Category Title Author Summary Awards Subjects Co Graphi Afri Asia Latin Europ Middl TX US In FMS Library m c ca Ameri e e Histor History me Novel ca East y Fiction A Step From Heaven Na, An A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Korean Americans, X English and adjust to life in America. 2002, ALA Notable Children‘s Books: Family Life, 2002, Capitol Choices List: 2001, NY Emmigration and Y, 3 copies Times Notable Children‘s Books: Immigration 2001, Garden State Teen Book Award Nominees: 2004, Michael L. Printz Award: 2002 Fiction A Thousand Never Burg, Shana As the civil rights movement in the South gains Parent‘s Choice Silver Honors 2008 Race relations; African- X Evers momentum in 1963--and violence against African Americans; Civil Americans intensifies--the black residents, including Rights Movement seventh-grader Addie Ann Pickett, in the small town of Kuckachoo, Mississippi, begin their own courageous struggle for racial justice. Fiction Age of Bronze: A Eric Shanower Drawn from the myths and legends of centuries, A Comic Books-Strips- X Thousand Ships thousand ships presents a new for the twenty-first century etc., Trojan War, the complete prelude to the Trojan war- each sensual touch, Graphic Novels Y every savage blow, the smiles and tear, the lust and betrayal, the entire tapestry of drama and action. Fiction American Born Yang, Gene Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of National Book Award Finalist-2006, Chinese Americans, X X Chinese Luen young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the Printz Award Winner-2007, Eisner Identity, Schools, Y popular culture. Award 2007, Great Graphic Novels for Graphic Novels Teens-Top 10-2007 Fiction And Now Miguel Krumgold, The young son of a New Mexico sheep rancher longs to go Newbery Medal-1954 Ranch life, sheep Y, c 1953 Joseph with the men when they take the sheep to the Sangre de Christo Mountains. Fiction Araña Avery, Fiona Fiesty teenager Anya Corazon is saved from death by a Women heroes, Magic, X mysterious mage named Miguel. Now, Anya is pledged to Good and evil, Fantasy, fight alongside Miguel and the Spider Society. First, she Graphic Novels Y, vols 1-3 must prove herself to the society--and go to school, and keep her father and her friends from discovering her new secret. Fiction Ask Me No Questions Budhos, Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Booklist Editor's Choice: 2006, ALA Illegal Aliens, X Marina Tamar Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their Notable Children's Books: 2007, ALA Bangladeshi Y visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring Best Books for Young Adults: 2007 Americans, Family Life frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family. - New York State, High Schools Fiction Azteca: La Historia de Guadiano, In the Aztec year 13, an Aztec baby and his twin sister Aztecs, Indians of X un Guerrero Andrea M. were born. Forty years later, as a Jaguar Warrior of the Mexico Jaguar/The Story of a highest rank, Tlilcoatl meets the Spanish conquistadors and Jaguar Warrior fights for his family, his culture, and his empire. Behind the Eyes Stork, Sixteen-year-old Hector is the hope of his family, but when Reformatories, Gangs, Francisco X. he seeks revenge after his brother's gang-related death and Hope, Mexican Y is sent to a San Antonio reform school, it takes an odd Americans assortment of characters to help him see that hope is still alive. Fiction Blankets Thompson, Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, ALA Popular Paperbacks-2005, ALA Family, First Loves, X Craig Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers Best Books for Young Adults-2004, Graphic Novels growing up in the isolated country, and the budding Will Eisner Best Graphic Album: New- romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security 2004 and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith Bless Me Última Anaya, Set in a small New Mexican community during World War Mayor's Book Club (Austin) 2003 X Y Rudolfo II, Antonio speaks of the dignity, traditions, and mythology of Chicano life. Fiction Blue Monday, Vol. 1: Clugston- Adolescence is painful, as is evident in this comic tale of Teenagers, Comic X The Kids Are Alright Major, Chynna Bleu Finnigan, the lovable yet angst-ridden teen whose Books-Strips-Etc., soap-opera like life is filled with the trials and tribulations Graphic Novels that can only take place during those dreaded teenage years. Sequels: Inbetween Days, Painted Moon. Also check out Scooter Girl & Queen Bee by the same author. Fiction Bucking the Sarge Curtis, Luther T. Farrel has got to get out of Flint, Michigan. As Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Business Enterprises, X Christopher his best friend Sparky says, "Flint's nothing but the Books: 2004, SLJ Best Books for Fraud, Group Homes, Paul Titanic." And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, "Take my Children: 2004, Parents' Choice Gold Mothers, People With advice and stay off the sucker path." Award: 2004, Booklist Editor's Mental Disabilities, Y Choice: 2004, ALA Best Books for Mothers, Flint (Mich.), Young Adults: 2005, ALA Notable African Americans Children's Books: 2005, Texas: Tayshas Reading List: 2006 Fiction Cartoon History of the Gonick, Larry Who says history has to be boring? Gonick makes it fun, World History- X X Universe and he also has cartoon books about the environment, sex, Caricatures and physics, the history of the United States, statistics, and Cartoons, Graphic more. Novels Catch the Spirit: Teen Perry, Susan K. In first-person accounts, this book allows students to relate Voluntarism, Teenage Volunteers Tell How the stories behind their volunteer projects that led to Volunteers in Social They Made a national recognition. Service Difference Chasing the Jaguar Greene, After having unsettling dreams about the kidnapped Mayas, Indians of X Michele daughter of her mother's employer, fifteen-year-old Central America, Self- Martika learns that she is a descendant of a long line of realization, curanderas—Mayan medicine women with special powers. Quinceañera, Y Includes glossary of Spanish words. Kidnapping, Mystery and detectives, Los Angeles (Calif) Crazy Loco: Stories Rice, David This collection features nine stories about Mexican- Mexican Americans, X X Y American kids growing up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Short Stories south Texas. Cuba 15 Osa, Nancy Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly Pura Belpre Author Honor-2004, ALA Cuban Americans, X prepares for her upcoming ―quince,‖ a Spanish nickname Best Books for Young Adults-2004, Quinceañera (Social for the celebration of an Hispanic girl‘s fifteenth birthday. ALA Notable Children‘s Books-2004, Custom), High Schools Tayshas Reading List- 2005 Fiction Cubanita Triana, Gabby Seventeen-year-old Isabel, eager to leave Miami to attend Identity, mothers and X the University of Michigan and escape her overprotective daughers, Cuban Cuban mother, learns some truths about her family's past Americans, Miami and makes important decisions about the type of person she wants to be. Fiction Days Like This Torres, J J. Torres, who used memory to great effect in The ALA/YALSA Popular Paperbacks: Girl Groups (Musical X Copybook Tales, now casts his eye back to the early '60s, 2004 Groups), Women when pop music ruled the airwaves. Days Like This Musicians, Sound follows the formation of "Tina & the Tiaras," a new girl Recording Executives group, as they rise up the charts and overcome personal and Producers, Graphic obstacles to become stars. Novels Fiction Drift Martínez, At sixteen, Robert Lomos has lost his family. His father, a ALA Best Books for Young Adults- Mexican American X Manuel Luis Latin jazz musician, has left San Antonio for life on the 2004 teenagers, San Antonio road as a cool-hand playboy. His mother, shattered by a (Tex.); Teenage Boys, complete emotional and psychological breakdown, has Los Angeles (Calif.), moved to Los Angeles and taken Robert‘s little brother Loss (psychology) with her. Only his iron-willed grandmother, worn down by years of hard work, is left. But Robert‘s got a plan: Duck trouble, save his money, and head to California to put the family back together. Trouble is, no one believes a delinquent Mexican American kid has a chance—least