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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)