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									    TeenSRC Booklists 2008
                                                                                             Pollock, Angela Reynolds, and Kathleen Troppmann. Many of
                                                                                             these people deserve repeated thanks: thank-you, thank-you,
                       Last updated 11 April 2008                                            thank-you!


                             Table of Contents                                               BC 150
BC 150................................................................................. 1
  Fiction .............................................................................. 1   Fiction
  Non-Fiction ....................................................................... 2
Adult Books, Great for Teens .................................................. 3            The Bone House by Luanne Armstrong
Adventures & Thrillers ............................................................ 4        British Columbia has changed. Globally, the weather has become
Banned Books ....................................................................... 7       extreme and unpredictable. A young woman, Lia, escapes a Vancouver
Biographies .......................................................................... 7     that has deteriorated into a landscape of gated communities, violent
Books to Make You Think........................................................ 8            gangs, and sinister welfare agencies. She returns to her childhood home
Books Turned into Movies ....................................................... 9           in the Kootenays and a commune where Magnus and his mother and
                                                                                             their eccentric neighbour are determined not only to fight for their land
  Manga ............................................................................ 10
                                                                                             but to understand the events that have shaped their lives.
Canadian ............................................................................ 10
Chicklit............................................................................... 12   Speak to the Earth by William Bell
  New Books ...................................................................... 12        The community of Nootka Harbour is split by a bitter dispute between
  Classic Chick Lit ............................................................... 13       loggers and "tree-huggers". At first 15-year-old Bryan Troupe is
Classics .............................................................................. 17   indifferent to the dispute but when a similar rift divides his family and
Diaries and Letters .............................................................. 18        changes his relationship with his girlfriend, he is drawn into the
Do-It-Yourself ..................................................................... 19      environmental conflict thereby altering his entire life.
Fantasy .............................................................................. 20
                                                                                             The Freedom of Jenny by Julie Burtinshaw
Go Goth! ............................................................................ 22
                                                                                              When her father announces that he has saved enough money to buy
Graphic Novels .................................................................... 23       their freedom from slavery, 13-year-old Jenny Estes makes the long and
Historical Fiction .................................................................. 24     difficult journey with her family from Missouri to Salt Spring Island in
Humour.............................................................................. 25      search of a better life.
Horror ................................................................................ 26
International Fiction............................................................. 28        Chasing the Moon by Penny Chamberlain
Mystery .............................................................................. 28    In the summer of 1924, Kit, a twelve-year-old tomboy, is sent to live
Queer Lit ............................................................................ 30    with her estranged father, who has let the family farm on Vancouver
Romance ............................................................................ 31      Island go. Her mother is suffering from tuberculosis and is in the hospital
                                                                                             in Victoria. Kit runs away to see her mother, hitching a ride with strange
Science Fiction .................................................................... 32
                                                                                             men who turn out to be gangsters working with her father, a rumrunner
Weepers ............................................................................. 32     during the American Prohibition.

Credits                                                                                      Treading Water by Anne DeGrace
                                                                                             The indomitable personality of Ursula Hartmann, the first child born in
Many thanks to Kate Adams, Kirsten Andersen, Jacqueline Beliso,                              Bear Creek and the last to leave, threads through the novel as we follow
Denise Corey-Fancy, Karen Dahl, Theresa Dewis, Helen Dougan,                                 a small West Kootenay community from its frontier beginnings to the day
Adrienne Else, Fatima Ferreira, Jayme Flexhaug, Susan                                        the waters rise behind the dam.
Grieshaber-Otto, Gayle Harris, Leah Hunter, Irene Kobylkin-
Somody, Els Kushner, Tiffany Olsen, Deanne Perreault, Kate                                   Home before Dark by Jo Hammond
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Erik and his friends meet Gary, a retired logger who lives alone on a        New World aboard a ship bound to Vancouver Island where they struggle
remote BC coast island. The boys learn of a suspicious death in Gary's       to make a new home in a strange land.
family years before, and discover that they have aroused the interest of
a shadowy stranger who appears to have designs on Gary's boat--and           My Name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling
maybe even his life.                                                         Her name is Seepeetza, but at the Indian residential school in British
                                                                             Columbia, she is called Martha. She hates her white name, but she is
The Corps of the Bare-boned Plane by Polly Horvath                           beaten if she talks "Indian." Her long hair is cut off and she gets in
 When their parents are killed in a train accident, teenage cousins Meline   trouble for daydreaming about the family ranch and her life before
and Jocelyn are sent to live with their wealthy, eccentric, and isolated     coming to the residential school. This autobiographical novel is written in
Uncle Marten on his island off the coast of British Columbia. Told in        diary format, and covers Seepetza‘s sixth grade year.
alternating voices by four odd characters dealing with grief in different
ways, this is a complicated story about loss.                                By the Skin of his Teeth: A Barkerville Mystery by Ann Walsh
                                                                             It is 1870, and 16-year-oldTed MacIntosh is living in Barkerville. Racial
Voyages of Hope: The Saga of the Bride-Ships by Peter Johnson                tensions run high when a Chinese man is stabbed to death outside his
A line of nervous young women got off a ship in Victoria Harbour in 1862     restaurant and the prime suspect in the stabbing is a well-known white
and had to walk the gauntlet between two rows of jostling, eager men.        man, Henri Tremblay. Tremblay is charged with murder, but is released
One girl, proposed to on the spot, accepted quickly and left town with her   on bail until his trial can take place several months later. He uses this
new husband. Why did these women leave everything behind in England          time to intimidate the witnesses. Ted faces intimidation and violence at
and come to the west coast?                                                  the hands of Tremblay and his cronies, but he stands up for what he
                                                                             believes in, supporting and defending a Chinese friend.
A Ribbon of Shining Steel by Julie Lawson
Kate Cameron, the narrator of this fictionalized diary about the building    Red Goodwin by John Wilson
of the Canadian Pacific Railway, decides to show her parents that even a     After Will Ryan‘s father dies in WWI, Will has to leave England and move
rough little railway town like Yale can have social graces. But the quick-   to Canada to live with his uncle and aunt in a mining town on Vancouver
tempered 13-year-old's love of adventure keeps getting in her way.           Island. There he has a chance meeting with Red Goodwin, considered a
                                                                             dangerous, radical union organizer. Can Will remain loyal to his Uncle,
No Time to Say Goodbye by Sylvia Olsen                                       the mine boss, after he learns about the dangers in the mine and the
Taken by government agents to live at Kuper Island Residential School,       racism against Chinese workers? Will he be able to keep the location of
five children from the Tsartlip First Nations are isolated on the small      Red Goodwin‘s hideaway a secret?
island. Life becomes regimented by the strict school routine and they
experience the pain of homesickness and confusion while trying to adjust
to a completely different world. In spite of the harshness of the
residential school, the children find adventure in escape, challenge in
competition, and camaraderie with their fellow students.                     Non-Fiction
White Girl by Sylvia Olsen                                                   Blue Valley by Luanne Armstrong
Josie's life is turned upside down when she turns 15 and her                 This ecological memoir illuminates and expands our understanding of
dysfunctional mom meets and marries Martin. They move to the reserve         place. A lifetime relationship with a farm on the shore of Kootenay Lake
and she makes it through the summer by hiding out in her room. Living        is grounded in Armstrong‘s belief that ecological restoration is dependent
with a new family and a new name - Blondie, she ventures out to life on      upon writing language back into the land.
the reserve.
                                                                             This and That the Lost Stories of Emily Carr
Tess by Jocelyn Reekie                                                       Emily Carr began to write these stories in the last two years of her life,
Thirteen-year-old Tess Macqueen lives in Castle Dunharbar, Scotland. In      but they remained buried in the British Columbia Archives until 2007.
1857, her life changes dramatically when her mother dies unexpectedly        Now readers are given a new glimpse into Emily's life. This collection
and her Uncle Hammond sells the castle, forcing Tess‘ family off the land    illuminates her life and shows details her family life, school days, her
they have farmed for years. Tess and her father are given passage to the

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fascination with nature, the animals she loved and how she learned to
smoke.
                                                                              Adult Books, Great for Teens
Far West the story of British Columbia by Daniel Francis
British Columbia's colourful story is told specifically for young readers--   Persepolis -- Marjane Satrapi
from the gold rush to the Gumboot Navy and from "brideships" to W.A.C.        What was it like to come of age as a spirited kid under a militant
Bennett. From aboriginal people and first contacts to confederation.          revolutionary government? Marjane Satrapi brings her experiences of
Quotes and anecdotal sidebars containing little-known BC facts spice up       growing up in Iran to life in this funny, sad, and gripping memoir in
the text as do the archival photographs, colourful paintings, maps and        comic-book form.
original illustrations.
                                                                              Anansi Boys
Haunted Waters: Tales of the Old Coast by Dick Hammond                        by Neil Gaiman
These stories of coastal life come from days when the hardworking             Things are not looking good for Fat Charlie Nancy. He‘s got a dead dad
settlers who fished, hunted, ranched and logged the west coast had to         who, it turns out, was really the trickster god Anansi; a newly discovered
make their own entertainment. Back then daily life was dramatic enough        brother who‘s as charming as he is destructive; and a fiancée with
that storytellers didn‘t have to exaggerate, but tales have a way of          beautiful eyes and the meanest mother in the hemisphere. And when the
growing taller in a place where you have to be larger than life just to       other gods—the ones who Anansi used to trick, and tease, and cheat—
survive                                                                       find out who, and where, Charlie and his brother are, things are about to
                                                                              get even worse.
Epic Wanderer by D'Arcy Jenish
David Thompson spent nearly three decades surveying and mapping over          One Red Paperclip
1.2 million square miles of largely uncharted Indian territory. Traveling     by Kyle Macdonald
across the prairies, over the Rockies and on to the Pacific, Thompson         The true story of a guy from Port Moody who started with one red paper
transformed the raw data of his explorations into a map of the Canadian       clip found in his pocket and traded his way to a house. As he recounts
West. This full-length biography charts the life of a man who risked          the fascinating events that led to each trade, Macdonald tells another
everything in the name of scientific advancement and exploration.             story, too: one about the power of connections, of daring to think
                                                                              differently, of one person who realizes his dreams in his own unique way.
The Inner Green by K. Linda Kivi and Eileen Delehanty Pearkes
Personal discovery and reverence for the Columbia Mountains of BC is          Girl with a Pearl Earring
shown in the stories and observations in this book. Connections to place      by Tracy Chevalier
and ecosystems are explored by the adventures in the interior temperate       16-year-old Griet has an artist‘s eye, but as a poor girl in 17th century
rainforest.                                                                   Delft, her fate is clear: she is sent to work as a maid for a better-off
                                                                              family. As she is drawn into their intrigues and conflicting loyalties, Griet
Thompson's Highway by Alan Twigg                                              must survive in the face of her mistress‘s hostility, unwanted advances
In this third volume about BC literary history, Twigg traces the writings     from her master‘s artistic patrons, and, most dangerous of all, her own
of David Thompson, Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and thirty               fascination with beauty and with her master, the painter Johannes
others. It was the remarkable mapmaker, David Thompson, who was               Vermeer.
instrumental in creating the "highway" for commerce that connected both
sides of the North American continent. Thompson's exploration and             My Jim
mapping enabled George Simpson and James Douglas finally to bring             by Nancy Rawles
viability to the corporate fur trade on the so-called Western Slope.          While her 16-year-old granddaughter considers a proposal of marriage,
                                                                              Sadie Watson unspools the story of her own girlhood as a slave on a
Sam Steele by Holly Quan                                                      tobacco plantation in Hannibal, Missouri, and of her love for Jim, who
During the pioneering years of the Canadian West, Sam Steele                  runs away after she is sold to another family. Despite her years away
participated in many significant historical events. He was an adventurer      from Jim, Sadie holds fast to her love and her determination to survive.
and heroic figure who commanded awe and respect as he worked with             Another side of the story told in the classic Huckleberry Finn, this book
the North West Mounted Police. (Amazing Stories series)