of all, Robert himself. Fiction Emily Goldberg Ostow, Micol Forced to stay with her mother in Puerto Rico for weeks Jews-Identity, Racially X Learns to Salsa after her grandmother's funeral, half-Jewish Emily, who mixed people, Family, has just graduated from a Westchester, New York, high Puerto Rico school, does not find it easy to connect with her Puerto Rican heritage and relatives she had never met. Fiction Esperanza Rising Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of Pura Belpré Author Award, ALA Best Mexican Americans, Pam wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor Books for Young Adults-2001, ALA California, Agricultural Y camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the Popular Paperbacks- 2003, Texas laborers harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the Bluebonnet Award Nominees-2003 eve of the Great Depression. Fiction Estrella's Quinceañera Alegría, Malín Estrella's mother and aunt are planning a gaudy, traditional Mexican Americans, quinceañera for her, even though it is the last thing she Quinceañera (Social Lost wants. Custom), Mothers and daughters Fiction Fallout: J. Robert Ottaviani, Jim History comes alive in this comic autobiography about the Oppenheimer J. Robert- X X Oppenheimer, Leo man who created the Atom Bomb 1904-1967, Szilard Szilard, and the Leo, Manhattan Project Y Political Science of (U.S.) Graphic Novels, the Atomic Bomb Atomic Bomb-History Fax From Sarajevo: A Kubert, Joe This true story chronicles one family's daily struggle with Rustemagic Ervin, Story of Survival the violence, destruction, and "ethnic cleansing" that took Genocide (Bosnia and place in Sarajevo during the Serbian invasion of Bosnia Hercegovina)-Sarajevo during the 1990s. Fiction Finding Miracles Alvarez, Julia Fifteen-year-old Milly Kaufman is an average American Texas Tayshas Reading List-2006 Adoption, high X teenager until Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires schools, Central her to search for her birth family in his native country. America Fiction First Crossing: Stories Edited by Hundreds of teen immigrants arrive on U.S. soil every year, Emmigration and About Teen Donald Gallo every one of them unique. Here are ten unforgettable short Immigration Y Immigrants stories—written by acclaimed, award-winning authors for young adults—that reflect this stunning diversity. Fiction Flush Hiaasen, Carl With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Texas: Lone Star Reading List: 2007, Environmental Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather NY Times Notable Children's Books: Protection, River evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying 2005, ALA Notable Children's Books: Boats, Fathers, Florida his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their 2006, ALA Best Books for Young Florida Keys home. Adults: 2006, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: 2006 Fiction Geography Club Hartinger, A group of gay and lesbian teenagers finds mutual support Texas: Tayshas Reading List: 2005, Homosexuality; Clubs; Brent when they form the "Geography Club" at their high school. ALA Popular Paperbacks: 2005 High schools, Schools Sequel: Order of the Poison Oak. Also check out the new companion novel: Split Screen: Attack Of The Soul- Sucking Brain Zombies And Bride Of The Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies. Fiction Ghost World Clowes, Daniel This graphic novel is filled with the angst that only two Teenage Girls-United X recent high school graduates can exhibit while attempting States, Graphic Novels to hang on to their friendship while rushing headfirst into adulthood. Some of you may be familiar with the movie of the same name that was made long after this comic book was published. Fiction Going Going Nye, Naomi In San Antonio, Texas, sixteen-year-old Florrie leads her Political Activists, Shihab friends and a new boyfriend in a campaign which supports Small Businesses, San Y small businesses and protests the effects of chain stores. Antonio Fiction Grab Hands and Run Temple, After his father disappears, twelve-year-old Felipe, his Salvadorans, refugees, Frances mother, and his younger sister set out on a difficult and illegal aliens y, c 1993 dangerous journey, trying to make their way from their home in El Salvador to Canada. Fiction Graphic Classics Poe, Edgar APL owns this collection of graphic novels which illustrate Graphic Novels X Series: Volume 1, Allen various works of literature. Volume 2, Arthur Conan Edgar Allan Poe Doyle; Volume 3, H.G. Wells; Volume 5, Jack London; Volume 6, Ambrose Bierce; Volume 7, Bram Stoker; Volume 8, Mark Twain; Volume 9, Robert Louis Stevenson; Volume 10, Horror Classics; Volume 11, O. Henry Fiction Haters Valdes- Having tried for years to deny her psychic abilities, high Psychic ability, High Rodriguez, school sophomore Paski has disturbing visions about the schools, Los Angeles Y Alisa popular girl at her new high school in Orange County, (Calif) California. Fiction Heat Lupica, Mike Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social Texas: Lone Star Reading List-2008, Brothers, orphans, X services after being banned from playing Little League ALA Notable Children's Books-2007 illegal aliens, Cubans, Y baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve Little League baseball, years old and he has no parents to offer them proof. Social service Fiction Hoot Hiaasen, Carl Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes ALA Best Books for Young Adults: involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of 2003, ALA Notable Children's Books: Y burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. 2003, John Newbery Honor Books: 2003 Fiction Hopeless Savages Meter, Jen Van Family ties are the earliest ties that bind, setting the tone Family, Graphic X for the paths we will take in our future. So what if your Novels father is Dirk Hopeless and your mother Nikki Savage, a superstar couple from the days of punk rock? When you're born a rebel, what can you possibly do to make yourself stand apart? Sequels: Ground Zero, Too Much Hopeless Savages Fiction How the García Girls Alvarez, Julia The story of the Garcia family's adjustment to life in the Sisters, Dominican X Lost Their Accents United States. Americans Fiction How to Be a Chicana Serros, Michele From the award-winning author of Chicana Falsa comes a Humorous fiction, X Role Model M. humorous new novel about a young Chicana writer who is autobiographical struggling to find a way to embrace two very different fiction, Mexican cultures, without losing touch with her own true identity. Americans, Los Angeles (Calif.) In the Shadow of No Spiegelman, Created by one of the most famous graphic novelists of all September 11 Terrorist Towers Art time, this oversize graphic novel is Spiegelman's Attacks-2001 Y personalized account of how he saw the catastrophe of September 11, 2001 (9-11) unfold before his eyes. Fiction In the Shadow of the Garland, Conscripted into the Mexican Army, fifteen-year-old Santa Anna, Antonio X X Alamo Sherry Lorenzo Bonifacio makes some unexpected alliances and López de, 1794?-1876- learns some harsh truths about General Santa Ana as the Fiction, soldiers, war, troops move toward the Battle of the Alamo. Mexico-History-1821- Y 1861, Alamo (San Antonio, TX.)