Summer Reading List 2015

Summer Reading List 2015

Seymour High School 

Summer Reading List

 

 

Agee, James                           A Death in the Family                          Fiction             318p.

Loving family must come to terms with the sudden death of
their father.

 

Aidan, Pamela*   An Assembly Such As This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy,

Gentleman                                                                    Fiction             246p.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as seen through the eyes of Mr. Darcy.

 

Albom, Mitch             The Five People You Meet In Heaven              Fiction             196p 

On his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies trying to save a little girl. He wakes up in heaven, where a succession of five people are waiting to show him the true meaning and value of his life.

 

Allende, Isabel*                     City of the Beasts                                             Fantasy           432p.

15 year-old Alexander accompanies his eccentric grandmother on an expedition to find a Yeti like beast in the Amazon

 

Alvarez, Julia*                       In the Time of the Butterflies                              Fiction             321p.

Set in the political chaos of the Dominican Republic in 1960, the three Mirabal sisters, all young

wives and mothers are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.

 

Anaya, Rudolfo                      Bless Me, Ultima                                              Fiction             260p.

Coming-of-age novel of a Chicano boy growing up in New Mexico during the 1940s.

 

Anderson, Laurie Halse*      Any Title EXCEPT Speak                                Fiction

Anderson’s humor and sensitivity comes through in her books that deal with tough teen issues.

 

Anderson, M.T.*                    Any Title EXCEPT Feed                                  Fiction

Label-defying author who writes many different types of books, from sci-fi to historical fiction.

 

Angelou, Maya                      Gather Together in My Name               Biography       214p. 

Fifth volume of Angelou's autobiography begins when she is 17 and a new mother, who must

support herself and her son.

 

Anthony, Piers*                      Zombie Lover                                                   Fantasy           341p.               Tale of the quirky magical realm of Xanth, the setting for many of Anthony's tales.

 

Armstrong, Lance*    It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life            Sports                  304p.

Autobiography of the world-famous bicyclist and his fight against cancer.

 

Asimov, Isaac*           I, Robot                                                                       Sci-Fi               272p. 

Collection of short stories describing Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics."

 

Auel, Jean*                Clan of the Cave Bear                   (Pre)Historical Fiction           495p.  

Cro-Magnon orphan is adopted by a group of Neanderthals, but their differences make her life miserable.

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Bangs, Richard          The Lost River: A Memoir of Life, Death, and

Transformation on Wild Water                          Adventure       266p.  

While running the rapids, Bangs faces death on dangerous waters, including Ethiopia's Tekeze River.

 

Bauer, Joan*                  Rules of the Road                                                         Fiction             201p. 

When her 73-year-old boss hands her the keys to a huge Cadillac, Jenna unlocks more than

just a car! Funny and memorable.

 

Beah, Ishmael            A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Fiction             240p.

Set in Africa - firsthand account of 12 year old Beah’s horror filled life as a child soldier in

Sierra Leone civil war.

 

Blais, Madeleine        In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle: A True Story of Hoop Dreams and One Very Special Team                                                 Sports             266p.  

Real-life story of a girls' basketball team and its quest for success and respect on the court.

 

Bloor, Edward            Tangerine                                                                     Fiction             294p.

Although his vision is impaired, Paul sees the oddness of his new hometown in Florida and

the evil inside his athlete-hero brother.

 

Bova, Ben*                 Mars                                                                            Sci-Fi               501p.

Native American geologist, selected for the first manned space trip to Mars, utters a Navajo

phrase during takeoff, setting off a geopolitical soap opera on Earth.

 

Bradley, Marion Zimmer*     The Shadow Matrix                                          Fantasy           556p.

First-rate addition to "Darkover" saga; the heroine is trying to master her gifts and the Shadow Matrix.

 

Brashares, Ann*        Second Summer of the Sisterhood                                Fiction             416p.

Four best friends share everything, including a pair of jeans, during their 16th summer.

 

Bray, Libba*              A Great and Terrible Beauty                                         Fiction             403p.

When she is sent to England’s Spence Academy after the mysterious death of her mother in India,

 Gemma discovers that she possesses mystical powers that could destroy the world.

 

Brooks, Terry*          Shannara                                                                      Fantasy           439p.

Set 500 years before the rest of the "Shannara" series, this novel answers fans' questions about

the early history of the Shannara family.

 

Brown, Dan*             Any Title EXCEPT The Da Vinci Code                        Thriller           

Brown keeps his readers on the edge of their seats in his fast paced thrillers

 

Bryson, Bill*    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir           Memoir           288p.

Humorous account of Bryson's own 1950s-era childhood in Iowa.

 

Bunting, Eve               Jumping the Nail                                                           Fiction             172p.

Peer pressure at its most intense: teenagers revive the local stunt of jumping off a 90-foot cliff,

 "The Nail," where others before them have died.

 

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted

Burns, Olive Ann       Cold Sassy Tree                                               Historical Fiction        391p.

Living in turn-of-the-century Georgia, 14-year-old Will has a crush on his grandfather's young bride.

 

Caletti, Deb*              Honey, Baby, Sweetheart                                 Fiction                         320p.

Shy, quiet Ruby McQueen falls in love with the rich "bad" boy down the block.

 

Card, Orson Scott*    Ender’s Shadow or Any Title EXCEPT Ender's Game Sci-Fi               Ender's Game told through the eyes of Bean.

 

Chambers, Veronica              Mama's Girl                                          Biography                   194p.

Young, bright African-American woman overcomes the trials of her dysfunctional family to

become a New York Times editor.

 

Clark, Mary Higgins*            Moonlight Becomes You                      Thriller                        332p.

When several residents of a retirement home die under mysterious circumstances, the young

relative of a victim does her own investigating.

 

Clarke, Arthur C.*                 Childhood's End                                   Sci-Fi                           216p.

Overlord's arrival on Earth marks the beginning of the end for mankind.

 

Cook, Robin               Toxin                                                                Thriller                        432p.

Medical thriller focuses on the safety of America's meat supply.

 

Cooney, Caroline B.*            Hush Little Baby                                  Thriller                        250p.

Kidnappings and car chasings are the norm in this fast-paced novel by the very popular Cooney.

 

Cormier, Robert*       Any Title EXCEPT The Chocolate War            Fiction

Award-winning author wrote novels showing the strength of young adults and their resilience to life's blows.

 

Courtenay, Bryce*     Power of One                                                   Fiction                         528p.

Fictional memoir of Peekay, a lonely boy growing up in South Africa during World War II, who

must turn to boxing for survival.

 

Crichton, Michael      Prey                                                                 Thriller                        352p.

Swarms of self-replicating, predatory molecules multiply in the Nevada desert, threatening life itself.

 

Crutcher, Chris*        Any Title EXCEPT Whale Talk                        Fiction

Award-winning author is noted for his sports-themed stories about high school students dealing

with tough issues.

 

Cussler, Clive             Flood Tide                                                       Thriller                        548p.

Indestructible Dirk Pitt saves the country from possible economic collapse, while destroying an

evil villain, finding a lost treasure, and saving a woman's life.

 

Dawidoff, Nicholas     The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg

            U.S. Politics                453p.

Former Boston Red Sox catcher recounts his work as a CIA spy in Europe.

 

 

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Desai Hidier, Tanuja             Born Confused                                     Fiction                         432p.

