Paired Reading Titles
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Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. 209 p. Set in an Ibo village in Nigeria, the novel
recreates pre-Christian tribal life and shows how the coming the white man led to the
breaking up of the old ways.
Alegría, Malín. Estrella’s Quiñceana. 254 p. Estrella's mother and aunt are planning a
traditional quinceanera complete with mariachi band and puffy-sleeved orange dress;
however, Estrella has turned her nose up at tradition and her heritage since she won a
scholarship at a ritzy private school in San Jose.
Allende, Isabel. City of the Beasts. 406 p. Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies
his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the
Amazon, and experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert
disaster for the Indians.
Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits. 433 p. The epic story of the passionate Trueba
family begins at the turn of the century in South America.
Alphin, Elaine Marie. Counterfeit Son. 180 p. When serial killer Hank Miller is killed in
a shoot-out with police, his abused son Cameron adopts the identity of one of his father's
victims in order to find a better life.
Alvarez, Julia. Finding Miracles. 264 p. Fifteen-year-old Milly Kaufman is an average
American teenager until Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires her to search for her
birth family in his native country.
Alvarez, Julia. Saving the World. 363 p. Latina novelist Alma Huebner begs off joining
her husband on a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic to work on her next
book, and finds herself becoming obsessed with the life of her subject--a woman who
hand-picked a group of orphan boys to serve as live carriers of the small pox virus in
order to provide Spaniard Francisco Xavier Balmis a ready supply of vaccine with which
to inoculate the populations of Spain's American colonies in 1803.
Anderson, Jodi Lynn. The Secrets of Peaches. 297 p. Three very different friends,
Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie, struggle to cope with the joys and sorrows of love, family,
and destiny as their friendship is tested beyond its limits.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Catalyst. 231 p. Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes
chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she
faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of
her choice, and an unexpected death
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. 300 p. After being sold to a cruel couple in New York
City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Twisted. 250 p. After finally getting noticed by someone other
than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough
new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he
must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio. 247 p. A unified collection of stories about life
in a small town in Ohio, centering on the experiences of George Willard, a young
newspaper reporter who captures the hopes, dreams, and fears of the town's residents
Anonymous. Go Ask Alice. 185 p. Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user
chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
Anthony, Piers. Bearing an Hourglass. 357 p. Grieving over the loss of his loved ones,
Norton agrees to become the Incarnation of Time.
Asimov, Isaac. Fantastic Voyage. 385 p. Five people are miniaturized and sent on a
rescue mission through a man's body where they have sixty minutes to reach and break
up a blood clot in his brain.
Baldini, Michelle and Lynn Biederman. Unraveling. 230 p. When fifteen-year-old
Amanda faces major life changes, her controlling mother is the last person she turns to,
but she gains some sympathy as she begins to understand her mother's relationship with
her best friend.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. The Boy Who Dared. 175 p. In October, 1942, seventeen-
year-old Helmuth Hubener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past
life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the
Bass, Ruth. Sarah’s Daughter. 388 p. Rose Hibbard, a fourteen-year-old girl in late
nineteenth-century New England, takes over running the household, including the care of
her younger brother and sister, after her mother is killed in a freak accident and her father
turns to alcohol for comfort, and although she carries a heavy burden, Rose is able to
manage until her father tells her she has to quit school.
Bauer, Michael Gerard Bauer. Don’t Call Me Ishmael. 255 p. Fourteen-year-old Ishmael
Leseur is certain that his name is the cause of his unhappy school life as the victim of the
worst bully in his class, but when a new boy arrives, he shows Ishmael that things could
Beake, Lesley. Song of Be. 94 p.
Bell, William. Forbidden City. 198 p. Seventeen-year-old Alex joined his father, a
cameraman for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in China in 1989. As outsiders
they faced a time of upheaval as political demonstrations began in Tiananmen Square.
*Benioff, David. City of Thieves. 258 p. Seventeen-year-old Lev Beniov, having been
arrested for looting the corpse of a German paratrooper, is given the opportunity to be
released from jail if he, along with a soldier imprisoned for desertion, can secure twelve
eggs to be used in the colonel's daughter's wedding cake by traversing the dangerous
streets of Leningrad.
Bennett, Cherie and Jeff Gottesfeld. Anne Frank and Me. 282 p. After suffering a
concussion while on a class trip to a Holocaust exhibit, Nicole finds herself living the life
of a Jewish teenager in Paris during the Nazi occupation.
Bennett, Veronica. Angel Monster. 234 p. Fictionalizes the passionate eight-year
relationship of Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley, dramatizing the genesis of her classic
horror novel, "Frankenstein."
Block, Francesca Lia. Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books 478 p. Weetzie Bat --
Witch Baby – Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys -- Missing Angel Juan
-- Baby Be-Bop. A collection of post-modern fairy tales that chronicle the interwoven
lives of Weetzie Bat, her friend Dirk, and their lovers Duck and My Secret Agent Man.
Bloor, Edward. Tangerine. 294 p. Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of
his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness
and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
Bohjalian, Chris. Midwives. 374 p. Cut off from the hospital and rescue squad by an ice
storm, midwife Sibyl Danforth makes the decision to perform a cesarean section on a
patient she believes has died of a stroke during labor, but when her assistant tells police
the mother was alive during the surgery, Sibyl and the entire community are drawn into a
Bondoux, Anne-Laure. The Killer’s Tears. 162 p. A young boy, Paolo, and the man who
murdered his parents, Angel, gradually become like father and son as they live and work
together on the remote Chilean farm where Paolo was born.
Bowler, Tim. Apocalypse. 335 p.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy. 181 p. : A
novel based on the
experiences of Suzanne David Hall, who, as a teenager in Nazi-occupied France, worked
as a spy for the French Resistance while training to be an opera singer
Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Mists of Avalon. 876 p. A re-creation of the Arthurian
legend following the clash between Christianity and paganism that led to the demise of
Camelot, told from the women’s point of view.
Brashares, Ann. 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows. 318 p. Ama, Jo, and Polly, three
close friends from Bethesda, Maryland, are looking forward to high school, but wonder if
their relationship will survive the challenges that each girl faces over the summer break.
Brian, Kate. The V Club. 280 p. High school friends Kai, Eva, Debbie, and Mandy
form the V Club, a service organization that promotes chastity, in an effort to prove
themselves worthy of winning the Treemont scholarship which requires candidates to
"exemplify purity of soul, spirit, and body," but their wills are tested when an alluring
boy joins the group.
Brooks, Kevin. Candy. 364 p. Joe is a clean-cut English teen who falls for Candy, a
troubled, addicted teen, and Joe risks everything to help her.
Brooks, Laurie. Selkie Girl. 262 p. When sixteen-year-old Elin Jean finds a seal pelt
hidden at home and realizes that her mother is actually a selkie, she returns the pelt to her
mother, only to find her life taking many unexpected turns.
Bruchac, Joseph. Codetalker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of WWII. 214 p. After
being taught in a
boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other
Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages
during World War II in their native tongue.
Burgess, Melvin. Sara’s Face. 264 p. Seventeen-year-old Sara wants so much to be
famous that when a
legendary, plastic-surgery-addicted rock star offers to take her under his wing and pay for
her to have surgery too, she jumps at the chance despite her misgivings.
Burt, Guy. Sophie. 218 p. Matthew's search for answers about his childhood and his
family lead him to kidnap his own sister and demand she reveal what she knows, no
matter what the cost is.
Cabot, Meg. Airhead. 337 p. Sixteen-year-old Emerson Watts, an advanced placement
student with a disdain for fashion, is the recipient of a "whole body transplant" and finds
herself transformed into one of the world's most famous teen supermodels.
Cabot, Meg. All-American Girl. 247 p. Sophomore Samantha Madison stops a
presidential assassination attempt, is appointed teen ambassador to the United Nations,
and catches the eye of the very cute "First Son."