-Siege, 1836 Fiction Jason and Kyra Davidson, Handsome and popular Jason tries to come to terms with ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young African Americans, X Dana his irascible, often absent father and his growing attraction Adult Readers: 2005 Fathers and Sons, to the quiet, studious Kyra. Interpersonal Relations, Self-Perception, High Schools, Schools Fiction Jumping Off to Bernardo, Courage and desperation lead fifteen-year-old David and Cubans-Florida, Freedom Anilú his father to flee Cuba's repressive regime and seek refugees freedom by taking to the sea on a raft headed for Miami. Fiction Keeper Peet, Mal In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, Texas: Lone Star Reading List-007, Soccer, coming of age, X El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and ALA Best Books for Young Adults- Brazil Y the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a 2006 great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star. Fiction Kiss the Dust Laird, Her father‘s involvement with the Kurdish resistance Kurds, Refugees, Iraq, X X Elizabeth movement in Iraq forces thirteen-year-old Tara to flee with Iran y, c 1991 her family over the border into Iran, where they face an unknown future. Fiction La Línea Jaramillo, Ann When fifteen-year-old Miguel's time finally comes to leave Texas: Lone Star Reading List-2008, Brothers and sisters, X his poor Mexican village, cross the border illegally, and Booklist Editor's Choice-2006, ALA Emigration and Y join his parents in California, his younger sister's Best Books for Young Adults-2007 immigration, Survival, determination to join him soon imperils them both. Mexicans, Mexico Fiction Lorenzo's Secret Guzmán, Lila Two historical figures, Bernardo de Gálvez and George United States - History - X Mission and Guzmán, Gibson, appear prominently in the book. In 1776, fifteen- Revolution, 1775- Rick year-old Lorenzo Bannister leaves Texas and his father's 1783, Orphans, new grave to carry a letter to the Virginia grandfather he Slavery, Identity has never known, and becomes involved with the struggle of the American Continental Army and its Spanish supporters. Fiction Maus: A Survivor's Spiegelman, This Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel is an allegorical Pulitzer Prize-2002 Vladek Spiegelman, X X X Tale and Here My Art tale about the Holocaust. Considered by many to be one of Art Spiegelman, Jewish Troubles Began the greatest graphic novels ever created, the bestselling Holocaust (1939-1945) Maus received both critical acclaim and commercial - Poland, Holocaust success. Survivors - United (we have Maus 2, but 1 was lost) States, Children of Holocaust Survivors, Graphic Novels Fiction My Faith in Frankie Carey, Mike MY FAITH IN FRANKIE tells the story of a girl who Man-woman X discovers that having your own personal deity isn't all it's relationships, Graphic cracked up to be - particularly when you're trying to get a Novels boyfriend and your god turns out to be jealous! But as Frankie moves precariously into adulthood and her god Jeriven tries to win her back, sinister forces are at work that could spell disaster far beyond a broken heart, and Frankie and Jeriven will both have to do some fast growing- up if they're going to survive. Fiction Night Fisher Johnson, R. Loren Foster was handed an island paradise when he Great Graphic Novels for Teens-2007 Youth, Hawaii, X Kikuo moved to Hawaii with his father six years ago. But, with Graphic Novels the end of high school just around the corner, his best friend Shane has grown distant. Their friendship is put to the test when they get mixed up in a frivolous crime that leads to an arrest. Fiction No Laughter Here Williams- In Queens, New York, ten-year-old Akilah is determined to ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Friendship, Schools, X Garcia, Rita find out why her closest friend, Victoria, is silent and 2005, Texas: Tayshas Reading List: Female Circumcision, withdrawn after returning from a trip to her homeland, 2006 Nigerian Americans, Nigeria. African Americans, Queens (New York, NY) Fiction Over a Thousand Hills Jansen, Hanna Before one fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a Booklist Editor's Choice: 2006, ALA Genocide-Rwanda I Walk With You typical Rwandan girl. She fought with her little sister, went Best Books for Young Adults: 2007, to school, and teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying New Hampshire: Flume Award night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a Nominees: 2008 torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Jeanne's family, all Tutsis, fled their home and tried desperately to reach safety. They--along with nearly 1 million others--did not survive. The only survivor of her family's massacre, Y Jeanne witnessed unspeakable acts. But through courage, wits, and sheer force of will, she survived. Based on a true story, this haunting novel by Jeanne's adoptive mother makes unforgettably real the events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide as one family experienced it. Jeanne's story is a tribute to the human spirit and its capacity to heal. Fiction Parrot in the Oven: Mi Martinez, Manny relates his coming of age experiences as a member Americas Book Award: 1996, Pura Family Life, Vida Victor of a poor Mexican American family in which the alcoholic Belpre Author Award: 1998 Alcoholism, Mexican y, c 1996 father only adds to everyone‘s struggle. Americans Fiction Pedro and Me: Winick, Judd In graphic art format, describes the friendship between two ALA Popular Paperbacks-2002, Pedro Zamora, Judd X Friendship, Loss and roommates on the MTV show "Real World," one of whom Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Winick, AIDS What I Learned died of AIDS. Honor-2001, ALA Best Books for (Disease) - Patients, Young Adults-2001, ALA Notable AIDS Activists - Children's Books-2001, ALA Quick United States, Real Picks for Reluctant Young Adult World (Television Readers-2001, Texas: Tayshas Program: United Reading List-2002 States), Graphic Novels Fiction Persepolis: The Story Satrapi, Often compared to Maus, Satrapi's award-winning Alex Awards-2004, ALA Best Books Marjane Satrapi, X of a Childhood Marjane autobiography is the tale of a young girl growing up in Iran for Young Adults 2004, SLJ Best Comic Books-Strips- Y during the Islamic revolution. Sequel: Persepolis, Volume Adult Books for High School Students etc. Graphic Novels 2: The Story of a Return. 2003 Fiction Pride of Baghdad Vaughan, From one of America's most acclaimed comics writers a Great Graphic Novels for Teens-Top Yogoslav War 1991- X X Brian K. startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad 10-2007 1995 Bosnia and during the Iraq War inspired by true events. In the spring of Hercegovina, Gorazde 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo (Bosnia and during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, Hercegovina), Graphic hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the Novels decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. Fiction Prizefighter en Mi Charlton- Following a car accident that left her with epilepsy, twelve- Parents' Choice Silver Honors-2006 Self-acceptance, Casa Trujillo, E. year-old Chula—with a little help from a visiting fearsome Epilepsy, Traffic Mexican boxer—tries to deal with the repercussions her accidents, Boxing, new condition has on her family, neighborhood, and Schools, Famly school. problems, Mexican Americans Fiction Rain is Not my Indian Smith, Cynthia Tired of staying in seclusion since the death of her best Death, Grief, X Name Leitch friend, a fourteen-year-old Native American girl takes on a Photography, Indians photographic assignment with her local newspaper to cover of North America events at the Native American summer youth camp. Fiction Raining Sardines Flores-Galbis, The artistic Ernestina and the analytical Enriquito use their Wild horses, Cuba X Enrique ingenuity to save a herd of wild horses and stop an evil landowner from spoiling their Cuban village. Fiction Real Time: A Novel Kass, Pnina Sixteen-year-old Tomas Wanninger persuades his mother Sydney Taylor Book Awards: 2004 Germans-Israel, X Moed to let him leave Germany to volunteer at a kibbutz in Israel, Terrorism, where he experiences a violent political attack and finds Interpersonal Relations, answers about his own past. Family, Israel Fiction Safe Area Gorazde: Sacco, Joe This work of comic nonfiction created by Yogoslav War 1991- X X The War in Eastern cartoonist/reporter Joe Sacco is a graphic account of life 1995 Bosnia and Bosnia 1992-1995 during the Bosnian War. If you like this one, check out Hercegovina, Gorazde Palestine, Notes from a Defeatist, and The Fixer by Joe (Bosnia and Sacco. Hercegovina), Graphic Novels Fiction Sammy and Juliana in Sáenz, As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Death, Grief, Violence, X Hollywood Benfamin Alire Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating 2005, Bulletin Blue Ribbons: 2004, Mexican Americans class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of Capitol Choices List: 2005, Americas ―gringo‖ racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, Book Award: 2005, Tayshas Reading barrio violence, and poverty. List: 2006 Fiction Samurai Shortstop Gratz, Alan