Account of the Asian Indian-American experience told by its insightful narrator, Dimple Lama.

 

Dessen, Sarah*                      Dreamland                                            Fiction                         250p.

After her older sister runs away, 16-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change

in her life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.

 

Diamant, Anita                       The Red Tent                           Historical Fiction                    321p.

Told through Dinah's voice, this biblical story chronicles the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood.

 

Doctorow, E.L.*                     Any Title EXCEPT Ragtime                  Fiction

This highly acclaimed author is known for his historical fiction, much of which focuses on New York City.

 

Donnelly, Jennifer                 A Northern Light                      Historical Fiction                    408p.

Turn-of-the-century tale of a talented young woman who is obligated to forgo college, so she

can take care of her younger siblings and widowed dad.

 

Duncan, Lois*            Any Title EXCEPT I Know What You Did Last Summer          Thriller

In Duncan's page turners, teen characters get into tight situations.

 

Dungy, Tony                           Quiet Strength: a Memoir                      Biography                   301p.

Dungy, the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl title, challenges readers to

redefine their ideas of what it means to succeed.

 

Eddings, David*                     Belgarath the Sorcerer              Sci-Fi                           644p.

Titanic war, fought over several millennia, involves gods, supernatural creatures, and human magicians.

 

Edwards, Kim                         The Memory Keeper's Daughter           Fiction                         401p.

Riveting family drama explores every mother's silent fear: losing a child and having that child

grow up without her.

 

Enger, Leif                             Peace Like a River                               Fiction                         368p.

When Rube's brother Davey shoots 2 schoolyard bullies who break into their home, Davey goes on the run into the Badlands of North Dakota. Rube and his family set off to find him before "The Law" does.

 

Farmer, Nancy                       The House of the Scorpion                   Sci-Fi                           400p.

Matt, who was "harvested" rather than born, spends his life trying to escape from people who

threaten his existence.

 

Feinstein, John*   A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour    Sports    475p.

Life on the PGA tour and the emotions, successes, and disappointments of its players.

 

Follett, Ken*                          The Pillars of the Earth Historical Fiction                    469p.

Building a Gothic cathedral in 12th-century England brings together clergy, kings, and peasants

 in this story of toil, faith, ambition, and rivalry.

 

Fox, Paula*                             The Moonlight Man                              Fiction                         179p.

Wanting a "perfect" father, Catherine instead discovers her estranged father is an alcoholic.

 

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Funke, Cornelia                     Inkheart                                                Sci-Fi                           576p. 

Meggie’s father, Mo, has a wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from

books, he brings the characters to life--literally.

 

Gaines, Ernest                       In My Father's House                           Fiction                         214p.

Black minister's life changes when his illegitimate son suddenly appears.

 

Gantos, Jack                          Hole in My Life                                    Biography                   199p.

Author overcomes drug addiction and survives time in prison to become a successful writer.

 

Garden, Nancy*                     Annie on My Mind                               Fiction                         233p.

In her freshman year at MIT, Liza Winthrop meets and falls in love with Annie Kenyon.

 

Gawande, Atul            Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Non-Fiction                 288p.

Essential reading for anyone involved in medicine--on either end of the stethoscope. Gawande’s

essays show that doctors are only human.

 

Gear, W. Michael*                People of the Wolf                    (Pre)Historical Fiction           435p.

Set at the dawn of history Gear’s books bring the true story of the ancestors of today's Native

Americans peoples to life.

 

Giles, Gail*                            Shattering Glass                                    Fiction                         215p.

Rob’s high school clique plans to make over social outcast Simon. The transformation begins to

work, but then things go tragically wrong.

 

Gonzales, Laurence   Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why            Survival          318p.

Survival study explores biological and psychological reasons people risk their lives, why some

people survive disasters while others perish, and the role of the human psyche in survival.

 

Goodwin, Doris Kearns*       Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir             Biography                   257p.

Author's childhood memoir about the Brooklyn Dodgers and growing up near New York City

during the 1950s.

 

Gottlieb, Lori Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self           Biography                   240p.

Diary of 11-year-old Lori Gottlieb, as she slips into the grip of anorexia and eventually journeys

to recovery.

 

Grisham, John            The Street Lawyer                                            Fiction                         452p.

Befriending a homeless family leads a young lawyer to some startling finds.

 

Grogan, John      Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog    Animals           304p.

Animal lovers will delight in the antics of Marley, a yellow lab, who terrorizes the Grogan household.

 

Gruen, Sara                            Water for Elephants                              Fiction                         335p.

Jacob remembers his life 70 years ago in a traveling circus, and falling in love with Marlena.

Both Jacob and Marlena are smitten with Rosie, the troublesome elephant.

 

Halberstam, David*     The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for

    an Olympic Gold Medal                                Sports                         221p.

Journalistic account of the dedication, determination, and camaraderie of first-class oarsmen who represented the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics.

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Hamill, Pete* Any Title EXCEPT Snow in August                  Fiction & Non-Fiction

Prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction, this native New Yorker often writes about his home turf.

 

Harrison, Sue             Mother Earth, Father Sky                     (Pre)Historical Fiction           313p.

Saga of a prehistoric Aleutian woman, searching for safety and security.

 

Haruf, Kent*              Plainsong                                                          Fiction                         320p.

Set in Colorado, a kind high school teacher helps 17- year-old Victoria (unmarried and pregnant)

forge a new extended family with two old bachelor ranchers.

 

Hartinger, Brent        The Geography Club                                        Fiction                         226p.

A group of gay and lesbian teenagers find mutual support when they form the "Geography Club"

at their school.

 

Hautman, Pete*         Godless                                                            Fiction                         208p.

When Jason starts a new religion with a new god, he has to rethink some of his beliefs, after a

friend is seriously hurt.

 

Hawking, Stephen W.            A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

Science                       198p.  

Exploration of the outer limits of astrophysics, including the nature of time and the universe.

 

Herriot, James*         All Creatures Great and Small               Animals                       497p.

Author's adventures as a veterinarian in Yorkshire, England, during the 1930s.

 

Hickham, Homer H.*             Any Title EXCEPT October Sky          Biography & Fiction

Science writer concentrates on outer space and rockets.

 

Hobbs, Will*               River Thunder                                       Fiction                         201p.

Troubled youth come together for a rapids-shooting adventure down the Grand Canyon's Colorado River.

 

Hoffman, Alice*         Here on Earth                                                   Fiction                         293p.

Ignoring the pleas of her teenaged daughter, a mother leaves her loving husband for her cruel,

selfish childhood sweetheart.

 

Hosseini, Khaled*      The Kite Runner                                               Fiction                                 384p.  

Wealthy Amir and servant Hassan's stories are interwoven with the turmoil of Afghanistan in the 1970s.

 

Hotze, Sollace            A Circle Unbroken                                           Fiction                         202p.

Raised by Native Americans, a young girl is returned to her white parents, whom she has almost forgotten.

 

Hunt, Irene                 Lottery Rose                                                    Fiction                         185p.

Young victim of child abuse gradually overcomes his fears when placed in a home with other boys.

 

Jance, J.A.      Skeleton Canyon: A Joanna Brady Mystery                  Mystery                      373p.

Sheriff Joanna Brady investigates the murder of an innocent teenager.

 

Johnson, Angela*       First Part Last                                                   Fiction                         144p.

16-year-old Bobby learns that being a parent is not an easy job, as his baby completely changes his life.