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also stands on its own as a love story and a chronicle of one woman‘s            by Terry Brooks
strength of spirit.                                                              Armageddon‘s Children is a new creation–the perfect opportunity for
                                                                                 readers unfamiliar with Brooks‘s previous work to experience an author
Educating Esmé                                                                   at the height of his considerable storytelling powers. It is a gripping
by Esmé Raji Codell                                                              chronicle of a once-familiar world now spun shockingly out of control, in
A funny, biting, sassy, heartbreaking memoir of the author‘s first year          which an extraordinary few struggle to salvage hope in the face of
teaching 10-year-olds at an inner-city school. ―Madame Esmé,‖ as she             terrifying chaos. If you have not read his Shannara series it also is worth
insists on being called (to her principal‘s irritation) fires up her students‘   the read.
imaginations with a time machine made out of a refrigerator box,
changes the names of subjects (math becomes ―puzzling‖), and gives her           The Last Templar
all in the face of incompetent administrators and the poverty-stricken           by Raymond Khoury
conditions of her students‘ lives.                                               In 1291, a young Templar knight flees the fallen Holy land, setting out to
                                                                                 sea with a mysterious chest entrusted to him by the Order's dying grand
A Complicated Kindness                                                           master. The ship vanishes without a trace. In present day Manhattan,
by Miriam Toews                                                                  four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights stage a raid on the
A witty, beleaguered teenager whose family is shattered by                       Metropolitan Museum of Art during an exhibit of Vatican treasures. An
fundamentalist Christianity balances grief and hope in this coming-of-age        antiterrorist specialist and an archeologist are drawn into the dark,
novel. Left alone with her sad, peculiar father, she spends her days             hidden history of the crusading Knights of Templar--a deadly game of cat
piecing together why her mother and sister left.                                 and mouse with ruthless killers as they race across three continents to
                                                                                 recover a lost secret.
Life on the Refrigerator Door: A Novel in Notes
by Alice Kuipers                                                                 The Memory Keeper's Daughter
 Life on the Refrigerator Door is a poignant and deeply moving first novel       by Kim Edwards
about the bonds of love and frustration that tie mothers and daughters           Kim Edwards's stunning family drama evokes the spirit of Sue Miller and
together. Told entirely in a series of notes left on the kitchen fridge—         Alice Sebold, articulating every mother's silent fear: what would happen
some casual, some intimate, some funny, some angry—it is the story of            if you lost your child and she grew up without you? In 1964, when a
nine months in the life of 15-year-old Claire and her single mother.             blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately
                                                                                 recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-
The Tenth Circle                                                                 second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse to
by Jodi Picoult                                                                  take the baby away to an institution and to keep her birth a secret.
Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She''s also the
light of her father, Daniel''s life -- a straight-A student; a pretty, popular
freshman in high school; a girl who''s always seen her father as a hero.
That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of              Adventures & Thrillers
violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family -- and
herself -- seems to be a lie.                                                    Acceleration
                                                                                 by Graham McNamee
The Five People You Meet in Heaven                                               Stuck working in the Lost and Found of the Toronto Transit Authority for
by Mitch Albom                                                                   the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds, amid the piles of
Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of       forgotten junk, the diary of a serial killer. When the police refuse to take
fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of         it seriously, Duncan enlists the aid of two very different friends to help
work, loneliness, and regret. Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a        him find out the identity of the diary's author.
tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens
in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden,      Apocalypse, by Tim Bowler
but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people.          While sailing on open waters, an accident forces Kit and his parents to
                                                                                 seek refuge on an island populated by a small group of religious fanatics
Armageddon's Children                                                            who become convinced that Kit is the devil‘s spawn and must be killed.
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                                                                               After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy
Blood Red, Snow White, by Marcus Sedgwick                                      begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses
Set at the time of the Russian Revolution, this fictionalized true story       where people need to be helped or hurt.
tells the tale of Arthur Ransome, an British writer and illustrator who fell
in love with a Russian woman, sympathized with the Bolshevik cause and         In the Middle of the Night, by Robert Cormier
ended up accused of being a spy and a double agent.                            Sixteen-year-old Denny lives in the shadow of a deadly accident which
                                                                               his father was blamed for years ago and for which one survivor is seeking
Calling a Dead Man by Gillian Cross                                            revenge.
When her fiancé is supposedly killed on a demolition site in Siberia, Annie
and his teenage sister travel to Russia to uncover the truth.                  King Dork, by Frank Portman
                                                                               When Tom Henderson finds a box of books left by his father, a detective
Code Orange by Caroline Cooney                                                 who died under strange circumstances, he realizes that each book holds
While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an       a secret message which he must decode to find the truth.
envelope containing 100-year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has
infected himself and all of New York City.                                     Quid Pro Quo, by Vicki Grant
                                                                               Fourteen-year-old Cyril, raised by an ex-street kid mom who has
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, by Ally Carter                                 struggled to change her life for the better, becomes involved in a web of
While attending an elite private school that teaches advanced martial arts     deceit and intrigue when his mother suddenly vanishes.
in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students receive
extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class, Cammie Morgan is        Runner, by Carl Deuker
accused of a disasterous security breach.                                      Living with an alcoholic father on a broken-down boat moored in Puget
                                                                               Sound drives sixteen-year-old Chance Taylor to accept a high-paying job
Death or Glory Boys by Teresa Breslin                                          which he soon realizes may cost him his life.
A bomb shatters Sarah and Phil‘s peaceful world and turn‘s them into
opponents in their response to terrorism.                                      River Secrets, by Shannon Hale
                                                                               Razo travels from Bayern to Tira at war‘s end as part of a diplomatic
Double Helix, by Nancy Werlin                                                  corps, but mysterious events in the capital fuel suspicions and anger, and
Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about himself while          he must spy out the cause before he gets trapped behind enemy lines.
working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic
engineering.                                                                   Secrets of the Fearless, by Elizabeth Laird
                                                                               During the Napoleonic Wars, twelve- year-old, John Barr is cruelly press-
Don’t Look Behind You, by Lois Duncan                                          ganged into the Navy, has his first taste of bloody sea battles and is
Seventeen-year-old April finds her comfortable life changed forever when       thrust right into the centre of a covert operation in the shadowy world of
death threats to her father, a witness in a federal case, force her family     naval espionage.
to go into hiding under assumed names and flee the pursuit of a hired
killer.                                                                        Ark Angel, by Anthony Horowitz
                                                                               After recovering from a near fatal gunshot wound, Alex Rider embarks on
Finding Lubchenko, by Michael Simmons                                          a new mission to stop a group of ecoterrorists. (Alex Rider #6)
When his father is framed for murder and bioterroism, Evan uses clues
from a stolen laptop to travel to Paris to find the real culprit.              Blood Relations, by A.J. Butcher
                                                                               Things are not looking good for Benjamin T. Stanton. His grades are
The Gadget by Paul Zindel                                                      dropping, his girlfriend hates him & his leadership of the Bond Team may
In 1945, thirteen-year-old Stephen joins his father at Los Alamos where        be in question as the prime suspects of their latest investigation include
he and other scientists are working on a secret project to end World War       members of his own family. (Spy High #5)
II.
                                                                               Club Dread, by Walter Sorrells
I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak

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Sixteen-year-old Chass, who has been on the run for as long as she can        Working on a drug case, Special Agent Maddie is accused of dealing while
remember, realizes that she is in possession of a tape recording that can     Danny & Alex race to prove her innocence before a computer virus
be used to prove that a powerful figure in the dark underworld is guilty of   destroys vital evidence. (Special Agent # 6)
murder. (Hunted #2)
                                                                              Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman?, by Eleanor Updale
Code Name Cassandra, by Jenny Carroll                                         In Victorian England, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief
Jess Mastriani takes a job at a summer camp to escape the publicity and       utilizes the knowledge he gains in prison and from being the physician‘s
danger that have accompanied her powers of telepathy, which were              case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for
triggered by a lightening strike. (1-800-Where-R-You #2)                      himself. (Montmorency #1)

Double or Die, by Charlie Higson                                              Operation Red Jericho, by Joshua Mowell
When an Eton professor is kidnapped, Thirteen-year-old James Bond has         In 1920 England, fifteen-year-old Rebecca Mackenzie and her brother
three days in December 1933 to decipher a cryptic message and save the        Doug learn of a secret society that may have had something to do with
world. (Young Bond #3)                                                        the disappearance of their explorer parents and with a very volatile
                                                                              substance called zoridium which is in the possession of an evil warlord.
Firestorm, by David Klass                                                     (Guild of Specialists #1)
After learning that he has been sent from the future to fulfill his purpose
before the Turning Point comes, eighteen-year-old Jack teams up with an       Public Enemies, by Gordon Korman
unusual dog and a shape-shifting female ninja in an attempt to save the       Aiden and Meg Falconer, in a bid to prove their parents innocence, have
world. (Caretaker Trilogy #1)                                                 managed to keep one step ahead of the FBI, but the killer who has been
                                                                              hired to stop them is getting closer to accomplishing his mission.
Jimmy Coates: Revenge, by Joe Craig                                           (On the Run #5)
Half-human & half-machine with mysterious powers, Jimmy is on the run
and increasingly desperate to unlock the evidence inside his head before      Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, by James Patterson
NJ7 stops him. (Jimmy Coates #2)                                              The time has come for Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel to
                                                                              face their ultimate enemy and save the world from a sinister plan to re-
Head Games, by Christopher Golden                                             engineer a select population into a scientific superior master race.
Home from college, Jenna Blake is horrified to discover that a childhood      (Maximum Ride #3)
friend has murdered his entire family and that several other area teens
have also experience homicidal rages, but are unable to recall their          Sleeper Agenda, by Tom Sniegoski
actions. (Body of Evidence #5)                                                Tom Lovett suffers from a rare form of narcolepsy that he discovers has
                                                                              been the cover for a murderous alter ego. He begins a desperate search
H.I.V.E., by Mark Walden                                                      for his creator before he is forced to ―sleep‖‘ and fulfill another horrific
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses,            mission. (Sleeper Conspiracy #2)
Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer
specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and    Thieves Like Us, by Stephen Cole
escape the prison known as H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous           Plucked from a juvenile prison facility in the middle of the night, Jonah
Education #1)                                                                 Wish, a computer genius, is initiated into a group of teenage thieves,
                                                                              headed by a master criminal, who is always in search of the ultimate
Maximum Security, by Robert Muchamore                                         treasure. (Jonah Wish #1)
In one of the most daring CHERUB missions ever, James Adams has to
go undercover inside Arizona Max, befriend an inmate and then bust him        Tiger, by Jeff Stone
out. (Cherub #5)                                                              Essentially written as a graphic novel without the graphics, this novel
                                                                              introduces us to the first of five orphans raised by Buddhist monks in
Meltdown, by Sam Hutton                                                       17th century China, who are given animal names and trained in the
                                                                              martial arts with the task to overthrow a renegade brother in the service
                                                                              of the Imperial forces. (Five Ancestors #1)

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                                                                            proposition. Follow Jack‘s adventures as he progresses from somewhat
Tomorrow When the War Began, by John Marsden                                reckless teenager to alleged criminal.
Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to
discover that their country has been invaded and they must learn fight to   Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life
stay alive. (Tomorrow #1)                                                   Freedman, Russell
                                                                            Girls just want to have fun; that was Martha Graham‘s motto. Instructor
Banned Books                                                                to many would be pop stars such as Liza Minelli and Madonna, Graham
                                                                            will be forever remembered as the mother of modern dance.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger                                         The Burn Journals.
                                                                            Runyon, Brent
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck                                           Recounts the life of 13 year old Brent Runyon. He sets himself on fire
                                                                            sustaining extensive burns to 85% of his body and consequently has to
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain                            spend six months recovering.

Athletic Shorts by Chris                                                    The Notebook Girls
                                                                            Baskin, Julia; Newman, Lindsey; and Politt-Cohen, Sophie.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky                          A first hand account of life as seen through the eyes of four teenage girls
                                                                            attending Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School. Presented in notebook
Beloved by Toni Morrison                                                    format, the copies of notes, letters, photographs and other realia help to
                                                                            depict the emotions and behaviours typically exhibited by teens in a
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier                                         candid and engrossing way.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou                             From pieces to weight: Once upon a time in Southside Queens.
                                                                            50 Cent
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers                                          He wanted what every young boy his age wanted—to live the American
                                                                            Dream. So this is his story; it is one of courage, determination and self
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris                                       purpose told in 50 Cents‘ own style.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut                                        Enchantment: the life of Audrey Hepburn
                                                                            Spoto, Donald
                                                                            From her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled Germany, and her
Biographies                                                                 struggling attempts at becoming a ballerina to her Broadway debut and
                                                                            film screen success, is how most of us remember her. However, behind
                                                                            this public persona Audrey revealed her devotion to charities such as
John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth
                                                                            UNICEF to aid some of the world‘s most impoverished and love starved
Partridge, Elizabeth
                                                                            children.
Ever fancied the life of a rock star? Travel back through time and relive
the life of one of the world‘s biggest popular culture icons of our time—
John Lennon. Discover how this world traveller, peace advocate and rock
                                                                            Diana’s Boys: William, Harry and the mother they loved.
musician came to be know as the Beatle‘s most mysterious member!
                                                                            Anderson, Christopher
                                                                            Reveals startling new facts about the day Princess Diana died and how
                                                                            her tragic and untimely death has impacted the lives of her two sons,
Hole in My Life
                                                                            Prince William and Harry.
Gantos, Jack
What if somebody offered you $10,000 to help them sail a ship from St.
Croix to New York City? It seems too good to be true doesn‘t it? Well,
that‘s exactly what Jack Gantos finds out when he aggress to this
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Lance Armstrong's War: One Man's Battle against Fate, Fame,                 As one of the world‘s top ranked sports, soccer figures prominently into
Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the             the lives of hundreds of thousands of young women. Examine the
Tour de France                                                              success of a group of soccer-crazed Canadian girls who became one of
Coyle, Daniel                                                               the world‘s best teams.
What does it take to be one of the world‘s most celebrated athletes? Hop
on and journey with us as we explore the multi-faceted life of Lance
Armstrong and how dealt with age, fame, serious illness, and divorce to     Sidney Crosby: Taking the game by storm.
achieve his dream of winning the Tour de France.                            Gare, Joyce
                                                                            Reported to be the next Wayne Gretzky, Crosby has a lot to live up to,
                                                                            but has already made great strides in doing so. From his record as the
Long way Round: chasing shadows across the world.                           youngest Canadian ever to score a goal in World Junior Hockey to his
McGregor, Ewan                                                              multi million dollar contract with Reebok, you‘ll be swept up by the
Have you ever wanted to go on a road trip? Well, that is exactly what       achievements made by this outstanding individual.
Ewan McGregor and his friend did. They rode over 20,000 miles on their
motorcycles in just over four months encountering treacherous road and
weather conditions as well as relentless paparazzi.                         The many lives of Marilyn Monroe.
                                                                            Churchwell, Sarah
                                                                            A retrospective look at the multi-faceted life of one of Hollywood‘s most
                                                                            memorable stars. Churchwell examines what others have observed and
Room full of mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix.                          further questions the actress‘ lifestyle.
Cross, Charles R.
Legendary guitar god Jimi Hendrix‘s life is splashed across the pages of
this well referenced memoir. Highlights include insights into Jimi‘s
dynamic family relationship, his struggles with his sexuality and being
kicked off the Monkees‘ 1967 Tour.
                                                                            Books to Make You Think
                                                                            Be the difference: A beginner's guide to changing the world
David Suzuki: The autobiography.                                            By Danny Seo
Suzuki, David                                                               The author founded Earth 2000 National - an group of environmentally-
The second volume of this eagerly anticipated memoir focuses on the         conscious teenagers working to change the world. Want some ideas
―Great Canadian‘s‖ newfound career as a geneticist, evolving family life,   about how to go about making the world, your community and your
and the emergence of The David Suzuki Foundation.                           school a better place? Check this one out.

                                                                            In your face : the culture of beauty and you
Terry                                                                       By Shari Graydon
Coupland, Douglas                                                           How do all those ads affect how you think about yourself? Don't be
―I had a dream…‖ Terry‘s dream was to raise money for cancer research       controlled by the images of beauty put out by the businesses who want
by running across Canada in the hopes that each Canadian would donate       to make money off you. This book looks at real beauty - you!
just one dollar. Inspired by sheer determination, passion and courage
this extraordinary young man set out to achieve the unthinkable.            Not like I'm jealous or anything : the jealousy book
Between the pages of this coffee table style book you too can embark on     Edited by Marissa Walsh
a cross country journey led by one of our nation‘s most beloved heroes.     How often do you get jealous? If the answer is never, than you don't
                                                                            need this book. But if you are, like Susan Juby for example, then you
                                                                            might want to know you are not the only one. Might be you are jealous
Goals and dreams a celebration of Canadian women’s soccer                   of your sister, your brother, your friend or your cat -- it all feels the
Brodsgaard, Shel                                                            same...


