"Grades 9-10. BFIS Library Recommended Summer Reading"
BFIS Library Recommended Summer Reading: Grade 9 & 10 Thirteen Reasons Why. Asher, Jay (2007) Realistic fiction, suicide “When Clay Jenson plays the cassette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he’s surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He’s one of 13 people who receive Hannah’s story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah’s voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah’s voice (italicized) and Clay’s thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt, her own inaction having played a part in an accidental auto death and a rape. The message about how we treat one another, although sometimes heavy, makes for compelling reading.” (Booklist, September 1, 2007, Vol. 104, No. 1) In Zainesville. Beard, Jo Ann (2011) Realistic Fiction “A fourteen-year-old girl awaits signs of womanhood and navigates life alongside her best friend in a small Midwestern city in the 1970s, but their friendship is tested by their families, a group of popular girls, and more of life's trials.” (From the Publisher) Leverage. Cohen, Joshua (2011) Sports Fiction “This intense sports novel will strike a chord with those who followed the tragic football stories that broke in 2011. In this heart-pounding debut, Joshua C. Cohen conveys the pressures and politics of being a high school athlete in a way that is both insightful and compelling. At Oregrove High, there's an extraordinary price for victory, paid both on and off the football field, and it claims its victims without mercy. When the unthinkable happens, an unlikely friendship is at the heart of an increasingly violent, steroid-infused power struggle. This is a book that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.” (From the Publisher) Everybody sees the ants. King, A.S. (2011) Realistic Fiction, family issues, bullies “Overburdened by his parents' bickering and a bully's attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.” (From the Publisher) A Bee in a Cathedral: and 99 other scientific analogies. Levy, Joel (2011) Non-fiction, science “By explaining complex scientific concepts using easier-to-grasp analogies, author Joel Levy has created a heavy book that treads lightly over many subjects. In the introduction, the author acknowledges that analogies have their limitations and that they can be misleading. With that warning given, the book proceeds to offer one hundred analogies covering seven scientific disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, earth science, the human body, and technology. Each comparison is stated in text, and complimented with various graphics, charts, and photographs. There is a fair amount of mathematics discussed, so equations pepper the pages, often inside a box, with explanatory images.” (Diorio, Geri. Voice of Youth Advocates) Scorpio Races. Stiefvater, Maggie (2011) Horses, fantasy fiction “From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand new, heartstopping novel. Some race to win. Others race to survive. It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them. Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.” (From the Publisher) Pinned, Martino. Alfred C. (2005) Sports Fiction, Wrestiling “In this gripping story, wrestling dominates the lives of two young men. Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane come from very different backgrounds--yet they both have the drive, determination, and commitment of a champion. And both are determined to have successful wrestling seasons despite having to grapple with their own demons. But their personal problems won't matter when these two teens meet on the mat to compete for the title of New Jersey State Wrestling Champion.” (From the Publisher) Fat Kid Rules the World. Going, K.L. (2003) Realistic fiction, obesity “Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly three hundred pounds, gets a new perspective on life when Curt, a semi-homeless teen who is a genius on guitar, asks Troy to be the drummer in a rock band.” (From the Publisher)