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Suggested titles for students in Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12

Fiction titles


Dan vs Nature Dan vs. Nature by Calame, Don
Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl and looking out for his mom as she dates every man in the state of California. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she's sending her "two favorite men" on a survivalist camping trip to "bond." Determined to trick Hank into showing his true colors on the trip, Dan and his nerdy best friend, Charlie, prepare a series of increasingly gross and embarrassing pranks. But the boys hadn't counted on a hot girl joining their trip or on getting separated from their wilderness guide.
Gutless Gutless by Deuker, Carl
With both good speed and good hands, wide receiver Brock Ripley should be a natural for the varsity team, but he shies from physical contact. When his issues get him cut from varsity, he also loses his friendship with star quarterback Hunter Gates. Now a target for bullying, Brock struggles to overcome his fears and discover that, in his own way, he is brave enough.
The Edge of Everything The Edge of Everything by Giles, Jeff
Holded up in their missing neighbors' cabin in a Montana blizzard, seventeen-year-old Zoe and her little brother are rescued from an intruder by X, a bounty hunter sent from the Lowlands to claim the souls of evil men.
Lilac Girls Lilac Girls by Kelly, Martha Hall
For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah's Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.
Riding Chance Riding Chance by Kendall, Christine
Since his mother died thirteen-year-old Troy has been skipping school and hanging out with the wrong crowd, and now he and his friend Foster have been sentenced to work in the local Philadelphia stables; at first he is apprehensive around the horses, but soon he bonds with a mare named Chance, and discovers the sport of polo--but also makes some new enemies.
When When We Collided by Lord, Emery
Can seventeen-year-old Jonah save his family restaurant from ruin, his mother from her sadness, and his danger-seeking girlfriend Vivi from herself?
The Female Species The Female of the Species by McGinnis, Mindy
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn't feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.
Burn Baby Burn Burn Baby Burn by Medina, Meg
While violence runs rampant throughout 1977 New York, a teenage girl faces danger within her own home in Meg Medina's riveting coming-of-age novel.
All the Bright Places All the Bright Places by Niven, Jennifer
Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.
Carve the Mark Carve the Mark by Roth, Veronica
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Salt to the Sea Salt to the Sea by Sepetys, Ruta
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.
Scythe Scythe by Shusterman, Neal
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't.
The Hate U Give The Hate U Give by Thomas, Angie
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
Serpent King

Non-fiction titles
Serpent King by Zentner, Jen
The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.
Gun Gunpowder girls : the true stories of three Civil War tragedies by Anderson, Tanya
Gunpowder Girls tells an amazing war story that finally gives its subjects their due. Hidden history comes alive through primary-source research and page-turning narrative. Gunpowder Girls is a story of child labor and immigrant hopes and the cruel, endless demands of an all-consuming war.
Between Between the World and Me by Coates, Ta-Nehisi
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.
In the\ In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Davis, Kenneth
Davis looks at the relationship between five enslaved persons and the former presidents who considered them property. In weaving together the story of these lives, Davis explains the contradiction between America’s founding ideals and the harsh reality of human bondage. This book explains a heartbreaking chapter in American history that is both fascinating and deeply disturbing.
Lab Girl Lab Girl by Jahren, Hope
Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend.
March March: Books One - Three by Lewis, John
Powerful and captivating, this graphic novel depicts the Civil Rights movement from fall of 1963 through the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Following John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and fellow activists, the artwork brings to life the brutality, loss, and successes members experienced while carrying out a series of nonviolent protests to overcome local barriers and exercise their right to vote.
Uprooted Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience during World War II by Marrin, Albert
This text chronicles the events that led to the internment of over 100, 000 Japanese Americans during World War II. This book argues the interment was motivated more by racism than wartime hysteria and digs deeply into the shared history between the United States and Japan. First-hand accounts from Japanese Americans depict fear, anxiety, and hope for a better life while interned.

Ulitmate Ultimate Spy by Melton, H. Keith
More than seven hundred illustrations and descriptive text profile tools and weapons used by intelligence agents around the world throughout history, and provide detailed accounts of undercover operations.
Nothing Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Nguyen, Viet Thanh
From a kaleidoscope of cultural forms novels, memoirs, cemeteries, monuments, films, photography, museum exhibits, video games, souvenirs, and more Nothing Ever Dies brings a comprehensive vision of the Vietnam War into sharp focus. At stake are ethical questions about how the war should be remembered by participants that include not only Americans and Vietnamese but also Laotians, Cambodians, South Koreans, and Southeast Asian Americans.
This Land This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Osborne, Linda Barrett
Immigrants arriving in the U.S. have, more often than not, been met with suspicion, anger, and prejudice. Opponents of immigration argue that immigrants take jobs away from U.S. citizens, don't deserve to be here, and should be sent back to where they came from—a prevalent attitude that has, as this book shows, target groups including Hispanics, the Irish, and Asians. The topic is current and this book gives timely background information that is especially needed today.
This This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Plain, Nancy
John James Audubon traveled the length and breadth of North America in service of his monumental Birds of America, the work that marked his lasting reputation as a naturalist. Plain’s account, drawn from Audubon’s journals and letters, conveys the artist’s determination (some regarded him as a madman) to document the continent’s rich variety of birds and other wildlife. This elegantly designed book deftly blends art and ornithology, and includes lovely reproductions of Audubon’s work.
If the Oceans If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Powe, Carla
Carla Power's eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. Their friendship-between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression.
Die Young with me Die Young With Me: a memior by Rufus, Rob
Rob Rufus, an identical twin, reflects on growing up with his brother in a punk band, and how his plans were cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Undeafeated Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football team by Sheinkin, Steve
A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team.
The Wasp The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar : evolution's most unbelievable solutions to life's biggest problems by Simon, Matt
Explores the weird and unusual solutions that have developed through evolution to the challenges of survival in the animal world. Includes the tongue-eating isopod, the diving bell spider, the assassin bug, and more.
Samurai Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Turner, Pamela S
Bushido, or samurai culture, has been widely explored in film and literature; here, its origins are presented for a teen audience with the tale of the "ultimate samurai," Minamoto Yoshitsune. A fast-paced and unexpectedly funny tale filled with family feuds, bloody battles, and sweeping romance, Samurai Rising combines thorough historical research with contemporary observations to make a compelling chronicle of Yoshitsune's journey from child exile to immortal hero of legend.


Recommended Authors

Joseph Bruchac

Meg Cabot
Chris Crutcher
Sarah Dessen
John Green
A.S. King
David Levithan
Jason Reynolds
Ruta Sepetys
Todd Strasser
Terry Trueman
Markus Zusak

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