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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel
Dav Pilkey

Series: Captain Underpants

When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

Follow Huckleberry Finn's adventures along the Mississippi River in this mid 19th century story about friendship and the social construsts of the time. 

Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging
Louise Rennison

Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

Beloved: a novel
Toni Morrison

Set in post-Civil War Ohio, Beloved is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked death in order to free herself. She lost a husband and buried a child; she is a woman of "iron eyes and backbone to match." 

The Bermudez Triangle: a novel
Maureen Johnson

The friendship of three high school girls and their relationships with their friends and families are tested when two of them fall in love with each other.

Blood and Chocolate
Annette Curtis Klause

Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison's virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

Brave New World
Aldous Huxley

A futuristic take on a "utopian" society in which humans are genetically bred and medicated to passively serve a ruling order. 

The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

17-year-old Holden Caufield, sick of all the phonies in his life, spends an eventful day wandering around New York City.

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess

Shocking, radical, and undeniably thought-provoking, A Clockwork Orange remains the most enduring novel by Anthony Burgess--a Fellow of Britain's Royal Society of Literature. With the tone of a nightmarish comedy, Burgess satirically envisions a warped future in which gangs of sadistic youths rule the streets after dark. Meet Alex, a 15-year-old boy who enjoys rape, ultraviolence, and Beethoven.

The Color Purple
Alice Walker

Celie is a poor black woman whose father rapes and abuses her. Her letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. 

Ellen Hopkins

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

Doing It
Melvin Burgess

Three teenage friends, Dino, Jonathon, and Ben, confront the confusions, fears, and joys of adolescent male sexuality.

Raina Telgemeier

Call Number: 741.5 T271d 2012

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things
Carolyn Mackler

Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 gives the reader a glimpse of a future American society in which reading is against the law and firemen start fires to burn books. 

Judy Blume

Two high school seniors believe their love to be so strong that it will last forever.

The Giver
Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

GLBTQ*: The Survival Guide for Queer & Questioning Teens
Kelly Huegel

Call Number: 306.766 H887 2003

Describes the challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens, offers practical advice, real-life experiences, and accessible resources and support groups.

Go Ask Alice

Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

The Golden Compass
Philip Pullman

Series: His Dark Materials

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only
HyeKyung Baek

Series: Gossip Girl: for your eyes only, Book 1

Manga based on the Gossip girl novels written by Cecily von Ziegesar

The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that was once the United States of America. While Offred tells the story of her daily life, she often has flashbacks, from which we can reconstruct the events that lead to the end of the United States of America.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling

Series: Harry Potter

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins

Series: Hunger Games, Book 1

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

Call Number: 305.896073 A584Za 1969

This memoir by Maya Angelou traces her childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. 

Kingdom of Little Wounds
Susann Cokal

On the eve of Princess Sophia's wedding the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne's heirs, and a courtier's wolfish hunger for the king's favors sets a devious plot in motion. In the palace at Skyggehave, things are seldom as they seem -- and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined.

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini

Amir is the son of a wealthy man, but his best friend is Hassan, the son of one of his father's servants. His father encourages the friendship and dotes on Hassan, who worships the ground Amir walks on. But Amir is envious of Hassan and his own father's apparent affection for the boy. Amir is not nearly as loyal to Hassan, and one day, when he comes across a group of local bullies raping Hassan, he does nothing. Shamed by his own inaction, Amir pushes Hassan away, even going so far as to accuse him of stealing. Eventually, Hassan and his father are forced to leave. Years later, Amir, now living in America, receives a visit from an old family friend who gives him an opportunity to make amends for his treatment of Hassan.

Looking for Alaska : a novel
John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Lord of the Flies
William Golding

Lord of the Flies is a gripping adventure tale about a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island. Alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, devoid of adult supervision or rules, the boys attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin, and evil. Lord of the Flies is perhaps the most memorable tale about the end of innocence and the darkness of man's heart. When they are marooned on a deserted island, a group of English schoolboys soon lose their civilized ways.

Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men tells the tragic story of two displaced migrant ranch workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, during the Great Depression in California.

Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

"Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand." In his letters to a never-identified person, 15-year-old Charlie's freshman high-school year and coming-of-age ring fresh and true. The movie, starring Harry Potter's Emma Watson, will be released in 2012.

Marjane Satrapi

Call Number: 741.5944 S253ZspE 2003

A graphic novel about one girl's journe,y growing up in Iran. 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Alvin Schwartz

Call Number: 398.25 S399s 1981

Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.

Laurie Halse Anderson

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

A Stolen Life
Jaycee Dugard

Call Number: 364.154092 D866Zd

The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.

Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee

A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape.

Lauren Myracle

Chronicles, in "instant message" format, the day-to-day experiences, feelings, and plans of three friends, Zoe, Maddie, and Angela, as they begin tenth grade.

Stephenie Meyer

Series: The Twilight Saga

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Whale Talk
Chris Crutcher

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.

What My Mother Doesn't Know
Sonya Sones

Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.

A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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