust
/ Maxine B. Rosenberg
Hitler Youth: growing up in Hitler's shadow
/ Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Holocaust : The Events and Their Impact on Real People
/ Angela Gluck Wood
I Have lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust
/ Livia Bitton-Jackson
I Will Plant You a Lilac tree: a Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor
/ Laura Hillman
In my Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer / Irene Gut Opdyke, with Jennifer Armstrong
The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Giblin
Maus : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History - And Here My Troubles Began / Art Spiegelman.
Night / Elie Wiesel
Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family / Barry Denenberg.
We are Witnesses: Five diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust / Jacob Boas, ed.

20th Century America

Almost Astronauts : 13 Women Who Dared to Dream / Tanya Lee Stone
The Century that Was: Reflections on the Last One Hundred Years / James Cross Giblin, ed.
Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of the Japanese American Experience/ Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Flesh and Blood so Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy / Albert Marrin.
Inside Delta Force: The story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit / Eric L. Haney
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History / Erik Larson
Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America / Karen Blumenthal
Unraveling Freedom: The Battle for Democracy on the Home Front During World War I / Ann Bausum.
Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl/ Albert Marrin

The Fight for Civil Rights in the U.S.

Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice / Phillip Hoose
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement / Ann Bausum
Getting away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case / Chris Crowe.
Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement / Ann Bausum
Marching for freedom: walk together, children, and don't you grow weary / Elizabeth Partridge
Partridge chronicles the chaotic, passionate, and deadly three months of protests that culminated in the landmark 1965 march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery. 

Books published outside of the US or by immigrants from other countries.  In cases where there is an asterisk, the author was born in the US, or elsewhere, but is of the nationality identified. 

The Batchelder Award  is a citation awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States.  The award is given by the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) of the American Library Association.

h4>Africa - See Also: Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa

Various writers. Under African Skies : Modern African Stories

Armenian-American

Bagdasarian, Adam*. Forgotten Fire
Saroyan, William*. ;The Human Comedy

Australia

Conway, Jill Ker. The Road from Coorain (non-fiction)
Godwin, Jane. Falling From Grace
Larbalestier, Justine. Magic or Madness
Marchetta, Melina. Saving Francesca (Many of Marchetta's books are set in the Italian-Australian community)
_______________. Looking for Albirandi
_______________. Jellicoe Road
_______________. The Piper’s Son
Marsden, John. Tomorrow, When the War Began
Moriarity, Jaclyn. The Year of Secret Assignments
_____________. The Ghosts of Ashbury High
Zuzak, Markus. I Am the Messenger
____________. Getting the Girl
____________. The Book Thief

Balkans (Former Yugoslavia)

Obreht, Tea. The Tiger’s Wife

Belgium


Spillebeen, Geert. Kipling’s Choice

Cambodia

Sheh, Pegi Deitz. Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story

Canada

Brooks, Martha. True Confessions of a Heartless Girl
____________. Mistik Lake
Brouwer, Sigmund. Devil's Pass
Buffie, Margaret. The Watcher
Chalifour, Francis. After
Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother
Hopkinson, Nalo. The Chaos
Korman, Gordon.Jake, Reinvented
_____________. Son of the Mob
Lawrence, Iain. The Cannibals
Martin, C.K. Kelly. Yesterday
McNamee, Graham. Acceleration
Morrill, Lauren Graham.Being Sloan Jacobs
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn (and sequels)
Razzell, Mary. Snow Apples
Tamaki, Mariko. This One Summer

Chile

Allende, Isabel. City of the Beasts
____________. Daughter of Fortune
____________. Eva Luna
____________. The House of the Spirits
Miller-Lachmann, Lyn Gringolandia
Ryan, Pam Munoz The Dreamer

China

Chang, Jung. Wild Swans (non fic)
Chen, Da. Wandering Warrior
Compestine, Ying Chang. Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
Dai, Sijie. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Holland, L. Tam. The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong
Jin, Ha. A Free Life
Kingston, Maxine Hong*. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts non fic
Meyer, L.A. The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being An Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea
Namioka, Lensey. Ties that Bind, Ties that Break
____________. An Ocean Apart, a World Away
Novgorodoff, Danica. The Undertaking of Lily Chen Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers ____________. Saints

Czechoslovakia

Isaacs, Anne. Torn Thread
Kundera, Milan. Ignorance
Kafka, Franz. The Trial
____________. The Castle
Melnikoff, Pamela. Prisoner in Time: A Child of the Holocaust

Denmark

Høeg, Peter. Smila’s Sense of Snow
__________. Borderliners
Kaaberbol, Lene. The Shamer’s Daughter (Bk. 1 in series)
Levitin, Sonia. Room in the Heart
Ray, Michelle. Falling for Hamlet
Teller, Janne. Nothing (Batchelder Honor Book, 2010)

Egypt

Mahfouz, Najib. Palace Walk


Ethiopia

Mengestu, Dinaw. The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

France

Barberry, Muriel. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Bondoux, Anne-Laure. Life as it Comes
Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Time of Miracles (Batchelder Award, 2010)
Camus, Albert. The Stranger
____________. The Plague
De Vigan, Delphine. No and Me
Dumas, Alexander. The Count of Monte Cristo
_______________. The Three Musketeers
Fombelle, Timothée de. Toby Alone (SLJ gr. 4 - 8)
Hebert, Marie-Francine. This Side of the Sky (Le Ciel Tombe a Cote)
Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
___________. Les Miserables
Lehmann, Christian. Ultimate Game (Batchelder Award, 2001) (SLJ gr. 9+)
Mourlevat, Jean-Claude. The Pull of the Ocean (Batchelder Award, 2006)
Mourlevat, Jean-Claude. Winter’s End
Rosnay, Tatiana de. Sarah's Key
Stolz, Joelle. The Shadows of Ghadames(Batchelder Award, 2004)
Verne, Jules. Journey to the Center of the Earth
Weil, Sylvie. My Guardian Angel

Germany

Chotjewitz, David. Daniel, Half Human (Batchelder Honor Book, 2005)
Enzenberger, Hans Magnus. Lost in Time
_______________________. The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure (SLJ gr. 6+)
Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord
____________. Inkheart
Gier, Kerstin. Ruby Red
Hegi, Ursula. Stones from the River
Holub, Josef. An Innocent Soldier (Batchelder Award, 2006)
Lebert, Bernard. Crazy
Michaelis, Antonia. Tiger Moon
Pressler, Mirjam. Halinka
Steinhofel, Andreas. The Center of the World
Suskind, Patrick. Perfume: The Story of a Murder
Wildner, Martina. Shooting Stars Everywhere

Ghana

Badoe, Adwoa. Between Sisters

Great Britain

(this is just a sample)

Almond, David. The Fire-Eaters
____________ . Clay
____________. Kit’s Wilderness
Burgess, Melvin. Smack
_____________. Lady: My Life as a Bitch
Cadnum, Michael. The King’s Arrow
Chambers, Aidan. Postcards from No Man’s Land
______________. This is All: The Pillow Book of Cornelia Kenn
Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca
Donaldson. Julia. Running on the Cracks
Gaiman, Neal. Coraline
__________ . The Graveyard Book
___________. Interworld
___________. Stardust
Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the D’Ubervilles
Heneghan, James. The Grave
­­­­­­­­­­_______________. Safe House
Jones, Diana Wynne. A Charmed Life
________________. Howl’s Moving Castle
Morgan, Nicola. Fleshmarket
Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful
Peet, Mal. Tamar
Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (and sequels)
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter
Sutcliffe, Rosemary. The Shining Company

Greece

Kazantzakis, Nikos. Zorba the Greek

Haiti

Dandicat, Edwige. Behind the Mountains
Placide, Jaira. Fresh Girl

Hispanic

Alvarez, Julia*. In the Time of the Butterflies(Dominican-American)
___________. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
___________. Before We Were Free
Cardenas, Teresa. Letters to My Mother(Cuban)
Cisneros, Sandra*. The House on Mango Street (Cuban-American)
______________. Caramelo: Or Pure Cuento
Hijuelos, Oscar*. Dark Dude (Cuban-American)
Osa, Nancy*. Cuba, 15 (Cuban-American)
Ryan, Pam Munoz*. Esperanza Rising(Mexican-American)
Saldana. Rene*. The Jumping Tree(Mexican-American)
Soto, Gary*. Buried Onions
__________. Facts of Life: Stories (Mexican-American)

Hungary

Kaslik, Ibi. Skinny
Marai, Sandor. Embers
Orczy, Baroness. The Scarlet Pimpernel

Iceland

Erlings, Fridrik. Benjamin Dove

India

Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Born Confused
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake
Krishnaswami, Uma. Naming Maya
Perkins, Mitali. Monsoon summer
___________. Secret Keeper
Rushdie, Salman. Haroun and the Sea of Stories
______________. Midnight's Children

Sheth, Kashmira. Keeping Corner
Shenazz, Nanji. Child of Dandelions
Sheth, Kashmira. Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet
Venkatraman, Padma. Climbing the Stairs
Vijayaraghavan, Vineeta. Motherland: A Novel

Iran

Amir. Zahra's Paradise
Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis
______________. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Ireland


Bateman, Colin. Running with the Reservoir Pups
____________. Bring Me the Head of Oliver Plunkett
Brennan, Herbie. Faerie Wars
Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl
__________. Airman
Dowd, Siobhan. A Swift Pure Cry
____________. Bog Child
Doyle, Malachy. Georgie
Doyle, Roddy. The Woman Who Walked into Doors
___________. A Star Called Henry
___________. Wilderness (SLJ gr 6-9)
Joyce, James. Dubliners
___________. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
McCourt, Frank. Angela’s Ashes
McKinty, Adrian. The Lighthouse Land
Melling, O.R. The Hunter’s Moon (and others in the series)
Moore, Ann. Gracelin O’Malley

Israel

Carmi, Daniella. Samir and Yonatan (Batchelder Award, 2001)
Kass, Pnina Moed. Real Time
Orlev, Uri. Run, Boy, Run (Batchelder Award, 2004)
Oz, Amos. Scenes from Village Life

Italy

Calvino, Italo. Under the Jaguar Sun
Eco, Umberto. The Name of the Rose

De Mari, Silvana. The Last Dragon (Batchelder Award, 2006)
De Rosa, Tina*. Paper Fish
Levi, Primo. A Tranquil Star
Moravia, Alberto. Life of Moravia
Napoli, Donna Jo*. For the Love of Venice

Ivory Coast

Abouet, Marguerite. Aya


Japan

Kadohata, Cynthia*. Kira-Kira
_______________. Outside Beauty
______________. Weedflower
Mochizuki, Ken*. Beacon Hill Boys
Mori, Kyoko. Shizuko’s Daughter

Korea

Choi, Sook Nyul. Year of Impossible Goodbyes
Na, An. A Step from Heaven
______. Wait for Me
Lee, Chang-rae. Gesture Life
_____________. The Surrendered
Lee, Marie Myung-Ok. Somebody's Daughter
Park, Linda Sue*. When My Name Was Keoko
Shin, Kyong-suk. Please Look After Mom


Lebanon

Abirached, Zeina. A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return
Gibran, Kahil. The Prophet non-fiction
Maalouf, Amin. The Rock of Tanios
Sharafeddine, Fatima. The Servant (on order 6/2/13)

Lithuania

Sepetys, Ruta*. Between Shades of Gray


Mexico

Esquivel, Laura. Like Water for Chocolate
Fuentes, Carlos. The Crystal Frontier: A Novel in Nine Stories
_____________. The Old Gringo


Middle East

Mahfouz, Najib. Palace Walk
Marston, Elsa*. Figs and Fate: Stories About Growing Up in the Arab World Today
Nye, Naomi Shihab*, ed.The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems & Paintings From The Middle East and North Africa

Native American

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Bruchac, Joseph. March Toward Thunder
Dorris, Michael. AYellow Raft in Blue Water
______________. Code Talker

Edwardson, Debby Dahl. My Name is Not Easy


Netherlands

Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl
Geus, Mireille. Piggy
Matti, Truus. Mister Orange (on order)
Mulisch, Harry. Siegfried
Provost, Anne. In the Shadow of the Ark
Quintana, Anton. The Baboon King (Batchelder Award, 1999)
Spillebeen, Geert. Kipling’s Choice.
Stoffels, Karlijn. Heartsinger
Tellegen, Toon. Letters to Anyone and Everyone
Vos, Ida. Dancing on the Bridge of Avignon
Vries, Anke de. Bruises
Wieringa, Tommy. Joe Speedboat

New Zealand

Ihimaera, Witi Tame. The Whale Rider (SLJ gr. 5-8)
Knox, Elizabeth. Dreamhunter (SLJ gr. 5-9)
Lowry, Brigid. Things You Either Hate or Love
___________. Guitar Highway Rose
Marillier, Juliet. Wildwood Dancing

Nigeria

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Purple Hibiscus
Akpan, Uwem. Say You're One of Them
Emecheta, Buchi. The Bride Price
Okorafor-Mbachu, Nnedi.* Zahrah the Windseeker
____________________ . The Shadow Speaker
Unigwe, Chike. On Black Sisters Street

Norway

Gaarder, Jostein. Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy
_____________. The Solitaire Mystery Hagerup, Klaus.
Hagerup, Klaus. Markus and Diana
Harstad, Johan. 172 Hours on the Moon
Lurie, April.* Dancing in the Streets of Brooklyn

Pakistan

Aslam, Nadeem. Maps for Lost Lovers
Hanif Kureishi.** Gabriel's Gift: A Novel
Sidhwa, Bapsi. An American Brat

Palestinian

Abdel-Fatah, Randa***. Does My Head Look Big Like This?
________________. Ten Things I Hate About Me
Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi
________________. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
________________. The Space between Our Footprints: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East & North Africa

Peru

Alarcon, Daniel*. Lost City Radio
Llosa, Mario Vargas. The Storyteller

Poland

Conrad, Joseph. The Heart of Darkness
____________. Lord Jim
Hoffman, Eva. Appassionata
Milosz, Czeslaw. Beginning with my streets: essays and recollections
Singer, Isaac Beshevis. Shadows on the Hudson
Stasiuk, Andrzej. Nine
Szymborska, Wislawa. Nonrequired Reading. Prose Pieces

Russia

Chekov, Anton. Four Plays
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Notes from the Underground
Pasternak, Boris. Doctor Zhivago
Rand, Ayn. Fountainhead ¬¬¬
_________. Atlas Shrugged
Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich. Fathers and Sons
Vasileva, Taiana. Hostage to War (Batchelder Award, 1997)

Romania

Muller, Herta. The Appointment: A Novel
Radulescu, Domnica. Train to Trieste
Wiesel, Elie. Night (biography)

Scotland

Breslin, Theresa. Remembrance
Forde, Catherine. Fat Boy Swim
Hunter, Mollie. The King’s Swift Rider
MacPhail, Catherine. Missing

 

South Africa

Coetzee, J.M. Waiting for the Barbarians
Courtenay, Bryce. The Power of One
Dangor, Achmat. Bitter Fruit
Fugard, Athol. Tsotsi
Gordimer, Nadine. My Son's Story
Mda, Zakes. The Heart of Redness
Naidoo, Beverley. Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope
______________. The Other Side of Truth
Paton, Alan. Cry, The Beloved Country
Van de Ruit, John. Spud

Spain

Gallego-Garcia, Laura. The Legend of the Wandering King
Llorente, Pilar Molina. The Apprentice (Batchelder Award, 1993)

Sri Lanka

Ondaatje, Michael. Anil's Ghost

Sweden

Kadefors, Sara. Are U 4 Real?
Lindquist, John. Let the Right One In
Mankell, Henning. A Bridge to the Stars
_____________. Secrets in the Fire
Mazatti, Katerina. God and I Broke Up
Nilsson, Per. Heart’s Delight
__________. You & You & You

Vietnam

Truong, Monique. Bitter in the Mouth

Yugoslavia

Obreht, Téa. The Tiger’s Wife


* American born
** Born in Great Britain
*** Born in Australia
+ Born in Canada


stormbreakerThe Alex Rider Series

Dead Cat Bounce / Nic Bennett
When his banker father is blamed for the world's greatest financial crisis, sixteen-year-old Jonah, a financial prodigy, races to uncover the truth and save the world.

Finding Lubchenko / Michael Simmons
When his father is framed for murder and bioterrorism, high-school junior Evan, using clues from a stolen laptop, travels from Seattle to Paris with two friends to find the real culprit.

 Little Brother / Cory Doctorrow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

Shelter / Harlan Coban
After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

Silverfin / Charlie Higson
This prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, introduces us to the young James when he's just started boarding school in England and is about to become involved in his first adventure.

Traitor / Andy McNab     
Orphaned Londoner Danny Watts believes his grandfather was a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, tracks down his grandfather and finds out the truth.

 

gracelingGraceling by Kirsten Cashore:

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Relates the intertwining fates of former street gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson 
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

Starcrossed by Elizabeth Bunce
In a kingdom dominated by religious intolerance, sixteen-year-old Digger, a street thief, has always avoided attention, but when she learns that her friends are plotting against the throne she must decide whether to join them or turn them in. 

The Thief by Meghan Whalen Turner
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

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Akata Witch / Nnedi Okorafor     
Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

The Alchemyst / Michael Scott   
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life. (Secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel, 1)

 Children of the Lamp / Philip Kerr
When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers. (The Akhenaten adventure, 1)

 Howl’s Moving Castle / Diana Wynne Jones
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

The_last_olympianThe Percy Jacson series by Rick Riordan:

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan #1 of Heroes of Olympus
Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.

Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus
Thirteen-year-old Rory discovers a spirit world that thrives alongside his contemporary New York City, filled with fantastical creatures and people from the city's colorful past who have become gods and goddesses and who have chosen Rory to perform a dangerous mission. (SLJ gr 5-8)

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima #1 of the Heir Trilogy
After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.

The Water Mirror by Kai Mayer #1 of Dark Reflections
In a place similar to Venice, Italy, two teenaged orphans, apprenticed to a maker of magic mirrors, begin to realize that their fates are tied to the magical protector of the city known as the Flowing Queen and to the ruler of Hell, respectively.

The_ruins_of_gorlan The Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan:

The Outcasts by John Flanagan #1 in the Brotherband Chronicles
Skandian outcasts Hal, Stig, and others do battle at sea against the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race across icy waters where not everyone thinks of the competition as playing.

Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
In A.D. 793.  Jack and his little sister, Lucy, are taken from their Saxon village are enslaved by Viking Berserkers,  Olaf One-Brow and his fierce young shipmate, and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
After their father's research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Book Awards: ALA Outstanding Books for the College Bound

Arrowhead Library System in Minnesota

Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation / edited by Angela Carstensen

Some Suggested Titles

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Cider House Rules by John Irving

The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Drama)  

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Fixer by Bernard Malamud

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Drama)

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Middlemarch by George Elliot

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

The Odyssey / Homer

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (Drama)

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Drama)

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston

This Boy's Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

The Wedding by Dorothy West

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Dance

bunheadsBunheads by Sophie Flack
Hannah Ward, nineteen, revels in the competition, intense rehearsals, and dazzling performances that come with being a member of Manhattan Ballet Company's corps de ballet, but after meeting handsome musician Jacob she begins to realize there could be more to her life. (SLJ gr 8+)

Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Dorian Cirrone
Sixteen-year-old Kayla, a ballet dancer with very large breasts, and her sister Paterson, an artist, are both helped and hindered by classmates as they confront sexism, conformity, and censorship at their high school for the arts while still managing to maintain their sense of humor. (SLJ gr 7-10)

House of Dance by Beth Kephart
During one of her daily visits across town to visit her dying grandfather, fifteen-year-old Rosie discovers a dance studio that helps her find a way to bring her family members together. (SLJ gr 8+)

Leap by Jodi Lundgren
Having just turned 15 and gone through her parents' divorce, Natalie and her best friend Sasha are going to be practicing with their dance team all summer, but her friendship with Sasha goes on the rock, and her relationship with her boyfriend Kevin who is Sasha's brother goes too far. Will she be taking on all these changes with confidence? (SLJ gr 9+)

Marie Dancing by Carolyn Meyer
A fictionalized autobiography of Marie Van Goethem, the impoverished student from the Paris Opéra ballet school who became the model for Edgar Degas's famous sculpture, "The Little Dancer." (SLJ gr 6-8)

The Melting Season by Celeste Conway
Giselle, the sheltered daughter of two famous ballet dancers, comes to terms with her relationships with both her late father and her mother, realizing some important truths that help her move forward both in her life and with her own dancing. (SLJ gr 8+)

On Pointe by Lori Ann Grover
In this novel written in free verse, Clare and her grandfather must deal with changes in their lives when Clare's summer growth spurt threatens to end her dream of becoming a ballet dancer and her grandfather suffers a stroke. (SLJ gr 7-10)

Shiva’s Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples
In India, a talented dancer sacrifices friends and family for her art. (SLJ gr 7-10)

 

Music

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Amplified by Tara Kelly
When privileged seventeen-year-old Jasmine Kiss gets kicked out of her house by her father, she takes what is left of her meager savings and flees to Santa Cruz, California, to pursue her dream of becoming a rock musician.

Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway
While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts. (SLJ gr 9+)

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band. (SLJ gr 8+)

Firmament by Tim Bowler
While struggling to cope with the death of his father, a gifted musician, fourteen-year-old Luke must deal with a dangerous bully, a lonely old woman, a blind young girl, his mother's romantic involvement, and his own musical talent. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Four Seasons by Jane Breskin Zalbin
Over the course of a year, thirteen-year-old Allegra Katz, a student at the demanding Julliard School and the daughter of two musicians, tries to decide whether she wants to continue to pursue a career as a concert pianist or to do something else with her life. (SLJ gr 5-8)

The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor
Regina Bloomsbury, a sixteen-year-old, Beatles-obsessed rocker, takes a trip to an alternate reality where the Beatles never existed and her band, the Caverns, are the rock-and-roll superstars. (SLJ gr 9+)

Good Enough by Paula Yoo
A Korean American teenager tries to please her parents by getting into an Ivy League college, but a new guy in school and her love of the violin tempt her in new directions. (age 12+)

Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple
When Callie interviews the band, Brass Rat, for her school newspaper, her feelings are ambivalent, but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, she knows where the dangerous search must begin. (SLJ gr 6-8)

Sky: A Novel in Three Sets and an Encore by Roderick Townley
In New York City in 1959, fifteen-year-old Alec Schuyler, at odds with his widowed father over his love of music, finds a mentor and friend in a blind, black jazz musician. (SLJ gr 7-10)

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee
Upon graduating from high school in the tiny town of Starling, Tennessee, aspiring country singer Retta Lee Jones manages to get herself to Nashville, where, in spite of some bad luck and hard times, she tries to persevere in pursuing her dreams. (SLJ gr 7+)

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Carmen Bianchi has sacrificed her childhood and teen years to be a an Grammy winning violin player. Now she will be a finalist for the Guaneri, an international violin competition. She fights anxiety with drugs, but when her sole competitor kisses her, she doesn't know if he loves her or if he's trying to side track her. Written by a former child violin prodigy

Wild Roses by Deb Calletti
In Washington State, seventeen-year-old Cassie learns about the good and bad sides of both love and genius while living with her mother and brilliant, yet disturbed, violinist stepfather and falling in love with a gifted young musician.

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Theater / Acting

Breakout by Paul Fleischman
A young woman presents a play based on her life as a seventeen-year-old runaway whose escape from her foster home in Los Angeles is thwarted by an all-day traffic jam, an event which provides time for her to explore her free-floating identity, hunger for her unknown mother, and yearning for human connection. (SLJ gr 10+)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
In her first year at a suburban New Jersy high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Dramarama by E. Lockhart
Spending their summer at Wildewood Academy, an elite boarding school for the performing arts, tests the bond between teens Sadye and her best friend Demi. (SLJ gr 9+)

Dustin Grubbs: Take Two by John J. Bonk
Now in seventh grade, inveterate performer Dustin Grubbs is hoping to star in the school production of "Oliver," but his father's continuing absence, his aunt's upcoming wedding, a possible role in a national television commercial, and some changes in his long-time friends all make this an especially confusing time for Dustin. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
A disparate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at a school talent show and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band. (SLJ gr 6+)

Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
After being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing, love, and forgiveness. (SLJ gr 8+)

Talk by Kathe Koja
Hoping to escape from himself for awhile, Kit auditions for a controversial school play and discovers his talent for acting, struggles with coming out, and both he and his costar face crises in their view of themselves and in their close relationships. Told from two points of view. (SLJ gr 8+)

 

Poetry / Writing/ Comic Books

adventures The Adventures of Michael MacInnes by Jeff Carney
In 1924, high school junior Michael MacInnes, a free-thinking poet and orphaned scholarship student, stirs up trouble when he challenges the rules and traditions of his prep school. (SLJ gr 9+)

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
A fifteen-year-old "geek" who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself. (SLJ gr 9+)

Bronx Masquerade by Niki Grimes
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.(SLJ gr 8+)

Cyrano by Geraldine McCaughrean
Ashamed of his ugliness, long-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant seventeenth-century poet and expert swordsman in the French army, helps a rival woo and win Roxane, the beautiful cousin Cyrano loves in silence. (SLJ gr 9+)

Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality. (SLJ gr 7+)

How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller by Julia DeVillers
A young woman accidentally turns in a private story from her journal instead of an English assignment and becomes a best-selling author almost overnight.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story. (SLJ gr 8+)

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend. (SLJ gr 10+)

Visual Arts

fanboyThe Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl / by Barry Lyga.
A fifteen-year-old "geek" who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.