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Keller, Beverly                      The Amazon Papers                             Fiction                         150p.

Iris is nearly 16, without so much as a school tardy or a missed curfew in her past. Her life changes,

though, when Foster delivers her pizza!

 

Kettlewell, Caroline               Electric Dreams: One Unlikely Team of Kids and theRace to Build the Car of the Future                                     Science                       288p

Can a group of poor, backwater high school students build an electric car that will outperform their

wealthy competitors' cars?

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Kincaid, Jamaica                    Annie John                                           Fiction                         160p.

Tale of a girl's childhood and adolescence on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

 

Kingsolver, Barbara*            Pigs in Heaven                          Fiction                         343p.

Sequel to The Bean Trees. Taylor and her daughter Turtle run from the authorities.

 

Kinsella, W.P.                        Shoeless Joe                                         Fiction                         224p.

Combination of baseball and fantasy, the movie "Field of Dreams" was based on this novel.

 

Knaak, Richard*                    The Legend of Huma                            Fantasy                       384p.

Part of the "Dragonlance" saga, which is loosely based on the Dungeons & Dragons universe.

 

Korman, Gordon                    Losing Joe's Place                                Fiction                         240p.

During a fun and memorable summer, 16-year-old Jason and two friends declare their independence

 by renting his older brother's apartment.

 

Lackey, Mercedes*               Arrows of the Queen                            Sci-Fi                           320p.

Part of the "Valdemar" trilogy, a teen runaway meets an alien companion and a world she never

dreamed existed!

 

Lahiri, Jhumpa                       Interpreter of Maladies                         Fiction                         208p.

Short story collection of Asian-Indian families adapting to life in the United States.

 

Larson, Erik                           Devil in the White City              History                        496p.

Recounts the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, through the parallel

stories of a prominent architect and a serial murderer masquerading as a charming doctor.

 

Lawrence, Iain                       Lightkeeper's Daughter                         Fiction                         256p.

After a lengthy absence, Squid McCrae returns home with her illegitimate daughter to face her

parents and deal with the death of her brother.

 

Lewis, C.S.*                           The Screwtape Letters              Philosophy                  160p.

Devil and his apprentice exchange letters on religious matters in this theological satire.

 

Longman, Jere                       Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World                               Sports                         336p.

Inside look at U.S. Women's Soccer and the remarkable champions of the 1999 Women's World Cup.

 

Lott, Bret                                Jewel                                                    Fiction                         358p.

Spanning several decades, this novel shows how a single child's birth defect can affect an entire family.

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Lubar, David Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie               Fiction                         279p.

While navigating his 1st year of high school and awaiting the birth of his baby brother, Scott loses

old friends and gains some unlikely new ones, as he hones his skills as a writer.

 

Lundy, Derek             Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters

Adventure                   267p.

Gripping account of the 1996-1997 Vendee Globe sailing race around the world: one sailor per

boat, no stops, no assistance.

 

Mace, Nancy              In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel        

U.S. Military              238p.

Fighting military tradition, the author endures hardships to become the Citadel's first female graduate.

 

Marsden, John*         Tomorrow When the War Began                      Fiction                         286p.

Seven teenagers go camping deep in the Australian outback and return to find their country has been invaded and is now at war. They must decide: join their families as prisoners or hide and fight?

 

Martel, Yann Life of Pi                                                          Fiction                         336p.

Fantastic tale of 16-year-old Pi Patel, who, after his ship sinks, survives with a 450-pound Bengal

tiger as his lifeboat companion.

 

Matas, Carol              After the War                                       Historical Fiction                    133p.

With her family dead, 15-year-old Ruth joins an underground movement to help smuggle Jewish

refugees into Palestine after WWII.

 

McCaffrey, Anne*     Dragonsinger                                                    Sci-Fi                           240p.

In this sequel to "Dragonsong," Menolly pursues her dream to be Harper of the planet Pern.

 

McKinley, Robin*     The Hero and the Crown                                  Fantasy                       256p.

Aerin, with the help of a wizard and a blue sword, wins her birthright as the daughter of a king and a witch.

 

Menzel, Peter*           Material World: A Global Family Portrait          Sociology                    256p.

Stunning color portraits of 30 families representing 30 countries outside their homes, surrounded

 by ALL of their possessions. Raises the question - Can all six billion of us have all the things we

 want from our small planet?

 

Mitchell, David          Black Swan Green                                            Fiction                         294p.

Coming-of-age novel provides a monthly snapshot of Jason Taylor's life in small-town England.

The narrator battles his stuttering, navigates the social hierarchy at school, and watches the slow disintegration of his parents' marriage.

 

Moalem, Sharon Dr.              Survival of the Sickest               Science                       304p

Moalem, a medical student with a Ph.D. in neurogenetics, asks a number of provocative questions, such as why debilitating hereditary diseases persist in humans and why we suffer from the consequences of aging.

 

Myers, Walter Dean*           Any Title                                              Fiction

Newbery Honor author writes stories based on his experiences growing up in Harlem.

 

Na, An                        A Step From Heaven                                        Fiction                         160p.

Powerful story of a Korean girl adapting to her new life in America.

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds*     Ice                                                       Fiction                         194p.

Frustrated with her behavior, Chrissa's mother sends her to live with her paternal grandmother.

Now maybe Chrissa can find out why her father disappeared.

 

Nelson, Blake            The New Rules of High School                         Fiction                         225p.

Max Caldwell is tired of being a “goody two shoes.” So dependable, reliable Max steps back

from his Mr. Perfect, straight-A life to see what happens when he lets go.

 

Niffenegger, Audrey              Time Traveler's Wife                             Fiction                         560p.

Chronodisplacement disorder causes Henry to move without warning from the past to the future,

with the love for his wife Clare remaining his one constant.

 

Niven, Larry               The Mote in God's Eye                                     Sci-Fi                           537p.

Empires of Man and Motie, an alien species, collide in this artful tale of other worlds.

 

O'Leary, Patrick        The Gift                                                            Fantasy                       286p.

Magical story within a story of a king and his youthful companion combating evil forces.

 

Paolini, Christopher               Eldest                                                   Fantasy                       704p.

Second volume in the popular "Inheritance" trilogy; classic heroic quest has dwarves, elves,

and dragons, and also some imaginatively creepy creatures of evil.

 

Patchett, Ann Bel Canto                                                         Fiction                         336p.

Taken hostage by terrorists at a lavish diplomatic party, the guests form unexpected bonds

with their captors.

 

Paulsen, Gary*           Any Title EXCEPT Hatchet                              Fiction

Among teen readers, Paulsen is a top-ten favorite author.

 

Peck, Richard*           Father Figure                                                    Fiction                         192p.

Jim has been the father figure to Byron, his kid brother, since their parents divorced. But when

Mom dies, their long-lost father appears at the funeral.

 

Peck, Robert Newton            Extra Innings                             Historical Fiction                    176p.

Story of Ethiopia's Clowns, a Depression-era black baseball team.

 

Penman, Sharon Kay             Cruel as the Grave: A Medieval Mystery           Mystery         242p.

Set in medieval times, Justin de Quincy quells a rebellion and searches for a murderer at the

Queen's bidding.

 

Pfetzer, Mark                         Within Reach: My Everest Story           Adventure                   224p.

Young, determined 15-year-old boy climbs Mount Everest.

