English I: Reading List If at any time the book you are reading offends you, please stop and read something else. Fiction AUTHOR TITLE BLURB Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Imaginary voyages Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women Sisters/19th century New England Almond, David. Kit’s Wilderness Coal mining town/ghost stories Almond, David. Skellig Is it man, bird or angel? Anderson, Laurie Halse. Prom Math teacher steals prom money Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak High school rape victim/ultimate triumph Attick, Fran. Chernowitz! Prejudices/bullying Bauer, Joan. Rules Of The Road Teen & old lady take a road trip-Chicago to Texas Bechard, Margaret. Hanging On To Max Teen father/keeping the baby Bloor, Edward. Tangerine Brothers/soccer/vision disorders Brooks, Bruce. The Moves Make Then Man Racial friendships Buffie, Margaret. Angels Turn Their Backs Fear Bunting, Eve. A Sudden Silence Drunk driver kills brother Bunting, Eve. Jumping The Nail Peer pressure to leap from cliffs into ocean Cappo, Nan Willard. Cheating Lessons: A Novel Academic bowl contest/downside of trust/ Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game Genetic experimentation/space warfare Carvell, Marlene. Who Will Tell My Brother? Attempt to remove offensive mascot from H.S. Chambers, Aidan. Postcards From No Man’s Land World War II Chevalier, Tracy. Girl With A Pearl Earring Holland 1660’s/artists’ models Christie, Agatha. And Then There Were None Mystery/homocide Christie, Agatha. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Double murder in small English village Cisneros, Sandra. The House On Mango Street Chicago/Hispanic-Americans Coman, Carolyn. Many Stones Father-daughter relationship after death in family Cook, Karin. What Girls Learn: A Novel Mother-daughter relationships/breast cancer Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War Fund-raising/school bullies Cormier, Robert. Heroes: A Novel Revenge/soldier’s face blown off Coryell, Susan. Eaglebait An ugly-duckling story Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes High schools/friendships/swimming Deaver, Julie Reece. Say Goodnight Gracie Car accident kills best friend Dessen, Sarah. Dreamland: A Novel Dating violence/runaways Dessen, Sarah. Truth About Forever Summer catering job/father’s death Deuker, Carl. High Heat Baseball/fathers/money laundering Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light Historical fiction/1906 homicide Draper, Sharon M. Forged By Fire Child abuse/brothers & sisters Duncan, Lois. The Twisted Window Kidnapping Duncan, Lois. Don’t Look Behind You Family flees a hired killer Farmer, Nancy. The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm Kidnapped kids/mutant detectives/SciFi Ferris, Jean. Of Sound Mind Deaf culture/sign language Flinn, Alex. Breathing Underwater Anger management/date rape Frank, E.R. America: A Novel Child abandonment/therapy Friesen, Gayle. The Isabel Factor Summer camp/counselor-in-training Gardner, Graham. Inventing Elliot Bullies/self-realization/high school Giles, Gail. Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters Mystery/death of sister Greene, Bette. Summer Of My German Soldier Prisoners of war Hahn, Mary Downing. The Wind Blows Backward Self-destructive relationships Hall, Liza F. Perk: The Story Of A Teenager With Bulimia Hidden obsession with food AUTHOR TITLE BLURB Hall, Liza F. Perk: The Story Of A Teenager With Bulimia Hidden obsession with food Hinton, S.E. That Was Then, This Is Now Disintegrated friendship of two teen boys Howe, James. The Watcher Child abuse/family life/beaches Ingold, Jeanette. The Window Blindness/family life/Texas farm Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last Male side of teen pregnancy Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life Of Bees Racism/historical fiction/beekeeping Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Tree: A Novel Orphans/road trip Klass, David. Danger Zone International basketball tournament/prejudices Korman, Gordon. Son Of The Mob Romance between daughter of FBI & son of Mafia Lee, Marie. Finding My Voice College choices/parental pressure/Korean Americans Lewis C.S. The Chronicles Of Narnia Fantasy/7 titles in the series Lowry, Lois. Gathering Blue Orphans/science fiction/companion to The Giver Lynch, Chris. Freewill High school art student/loneliness Marsden, John. Letters From The Inside Teenage pen pals reveal terrible problems Marsden, John. So Much To Tell You Disfigured girl reveals thoughts & feelings in diary Matthews, Tom. Like We Care Scheme to disrupt cigarette, junk food, record industries Maynard, Joyce. Usual Rules September 11/mother’s death Mazer, Norma Fox. When She Was Good Abusive, manipulative siblings McCormick, Patricia. Cut Self-mutilation/hospitals Mekaelsen, Ben. Petey Misdiagnosed as an idiot & institutionalized Myers, Walter Dean. Monster Experiences in court and prison/script form Myers, Walter Dean. Slam! Mean