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  1. 1. Science Fiction/SupernaturalThe Hitchhiker’s Construction workers arrive at Arthur Dents house, in order toGuide to the Galaxy demolish it to make way for a bypass. His friend, Ford Prefect, arrives while Arthur is lying in front of the bulldozers, to keepAdams, Douglas them from demolishing it. He tries to explain to Arthur that he is actually from a planet somewhere in the vicinity ofPages: 216 Betelgeuse and that the Earth is about to be destroyed. Seconds before Earth is demolished, Ford saves Arthur, andFIC ADA together they journey through the galaxy.Kit’s Wilderness It seems fated that 13-year-old Christopher Watson, nicknamed Kit, would move to Stoneygate, an old English coal-miningAlmond, David village where his ancestors lived, worked, and died. The drama unfolds as the haunted, hulking, dark-eyed John Askew drawsPages: 229 Kit and other classmates into the game of Death, a spin-the- knife, pretend-to-die game that he hosts in a deep hole dug inFIC PED the earth, with candles, bones, and carved pictures of the children of the old families of Stoneygate.Thirsty Chris has problems; bickering, divorce-bound parents, a domineering older brother, and his best friends becomingAnderson, M. T. estranged. Overshadowing everything is the fact that Chris, is becoming a vampire. The good people of his MassachusettsPages: 237 town are almost inured to the murders committed by vampires. Yet violent mobs shortcut justice with stake-through-the-heartFIC AND lynchings. As Chriss blood lust grows, hes increasingly challenged to hide his transformation.Feed This book is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into peoples brains whenAnderson, M. T. they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion andPages: shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment – even on trips to Mars and the moon – and by constant customizedFIC AND murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy.The Handmaid’s In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right-Tale type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is aAtwood, Margaret feminists nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste,Pages: 311 childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to theFIC ATW "morally fit" Wives.
  2. 2. The Brief History of The City, where the recently departed reside as long as they arethe Dead remembered by the living, is home to Kuka Sims, who prints the Citys only newspaper, Coleman Kinzler, a vagrant who speaksBrockmeier, Kevin the word of God, and Marion and Philip Byrd, who find themselves falling in love once again, all of whom arePages: 252 remembered by Laura Byrd, whose own time is running out.FIC BROCounter Clockwise When Nathans mother is hit by a bus in London, his father struggles with the tragedy and disappears through theCockcroft, Jason bathroom wall to travel back in time and prevent her death; Nathan, with help from a Beefeater named Bartelby, tries toPages: 202 prevent his father from changing the future.FIC COCRebecca A novel of mystery and passion, a dark psychological tale of secrets and betrayal, dead loves and an estate calledDu Maurier, Manderley that is as much a presence as the humans whoDaphne inhabit it. Manderley is filled with memories of the elegant and flamboyant Rebecca, the first Mrs. DeWinter. Rebecca may bePages: 357 physically dead, but she is a force to contend with.FIC DUThe House of the In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys specialScorpion status as the young clone of El Patron, the one hundred forty- two-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled betweenFarmer, Nancy Mexico and the United States. Fields of white opium poppies stretch away over the hills, and uniformed workers bend overPages: 400 the rows, harvesting the juice. Gradually he realizes the fate that is in store for him, and with the help of Tam Lin, hisFIC FAR Scottish bodyguard, he tries to escape.The Secret Life of In Lily Dale, New York, a community dedicated to the religion ofSparrow Delaney Spiritualism, tenth-grader Sparrow Delaney, the youngest daughter in an eccentric family of psychics, agonizes overHarper, Suzanne whether or not to reveal her special abilities in order to help a friend.Pages: 364FIC HAR
  3. 3. Brave New World "Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxleys utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams ofHuxley, Aldous soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a moviePages: 259 that stimulates the senses. Though there seems to be no problems, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and sensesFIC HUX his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow.Never Let Me Go Through the voice of thirty-one-year-old Kathy, along with old friends from school, are forced to face the truth about theirIshiguro, Kazuo childhood at Hailsham. All children should believe they are special. But the students of Hailsham, an elite school in thePages: 288 English countryside, are so special that visitors shun them, and only by rumor and the occasional fleeting remark by a teacherFIC ISH do they discover their unconventional origins and strange destiny.Gossamer Readers first meet the dream-givers as they creep around a dark house in the middle of the night where an old woman andLowry, Lois a dog named Toby are sleeping. Littlest is very small, new to the work, energetic and curious. Fastidious is tired, impatient, andPages: 176 had a headache. Littlest is soon paired with a new partner, Thin Elderly, who is a much better guide and teacher than FastidiousFIC LOW was. They are benevolent beings who visit humans (and pets, too) at night.The Host A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty MelanieMeyer, Stephanie Stryder wont surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanies memories of fellowPages: 619 resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her bodys longing and sets off into the desert to find him. Likely the first love triangleFIC MEY involving just two bodies.Hero Thom, the teenage son of a fallen superhero who seems to be linked to his mothers disappearance, joins the League and findsMoore, Perry himself dealing with confusing sexual feelings for the hero Uberman while learning to use his powers and moving towardPages: 428 the truth about his mothers disappearance.FIC MOO
  4. 4. 1984 Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwells nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic worldOrwell, George and one poor stiffs attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwells prescience of modern life – the ubiquityPages: 268 of television, the distortion of the language--and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading forFIC ORW students since it was published. It ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.Virals Tory is the science-obsessed niece of a famous forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan, living on a remote islandReichs, Kathy off the coast of South Carolina. An old military ID tag leads Tory and her best friends, Ben, Hi, and Shelton – all self proclaimedPages: 454 “sci-philes” – to an illegal research lab, where they are exposed to a mutant strain of canine parvovirus. When the teens beginFIC REI experiencing preternatural physical changes, their search for answers brings them in contact with cold-blooded killers.Across the Universe Amy, having been cryogenically frozen and placed onboard a spaceship which was supposed to land on a distant planet threeRevis, Beth hundred years in the future, is unplugged fifty years too early and finds herself stuck inside an enclosed world ruled by aPages: 398 tyrannical leader and his rebellious teenage heir and confused about who to trust and why someone is trying to kill her.FIC REVThe Forest of Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeksHands and Teeth knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell theRyan, Carrie unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.Pages: 310FIC RYAImpossible On the night of her prom, Lucy, 17, is raped by her date and becomes pregnant. She decides to keep the child, and she isWerlin, Nancy supported by her foster parents and Zach, her childhood friend. The teen discovers the curse on the women in her family whenPages: she reads her birth mothers diary. Lucy is destined for madness at 18 unless she can perform the three impossible tasksFIC WER described in the song and break the curse of the Elfin Knight.
