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Akbar, Said Hyder and Burton, Susan. Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager's Story.
California teen Hyder describes three summers (2002-4) he spent with his father who had returned to the Afghanistan to help rebuild his country by serving as spokesman to the president and governor of a border province. (958.1047 Ak22c)
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Hitler
Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow.
I begin with the young What material! With them I can make a new world. Adolf Hitler exploited the idealism of millions of Germanys young people to fuel his evil master plan for global domination. (j943.086 Bartoletti)
Blumenthal, Karen. Let
Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future
of Girls in America.
A few years ago opportunities for women in sports not to mention most professions conducted by men were extremely limited. In 1972, congress passed a momentous law called "Title IX" forever changing the lives and professions of girls nationwide. Uppity Women Unite! (j796.0194 Blumenthal)
Bolden, Tonya. Maritcha:
A Nineteenth-century American Girl.
Maritcha Lyons, born of a free African American family in New York in 1843, led an amazing life, one that was directly influenced by pivotal events in American history. Maritcha and her family were acquainted with many of the important names in the abolitionist movement and as such, her story provides a unique look at free Blacks who struggled to live normal lives in the "free North." (j921 L995b)
Deem, James M. Bodies
From the Ashes: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii.
A clear, concise and intriguing explanation of the eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in AD 79 is presented in this thin volume. (j937.7 Deem)
Delisle, Guy. PYONGYANG: A JOURNEY
IN NORTH KOREA.
Guy Delisle is a French Canadian animator who is sent to North Korea to oversee an outsourced animation project. He shares his experiences as a foreigner in communist North Korea in a straightforward, and at times funny, visually simple graphic novel.
Dendy, Leslie and Mel Boring. Guinea
Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine.
Extraordinary and often disturbing stories about ten people who cared so much about scientific exploration that they experimented upon themselves to test their theories. (j616.027 Dendy)
Eisner, Will. The
Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
A historical treatise on the publication of a false pamphlet and "Vampire-like fraud" called "the Protocols of the Elders of Zion" which fueled a huge response of anti-Semitism and has been quoted by Klansmen, Hitler, and other defamation groups to push their cause. (741.5999 Ei84p)
Farrell, Jeanette. Invisible
Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives.
A lively examination of the beneficial and necessary microbes in our systems, tracing a lunch of a cheese sandwich and a chocolate bar from beginning to end. (j576 Farrell)
Fleming, Candace. Our
Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Remarkable Life.
This scrapbook-format biography of Eleanor Roosevelt covers her childhood, marriage, motherhood, and years as First Lady highlighting her accomplishments as an astute politician, writer, social activist, delegate to the UN, and champion of those in need. (j921 R6762fl)
Frank, Mitch. Understanding
the Holy Land: Answering Questions About the Israeli-Palestinian
Using a question and answer formation, the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are examined. (j956.9405 Frank)
Giblin, James Cross. Good
Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes
Biography of two brothers, Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth, both famous actors, and the tragedy of John Wilkes Booth's assassination of Abraham Lincoln. (j921 B6445g)
Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young
Slaves as Told By Themselves.
Ed. by Yuval Taylor.
An intense collection of ten American slave narratives. This collection is sobering and brutal, but it also speaks to the triumph of the spirit and the determination to be free. These historical collection of primary source narratives are well executed by Taylor with an informative introduction and valuable further reading recommendations. (YA 326 Growing)
Jurmain, Suzanne. The
Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence
Crandall and Her Students.
Inspiring true story of Prudence Crandall, a white woman who opened a school for African-American girls in Canterbury, Connecticut in 1833 despite vicious opposition from many of the townspeople. (j921 C8492j)
Lavender, Bee. LESSONS IN
Pushed around "like putty" by legions of doctors surgically attacking almost every body part at one time or another, Bee Lavender survived a childhood and adolescence battling multiple cancers and other diseases by relying on a family where "the women hit back" and by honing her own morbid and unique sense of humor.
Nelson, Marilyn. Fortune's
Bones: The Manumission Requiem.
A stunning mix of powerful poetry and history honoring Fortune, a slave, whose body was dissected and rendered after his death and his skeleton studied by his master and then put on display in a museum. (YA 811.54 Nelson)
Nelson, Marilyn. A
Wreath for Emmett Till.