Cabot, Meggin. The Boy Next Door. 374 p. Gossip columnist Melissa Fuller, having
found her elderly neighbor in a coma after suffering an attack, contacts the woman's
nephew Max, who despite a reputation as a womanizer turns out to be kind, funny, and
very lovable, but the growing bond between the two young people is broken when
Melissa discovers he is not who he claims to be.
Caletti, Deb. The Queen of Everything. 372 p. High school junior Jordan MacKenzie
finds her ordinary life spinning out of control when her father, a predictable optometrist
she has been living with since her parents' divorce, suddenly steps out of character and
becomes involved with a married woman.
Caletti, Deb. The Nature of Jade. 288 p. Seattle high school senior Jade's life is defined
by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a
baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo.
Carter, Ally. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. 284 p. As a
sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is
sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class
Cary, Kate. Bloodline. 324 p. Nineteen-year-old John Shaw returns from World War
One and is haunted by nightmares of not only the battles but the horrifying discovery that
his regimental commander is descended from Count Dracula.
Chen, Da. Sword. 229 p. On her fifteenth birthday Miu Miu's mother informs her that in
order to discover her true fate, she must travel to Chang'an to avenge her father's death
and find her true love, but the evil emperor has other plans for her and intervenes with her
Cheripko, Jan. sun moon stars rain 160 p. Still grieving over his father's death,
nineteen-year-old college dropout Danny Murtaugh turns to a drunk, an eccentric
landowner, and a young waitress for answers about his past and direction for his future.
Clinton, Cathryn. A Stone in My Hand. 184 p. Eleven-year-old Malaak and her family
are touched by the
violence in Gaza between Jews and Palestinians when first her father disappears and then
her older brother is drawn to the Islamic Jihad.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. 374 p. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen
accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition
hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a
televised fight to the death.
Compestine, Ying Chang. Revolution is Not a Dinner Party. 243 p. 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.
Connor, Leslie. Dead on Town Line. 131 p. A murdered teen's experience of her afterlife
includes her efforts to have her body found and to provide comfort to her loved ones.
Cooney, Caroline B. Diamonds in the Shadow. 228 p. The Finches, a Connecticut
family, sponsor an African refugee family of four, all of whom have been scarred by the
horrors of civil war, and who inadvertently put their benefactors in harm's way.
Cooney, Caroline B. The Time Travelers, Vol 1: Both Sides of Time and Out of Time
210 p. Annie
Lockwood, a fifteen-year-old romantic living in the 1990s, is transported to the year
1895 and finds herself in the middle of two love triangles in two different centuries.
Cormier, Robert. After the First Death. 233 p. The hijacking of a bus of children by
terrorists is described from the perspectives of a hostage, a terrorist, an Army general
involved in the rescue operation, and the general's son who has been chosen as the go-
Cormier, Robert. Beyond the Chocolate War. 278 p. Sequel to: The chocolate war.
Dark deeds continue at Trinity High School, climaxing in a public demonstration of one
student's homemade guillotine.
Cormier, Robert. The Rag and Bone Shop. 154 p. Trent, an ace interrogator from
Vermont, works to procure a confession from an introverted twelve-year-old accused of
murdering his seven-year-old friend in Monument, Massachusetts.
Cornish, D. M. Monster Blood Tattoo. Book 1: The Foundling 312p (434 p. with
Bookchild's sheltered life takes a surprising turn when he is recruited to help the
Emperor, sending Rossamund on a journey across the Half-Continent that teaches him
not everyone can be trusted.
Cornwell, Autumn. Carpe Diem. 356 p. Sixteen-year-old Vassar Spore's detailed plans
for the next twenty years of her life are derailed when her bohemian grandmother insists
that she join her in Southeast Asia for the summer, but as she writes a novel about her
experiences, Vassar discovers new possibilities.
Craig, Colleen. Afrika. 233 p. Thirteen-year-old Kim learns the truth about her father
and her mother's homeland after visiting South Africa, where she meets relatives and
other children her age and witnesses the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings.
Cross, Shauna. Derby Girl. 234 p. Sixteen-year-old rebel Bliss Cavendar, miserable
living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a
roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," and her life gets better, although
infinitely more confusing.
*Crutcher, Chris. Chinese Handcuffs. 202 p. Still troubled by his older brother's violent
suicide, eighteen-year-old Dillon becomes deeply involved in the terrible secret of his
friend Jennifer, who feels she can tell no one what her stepfather is doing to her.
Crutcher, Chris. Deadline. 316 p. Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live,
high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's
purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-
*Crutcher, Chris. Ironman 228 p. While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo
attends an anger management group at school which leads him
to examine his relationship with his father.
*Crutcher, Chris. Running Loose. 216 p. Louie, a high school senior in a small Idaho
town, learns about sportsmanship, love, and death as he matures
Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. 295 p. The daily class discussions about
the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other
contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's attempt to answer a
friend's dramatic cry for help.
Crutcher, Chris. Stotan! 183 p. A high school coach invites members of his swimming
team to a memorable week of rigorous training that tests their moral fiber as well as their
*Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk. 220 p. Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a
multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high
school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less
Danticat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory. 234 p. Sophie Caco, a child who was born of
rape, leaves Haiti at the age of twelve to join her mother in New York City, where they
both battle with the results of sexual abuse.
Deuker, Carl. High Heat. 277 p. When sophomore Shane Hunter's father is arrested for
money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher's life of affluence and private
school begins to fall apart.
Deuker, Carl. Night Hoops. 250 p. While trying to prove that he is good enough to be
on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce
and the erratic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.
Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield. 882 p. A young boy in nineteenth-century
London runs away from an unhappy home, finds employment in a wine factory, and
becomes acquainted with a wide variety of characters in the city streets.
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. 293 p. Pip, an orphan in Victorian England, is
plucked from a life of
poverty and informed he is to be raised and educated as a gentleman.
Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist. 442 p. In nineteenth-century England, a young orphan
boy lives in the squalid surroundings of a workhouse until he becomes involved with a
gang of thieves.
Dickens, Charles. Pickwick Papers. 862 p. Retired business man, Samuel Pickwick
and the other members of the Pickwick club embark on a series of comic adventures in
late Georgian England.
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. 404 p. Charles Dickens' 1859 historical novel
set in Paris and London during the French Revolution, in which a French nobleman,
Charles Darnay, renounces his position and leaves his country, then returns during the
Terror to save the life of a servant, putting himself in grave danger.
Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime. 369 p. Three remarkable families lives' become entwined with
Henry Ford, Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Theodore Dreiser, Sigmund Freud, and
Emiliano Zapata at the turn of the century.
Doctorow, E. L. World’s Fair. 288 p.
Dokey, Cameron. How Not to Spend Your Senior Year. 293 p. Jo O'Connor,
accustomed to moving from place to place with her father, has learned not to get too
close to people, but that changes in her senior year when she makes a best friend and falls
in love--which only complicates matters when she is forced to move again.
Doyle, Larry. I Love You, Beth Cooper. 253 p. Denis Cooverman, captain of the debate
team, stumbles into the most eventful night of his high school career when he decides to
make his graduation speech a confession of love for Beth Cooper, head cheerleader.
Draper, Sharon. Copper Sun. 302 p. Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the
other an indentured servant—escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way
to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
Draper, Sharon. Fire From the Rock. 231 p. Sylvia Patterson's life suddenly changes
with the integration of Little Rock's Central High in 1957 when she is selected to be one
of the first black students to attend the previously all white school.
Duey, Kathleen. Skin Hunger. 357 p. In alternate chapters, Sadima travels from her
farm home to the city and becomes assistant to a heartless man who is trying to restore
knowledge of magic to the world, and a group of boys fights to survive in the academy
that has resulted from his efforts.
