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Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.
Junior leaves the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school, where the only other Native American is the school mascot. Is he choosing his own destiny or betraying his heritage? (YA Fic Alexie)
Alexie, Sherman. Flight.
Just as a cops bullet stops his wild shooting spree, Zits, an orphan who is half Native American, finds himself transported through space and time and into another body. (Fic Alexie)
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Twisted.
Tyler begins his senior year transformed on the outside, going from geeky video gamer to buff hottie, but he still struggles internally with problems at home. (YA Fic Anderson)
Asher, Jay. Thirteen
When Clay receives a package of cassette tapes that explain his classmates suicide, he is forced to consider how his own actions, and those of others, may have contributed to her decision. (YA Fic Asher)
Brande, Robin. Evolution,
Me, and Other Freaks of Nature.
Timely, explosive issues come to the fore when Mena Reece, shunned by her churchs fundamentalist Christians, finds a kindred spirit in her quirky, brilliant lab partner. (YA Fic Brande)
Brooks, Martha. Mistik
17-year-old Odella, an Icelandic Canadian, struggles to unlock the secrets behind her mothers abandonment in this lyrical coming-of-age novel. (YA Fic Brooks)
Burgess, Melvin. BLOODSONG.
The heroic Sigurd slays a dragon, descends into the underworld, and rules over a tenuous peace in a post-Apocalyptic Britain peopled with genetic mutants.
Cameron, Peter. Someday
This Pain Will Be Useful to You.
Jaded, aloof James is tired of almost everything in his life. His perspective shifts when he attempts to connect with a co-worker and makes a grave error in judgment. (YA Fic Cameron)
Carey, Janet Lee. Dragon's
Princess Rosalinds atrocitya dragons claw where her finger should bemakes her beautiful to Lord Faul, the fierce dragon who enslaves her in exchange for her peoples safety. (YA Fic SF Carey)
Carey, Mike. The
Panels that explode with martial arts power energize this graphic novel about Dixie, who almost lets her killer crush on a boy in her hapkido studio ruin her shot at tournament glory. (YA 741.5 Carey)
Cassidy, Anne. Looking
Recently released murderer JJ, a British teen whose childhood crime stirred a media frenzy, fears that her past will be discovered despite her new identity. (YA Fic Cassidy)
Castellucci, Cecil. Beige.
Prim, proper Katy relaxes into a new identity when she is forced to live in L.A. with her father, a punk rocker and recovering addict. (YA Fic Castellucci)
Clarke, Judith. One
Whole and Perfect Day.
Lily, the sensible one in her quirky Australian family, longs to fit in with her classmates even while belittling their shallow interests. Then grandpa goes berserk and Lily falls in love. (YA Fic Clarke)
Compestine, Ying Chang. Revolution
Is Not a Dinner Party.
Chinas Cultural Revolution drastically alters the lives of Ling and her family as political oppression and violence sweeps away their comfortable, middle-class existence. (Juv Fic Compestine)
Cross, Shauna. DERBY GIRL.
Bliss, a smart, athletic Texas teen, forges an identity apart from her beauty-pagentobsessed mother by secretly joining a roller derby team.
Cullen, Lynn. I
Am Rembrandt's Daughter.
Cornelia, illegitimate daughter of the great artist Rembrandt, strives to escape her life of poverty and low social status. (YA Fic Cullen)
Dowd, Siobhan. A
Swift Pure Cry.
Coolbar, Ireland, is a village full of secrets, and Shell is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on the wrong person. (YA Fic Dowd)
Downham, Jenny. Before
Tessa, who has terminal cancer, creates a list of ten things she wants to do in the months she has left to live. This fierce and devastating novel explores end-of-life realities with honesty and grace. (YA Fic Downham)
Doyle, Larry. I
Love You, Beth Cooper.
In this offbeat, bawdy romance, Denis declares his love for a high school cheerleader in his valedictory speechand lives with the consequences. (Fic Doyle)
Ellis, Ann Dee. THIS IS WHAT I DID.
Logan, whose family has moved to a new neighborhood where he is bullied, wont talk about a disturbing incident from his past until encouraged by a counselor.
Felin, M. Sindy. TOUCHING SNOW.
13-year-old Karina, a member of a large immigrant family from Haiti, deals with growing up in an abusive and dysfunctional home dominated by her horrifying stepfather.
Friesen, Gayle. FOR NOW.