M. While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Samurai, Fathers and X Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo 2007 Sons, Baseball, also receives traditional samurai training which has Boarding School, Japan profound effects on both his baseball game and his History-Meigi Period relationship with his father. Fiction Sisters: Hermanas Paulsen, Gary The lives of a fourteen-year-old Mexican prostitute, living Prostitution, illegal X Y in the United States illegally, and a wealthy American girl aliens intersect in a dramatic way. Fiction Skies Over Moberg, Julia In 1944, eighteen-year-old Bernadette Thompson leaves technology; aeronautics X Sweetwater her Iowa home and attends training camp for the Women and astronautics; Texas Airforce Service Pilots in Sweetwater Texas, where she history hones her flying skills and befriends women of different backgrounds. Fiction Sloth Hernandez, Troubled teenager Miguel Serra becomes a walking urban Great Graphic Novels for Teens-Top Love stories, Graphic X Gilbert legend after he wills himself into a coma and wakes up one 10-2007 Novels year later virtually unchanged --except for his sloth-like pace. --Discover how a haunted lemon orchard, a mysterious goatman and murder collide as Miguel, his girlfriend Lita and their friend Romeo take on the teenage wasteland of suburbia. Will it be love or rock-and-roll suicide? Fiction So Hard to Say Sanchez, Alex Thirteen-year-old Xio, a Mexican American girl, and Homosexuality, X Frederick, who has just moved to California from Mexican Americans, Wisconsin, quickly become close friends, but when Xio Schools starts thinking of Frederick as her boyfriend, he must confront his feelings of confusion and face the fear that he might be gay. Fiction So Yesterday Westerfeld, Hunter Braque, a New York City teenager who is paid by ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Missing persons, Scott corporations to spot what is "cool," combines his analytical 2005, Texas: Tayshas Reading List: Adventures, Y skills with girlfriend Jen's creative talents to find a missing 2006 Adventurers, Mystery, person and thwart a conspiracy directed at the heart of Detective Stories consumer culture. Fiction Sofi Mendoza's Guide Alegría, Malín When Southern California high school senior Sofi Identity, Culture X to Getting Lost in Mendoza lies to her parents and crosses the border for a conflict, Mexican Y Mexico weekend party, she has no idea that she will get stuck in a Americans, Family, Mexican village with family she has never met before, California unable to return to the United States and the easy life she knew. Fiction Star-Crossed Collison, Linda Having been discovered as a stowaway as she tries to reach Tayshas Reading List 2008-2009 seafaring life; survival Barbados in 1760 to claim her father's estate, teenaged skills; sex roles; English orphan Patricia Kelley struggles to survive by orphans learning to be a ship's doctor and by disguising herself as a man when necessary. Fiction Steady Beat Rivkah "Love Jessica"--That's what Leah finds on the back of a Lesbians, Sisters, X love letter to her sister--but who is this Jessica? When more Graphic Novels letters, flowers and gifts start popping up, Leah goes undercover to discover her sister's secret. What she doesn't expect is to find is love of her own, and in some very unexpected places! Sequel: Volume 2 Fiction Strangers in Paradise Moore, Terry Katchoo is a beautiful young woman living a quiet life Man-Woman X with everything going for her. She's smart, independent Relationships, and very much in love with her best friend, Francine. Then Lesbians, Graphic Katchoo meets David, a gentle but persistent young man Novels who is determined to win Katchoo's heart. The resulting love triangle is a touching comedy of romantic errors until Katchoo's former employer comes looking for her and $850,000 in missing mob money. Fiction Summer Blond: Four Tomine, Adrian Tomine‘s cult comix series Optic Nerve is finally City and Town Life, X Stories Adrian collected into one sharp-looking hardcover volume. Graphic Novels Described as the Raymond Carver of comix, Tomine constructs tales of emotional disconnection with an ear for painfully real dialogue. Combined with his deft black and white depictions of urbane lifestyles, Tomine‘s fans have often accused him of eavesdropping in on their most intimate moments and, with forensic skill, laying their lives bare. Fiction The Circuit: stories Jiménez, Sequel: Breaking Through Américas Award winner (from the Mexican Americans- X X from the life of a Francisco Consortium of Latin American Studies California, Mexican migrant child Programs)-1997, Jane Addams agricultural workers Children's Book Award Honor Book- 1998 Fiction The Complete Geisha Watson, Andi Geisha is the futuristic tale of Jomi Sohoda, an android Bodyguards, Androids, X with a knack for painting. Adopted early in her Artists, Graphic Novels development by the Kami family, Jomi has been assimilated into regular human life - except society sees her as an outcast, something less than human. This makes it rather difficult for her to sell her paintings, so to make money, she joins the family bodyguard business, launching herself into a world of action and intrigue, complete with supermodels, jealous ex-husbands, maniacal moguls, robotic armor, and the twisted double-cross of art fakery. Fiction The Girl from Playa Dumas When Elena and her little brother, Carlos, leave their Brothers and sisters, X Blanca Lachtman, Mexican seaside village to search for their immigrant Mexicans, emigration Y, c 1995 Ofelia father in Los Angeles, they encounter intrigue, crime, and immigration mystery, friendship, and love. Fiction The Golem's Mighty Stum, James The Stars of David, a barnstorming Jewish baseball team, Baseball Players- X X Swing travel from town to town earning a living by playing local United States, Jews- squads. They all sport beards, a gimmick to attract patrons United States, Graphic but when financial difficulties threaten to end their season Novels they cast their lot with a Chicago promoter who has just seen the hugely successful German silent film Der Golem... With the golem, a baseball game is transformed into a mythical pageant. Fear and curiosity fills the stadium, but it also stokes the flames of anti-Semitism. Winning the game for the Stars of David becomes less important then surviving it. With a sepia-tinted cinematic style, this compelling book reminds us that making it home is at the heart of baseball. Fiction The Gospel According Tashjian, Janet Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner-philosopher who wants to ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Websites, Identity, to Larry make a difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret 2002, ALA Popular Paperbacks: 2005 Fame, Coming of Age: Y identity as the author of a web site that is receiving national attention. Fiction The House on Mango Cisneros, Esperanza Cordero is a young girl growing up in the Hispanic Americans, X X Street Sandra Hispanic quarter of Chicago with all its hard realities of Girls, Chicago (IL.) y, multiple copies life. She captures her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories in order to rise above the hopelessness and create a space for herself. Non- The Kid's Guide to Lewis, Barbara Resource guide for children for learning political action Social Problems - Fiction Social Action: How to A. skills that can help them make a difference in solving Handbooks, Social Solve the Social social problems at the community, state, and national Action, Political Y Problems You Choose levels. Participation, Problem -- And Turn Creative Solving Thinking into Positive Action Fiction The Last Dragon De Mari, Struggling to survive in a post apocalyptic world after his Horn Book Fanfare: 2006, Mildred L. Dragons, Fantasy Silvana village is destroyed, Yorsh, the earth's last elf, must embark Batchelder Honor: 2007, ALA Notable on a perilous quest to decipher a powerful prophecy and Children's Books: 2007 find the last dragon, who holds the key to saving the world from the Dark Age that has begun. Fiction The Other Side of Naidoo, Smuggled out of Nigeria after their mother‘s murder, Sade ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Nigerians-England- X Truth Beverley and her younger brother are