Ehrenhaft, Daniel. Drawing a Blank or, How I Tried to Solve a Mystery, End a Feud,
and Land the Girl of
My Dreams. 326 p. Carlton Dunne IV, an outcast boarding school student with a
secret identity as a graphic novelist, teams up with a beautiful Scottish girl who yearns to
be an American police officer, to resolve an ancient feud and rescue Carlton's kidnapped
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. 568 p. In the course of his wanderings from a Southern
college to New York's Harlem, an African-American man becomes involved in a series
Emecheta, Buchi. The Bride Price. 168 p. The love story of Aku-nna, a young Ibo girl,
and Chike, the son of a prosperous former slave.
*Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster. 293 p. While fleeing from Mozambique to
Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl,
struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous
world of the African spirits.
*Felin, M. Sindy. Touching Snow. 234 p. After her stepfather is arrested for child
abuse, thirteen-year-old Karina's home life improves but while the severity of her older
sister's injuries and the urging of her younger sister, their uncle, and a friend tempt her to
testify against him, her mother and other well-meaning adults persuade her to claim
Fensham, Elizabeth. Helicopter Man. 160 p. Australian youth Peter Sinclair, living on
the run with his father who claims he is being pursued by a secret organization, comes to
the realization that his dad is mentally ill and must have treatment if they are ever to have
a normal life together.
Finn, Mary. Anila’s Journey. 309 p. In late eighteenth-century Calcutta, half-Indian
half-Irish Anila Tandy finds herself alone with nothing but her artistic talent to rely on as
she searches for her missing father, who is presumed dead.
Flagg, Fannie. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. 320 p. Daisy Fay is not afraid to speak
what is on her mind, and the townspeople in the Gulf Coast's Shell Beach don't always
appreciate her meddling in their business.
Flagg, Fannie. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! 396 p. Dena Nordstrom is a rising
television star in the 1970s who has to deal with sleazy reporters, an exuberant roommate,
ditsy cousins, and a slew of men who want to be linked with the up-and-coming star.
Flake, Sharon G. Begging for Change. (Sequel to Money Hungry) 248 p. African-
Raspberry Hill, off the streets after years of homelessness with her mother, inexplicably
steals money from one of her best friends and wonders if she is no different than her
recently returned, drug-addicted, thieving father.
Fleischman, Paul. Breakout. 124 p. Interweaves the seventeen- and twenty-five-year-old
voices of a runaway who comes to a life-changing realization in an all-day Los Angeles
traffic jam and uses the experience eight years later as material for a one-woman show.
Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks. 87 p. One by one, a number of people of varying ages and
backgrounds transform a trash-filled, inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful
garden, and, in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed
Fletcher, Ralph. The One O’Clock Chop. 183 p. In New York, fourteen-year-old Matt
spends the summer of 1973 digging clams to earn money for his own boat and falling for
Jazzy, a beautiful and talented girl from Hawaii who happens to be his first cousin.
*Flinn, Alex. Breaking Point. 240 p. Fifteen-year-old Paul enters an exclusive private
school and falls under the spell of a charismatic boy who may be using him.
Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater. 263 p. * Sent to counseling for hitting his
girlfriend, Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old Nick recounts his
relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes
living with his abusive father.
Frank, E. R. America. 242 p. America, a runaway boy who is being treated at Ridgeway,
a New York hospital, finds himself opening up to one of the doctors on staff and
revealing things about himself that he had always vowed to keep secret.
Gaiman, Neil. Stardust. 250 p. Young Tristran Thorn, having lost his heart to the lovely
but cold Victoria Forester, leaves the safe English town of Wall and sets out into a
strange world on a quest to retrieve a fallen star he has promised to his beloved.
Giles, Gail. What Happened to Cass McBride? 211 p. After his younger brother
commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.
Glenn, Mel. Split Image. 153 p.
Gordimer, Nadine. Burger’s Daughter. 361 p. The story of a young woman's evolving
identity in the political environment of present-day South Africa.
Gordimer, Nadine. July’s People. 160 p. When war break out in South Africa, a
fugitive white family takes refuge with their black servant, July.
Gratz, Alan. Something Rotten. 207 p. In a contemporary story based on
Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend
Hamilton Prince's father in Denmark, Tennessee.
Green, John. Looking for Alaska. 221 p. Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver
Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is
defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Griffin, Adele. Where I Want to Be. 150 p. Jane and Lily, two teenaged sisters
separated by death but still connected, work through their feelings of loss over the
closeness they shared as children that was later destroyed by Jane's mental illness.
Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade. 167 p. While studying the Harlem Renaissance,
students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their
innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
Grisham, John. The Brethren. 440 p. A group of former judges who are serving time
at a minimum security prison put together a mail scam that is earning them a large
amount of money, but when they attempt to scam a powerful political official, they find
their operation, and their lives, in danger.
Groom, Winston. Forrest Gump. 241 p. Through three turbulent decades, Forrest
rides a tide of events that whisks him from physical disability to football stardom, from
Vietnam hero to shrimp tycoon, from White House honors to the arms of his one true
Haley, Alex. Roots. 729 p. A black American traces his family's origins back to the
African who was brought to America as a slave in 1767.
Harazin, S. A. Blood Brothers. 221 p. With his best friend on life-support after
taking drugs at a party, seventeen-year-old Clay, a medical technician, recalls their long
friendship, future plans, and recent disagreement, and tries to figure out who is
responsible for the accidental overdose.
Hartinger, Brent. Geography Club. 226 p. A group of gay and lesbian teenagers
finds mutual support when they form the "Geography Club" at their high school.
Hartinger, Brent. The Last Chance Texaco 225 p. Troubled teen Lucy Pitt struggles
to fit in as a new tenant at a last-chance foster home.
Hartnett, Sonya. Surrender. 248 p. As he is dying, a twenty-year-old man known as
Gabriel recounts his troubled childhood and his strange relationship with a dangerous
counterpart named Finnigan.
Hartnett, Sonya. What the Birds See. 196 p. While the residents of his town concern
themselves with the
disappearance of three children, a lonely, rejected nine-year-old boy worries that he may
inherit his mother's insanity.
Haruf, Kent. Eventide. 300 p. In the community of Holt, Colorado, Victoria
Roubideaux goes to college, leaving the McPheron brothers, who took her in when she
was pregnant; DJ, a boy who lives alone with his grandfather, befriends two sisters whose
father left them; and the children of a disabled couple face harassment at school.
Hautman, Pete. Godless. 198 p. When sixteen-year-old Jason Bock and his friends
create their own religion to worship the town's water tower, what started out as a joke
begins to take on a power of its own.
Haworth-Attard, Barbara. Theories of Relativity. 228 p. When his emotionally volatile
relationship with his mother ends with him being kicked out of the house, sixteen-year-
old Dylan meets three other teenagers while struggling to survive on the streets and must
determine which of them he can trust.
Hayes, Daniel. The Trouble with Lemons. 187 p. Tyler and Lymie, eighth grade misfits,
discover a dead body in a quarry and work to uncover the mystery behind it.
Hearn, Julie. The Minister’s Daughter. 258 p. In 1645 in England, the daughters of the
successfully accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-
of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has
Hearn, Julie. Sign of the Raven. 328 p. In the basement of his grandmother's home in
London where his mother is recuperating from cancer, twelve-year-old Tom discovers a
path to the past where, in the year 1717, a "fairy child" and her friends desperately need
Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. 471 p. The story of an American, Robert
Jordan, who fought during the Civil War in Spain with the anti-fascist guerrillas in the
mountains of Spain.
Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. 140 p. An old fisherman battles the sea
and sharks to bring home the giant marlin he caught.
Hemphill, Helen. Runaround. 117 p. In Kentucky in the 1960s, partly as revenge
against her older sister for publicly embarrassing her, eleven-year-old Sassy decides to
make the handsomest boy in the neighborhood her boyfriend, but first she has to find out
what makes a boy like a girl, and how to know when he does.
Herrick, Steven. By the River. 238 p. A fourteen-year-old describes, through prose
poems, his life in a small Australian town in 1962, where, since their mother's death, he
and his brother have been mainly on their own to learn about life, death, and love.
