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2011 Selections
Connections of the Heart
Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen
383 pages
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Auden gets a chance to recapture the
carefree teen life she missed while her
parents were going through a divorce
when she goes to spend the summer
with her dad and his new family in a
charming beach town and meets
fellow insomniac Eli, an intriguing
loner fighting demons of his own.
(Follett)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
208 pp.
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Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with
some tough ones. Stay true to her first love –
music – even if it means losing her boyfriend
and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then, one February morning Mia goes for a
drive with her family, and in an instant,
everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices
are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that
matters.
If I Stay is a heart-achingly beautiful book about
the power of love, the true meaning of family
and the choices we all make.
Warning: language, mature content
How To Say Goodbye in Robot
by Natalie Standiford
288 pages
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Bea is new to town and did not expect
her first friend to be “Ghost Boy” Jonah
who has not made a new friend since 3rd
grade and doesn’t like people in general.
But they have a friendship based on
truth, shared secrets, and late night
phone calls to a radio station. Their
friendship is not considered a romance,
but they are definitely in love. Their
friendship means more to them than
they even know.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
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496 pages
Cameron is a 16-year-old slacker whose somewhat
dysfunctional family has just about given up on him. Maybe
he is about to give up on himself. Then he is diagnosed
with Creutzfeldt-Jacob, "mad cow" disease. Is it too late to
reunite them?
The heart of the story, though, is a hallucinatory—or is it?—
quest with many parallels to the hopeless but inspirational
efforts of Don Quixote, about whom Cameron had been
reading before his illness. Just like the crazy—or was he?—
Spaniard, Cam is motivated to go on a journey by a sort of
Dulcinea. His pink-haired, white-winged version goes by
Dulcie and leads him to take up arms against the Dark
Wizard and fire giants that attack him intermittently, and to
find a missing Dr. X, who can both help save the world and
cure him.
Warning: Language and Mature Content
The Brothers Torres
by: Coert Voorhees
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• 316 Pages
• Plot: Frankie Torres Towers
wanted nothing more than to get
a date with Rebecca Sanchez for
the Homecoming dance. But
when he angers rich kid John
Dalton while trying to win her
attention, he starts a series of
events that force his macho
older brother to protect him—but
protection from this tough group
of older boys and involvement in
these warring factions could
bring more trouble than Frankie
can handle.
Games We Play
Crackback
by: John Coy Book Trailer
• 208 Pages
• Miles is under a lot of pressure. He is
a starter on a winning football team
that is favored to win the conference
and have a chance to go to state.
Everyone is pressuring Miles to be
bigger, stronger and faster, including
his pushy new head coach, his
demanding father, and his best
friend. They all expect more of Miles
than he may be able to deliver. When
he finds out that his best friend is
willing to do anything to win,
including taking steroids, Miles must
decide where he stands.
• Warning: Language
Ball Don’t Lie
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288 pages
That white boy can ball… He don’t pay like no
regular white boy. Sticky, 17, has spent his life
being abused by pimps living with his prostitute
mother, bouncing from one foster home to another,
and living on the streets between failed placements.
But he’s developed incredible hoop skills that have
given him considerable social standing among his
mostly black peers. And he gets a girlfriend named
Anh-thu, who loves him and wants to help him
reach his dreams. Sticky sees basketball as his
way out of his dead-end life and is determined to
make the right moves in the game to attain his goal.
But he doesn’t quite know how to make the right
moves in his life, until a bad decision leads him to
confront dark secrets. Jumping back and forth in
time, this first novel has a unique narrative voice
that mixes street lingo, basketball jargon and trash
talk to tell Sticky’s sorry saga from a variety of
viewpoints.
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker
250 pp.
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All Nick Abbott ever wanted was for his father to
compliment his game. That praise has always
been reserved for Nick’s older brother, Scott, a
gifted athlete. When Scott choose music over
basketball, Nick finally gains his father’s
attention - and his win-at-all-costs mentality.
As one of only three sophomores to make varsity
basketball, Nick struggles with becoming a team
player, especially when that means sharing the
ball with Trent Dawson, the talented but troubled
boy across the street. Then Nick’s mother tells
Trent he can practice using Nick’s backyard
hoop.
As Nick and Trent begin to play pick-up games
late into the night, they also reluctantly begin to
form an unusual friendship, and learn that how
you play matters just as much as winning.
JUMPED by Rita Williams-Garcia
192 pages
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What happens when a high school girls has no idea
she is about to get jumped? What is your
responsibility if you do know? Leticia, a gossipy highschool students, knows that “Girl fights are ugly. Girl
fights are personal.” She says this after overhearing
that Dominique, the tough-as-nails basketball player, is
planning to beat up pink-clad fashion-plate Trina at
2:45. The infraction was minor—the oblivious Trina
cut off Dominique in the hallway—but for Dominique it
was the last of a series of insults, the worst of which
was being benched by Coach for failing to improve her
grades. Bouncing between the three first-person
accounts within the span of a single school day,
Williams-Garcia makes the drama feel not only
immediate but suffocatingly tense, as each tick of the
clock speeds the three girls toward collision.