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An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming                          Visit Nike sweatshops, computer hackers protecting human rights, the
By Al Gore                                                                   scary insides of brand-names, human advertisements, and global street
Where's the proof that global warming is real? Why should we care? This      parties -- all in one book!
is a youth-focused version of Al Gore's book (of the same name), so
make sure you try to track this one down instead of the much longer and      Notes from Canada's young activists: a generation stands up for
less colourful one! Please ask your librarian if you‘re not sure which is    change
which…                                                                       By Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Daniel Aldana Cohen
                                                                             How do members of the twenty-something generation see the world?
A long way gone                                                              What is their vision for the future? This book presents the stories of
By Beah, Ishmael                                                             young Canadian citizens working to create a more sustainable,
There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, hopped-up on drugs           compassionate, and conscientious global society.
and wielding AK-47s, in more than fifty conflicts around the world.
Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. He is one of the first to tell his
story in his own words.
                                                                             Books Turned into Movies
The Kite Runner
By Hosseini, Khaled                                                          December Boys
The Kite Runner is rich with metaphor, telling the story of Amir and         By Michael Noonan
Hassan, friends in private but master and servant in public. Amir is the     A close-knit band of four adolescent orphans all with the same birth
son of a wealthy Kabul merchant; Hassan is the son of Amir‘s father‘s        month compete to be the most adoptable, severely testing their
servant. As boys in the 1970s, they are insepearable, running kites,         friendships.
dreaming of warriors and mystical places. When Amir and his father flee
to America, Amir is haunted by feelings of cowardice for abandoning his      Persepolis
friend to the hands of bullies, until he returns to his war-ravaged          By Marjane Satrapi
homeland, now ruled by the Taliban.                                          Outspoken and intelligent, young Marjane and her liberal parents
                                                                             struggle with Iran's fundamentalist regime and its increasingly
Full frontal feminism: a young woman's guide to why feminism                 conservative interpretation of Islamic law which escalates into an internal
matters                                                                      cultural revolution and a bloody war. Book has been made into an award
By Valenti, Jessica                                                          winning film.
Does someone you know think that "Feminism" is the "f-word"? Well
guess what: it's not. While this book is billed as a young woman's guide,    The Golden Compass
young men will learn just as much if they read it (we're all equals here).   By Philip Pullman
                                                                             Fantasy adventure set in an alternative world where people's souls
Going for the record                                                         manifest themselves as animals, talking polar bears and witches fight
By Swanson, Julie A.                                                         wars, and a young girl set out to find her friend who has been kidnapped
Seventeen-year-old Leah Weiczynkowski, about to begin her senior year        by the Gobblers.
of high school, is on the brink of realizing her dream, playing soccer for
the under eighteen national team, her gateway to the World Cup and the       Beowulf
Olympics. Everything she's worked for has been about this moment. She        Retold and adapted by various authors & illustrators from the 11th
can't wait to tell her dad, her biggest fan and her faithful chauffer to     century epic poem.
games and practices. Unfortunately, her dad, Pete Weiczynkowski, has         After destroying the demon Grendel, Beowulf incurs the wrath of the
news of his own.                                                             beast‘s ruthless mother who will use any means possible to ensure
                                                                             revenge.
No Logo
By Klein, Naomi                                                              Jumper
                                                                             By Steven Gould


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Seventeen-year-old Davy discovers that he can teleport... "jump"... in              Castle in the Sky
times of extreme stress. Unable to control the ability at first, he finds
himself in hiding and alone in New York City.
                                                                                    My Neighbor Totoro
                                                                                    Spirited Away
Stardust                                                                            Barefoot Gen
By Neil Gaiman
                                                                                    Sailor Moon
To win the hand of the prettiest girl in the village, lovelorn Tristan
promises that he will bring her a piece of a fallen star. To do this he             Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
crosses a forbidden wall into a mysterious kingdom only to discover that            One Piece
the ―star‖ has been transformed into a woman being hunted by everyone               Slam Dunk
for her life-giving magic.
                                                                                    Ranma 1/2
Eragon                                                                              Cardcaptor Sakura
By Christopher Paolini
Young Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest. At first, he thinks
it's a lucky discovery, something that will bring food to his poor family for
the winter. Instead, it brings a dragon hatchling, and Eragon is soon           Canadian
thrust into an ancient & hidden world of magic.
                                                                                The Corps of the Bare Boned Plane by Polly Horvath
The Good Earth                                                                  After their parents are killed in a train accident, teenage cousins Meline
By Pearl S. Buck                                                                and Joceyln go to live with their eccentric, scholarly Uncle Marten on his
                                                                                rainy private island off the coast of British Columbia. When the two
To Kill a Mockingbird                                                           grieving girls find out that the island was once an Air Force training
By Harper Lee                                                                   camp, the site of many tragic plane crashes, they set out to secretly
                                                                                construct an airplane from scavenged parts. Meanwhile, Uncle Marten
j-Pod                                                                           hires a cook, an elderly Jewish woman who has suffered many losses
By Douglas Coupland                                                             herself, and then takes on a mysterious, Jeeves-like butler, too. Told
                                                                                from various points of view, with humor and empathy, we see how these
The Stone Angel                                                                 very different people gradually form a odd kind of household and how
By Margaret Laurence                                                            determined Meline and prim Joceyln finally bond and, perhaps, begin to
                                                                                heal.

                                                                                Mistik Lake
Manga                                                                           by Martha Brooks
                                                                                Mistik Lake explores the lives and loves of three generations of women
Each of the following manga titles has had an anime movie made from it:         whose lives are overshadowed by family and personal secrets. Summers
                                                                                are spent at Mistik Lake where the family has a cottage. There, Odella,
    InuYasha                                                                   becomes attuned to her mother's sadness and alcoholism. Sally, Odella‘s
    Steamboy                                                                   mother, leaves her husband and children for an Icelandic filmmaker when
    Full Metal Alchemist                                                       Odella is 15, and the devastated family struggles to function without her.
                                                                                At the cottage on Mistik Lake, Odella meets Jimmy, leading to a romance
    Rurouni Kenshin
                                                                                that helps deal with the aftermath of her mother's sudden death.
    Kiki's Delivery Service
    Naruto                                                                     Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
    Bleach                                                                     by Shyam Selvadurai
                                                                                This novel tells the story of 13-year-old Amrith, whose complicated life
    Metropolis                                                                 becomes even more so with the appearance of his Canadian cousin,

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Niresh. Amrith lives with his adoring godmother and her supportive            This fantasy novel which is book one of the Triskelia series has an
family in 1980 Colombo. But although he lives in luxury, he is poverty-       opening which both repels and attracts the reader in a dramatic way, and
stricken when it comes to knowing his own family. There is mystery            the excitement and suspense continue until the last page is reached. The
surrounding the death of his beloved mother and alcoholic father, and         story revolves around twin brothers, Seth and Eli, who have grown up as
because of the circumstances of his parents' marriage, his extended           part of the elite Keylander class. Keylanders are warned to stay within
family shuns him. So when Niresh turns up with his father, who has            their boundaries to avoid the dirt, chaos and sicks of the Droughtland
come to sell off family property, Amrith is anxious to make a connection.     world. Seth has pledged to join the Keyland guards and help rid the
Eventually, he realizes his feelings for Niresh go beyond friendship, which   world of Droughtlanders completely. Eli, through a set of intriguing
finally makes him aware of his sexual identity.                               coincidences, ends up traveling through the Droughtland in his search for
                                                                              Triskelia, the home of Droughtland rebels whose aim is to upset and
Meggido’s Shadow                                                              hopefully reverse the balance of power of the two classes. Eventually the
by Arthur Slade                                                               twin brothers meet head to head and must solve their personal conflict -
Think Lawrence of Arabia with a young narrator. Fueled by anger at the        - one way or another. The resolution is reached, but it is tenuous at best,
death of his brother in World War I, sixteen year old Edward enlists and      leaving the door open for the remainder of the trilogy.
abandons his father and their farm in Canada for England. After proving
that he can tame any wild horse, he's sent to Palestine to battle the         Retribution is book 2
Turks. A trooper's horse is the key to life and death in a cavalry charge:
luckily, Edward has the extraordinary Buke, his true companion. He also
has tender letters from Emily, a nurse, and the camaraderie of his tent       The Great and Awful Summer
mates. As he closes in on the enemy, Edward finds that the noble              by Mitzi Dale
vengeance he seeks is replaced by the horror of battle and the realization    Loosely based on Emily Bronte‘s, Wuthering Heights.
that he must fight not only to survive, but also, to kill.                    Sarah Leanne Lockwood has decided to spend her summer working at a
                                                                              rustic Cape Breton resort even though it means missing her favourite
Crabbe                                                                        soap opera, Willow Heights, for a whole summer. Little does she know
by William Bell                                                               that she‘ll end up embroiled in a far more complicated story line. One of
One night, just before final exams, 18-year-old Franklin Crabbe - smart,      Sarah‘s workmates, Ellen, is full of stories about Willow Heights star Ellis
rich, yet unhappy and semi-alcoholic - packs his gear and drives away         Bell—she used to nanny his kids in California. It soon becomes evident
into the woods to disappear completely. Totally unprepared for bush life,     that Ellis is in town; he and his wife own a swanky house on a private
Crabbe struggles to survive until he meets, Mary, a beautiful woman who       island very near the resort, and are summering there. Why Cape Breton?
knows how tolive in the bush. She invites Crabbe to stay with her, and        Why is everyone so tight-lipped when it comes to the famous couple?
he gladly accepts the invitation. He learns a lot, and not just about         Sarah and Ellen find out more than they ever wanted to know when they
survival in the wilderness, though he learns plenty of that, too              sneak onto Ellis Island, and Sarah discovers that even the immensely
                                                                              wealthy can have dark and ugly secrets.
Alice Mcleod, Realist at Last
by Susan Juby                                                                 Runnerland
This time around Alice is about to graduate, her boyfriend, Goose moves       by John Burns
to Scotland, and Alice's mother goes to jail for staging an unwelcome         Huckleberry Finn meets The Outsiders with a modern, pop-culture twist
environmental protest. The main focus (if there really is one) is the         in this story of a teenage runaway who goes underground. Peter is a
question of how Alice's family will survive with Mom in jail, or possibly,    normal boy living a normal life—until his father dies suddenly. Then he
how Alice will simply survive. As her brother, MacGregor, escapes to the      accidentally discovers that he was adopted. Feeling betrayed,
neighbours, Alice and her father search for jobs. Looking for work and        overwhelmed and confused, Peter runs away and finds himself living
missing her boyfriend, Alice devotes time to putting together a unique        among street kids in a squat ruled by the dangerous yet charismatic
thrift shop wardrobe and becoming a scriptwriter.                             Dekman. Soon bored of panhandling, Peter finds himself blacking out and
                                                                              escaping to a psychedelic subconscious world he calls Runnerland. As
                                                                              real-life pressures mount, the borders between Runnerland and reality
Droughtlanders                                                                begin to blur, forcing Peter to make some hard choices and find answers
by Carrie Mac                                                                 to the questions that have been plaguing him. Can he escape Dekman‘s

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gang? And if he does escape, what kind of home does he have to return
to?                                                                           Chicklit
One for Sorrow
by Mary C. Sheppard                                                           New Books
Set in Newfoundland, One for Sorrow chronicles a pivotal year in the life
of Issy Heffernan. Saddled with a mean and bedridden mother; an older,
increasingly bitter schoolmarm of a sister; and a lovely but mainly absent    The Ashleys
father, Issy dreams of leaving her miserable life behind for a life on the    by Melissa de la Cruz
mainland, maybe even in a big city such as Toronto. What reason is            The Ashleys rule Miss Gamble's Preparatory School for Girls. They are
there for her to stay? But there‘s one thing holding her back: Issy is        gorgeous, rich, impeccably fashion forward, and, yes, all named Ashley.
illiterate. She can‘t read at all and never could. How far can she really     Lauren Page has gone to the same school with them her whole life, and
go?                                                                           the Ashleys, if forced to remember, might recall only a faint memory of
                                                                              shoving mud in the poor girl's mouth in kindergarten. But Lauren Page is
Apart                                                                         no longer the mud-eating loser she once was. And though she has
by R. P. MacIntyre and Wendy MacIntyre                                        completely changed her exterior from bargain-basement to runway
Jessica, a serious, bookish sixteen-year-old from New Brunswick, places       couture, she is still the same person on the inside. And that person has
a Personals ad in the newspaper. She is looking for her father, a drug-       had enough of the current regime. Look out, Ashleys. There's a new
dealing philanderer who has recently taken off with the local hairdresser,    name in school.
leaving her mother distraught, and Jessica shouldering the responsibility
for her autistic younger brother, Timmy.                                      Dairy Queen
         Seventeen-year-old Sween -- a pool-playing, authority-defying        by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
drop-out -- responds to the ad. Over time they establish an intense but       D.J. Schwenk‘s summer is off to a bad start - she‘s saddled with all the
long-distance relationship in which they provide each other with advice       chores on her family‘s dairy farm while her father recovers from an
and support as Jessica finds herself attracted to one of her father's biker   injury, her mother takes on extra work at the local school and her older,
friends, and Sween suffers a nervous breakdown. Eventually Sween              football-legend brothers stay away from home due to a family feud. But,
travels east to help Jess stop her father from putting Timmy in an            since nobody in her family is all that big on talking, they‘re not likely to
institution. The resulting encounter is a surprise to them both as they       hear or understand her complaints. Then Brian Nelson, the egotistical
find reality at odds with the images they have of each other.                 quarterback from her town‘s rival high school, is assigned by his coach
                                                                              (and Schwenk family friend) to help out on the farm. Sparks (and cow
Sandbag Shuffle                                                               pies!) fly as D.J. and Brian eventually bond over work and football, and
by Kevin Marc Fornier                                                         D.J. pursues her dream of playing on her own school‘s football team.
April 1997: the city of Grand Forks is destroyed, thousands are
evacuated, and Owen and Andrew are starting to enjoy themselves as            Dramarama
they follow the flood to Winnipeg in this odd, exciting, and cheerfully       by E. Lockhart
irresponsible adventure. Owen and Andrew are opportunists with rapid-         Demi and Sarah are two theatre-crazy, self-invented fabulous Ohio
fire wit, no pasts and, in Owen's case, no legs. On the lam from their        teenagers. One boy, one girl. One gay, one straight. One black, one
group home during the Manitoba Red River flood of 1997, these rogues          white. And Summer Drama Camp. It's a season of hormones, gold lame,
quickly grasp the tactics necessary to exploit the chaos, and manipulate      hissy fits, jazz hands, song and dance, and true love that will determine
sympathy into personal gain. Scamming money as bogus Salvation Army           not only their future in show biz, but also the future of their friendship.
reps, pawning a benevolently donated "sport coupe" of a wheelchair for
profit, and eating like kings through volunteer food rations, are all in a    Fake Boyfriend
day's work. Sandbag Shuffle serves as an insider's look at the                by Kate Brian
architecture of natural disaster, disability, vagrant youth, and loyalty.     Lane and Vivi have had it with Isabelle Hunter's boyfriend, Shawn. When
                                                                              he cheats on and dumps Izzy just months before the prom, Lane and Vivi
                                                                              decide to take action. They create a MySpace page for "Brandon," the
                                                                              perfect guy to get Izzy out of her revolving-door relationship with Shawn.

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Too bad he's totally fake. Vivi's younger brother, Marshall, who they hire        Classic Chick Lit
to be the "man" behind the profile, is way too into being Izzy's fake
boyfriend. So they turn to cute, prep-school Jonathan to be the face of
Brandon. But when Vivi falls for Jonathan, and Shawn tries to wedge his           Pants on Fire
way back into Izzy's prom picture, the whole plan starts to go south              by Meg Cabot
faster than you can say "fake boyfriend."                                         Katie Ellison is not a liar. It's just that telling the truth is so . . . tricky.
                                                                                  She knows she shouldn't be making out with a drama club hottie behind
In the Stars                                                                      her football-player boyfriend's back. She should probably admit that she
by Stacia Deutsch                                                                 can't stand eating quahogs (clams), especially since she's running for
When Sylvie loses the diamond from her late mother's ring, her best               Quahog Princess in her hometown's annual Quahog Festival. And it would
friend, Cherise, insists it's a sign that love is about to enter Sylvie's life.   be a relief to finally tell someone what really happened the night Tommy
Yeah, right. Sylvie doesn't believe in signs - she only stargazes through         Sullivan is a freak was spray-painted on the new wall outside the school
her telescope. But when Cherise won't drop it, Sylvie agrees to date the          gym. After all, everyone knows that's what drove Tommy out of town
next boy who asks. Sure enough, a new guy appears in school, and                  four years ago. But now Tommy Sullivan is back. Katie is sure he's out
Sylvie's the object of his affection. Maybe Cherise was right after all? But      for revenge, and she'll do anything to hang on to her perfect (if slightly
when the sparks don't fly and Cherise thinks Sylvie's just scared, Sylvie         dishonest) existence. Even if it means telling more lies than ever. And
ends up confiding in an old friend. Could finding the perfect guy be as           even if, now that Tommy's around, she's actually—no lie—having the
rare as catching a shooting star?                                                 time of her life.