Bittersweet by Drew Lamm
When her beloved grandmother suffers a stroke, high school junior and talented artist Taylor finds her inspiration and creative energy disappearing until she learns to reconnect with others and herself in unexpected ways.

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja
Justin spends time with Jinsen, the unusual and artistic new student whom the school bullies torment and call Buddha Boy, and ends up making choices that impact Jinsen, himself, and the entire school.

Drawing Lessons by Tracy Mack
Twelve-year-old Rory begins to lose the passion for making art that she shares with her father after she finds him kissing his female model and fears for the safety of her parents' marriage.

I Am Rembrandt's Daughter by Lynne Cullen
In Amsterdam in the mid-1600s, Cornelia's life as the illegitimate child of renowned painter Rembrandt is marked by plague, poverty, and despair at ever earning her father's love, until she sees hope for a better future in the eyes of a weathy suitor.

Leonardo's Shadow, or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo da Vinci's Servant by Christopher Grey
Fifteen-year-old Giacomo--servant to Leonardo da Vinci--helps his procrastinating master finish painting "The Last Supper" while also trying to find clues to his parentage and pursue his own career as an artist in late fifteenth-century Milan.

North of Beautiful by Justine Chen Headley
Terra, a sensitive, artistic high school senior born with a facial port-wine stain, struggles with issues of inner and outer beauty with the help of her Goth classmate Jacob.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
Feeling left out since her long-time best friend started a serious relationship, sixteen-year-old Emily looks forward to a summer program at the Philadelphia College of Art but is not sure she is up to the challenges to be faced there, including finding herself and learning to balance life and art.

Seeing Emily by Joyce Lee Wong
Relates in free verse the experiences of sixteen-year-old Emily, a gifted artist and the daughter of immigrants to the United States, as she tries to reconcile her American self with her Chinese heritage.

See What I See by Gloria Whelan When eighteen-year-old Kate arrives on the Detroit doorstep of her long-estranged father, a famous painter, she is shocked to learn that he is dying and does not want to support her efforts to attend the local art school.

Simon Says by Elaine Marie Alphin
An alienated, aspiring young painter who attends high school at a boarding school for the arts discovers that being true to himself means opening the door to both pain and pleasure.

Vidalia in Paris by Sasha Watson
Teenage Vidalia's summer in Paris studying art settles into a stimulating and enjoyable routine until she becomes romantically involved with a mysterious young man who seems to have ties to an art-theft ring.

 

Comments or Suggestions?
Contact Cathy Lichtman, Teen Services Librarian

For Teens

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Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying

It Gets Better Project

Teens Against Bullying

Trevor Project -The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

Stomp Out Bullying Now - STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.

StopBullying.gov

Stop Bullying Now
The Stop Bullying Now Web site is here to help you stop bullying in your school and community. Here you can learn about:

  • What works to stop bullying- and what doesn't

  • Trainings and training materials

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit our website

Dealing with Bullying

Kristin Brooks Hope Center – National Hopeline Network

MTV Digital Rights Project
This project helps teens draw the line between harmless jokes and actions

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For Parents

Bullies and Victims: From the National Mental Health and Education Center

  • Basic Facts
  • Warning Signs
  • What You Can Do if You Suspect Your Child Is Bullying Others
  • What You Can Do if You Suspect Your Child Is Being Bullied
  • Warning signs of Victimization
  • What You Can Do to Help Eliminate Bullying

Bullying: Information for Parents and Teachers
From the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System in the UK.

Characteristics of Children Who Are Being Bullied from Webmd

Cyberbullying Research Center
"This web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth. Here you will find facts, figures, and detailed stories from those who have been directly impacted by online aggression." The site also has resources to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents.

How to Talk about Bullying From StopBullying.gov of the U.S. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

My Child a Bully? From Annie Fox’s blog
Annie is a respected educator, award-winning author, and a trusted online adviser. Her life’s work is helping teens become more self-aware, self-confident and better able to make choices that reflect who they really are.

Facts for Families from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

StopBullying.gov

Your Teen for Parents



Books on Bullying for Teens

Bullying: Deal with it Before Push Comes to Shove by Elaine Slavens

Hey, back off! : tips for stopping teen harassment by Jennie Withers with Phyllis Hendrickson.

It Gets Better : Coming out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope by Olivia Gardner with Emily and Sarah Buder

Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy edited by Rachel Simmons

Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin? by Thomas Jacobs

We W! ant You to Know : Kids Talk about Bullying by Deborah Ellis.


 

Bullying in Fiction

The Misfits by James Howe
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names. (SLJ gr 4 - 8)

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja
Justin spends time with Jinsen, the unusual and artistic new student whom the school bullies torment and call Buddha Boy, and ends up making choices that impact Jinsen, himself, and the entire school. (SLJ gr 7 - 10)

Bystander by James Preller
Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, but although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution. (SLJ gr 6-9)

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective. (SLJ gr 9+)

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
Bullied at school and neglected by her poor, self-absorbed, single mother at home, high school junior Noelle finally reaches the breaking point after a classmate commits suicide. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks
Fifteen-year-old Moo Nelson, shy, overweight, and bullied by his classmates, finds his life spinning out of control after he witnesses a car chase and a fight that results in a murder. (SLJ gr 9+)

Leverage by Joshua Cohen 
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny. (SLJ gr 9+)

Lie by Caroline Bock
Told in several voices, a group of Long Island high school seniors conspire to protect eighteen-year-old Jimmy after he brutally assaults two Salvadoran immigrants, until they begin to see the moral implications of Jimmy's actions and the consequences of being loyal to a violent bully.

The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm
Tired of being bullied and picked on, three seventh-grade outcasts join forces and, using scientific methods and the power of the Internet, begin to create a new atmosphere at Parkland Middle School.

Rotters by Daniel Kraus
Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he has never known, and who is the town pariah. (SLJ gr 9+)

Scrawl by Mark Shulman
When eighth-grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty--staying after school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance counsellor--reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Tangerine
by Edward Bloor
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness. Slowly he begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. (SLJ gr 6-9)

This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis
Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him. (SLJ gr 6-9)

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Anderson, M.T. Thirsty
From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human.

Armstrong, Kelley. The Summoning
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger. Bk. 1 of The Darkest Powers

Ashby, Amanda. Zombie Queen of Ashbury High
While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

Blake, Kendare. Anna Dressed in Blood
For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before. (SLJ gr 10+)

Brewer, Heather. The chronicles of Vladimir Tod : eighth grade bites
For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' deaths, than he could have guessed.

Carey, Kate. Bloodline
In this story told primarily through journal entries, a British soldier in World War I makes the horrifying discovery that his regiment commander is descended from Count Dracula.

Cast, P.C. and Kristin Cast. Betrayed: A House of Night Novel
After settling in at the House of Night and becoming more comfortable with her vast powers, fledgling vampire Zoey Redbird faces a horrible crisis as human teenagers are becoming victims of a wave of murders and the House of Night becomes the prime suspect.

Cole, Stephen. Wounded.
Sixteen-year-old Tom Anderson and seventeen- year-old Kate Folan try to escape Kate's werewolf family--and fight becoming werewolves themselves--by making a cross-country journey in search of a mysterious man who might have a cure. First in the Wereling Series.

Conrad, Liza. High School Bites
Having learned on her sixteenth birthday that Count Dracula exists and lives in her hometown of Seattle, Lucy tries to save herself and her friends while wondering whether her boyfriend is also a vampire.

De la Cruz, Melissa. Blue Bloods
Select teenagers from some of New York City's wealthiest and most socially prominent families learn a startling secret about their bloodlines.

Gaiman, Neil. Coraline
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Hahn, Mary Downing. Look for Me by Moonlight
While staying at the remote and reputedly haunted Maine inn run by her father and pregnant stepmother, sixteen-year-old Cynda feels increasingly isolated from her father's new family and finds solace in the attentions of a charming but mysterious guest.

Hawthorne, Rachel. Moonlight
While working as a wilderness guide in the national forest where her parents were killed twelve years earlier, seventeen-year-old Kayla is powerfully drawn to Lucas, who she learns is her appointed guardian--and much more--as she discovers her true identity and destiny. Bk. 1 of Dark Guardian

Hautman, Pete. Sweetblood
After a lifetime of being a model student, sixteen-year-old Lucy Szabo is suddenly in trouble at school, at home, with the “proto-vampires” she has met online and in person, and most of all with her uncontrolled diabetes.

Higson, Charlie. The Enemy
After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

James, Brian. Zombie Blondes
Each time fifteen-year-old Hannah and her out-of-work father move she has some fears about making friends, but a classmate warns her that in Maplecrest, Vermont, the cheerleaders really are monsters.

Jenkins, A.M. Night Road
Battling his own memories and fears, Cole, an extraordinarily conscientious vampire, and Sandor, a more impulsive acquaintance, spend a few months on the road, trying to train a young man who recently joined their ranks.

Klause, Annette Curtis. The Silver Kiss.
A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoe come to terms with her mother’s terminal illness.

Kraus, Daniel. Rotters
Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he has never known, and who is the town pariah. (SLJ gr 9+)

Larbalestier, Justine. Liar
Compulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered.

McKinley, Robin. Sunshine.
They took her clothes and sneakers. They dressed her in a long red gown. And they shackled her to the wall of an abandoned mansion- within easy reach of a figure in the moonlight. She knows she is a vampire.

Meehl, Brian. Suck it Up
After graduating from the International Vampire League, a scrawny, teenaged vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity and show humans how peacefully-evolved, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity.

Messina, Lynn. Little Vampire Women
In this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, the girls are vampires and neighbor Laurie wants to join them.

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. 1st in the series

Needle, Jan. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
After discovering the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire.

Ransom, Riggs. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there. (SLJ gr 6-12)

Reed, Gary. Bram Stoker’s Dracula: The Graphic Novel
Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire. Presented in comic book format.

Rees, Douglas. Vampire High
When his family moves from California to New Sodom, Massachusetts and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School, many things seem strange, from the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the wolf who guides him around campus on the first day.

Richards, Justin. The Death Collector.
Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.

Ryan, Carrie. The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

Schreiber, Ellen. Vampire Kisses
Sixteen-year-old Raven, an outcast who always wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true. (Sequel is Vampire
Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins.)

Seltzer, Adam. I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It
Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.

Shusterman, Neal. Red Rider’s Hood.
After learning that there are werewolves in his city, a sixteen-year-old is even more surprised to discover the identities of the hunters who drove them out decades earlier, but he soon infiltrates the Wolves gang to help destroy them for good.

Sleator, William. The Boy Who Couldn’t Die.
When his best friend dies in a plane crash, sixteen-year-old Ken has a ritual performed that will make him invulnerable, but soon learns that he had good reason to be suspicious of the woman he paid to lock his soul away.

Smith, Andrew. The Marbury Lens
After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all. (SLJ gr 10+)

Smith, Cynthia Leitich. Tantalize
When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

Smith, L.J. The Awakening and the Struggle
The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them. ( Vampire Diaries series.)

Somper, Justin. Demons of the Ocean
When twins Connor and Grace's ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate's ship, and he is determined to find her.

Stiefvater, Maggie. Shiver
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity. 1st of a trilogy

Waters, Daniel. Kiss of Life
Adam's return from death has made Phoebe's love life even weirder. Now she has to choose between two zombie boys. She knows how Adam needs her, but she still has feelings for Tommy. Meanwhile, the zombie population of Oakville, Conn., continues to grow. As their numbers rise, the undead community is becoming increasingly divided.

Westerfeld, Scott. Peeps
Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.

Windsor, Patricia. The Blooding.
While spending the summer working as an au pair girl for a couple in England, Maris discovers that the husband is a werewolf intent on blooding her and making her one too.

Yancey, Richard. The Monstrumologist
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi. (SLJ gr 8-10)

Yolen, Jane and Martin H. Greenberg. Werewolves: A Collection of Original Stories
A collection of fifteen stories by a variety of authors about the sometime frightening, sometime humorous, phenomena of werewolves.


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Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

Averett, Edward.  Cameron and the Girls   
A boy suffering from Schizophreniform disorder falls into a love triangle with a girl in his junior high class--and a girl in his head.

Berk, Josh. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

Bingham, Kelly. Shark Girl
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.

Chappell, Crissa-Jean. Total Constant Order
Resentful and upset when her family moves from Vermont to Miami, Florida, and her parents' fighting escalates, high-schooler Fin develops OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and becomes consumed with numbers, counting, irrational worrying, and avoiding germs.

Cummings, Pricilla. Blindsided
After years of failing eyesight, fourteen-year-old Natalie reluctantly enters a school for the blind, where in spite of her initial resistance she learns the skills that will help her survive in the sighted world.

Cushman, Karen.  Alchemy and Meggy Swann
In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.

Dowell, Francis O’Roarke. Dovey Coe
When accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a strong-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.

Elkeles, Simon. Leaving Paradise
In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-olds Caleb and Maggie relate the difficulties of readjusting to school, and changing relationships with family, friends, and one another, a year after a drunk driving accident sent her to the hospital with a crippling leg injury and him to prison.

Ferris, Jean. Of Sound Mind.
Tired of interpreting for his deaf family and resentful of their reliance on him, high school senior Theo finds support and understanding from Ivy, a new student who also has a deaf parent.

Froese, Deborah. Out of the Fire.
Sixteen-year-old Dayle survives a tragic fire and learns that her own resources go much deeper than appearances.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Griffin, Paul. The Orange Houses
Tamika, a fifteen-year-old hearing-impaired girl, Jimmi, an eighteen-year-old veteran who stopped taking his antipsychotic medication, and sixteen-year-old Fatima, an illegal immigrant from Africa, meet and connect in their Bronx, New York, neighborhood, with devastating results.

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Despite his overhwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Harrar, George. Not as Crazy as I Seem
As fifteen-year-old Devon begins mid-year at a new prestigious prep school, he is plagued by compulsions such as the need to sort things into groups of four.

Hesser, Terry Spencer. Kissing Doorknobs.
Fourteen-year-old Tara describes how her increasingly strange compulsions begin to take over her life and affect her relationships with her family and friends.

Howell, Simmone. Everything Beautiful
When sixteen-year-old Riley unwillingly attends a religious summer camp, she forms a deep bond with another camper who happens to be wheelchair bound

Jenkins, A.M. Damage.
Seventeen-year-old football hero Austin, trying to understand the inexplicable depression that has drained his interest in life, thinks that he has found relief in a girl who seems very special.

Johnson, Harriet McBride. Accidents of Nature
Having always prided herself on blending in with "normal" people despite her cerebral palsy, seventeen-year-old Jean begins to question her role in the world while attending a summer camp for children with disabilities.

Johnson, Scott. Safe at Second
Paulie Lockwood's best friend Todd Bannister is destined for the major leagues until a line drive to the head causes him to lose an eye and they both must find a new future for themselves.

Koertge, Ron. Stoner and Spaz
A troubled youth with cerebral palsy struggles toward self-acceptance with the help of a drug-addicted young woman.

Mackall, Dandi Daley. The Silence of Murder
Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled brother (who has not spoken a word since he was seven) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach. Winner of the 2012 Edgar Award

Marsden, John. Checkers.
Speaking from a mental hospital, a teenage girl recounts the tremendous media pressure that preceded the breaking scandal of her father's unethical business dealings.

McKinnon, Hannah Roberts. The Properties of Water
When her older sister Marni is paralyzed jumping off the cliffs into the lake near their house, thirteen-year-old Lace feels responsible for the accident and struggles to find a way to help heal her family.

McCormick, Patricia. Cut
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.

Monninger, Joseph. Wish
15-year-old Bee's brother Tommy, eleven, knows everything there is to know about great white sharks. He also has cystic fibrosis and is often sick. That's why Bee wants his wish-foundation trip to California to dive in a cage among the sharks to be perfect.

Moore, Peter. Blind Sighted.
Kirk, a creative misfit who is in trouble at high school because he is bored with his classes, learns to deal with his alcoholic mother, new friends, and life with the help of a blind young woman who hires him to read to her.

Orr, Wendy. Peeling the Onion
Following an automobile accident in which her neck is broken, a teenage karate champion begins a long and painful recovery with the help of her family.

Pennebaker, Ruth. Both Sides Now
Fifteen-year-old Liza tries to deal with the normal everyday crises of life in an Austin, Texas, high school, a process complicated by her mother's fight with breast cancer. (SLJ gr 8+)

Philbrick, Rodman. Freak the Mighty
At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.

Rosenberg, Liz. Seventeen: A Novel in Prose Poems.
Seventeen-year-old Stephanie journeys from fall to spring and from childhood to womanhood as she experiences first love and deals with her fear of inheriting her mother's mental illness.

Rottman, S.L. Head Above Water
Skye, a high school junior, tries to find the time for both family obligations and personal interests, which include caring for her brother who has Down's Syndrome, dating her first boyfriend, and swimming competitively.

Sones, Sonya. Stop Pretending.
A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown.

Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Tashjian, Janet. Multiple Choice.
Monica, a fourteen-year-old perfectionist and word game expert, tries to break free from all of the suffocating rules in her life by creating a game for living called Multiple Choice.

Trueman, Terry. Stuck in Neutral.
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him. The sequel, Life Happens Next, will be released in August, 2012.

Waters, Annie. Glimmer.
A college freshman slowly loses contact with reality.

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Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak.
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school. (SLJ gr 8+)

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Twisted 
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts. (SLJ gr 9+)

Arrington, Frances. Prairie Whispers
Out on the prairie in the 1860s Colleen's mother gave birth while her husband was away. Colleen set out to fetch the midwife, but instead happened upon a dying woman who begged Colleen to take her newborn girl and keep it and a precious watch safe from her cruel husband. When Colleen's sister died an hour after being born, Colleen switched the babies. Wrapped up in a web of lies, Colleen is terrified when the dead woman's husband suspects her of having the baby, a strongbox of money and the watch. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Asher, Jay.  Thirteen Reasons Why 
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death. (SLJ gr 7+)

Brande, Robin.  Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature
Following her conscience leads high school freshman Mena to clash with her parents and former friends from their conservative Christian church, but might result in better things when she stands up for a teacher who refuses to include "Intelligent Design" in lessons on evolution. (SLJ gr 7+)

Chotjewitz, David.  Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi 
In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish. SLJ gr 7+)

Cohn, Rachel.  You Know Where to Find Me   
In the wake of her cousin's suicide, overweight and introverted seventeen-year-old Miles experiences significant changes in her relationships with her mother and father, her best friend Jamal and his family, and her cousin's father, while gaining insights about herself, both positive and negative. (SLJ gr 8+)

Cooney, Caroline B. Driver's Ed.
Three teenagers' lives are changed forever when they thoughtlessly steal a stop sign from a dangerous intersection and a young mother is killed in an automobile accident there. (SLJ gr 7+)

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War.
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and rousing the wrath of the school bullies. (gr 8+)

Cormier, Robert.  The Rag and Bone Shop 
Trent, an ace interrogator from Vermont, works to procure a confession from an introverted twelve-year-old accused of murdering his seven-year-old friend in Monument, Massachusetts. (SLJ gr 7+)

Crutcher, Chris.  Deadline  
Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-Soos." (SLJ gr 9+)

Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.
The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's attempt to answer a friend's dramatic cry for help. (SLJ gr 7+)

Cummings, Priscilla.  Red Kayak      
Living near the water on Maryland's Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T. and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong. (SLJ gr 7+)

Deuker, Carl.  Gym Candy  
Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life. (SLJ gr 7+)

Draper, Sharon M. Tears of a Tiger
The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school. SLJ gr 9+)

Duncan, Lois. Killing Mr. Griffin.
A teenager casually suggests playing a cruel trick on the English teacher, but did he intend it to end with murder? (SLJ gr 7+)

Fleischman, Paul. Whirligig.
While traveling to each corner of the country to build a whirligig in memory of the girl whose death he causes, sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement.(SLJ gr 7-11)

Gallo, Donald R., ed. No Easy Answers: Short Stories about Teenagers Making Tough Choices.
A collection of sixteen short stories, by Louise Plummer, M.E. Kerr, Jack Gantos, and others, about teenagers in situations that test their character.(SLJ gr 10+)

Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier.
Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden.
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.  Double Identity 
Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Leaving Fishers.
After joining her new friends in the religious group called Fishers of Men, Dorry finds herself immersed in a cult from which she must struggle to extricate herself. (SLJ gr 7-9)

Johnson, Peter.  What Happened    
When Duane is involved in a hit and run accident during a snowstorm, passengers Kyle and his younger brother must face Duane's powerful father, a man whose hatred of their own absent father may lead him to harm the boys. (SLJ gr 9+)

Lipsyte. Robert.  Raiders Night 
Matt Rydeck, co-captain of his high school football team, endures a traumatic season as he witnesses the rape of a rookie player by teammates and grapples with his own use of performance-enhancing drugs. (SLJ gr 9+)

Lobel, Anita. No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War.
The author, known as an illustrator of children's books, describes her experiences as a Polish Jew during World War II and for years in Sweden afterwards. (Slj gr 6+)

Lowry, Lois. The Giver.
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Marchetta, Melita. Looking for Alibrandi.
During her senior year in a Catholic school in Sydney, Australia, seventeen-year-old Josie meets and must contend with the father she has never known. (SLJ gr 8+)

McDonald, Joyce. Swallowing Stones.
Dual perspectives reveal the aftermath of seventeen-year-old Michael MacKenzie's birthday celebration during which he discharges an antique Winchester rifle and unknowingly kills the father of high school classmate Jenna Ward.

Miller, Mary Beth.  On the Head of a Pin  
While drinking alcohol and playing with a loaded gun at a party, a teenage boy accidentally shoots and kills another student and then tries to conceal her death.

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster.
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Nelson, Blake.  Paranoid Park 
A sixteen-year-old Portland, Oregon skateboarder, whose parents are going through a difficult divorce, is engulfed by guilt and confusion when he accidentally kills a security guard at a train yard.

Orlev, Uri. The Man From the Other Side.
Living on the outskirts of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, fourteen-year-old Marek and his grandparents shelter a Jewish man in the days before the Jewish uprising.

Paulsen, Gary. Nightjohn.
Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.

Reinhardt, Dana.  Harmless 
When Anna, Emma, and Mariah concoct a story about why they are late getting home one Friday night, their lie has unimaginable consequences for the girls, their families, and the community.

Reinhardt, Dana.  How to Build a House  
Seventeen-year-old Harper Evans hopes to escape the effects of her father's divorce on her family and friendships by volunteering her summer to build a house in a small Tennessee town devastated by a tornado.

Soto, Gary. Buried Onions.
When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living in a violence-infested neighborhood of Fresno, California.

Supplee, Suzanne.  Artichoke’s Heart 
When she is almost sixteen years old, Rosemary decides she is sick of being overweight, mocked at school and at Heavenly Hair--her mother's beauty salon--and feeling out of control, and as she slowly loses weight, she realizes that she is able to cope with her mother's cancer, having a boyfriend for the first time, and discovering that other people's lives are not as perfect as they seem from the outside.

Volponi, Paul. Black and White
Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

Weaver, Elizabeth Nixon.  Rooster  
On a small Florida orange grove in the 1960s, fourteen-year-old Kady Palmer is burdened with housework and caring for her senile grandmother and mentally handicapped neighbor, so when a rich, handsome boy from school becomes interested in her she devises a plan to spend time with him.

Yolen, Jane and Bruce Coville. Armageddon Summer.
Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what they themselves believe.

 

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Surviving Disease, Shipwrecks, Plane Crashes, the Elements

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Carter, Alden R. Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Although neither fifteen-year-old Mark Severson nor his diabetic cousin Randy are looking forward to the canoe trip that is a family rite of passage, they begin to enjoy themselves as they make their way through Minnesota’s lake country, until the trip becomes a fight for survival. (SLJ gr 7+)

Collison, Linda. Star-Crossed
Having been discovered as a stowaway as she tries to reach Barbados in 1760 to claim her father’s estate, teenaged English orphan Patricia Kelley struggles to survive by learning to be a ship’s doctor and by disguising herself as a man when necessary. (SLJ gr 9+)

Fama, Elizabeth. Overboard
Escaping from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws courage from his quiet but firm Islamic faith. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster
While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Hausman, Gerald & Loretta. Escape from Botany Bay: the True Story of Mary Bryant
In 1791, after being transported to Australia in the first shipment of convicts, Mary Bryant, her husband, two children, and seven other convicts, unable to endure the terrible conditions of the penal colony, organize a daring escape in an open boat. (SLJ gr 7+)

Hobbs, Will. Far North
After the destruction of their floatplane, two teenage boys, a Texan and a Dene, struggle for survival in the wilderness along the South Nahanni River. (SLJ gr 5+)

Hobbs, Will. Wild Man Island
After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America. (gr 5-9)

Hokenson, Terry. The Winter Road
Seventeen-year-old Willa, still grieving over the death of her older brother and the neglect of her father, decides to fly a small plane to fetch her mother from Northern Ontario, but when the plane crashes she is all alone in the snowy wilderness. (SLJ gr 8+)

Lawrence, Iain. The Cannibals
Together with assorted criminals, Tom Tin and his friend Midgely escape the ship taking them to serve their terms in Australia and head for a Pacific island, forgetting Tom's father's warnings about headhunters and cannibals. (Sequel of The Convicts) (SLJ gr 5-9)

Lester, Julius. Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma. (SLJ gr. 6-0)

London, Jack. White Fang
Half wolf, half dog, White Fang struggles to survive in the Alaskan wilderness with both man and wolf against him.