In a heartbreaking elegiac collection, a "heroic crown of sonnets", the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till is placed in historic and poetic context. (YA 811.54 Nelson)
O'Donnell, Joe. JAPAN 1945:
A U.S. MARINE'S PHOTOGRAPHS FROM GROUND ZERO.
The absolute devastation of Ground Zero in Japan is portrayed with the camera's unflinching eye through a series of photographs taken shortly after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Partridge, Elizabeth. John
Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth.
A telling photo-biographical account of John Lennon, the man behind the myth who sought truth through music. Partridge traces Lennon's life from birth to his remarkable career with the Beatles and then with Yoko until his untimely death. (YA 784.092 Partridge)
Zenatti, Valérie. When
I Was a Soldier: A Memoir.
A nonfiction account of French immigrant and Israeli citizen Valerie Zenatti who enters into adulthood via compulsory army duty. Her life changes forever. (YA 921 Z43AAw)
Adlington, L. J. The
Diary of Pelly D.
While working on a demolition crew after the war, Toni V finds the diary of Pelly D buried in an empty water can. The more he reads of the diary the more he begins to question what he has believed his whole life. (Juv Fic SF Adlington)
Bechard, Margaret. Spacer
Jack is all set to leave Freedom Station for a new job on Liberty when an Earthie Rat, Kit, and her bot who has named himself Waldo, endanger not only his plans but also his life. (Juv Fic SF Bechard)
Black, Holly. Valiant:
A Modern Tale of Faerie.
After catching her boyfriend cheating on her with her mother, Valerie runs away from home and slides into a seductively magical world full of betrayal and honor. (YA Fic SF Black)
Bray, Libba. Rebel
Gemma's act of breaking the runes has given to magic to all. Does she have the strength and power to bind the magic and restore it to its rightful possessors, the Order? (YA Fic M Bray)
Bruchac, Joseph. Code
Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two.
After years of mistreatment at white run boarding schools, Ned Begay and other Navajo are enlisted by the Army to use their special talents to develop an unbreakable code in World War II. (YA Fic Bruchac)
Buckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate.
Natasha and Antonio, young lovers, communicate via letters for nine years during his incarceration for murdering his father. (Fic Buckhanon)
Castellucci, Cecil. Boy
Victoria Denton (Egg) hides behind her identity until she falls in love with an interesting new boy unlike all the others. Life becomes interesting when she learns to share her true self--her brains, her energy, her talents and love of the cinema-with others. (YA Fic Castellucci)
Coburn, Jake. LOVESICK.
Crippled in a drunk driving accident, Ted loses his basketball scholarship. Then a shocking offer to spy on a Manhattan princess brings another chance to attend college his way. Where is the line between privacy and spying?
Cummings, Priscilla. RED KAYAK.
Brady, JT and Digger don't call out to the people in the red kayak as it heads out on a stormy morning, and Brady will regret it the rest of his life.
Delaney, Joseph. Revenge
of the Witch.
Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has an aptitude for the supernatural. Thomas becomes an apprentice to the Spook who has the important, if feared, job of ridding the countryside and villages of pesky "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties." (YA Fic M Delaney)
EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF: TEN SHORT
STORIES ABOUT BEING A GUY. Ed. by Nancy E. Mercado.
Ten short stories that explore the issue of what it means to be a man.
Flake, Sharon G. BANG!
Mann, still mourning the senseless shooting of his younger brother, is left in the wilderness by his father in order to become a 'man.'
Fleischman, Paul. Zap.
Dead bodies, a sarcastic performance artist, an English country manor, bored Russians, Richard III, scheming writers and artificial buttocks are just a few things found in this play comprised of seven mini plays within a play. (j812.54 Fleischman)
Frank, E. R. WRECKED.
Anna, 16, develops post-traumatic stress disorder after being in a car accident where she feels responsible for killing her brother's girlfriend and seriously injuring her best friend.
Gaiman, Neil. Anansi
Everyone's parents are annoying-- even when they're dead. Oh, and gods. (Fic Gaiman)
Galloway, Gregory. As
Simple as Snow.
High school student Anastasia (Anna) Cayne disappears, leaving behind her neatly placed dress lying near a hole in the ice. (Fic Galloway)
Green, John. Looking
Miles is looking for the Great Perhaps--and an Alabama boarding school offers the possibility of finding it, especially after he meets the captivating, unpredictable, and utterly alive Alaska. (YA Fic Green)
Griffin, Adele. Where
I Want to Be.