Indie Girl                                                                        The Poison Apples
by Kavita Daswani                                                                 by Lily Archer
Fifteen-year-old Indie Konkipuddi would do anything to land an                    We all know the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. But
internship with glamorous Celebrity Style magazine - even babysit                 have you heard of Alice Bingley-Beckerman, Reena Paruchuri, or Molly
publisher Aaralyn Taylor's two-year-old son. After picking a lot of Play-         Miller? Of course you haven't. Not yet. But what these girls have in
Doh out of Aralyn's Persian carpets, Indie finds out that (1) Celebrity           common with their fairy-tale sisters is this: They are the stepdaughters
Style is in trouble, and (2) Hollywood's hottest star is having her wedding       of three very evil stepmothers. And they're not happy about it. They
dress made in a village in India. Indie's sure she's scored the kind of           think they are alone in their unhappiness until they arrive at Putnam
story that will put the magazine back on the map and finally land her the         Mount McKinsey, a posh boarding school located in lovely, rural
internship! But when things don't pan out exactly as planned, Indie               Massachusetts. Once they discover their common goal of getting rid of
wonders - will Aaralyn ever see her as anything more than just the hired          the evil witches, they start plotting their revenge.
help?
                                                                                  Poseur
Love, Hollywood Style                                                             by Rachel Maude
by PJ Ruditis                                                                     Charlotte Beverwil, Janie Farrish, Melissa Moon, and Petra Greene don't
Tracy Vance's love life is a total flop. Sure, she has a cool job as a tour       hang out together at Winston Prep and they wouldn't be caught dead
guide at a real Hollywood movie studio, but when it comes to her                  dressing like one another. But what they do share in common is a fierce
personal life, she can barely get her crush, Connor, to notice her. Then          passion for fashion. So when these four sophomores are put in a class
Tracy gets a brilliant idea: Why not win Connor's heart with some help            together to create their own fashion label, they Clash with a capital C.
from the big screen? Taking her cues from her favorite chick flicks, Tracy        Janie thinks Melissa and Charlotte are rich poseurs who put on airs and
puts Operation Ro Com into action, and it actually seems to work But              spend thousands to buy their images from famous designers. They think
Tracy soon realizes that getting the leading man isn't the same as                Janie's just a Valley poseur trying to fit in where she doesn't belong. And
keeping him. Maybe things never work out like they do in the movies - or          Petra couldn't care less about any of the above. Can a nostalgic
do they?                                                                          francophile, a mousy punk, a ghetto-glam egomaniac and an idealistic
                                                                                  hippie make beautiful couture together?


                                                                                  Those Girls

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by Sara Lawrence                                                            As graduation draws closer, Anna finds herself drawn to her hot fellow
Those girls are Jinx Slater and Liberty Latiffe - lovely, rich, and wild    intern and still feeling unsure about Ben. Sam tries to win back Eduardo
seventeen-year-olds at the exclusive Stagmount School for Girls. They       and find her mother.
have the glittery seaside town of Brighton and an endless flow of cash at
their fingertips. Then snobby new girl Stella Fox shows up and naïve        A-List series: Heart of Glass (book 8)
Liberty falls under her spell. Jinx is determined to win back her best      by Zoey Dean
friend, even if it means waging war on power-hungry Stella. But when        High school is officially over and the A-List is all set to party! But when
Jinx delves into Stella‘s past, she discovers there‘s a lot more than       Anna and Cammie are caught trespassing on a celebrity‘s estate, they‘re
schoolgirl jealousy on the line . . . This time, Jinx could lose Liberty    sentenced to a cushy community service gig - helping plan to a fabulous
forever.                                                                    charity fashion show.

A-List series: The A-List (book 1)                                          A-List series: Beautiful Stranger (book 9)
by Zoey Dean                                                                by Zoey Dean
Cultured, intelligent, beautiful Anna Percy faces quite a culture shock     Anna decides to grab Sam and take an end-of-summer getaway to New
when she moves from the cool, elegant world of New York City to             York to get away from her drama-filled LA life. But their trip isn't exactly
"Hollyweird" to live with her drugged-out celebrity father. At her new      a vacation. Sam is here to spy on Eduardo and decode his recent strange
school, Anna discovers that beautiful girls are not always welcome in the   behavior. And who is the beautiful stranger who appears on Anna's Upper
inner circle.                                                               East Side doorstep?

A-List series: Girls on Film (book 2)                                       A-List series: California Dreaming (book 10)
by Zoey Dean                                                                by Zoey Dean
Anna‘s life in LA was complicated enough before her sister Susan arrived    No plot details available yet, but it‘s sure to contain more post-high
– Ben‘s still mooning over her, Adam wants to be more than friends, and     school adventures with Anna and her LA friends.
she has to do a class project with clique queens Cassie, Sam, and Dee.
                                                                            The Clique series: The Clique (book 1)
A-List series: Blonde Ambition (book 3)                                     by Lisi Harrison
by Zoey Dean                                                                Rich girl Massie is determined to exclude middle class Claire from her
Anna‘s job as an intern at the hottest show on TV brings her into contact   clique at the Octavian Country Day School. But when Massie steals her
with a new guy and helps her see how possessive Ben has become.             only friend, Claire fights back.

A-List series: Tall Cool One (book 4)                                       The Clique series: Best Friends for Never (book 2)
by Zoey Dean                                                                by Lisi Harrison
Anna discovers that telling true love from true lust is easier said than    Massie throws a Hallowe‘en party, but she‘s not sure what‘s scarier—that
done.                                                                       her parents are making her invite the entire grade or that they are
                                                                            forcing her to co-host with Claire, who by the way, accidentally steals
A-List series: Back in Black (book 5)                                       Cam Fisher, Massie‘s crush. But all of that will seem minor once Massie
by Zoey Dean                                                                realizes Alicia has stabbed her in the back and humiliated her in front of
The A-List girls take a wild trip to the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.         the entire school.

A-List series: Some Like it Hot (book 6)                                    The Clique series: Revenge of the Wannabes (book 3)
by Zoey Dean                                                                by Lisi Harrison
As prom approaches, Anna, Cammie and Sam try to deal with their             Alicia is so over being number two and tries to start her own clique. Now
insecurities about their looks and their relationships, and one of them     that Alicia is out, Claire is finally in…until Massie finds out Cam Fisher and
discovers a shocking secret about her mother‘s death.                       Claire have been hanging out. Will the girls ever recover from such major
                                                                            acts of betrayal?
A-List series: American Beauty (book 7)
by Zoey Dean                                                                The Clique series: Invasion of the Boy Snatchers (book 4)

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by Lisi Harrison                                                             gorgeous people are up to - who's dating whom, who's doing drugs, and
Alicia‘s cousin Nina arrives from Spain and starts flirting with all the     who's betraying whom this week.
Briarwood boys, including Derrington, Massie‘s latest crush. Has Massie
finally met her match?                                                       Gossip Girl series: You Know You Love Me (book 2)
                                                                             by Cecily Von Ziegesar
The Clique series: The Pretty Committee Strikes Back (book 5)                Blair's mother has just announced that she will marry short, stubby
by Lisi Harrison                                                             Cyrus Rose and Blair must now deal with a whole new family life,
A tragic haircut leaves condemned to a season of trying to find cute hats    including Aaron, a dreadlocked hippie stepbrother. She‘s disowned her
when, as everyone knows, hats are so over? Meanwhile, Claire got             best friend, Serena, who slept with her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend, Nate.
everything she wants - new camo converse high-tops, bags and bags of         Nate has developed feelings for ninth-grader Jennifer, whose brother Dan
gummies, and best of all, her first ever cell phone, from Massie. Although   is pining over Serena.
Claire's now an official member of the Clique, presents don't matter to
her - all she really wants is her first kiss from Cam.                       Gossip Girl series: All I Want is Everything (book 3)
                                                                             by Cecily Von Ziegesar
The Clique series: Dial L for Loser (book 6)                                 Serena and Blair are best friends again, shoring each other up as Blair
by Lisi Harrison                                                             faces life without her ex, Nate, who has now hooked up with Jennifer and
Just as the Pretty Committee is getting bored with being expelled, a         Serena fends off advances from drop-dead-gorgeous rock star, Flow.
director invites the girls to audition for his new movie. Massie can‘t
believe it when Claire gets the part instead of her.                         Gossip Girl series: Because I’m Worth It (book 4)
                                                                             by Cecily Von Ziegesar
The Clique series: It’s Not Easy Being Mean (book 7)                         Things are looking up for some and down for others. Dan gets a poem
by Lisi Harrison                                                             published in the New Yorker. Vanessa's film New York is used as a
The Pretty Committee are allowed to come back to OCD, but only if they       backdrop for a fashion show. Serena lands a modeling job just by
join the soccer team. And the hunt is on to find the key to the fabled 8th   entering a clothing store. But Nate gets busted for drug use and Blair is
grade room.                                                                  still trying to get into Yale after completely botching her interview.

The Clique series: Sealed With a Diss (book 8)                               Gossip Girl series: I Like It Like That (book 5)
by Lisi Harrison                                                             by Cecily Von Ziegesar
The Clique has finally found the key to OCD‘s secret room, but before        It's Spring break and love is in the air. Blair moves in with Serena and
they can claim the hideout, alpha eighth grader Skye has one last test for   they're back to being best friends (for now). Nate is on the straight and
Massie – to hook Skye up with hottie Chris Abeley.                           narrow and has a crazy new girlfriend, Georgie. But he‘ll will definitely
                                                                             get more than he bargained for when he, Georgie, Blair and Serena end
The Clique series: Bratfest at Tiffany’s (book 9)                            up hanging out together in Sun Valley, Idaho.
by Lisi Harrison
The Briarwood boys have invaded OCD and are taking over! So Massie           Gossip Girl series: You’re The One That I Want (book 6)
lays out a new Pretty Committee rule – anyone caught crushing on the         by Cecily Von Ziegesar
boys will be thrown out of the Clique.                                       After an agonizing wait for their college acceptance letters, Blair, Serena,
                                                                             and Nate discover that their college choice depends a lot on
Gossip Girl series: It Had to be You (prequel)                               relationships, both old and new.
by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Travel back in time to the year before Serena left for boarding school to    Gossip Girl series: Nobody Does It Better (book 7)
find out why she left and how it all began.                                  by Cecily Von Ziegesar
                                                                             The uptown girls celebrate the end of their time as Constance Billard
Gossip Girl series: Gossip Girl (book 1)                                     students with a Senior Spa Day that‘s crashed by rock group The Raves
by Cecily Von Ziegesar                                                       and various other guys.
The world's most fabulous teenagers live in New York City's Upper East
Side. Gossip Girl's web site helps you keep tabs on what these fabulous,     Gossip Girl series: Nothing Can Keep Us Together (book 8)

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by Cecily Von Ziegesar                                                       most popular girls in school, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt, and
It‘s almost graduation, everyone‘s gotten into college, and it‘s obviously   bunking in the notorious Tinsley Carmichael's old bed. Okay, so Callie
time to party (as if they hadn‘t been doing that already). Will Blair and    almost got Jenny kicked out of Waverly on her first night there, but
Nate‘s love affair continue? Or will Nate and Serena hook up in New          there‘s a bright side in Callie's shaggy-haired boyfriend, Easy Walsh. Now
Haven and leave Blair alone in Manhattan? And is it true that Jenny‘s        everyone is gossiping about boyfriend-stealing Jenny. But after getting
leaving Constance Billard to go to boarding school?                          expelled last year, Tinsley's back and she's not about to let Jenny city-
                                                                             girl get all the attention. And she's certainly not going to let Callie and
Gossip Girl series: Only In Your Dreams (book 9)                             Brett forget that she took the fall for them.
by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Graduation has finally come and gone and everyone has movie fever.           It Girl series: Reckless (book 3)
When Breakfast at Fred's (a remake of Breakfast at Tiffany's), starts        by Cecily Von Ziegesar
filming in Manhattan, many of uptown girls and boys join the cast and        After some gossip, some boy-stealing, and a spat, the four roommates
crew.                                                                        have been split up across enemy lines - Jenny and Callie are living
                                                                             together in Dumbarton 303, and Brett and Tinsley are seemingly miles
Gossip Girl series: Would I Lie To You (book 10)                             away downstairs. What will happen when Easy sneaks in to see Jenny . .
by Cecily Von Ziegesar                                                       . but finds Callie instead? And what if Brett discovers the one secret
More post-graduation excitement with Blair, Serena, and their friends.       Tinsley's kept hidden for years?
This time, the vacation hotspot is the Hamptons.
                                                                             It Girl series: Reckless (book 4)
Gossip Girl series: Don’t You Forget About Me (book 11)                      by Cecily Von Ziegesar
by Cecily Von Ziegesar                                                       While Callie and Jenny are sharing a boyfriend, the rest of Dumbarton's
In just 10 days, Serena, Nate, Blair, Vanessa and Dan leave the Upper        residents are sharing their feelings at the newly founded Women of
East Side for college!                                                       Waverly club. Everyone is totally bonding, revealing their most personal
                                                                             secrets, and hugging out their past rivalries. But despite the sharing-is-
Gossip Girl, The Carlyles: The Carlyles (book 1)                             caring vibe, there are some things these girls aren't spilling. It's only a
by Cecily Von Ziegesar                                                       matter of time before all the newfound girl power explodes into a
Gossip Girl introduces the most fabulous sixteen year-old triplets to ever   massive girl fight.
inhabit the Upper East Side! When the Waldorfs move from their
apartment at the end of Don't You Forget About Me, the Carlyle triplets      It Girl series: Lucky (book 5)
of Nantucket, Massachusetts -Owen, Baby, and Peyton - move in.               by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Welcome to the new era.                                                      After the bash at Miller farm, where the barn went up in flames, Dean
                                                                             Marymount announces that someone is going to be held responsible and
It Girl series: The It Girl (book 1)                                         expelled from Waverly Academy.
by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly                It Girl series: Tempted (book 6)
Academy, an elite boarding school on the East Coast. Jenny's                 by Cecily Von Ziegesar
determined to leave her crazy Manhattan past behind and become a             Two weeks have passed since Jenny was almost expelled from Waverly
sophisticated goddess on campus. Hot guys, new intrigue, and more            Academy, and she's the school's new It Girl. But with great power comes
delicious gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny. But if      great responsibility - and a whole lot of trouble.
getting caught with boys and going up against the Disciplinary
Committee is what it takes, Jenny's ready. She'll do all that and more to    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series: The Sisterhood of the
be The It Girl.                                                              Traveling Pants (book 1)
                                                                             by Ann Brashares
It Girl series: Notorious (book 2)                                           Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop and even though they're not in the
by Cecily Von Ziegesar                                                       best condition, her best friends Lena, Tibby and Bridget think they're
Jenny‘s dreams of turning herself into awe-inspiring Jenny she's always      fabulous. And nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly.
wanted to be are finally coming true! She's even rooming with the two