  5. 5. A Certain Slant of Helen, who has been dead for 130 years, describes what its likeLight to live as Light, clinging to a human host, then reentering an empty human body and becoming physically and emotionallyWhitcomb, Laura attuned to the world. Helen is startled when she realizes that a student in her hosts English class can see her. James, too, isPages: 282 Light, but he has taken over the body of Billy, who almost overdosed on drugs.FIC WHIElsewhere Although Liz is maturing, coping with disappointments, and controlling her anger, she is getting younger. Having been killedZevin, Gabrielle by a hit and run driver, she now lives in Elsewhere with the grandmother who died before she was born. After death, thePages: 275 residents get younger until they become babies and are reborn onto Earth again.FIC ZEV
  6. 6. FantasySkellig After moving into a new house, Michael discovers Skellig, the man-owl-angel who lies motionless behind the tea chests inAlmond, David the abandoned garage. As disturbing as this discovery is, it is the least of Michaels worries. The new house is a mess, hisPages: 182 parents are distracted, and his brand-new baby sister is seriously ill. Still, he cant get this mysterious creature out ofFIC ALM his mind – even as he wonders if he has really seen him at all.Tithe Sixteen-year-old Kaye Fierch is not human, but she doesnt know it. Sure, she knows shes interacted with faeries sinceBlack, Holly she was little – but she never imagined she was one of them. Kaye spends most of her time taking care of a would-be rockPages: 331 star mom, but when her moms latest boyfriend turns homicidal, they return to Grams house at the New JerseyFIC BLA shore where Kaye hooks up with childhood friend Janet and her gay brother, Corny Stone.Ironside In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roibens coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent UnseelieBlack, Holly Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing – her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herselfPages: 323 to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye cant see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the oneFIC BLA thing she knows doesnt exist: a faerie who can tell a lie.The Child Thief Born of faerie blood, Peter hunts abandoned children, runaways and the hopeless, recruiting for his Devils in AvalonBrom and promising them a place where you never have to grow up. He conveniently fails to mention that Avalons monstersPages: 481 are very real, and the Devils must practice their war games or risk being tortured to death, eaten or worse.FIC BROThe Blue Girl Seventeen-year-old Imogene decides to reinvent herself after moving to a new town with her family, hoping to leave behindde Lint, Charles her tough, rebellious nature, befriending the high school outcast and trying her best to avoid trouble, but when shePages: 368 gets on the wrong side of a gang of malicious fairies, Imogene finds herself in more trouble than ever before.FIC DE
  7. 7. One Hundred Years The story follows 100 years in the life of Macondo, a villageof Solitude founded by José Arcadio Buendía and occupied by descendants all sporting variations on their progenitorsGarcia Marquez, name: his sons, José Arcadio and Aureliano, and grandsons,Gabriel Aureliano José, Aureliano Segundo, and José Arcadio Segundo. Then there are the women – the two Úrsulas, aPages: 417 handful of Remedios, Fernanda, and Pilar – who struggle to remain grounded even as their men build castles in the air.FIC GARRunemarks Seven oclock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins have been at the cellarHarris, Joanne again. Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, faeries, magic—all ofPages: 526 these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The “ruinmark”FIC HAR she was born with on her palm proves it—and makes the other villagers fearful and suspicious that she is a witch.Sign of the Raven Tomwould rather be home in Dorset enjoying his summer vacation and hanging out with his mates. Instead, his cancer-Hearn, Julie stricken mother has driven them both to London to stay with her estranged mother. As soon as they arrive, Tom begins toPages: 328 hear voices from across the gap, a time portal in the basement of his grandmothers house. Tom enters their 18th-FIC HEA century world and, with the assistance of some 21st-century technology, helps to free them from their oppressive lives.The Foretelling Growing up the daughter of an Amazon queen who shuns her because she is the product of a rape, Rain struggles to find herHoffman, Alice identity and prove herself. She rebels against the ways of her tribe through her sister-like relationship with Lo and herPages: 182 feelings for a boy from a tribe of wanderers.FIC HOFA Wrinkle in Time Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, assisted byL’Engle, Madeleine three otherworldly women, when they set out to find Megs father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting withPages: 245 time travel.FIC LEN
  8. 8. Floating Islands When Trei loses his family in a tragic disaster, he must search out distant relatives in a new land with the majestic FloatingNeumeier, Rachel Islands. Trei is instantly sky-mad, and desperate to be a kajurai himself. The only one who fully understands hisPages: passion is Araene, his newfound cousin. Prickly, sarcastic, and gifted, Araene has a secret of her own. Trei and AraeneFIC NEU quickly become conspirators as they pursue their individual paths.Sabriel After receiving a cryptic message from her father, Abhorsen, a necromancer trapped in Death, 18-year-old Sabriel sets offNix, Garth into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits,Pages: 491 Mordicants, and Shadow Hands. Sabriel, who has taken on her fathers title and duties, must now slip over the borderFIC NIX into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living.East In the rural villages of Norway, there is an ancient belief that children inherit the qualities of the direction in which they arePattou, Edith born. Nymah Rose, the last daughter of eight siblings born to a poor mapmaker and his superstitious wife, was a North-Pages: 507 born baby. North-born babies are wild, unpredictable, and destined to break their mothers hearts because they all leaveFIC PAT home to travel to the far ends of the earth. Rose’s mother lied and told her she had been born of the East, but destiny cannot be denied.The Children of With the lands of Middle-earth populated by Men and otherHurin humanoid races: Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs, as well as divine beings, Maiar and Valar. This story concentrates on a Man ofTolkien, J.R.R. the House of Hador, Túrin Turambar, and his sister Niënor Níniel, who are cursed along with their father Húrin by thePages: 320 Dark Lord Morgoth. The events take place more than 6,500 years before the War of the Ring.FIC TOLThe Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of the "little people.” He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleasedTolkien, J. R. R. when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. When Gandalf the Grey invitesPages: 320 him on an adventure, he feverishly refuses, but before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept outFIC TOL his door and into a dangerous adventure.
  9. 9. Thriller/AdventureThe True On a long, grueling journey from England to Rhode Island inConfessions of 1802, a 12 year old changes from a prim and proper girl to aCharlotte Doyle swashbuckling mate of a mutinous crew and is accused of murder by the captain. Awash with shipboard activity, intenseAvi feelings, and a keen sense of time and place, the story is a throwback to good old-fashioned adventure yarns on the highPages: 232 seas.FIC AVICandor The picture-perfect new town of Candor, Florida, is attracting more and more new families, drawn by its postcard-like small-Bachorz, Pam town feel. But the parents are drawn by something else as well. They know that in Candor their rebellious teenagers willPages: 249 somehow become rewired - theyll learn to respect their elders, to do their chores, and enjoy their homework. Theyll give upFIC BAC the tattoos, metal music, and partying that have been driving their parents crazy. Theyll become every parents dream.The River Following her father’s emotional breakdown, Veronica moves with her family from Portland to tiny Hoodoo, Oregon, whereBeaufrand, Mary her parents open an inn. Her father’s condition improves andJane her mother, a celebrity chef, is just fine, thank you. But Ronnie is bereft, unable to get over all the things she’s left behind inPages: 215 the big city. And then the young girl she’s been babysitting dies—an accidental drowning, the authorities think, butFIC BEA Ronnie’s not so sure and sets out to investigate.Mr. Shivers After his daughter is brutally murdered, a revenge-seeking Marcus Connelly leaves Memphis on a hunt across AmericasBennett, Robert hobo camps and ghost towns for the grotesquely scarred,Jackson ghostly figure known as "Mr. Shivers." On his quest Connelly teams up with a scrappy band of hobos recovering from theirPages: 327 own brushes with "the gray man," and the body count increases as they ride the rails tracking their target.FIC BENThe Dark Days of Will Halpin has ditched his former "deaf school" and is nowHamburger Haplin trying to merge into the auditory-able mainstream at Carbon High in eastern Pennsylvania. As the new, overweight kid whoBerk, Josh has to sit off to the side during classes so he can try to read the lips of both his teachers and his classmates, Will—no slouchPages: 250 when it comes to reading human reactions—quickly downsizes his social expectations and retreats back into the soundlessFIC BER cocoon of his own skull.