Hijuelos, Oscar. Our House In the Last World. 235 p. Hector Santinio, the son of Cuban
immigrants, grows up in New York City in the 1950s, struggling to understand his
cultural identity and to come to terms with his high-living father.
Hobbs, Valerie. Letting Go of Bobby James, or How I Found My Self of Steam. 136 p.
After being left by
her husband at a gas station in Florida, sixteen-year-old Sally Jo Walker, also known as
Jody, makes some difficult decisions and a better life for herself.
Hobbs, Will. Changes in Latitudes. 162 p. A family trip to Mexico changes a cocky
teenager's attitudes as he becomes exposed to his brother's consuming interest in saving
endangered species, to his parents' problems, and to his own selfishness.
Hopkins, Ellen. Burned. 532 p. Seventeen-year-old Pattyn, the eldest daughter in a large
Mormon family, is sent to her aunt's Nevada ranch for the summer where she temporarily
escapes her alcoholic, abusive father and finds love and acceptance, only to lose
everything when she returns home.
Hopkins, Ellen. Crank. 537 p. Kristina Georgia Snow's life is turned upside-down,
when she visits her absentee father, gets turned on to the drug "crank", becomes addicted,
and is led down a desperate path that threatens her mind, soul, and her life.
Hopkins, Ellen. Glass. 681 p. (Sequel to Crank.) Kristina is determined to break her
addiction to drugs in order to keep her newborn child; but when she fails and the pull
becomes too strong, her greatest fears are quickly realized.
Hopkins, Ellen. Identical. 565 p. Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district
court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and
Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their
Hopkins, Ellen. Impulse. 666 p. Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs
mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they
never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives
Horowitz, Anthony. Raven’s Gate. 254 p. Sent to live in a foster home in a remote
Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot
involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.
Horowitz, Anthony. Three of Diamonds. 214 p. The blurred man -- The French
confection -- I know what you did last Wednesday. Contains a collection of three
Diamond Brothers mysteries in which Tim and Nick bungle their way through a search
for a missing philanthropist, find themselves in a Parisian prison, and are stranded on a
Scottish island with a murderer
Hosseini, Khaled. A Thousand Splendid Suns. 367 p. A novel set against the three
decades of Afghanistan's history shaped by Soviet occupation, civil war, and the Taliban,
which tells the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila, who grow close despite their
nineteen-year age difference and initial rivalry as they suffer at the hand of a common
enemy: their abusive husband.
Howell, , Simmone. Notes from the Teenage Underground. 335 p. Seventeen-year-
old film buff Gem sets out to make an underground movie with her friends Lo and Mira,
but discovers much about her own life in the process.
*Hughes, Dean. Soldier Boys. 230 p. Two boys, one German and one American, are
eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the
Battle of the Bulge.
Humphreys, Josephine. Rich in Love. 261 p. As the Odom family falls apart, seventeen-
year-old Lucille Odom is brought across the threshold of womanhood and emotional
*Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. 184 p. An African-American
woman searches for a fulfilling relationship through two loveless marriages and finally
finds it in the person of Tea Cake, an itinerant laborer and gambler.
Hurston, Zora Neale. Jonah’s Gourd Vine. 202 p. Story of John Buddy Pearson and
his struggle between the physical and the spiritual.
Hyde, Catherine Ryan. Chasing Windmills. 262 p. Seventeen-year-old Sebastian, whose
father has been overly protective since the death of his mother, meets mother of two
Maria, who is in an abusive relationship, and the two decide to run away and start anew,
not knowing the truth about each other's lives or what it would take to leave everything
Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany. 617 p. Tells the story of Owen Meany who
believes he is God's instrument and his friendship with John Wheelwright; beginning at
age eleven when Owen hits a foul ball that kills John's mother during a Little League
game in 1953.
Jackson, Shirley. The Bird’s Nest. 288 p.
Jackson, Shirley. The Haunting of Hill House. 174 p. Four visitors to Hill House
are unaware that the old evil mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.
Jansen, Hanna. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You. 332 p. Jeanne, the only
member of her family not murdered in the Rwandan genocide, struggles to start a new
life without her family while coping with the violent memories that haunt her.
Jenkins, A. M. Night Road. 361 p. Cole, a hemovore who feeds off of human blood, is
asked to take another heme out for training, but, Gordon, his new charge, is having
difficulty leaving his old life behind and his actions soon threaten them both.
Jocelyn, Marthe. How it Happened in Peach Hill. 232 p. When fifteen-year-old Annie
Grey and her "clairvoyant" mother arrive in Peach Hill, New York, in 1924, each finds a
reason for wanting to finally settle down, but to reach their goals they will have to do
some serious lying and Annie will have to stand up for herself.
*Johnson, Peter. What Happened 133 p. A sixteen-year-old boy tries to come to grips
after he and his brother go for a joyride that ends in a hit-and-run.
Jonsberg, Barry. The Crimes and Punishments of Miss Payne. 257 p. Calma, who is
smart and an excellent writer, and her unlikely friend, Kiffo, a seeming all-around failure,
undertake a dangerous project when they follow an abusive teacher whom they suspect of
Kantor, Melissa. Confessions of a Not It Girl. 247 p. High schooler Jan Miller, hoping
for a senior year romance, just cannot seem to do anything right, especially when
compared to her best friend Rebecca who has just been named a New York "It Girl," but
things start looking up when an old crush moves back to town.
Katcher, Brian. Playing with Matches. 294 p. Desperate to improve his standing
with the girls at Zummer High, Leon Sanders--a junior--seems to be making headway
with his long-time crush Amy Green, but when he starts to get to know a social pariah
named Melody Sanders, Leon begins to see beyond Melody's disfigurement.
Kennedy, William. The Ink Truck. 278 p.
Kephart, Beth. Undercover. 278 p. High school sophomore Elisa is used to
observing and going unnoticed except when classmates ask her to write love notes for
them, but a teacher's recognition of her talent, a "client's" desire for her friendship, a love
of ice skating, and her parents' marital problems draw her out of herself.
Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 272 p. The struggle for power between
a head nurse and a male patient in a mental institution leads to a climax of hate, violence,
Kim, Richard E. Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood. 195 p. Presents
seven interrelated stories about the life of a boy living in Korea during the Japanese
occupation, from 1932 to 1945.
King, Stephen. The Dark Half. 484 p. With a bit of guilt, Thad retires George Stark, his
pseudonym, only to have him appear as a killing machine that destroys everyone on the
path that leads to the man who created him.
King, Stephen. It. 1138 p. In 1985, six men and one woman are called back to Derry,
Maine search for a creature of unspeakable evil that had stalked them as children.
King, Stephen. The Stand. 1141 p. It's 1985 and a deadly 'superflu' practically
wipes out the population of the U.S. Gradually survivors trail across a wasteland of
horror and death to congregate in two zones, one the embodiment of good, the other the
embodiment of evil.
Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal Dreams. 342 p. Codi returns to her hometown to confront
her past and face her ailing father. What she finds is a town threatened by an
environmental catastrophe and a man who could change her life.
*Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees. 232 p. Taylor, a poor Kentuckian, makes
her way west with an abandoned baby girl and stops in Tucson. There she finds friends
and discovers resources in apparently empty places.
Kingsolver, Barbara. Pigs in Heaven. 354 p. Six-year-old Turtle Green witnesses a freak
accident drawing her and her mother into a conflict of historic proportions. (Sequel to
Klass, David. You Don’t Know Me. 262 p. Fourteen-year-old John creates
alternative realities in his mind as he tries to deal with his mother's abusive boyfriend, his
crush on a beautiful, but shallow classmate and other problems at school.
Kluger, Steve. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway
Park. 403 p. Three Boston teens, about to become seniors, learn important lessons about
friendship, love, family, and themselves as they work to complete an English assignment
on their "most excellent year."
