Get Active! in your community
Bauer, Joan. Hope Was Here.
When 16-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from Brooklyn to smalltown Wisconsin to work as a waitress and cook in the Welcome Stairways Diner, they become involved with the diner owner's political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor. (YA Fic Bauer)
Carvell, Marlene. Who
Will Tell My Brother?
Evan continues a crusade begun by his late brother to remove the Indian as their high school mascot. (YA Fic Carvell)
Curtis, Christopher Paul.
A light-hearted take on social activism, the main character exposes his mother as a slum lord and welfare cheat (she's the "Sarge"). (YA Fic Curtis)
Goobie, Beth. Sticks
Jujube Gelb is one of the many girls whose names appear on the walls of the boys' bathroom at her high school, but she is the first one to fight back. (YA Fic Goobie)
Hentoff, Nat. The
Day They Came to Arrest the Book.
Students and faculty at a high school become embroiled in a censorship case over "Huckleberry Finn." (YA Fic Hentoff)
Hiaasen, Carl. Flush.
What happens after Paine Underwood pulls the plug on the Coral Queen, gets arrested, and spurs his family and community to take action. (YA Fic Hiaasen)
Klass, David. California
John's discovery of a new species of butterfly threatens the future of a mill town and sets him against his dying father. (YA Fic Klass)
Krisher, Trudy. Uncommon
In 1837, residents of Millbrook, Massachusetts, speak about the major issues of their day, including women's rights, slavery, religious differences, and a fiery girl named Faith. (YA Fic Krisher)
Schami, Rafik. A
Hand Full of Stars.
Amid the turmoil of 20th century Damascus, one teenage boy finds his political voice when he and his friends begin a subversive underground newspaper. (YA Fic Schami)
Stratton, Allan. Chanda's
16-year-old Chanda loves school and dreams of a scholarship and a life beyond her family's poverty. But she must fight to keep her dreams alive and conquer her fears in the face of the brutal reality of Africa's AIDS epidemic. (YA Fic Stratton)
Tashjian, Janet. The
Gospel According to Larry.
Things spiral out of control for Josh, a loner, who masquerades as "Larry" as he espouses anti-consumerism on his anonymous Web site. Followed by: VOTE FOR LARRY. (YA Fic Tashjian)
Thomas, Rob. Doing
Time: Notes from the Undergrad.
Each of these ten short stories focuses on a high school student's mandatory 200 hours of community service and the teen's response to the required project. (YA Fic Thomas)
Turnbull, Ann. No
Shame, No Fear.
England in 1662 was a time of religious upheaval, when the Quakers were forbidden to meet and practice their simpler lifestyle. Son of the wealthy mayor, 17-year-old William gives up his place in society to follow his heart when he falls in love with a 15-year-old Quaker girl who stands by her principles even though she faces persecution and jail. (YA Fic Turnbull)
Zusak, Markus. I
Am the Messenger
Aimless, amiable 19-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy foils a bank robber and then begins to receive mysterious messages assigning him to intervene in the lives of strangers. (YA Fic Zusak)
Archer, Jules. To Save the Earth: the American Environmental Movement.
A brief history of the environmental movement and of the work of four environmental activists: John Muir, Rachel Carson, David Mctaggart, and Dave Foreman. (j333.72 Archer)
Beals, Melba Pattillo.
Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little
Rock's Central High.
A heart-wrenching account of the 9 high school students who integrated Little Rock High School. (YA 323.4 Beals)
Halpin, Mikki. It's
Your World -- If You Don't Like It, Change It!: Activism for Teenagers
A guide to teenagers on how to become involved in numerous activism projects and outreach programs. Resources include books, movies and websites. (YA 303.4 Halpin)
McKissack, Patricia C.
Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts.
The inspiring stories of the slaves who fought to throw off their chains, including Nat Turner, who led the longest slave revolt in history in 1831, and Cinque, the young African who led the revolt on the slave ship Le Amistad in 1839. (j326 McKissack)
Meltzer, Milton. Ain't
Gonna Study War No More: the Story of America's Peace Seekers.
A history of pacifism and people who have protested against war, concentrating on war resistance in the U.S., from colonial days up to the movement against nuclear arms. (j327.172 Meltzer)
Seo, Danny. Generation
React: Activism for Beginners.