  10. 10. The Rule of Four Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris are determined to unlock the centuries old mystery behind an ancient Renaissance textCaldwell, Ian before their graduation from Princeton, but just as they are about to discover its secrets, the campus is rocked with a seriesPages: 372 of suspicious deaths.FIC CALThe Alchemist Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, sets out from his home in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of buried treasure, butCoelho, Paulo through his encounters with a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself a king, and an Alchemist, he learns the value of thePages: 197 treasures found within himself.FIC COEI Am the Cheese 14-year-old Adam Farmer’s whole life has been fiction. His identity altered and a new family history created. SuddenlyCormier, Robert nothing is as it once seemed; he can trust no one, maybe not even himself. It is exactly this revelation that turns Adam’s lifePages: 256 upside down. As he tries to ascertain who he really is, he encounters a past, present, and future too horrible toFIC COR contemplate.The Rag and Bone A 7-year-old girl has been battered to death, and there are noShop suspects, no leads. The police, under political pressure to make an arrest, bring in Trent, a cold, ambitious professionalCormier, Robert interrogator who prides himself on his ability to extract confessions. His victim is 12-year-old Jason – the last person toPages: 154 see the girl. It becomes clear to readers that Trent’s goal is a confession (even a false one) rather than truth.FIC CORThe Hound of the Upon hearing Dr. James Mortimers saga of the hauntedBaskervilles Baskerville family and the recent death of family head Sir Charles Baskerville, apparently from the hound of the legend,Doyle, Arthur Holmes and Watson begin their investigation. When theConan estates heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, arrives in London from Canada strange things immediately occur and HolmesPages: 250 dispatches Watson to accompany Sir Henry to Baskerville Hall.FIC DOY
  11. 11. Peace Like a River In the winter of his 11th year, two schoolyard bullies break into the Lands house, and Rubes big brother Davy guns them downEnger, Leif with a Winchester. Shortly after his arrest, Davy breaks out of jail and goes on the lam. Swede is Rubes younger sister andPages: 313 shortly after Davys escape, Rube, Swede, and their father, a widowed school custodian, hit the road too, swerving this wayFIC ENG and that across Minnesota and North Dakota, determined to find their lost outlaw Davy.Now You See Her This is a story about Marcy Taggart, who, at 50, is newly divorced and mourning her daughter, Devon, who two yearsFielding, Joy ago disappeared in a boating accident and is presumed dead. On what was to be her 25th wedding anniversary, Marcy travelsPages: 200 to Ireland for a vacation and spots a girl she believes to be Devon, and her sightseeing quickly turns into a quest.FIC FIEAnansi Boys "Fat Charlie" Nancy leads a life of comfortable workaholism in London, with a stressful job he doesnt much like, and aGaiman, Neil pleasant fiancée, Rosie. When Charlie learns of the death of his estranged father in Florida, he attends the funeral and learnsPages: 400 two facts that turn his well-ordered existence upside-down: that his father was a human form of Anansi, the AfricanFIC GAI trickster god, and that he has a brother, Spider, who has inherited some of their fathers godlike abilities.Paper Towns Quentin or Q has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo from afar. So when she cracks open aGreen, John window and climbs back into his life, dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge, hePages: 305 follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo has now become aFIC GRE mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and theyre for him.Invisible City An action-packed adventure involving conspiracy theories, end- of-the-world prophecies, government agents, futuristicHarric, M.G. technology, and a bit of the supernatural. When Joshuas father dies in a suspicious plane crash in Mexico, the 13-year-old fliesPages: across the Atlantic to investigate. Eventually Joshua discovers a secret society that has remained hidden for centuries.FIC HAR
  12. 12. It They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who hadKing, Stephen gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back toPages: 1093 Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.FIC KINMystic River The past comes back to haunt three men who shared a friendship as children when Sean Devine, now a policeman, isLehane, Dennis assigned to investigate the murder of Jimmy Marcuss teenage daughter, a crime the third member of their group, Dave Boyle,Pages: 401 is suspected of committing.FIC LEHRosemary’s Baby Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move into an apartment in a building with a bad reputation. They discover that theirLevin, Ira neighbors are a very friendly elderly couple named Roman and Minnie Castevet, and Guy begins to spend a lot of time withPages: 319 them, and strange things start to happen. A woman Rosemary meets dies mysteriously, Rosemary has strange dreams andFIC LEV Guy becomes distant. Then Rosemary falls pregnant and begins to suspect that her neighbors have special plans for her child.Life of Pi Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age ofMartel, Yann sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on aPage: 401 raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.FIC MARThe Eight In the 20th century, Catherine Velis is a computer expert with a flair for music, painting, and chess who, on her way to Algeria,Neville, Katherine she is invited to take a mysterious moonlighting assignment: recover the pieces of an old chess set missing for centuries.Pages: 598 Meanwhile, in the midst of the French Revolution, a young nun discovers that her abbey is the hiding place of a chess set, onceFIC NEV owned by the great Charlemagne, which allows those who play it to tap into incredible powers beyond the imagination.
  13. 13. Bel Canto A group of international guests, taken hostage by terrorists while attending a birthday party at the home of the vicePatchett, Ann president of a small South American country, form bonds with their captors and enter into an almost idyllic lifestyle, united byPages: 318 the music of Roxanne Coss, operas most revered soprano.FIC PATThe Shadow of the In 1945 Spain, the young son of an an que-book dealerWind searches for more books by Juli n Carax, an author he has recently discovered, and finds that everything Carax has everRuiz, Carlos Zafon written has been destroyed--and that his search has put his friends and family in danger.Pages: 486FIC RUIIn the Woods When Cameron rescues a baby abandoned in the woods, everyone says it is a miracle. A stroke of luck that he justStevenson, Robin happened to be there, riding his bike along that trail, and heard the babys cry. But Cameron has a secret: It wasnt just luck. HePages: 124 was there because his twin sister Katie begged him to go. Did Katie know about the baby? Is she covering for someone? AtFIC STE first Cameron just wants some answers but once he knows the truth he has to decide what to do with it.The Secret History Richard Papen comes from a lower-class family and a loveless California home to Vermonts Hampden College. Almost tooTartt, Donna easily, he is accepted into a clique of five socially sophisticated students who study Classics with an idiosyncratic, morallyPages: 559 fraudulent professor. Finally they reveal to Richard that they accidentally killed a man during a bacchanalian frenzy; whenFIC TAR one of their members seems ready to spill the secret, the group – now including Richard – must kill him, too.I Am The Nineteen-year-old cabbie Ed Kennedy has little in life to beMessenger proud of: his dad died of alcoholism, and he and his mom have few prospects for success. He has little to do except share aZusak, Markus run-down apartment with his faithful yet smelly dog, drive his taxi, and play cards. Then, after he stops a bank robbery, EdPages: 357 begins receiving anonymous messages marked in code on playing cards in the mail, and almost immediately his life beginsFIC ZUS to swerve off its beaten-down path.
  14. 14. Young Adult LiteratureThe Five People A bitter eighty-three-year-old war veteran who believes his lifeYou Meet in is meaningless dies while trying to save a little girls life andHeaven finds himself in heaven, where five people from his past--some loved ones, some strangers – explain what his years on EarthAlbom, Mitch really meant, and whether or not he succeeded in saving the child.Pages: 196FIC ALBFor One More Day After years of drinking, being rejected by his wife and daughter, and a suicide attempt, ex-baseball star CharleyAlbom, Mitch Benetto returns to his childhood home where he encounters the ghost of his mother, who tells him family secrets andPages: 197 guides him in making his life better.FIC ALBThe Absolutely Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on theTrue Diary of a Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm townPart-Time Indian school where the only other Native American is the school mascot. Finding his niche on the basketball team and meetingAlexie, Sherman his old classmates on the court, Junior grapples with questions about what constitutes ones community, identity, and tribe.Pages: 229 This book is filled with illustrations that help fuel the storyline.FIC ALEHow the Garcia This is a story of four sisters who must adjust to life in AmericaGirls Lost Their after having to flee from the Dominican Republic is toldAccents through a series of episodes beginning in adulthood, when their lives have been shaped by U. S. mores, and movingAlvarez, Julia backwards to their wealthy childhood on the island. Adapting to American life is difficult and causes embarrassment whenPages: 290 friends meet their parents, anger as they are bullied.FIC ALV
  15. 15. The Blood of The death of her father leads a teenage girl in seventeenth-Flowers century Iran to go live with her mother as a servant in the home of her uncle, a wealthy rug designer in the court of theAmirrezvani, Anita Shah, where she is able to develop her talent for rug design--a skill that becomes vital to her survival after her lack of a dowryPages: 377 forces her into a contract marriage, renewable every three months, with the son of a horse trader.FIC AMICatalyst Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preachers daughter, finds herself losing control in her seniorAnderson, Laurie year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that sheHalse may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.Pages: 232FIC ANDProm Ashley is a senior from a lower-middle-class family, dating a high school dropout, and gearing up for graduation but with noAnderson, Laurie plans for college. But when the new math teacher steals theHulse prom money, Ashley - who swears she doesnt care - finds herself sucked into turning nothing into the best prom everPages: 215 because it means the world to her best friend, Nat.FIC ANDTwisted After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old TylerAnderson, Laurie enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of aHalse popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to hisPages: 250 destructive thoughts.FIC ANDBeach Blondes Three months. Three guys. One amazing summer. Summer Smith is in for the best summer of her life. Between the coldApplegate, weather and her boyfriendless existence in Minnesota,Katherine Summer is ready for sun, sand, and boys in the Florida Keys. And by the end of the first day, she has more than enough toPages: 736 keep her busy: Adam has looks and power. Diver is mellow and intriguing. And Seth is the perfect guy except he has aFIC APP girlfriend. But with new friends, cute guys, and miles of hot white sand, Summers in for more trouble than she thinks.