streets of Harlem/basketball/life Na, An. A Step From Heaven Korean Americans adjust to American life Orr, Wendy. Peeling The Onion Car wreck/little hope of full recovery Paolini, Christopher. Eragon Dragons, elves, monsters and magic Paulsen, Gary. The Crossing Crossing the border/emotional problems Picoult, Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper: A Novel Organ donation/sisters Plum-Ucci, Carol. The Body Of Christopher Creed Troubled soul disappears or is murdered Plum-Ucci, Carol. What Ever Happened To Lani Garver? Cancer/eating disorder/control of life Qualey, Marsha. Hometown Persian Gulf War/conscientious objectors Qualey, Marsha. Too Big A Storm Vietnam Conflict/friendships/Minnesota Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, And Full-Frontal Snogging Humorous journal/1st in series Salinger, J.D. The Catcher In The Rye High school boy spends time in New York City Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones: A Novel From afterlife teen watches family deal with grief Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres Family farms/Iowa Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn’t Know Dating/social customs/poetry form Soto, Gary. The Afterlife Ghost story/Mexican-Americans Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl Popularity/nonconformity/first love Steinbeck, John. The Pearl Events following discovery by Mexican fisherman Strasser, Todd. The Accident Drunk driving/police cover-up Tashjian, Janet. The Gospel According To Larry Web sites/fame Tashjian, Janet. Faultline: A Novel Comedians/social dating customs/abused women Taylor, Mildred D. The Road To Memphis Mississippi/prejudices Taylor, Mildred D. Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry Great Depression/prejudices/Mississippi Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit Adventure with dwarfs, elves, goblins & more Trueman, Terry. Stuck In Neutral Cerebral palsy/father planning to kill son Wells, H.G. The Invisible Man Man makes himself invisible but can’t reverse it Wells, H.G. The Time Machine Time travel Werlin, Nancy. The Killer’s Cousin Bad choices/family feuds/ghostly warnings Williams-Garcia, Rita. Every Time A Rainbow Dies Rape/relationships/Caribbean-Americans AUTHOR TITLE BLURB Wittlinger, Ellen. Hard Love Underground press publications/divorce Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Make Lemonade Teen mothers/single-parent family/conduct of life Woodson, Jacqueline. Behind You Mistakenly killed by police/grief of family Yolen, Jane. The Devil’s Arithmetic Concentration camps/time travel Wurmfeld, Hope. Baby Blues: A Novel Friendship/death Zusak, Markus. Getting The Girl Brothers/man-woman relationships Nonfiction Aaseng, Nathan. 940.54 AAS Navajo Code Talkers World War II/Navaho Indians Anonymous. 613.8 GO Go Ask Alice Drug user chronicles her daily struggle Bain, Terry. 636.7 BAI You Are A Dog Life as experienced by the average dog Bissinger, H.G. 796.332 BIS Friday Night Lights High school football in America/social aspects Blanco, Jodee. 305.23 BLA Please Stop Laughing At Me Facing cruel classmates on daily basis Cordingly, David. 910.4 COR Under The Black Flag Pirates Crutcher, Chris. 921 CRU King Of The Mild Frontier Bio tells of his youth & how he became a writer Jackson, Livia Bitton. 940.53 JAC I Have Lived A Thousand Years Memoir of concentration camp Jordan, Tom. 921 PRE Pre Bio/long-distance runner/car accident Katz, Jon. 636.7 KAT A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, And Me Human-animal relationship Pelzer, David. 921 PEL A Child Called “It” Autobio account charts abuse of young boy Pelzer, David. 921 PEL The Lost Boy Sequel to A Child Called It/child abuse story Pelzer, David. 921 PEL A Man Named Dave Adult, child-abuse victim/last in series Proulz, Brenda Zosky.364.4 CO The Courage To Change Real-life stories of teens overcoming challenges Roach, Mary. 611 ROA Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers Human experimentation in medicine Siegal, Mordecai. 636.7 SIE Your Dog’s First Year Month by month guide/dog behavior & training Simmons, Rachel. 302.5 SIM Odd Girl Out Secret world of girls’ aggression Simmons, Rachel. 305.23 SIM Odd Girl Speaks Out Experiences of being bullied or bullying other girls Simon, Rachel. 362.3 SIM Riding The Bus With My Sister Sibling love and closeness/mentally handicapped Tintori, Karen. 622 TIN Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster Nonfiction/Illinois coal mining accident Wright, Richard. 921 WRI Black Boy Autobio/growing up black Compiled 2005-06 by SHS English Department and D. Kreutziger with help from: The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Assoc. The Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association. School Library Journal serving librarians who work with young people in schools and public libraries. The Junior Library Guild a collection development aid for busy librarians.
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