Jane and Lily have always been close despite their differences. After Jane dies, both must come to terms with their troubled relationship. (YA Fic)
Grimes, Nikki. Dark
In a novel of free verse, Sam, a modern-day African-American teen copes with the break-up of his parents marriage and his changed relationship with his father. A parallel narrative explores the biblical story of Ishmael, son of Abraham, and his despair upon being replaced by Isaac. (YA Fic Grimes)
Gruber, Michael. The
A witch who knows little about the practicalities of daily life finds a hideously ugly baby boy in the woods and raises him as her son. (Juv Fic SF Gruber)
Halam, Ann. Siberia.
Sloe, 13, treks through a cold dystopian wilderness full of thieves and outlaws in an attempt to find a safe haven for the DNA of genetically engineered lost animal species she's smuggling. (Juv Fi c SF Halam)
Hartnett, Sonya. Stripes
of the Sidestep Wolf.
Satchel O'Rye finishes work on possibly the very last job in his dying town. Social, religious, and economic forces are pushing for a whole new existence for Satchel. Meanwhile an animal long thought extinct blinks and yawns, "and breath billowing out between its great wide jaws would take form and swirl, an echo like memory of the animal itself." The two stories of life going away and life returning form the lyrical background for this beautifully told story. (YA Fic Hartnett)
Hautman, Pete. Invisible.
17-year-old Doug's teachers and parents think he is highly disturbed, and the kids at school find him creepy. Only his best friend Andy understands him, and together they harbor deep secrets that are eventually revealed in a most shocking way. (YA Fic Hautman)
Hearn, Julie. The
The fates of Nell the healer's daughter and merrybegot and the minister's daughters, Grace and Patience, are intertwined when Grace accuses Nell and her grandmother of witchcraft. (YA Fic M Hearn)
Hiaasen, Carl. Flush.
The story of what happens after Paine Underwood pulls the plug on the Coral Queen, gets arrested for this act, and how this spurs his family and community to take action. (YA Fic Hiaasen)
Holub, Josef. An
Innocent Soldier. Translated by Michael Hofmann.
Conscripted in place of his farmer's son, farm hand Adam joins Napoleons march on Russia in 1811 and first serves, then becomes friends with a high-born lieutenant as they help each other survive the slog to Moscow and retreat home. (YA Fic Holub)
Jacobson, Jennifer Richard. Stained.
Why did Gabe suddenly disappear? Can Jocelyn put the pieces together and make it safe for his return or are they all forever stained? (YA Fic)
Johnson, Maureen. 13
Little Blue Envelopes.
The 13 blue envelopes Ginny receives from her Aunt Peg will take her through Europe and change her life. (YA Fic Johnson)
Kass, Pnina Moed. Real
Thomas Wanninger feigns interest in gardening as his motivation for wanting to work on the kibbutz. This modern German teen really wants to discover whether or not his grandfather was a Nazi war criminal. (YA Fic Kass)
Kibuishi, Kazu. DAISY KUTTER: THE
Daisy Kutter is a reformed bandit in a strange wild west town where robots and cell phones are as common as corrupt poker games and shotguns. Her "reform" is short lived as she tries to pull off the ultimate heist and figure out how to maintain a relationship with her ex partner in crime and lover, Tom, who is now the Sheriff.
Krovatin, Christopher. Heavy
Metal and You.
METAL HEAD NOT GOTH and Sam likes his life LOUD until a very different straightedge girl starts whispering to him. Melissa tempts Sammy away from drugs, alcohol, and tobacco but can she turn down the VOLUME? (YA Fic Krovatin)
Lanagan, Margo. Black
Ten stories from Down Under explore the darkness and the light of the human spirit. (YA Fic SF Lanagan)
Larbalestier, Justine. Magic
When fifteen-year-old Reasons mother suffers a mental breakdown, Reason is sent to live with the grandmother they have evaded for years and she discovers that her grandmother truly is a witch, magic is real and runs in her genes as well and there is a terrible price to be paid for its use. (YA Fic M Larbalestier)
LaRochelle, David. Absolutely
Steven has noticed that his new health teacher, Mr. Bowman, is extremely handsome, but he still tries to convince himself that he's not gay in this hilarious coming out story. (YA Fic LaRochelle)
Lester, Julius. Day
of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue.