 

Pierce, Meredith Ann            The Woman Who Loved Reindeer        Fantasy                       242p.

Tale of Caribou's love for Reindeer, who is a shape changer: part mortal man, part golden stag.

 

Pipher, Mary*            Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Sociology                    293p.

Adolescent girls discuss the difficulties in their lives that lead to depression, eating disorders,

addiction, and thoughts of suicide.

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

 Pollan, Michael*       The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

Natural History          271p.

Author focuses on the relationship between humans and four specific plants: apples, tulips,

marijuana, and potatoes.

 

Polly, Matthew           American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China             Memoir                       366p.

True story of how 98-pound weakling, Matthew Polly, turns himself into an impressive fighting

 machine by studying the martial arts.

 

Potok, Chaim*            My Name Is Asher Lev                                    Fiction                         350p.

Sensitive Jewish boy experiences conflict with his strict orthodox beliefs.

 

Pratt, James Michael            The Last Valentine                                Fiction                         302p.

Get out your tissues when reading this page-turner!

 

Pullman, Philip*                      The Golden Compass                           Fantasy                       351p.

Lyra Belacqua is unwittingly pulled into a struggle that threatens the fate of all mankind.

 

Rennison, Louise* Angus,     Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson                                          Fiction                         272p.

Hysterically funny journal of 14-year-old Georgia Nicholson, who constantly finds herself in

embarrassing situations.

 

Resnick, Michael D.              Kirinyaga: A Fable of Utopia    Sci-Fi                           287p.

Ultimate failure of a utopian colony on a planetoid is contrasted with ancient and Western ways

competing against each other in modern Kenya.

 

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de    Wind, Sand, and Stars              Philosophy                  240p.

One of the most popular works ever written about flying, by the author of the classic, The Little Prince.

 

Satrapi, Marjane        Persepolis                                                         Graphic Novel            153p.

An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi, the daughter of radical Marxists, bears witness

to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country, Iran.

 

Schlosser, Eric           Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal                                                                                                                              Sociology                    356p.

Disturbing report on the impact of the fast food industry on America's health, economy, and pop culture.

 

Sebold, Alice              The Lovely Bones                                             Fiction                         328p.

Narrating from heaven, Susie Salmon recounts her rape and murder, as she watches her family

cope with its grief.

 

See, Lisa                     Snow Flower and the Secret Fan                      Fiction                         269p.

In 19th century China, two women exchange messages written on silk fans and cloth using nu shu,

a secret language created by women. When a misunderstanding arises, though, their friendship

threatens to tear apart.

 

Shaara, Michael*       Killer Angels                                                     Historical Fiction        384p.

Well-researched novel tells the story of the three most important days surrounding the Battle of

Gettysburg, from Northern and Southern points of view.

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Shandler, Sara            Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self

Sociology                    304p.

Compilation of essays and poems written by teenage girls provides great insight into their true feelings.

 

Sheldrake, Rupert Dogs        That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals            Animals                       352p.

Psychic powers of animals reveal special relationships between pet owners and their companions.

 

Smith, Betty               A Tree Grows in Brooklyn                                Fiction                         489p.

Dirt poor Franny Nolan comes of age in Brooklyn during the early 1900s.

 

Sparks, Nicholas        Three Weeks with My Brother              Non-Fiction                 368

This is a rare opportunity for readers to get to know a favorite author as Sparks reveals the

inspirations for his fiction. A must-read for Sparks fans as well as a treat for those who want

 to find out what makes a family strong.

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Spiegelman, Art*       Maus: A Survivor's Tale                                    Graphic Novel            159p.

Holocaust survivor's tale in comic book form.

 

Spinelli, Jerry             Stargirl                                                             Fiction                         186p.

Leo is faced with the choice between his love for the unconventional Stargirl and fitting in at school.

 

Styron, William          The Confessions of Nat Turner                         Historical Fiction        428p.

Fictionalized account of the man who led the famous slave revolt of 1831.

 

Tan, Amy*                  The Bonesetter's Daughter                                Fiction                         416p.

Ruth repairs an angry relationship with her aging and ill mother by translating her diary and

learning about her mother's past and true identity.

 

Tarbox, Katherine     A Girl's Life Online; formerly titled Katie.com: My Story 

Biography                   189p.

14-year-old Katherine Tarbox is manipulated and threatened by her cyber soul mate.

 

Tashjian, Janet*         The Gospel According to Larry                         Fiction                         256p.

17-year-old Josh feels like a hypocrite when his web rants on celebrity worship and materialism

turn him into an Internet celebrity.

 

Vizzini, Ned        Teen Angst? Naah…: A Quasi-Autobiography          Biography                   232p.

Autobiographical essays about the weird, funny, and sometimes mortifying moments

experienced in middle school and high school.

 

Voigt, Cynthia*          A Solitary Blue                                                 Fiction                         189p.

Jeff Grune's life is turned upside down when his mother abandons him.

 

Volponi, Paul Black & White                                                 Fiction                         185p.

The close friendship between two high school basketball stars, one white and the other black,

presents heartbreaking choices when a violent crime occurs.

 

Walker, Mary Willis Under the Beetle's Cellar                      Thriller                        339p.

Madman Samuel Mordecai is holding 12 people hostage, and time is running out. Who can stop him?

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Weaver, Will*            Farm Team: A Billy Baggs                                Novel Fiction              283p.

Billy Baggs' pick-up baseball team is the laughing stock of the community. Who will have the

last laugh when they play the Big Game against his arch rival?

 

Weber, David                         In Death Ground                                   Sci-Fi                           629p.

Bugs have invaded Federation space through a hidden wormhole. They not only want to

conquer humans, they want to eat them.

 

Westerfeld, Scott*     Uglies                                                               Fantasy                       448p.

Futuristic novel projects a world in which a compulsory operation at age 16 wipes out physical

differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty.

 

Whelan, Gloria           Homeless Bird                                      Fiction                         192p.

Widowed and abandoned in India after an arranged marriage, 13-year-old Koly sets out to forge a new life.

 

White, Stephen           Critical Conditions                                            Fiction                         416p.

Teenaged girl has more problems than just her attempted suicide. What is she hiding?

 

White, T.H.                 The Once and Future King                                Historical Fiction          639p.

Contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend.

 

Wiesel, Elie                All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs                   Biography                   432p.

Personal narrative of the Holocaust by this Nobel Peace Prize winner.

 

Williams-Garcia, Rita            Fast Talk on a Slow Track                    Fiction                         183p.

Denzel Watson is used to being the best at everything he does, until he goes to a summer program

at Princeton. Can he make it in the Ivy League?

 

Winchester, Simon*   Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

Natural History          432p.

Narrative describes how this cataclysmic eruption, a major geological event, affected the world's

geography and politics.

 

Wittlinger, Ellen*       Any Title EXCEPT Hard Love                         Fiction

Stories about teens who don't buy into today's teen culture.

 

Wolff, Virginia Euwer*          Make Lemonade                                  Fiction                         200p.

14-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a single mother's two children and learns how helping

others can improve her own life.

 

Wright, Richard         Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth Biography       288p.

Thoughts and feelings of a black boy growing up in the Jim Crow South.

 

Zusak, Markus          The Book Thief                                                Historical Fiction        560p.

Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of 9-year-old Liesel Meminger from the time

she is taken to live in a small German town with a foster family.

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

 

 

Seymour High School 

Summer Reading List

 

 

Agee, James                           A Death in the Family                          Fiction             318p.