Knowles, John. Indian Summer. 243 p.
Knowles, John. Peace Breaks Out. 178 p. In 1945, spiritually wounded and
changed by his wartime experience, Pete seeks a peaceful place to recover. He takes a job
at a boy's prep school but finds a generation of angry young boys there.
*Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. 196 p. Gene Forrester looks back fifteen years to a
World War II year in which he and his best friend Phineas were roommates in a New
Hampshire boarding school. Their friendship is marred by Finny's crippling fall, an event
for which Gene is responsible and one that eventually leads to tragedy.
Knox, Elizabeth. Dreamhunter. 365 p. In a world where select people can enter
"The Place" and find dreams of every kind to share with others for a fee, a fifteen-year-
old girl is training to be a dreamhunter when her father disappears, leaving her to carry on
his mysterious mission.
Knox, Elizabeth. Dreamquake. 442 p. While investigating the government's
involvement in the disappearance of her father, Tziga Hame, and the decline of the art of
projecting dreams, dreamhunter Laura learns more about "The Place." (Sequel to
Koertge, Ron. Strays. 167 p. Sixteen-year-old Ted, orphaned when his parents are killed
in a car crash, identifies more with animals than people--especially strays whose situation
Ted equates with his own, but as he starts to settle in to his new foster home and school,
he forms bonds with his two foster brothers and gradually comes back in touch with the
Koertge, Ron. Shakespeare Bats Cleanup. 116 p. When a fourteen-year-old baseball
player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting
with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.
Koja, Kathe. Buddha Boy. 117 p. Justin spends time with Jinsen, the unusual and
artistic new student whom the school bullies torment and call Buddha Boy, and ends up
making choices that impact Jinsen, himself, and the entire school.
Koja, Kathe. Headlong. 195 p. High school sophomore Lily opens herself to new
possibilities when, despite warnings, she becomes friends with "ghetto girl" Hazel, a new
student at the private Vaughn School which Lily, following in her elitist mother's
footsteps, has attended since preschool.
Kolosov, Jacqueline. The Red Queen’s Daughter. 399 p. Sixteen-year-old Mary
Seymour, a white magician in Queen Elizabeth's court, has vowed never to fall in love,
but her attraction to her darkly handsome cousin Edmund, a black magician who seems to
understand her better than anyone, cannot be denied, and she finds her beliefs tested
when he becomes involved in a plot against the queen.
Koontz, Dean. Odd Thomas. 446 p. Odd Thomas, a short order cook at the Pico Mundo
Grill, keeps his ability to speak with ghosts a secret from all but his girlfriend, Stormy,
and the local police chief who he occasionally helps solve or prevent crime, but his
unusual talent leads him and his fellow citizens into big trouble when a strange man
comes to town followed by a horde of borachs--ghostly harbingers of mayhem.
Korman, Gordon. The Juvie Three. 249 p. Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble
with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of
*Korman, Gordon. Son of the Mob. 262 p. Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is
constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a
relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.
Kostick, Conor. Epic. 366 p. On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing
game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in
order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their families.
Krovatin, Christopher. Heavy Metal and You. 186 p. High schooler Sam begins losing
himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his
best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better
Kyi, Tanya Lloyd. Truth. 108 p. When a prominent local adult is killed at a teen
house party, the whole school seems to know who is to blame, but no one will go to the
*Lamb, Wally. I Know This Much is True. 901 p. For most of his life Dominick
Birdsey has been living in the shadow of his schizophrenic identical twin, Thomas, but
when Thomas commits a violent act that affects both their lives, Dominick decides to
leave his home and search for his true identity.
Larsen, Deborah. The White. 212 p. In 1758, at the age of sixteen, Mary Jemison is
taken by a Shawnee raiding party and gradually becomes integrated into her new family
Laskas, Gretchen Moran. The Miner’s Daughter. 247 p. Sixteen-year-old Willa,
living in a Depression-era West Virginia mining town, works hard to help her family,
experiences love and friendship, and finds an outlet for her writing when her family
becomes part of the Arthurdale, West Virginia, community supported by Eleanor
Lasky, Kathryn. Broken Song. 150 p. In 1897, fifteen-year-old Reuven Bloom, a Russian
Jew, must set aside his dreams of playing the violin in order to save himself and his baby
sister after the rest of their family is murdered.
*Lassiter, Rhiannon. Hex. 244 p.
Lawrence, Iain. The Cannibals. Tom Tin and his friend Midgely--with assorted juvenile
criminals--escape the ship taking them to serve their terms in Australia and head for a
Pacific island, forgetting Tom's father's warnings about headhunters and cannibals.
Lawrence, Michael. A Crack in the Line. 323 p. Sixteen-year-old Alaric discovers
how to travel to an alternate reality, where his mother is alive and his place in the family
is held by a girl named Naia.
Letts, Billie. Where the Heart Is. 376 p. Novalee Nation, seventeen, pregnant, and
living in a Wal-Mart store discovers friendship, encouragement, direction and love with a
group of caring people in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.
Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry. 469 p. The portrait of a golden-tongued evangelist
who rises to power within his church while living a life of hypocrisy, sensuality, and
Lowry, Lois. Gathering Blue. 215 p. Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is
mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice,
where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful
Lubar, David. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. 279 p. While navigating his first year
of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and
gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.
Luper, Eric. Big Slick. 232 p. Unable to resist the lure of poker but reluctant to
admit his addiction, sixteen-year-old Andrew, a talented player who relies on his
mathematical skills to plan game strategy, risks friendship and his parents' trust as he
begins to take money from his father's business to finance his secret gambling activities.
Mac, Carrie. The Beckoners. 217 p. Zoe, unhappy to be moving once again, falls in with
the Beckoners, a group of bullies at her new school, but soon finds herself trying to get
free from the gang whose actions against their favorite target, a girl they call Dog, are
escalating to violence.
Mackler, Carolyn. Vegan Virgin Valentine. 228 p. Mara's niece, who is only one-year-
younger, moves in bringing conflict between the two teenagers because of their opposite
Maguire, Gregory. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. 406 p.
Elphaba, born with emerald green skin, comes of age in the land of Oz, rooming with
debutante Glinda at the university, and following a path in life that earns her the label of
Marchetta, Melina. Saving Francesca. 243 p. Sixteen-year-old Francesca could
use her outspoken mother's help with the problems of being one of a handful of girls at a
parochial school that has just turned co-ed, but her mother has suddenly become severely
Markandaya, Kamala. Nectar in a Sieve. 189 p. A traditional peasant woman in early
twentieth-century India struggles with poverty and the changes arriving in her agrarian
village, particularly the tanning factory that takes her son's life.
Mason, Prue. Camel Rider. 204 p. Two expatriates living in a Middle Eastern country,
twelve-year-old Adam from Australia and Walid from Bangladesh, must rely on one
another when war breaks out and they find themselves in the desert, both trying to reach
the same city with no water, little food, and no common language.
McCarthy, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses. 301 p. The story of young John Grady Cole,
the last of a long line of Texas ranchers, who, along with two companions, sets off on an
idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.
McCarthy, Cormac. The Crossing. 426 p. Billy and Boyd Parham embark on a journey
to return a she-wolf to the mountains of Mexico, only to find their destiny and fate.
McCormick, Patricia. Sold. 263 p. A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-
year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.
McLaughlin, Lauren. Cycler. 250 p. Seventeen-year-old Jill is a fairly normal high
school senior whose focus is on getting a certain boy to ask her to prom, but four days a
month she transforms into surly Jack who decides it is time he had his own life and a
chance with the girl he wants.
McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove. 945 p. Two former Texas Rangers, Augustus
McCrae and Woodrow Call, leave their Texas ranch to lead a cattle drive to Montana,
encountering outlaws, Native Americans, and ex-loves along the way.