abandoned in London when 2002, ALA Notable Children‘s Books: London, Refugees, Y their uncle fails to meet them at the airport and they are 2002, Capitol Choices List: 2001, and Brothers and Sisters fearful of their new surroundings and what may have more. happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria Fiction The Outcasts of 19 Konigsburg, Upon leaving an oppressive summer camp, twelve-year-old Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice: 2004, Social Action, X Schuyler Place E.L. Margaret Rose Kane spearheads a campaign to preserve Texas: Lone Star Reading List: 2006, Individuality, Uncles, three unique towers her grand uncles have been building in Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Hungarian Americans their back yard for over forty years. Books: 2004, SLJ Best Books for Y Children: 2004, ALA Best Books for Young Adults: 2005, ALA Notable Children's Books: 2005 Fiction The P.L.A.I.N. Janes Castellucci, When a transfer student named Jane is forced to move from Street Art, Graphic X Cecil the cool confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her Novels life is over. But there in the lunch room at the reject table Y, 1 & 2 she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. Main Jane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. --People Loving Art In Neighborhoods. The Tale of One Bad Talbot, Brian This sadly realistic tale about sexual abuse is a beautifully Sexually Abused X Rat drawn story that takes readers along on one girl's healing Teenagers, Child journey. Sexual Abuse, Runaway Teenagers, Graphic Novels Fiction The Tequila Worm Canales, Viola Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in Texas Tayshas Reading List-2006, Family Life-Texas, X X McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a Pura Belpre Author Award-2006, ALA Neighborhood, scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Notable Children's Books-2006 Mexican Americans, Y Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her Catholics, Boarding "comadres." Schools, Schools, Texas Fiction The Trap Smelcer, John In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-old Johnny Least- ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Survival, Conduct of Weasel, who is better known for brains than brawn, worries 2007, Kentucky: Bluegrass Award Life, Trapping, Old about his missing grandfather, and the grandfather, Albert Nominees: 2008, New Hampshire: Age, Indians of North Least-Weasel, struggles to survive, caught in his own steel Isinglass Award Nominees: 2008 American, Social trap in the Alaskan winter. Consciousness Fiction The Wednesday Wars Schmidt, Gary During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons Texas: Lone Star Reading List : 2009, Shakespeare; Junior X when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew Utah: Beehive Award Nominees : high school; coming of school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. 2009, Vermont: Dorothy Canfield age Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Fisher Children's Book A : 2009, ALA Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the Best Books for Young Adults : 2008, world he lives in. ALA Notable Children's Books : 2008, Y John Newbery Honor Books : 2008, Washington, D.C.: Capitol Choices List : 2008, Booklist Editor's Choice : 2007, Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Books : 2007 Fiction The Whole Sky Full Saldaña, René Eighteen-year-old Barry competes in a non-sanctioned Boxing, Gambling, X of Stars boxing match in hopes of helping his recently-widowed Friendship, Mexican mother, unaware that his best friend and manager, Alby, Americans, Fathers and has his own desperate need for a share of the purse that sons, Single-parent may put their friendship on the line. families, Texas Fiction Touching Spirit Bear Mikaelsen, Ben After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid ALA Best Books for Young Adults: Juvenile Delinquents- going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing 2002, Lone Star Reading List: 2003, Rehabilitation, Anger, alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice, and more. Forgiveness, Child Y and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an Abuse, Tlingit Indians, encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life. Indians of North America Fiction Trino's Choice Gonzales Frustrated by his poor financial situation and hoping to Texas: Lone Star Reading List-2002 Crime, Mexican X X Bertrand, impress a smart girl, seventh grader Trino falls in with a Americans y, c 1999 Diane bad crowd led by an older teen with a vicious streak. Sequel: Trino's Time Fiction Underground Ferris, Jean In 1839, Charlotte Brown is sold north to Kentucky, where Caves; slavery; she becomes a maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel, falls in love Underground Railroad with one of the tour guides there, and gets involved in the Underground Railroad. Fiction White Bread Hernández, Jo When Luz, a ninth-grade Latina student in San Antonio, Mexican Americans, X X Competition Ann Yolanda wins a spelling competition, her success triggers a variety English Language of emotions among family, friends, and the broader Spelling community. Fiction Wringer Spinelli, Jerry As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence Carolyn W. Field Award: 1998, John Courage, Violence, Y, 1997 of being a wringer at his town's annual Pigeon Day or find Newbery Honor Books: 1998 Pigeons the courage to oppose it. Non- Bowman's Store: A Bruchac, Joseph Bruchac was raised by his maternal grandparents in (Summary Continued) Bruchac's Fiction Journey to Myself Joseph a small New York town located in a region where both childhood memories are also fueled by sides of his family had roots that were deep and strong. But moments of heartbreaking sadness and Bruchac was almost an adult before he found out that his sheer joy and delight, as well as was not only an immigrant heritage and that the gentle man secrets and mysteries that were far who had raised him to love and appreciate nature and to more compelling to him as a child respect himself and those around him was an Abenaki than the question of his grandfather's Indian. In a compelling memoir that is beautifully written dark skin. His parents lived less than a and brilliantly constructed, Bruchac weaves his narrative mile down the road with his younger from the present and the past, viewing his childhood sisters, yet he was living with his through a lens of adult understanding that allows him to grandfather and his strong, loving, see how, despite the family silence about his heritage, his protective grandmother. He was a grandfather was living a life that was true to who he was, at bright child who was often targeted by the same time denying his family background in a way that other children as the object of teasing was surely painful. An Abenaki storyteller and writer who and bullying when he was young. is both educator and student of American Indian cultures, Bruchac looks at his own childhood Bruchac frames his memories with his adult insights into behavior with wry, sometimes painful Abenaki beliefs that, as he sees now, informed his honesty without diluting the impact of grandfather's actions and behavior. powerful incidents that will stand out in every young reader's mind as emotionally familiar. As a story about family, about childhood, about learning to be true to oneself, this is a book that will take its readers on a transformational journey of discovery. Cool Salsa: Bilingual Carlson, Lori Life / to understand me / you have to know Spanish / feel it Poetry Poems on Growing in the blood of your soul. / If I speak another language / Up Latino in the and use different words / for feelings that will always stay United States the same / I don't know / if I'll continue being / the same person." ("Learning English" by Luis Alberto Ambroggio.) In sections titled "School Days," "Home and Homeland," Y "Memories," "Hard Times," "Time to Party" and "A Promising Future," poems of 29 Latin American writers are presented in both English and Spanish. A collection rich with language and memories, events and emotions grounded in Latino experience. What Are You? Fuyo, Pearl First person statements by 45 mixed-race youngsters from Voices of Mixed-Race ages 14 to 26 reveal recurring themes and concerns: feeling Young People rejected rather than accepted by one or more racial groups, the pressure to choose one part of their racial heritage over another, and an unwillingness to be pigeonholed. Although feelings of frustration are frequently evident, overall the y, c 1999 voices are upbeat and give the impression that they're patiently waiting for the rest of society to catch up with the progressive attitudes of these kids' parents. A list of advocacy groups, magazines, e-zines, books, videos, and family organizations appear at the end of the book. Kira-Kira Kadohata, ―My sister Lynn taught me my first word: Kira-kira . . . (Summary Continued) Only Katie‘s X Cynthia glittering in Japanese.