COUNTY HOME SCHOOLBOOKTALKING PROGRAM MOST POPULAR TITLES 2010 – 2011
Adoration of Jenna Fox In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year- old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
Anthology of rap This pioneering anthology brings together more than three hundred lyrics written over thirty years, from the "old school" to the "golden age" to the present day. They feature classic lyrics that helped define the genre as well as lesser known gems. Both a fans guide and a resource for the uninitiated, this book showcases the inventiveness and vitality of raps lyrical art.
Becoming Chloe A gay teenage boy and a fragile teenage girl meet while living on the streets of New York City and eventually decide to take a road trip across America to discover whether or not the world is a beautiful place.
Before I fall After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.
Blade : playing dead A fourteen-year-old British street person with extraordinary powers of observation and self- control must face murderous thugs connected with a past he has tried to forget, when his skills with a knife earned him the nickname, Blade.
Cheated Fifteen-year-old Mick recalls a series of betrayals and other life- changing events in his broken home, during the break-up with his girlfriend, and at school, that led to his arrest for murder.
Crazy School . Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt for the lush Berkshire Mountains. Maddie signs on as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for disturbed teenagers. Behind the academys ornate gates, she discovers a disturbing realm where students and teachers alike must submit to the founders bizarre therapeutic regimen.
Death of innocence The heart-wrenching, inspiring, and award- winning memoir by Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, an innocent 14-year-old boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and paid for it with his life. High school & older.
Dirt Road Home At Hellenweiler, a reformatory for second- offenders, fourteen-year- old Hal Mitchell will soon be free if he can avoid the gang violence of his fellow inmates, but the real enemy may lie elsewhere.
Enemy, The After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, f lesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.
Fallen Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen- year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.
Falling hard : 100 love poems by teenagers The teen poets in this lively anthology knock greeting- card clichés even as they celebrate their romance and their passion (“I want to wrap around you / I want to get inside you”) and vent their hurt, anger, and longing. From the pain of breakup and denial to affection and desire, the feelings in these poems will ring true to gay and straight teens alike.
I am not a serial killer John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. Hes spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential. Hes obsessed with serial killers, but really doesnt want to become one.
Identical Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.
If I Grow Up Growing up in the inner- city projects, DeShawn is reluctantly forced into the gang world by circumstances beyond his control.
Juvie three Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention.
Lock artist Traumatized at the age of eight and pushed into a life of crime by reason of his unforgiveable talent-- lock picking--Michael sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.
Lockdown Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.
Lockdown When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
Morgue and Me Eighteen-year-old Christopher, who plans to be a spy, learns of a murder cover-up through his summer job as a morgue assistant and teams up with Tina, a gorgeous newspaper reporter, to investigate, despite great danger.
Night Runner Fifteen-year-old Zach is quite content living in a mental ward because of his unusual allergies until dark secrets about his past, his parents, and his strange sickness slowly surface, placing him in great danger.
Oblivion road After a car accident, a group of teenagers are left stranded on an isolated mountain road during a blizzard. Their search for help leads them to an abandoned prison van, a dead guard, and an escaped inmate named J.G. J.G. claims it was not he but another prisoner who killed the guard, and he offers to help the teens get to safety. But can he be trusted?
Project 17 When six high school students sneak into an abandoned mental institution to make a film about their night there, they do not expect the inexplicable and terrifying events that keep occurring within the crumbling, maze-like building, causing them to question themselves and, ultimately, to make different choices about the course of their lives.
Pull After his father kills his mother, seventeen-year- old David struggles to take care of his two sisters--and himself-- while dealing with his grief, guilt, and trying to fit in at a tough new school while hiding his past.
Retaliation When a popular high school girl is badly beaten in a fight borne from jealousy, the girl, her family, and her DC community must choose whether to stay in the violent, dangerous status quo or rise above the violence and its deadly consequences that permeates every crevice of their community.
Rucker Park Set-up While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.s father and the police what really happened.
Sleepless Terrified by the gruesome nightmares and unexplained bouts of sleepwalking that seem to be affecting her and many other students at Saint Opportuna High, Emma and her friends become even more unnerved when, after several deaths, they begin to suspect that something is causing them to kill in their sleep.
Through the wire Through the Wire is a book of compelling lyrics selected from West’s award-winning songs, personal commentary on his inspirational and entertaining themes, and original art from the two- time Oscar Award- nominated animator and graphic artist Bill Plympton.
Two the Hard Way With an authentic voice that reflects the reality of urban life, Hunter provides a compelling, vividly realistic look into life in the housing projects as seen through the eyes of two brothers trying to get by.
Unspoken Six teens are drawn back to the small, North Carolina town where they once lived and, one by one, begin to die of their worst fears, as prophesied by the cult leader they killed five years earlier, and who they believe poisoned their parents.
Why I fight After his house burns down, twelve-year-old Wyatt Reaves takes off with his uncle, and the two of them drive from town to town for six years, earning money mostly by fighting, until Wyatt finally confronts his parents one last time.
Wish You Were Dead Madison, a senior at a suburban New York high school, tries to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of her friends, popular students mentioned in the posts of an anonymous blogger, while she herself is being stalked online and in- person.
Yummy : the last days of a Southside Shorty "A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members."--Provided by publisher.
Power Point compiled by Step- Up Intern Marilyn Johnson