Meldrum, Christina. Madapple. 404 p. A girl who has been brought up in near isolation
is thrown into a twisted web of family secrets and religious fundamentalism when her
mother dies and she goes to live with relatives she never knew she had.
Melling, O. R. The Summer King. 344 p. Seventeen-year-old Laurel returns to her
grandparents' home in Ireland, where she encounters "the roly-poly man," a cluricaun
who sets Laurel on a quest to free her twin sister, thought to be dead, to live with her
lover in the legendary world of Faerie.
Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. 825 p. Captain Ahab's determination to find and
kill the great white whale becomes an obsession driving him to disaster
Min, Anchee. Empress Orchid. 336 p. Tzu Hsi, known as Orchid, enters China's
Forbidden City at the age of seventeen to serve as a concubine for the Emperor, and when
she bears the monarch a son, she is elevated to the rank of Empress, where she struggles
to maintain her position and the right to raise her own child.
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone with the Wind. 1024 p. After the Civil War sweeps
away the genteel life to which she has been accustomed, Scarlett O'Hara sets about to
salvage her plantation home.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved. 273 p. Sethe, an escaped slave who now lives in post-Civil
War Ohio, has borne the unthinkable and works hard at "beating back the past." She
struggles to keep Beloved, an intruder, from gaining possession of her present while
throwing off the legacy of her past.
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. 206 p. An eleven-year-old African-American
girl in Ohio, in the early 1940s, prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be
Morrison, Toni. Jazz. 229 p. A mysterious voice weaves the story of an African-
American door-to-door salesman of beauty products who shoots his young lover, and his
wife who tries to disfigure the corpse with a knife in the winter of 1926.
Morrison, Toni. Paradise. 318 p. Four young women living in a convent near Ruby,
Oklahoma, are viciously attacked in 1976 after residents become convinced the women
are the source of the problems that have been sweeping the exclusively African-American
Morrison, Toni. Song of Solomon. 341 p. Follows the life of Macon Dead, Jr., the son
of the richest black family in a midwestern town, as he leaves home on a quest for
Morrison, Toni. Sula. 174 p. Traces the lives of two African-American heroines from
their growing up together in a small Ohio town, to their sharply divergent paths of
womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation.
Myers, Walter Dean. Brainstorm. 90 p.
Myers, Walter Dean. Harlem Summer. 151 p. In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old
saxophonist Mark Purvis struggles to advance his jazz career while working as a gopher
for the new African-American magazine, "The Crisis," and becoming involved with
mobster Dutch Schultz.
Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. 281 p. While on trial as an accomplice to a murder,
sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in
the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Na, An. Wait for Me. 169 p. As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns
to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little
sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the
southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.
Naidoo, Beverley. The Other Side of Truth. 248 p. Smuggled out of Nigeria after their
mother's murder, Sade and her younger brother are abandoned in London when their
uncle fails to meet them at the airport and they are fearful of their new surroundings and
of what may have happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria.
Nanji, Shenaaz. Child of Dandelions. 214 p. In Uganda in 1972, fifteen-year-old Sabine
and her family, wealthy citizens of Indian descent, try to preserve their normal life during
the ninety days allowed by President Idi Amin for all foreign Indians to leave the country,
while soldiers and others terrorize them and people disappear.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Hush: an Irish Princess’ Tale. 340 p. Melkorka, an Irish Princess, is
kidnapped by Russian slave traders, and learns how to survive amidst her captors'
brutality while adhering to a vow of silence that gives her unique power.
Nilsson, Per. You & You & You. 301 p. Young Anon, who marches to the beat of
a different drummer in galoshes to protect himself from radiation, touches the lives of all
around him, resulting in disillusionment, loss, love, and more than a few surprises.
Nimmo, Jenny. Midnight for Charlie Bone. 401 p. Charlie Bone's life with his
widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers
that he can hear people in photographs talking.
Nix, Garth. The Ragwitch. 391 p. When his sister Julia falls under the spell of the evil
Ragwitch and her minions, Paul must journey across time to a distant dimension and rally
the forces of good to rescue Julia and save the magical kingdom of Yendre.
Orenstein, Denise Gosliner. 357 p. Unseen Companion. In rural Alaska in 1969, the
lives of several teenagers come together while trying to find out what happened to a
sixteen-year-old boy who is missing.
*Orwell, George. 1984. 297 p. Depicts life in a totalitarian regime of the future.
Orwell, George. Burmese Days. 287 p.
Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper. 213 p. In 1974 when her father leaves New Delhi, India,
to seek a job in New York, Ashi, a tomboy at the advanced age of sixteen, feels thwarted
in the home of her extended family in Calcutta where she, her mother, and sister must
stay, and when her father dies before he can send for them, they must remain with their
relatives and observe the old-fashioned traditions that Ashi hates.
Peters, Elizabeth. The Ape Who Guards the Balance. 376 p. Archaeologist Amelia
Peabody is working with her husband to uncover some of Egypt's ancient tombs, but soon
she becomes involved in a modern day mystery that has strange attachments to the past.
Peters, Julie Anne. Between Mom and Jo. 232 p. Fourteen-year-old Nick has a three-
legged dog named Lucky 2, some pet fish, and two mothers, whose relationship
complicates his entire life as they face prejudice, work problems, alcoholism, cancer, and
Phillips, Caryl. Cambridge. 184 p. An apprehensive Englishwoman witnesses the
peculiarities and brutalities of a sugar plantation in the nineteenth-century West Indies.
Picoult, Jodi. Change of Heart. 447 p. June Nealon's life is shattered when Shay Bourne
murders her husband and daughter, but when her eleven-year-old daughter, Claire, needs
a heart transplant, Bourne decides that his only chance at redemption is to give Claire his
heart after he is put to death, leaving June to decide if she wants to let the man who
destroyed her life save her daughter's.
Picoult, Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper. 423 p. Thirteen-year-old Anna, conceived specifically
to provide blood and bone marrow for her sister Kate who was diagnosed with a rare
form of leukemia at the age of two, decides to sue her parents for control of her body
when her mother wants her to donate a kidney to Kate.
Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. 290 p. The author presents a first-person narrative that
chronicles the mental break-down of Esther Greenwood from the doctor's office to the
Portman, Frank. King Dork 325 p. High school loser Tom Henderson discovers that
"The Catcher in the Rye" may hold the clues to the many mysteries in his life.
*Proulx, E. Annie. Accordion Crimes. 381 p. A fictional account of different immigrant
families in America who all have owned a single handmade accordion. Follows their
quests for a fulfilled life in America from Iowa to Texas and from Maine to Louisiana.
*Proulx, E. Annie. The Shipping News. 337 p. Quoyle and his two emotionally
disturbed daughters return to the family ancestral home in Newfoundland to start new
Rabb, Margo. Cures for Heartbreak. As she navigates adolescence, ninth-grader Mia
must deal with her mother' s recent death and her father's illness while she searches for
friendship and love in the world around her.
Rabin, Staton. The Curse of the Romanovs. 247 p. In 1916, teenaged hemophiliac and
heir to the Russian throne, Alexei Romanov, escapes into the future to elude the
murderous Rasputin, and meets his modern-day cousin, fifteen-year-old Varda, who is
working on a cure for hemophilia and who wants to help change history by saving his
Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. 1075 p. A satire on the follies and dangers of collectivism
in which the United States is faced with the prospect of economic collapse when the
country's leading innovators and industrialists go into hiding.
Rees, Celia. Pirates! 376 p. At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Nancy Kington and
Minerva Sharpe, set sail from Jamaica on a pirate vessel, hoping to escape from an
arranged marriage and slavery.
Rees, Celia. Soul Taker. 152 p. Lewis James, an overweight and unpopular teen, accepts
a job as assistant to toy store owner Viktor Ladslow, a genius puppet-maker, who
promises to help the boy lose weight and get the girl of his dreams after learning Lewis
would give absolutely anything to change.
Rees, Celia. Witch Child. 261 p. In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a
journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a
witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.