Loving family must come to terms with the sudden death of
their father.

 

Aidan, Pamela*   An Assembly Such As This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy,

Gentleman                                                                    Fiction             246p.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as seen through the eyes of Mr. Darcy.

 

Albom, Mitch             The Five People You Meet In Heaven              Fiction             196p 

On his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies trying to save a little girl. He wakes up in heaven, where a succession of five people are waiting to show him the true meaning and value of his life.

 

Allende, Isabel*                     City of the Beasts                                             Fantasy           432p.

15 year-old Alexander accompanies his eccentric grandmother on an expedition to find a Yeti like beast in the Amazon

 

Alvarez, Julia*                       In the Time of the Butterflies                              Fiction             321p.

Set in the political chaos of the Dominican Republic in 1960, the three Mirabal sisters, all young

wives and mothers are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.

 

Anaya, Rudolfo                      Bless Me, Ultima                                              Fiction             260p.

Coming-of-age novel of a Chicano boy growing up in New Mexico during the 1940s.

 

Anderson, Laurie Halse*      Any Title EXCEPT Speak                                Fiction

Anderson’s humor and sensitivity comes through in her books that deal with tough teen issues.

 

Anderson, M.T.*                    Any Title EXCEPT Feed                                  Fiction

Label-defying author who writes many different types of books, from sci-fi to historical fiction.

 

Angelou, Maya                      Gather Together in My Name               Biography       214p. 

Fifth volume of Angelou's autobiography begins when she is 17 and a new mother, who must

support herself and her son.

 

Anthony, Piers*                      Zombie Lover                                                   Fantasy           341p.               Tale of the quirky magical realm of Xanth, the setting for many of Anthony's tales.

 

Armstrong, Lance*    It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life            Sports                  304p.

Autobiography of the world-famous bicyclist and his fight against cancer.

 

Asimov, Isaac*           I, Robot                                                                       Sci-Fi               272p. 

Collection of short stories describing Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics."

 

Auel, Jean*                Clan of the Cave Bear                   (Pre)Historical Fiction           495p.  

Cro-Magnon orphan is adopted by a group of Neanderthals, but their differences make her life miserable.

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Bangs, Richard          The Lost River: A Memoir of Life, Death, and

Transformation on Wild Water                          Adventure       266p.  

While running the rapids, Bangs faces death on dangerous waters, including Ethiopia's Tekeze River.

 

Bauer, Joan*                  Rules of the Road                                                         Fiction             201p. 

When her 73-year-old boss hands her the keys to a huge Cadillac, Jenna unlocks more than

just a car! Funny and memorable.

 

Beah, Ishmael            A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Fiction             240p.

Set in Africa - firsthand account of 12 year old Beah’s horror filled life as a child soldier in

Sierra Leone civil war.

 

Blais, Madeleine        In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle: A True Story of Hoop Dreams and One Very Special Team                                                 Sports             266p.  

Real-life story of a girls' basketball team and its quest for success and respect on the court.

 

Bloor, Edward            Tangerine                                                                     Fiction             294p.

Although his vision is impaired, Paul sees the oddness of his new hometown in Florida and

the evil inside his athlete-hero brother.

 

Bova, Ben*                 Mars                                                                            Sci-Fi               501p.

Native American geologist, selected for the first manned space trip to Mars, utters a Navajo

phrase during takeoff, setting off a geopolitical soap opera on Earth.

 

Bradley, Marion Zimmer*     The Shadow Matrix                                          Fantasy           556p.

First-rate addition to "Darkover" saga; the heroine is trying to master her gifts and the Shadow Matrix.

 

Brashares, Ann*        Second Summer of the Sisterhood                                Fiction             416p.

Four best friends share everything, including a pair of jeans, during their 16th summer.

 

Bray, Libba*              A Great and Terrible Beauty                                         Fiction             403p.

When she is sent to England’s Spence Academy after the mysterious death of her mother in India,

 Gemma discovers that she possesses mystical powers that could destroy the world.

 

Brooks, Terry*          Shannara                                                                      Fantasy           439p.

Set 500 years before the rest of the "Shannara" series, this novel answers fans' questions about

the early history of the Shannara family.

 

Brown, Dan*             Any Title EXCEPT The Da Vinci Code                        Thriller           

Brown keeps his readers on the edge of their seats in his fast paced thrillers

 

Bryson, Bill*    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir           Memoir           288p.

Humorous account of Bryson's own 1950s-era childhood in Iowa.

 

Bunting, Eve               Jumping the Nail                                                           Fiction             172p.

Peer pressure at its most intense: teenagers revive the local stunt of jumping off a 90-foot cliff,

 "The Nail," where others before them have died.

 

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted

Burns, Olive Ann       Cold Sassy Tree                                               Historical Fiction        391p.

Living in turn-of-the-century Georgia, 14-year-old Will has a crush on his grandfather's young bride.

 

Caletti, Deb*              Honey, Baby, Sweetheart                                 Fiction                         320p.

Shy, quiet Ruby McQueen falls in love with the rich "bad" boy down the block.

 

Card, Orson Scott*    Ender’s Shadow or Any Title EXCEPT Ender's Game Sci-Fi               Ender's Game told through the eyes of Bean.

 

Chambers, Veronica              Mama's Girl                                          Biography                   194p.

Young, bright African-American woman overcomes the trials of her dysfunctional family to

become a New York Times editor.

 

Clark, Mary Higgins*            Moonlight Becomes You                      Thriller                        332p.

When several residents of a retirement home die under mysterious circumstances, the young

relative of a victim does her own investigating.

 

Clarke, Arthur C.*                 Childhood's End                                   Sci-Fi                           216p.

Overlord's arrival on Earth marks the beginning of the end for mankind.

 

Cook, Robin               Toxin                                                                Thriller                        432p.

Medical thriller focuses on the safety of America's meat supply.

 

Cooney, Caroline B.*            Hush Little Baby                                  Thriller                        250p.

Kidnappings and car chasings are the norm in this fast-paced novel by the very popular Cooney.

 

Cormier, Robert*       Any Title EXCEPT The Chocolate War            Fiction

Award-winning author wrote novels showing the strength of young adults and their resilience to life's blows.

 

Courtenay, Bryce*     Power of One                                                   Fiction                         528p.

Fictional memoir of Peekay, a lonely boy growing up in South Africa during World War II, who

must turn to boxing for survival.

 

Crichton, Michael      Prey                                                                 Thriller                        352p.

Swarms of self-replicating, predatory molecules multiply in the Nevada desert, threatening life itself.

 

Crutcher, Chris*        Any Title EXCEPT Whale Talk                        Fiction

Award-winning author is noted for his sports-themed stories about high school students dealing

with tough issues.

 

Cussler, Clive             Flood Tide                                                       Thriller                        548p.

Indestructible Dirk Pitt saves the country from possible economic collapse, while destroying an

evil villain, finding a lost treasure, and saving a woman's life.

 

Dawidoff, Nicholas     The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg

            U.S. Politics                453p.

Former Boston Red Sox catcher recounts his work as a CIA spy in Europe.

 

 

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Desai Hidier, Tanuja             Born Confused                                     Fiction                         432p.

Account of the Asian Indian-American experience told by its insightful narrator, Dimple Lama.

 

Dessen, Sarah*                      Dreamland                                            Fiction                         250p.