The author shares his skills and years of experience to explain how to be active against unfair treatment, from starting an activist group to lobbying and organizing a protest. (YA 303.4 Seo)
Waldman, Jackie. Teens
With the Courage to Give: Young People Who Triumphed over Tragedy
and Volunteered to Make a Difference
30 teens whose personal misfortunes led them to take action to make a difference in the lives of people struggling with illness, tragedy & other problems. (YA 302.14 Waldman)
Get Active! use your body
Brooks, Bruce. The Moves Make the Man.
Jerome, the first black to go to a formerly all-white high school, befriends Bix, an unstable outsider, and tries to teach him basketball until Bix's mental state becomes apparent. (YA Fic Brooks)
Chabon, Michael. Summerland.
Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy. (YA Fic SF Chabon)
Coleman, Evelyn. Born
14-year-old Keisha dreams of becoming a doctor and the first black female Olympic swimmer despite being labeled an "at risk" teen and placed in an urban rescue program for teens born in poverty, or, as she angrily puts it, "born in sin." (YA Fic Coleman)
Crutcher, Chris. Athletic
Shorts: Six Short Stories.
Tales of love, death, bigotry and heroism about real people with the courage to stand up to a world that often puts them down. (YA Fic Crutcher)
Dygard, Thomas J. Game
When the Barton High football coach's hospitalization forces skinny student manager Beano Hatton to take over coaching the team, he must deal with a rebellious quarterback and his own lack of confidence. (YA Fic Dygard)
Lipsyte, Robert. The
A Harlem high school dropout escapes from a gang of punks into a boxing gym, where he learns that being a contender is hard and often discouraging work, but that you don't know anything until you try. (YA Fic Lipsyte)
Lynch, Chris. Iceman.
14-year-old Eric is a study in contrasts, emotionally insecure but an absolute animal in the hockey rink where he slams out his anger and suffering. (YA Fic Lynch)
Myers, Walter Dean. Slam
The raw and gritty story of 17-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris, growing up in Harlem. Slam can do it all on the basketball court, but struggles for control of his own life. (YA Fic Myers)
Orr, Wendy. Peeling
When a teen karate champion is seriously injured in a car accident, she must learn to accept her new limitations on her way back to recovery. (YA Fic Orr)
Spinelli, Jerry. There's
a Girl in My Hammerlock.
After her devastating cut from cheerleading tryouts, Maisie develops a plan to get close to Eric, her junior high crush: she joins the wrestling team. Facing her classmates' taunts makes Maisie even more determined to remain on the team. (YA Fic Spinelli)
Staples, Suzanne Fisher.
In India, a talented dancer sacrifices friends and family for her art. (YA Fic Staples)
Ultimate Sports: Short Stories
by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults.
A collection of 16 short stories about teen athletes written by well-known authors, including award-winning novelists Robert Lipsyte and Chris Crutcher. (YA Fic Ultimate)
Voigt, Cynthia. The
As a dedicated runner, Bullett has always managed to distance himself from other people until the experience of coaching a teammate on the track team gradually helps him see the value of giving and receiving. (YA Fic Voigt)
Weaver, Will. Striking
Since the death of his older brother, 13-year-old Billy Baggs has had a distant relationship with his father, but life on their farm in northern Minnesota begins to change when he starts to play baseball. Followed by Farm Team and Hard Ball (YA Fic Weaver)
Armstrong, Lance. It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life
The story of Lance Armstrong: his battle against cancer and his challenge to be the best in world biking. (YA 796.62 Armstrong)
Kaehler, Kathy. Teenage
Fitness: Get Fit, Look Good, and Feel Great!
One of Hollywood's most sought-after fitness trainers, Kaehler offers essential fitness techniques for teens, including getting to know and accept your body type; eating programs; and fitness workouts. (YA 613.7043 Kaehler)
Luby, Thia. Yoga
for Teens: How to Improve Your Fitness, Confidence, Appearance,
and Health - and Have Fun Doing It!
Explains the philosophy and benefits of yoga to teenagers, with photographs and step-by-step instructions for a variety of poses. (YA 613.7046 Luby)
Vedral, Joyce L. Toning
for Teens: The 20-Minute Workout that Makes You Look Good and
Contains step-by-step instructions for a 20-minute workout designed to help teens tone muscles, improve their strength, and maintain their health. (YA 613.7043 Vedral)
Williams, Venus. Venus
and Serena: Serving from the Hip: 10 Rules for Living, Loving,
These superstars and super sisters share their secrets in this straight-talking smart guide to give you the scoop on: what it takes to rise and stay on top, how to deal with pressure and stress, self-acceptance, school, money, and dating. (YA 796.342 Williams)
Get Active! in the great outdoors
Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster
While journeying to Zimbabwe, 11-year-old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation, and in doing so comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits. (YA Fic Farmer)
Gamer, Ron. One
Last Chance: Trapped in the Blowdown.
