Kids Reading List: 12 Years and Up

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Kids Reading List: 12 Years and Up
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'Slam' by Nick Hornby

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Slam by Nick Hornby
Sam Jones loves skateboarding and Tony Hawk. When, at the age of 15, his girlfriend, Alicia, gets pregnant, his life suddenly changes and he learns to cope. Much more than a contemporary problem novel, this book combines humor, wacky characters and an unusual writing style.
Putnam, 2007. ISBN: 9780399250484

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
A shark attack dampens Jane’s artistic dreams. Written in prose, she struggles to accept the reactions of friends and family.
Candlewick, 2007. ISBN: 9780763632076

Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial by Jen Bryant
As the world looks in on the small town of Dayton, Tennessee, teens and adults alike find their thoughts and beliefs challenged and affected by the famous “monkey trial” in this thoughtful and thought-provoking free-verse novel of an historic incident that still reverberates today.
Knopf, 2008. ISBN: 9780375840470

You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn
First cousins Laura and Miles grew up like sisters and were inseparable…until Laura blossomed into a beautiful, rich, popular girl and Miles became lost, overweight and an outcast. When Laura commits suicide, Miles is devastated and needs to learn how to live her life without Laura and to find her own inner beauty.
Simon & Schuster, 2008. ISBN: 9780689878596

The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
Agnes and Honey are best friends, but as they grow older, they grow more and more different. They live in a tightly-knit religious community filled with Believers. But while Agnes completely buys into the lifestyle, Honey wants out. Agnes’s grandmother arrives suddenly and discovers a horrible secret about the community. She plans their escape from the commune, and Agnes, her little brother and Nana begin a life-altering journey.
Bloomsbury, 2008. ISBN: 9781599902494

Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin Jacobsen believes that everyone gets one miracle in life, and his is living next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo Roth Spiegelman is the epitome of Quentin’s dreams, and he will do anything for her. When Margo mysteriously disappears and leaves enigmatic clues for Quentin, he feels he must drop everything and find her. But will he find the Margo he thinks he knows or someone entirely different?
Dutton, 2008. ISBN: 9780525478188

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen years ago, 36 babies landed at an airport under mysterious circumstances. Now they are all teenagers who have no idea that their lives are in serious danger until two of them begin to piece together the surprising truth about their pasts.
Simon & Schuster, 2008. ISBN 9781416954170

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
When Lady Saren refused to marry the man chosen for her, her father had her sealed in a tower for seven years. Her brave and clever maid tells the story of the imprisonment and of the amazing events that followed.
Bloomsbury, 2007. ISBN: 9781599900513

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
For decades, the Loyal Order of the Bassett Hound has been the secret club of select boys at an exclusive prep school. But when Frankie finds out about it, she devises a risky plan to infiltrate and control the mysterious society, with humorous and surprising results.
Hyperion, 2008. ISBN 9780786838189

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy; illustrated by Tom Percival
Stephanie’s uncle dies, leaving his estate to her. A storm results in the 12-year-old staying alone overnight in her uncle’s empty house, where she meets and joins forces with strange skeleton detective, Skulduggery Pleasant. Action abounds in this wacky fantasy, and there’s a sequel.
HarperCollins, 2007. ISBN: 9780061231155

Red Glass by Laura Resau
Pedro, a 6-year-old boy from Mexico, is the only survivor of a group who attempted to illegally cross the border into the United States. Facing sever dehydration, Pedro is hospitalized and comes to live with Sophie and her family until he is contacted from members of his extended family still living in Mexico. Pedro has to decide if he wants to go back or stay with his new family, a choice a 6-year-old should never have to face.
Random, 2007. ISBN: 9780385734660

Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
Henry Smith lives a safe and secure life in his family home until trouble arrives one day in the form of a pickup truck that strikes and severely injures his older brother. The accident leads to racial hostility, revelations of family secrets and a dangerous journey that throws Henry together with the boy who drove the vehicle that hit his brother.
Clarion, 2008. ISBN: 9780618927661

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
For Holling Hoodhood, seventh grade in 1967 includes some highlights (meeting the Yankees and winning cross country races) and plenty of lowlights (yellow tights, a tough teacher and a very large rat) in this humorous coming of age novel.
Clarion, 2007. ISBN: 9780618724833

The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Hundreds of ingeniously crafted illustrations tell the story of a man who leaves his family to explore new lands in this innovative, wordless tale. Fantastical creatures and dramatic cityscapes are the backdrop to a universal tale about family, friendship and finding a new home.
Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2007. ISBN: 9780439895293

Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught
Full-bodied high school senior Jamie Carcaterra is looking forward to an amazing year filled with performing in the school play, writing for the school newspaper and hanging out with her friends and boyfriend. When Jamie’s boyfriend decides to have gastric bypass surgery, Jamie must explore how her body is perceived by him, others and, most importantly, herself. She has to decide how to make her way into her future without forgetting her true self.
Bloomsbury, 2007. ISBN: 9781599902067

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
All of a sudden, teens who have died are coming back to life. Oakvale High is one of the only high schools that allows “differently biotic” (DB) students to attend. When Phoebe, a typical high school girl, becomes attracted to a DB boy, she faces criticism and hostility from her family and peers. Can the living and the dead coexist?
Hyperion, 2008. ISBN: 9781423109211

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Alternating between present-day life and flashbacks to a tragic and momentous day in her childhood, 17-year-old Jenna Vaughn reinvents herself from Jennifer Harris, the chubby, picked-on little girl, into a popular, much-loved high school girl with friends and “the” boyfriend. When her best and only friend from childhood, Cameron Quick, reappears into her life after he disappeared and she thought he was dead, her whole life is thrown out of balance.
Little, Brown, 2008. ISBN: 9780316014557


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