After her older sister runs away, 16-year-old Caitlin decides that she needs to make a major change

in her life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous.

 

Diamant, Anita                       The Red Tent                           Historical Fiction                    321p.

Told through Dinah's voice, this biblical story chronicles the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood.

 

Doctorow, E.L.*                     Any Title EXCEPT Ragtime                  Fiction

This highly acclaimed author is known for his historical fiction, much of which focuses on New York City.

 

Donnelly, Jennifer                 A Northern Light                      Historical Fiction                    408p.

Turn-of-the-century tale of a talented young woman who is obligated to forgo college, so she

can take care of her younger siblings and widowed dad.

 

Duncan, Lois*            Any Title EXCEPT I Know What You Did Last Summer          Thriller

In Duncan's page turners, teen characters get into tight situations.

 

Dungy, Tony                           Quiet Strength: a Memoir                      Biography                   301p.

Dungy, the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl title, challenges readers to

redefine their ideas of what it means to succeed.

 

Eddings, David*                     Belgarath the Sorcerer              Sci-Fi                           644p.

Titanic war, fought over several millennia, involves gods, supernatural creatures, and human magicians.

 

Edwards, Kim                         The Memory Keeper's Daughter           Fiction                         401p.

Riveting family drama explores every mother's silent fear: losing a child and having that child

grow up without her.

 

Enger, Leif                             Peace Like a River                               Fiction                         368p.

When Rube's brother Davey shoots 2 schoolyard bullies who break into their home, Davey goes on the run into the Badlands of North Dakota. Rube and his family set off to find him before "The Law" does.

 

Farmer, Nancy                       The House of the Scorpion                   Sci-Fi                           400p.

Matt, who was "harvested" rather than born, spends his life trying to escape from people who

threaten his existence.

 

Feinstein, John*   A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour    Sports    475p.

Life on the PGA tour and the emotions, successes, and disappointments of its players.

 

Follett, Ken*                          The Pillars of the Earth Historical Fiction                    469p.

Building a Gothic cathedral in 12th-century England brings together clergy, kings, and peasants

 in this story of toil, faith, ambition, and rivalry.

 

Fox, Paula*                             The Moonlight Man                              Fiction                         179p.

Wanting a "perfect" father, Catherine instead discovers her estranged father is an alcoholic.

 

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Funke, Cornelia                     Inkheart                                                Sci-Fi                           576p. 

Meggie’s father, Mo, has a wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from

books, he brings the characters to life--literally.

 

Gaines, Ernest                       In My Father's House                           Fiction                         214p.

Black minister's life changes when his illegitimate son suddenly appears.

 

Gantos, Jack                          Hole in My Life                                    Biography                   199p.

Author overcomes drug addiction and survives time in prison to become a successful writer.

 

Garden, Nancy*                     Annie on My Mind                               Fiction                         233p.

In her freshman year at MIT, Liza Winthrop meets and falls in love with Annie Kenyon.

 

Gawande, Atul            Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

Non-Fiction                 288p.

Essential reading for anyone involved in medicine--on either end of the stethoscope. Gawande’s

essays show that doctors are only human.

 

Gear, W. Michael*                People of the Wolf                    (Pre)Historical Fiction           435p.

Set at the dawn of history Gear’s books bring the true story of the ancestors of today's Native

Americans peoples to life.

 

Giles, Gail*                            Shattering Glass                                    Fiction                         215p.

Rob’s high school clique plans to make over social outcast Simon. The transformation begins to

work, but then things go tragically wrong.

 

Gonzales, Laurence   Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why            Survival          318p.

Survival study explores biological and psychological reasons people risk their lives, why some

people survive disasters while others perish, and the role of the human psyche in survival.

 

Goodwin, Doris Kearns*       Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir             Biography                   257p.

Author's childhood memoir about the Brooklyn Dodgers and growing up near New York City

during the 1950s.

 

Gottlieb, Lori Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self           Biography                   240p.

Diary of 11-year-old Lori Gottlieb, as she slips into the grip of anorexia and eventually journeys

to recovery.

 

Grisham, John            The Street Lawyer                                            Fiction                         452p.

Befriending a homeless family leads a young lawyer to some startling finds.

 

Grogan, John      Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog    Animals           304p.

Animal lovers will delight in the antics of Marley, a yellow lab, who terrorizes the Grogan household.

 

Gruen, Sara                            Water for Elephants                              Fiction                         335p.

Jacob remembers his life 70 years ago in a traveling circus, and falling in love with Marlena.

Both Jacob and Marlena are smitten with Rosie, the troublesome elephant.

 

Halberstam, David*     The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for

    an Olympic Gold Medal                                Sports                         221p.

Journalistic account of the dedication, determination, and camaraderie of first-class oarsmen who represented the U.S. in the 1984 Olympics.

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Hamill, Pete* Any Title EXCEPT Snow in August                  Fiction & Non-Fiction

Prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction, this native New Yorker often writes about his home turf.

 

Harrison, Sue             Mother Earth, Father Sky                     (Pre)Historical Fiction           313p.

Saga of a prehistoric Aleutian woman, searching for safety and security.

 

Haruf, Kent*              Plainsong                                                          Fiction                         320p.

Set in Colorado, a kind high school teacher helps 17- year-old Victoria (unmarried and pregnant)

forge a new extended family with two old bachelor ranchers.

 

Hartinger, Brent        The Geography Club                                        Fiction                         226p.

A group of gay and lesbian teenagers find mutual support when they form the "Geography Club"

at their school.

 

Hautman, Pete*         Godless                                                            Fiction                         208p.

When Jason starts a new religion with a new god, he has to rethink some of his beliefs, after a

friend is seriously hurt.

 

Hawking, Stephen W.            A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes

Science                       198p.  

Exploration of the outer limits of astrophysics, including the nature of time and the universe.

 

Herriot, James*         All Creatures Great and Small               Animals                       497p.

Author's adventures as a veterinarian in Yorkshire, England, during the 1930s.

 

Hickham, Homer H.*             Any Title EXCEPT October Sky          Biography & Fiction

Science writer concentrates on outer space and rockets.

 

Hobbs, Will*               River Thunder                                       Fiction                         201p.

Troubled youth come together for a rapids-shooting adventure down the Grand Canyon's Colorado River.

 

Hoffman, Alice*         Here on Earth                                                   Fiction                         293p.

Ignoring the pleas of her teenaged daughter, a mother leaves her loving husband for her cruel,

selfish childhood sweetheart.

 

Hosseini, Khaled*      The Kite Runner                                               Fiction                                 384p.  

Wealthy Amir and servant Hassan's stories are interwoven with the turmoil of Afghanistan in the 1970s.

 

Hotze, Sollace            A Circle Unbroken                                           Fiction                         202p.

Raised by Native Americans, a young girl is returned to her white parents, whom she has almost forgotten.

 

Hunt, Irene                 Lottery Rose                                                    Fiction                         185p.

Young victim of child abuse gradually overcomes his fears when placed in a home with other boys.

 

Jance, J.A.      Skeleton Canyon: A Joanna Brady Mystery                  Mystery                      373p.

Sheriff Joanna Brady investigates the murder of an innocent teenager.

 

Johnson, Angela*       First Part Last                                                   Fiction                         144p.

16-year-old Bobby learns that being a parent is not an easy job, as his baby completely changes his life.