2 teens make a journey into the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Following Mother Nature's wild surprise, the outing becomes a life and death survival test. (YA Fic Gamer)
Hobbs, Will. Downriver.
15-year-old Jessie and the other rebellious members of a wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. (YA Fic Hobbs)
Mikaelsen, Ben. Rescue
When 13-year-old Josh runs away to the mountains of Montana with an orphaned bear cub destined for laboratory testing, they both must fight for their lives in a sudden snowstorm. (YA Fic Mikaelsen)
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.
After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends 54 days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and also learning also to survive his parents' divorce. (YA Fic Paulsen)
Hamilton, Bethany. Soul Surfer: a True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
Bethany Hamilton shares her lifelong love of surfing and tells how she recovered and returned to competition after losing an arm in a shark attack at age 13. (YA 797.32 Hamilton)
Get Active! pursue your imagination and creativity
Craft, Elizabeth. Bass Ackwards And Belly Up.
When one girl lies and says she will pursue her dream of writing a novel rather than start college, two of her best friends join in, one by going to Los Angeles to become an actress and one by backpacking through Europe to find herself, while the another goes to college, joins her hero's ski team, and tries to fall in love. (YA Fic Craft)
Fleischman, Paul. Mind's
16-year-old Courtney, paralyzed in an accident, learns about the power of the mind from an elderly blind woman who takes her on an imaginary journey to Italy using a 1910 guidebook. A novel in play form. (YA Fic Fleischman)
Le Guin, Ursula K. Very
Far Away From Anywhere Else.
17-year-old outsider Owen Griffiths learns to find his own way to a future in science through a friendship with a girl whose life is dedicated to music. (YA Fic Le Guin)
Schreiber, Ellen. Comedy
Shy, 17-year-old Trixie Shapiro, who dreams of being a professional comic, gets a big break after her friend signs her up to do a stand-up routine at their school's Talent Night. (YA Fic Schreiber)
the Sign of the Star.
In 17-century London, Meg, who has little interest in cooking, needlework, or other homemaking skills, dreams of becoming a bookseller and someday inheriting her widowed father's bookstore. (YA Fic Sturtevant)
Campbell, Jean. Getting Started Stringing Beads
Full-color instructions show how to design and create beaded jewelry, with detailed explanations for shopping for beads, bead types, stringing materials, tying knots, and more. (YA 745.582 Campbell)
Coon, Nora. Teen
Dream Jobs: How to Find the Job You Really Want Now!
A high school freshman shares insights, practical information, and resources on conducting a job search and profiles other young people, from 12 to 17, who have found their dream jobs. (YA 650.14 Coon)
Karnes, Frances A. Girls
and Young Women Entrepreneurs: True Stories About Starting and
Running a Business, Plus How You Can Do It Yourself.
Stories of girls who have successfully started and run businesses, such as making and selling cheesecakes, inventing and marketing a kiddie stool, and making and selling watercolor paintings. (j658.421 Karnes)
Kerr, M.E. Blood
on the Forehead: What I Know About Writing
Using examples from five novels and five short stories, author M. E. Kerr offers insights into ways writers can get ideas and create successful stories. (YA 808.3 Kerr)
Night is Gone, Day is Still Coming:
Stories and Poems by American Indian Teens and Young Adults.
Young Indian writers, ages 11 to 22, tell about their lives on the reservations, in small towns, and in large cities. (YA 810.8 Night)
Stern, Sam. Cooking
Up A Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook.
An enthusiastic young chef shares his teen-tested tips and recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner to brain-boosting snacks. (YA 641.5 Stern)
Things I Have to Tell You: Poems
and Writing by Teenage Girls.
Poems, stories, and essays written by girls aged 12 to 18 that reveal the secrets which enabled them to overcome the challenges they faced. (YA 810.8 Things)
Wenger, Jennifer. Teen
Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit.
Shows novice knitters how they can do it all--from learning the basics to forming knitting clubs of their own. Stories and tips from teens both advise and encourage new knitters. (YA 746.432 Wenger)
You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing
by Teenage Boys.
An anthology of stories, poems, and essays by teen boys on issues that concern them. (YA 810.8 You)
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