Sarcastic Jes and her blended family are back, and their lives are shaken up again when her mother announces that she is pregnant.
Gipi. NOTES FOR A WAR STORY.
Three young men struggle to survive the aftermath of war. The senseless violence of their underground crime ring comes through powerfully in this graphic novels nonlinear storyline and dark, gritty images.
Grey, Christopher. Leonardo's
Shadow: Or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo da Vinci's Servant.
Young Giacomo, servant to Leonardo da Vinci, seeks to understand his past while caring for and contending with the brilliant, cantankerous artist in fifteenth-century Milan. (YA Fic Grey)
Hale, Shannon. Book
of a Thousand Days.
Themes of friendship and loyalty elevate this fairy-tale romance, in which sensible, loyal maid Dashti serves a harsh sentence alongside Lady Saren, who has refused an arranged marriage. (YA Fic SF Hale)
Hemphill, Stephanie. Your
Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath.
Most people know little about Plaths biography apart from its tragic ending. Appropriately, this powerful portrait uses verse to shed light on the life of the gifted poet. A 2008 Printz Honor book. (YA Fic Hemphill)
Hinds, Gareth. Beowulf.
Hinds graphic novel captures the passion and violence of the original Anglo-Saxon saga through masterful illustrations and a respectfully adapted text. (j829.3 Hinds)
Hornby, Nick. Slam.
Stunned by his girlfriends pregnancy, Sam seeks direction from his (possibly) imagined conversations with skater idol Tony Hawk. (YA Fic Hornby)
Hosseini, Khaled. A
Thousand Splendid Suns.
Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of home and family in wartorn Kabul, testing the limits of their strength and courage. (Fic Hosseini)
Jenkins, A.M. Repossessed.
Even after escaping from hell, adolescence is a wild ride for this demon! A 2008 Printz Honor book. (YA Fic M Jenkins)
Jocelyn, Marthe. HOW IT HAPPENED
IN PEACH HILL.
Annie gathers information for her mothers séances by playing the village idiot. Then she meets Sammy, and now all she wants is to be a normal girl.
Johnston, Tony. Bone
by Bone by Bone.
Davids interracial friendship with Malcolm is forbidden by Davids father, a small-town doctor who threatens to shoot any black person who comes into their house. (YA Fic Johnston)
Jones, Lloyd. Mister
In the midst of guerrilla warfare, 14-year-old Matilda attends school to hear Mr. Watts, the only white inhabitant on her Pacific island, read from Dickens Great Expectations. A 2008 Alex Award winner. (Fic Jones)
Key, Watt. Alabama
Moon, having lived in isolation in Alabamas deep woods until his fathers death, sets out for Alaska and discovers how little he knows about the outside world. (YA Fic Key)
Klass, David. Firestorm.
Everything Jack thinks he knows about his world is wrong in this science fiction adventure set in the present day. (YA Fic SF Klass)
Knox, Elizabeth. Dreamquake:
Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet.
Laura searches for master dreams to reverse the effects of a government conspiracy, only to discover an even more sinister plot. A 2008 Printz Honor book. (YA Fic SF Knox)
Koertge, Ron. Strays.
Trapped in the unwelcoming world of foster care, Ted relies upon his strong connection with animals as he struggles to determine his lifes direction. (YA Fic Koertge)
Lanagan, Margo. RED SPIKES.
In this collection of ten unsettling stories, a bogeyman, an angelic budgie, and souls in limbo are just some of the elements that will leave readers startled and intrigued.
Landy, Derek. Skulduggery
When Stephanie inherits her uncles estate, she also inherits his best friend: a walking, talking, crime-fighting skeleton. (YA Fic M Landy)
Lat. TOWN BOY.
The move from a small village to a growing Malaysian town offers Mat a chance to experience a wider world filled with exaggerated yet totally believable characters. A followup to graphic novel KAMPUNG BOY.
Lockhart, E. Dramarama.
When friends Demi and Sarah both attend theater camp, their bond is tested when Demi meets his dream man and Sarah discovers that she may have misjudged her talents. (YA Fic Lockhart)
Lyga, Barry. The
Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl.
Fanboy, a comic-book nerd and perennial target of the Jock Jerks, finally takes charge of his destiny (with a little help from Goth Girl). (YA Fic Lyga)
Lyga, Barry. Boy
Joshs middle school teacher taught him more than history. Five years later, her release from jail forces him to confront the past in this frank depiction of sexual abuse. (YA Fic Lyga)
MacCready, Robin Merrow. Buried.