‖ Cynthia Kadohata‘s first novel for view of Lynn (and of her little brother-- children embodies the meaning of its title. It is a graceful, who adores her much like she adores lyrical, unflinching and illuminating look at a Japanese Lynn) remains constant, even though American family living in challenging personal and social Katie knows she can never live up to times. Set in the South in the 1950s and early 1960s, the Lynn‘s perfection. After Lynn novel is told from the point of view of Katie, who is almost becomes gravely ill, Katie watches her five when the story begins. Katie relies on her older sister, parents toil beyond the point of Lynn, to help interpret the world for her. It was Lynn who exhaustion under the horrendous taught Katie the word ―kira-kira,‖ before Katie could even working conditions in the poultry speak. It is Lynn who explains that the kids at their mostly industry as they grasp at any hope to white school won‘t want to play with her. It is Lynn who make Lynn well. When Lynn dies, it dreams of seeing the ocean and going to college and who seems as if they have all been cast into Y shares those dreams with Katie. Katie‘s funny, innocent darkness. But Lynn‘s illness and voice and point of view are remarkable as they change to death, and the diary she leaves behind reflect her growth through childhood and into adolescence for Katie, help Katie understand her and her deepening understanding of individuals and events sister in a new way. She discovers in her life over the ten-year span of the story. things that seemed so easy for Lynn were the result of her sister‘s hard work and her determination to see life itself as something shining. The word Lynn first taught Katie proves to be her most lasting gift: a profound way of being in of being in the world. Blue Jasmine Sheth, There are a lot of adjustments for 12-year-old Seema when (Summary Continued) This, coupled X Kashmira she moves with her family from India to Iowa City. Her with her skillful use of metaphor, raise family must adjust to a new language, a new culture, new this novel high above the typical ways of doing everyday things like grocery shopping, and, immigrant story for this age level. most especially, the cold weather. The most difficult thing for Seema, however, is living half-way around the world from extended family she left back in India, particularly her cousin Raju who resents that she left him. But her new life in an American public school soon begins to crowd the corners of her mind, both academically and socially, as she begins to feel she is fitting in. Socially adept in both cultures, she is even able to deal with the classroom bully with aplomb. First-time novelist Kashmira Sheth shows remarkable talent for creating credible, well-rounded characters who are able to meet the challenge of living in two cultures without being forced to choose between them. American Born Yang, Gene The Monkey King is tired of his second-class status. (Summary Continued) Yang‘s X Chinese Luen Adored by his own subjects, he is snubbed by human narrative builds to an unforgettable deities until he perfects his powers and literally beats them and dazzling series of revelations as into submission. ―I am not a monkey‖ he proclaims. ―I am the three storylines surprisingly the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven!‖ Jin Wang is the only converge in a book that is eye-opening Chinese American student at his school. When Wei-Chen and provocative, pushing the Sun arrives from Taiwan, Jin Wang thinks, ―Something boundaries of comfort for readers as it made me want to beat him up.‖ Still, it‘s not long before exposes racism from its most subtle to the two boys become best friends. Blond-haired Danny‘s most overt. Y life would be perfect were it not for his cousin, Chin-Kee, who embodies every offensive stereotype of the Chinese, from buck teeth and braided ponytail to mispronunciations (―Harro Amellica!‖). Gene Luen Yang‘s brilliant graphic novel moves back and forth between these three separate narrative strands, each one exploring issues of identity, belonging, humility, and friendship as the storylines develop. Blood on the Kerr, M.E. How can a famous novelist for young teenagers describe The Arts Forehead: What I how she does what she does as a writer? It's easy, if you're Know About Writing Mary Jane Meeker, aka M.E. Kerr. Wrong. It isn't easy. On page one Kerr tells about the framed quote attributed to Gene Fowler hanging over her desk" "Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." Kerr describes some of the courtesies a writer should extend to each reader, such as remembering to include important facts, give characters interesting names, forgetting about using heavy slang or dialect, etc. She relates several real-life anecdotes and reprints a short story or chapter from her work for young adults to illustrate specific writing concepts. Kerr is down-to-earth, witty, and helpful. Her fans will enjoy these glimpses of Kerr at work, even if they don't think of themselves as writers. The book is dedicated to the "kids who hope someday to write...and to their teachers, very often first ones to recognize their talents and to cheer them on." 1621: A New Look at O'Neill, What really happened at the first harvest gathering between Thanksgiving Catherine Wampanoag Indians and English settlers? So little was documented then that, over time, the event has become mythologized and celebrated as the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Based on the in-depth research conducted in recent years at the Plimoth Plantation living history museum, Grace and Bruchac separate fact from fantasy and provide an account of what most likely happened. Color photographs from a three-day reenactment that occurred at Plimoth Plantation in 2000 add accurate cultural and historical details. Stitches Huser, Glen Travis is a kid who has been teased since he was in first (Summary Continued) Glen Huser's grade. First, it was words like "girlie." As he grew older, it extraordinary book about a boy who is was "Sissy. Crybaby. Fruitfly. Fagface." As he enters junior targeted from early childhood on high school, his interests in sewing, puppetry and theater because he doesn't fit the stereotype of are encouraged, first by an English and then a home what a "boy" should be is an economics teacher, but these same interests are part of unprecedented work. His funny, what mark him in the eyes of some students as a target for touching story is hard to put down, their continued bullying. Travis is sustained by: his best even as it treads down difficult friend, Chantelle, who helps him navigate the treacheries of pathways. As Travis moves through school. Like Travis, Chantelle stands out as different. Most junior high school, what began as people don't see beyond her disfigured body, crippled since mostly verbal bullying leads to acts of birth. But Chantelle is bright and lively: a kindred spirit to severe humiliation, and, eventually, Travis. Travis also is supported at home. His mother is on brutality. This thought-provoking, the road a lot, so it his aunt Kitaleen and her children who important novel that features one great fill his life with love on a daily basis. Overweight Kitaleen character after another never overtly is married to a bully herself and has to sustain her own addresses Travis's sexuality, because share of verbal abuse. But her ability to embrace those Travis himself is barely beginning around her and fill their lives with sustenance abounds, and consider that aspect of his identity. her dignity is undeniable. Instead, it focuses on the many facets