Marsden, John. The Dead of Night
Six determined Australian teenagers try to find their missing friends while continuing to resist the enemies who have invaded their country. (Sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began) (SLJ gr 6-10)

McCaughrean, Geraldine. White Darkness - 2008 Printz Award Winner
Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone--a troubled fourteen year old--discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme's Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth. (SLJ gr 9+)

Northrop,Michael. Trapped
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive. (SLJ gr 7-10)

Sedgewick, Marcus. Revolver
Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar's stolen gold. (SLJ gr 7+)

Smelcer, John. The Trap
In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel, who is better known for brains than brawn, worries about his missing grandfather, and the grandfather, Albert Least-Weasel, struggles to survive, caught in his own steel trap in the Alaskan winter.

Smith, Roland. Peak
14-year-old Peak Marcello attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Torrey, Michele. Voyage of Ice: Chronicles of Courage
All Nick ever wanted to be was a whaling captain, like his father before him. So when his older brother Dexter signs aboard the Sea Hawk, Nick goes too. But life at sea is very different from what either Dexter or Nick expected and the captain is cruel and dangerous. When an awful turn of fate leaves them stranded in the harsh Arctic winter, they encounter the toughest battle of all--and this one is for their very survival.

 

Surviving Abuse


Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak
A traumatic event in the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year of high school. (SLJ gr 8+)

Brown, Jennifer. Hate List
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain. (SLJ gr 8+)

Chaltas, Thalia. Because I am Furniture
The youngest of three siblings, fourteen-year-old Anke feels both relieved and neglected that her father abuses her brother and sister but ignores her, but when she catches him with one of her friends, she finally becomes angry enough to take action. (SLJ gr 7+)

Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
The daily class discussions about the nature of human-kind, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's attempt to answer a friend's dramatic cry for help. (SLJ gr 7+)

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey
In the journal she is keeping for English class, sixteen-year-old Tish chronicles the changes in her life when her abusive father returns home after a two-year absence. (SLJ gr 7+)

Pearson, Mary. A Room on Lorelei Street
To escape a miserable existence taking care of her alcoholic mother, seventeen-year-old Zoe rents a room from an eccentric woman, but her earnings as a waitress after school are minimal and she must go to extremes to cover expenses. (SLJ gr10+)

Prose, Francine. Bullyville
After the death of his estranged father in the World Trade Center on 9/11, thirteen-year-old Bart, still struggling with his feelings of guilt, sorrow and loss, wins a scholarship to the local preparatory school and there encounters a vicious bully whose cruelty compounds the aftermath of the tragedy. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Runaway
After running away from her fifth foster home, Holly, a twelve-year-old orphan, travels across the country, keeping a journal of her experiences and struggle to survive. (SLJ gr 6-8)

Werlin, Nancy. Rules of Survival
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother. (SLJ gr 9+)


Surviving War, Genocide and Slavery


Bagdasarian, Adam. Forgotten Fire
In 1915, Vahan Kenderian's life of privilege is shattered when family and friends disappear or are shot before his eyes in the Armenian Genocide.

Chotjewitz, David. Daniel, Half Human: The Nazis Come to Power
In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany is becoming nightmarish.

Draper, Sharon. Copper Sun
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner
Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

Gleitzman, Morris. Once
After living in an Catholic orphanage for nearly four years, a naive Jewish boy runs away and embarks on a journey across Nazi-occupied Poland to find his parents.

Jansen, Hanna. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You
Before one fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She fought with her little sister, went to school, and teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Based on a true story.

Matas. Carol. In My Enemy's House
When German soldiers arrive in Zloczow during World War II, a young Jewish girl must decide whether or not to conceal her identity and work for a Nazi in Germany in order to survive.

McKay, Sharon. Thunder Over Kandahar
A powerful novel of enduring friendship set amid the terror and chaos of present-day Afghanistan. The audiobook is also highly recommended.

Mead, Alice. Girl of Kosovo
Although Zana, an eleven-year-old Albanian girl, experiences the turmoil and violence of the 1999 conflict in her native Kosovo, she remembers her father's admonition to not let her heart become filled with hate.

Orlev, Uri. Run Boy Run
Srulik escapes from the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside. Based on a true story.

Roy, Jennifer. Yellow Star
From 1939, when Syvia is four and a half years old, to 1945 when she has just turned ten, a Jewish girl and her family struggle to survive in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation.

Schmidt, Gary. Mara's Stories: Glimmers in the Darkness
Each evening, in one of the barracks of a Nazi death camp, a woman shares stories that push back the darkness, cold, and fear, bringing hope to the women and children who listen.

Spinelli, Jerry. Milkweed
Captures the hardships and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II, through the eyes of a Jewish orphan who must use all his wits and courage to survive unimaginable events and circumstances.

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

 

Surviving dangerous and alienating future societies


Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. 1st of a series

Bodeen, S.A. The Compound
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.

Halam, Ann. Dr. Franklin’s Island
When their plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean, three science students are left stranded on a tropical island and then imprisoned by a doctor who is performing horrifying experiments on humans involving the transfer of animal genes.

Hesse, Karen. Safekeeping
When Radley returns to the United States after volunteering abroad, she comes back to a country under military rule with strict travel restrictions, and she must find her way back to her Vermont home through the New England woods.

Lowry, Lois. The Giver
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life as We Knew It
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. 1st of a trilogy

Rosoff, Meg. How I Live Now
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

Shusterman, Neal. Unwind
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

White, Andrea. Surviving Antarctic Reality TV 2083
In the year 2083, five fourteen-year-olds who were deprived by chance of the opportunity to continue their educations reenact Scott's 1910-1913 expedition to the South Pole as contestants on a reality television show, secretly aided by a Department of Entertainment employee.

 

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Other Worlds:  Fantasy  |  Magic, Psychic Abilities, & the Supernatural  | Science Fiction  | Time Travel| Short Story Collectionsv |

 Fantasy

watershipAdams, Richard. Watership Down.
Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

Bell, Hilari. Bell, Hilari.  Fall of a Kingdom
In this first book in the Farsala Trilogy, 3 young people, Soraya, Jiaan and Kavi must find a way to prevent their town from being destroyed by the advancing Hrum Army. Adventure, mythology and intrigue abound.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Bracken, Alexandra. Brightly Woven 
If you like fantasy with strong female characters like Kristen Cashore’s Fire and Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series, you’ll like this book about Sydelle, daughter of the village elder, who is taken against her will by a rogue wizard in payment for having ended years of drought in the village.  Lots of action as they work to stop an imminent war.  SLJ gr 7+)

Brennan, Herbie. Faerie Wars
Troubled by family problems, Henry finds his life taking a whole new dimension when he and his friend, old Mr. Fogarty, become involved with Prince Pyrgus Malvae who has been sent from the faerie world in order to escape the treacherous Faeries of the Night.  (SLJ gr 5-8)

Carson, Rae.  The Girl of Fire and Thorns
AFter Elissa is married off to a king in a distant kingdom, she travels with him to his home, saving his life when they are attacked.  King Alejandro introduces her as a visitor, failing to acknowledge him as his bride and queen.  When she is kidnapped and made to travel on foot through the desert, she learns how Alejandro is failing to protect the kingdom against its enemies.  She becomes stronger and confident and begins to learn why she has the mysterious God Stone. (SLJ gr 7+)

Cashore, Kristin. Graceling  graceling
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces,
Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Chima, Cinda Williams.  The Warrior Heir 
After learning about his magical ancestry and his own warrior powers, sixteen-year-old Jack embarks on a training program to fight enemy wizards.  (SLJ gr 5-9)

Clement-Davies, David. Fire Bringer.
Long ago, it was foretold that a deer bearing the mark of an oak leaf would lead the red deer herd to salvation. Is Rannoch the one?  (SLJ gr 6+)

Constable, Kate. The Singer of All Songs
Calwyn, a young priestess of ice magic, or "chantment," joins with other chanters who have different magical skills to fight a sorcerer who wants to claim all powers for his own.  (SLJ gr 6+)

Curley, Marianne. The Named.
Ethan, one of the Named, fights the Order of Chaos and its destruction in the present by traveling through time.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Delaney, Joseph.  Revenge of the Witch  
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts to work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."  This is the first in the Last Apprentice series.  Witches, Supernatural  (SLJ gr 5-8)

Goodman, Allison.  Eon: Dragoneye Reborn
Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.  (SLJ gr 8+)

half_worldGoto, Hiromi. Half World 
Melanie Tamaki arrives home fleeing school buddies to find her mother missing.  After receiving a phone call telling her to go to the “Half World,” Melanie goes to her neighbor Mrs Wei who tells her about the prophecy about a child born of the Half World who can reunite the three worlds.  After feeding her and giving her a jade rat, Mrs. Wei send Melanie off on her quest.  This is a book for those who like horror with their fantasy.  (SLJ gr7+)

Hanley, Victoria. The Seer and the Sword.
Princess Torina, who has the ability to see the future, and her friend Landen, who seeks a sword that belongs to his conquered kingdom, are separated when a treacherous murderer gains power, but from exile each works to restore peace and the rightful rulers.  (SLJ gr 6-10)J

Jones, Diana Wynne.  The Chronicles of Chrestomanci 
Adventures of the Chrestomanci, an enchanter with nine lives, whose job is to control the practice of magic in the infinite parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds. (Kliatt gr 7+)

Le Guin, Ursula. The Earthsea Trilogy. In the Wizard of Earthsea,  first of the trilogy, Young Sparrowhawk is taken under a wizard's wing and discovers his true destiny.  (Booklist gr 5-10)

Marr, Melissa.  Wicked Lovely    
In a world unseen by mortals, the forces of Summer and Winter are at war. Two faery courts have been seeking the Summer Queen for more than nine centuries--one to restore the power of Summer and the other to banish it in this gritty modern Faery tale  (SLJ gr 7+)

McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown.
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

Morris, Gerald. The Squire, His Knight and His Lady   
After several years at King Arthur's court, Terence, as Sir Gawain's squire, and friend, accompanies him on a perilous quest that tests all their skills and whose successful completion could mean certain death for Gawain.  (SLJ gr 5-9)

Nix, Garth.  Sabriel  
Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.  (Booklist gr 7-12)

Pierce, Meredith Ann. The Darkangel
The servant girl Aeriel must choose between destroying her vampire master for his evil deeds or saving him for the sake of his beauty and the spark of goodness she has seen in him.

Pierce, Tamora. Alana: The First Adventure
Young Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Pierce, Tamora. Trickster's Choice
Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy. (SLJ gr 7-10)

Stroud, Jonathan.  The Amulet of Samarkand 
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.  Plenty of humor and sarcasm. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Wooding, Christopher. Poison
When Poison leaves her home in the fetid marshes of Gull to retrieve the infant sister who was snatched by the phaeries, she and a group of unusual friends that she picks up on the way survive encounters with the inhabitants of various realms, and Poison herself confronts a surprising destiny.  Urban Fantasy  (SLJ gr gr 7-10) 

Magic, Psychic Abilities, & the Supernatural


Armstrong, Kelley.  The Summoning
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.  (SLJ gr 6p>

Billingsley, Franny. Chime
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the Chime-Billingsleymarshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about. (SLJ gr 7+)

Blubaugh, Penny.  Serendipity Market   
When the world begins to seem unbalanced, Mama Inez calls ten storytellers to the Serendipity Market and, through the power of their magical tales, the balance of the world is corrected once again.  (SLJ gr 6-9)

Bullen, Alexandra.  Wish: A Novel 
After her vivacious twin sister dies, a shy teenaged girl moves with her parents to San Francisco, where she meets a magical seamstress who grants her one wish.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Clare, Cassandra.  City of Bones 
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Garcia, Cami & Margaret Stohl.  Beautiful Creatures 
In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.  (SLJ gr 7+)

Marillier, Juliette. Wildwood Dancing
Five sisters who live with their merchant father in Transylvania use a hidden portal in their home to cross over into a magical world, the Wildwood.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Noel, Alyson. Evermore 
Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people's thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Simner, Janni Lee.  Bones of Faerie 
Fifteen-year-old Liza travels through war-ravaged territory in a struggle to bridge the faerie and human worlds and to bring back her mother while learning of her own powers and that magic can be controlled.  (SLJ g r5-7)

Stiefvater, Maggie. Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception  
On the day of an important music competition, talented but painfully introverted and nervous Deirdre Monaghan is helped to perform by the compelling and enigmatic Luke Dillon and finds herself inexorably drawn into the mysteries and dangers of the faerie world.  (Booklist gr 9-12)

Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke and Bone                            
Raised by demons, seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic student in a Prague art school, meets a gorgeous male angel, a seraph, who adds to confusion about who she is and where she comes from.

Ward, Rachel.  Numbers 
Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned. (SLJ gr 8+)

 

Science Fiction

Adams, Douglass. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before Earth is destroyed to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved...for a hilarious journey across space and time.  Humorous

 Asimov, Isaac. I, Robot
A detective investigates the murder of a prominent scientist, whom he believes was killed by one of the robots the scientist created.

feedjpegAnderson, M.T.  Feed  
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker                                          
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. (SLJ Gr 7 Up) Environmental

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451
In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom. Satire, Totalitarianism

Brooks, Kevin. iBoy                                                                       
Sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was an ordinary Londoner until he was hit in the head by an iPhone that was thrown out of a window, causing fragments of it to be embedded in his brain, giving him incredible knowledge and power. Using that power against the gang that attacked him and a friend could have deadly consequences. (SLJ GR 8 Up)

Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game                                                                
Aliens have attacked and almost wiped out the human species not once, but twice. In an effort to prevent another attack, which would put the human race at the brink of extinction, the world government begins breeding military geniuses. Ender Wiggin is the result of this breeding project, the genius of all geniuses, and now it is up to him to save the planet. (SLJ Gr 7 Up)

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. (SLJ Gr 7 Up) Survival, Dystopia

Dashner, James. The Maze Runner                                                     
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. (SLJ Gr 6-10) Dystopian

Falls, Kat. Rip Tide                                                                          
Ty discovers an entire township chained to a sunken submarine, its inhabitants condemned to an icy underwater grave. It's only the first clue to a mystery that has claimed hundreds of lives and stands to claim two more -- - lives very precious to Ty and his Topsider ally, Gemma. (SLJ Gr 6-10)

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion.
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.  (SLJ gr &+)

Gill, David McInnis. Black Hole Sun                                                      
On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Gould, Stephen.  Jumper
Blessed with the ability to "jump"--to teleport himself to any place on Earth that he has been to before--Davy is determined to locate others like himself, but interference from the government could prevent him from doing so.

Grant, Michael. Bzrk                                                                                 
In the near future, the conjoined Armstrong twins, under the guise of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, plot to create their own version of utopia using nanobots, while a guerilla group known as BZRK develops a DNA-based biot that can stop bots, but at risk of the host's brain. (SLJ Gr 9 Up)

Haddix, Margaret. Among the Hidden                                                           
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong. First in the Shadow Children series (SLJ Gr 4-7)

Halaam, Ann. Dr. Franklin’s Island                                                                        
When their plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean, three science students are left stranded on a tropical island and then imprisoned by a doctor who is performing horrifying experiments on humans involving the transfer of animal genes. (Gr. 6-9)  Genetic Engineering

Hautman, Pete. The Obsidian Blade                                                                     
After thirteen-year-old Tucker Feye's parents disappear, he suspects that the strange disks of shimmering air that he keeps seeing are somehow involved, and when he steps inside of one he is whisked on a time-twisting journey trailed by a shadowy sect of priests and haunted by ghostlike figures. (SLJ Gr 8 Up) Paranormal , Time Travel

Jinks, Catherine. Evil Genius 
Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.  (SLJ Gr 7 Up)  Crime, Humorous

Klass, David. Stuck on Earth
On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy.  (Gr 6-9) Humorous

Lowry, Lois. The Giver
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Newbery Medal winner. (SLJ Gr 6-9) Dystopia

Maberry, Jonathan. Rot & Ruin 
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter. (SLJ gr. 8+)   Zombies

Malley, Gemma. The Declaration
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "Surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her. (SLJ Gr.9 up)

McCafferty, Anne. Dragonsong 
“Not fantasy! Dragons, lords, arts and crafts... all the fantasy "furniture...  but genuine sci-fi about a human colony knocked flat but determined to rise up again. They want science back...while riding dragons! “ (Review taken from David Brin  ) If you’re a fantasy lover trying out science fiction, you’ll love this!

Meyer, Marissa. Cinder
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. (SLJ Gr 7-10)

Ness, Patrick. The Knife of Never Letting Go
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World. (SLJ Gr 9 Up)

Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn 
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface. (SLJ Gr 6-10) Steampunk, Fantasy elements

Pearson, Mary E. The Adoration of Jenna Fox
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence. (SLJ Gr 8 Up)  Genetic Engeineering

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life as We Knew It
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.  (SLJ Gr 7 Up) Survival, Dystopia

Poznanski, Ursula. Erebros: It’s a Game, It’s Watching You Mortal Engines 
In this future, wars are fought not by people but by cities: enormous, traveling constructions that clash and scavenge off each other’s remains. (SLJ Gr 6 Up)

Roth, Veronica. Divergent
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.  (SLJ gr 9 Up) Dystopia

Shusterman, Neal. Unwind
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives. (Gr 8+) Dystopia

Westerfeld, Scott. Fever Crumb
Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present. (Gr. 7+) Steampunk

Westerfeld, Scott.   Leviathan 
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts. Steampunk. (SLJ GR 7 UP)

Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies 
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all. (SLJ Gr 6 Up) Dystopia


Short Story Collections

Firebirds, ed. Sharyn November
A collection of sixteen short science fiction and fantasy stories by award-winning authors.

New Magics: An Anthology of Today's Fantasy, ed. Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Twelve tales of the fantastic by authors such as Jane Yolen, Neil Gaiman, and Orson Scott Card.

New Skies: An Anthology of Today's Science Fiction, ed. Patrick Nielsen Hayden
17 stories starring aliens and dimensions beyond the 3-D world by classic science fiction writers.

The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrow, ed. Jonaathan Strahan
Stories by Scott Westerfeld, Ann Halam, Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Iain McDonald, Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix looking at what the world might be like in the distant and not-so-distant future.

 

 




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Abdel-fattah, Randa. Does My Head Look Big in This?
Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear the hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith--without losing her identity or sense of style.

Aidinoff, Elsie.  The Garden  
Retells the tale of the Garden of Eden from Eve's point of view, as Serpent teaches her everything from her own name to why she should eat the forbidden fruit, and then leaves her with Adam and the knowledge that her choice has made mankind free.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Catalyst
Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.

Asher, Sandy, ed. With All My Heart, with All My Mind: 13 Stories about Growing Up Jewish
Original short stories about Jews coming of age by thirteen well-known Jewish authors.

Beale, Fleur. I Am Not Esther.
After her mother unexpectedly leaves her with her uncle's family, members of a fanatical Christian cult, Kirby tries to learn what has become of her mother and struggles to cope with the repressiveness of her new surroundings and to maintain her own identity.

Brande, Robin.  Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature  
Following her conscience leads high school freshman Mena to clash with her parents and former friends from their conservative Christian church, but might result in better things when she stands up for a teacher who refuses to include "Intelligent Design" in lessons on evolution.

Brooks, Bruce. Asylum for Nightface.
A deeply spiritual seventeen-year-old takes a radical step to save himself from the fanaticism of his born-again Christian parents.

Carlson, Melody.  It’s a Green Thing 
Maya writes in her journal about her new-found Christian faith as she struggles with relationship problems and her friend Marissa's partying and dangerous lifestyle. Each chapter ends with a "go green" tip.  Book 2 of the Diary of a Teenage Girl series  Carlson has written several series of Christian fiction for teens.

Collins, Pat Lowery. Signs and Wonders.
In a series of letters, a fourteen-year-old convent school student who never knew her mother and resents her father, grapples with her belief that God has chosen her to give birth to a prophet.

Coman, Carolyn. Tell Me Everything.
After her mother dies in a rescue mission on a snowy mountain, twelve-year-old Roz wonders if talking to God, and to the boy for whom her mother died, can help her understand what happened.

Cooney, Caroline B. What Child Is This?: A Christmas Story.When seventeen-year-old Matt tries to find a family for an eight-year-old foster child, his attempt backfires and both of them need a Christmas miracle.

Cormier, Robert. Other Bells for Us to Ring.
When her father is transferred to an army camp in Massachusetts during the Second World War, Darcy feels isolated in her French-Canadian neighborhood until she meets the vivacious Kathleen Mary O'Hara and learns about Catholicism.

Fama, Elizabeth.  Overboard 
Escaping from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws courage from his quiet but firm Islamic faith.

Freitas, Donna.  The Possibilities of Sainthood   
While regularly petitioning the Vatican to make her the first living saint, fifteen-year-old Antonia Labella prays to assorted patron saints for everything from help with preparing the family's fig trees for a Rhode Island winter to getting her first kiss from the right boy.

Fraustino, Lisa Rowe.  Soul searching: thirteen stories about faith and belief  
Thirteen stories about teens in life changing situations.

Gaeddert, Louann. Friends and Enemies.
In 1941 in Kansas, as America enters World War II, fourteen-year-old William finds himself alienated from his friend Jim, a Mennonite who does not believe in fighting for any reason, as they argue about the war.

Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier.
Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.

Gunn, Robin Jones. Christy Miller series.
The continuing story of teenage Christy Miller, missionary.

Gunn, Robin Jones. Sierra Jensen series.
The trials and tribulations of 16 year-old Sierra Jensen.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Leaving Fishers.
After joining her new friends in the religious group called Fishers of Men, Dorry finds herself immersed in a cult from which she must struggle to extricate herself.

Hesse, Hermann.  Siddhartha
Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life-- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.

Howell, Simmone.  Everything Beautiful 
When sixteen-year-old Riley unwillingly attends a religious summer camp, she forms a deep bond with another camper who happens to be wheelchair bound.

Hrdlitschka, Shelley.  Sister Wife  
In a remote polygamist community, Celeste struggles to accept her destiny while longing to be free to live her life her way.

Koja, Kathy.  Buddha Boy 
Justin spends time with Jinsen, the unusual and artistic new student whom the school bullies torment and call Buddha Boy, and ends up making choices that impact Jinsen, himself, and the entire school.

L'Engle, Madeleine. A Ring of Endless Light.
During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with whom she has been doing research.

Lester, Julius.  Pharaoh’s Daughter   
This book is a fictionalized account of the Biblical story in which an Egyptian princess rescues a Hebrew infant, the prophet of his people while his sister finds her true self as a priestess to the Egyptian gods.

Levitin, Sonia. The Cure.
A sixteen-year-old boy living in 2407 collides with the past when he finds himself in Strasbourg in 1348 confronting the anti-Semitism that sweeps through Europe during the Black Plague.

Levitin, Sonia.  Strange Relations 
Fifteen-year-old Marne is excited to be able to spend her summer vacation in Hawaii, not realizing the change in her lifestyle it would bring staying with her aunt, seven cousins, and uncle who is a Chasidic rabbi.

Ly, Many.  Roots and Wings 
While in St. Petersburg, Florida, to give her grandmother a Cambodian funeral, fourteen-year-old Grace, who was raised in Pennsylvania, finally gets some answers about the father she never met, her mother's and grandmother's youth, and her Asian-American heritage.

Mazer, Norma Fox. Good Night, Maman.
After spending years fleeing from the Nazis in war-torn Europe, twelve-year-old Karin Levi and her older brother Marc find a new home in a refugee camp in Oswego, New York.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Song of the Magdalene.
Tells the story of Miriam, a young girl being raised by her widowed father in ancient Israel, who grows up to be Mary Magdalene.

Pausewang, Gudrun. The Final Journey.
During World War II, eleven-year-old Alice, whose life has been sheltered and comfortable, discovers some important things about herself and the people she meets when she and her grandfather board a train and begin an increasingly intolerable journey to an unknown destination.

Peck, Richard. The Last Safe Place on Earth.
When his sister Marnie's babysitter gives her nightmares involving evil and the fires of hell, then joins a local church group that wants certain books removed from his school, Todd examines his views on religion and censorship.

Rallison, Janette. Deep Blue Eyes & Other Lies.
Sixteen year-old Holly pines for the popular football player Chad, but finds the only boys interested in her are nerds.

Reinhardt, Dana.  A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life
Sixteen-year-old atheist Simone Turner-Bloom's life changes in unexpected ways when her parents convince her to make contact with her biological mother, an agnostic from a Jewish family who is losing her battle with cancer.

Rinaldi, Ann. The Staircase.
In 1878, after her mother's death on the way West, thirteen-year-old Lizzy Enders is left by her father at a convent school in Sante Fe, where she must deal with being the only non-Catholic student and where she plays a part in what some consider a miracle.