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Over a few bags of cheese puffs they decide to form a sisterhood, and           space. An interesting look into the madness of the human condition and
take the vow of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.                          how pride & a lack of communication can cause ultimate sadness.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series: The Second Summer of                  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë
the Sisterhood (book 2)                                                         Simply Scandalous! When first published, this book caused an outcry of
by Ann Brashares                                                                disbelieve that a woman would write against the conventions of upper
With a bit of last summer‘s sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and        class marriage and the ignorance that young women were purposely
the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.                     taught. Helen Graham married a charming but dissolute man, only to
                                                                                regret it not long after their wedding day. She runs away, only to fall in
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series: Girls in Pants (book 3)               love again...with a yeoman farmer!
by Ann Brashares
The Sisterhood is facing its last summer together – in September they‘re        Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
going to four different colleges in four different cities. This is the summer   Poor Nicholas! His father is dead, he has a mother and sister to support
they‘ll need the pants the most.                                                and his uncle is the absolute opposite of a supportive mentor, thinking
                                                                                that Nicholas will never amount to anything. As with many - if not all - of
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series: Forever in Blue (book 4)              Dickens' novels, one of the major themes is that of the social injustices
by Ann Brashares                                                                of his time. Nicholas experiences an example of this when he briefly
The Pants are back for one last, glorious summer and it‘s a summer that         tutors at a squalid boarding school...think Oliver Twist.
will forever change the lives of Lena, Carmen, Bee, and Tibby, here and
now, past and future, together and apart.                                       Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
                                                                                Imagine being followed by three men: one is handsome, loyal and
                                                                                knowledgeable of his work, but perhaps below your station; one is rich,
Classics                                                                        eligible and of your station, yet he is twice your age; and then there is
                                                                                the dashing young officer with his expert swordsmanship and charm, but
                                                                                perhaps he has the greatest fault of all...All of these distractions while
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen                                               trying to run a successful farm by herself! Good luck Bathsheba. Deep,
―My courage rises with every attempt to intimidate me.‖ Talk about              long and full of plot twists...a definite read!
serious woman power, not to mention a very misunderstood hero. After a
great many tribulations and expert use of word power, there is a happy          War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
ending. In true Austen style, a fantastically witty look at class and           The title says it all! Plus youth, age, death and marriage are all covered
marriage in her time.                                                           in a plot surrounding Russian society during the Napoleonic Wars. Most
                                                                                definitely a masterpiece and as such, one of the classics that people
North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell                                             always want to read, but somehow never get up to the challenge. Are
A classic that actually enters the male mind!! The hero is not a mythical,      you game?
distant figure. Truly breath-taking work examining the ups and downs of
the industrial revolution, while still allowing an incredibly intense, yet      Rilla of Ingleside – Lucy Maud Montgomery
restrained, romance. A billion stars!                                           Think of the infinite number of First and Second World War books that
                                                                                have ever been written. Now narrow it down to those from a woman's
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë                                                    perspective on the home front written by a contemporary. Do any come
Who cannot help but fall for the brooding Mr. Rochester? Amazingly              to mind? Rilla of Ingleside is a breathtaking work published one year
written with rawness and truth straining to be heard with each page.            after the end of WWI. It rings with truth and expresses the tension,
Will the downtrodden Jane gain some assertiveness and win her master,           worry and frustration of the women who were left at home waiting each
or will a dark secret from his past destroy them all?                           day, hoping that those they knew and loved were still alive. Reading the
                                                                                previous seven Anne of Green Gables Novels is not required.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
So sad, yet so beautiful. Classic Brontë depression featuring the moors of      Mill on the Floss – George Eliot (a.k.a Mary Ann Evans)
Yorkshire, but with a metaphysical love that is above both time and

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―In death they were not divided.‖ So is the relationship between Maggie           1757: the British and the French are battling it out over who will control
and Tom Tulliver, that of complexity, opposition, but unending closeness          the colonies of Canada and America. To have one up on the British, the
and loyalty. On top of this relationship is that of their father, Mr. Tulliver,   French allie themselves with the Native American Tribes resulting in
and his irresponsibility which Tom must eventually account for. Added to          unpredictable and often tragic consequences.
these family difficulties is forbidden, and somewhat unrequited, love
involving the sensitive, intellectual hunchback, Philip Wakem, as well as         Moby Dick – Herman Melville
the vivacious Stephen Guest and the cousin of the Tulliver's, Lucy Deane.         THE WHALE...talk about a complex work, there's symbolism, stylized
Circumstances...are they the problem or the solution?                             language and Shakespearean literary devices. All of these flourishes help
                                                                                  to explore the diverse themes of social status, class, good, evil, religion,
Water Babies – Charles Kingsley                                                   idealism, pragmatism, obsession, revenge, racism and politics.
A didactic moral fable reflecting the prejudices of a well-off, white,            Remember, a captain goes down with his ship.
protestant Victorian male. Despite these prejudices, the tale does take a
stab at how badly the poor were treated during the Victorian era, as well         Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
as the issue of child-labour. A little boy named Tom who is a chimney             An explosive work taking an honest, nothing held back look at the
sweep, drowns and becomes a water baby and enjoys certain privileges              conditions of the working class during the Industrial Revolution. Not
once he proves himself to be a moral baby. But the question is, will Tom          particularly supportive of the ―Masters‖ or mill-owners, which led to a
ever earn his return to human form?                                               good amount of criticism of the work. This was something that Gaskell
                                                                                  tried to balance in her later work, North and South. Also, it is a
Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott                                                        comparative look between life in the country and life in the city. Is one
An adventure following the social tensions surrounding the Saxons being           better than the other, or are they both idealized?
ruled by the Normans, Prince John's plotting against King Richard and, of
course, forbidden romance. Robin Hood makes an appearance, but is not
a large character of the story. LOTS of action, plot twists and questioning
of certain social issues (WARNING: like many classics, does involve some
prejudice). A thrilling read.                                                     Diaries and Letters
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe                                                    The Georgia Nicholson Series – Louise Rennison
A fictonal biography possibly influenced by real-life occurrences and             A hilarious series following the tribulations of being a sane teenager in an
geography. Robinson Crusoe was a castaway for 28 years, that's right 28           insane household, while desperately trying to catch a number of sex-
YEARS!! In that time, he encounters natives (friend or foe?...), mutineers        gods with utmost casualosity. Never fear, there's a glossary in the back if
and captives before he is finally rescued. It has to be good seeing that          you don't know Brit lingo!
―By the end of the 19th century, no book in the history of Western
literature had spawned more editions, spin-offs, and translations (even           Anne of Windy Poplars – Lucy Maud Montgomery
into languages such as Inuit, Coptic, and Maltese) than Robinson Crusoe,          Anne and Gilbert are FINALLY engaged. Whew! It's about time. However,
with more than 700 such alternative versions (Wikipedia)‖                         they have now been seperated, by choice that is, to earn their fortunes.
                                                                                  This 4th Anne of Green Gables book recounts their experiences to one
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy                                    another via letters.
Set during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, the Scarlet Pimpernel
is an adventure novel which follows the story of a secret English society         Sorcery and Cecilia (+2 sequels) – Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline
of aristocrats whose sole purpose is saving their fellow French aristocrats       Stevermer
from the guillotine. No one but the 19 followers of the Scarlet Pimpernel         Harry Potter meets Jane Austen: seriously, do you see anything wrong
and his close friend the Prince of Wales know his true identity. The              with this paring? NO! Highly amusing correspondence between two
Scarlet Pimpernel spurrned several sequels and was precursor to the spy           cousins, one being in the country and the other in London. Adventure,
fiction which took hold later on in the 20th century. Batman, Zorro, meet         magic, mystery and romance, plus two sequels concerning matters of
your grandmother...                                                               state. V. Exciting!

Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper                                      Mr. Bean's Diary – Rowan Atkinson

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Yes, Mr. Bean, HIMSELF, has written a diary. Follow the inner workings
and outer tragedies of Mr. Bean for a full year, including poetry, romance       The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star –
and the police.                                                                  Nikki Sixx
                                                                                 A real-life account of the higher than highs and lower than lows
Love, Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli                                                  experienced by Nikki Sixx when Motley Crew was at the height of its
A year after Stargirl suddenly left, she writes the world's longest letter, in   fame. Honest, shocking and moving featuring commentaries by ex-
diary form, following her events day to day for just over a year. Here she       managers, ex-lovers and fellow band members. Yet another reason not
muses on the past, memories, life, time and love.                                to do drugs.

I'm exploding now – Sid Hite                                                     The Red Letter Diary: Reclaiming a Life – Lily Koppel
Another coming of age story, but with some nice, eccentric twists.               Koppel recovered a diary hiding away in a steamer trunk which revealed
Parents: annoying; little sister: even more annoying; best friend:               a contemporary view of upper-class life in 1930's New York. Not a day
Leila; hottest girl in acquaintance: Leila; chance of getting with               was missed in the diary from 1929-1934. Who was this headstrong
Leila: second to none; And what is Max's answer to all of this: running off      young woman, with her artistic fervour and love of Austen? Koppel sets
to Woodstock to hand with his crazy aunt for two weeks. Fun, fun, fun!           out to find her, with interesting results.

How my private, personal journal became a bestseller: a novel –                  My Childhood Under Fire: A Sarajevo Diary – Nadja Halilbegovich
Julia DeVillers                                                                  There will be no school today. Why, because of a holiday? No, because of
Imagine that your diary, the one that you lock and hide under fear of the        a war. Following this information is hurt and despair. Following that is
utmost humilation makes its way into one of your teacher's hands.                death, bombings and destruction. The realities of war are exposed
Then imagine that this teacher reads it. Now does this teacher simply            through a teenager's experience. Halilbegovich was granted passage to
discuss with the surrounding teachers and be done with it. No. This              the US in 1995. A tunnel was her means of escape with her mother
teacher passes it to a publisher, who then turns it into a best-selling          telling her to ―Remember your dream and keep walking!‖ The diary, as
novel. So much for privacy and secrets...                                        well as her reflections as an adult, tells the truth of the effects of a little-
                                                                                 known war from a personal rather than a historical perspective.
Diary of an anorexic girl – Morgan Menzie
An account told by a now college-student girl, revealing her daily               The Granny Diaries: An Opinionated How-To Guide - Adair Lara
struggles with the eating disorder. Though harsh and full of tradegy, the        Not a teen book, but appears to be be funny nonetheless! Written by a
book is written from a hopeful perspective, with mention of the triumphs         real-life grandmother who advises on how to choose a proper name, how
as well as the difficulties.                                                     to have one's advice actually taken and how to stay out of the bad books
                                                                                 with one's now-parents offspring.
The year of secret assignments – Jaclyn Moriarty
A pen-pal program is assigned to bring two rival schools into a truceful         Other Past Favourites: The Princess Diaries, The Diary of Anne
relationship, however it backfires. Three girls and three boys are               Frank, Storky: how I lost my nickname and got the girl, Go Ask
assigned to one another as pen-pals. Simple enough, right? No! Secret            Alice, 13 little blue envelopes, Heart on my sleeve
missions, mistaken identities lead to a full-out war between the schools.

Get well soon – Julie Halpern
Halpern drew from her own experiences in a mental hospital to find               Do-It-Yourself
humour while being depressed enough to have to enter a loony bin. But
what seems to be another torture of being a teenager turn out to involve         The Art of Mehndi
making friends, body weight, and crushes. Who knew?                              By Sumita Batra
                                                                                 Ever wonder what it would be like to paint your hands with henna to
Spud – John van de Ruit                                                          make those beautiful Indian designs? This book will show you how in a
Three things you need to know: 1) Elite, boys-only boarding school 2)            series of super-straighforward steps. All you need is a few ingredients – if
Illegal midnight swims 3) Wits and diary are the only protection against         you can‘t find henna where you live, you can order it online. Bonus points
the raging hormones. Enough said.                                                if you make a design on your grandfather‘s bald head.
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                                                                                By Nicholas Einhorn
Nightwatch                                                                      Learn how to perform tricks with cutlery, cups, balls, matches, rope,
By Terence Dickinson                                                            thimbles, money, and more! They say that if become a good magician,
Learn the stars in the night sky! This Canadian book has been around for        you can make your homework appear in front of your teacher‘s very
a long time and it‘s still a fantastic staple. We think everyone should         eyes!
have a copy of this book – with knowledge of the night sky, you can
impress your friends, siblings, parents, and those stargazing couples who       The Art of Calligraphy: A Practical Guide to the Skills and
just want you to get lost.                                                      Techniques
                                                                                By David Harris
Bitch ‘n Stitch and Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch                                      Calligraphy is one of those super-impressive things that comes in handy
By Debbie Stoller                                                               all the time – people always want to make things look pretty! If you get
Wondering how to knit but not really interested in making pompons and           really good, you can make a whole suite of awards and present them to
ugly Christmas sweaters? These books will give you some cool projects to        yourself.
work on (some are complete with skull and crossbones): perfect for all
the men and women out there in the audience who want to love to knit            Teach Yourself Latin American Dancing
but are still a little sceptical!                                               By Margaret Cantell and Paul Clements
                                                                                Fun? So fun. Of course, you might have to get some of the right music to
The Chef’s Garden                                                               go with this book, and no doubt there are some videos you can borrow
By Terence Conran                                                               from the library, too, or watch online. Cha-cha-cha across the country!
Learn to grow some plants that you can eat! Rather than ordering this
book specifically, it‘s probably a good idea to visit the library to find a
book that‘s specific to your region. Alternately, talk to one of your
gardening neighbours to get some hot-house tips (and maybe score a              Fantasy
couple of ripe cherry tomatoes just for being interested).
                                                                                The Bonemender
Street Skateboarding: Endless Grinds and Slides: An Instructional               by Holly Bennett
Look at Curb Tricks                                                             Gabrielle DesChenes, gifted Healer and one of the royal family of
By Evan Goodfellow                                                              Verdeau, finds herself falling in love with Feolan, an Elf who arrives at
Learn the Nollie K grind, the frontside, backside noseblunt slide, fake ollie   her castle seeking help for his wounded friend and who warns of
switch 5-0 grind, nollie tailslide, the pop shuvit nosegrind, and whatever      imminent danger from invaders who threaten the freedom of all who live
else you want.                                                                  in the Krylian Basin.

