The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman
Meet three teens who have different stories to tell. Gecko has been trained since he was little to hotwire cars and be the getaway man. Arjay punched one guy a little too hard and that guy died. Terence comes from the city of Chicago and was part of a gang. All three are in juvenile detention or adult prison and are serving their time, hoping to find a way out. Douglas Healy has written a grant to create a halfway house to reform juvenile delinquents. Doug picks these three boys because he sees their potential. Then one night the boys get into a pushing match. When Healy comes to stop it, he becomes an accidental target and falls three stories. The boys have to make a decision...take the money and run or pretend Doug is okay and keep up their obligations until Healy recovers from his concussion and comes back to them.
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Schooled is the story of Capricorn Anderson, who goes by the name of Cap. Cap is a 14-year-old boy raised on a farm commune by his hippie grandmother named Rain. He is also home schooled by Rain. Cap has never watched TV, tasted pizza, or been around kids his age. When his grandmother falls while picking a plum, she is hospitalized and her broken hip requires her to spend weeks in rehab. Cap is temporarily placed in the home of a social worker. While living with the Donnelly family, Cap attends Claverage Middle School. Find out what is in store for Cap in the new and foreign land of the place called "middle school".
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
8th grader Wallace Wallace's book review is not exactly what his teacher was expecting. The assignment was to give an honest opinion about the book, write about their favorite part and character and make a recommendation. Wallace says the book, Old Shep, My Pal by Zack Paris is the most boring book he has ever read. Mr Fogelman, his teacher, assigns Wallace to rewrite his book review after school in detention. Wallace reports to the gym to serve his detention and finds the drama club rehearsing their new play-an adaptation of Old Shep, My Pal. Wallace comes to detention each day and also has some comments to make about the script. The actors agree with Wallace and before long he has practically rewritten the entire play.
Zoobreak by Gordon Korman
Cleopatra is a capuchin monkey and Luthor is a huge great dane. The two are almost never apart-Cleo rides on the back of Luthor's neck, clinging to the fur on his head. But now Cleopatra is missing, and Luthor is so upset he can't even eat, and whimpers instead of growling. It's a good thing that Savannah, Ben, and Griffen are on the case. Before Griffen can come up with a plan, their class goes on a field trip to a floating zoo, and who should they find among the thin, sick, mistreated and dirty animals in filthy cages, but Cleo! The zoo owner claims the monkey belongs to him and teachers, parents, and lawyers tell Savannah that there's no way to get Cleo back. Will Griffen be able to do what everyone tells him is impossible?
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Vince Lupa's life is a mess. His dad, who happens to be the head of a powerful crime organization, constantly bugs him to get motivated. His best friend Alex is insanely jealous about his new girlfriend, Kendra. Kendra's father just happens to be the FBI agent who wants to put his father away for good. All Vince wants is a normal life. What should he do? How is he going to tell his Dad that he doesn't want to be part of the mob? What about Kendra, his first love? Should he break up with her because her dad is in the FBI? Read this humorous, plot-twisting book to see how much more complicated life can be when you are a Son of the Mob.
Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
Leo Caraway has always played fair. He's a squared-away, straight-arrow, high-achieving president of the High School Republicans Club. But senior year all that is blown away. First, Leo is falsely accused of cheating and loses his full scholarship to Harvard. Then he discovers that his long-lost bio-dad is actually King Maggot, a punk-rock star and millionaire. Could the solution to his college problem be his long-lost father? Would a wild-living, hard-rocking musician step up and pay for Leo's tuition? Leo will have to spend the summer touring with his new-found father to find out. For just about any other teenager, spending the summer on tour with a famous rock-and-roll band would be a dream come true. For Leo Caraway, it's a nightmare!
Titanic, Book One: Unsinkable by Gordon Korman
Paddy is a petty thief and a stowaway, running away from gangsters who would like nothing more than to murder him for stealing money from them. Sophie is the daughter of an American suffragist, and is embarrassed when her mother is arrested and delivered to the Titanic by the police for her illegal activities. She meets a new friend on the ship, also traveling first class-Juliana, whose wealthy father seems to spend all his time gambling. The fourth character is young Alfie, who gets himself hired on as a steward, although he's underage, because his father is working as a stoker on the ship. There's non-stop action in the story, as well as mystery, as the boys find a scrapbook filled with clippings about Jack the Ripper.