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Keller, Beverly                      The Amazon Papers                             Fiction                         150p.

Iris is nearly 16, without so much as a school tardy or a missed curfew in her past. Her life changes,

though, when Foster delivers her pizza!

 

Kettlewell, Caroline               Electric Dreams: One Unlikely Team of Kids and theRace to Build the Car of the Future                                     Science                       288p

Can a group of poor, backwater high school students build an electric car that will outperform their

wealthy competitors' cars?

.

Kincaid, Jamaica                    Annie John                                           Fiction                         160p.

Tale of a girl's childhood and adolescence on the Caribbean island of Antigua.

 

Kingsolver, Barbara*            Pigs in Heaven                          Fiction                         343p.

Sequel to The Bean Trees. Taylor and her daughter Turtle run from the authorities.

 

Kinsella, W.P.                        Shoeless Joe                                         Fiction                         224p.

Combination of baseball and fantasy, the movie "Field of Dreams" was based on this novel.

 

Knaak, Richard*                    The Legend of Huma                            Fantasy                       384p.

Part of the "Dragonlance" saga, which is loosely based on the Dungeons & Dragons universe.

 

Korman, Gordon                    Losing Joe's Place                                Fiction                         240p.

During a fun and memorable summer, 16-year-old Jason and two friends declare their independence

 by renting his older brother's apartment.

 

Lackey, Mercedes*               Arrows of the Queen                            Sci-Fi                           320p.

Part of the "Valdemar" trilogy, a teen runaway meets an alien companion and a world she never

dreamed existed!

 

Lahiri, Jhumpa                       Interpreter of Maladies                         Fiction                         208p.

Short story collection of Asian-Indian families adapting to life in the United States.

 

Larson, Erik                           Devil in the White City              History                        496p.

Recounts the incredible events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, through the parallel

stories of a prominent architect and a serial murderer masquerading as a charming doctor.

 

Lawrence, Iain                       Lightkeeper's Daughter                         Fiction                         256p.

After a lengthy absence, Squid McCrae returns home with her illegitimate daughter to face her

parents and deal with the death of her brother.

 

Lewis, C.S.*                           The Screwtape Letters              Philosophy                  160p.

Devil and his apprentice exchange letters on religious matters in this theological satire.

 

Longman, Jere                       Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World                               Sports                         336p.

Inside look at U.S. Women's Soccer and the remarkable champions of the 1999 Women's World Cup.

 

Lott, Bret                                Jewel                                                    Fiction                         358p.

Spanning several decades, this novel shows how a single child's birth defect can affect an entire family.

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Lubar, David Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie               Fiction                         279p.

While navigating his 1st year of high school and awaiting the birth of his baby brother, Scott loses

old friends and gains some unlikely new ones, as he hones his skills as a writer.

 

Lundy, Derek             Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters

Adventure                   267p.

Gripping account of the 1996-1997 Vendee Globe sailing race around the world: one sailor per

boat, no stops, no assistance.

 

Mace, Nancy              In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel        

U.S. Military              238p.

Fighting military tradition, the author endures hardships to become the Citadel's first female graduate.

 

Marsden, John*         Tomorrow When the War Began                      Fiction                         286p.

Seven teenagers go camping deep in the Australian outback and return to find their country has been invaded and is now at war. They must decide: join their families as prisoners or hide and fight?

 

Martel, Yann Life of Pi                                                          Fiction                         336p.

Fantastic tale of 16-year-old Pi Patel, who, after his ship sinks, survives with a 450-pound Bengal

tiger as his lifeboat companion.

 

Matas, Carol              After the War                                       Historical Fiction                    133p.

With her family dead, 15-year-old Ruth joins an underground movement to help smuggle Jewish

refugees into Palestine after WWII.

 

McCaffrey, Anne*     Dragonsinger                                                    Sci-Fi                           240p.

In this sequel to "Dragonsong," Menolly pursues her dream to be Harper of the planet Pern.

 

McKinley, Robin*     The Hero and the Crown                                  Fantasy                       256p.

Aerin, with the help of a wizard and a blue sword, wins her birthright as the daughter of a king and a witch.

 

Menzel, Peter*           Material World: A Global Family Portrait          Sociology                    256p.

Stunning color portraits of 30 families representing 30 countries outside their homes, surrounded

 by ALL of their possessions. Raises the question - Can all six billion of us have all the things we

 want from our small planet?

 

Mitchell, David          Black Swan Green                                            Fiction                         294p.

Coming-of-age novel provides a monthly snapshot of Jason Taylor's life in small-town England.

The narrator battles his stuttering, navigates the social hierarchy at school, and watches the slow disintegration of his parents' marriage.

 

Moalem, Sharon Dr.              Survival of the Sickest               Science                       304p

Moalem, a medical student with a Ph.D. in neurogenetics, asks a number of provocative questions, such as why debilitating hereditary diseases persist in humans and why we suffer from the consequences of aging.

 

Myers, Walter Dean*           Any Title                                              Fiction

Newbery Honor author writes stories based on his experiences growing up in Harlem.

 

Na, An                        A Step From Heaven                                        Fiction                         160p.

Powerful story of a Korean girl adapting to her new life in America.

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds*     Ice                                                       Fiction                         194p.

Frustrated with her behavior, Chrissa's mother sends her to live with her paternal grandmother.

Now maybe Chrissa can find out why her father disappeared.

 

Nelson, Blake            The New Rules of High School                         Fiction                         225p.

Max Caldwell is tired of being a “goody two shoes.” So dependable, reliable Max steps back

from his Mr. Perfect, straight-A life to see what happens when he lets go.

 

Niffenegger, Audrey              Time Traveler's Wife                             Fiction                         560p.

Chronodisplacement disorder causes Henry to move without warning from the past to the future,

with the love for his wife Clare remaining his one constant.

 

Niven, Larry               The Mote in God's Eye                                     Sci-Fi                           537p.

Empires of Man and Motie, an alien species, collide in this artful tale of other worlds.

 

O'Leary, Patrick        The Gift                                                            Fantasy                       286p.

Magical story within a story of a king and his youthful companion combating evil forces.

 

Paolini, Christopher               Eldest                                                   Fantasy                       704p.

Second volume in the popular "Inheritance" trilogy; classic heroic quest has dwarves, elves,

and dragons, and also some imaginatively creepy creatures of evil.

 

Patchett, Ann Bel Canto                                                         Fiction                         336p.

Taken hostage by terrorists at a lavish diplomatic party, the guests form unexpected bonds

with their captors.

 

Paulsen, Gary*           Any Title EXCEPT Hatchet                              Fiction

Among teen readers, Paulsen is a top-ten favorite author.

 

Peck, Richard*           Father Figure                                                    Fiction                         192p.

Jim has been the father figure to Byron, his kid brother, since their parents divorced. But when

Mom dies, their long-lost father appears at the funeral.

 

Peck, Robert Newton            Extra Innings                             Historical Fiction                    176p.

Story of Ethiopia's Clowns, a Depression-era black baseball team.

 

Penman, Sharon Kay             Cruel as the Grave: A Medieval Mystery           Mystery         242p.

Set in medieval times, Justin de Quincy quells a rebellion and searches for a murderer at the

Queen's bidding.

 

Pfetzer, Mark                         Within Reach: My Everest Story           Adventure                   224p.

Young, determined 15-year-old boy climbs Mount Everest.