Teach Yourself Go                                                               Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale
By Charles Matthews                                                             by Holly Black
Looking for a challenge? Here‘s one. Spend your summer learning to play         As the possessor of Roibin's true name, sixteen-year-old Kaye returns to
this centuries (millennia?) old Chinese board game.                             Faeryland to try and complete a nearly-impossible quest that will release
                                                                                him from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall.
Running Your Rock Band: Rehearsing, Financing, Touring,
Succeeding                                                                      The Warrior Heir
By Bill Henderson                                                               by Cinda Williams Chima
This book will teach you all you need to know about showmanship,                16-year-old Jack has a bad heart. He takes medicine every day to keep
agents, roadies, studios, running your own booking operation,                   him healthy. One day Jack forgets to take his medicine, and his world
management, and what to do when you make it big. Good luck finding a            gets turned upside down. Turns out that he is Weirlind, part of an
copy of this book that isn‘t full of pen marks, highlighters, and folder        underground society of magical people who live among us. Not only
pages!                                                                          that, he is one of the few remaining Warriors, and the ruling families of
                                                                                Weirlnd are looking for him to play The Game, a fight to the death that
Close-Up Magic                                                                  will decide the fate of the Weirlind rulers.
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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)                                        Skybreaker
by Cassandra Clare                                                            By Kenneth Oppel
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to          Matt Cruse, a student at the Airship Academy, and Kate de Vries, a
returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is         young heiress, team up with a gypsy and a daring captain, to find a long-
drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary            lost airship, rumored to carry a treasure beyond imagination.
herself is almost killed by a monster.
                                                                              The Final Warning: A Maximum Ride Novel
The Sight                                                                     by James Patterson
by David Clement-Davies                                                       Maximum Ride is a perfectly normal teenager who just happens to be
In Transylvania, a pack of wolves sets out on a perilous journey to           able to fly, the result of an out-of-control government experiment. Max
prevent their enemy from calling upon a legendary evil one that will give     and the other members of the Flock–six kids who share her remarkable
her the power to control all animals.                                         ability–have been asked to aid a group of environmental scientists
                                                                              studying the causes of global warming. But even in Antarctica, trapped
The Ropemaker                                                                 in the harshest weather on our planet, Maximum Ride is an irresistible
by Peter Dickinson                                                            target in constant danger.
The valley that Tilja lives in has been protected from the outside world
for 19 generations. Now, however, the magic that keeps them protected         Wintersmith
is beginning to fade. Tilja, along with 3 companions, must undertake a        by Terry Pratchett
long and arduous journey to find Faheel, the magician that originally cast    When witch-in-training Tiffany Aching accidentally interrupts the Dance
the enchantments.                                                             of the Seasons and awakens the interest of the elemental spirit of
                                                                              Winter, she requires the help of the six-inch-high, sword-wielding, sheep-
Wicked Lovely                                                                 stealing Wee Free Men to put the seasons aright.
by Melissa Marr
Aislinn has always been able to see Faeries, and she has always followed      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
her grandmother‘s advice about dealing with them - don‘t stare at them,       by J.K. Rowling
don‘t talk to them, and don‘t attract their attention But now she is being    It‘s Harry and the gang‘s seventh and final year at Hogwarts. His task
stalked by Keenan, the King of Winter, who is convinced that Aislinn is       this year is to locate and destroy Voldemort‘s remaining Horcruxes. Will
the queen he has been searching for for 900 years. He is determined to        Harry be able to manage this huge task? Who will live and who will die
have her as his bride, whatever the cost.                                     during the final confrontation with Voldemort?

UnLunDun                                                                      The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
by China Mieville                                                             by Michael Scott
Zanna, a regular girl, discovers she is the chosen one to defeat the evil     15-year old twins, Josh and Sophie Newman expected an ordinary
forces. However, Zanna loses her first fight and returns home injured.        summer. But when Golems and an immortal man named Dee attack the
Now it's up to Deeba, merely referred to as "the funny sidekick" in the       bookstore, their world is turned upside down. When the Codex, (an old
index of the Book of Prophecy, to save a bizarre world full of milk cartons   and important book) is stolen, the twins and a man whom they think is
as pets, binjas (garbage bins with ninja training) and more.                  Nick Fleming are on a dangerous quest to get it back. Full of adventure,
                                                                              urban myths, and wacky characters.
His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire series book 1)
by Naomi Novik                                                                The Thief
When the HMS Reliant captures a French ship and its priceless cargo, an       by Megan Whalen Turner
unhatched dragon egg, Captain Will Laurence is swept into an                  Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure that takes
unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature and joins the elite         him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a
Aerial Corps as a master of the dragon Temaraire, in which role he must       precious stone.
match wits with the powerful dragon-borne forces of Napoleon
Bonaparte.

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                                                                               find the whole school has ―gone goth‖ and now she‘s just like everyone
                                                                               else. Oh the horrors!


Go Goth!                                                                       Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
                                                                               Cal Thompson is a Peep hunter. Peep is short for ―parasite positive‖; and
Angelmonster by Veronica Bennett                                               those who are infected have behaviours that are strikingly similar to
Retelling the life story of Mary Shelley, author of Franksentsein, this book   vampires. When an individual becomes parasite positive, they begin to
grabs readers and takes them on a believable journey into a psyche             hate all the things they used to love and feel actual physical pain when
beset with demons.                                                             confronted with these items. It‘s Cal‘s job to catch them and send them
                                                                               for treatment. He‘s also infected but for some reason this just makes
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga               him stronger and he‘s able to live among the uninfected without harming
After years of bullying and torture, Fanboy hopes to stay invisible—it is      them. And he‘s on a quest to find the woman who infected him.
safer that way. But Kyra, otherwise known as Goth Girl, befriends him
and pushes his comfort zones.                                                  The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
                                                                               A painted portrait ages and changes, but handsome Dorian stays young—
                                                                               though not innocent. A creepy classic written in 1890, this is gothic
Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre: The Best of H. P.               fiction to the max!(for mature readers)
Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
This is the collection that true fans of horror fiction have been waiting      Prom Dates from Hell, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
for: sixteen of H.P. Lovecraft's most horrifying visions, including            Maggie Quinn, Girl reporter. Honors student, newspaper staffer,
Lovecraft's masterpiece, THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME--the shocking                  yearbook photographer. Six weeks from graduation and all she wants to
revelation of the mysterious forces that hold all mankind in their             do is get out of Avalon High in one piece. Fate seems to have different
fearsome grip. (for mature readers)                                            plans for her...it's up to her to get in touch with her inner Nancy Drew
                                                                               and ferret out who unleashed the ancient evil. Maggie has always
                                                                               suspected that prom is the work of the devil, but it looks like her
Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi                                                 attendance will be mandatory. Sometimes a girl's got to do some pretty
"My mom is so going to kill me if she finds out I'm turning into a             undesirable things if she wants to save her town from soul-crushing
vampire... ― When you get mistaken for you goth-loving twin sister and         demons from hell and the cheerleading squad.
get bitten by a hottie vampire, well, what‘s a girl to do?

Dracula – by Bram Stoker                                                       Quaking by Kathryn Erskine
The father of all vampire tales… Originally published in 1897, this is the     Don‘t call her Matilda – her name is Matt. And don‘t even think about
story of Jonathan Harker who travels to Transylvania to complete the           trying to be her friend – she doesn‘t need anyone. But Matt‘s hard outer
legal transaction of a real estate deal with the strange Count Dracula.        Goth shell may crack just a little when she is sent to live with a peace-
Upon reaching England, Dracula menaces Harker‘s fiancé, Mina, and              loving Quaker family who are against the war in the Middle East.
destroys her friend Lucy. Read the real thing! (for mature readers)
                                                                               Tales of Mystery and Terror by Edgar Allan Poe
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley                                    Thirteen classic creepy short stories, such as ―The Fall of the House of
The classic story of ―man creates monster‖. You‘ve heard the story,            Usher‖ and ―The Tell-tale heart‖ that should be read by every self-
you‘ve seen the movies, so why not read the original gothic novel? First       respecting goth.
published in 1818, when the author herself was only 18 years old!              (for mature readers)
 (for mature readers)
                                                                               Tantalize – by Cynthia Leitch Smith
Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter                                                   Quincie Morris is set to help her uncle open a new Vampire-themed
Jade is goth because it makes her feel like an individual. Who cares if        restaurant when their chef is murdered by some sort of animal hybrid. A
most of the school thinks she‘s a freak? But one day, Jade wakes up to         new chef appears, but who is he, really?

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                                                                             Sarah and Carlos must race against time to find and deliver a ―token‖ to
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer                                                  a specific place by noon on December 21st or their city will be forever
Bella Swan has moved from beautiful sunny Phoenix, where she‘s lived         trapped in ice and darkness.
with her mom since her parents‘ divorce, to rainy Forks, Washington to
live with her dad. Her mom has just remarried and Bella wants to give        Full Metal Alchemist
her some freedom.                                                            By Hiromu Arakawa
         Starting school in the Forks has changed her life, suddenly there   Edward and Alphonse Erlic are gifted in the art of alchemy, but realize
are several guys interested in her, but she only has eyes for Edward         too late the price they will have to pay when their attempt to resurrect
Cullen. Handsome Edward swings from being interested in Bella to             their mother fails. Trapped in armor and fixed with cybernetic limbs, the
completely ignoring her to being hostile to her. Bella begins to suspect     brothers carry out hazardous assignments for the government while
that Edward, and his equally stunning brothers and sisters, are vampires.    searching for a stone that can make them whole again.
What can she do with this information and what will happen between her
and Edward?                                                                  Girl Stories
         This book will have you turning pages as you become sucked in       By Lauren R. Weinstein
to the story of Bella and Edward‘s unusual romance. Once you‘ve              Short, bitterly hilarious and heart-breaking stories of teenage-girl angst,
finished reading this one you‘ll want to read the whole series: New Moon,    obsessions, fears and fantasies.
Eclipse, and the soon to be released Breaking Dawn.
                                                                             Grease Monkey
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr                                                By Tim Eldred
Aislinn has always followed the rules her grandmother set out for her:       After an extraterrestrial attack that eliminated 60 percent of human life,
         Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.                          millions of primates are accelerated with rapid evolution in order to
         Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.                          replenish Earth's defensive numbers should the aliens return. Cadet
         Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.                        Robin Plotnik is assigned to work under a gorilla named Mac Gimbensky,
But something has changed; now two faeries are stalking her and she          a feisty ace mechanic for a crack squadron of female pilots on board a
has no idea why. She has the Sight and is able to see the beautiful but      space station.
cruel world of the faeries that others are not, although she has worked
hard her whole life to make sure the faeries don‘t know this. She turns      Houdini: the Handcuff King
to her friend (or is he more than a friend?) Seth for help. She can‘t let    By Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi
her grandmother know or she‘ll be locked inside the house. Aislinn‘s only    A gripping & well researched portrait of the world-renowned escape artist
hope is to figure out what the faeries are looking for and find a way to     whose art was coloured by the morals and prejudices of the time.
beat them.
                                                                             Inuyasha
                                                                             By Rumiko Takahashi
                                                                             Kagome, a young high school student, is pulled back in time to the
                                                                             Sengoku Period where she is forced to release a half-demon and take on
Graphic Novels                                                               the quest to find the shattered fragments of the Jewel of Four Souls.

                                                                             Kamen Tantei
300                                                                          By Matsuri Akino
By Frank Miller                                                              Masato and Hakura are aspiring mystery writers who soon become
Standing between the vast armies of Persia which are poised to crush         embroiled in bizarre and baffling real-life murders. Fortunately when the
Greece in a tidal wave of destruction is a tiny detachment of three          clues lead them to a dead end and things look grim, a mysterious
hundred warriors. But these warriors are more than men…they are              masked detective appears to help them solve the case.
Spartans!
                                                                             Persepolis: the Story of a Childhood
City of Light, City of Dark                                                  By Marjane Satrapi
Story by Avi, Art by Brian Floca

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Outspoken and intelligent, young Marjane and her liberal parents              by Sharon Draper
struggle with Iran's fundamentalist regime and its increasingly               Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured
conservative interpretation of Islamic law which escalates into an internal   servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to
cultural revolution and a bloody war. Book has been made into an award        Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
winning film.
                                                                              Ithaka
The Rabbi’s Cat                                                               by Adele Geras
By Joann Sfar                                                                 In this sequel to Troy, the island of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth
A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter eats the        suitors demanding that Penelope choose a new husband as she patiently
family parrot and gains the ability to speak. Immediately, he insists on      awaits the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War.
studying the Torah, having a Bar Mitzvah and arguing about the trivial
and important details of life.                                                Blood Red Horse
                                                                              by K.M. Grant
Runaways: Teenage Wasteland                                                   A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers
Story by Brian K. Vaughan, Art by Adrian Alphona and Craig Yeung              and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's
Six teens discover that their parents all belong to a secret society of       armies during the Third Crusades.
super-powered villains. They run away vowing to over-turn their evil
legacy only to find that they have superpowers of their own.                  The Minister’s Daughter
                                                                              by Julie Hearne
Stormbreaker                                                                  In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister successfully
Based on the novel by Anthony Horowitz                                        accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an
Story by Antony Johnston, Art by Kanako Damerum & Yuzuru Takasaki             out-of-wedlock pregnancy. But their lie has unexpected repercussions
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-        years later during the 1692 Salem trials.
old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for
Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.                                           Eyes of the Emperor
                                                                              by Graham Salisbury
                                                                              Eddie, a 16-year-old Japanese American, enlists in the US army after the
                                                                              bombing of Pearl Harbor, and faces widespread racism in the military –
                                                                              the powers that be do not completely trust the soldiers of Japanese
                                                                              descent. Eddie and several other young Japanese-American men train K-
                                                                              9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.
Historical Fiction
                                                                              A Countess Below Stairs
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation               by Eva Ibbotson
by M.T. Anderson                                                              When the Russian Revolution erupts, young countess Anna‘s world is
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences     turned upside down. She flees to England, hides her identity, and
of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen as he is     becomes a servant for an important family. But, she doesn‘t know
brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and     anything about housekeeping. Worse still, she is immediately attracted
during the Revolutionary War.                                                 to Rupert, the dashing Earl of Eesterholme. Anna is determined to keep
                                                                              her past a secret, and must remain anonymous, despite knowing that
Tiger Tiger                                                                   Rupert has feelings for her too. To top it all off, there is the small matter
by Lynn Reid Banks                                                            of Rupert‘s beautiful but evil fiancée to worry about.
Two tiger cub brothers are taken from the jungle to ancient Rome, where
one becomes the pampered pet of Caesar's daughter and the other               Pagan’s Crusade
becomes a man-eating "entertainment act" at the Colosseum                     by Catherine Jinks

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In twelfth-century Jerusalem, orphaned sixteen-year-old Pagan is              teacher at school has recognized his genius and given him free hand to
assigned to work for Lord Roland, a Templar knight, as Saladin's armies       draw his comic strip for the school paper.
close in on the Holy City.
                                                                              Lawn Boy
Duchessina, a novel of Catherine de Medici                                    By Paulsen, Gary
by Carolyn Meyer                                                              It‘s tough to make money when you‘re twelve. In Lawn Boy, the narrator
While her tyrannical family is out of favor in Italy, young Catherine de      just wants to make enough money to buy a new tube for his bike tire.
Medici is raised in convents. Then, in 1533, when she is fourteen, her        When he inherits his grandfather‘s riding mower and starts working on
uncle, Pope Clement VII, arranges for her marriage to prince Henri of         the neighbour‘s lawns, the money starts flooding in. With the help of
France, who is destined to become king.                                       Arnold the hippie stockbroker and some unusual investments, he soon
                                                                              has 15 employees and enough money to buy a fleet of mowers.
Tamar
by Mal Peet                                                                   The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman
In the terrible ‖Hunger Winter‖ of 1944, two undercover operatives            By Plummer, Louise
parachute into Nazi-occupied Holland. They are spies for the Allied           Kate isn‘t your average romance heroine. She is six feet tall, has coke
forces, sent to provide support for the Dutch resistance movement. In         bottle glasses and is brilliant. Yet when Christmas holidays arrive with
England in 1995, Tamar finds a box left to her by her deceased                her brother, his wife and his college friends, Kate‘s life becomes a classic
grandfather. In the box are clues that lead Tamar on a journey that           romance novel. Kate is a likeable heroine in this light-hearted novel.
helps her understand who her grandfather was, and what his role during
the Second World War was.                                                     Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help
                                                                              By Cooper, Douglas
Viking Warrior                                                                Milrose Munce‘s best friends are all ghosts. The school administration
by Judson Roberts                                                             don‘t like to see Milrose talking to thin air and decide that he must go for
Despite being the son of a chieftain and a princess, fourteen-year-old        Professional Help, a most unpleasant experience that no one has ever
Halfdan lives as a slave in Denmark in A.D. 845. Through a tragic             survived. If you enjoyed the wit, sarcasm and twisted plots of Lemony
bargain he gains his freedom and sets out to claim his birthright.            Snicket you will love this book.