of Travis's personality that make him the individual he is in a book that doesn't shy away from the harsh reality of bullying and violence, but nonetheless remains an uplifting story full of warmth, humor, and hope. Boy Meets Boy Levithan, Imagine a world where a kindergartner's report card reads, (Summary Continued) It serves as the David "Paul is definitely gay" as nonchalantly as it continues, grounding point for a novel in which "and has a good sense of self." This is Paul's world, where author David Levithan constructs a boys who like boys flirt with girls who like girls, where the remarkable and hopeful fantasy: a quarterback of the football team is also the homecoming world where gay teens and straight queen, where boys have ex-boyfriends who have new teens are all just teens. By the third girlfriends... And those are just incidental details that chapter of this remarkable novel, that create the setting for a sweet high school love story that world feels like something that seems readers of all orientations will appreciate. The characters quite possible. are loveable and quirky and the love story as innocent and true as any. Paul used to love Kyle, now he loves Noah who thought Paul kissed Tony. Joni used to date Ted but now she dates Chuck who drives Paul crazy. Tony is gay but his parents freaked out so Paul needs a decoy to be able to hang out with him. Tony's story serves as a counterpoint to the rest of the narrative and is, perhaps, the one that will be most familiar to readers, as it reflects the difficulties teens have navigating their sexuality in a world that is not so appreciative of difference. Fiction Luna Peters, Julie Luna is the name Liam has selected for himself, for the girl (Summary Continued) Luna is a Anne that he is, trapped inside a boy‘s body. Liam‘s struggle to sensitive, realistic look at a topic that learn more about himself and to make the decision to have is still very much misunderstood and gender alteration surgery is seen through the eyes of his too often silenced. Transgender sister Regan, who loves her brother but becomes weary of readers will feel great relief to see one the drama and secrecy that surround him. Neither sibling is reflection of their reality in literature idealized, nor are the choices they make wholly admirable for teens. Ultimately, Luna is a story or wise. Liam becomes increasingly out of control as he of acceptance and self-love and about takes more and more risks to live as a girl, and Regan being true to yourself regardless of the becomes less sympathetic and more self- absorbed as she cost. considers the implications of her brother‘s plans. As the siblings faced both ordinary and extraordinary teen challenges, their parents‘ emotional distance forces them to be coconspirators and support one another. Nontransgender readers will appreciate Peters‘s decision to tell the story from Regan‘s perspective, as her alternating waves of discomfort and support for her brother are comforting and authentic. Fiction Feed Anderson, In M.T. Anderson's dystopic future, people rely heavily on (Summary Continued) Eventually M.T. their "feeds": an uplink hard-wired into their brains which Titus isn't able to withstand his peers' bombards them with constant advertising and personalized condemnation of Violet's buying guides, as well as allowing immediate "chats" with nonconformity, and he hides from the friends both near and far. Vocabularies have declined, horror of her decline. Although he disturbing news is repressed, and unbridled consumerism finally learns from his experience and is the activity of choice. Teenager Titus and his friends begins to look beyond the self- spend without caution, from a Spring Break trip to the absorption rampant around him, it is moon (which turns out to "completely suck") to buying too little, too late. This brilliant satire clothes and updating hairstyles constantly (styles change works on every level, from the slang throughout the course of a day). When Titus meets Violet, evolved from today's jargon and the he's immediately attracted to this girl who stands out as recognizable television shows that different. As their relationship develops he discovers that have descended another step into Violet is different: she was home schooled, raised by vapidity, to the characters of Titus and parents who resisted popular culture, and didn't receive her Violet, who struggle to save a doomed feed until she was seven. She's interested in world events relationship. Some elements of the and isn't afraid to ask questions. When a hacker disrupts story are repulsive, like the mysterious the teens' feeds, Violet's feed is damaged beyond repair, lesions that the teens develop (and and she faces inevitable death. adopt as a fashion statement, even resorting to artificial lesions weeping latex), and the language is sometimes raw and profane, but the entire thought- provoking package will challenge readers to take a hard look at consumerism and media control. A Northern Light Donnelly, Mattie Gokey is a collector of words and a writer of stories. (Summary Continued) she begins to X Jennifer But she buried her dream of going to college and becoming suspect there is more to Grace's tragic a published writer beneath a promise to her dying mother death. Compelled to read Grace's that she would stay on their small farm in upstate New letters, she finds the young woman's York to care for her siblings and father. That promise is situation was untenable, and the now a burden as Mattie graduates from high school in actions of her supposed fiancé 1912 and earns a scholarship to a New York City College. deplorable. From Grace and for Grace, She feels guilty for thinking about leaving, and angry that Mattie finds the courage to see her life her father forbids her to go. When Mattie gets a summer in a new light, and take the first steps job at one of the nearby resorts that caters to rich New toward following her dreams. Jennifer York clientele, she has a chance encounter that refocuses Donnelly has created a compelling and her determination to set her own future course. Mattie thought-provoking literary work, meets Grace Brown only briefly, offering the obviously finely plotted and exquisitely written. distressed young woman a glass of lemonade in the Strong dialogue and well-drawn minutes before Grace joins her companion for a canoe trip characters make the details of on the lake. Before leaving, Grace thrusts a packet of everyday life for Mattie and others in letters in Mattie's hands, imploring her to burn them. But her community come alive. Through before Mattie can act on that request, Grace's body is found Mattie, Grace, and other characters, in the lake, a victim of drowning, or so it seems. including Mattie's best friend, who is African American, and an extraordinary female teacher, Donnelly explores the limitations of race, class, and especially gender in that earlier era. An author's note provides readers with historical information about the real Grace Brown, a young woman who was found dead in Big Moose Lake, New York, in the summer of 1912. This extraordinary novel weaves that real-life tragedy with Mattie's fictional coming of agestory. Accidents of Nature Johnson, Jean has cerebral palsy but doesn‘t think of herself as Harriet crippled. At 17, she has spent all of her life working hard at McBryde fitting in. In fact, the week she is embarking on at Camp Courage is the first time she‘s been around other disabled people. Sara, one of Jean‘s bunkmates, has a challenging new perspective on Jean‘s outlook: ―Aw, come on. You‘re a Crip. Otherwise you wouldn‘t be in Crip Camp. Say it loud, ‗I‘m crippled and proud.