  16. 16. Thirteen Reasons High school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mailWhy containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering andAsher, Jay heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannahs voice recounting the events leading up to her death.Pages: 288FIC ASHWeetzie Bat Weetzie, now 23, is a child of Hollywood who hated high school but loves the memories of Marilyn Monroe and CharlieBlock, Francesca Chaplin. Nobody understands her, least of all her divorcedLia parents, until she meets Dirk. After he tells her he’s gay, he takes her slam-dancing at the hot clubs in L.A. After moving inPages: 128 together with their significant others, the four of them make movies and have a baby. They spend no time consideringFIC BLO college or career. Their only priority is finding love and keeping it once they find it.Tyrell Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother,Booth, Coe tries to avoid temptation so he doesn’t end up in jail like his father. Torn between the needs of the women in his life andPages: 310 his seven-year-old brother, Tyrell is determined to stay clean as he agonizes over creating a new life for his family.FIC BOODandelion Wine Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyondBradbury, Ray the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfathers renowned intoxicant,Pages: 239 the distant clang of the trolleys bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettableFIC BRA always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay.The Rope Walk Alice MacCauleys eleventh summer is shaped by new friendship, the twinges of first love, and adult lessons aboutBrown, Carrie life and death when she and Theo, a New York City boy of mixed race visiting his white New England grandparents,Pages: 321 become the companions of Kenneth, an artist dying of and losing his eyesight to AIDS, reading him the journals of LewisFIC BRO and Clark and building him a secret "rope walk" through the woods.
  17. 17. Breakfast at Contains the title work about Holly Golightly, a ManhattanTiffany’s playgirl whose antics mask a pain-filled past; and includes three additional stories, "House of Flowers," "A DiamondCapote, Truman Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory." This collection gives readers a continually fresh and exciting look at how humanPages: 161 beings successfully connect with one another.FIC CAPThe Perks of Being Charlie, a freshman in high school, explores the dilemmas ofa Wallflower growing up through a collection of letters he sends to an unknown receiver. Charlie is a freshman. And while hes notChbosky, Stephen the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Hes a wallflower – shy and introspective, yet intelligent beyond hisPages: 213 years. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school – how to make friends, the intensity of aFIC CHB crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs. Charlies letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings.Frozen Rodeo Peggy Fleming Farrell, 17, feels no obligation to live up to her famous namesake-much to the disappointment of her father, aClark, Catherine retired professional skater hoping to make a comeback at a local summer rodeo-on-ice. Taking care of siblings Dorothy,Pages: 304 Torvill, and Dean; coaching mom at Lamaze class; and working at the coffee bar at Gas n Git are enough responsibility for theFIC CLA self-involved teen.The Chocolate War Does Jerry Renault dare to disturb the universe? You wouldnt think that his refusal to sell chocolates during his schoolsCormier, Robert fundraiser would create such a stir, but it does; its as if the whole school comes apart at the seams. To some, Jerry is aPages: 191 hero, but to others, he becomes a scapegoat – a target for their pent-up hatred. But Jerry is just trying to stand up forFIC COR what he believes, but perhaps there is no way for him to escape becoming a pawn in this game of control.The Little Prince The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interruptedDe Saint-Exupery, one day by the apparition of a little, well, prince, who asks himAntoine to draw a sheep. And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrators imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlikePages: 110 directions.FIC DE
  18. 18. The Secret Deborah Monroe makes a split-second decision to take theBetween Us blame for a car accident that left a man dead, hiding the fact that her daughter, Grace, was driving from the police, and asDelinsky, Barbara the lie seems to overshadow everything else, Grace and Deborah find their relationship tested and their futures foreverPages: 343 changes.FIC DELKeeping the Moon Because her aerobics-star mother is taking her famous weight- loss program to Europe, 15-year-old Colie leaves her home inDessen, Sarah Charlotte to spend the summer with her endearing but uncompromisingly unusual Aunt Mira in coastal Colby, NC.Pages: 228 Colie has recently dropped 45 pounds, but unlike her positive- thinking mother, the teen has not succeeded in shedding herFIC DES negative self-image.Someone Like You Halley has always been close to her mother, but the summer before her junior year, Halley begins cutting the umbilical cord.Dessen, Sarah She and her best friend, Scarlett, start hanging out with Ginny Tabor, dumps her nerdy boyfriend, and becomes involved withPages: 281 reckless Macon, a boy her parents have forbidden her to see. Then Scarlett discovers she is pregnant. Walking a lineFIC DES between childhood and adulthood, the two girls turn to each other instead of their families for support.A Northern Light Mattie Gokey, 16, a talented writer, promised her dying mother that she will always take care of her father andDonnely, Jennifer younger siblings. She is stuck on a farm, living in near poverty, with no way of escaping, even though she has been acceptedPages: 408 at Barnard College. She promises to marry handsome Royal Loomis, but after being assigned to burn some old letters,FIC DON Mattie is swept along in a tale of self discovery by learning that she can’t always live her life for other people.A Yellow Raft in This novel is based on three generations of Indian Women.Blue Water Rayona, 15, half black and half Indian, is abandoned by her mother and in turn abandons her Aunt Ida. Her mother facesDorris, Michael what appears to be the last days of her often wild life in the kind company of a misunderstood man who was both aPages: 372 childhood friend and enemy on the reservation. Linked to both is Aunt Ida, the stony family matriarch who lost her favoredFIC DOR son to the Viet Nam War and now warms her heart before the electronic fires of television soap operas.
  19. 19. The Memory Dr. David Henry, forced to deliver his own twins during aKeeper’s Daughter snowstorm in 1964 with only a nurse to help him, makes a decision that has far-reaching effects on his life, and the livesEdwards, Kim of his wife and son, when his infant daughter is born with Down Syndrome, and in a vain attempt to protect his wife, hePages: 401 orders the nurse to take the baby to an institution.FIC EDWJane Slayer Jane Slayre sets out on the advice of her ghostly uncle to hone her skills as the fearless slayer she’s meant to be. When sheErwin, Sherri takes a job as a governess at a country estate, she falls head-Browning & over-heels for her new master, Mr. Rochester, only to discoverBronte, Charlotte he’s hiding a violent werewolf in the attic. Vampyres, Zombies, and werewolves transform Charlotte Bronte’s unforgettablePages: 391 masterpiece into an eerie paranormal adventure.FIC ERWWhite Oleander Astrid Magnussen has a mother who is as sharp as a new knife. Ingrid despises weakness and self-pity, telling herFitch, Janet daughter that they are descendants of Vikings, savages who fought fiercely to survive. And when one of Ingrids boyfriendsPages: 446 abandons her, she illustrates her point, killing the man with the poison of oleander flowers. This leads to a life sentence inFIC FIT prison, leaving Astrid to teach herself the art of survival in a string of Los Angeles foster homes.Fried Green The classic novel of two women in the 1980s. Gray-headedTomatoes at the Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in theWhistle Stop Café sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women – of the irrepressibly dare devilish tomboy Idgie andFlagg, Fannie her friend Ruth – who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe WobegonPages: 403 offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.FIC FLABreaking Point Tripped in class, mooned in the hall, cola poured through the slats in his locker, spitballs stuck in his hair – Paul RichmondFlinn, Alex can’t take much more at his super-snobby private school. Paul is there free because his mom works in the guidance office,Pages: 240 but that fact makes him an instant outcast, his only friend a funny-looking, independent girl named Binky. Even worse off isFIC FLI David Blanco, whose mom is a cafeteria lady and whose father is the janitor.