Flower                                                                        Alice I think
by Irene Watts                                                                by Susan Juby
Katie is sent to Nova Scotia to spend the summer with her grandparents        Poor Alice. She went to kindergarten dressed as a hobbit, and life has
while hr father and stepmother go on a trip. At her grandparents‘ house,      gone downhill ever since. Now, at 15, she is about to enter alternative
Katie meets the ghost of Lillie, a young orphan who was sent to Canada        high school after being homeschooled by her aging hippie mother and a
in 1907.                                                                      father who attempts to write ―bodice rippers.‖ Naturally, all the angst is
                                                                              recorded in her diary.

                                                                              Schooled
                                                                              by Gordon Korman
Humour                                                                        Homeschooled on an isolated "alternate farm commune" that has
                                                                              dwindled since the 1960s to 2 members, 13-year-old Cap has always
Stuff: The Life of a Cool Demented Dude                                       lived with his grandmother, Rain. When she is hospitalized, Cap is taken
By Strong, Jeremy                                                             in by a social worker and sent—like a lamb to slaughter—to middle
Part novel, part comic strip, this is the story of Stuff (AKA Simon) who is   school. Smart and capable, innocent and inexperienced long-haired Cap
a fourteen-year-old boy with a host of problems. His father‘s girlfriend      soon becomes the butt of pranks. He reacts in unexpected ways and, in
has moved in with her evil daughter and feminist attack rabbit. He has        the end, elevates those around him to higher ground.
fallen for the new girl at school even though he has a girlfriend and now
the girlfriend‘s insane big brother is going to pound him. Luckily, his art   The adventures of the blue avenger
                                                                              by Norma Howe

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David Bruce Schumacher has been drawing comic books featuring a
superhero for three years, but on his 16th birthday he decides that it's         Spud
high time that someone actually do something about the world's                   by John Van de Ruit
problems. Accordingly, he dons his late father's fishing vest, puts a towel      John Milton, 13, a scholarship student at an elite boys' boarding school in
on his head, la Lawrence of Arabia, and renames himself Blue Avenger             South Africa, records his disturbing but often hilarious exploits in this
after his creation.                                                              diary-style novel set in 1990. As the year begins, President F.W. de Klerk
                                                                                 decriminalizes the African National Congress and orders the release of
Miracle Wimp                                                                     political prisoner Nelson Mandela but not even massive societal upheaval
by Erik Kraft                                                                    can get pre-pubescent boys to think about something other than girls, or
High school is never easy. But when your last name is Mayo and you've            set aside their depraved trick-playing.
been labeled a nerd and you've been placed in Wood Shop instead of
Computer Animation class, it's nearly impossible. Tom Mayo, nicknamed            Inside the mind of Gideon Rayburn
"Miracle Wimp" by the "Donkeys" (meat-headed jocks) at school, has               by Sarah Miller
only his snarky humor to help him get by.                                        Everything you've ever wondered about what guys think (and feared
                                                                                 about what they want), I'm going to tell you, says the anonymous
King Dork                                                                        narrator. And she does--every kind, gentle, anxious, sordid, crazy,
by Frank Portman                                                                 vindictive, sexy thought that goes through 15-year-old Gideon Rayburn's
Tom "Chi-Mo" Henderson is used to being a nobody, and entertains                 head is channeled through the narrator's pen, a fellow student at
himself by designing band names: Baby Batter, Oxford English, Tennis             Midvale, a Massachusetts prep school.
with Guitars. Every year Tom's teachers force him to read Catcher in the
Rye, the book that changed their lives. Though Tom scoffs at what he
calls "the Catcher cult," the book is about to change his life, too, if not in   Horror
Mr. Schtuppe-approved ways.
                                                                                 Clay
Bras & Broomsticks                                                               David Almond
by Sarah Mlynowski                                                               When best friends Davie and Geordie are asked to befriend shy and
When 14-year-old Rachel learns that Miri, her ―vegetarian, socially inept        lonely Stephen Rose, everything changes. Stephen is a troubled boy with
little sister‖ and her divorced mother are witches, her reactions run the        a gift for creating beautiful sculptures using clay from the town‘s pond.
gamut from incredulity and annoyance that she isn‘t similarly gifted to          One day Stephen does something amazing…he brings a sculpture to life;
shrewdness as she plans how her sister‘s abilities can be marshaled to           Stephen has the gift of creation. With the help of Davie, Stephen brings a
solve a passel of problems. Can magic move Rachel to the popularity A            sculpture of a man to life, they name him Clay. At first Clay is innocent,
list? Revive a fading friendship? Prevent her father from remarrying?            but Stephen has other plans, plans that will change innocence to evil,
                                                                                 and only Davie has the power to set them free.
Girl, 15 charming but insane
by Sue Limb                                                                      Be Afraid! Tales of Horror
Plucky and mouthy, Jess Jordan manages to get herself in a variety of            Edo Van Belkom
messes, mostly having to do with boys. Convinced that she is hopeless            A haunted laptop computer, a beastly case of puberty, and an old man‘s
compared to her best friend, Flora, she relies on her humor and dry wit          tales of war…These are a few of the story topics in this anthology. Fifteen
to stay afloat. She soon finds that while her mouth can get her in trouble,      truly terrifying tales...like the titles says: BE AFRAID!
it can also get her the kind of attention she wants.
                                                                                 Whisper in the Dark
Rules of the road                                                                Joseph Bruchac
by Joan Bauer                                                                    After Maddy‘s parents die in a tragic car accident she moves to
Hired by Madeline Gladstone, the president of a shoe company, to help            Providence to live with her Aunt Lyssa. Maddy is a huge fan of scary
her prevent a corporate takeover, 16-year-old Jenna Boller embarks on            stories and finds them a comforting distraction from the loss of her
an eye-opening adventure that teaches both of them the rules of the              parents; at least she thinks so until one legend hits too close to home.
road--and the rules of life                                                      When her beloved dog is viciously attacked by some kind of beast, Maddy

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begins to believe her Grandmother‘s legend of the Whisperer in the Dark:        mother, but would she be willing to preserve her for all of eternity? Told
a Narragansett vampire like creature who attacks with razor-sharp claws         in true gothic fashion, this book is not for the faint of heart!
once his victim is paralyzed by fear. It soon becomes apparent that Aunt
Lyssa‘s life is in grave danger, and only Maddy can save her.                   Red Spikes
                                                                                Margo Lanagan
Blue Bloods (Sequel: Masquerade)                                                This anthology consists of ten whimsical and frightening tales that will
Melissa De La Cruz                                                              capture the minds of fantasy and horror enthusiasts alike. From the
The popular teens at Schyluer‘s Manhattan private school are extremely          opening story of a boy who must deliver the baby of a toy, to a truly
special, when they turn 15 they become vampires. Up until that point            terrifying version of Wee Willie Winkie. Each story will grab you and hold
they are oblivious to who they really are. Then they begin to crave rare        on tight until the end.
meat, have terrifying nightmares, and distinct blue veins appear on the
inside their arms. Immortality seems very exciting until Blue Blood teens       Daemon Hall
begin to get murdered. A mysterious strange lurks amongst them, trying          Andrew Nance
to kill them off one by one. Can Schyluer and her friends find the killers      Legendary horror author Ian Tremblin has come to the town of
and unravel the mysterious past of the Blue Bloods?                             Maplewood! He‘s holding a short story contest in which five finalists will
                                                                                be selected to spend the night in the supposedly haunted Daemon Hall.
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments Series Book 1)                                The finalists will each tell their story by candlelight, and the winner will
Cassandra Clare                                                                 have the story published nation wide! Anyone who cannot make it
Clary is a shadowhunter…she just doesn‘t know it yet. When she                  through the night is instantly disqualified. As the night progresses
witnesses three teens kill another, and then instantly disappear she is         contestants begin to mysteriously vanish and some seem to be
terrified and confused. She soon finds out that the teens are                   possessed by something or someone. Will anyone make it out of Daemon
shadowhunters, humans with the special power to see and kill demons.            Hall?
When Clary returns home, she finds it brutally vandalized and her mother
Joyce is missing. Joyce is also a shadowhunter and is the only person
who knows the whereabouts of the Mortal Cup (one of three mortal                Devil’s Footsteps
instruments). Clary sets out on a search for her mother that will take her      E.E. Richardson
directly into the world of the Shadowhunters.                                   The town of Redford is haunted by the nightmares of children. Spooky
                                                                                skip rope songs, haunted houses, and blood dripping ceilings are hidden
                                                                                amongst the town, only able to be seen by children. Five years ago
Prom Dates from Hell                                                            Bryan‘s younger brother was chanting an eerie children‘s rhyme when he
Rosemary Clement Moore                                                          mysteriously vanished, never to be seen again. Now it‘s up to Bryan and
Maggie Quinn has tried repeatedly to ignore her budding psychic abilities;      his friend Stephen to uncover the secret of Redford‘s Dark Man before his
but recently her dreams have become much darker and are impossible to           sister vanishes as well.
ignore. When strange events begin to occur at school Maggie enlists the
help of a college occult student to find out who or what is behind the          Full Tilt
haunting. Prom night quickly arrives, and an outrageous show-down               Neal Shusterman
takes place with Maggie stuck right in the middle!                              In a remote part of town there is a secret carnival taking place. Not just
                                                                                anybody can attend, an invitation is necessary…and Blake has one. After
The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs                                                 a recent trip to the fair Blake receives an invitation from a gorgeous girl
Jack Gantos                                                                     named Cassandra. When his brother Quinn falls into a coma and is found
The strange albino twins that live across the street from Ivy have              with the invitation beside him, Blake knows he has not choice but to
fascinated her all of her life. The year she turns sixteen she finds out that   attend. In order to save Quinn, Blake must survive seven terrifying rides;
one of them is her biological father. Slowly, Ivy begins to find out details    each one is a reflection of his deepest fears. Will Blake be able to save
of how her mother and the twins are connected; most importantly she             Quinn‘s soul?
learns of The Rumbaugh Curse: an obsessive love for one‘s mother. Ivy
would be the first to tell you that she has extreme adoration for her           Dead High Yearbook
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Eight graphic stories have been compiled to represent a terrifying high         runs. Plus Lily is yearning for Daniel, a boy who doesn‘t even know she
school yearbook. Each story tells the gruesome events of a student‘s            exists.
death which lands them in the year book. Zombie girl and boy introduce
each story as they work on finishing the book. Welcome to Dead                  Revolution is not a dinner party by Ying Chang Compestine (China)
High…it‘s a killer school!
                                                                                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

International Fiction                                                           Curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon (Great
                                                                                Britain)
A swift pure cry by Siobhan Dowd (Ireland)
                                                                                When Christopher discovers his neighbour‘s dog has been murdered he
Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets and Shell, caretaker to her           sets out to solve the crime. In the process he uncovers family secrets
younger brother and sister after the death of their mother and with the         and learns a little about the complicated world around him.
absence of their father, is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on
the wrong person.                                                               Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (Australia)

I am the messenger by Markus Zusak (Australia)                                  Francesca‘s mom has determined that she‘ll go to St. Sebastian‘s even
                                                                                though all of her friends will be going on to a different school. To make
When Ed Kennedy stops an incredibly incompetent bank robber from                matters worse St Sebastian‘s is a former boy‘s school and Francesca‘s
escaping in his friend Marv‘s decrepit car he starts receiving messages on      one of thirty girls beginning the term. Surrounded by boys who are not
the backs of playing cards. The messages just contain addresses and             exactly welcoming and a group of girls she has nothing in common with,
times – and force Ed to confront some life changing situations.                 Francesca must now cope with the fact that her super competent mother
                                                                                seems unable to get out of bed.
Ties that bind ties that break by Lensey Namioka (China)
                                                                                24 hours by Margaret Mahy (New Zealand)
Ailin's life takes a different turn when she defies the traditions of upper
class Chinese society by refusing to have her feet bound. Set in China in       During his first twenty-four hours after finishing high school, seventeen-
the early years of the twentieth century Ailin experiences the clash of         year-old Ellis unexpectedly becomes part of an inner-city world far
eastern and western cultures and traditional and modern values.                 different from his comfortable life, which helps deal with his best friend's
                                                                                recent suicide.
Before I die by Jenny Downham (Great Britain)
                                                                                Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (Japan)
Tessa is dying. But before she does there are some things she‘d like to
do. Sex is one and driving is another although there‘s no time for either       The first book in the fabulous ‗Tales of the Otori‘ trilogy begins a story of
relationships or driving lessons.                                               treachery, revenge and love set in Japan at the time of the samurai.
                                                                                From its hair raising opening chapter the story of Takeo‘s journey from
One whole and perfect day by Judith Clarke (Australia)                          his remote hill village to the castle of his lord‘s greatest enemy is full of
                                                                                suspense and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages.
As her irritating family prepares to celebrate her grandfather's eightieth
birthday, sixteen-year-old Lily yearns for just one whole perfect day
together. It‘s not likely though as her grandfather has disowned Lily‘s
brother, her grandmother has an imaginary friend and her mother has             Mystery
brought along yet another elderly client from the adult day-care she
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By Madison, Bennett                                                            train stopped by a snowbank, the killer could only have been one of the
When Lulu Dark‘s purse is stolen the high school junior becomes a              other thirteen passengers, but which one?
reluctant sleuth to retrieve her purse and her stolen identity.
                                                                               The Perfect Shot
Down the Rabbit Hole                                                           By Alphin, Elaine Marie
By Abrahams, Peter                                                             As the star of the basketball team with a beautiful girlfriend, Brian‘s life
When Ingrid‘s soccer cleats turn up beside a murder victim she becomes         seems to be perfect. After Brian‘s girlfriend and her family are murdered,
a sleuth using the skills from her favourite detective, Sherlock Holmes.       he must decide how much information he is willing to share about what
                                                                               he saw that day. Adding to the suspense is the fact that Brian has been
Fake ID: A Mystery                                                             shot at the beginning of the book and his story is told in flashbacks.
By Sorrells, Walter
Chastity has never questioned her mother‘s need to keep moving from            Killing Mr. Griffin
town to town or the way they assume a new identity with each move.             By Duncan, Lois
When her mother disappears on the night of her sixteenth birthday, she         Mr. Griffin is a demanding and annoying English teacher. Five of his
is forced to start asking questions or face a life in foster care.             students decide to teach him a lesson by kidnapping him from the
                                                                               parking lot and leaving him tied up on the edge of town. The prank goes
Blackthorn Winter                                                              bad when they return to set him free only to find he is dead.
By Reiss, Kathryn
Juliana dreads having to live in the cold rainy English village of             The Angel of Death
Blackthorn. Her mother has torn her away from California, her friends,         By Ferguson, Alane
and her Dad in order to ―find herself‖ as an artist. Juliana begins to have    Seventeen-year-old high school senior Cameryn Mahoney has been
strange flashes of memory, triggered by the murder of a local artist.          learning about her father‘s work as a coroner while working as his
Does the crime have something to do with Juliana‘s unremembered past?          assistant. She uses her new skills to unravel the mystery of a local
                                                                               teacher's gruesome death. If you like CSI, you might like this book.
Missing Abby
By Weatherly, Lee                                                              Double Check
Thirteen year old Emma meets up with Abby, the girl who used to be her         By Malcolm Rose
best friend, while taking the bus. When Abby goes missing Emma                 Sixteen-year-old Luke Harding is a forensic investigator. Along with his
realizes that she is the last one to see her alive. She becomes                robot assistant, MALC, Luke risks his life and reputation to free a
determined to find out the truth behind Abby‘s disappearance, in part to       teenager wrongly convicted of murder.
assuage the guilt she feels for betraying her to gain popularity at her new
school. A suspenseful story coupled with Emma‘s own personal narrative         In Darkness Death
makes for a great read.                                                        By Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas
                                                                               If futuristic fiction isn‘t for you try this mystery set in eighteenth century
Tamar                                                                          Japan. Fourteen year old Seikei gets involved with ninja while helping
By Peet, Mal                                                                   Judge Ooka to solve the murder of a prominent lord. With realistic period
Set in Holland in 1944 as well as England in 1995, Tamar follows the           details and a fast paced adventure plot you will be hooked by this book.
story two SOE agents working as resistance fighters and the fifteen-year-
old granddaughter of one of the men. On one hand it is a compelling            Operation Red Jericho
mystery and thriller while another plot line looks at the joys and perils of   By Mowll, Joshua
love and how loneliness and fear can drive you to madness.                     Rebecca and Douglas are sent to live aboard their uncle‘s research ship
                                                                               after the mysterious disappearance of their parents. They become
Murder on the Orient Express                                                   entangled in the affairs of the mysterious Honourable Guild of Specialists
By Christie, Agatha                                                            and get mixed up with pirates and submarines. This intriguing book is
When a man is found murdered on a luxury train with the compartment            illustrated with schematics, diagrams and maps.
locked from the inside, Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate. With the
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By Lawrence, Iain                                                            hearts have their own rules, and sometimes things don‘t go according to
After being shipwrecked on the English coast, John tries to keep his         plan.
father and himself alive while trying to unravel the potentially lethal
secrets of the small town where they have been stranded.                     So Hard to Say
                                                                             by Alex Sanchez