‘‖ Jean has never doubted that it is her responsibility to fit in with the rest of society by conforming to their standards of normality. Sara dares Jean to think about conformity as false ideal. What‘s wrong with the way they are? For Jean, who sees her one great failure as her inability to master walking, Sara‘s radical ideas are unsettling to think about, but also liberating. Sara jars Jean from her deep-seated attitudes about herself and the world in which she lives, a world in which people like Sara and Jean are seen as less-than, or invisible, or pitied and made the focus of well-meaning initiatives like telethons. Telethons, Sara asserts, make ―normal‖ people feel good while perpetuating the idea that disabled people need to be fixed. Jean‘s change over her week at Camp Courage is told in a first-person voice that is often humorous, and sometimes painfully intimate, giving The Ink-Keeper‘s Say, Allen A fourteen-year-old boy lives on his own in Tokyo and Appentice becomes apprenticed to a famous Japanese cartoonist. Zazoo Mosher, Why do the villagers seem leery of Zazoo‘s gentle Richard grandfather a supposed war hero who brought her from Vietnam to his French village when she was just 2 years old? Non- Come Back to Akbar, Said Californian teen Said Akbar tells of his travels to his x Fiction Afghanistan: A Hydar parents' native Afghanistan. California Teenager's Story Non- Babylon's Ark: the Anthony, What happens to animals when a war's going on? Learn the x Fiction Incredible Wartime Lawrence with incredible story of the Baghdad Zoo. Rescue of the Graham Baghdad Zoo Spence Non- Tasting the Sky: a Barakat, The author recounts how, as a child, her world was x Fiction Palestinian Childhood Ibtisam shattered by the Six-Day War. Non- Journey From the Hakakian, A childhood and adolescence in Iran is recounted in this x Fiction Land of No: a Roya exciting memoir. Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran Non- After the Wall: Hensel, Jana Hensel's childhood ended on Nov. 9, 1989, the evening the x Fiction Confessions From an Berlin Wall fell. Almost overnight, the East Germany that East German had surrounded the 13- year-old and her peers in a woolly Childhood and the Communist Party cocoon ceased to exist, swallowed by the Life That Came Next West. This is the story of what came next. Non- Red Scarf Girl: a Jiang, Ji-Li The story of Ji-Jiang, a twelve-year-old girl growing up in x Y Fiction Memoir of the China in 1966, the year that Chairman Mao launched the Cultural Revolution Cultural Revolution. Non- *From Pieces to 50 Cent Get rich or die tryin. Autobiographies and Fiction Weight memoirs Non- My Thirteenth Abeel, She suffers from alcalculia – difficulty calculating. Autobiographies and Fiction Winter: A Memoir Samantha memoirs Non- Language of Baklava Abu-Jaber, ―I learn early: we are Arab at home and American in the Autobiographies and x Fiction Diana streets.‖ memoirs Non- *I Know Why the Angelou, Maya The highly respected African American writer tells the Autobiographies and x Y Fiction Caged Bird Sings story of her childhood and young adult years. memoirs Non- It‘s Not About the Armstron, Tour de France winner‘s battle with cancer. Autobiographies and Fiction Bike Lance memoirs Non- *Long Way Gone Beah, Ishmael Memoirs of a child soldier from Sierra Leone. Autobiographies and x Y Fiction memoirs Non- Warriors Don‘t Cry Beals, Melba African American teens integrated Little Rock High in Autobiographies and x Fiction 1957. Melba Beals was among them. memoirs Non- *A Piece of Cake Cupcake ―Cupcake‘s story is about system failure… and a little girl Autobiographies and Fiction Brown who, as a result, resigned herself to degradation, memoirs depression, deprivation, and defeat.‖ She is now an attorney and motivational speaker. Non- *Running with Burroughs, His mother gave him to her psychiatrist when he was a Autobiographies and Fiction Scissors: A Memoir Augusten very young teen. memoirs Non- Hapa Girl Chai, Mai-lee Growing up biracial in South Dakota. Autobiographies and x Fiction memoirs Non- I Am Jackie Chan Chan, Jackie The martial arts action hero. Autobiographies and x Fiction memoirs Non- A Girl From Yamhill: Cleary, Beverly You‘ve read about Ramona‘s life — now read about the Autobiographies and y, c 1988 Fiction A Memoir author‘s life. memoirs Non- Educating Esme Codell, Esmé Funny and feisty, the diary of a teacher‘s first year. Autobiographies and y, c 1999 Fiction Raji memoirs Non- Burnt Bread and Delman, Her mother is a direct descendant of the Bene Israel, an Autobiographies and x Fiction Chutney Carmit ancient community of Jews in Western India. Her father is memoirs American, a Jewish man of Eastern European descent. Non- *Riding in Cars with Donofrio, Coming of age in the sixties, and surviving teen Autobiographies and Fiction Boys Beverly motherhood. memoirs Non- Funny In Farsi Dumas, In 1972 her family moved from Iran to California. Autobiographies and x Fiction Firoozeh memoirs Non- Girlbomb Earlbaum, She left home at fifteen and spent time on the streets. Autobiographies and Fiction Janice memoirs Non- Bento Box in the Furiya, Linda Her Japanese girlhood in whitebread America. Autobiographies and x Fiction Heartland memoirs Non- *Hole in My Life Gantos, Jack From honor student to drug dealer to author. Autobiographies and Y Fiction memoirs Non- Autobiography of a Grealy, Lucy Disfigured from jaw cancer as a child. Autobiographies and Fiction Face memoirs Non- Stick Figure: Diary of Gottlieb, Lori Her struggle with anorexia. Autobiographies and Fiction My Former Self memoirs Non- Hawk: Occupation, Hawk, Tony Tony Hawk was nine years old when his brother changed Autobiographies and Fiction Skateboarder his life by buying him a skateboard. memoirs Non- October Sky: A Hickam, He becomes a rocket scientist. Autobiographies and Fiction Memoir Homer memoirs Non- *Red Scarf Girl: A Jiang, Ji-Li Her family survived a turbulent period in Chinese history. Autobiographies and x Y Fiction Memoir of the memoirs Cultural Revolution Non- The Liars‘ Club: A Karr, Mary Growing up in an East Texas refinery town. Autobiographies and Fiction Memoir memoirs Non- Girl, Interrupted Kaysen, Susan In 1967, at age 16, she was committed to a psychiatric Autobiographies and Fiction hospital – for 2 years. memoirs Non- Bruce Lee Lee, Bruce The celebrated life of the Golden Dragon. Autobiographies and x Fiction memoirs Non- Chinese Cinderella Ma, Adeline The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter Autobiographies and x Fiction Yen memoirs Non- In the Company of Mace, Nancy The citadel is a prestigious military school in South Autobiographies and Fiction Men: A Woman at the Carolina. memoirs Citadel Non- Project Girl McDonald, By the late African American author of Spellbound and Autobiographies and x Fiction Janet Brother Hood. memoirs Non- Where White Men Means, Russell American Indian activist. Autobiographies and Fiction Fear to Tread memoirs Non- *Angela‘s Ashes McCourt, The Pulitzer Prize-winning author left home at 13. Autobiographies and Fiction Frank memoirs Non- Yao: A Life In Two Ming, Yao From China to the NBA. Autobiographies and x Fiction Worlds memoirs Non- *Bad Boy: A Memoir Myers, Walter The prolific African American writer tells his life story. Autobiographies and x Y Fiction Dean memoirs Non- The Beet Fields Paulsen, Gary The noted author ran away from home at fourteen and Autobiographies and Y Fiction traveled with a carnival. memoirs Non- A Child Called ―It‖ Pelzer, David His story of child abuse. Autobiographies and Y Fiction memoirs Non- American Shaolin: Polly, Matthew ―[He] dropped out to travel to the Shaolin Temple in China Autobiographies and x Fiction Flying Kicks, and study kung fu with the monks…‖ memoirs Buddhist Monks, And The Legend Of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey In The New China Non- Always Running: La Rodriguez, Gang Days in Los Angeles. Autobiographies and Fiction Vida Loca Luis J. memoirs Non- Leaving Dirty Jersey Salant, James A crystal meth memoir. Autobiographies and Fiction memoirs Non- Persepolis Satrapi, In graphic novel format, she tells the story of her life in Autobiographies and x Y Fiction Marjane Iran during and after the 1979 revolution. memoirs Non- Jesus Land Scheeres, Story of two siblings, one white and one black, sent to Autobiographies and x Fiction Judith reform school in the Dominican Republic. memoirs Non- Mississippi Sissy Sessums, Growing up gay in a small Mississippi town during the 60s Autobiographies and Fiction Kevin and 70s. memoirs Non- Rose That Grew From Shakur, Tupac Not exactly an autobiography, but a volume of Autobiographies and Fiction Concrete autobiographical poetry. memoirs Non- Tweak Sheff, Nic Growing up on methamphetamines. His father wrote Autobiographies and Fiction Beautiful Boy: A Father‘s Journey Through His Son‘s memoirs Meth Addiction. Non- Born On a Blue Day Tammet, Inside the extraordinary mind of an autistic savant. 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