  20. 20. Cloaked Teenaged Johnny works as a cobbler in his mothers shoe repair shop in a posh hotel in South Beach. Unexpectedly, theFlinn, Alex striking Princess Victoriana of Aloria comes to the swanky Miami hotel for a royal visit. The super-hot partying princessPages: 352 pleads for Johnnys help in finding her missing brother, and offers of money and a royal marriage convince him to take herFIC FLI seriously-even when she explains that the prince has been turned into a frog.Jane Bites Back Jane Austen, living in a sleepy college town in upstate New York nearly two hundred years after being turned into aFord, Michael vampire, must hide her true identity. Jane may be undead, butThomas her books have taken on a life of their own. To make matters worse, the manuscript she finished just before being turnedPages: 299 into a vampire has been rejected by publishers. Jane longs to let the world know who she is, but when fate suddenly thrustsFIC FOR her back in the spotlight, she must hide her real identity.If I Stay The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she isForman, Gayle standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents corpses, watching herself and her little brother beingPages: 259 tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state, Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, sheFIC FOR reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live.Juliet American Julie Jacobs travels to Sienna to learn more about her Italian heritage and discovers she is a direct descendant ofFortier, Anne Giulietta Tomei, the womans whose love for Romeo supposedly inspired Shakespeares classic tale, and that herPages: 447 Italian relatives are still suffering from the curse upon their houses.FIC FORSophie’s World Wanting to understand the most fundamental questions of the universe isnt the province of ivory-tower intellectuals alone,Gaarder, Jostein as this books enormous popularity has demonstrated. A young girl, Sophie, becomes embroiled in a discussion of philosophyPages: 518 with a faceless correspondent. At the same time, she must unravel a mystery involving another young girl, Hilde, by usingFIC GAA everything shes learning. The truth is far more complicated than she could ever have imagined.
  21. 21. Romeo and Juliet The Capulets and Montagues have some deep and essentialand Vampires differences. Blood differences. Of course, the Capulets can escape their vampire fate, and the Montagues can try not toGabel, Claudia & kill their undead enemies. But at the end of the day, theirShakespeare, blood feud is unstoppable. So it’s really quite a problem whenWilliam Juliet, a vampire-to-be, and Romeo, the human who should be hunting her, fall desperately in love. What they don’t realize isPages: 231 how deadly their love will turn out to be – or what it will mean for their afterlives .FIC GABBabe in Boyland When high school junior Natalie-or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her schoolGehrman, Jody paper-is accused of knowing nothing about guys and givingElizabeth girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class wont givePages: 292 her straight or serious answers. The only solution is to disguise herself as a guy and spend a week at Underwood Academy,FIC GEH the private all-boy boarding school in town.What Happened to Cass is that girl in high school who does whatever it takes to beCass McBride? popular-which means stomping all over everyone else. David is that awkward boy who painfully lurks on the outside of all ofGiles, Gail the social groups. When he commits suicide, his older brother is out for revenge against the girl whom he believes isPages: 211 responsible for Davids death. Slowly readers see what caused Davids suicide and Kyles anger and are given insight as to whyFIC GIL Cass behaves as she does.Bee Season Eliza Naumann is used to being the unremarkable member of her family, but when she wins a series of spelling bees, herGoldbert, Myla once distant family begins to lavish praise on her, bringing about surprising complications. Teachers regard her with aPages: 275 new fondness; the studious girls begin to save a place for her at lunch. Even Eliza can sense herself changing.FIC GOLAbraham Lincoln While Abraham Lincoln is widely renowned for saving a UnionVampire Hunter and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows forGrahame-Smith, hundreds of years. That is, until his secret journal is stumbledSeth upon. This book is a reconstruction of the true life story of our greatest president for the first time – all while revealing thePages: 336 hidden history behind the Civil War.FIC GRA
  22. 22. Little Women and The March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming fromWerewolves wild girls into little women – just as their neighbors transform from gentlemen into blood-thirsty werewolves! Here areGrand, Porter & tomboy Jo, meek Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg,Alcott, Louisa May plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, maiming and devouring the locals. AsPages: 396 the Civil War rages, the girls learn the value of being kind, the merits of patience and grace, and the benefits of knowing aFIC GRA werewolf who can disembowel your teacher.Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennett marries Mr. Darcy and sets off with him onVampyre what she anticipates will be a happy wedding tour, but her spirits are dampened by her new husbands dour mood, and aGrange, Amanda series of strange incidents leads her to suspect something is very wrong.Pages: 308FIC GRAWuthering Bites A retelling of the classic novel "Wuthering Heights" in which Heathcliff is reimagined as a half-vampire who protectsGray, Sarah Catherine by fighting bloodsuckers that roam the moors, and Catherine is forced to choose between the wealthy EdgarPages: 362 Linton and the dangerous Heathcliff.FIC GRAAn Abundance of Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girlKatherines named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend toGreen, John try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationshipsPages: 227 hypothesizing that romantic relationships can be graphed and predicted.FIC GRELooking for Alaska Sixteen-year-old Miles Halters adolescence has been one long nonevent - no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no realGreen, John friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps," he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. HisPages: 221 roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the schools richFIC GRE preppies. Chips best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love.
  23. 23. Bronx Masquerade Open Mike Friday is everyones favorite day in Mr. Wards English class. On Fridays, his 18 high-school students dare toGrimes, Nikki relax long enough to let slip the poets, painters, readers, and dreamers that exist within each of them. Students at thisPages: 167 Bronx high school share their creative sides by revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly cluelessFIC GRI classmates.A Painted House Its harvest time on the Chandler farm, and the family has hired a crew of migrant Mexicans and "hill people" to pick 80Grisham, John acres of cotton. A certain camaraderie pervades this bucolic dream team. But its backbreaking work, particularly for the 7-Pages: 388 year-old narrator, Luke. Whats more, tensions begin to simmer between the Mexicans and the hill people, one ofFIC GRI whom has a penchant for bare-knuckles brawling. This leads to a brutal murder, which young Luke has the bad luck to witness.Marley and Me The author presents a tender story of his familys love for their yellow Labrador retriever, Marley, and recalls how he grewGrogan, John from a mischievous puppy into a nearly impossible adult that no amount of obedience school training could correct, and ofPages: 305 the love they felt for him.FIC GROThe Curious Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighborsIncident of the Dog poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellingtonsin the Night-time owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--Haddon, Mark against the objection of his father and neighbors – to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged byPages: 226 Siobhan, a social worker at his school, to write a book about his investigations, and the result – quirkily illustrated, withFIC HAD each chapter given its own prime number.The Noah For her 16th birthday, Lynnie expects a car, but instead, sheConfessions receives something puzzling, though of much greater importance: a charm bracelet that belonged to her deceasedHall, Barbara mother. Later that day, her dad gives her a long letter from her mother to a boy called Noah. The teen begins to read aboutPages: 240 her familys past and learns why she never met her grandparents. Lynnie is swept up in her mothers secrets andFIC HAL begins to doubt her own future.