Dominique’s anger and frustration is tangible and
Leticia’s hemming over whether or not to get involved
feels frighteningly authentic.
Swim the Fly
• 352 pages
by: Don Calame
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• Plot: Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton
and his two best friends, Coop and
Sean, always set themselves a
summertime goal. This year's? To
see a real-live naked girl for the first
time — quite a challenge, given that
none of the guys has the nerve to
even ask a girl out on a date. But this
looks easy compared to Matt's other
goal: to swim the 100-yard butterfly
as a way to impress Kelly West, the
sizzling new star of the swim team.
• Warning: Language and Mature
Content
Out of This
World
Who Goes There (The Thing) by John W. Campbell
168 pages
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A group of scientific researchers, isolated in Antarctica, discover an
alien spaceship buried in the ice and recover an alien body or “thing”
that has been frozen for thousands of years. The alien body thaws out,
comes back to life, and attacks one of the sled dogs and several of the
men. It can assume the shape, memories, and personality of any living
thing it devours, thus becoming them. Now the scientest do not know
who is who? Who is really human, and who is an alien copy?
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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391 pages
Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists
where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised
tournament in which two teen "tributes” from each of the
surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death.
In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta
Mellark, the tributes from impoverished District Twelve,
thwarted the Gamemakers, forcing them to let both
teens survive. In this rabidly anticipated sequel,
Katniss, again the narrator, returns home to find
herself more the center of attention than ever. The
sinister President Snow surprises her with a visit,
and Katniss’s fear when Snow meets with her
alone is both palpable and justified. Catching Fire
is divided into three parts: Katniss and Peeta’s
mandatory Victory Tour through the districts,
preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, and a
truncated version of the Games themselves.
One Second After
by William Forstchen
352 pages
Book Trailer:
Want to learn about a real terrorist threat to our nation….to our
way of life….to our lives!
A threat that could kill 90% of all Americans within a year.
READ this post apocalyptic novel dealing with an EMP attack on
the U.S. & how people survive in the town of Black Mountain, N.C.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
By: Carrie Ryan
• 320 pages
Click if you dare!
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• Gr. 9-12 Mary lives in a small village in the middle of
the forest governed by the religious Sisterhood and
bordered with a fence to keep out the
Unconsecrated—a horde of the undead unleashed
many generations ago by a mysterious and
cataclysmic event. Life is simple but preordained;
Mary fears her betrothal to a man she doesn’t love
almost as much as the hungry jaws slavering at the
fence links. Under the colonial trappings, this is a fullblooded zombie thriller, reminiscent of the paragon of
the genre, George Romero’s 1968 film Night of the
Living Dead. Soon Mary and a small band of desperate
survivors are thrown together to outwit the undead
and work through their own weaknesses, suspicions,
and jealousies. Ryan’s vision is bleak but not overly
gory; her entry in the zombie canon stands out for
how well she integrates romance with flesh-eating.
Kraus, Daniel
Slaughterhouse-Five
by:
Kurt Vonnequt
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• 200 pages
• Summary: Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist
classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a
man who becomes unstuck in time after he
is abducted by aliens from the planet
Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display
of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim
simultaneously through all phases of his
life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's)
shattering experience as an American
prisoner of war who witnesses the
firebombing of Dresden.
• Warning: Language
Reality Reads
In the Company of Heroes by Michael J. Durant
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416 pages
A decade ago, Durant and his crew were shot down
while flying a U.S. Army Special Operations Black Hawk
helicopter in the heart of Mogadishu. The only survivor
after a firefight with hostile forces of warlord Mohamed
Farah Aidid, the author, recounts the conditions of his
11 days in captivity, with experiences that ranged from
heroic to gruesome, harrowing, bizarre, and
compassionate. Suffering severe injuries to his back,
leg, and face, moved under guard through a sequence
of rudimentary facilities in a volatile combat
environment, and facing the deadly risk of discovery by
rival clans, Durant became a political pawn receiving
global media attention. Each episode resonates with the
sense of bonding among combat brethren, and the
professional esprit and conviction behind mottoes such
as "NSDQ" (Night Stalkers Don't Quit), as exemplified by
Durant's squadron mates who flew above the embattled
city in the days after his shoot-down, broadcasting:
"Mike Durant-. We will not leave without you."
Lockdown
Choice
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256 pages
Walter Dean Myers
Fourteen-year-old Reese broke into a doctor's office,
stole prescription pads, and sold them to a drug dealer.
Now he's in a juvenile detention facility in the Bronx,
trying to make the right choices, the ones that will bring
him an early release date. Reese has a host of things
working against him: a penchant for fighting his fellow
inmates, a disadvantaged background, a dysfunctional
family (a drug-addicted mother, an absentee father, an
older brother running with the wrong crowd). But there
are also people who give him hope: a smart younger
sister who seems bent on making a better life for
herself; a prison superintendent who is able to
overlook Reese's problems to see his potential; and, at
Reese's work release program, a cantankerous old man
with his own troubled past.