Pop by Gordon Korman
Marcus Jordan is the new kid in town, hoping to make a name for himself as quarterback on the all-star football team. The close-knot team, led by returning starting QB Troy Popovich, is reluctant to let him into their circle. When Marcus befriends Charlie, a mischievous man in his 50s who crashes Marcus' solo practices at the local park, he has no idea that Charlie was a celebrated NFL linebacker. He also has no idea that Charlie is Troy's father and that the Popovich family is hiding a secret from the entire town. Marcus and Troy butt heads over everything from football to Charlie to the head cheerleader, Troy's ex and Marcus' new love interest.
The Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life by Lauren Myracle
Finally, Allie has made it to seventh grade-the year that will change her life for the better! A fresh start brings hopeful promises of increasing popularity, new boys to consider, and fresh gossip to chat about in the lunchroom. But somehow, Allie finds herself in sticky predicaments that cause her to question the real value behind popularity and what true friendship is. When Rachel, Mika, and Hadley invite Allie to join their elite friendship, Allie loses sight of her former friends. Jealousy and deception surround the daily occurrences of Allie's life. Throughout her encounters with the popular crowd, Allie begins to discover her real identity and questions the significance of climbing the social ladder.
Bounce by Natasha Friend
Thirteen-year-old Evyn's world is turned upside down by her dad's announcement that he is marrying a woman he barely knows and moving the family to Boston. She struggles to accept this transition, but it turns out that fitting in with her new family and making friends in a new school is not easy. Evyn experiences scorn from the popular clique at school, unrequited crushes, and growing distance from the friends she left behind. However, as Evyn's resistance to change gradually breaks down, she finds that her newfound surroundings may not be as terrible as she once imagined.
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Author Louis Sachar brings back the character Theodore Johnson, a.k.a. Armpit, from his Newbery Award winning book, Holes. Armpit, an African-American teen, is working hard to rebuild his life after returning home from Camp Green Lake. That is hard to do when everyone knows about your criminal record, so Armpit takes small steps to stay in line and make good choices. While trying to finish high school, Armpit is hired by a landscaping company and works doing what he does best: digging holes. Everything seems to be going well until his old Camp Green Lake pal, X-Ray, visits him. X-Ray gets Armpit involved in a get-rich-quick scheme, scalping concert tickets to see the latest teen pop sensation. But is Armpit ready to throw away everything he's worked so hard for?
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Clay receives a mysterious brown-wrapped package in the mail. When he opens it, he finds a handful of cassette tapes. After finding a cassette player, he pops in cassette No. 1 and is shocked to find that his classmate, Hannah, is speaking on the tapes...Hannah had killed herself just weeks before the package's arrival. As Clay listens, he finds that anyone who receives the package is one of the 13 reasons Hannah committed suicide. This page-turner will keep you up all night, as Clay pops in cassette after cassette, to find out what his role is exactly in Hannah's death.
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Known informally as the Mercury 13, these women were the best of the best: pilots who had earned their wings and wanted more. They fought to prove they were just as qualified to be astronauts as the men being trained by NASA, and they had test data to support that argument. Almost Astronauts tells the story of why they never made it into space - a story that serves as a shocking reminder of how deeply ingrained sexism was in American society in the early 1960s.
Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
Accompanied by powerful photographs, Russell Freedman takes young readers on a journey through a poverty-stricken 1930s America. He includes countless quotes and other first-hand information with his account of this tough time in our country. He covers all areas of the country, coast to coast, and all walks of life. Freedman offers so much information, yet blends it with incredibly touching personal stories. This book is a great introduction to the Great Depression.