  24. 24. Jenna and Jonah’s Teen stars Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers, known asFauxmance Jenna and Jonah on their hit television series about young neighbors in love, are forced to carry on the charade off theHaplin, Brendan set for the press and their fans, but when the paparazzi blow their cover, Charlie and Fielding must disappear until thePages: 229 publicity dies down, and once off the Hollywood grid, they realize they may like each other after all.FIC HAPPlainsong Tom Guthrie is a high school teacher whose wife cant--or wont – get out of bed; the McPherons are two bachelorHaruf, Kent brothers who know little about the world beyond their farm gate; Victoria Roubideaux is a pregnant 17-year-old with noPages: 301 place to turn. Their lives parallel each other in much the same way any small-town lives would--until Maggie Jones, anotherFIC HAR teacher, makes them intersect.Godless Jason is a smart 15-year-old, an agnostic-leaning-toward- atheism, who resists following in the footsteps of his devoutlyHautman, Peter Catholic father. Getting clocked under the water tower by the nasty and unpredictable Henry leads Jason and his friend ShinPages: 198 to combine their talents to posit a new religion. "Chutengodianism" sanctifies water, the source of all life, asFIC HAU manifested by the Ten-Legged God, aka that same million- gallon water tower.The Outsiders According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc has money, can get away withHinton, S.E. just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on thePages: 180 outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and hes always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against aFIC HIN gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers – until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc.Dawn of the This book is a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrificDreadfuls events of Price and Prejudice and Zombies. As the story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the EnglishHockensmith, countryside until a funeral at the local parish goes strangelySteve and horribly awry. Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth and only one family can stop them. As the bodiesPages: 287 pile up, Elizabeth Bennet evolves from a naïve young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead.FIC HOC
  25. 25. Green Angel Moody, introspective Green, 15, stays at home while her parents and younger sister travel to the city to sell theirHoffman, Alice produce. Her disappointment at being left behind causes her to be cold and not say good-bye. But when I fire takes the city,Pages: 116 Green is haunted by grief and by her past after losing her family. She retreats into her ruined garden as she struggles toFIC HOF survive emotionally and physically on her own.When Zachary Summer in the tiny Texas town of Antler is traditionally a timeBeaver Came to for enjoying Wylie Womacks Bahama Mama snow cones andTown racking up the pins at Kellys Bowl-a-Rama, but this year its not going well for Toby. His 13-year-old heart has been brokenHolt, Kimberly twice: once by his mother, and his father to become a countryWillis singer in Nashville, and then again by his crush Scarlett, the town beauty who barely acknowledges Tobys existence. ButPages: 227 when Zachary Beaver, "The Worlds Fattest Boy," comes to Antler as part of a traveling sideshow, Toby begins to realizeFIC HOL that there might just be people who have it worse than him.A Time for Dancing Juliana, at age 16 is a gifted dancer along with her "one-and- only" best friend, Samantha. Their initial concerns aboutHurwin, Davida boyfriends and dance class seem trivial after Jules is diagnosedWills with a deadly form of cancer. Through graphic depictions of what follows’ endless sessions of chemotherapy, emergencyPages: 257 runs to the hospital and Juless periodic escapes into a dream state, readers will feel the young victims weariness as sheFIC HUR fights against the body which has betrayed her.A Prayer for Owen Tells the story of Owen Meany who believes he is GodsMeany instrument and his friendship with John Wheelwright; beginning at age eleven when Owen hits a foul ball that killsIrving, John Johns mother during a Little League game in 1953.Pages: 617FIC IRVThe Lottery and A collection of twenty-six stories by twentieth-centuryOther Stories American author Shirley Jackson, including her famous work, "The Lottery," in which the people of a village perform theirJackson, Shirley annual lottery even though they have long forgotten the reason for the ritual.Pages: 320FIC JAC
  26. 26. Emma and the Oblivious to the real evils within Highbury, Emma proceeds toVampires match make her friends to unsuitable vampires with disastrous results. Even though she has never had the discipline to applyJosephson, Wayne herself to reading or drawing, or the desire to marry, she& Austen, Jane discovers quite suddenly that she is a skilled vampire slayer and proceeds to rid the neighborhood of the fiendish UndeadPages: 292 while winning the approval and heart of the one gentleman vampire who she discovers she truly loves.FIC JOSSkunk Girl Sixteen-year-old Nina Khan feels like an outsider, and there are two things that she particularly set her apart from others inKarim, Sheba her small town: her perfect older sister, Sonia, and the fact that she has inherited the “Pakistani hairy gene.” Begin aPages: 231 Muslim Pakistani-American, Nina’s parents have very firm views on social behavior: she is not allowed to date or attendFIC KAR parties, but as she forms a mutual attraction for a classmate, Nina stages a mild rebellion.The Juvie Three Terence, Gecko, and Arjay made serious mistakes and wound up doing time in juvenile-detention facilities. Empathetic adultKerman, Gordon Douglas Healy, a former juvenile offender himself, has secured a grant to operate an experimental halfway house in New YorkPages: 256 City designed to provide second chances to boys deemed as deserving. The teens accept his offer to become his firstFIC KER reformees, willing to trade their bleak incarceration for a small taste of freedom, even though the bargain entails maintaining academic excellence, therapy, and community service.Flowers for Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery toAlgernon increase his intelligence by artificial means. Charlie Gordon, born with an unusually low IQ, and is the first human testKeys, Daniel subject for the surgery. But must face his gradual return to his former state when the astounding results of an experimentalPages: 311 surgery that increased his intelligence prove to be only temporary.FIC KEYThe Bean Trees Feisty Marietta Greer changes her name to "Taylor" when her car runs out of gas in Taylorville, Ill. By the time she reachesKingsolver, Barbara Oklahoma, this strong-willed young Kentucky native with a quick tongue and an open mind is catapulted into a surprisingPages: 323 new life. Taylor leaves home in a beat-up 55 Volkswagen bug, on her way to nowhere in particular, savoring her freedom.FIC KIN But when a forlorn Cherokee woman drops a baby in Taylors passenger seat and asks her to take it, she does.
  27. 27. Interpreter of This book is a collection of nine short stories dealing withMaladies issues ranging from the disintegrating relationship of an Indian couple to a newly married couple, are exploring their newLahiri, Jhumpa house, to a young woman, and her affair with a married Indian man named Dev. Navigating between the Indian traditionsPages: 198 theyve inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in this book provide touching stories.FIC LAHThe Girls A fictional autobiography of conjoined twins told by Rose and Ruby Darlen, two young women who, nearing the age of thirty,Lansens, Lori are about to become historys oldest surviving twins to be joined at the head. Born in a small town outside Toronto in thePages: 346 midst of a tornado and abandoned by their unwed teenage mother two weeks later, the girls are cared for by Aunt Lovey,FIC LAN a nurse who refuses to see them as deformed or even disabled.Crow Lake Four children living in northern Ontario struggle to stay together after their parents die in an auto accident in LawsonsLawson, Mary fascinating debut, a compelling and lovely study of sibling rivalry and family dynamics in which the land literally becomesPages: 320 a character. Kate Morrison narrates the tale in flashback mode, starting with the fatal car accident that leaves seven-year-oldFIC LAW Kate; her toddler sister, Bo; 19-year-old Luke; and 17-year-old Matt to fend for themselves.Ella Enchanted In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent fairy named Lucinda,Levine, Gail Carson who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have beenPages: 238 cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella. When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent father,FIC LEV and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ellas life and well-being seem in grave peril.The Highest Tide Marine tidal life becomes a subtly executed metaphor for the bewilderments of adolescence in this novel. As a precocious,Lynch, Jim undersized 13-year-old living on the shore of Puget Sound, in Washington State, Miles OMalley has developed a consumingPages: 272 passion for the abundant life of the tidal flats. His simple pleasure in observing is tested and complicated over theFIC LYN course of a remarkable summer, when he finds a giant squid, a discovery that brings him the unwelcome attention of scientists, TV reporters and a local cult.