As her obsessive-compulsive disorder spirals out of control, Claudine finds herself buried under home and school duties after her alcoholic mother appears to have abandoned her. (YA Fic MacCready)
Marillier, Juliet. Wildwood
Jena combats dark forces to protect all she holds dear, including her beloved Other Kingdom, in this magical steeped in fairy-tale lore. (YA Fic SF Marillier)
McCaughrean, Geraldine. The
Battling an inscrutable villain in the frozen South Pole, Symone learns survival skills from her imaginary companion, the long-dead explorer Titus Oates. The 2008 Printz Award winner. (YA Fic McCaughrean)
Mieville, China. Un
When it turns out her friend isnt the Chosen One after all, 12-year-old Deeba steps in to save Un Lun Duna bizarre and fantastical alternate London. (Juv Fic SF Mieville)
Miller, Sarah. Miss
Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller.
New teacher Annie Sullivan struggles to unlock the mind of Helen Keller, a deaf and blind 6-year-old whose family is desperate to control her violent tantrums. (Juv Fic Miller)
Moore, Perry. Hero.
Thom is keeping two very big secrets from his fatherthat he is a superhero in training, and that he is gay. (YA Fic SF Moore)
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. The
In this standalone sequel to DAIRY QUEEN, female linebacker DJ struggles to balance school, romance, and family responsibilities as she starts her junior year. (YA Fic Murdock)
Myers, Walter Dean. What
They Found: Love on 145th Street.
From beauty shops and meat pies to war, drugs, and love between dying dogs, these fifteen interconnected stories explore life in Harlem with humor and sensitivity. (YA Fic Myers)
Olmstead, Robert. Coal
Carried by a mysterious horse, 14-year-old Robey Childs journeys to find his father in the grisly aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg. (Fic Olmstead)
Peet, Mal. Tamar:
A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal.
This sweeping thriller moves between World War II and the present day as 15-year-old Tamar uncovers her grandfathers hidden past as a spy in the Netherlands. (YA Fic Peet)
Resau, Laura. Red
Fear has ruled the life of 16-year-old Sophie until dehydrated, speechless Pablo, a 6-year-old survivor of an illegal border crossing, is brought to her home. (YA Fic Resau)
Resau, Laura. WHAT THE MOON SAW.
14-year-old Clara spends the summer in a tiny Mexican village with grandparents she has never met, discovering a sense of belonging previously unknown to her.
THE RESTLESS DEAD: TEN ORIGINAL
STORIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL.
These original short stories feature a celebrated cast of young adult authors and invite readers to question whether the dead really do rest in peace.
Rowling, J.K. Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Harry fights to the death with Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters in the conclusion to this hugely popular series. (Juv Fic SF Rowling)
Schmidt, Gary D. The
Overseen by his seventh-grade English teacher, Holling Hoodhood spends Wednesday afternoons reading Shakespeare, hunting rats, and learning the consequences of the Vietnam War. (YA Fic Schmidt)
Sedgwick, Marcus. My
Swordhand is Singing.
When the dead of Chust begin to rise from their graves, Peter and his father, Tomas, must face a soulless enemy and a terrifying destiny. (YA Fic M Sedgwick)
Selznick, Brian. The
Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures.
Combining words and black-and-white pictures inspired by silent films, Selznick reveals the connections between a Parisian orphan and an elderly toymaker. The The 2008 Caldecott Medal Winner. (Juv Fic M Selznick)
Shakespeare, William. ROMEO AND
JULIET. Adapted by Richard Appignanesi.
Manga meets the bard! The classic, doomed love story gets a fresh look in this contemporary retelling set in Japan.
Sharenow, Robert. My
Mother the Cheerleader.
13-year-old Louise is thrust into an ugly confrontation due to her mothers activism against the 1960s integration of New Orleans schools. (YA Fic Sharenow)
Shusterman, Neal. Unwind.
This is a future world where teens are unwoundtheir body parts are harvested for use by others. Conor, Risa, and Lev will go to extreme lengths to avoid this fate. (YA Fic SF Shusterman)
Smith, Roland. Peak.
His name is Peak and his destination is Everest. But is this avid climber ready to fulfill his fathers dream? (YA Fic Smith)
Sonnenblick, Jordan. Notes
from the Midnight Driver.