Rees, Douglas. Vampire High. 226 p. When his family moves from California to New
Sodom, Massachusetts and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School, many things seem
strange, from the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the
wolf who guides him around campus on the first day.
Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. 296 p. Depicts the experiences
of a group of young German soldiers fighting and suffering during the last days of World
Resau, Laura. Red Glass. 275 p. Sixteen-year-old Sophie has been frail and delicate
since her premature birth, but discovers her true strength during a journey through
Mexico, where the six-year-old orphan her family hopes to adopt was born, and to
Guatemala, where her would-be boyfriend hopes to find his mother and plans to remain.
Reynolds, Marilyn. Shut Up! 243 p. When seventeen-year-old Mario and ten-year-old
Eddie's mother is sent to Iraq with her National Guard unit, the boys move in with their
aunt, whose boyfriend, Denton, sexually abuses Eddie, which may lead to the boys being
split up in different foster homes while Mario tries to keep his brother safe.
Rinaldi, Ann. Or Give Me Death: a novel of Patrick Henry’s Family. . 226 p. With their
father away most of the time advocating independence for the American colonies, the
children of Patrick Henry try to raise themselves, manage the family plantation, and care
for their mentally ill mother.
Rosoff, Meg. Just in Case. 246 p. Convinced that fate is out to get him, fifteen-year-old
David Case assumes a new identity in the hope of avoiding what he believes is certain
Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye. 214 p. Story of an alienated, disillusioned youth
who drops out of school, and spends three days and nights in New York City on a quest
*Salinger, J. D. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter; Seymour: an Introduction. 213
p. Two stories containing episodes from the life of the Glass family, with Seymour
Glass, the oldest child, as the central character.
Sanchez, Alex. The God Box. 248 p. When openly gay Manuel transfers to Paul's high
school, Paul, a born-again Christian, begins to question his own sexuality
Sandell, Lisa Ann. Song of the Sparrow. 383 p. In fifth-century Britain, nine years
after the destruction of their home on the island of Shalott brings her to live with her
father and brothers in the military encampments of Arthur's army, seventeen-year-old
Elaine of Ascolat describes her changing perceptions of war and the people around her as
she becomes increasingly involved in the struggle against the invading Saxons and copes
with feelings of jealousy toward the beautiful Gwynivere. (A verse novel.)
Sayres, Meghan Nuttall. Anahita’s Woven Riddle. 352 p. In Iran, a young girl with three
suitors gets permission from her father and a holy man to weave into her wedding rug a
riddle to be solved by her future husband, which will ensure that he has wit to match hers.
Schmidt, Gary. First Boy. 197 p. Dragged into the political turmoil of a presidential
election year, fourteen-year-old Cooper Jewett, who runs a New Hampshire dairy farm
since his grandfather's death, stands up for himself and makes it clear whose first boy he
Sedgwick, Marcus. The Book of Dead Days. 273 p. A magician named Valerian has
only the days between Christmas and New Years to save his own life after making a pact
with the devil years before and seeks the help of a servant boy and an orphan girl named
Shan, Darren. Lord Loss. (Book 1, The Demonata.) 233 p. Presumably the only witness
to the horrific and bloody murder of his entire family, a teenage boy must outwit not only
the mental health professionals determined to cure his delusion, but also the demonic
forces only he can see.
Shange, Ntozake. Betsey Brown. 207 p. The portrait of an extended African-American
family in which the thirteen-year-old daughter strives to be grown-up while facing
prejudice and school busing pressures outside of the family.
Sharenow, Robert. My Mother, the Cheerleader. 289 p. Thirteen-year-old Louise
uncovers secrets about her family and her neighborhood during the violent protests over
school desegregation in 1960 New Orleans.
Shaw, Susan. Safe. 168 p. When thirteen-year-old Tracy, whose mother died
when she was three years old, is raped and beaten on the last day of school, all her
feelings of security disappear and she does not know how to cope with the fear and dread
that engulf her.
Shaw, Tucker. Flavor of the Week. 219 p. Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends
with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary
masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.
Shaw, Tucker. The Hookup Artist. 197 p. As a good-natured gay teenager, Lucas
happily serves as his high school's matchmaker, but finding true love for himself is
proving to be much more difficult.
*Sheth, Kashmira. Keeping Corner. 272 p. In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old
Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely
knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from
Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms.
Sheth, Kashmira. Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet. 243 p. Growing up with her family in
Mumbai, India, sixteen-year-old Jeeta disagrees with much of her mother's traditional
advice about how to live her life and tries to be more modern and independent.
Shields, Carol. The Stone Diaries. 361 p. Story of an ordinary woman's struggle
to find a place for herself in her own life.
Sienkiewicz, Henryk. Quo Vadis. Roman noble Petronius is intrigued by the Christian
girl Ligia's strange tale in the Rome of Nero.
Sijie, Dai. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. 184 p. Two boys, moved to the
country for "re-education" as part of Mao's Cultural Revolution, find little to amuse them,
but things change when they discover a stash of Western classics in Chinese translation
and use the stories of Balzac to capture the attention of the beautiful daughter of the local
Sinclair, April. Coffee Will Make You Black. 239 p. The story of an African-American
woman growing up on the south side of Chicago during the turbulent 1960s as she tests
the limits of racism.
Singer, Nicky. The Innocent’s Story. 220 p. Thirteen-year-old Cassina Dixon narrates
her existence after being killed in a terrorist bombing, when, as a "para-spirit," she passes
through a series of hosts, including the bomber and the religious zealot who would force
him to kill again.
Slade, Arthur. Dust. 183 p.
Sleator, William. Hellphone. 237 p. Seventeen-year-old Nick buys a used cell phone
only to call his girlfriend, but strange and desperate people keep calling--one of them a
denizen of Hell--begging for or demanding his help.
*Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. 493 p. Young Francie Nolan, having
inherited both her father's romantic and her mother's practical nature, struggles to survive
and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century.
Soto, Gary. Accidental Love. 175 p. After unexpectedly falling in love with a "nerdy"
boy, fourteen-year-old Marisa works to change her life by transferring to another school,
altering some of her behavior, and losing weight.
Soto, Gary. The Afterlife. 158 p. A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a
ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance.
Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl. 186 p. Stargirl, a teen who animates quiet Mica High with her
colorful personality, suddenly finds herself shunned for her refusal to conform.
Spinelli, Jerry. Love, Stargirl. (Sequel). 274 p. Still moping months after being dumped
by her Arizona boyfriend Leo, fifteen-year-old Stargirl, a home-schooled free spirit,
writes "the world's longest letter" to Leo, describing her new life in Pennsylvania.
Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under the Persimmon Tree. 270 p. A young Afghan girl,
Najmah, befriends an American woman, Nusrat in Peshawar, Pakistan, after Najmah
flees her native Afghanistan during the 2001 war; and together they begin a long journey
to locate their missing loved ones after the war ends.
Stein, Tammar. Light Years. 263 p. Maya Laor leaves her home in Israel to study
astronomy at the University of Virginia after the tragic death of her boyfriend in a suicide
Steinbeck, John. Cannery Row. 196 p. Recounts the adventures and misadventures of
cannery workers living in the run-down waterfront section of Monterey, California.
Steinbeck, John. East of Eden. 602 p. The saga of three generations of the Trask and
Hamilton families in the early 1900s in Northern California.
Steinbeck, John. In Dubious Battle. 349 p. Jim Nolan, a new member of the
Communist Party, struggles to keep a cool head when he leads nine hundred migratory
workers in a strike against landowners in California's apple country.
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. 455 p. The story of a farm family's Depression-
era journey from the Dustbowl of Oklahoma to the California migrant labor camps in
search of a better life.
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. 118 p. Sustained by the hope of someday owning a
farm of their own, two migrant laborers arrive to work on a ranch in central California.