  28. 28. Saving Francesca Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastians, a boys school thats pretends it’s coed by giving the girls their own bathroom.Marchetta, Melina Then theres Francescas mother, who always thinks she knows whats best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken withPages: 243 acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, along, and without an inkling of who she really is.FIC MARIn Country Sam, 17, is obsessed with the Vietnam War and the effect it has had on her life losing a father she never knew and nowMason, Bobbie Ann living with Uncle Emmett, who seems to be suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. In her own forthright way, she tries toPages: 272 sort out why and how Vietnam has altered the lives of the vets of Hopewell, Kentucky.FIC MASThe No.1 Ladies’ Mma Ramotswes cases come slowly and hesitantly at first:Detective Agency women who suspect their husbands are cheating on them; a father worried that his daughter is sneaking off to see a boy; aMcCall Smith, missing child who may have been killed by witchdoctors toAlexander make medicine; a doctor who sometimes seems highly competent and sometimes seems to know almost nothingPages: 282 about medicine. The desultory pace is fine, since she has only a detective manual, the frequently cited example of AgathaFIC MCC Christie and her instincts to guide her.Let the Great Philippe Petits illicit 1974 high-wire walk between the WorldWorld Spin Trade Center towers is the touchstone for meaningful stories from the people down below, including an Irish monk living inMcCann, Colum the Bronx projects, a Park Avenue mother in mourning for her son who died in Vietnam, and a heroin-addicted hooker. EachPages: 349 tells their moving stories as it relates to Philippe’s daring act.FIC MCCThe Heart is a Deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for allLonely Hunter various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. WhenMcCullers, Carson Singers mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the books heroine finds solacePages: 430 in her music.FIC MCC
  29. 29. Atonement Imaginative thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis, misinterpreting a scene between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie Turner, theMcEwan, Ian housekeepers son, later accuses Robbie of a crime she has no proof he committed and spends years trying to atone for herPages: 351 actions.FIC MCELittle Vampire The dear, sweet March sisters are back, and Marmee has toldWomen them to be good little women. Good little vampire women, that is. The girls have grown up since you last read their tale,Messina, Lynn & and now they have much longer lives and much moreAlcott, Louisa May ravenous appetites. Marmee has taught them well, and so they live by an unprecedented moral code of abstinence . . .Pages: 317 from human blood. They must learn to get along with one another, help make society a better place, and avoid theFIC MES vampire hunters who pose a constant threat to their existence.Queen Victoria London, 1838. Queen Victoria is crowned; she receives theDemon Hunter orb, the scepter, and an arsenal of bloodstained weaponry. If Britain is about to become the greatest power of the age,Moorat, A. E. there’s the small matter of the undead to take care of first. Demons stalk the crown, but rather than dreams of demonPages: 374 hunting, Queen Victoria’s thoughts are occupied by Prince Albert.FIC MOOThe Rest of Her Life Now a junior high school English teacher married to a college professor, Leighs strained relationship with her eighteen-year-Moriarty, Laura old daughter, Kara, is put to the test after Kara accidentally kills another teenage girl--an event that forces Leigh to alsoPages: 333 deal with her resentment toward her husband and her feelings about her mother.FIC MORTaking Off In 1985 in Clear Lake, Texas, home of the Johnson Space Center, high school senior Annie Porter struggles with herMoss, Jenny desire to become a poet, but her resolve to pursue her dream is strengthened when she meets Christa McAuliffe, the firstPages: 340 teacher to go into space.FIC MOS
  30. 30. Monster Steve Harmon, 16, is accused of serving as a lookout for a robbery of a Harlem drugstore. The owner was shot and killed,Myers, Walter and now Steve is in prison awaiting trial for murder. FromDean there, he tells about his case and his incarceration. Steve, an amateur filmmaker, recounts his experiences in the form of aPages: 281 movie screenplay. Steve searches deep within his soul to prove to himself that he is not the "monster" the prosecutorFIC MYE presented him as to the jury.Wait for Me As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life, but working at the family business,Na, An taking care of her little sister, and dealing withher mothers impossible expectations are as stifling as the southernPages: 169 California heat until she falls in love with Ysrael, a young migrant worker with dreams of becoming a musician, whoFIC NA offers a way out.Things I Want My Before Barbara Forbes, a mother of four, succumbs to terminalDaughters to Know cancer, she leaves words of wisdom for her four daughters in the form of letters to each of them. In the year followingNoble, Elizabeth Barbaras death, her daughters draw strength from her words and from each other as they move forward with their lives.Pages: 374FIC NOBTwenty Boy More than a year has passed since Matt’s sudden death, andSummer all that time Anna has kept her brief relationship with Matt a secret from Frankie. Matt had planned to tell his sister butOckler, Sarah died before he had the opportunity. Now, while on a beach vacation with Frankie’s family, Anna finds herself falling forPages: 290 cute, sensitive Sam against her will. If she can love someone else, does that mean she no longer loves Matt? Dealing withFIC OCK loss, Anna tries to move on.The Dive from Twenty-three-year-old Carrie Bell, engaged to her high schoolClausen’s Pier sweetheart, is ready to make a break from a life that has become suffocating in its sameness, but her decision isPacker, Ann complicated when her fiancée is paralyzed in a diving accident and everyone expects her to stay and care for him.Pages: 413FIC PAC
  31. 31. Jacob Have I Loved Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been thePaterson, pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now,Katherine Caroline seems to take everything: Louises friends, their parents love, her dreams for the future. For once in her life,Pages: 256 Louise wants to be the special one. But in order to do that, she must first figure out who she is . . . and find a way to make aFIC PAT place for herself outside her sisters shadow.Beginner’s Luck When Hallie Palmer, a 16-year-old gambling whiz kid, gets kicked off her Ohio high schools soccer team for skippingPedersen, Laura class, she quits school altogether. With her parents and six siblings breathing down her neck, she also decides to leave herPages: 336 chaotic home, hiding in the summerhouse of the Stocktons-the delightfully quirky family for whom shes just started doingFIC PED yard work.The Big Shuffle After the death of her father and her mothers emotional breakdown, graphic design student Hallie Palmer decides toPedersen, Laura leave college and take care of her eight younger siblings. Assistance from offbeat relatives, church ladies, and friendsPages: 387 goes a long way to make survival possible, but Hallie bears all of the responsibility. Faced with twin baby brothers she cantFIC PED tell apart, a sister who decamps to Boston, and the day-to-day challenge of keeping all those people dressed, fed, and in school, she takes little time to mourn.King Dork 14-year-old outsider, Tom Henderson’s life is a series of humiliations, from the principal who mocks him to the popularPortman, Frank girls who put him on their Dud list. The teen’s only refuge is in his music. When Tom looks for a copy of The Catcher in thePages: 368 Rye in a box of books left by his father, a detective who died under strange circumstances. Tom sets out to read eachFIC POR volume, decode the secret messages that he finds, and figure out who his father really was.Hester In The Scarlet Letter, Nathanial Hawthorne hints that after Hester Prynnes husband and lover die, Hester and herReed, Paula daughter, Pearl, travel abroad. In her own inventive way, Reed takes this suggestion and runs with it. Eager to start anew,Pages: 308 travels to England with Pearl and to find a suitable marital match. Upon arrival, Hester reunites with a childhood friendFIC REE whose husband is an ally of Oliver Cromwell. When Cromwell learns of Hesters magical ability, he recruits her to help ferret out those plotting against him.