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker
The author brings a little-known story of the Civil War to life in this fascinating book. When the Union blockade of all ports in the South stopped supplies from reaching the Confederate Army, Horace L. Hunley decided to create a submarine that would be able to sneak up on enemy ships and blow them up. After many years of trial and error, the H.L. Hunley actually succeeded in sinking the USS Housatonic in February of 1864. But the submarine never returned to port, and her crew perished in the Charleston Harbor. This is an account of the Hunley from its inception to the modern archaeological quest to exhume her from the water.
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker
This book examines colonial America through the eyes of archaeologists and forensic archaeologists and shows us what we can learn by studying bones. The forensic scientists are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s. This book contains many interesting photographs and charts.
Behind the Curtain by Peter Abrahams
Ingrid is trying to find out why she was kidnapped. Because Ingrid is a fan of Sherlock Holmes and loves the theater, everyone thinks she made up the mystery and is doing a good job of acting. The fact that she says she was chloroformed, blindfolded, tied up, put in the trunk of a car and yet escaped is hard to believe. Ingrid does have suspects and motives. She discovers that someone is selling steroids to teen athletes, her brother being one of the victims. There also is the Ferrand Group who would do most anything to get Grampy to sell his farmland.
The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
The Wright 3 is an absorbing mystery involving American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Chicago design, the Robie House. Because of a teacher's concern about destroying works of art, three classmates endeavor to save the house. Readers will enjoy unraveling the historical, mathematical, and criminal clues needed to solve the mystery.
The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson
This dramatic novel revolves around a young girl named Cameryn who becomes an assistant to her father, the county coroner. After several mishaps and crime scene viewings that make her sick, she becomes involved in a case that will change her life. The incredibly detailed descriptions of crime scenes are like the current Crime Scene Investigators television programs. Along the way to solving the mystery, we meet a psychic, a gothic friend of Cameryn's, and a 1060s-style spiritual best friend.
Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine
Fifteen-year-old Lucas is searching to learn about his father, who abandoned his family several years earlier. His quest begins with Lucas' unlikely discovery of an urn containing the ashes of an elderly woman sitting on a shelf in the offices of a cab company. Immediately drawn to this woman, Lucas learns that she was abandoned in the back seat of a cab. With the help of his grandmother, Lucas takes possession of the ashes, and this mysterious woman in the urn seems intent on telling Lucas something. What he learns will change everything.
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale
Author Shannon Hale partners with Dean Hale and Nathan Hale to retell the Grimm's classic as a graphic novel. This is definetely not your grandmother's Rapunzel - the quietly submissive, long-suffering princess, waiting for the prince to rescue her. The Hales's updated tennager-in-a-tower has a big heart, strong braids, and a swashbuckling, high-energy, big-adventure story to tell. This Rapunzel is "WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE for horse thieving, kidnapping, jail breaking, and using her hair in a manner other than nature intended!" While the story is definitely the stuff of high adventure and the old West, it is very much a story about growing up female, taking chances, negotiating potentially dangerous landscapes, confronting cruelty and loss, and re-finding the nurture and comfort that can be had in love.