                                                                             13-year-old Frederick is the shy new boy in town. Bubbly, friendly Xio is
                                                                             the girl who‘s lived there all her life. On Frederick‘s first day at his new
Queer Lit                                                                    school, Xio lends him a pencil, sparking a friendship that raises Xio‘s
                                                                             hopes that she might finally have a boyfriend, and makes Frederick
Talk                                                                         increasingly uncomfortable, especially as his feelings for his soccer buddy
by Kathe Koja                                                                Victor become clear.

Kit blows everyone away with his performance in the school play. But it‘s    Crush
not hard for him; he‘s been acting all his life, pretending to be straight   by Carrie Mac
when really he‘s always boys he‘s been into. Now he faces coming out to      Raised on a rural commune, Hope thought she was open to all kinds of
his family, the boy he‘s crushing on, and the girl who‘s crushing on him,    people. But during a summer in New York, her crush on Nat, a bike
all while controversy about the play swirls around him.                      mechanic who‘s decidedly female, surprises Hope and makes her
                                                                             question her assumptions about herself. A quick and engaging read.
The Bermudez Triangle
by Maureen Johnson                                                           Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies/Bride of
                                                                             the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies
When her two best friends Mel and Avery start a romance, Nina feels left     by Brent Hartinger
out and conflicted. Things become even more complicated when Mel
comes out as a lesbian, but Avery‘s not so sure about what she wants. A      While they‘re both working as extras in a locally produced horror film,
tale of love, friendship, and the horrors of waitressing.                    Russel is emotionally torn when his old boyfriend Kevin wants to get back
                                                                             together, and Min meets Leah, a fellow zombie extra who wants to stay
Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You                                      in the closet…and wants Min to stay there with her. In this two-books-in-
by Peter Cameron                                                             one sequel to The Geography Club, Russel and Min each tell their own
                                                                             versions of what happened when the brain zombies came to town.
Dad: ―Are you gay?‖ Son: ―Why? Do you get to take an extra deduction
on your taxes or something?‖ Arch, smart, and disaffected, 18-year-old       Parrotfish
James Sveck can‘t stand people his own age, has no desire to go to           by Ellen Wittlinger
college, and daydreams about leaving New York City and buying an old
house in the Midwest. But when he acts on a momentary impulse, with          16-year-old Grady McNair has just changed his name, and his declared
near-disastrous consequences, James reveals more about himself than          gender, and nobody knows quite what to make of it. His mom can‘t stop
he meant to.                                                                 calling him ―Angela,‖ and his former best friend is blowing him off to
                                                                             hang out with Mean Girls. But Grady has friends, too, it turns out, and a
The Rules for Hearts                                                         loving (if sometimes irritating) family who stands by him. A surprisingly
by Sara Ryan                                                                 lighthearted look at gender in all its complexities.

The summer before she starts college, Battle Hall Davies moves into a        Another Kind of Cowboy
group house in Portland, so she can reconnect with her brother, Nick,        by Susan Juby
who ran away from home five years earlier. She hadn‘t planned on
starting a romance with one of her housemates. And she hadn‘t planned        For Alex, horses are a refuge from his crazy family and his worries about
on Nick being a completely different person than she thought he was. But     being gay. Cleo, an outsider at her new Vancouver Island boarding
                                                                             school, rides dressage to remind her that there‘s life beyond her troubled

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past. Alex and Cleo aren‘t crazy about each other when they first meet at    loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible
the Limestone Farm, but each might have just what the other needs to         revenge - and continues to torment those in the present. How love can
make it through some rough terrain.                                          transgress authority, convention, even death. And how desire can kill.

Hear Me Out: True Stories of Teens Educating and Confronting                 This Lullaby
Homophobia, ed. by Planned Parenthood of Toronto                             Dessen Sarah
                                                                             Raised by a mother who's had five husbands, eighteen-year-old Remy
Rosemary and Juliet                                                          believes in short-term, no-commitment relationships until she meets
by Judy Maclean                                                              Dexter, a rock band musician.

Romey is the only out lesbian at her high school, and her mom runs the       The A-List (series)
abortion clinic in their small California town. Julie is the obedient,       Dean Zoey.
homeschooled daughter of the local fundamentalist Christian minister.        Seventeen-year-old blueblood Anna Percy leaves Manhattan to spend the
Was there ever a more star-crossed pair of lovers? This homage to            second half of her senior year with her father in Los Angeles and quickly
―Romeo and Juliet‖ is a touching story of first love.                        becomes involved in the lives of the rich and famous at Beverly Hills High
                                                                             School.
Touching Snow
by M. Sindy Felin                                                            Forever
                                                                             Blume Judy
The summer after 7th grade, Karina‘s stepfather is finally imprisoned for    Two high school seniors believe their love to be so strong that it will last
child abuse after beating her sister. Her mother, fearing for the survival   forever.
of her Haitian immigrant family in America if ―the Daddy‖ can‘t support
them, orders Karina to lie to protect him. But there is one person Karina    Dear Nobody
confides in: her new friend Rachael, for whom her feelings go deeper         Doherty, Berlie
than she can let anyone else know. A gripping and beautifully written        Eighteen-year-old Chris struggles to deal with two shocks that have
novel.                                                                       changed his life, his meeting the mother who left him and his father
                                                                             when he was ten and his discovery that he has gotten his girlfriend
Absolutely, Positively, Not...                                               pregnant.
by David Larochelle
                                                                             Pride and Prejudice
Sure, Steven is extremely tidy. And he likes square dancing. And he has      Austen, Jane
a poster of Superman up in his room. And he can‘t help noticing that his     Follows society's elite through games of love and negotiations of
Health teacher, Mr. Bowman, is extremely good-looking. But Steven‘s          marriage in the countryside of 19th century England. At the center of this
absolutely, positively not gay…is he? (Winner of the Sid Fleischman          intriguing dance is the lovely and rebellious Elizabeth Bennet, whose
Humor Award)                                                                 spirited wit and good sense keep her away from folly--most of the time.

                                                                             Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Romance                                                                      Caletti, Deb
                                                                             In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and
                                                                             her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite
Wuthering Heights                                                            an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many
Bronte, Emily                                                                things about "the real ties that bind" people to one another.
In a house haunted by memories, the past is everywhere. As darkness
falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange,      Confessions of a not it girl
grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he   Kantor, Melissa
will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose
between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had

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High school senior Jan Miller is convinced she's destined for the world's     Bechard, Margaret
least fabulous life because she doesn't have IT. But, maybe, just maybe,      Jack is a Spacer, a resident of a space station who has lived his whole
being a Not It Girl will turn out to have some major rewards.                 life in space. Spacers don‘t think much of ―rats‖, those humans left on
                                                                              the messed up Earth who try to illegally stay in a space station. When he
My Secret Boyfriend                                                           meets Kit and her sentient bot Waldo Jack gets caught up in Kit‘s
McDaniel, Lurlene                                                             attempt to save Waldo from the evil Company.
Jordan Starling enters the eighth grade after an uneventful summer. To
compete with one of the popular girls, she makes up a summer romance.         The Dirt Eaters
The only problem is the "romance" was with Ryan, the son of her               Foon, Dennis
mother's best friend. Now, Ryan's parents have split up and Ryan and his      Roan and his sister are the only survivors in their village after the
mom are coming to live with the Starlings.                                    warriors come through. Roan is saved by a man he thinks is on his side,
                                                                              but when things get worse instead of better he heads out into the
Cupid                                                                         diseased wastelands where he finds friendship and help. Part one of a
Lester, Julius                                                                trilogy.
Cupid, the spoiled and mischievous god of love, is attracted to and
marries the beautiful mortal, Psyche, and both learn many lessons about       Mortal Engines
the nature of love.                                                           Reeve, Phillip
                                                                              The Traction City of London needs to consume more small towns to fuel
Sloppy Firsts                                                                 its continued growth. When Tom discovers that there may be more to the
McCafferty, Megan                                                             Mayor‘s plans than chasing small towns and is thrown out of the city into
When her best friend, Hope Weaver, moves away from Pineville, New             the Out-Country he has to find allys to fend for himself. This is a grim
Jersey, hyperobservant sixteen-year-old Jessica Darling is devastated. A      post-apocalyptic tale with fast paced adventure.
fish out of water at school and a stranger at home, Jessica feels more
lost than ever now that the only person with whom she could really
communicate has gone. How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and
shopping-crazy girls at school, her dad's obsession with her track meets,
her mother salivating over big sister Bethany's lavish wedding, and her
nonexistent love life? A fresh, funny, utterly compelling fiction debut by
first-time novelist Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts is an insightful, true-   Weepers
to-life look at Jessica's predicament as she embarks on another year of
teenage torment -- from the dark days of Hope's departure through her         Story of a Girl
months as a Type-A personality turned insomniac to her completely             Author: Sara Zarr
mixed-up feelings about Marcus Flutie, the intelligent and mysterious         Is it true that one mistake can define your life? It sure seems that way
"Dreg" who works his way into her heart.                                      to Deanna Lambert. Sometimes moving forward means going back and
                                                                              facing your mistakes.


Science Fiction                                                               The Rules of Survival
                                                                              Author: Nancy Werlin
                                                                              Mathew knows he is dealing with a crazy person, but what can you do
The Diary of Pelly D                                                          when the crazy person is your mother and no one seems to care?
 Adlington, L.J.
When Toni V find a the diary of a teenage girl named Pelly D he begins to     The Year of my Miraculous Reappearance
question his own beliefs. In the futuristic world in which he lives blood     Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
type determines your station in life and divides the upper class from the     Sometimes it‘s hard to know what to do, what the right thing is, when no
undesirables.                                                                 one around you has ever told you or shown you what is right. Cynnie‘s
                                                                              following a dark path into adulthood, will she be able to change her life or
Spacer and Rat                                                                will she lose everything?
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Kissing the Bee                                                                Before I Die
Author: Kathe Koja                                                             Author: Jenny Downham
Emil was the only one who really got Dana. He really understood her            With only a few months to live, will Tessa be able to do everything on her
thoughts, her moods. There was only one problem. Emil was Avra‘s               ―things to do before I die‖ list?
boyfriend, and Avra was Dana‘s best friend.
                                                                               Out of Focus
Impulse                                                                        Author: Margaret Buffie
Author: Ellen Hopkins                                                          Bernice Dodd is sixteen and holding on to a lot of anger. When they
When you feel like there‘s nothing to live for, when you cut to relieve the    move out to Black Spruce Lodge she finds herself facing a choice, to let
pain, when the pressure of being perfect is more than you can handle,          go of her anger or lose herself to it forever.
where do they send you? Aspen Springs.
                                                                               Thirteen Reasons Why
Just Listen                                                                    Author: Jay Asher
Author:                                                                        Clay comes home and finds a box of cassettes chronicling the thirteen
Some secrets will eat you alive if you don‘t let them out. Deana‘s secret      reasons why Hannah decided to commit suicide.
is bigger than her, bigger than friendships and family. Will she be able to
take control of it or will it consume her?                                     True Confessions of a Heartless Girl
                                                                               Author: Martha Brooks
The Witch of Blackbird Pond                                                    Noreen seems to invite trouble. Now alone, afraid, and on the run in a
Author: Elizabeth George Speare                                                stolen truck, will she be able to look inside herself and figure out where it
Kit must leave Barbados and travel to Connecticut to live with her Aunt.       all went wrong?
Feeling like a caged bird in her new puritan life, Kit finds her escape but
at what price?

Feels Like Home
Author: Charlton-Trujillo
Mickey and Danny were always together, till‘ one night tragedy tore them
apart. When their father dies in a car crash, Danny re-appears after six
years of silence and Mickey must find a way to let go of the past and
move forward.

Ricochet
Author: Julie Gonzalez
One spin of the cylinder, one bullet, one pull of the trigger, and many
lives are forever changed.

Right Behind You
Author: Gail Giles
After spending 4 years in the Criminal Juvenile Psychiatric unit for setting
another kid on fire, Kip has to learn how the world works on the
―outside‖.

Quad: a novel
Author: C. G. Watson
Everyone has their breaking point. High School isn‘t easy for anyone,
but someone has snapped and now gunfire explodes through the quad.

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