Steinbeck, John. The Pastures of Heaven. 243 p. A collection of interrelated stories
charting the disintegration of a peaceful farming community in a lush California valley
*Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony. 100 p. Ten-year-old Jody learns about life and death
through her ownership of a beautiful red pony.
Steinbeck, John. The Short Reign of Pippin IV. 165 p. Presents a satire on French
politics that follows the fate of amateur astronomer Pippin Heristal after he is drafted to
rule the unruly French.
Steinbeck, John. The Winter of our Discontent. 358 p. In a moment of moral crisis,
Ethan Hawley, a clerk in a New England grocery store, departs from his high standards to
provide for the material comforts he cannot afford for his restless wife and discontented
Stoker, Bram. Dracula. 354 p. Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy
Transylvanian nobleman Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of
the evil vampire.
Strasser, Todd. The Wave. 143 p. Presents a fictionalization of a real experiment at a
California high school in which a history teacher started a fascist youth movement in an
effort to show his students that the Holocaust could indeed happen again.
Strasser, Todd. Give a Boy a Gun. 188 p. Events leading up to a night of terror at a
high school dance are told from the point of view of various people involved.
Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimeus Trilogy, Book 1.) 462 p.
Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, becomes caught in a web of magical
espionage, murder, and rebellion, after he summons the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs
him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Loveland.
Summers, Gillian. The Tree Shepherd’s Daughter. (Faire Folk Trilogy, Book 1.) 331 p.
Upon the death of her mother, a Los Angeles attorney, sixteen-year-old Keelie is sent to
live with her father, a woodworker at Renaissance fairs, and discovers that the odd
"allergy" she has to wood is actually powerful earth magic that she must learn to control.
Swanson, Julie A. Going for the Record. 217 p. Seventeen-year-old Leah's quest to
make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father
has cancer and may only have months to live.
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. 332 p. The personal, often painful, histories of four
Chinese American women who began meeting in San Francisco in 1949 to play mah jong
are revealed as the daughter of one who has died searches for her sisters in China to tell
them about the mother they never knew.
Tan, Amy. The Hundred Secret Senses. 399 p. Kwan moves from China to live with
her family in San Francisco and develops a relationship with her half sister Olivia,
confiding in Olivia about the ghosts who advise her about love and relationships.
*Tolkien, J. R. R. The Return of the King. 385 p. (Lord of the Rings, Part 3) As the
Shadow of Mordor grows, the companions find their way through danger and mystery as
they defeat the Dark Lord and celebrate Aragorn's ascent to become King of the West.
Includes appendices containing genealogical and historical information that form the
background of the story.
Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace. 1444 p. An English translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic
epic novel about the lives of five aristocratic families in Moscow and St. Petersburg
against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars of 1805 to 1814.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 407 p. Huck, in flight from his
murderous father, and Jim, in flight from slavery, pilot their raft down the Mississippi
River in search of freedom.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. 221 p. The tale of a mischievous boy
growing up in a nineteenth-century Mississippi River town.
Twain, Mark. Innocents Abroad. 499 p. Mark Twain's classic 1869 chronicle of his
travels with a group of fellow "pilgrims" through Europe and the Holy Land, in which he
makes fun of both European snobbery and American coarseness.
Valentine, Jenny. Me, the Missing, and the Dead. 201 p. Sixteen-year-old Londoner
Lucas Swain, left in possession of the ashes of Violet Park, becomes convinced that
Violet is communicating with him, initiating a voyage of self-discovery that forces him to
finally confront the events surrounding his father's sudden disappearance.
*Vaught, Susan. Trigger. 290 p. Teenager Jersey Hatch must piece his life back
together after he tries to shoot himself in the head, and as he rebuilds his mind and his
body, he learns some surprising truths about his former life.
*Veciana-Suarez, Ana. Flight to Freedom. 205 p. Writing in the diary which her father
gave her, thirteen-year-old Yara describes life with her family in Havana, Cuba, in 1967
as well as her experiences in Miami, Florida, after immigrating there to be reunited with
some relatives while leaving others behind.
Venkatraman, Padma. Climbing the Stairs. 243 p. In India, in 1941, when her father
becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her
family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to
a totally different way of life.
Wallace, Rich. Restless: A Ghost’s Story. 167 p. Frank, a teenaged ghost who has not
been able to move on to a higher realm in the afterlife, tries to connect with his younger
brother Herbie, a high school senior who was eight years old when Frank died.
Volponi, Paul. Rooftop. 199 p. Still reeling from seeing police shoot his unarmed cousin
to death on the roof of a New York City housing project, seventeen-year-old Clay is
dragged into the whirlwind of political manipulation that follows.
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. 295 p. Tells the story of two African -American
sisters: Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a child-wife living in the south, in the
medium of their letters to each other and in Celie's case, the desperate letters she begins,
Walters, Eric. War of the Eagles. 224 p. Jed, living with his mother in Canada while his
English father serves as a fighter pilot during World War II, takes pride in his mixed
heritage and his country, but his loyalties are tested when his best friend, Tadashi, a
Japanese boy, is declared an enemy alien.
Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. My Brother, My Sister, and I. 264 p. Sequel to: So far
from the bamboo grove. Living as refugees in Japan in 1947 while trying to locate their
missing father, thirteen-year-old Yoko and her older brother and sister must endure a bad
fire, injury, and false charges of arson, theft, and murder.
Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. So Far From the Bamboo Grove. 175 p. A fictionalized
autobiography in which eleven-year-old Yoko escapes from Korea to Japan with her
mother and sister at the end of World War II.
Westerfeld, Scott. Pretties. 370 p. (Sequel to Uglies.) Tally's perfect life as a Pretty is
disrupted when she receives a letter from herself, written when she was an Ugly,
reminding her of the promise she made to take a drug developed to cure the brain lesions
that keep the Pretties shallow and happy--and when she takes the pills, she becomes a
target of those determined to keep Pretty society carefree.
Wilce, Ysabeau S. Flora Segunda. 431 p. While taking a shortcut in her eleven
thousand room home, fourteen-year-old Flora Fyrdraaca discovers Valefor, the family
butler who was banished years earlier by the girl's mother, and tries to restore the magical
being's position in the household.
Wilson, Martin. What They Always Tell Us. 288 p. Sixteen-year-old Alex feels so
disconnected from his friends that he starts his junior year at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, high
school by attempting suicide, but soon, a friend of his older brother draws him into cross-
country running and a new understanding of himself.
Wittlinger, Ellen. Hard Love. 224 p. After starting to publish a magazine in which he
writes his secret feelings about his lonely life and his parents' divorce, sixteen-year-old
John meets an unusual girl and begins to develop a healthier personality.
Wooding, Chris. Poison. 273 p. When Poison leaves her home in the marshes of Gull
to retrieve the infant sister who was snatched by the fairies, she and a group of unusual
friends survive encounters with the inhabitants of various Realms, and Poison herself
confronts a surprising destiny.
Wrede, Patricia C. and Caroline Stevermer. Sorcery & Cecelia, or, The Enchanted
Chocolate Pot. 320 p. In 1817 in England, two young cousins, Cecilia living in the
country and Kate in London, write letters to keep each other informed of their exploits,
which take a sinister turn when they find themselves confronted by evil wizards.
Wulffson, Don. Soldier X. 226 p. In 1943 sixteen-year-old Erik experiences the
horrors of war when he is drafted into the German army and sent to fight on the Russian
Wynne-Jones, Tim. A Thief in the House of Memory. 210 p. The death of an apparent
stranger in the Steeple family's old home triggers troubling questions for sixteen-year-old
Declan as he tries to make sense of his fragmented dreams, random memories, and
unexplained coincidences, hoping to learn the truth about the mother who suddenly left
when he was ten.
Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. Reaching for Sun. 181 p. ( A verse novel.) Josie, who lives
with her mother and grandmother and has cerebral palsy, befriends a boy who moves into
one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.
Zusak, Marcus. I Am the Messenger. 357 p. After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-
year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to
addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of