Rosen, Sybil. Speed of Light.
An eleven-year-old Jewish girl living in the South during the 1950s struggles with the antisemitism and racism which pervade her small community.

Rylant, Cynthia. A Fine White Dust.
The visit of the traveling Preacher Man to his small North Carolina town gives new impetus to thirteen-year-old Peter's struggle to reconcile his own deeply felt religious belief with the beliefs and non-beliefs of his family and friends.

Rylant, Cynthia. The Heavenly Village.
Undecided souls who have died while they are not quite ready to go to heaven find themselves in the halfway place known as the Heavenly Village.

Shusterman, Neal. What Daddy Did.
A fourteen-year-old living with his grandparents learns his father is to be released from prison after killing his mother and feels apprehensive about renewing the relationship. Based on true events.

Singer, Marilyn, ed. I Believe in Water.
An anthology of stories for teenagers exploring the topics of religion, belief, and spirituality by award-winning authors, including M.E. Kerr, Kyoko Mori, and Virginia Euwer Wolff.

Snelling, Lauraine. High Hurdles series.
DJ trusts her faith in God for her horses and competitions.

Stark, Lynette. Escape from Heart.
Fourteen-year-old Sarah Heart describes how her self-absorbed, hypocritical uncle nearly destroys the Mennonite community over which he has become leader.

Turnbull, Ann.  No Shame, No Fear  
In England in 1662, a time of religious persecution, fifteen-year-old Susanna, a poor country girl and a Quaker, and seventeen-year-old William, a wealthy Anglican, meet and fall in love against all odds.

Viguié, Debbie. The Summer of Cotton Candy
Sixteen-year-old Candace thinks her vacation is ruined when her father forces her to apply for a job at the local amusement park, She learns the value of faith and friendship despite problems at her job. 1st in a series

Wittlinger, Ellen.  Blind Faith  
While coping with her grandmother's sudden death and her mother's resulting depression and fascination with a spiritualist church, whose ministers claim to communicate with the dead, fifteen-year-old Liz finds herself falling for a new neighbor whose mother is dying of cancer.?

Yolen, Jane and Bruce Coville. Armageddon Summer.
Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what they themselves believe.

Zarr, Sara.  Once Was Lost
As the tragedy of a missing girl enfolds in her small town, fifteen-year-old Samara, who feels emotionally abandoned by her parents, begins to question her faith.

Non Fiction

Chopra, Deepak.  Fire in the Heart:  A Spiritual Guide for Teens 
Fire in the Heart is Dr. Chopra's first book for young adults. Its aim is to pass on this soul training to young readers.

Fuller, Cheri.  When Teens Pray  
Stories from a Christian perspective of God's powerful answers to teens' prayers and how to impact the world by seeking God in prayer.

Metcalf, Franz Aubrey. Buddha in Your Backpack:  Everyday Buddhism for Teens 
Buddha’s life story is presented in a way teens will relate to.  This guide describes Buddha as a young rebel not satisfied with the answers of his elders. Also presented are Buddha's core teachings and spiritual insights.

Feinstein, Edward. Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life  
Rabbi Edward Feinstein tackles many diverse topics.

Siddiqui, HaroonBeing Muslim:  A Groundwork Guide 
An analysis of the varying branches of Islam addressing political, cultural, and religious issues while sharing historical information about how the faith and some of its more controversial aspects evolved.

Weigel, George.  Letters to a Young Catholic 
A statement of belief and a remarkable tour of the global church written for young Catholics and non Catholics.

 *from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

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Sexual Abuse/Rape

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Goobie, Beth. The Dream Where The Losers Go                                     
"After treatment for self-destructive behaviour, Skey Mitchell returns to high school where she encounters a boy her own age, with dreams - and secrets - much like her own" (SLJ gr. 7+)

Lynch, Chris. Inexcusable  
High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Kwasney, Michelle D. Blue Plate Special 
In alternating chapters, the lives of three teenage girls from three different generations are woven together as each girl learns to deal with the hands they’ve been dealt including rape, having an alcoholic mother and an over controlling boyfriend.  (SLJ gr 10+)

Shaw, Susan, Safe
When thirteen-year-old Tracy, whose mother died when she was three years old, is raped and beaten on the last day of school, all her feelings of security disappear and she does not know how to cope with the fear and dread that engulf her. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Alcohol/Drugs

Draper, Sharon. Tears of a Tiger
The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Friend, Natasha.  Lush 
Unable to cope with her father's alcoholism, thirteen-year-old Sam corresponds with an older student, sharing her family problems and asking for advice.  (SLJ gr 7+)

Go Ask Alice.
Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

Hopkins, Ellen.  Crank   
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Hopkins, Ellen.  Glass  
In a powerful sequel to Crank, Kristina is determined to manage her addiction to crack in order to keep her newborn child, but when she is unable to manage her use of the drug and the pull becomes too strong, her greatest fears are quickly realized.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Johnson, Kathleen Jeffries. Target
Why had the men chosen him? Savagely violated by two strangers, sixteen-year-old Grady West retreats into silence. Some hells just can't be shared. Searing and powerful, Target shows that people can go through unspeakable things and emerge whole-- and sometimes your friends can save you.

Murray, Jaye. Bottled Up: A Novel.
A high school boy comes to terms with his drug addiction, life with an alcoholic father, and a younger brother who looks up to him. (Grade 7+)

Pearson, Mary.  A Room on Lorelei Street   
To escape a miserable existence taking care of her alcoholic mother, seventeen-year-old Zoe rents a room from an eccentric woman, but her earnings as a waitress after school are minimal and she must go to extremes to cover expenses.  (SLJ gr 10+)

Rapp, Adam.  Punkzilla  
"Punkzilla" is on a mission to see his older brother "P" before "P" dies of cancer. Still buzzing from his last hit of meth, he embarks on long trip to Memphis, Tenn., writing letters to his family and friends. Along the way, he sees a sketchier side of America and worries if he will make it to see his brother in time. (SLJ gr 9+)

Vigan, Delphine de.  No and Me 
Precocious thirteen-year-old Lou meets a homeless eighteen-year-old girl on the streets of Paris and Lou's life is forever changed.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Death/Dying

 

Bauer, Joan.  Hope Was Here 
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.  (gr 8+)

Bray, Libba.  Going Bovine  
Slacker Cameron is diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and as he lays in the hospital, he encounters a punk rocker angel, Dulcie, who claims there's a curre for him.  So together with hypochondriac, stoner dwarf Gonzo and a lawn gnome they pick up along the way, they head out from Texas to Tomorrowland in Orlando in an hallucinogenic road trip.  Bray critiques everything from religious cults, to American education to materialism.  (SLJ gr 9+)  

Cook, Karin. What Girls Learn
Two sisters cope with their mother's death by cancer while getting to know her new husband.  (SLJ YA)

Downham, Jenny.  Before I Die
A terminally ill teenaged girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Forman, Gayle.  If I Stay 
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Green, John.  The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.  (SLJ gr. 9+)

Hurwin, Davida.  A Time for Dancing  
Seventeen-year-old best friends Samantha and Juliana tell their stories in alternating chapters after Juliana is diagnosed with cancer.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Jocelyn, Marthe.  Would You?  
When her beloved sister, Claire, steps in front of a car and winds up in a coma, Nat's anticipated summer of working, hanging around with friends, and seeing Claire off to college is transformed into a nightmare of doctors, hospitals, and well-meaning neighbors.  (SLJ gr 8-11)

Johnson, Angela.  Toning the Sweep
On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past and her family history and comes to a better understanding of relatives both dead and living.  (SLJ gr 6 -9)

Mori, Kyoko. Shizuko's Daughter
After her mother's suicide when she is twelve years old, Yuki spends years living with her distant father and his resentful new wife, cut off from her mother's family, and relying on her own inner strength to cope with the tragedy. (SLJ gr 7+)

Schmidt, Gary D.  Trouble
Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin's dying wish, sets out to hike Maine's Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion--the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin--and reveals troubles that predate the accident.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Thompson, Holly. Orchards
Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate's suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.

Williams, Carol Lynch. Waiting
As the tragic death of her older brother devastates the family, teenaged London struggles to find redemption and finds herself torn between her brother's best friend and a handsome new boy in town. (Kirkus Reviews age 12+)

Yeomans, Ellen. Rubber Houses  
A novel in verse that relates seventeen-year-old Kit's experiences as her younger brother is diagnosed with and dies of cancer and as she withdraws into and gradually emerges from her grief.  (gr 7-12)

Disfunctional/Violent Families

Corrigan, Eireann. Splintering
Relates, in a series of poems from different perspectives, the events and after-effects of an intruder's violent attack on a family.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater
Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father. (SLJ gr 9+) 

King, A.S. Ask the Passengers                                                                 
Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone. She spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe it'll make them happy. Maybe they'll need it. Her mother doesn't want it, her father's always stoned, and she asks them her most personal questions, like what it means! that she's falling in love with a girl.

Klass, David. You Don't Know Me
Fourteen-year-old John creates alternative realities in his mind as he tries to deal with his mother's abusive boyfriend, his crush on a beautiful, but shallow classmate and other problems at school.  (SLJ gr 7+)

Roskos, Evan. Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets
A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Williams, Carol Lynch. Waiting                                                                   
As the tragic death of her older brother devastates the family, teenaged London struggles to find redemption and finds herself torn between her brother's best friend and a handsome new boy in town. (SLJ gr 8+)

Divorce/Relationships

Dessen, Sarah. What Happened to Goodbye                                  
Following her parents' bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Ice.
When thirteen-year-old Chrissa is sent to her paternal grandmother's farm, she learns more about her absent father and some of the reasons for her distant relationship with her mother.  (SLJ gr 6-9)

Vivian, Siobhan. A Little Friendly Advice
When Ruby's divorced father shows up unexpectedly on her sixteenth birthday, the week that follows is full of confusing surprises, including discovering that her best friend has been keeping secrets from her, her mother has not been truthful about the past, and life is often complicated. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Wittlinger, Ellen. Hard Love.
After starting to publish a 'zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality. (SLJ gr 7+)

Fitting In

Castellucci, Cecil. Boy Proof
Feeling alienated from everyone around her, Victoria Denton Los Angeles high school senior and movie lover shaves her head and takes on the name Egg, after a favorite character in a science fiction film she has seen 42 times. Her shaved head and white cloak make her actress mother call her Boy Proof. Changes begin when an interesting new boy arrives at school and helps her realize that there is more to life than just the movies.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War.
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Howe, James. The Misfits.
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.  (SLJ gr 4-8)

Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Plum-Ucci, Carol. The Body of Christopher Creed.
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.  (SLJ gr 7-9)

Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
In her first year at a suburban New Jersey high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.  (SLJ gr 6-9)

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl.
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.  (SLJ gr 6-10)

Weiss, M. Jerry and Helen S. Weiss, eds. Lost and Found.
Authors such as Shelley Stoehr, Tamora Pierce, Mel Glenn, and Paul Zindel write stories based on their real-life experiences as teenagers.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Yep, Laurence. Dream Soul.
In 1927, as Christmas approaches, fifteen-year-old Joan Lee hopes to get her parents' permission to celebrate the holiday, one of the problems of belonging to the only Chinese American family in her small West Virginia community.  (SLJ gr 4-8)

Food Issues/Weight Concerns

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Wintergirls 
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Bauer, Joan. Squashed.
As a sixteen-year-old pursues her two goals--growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself--she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.  (SLJ gr 6-9)

Block, Francesca Lia. The Hanged Man.
Having stopped eating after the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Laurel feels herself losing control of her life in the hot, magical world of Los Angeles.  (SLJ gr 10+)

Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.
The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's attempt to answer a friend's dramatic cry for help. (SLJ gr 7+)

Dessen, Sarah. Keeping the Moon.
Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.  (SLJ gr 7+)

Friend, Natasha. Perfect 
Following the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother's and ten-year-old sister's grief, as well as her own.  (SLJ gr 6-9)

George, Madeleine.  Looks   
Two high school girls, one an anorexic poet and the other an obese loner, form an unlikely friendship.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world. National Book Award Winner (SLJ gr 5-8)

Kessler, Jackie Morese. Hunger.
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she's been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Lipsyte, Robert. One Fat Summer.
An overweight fourteen-year-old boy experiences a turning point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.

Mackler, Carolyn.  The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
Feeling like she does not fit in with the rest of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Newman, Leslea. Fat Chance.
In a series of diary entries, thirteen-year-old Judi recounts her struggles to lose weight, hide her bulimia from her mother, find a boy friend, and decide on a profession.  (SLJ gr 6-9)

Padian, Maria.  Jersey Tomatoes are the Best    
When fifteen-year-old best friends Henry and Eve leave New Jersey, one for tennis camp in Florida and one for ballet camp in New York, each faces challenges that put her long-cherished dreams of the future to the test.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Supplee, Suzanne.  Artichoke’s Heart  
Sixteen years old Rosemary decides she is sick of being overweight and mocked at school and at her mother's beauty salon, Heavenly Hair. (SLJ gr 8-10)

Vrettos, Adrienne Maria.  Skin  
When his parents decide to separate, eighth-grader Donnie watches with horror as the physical condition of his sixteen-year old sister, Karen, deteriorates due to an eating disorder.  (SLJ gr 8+)

On the Edge

Hopkins, Ellen.  Impulse
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Love, Sex & Pregnancy

Behrens, Andy.  All the Way   
Hoping to have sex for the first time with a girl he has met on the Internet, seventeen-year-old Ian drives with his two best friends from Illinois to South Carolina.  (SLJ  gr 9+)

Cart, Michael, ed. Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth  (SLJ gr 9+) 

Carter, Caela.  Me, Him, Them and It 
Playing the "bad girl" at school to get back at her feuding parents, sixteen-year-old Evelyn becomes pregnant and faces a difficult decision.  (SLJ gr. 9+)

Efaw, Amy.  After  
In complete denial that she is pregnant, straight-A student and star athlete Devon Davenport leaves her baby in the trash to die, and after the baby is discovered, Devon is accused of attempted murder.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Fienberg, Anna. Borrowed Light.
A sixteen-year-old feels alienated from her family while struggling with the difficult decisions surrounding her unplanned pregnancy.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Hautman, Pete. The Big Crunch
June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to love and they wonder where it will lead. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Martin, C.K. Kelly.  I Know It’s Over   
Sixteen-year-old Nick, still trying to come to terms with his parents' divorce, experiences exhilaration and despair in his relationship with his girlfriend Sasha especially when, after instigating a trial separation, she announces that she is pregnant.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Young, Cathy, ed. One Hot Second: Stories about Desire   
A collection of eleven stories by award-winning authors that explore the many varieties of teenage desire, including first crushes, first kisses, and first times.

 

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Cormier, Robert. Tenderness                     
A psychological thriller told from the points of view of a teenage serial killer and the runaway girl who falls in love with him.

Davis, Rebecca Fjelland.Jake Riley: Irreparably Damaged              
The friendship between a troubled boy, recently released from a reform school, and the farm girl who lives next door angers the faculty at their school and leads to a dangerous confrontation.

Ellis, Ann Dee.This is What I Did             
Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him.

Gardner, Graham. Inventing Elliot - (gr 7-9)          
A victim of bullying, Elliot invents a calmer, cooler self when he changes schools in the middle of freshman year, but soon attracts the wrong kind of attention from the Guardians who "maintain order" at the new school.

Griffen, Adele. Amandine                                  
On the first day of school, when shy, plain Delia befriends Amandine, she never have imagined the dangerous turns their friendship would take.

Konigsburg, E.L. Silent to the Bone               
Branwell’s best friend is sure Connor would never hurt is sister who’s in a coma.  The au-pair blamed Connor for dropping her and Connor’s been dumb struck ever since.

Mazer, Norma Fox. Girlhearts                        
Thirteen-year-old Sarabeth Silver's life is turned upside-down when her mother dies suddenly, leaving her orphaned, confused, and at the mercy of everyone who seems to know what is best for her.

Morgenroth, Kate. Echo (Gr. 9+)               
After Justin witnesses his brother's accidental shooting death, he must live with the repercussions, as the same horrific day seems to happen over and over.

Oates, Joyce Carol. After the Wreck I Picked Myself Up and Flew Away         
Blaming herself for the car accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge that killed her mother, fifteen-year-old Jenna undergoes a difficult physical and emotional recovery.

Shusterman, Neal. Full Tilt                    
When sixteen-year-old Blake goes to a mysterious, by-invitation-only carnival he somehow knows that it could save his comatose brother, but soon learns that much more is at stake if he fails to meet the challenge presented there by the beautiful
Cassandra.

Werlin, Nancy.  The Killer's Cousin                  
After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he finds himself forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange young.

Werlin, Nancy. The Rules of Survival (Gr. 9+) 
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.

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Abrahams, Peter. Down the Rabbit Hole: an Echo Falls Mystery
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her hometown of Echo Falls.  (SLJ gr 6-9)

Abrahams, Peter. Reality Check
After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody's college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search. 2010 Edgar Award winner for Young Adult mystery.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Avi. Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror.
After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, fifteen-year-old Andy finds his close relationship with his father crumbling as he struggles to make everyone believe him. (SLJ gr 7+)

Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer
When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.  (SLJ gr 5-8)

Berk, Josh. The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin
When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class (SLJ gr 8+).

Brooks, Kevin. The Road of the Dead  
Two brothers, sons of an incarcerated gypsy, leave London traveling to an isolated and desolate village, in search of the brutal killer of their sister.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Carter, Ally.  I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You  
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission. (SLJ gr 7-10)

Cooney, Caroline.  The Face on the Milk Carton    
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.  A modern classic and first of a series followed by Whatever Happened to Janie, The Voice on the Radio and What Janie Found.  (S LJ gr 7-10)

Cross, Kady. The Girl in the Steel Corset 
Finley, who has a beastly alter ego inside of her, joins Duke Griffin's army of misfits to help stop the Machinist, the criminal behind a series of automaton crimes, from carrying out a plan to kill Queen Victoria during the Jubilee. Steampunk Chronicles series.  (Booklist gr. 10-12)

Duncan, Lois. Killing Mr. Griffin. - A teenager casually suggests playing a cruel trick on the English teacher, but did he intend it to end with murder?  (SLJ gr 7+)

Ehrenhaft, Daniel. Dirty Laundry 
When one of their tightly-knit group mysteriously disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their past and present secrets.  (SLJ gr 8-10)

Ferguson, Alan. The Christopher Killer: A Forensic Mystery
On the payroll as an assistant to her coroner father, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney uses her knowledge of forensic medicine to catch the killer of a friend while putting herself in terrible danger.  (on reorder)

Feinstein, John. Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series   
While covering baseball's World Series between the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story.  (SLJ gr 5-7)

Giles, Gail. Dead Girls Don't Write Letters
Fourteen-year-old Sunny is stunned when a total stranger shows up at her house posing as her older sister Jazz, who supposedly died out of town in a fire months earlier.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Green, John. Paper Towns. 
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears leaving only obscure clues behind.  2009 Edgar Award Winner for YA mystery (SLJ gr 9+)

Harrington, Kim. Perception: A Clarity Novel
Trying to decide between her old boyfriend, who betrayed her but wants her back, and the new boy with whom there are definite sparks, Cape Cod high school junior and psychic Clare is puzzled by a secret admirer even as she tries to solve the mystery of a classmate who has suddenly disappeared. Paranormal mystery.  (SLJ gr. 7+)

Harrington, Kim. The Dead and Buried
New student Jade uncovers a murder mystery when she moves into a house haunted by the ghost of a beautiful, mean girl who ruled Jade's high school. When Jade is asked to throw a party, Kayla’s spirit causes havoc, possesses her brother’s body and demands that Jade find her killer. It turns out that everyone at school had a motive. (SLJ gr 9+)

Hautman, Pete and Mary Logue. Snatched 
Too curious for her own good, Roni, crime reporter for her high school newspaper, teams up with Brian, freshman science geek, to investigate the beating and kidnapping of a classmate.  (SLJ gr. 7-11)

Hendersen, Lauren.  Kiss Me, Kill Me
Longing to be part of the in-crowd at her exclusive London school, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Scarlett, a trained gymnast, eagerly accepts an invitation to a party whose disastrous outcome changes her life forever.  (SLJ gr. 8+)

Henry, April. Girl Stolen
After an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father. (SLJ gr. 7-10)

Higson, Charley. Blood Fever
During a summer holiday in Italy, the teen-age James Bond tangles with an underground empire of criminals as he attempts the rescue of a kidnapped young girl.  (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Hoobler, Dorothy. The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn.
While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant's son who longs to be a samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.  (Booklist gr. 6-12)

Horowitz, Anthony. The Falcon's Malteser: A Diamond Brothers Mystery
When the vertically challenged Johnny Naples entrusts Tim Diamond with a package worth over three million pounds, hes making a big mistake. Tim Diamond is the worst detective in the world. Next day, Johnny's dead, Tim feels the heat, and his smart younger brother, Nick, gets the package and every crook in town on his back!  (SLJ gr 5-8)

Horowitz, Anthony.  Stormbreaker
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.  (SLJ gr 5-9)

Jarzab, Anna.  All Unquiet Things  
After the death of his ex-girlfriend Carly, northern California high school student Neily joins forces with Carly's cousin Audrey to try to solve her murder.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Kantor, Melissa.  Invisible I 
When new and unconventional high school student Amada Valentino disappears, her three closest friends, who are all from vastly different circles, band together and, using enigmatic clues that seem to come from Amanda herself, try to find her.  This book has an online component and is the first in a series.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Karbo, Karen. Minerva Clark Gets a Clue
A thirteen-year-old girl in Portland, Oregon, loses all self-doubt when she is zapped by lightning and uses her newfound courage to solve a murder mystery.  (SLJ gr 5-8)

Kerr, M.E. The Books of Fell.
A young man from the wrong side of the tracks, John Fell investigates spies, drug dealers, murders, and a decades-old disappearance case, all of which are connected to his exclusive prep school's mysterious club, Sevens.  

King, A.S. Please Ignore Vera Dietz
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Kress, Adrienne. The Friday Society
Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.  For fans of superheroes and action films.  (SLJ gr. 7-9)

Lawrence, Iain.  The Wreckers 
Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.  (SLJ gr 6-9)

Lee, Y.S. A Spy in the House
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, 17-year-old orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, where she is trained to be part of an all-female investigative unit called the Agency in order to infiltrate a rich merchant's home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships.  (SLJ gr 7+)

Littke, Lael. Lake of Secrets
Having arrived in her mother's home town to try to find her long-missing brother, who disappeared three years before she was born, fifteen-year-old Carlene finds herself haunted by memories from a past life. (SLJ gr 7-9)

Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist." (SLJ gr. 9+)

Madison, Bennett. Lulu Dark Can See through Walls
When someone steals her purse and identity at a rock concert, Lulu Dark and her friends discover a twisted mystery involving a rock star, a rich socialite, and a serious case of mistaken identity.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Mackall, Dandi Daley.  The Silence of Murder
Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled brother (who has not spoken a word since he was seven) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach.  Winner of the 2012 Edgar Award for YA mystery. (SLJ gr 8+)

McNamee, Graham.  Acceleration
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him. 2004 Winner of the Edward Award for YA mystery. (SLJ gr 8+)

Moriarty, Jaclyn. The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie
Class brain but clueless Bindy Mackenzie has alienated her entire high school but when she realizes someone is trying to kill her, she has to make friends in order to get help. (SLJ gr 7+)

Nickerson, Sara. How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found.
With a swimming medal, the key to a mansion, and a comic book about a half-man/half-rat as her only clues, a twelve-year-old girl seeks the true story of her father's mysterious death four years earlier near an island in the Pacific Northwest.  (SLJ gr 6-10)

Parker, Robert B. Chasing the Bear: A Young Spencer Novel 
Spencer reflects back to when he was fourteen-years-old and how he helped his best friend Jeannie when she was abducted by her abusive father.  Spencer is the private detective hero of 37 mysteries written for adults by Parker.  This is his first Spencer book for teens.  (SLJ gr 7+)

Petrucha, Stefan. Ripper 
Adopted by famous Pinkerton Agency Detective Hawking in 1895 New York, fourteen-year-old Carver Young hopes to find his birth father, but when he becomes involved in the pursuit of notorious killer Jack the Ripper, Carver discovers that finding the truth can be worse than ignorance.  (SLJ gr. 6-10)

Plum-Ucci, Carol. The Body of Christopher Creed. 
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.  (SLJ gr 8+) 

Price, Charlie. The Interrogation of Gabriel James
As an eyewitness to two murders, a Montana teenager relates the shocking story behind the crimes in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks. 2011 Edgar Award Winner (SLJ gr*+)

Pullman, Philip. Detective Stories. 
Detective and mystery stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, and more.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Pullman, Philip. The Ruby in the Smoke.
In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.  (SLJ gr 7+)

Qualey, Marsha. Close to a Killer. 
Seventeen-year-old Barrie finds herself involved in a string of murders that are somehow connected to her mother's hair salon. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Qualey, Marsha. Thin Ice. 
Seventeen-year-old Arden has been raised by her older brother, Scott, since their parents died when she was just six years old, so when Scott is presumed drowned in a snowmobile accident, Arden is convinced he's really run away.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Rushford, Patricia. Deceived. 
While on a Caribbean cruise with her grandmother and cousin, sixteen-year-old Jennie McGrady puts herself in great danger by her rash efforts to find her father, a government agent who disappeared five years earlier.

Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy 
Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.  (PW ages 14+)

Sheppard, Sara.  Pretty Little Liars 
When one of their tightly-knit group mysteriously disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their past and present secrets.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Simmons, Michael. Finding Lubchenko 
When his father is framed for murder and bioterrorism, high-school junior Evan, using clues from a stolen laptop, travels from Seattle to Paris with two friends to find the real culprit.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Singleton, Linda Joy.  Buried: A Goth Girl Mystery
Goth girl Thorn and her family move to Nevada where Thorn meets a mysterious masked young man and follows psychic vibrations from a locket to a shocking, long-buried secret. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Sorrells, Walter. Fake ID: A Mystery
Chass and her mother have been moving to new cities and assuming new names as long as she can remember. The other weird thing is that she is not allowed to sing or listen to music. Then on the night of her sixteenth birthday, her mother disappeared. Later her car was found out by an old, rotting house some blood was found in the cellar along with a wallet full of ID cards. The sheriff threatens to put Chass in a foster home in six days if her mom doesn't come back.  (SLJ gr9+)

Springer, Nancy.  Case Of The Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery 
Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.  (SLJ gr 4-8)

Vande Velde, Vivian. Never Trust a Dead Man.
Wrongly convicted of murder and punished by being sealed in the tomb with the dead man, seventeen-year-old Selwyn enlists the help of a witch and the resurrected victim to find the true killer.  2000 winner of the Edgar Award for YA mystery. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Werlin, Nancy. Black Mirror
Convinced her brother's death was murder rather than suicide, sixteen-year-old Frances begins her own investigation into suspicious student activities at her boarding school.  (SLJ gr 7+)

Werlin, Nancy. The Killer's Cousin
After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he finds himself forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange young cousin Lily. 1999 winner of the Edgar Award for YA mystery (SLJ gr 7+)

Allison, Jennifer. Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake
Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus at the private school she attends.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever 1793.
In 1793, Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Appelt, Kathi. Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance.
Graduating eighth graders relate their stories of love and heartbreak that have brought them to Dogwood Junior High's magical Stardust Dance.

Ashby, Amanda. Fairy Bad Day
High schooler Emma is devastated to learn that she may not follow in her mother's footsteps as a dragon slayer, but with an unlikely band of allies she discovers that she may, indeed, be more adept at slaying giant killer fairies.

Barron, T. A.  The Lost Years of Merlin 
A young boy, who, unknown to him is destined to become the greatest wizard of all time, has neither identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

Bauer, Joan. Close to Famous
Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there. 

Bell, Ted.  Nick of Time  
With the help of Lord Hawke, whose children have been taken by the evil pirate Captain Billy Blood, young Nick McIver uses a time machine to rescue the two children as well as change the course of events in two time periods, the Napoleonic Wars and World War II.

Bloor, Edward. Tangerine.
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Boyce, Frank Cottrell. Cosmic
12-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult is not good.

Bryant, Jen. Pieces of Georgia
In journal entries to her mother, a gifted artist who died suddenly, thirteen-year-old Georgia reveals how her life changes after she receives an anonymous gift membership to a nearby art museum.

Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander.
while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world and trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders

Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963.
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Delaney, Joseph.  The Last Apprentice:  Revenge of the Witch 
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."  Twenty-nine apprentices have tried to become spooks, some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left.  1st in the series.

DuPrau, Jeanne. City of Ember (and sequels)
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Edmund, Stephen.  Happyface
After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself. 

Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster.
While fleeing from Mozambique to Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl, struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Flake, Sharon G. Begging for Change.
Teenaged Raspberry Hill tries to sort out her confused feelings of disgust, shame, and love for her homeless, drug addicted father and worries that she may have inherited his lying and stealing ways.

Frost, Helen. Hidden
When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.

Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart.
Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Funke, Cornelia. Thief Lord.
Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with--and protection from--Venice's "Thief Lord."

Gaiman, Neil. Coraline
Coraline ventures through a mysterious door in her new house into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Gaiman, Neil.  The Graveyard Book 
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.  2009 Newbery Award Winner.

Gantos, Jack. Dead End in Norvelt (2012 Newbery Award Winner)
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.  Cathy says this is a got to read.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (and others in the series)
has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Gier, Kerstin. Ruby Red
Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust.

Grunwell, Jeanne Marie. Mind Games.
Each of the six seventh graders who are part of the Mad Science Club writes a report on their investigation of ESP for the science fair. Their project led them to win the Maryland State Lottery. The book includes charts, newspaper clippings and personal narratives from each student.

Hale, Shannon.  Goose Girl   
On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

Hale, Shannon.  Book of a Thousand Days 
Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.

Henkes, Kevin. Olive’s Ocean
While visiting her grandmother at cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

Hesse, Karen. The Music of Dolphins.
After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Horowitz, Anthony.  Stormbreaker  
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.  Alex Ryder series, book 1

Howe, James.  The Misfits 
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.  If you liked The Revealers, try this.

Konigsburg, E.L. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place
Upon leaving an oppressive summer camp, twelve-year-old Margaret Rose Kane spearheads a campaign to preserve three unique towers her grand uncles have been building in their back yard for over forty years.

Korman, Gordan. No More Dead Dogs
Eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.

Korman, Gordon.  Schooled  
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.

Lane, Andy. Death Cloud
In 1868,  when Sherlock Holmes was a teenager he was already involved in detecting.  Beginning  when he was fourteen, Sherlock  was sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire where he uncovered his first murder and a diabolical villain. 

Lowry, Lois. The Giver.
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Lupica, Mike. Heat .
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

Mack, Tracy. Drawing Lessons.
Twelve-year-old Rory begins to lose the passion for making art that she shares with her father after she finds him kissing his female model and fears for the safety of her parents' marriage.

Malley, G. M.  The Declaration   
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "Surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.

Martin, Ann M. A Corner of the Universe
The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.

McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown.
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

McMurchy-Barber, Gina. Free as a Bird
When Ruby Jean Sharp's loving grandmother dies, she is placed in an institution where she survives abuse, boredom and isolateion until the day a social worker comes into her life and changes everything.  Why?  Because she was born with Down Syndrom and in the 1950s, being developmentally disabled could mean getting locked up.  

Meyer, L. A. Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.

Neri, G. Ghetto Cowboy
Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.  Cathy says this was a wonderful book and the audiobook was a 2012 Odyssey Honor Audiobook. 

Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

Osa, Nancy. Cuba 15
Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.

Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.

Paterson, Katherine. Bread and Roses, Too
Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Paulsen, Gary.  How Angel Peterson Got His Name
Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.

Paver, Michelle. Wolf Brother
6,000 years in the past, twelve-year-old Tarak and his guide, a wolf cub, set out on a dangerous journey to fulfill an oath the boy made to his dying father--to travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit seeking a way to destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans.

Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago.
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

Peck, Richard. The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts
In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean, old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies."

Perkins, Lynne Rae. Criss Cross.
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.

Perkins, Mitali.   Monsoon Summer  
Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner Steve, fifteen-year-old Jazz must spend summer vacation away from him when her family goes to India during that country's rainy season to help set up a clinic.

Pierce, Tamora.  Alana, the First Adventure 
Eleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page, a learning many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.  Song of the Lioness book 1

Pratchett, Terry.  The Wee Free Men
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

Reeve, Philip. Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles)
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief
After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Rowling, J.K. The Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Follow Harry's exploits at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Sachar, Louis. Holes.
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Sheth, Kashmira.  Keeping Corner 
In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms.

Spinelli, Jerry. Crash.
Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

Spinelli, Jerry. Maniac Magee.
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

Staples, Suzanne.  Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind  
When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes.

Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand (and sequels)
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Tolan, Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites
Rumor has it that Jake Semple burned down his old school. Only one place will take him now--a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic family of artists. Jake thinks surviving this one will be a breeze. But is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?

Van Draanen, Wendelin.  Flipped  
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Voigt, Cynthia. Homecoming.
Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a home and an identity.

Weeks, Sarah. So B. It
After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.

Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her license -- for turning pretty. In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty. She'd rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world -- and it isn't very pretty.

Wilhelm, Doug.  The Revealers  
Three seventh graders get back at the kids who are bullying them by writing their stories and distributing them through the school’s Internet.  Soon other students start revealing their own incidents of abuse and things start to change.

Woodson, Jacquelin.  After Tupac and D. Foster 
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Hush
Twelve-year-old Toswiah finds her life changed when her family enters the witness protection program.

Woodson, Jacquelin.  Miracle’s Boys 
Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.

 

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Adams, Douglas. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Arthur Dent, a refugee from the late planet Earth, and his pal from the planet Betelgeuse, Ford Prefect, thumb their way through comic misadventures throughout the universe.

Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Me is Greg Gaines, a senior in high school, and who according to him looks “sort of like a pudding… extremely pale and somewhat overweight.” Greg’s secret to not making enemies among any of the many groups at his school is to not really belong to any but to gain access to every group. Of course no one can see you talking to anybody in another group, so he has to be pretty invisible, or as he says, “insanely low-profile.” Greg’s only friend is Earl who is filled with violent rage from his awful home life with whom he makes films like The Manchurian Cat-idate.  Greg's  life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia who loves his movies.

Bauer, Joan. Rules of the Road.
Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father.

Bray, Libba.  Beauty Queens
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Clement-Moore, Rosemary. Texas Gothic
Seventeen-year-old Amy Goodnight has long been the one who makes her family of witches seem somewhat normal to others, but while spending a summer with her sister caring for their aunt's farm, Amy becomes the center of weirdness when she becomes tied to a powerful ghost. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  Bucking the Sarge
Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.

Curtis, Christopher P. Bud, Not Buddy.
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Erskine, Katheryn. The Absolute Value of Mike
Fourteen-year-old Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.

Herbach, Geoff.  Stupid Fast
Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.

Ferris, Jean. Love Among the Walnuts
Born and raised in isolation in a wealthy, eccentric family, Sandy is shocked when he, his parents, and their servants become victims of a vicious plot by his greedy uncles to incapacitate them and take their money.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Loses Control.
Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.

Gantos, Jack. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Hartinger, Brent. Project Sweet Life
When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.  Each scheme is more ridiculous than the last although they keep almost getting it.  Much of the action takes place in underground tunnels under the city of Tacoma.  They are convinced there is a fortuned buried somewhere there.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl's Moving Castle.
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

Keller, Beverly. The Amazon Papers.
Fifteen-year-old Iris gets into hilarious trouble when her mother goes on vacation and leaves her alone.

Klass, David.  Stuck on Earth
On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy.

Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob.
Vince Luca, 17, doesn't want to have anything to do with his family's business, organized crime, but the business keeps inserting itself into his life. Like the time he took a date to the beach and when he went to get a blanket, he found Jimmy the Rat in the trunk. Or when playing football he makes one touchdown after the other because the opposing team is afraid to touch him. But Vince's live takes a complicated and hilarious turn when he falls in love with the daughter of the FBI agent who is investigating his father.

Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Cleverly written, funny, book about a Jewish girl at an elite boarding school who, not being able to join the male secret society, gets revenge by secretly running it .

Lubar, David.  Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

Paulsen, Gary. The Schernoff Discoveries.
Harold and his best friend, both hopeless geeks and societal misfits, try to survive unusual science experiments, the attacks of the football team, and other dangers of junior high school.

Payne, C.D. Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp.
The diaries of teenager Nick Twisp and his frustration at trying to get a girlfriend.

Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago.
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

Peck, Richard. A Year Down Yonder.
During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman.

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

Rennison, Louise. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
The saga of fourteen-year-old Georgia Nicolson continues as she travels to Scotland on a nightmarish family vacation, confesses her anxiety over being the girlfriend of a sex god, and tests the limits of true friendship.

Rennison, Louise. On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson.
Fourteen-year-old Georgia continues her diary in which she records her misadventures trying to reclaim the attention of seventeen-year-old Robbie, while coping with her friends, family, and dog-like cat Angus at the same time.

Rosoff, Meg.  There is No Dog
When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of this assistant, Mr. B who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.

Sachar, Louis. Holes.
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
In her first year at a suburban New Jersey high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.

Tan, Shaun. Tales from Outer Suburbia
Fifteen illustrated short stories, some humorous and some haunting, set in the Australian suburbs.

Vizzini, Ned.  It's Kind of a Funny Story
A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital. (SLJ gr. 9+)

 

 

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 Fiction

 

Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson
Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Counting on Grace
by Elizabeth Winthrop gr. 5-9
It's 1910 in Pownal, Vermont. At 12 Grace and her best friend Arthur must go to work in the mill, helping their mothers work the looms. Together Grace and Arthur write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underage children working in the mill. A few weeks later, Lewis Hine, a famous reformer arrives undercover to gather evidence. Grace meets him and appears in some of his photographs, changing her life forever.

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson gr. gr. 5-8
Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.

Working Days: Short Stories About Teenagers and Work, ed. Anne Mazer gr 8+

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch gr. 6-9
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.

Triangle by Katharine Webber gr. 9+

 

 Nonfiction

 

Big Annie of Calumet: A True Story of the Industrial Revolution by Jerry Stanley

Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacyby Albert Marrin

Sit Down: The General Motors Strike of 1936-1937 by Sidney Fine

Society Sisters : Stories of Women Who Fought for Social Justice in America by Catherine Gourley gr. 6-9

Sweat and Blood: A History of U.S. Labor Unions by Gloria Skurzynski. From the carpenter's union in colonial Philadelphia to the strike in 2007 by Chinese restaurant delivery men in New York City, the history of how brave working people struggled to gain fair wages, reasonable hours, and secure lives by forming labor unions.

The Triangle Factory Fire by Victoria Sherrow gr. 5-8

State of the Union: A Century of American Labor by Nelson Lichtenstein

 

 Child Labor

 

Child labor : An American History by Hugh D. Hindman. gr 10+

Kids on Strike! by Susan Campbell Bartoletti gr 5-8

Growing Up in Coal Country by Susan Campbell Bartoletti gr. 5-8

Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman gr. 5+

 

 Biographies

 

The Reuther Brothers: Walter, Roy and Victor by Mike and Pam Smith

Cesar Chavez: A Voice for Farmworkers by Barbara C. Cruz gr. 7+

The Importance of Mother Jones by Madelyn Horton gr. 6-9

Mother Jones: One Woman’s Fight for Labor by Betsy Harvey Kraft gr. 4-7

 

 Web Resources on Labor History

 

American Labor Studies Center – Lesson Plans

Labor Arts- A virtual museum that gathers and displays photos, buttons, leaflets, cartoon arts murals and sheet music of working people and their organizations

Labor History : University of Washington Libraries ~ Links to famous strikes, issues of working life and photographs

Labor History on the Web from the AFL-CIO

Child Labor - Web Sites

 

National Child Labor Committee Photographs - Images of child workers arranged by occupation

Child Labor in America 1908-1912 - The History Place - Photographs by Lewis Hine

 

Strikes - Web Sites

 

The historic 1936-37 Flint auto plant strikes - By Vivian M. Baulch and Patricia Zacharias

Flint Sit Down Strike

Mass Moments Bread and Roses Strike - Includes teacher units

The Battle of the Overpass - by Jenny Nolan

 

Unions - Web Sites

 

American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

American Federation of Teachers

American Postal Workers Union (APWU)

Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

United American Nurses (UAN)

United Automobile Workers (UAW)

United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)

 

 

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Early America & the Revolutionary War

 

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Chains: Seeds of America
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.  (SLJ Gr 6-10)

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever 1793
A yellow fever epidemic wipes out 10% of Philadelphia's population in three months. 16-year-old Matilda, separated from her sick mother, is forced to cope.  (SLJ Gr 6-10)

revolutionary_soldier Blackwood, Gary. The Year of the Hangman.
In 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history. (SLJ gr 8-10)

Brooks, Geraldine. Caleb's Crossing
Growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans, Bethia Mayfield yearns for an education that is closed to her due to her gender. As soon as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observes its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. (Adult)

Collier, James Lincoln. My Brother Sam Is Dead.
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

Myers, Walter Dean. The Glory Field.
Follows a family's two hundred forty-one year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field. (SLJ gr 7+)

O'Dell, Scott. Sarah Bishop.
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness. (gr 7+)

Rinaldi, Ann. A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials.
While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Rinaldi, Ann. Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South.
In South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and comes to understand the true nature of war. (SLJ gr. 5-9)

Rinaldi, Ann. Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold.
Fourteen-year-old Becca takes a position as a maid in a wealthy Philadelphia Quaker home and witnesses the events that lead to General Benedict Arnold's betrayal of the American forces during the Revolutionary War. (SLJ gr 7+)

Rinaldi, Ann. A Ride into Morning: The Story of Tempe Wick.
When unrest spreads at the Revolutionary War camp in Morristown, New Jersey, under the command of General Anthony Wayne, a young woman cleverly hides her horse from the mutinous soldiers who have need of it. (SLJ gr 7-9)

 

Between the Revolution & the Civil War

 

Lester, Julius.  Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue  
Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.  (SLJ gr. 6-0)

Spooner, Michael. Daniel's Walk.
With little more than a bedroll, a change of clothes, and a Bible, fourteen-year-old Daniel LeBlanc begins walking the Oregon Trail in search of his father who, according to a mysterious visitor, is in big trouble and needs his son's help. (SLJ gr 6-8)

The Civil War

 

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. No Man's Land: A Young Soldier's Story.
Because he had been unable to fight off the gator which injured his father, fourteen-year-old Thrasher joins the Confederate Army hoping to prove his manhood. (SJ gr 4 - 8)

Collier, James Lincoln. With Every Drop of Blood.
While trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Johnny is captured by a black Union soldier. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage.
The story of a young man fighting in the Civil War.

Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain.
A love story set during the Civil War in the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Adult)

Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With the Wind.
The sweeping saga of Scarlett O'Hara's life and loves during the Civil War. (Adult)

Peck, Richard.  The River Between Us.
During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois. (SLJ gr 7+)

Wells, Rosemary.  Red Moon at Sharpesburg
As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.  (SLJ gr 7+)

 

After the Civil War

 

Avi.  City of Orphans
Maks Geless, 13, and his immigrant family tries to survive crime, poverty and corruption in 1893 New York City. Then his sister is accused of stealing a watch at the fancy Waldorf Hotel where she works and is taken to prison where she awaits her trial.  (SLJ gr. 6-8)

Miller, Sarah.  Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
At age twenty-one, partially-blind, lonely but spirited Annie Sullivan travels from Massachusetts to Alabama to try and teach six-year-old Helen Keller, deaf and blind since age two, self-discipline and communication skills. (SLJ gr 5-9)

Peck, Richard. Fair Weather.
In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World's Columbian Exposition which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone. (SLJ 5-8)

1900-1929 & World War I

Donnelly, Jennifer.  A Northern Light
A reworking of Dreiser's An American Tragedy, in which in 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Combines romance, history, and a murder mystery into a unique book. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
A mysterious American millionaire tries to recapture the sweetheart of his youth resulting in tragedy. (High School - Adult)

Honeyman, Kay.  The Fire Horse Girl 
When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.

Levine, Gail Carson. Dave at Night.
When orphaned Dave is sent to the Hebrew Home for Boys where he is treated cruelly, he sneaks out at night and is welcomed into the music- and culture-filled world of the Harlem Renaissance.  (SLJ gr 5-9)

Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No Pigs Would Die.
To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter.  (SLJ gr. 7+)

Ritter, John H. Choosing Up Sides.
In 1921 thirteen-year-old Luke finds himself torn between accepting his left-handedness or conforming to the belief of his preacher-father that such a condition is evil and must be overcome.  (SLJ gr 5-9)

Sturm, James.  Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow    
Satchel Paige began his baseball career in the Negro Leagues in Alabama in the 1920s. For years, Jim Crow laws, which segregated blacks and whites, kept him out of the major leagues. But they couldn't stop him from becoming a world-class athlete. This is a fictionalized account of a real-life sports hero. (SLJ gr 8+)

Winters, Cat.  In the Shadow of Blackbirds   
In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns. (Age 12+)

Wolf, Allan.  The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic 
1912 sinking of the Titanic is recreated in verse as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.

Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings.
Moon Shadow comes from China to join his father in San Francisco's Chinatown.

 

1930s & The Great Depression

Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories.
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.  (SLJ gr 4-8)

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath.
The story of the Joads, set during the Great Depression, as they struggle to make ends meet. (SLJ High School and Adult)

1940s, World War II, & The Holocaust

 Dallas, Sandra.  Tallgrass
Rennie's life is changed forever at age thirteen; her brother is fighting in World War II and a Japanese internment camp opens near her small town. When a young girl is murdered, most of the townspeople believe it was someone from the camp. King's multidimensional voice brings the characters to life.  (HS / Adults)

Gwaltney, Doris. Homefront
For as long as she can remember, Margaret Ann has longed for a room of her own. When her older sister leaves for college, she finally gets her dream until her cousin from England leaves London because of the blitz and moves to America. Not only does she get part of Margaret Ann's room, but her boyfriend too. Then Margaret's brother enlists in the Navy and she has to come to grips with the war in Europe.  (SLJ gr 6-8)

Heller, Joseph. Catch-22.
The classic tale of pilots stationed in Italy during World War II.  (High School and Adult)

Hesse, Karen. Aleutian Sparrow
An Aleutian Islander recounts her suffering during World War II in American internment camps designed to "protect" the population from the invading Japanese.  (SLJ gr 6+)

Naylor, Phyllis Renolds. Blizzard's Wake.
In March of 1941, when a severe blizzard suddenly hits Bismarck, North Dakota, a girl trying to save her stranded father and brother inadvertently helps the man who killed her mother four years before. (SLJ gr 5-8)

Salisbury, Graham. Under the Blood Red Sun
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. (SLJ gr 5-8)

1950s & The Korean War

 

Holt, Kimberly Willis. My Louisiana Sky.
Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.  (SLJ gr 6-8)

Kadohata, Cynthia.  Kira-Kira 
The close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s is chronicled in this 2005 Newbury Medal book, including the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. (SLJ gr.6-8)

 

1960s & The Vietnam Conflict


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Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels.
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.  (SLJ gr 10+)

Tillage, Leon. Leon's Story.
The son of a North Carolina sharecropper recalls the hard times faced by his family and other African Americans in the first half of the twentieth century and the changes that the civil rights movement helped bring about.

Wiles, Deborah. Countdown
Franny, a middle child, is in the thick of things as her father is a pilot stationed at Andrews Air Force Base during the Cuban missile crisis in this documentary novel full of photos from the sixties. Her grandfather digs up the yard to build a bomb shelter, her best friend has abandoned her and her sister is hanging out with secret friends. (SLJ gr. 5-8)

 

1970s & The Vietnam Conflict

Holt, Kimberly Willis. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star ofa sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.  (Library Journal gr 5-8)

King, A.S.  Everybody Sees the Ants
Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Lynch, Chris.  I Pledge Allegiance
Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.  (First in a series of four books on the Vietnam War that chronicles the experience of four best friends who promise to serve in the war.  Each book focuses on one character who each serve in a different branch of the Armed Forces.)  (SLJ grade 7+)

Magoon, Kekla.  The Rock and the River 
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.  (SLJ gr. 7+)

 


1980s

Chow, Cara. Bitter Melon
With the encouragement of one of her teachers, a Chinese American high school senior asserts herself against her demanding, old-school mother and carves out an identity for herself in late 1980s San Francisco.

Peck, Richard. The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp.
Blossom, not the most popular member of her freshman class in 1914, travels ahead seventy years, and returns in time to make Halloween a memorable night for her classmates and teachers.

Raschke, Erik. The Book of Samuel
Living with his religious father, feminist mother, and racist grandmother in Denver, Colorado, during the early 1980s, twelve-year-old Samuel Gerard relates his school adventures and deals with his own prejudices towards Mexican immigrants. (SLJ gr 7+)

 

1990s & The Gulf War

Trueman, Terry.  Hurricane
A fictional account of one of the worst storms to hit the Caribbean--Hurricane Mitch in 1998--told from the perspective of a thirteen-year-old boy living in a small village in Honduras. (SLJ gr. 5-8)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post 
Danforth, Emily M.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center. (PW ages 14+) 

 

 

The 2000s, 9/11 & the Wars in Iraq & Afghanistan

 

Kokie, E. M. Personal Effects 
Matt has been sleepwalking through life while seeking answers about his brother T.J.'s death in Iraq, but after discovering that he may not have known his brother as well as he thought he did, Matt is able to stand up to his father, honor T.J.'s memory, and take charge of his own life. (SLJ gr. 10+)

Maynard, Joyce. The Usual Rules
On a Tuesday morning Wendy leaves home mad at her mother, agravated with her little brother and anxious to make plans with her best friend. An hour later she hears the news, a plane has crashed into the World Trade Center, her mother's office building. (SLJ Adult/High School)

Myers, Walter Dean. Sunrise Over Fallujah 
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him. (SLJ gr 8+)

Tharp, Tim. Badd
A teenaged girl's beloved brother returns home from the Iraq War completely unlike the person she remembers.  (SLJ gr 8+)

Volponi, Paul.  Hurricane Song: A Novel of New Orleans
Twelve-year-old Miles Shaw goes to live with his father, a jazz musician, in New Orleans, and together they survive the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the Superdome, learning about each other and growing closer through their painful experiences. (SLJ gr. 10+)


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Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Arthur Dent, a refugee from the late planet Earth, and his pal from the planet Betelgeuse, Ford Prefect, thumb their way through comic misadventures throughout the universe.

 Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak.
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school.

Anderson, M.T. The Pox Party: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, vol 1 
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Author's memoir of growing up black in the 1930's and 1940's.

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
Jane Austen's pre-Victorian tale of British country society, in which Mrs. Bennett is faced with the task of marrying off her five daughters. The eldest, intelligent and witty Elizabeth, becomes involved in a tempestuous relationship with the proud sophisticate Mr. D'Arcy, before all ends well.

Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie Bat and others.
Stories about teens growing up in the surreal world of Los Angeles.

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451.
The story of a time when being a fireman meant starting them, not putting them out.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game.
One of a group of children bred to be military geniuses and save Earth from an inevitable attack by aliens, Ender Wiggin becomes unbeatable in war games and seems poised to lead Earth to triumph.

Chambers, Aidan. Postcards from No Man's Land
Alternates between two stories--comtemporarily, seventeen-year-old Jacob visits a daunting Amsterdam at the request of his English grandmother--and historically, nineteen-year-old Geertrui relates her experience of British soldiers's attempts to liberate Holland from its German occupation.

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
High school freshman Charlie copes with the difficulties of his life by writing letters to an anonymous "Dear Friend."

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street.
Short stories about growing up in Chicago.

Conway, Jill Ker. The Road from Coorain.
Autobiography from Jil Ker Conway, noted historian and the first woman president of Smith College, with an emphasis on her childhood in the Australian outback.

Cook, Karen. What Girls Learn.
Two sisters must cope with their mother's battle against breast cancer while adjusting to a new stepfather and new home at the same time.

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War.
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

Crichton, Michael. Jurassic Park.
A wealthy man has created an island amusement park filled with dinosaurs cloned from fossilized DNA. When he invites experts to endorse it, nature takes over.

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities.
Dicken's tale of love, politics, and the aristocracy during the French revolution.

Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light.
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.

Dumas, Alexander. The Count of Monte Cristo
Young sailor Edmond Danté escapes after of being unjustly imprisoned for 15 years on charges of having helped the exiled Napoleon and plots his revenge on his enemies.

Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater.
Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father.

Frank, E.R. Life Is Funny.
The lives of a number of young people of different races, economic backgrounds, and family situations living in Brooklyn, New York, become intertwined over a seven year period.

Garden, Nancy. Annie on My Mind.
Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.

Going, K.L. Fat Kid Rules the World.
Seventeen-year-old, six-foot-one, three hundred pound Troy Billings is standing on the edge of the subway platform contemplating the reaction his suicide would have on the kids at his high school, when he is interrupted by Curt MacCrae. Emaciated, unwashed, semi-homeless Curt is a punk guitar legend at Troy’s lower Manhattan high school. “I saved your life,” Curt tells Troy. “You owe me lunch.”

Green, John. Looking for Alaska
Mile's first year at boarding school is full of great pranks and laughs but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Heller, Joseph. Catch-22.
A black satire of the American air war in Italy.

Hopkins, Ellen.  Crank 
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes when he becomes a father and must care for his beloved baby girl.

Keyes, Daniel. Flowers for Algernon.
Story of a retarded adult who after neurosurgery begins to see his intelligence increase at a remarkable rate.

Knowles, John. A Separate Peace.
Presents a novel about a friendship that develops between two boys during a summer vacation at the Devon school during World War II.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.
About two sensitive, intelligent children who witness violence and hatred for the very first time when a lynching almost takes place. Set in a southern town in the mid 1930's.

Le Guin, Ursula. Tales from Earthsea
Explores the magical world of Earthsea through five tales of events which occurs before or after the time of the original novels, as well as an essay on the people, languages, history, and magic of the place.

Martel, Yann. The Life of Pi.
When the ship carrying Pi, his zookeeper parents and their animals sinks, only Pi survives along with several animals. He faces incredible hardships on the high seas together with a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Na, An. A Step from Heaven
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.

Oates, Joyce Carol. Big Mouth & Ugly Girl.
When sixteen-year-old Matt is falsely accused of threatening to blow up his high school and his friends turn against him, an unlikely classmate comes to his aid.

O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction.
Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam through interrelated stories about the men of Alpha Company.

Peet, Mal. Life: An Exploded Diagram 
In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.

Philbrick, Nathaniel. Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex.
The story of the sinking of the whaleship Essex by a spermwhale and how the crew survived against great odds.

Plum-Ucci, Carol. The Body of Christopher Creed.
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.

Porter, Connie May. Imani All Mine.
A teenager, the victim of a rape, discovers that she is pregnant and struggles to raise her baby in the inner city.

Portman, Frank.  King Dork  
High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that "The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye.
The story of Holden Caulfield, troubled teen.

Sones, Sonya. Stop Pretending.
A younger sister has a difficult time adjusting to life after her older sister has a mental breakdown.

Shelley, Mary W. Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.
A gothic tale of terror first published in 1818 in which Victor Frankenstein, obsessed with the secret of life, creates an eight-foot man from cadavers. Though he intended him to be beautiful, Victor finds him to be revolting.

Silverstein, Ken. The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and his Homemade Nuclear Reactor.
While working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, this suburban Detroit teen created a crude device that threw off toxic levels of radiation.

Stratton, Allan. Chanda’s Secrets.
A girl struggles with shame and stigma following death of her mother and sister amid the African AIDS pandemic.

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club.
The stories of four native-born Chinese women and their American-born daughters, showing the influence each has on the others' lives, and how they are the same and different.

Wells, H. G. The War of the Worlds.
As life on Mars becomes impossible, Martians and their terrifying machines invade the Earth.

White, Ellen Emerson. The Road Home.
Rebecca, a young nurse stationed in Vietnam during the war, must come to grips with her wartime experiences once she returns home to the United States.

White, T. H. The Once and Future King.
Arthur becomes king of the Britons under the guidance of Merlin.

Wittlinger, Ellen. Hard Love.
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.

Wittlinger, Ellen. What's in a Name.
Each of ten teenagers living in Scrub Harbor, Massachusetts, explores his or her identity at the same time that the local residents consider changing the name of their town.

Wollff, Virgina Euwer. Make Lemonade.
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.

X, Malcolm. The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
The story of the most dynamic and controversial black leader in American history. Malcolm X tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister.

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  FICTION


Barnes, John. Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 
In September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.

Bauer, Marion Dane , ed. Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence.
A collection of short stories about homosexuality by such authors as Bruce Coville, M.E. Kerr, William Sleator, and Jane Yolen.

JBeam, Cris. I am J 
J, who feels like a boy mistakenly born as a girl, runs away from his best friend who has rejected him and the parents he thinks do not understand him when he finally decides that it is time to be who he really is.

Belge, Kathy and Marke Bieschke. Queer : the ultimate LGBT guide for teens
A guide that helps LGBT teens come out to friends and family, navigate their new LGBT social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and rise up against bigotry and homophobia.

Block, Francesca Lia.  Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books   
A collection of the five Weetzie Bat books all set in a surreal, mythical Los Angeles, these urban fairy tales are populated by funky LA characters, with names like Cherokee Bat, My Secret Agent Lover Man and Slinkster Dog who lacking families, make them where they can.

Burd, Nick. The Vast Fields of Ordinary
The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

Cart, Michael. How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity  
Twelve stories by contemporary, award-winning young adult authors, some presented in graphic or letter format, explore themes of gender identity, love, and sexuality.

perksChbosky, Stephen.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

Crutcher, Chirs . Ironman/
While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his relationship with his father and helps him deal with the knowledge that his swim coach is gay.

Davis, Tanita S. Happy Families
In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father's decision to dress as a woman.

tessaFranklin, Emily and Brendan Halpin. Tessa Masterson Will Go to the Prom
Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

Garden, Nancy . Annie on My Mind.
Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.

Garden, Nancy . Good Moon Rising.
Jan begins her senior year of high school not expecting that she will lose the starring part in the school play, take over as director when her beloved drama teacher becomes ill, and realize that she is a lesbian.

George, Madeleine. The Difference Between You and Me
School outsider Jesse, a lesbian, is having secret trysts with Emily, the popular student council vice president, but when they find themselves on opposite sides of a major issue and Jesse becomes more involved with a student activist, they are forced to make a difficult decision.

Green, John and David Levithan. Will Grayson, Will Grayson 
When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

Hartinger, Brent. Split Screen
Two books in one tell of sixteen-year-old friends Russel, who is gay, and Min, who is bisexual, as they face separate romantic troubles while working as extras on the set of a horror movie.

Howe, James. Totally Joe
As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography--life from A to Z--and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.

Hyde, Catherine Ryan. Jumpstart the World 
Sixteen-year-old Elle falls in love with Frank, the neighbor who helps her adjust to being on her own in a big city, but learning that he is transgendered turns her world upside-down.

Johnson, Kathleen Jeffries. Target
Why had the men chosen him? Savagely violated by two strangers, sixteen-year-old Grady West retreats into silence. Some hells just can't be shared. Searing and powerful, Target shows that people can go through unspeakable things and emerge whole-- and sometimes your friends can save you.

Johnson, Maureen. The Bermudez Triangle
The friendship of three high school girls and their relationships with their friends and families are tested when two of them fall in love with each other.

Jones, Carrie. Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend
Belle is a high school junior who expects to marry her long-term boyfriend one day, until he tells her and their entire small Maine town that he is gay, and both face prejudice and violence even as they enter new relationships and try to remain friends.

yearKluger, Steve.  My Most Excellent Year:  A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park 
Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own.  “A fun, feel-good story with star quality”- School Library Journal

Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy
In this hate free world and high school the gay kids and the straight kids all get along just fine; it’s all right for the quarterback to be a cross dresser named Infinite Darlene and the cheerleaders ride Harleys into the pep rally. Still the road to true love is a strange and winding path; as Paul discovers when he meets the boy of his dreams.

Levithan, David.  Wide Awake  
In the not-too-distant future, when a gay Jewish man is elected president of the United States, sixteen-year-old Duncan examines his feelings for his boyfriend, his political and religious beliefs, and tries to determine his rightful place in the world.

Liebermann, Leanne.  Gravity  
Afraid that there is no way to be both gay and Jewish, Ellie Gold, an orthodox Jewish teenager feels forced to either alter her sexuality or leave her Jewish community until her mother and sister offer alternative concepts of God that help Ellie find a place for herself.

Mastoon, Adam . The Shared Heart: Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People.
Collection of interviews with gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.

Myracle, Lauren. Kissing Kate
Sixteen-year-old Lissa's relationship with her best friend changes after they kiss at a party and Lissa does not know what to do, until she gets help from an unexpected new friend.

shineMyracle, Lauren. Shine
When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.

Peck, Dale.  Sprout or My Salad Days When I was Green in Judgement  
Moving from Long Island to Kansas after his mother dies; Daniel "Sprout" Bradford is surprised to find new friends, a fascinating landscape, and romantic love.

Peters, Julie Anne. Luna
Fifteen-year-old Regan's life, which has always revolved around keeping her older brother Liam's transsexuality a secret, changes when Liam decides to start the process of "transitioning" by first telling his family and friends that he is a girl who was born in a boy's body.

Peters, Julie Anne. Between Mom and Jo
Fourteen-year-old Nick has a three-legged dog named Lucky 2, some pet fish, and two mothers, whose relationship complicates his entire life as they face prejudice, work problems, alcoholism, cancer, and finally separation.

Ryan, Sara . Empress of the World.
While attending a summer institute, fifteen-year-old Nic meets another girl named Battle, falls in love with her, and finds the relationship to be difficult and confusing.

Ryan, P.E. Saints of Augustine
In St. Augustine, Florida, former best friends Charlie Perrin and Sam Findley, now both sixteen, come to realize that their friendship is the only thing that will keep them afloat when each of their worlds is turned upside down through death, divorce, and the seemingly out-of-control direction of their lives.

St. James, James. Freak Show
Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen, decides the only to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sanchez, Alex . Rainbow Boys
Three high school seniors, a jock with a girlfriend and an alcoholic father, a closeted gay, and a flamboyant gay rights advocate, struggle with family issues, gay bashers, first sex, and conflicting feelings about each other.

Summer, Jane, ed. Not the Only One: Lesbian and Gay Fiction for Teens

Trueman, Terry. Seven Days at the Hot Corner
Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay.

Volponi, Paul.  Crossing Lines
High school senior Adonis struggles to do the right thing when his fellow football players escalate their bullying of a new classmate, Alan, who is transgendered.

Wilson, Martin. What They Always Tell Us 
Sixteen-year-old Alex feels so disconnected from his friends that he starts his junior year at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, high school by attempting suicide, but soon, a friend of his older brother draws him into cross-country running and a new understanding of himself.

Wittlinger, Ellen . Hard Love
After starting to publish a zine in which he writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.

Wittlinger, Ellen. Parrotfish
Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male.

Woodson, Jacqueline . From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun's comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.

Woodson, Jacqueline . The House You Pass on the Way.
When fourteen-year-old Staggerlee, the daughter of a racially mixed marriage, spends a summer with her cousin Trout, she begins to question her sexuality to Trout and catches a glimpse of her possible future self.

 

 NON-FICTION

The Courage to be Yourself : True Stories by Teens About Cliques, Conflicts, and Overcoming Peer Pressure / Al Desetta

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens / Kelly Huegel

Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia: A Project of Planned Parenthood of Toronto edited by Frances Rooney

Hear Us Out!: Lesbian and Gay Stories of Struggle, Progress and Hope, 1950 to the Present / Nancy Garden

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks & Other Outlaws / Kate Bornstein    
An unconventional approach to the prevention of teenage suicide offers a variety of alternatives to help teens cope with life and survive

It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living / edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller

The Journey Out: A Guide For and About Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Teens/ Rachel Pollack

Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens / Kathy Belge

Two Teenagers in Twenty: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth  / Ann Heron

The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality: An Essential Handbook for Today's Teens and Parents / Michael J. Basso

 

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Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever, 1793
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Armstrong, William. Sounder
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of his devoted dog Sounder.

Auch, Mary Jane. Ashes of Roses
Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters.

Bauer, Joan. Backwater
While compiling a genealogy of her family of successful attorneys, sixteen-year-old history buff Ivy Breedlove treks into the mountain wilderness to interview a reclusive aunt with whom she identifies and who in turn helps her to truly know herself and her family.

Bauer, Joan. Hope Was Here
When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

Blackwood, Gary. The Shakespeare Stealer
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Bergren, Lisa. Waterfall
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds-- until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy.

Bruchac, Joseph. Code Talker
At the age of six Ned Begay was sent to boarding school where he was taught English and forbidden to speak Navajo.But then he enlisted in Marines during WWII where he and other Navajos sent coded messages in their native language. Now he tells his story about combat in Hawaii, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal and other islands in the Pacific to his grandchildren .

Cabot, Meg. All-American Girl
A sophomore girl stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.

Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Dowell, Frances O'Roark. Ten Miles Past Normal
Because living with "modern-hippy" parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers

Erdrich. Louise. The Birchbark House
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Ojibwe girl lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847 and learns about her past.

Fletcher, Susan. Walk Across the Sea
In late nineteenth-century California, when Chinese immigrants are being driven out or even killed for fear they will take jobs from whites, fifteen-year-old Eliza Jane McCully defies the townspeople and her lighthouse-keeper father to help a Chinese boy who has been kind to her.

Greene, Bette. Summer of My German Soldier
Sheltering an escaped prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a twelve-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas.

Hobbs, Will. Leaving Protection
Sixteen-year-old Robbie Daniels, happy to get a job aboard a troller fishing for king salmon off southeastern Alaska, finds himself in danger when he discovers that his mysterious captain is searching for long-buried Russian plaques that lay claim to Alaska and the Northwest.

Holt, Kimberly Willis. Part of Me: Stories of a Louisiana Family
Ten stories connect generations of a family living in the Louisiana bayous. Books and stories also connect the family starting with Rose who came from rural Texas to live with her estranged grandfather in 1939 and who lies about her age so she can drive the bookmobile to her great grandson Kyle who hates reading but who needing a summer job, finds one in the library.

Horowitz, Anthony. Stormbreaker
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

Horvath, Polly. Everything On A Waffle
Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp tells of her parents’ disappearance at sea, and her living arrangement with her Uncle Jack. Primrose's only refuge is at a local restaurant, where the owner, Miss Bowzer, serves everything on waffles; and I mean everything: bacon, eggs, steak, chili—even waffles!

Ives, David. Scrib
In 1863, a 16-year-old boy nicknamed Scrib travels around the West making his living writing and delivering letters, an occupation that leads to him nearly getting killed, being jailed as a criminal, joining up with the notorious Crazy James Kincaid, and delivering a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to a Paiute Indian.

Larson, Kirby.  Hattie Ever After
In 1919,  having  failed to prove up her late uncle Chester's homestead on the Montana prairie,  seventeen-year-old  Hattie grabs the opportunity to go to San Francisco as wardrobe mistress for a traveling variety show to become first a cleaning woman at the San Francisco Chronicle and later  a female reporter at the paper.  Hattie Ever After is a  sequel to Larson’s award-winning tale of the orphan girl who worked so hard to try to homestead alone in Hattie Big Sky.

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Lily B. On the Brink of Cool
13-year-old Lily has the most boring life in the world. Her dad never drives a mile over the speed limit and her mom actually makes the beds in hotels so the maid won’t think they’re untidy. Lily knows that she’ll never become a famous writer with a boring family like that, so when she has a chance to spend time with the glamorous LeBlancs’, she jumps for it, even though her parents and even her best friend do not approve.

Kindl, Patrice. Goose Chase
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted
In this novel based on Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that makes her obey any order given her, including who she should marry.

Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia - Seven books in this series.

Maas, Wendy. A Mango-shaped Space
Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her.

McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong
Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along with her music, open a new life for her.

McKinley, Robin. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful
When Thomas, Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army during WW I, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Wisdom's Kiss: a Thrilling and Romantic Adventure, Incorporating Magic, Villany, and a Cat
Princess Wisdom, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne, Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family, Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips, and Magic the cat form an uneasy alliance as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.

Dowell, Frances O'Roark. Ten Miles Past Normal
Because living with "modern-hippy" parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers.

Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved
Feeling deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to fight back.

Peck, Richard. A Long Way from Chicago
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.  Sequel is A Year Down Yonder

Pratchett, Terry. Only You Can Save Mankind
Johnny Maxwell, 12, thinks he's a loser. His parents are on the verge of splitting up and he's not very good at the computer games that his friends like. But when his friend gives him a copy of the game Only You Can Save Mankind strange things start to happen, like it's hard to tell the difference between what is real and what's a game.

Shaw, Tucker. Flavor of the Week
Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story. Includes a great recipe for cookies!

Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

Vail, Rachel.  If We Kiss
Fourteen-year-old Charlie feels guilty because she has a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, and her loyalties become even more confused when she discovers that her mother is dating the boyfriend's father. 

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Whelan, Gloria.  Listening for Lions
Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1918, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor's identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents' mission hospital.

Wrede, Patricia. Dealing with Dragons
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons' kingdom.

Zevin, Gabrielle.  All these Things I've Done
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.

Christian Fiction & Series

Carlson, Melody., On my own, by Caitlin O'Conner bk. 1 of Diary of a Teenage Girl Series
In her first year at college, Caitlin's diary reflects on her homesickness, the challenges of rooming with a non-Christian, and evolving friendships, old and new.

Clipston, Amy.  Reckless Heart
Under pressure to care for her siblings and household and work two jobs, sixteen-year-old Lydia gets tipsy on beer at a youth gathering, but keeping that secret from her Amish community on top of everything else may cause her to lose all that matters.

Gunn, Robin Jones. Sierra Jensen Series

_______. Christy Miller Series

Hall, Kristi. Todays Girls.com Series

Lewis, Beverly. SummerHill Secrets
Fifteen-year-old Merry Hanson, living amongst the Amish in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, relies on her Christian faith to guide her through such challenging situations as the physical abuse of her schoolmate, an arson investigation, a car accident, and an abandoned baby.

McGee, Krista.  Starring Me
Seventeen-year-old Kara must decide if she wants to give up her acting career when she learns that her audition for a television variety show starring a big-time celebrity hinges on her relationship with God.

Moore, Stephanie Perry. Payton Skky Series

Rushford, Patricia H. Jennie McGrady Mystery Series

Shoemaker, Tim. Code of Silence: Living a Lie Comes with a Price 
When thirteen-year-olds Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives.

Viguié, Debbie. The Summer of Cotton Candy
Forced by her father to get a summer job, seventeen-year-old Candace makes the most of selling cotton candy in an amusement park, despite a botched nametag, vindictive co-workers, lewd patrons, and growing distant from her best friend. First of the Sweet Seasons novels


Updated 8/31/3013
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Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
In twenty-two loosely related stories, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and between modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

Alvarez, Julia. Before We Were Free
In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.

Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents
The four Garcia girls escape the Dominican Republic and a life of privilege in the 1960s to come to the United States and difficult adjustment.

Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Time of Miracles
In the early 1990s, a boy with a mysterious past and the woman who cares for him endure a five-year journey across the war-torn Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life.

Coates, Jan L. A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk
Inspired by the real life experiences of a Sudanese boy, Jacob Akech Deng flees his home under the threat of war, and, guided by the memory of his mother, tries to survive in a refugee camp.

Cofer, Judith Ortiz. Call Me Maria
Fifteen-year-old Maria leaves her mother and their Puerto Rican home to live in the barrio of New York with her father, feeling torn between the two cultures in which she has been raised.

Crew, Linda. Children of the River
Having fled Cambodia four years earlier to escape the Khmer Rouge army, seventeen-year-old Sundara is torn between remaining faithful to her own people and enjoying life in her Oregon high school as a "regular" American.

Dhami, Narinder. Bindi Babes
Three Indian-British sisters team up to marry off their traditional, nosy aunt and get her out of the house.

Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner
Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women's freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father's arrest.

Jimenez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
Offers a look at a migrant family, detailing their daily life and the struggles they endured to build an existence on the small opportunities they were given.

Kass, Pnina. Real Time
Sixteen-year-old Tomas Wanninger persuades his mother to let him leave Germany to volunteer at a kibbutz in Israel, where he experiences a violent political attack and finds answers about his own past.

Krishnaswami, Uma. Naming Maya
When Maya accompanies her mother to India to sell her grandfather's house, she uncovers family history relating to her parents' divorce and learns more about herself and her relationship with her mother.

Marston, Elsa. Figs and Fate: Stories About Growing Up in the Arab World Today
A collection of five stories portraying Arab life in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, and Iraq today.

Mazer, Anne. ed. A Walk In My World: International Short Stories About Youth
In a collection of sixteen short stories, writers from around the world tell the stories of children on their journeys to adulthood.

Mori, Kyoko. Shizuko's Daughter
After her mother's suicide when she is twelve years old, Yuki spends years living with her distant father and his resentful new wife, cut off from her mother's family, and relying on her own inner strength to cope with the tragedy.

Na, An. A Step from Heaven
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Habibi
When fourteen-year-old Liyanna, her younger brother, and her parents move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.

Nye, Naomi Shihab. The Space Between Our Footsteps: Poems and Paintings from the Middle East and North Africa
A collection of poetry and full-color artwork from North African and Middle Eastern countries.

Perkins, Mitali. Monsoon Summer
Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner Steve, fifteen-year-old Jazz must spend the summer away from him when her family goes to India during that country's rainy season to help set up a clinic.

Perez, Ashley Hope. What Can’t Wait
Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.

Placide, Jaira. Fresh Girl
After having been sent, at a very young age, from New York to live with her grandmother in Haiti, fourteen-year-old Mardi returns to join her parents and try to shape a new life in Brooklyn.

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Shea, Pegi Deitz.Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story
After ten years in a refugee camp in Thailand, thirteen-year-old Mai Yang travels to Providence, Rhode Island, where her Americanized cousins introduce her to pizza, shopping, and beer, while her grandmother and new friends keep her connected to her Hmong heritage.

Son, John. Finding My Hat
Jin-Han describes his life growing up with his mother and father, immigrants from Korea, and his little sister as they move to different cities with his parents' business.Soto, Gary. Baseball in April and Other Stories

Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
In a year that brings a destructive sandstorm, a feud with a rich landowner, and other disasters, Shabanu, the 11-year-old daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of Pakistan, becomes a victim of her people's views of sex role and marriage.

Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under the Persimmon Tree
During the 2001 Afghan War, the lives of Najmal and Nusrat are told in alternating chapters. Najmal, a young refugee from Kunduz, Afghanistan flees Afghanistan for Pakistan. Nusrat, an American mathematics teacher in Peshawar Pakistan awaits her husband's return from Afghanistan where he has gone to work in a clinic. Najmal comes to Nusrat’s school for refugees, the Persimmon Tree School and they help each other deal with their losses.

Stratton, Alan. Chanda's Secrets
Chanda struggles with the deaths of those around her and the shame of being molested as she continues her education and cares for her siblings and friend Esther, amidst the proverty and AIDS epidemic that plague her African homeland.