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
D.J. Schwenk has always done as she's been told. When her older brothers left home after a family fight, she let it happen. When her father had surgery, she took over the family farm. And when Brian Nelson, quarterback of Red Bend's rival football team, begins working at her farm...she falls in love. When Brian first shows up at Schwenk Farm, D.J. is disgusted, but as the two work together, they confide in each other. Soon, they become much more than friends; however, D.J. strains her new relationship with Brian, and with her family, when she tries out and makes the Red Bend football team.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
The second in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Linger picks up with Sam and Grace, relieved that their cure - injecting Sam with bacterial meningitis - seems to have worked. Despite the cold, Sam has stopped shifting into his wolf form. Now, however, thry are faced with even more dangerous challenges. A new wolf, Cole, has joined the pack and his reckless behavior may threaten everything that keeps them safe. Meanwhile, Mr. Culpepper, who believes the wolves are to blame for his son's death, is waging a personal war on their population. As Sam struggles to assume the role as the leader of the pack, he and Grace are pulled apart, a situation made more difficult when her parents disapprove of their deepening romance. Something more sinister also threatens their love for one another, and it leads them to a decision point for which neither of them is ready.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Scott Hudson's life is busy enough-avoiding lunch-money-stealing upperclassmen, finishing loads of homework on time, and impressing an old kindergarten pal turned hot; the last thing he has time to deal with is a baby. Unfortunately, there's not much he can do; his mother is expecting a child who will be fifteen years younger than Scott. Scott takes the reader humorously through his freshman year of high school, recording his thoughts, fears, and wisdom in a "journal" he plans to give to his new sibling. Little does he know that in the process of trying to get by, he is learning what it means to be a friend, an honorable man, and a brother.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Seventeen-year-old Mia has a great life: she has a close-knit family, her band-playing boyfriend is loving and devoted to her, and her talent as a cellist has almost certainly earned her a place at Julliard, her dream school. The only decision Mia really has to make is which path she wants to follow. At least, she thought that was the only decision she had to make. One ride with her family during a school snow day, however, changes everything.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
She lost one coin toss, and then lost four years. Suffering from amnesia, Naomi has forgotten everything - how to drive, her parents' divorce, all her friends. As she struggles to reconnect with her "previous" life, she begins to question her role in many parts of it - her boyfriend, her best friend, her relationship with her mother - and discovers more about herself than she knew before her head injury. Follow Naomi through her journey of self-discovery.
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
Ovrweight and deaf, Will Halpin does not fit in his new mainstream high school. In one week he has only befriended the strangest kid in his class, Devon, and he's madly in love with a girl who previously dated Pat, the pretentious captain of the football team. Week two of school proves to be more interesting, when on a field trip Pat is mysteriously murdered. Will and Devon decide they are going to crack the case! Will's superior lip-reading skills and Devon's wily antics make them excellent detectives. The two communicate via text message and sign language. This dynamic duo not only learns the surprising outcome of their investigation, but they also understand a new meaning of friendship and personal history.
Heat by Mike Lupica
Heat is a well paced, steadily building novel that examines baseball, cultural identity, first love, and adulthood. When their father dies, Michael and his older brother are forced to fend for themselves. But should anyone find out their secret, they will be split up or worse...sent back to Cuba, spoiling Mike's chances of playing in the Little League World Series.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Jenna Fox, conceived through invitro-fertilization, is the only child of a bioengineer and his house-restorer wife. Having been in a coma for a year after a horrendous auto accident, Jenna at 17 finds herself living in California with limited memory of what happened. Her parents keep her hidden and refuse to answer questions about her past in Boston. Jenna begins to search for herself only to discover a scenario that is surreal and frightening. In this novel set in the future, Jenna's father has bypassed federal permission to create his daughter as she once was, physically and mentally, using a substance he created called Bio Gel. Retaining only 10 percent of her original brain's memory, Jenna struggles to discover who she really is.
Being by Kevin Brooks
This gripping novel is epic in nature as it begins in the middle of a frightening operation where the patient is conscious but unable to move. Robert's odyssey continues as he travels across Europe to escape his inhumane would-be captors. The irony is that Robert, whose humanness is in question, is far more humane than the supposedly human hunters who chase him. The artful use of language draws the reader into this tale of self-discovery and delusion. There are many scenes of exciting action, as well as tender moments between the characters.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Take the ancient Greek myth demanding Athens send 14 of its children as sacrificial tributes, substitute the minotaur for gladiator combat pitting the youths against one another, set it in a dystopic future, make it all entertainment for the reality television of a tyrannical government, and then give it characters that add his/her own twist to the story and these are the ingredients for The Hunger Games, the first book in a thrilling new trilogy. Suzanne Collins doesn't waste a single character in the novel. From our narrator-heroine Katniss Everdeen, to her Hunger Games sponsor Haymitch Abernathy, to Hunger Games show host Caesar Flickerman, each character is rich in depth and worthy of his/her own story.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda and everyone else on the planet is excited. An asteroid is headed right for the moon and will hit on May 18th. The whole town is out in front of their houses with telescopes and binoculars. The asteroid hits and suddenly the moon was no longer a half-moon. It was pushed out of orbit and panic filled the air. Cell phones were out, tv reception was fuzzy, and there were reports of tsunamis because of the tides. Casualties on the eastern seaboard are in the hundreds of thousands. But that was day one and just the beginning. Electricity gone - climate changed, food gone, and no one was safe anymore.