 

Pierce, Meredith Ann            The Woman Who Loved Reindeer        Fantasy                       242p.

Tale of Caribou's love for Reindeer, who is a shape changer: part mortal man, part golden stag.

 

Pipher, Mary*            Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Sociology                    293p.

Adolescent girls discuss the difficulties in their lives that lead to depression, eating disorders,

addiction, and thoughts of suicide.

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

 Pollan, Michael*       The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

Natural History          271p.

Author focuses on the relationship between humans and four specific plants: apples, tulips,

marijuana, and potatoes.

 

Polly, Matthew           American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China             Memoir                       366p.

True story of how 98-pound weakling, Matthew Polly, turns himself into an impressive fighting

 machine by studying the martial arts.

 

Potok, Chaim*            My Name Is Asher Lev                                    Fiction                         350p.

Sensitive Jewish boy experiences conflict with his strict orthodox beliefs.

 

Pratt, James Michael            The Last Valentine                                Fiction                         302p.

Get out your tissues when reading this page-turner!

 

Pullman, Philip*                      The Golden Compass                           Fantasy                       351p.

Lyra Belacqua is unwittingly pulled into a struggle that threatens the fate of all mankind.

 

Rennison, Louise* Angus,     Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson                                          Fiction                         272p.

Hysterically funny journal of 14-year-old Georgia Nicholson, who constantly finds herself in

embarrassing situations.

 

Resnick, Michael D.              Kirinyaga: A Fable of Utopia    Sci-Fi                           287p.

Ultimate failure of a utopian colony on a planetoid is contrasted with ancient and Western ways

competing against each other in modern Kenya.

 

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de    Wind, Sand, and Stars              Philosophy                  240p.

One of the most popular works ever written about flying, by the author of the classic, The Little Prince.

 

Satrapi, Marjane        Persepolis                                                         Graphic Novel            153p.

An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi, the daughter of radical Marxists, bears witness

to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country, Iran.

 

Schlosser, Eric           Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal                                                                                                                              Sociology                    356p.

Disturbing report on the impact of the fast food industry on America's health, economy, and pop culture.

 

Sebold, Alice              The Lovely Bones                                             Fiction                         328p.

Narrating from heaven, Susie Salmon recounts her rape and murder, as she watches her family

cope with its grief.

 

See, Lisa                     Snow Flower and the Secret Fan                      Fiction                         269p.

In 19th century China, two women exchange messages written on silk fans and cloth using nu shu,

a secret language created by women. When a misunderstanding arises, though, their friendship

threatens to tear apart.

 

Shaara, Michael*       Killer Angels                                                     Historical Fiction        384p.

Well-researched novel tells the story of the three most important days surrounding the Battle of

Gettysburg, from Northern and Southern points of view.

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Shandler, Sara            Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self

Sociology                    304p.

Compilation of essays and poems written by teenage girls provides great insight into their true feelings.

 

Sheldrake, Rupert Dogs        That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home: And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals            Animals                       352p.

Psychic powers of animals reveal special relationships between pet owners and their companions.

 

Smith, Betty               A Tree Grows in Brooklyn                                Fiction                         489p.

Dirt poor Franny Nolan comes of age in Brooklyn during the early 1900s.

 

Sparks, Nicholas        Three Weeks with My Brother              Non-Fiction                 368

This is a rare opportunity for readers to get to know a favorite author as Sparks reveals the

inspirations for his fiction. A must-read for Sparks fans as well as a treat for those who want

 to find out what makes a family strong.

.

Spiegelman, Art*       Maus: A Survivor's Tale                                    Graphic Novel            159p.

Holocaust survivor's tale in comic book form.

 

Spinelli, Jerry             Stargirl                                                             Fiction                         186p.

Leo is faced with the choice between his love for the unconventional Stargirl and fitting in at school.

 

Styron, William          The Confessions of Nat Turner                         Historical Fiction        428p.

Fictionalized account of the man who led the famous slave revolt of 1831.

 

Tan, Amy*                  The Bonesetter's Daughter                                Fiction                         416p.

Ruth repairs an angry relationship with her aging and ill mother by translating her diary and

learning about her mother's past and true identity.

 

Tarbox, Katherine     A Girl's Life Online; formerly titled Katie.com: My Story 

Biography                   189p.

14-year-old Katherine Tarbox is manipulated and threatened by her cyber soul mate.

 

Tashjian, Janet*         The Gospel According to Larry                         Fiction                         256p.

17-year-old Josh feels like a hypocrite when his web rants on celebrity worship and materialism

turn him into an Internet celebrity.

 

Vizzini, Ned        Teen Angst? Naah…: A Quasi-Autobiography          Biography                   232p.

Autobiographical essays about the weird, funny, and sometimes mortifying moments

experienced in middle school and high school.

 

Voigt, Cynthia*          A Solitary Blue                                                 Fiction                         189p.

Jeff Grune's life is turned upside down when his mother abandons him.

 

Volponi, Paul Black & White                                                 Fiction                         185p.

The close friendship between two high school basketball stars, one white and the other black,

presents heartbreaking choices when a violent crime occurs.

 

Walker, Mary Willis Under the Beetle's Cellar                      Thriller                        339p.

Madman Samuel Mordecai is holding 12 people hostage, and time is running out. Who can stop him?

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.

Weaver, Will*            Farm Team: A Billy Baggs                                Novel Fiction              283p.

Billy Baggs' pick-up baseball team is the laughing stock of the community. Who will have the

last laugh when they play the Big Game against his arch rival?

 

Weber, David                         In Death Ground                                   Sci-Fi                           629p.

Bugs have invaded Federation space through a hidden wormhole. They not only want to

conquer humans, they want to eat them.

 

Westerfeld, Scott*     Uglies                                                               Fantasy                       448p.

Futuristic novel projects a world in which a compulsory operation at age 16 wipes out physical

differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty.

 

Whelan, Gloria           Homeless Bird                                      Fiction                         192p.

Widowed and abandoned in India after an arranged marriage, 13-year-old Koly sets out to forge a new life.

 

White, Stephen           Critical Conditions                                            Fiction                         416p.

Teenaged girl has more problems than just her attempted suicide. What is she hiding?

 

White, T.H.                 The Once and Future King                                Historical Fiction          639p.

Contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend.

 

Wiesel, Elie                All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs                   Biography                   432p.

Personal narrative of the Holocaust by this Nobel Peace Prize winner.

 

Williams-Garcia, Rita            Fast Talk on a Slow Track                    Fiction                         183p.

Denzel Watson is used to being the best at everything he does, until he goes to a summer program

at Princeton. Can he make it in the Ivy League?

 

Winchester, Simon*   Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883

Natural History          432p.

Narrative describes how this cataclysmic eruption, a major geological event, affected the world's

geography and politics.

 

Wittlinger, Ellen*       Any Title EXCEPT Hard Love                         Fiction

Stories about teens who don't buy into today's teen culture.

 

Wolff, Virginia Euwer*          Make Lemonade                                  Fiction                         200p.

14-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a single mother's two children and learns how helping

others can improve her own life.

 

Wright, Richard         Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth Biography       288p.

Thoughts and feelings of a black boy growing up in the Jim Crow South.

 

Zusak, Markus          The Book Thief                                                Historical Fiction        560p.

Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of 9-year-old Liesel Meminger from the time

she is taken to live in a small German town with a foster family.

 

 

*You may read any title by this author, unless exceptions are noted.