Wheland, Gloria. Homeless Bird
Like a homeless bird, 13 year-old Kali’s family promise her in marriage so that they won’t have to feed her. The husband her parents have chosen for her is sickly and dies shortly after the marriage. Kali cannot return to her family, as it would disgrace them. But she becomes even angrier when she discovers that her in-laws are stealing from her widow’s pension.

Williams, Michael.  Now is the Time for Running
When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.

Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Name Me Nobody
A Hawaiian ninth-grade girl who's been abandoned by her mother is desperate to hold onto her best friend, who she suspects of being a lesbian.

Anderson, Jodi Lynn – Peaches
Three teenaged girls from very different backgrounds, thrown together to pick peaches in a Georgia orchard, spend a summer in pursuit of the right boy, the truest of friends, and the perfect peach. (SLJ gr 9+)

Bauer, Joan. Rules of the Road (and sequel Best Foot Forward)
Sixteen-year-old Jenna gets a job driving the elderly owner of a chain of successful shoe stores from Chicago to Texas to confront the son who is trying to force her to retire, and along the way Jenna hones her talents as a saleswoman and finds the strength to face her alcoholic father. (SLJ gr 7+)

Benway, Robin. Audrey, Wait!
Sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts. (SLJ gr 9+)

Caletti, Deb. Honey Baby Sweetheart
In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about "the real ties that bind" people to one another. (SLJ gr8+)

Castellucci, Cecil. Beige
Katy, a quiet French Canadian teen, reluctantly leaves home to spend time with her dad, an aging punk rock legend. (SLJ gr 9+)

Cheva, Cherry. She’s So Money
Maya, a high school senior bound for Stanford University, goes against her better judgement when she and a popular but somewhat disreputable boy start a profitable school-wide cheating ring in order to save her family's Thai restaurant, which she fears will be shut down due to her irresponsible actions. (SLJ gr 7+)

Gallagher, Liz. The Opposite of Invisible
Artistic Seattle high school sophomore Alice decides to emerge from her cocoon and date a football player, which causes a rift between her and her best friend, a boy who wants to be more than just friends. (SLJ gr 8-10)

Honeyman, Kay.  The Fire Horse Girl
When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes
When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life. (SLJ gr 8-10)

Kindl, Patrice.  Keeping the Castle
In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, seventeen-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems. (gr. 7+)

Lockhart, E.The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors Plus Techniques
A high school junior continues her quest for relevant data on the male species, while enjoying her freedom as a newly licensed driver and examining her friendship with a clean-living vegetarian classmate. (SLJ gr 9+)

Lockhart, E., Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle. How to Be Bad
Told in alternating voices, Jesse, Vicks, and Mel, hoping to leave all their worries and woes behind, escape their small town by taking a road trip to Miami. (SLJ gr 9+)

Matson, Morgan. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt. (SLJ gr 9+)

Myracle, Lauren. Peace, Love and Baby Ducks
Fifteen-year-old Carly's summer volunteer experience makes her feel more real than her life of privilege in Atlanta ever did, but her younger sister starts high school pretending to be what she is not, and both find their relationships suffering. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Rennison, Louise. Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging: confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie. (SLJ gr 7-9)

Sheldon, Dyan. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
In her first year at a suburban New Jersy high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself "Lola," sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Shulman, Polly. Enthusiasm
Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical. (SLJ gr 9+)

Ziegler, Jennifer. How Not to be Popular
Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to "supreme dorkdom." (SLJ gr 9+)

 

Fantasy

Barnes, Jennifer. Golden
When her family moves to Oklahoma from California, high school sophomore Lissy uses her ability to see other people's auras to try to uncover and stop the sinister activities of a teacher at her new school. (SLJ gr 7+)

Billingsly, Franny. Chime
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about. (SLJ gr 7+)

Black, Holly (Urban Fantasy)Thithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny. (SLJ gr 9+)

Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. (SLJ gr 9+)

Cashore, Kristin. Graceling
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king. (SLJ gr 9+)

Hale, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days
Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids. (SLJ gr 5-9)

Kindle, Patrice. Owl in Love
A fourteen-year-old girl, who can transform herself into an owl, has a crush on her science teacher which leads her into interesting new relationships with both humans and owls. (gr 7+)

LeFevers, Robin.  Grave Mercy
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny.

Mlynowski, Sarah. Frogs and French Kisses
Love spells run amok in New York City when high school freshman Rachel asks her younger sister, who is a witch, for magical help in winning the affection of heartthrob Raf Kosravi. (SLJ gr 6-8)

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. (SLJ gr. 8-12)

 

Lonely Girls & Girls in Pain

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school. (SLJ gr 8+)

Dessen, Sarah.Just Listen
Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life. (SLJ gr 9+)

Dowd, Siobhan. A Swift Pure Cry
Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets and Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their mother and with the absence of their father, is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on the wrong person. (SLJ gr 9+)

Flake, Sharon. The Skin I'm In
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like. (SLJ gr 6-8)

Friend, Natasha. Perfect
Following the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother's and ten-year-old sister's grief, as well as her own. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Grimes, Nikki.Jazmin's Notebook
Jazmin, a fourteen-year-old Afro-American girl who lives with her sister in a Harlem apartment, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a diary. (SLJ gr 6-10)

McCormick, Patricia. Cut
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better. (SLJ gr 8+)

Woods, Brenda. Emako Blue
Monterey, Savannah, Jamal, and Eddie have never had much to do with each other until Emako Blue shows up at chorus practice, but just as the lives of the five Los Angeles high school students become intertwined, tragedy tears them apart. (SLJ gr 8+)

Woodson, Jacqueline. If You Come Softly
After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions. (SLJ gr 7+)

Zarr, Sara.  Story of a Girl
In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness. (SLJ gr. 9+)

 

 

Rocked by Romance

Castallucci, Cecil. Boy Proof
Feeling alienated from everyone around her, Los Angeles high school senior and movie fanatic Victoria Denton hides behind the identity of a favorite movie character until an interesting new boy shows up at school and helps her realize that there is more to life than just the movies. (SLJ gr 8+)

Elkeles, Somone. Perfect Chemistry
When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others. (SLJ gr. 10+)

Fitzpatrick, Becca.  Hush, Hush
High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

Flake, Sharon. Who Am I Without Him: Short Stories About Girls and the Boys In Their Lives (SLJ gr 7+)

Green, John.  The Fault in Our Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Han, Jenny. The Summer I Turned Pretty
Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different. (SLJ gr 7-10)

McCafferty, Meg. Sloppy Firsts
Devastated when her best friend moves away, sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling feels isolated at school and at home, as she struggles to deal with her father's obsession with her track meets, her boy-crazy peers, and her own nonexistent love life. (high school/adult)

Perkins, Stephanie. Anna and the French Kiss
When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Rowell, Rainbow.  Eleanor & Park
"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits — smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try."

Snadowsky, Daria. Anatomy of a Boyfriend
In her last semester at a private school in Fort Myers, Florida, seventeen-year-old Dom finds her life transformed by her first boyfriend, Wes, a track star at the public school her best friend attends. (SLJ gr 9+)

Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn't Know
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right. (SLJ gr 6-8)

Wilson, Jacqueline. Girls in Love
Starting ninth grade puts Ellie under enough pressure, but when her two best friends, goth Nadine and glam Magda get boyfriends, Ellie is desperate, so she makes one up. Funny little lists of nine things: nine wishes; nine dreams; and nine most embarrassing moments are sprinkled throughout. Another British import along the lines of Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging. First in a series of four. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Wittlinger, Ellen. Heart on My Sleeve
From the end of high school to the beginning of college, Chloe and Julian deal with major changes in their families and friendships and explore their feelings for each other through emails, letters, and a visit.

Archer, Lily. The Poison Apples   
At an elite Massachusetts boarding school, three fifteen-year-old girls of very different backgrounds discover a common bond and form a club to plot revenge against their evil stepmothers. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

Asher, Jay.  Thirteen Reasons Why 
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death. (SLJ gr. 7+)

Asher, Jay and Carolyn Mackler.  The Future of Us
It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Barkley, Brad and Heather Hepler. Scrambled Eggs at Midnight
Calliope (Cal) just wants to stay put instead of moving from state to state following Renaissance Faires with her mother a jewelry maker. Eliot misses the time before his father started a fat camp for Christians. The fifteen-year-olds meet in Asheville, North Carolina, and feel an immediate connection. (SLJ g4 7+)

Burgess, Melvin. Smack
After running away from their troubled homes, two English teenagers move in with a group of squatters in the port city of Bristol and try to find ways to support their growing addiction to heroin. (SLJ gr. 10+)

Cohn, Rachel and David Levithan.  Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist 
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

Cormier, Robert. Tenderness
A psychological thriller told from the points of view of a teenage serial killer and the runaway girl who falls in love with him.

Crowley, Cath.  A Little Wanting Song 
Charlie Duskin loves music, and she knows she's good at it but she has no one to sing to.  She just wants her dad to notice her, and a friend.  Rose lives in a small town next door to Charlie’s grandfather and she just wants to get out of there and to the city.  Charlie just may be Rose’s way to get to the city to attend the science school where she’s won a scholarship. (SLJ gr 9+)

Davis, Tanita S.  Happy Families
In alternating chapters, sixteen-year-old twins Ysabel and Justin share their conflicted feelings as they struggle to come to terms with their father's decision to dress as a woman.

Draper, Sharon. Tears of a Tiger
The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Elkeles, Simone.  Leaving Paradise 
In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-olds Caleb and Maggie relate the difficulties of readjusting to school, and changing relationships with family, friends, and one another, a year after a drunk driving accident sent her to the hospital with a crippling leg injury and him to prison. (SLJ gr 9+)

Flinn, Alex. Fade to Black
A boy who is HIV positive, a bully accused of attacking him with a bat and a girl with Down Syndrome, the only witness to the crime alternate in telling the story of what happened and how it changed their lives. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Frost, Helen.  The Braid  
Two sisters, Sarah and Jeannie, are separated during the Highland Clearances in Scotland in 1850. Their stories are told in alternating narrative poems, braided at the edges in a form invented for this book, inspired by Celtic knotwork. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Griffin, Paul.  Stay with Me
Fifteen-year-olds Mack, a high school drop-out but a genius with dogs, and Céce, who hopes to use her intelligence to avoid a life like her mother's, meet and fall in love at the restaurant where they both work, but when Mack lands in prison he pushes Céce away and only a one-eared pit-bull can keep them together.  (SLJ gr.10+)

Hartinger, Brent. Grand and Humble
Alternating chapters follow the lives of two high school boys, whose recent nightmares and premonitions of disaster are linked to mysterious past events. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Hesse, Karen. Witness
The struggles of several young people who confront family problems, emotional problems, unrequited love, mystery, and violence, is told from the viewpoint of Matt, who is known for his unusual behavior but who has unusual gifts, and Erin, who tries to use her proficiency with magic to attract Matt. (SLJ gr. 6+)

Hooper, Mary.  Newes from the Dead 
In 1650, while Robert, a young medical student, steels himself to assist with her dissection, twenty-two-year-old housemaid Anne Green recalls her life as she lies in her coffin, presumed dead after being hanged for murdering her child that was, in fact, stillborn. (SLJ gr 8+)

Hurwin, Davida. A Time for Dancing.
Seventeen-year-old best friends Samantha and Juliana tell their stories in alternating chapters after Juliana is diagnosed with cancer.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Jones, Patrick.  Things Change  
Sixteen-year-old Johanna, one of the best students in her class, develops a passionate attachment for troubled seventeen-year-old Paul and is thrilled when he shows interest in her. Then he hits her and everything changes. (SLJ gr 8+)

Kaaberbol, Lene. The Shamer’s Signet
In Book 2 of the Shamer Chronicles, Dina who has inherited the gift of perceiving people’s shames, is kidnapped and forced to shame enemies of the evil Valdrac. Her older brother is determined to protect her from her enemies. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

Lockhart, E. ,  Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle.  How to Be Bad
Told in alternating voices, Jesse, Vicks, and Mel, hoping to leave all their worries and woes behind, escape their small town by taking a road trip to Miami. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Manning, Sarra.  Pretty Things  
While rehearsing for a production of "The Taming of the Shrew," four English teenagers explore their relationships and sexuality, while also discovering some surprising truths about themselves.

Marsden, John. Letters from the Inside
Two teenage girls begin a correspondence that gradually reveals more than either young woman wants known. (SLJ gr. 8+)

McCaughrean, Geraldine. Not the End of the World
Noah's daughter, daughters-in-law, sons, wife, and the animals describe what it was like to be aboard the ark while they watched everyone around them drown. What was it really like when the heavens opened and the world drowned? (SLJ gr. 9+)

Miller, Sarah.  The Lost Crown
In alternating chapters, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia tell how their privileged lives as the daughters of the tsar in early twentieth-century Russia are transformed by world war and revolution. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Na, An. Wait for Me.
As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life.  But working at the family business, taking care of her hearing-impaired little sister, Suna,  and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.  The story is told in two voices: first-person past tense for Mina and third-person present for Suna, who is entering middle school and just beginning to find her own voice. Winner of the 202 Printz Award. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Napoli, Donna Jo. Zel.
Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters. (SLJ gr 9+)

Reinhardt, Dana. Harmless
When Anna, Emma, and Mariah concoct a story about why they are late getting home one Friday night, their lie has unimaginable consequences for the girls, their families, and the community.  (SLJ gr. 7-10)

Rowell, Rainbow.  Eleanore & Park
Two misfits in love told in alternating voices. Eleanor meets Park on the school bus where he is deeply into the music on his his Walkman (it's 1986) and reading a comic book, trying to avoid Steve and Tina behind him.  Eleanor is overweight, has a mop of messy red hair and is dressed in the weirdest thriftstore clothes with pieces of fabric pinned over the holes.  She's dirt poor and her mother is remarried to a maniac (her dad wasn't so great either, he's totally forgotten his kids). No one will let her sit next to them, so she sits next to Park.  She's irksome but funny and Park begins to like her.  When he sees her reading his Watchman comics over his shoulder, he begins to share them with her. They are both great characters; their relationship is so full of feeling. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Sanchez, Alex.  So Hard to Say 
Thirteen-year-old Xio, a Mexican American girl, and Frederick, who has just moved to California from Wisconsin, quickly become close friends, but when Xio starts thinking of Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might be gay. (SLJ gr 6-9)

Van Draanen, Wendelin.  Flipped
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years. (SLJ gr. 6-9)

Volponi, Paul.  Black and White  
Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Wittlinger, Ellen. What's in a Name?
Each of ten teenagers living in Scrub Harbor, Massachusetts, explores his or her identity at the same time that the local residents consider changing the name of their town. (SLJ gr. 7+)



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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
by Sherman Alexie, read by the author.
In this semi-autobiographical story of Arnold Spirit Jr., or Jr. as he's known on the rez. A bright 14-year-old, this fledgling cartoonist and the target of bullies, leaves his Spokane Indian Reservation high school after throwing his 30-year-old geometry textbook at his teacher. Winner of the 2009 Odyssey Award presented by the American Library Association for best youth audiobook. Gr.8+

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, read by David Kelly, Daniel Bostick, and Bruce Coville.
A great science fiction adventure set on an airship in the Jules Verne genre, the audio book made by Full Cast Audio was an award winner. Great accents and sound effects. The sequel, Skybreaker, is equally good and the third book, Starclimber, is also recommended. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Teen genius Artemis Fowl battles his arch rival, Opal Koboi, who reanimates dead fairy warriors to possess Artemis' little brothers to reignite an ancient war. (2013 Odyssey Odyssey Honor Audiobook) 

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer, narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Another adventure story, this is the first of ten books about Mary “Jacky” Faber, an orphan in London, who disguises herself as a boy so she can board a British warship in search of pirates. Though well-meaning, she always seems to jump to conclusions and makes a mess of things. Katherine Kellgren distinguishes herself with many accents, humor and attitude and has recorded all of the books in the series. (2008 Odyssey Honor audiobook) Gr. 7+ 

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, narrated by Christopher Lane
Eli’s billionaire father built the Compound to protect his family from nuclear devastation. Now, six years have passed and Eli finally begins to question his reality. Christopher Lane’s intense, well-paced narration adds to the pulse-pounding intensity of this non-stop thrill ride. Gr. 7+

The Diviners by Libba Bray 
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.  (2012 Audie Award winner)

Dodger by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs
History and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking tale of adventure and mystery, unexpected coming-of-age, and one remarkable boy's rise in a complex and fascinating world.  Another excellent job by Pratchett and Briggs. (2012 Audie Award winner) 

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine, Full cast audiobook
Aza does not look like her fellow Ayorthans, but she can sing like them. Feeling huge and ugly, she somehow becomes the favorite of the new queen, sharing a secret that could bring down a kingdom and destroy Aza's happiness. The Full Cast Family expertly reads and sings the story of Aza and Ayortha — a country where beautiful composing and singing are prized above everything. For musical theater lovers Gr. 5-9 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. (Winner of 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production)  

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, narrated by by Jeffrey Cummings.
Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere. (SLJ gr 8+)

Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson
Twelve-year-old Cole grows from near-delinquent to responsible teen and passionate horseman as he helps his father and the cowboys save their endangered stables in inner-city Philadelphia. Neri’s captivating tale, inspired by real-life black urban cowboys, resonates in Jackson’s rich baritone performance. (2012 Odyssey Honor Audiobook) (SLJ gr 5-8)

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman narrated by the author
Gaiman reads his book perfectly. His sense of the macabre and his warmth for Bod infuse the recording about the boy who trundled out of bed one early morning and toddled across the street to the graveyard, thereby escaping being murdered. The ghosts and spirits of the graveyard agree to raise the boy, Nobody Owens. ( Winner of the 2009 Audie Audiobook of the Year Award)   Also available on Playaway.  Gr. 5+

Heat by Mike Lupica, narrated by Paolo Andino
Michael Arroyo's dream is to make it to the Little League World series and play on the same field as his beloved Yankees. Listeners will instantly connect with the characters that Andino fills with personality and originality. Gr. 5-8)

Heist Society by Ally Carter
A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, read by Kim Mai Guest.
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape. Followed by Sapphique (SLJ gr 7+)

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, read by Nick Podehl  Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee, whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not, stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden. Book 1 of the Chao Walking series. (2011 Odyssey Honor Audiobook)

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
In alternating chapters, tells of the mermaid Syrenka's love for Ezra in 1872 that leads to a series of horrific murders, and present-day Hester's encounter with a ghost that reveals her connection to the murders and to Syrenka.  (2013 Odyssey Odyssey Honor Audiobook)

Mimus
by Lilli Thal, read by Maxwell Caulfield
Prince Florin is taken prisoner by a neighboring kingdom and is forced to become a court jester. Caulfield’s charming accent adds texture and excitement through his great characterizations and varied storytelling. Gr. 7+

Nation by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs
After a tsunami, survivors Mau, a 13 year-old boy, and British teen Daphne set about rebuiling the island and helping straggling refugees who arrive. (2009 Odyssey Award Honor book) Gr. 7 - 10

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe
Doug’s miserable life includes a new town and a dysfunctional family until the works of Audubon help him see that his life might just be “okay.” Narrator Hoppe wears this audiobook like Doug’s beloved baseball jacket and his empathetic performance echoes long after the last word. Also available on Playaway (2012 Odyssey Honor Audiobook) 

Peace Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Dion Graham.
Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he's living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it's his job to be the 'rememberer' and write down everything that happens while they're growing up. Lonnie's reflections in his letters to Lili are bittersweet. He's happy that they both have good foster families. (SLJ gr 4-6)

Peak by Roland Smith, read by Ramon de Ocampo
Peak Marcello joins his father on an expedition to Mount Everest so that Peak will be the youngest person ever to reach the summit. De Ocampo puts the listener right in the middle of the action. Gr. 6+

Rotters by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne
Heyborne’s versatile character voicing animates this strange tale of Joey, a 16-year-old whose mother has died. His struggle begins as he is dropped into the isolated world of his father, a grave robber. The exquisite timing pulls us through the chilling story of the destruction and rebuilding of Joey’s personality. (2012 Odyssey Award Audiobook) gr 9+ 

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney, narrated by Christopher Evan Welch
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties." This is the first in an amazing series, The Last Apprentice. Gr. 5-9 (Entire series is recommended).

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, read by Emily Janice Card and Emma Bering
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy--Louis Charles, the lost king of France. (2011 Odyssey Honor Audiobook) (SLJ gr 9+)

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham
The stakes are high for Sean and Puck in their islands’ annual race of savage water horses. Narrators West and Hardingham’s lyrical narration evokes the atmosphere of a rugged island culture forever bound to fearsome mythical creatures. (2012 Odyssey Honor Audiobook) gr 8+

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. With his Scottish accent, Briggs brings life to this witty book with lots of wacky characters. Gr. 6+

will grayson, will grayson by John Green, read by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl.
One cold night in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens, both named Will Grayson, are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, they find their lives going in new and unexpected directions. (2011 Odyssey Honor Audiobook) (SLJ gr 9+)

For other recommendations see Odyssey Award winners and honors audiobooks 2008-present. This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. For more recommendations, see also The Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults lists, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 that are created by the Young Adult Library Services Association, YALSA, a division of the American Library Association.

Benway, Robin. Audrey, Wait!
After sixteen-year-old Audrey breaks up with her boyfriend Evan, a rock musician, he records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts bringing her unwanted fame and celebrity status. She has an enormous, humongous cat, Bendomolena that Evan, to his discredit, had barely noticed. (SLJ gr 9+)

Bow, Erin.  Plain Kate
Plain Kate's odd appearance and expertise as a woodcarver cause some to think her a witch, but friendship with a talking cat and, later, with humans help her to survive and even thrive in a world of magic, charms, and fear.  (PW ages 12+)

Burgess, Melvin. Lady
In Manchester, England, when a seventeen-year-old girl who hasn't been acting like herself lately is turned into a dog--the very creature she has personified--she isn't sure that the change is all bad. (SLJ gr 9+)

Caletti, Deb. The Story of Us
After jilting two previous fiances, Cricket's mother is finally marrying the right man, but as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities, complications arise for Cricket involving her own love life, her beloved dog Jupiter, and her mother's reluctance to marry. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Crane, E.M. Skin Deep
When sixteen-year-old Andrea Anderson begins caring for a sick neighbor's dog, she learns a lot about life, death, pottery, friendship, hope, and love.

Goldblatt, Stacey. Stray
Natalie's mother, a veterinarian with a dogs-only practice, has the sixteen-year-old on such a short leash that, when the teenaged son of her old school friend comes to stay with them for the summer, Natalie is tempted to break her mother's rules and follow her own instincts for a change.

Hartnett, Sonya. Surrender
A small, unforgiving town and distant, punitive parents ensure that 20-year-old Gabriel never forgets the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends--his dog, Surrender, and a wild boy, Finnigan. When a series of arson attacks grips the town, it becomes devastatingly clear that only the most extreme measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good.

Hesse, Karen. The Music of Dolphins.
After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot.
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Hunter, Erin. Into the Wild
For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all. #1 of the Warriors series

Juby, Susan. Another Kind of Cowboy
In Vancouver, British Columbia, two teenage dressage riders, one a spoiled rich girl and the other a closeted gay sixteen-year-old boy, come to terms with their identities and learn to accept themselves.

Koja, Kathe. Straydog
Rachel, a teenager with a healthy dose of both aptitude and attitude, begins to feel at home volunteering at an animal shelter. (SLJ gr 8 - 10)

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs
Why do the dogs in books always have to die? That’s the question 8th grader Wallace Wallace asks himself and why he hates Old Shep, My Pal and why he writes that it’s the worst book he ever read in his book report. Then his teacher makes him attend rehearsals for the play, Old Shep, My Pal till he comes to his senses.

London, Jack. Call of the Wild.
The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

Lyne, Jennifer H. Catch Rider 
Despite her poor background and ferocious competition from more privileged girls, fourteen-year-old Sid pursues her dream of becoming a catch rider--a show rider who can ride anything--with help from her Uncle Wayne.

Mass, Wendy. A Mango-Shaped Space
Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her.

Monninger, Joseph. Baby
Fifteen-year-old Baby's last chance at foster care is with the Potters, and while she likes them and enjoys learning to race their sled dogs, she feels she should go back on the streets with her boyfriend if she cannot find the mother who has deserted her again.