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
This story is loosely based on the Cinderella fairy tale. Isabel, called Bella, is born to a mother who dies in childbirth and a father who doesn't want her. Bella is raised by peasants where she befriends a prince named Julian. As teenagers, Julian is sent to another kingdom, and Bella goes to live with her father. Her father and stepmother are both cruel to her. Bella learns of a plot that will cost Julian his life. She sets out to warn him and stop a war between the two kingdoms.
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
This book explores a fantasy world where angelic beings visit sleeping humans to bestow dreams. The story weaves together the stories of a novice dream giver, a lonely woman, and a troubled foster child. The dream giver, Littlest One, learns to take bits and fragments of hapy memories from the objects in people's homes and turn those morsels into dreams capable of helping the woman and the boy through the challenges they face in their waking lives.
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
This story is a retelling of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses, in which 12 princesses of Westfalin attend lavish parties and dances at their father's palace. They are also forced to attend another celebration every night deep underground at the King Under Stone's palace. It was their mother's deal with an evil magical King that cursed them with their dancing fate. The head gardener's nephew sets out to find the reasons behind the princesses' worn out dancing shoes, though many princes have lost their lives in the attempt.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Few people in Mercy Falls adore the wolves the way Grace does. Grace feels a connection with the wolves, especially the one with the yellow eyes. After all, he is the one who saved her years ago when she was attacked. Sam may not remember everything when he shifts, but he remembers Grace. He has silently watched her from the woods feeling a connection to her. When the two finally meet, Grace and Sam find something in each other that they have never felt before. But winter is fast approaching and Grace risks losing Sam forever to the pack.
Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Party Princess by Meg Cabot
Fifteen year old Mia is president of the student government. The student government has run out of money. Mia needs to raise enough money to rent a hall for senior graduation. Mia's grandmother helps the students put on a play about the country of Genovia to raise money. The story show the relationship between Mia and her boyfriend Michael as Mia worries about how to become a "party girl". She feels she needs to compete with Michael's college friends.
Saving Sky by Diane Stanley
Saving Sky is set in the not so distnat future after the 9/11 attack. Terrorists are attacking and the United States is still waging the war on terror. Thirteen year-old Sky Brightman lives off the grid on a self-sufficient sixty acre ranch in New Mexico. Her family has no television or internet, because her parents want to keep out the horrible images of war. As terrorists iincrease the frequency and severity of their attacks, the president orders Homeland Security to round up anyone of Middle Eastern descent and take them to detention centers to be held until the war ends.
Crunch by Leslie Connor
The story is told by 14 year-old Dewey. the country is experiencing a national fuel shortage and Dewey's parents are stranded with an empty gas tank. The parents are on an annual anniversary trip up the coast of New England. Dewey and 18 year-old Lil were left in charge of the three younger siblings and the farm. Dewey is also managing the Bike Barn, the family's bike repair shop. Since no one has fuel and many people are relying on bikes for transportation, business is booming at the Bike Barn. Dewey and his younger brother are overwhelmed with all of the repairs, and then items begin going missing from the shop
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Annabel Greene begins her junior year of high school without any friends. There are also problems at home with a sister who is anorexic. Annabel wants to quit modeling but is afraid it will cause her mother to fall into another depression. Annabel just wants everything to be nice, so she keeps all her problems inside her. Annabel meets Owen who is in anger-management classes and is obsessed with music. Their friendship and eventual romance helps Annabel to listen to her heart and speak the truth.
Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein
When the Civil War breaks out, two cousins, Lizzie and Rosanna, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Lizzie lives in Gettysburg. When her father and brother join the Union, Lizzie must quit school and help her mother run the family business. Rosanna is in Gettysburg visiting her sister, and after the war breaks out she goes back home to Virginia. Rosanna marries a Confederate soldier and then helps with the war effort by nursing wounded soldiers. This book tells how the women and children dealt with the turmoil and horror of the Civil War.
The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
Amos Kincaid was born in 1833 in Missouri to Delilah who died in c hildbirth. Amos' father, Jake, was a trapper, and he leaves Amos to be raised by relatives. When Amos is 13, Jake, his Indian wife, Blue Owl, and Amos join a wagon train bound for Oregon. The story tells of the many hardships encountered along the Oregon Trail. The family eventually settles in Oregon. This story stretches over 20 years and 2,000 miles and tells the story of westward expansion.
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada. Buxton, Canada is a settlement for slaves fleeing America. It was founded in 1849. The beginning chapters tell of Elijah's adventures with his friends and family. The end of the story takes Elijah to America in search of a con man who stole money saved to buy Mr. Leroy's family out of slavery. In America, Elijah meets escaped slaves who have been retaken by slave catchers. Elijah sees firsthand the horrors of slavery.
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
Joey and his sister, Mary Alice, spend a week in their Grandma Dowdel's small Illinois town. They visit every August from 1929 when Joey is 9 and Mary Alice is 7 through August 1935. Grandma is quite a character, and during these visits the children see their first corpse and watch Grandma illegally trap fish to feed the Depression homeless. Each yearly visit is a separate chapter that tells the experiences of that summer.
Shipwrecks: Exploring Sunken Cities Beneath the Sea by Mary M. Cerullo
The author shares the story of two shipwrecks. The first is the Henrietta Marie which sank in 1700 near the Florida Keys. The artifacts that were found and restored show that this was a slave ship that bought Aftican captives and brought them to the New World to sell to plantation owners. The second ship is the Portland that sank in 1898 off the coast of Massachusetts. The Portland was a luxury ship that carried passengers between Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine. The book has detailed accounts of both ships and the shipwrecks.
Women Who Dare: Women of the Civil War by Michelle A. Krowl
This book tells the captivating stories of the courageous women from both the Union and the Confederacy. Well-known historical figures such as Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman are included as well as lesser-known heroines such as Dr. Mary E. Walker, who tended soldiers and civilians during the war and Daughters of the Regiment, women who accompanied their husbands to battle. The stories are accompanied by dozens of rare photographs and images.
We are the Ship by Kadir Nelson
We are the Ship was written to document the rise and fall of America's all-black baseball league. The story is told not in chapters, but in "innings", beginning with the exclusion of blacks from major league baseball and ending with the bittersweet success of Jackie Robinson-bittersweet because while it opened baseball to other black players, it also signaled the end of the Negro Leagues. The chapters, or "innings" are each compelling parts of the whole game, seamlessly weaving history, baseball, and personalities.
The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose
The Ivory-billed woodpecker once ranged through the forest from Texas to North Carolina. But you won't find any today. The last one was seen in 1944. How could that happen? This is the story. It is the story of the efforts to save the bird as well and what led to its extinction. It's the sad tale of a public that didn't care and corporations who put profits above saving the last of the Ivory-billed woodpecker.
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgeman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer by Sally Hobart Alexander
Laura Bridgman was two years old in February 1932, when Laura and her two sisters became ill. The illness killed her sisters and Laura lost her sight, hearing, and most of her senses of smell and taste. When Laura was seven years old, Dr. Samuel Grindley Howe took her to the New England Institute for the Education of the Blind. Laura learned to fingerspell, and she learned to write. Laura became famous for all of her accomplishments.
The Duel: the Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr by Judith St. George
In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant students who attended college and both studied law. Hamilton and Burr were young staff officers under General George Washington, and both became war heroes. Both were interested in politics, and each served in the newly formed government of the young nation. Why, then on July 11, 1804, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel?