After being sold in the largest slave auction in American history, Emma and Joe agonize whether to try to escape or remain chattel in this fact-based novel told almost entirely in dialogue. (Juv Fic Lester)
Levithan, David. ARE WE THERE YET?
Brothers Elijah and Danny travel through Italy together even though they feel that they have nothing in common. Then they meet Julia.
Lubar, David. Sleeping
Freshmen Never Lie.
In a series of humorous diary entries, 9th grader Scott offers a list of "do's" and "don'ts" to his unborn sibling on surviving freshman year of high school. (YA Fic Lubar)
Lynch, Chris. Inexcusable.
High school senior and football star Keir Sarafina says, I hate it when people I love condemn me, but has Keir done something inexcusable to Gigi Boudakian? (YA Fic Lynch)
Lynch, Jim. The
Miles OMalley discovers peculiar sea life in a cove of Puget Sound. (Fic Lynch)
Martinez, A. Lee. Gil's
All Fright Diner.
When Earl, a vampire, and his werewolf buddy Duke pull up to Rockwood's only diner in their out-of-gas pickup, they find themselves uniquely suited to stop Armageddon. (Fic Martinez)
McGhee, Alison. All
Rivers Flow to the Sea.
Its always been Rose and Ivy, until that one fateful night when a blue truck slides into their car, and forever separates each sister into two hovering realities: one skirting a stupefying grief that acknowledged would mean an unbearable finality, the other to the farthest perimeter of life, dependent on the mechanized breathing of a ventilator to sustain her. (YA Fic McGhee)
Meyer, Stephanie. Twilight.
Bella's move to rainy Forks, Washington is the most boring move she will ever make, until she meets Edward, the vampire love of her life. (YA Fic M Meyer)
Myers, Walter Dean. Autobiography
of My Dead Brother.
Jesse examines his life and the lives of those around him in words and art. (YA Fic Myers)
Oppel, Kenneth. Skybreaker.
Matt Cruise is following his dream as a first-year student at the Airship Academy when during a two-week navigation training stint, he is part of the crew that sights the Hyperion, a legendary ship that never reached its destination and is reputed to be carrying great wealth. This sighting sets off a fierce competition among adventurers to reach the ship and seize her treasure. Matt finds himself aboard a special vessel with his old friend Kate, a mysterious young woman, and a rogue adventurer chased by murderous pirates, also seeking the wealth. (YA Fic SF Oppel)
Pearson, Mary E. A ROOM ON
A bed in a room. Doesn't seem like much. But when you are 17 and your alcoholic mother cannot even remember to pay rent and you deal, deal, deal with it, the room on Lorelei Street--what a pretty name--seems like heaven, if you can only figure out how to pay for it.
Peet, Mal. Keeper.
Holding the World Cup as he talks, El Gato, the great goalie, describes his early life in a remote South American village, the secret soccer field hewn from the jungle and the mysterious figure he knows only as the Keeper who trained him. (YA Fic Peet)
Peña, Matt de la. BALL DON'T
Sticky, 17, foster care victim and talented white basketball player overcomes his tough upbringing with the support of his girlfriend and the older hoopsters at the local gym.
Perkins, Lynne Rae. Criss
Criss Cross is a radio show that Debbie and Hector and others listen to in the car. It also serves as a central metaphor for this rambling collection of thoughts centered on how unique individuals cross our paths or fail to cross our paths. Criss Cross explores the symbols and language, mostly through the voices of Debbie and Hector, of love and connections and just how beautiful and tenuous they can be. (Juv Fic Perkins)
Qualey, Marsha. Just
Could 18-year-old Hanna have prevented the deaths of two teens? Her realization that life can change in an instant causes her to revaluate her life and relationships as she keeps her guilty secret. (YA Fic Qualey)
Riordan, Rick. The
Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
After dyslexic teen Percy Jackson vaporizes his Algebra teacher and is attacked by the Minotaur, he discovers that he is not who he thought he was! (Juv Fic SF Riordan)
Rowling, J. K. Harry
Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
In book 6, Harry is more contrary and less trusting yet a leader. Harry wants revenge against he who shall not be named and goes on a series of dark adventures to try and accomplish his goal. (Juv Fic SF Rowling)
Salisbury, Graham. Eyes
of the Emperor.