Alexs drunken joyride in his mothers car lands him with 100 hours of community service mentoring a cantakerous elderly man. (YA Fic Sonnenblick)
St. James, James. Freak
Cultures collide when teen drag queen Billy moves from the northeast to a staid Florida community, where he is determined to disrupt the status quo. (YA Fic St. James)
Tan, Shaun. The
Without a single word, Tans extraordinary images express the loneliness, sadness, anxiety, and wonder of the immigration experience. (YA 741.5 Tan)
Thompson, Kate. The
In search of the perfect gift for his mother, J. J., an Irish 15-year-old, must save the inhabitants of another world and solve an ancient mystery. (YA Fic SF Thompson)
Wallace, Rich. ONE GOOD PUNCH.
Seemingly straightlaced Mike has never been in troubleuntil police find four joints in his locker, forcing him to choose whether or not to betray a childhood friend.
Weinheimer, Beckie. Converting
Kate has only known a world where her church is the ultimate authority, but after her father's death she begins to question her allegiance. (YA Fic Weinheimer)
Wiess, Laura. Such
a Pretty Girl.
Having lost all faith in the justice system, Meredith tries to save herself and others from her father, a child molester recently released from prison. (YA Fic Wiess)
Wizner, Jake. SPANKING SHAKESPEARE.
With humor and pathos, Shakespeare Shapiro chronicles the absurd events his senior year and his obsession with sex.
Zarr, Sara. Story
of a Girl.
When Deannas dad catches her having sex with an older guy, the consequences are greater than she ever could have imagined. (YA Fic Zarr)
Zevin, Gabrielle. Memoirs
of a Teenage Amnesiac.
After falling down some steps, Naomi cant remember the past four years of her life. Now she must discover who she really is. (YA Fic Zevin)
Beah, Ishmael. A
Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.
A former child soldier in Sierra Leone recalls the heart-wrenching experiences that transformed him from an innocent 12-year-old into a cold-blooded killer. (921 B3594AAl) A 2008 Alex Award winner.
Crisler, Curtis L. TOUGH BOY SONATAS
Poems about boys growing up poor and black vividly show the constant threats of ghetto life, as well as the positive relationships that help sustain them.
THE DEEP: THE EXTRAORDINARY CREATURES
OF THE ABYSS. Edited by Claire Nouvian.
Amazing photographs and essays by scientists introduce the strange, beautiful, and sometimes terrifying deep-sea creatures that live in the largest, most mysterious ecosystem on the planet.
Fradin, Judith Bloom and Dennis
Brindell Fradin. Jane
Addams: Champion of Democracy
In a time when women had little control over their lives, Addams became a powerful force for good by helping the poor and disadvantaged and fighting for peace. (j921 Ad21f)
Helfer, Andrew. Malcolm
X: A Graphic Biography. Illus. by Randy Duburke.
The events and controversies of Malcolm Xs life, culminating in his assassination, are presented with unblinking realism in a bold, graphic-novel format. (j921 L725h)
Marrin, Albert. The
Great Adventure: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America.
Roosevelt rides to life in this intimate yet historically revealing book about the man who redefined the United States presidency. (j921 R677ma)
Polly, Matthew. American
Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron
Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China.
On a quest to transform himself from a scrawny weakling into a kung-fu master, Polly drops out of Princeton and journeys to the legendary Shaolin Temple. (915.1 P766a) A 2008 Alex Award winner.
Raddatz, Martha. The
Long Road Home A Story of War and Family.
An investigative journalist contrasts the physical brutality of the Iraq War with homefront loved ones stress when an American platoon is trapped in a firefight. (956.7 R116l)
Reef, Catherine. e.e.
cummings: a poet's life.
This well-rounded portrait skillfully examines the culture in which poet e. e. cummings lived as he developed his craft. (j921 C91r)
Sis, Peter. The
Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. Illus. by Peter
Through spare text and bold, powerful illustrations, Sis tells of his life in communist Czechoslovakia, especially his yearning for freedom, his attraction to Western pop culture, and his determination to embrace his creativity. The 2008 Sibert Award winner and a Caldecott Honor book. (j921 Si81AAw)
Tammet, Daniel. Born
on a Blue Day: A Memoir: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic
Recounting his long struggle to emotionally connect with others, Tammet vividly describes his childhood and adolescence as an austistic savant. (618.92898 T152b)
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