Morpurgo, Michael.  War Horse
World War I has started and the military needs horses to move equipment, charge the enemy, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Joey, a farm horse is sold to the Army. Joey misses the farmer's son, Albert, and spends the war years wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever see Albert again. (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Wisdom's Kiss a Thrilling and Romantic Adventure, Incorporating Magic, Villany, and a Cat
Magic, cunning, and one very special cat join forces in this hilarious tale told in diaries, letters, encyclopedia entries, and even a play.  (SLJ gr. 6-10)

Neri, G. Ghetto Cowboy
Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.  (SLJ gr 5-8)

Rottman, S.L. Hero
After years of abuse from his mother and neglect from his father, ninth-grader Sean Parker is headed for trouble until he is sent to do community service at a farm owned by an old man who teaches Sean that he can take control of his own life. (SLJ gr 7+)

Ruby, Laura. The Chaos King
Thirteen-year-old Georgie and Bug, a year older, have been pulled apart by the demands of their newfound fame and fortune, but join forces again when a punk, vampires, a giant sloth, and other creatures come after them on the streets of a New York City of the future.  (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Schmidt, Gary D. Trouble
Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin's dying wish, sets out to hike Maine's Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion--the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin--and reveals troubles that predate the accident. (SLJ gr 7-10)

Sherlock, Patti. Letters from Wolfie
Certain that he is doing the right thing by donating his dog, Wolfie, to the Army's scout program in Vietnam, thirteen-year-old Mark begins to have second thoughts when the Army refuses to say when and if Wolfie will ever return. (SLJ gr 5-9)

Smiley, Jane. The Georges and the Jewels
Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life.  A continuing series. (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Stiefvater, Maggie.  The Scorpio Races
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Townsend, Wendy. Lizard Love.
Grace, a teenager, and her mother have moved to Manhattan where she feels alienated and out of place, far from the ponds and farm where she grew up playing with bullfrogs and lizards, until she finds Fang & Claw, a reptile store, and meets the owner's son, Walter. (SLJ gr 6 - 9)

Whitney, Kim Ablon. The Perfect Distance
While competing in the three junior national equitation championships, seventeen-year-old Francie Martinez learns to believe in herself and makes some decisions about the type of person she wants to be. (SLJ gr 8+)

 

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Baker, E.D.  The Frog Princess 
After reluctantly kissing a frog, an awkward, fourteen-year-old princess suddenly finds herself a frog, too, and sets off with the prince to seek the means--and the self-confidence--to become human again.

Baker, E.D.  Wings: A Fairy Tale
When Tamisin discovers that she is half fairy, she decides to find out more answers directly from the fairies themselves, including her mother, the fairy queen Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Block, Francesca Lia. The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold          
Nine fairy tales turned “inside out.”

Bruchac, Joseph.  Dragon Castle
Young prince Rashko, aided by wise old Georgi, must channel the power of his ancestor, Pavol the great, and harness a magical dragon to face the evil Baron Temny after the foolish King and Queen go missing.

Bunce, Elizabeth.  A Curse Dark as Gold    
Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse.  When a man offering to spin straw into gold, Charlotte doesn’t consider the consequences.

Dixon, Heather.  Entwined  
Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother's death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish. Based on Grimm Brother’s tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Entwined is filled with romance, mystery and creepiness.

Dokey, Cameron. Beauty Sleep  
Sixteen-year-old Aurore, whose original curse has been transmuted to a one hundred year sleep starting on her seventeenth birthday, encounters Oswald, whom she has replaced as the king's heir, and the questing knight Ironheart.

Dokey, Cameron.  Golden  
A retelling of the tale about a girl whose father remarries and the effects that her stepmother has on the family. Rapunsel has only two nights and one day in which to free a girl from a curse.

Donoghue, Emma.  Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins
A collection of thirteen interconnected stories that give old fairytales an old twist.

Ferris, Jean.  Once Upon a Marigold 
A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.

Flinn, Alex.  Beastly
A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.  Just Ella 
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

Hale, Shannon.  The Goose Girl     
On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers. (1st in the series, Bayern Fairy Tales)

Hale, Shannon and Dean Hale.  Rapunzel’s Revenge
In this graphic novel, Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls and  dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.

Kantor, Melissa. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?   
When the father of high school sophomore, Lucy Norton, remarries, Lucy finds herself tormented by two bratty stepsisters and a wicked stepmother.

Kindl, Patrice.  Goose Chase
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses, and other dangers, before learning exactly who she is.

Kladstrup, Kristin. Garden Princess
When Princess Adela sets eyes on Lady Hortensia's garden, she knows something is amiss. Original fairy tale. (Gr. 6-9)

Lanagan, Margo. Tender Morsels
This rewriting of Snow White and Rose Red explores the lengths a young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties will go to protect her daughters from the traumas she has endured.

Levine, Gail Carson.  Ella Enchanted        
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Levine, Gail Carson. Fairest
Fourteen-year-old Kezi and Olus, Akkan god of the winds, fall in love and together try to change her fate--to be sacrificed to a Hyte god because of a rash promise her father made--through a series of quests that might make her immortal.

Marillier, Juliet. Wildwood Dancing  
Jenica and her four sisters have a delightful secret: they can enter into a fairy world of dancing, light, and music. When their father is called away on business, however, all of that is threatened when the dreaded cousin Cesar movies into the house. This delightful fantasy draws on The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Frog Prince.

Mariott, Zoe.  The Swan Kingdom
When Alexa's mother is killed, her father marries a cunning and powerful woman and her brothers disappear, sending Alexa on a long, dangerous journey as she attempts to harness the mystical power she inherited from her mother and restore the kingdom to its proper balance.

McKinley, Robin.  Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast  
Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay and through her love releases him from the spell that had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.

McKinley, Robin. Rose Daughter   
 Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and through her love he is released from the curse that had turned him from man to beast.

McKinley, Robin.  Spindle’s End 
In this expansion of Sleeping Beauty, the infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairyto be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia's vengeful powers.

McNeal, Tom.  Far Far Away 
"When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate, Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown"-- Not based on a particular fairy tale, but narrated by the ghost of Jacob Grimm whose job it is to protect Jeremy Johnson Johnson from from "the Finder of Occassions."

Meyer, Marissa. Cinder
As a plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.  This futuristic take on Cinderella is quite enchanting.

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Wisdom's Kiss: a Thrilling and Romantic Adventure, Incorporating Magic, Villany, and a Cat
Princess Wisdom, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne, Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family, Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips, and Magic the cat form an uneasy alliance as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.

Napoli, Donna Jo.  Beast    
Beauty and the Beast told from the Beast’s point of view and set in Persia.

Napoli, Donna Jo.  Bound    
In a novel based on Chinese Cinderella tales, fourteen-year-old stepchild Xing-Xing endures a life of neglect and servitude, as her stepmother cruelly mutilates her own child's feet so that she alone might marry well.

Napoli, Donna Jo.  Spinners   
Elaborates on the events recounted in the fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin, in which a strange little man helps a miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.

Napoli, Donna Jo.  Zel
Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the prince, and delves into the psychological motivations of the characters.

Palmer, Robin.  Cindy Ella 
Cindy Gold publishes an anti-prom letter in her high school newspaper, but when she develops a crush on her SAT tutor, on top of the ones she already has on popular senior Adam Silver, she begins to doubt her own convictions.

Pearce, Jackson.  Fathomless
Celia, who shares mental powers with her triplet sisters, finds competition for a handsome boy with Lo, a sea monster who must persuade a mortal to love her and steal his soul to earn back her humanity.  The dark side of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid is spotlighted in this modern-day retelling.

Pearce, Jackson. Sisters Red
After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman's son.

Pratchett, Terry.  The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 
Pratchett turns the Pied Piper tale on its head with a talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy who cooperate in a Pied Piper scam. When they try to con the wrong town they are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.

Schmidt, Gary D.  Straw into Gold  
Pursued by greedy villains, two boys on a quest to save innocent lives meet the banished queen whose son was stolen by Rumpelstiltskin eleven years earlier, and she provides much more than the answer they seek.

Tomlinson, Heather. Toads and Diamonds
A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift's purpose, discovering romance along the way.

Wallace, Karen. Wendy 
In early twentieth-century London, before their encounter with Peter Pan, nine-year-old Wendy and her younger brothers lead far from perfect lives with their emotionally distant parents and abusive Nanny, a situation that only worsens for Wendy when she see her father kiss another woman and finds herself pulled into an adult world of mysteries and lies.

Weyn, Suzanne.  The Night Dance 
A knight falls in love with the youngest of twelve sisters, but they can only marry if he can discover where the sisters secretly go to dance.  Adaptation of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Yolen, Jane.  Briar Rose 
Becca's grandmother tells her that she is a princess, and after her death, Becca investigates her grandmother's mementos and discovers her harrowing teenage years, including survival in a mass grave and Nazis killing her husband.

Yolen, Jane.  Pay the Piper: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Fairy Tale
When Callie interviews the band, Brass Rat, for her school newspaper, her feelings are ambivalent, but when all the children of Northampton begin to disappear on Halloween, she knows where the dangerous search must begin.

Updated 7/17/2013

 

Thrillers come in all forms, but whatever the genre, you can’t stop reading. Each exciting chapter leads you to the next. If you like suspense, surprises and cliff-hangers, try some of these different genres of thrillers.

Adventure | Historical Fiction | Dystopian | Paranormal | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
Crime Thrillers | Psychological Thrillers

 

Adventure

Dead Cat Bounce / Nic Bennett
When his banker father is blamed for the world's greatest financial crisis, sixteen-year-old Jonah, a financial prodigy, races to uncover the truth and save the world.

The Devil's Breath / David Gilman
When fifteen-year-old Max Gordon's environmentalist-adventurer father goes missing while working in Namibia and Max becomes the target of a would-be assassin at his school in England, he decides he must follow his father to Africa and find him before they both are killed. First in the Danger zone series.

Peak / Roland Smith   
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.  (SLJ gr 6+)

Stormbreaker / Anthony Horowitz 
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.  (SLJ gr 5-9)

STORM: The Infinity Code / E. L. Young 
In London, the teenaged geniuses of STORM, a secret organization dedicated to eliminating the world's misery through science and technology, uncover plans for a deadly weapon and race to find and dismantle it, then confront the corrupt scientist behind the scheme.  (SLJ gr 7-10)

Tomorrow When the War Began / John Marsden 
Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.  (SLJ gr 8+)

 
Historical Thrillers

Code Name Verity / Elizabeth Wein 
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Forge / Laurie Halse Anderson
Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more. (SLJ gr 6-10)

Ripper / Stephan Petrucha
You’ll be engaged right away as this book opens with a Jack the Ripper style murder. The question is, this is New York and Jack the Ripper worked in London. Carver, one of the orphans losing shelter when Miss Petty’s orphanage closes, wants to be a detective and he wants to know his father’s identity, especially when he begins to suspect that he may be the son of Jack the Ripper.

The Diviners / Libba Bray 
Having caused a scandal in her Ohio hometown, Evie is sent to New York City, to live with her uncle, the owner of a museum of the occult. Anxious to be a flapper and girl about town, she possessing a strange power that allows her to know something about a person just by holding something they own. Evie gets involved in a series of bizarre murders closely connected to a religious cult and part of a looming apocalypse.

 
Dystopian Thrillers

Divergent / Veronica Roth          
There are five factions in Tris’s future Chicago, the outcome of ancestors who decided that humans were selfish and corrupt forming factions against what each group thought were the biggest ills. As in many dystopian novels, teens have to choose a faction and then go through an initiation. When tested, it turns out that Tris is a Divergent, she possesses traits of more than one faction. This is dangerous, since the leaders want blind obedience, if one is to be accepted into the faction. Those not accepted are sent to live among the factionless.

The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins     
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. (SLJ gr 7+)

Life as We Knew It / Susan Beth Pfeffer 
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Her mother’s boyfriend, a doctor, dies of a widespread flu and as food supplies diminish, neighbors arm themselves.

Little Brother / Cory Doctorow 
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.  (SLJ gr 10+)

The Knife of Never Letting Go / Patrick Ness       
Growing up in Prentisstown, Todd Hewitt could hear the thoughts of all the people in town. It just so happened that all of them were male, and when the story begins, except for him, men. Todd has a month to go before he is to turn 14 and become a man when his brothers force him to flee their farm and a wild preacher who has come for him. He and his dog flee by way of the swamp where he encounters a girl, the sole survivor of a spaceship crash. Both of them set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World and fleeing the men of Prentisstown.

The Testing / Joelle Charbonneau        
Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing. (SLJ gr 7+) (on order 6/3/13)

 

Paranormal Thrillers

Blink Once / Cylin Busby
West, a high school senior with everything going for him until an accident leaves him paralyzed, connects with Olivia, a patient in the hospital room next to his, who seems to understand his dreams and nightmares but who has a secret.

Clockwork Angel / Cassandra Clare            
When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth / Carrie Ryan             
Mary is living in a post-zombie world, in a walled compound where zombies cannot enter, but their fingers occasionally scratch people and kill them, leaving them undead. Most of the village has forgotten there was ever anything better, but Mary was raised on her mother's stories of the ocean and she is determined to get there. When the walls of her village are breached, Mary, Travis (the boy she loves but who is betrothed to her best friend), Harry, her betrothed, her brother, an orphan boy and a dog have to set out in hopes of finding a safe place. A tree provides sanctuary for a time, but can they survive there?

The Name of the Star / Maureen Johnson  
Another Jack the Ripper thriller, this one with paranormal elements and set in present day London. just as Louisiana teen Rory Deveaux has moved into her new boarding school in the middle of Wexford on London's East side a series of Jack the Ripper copycat murders begin. In the midst of this scare, she and her British roommate go sneaking around and she is the only one who spots the man police believe to be the murderer. Tension mounts when Rory becomes the next target.

Numbers / Rachel Ward
Jem hates to look into people's eyes. She sees the date they will die. It happened with her mother and it happened with a man digging food out of garbage bins. She's a loner, living in foster care, mostly skipping school and sometimes hanging out with Spider, except that she knows he's not got long to live. Then one day they visit the London Eye and she knows everyone is going to die.

 
Science Fiction & Fantasy Thrillers

Airborn / Kenneth Oppel
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.  (SLJ gr 6-10) 

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment / James Patterson  
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.  (SLJ gr 7+)

The False Prince / Jennifer A. Nielsen             
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Graceling / Kristin Cashore        
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

The Scorpio Races / Maggie Stievater  
On the remote island of Thisby where man eating horses, the capaill uisce, come in from the sea, each year there is a race and for the past four years Sean Kendrick has won the race as had his father until one year he was eaten. Another orphan to the horses, Puck Connolly has decided to ride in the races as well. Her brother has decided to leave Thisby in search of work and she desperately needs the prize money. Puck is the first woman to enter the race, and she has won many enemies by doing so. Chief among them is the son of the stable's owner. Humiliated by losing year after year to Sean, his father’s stable hand, he is determined to win at all costs.

Unwind /  Neal Shusterman 
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.  (SLJ gr 9+)

 
Crime Thrillers

Acceleration / Graham McNamee
Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a man who loves killing animals and who is planning to kill a woman who rides on the subway. Duncan sets out to stop him.

The Christopher Killer: A Forensic Mystery / Alane Ferguson     
On the payroll as an assistant to her coroner father, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney uses her knowledge of forensic medicine to catch the killer of a friend while putting herself in terrible danger.

Finding Lubchenko /  Michael Simmons
When his father is framed for murder and bioterrorism, high-school junior Evan, using clues from a stolen laptop, travels from Seattle to Paris with two friends to find the real culprit.  (SLJ gr 8+)

I Hunt Killers / Barry Lyga   
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."

  
Money Run / Jack Heath  
Fifteen-year-olds Ashley and Benjamin are planning the heist of a lifetime, but they are not counting on a hit man who has plans of his own.

Revolver / Marcus Sedgewick 
Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar's stolen gold. Sig wonders what are his chances of retrieving his father's hidden revolver or of escaping.

The Rules for Disappearing / Ashley Elston    
High school student "Meg" has changed identities so often that she hardly knows who she is anymore, and her family is falling apart, but she knows that two of the rules of witness protection are be forgettable and do not make friends--but in her new home in Louisiana a boy named Ethan is making that difficult. (ages 12+) 

Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel / Harlan Coben                 
"When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his new friends find themselves at the center of a murder mystery."


Psychological Thrillers

The Compound / S.A. Bodeen  
When nuclear war strikes, Eli and his family rush to their incredible bomb shelter and the door closes. The trouble is, Eli's twin brother and grandmother were left outside. Now they have to wait for 15 years till the door will open. As food supplies start to diminish, Eli realizes that his father is totally mad and that things may not be as they appear.

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters / Gail Giles  
Fourteen-year-old Sunny is stunned when a total stranger shows up at her house posing as her older sister Jazz, who supposedly died out of town in a fire months earlier.

Paranoid Park / Blake Nelson 
A sixteen-year-old Portland, Oregon skateboarder, whose parents are going through a difficult divorce, is engulfed by guilt and confusion when he accidentally kills a security guard at a train yard.

Stolen / Lucy Christopher   
Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.  (SLJ gr 9+)

Wolf Rider: A Tale of Terror / Avi
After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, fifteen-year-old Andy finds his close relationship with his father crumbling as he struggles to make everyone believe him.


Psychological Drama

Tenderness / Robert Cormier                   
A psychological thriller told from the points of view of a teenage serial killer and the runaway girl who falls in love with him.

Jake Riley: Irreparably Damaged / Rebecca Fjelland Davis            
The friendship between a troubled boy, recently released from a reform school, and the farm girl who lives next door angers the faculty at their school and leads to a dangerous confrontation.

This is What I Did / Ann Dee Ellis           
Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him.

Inventing Elliot / Graham Gardner   
A victim of bullying, Elliot invents a calmer, cooler self when he changes schools in the middle of freshman year, but soon attracts the wrong kind of attention from the Guardians who "maintain order" at the new school. (gr 7-9)

Amandine / Adele Griffen                                 
On the first day of school, when shy, plain Delia befriends Amandine, she never have imagined the dangerous turns their friendship would take.

Silent to the Bone / E.L. Konigsburg              
Branwell’s best friend is sure Connor would never hurt is sister who’s in a coma.  The au-pair blamed Connor for dropping her and Connor’s been dumb struck ever since.

Girlhearts / Norma Fox Mazer                      
Thirteen-year-old Sarabeth Silver's life is turned upside-down when her mother dies suddenly, leaving her orphaned, confused, and at the mercy of everyone who seems to know what is best for her.

Echo / Kate Morgenroth            
After Justin witnesses his brother's accidental shooting death, he must live with the repercussions, as the same horrific day seems to happen over and over.  (gr 9+)

After the Wreck I Picked Myself Up and Flew Away / Joyce Carol Oates        
Blaming herself for the car accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge that killed her mother, fifteen-year-old Jenna undergoes a difficult physical and emotional recovery.

Full Tilt / Neal Shusterman                   
When sixteen-year-old Blake goes to a mysterious, by-invitation-only carnival he somehow knows that it could save his comatose brother, but soon learns that much more is at stake if he fails to meet the challenge presented there by the beautiful Cassandra.

The Killer's Cousin / Nancy Werlin                
After being acquitted of murder, seventeen-year-old David goes to stay with relatives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he finds himself forced to face his past as he learns more about his strange young.

The Rules of Survival / Nancy Werlin
Seventeen-year-old Matthew recounts his attempts, starting at a young age, to free himself and his sisters from the grip of their emotionally and physically abusive mother.  (gr 9+)

Updated 7/25/2015

A selection of teen books, both historical and contemporary fiction written by and about African Americans.


 

Historical Fiction

Becoming Billie Holliday/ Carole Boston Weatherford
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse
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Caucasia
/ Danzy Senna
A sensitive coming-of-age bestseller about two sisters divided by politics and race at the beginning of the 1970s

Chains: Seeds of America / Laurie Halse Anderson
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Copper Sun / Sharon Draper
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue / Julius Lester
Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma. (SLJ gr. 6-10)

Fallen Angels /  Walter Dean Myers
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam. (SLJ gr 10+)

Flygirl / Sherri L. Smith
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.
 
Good Fortune/ Noni Carter
Ayanna Bahati lives in a small African village when she is brutally kidnapped, along with her mother and brother, and forced onto a slave ship to America. Risking everything to escape the plantation, Ayanna makes it to the North and to freedom, eventually settling in the free black community of Hadson, Ohio, and educating herself to become a teacher.
 
Guardian / Julius Lester
In a rural southern town in 1946, a white man and his son witness the lynching of an innocent black man. Includes historical note on lynching.

The kingdom on the waves: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation ; vol. II /
M.T. Anderson
When Octavian hears that Lord Dunmore, governor of Virginia, will free all slaves who join his "Ethiopian Regiment," the recent runaway gladly signs up. Upon enlisting, Octavian is reunited with his friend Pro Bono. The two comrades, who once shared a master, are thrilled to meet again, but their joy quickly subsides.

The Land.
/ Mildred Taylor
After the Civil War in 1880s Mississippi, Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.  Prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. (SLJ gr 7-10)

Legend of Buddy Bush / Sheila P. Moses
In 1947, twelve-year-old Pattie Mae is sustained by her dreams of escaping Rich Square, North Carolina, and moving to Harlem when her Uncle Buddy is arrest for attempted rape of a white woman and her grandfather is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.

Mare's War
/ Tanita S. Davis 
Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.

Nightjohn / Gary Paulsen
Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.

North by night: a story of the Underground Railroad /
Katherine Ayres
Presents the journal of a sixteen-year-old girl whose family operates a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Riot / Walter Dean Myers
In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.

The Rock and the River / Kekla Magoon
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry / Mildred D. Taylor A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

Stealing Freedom / Elisa Lynn Carbone
A novel based on the events in the life of a young slave girl from Maryland who endures all kinds of mistreatment and cruelty, including being separated from her family, but who eventually escapes to freedom in Canada.
 
A Thousand Never Evers / Shana Burg
As the civil rights movement in the South gains momentum in 1963--and violence against African Americans intensifies--the black residents, including seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice.

True North: A Novel of the Underground Railroad / Kathryn Lasky
Because of the strong influence which her grandfather, an abolitionist, has in her life, fourteen-year-old Lucy assists a fugitive slave girl in her escape. (SLJ gr 6-9)

The Watsons Go to Birmingham
/ Christopher Paul Curtis
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
 
 Contemporary Fiction
 
Acting / Sherri Winston
Longing to escape from her small Michigan town, sixteen-year-old Eve, an aspiring actress, is forced to confront both her family's and her own expectations when her twin sister announces her pregnancy.

After Tupac & D Foster / Jacqueline Woodson
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother /  Walter Dean Myers
Jesse pours his heart and soul into his sketchbook to make sense of life in his troubled Harlem neighborhood and the loss of a close friend.

Battle of Jericho  / Sharon M. Draper
A high school junior and his cousin suffer the ramifications of joining what seems to be a "reputable" school club.

Boy 21 / Matthew Quick
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

Bucking the Sarge / Christopher Paul Curtis
Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.

Dope Sick / Walter Dean Myers
Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J's life when he could have made better choices.

Emako Blue / Brenda Woods
Monterey, Savannah, Jamal, and Eddie have never had much to do with each other until Emako Blue shows up at chorus practice, but just as the lives of the five Los Angeles high school students become intertwined, tragedy tears them apart.

First Part Last / Angela Johnson
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.

Harlem Hustle / Janet McDonald
Eric "Hustle" Samson, a smart and street-wise seventeen-year-old dropout from Harlem, aspires to rap stardom, a dream he naively believes is about to come true.

Heaven: A Novel  / Angela Johnson
Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.

I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This  / Jacqueline Woodson
Marie, the only black girl in the eighth grade willing to befriend her white classmate Lena, discovers that Lena's father is doing horrible things to her in private.

Jason & Kyra / Dana Davidson
Handsome and popular Jason tries to come to terms with his irascible, often absent father and his growing attraction to the quiet, studious Kyra.

Jazmin's Notebook / Nikki Grimes
Jazmin, an Afro-American teenager who lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment in the 1960s, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a record of the events in her sometimes difficult life.

Hotlanta / Denene Miller & Mitzi Miller 
Living a privileged life in Atlanta, wealthy and beautiful African American twin sisters, Sydney and Lauren, must deal with family secrets and scandal when their father is released from prison.

Hollywood & Maine / Allison Whittenberg
In 1976 Pennsylvania, middle-schooler Charmaine Upshaw contemplates a career as a model or actress while coping with boyfriend problems and the return of her uncle, a fugitive who cost her family $1,000 in bail money a year earlier.

The Hoopster / Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Andre Anderson is a black teenager who loves to play basketball, When he is viciously attacked, it calls his whole world into question--even his deadly jumpshot. Followed by Hip-Hop High School  and Homeboyz.

Lena / Jacqueline Woodson 
Thirteen-year-old Lena and her younger sister Dion mourn the death of their mother as they hitchhike from Ohio to Kentucky while running away from their abusive father.

Like Sisters on the Homefront Williams-Garcia, Rita
Troubled 14-yr. old Gail is sent down South to live with her uncle & aunt, where her life begins to change as she experiences the healing power of family.

Miracle’s Boys / Jacqueline Woodson
Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.

Monster / Walter Dean Myers 
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.  Winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

No Laughter Here / Rita Williams-Garcia
In Queens, New York, ten-year-old Akilah is determined to find out why her closest friend, Victoria, is silent and withdrawn after returning from a trip to her homeland, Nigeria.

On the Come Up / Travis Hunter
While DeMarco Winslow finds that his frequent trips to a juvenile detention house provide better living conditions than his own home, his twin sister Jasmine becomes close with the DIVAs, a dangerous gang.

Rikers High / Paul Volponi
Arrested on a minor offense, a New York City teenager attends high school in the jail facility on Rikers Island, as he waits for his case to go to court. Volponi taught on Riker's Island for several years.

The Skin I'm In / Sharon Flake
Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like.

Shooting Star / Fredrick Mckissack, Jr. 
Jomo Rogers, a naturally talented athlete, starts taking performance enhancing drugs in order to be an even better high school football player, but finds his life spinning out of control as his game improves.

Standing Against the Wind / Traci L. Jones
As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.

Tyrell / Coe Booth
Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.  Kendra is the sequel