Lying about his age, 16 year-old Eddy Okubo joins the U.S. Army in Honolulu in 1941, just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He wants to make his father proud and protect his country, the United States of America. Amidst thick racism, young Japanese American men train experimental K-9 units to hunt Japanese during World War II. (YA Fic Salisbury)
Spillebeen, Geert. Kipling's
Choice. Translated by Terese Edelstein.
John Kipling, son of the famous writer, Rudyard Kipling, joins the British Army in World War I with help from his father. (YA Fic Spillebeen)
Staples, Suzanne Fisher. Under
the Persimmon Tree.
Najmah, an Afghan girl, who witnesses her mother's and brother's deaths in an air raid and her father's and older brother's conscription by the Taliban, finds refuge in Pakistan with an American-Muslim teacher. (YA Fic Staples)
Stein, Tammar. LIGHT YEARS.
Maya Laor comes to Virginia to escape the tragic bombing that killed her boyfriend and for which she feels responsible-- but even that may not be far enough to escape from the grief and pain.
Thal, Lilli. Mimus.
Translated by John Brownjohn.
A Prince must play at being a jester as he strives to rescue his imprisoned father. (YA Fic Thal)
Tiffany, Grace. ARIEL.
Behind Shakepeare's Tempest is the mysterious figure of Ariel. This is her story, of dreams and lies and madness.
Tingle, Rebecca. Far
After the sudden death of her mother, Athelflaed of Mercia, sixteen-year-old Aelfwyn disguises herself as a bard to escape marriage to an older man who is the kings ally. A worthy sequel to The Edge on the Sword. (YA Fic Tingle)
Tullson, Diane. RED SEA.
Libby is a typical 14 year old. She says "down" when her stepfather says "up." If he suggests something, she is going to fight against it. And she's not going to be very cooperative with her mother either. In fact she is purposely late to the launch of their group sailing trip and her family decides to set sail alone. Mediterranean pirates and a fierce storm kill her stepfather, seriously injure her mother, and scuttle and strip the sailboat. Now Libby must figure out what to do and where to go before her mother dies.
Vaughan, Brian K. Pride
and Joy (Marvel age Runaways, Vol. 1)
Six teenagers discover that their parents are super-villains, and after deciding to turn them in, fight for both their own survival and an end to the evil from which they were born. (YA 741.5 Runaways)
Vaught, Susan. STORMWITCH.
Ruba, a teenager in Pass Christian, Mississippi, struggles to deal with civil rights and Hurricane Camille using the voodoo skills her Haitian grandmother taught her.
Volponi, Paul. Black
For best friends and co-players on their High School basketball team, Marcus (AKA Black) and Eddie (AKA White), life looks good. Then an armed robbery goes terribly wrong and everything changes. (YA Fic Volponi)
Waid, Mark. SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT.
The origin of Superman is updated in this graphic novel.
Weaver, Will. Full
When 16-year-old farm boy Paul Sutton takes a job at the full-service Shell station in town, he sees the town and its inhabitants through new eyes. (YA Fic Weaver)
Westerfeld, Scott. Peeps.
College freshman Cal comes to NY, spends a night with a beautiful girl-- and becomes a carrier. Now everyone he kisses develops a craving for meat, an aversion to sunlight, and super strength. (YA Fic M Westerfeld)
Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies.
Tally can't wait for her 16th birthday - and the surgery that will transform her into a "pretty". Because if everyone is beautiful, everything is perfect - right? (YA Fic SF Westerfeld)
Whitcomb, Laura. A
Certain Slant of Light.
Helen has been a ghost gently and anonymously haunting various hosts for 130 years until the day when a boy in a classroom lets her know that he can actually see her. (YA Fic M Whitcomb)
Wittlinger, Ellen. Sandpiper.
Two lonely teens, each with secrets that set them apart, meet and their lives are changed completely. (YA Fic Wittlinger)
Wooding, Chris. Poison.
When Poison's sister is kidnapped by Phaeries, Poison is determined to get her back but she doesn't realize that she is part of a much larger, darker story. (YA Fic M Wooding)
Wynne-Jones, Tim. A
Thief in the House of Memory.
When a dead man is found in his family's house, Declan finds himself drawn into a vortex of memories and lies. (YA Fic M Wynne-Jones)
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)
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