The Real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy
This book helps to answer the why of Arnold's treason. Benedict Arnold used his own money (approximately $43,500) to feed and supply his troops. Congress refused to reimburse him and also hadn't paid him for four years of service (approximately $25,000). Despite Arnold's ourstanding accomplishments in early victories of the Revolutionary War, he received little credit due to the politics of the army. His superior officer, Horatio Gates, even took credit for Arnold's victory at Saratoga which was the decisive battle of the Revolution.
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
Award-winning author Jack Gantos was 20 years old in the summer of 1971. He wanted to go to college and become a writer, but he needed money. A new friend offered him a way to make $10,000, With Hamilton, an English sea captain, Jack sailed from St. Croix to New York with 2,000 pounds of hash. After selling the drugs, federal agents bust them at their hotel. Jack is sentenced to up to six years in prison. This book vividly describes the horrors of prison. But it is in prison that Jack "became a writer" instead of just wanting to be a writer, as he records what is happening around him.
Ethan Suspended by Pamela Ehrenberg
Eighth grader Ethan is suspended from his upper middle-class suburban Philadelphia middle school for injuring another student during a prank. He is then sent to live with his grandparents in Washington, D.C. Ethan must learn to live without a computer, cable TV, and shopping malls. He also is the only white student among Blacks and Latinos at his new school. Through Ethan's eyes, the reader llearns about differences in race, class, segregation and poverty.
The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
On October 19, seventeen-year-old Destiny Faraday finds a pink convertible with a key in the ignition. There is also a stack of cash in the glove compartment. Destiny and three classmates set off on a road trip looking for one fair day - a day where everything is as it should be. The suspense of what really happened to Destiny ten years ago will pull the reader into the story. This realistic fiction story with a touch of magical realism will be popular with JR/SR High students.
Trouble by Cary D. Schmidt
Henry Smith's father always said, "If you build your house far enough away from Trouble then Trouble will never find you." But Trouble does find them and actually had always been close to home. Henry's brother Franklin is hit by a truck while out jogging. A Cambodian immigrant named Chay Chouan confesses to accidently hitting Franklin. Chay is not sent to jail and racial tensions arise in the community. The many layers of the story will keep readers turning the pages.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Seventeen-year-old Colin Singleton has just graduated from high school and has been dumped by his nineteenth girlfriend, all of whom have been named Katherine. Colin was a child prodigy who feels that his best years are behind him. Then his best friend, Hassan, suggests a road trip, and the two friends end up in Gutshot, Tennessee for the summer. Colin spends the summer trying to develop a mathematical code that will tell how long all romantic relationships will last. This humorous story will keep students reading until the end.
Football Champ by Tim Green
Twelve-year old Troy White has the ability to see patterns that football teams use. He can then correctly predict what play the team will use next. Troy works for the Atlanta Falcons and helps the team win games. Then unscrupulous Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Brent Peele accuses Troy of stealing the opposing teams' plays. He also falsely accuses the Falcons' star linebacker Seth Halloway of steroid use. The action becomes exciting as Troy and his friends must work to clear Seth and Troy's names.
Gifted by Beth Evangelista
George Clark is a gifted eighth grader. George is also a self-centered know-it-all who manages to escape much bullying, because his father is the school principal. But George's father isn't going on the science camp field, and George's tormentors, known as the Bruise Brothers, trick him into pulling a prank on Mr Zimmerman, the music teacher. What will George's punishment be?
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Twelve-year-old Catherine's one wish is that her autistic brother will someday be normal. Cahterine has a list of rules for David, such as:
-You can yell on a playground, but not during dinner.
-A boy can take off his shirt to swim, but not his shorts.
-It's fine to hug mom, but not the clerk at the video store. Catherine loves her brother, but is embarrassed by him. She also feels left out by her mother and father, because her brother always come first because of his disability. Find out how Catherine learns to accept her brother as he is.
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Tyler Miller was a school nerd, who spray painted graffiti on his school at the end of his junior year. After a summer of physical labor and community service, Tyler begins his senior year with muscles that attract the attention of his dream girl Bethany Milbury. All is not fair as Tyler is falsely accused of a crime. Tyler's life begins to fall apart, and he must decide if he can take control of his life and be the man he wants to be.