Warning: Language and Mature Content
Black Cross
by Greg Iles
656 pages
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HISTORY
Why did the Nazis
not use poison
gas in World War
II?
They had invented
deadly nerve gases
such as Sarin gas,
which is still feared
today, and they could
have used them to
SUMMARY
Black Cross is a
novel that
addresses this
historical mystery
as commando’s
raid a Nazi
concentration
camp that is
developing
poison gases to
be used against
the Allied forces
preparing for the
D-Day invasion.
Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
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288 Pages
This wrenching novel is about 14-year-old
Sicilian, Calogero, who joins his male
relatives in Tallulah, Louisiana after his
mother’s death. Legally segregated from both
whites and blacks, the Italians maintain an
insolated life, focused on their produce
business, until Calo’s secret crush on African
American Patricia begins to dissolve social
barriers between the two communities, even as
social tensions with whites escalate into
shocking violence. Background history is
integrated into the story. Readers learn, right
along with naïve Calo, the specifics of Jim
Crow laws and the complex factors of fear and
economics that fueled the South’s bigotry. This
is a gripping story that sheds new light on
Southern history and on the nature of racial
prejudice.
Extraordinary, Ordinary People
by: Condoleezza Rice
• 352 pages
• Penned by the former National
Security Advisor and Secretary of
State, this book is the story of
Condoleezza Rice’s and her
family’s struggle to overcome
racism, sexism, and personal
trials leading up to her political
career. It relates the poignant
history of the Rice family through
the tumultuous times of the Civil
Rights Movement and details the
events and people that would
shape her life.
Teen Issues
Wintergirls
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by Laurie Halse Anderson
“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in
the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls
whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs,
daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on
a porcelain frame.
288 pages
Gringolandia:
Lyn Miller
Lachmann
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• 288 pages
• Daniel’s papá, Marcelo, used to play soccer,
dance the cueca, and drive his kids to school
in a beat-up green taxi—all while publishing
an underground newspaper that exposed
Chile’s military regime.
• After papá’s arrest in 1980, Daniel’s family
fled to the United States. Now Daniel has a
new life, playing guitar in a rock band and
dating Courtney, a minister’s daughter. He
hopes to become a US citizen as soon as he
turns eighteen.
• When Daniel’s father is released and rejoins
his family, they see what five years of prison
and torture have done to him. Marcelo is
partially paralyzed, haunted by nightmares,
and bitter about being exiled to
“Gringolandia.” Daniel worries that
Courtney’s scheme to start a bilingual human
rights newspaper will rake up papá’s past
and drive him further into alcohol abuse and
self-destruction. Daniel dreams of a real
father-son relationship, but he may have to
give up everything simply to save his papá’s
life.
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
• 160 pages This story follows three kids through the
pressure cooker of inner-city teenage life as it moves
toward its crushing conclusion. The three characters
couldn’t be any more different: Tamika Sykes is a partially
deaf student agonizing over whether she really wants to
hear all the noise surrounding her; Fatima Espérer is a 16year-old refugee who fled the violence and poverty of her
unspecified African country to live in the shadow of the
Statue of Liberty; and depending on who you ask, Jimmy
Sixes, already a disturbed veteran at age 18, is either a
street poet or a junkie. The three form an unusual
friendship, connecting both artistically and emotionally. All
this is set in a city that has become a powder keg of antiimmigration sentiment (thanks to a recently passed law that
rewards citizens for reporting illegals) and is perilously
close to the ever-present spark of gang violence. Griffin
clearly knows teens, especially the way they speak.
Although readers will be prepared for an unnerving journey
from the opening scene, they will nevertheless be floored by
some of the turns in this swift, tense, and powerful book.
Grades 10-12
HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown
432 pages
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Valerie is alone. Her family tiptoes around her, her
friends act like she doesn't exist, and most of the
people in the community think she should be dead.
Valerie's boyfriend, the person she trusted more than
anyone else, shattered her life when he brought a gun
to school and wounded several students and killed
many others, including himself. Most people believe
Valerie was involved, but she had no idea what Nick
was planning.
After spending weeks in the hospital recovering from
a near-fatal gunshot wound to the leg, Valerie is
moved to the psychiatric ward for observation.
Afterwards, during her many therapy sessions, she
begins to think back on her relationship with Nick and
all the events that led up to the terrible act that
changed an entire community.
HATE LIST is an extremely powerful story.
Warning: Language and Mature Content
The Reformed Vampire Support
Group by Catherine Jinks
• Book Trailer
• Number of Pages: 372
• Summary: Nina Harris is 15 years-old living
at home with her mother. She’s also a
vampire and hasn’t aged since 1973! The
highlight of dreary existence is her Tuesday
night meetings with a miserable group of
vampires, and being lectured. But then a
member of this motley crew is murdered and
the others are now prime targets. It is now
up to Nina and her punk rocker side-kick
Dave to find the killer. Nina Harris will find
out what it means to be a vampire.
• Warning: Language
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