  32. 32. A Brief Chapter in Sixteen-year-old atheist Simone Turner-Blooms life changes inMy Impossible Life unexpected ways when her parents convince her to make contact with her biological mother. Simone has always knownReinhardt, Dana she was adopted and that her birth mother is named Rivka, but never wanted to meet her. When contact is finally made,Pages: 228 she finds out her mother is an agnostic from a Jewish family who is losing her battle with cancer.FIC REIBrooklyn Rose Its 1900, the dawn of a new century, and fifteen-year-old Rose Frampton is beginning a new life. Shes left her family in SouthRinaldi, Ann Carolina to live with her handsome and wealthy husband in Brooklyn, New York – a move that is both scary and exciting.Pages: 224 As mistress of the large Victorian estate on Dorchester Road, she must learn to make decisions, establish her independence,FIC RIN and run an efficient household.Gilead John Ames, is 76, a preacher who has lived almost all of his life in Gilead, Iowa. He is writing a letter to his almost seven-year-Robinson, old son, the blessing of his second marriage. The reason forMarilynne the letter is Amess failing health. He wants to leave an account of himself for this son who will never really know him.Pages: 247 His greatest regret is that he hasnt much to leave them, in worldly terms.FIC ROBOther Words for Ari, having transferred to an elite Manhattan prep school afterLove receiving a large inheritance and been introduced to the glamorous side of New York by wealthy student Leigh, beginsRosenthal, Lorriane dating Leighs cousin Blake, but when her parents start to worry about how close she has gotten to Blake and he pullsPages: 354 away after his family suffers misfortune, Ari is forced to reevaluate their intense relationship.FIC ROSHow I Live Now To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her auntRosoff, Meg and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.Pages: 194 This riveting first novel paints a frighteningly realistic picture of a world war breaking out in the 21st century.FIC ROS
  33. 33. Just in Case After rescuing his baby brother from an open windows ledge, 15-year-old David Case becomes convinced that Fate is toyingRosoff, Meg with him, so David tries to elude detection by creating a new identity, starting with his name and his wardrobe. Eventually,Pages: 246 he refuses to return home and plunges into an affair with an older girl.FIC ROSWhat I Was An unnamed man recounts his time as a disgruntled student at St. Oswalds boarding school; upon ditching an outdoorRosoff, Meg physical education class jog, he stumbles upon a mysterious fellow teen named Finn who lives alone in a hut by the sea.Pages: 209 The protagonist makes it his business to spend as much time as possible with Finn, a major challenge. Weeks go by and FinnFIC ROS falls ill, setting the stage for a surprising revelation that will dramatically transform both boys.So Shelly When their mutual friend Shelly is drowned in a sailing accident, high school junior John Keats and his volatileRoth, Ty classmate Gordon Byron decide to steal Shellys ashes and, in a romantic gesture, return them to the small Lake Erie islandPages: 328 where her body washed up, but the journey proves more revealing and emotionally complicated than either of themFIC ROT had anticipated.Empire Falls Miles Roby, called back from college to the small town of Empire Falls in Dexter County, Maine to take care of his ailingRusso, Richard mother, falls into a rut that keeps him trapped until years later when a series of revelations and tragedies jolts him back intoPages: 483 an awareness of his life.FIC RUSThe Catcher in the This book details the two days in the life of 16-year-old HoldenRye Caulfield after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, he searches for truth and railsSalinger, J.D. against the "phoniness" of the adult world. He ends up exhausted and emotionally ill, in a psychiatrists office. After hePages: 214 recovers from his breakdown, Holden relates his experiences to the reader.FIC SAL
  34. 34. Nine Stories A Compilation of the stories: A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, Just Before the War with theSalinger, J.D. Eskimos, The Laughing Man, Down at the Dinghy, For Esme — With Love and Squalor, Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes, DePages: 320 Daumier-Smiths Blue Period, and Teddy. War hangs over these wry stories of loss and occasionally unsuppressed rage.FIC SAL Salingers children are fragile, odd, whereas his adults seem beaten down by circumstances – some neurasthenic, others deeply unsympathetic.Not a Happy This sweet tale takes a nostalgic look back at the experience ofCamper attending sleepaway camp through the eyes of a 13-year-old Jewish girl. Though this may not be quite the camp many babySchneider, Mindy boomers attended, this book succeeds in provoking gentle flashbacks to a simpler shared time of teenage angst andPages: 256 hormone surges, before cable television, all recalled in a humorous tone.FIC SCHThe Lovely Bones On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured into a makeshiftSebold, Alice underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer – the man shePages: 328 knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey. This story is an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept herFIC SEB death while still clinging to the lost world of the living.The Pilot’s Wife Kathryn Lyons life was peacefully routine, she had a good job and a happy marriage, so when she received the news that herShreve, Anita pilot husband has died in a crash, her world was drastically changed. Even before his body is recovered the mediaPages: 293 discovers that her husband had a secret life, and Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was.FIC SHRI Capture the Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain wants to become aCastle writer. Trouble is, shes the daughter of a once-famous author with a severe case of writers block. Her family is barelySmith, Dodie scraping by in a crumbling English castle they leased when times were good. Now theres very little furniture, hardly anyPages: 352 food, and just a few pages of notebook paper left to write on. Cassandra manages to get a hold of a journal and begins herFIC SMI literary apprenticeship by refusing to face the facts.
  35. 35. The Geography of A coming-of-age novel in poems, in which small-townGirlhood teenager, Penny Morrow, longs for love, courage, and a life of adventure and struggles through the absence of her mother,Smith, Kirsten the mental illness of a friend, the death of someone from her past, and a romance with her sisters ex-boyfriend.Pages: 184FIC SMIDear John An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meetsSparks, Nicholas the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves SavannahPages: 276 waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11FIC SPA may change everything.The Notebook In 1932, two North Carolina teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love. Spending one idyllic summer together,Sparks, Nicholas Noah and Allie don’t meet again for 14 years. Noah decides to restore the house of his dreams, and Allie, programmed by thePages: 272 caste system of the South to marry a prosperous man, is engaged to attorney Lon Hammond. When she reads aFIC SPA newspaper story about Noahs restoration project, she shows up at his door, re-entering his life for two very important days.Message in a Bottle When Divorcée Theresa Osborne takes a much-needed summer holiday at Cape Cod, she finds a lot more than a breakSparks, Nicholas from the hustle and bustle. On an early-morning jog along Cape Cod Bay, she comes across a corked bottle with aPages: 370 scrolled-up message inside. From there, a romance buds and blossoms into a colorful bouquet of emotional baggage.FIC SPAStargirl A series of interesting theories are concocted to explain Stargirl Caraway, a new 10th grader at Arizonas Mica AreaSpinelli, Jerry High School who wears pioneer dresses and kimonos to school, strums a ukulele in the cafeteria, laughs when there are noPages: 186 jokes, and dances when there is no music. The whole school is stunned by her, including our 16-year-old narrator Leo Borlock.FIC SPI
  36. 36. The Art of Racing in If youve ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Steins thirdthe Rain novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver DennyStein, Garth Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposablePages: 336 thumbs, watches Dennys old racing videos, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn aFIC STE man.The Joy Luck Club The personal, often painful, histories of four Chinese American women who began meeting in San Francisco in 1949 to playTan, Amy mah jong are revealed as the daughter of one who has died searches for her sisters in China to tell them about the motherPages: 288 they never knew.FIC TANThe Gospel Highly intelligent 17-year-old Josh Swensen wants to save theAccording to Larry world and hopefully seduce Beth, the best friend for whom he pines. Joshs self-deprecating, humorous tone carries readersTashjian, Janet swiftly along. As the anonymous Larry, the hero starts a Web site ( on which he rantsPages: 227 against consumer culture and its obsession with celebrities.FIC TASVote for Larry After going underground as a student at C.U.-Boulder, Josh finds his anti-consumer ideals slipping--he tries to maintain hisTashjian, Janet vow of austerity, but the slippery slope of a new girlfriend and an even newer credit card finds Josh in a Polo sweatshirt andPages: 224 Nautica pajamas before he can say "Walden Pond." Fortunately, Beth sweeps back into his life again bringing alongFIC TAS with her jealousy and a Harvard boyfriend.The Girl Who Regina Bloomsbury makes a wish to be as famous as her idols,Became a Beatle the Beatles, and awakens one morning to find that her band, the Caverns, has replaced the legendary British band in theTaylor, Greg pages of history, which makes Regina a celebrated rock star, but the price of fame wanes on her and Regina must decidePages: 281 whether to reset the record.FIC TAY